Studio Romer

Thinker. Manager. Producer. Artist. Speaker.



Dr. Barbara Römer


Dr. Barbara Römer is a strategy consultant who specializes in developing cultural visions for cities, with clients ranging from Miami to Riyadh (where she was named a “Global Thought Leader” in 2017, when presenting to HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia). She is currently developing the arts & culture strategy for Dubai Creek Harbour, the largest real estate development in the world, for Emaar Properties.

Born in Germany, she was educated at Princeton and received her PhD at Cambridge University, worked in museums in France and Japan, directed theatre in Germany, produced two feature films in the USA, and consulted with McKinsey & Company in the Munich and New York offices, where she conducted management studies in the cultural sector and the Media & Entertainment industry. As senior consultant, she was an integral part of creating the Nonprofit Practice in McKinsey, and appointed to the Nonprofit Leadership Council and elected the US representative for the Arts & Culture Sector. She is the former Membership Director of Soho House NY and consultant to the Soho House Group. She is the Founder of the Globe Theatre, a project to build an international 21st-century mobile theatre designed by Foster + Partners; a board member of Farmstand, a healthy + sustainable food company in London; and a trustee of the Deutsches Museum, the largest science museum in the world.