Yamam Al-Zubaidi, is an independent consultant and previously a member of the Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe as well member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Adult Education (Sweden).
He worked with European Equality law at the Swedish Equality Ombudsman for 10 years. He also worked for some years as the Equality and Diversity Manager at Sweden’s National Touring Theatre.
Yamam is the author of the first Swedish Equality Data report commissioned by the Swedish Government. and a contributor to several European comparative reports on equality data commissioned by DG Justice and Consumers (2015-2016).
In recent years Yamam has been interested in equality and diversity in the cultural sector as well as the legal protection for freedom of artistic expression, contributing to some publications on these topics. He holds a Master of Arts in Decision, risk and policy analysis from Stockholm University. He is fluent in Swedish, English, Arabic and Russian.
Assistant professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)PhD, an architect, and researcher. Has also taught at Patras University, Parsons School of Design (NYC) and elsewhere. Research interests concern the commons, urban studies, alternative communities, systems theory, degrowth, ecology, and complexity. Has contributed to the FLOK Society project and as post-doctoral Prometeo Researcher (IAEN, Ecuador, 2014) conducted research on aspects of Buen Vivir and sustainability. Since then he has been returning for further research and collaborations, through Erasmus+ projects between NTUA and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador. Initiator of the MET workshop (Europe and South America) and the Ports in Transition (Habitat III) workshops for spatial policies. Currently academic representative of NTUA for SoPHIA, a H2020 consortium research program aiming to create a Social Platform towards a Holistic Impact Assessment of Cultural Heritage. In addition, representing Greece, he is involved in the Amplify-Make the Future of Europe Yours project which aims to provide a forum for under-represented voices in the EU.
She holds a degree in Archaeology (University of Rome); the MA in Museum Studies (University of Leicester); the MA in Technological Systems for the Economic Evaluation of Cultural Heritage (University of Ferrara).
President of ECCOM, an organisation founded in 1995 which carries out research projects on the issue of the social role of culture, training activities and consultancy at a national and international level, she has been involved in several EU funded projects and studies with specific reference to cultural access, participation and audience development. She is an expert in European cultural policy and programmes.
She lectures in many post-graduate courses and Masters and is member of the board and vice-president of Culture Action Europe; member of the board of directors of Teatro di Roma; member of the Commission for the National Museum System of the Italian Ministry for Culture.
Dr. Milena Dragićević Šešić, prof. emerita, former President of University of Arts, Belgrade, Founder of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, professor of Cultural Policy & Management, Cultural studies, Media studies. Diplomas: D.E.A. Paris-VIII 1977, Mag. University of Arts Belgrade (1981), and Ph.D. in literature and communication University of Belgrade (1990).
Commandeur dans l`Ordre des Palmes Academiques (French Ministry of Education) 2002. ENCATC Fellowship Laureate 2019. University of Arts Laureate in 2004 & 2019. Guest Lecturer at numerous world universities. Published 20 books and more than 200 essays: Vers les nouvelles politiques culturelles; Art management in turbulent times: adaptable quality management; Intercultural mediation in the Balkans (both with S. Dragojevic); Art and Culture of Dissent; Culture: management, animation, marketing (with B. Stojkovic); Art and alternative… Translated in 17 languages.
Expert for UNESCO, EU, European Cultural Foundation, Council of Europe. Realized 50 projects in cultural policy and management (Europe, India, Cambodia, Arab countries, Central Asia).
Gemma Grau Pérez is an independent advisor and her activity focuses on consultancy, research and academy in the cultural, creative and audiovisual sector. Her expertise stands in the intersection of European cultural policies, sustainable development and social entrepreneurship and she has led organization transformation projects for international institutions. Gemma lectures at the MA in Cultural Management jointly organised by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat de Girona (UdG). Her main areas of research include the investigation of knowledge exchange and transfer processes in creative networks and artistic institutions. Gemma holds a BA and MA Degree in Business Administration from the Universitat de Barcelona, a BA Degree with Honours in History of Arts, Screen and Media from the University of London and a MA Degree in Cultural Management from the UOC-UDG, where she was recognised with an Excellence Award. Her studies encompass Audiovisual and Entertainment Production, and Cultural Heritage Management at the Universtità degli Studi di Firenze. Gemma is Six Sigma Master Black Belt certified.
Damien Helly is a cultural & foreign policy advisor and manager currently leading the € 9.7 M EU-funded programme Tfanen implemented by the British Council on behalf of the EUNIC, supporting the cultural sector in Tunisia.
Damien is also the funder and chair of culture Solutions, a social innovation start-up and think tank specialised in EU international cultural relations.
Damien has been a Visiting Professor since 2012 at the College of Europe, Bruges, teaching and supervising theses on culture in EU external action.
He has published extensively on the EU’s external action since 1999, covering a variety of themes interconnected with culture (foreign & security policy, human rights, intercultural dialogue, development, cultural heritage, climate change & sustainability, digialisation, youth) in several regions (Eastern and Southern neighbourhood, Africa, Europe).
He holds a PhD from Sciences Po and has led teams at ECDP, EUISS, Crisis Group and Saferworld.
Frank Kimenai is an independent consultant, researcher and cultural professional, specialized in the creative industry in general and popular music in particular. He holds a masters degree in ecology, which trained him in system analysis. In September 2020 he started a PhD research on the resilience of music ecosystems, combining his knowledge of ecological principles with his music sector experience. Frank operates from Amsterdam, and is involved in both European and national projects. On a European level, he consults the music sector about European funding and policy, and he is involved as an expert in the development of Music Moves Europe, the European Commission’s initiative to support the European music sector. On a national level, Frank participates in numerous projects, varying from business management for festivals to helping emerging musicians with their careers. As of april 2021, he took on a position as advisor pop music for the Raad voor Cultuur, the official advisory organ for the ministry of culture. Frank feels most at home at the intersection of economy, culture, policy and the social domain. He likes Excel sheets and listens to Black Flag.
As an economist he has developed skills in the analysis and evaluation of public policies at local, regional and national level in the sector of cultural goods and activities, labour market, welfare and nonprofit organizations. He developed a large number of studies, masterplans and feasibility studies on museums, theatres, monuments, archaeological areas and parks. A brief list includes the former Prison of Santo Stefano Island nearby Ventotene, Pompeii, Venaria Royal Palace, Egyptian Museum of Turin, Classis Museum of Ravenna, Mole Vanvitelliana of Ancona, Palazzo Te of Mantua, Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia, Capitolini Museum in Rome. He developed the regional museum systems of the Umbria, Tuscany and the Marches Regions. He was responsible on behalf of the Italian copyright collecting firm “SIAE” for the economic support to young artists, authors, performers. He is President of CLES - a consultancy firm based in Rome and Secretary General of the Association for the Economy of Culture, which publishes the scientific review "Economia della Cultura".
Prof. Dr. habil Birgit Mandel is director of the department for cultural policy at Hildesheim university and head of MA program Arts Mediation and Cultural Management.
She is Vice president of the German Society for Cultural Policy (Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft), founding member and former president of the Association of Cultural Management at universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Fachverband für Kulturmanagement in Forschung und Lehre), board member for the Berlin Arts and Festival Management board (Kulturprojekte GmbH) board member of the Commerzbank Foundation Frankfurt a. M.
She is responsible for research projects in the field of cultural policy, audience development, visitor and non-visitor studies, marketing and public relations for the arts, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural heritage and cultural tourism. She is author of various publications on international arts/cultural management and mediation, audience development and cultural policies. (https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/fb2/institute/kulturpolitik/team)
M. Maraña (Spain) is the Director of Baketik Foundation, a Basque organisation focusing on conflict resolution and social reconstruction, through participation and cultural processes. She is also an independent consultant and adviser to UNESCO, international organisations and local governments in the field of human rights, culture and policy development. With an extensive experience in the international arena, she has been working for international organisations and UN System for the last 15 years. Since 2013, she runs continuous consultancy work for UNESCO, developing strategic initiatives such as the World Heritage Policy Compendium or the analysis of the Periodic Report. Graduated in History, she has specialized in cultural rights: her research and work address public policies on heritage matters, the mainstreaming of law, gender equity or social participation. Among her different publications, Culture and Development (2010), Heritage and Human Rights (2015) and Climate change: Threat to Human Rights (2020) reflect some of her academic research lines.
François Matarasso (France/UK) is a community artist, writer and researcher. His 1997 report, ‘Use or Ornament? The Social Impact of Participation in the arts’, established influential concepts in cultural policy, and his subsequent work has been widely published and translated. He has worked for foundations, cultural institutions and public bodies in about 40 countries; he has been a trustee of NESTA, Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation and has held honorary professorships in the UK and Australia. Between 2011 and 2015 he worked on undervalued areas of cultural life under the collective title ‘Regular Marvels’. His latest book “A Restless Art – How participation won and why it matters”, was published in 2019. He is a partner in Traction (2020-22) which is researching how technology can support opera co-creation and social inclusion.
Paraic Mc Quaid is lecturer in Cultural Policy in the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) with nearly 20 years of experience teaching cultural policy, culture studies, arts management, cultural and creative industries and visual arts studies. He has conducted research on cultural access and participation, Irish cultural policy, heritage impact assessment, and COVID 19 Impacts on culture in Ireland. Current research projects include the H2020 SoPHIA project, which is focused on the development of a new holistic heritage impact assessment model. He is expert author of the Ireland profile of the Compendium of Cultural Policies. Paraic has experience working as a curator, artistic director and coordinator of a number of cultural projects mainly in the area of collaborative arts practice. He has worked as an expert assessor for the Creative Europe fund. Paraic also has an art practice focused on site-specific sculptural installation, video installation, and collaborative arts projects.
Amelie Menzel is an editor and translator specializing in German and English. She has a degree in English Studies and Language, Literature, and Culture from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). She has worked in the media, in public relations, and in social media management. At the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at HU, where she currently works, she focuses on editing and translating gender-related texts. In 2021, she was the editor for the report “On Gender Equality in the Cultural and Creative Sectors” within the framework of the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 of the Council of the EU. Her areas of interest include culture through a political lens, gender and language, ableism, and affect.
George Parry-Jones is a freelance cultural policy research consultant based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Classics and gained experience in tutoring and editing/proofreading, before working on several projects with the Creative Europe team at the European Commission as a trainee. He has worked on a report evaluating the key outcomes of a call launched under the Music Moves Europe framework, and has gained hands-on knowledge of EU cultural policy and programmes in the area of music and literature. He has been assisting with editing and research for the OMC report on Multilingualism and Translation, mandated by the Council of the EU under the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.
Marcin Poprawski is a researcher, expert and teacher in the field of Cultural Management and Cultural Studies. He works as a senior lecturer at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan - Institute of Cultural Studies - Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Poland).
He is a director of AMU Regional Culture Observatory research centre and an expert of the Association of Polish Cities. He leads the AMU Audience Development Postgraduate Diploma Program and the COSM by HUMAK educational project on cultural management and sustainability values (cosm.humak.fi). He has a PhD in musicology & aesthetics.
His activities focus on: cultural policies, local cultural ecosystems, audience engagement, arts management and entrepreneurship, festivals, organisational cultures of creative organisations, cultural management and sustainability values;
Ramon Sangüesa is a professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, affiliate researcher at the Center for Organizational Innovation (http://www.coi.columbia.edu) Department of Sociology at Columbia University (New York) and Senior Fellow of the Strategic Innovation Lab at the Ontario College of Art and Design at the University of Toronto (Canada).
He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (1997) and a postgraduate degree in Science and Technology Communication (Pompeu Fabra University, also in 1997). He founded Citilab, a center of civic innovation, in 2007, where he developed innovative urban projects (UrbanLabs 2008 and 2009) and social innovation projects, involving designers, artists, technologists and citizens. He co-founded the art science and technology research and communication platform (http://equipocafeina.com) (2014). He has collaborated with the IMARTE artistic research group at the University of Barcelona Schooll of Fine Arts since 2010. He also coordinated the Communication course of the first minor in ArtScience in Spain. Art i Ciència: Fusió Creativa (UdL). Member of Culture Action Europe (http://cultureactioneurope.org).
Academic Webpage: http://www.cs.upc.edu/~sanguesa/ (under re-construction)
Prof. dr. Annick Schramme is a professor at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Business and Economics), responsible for the Masters program in Cultural Management. Besides that she is the Academic Director for the Creative Industries at the Antwerp Management School. In 2018 she started a new international master in Fashion Management and an executive program Leadership in Culture (LinC LL) Low Countries in collaboration with the University of Utrecht. Recent research includes cultural governance and policy, opportunities of public-private collaboration in cultural heritage, sustainable business models, cultural entrepreneurship and leadership. Moreover she is an expert-advisor for cultural and heritage policy and an evaluator for the European Program Horizon 2020. She is also member of the Flemish UNESCO Commission. From 2013 until 2017 she was member of the “Council for Culture” in the Netherlands and the president of ENCATC, the European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education and Research.
Since August 2020 she is the chair of the Strategic Advisory Board Culture, Youth, Sports and Media of the Flemish government.
Martin Steinmetz is a digital communications expert based in Berlin. He trained as a journalist in England and began his career writing for British newspapers. Since 2010 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, media consultant and Communications Manager for the British Council in Germany. Martin's focus is on digital communication campaigns, which he has created and implemented for cultural organisations including the Academy of Arts in Berlin. His most recent responsibility has been Online Communications Manager at Germany's Federal Foundation of Baukultur.
Specialisms: communications for the arts and cultural relations, editorial management, content strategies, publications, writing, interviewing, media law, livestreams, podcast and video production in English and German.
Corina Șuteu is an international cultural consultant, former Minister of Culture in Romania, founder and president of "Making Waves” – the Romanian Film Festival in New York. In 2019 she launched the “Insula 42 Salons” program of informal conversations at Insula 42 hub in Bucharest, which moved online in April 2020 and expanded to include a large array of Romanian and international guests.
She was Romania's Minister of Culture from May 2016-January 2017, following a mandate of State Secretary from January-May 2016, championing the adoption of a new cinema law in support of Romanian cinema production, distribution and audience development, as well as advancing reforms in the field of performing arts institutions and heritage, including advancing the enlisting of the Rosia Montana site on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List.
From 2006 to 2012 she was the Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) in New York. Under her leadership, RCI New York forged a highly visible and flourishing open space for intercultural dialogue, connecting vibrant Romanian arts and artists to the evolving international scene. She also held the presidency of the network of European Cultural Institutes in NYC (EUNIC) in 2010.
She became interested in managing cultural organizations immediately after the fall of communism. At the beginning of the 1990s she was the director of the Theatre Union of Romania (UNITER) and of Theatrum Mundi in Bucharest. Passionate about the emerging and controversial disciplines of cultural management and cultural policies, she continued working in France, where she was for nine years the director of the European Master’s degree in Cultural management of the Business School in Dijon. In 1995 she also initiated the first regional training program in cultural management for Eastern European professionals, the ECUMEST program. She cofounded the Policies for Culture program with the European Cultural Foundation, presided the Forum of European cultural networks of the Council of Europe, and worked extensively for 15 years as independent trainer, consultant and researcher in the fields of cultural cooperation and cultural management and policies with leading organizations throughout Europe, while her key interests continued to keep a balanced a focus on the relation between policies and practices in the arts.
She is author of “Another brick in the wall. A critical review of cultural management education in Europe” (Boekman Foundation, Amsterdam, 2006) and of numerous articles and studies.
Dr. Aleksandra Uzelac is researcher at IRMO and Head of the Department for Culture and Communication (http://www.irmo.hr). She has over 25 years of professional experience in the area of cultural research, focusing on issues of cultural and social sustainability and the social transformation of contemporary societies, digital culture, cultural policy and cultural cooperation issues, cultural heritage, gender balance in culture. She has been a member of various networks and expert groups that focus their activities in the field of cultural policies or digital culture. Dr. Uzelac has participated, and coordinated IRMO team, in several EU funded projects and has provided her research expertise to the CoE, EC and EP. Presently she coordinates IRMO team on the H2020 project “SoPHIA - Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment”. ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aleksandra_Uzelac
Dr. Ernst Wagner is lecturer and researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, where he coordinates www.explore-vc.org. His further research focusses Competence Models in Arts Education, International Cooperation in the Context of Decolonizing Education, Education for Sustainable Development. Ernst studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and exhibited his art works in Germany and the USA. He graduated from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with a PhD in Art History. He has taught at secondary schools and worked for the Institute for School Quality and Research in Education in Munich. From 2009 to 2018, he was acting as executive coordinator at the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). Today, he is an honorary professor at the Education University of Hong Kong. His current teaching experience includes - in addition to the Kunstakademie - the universities of Munich, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Hildesheim, and Innsbruck (Austria).
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