Mr. A. Warner is laureate of RusPrix 2008 in nomination "Personal contribution to the development of Russian-Dutch relations".
He was born in 1946 in Rotterdam.
Ben Warner is a working for GasTerra and the former Gasunie for more than 20 years as Chief Communication Officer.
His contribution to the Russian-Dutch relationship started with his involvement concerning the exhibition of the exposition of the paintings of Ilya Repin in the Groninger Museum. GasTera has a special engagement and sponsorship with this museum of which he is the developer.
This engagement started with the Repin exhibition.
He proposed this cultural relationship during a consultation in Moscow on the occasion of the visit of prime minister Kok to president Putin in 2001 and was also the coordinator of additional activities during the exhibition concerning the edition of a poetry book, a film about the life of Repin, a television promotion campagne and a sequence of lectures on the Groningen University.
The exhibition was a major success. Over 250.000 visitors came to the museum which made the Repin exhibition the largest in the history of the museum.
Later in 2005 Ben Warner was involved in a second exhibition. Working with Diaghilev and specially where it concerned the accompanying project of a international ballet festival.
Five of the best ballet companies in the world performed, among them the Kirov Ballet of St Petersburg, while Valery Gergiev was requested to take care of the opening with a new arrangement of the opera the Tsar`s Bride, performed by his famous Mariinsky Theater.
Altogether that was a huge undertaking that underlined the cultural relationship between both countries.
Thirdly he was involved in the exhibition Russian Legends, presenting paintings and drawings on themes of Russian folk and fairy tales. This exhibition ended last April this year.
As one of the accompanying projects he made a renewed version of original 100 years old illustrations of the Bilibin to the Russian fairy tales (in Dutch), which was presented to 4000 children in Dutch hospitals during the month December, wherefrom the opening took place in Martini hospital of Groningen.
While his company GasTerra can be praised for its sponsorship, Ben Warner can be honoured for all the executive tasks and organizational activities both concerning the exhibitions as well as -especially- all these extra projects, that surrounded these exhibitions.