Myriam Ullens: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist (1952-) | Biography
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Myriam Ullens
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Is Businessperson Entrepreneur Philanthropist
From Germany
Field Business
Gender female
Birth 23 September 1952, Cologne, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age 71 years
Star sign Libra
Spouse: Guy Ullens
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Baroness Myriam Ullens de Schooten Whettnall (born 23 September 1952) is a German-born Belgian entrepreneur engaged in art, fashion and philanthropy.

Early life and education

Myriam Ullens née Lechien was born in Cologne, Germany, and spent her childhood in Germany where her father was an officer in the Belgian army. When she turned five, she moved to a boarding school in Belgium and studied in Namur, and then in Liège.

Early Business

At the age of 24, Ullens launched her first business "La Petite Salade", a salad delivery service that she sold four years later.

Immediately thereafter, she created a professional pastry shop named "Sweetly" in Brussels.

In 1991 she met her future husband, Baron Guy Ullens, a Belgium businessman, and shortly thereafter she sold Sweetly in order to devote her time to non-profit organizations.



Ullens built institutions to support the Nepal's disadvantaged children, including two orphanages focused on helping children suffering from malnutrition. She founded with her husband Guy Ullens the Ullens School in Lalitpur, the first school in Nepal to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Mimi Ullens Foundation

After surviving breast cancer, Ullens recognized a need for patients to refocus on their physical and mental well-being while being treated in hospitals. In 2006, she founded the Mimi Ullens Foundation to support seven centres that are located within the oncology departments of its partner hospitals. These centres provide 15,000 cancer patients with psychological support.


The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is an independent, not-for-profit art center serving a global Beijing public. It was founded by Guy and Myriam Ullens in November 2007.

On the 11th of February 2017, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art received the 2016 Global Fine Art Awards for Best Contemporary / Postwar / SoloArtist “Rauschenberg in China”.

Ullens sits on the board of trustees of The Royal Drawing School, which was founded by the Prince of Wales to provide a space where expert teachers could help students with part-time drawing courses each year for adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Maison Ullens

In 2009, Ullens launched her own fashion label, named fr:Maison Ullens.


Myriam Ullens is publishing her first novel, "Distant Starless Nights" in February 2017.

Personal life

Ullens is married to Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall since 1999. She has two children from a former marriage.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 20 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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