Board Members of the Nureyev Foundation

Claude Blum

Dr Claude Blum – Chairman

Claude Blum is the Chairman of the RNF. He is a lawyer in Zurich (Switzerland) with Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law.
Claude Blum has been acting for Rudolf Nureyev when he was still a dancer and was after Rudolf Nureyev’s death co-executor of his estate.
Claude Blum became a board member of Rudolf Nureyev’s foundation in the early 1980ties and took over the chair in 2008. He is still very dedicated to realize and pursue the last wishes of Rudolf Nureyev.

Thierry Fouquet

Mr Thierry Fouquet – Vice Chairman

Thierry Fouquet is the former director of the National Opera of Bordeaux and former deputy director of the Opéra National de Paris. He is Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor and Knight in the National Order of Merit and Officer of Arts and Letters.

Prudence Skene

Ms Prudence Skene

Prue’s main involvement with the dance world has been through Rambert of which she was Executive Director and subsequently Chair;  she also chaired the Dance Panel of England’s Arts Council for 4 years.  She has sat on and chaired the boards of many arts organisations in the UK and in 2000. She was awarded a CBE for services to the arts, especially dance.


Mr Charles Jude

After studying at the Nice Conservatory, Charles Jude joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1972 and was revealed two years later by Rudolf Nureyev. He was named star in 1977. In 1996, until 2017, he took over the direction of the ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Carlo Bagutti

Dr Carlo Bagutti

Carlo Bagutti is the Medical Director of the Vidymed Swiss Olympic Medical Center in Lausanne. he is a member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Entourage Commission and a member of the Swiss Athletics Federation Medical team. He is the Medical Physician in charge of the Prix de Lausanne and the referral doctor for dance companies and freelance dancers in Switzerland. He is responsible for the RNF dance medicine and science projects.

Baroness Deborah Bull

Baroness Deborah Bull’s career spans arts and culture, the media, higher education and politics. She was a Principal Dancer with London’s Royal Ballet, becoming Creative Director of the Royal Opera House. She joined King’s College London as Director, Cultural Partnerships in 2012, going on to become Vice President, Communities & National Engagement. She has sat on the boards of many organisations, including the BBC and the Prix de Lausanne, and has written several books alongside creating and presenting programmes for both radio and television. In 2018 she joined the House of Lords, where she sits as a cross bench Peer.

Irene Pozzi

Irene Pozzi - Accountant and Secretary

Irène Pozzi is the secretary and accountant of the RNF. She joined the Foundation in 2008 when she was working in the finances of an international Artists Management Company in Zurich (Switzerland). She is dealing with all incoming requests and is dedicated to a smooth run of all operations of the Foundation

Dr Werner Keicher

Werner Keicher is a member of ATU (one of the oldest trust companies in Liechtenstein). ATU is the legal representative of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.
Werner Keicher became a board member of Rudolf Nureyev Foundation in 1985.