Full Professor of “Economics and Management”, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy
Luciana Lazzeretti is Full Professor of “Economics and Management” at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Florence.
She is the scientific coordinator of the PhD Course of Development Economics and Local Systems (DELOS) https://www.disei.unifi.it/cmpro-v-p-26.html, University of Florence and Trento (until 35th Cycle) and coordinator of the curriculum Local systems of the PhD DELOS, University of Florence (from the 36th Cycle). She is the director of the Postgraduate Course in Economics and Management of Museums and Cultural Heritage https://cpbm.cce.unifi.it/. She teaches “Economics and Management of Sectors and Local Systems” in Master's Degrees in Economics and “Economics and Management of museums” in the Specialisation School of Cultural Heritage, University of Florence.
She is a member of the Board Creativity Association (AUC) Osaka (since 2012) and the Center of European Studies for Local and Regional Development (CESVI) of the University of Florence. She has been Associate Professor concerning technological innovations in art restoration at the Institute of Applied Physics "Nello Carrara" of the CNR of Florence (from 2009-2016).
Her researches focus on competitive analysis focusing on sector/cluster studies and business strategies through a multidisciplinary approach, with qualitative (case studies, innovation biography, ethnography, etc.) and quantitative (statistics, econometric, bibliometric, SNA, ML, etc.) methodologies. She is interested in the evolutionary and competitive dynamics of firms, sectors, districts, clusters, regions, cities, inventors and patents, combining different theoretical approaches such as District Theory, Cluster Theory, Creative Economy, Network Theory, Evolutionary Economic Geography and Economic Complexity.
In the last decade, she has developed a line of studies on cultural districtization processes in cities of art in the field of economics of culture and creativity, producing numerous empirical evidence in Italy and abroad. Her recent research interests concern: the relationship between creative environments and innovation (creative local system) with particular reference to a European perspective; regional policies in support of innovation and technology transfer; networks of SMEs for innovation and technology transfer and the evaluation of innovative projects; the resilience of local systems following external shocks; the relationship between entrepreneurship and cultural and creative industries; the economic complexity through the tools of relatedness; the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and culture. She is the author of over 170 Italian and foreign scientific publications and does intense research and teaching activities also at the international level.
Independent researcher based in Japan
Jon Alvarez Fernandez is an independent researcher, lecturer and consultant in topics related to architectural design and heritage. He has his Professional Degree on Architecture (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2006), Masters’ Degree on Restoration and Comprehensive Management of Built Heritage (Universidad del País Vasco, 2013), and Doctor on Architecture (Waseda University, 2018). Working on research since 2003, his research topics included the analysis of historical monuments of large scale, the valuation of residential quarters, and urban planning related to preservation. He also worked as an architect on both designs for new buildings and preservation projects for traditional structures. He works in Japan since 2014, where he has collaborated with different municipalities and national research institutions in diffusion events and research projects related to the architectural heritage in Japan. Currently he is collaborating as an external visiting lecturer at the Masters’ Degree on Architecture in Waseda University, and as a researcher in the Research Group on History of Divulgation of Japanese Architecture in Western Media and Literature of the same university.
RDI specialist, LAB University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Olga Bogdanova is an RDI specialist at LAB University of Applied Sciences, acting as a project manager of EDUCRO project. Olga holds degree in Economics and Management from the St. Petersburg State University of Economics (Russia) and MBA degree in International Business Management from LAB University of Applied Sciences (Finland), currently pursuing PhD degree at LUT University, Finland. Olga has an extensive experience of leading developmental projects in various fields of business and academia.
Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain
Professor of applied economy and Director of the Cultural Management Graduate program at the University of Barcelona, specialized in cultural economics, cultural policies and arts management. He has been president of ENCATC, board member of many academic and cultural organizations, and coordinator / active participant of many international research projects (H2020, Erasmus+, Creative Europe, IADB, National research or Arts councils …). He is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ project CHARTER (‘Cultural Heritage Action to Refine Training, Education and Roles’)
Visual Artist and Researcher, Spain
María Castellanos is a visual artist and researcher working at the intersection of art, science, technology and society. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Doctorate in Contemporary Arts Practices from the University of Vigo (SP), with an Extraordinary Phd Award 2016. Currently she is postdoctoral researcher at OsloMet in the framework of FeLT Project –Futures of Living Technologies–
Her artistic practice focuses primarily on the research about human sensory boundaries and the creation of complex systems that promote the communication and the understanding between humans and non human beings.
Her dissertation entitled “The bionic skin. Technological Membranes as Body Interfaces in Artistic Practice” focuses on technological prosthesis, more specifically in hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm of extending human sensorial capabilities.
Her work has won awards like Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators by Fundación BBVA (2020), VERTIGO STARTS (2017), a prize granted under the aegis of EU-Horizon 2020, an initiative led by Centre Pompidou and IRCAM , Paris, and the Fraunhifer. Gesellschaft, Germany, to foster collaboration between art practitioners and R&D projects. In 2016 she was awarded the Antón Scholarship for Sculpture Research from the Museo Antón in Candás (Sp). Also in 2016 she was nominated for the STARTSPrize' 16 at Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria) and the Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo (Japan).
Her work was exhibited and performed at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Festival (AT), LABoral Art Centre (SP) , Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Onassis Stegi (GR), House of electronic Arts Basel(CH), La Gâite Lyrique Museum (FR), DRIVE Volskwagen (DE), Matatero Madrid (SP), Bozar Electronic Art Festival (BE), Arts Santa Mónica (SP), Touch me Festival (CH) MUSAC (SP), CEBIT. Europe's Festival for Innovation and Digitization (DE).
Since 2009 she collaborates with the artists Alberto Valverde in uh513.
SODA Gallery Curator and Lecturer, SODA, School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Valentino Catricalà (PhD) is a scholar and contemporary art curator specialised in the analysis of the relationship of artists with new technologies and media. Currently he is the curator of the SODA Gallery in Manchester and a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also the director of the Art Section of the Maker Faire – The European Edition, the biggest Faire on creativity and innovation in Europe, and Art Consultant at Paris Sony CS Lab.
Valentino started to investigate the relationship between art, innovation, science and technology when he founded, as the artistic director, the Rome Media Art Festival which took place at MAXXI Museum in Rome, and was promoted by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.
Valentino received his PhD at the Roma Tre University and was PhD visiting lecturer in many important centres such as the ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tate Modern (London), University of Dundee (Dundee), LIMA (Amsterdam), where he had the opportunity to develop his research and interests.
As an independent curator he has worked for many museums and private galleries such as Hermitage (San Petersburg), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco), New York Media Center (New York), Fondazione Stelline (Milano), MAXXI Museum (Rome), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Ca’ Foscari (Venice), Indian Art Faire – New Dheli Italian Cultural Institute (India), and Spatiu Intact (Romania).
Valentino’s research activity has been developed through several essays and books such as “Media Art. Prospettive delle arti verso il XXI secolo. Storie, teorie, preservazione” (Mimesis, 2016), “Art and Technology in the Third Millenium. Scenarios and Protagonists” (Electa, 2020) and “The Artist as Inventor”. Investigating Media Technology Through Art” (Rowman & Littlefiled, 2021). He has also been part of the advisory board of the “Media Art History Conference”, among others.
ENCATC Secretary General
GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, has been since 2004 the Secretary General of ENCATC, the European network in the field of cultural management and policy. She is also the administrator of the Thomassen mobility programme and serves on several boards. With more than 20 years experience in international relations, GiannaLia is an expert in advocacy, cultural policy and strategic management, in particular in the context of international cultural organisations. Former Policy Officer of the Cultural Forum of EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities, she successfully designed and coordinated several transnational and cross-sectorial projects in the field of culture and education. GiannaLia was Secretary General of the Association of the European Cities of Culture of the year 2000 set up in 1996 by the European Commission. Journalist since 1993, she started her career as Press & PR Officer for the N.A.T.O organisation in Rome. For the European Commission she wrote 10 Reports on social European policy and a major study on the European Cities of Culture for the year 2000. Educated at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, GiannaLia holds a Degree in Political Sciences – International Relations, a M.A. in European & International Career Studies and a M.A. in European Constitution. GiannaLia was trained for six months at the European Commission and at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade, ICE, in Brussels.
Reader, King's College London, United Kingdom
Dr. Roberta Comunian is Reader in Creative Economy at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London. She is interested in: relationship between public and private investments in the arts, art and cultural regeneration projects, cultural and creative industries, creativity and competitiveness. She has also undertaken research on knowledge transfer and creative industries. She has previously researched the role of higher education in the creative economy and has recently explored in various papers the career opportunities and patterns of creative graduates in UK.
Visual Artist, Belarus
Evelina Domnitch (b. 1972, Minsk, Belarus) and Dmitry Gelfand (b.1974, St.
Petersburg, Russia) create sensory immersion environments that merge physics,
chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Having
dismissed the use of recording and fixative media, their artworks exist as evertransforming phenomena offered for observation. The duo’s practice has emerged
through unorthodox collaborations with pioneering research groups, including LIGO
(Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), RySQ (Rydberg Quantum
Simulator) and the EU Quantum Flagship. They are recipients of the Witteveen+Bos
Award (2019), Meru Art*Science Award (2018), Japan Media Arts Excellence Prize
(2007), and five Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017).
European Advisor, BOZAR, Belgium
Paul Dujardin (born 1963) is an art historian and between 2002 and 2021, director-general of BOZAR in Brussels. In 1986 he became a graduate in art history and archeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and in 1987 he obtained a degree in policy sciences at the VLEKHO. He also studied at the University of Oviedo, the Goethe-Institut and the Freie Universität Berlin. He became assistant to the Secretary-General of the International Federation for Youth and Music. With Bernard Foccroulle and Claude Micheroux, he organized a series of seminars in collaboration with Les Jeunesses Musicales de la Communauté française. In 1989 he was one of the founders of the Festival of contemporary music Ars Musica of which he remained the coordinator until 1993. In 1992 he became director-general of the Philharmonic Society of Brussels and took over the artistic direction and programming of the National Orchestra of Belgium.
From 1996 to 2002 he represented the Philharmonic Society of Brussels in the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), an international federation that unites the most important European Arts Centers. In January 2002, Dujardin became deputy director and artistic director of the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. His alma mater describes Dujardin as someone who has taken this federal institution out of the cobwebs and transformed it into a prestigious cultural house without barriers. Dujardin actively promotes European cultural heritage, values and the European project. He has received several international awards and honors for his contribution to the promotion of European culture.
He was President of the Direction Committee of the “New Narrative for Europe” project: an initiative of the European parliament implemented in collaboration with the European Commission launched to reinforce and promote the fundamental values related to science and culture). He also advocates in favor of giving culture a more important role in EU foreign affairs as an instrument of ‘soft power'.
Artist, United Kingdom
Anna Dumitriu is an award winning internationally renowned British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to infectious diseases, synthetic biology and robotics. Past exhibitions include ZKM, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, HeK Basel, Science Gallery Detroit, MOCA Taipei, LABoral, Art Laboratory Berlin, and Eden Project. She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society, as well as artist-in-residence roles with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England. She was the 2018 President of the Science and the Arts Section of the British Science Association. Her work has featured in many significant publications including Frieze, Artforum International Magazine, Leonardo Journal, The Art Newspaper, Nature and The Lancet. Current collaborations include the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at BOKU – Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna, the EU H2020 CHIC Consortium, the University of Leeds and the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells at HelmholtzZentrum in München.
2021 ENCATC Fellowship Award Laureate
Rod Fisher founded and directed the International Intelligence on Culture (which specialised in international cultural policy research and consultancy) from 2000-2015 and its predecessor, the ground-breaking consultancy International Arts Bureau. He also has specialist knowledge of cultural policies beyond Europe, especially in Asia. Prior to establishing his company, he worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain in several capacities, latterly as International Affairs Manager, and spent nine years managing arts/leisure programmes for local authorities. He was also Director of the European Cultural Foundation UK Committee from 2002-2012. Fisher co-founded the CIRCLE network (Chairman 1985-94), and he chaired the expert group evaluating cultural policy in Finland (1994). He has conducted research, lectured, and delivered conference papers in over 35 countries worldwide and has written, compiled or edited some 25 books and reports and more than 60 journal articles. Currently, he is Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, lecturing on cultural policies in Europe and, from 1984-2007, led a Master’s degree module on a similar subject at City University, London.
Visual Artist, Germany
Ivana Franke is a visual artist based in Berlin. Her investigations with light approach the interface between consciousness and environment, focusing on perceptual thresholds. Recent solo exhibitions include Retreat into Darkness. Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown in Schering Stiftung Project Space in Berlin (2017) and Perceptual Drift (Galaxies in Mind) in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (2017). Her other projects include Disorientation Station (11th Shanghai Biennale, 2016) and Seeing with Eyes Closed (Peggy Guggenheim, Venice (2011), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, (2012)). She represented Croatia at the 52nd Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Latency (2007), at the 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture with collaborative work Frameworks (2004). Other exhibitions include Manifesta 7 (2008), and MoMA P.S.1. (2001).
Programme coordinator and curator, KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Croatia
Holds MA in Art History, and Museum studies and heritage management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Works as programme coordinator and curator for the past 10 years in NGO KONTEJNER, specializing in project development, project management and fundraising – from complex new media art festivals such as Device_art, and large-scale EU projects such as Future DiverCities, to production of new artworks and education for young and emerging artists, aspiring cultural workers and audiences of different profiles. Also collaborates as a consultant for project development, fundraising and strategical planning for other organizations and initiatives of the independent cultural scene in Croatia and abroad.
Project Coordinator, Balthasar Neumann Academy, Germany
Lea Jakob studied International Cultural and Business Sciences in Passau, Parma and Perugia. She completed a Master of Arts in Management & Entrepreneurship at the Leuphana University and participated in the Summer School on Arts Management at the Aalto University in Helsinki. During her studies, she did research on the role of Opera Festivals in regional marketing and on Corporate Cultural Responsibility.
Since 2015 she is a project manager and project coordinator for the "Büro für internationale Kulturprojekte" (Office for international cultural projects). One of her main tasks is the Cuban-European Youth Academy, designing and implementing exchange and formation programs for young musicians.
In 2019 she took part in the Winter School „Brokering Intercultural Exchange within Societies“. She recently started her PhD on the role of artists and international cooperations in Cuba’s transformation process. Since 2021, she is also lecturer at the Hochschule Heilbronn and Leuphana University.
ENCATC President and Associate Professor, University of Salento, Italy
Francesca Imperiale has her PhD in business administration and management from the University of Salento, Italy where she is Associate Professor. Since 2008, she teaches management of cultural organizations, with a focus on heritage assets management, in the master degrees of the Department of Management and Economics and the High School of Archaeology, University of Salento. She specialized in research activities in the field of cultural heritage management and cultural network performance. The main topics of investigation in these fields are: public-private governance, community engagement, co-creation processes, heritage asset accounting and network performance evaluation systems. Francesca is also interested in catastrophic risk management related to heritage assets and has written about 40 publications on these topics. Furthermore, she participates as principal investigator in several research and local development projects on cultural heritage management which she designed, developed or proposed for funding in partnerships with public institutions in Italy and in the Mediterranean area (particularly Greece, Croatia, Albania). She has served on the ENCATC Board since 2015 and in the role of ENCATC President since the end of 2017.
ENCATC Vice-President, Vice Dean, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
Tanja Johansson (D.Sc. Econ.) currently works as a Vice Dean of the Sibelius Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki being responsible of the Faculty of Music Education, Folk Music, Jazz, Global Music, Music Technology, Arts Management, Doctoral School MuTri and the Seinäjoki Unit. She has previously worked as a professor and lecturer of arts management and leading the departments of Arts Management and MuTri Doctoral School. Johansson has a background both in music, business administration and research. Her research interests consist of opera and music centre management, critical management studies, the institutional context of arts organisations, the role of festivals in regional development, cultural joint ventures, and organisational ethnography. She has published in most leading arts management journals, such as the International Journal of Arts Management, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Event Management, and Creativity and Innovation Management. Johansson also acts as an Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy.
Head of the Socio-Economic Studies and Research Division, Research and Collection Department, Musée du Louvre, France
Anne Krebs is Deputy Head of the Dominique-Vivant Denon Research Centre and Head of Socio-Economic Studies and Research Division at the Louvre Museum’s Research and Collection Department. The studies programme (sociology – statistics – cultural economics) is covering visitors’ practices and forecast studies, cultural trends and cultural consumption as regards the Louvre museum cultural policy and development area. Academic research programmes are conducted in partnership with French and international universities. They address the social and economic role of museums; Human Health and the impact of Art practices on Well-being; Cultural Digital Policies; Sociology of individual giving to support Art and Culture.
Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
He is founder of Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London and founder of the MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy and co-founder of two other MAs. Originally working as a scenographer/production manager and lighting designer he developed extensive design and touring experience in Eastern Europe and the USA. For the British Council and other agencies, he has also taught diverse Arts & Cultural Management courses in over 20 countries. This included twelve years part time for the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism in Viet Nam establishing Arts Management education in Hanoi University of Culture, funded by the Ford Foundation. He was also the director of a four-year British Know-How Fund (Foreign Office) project establishing arts management education in Slovakia. An outcome being the publication of the first book on arts management in Slovak, and the subsequent British Council project Closer to the Museum.
Professor of Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan
Jerry C Y Liu is a Professor of Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at the National Taiwan University of Arts. He is the President of Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies 2015-2021. Liu is invited as the ENCATC International Correspondence Board Member between 2015 and 2021, and advisory board member of ANCER. Liu is the author and editor of Taiwan’s International Cultural Relations: Culture as the Method (2022 forthcoming, in Chinese), ReOrient: An East Asian Approach on Cultural Policy and Cultural Governance (2018, in Chinese), The Mapping of Cultural Rights in Taiwan (2015, in Chinese) and Global Cities, Cultural Governance and Cultural Strategies: Art-Cultural Events, Festivals and Cultural Images (2013, in Chinese). He is an International Scientific Committee Member of the Journal Cultural Management: Science and Education and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Cultural Policy (in Korea). Liu has been the project organizer and co-organizer of “2021-2022 Cultural Sustainability and Innovative Practices of Cultural Districts”, “2020-2021 Asian Network of Cultural Intermediaries”, “2017 Project of Cultural Congress and Cultural White Paper by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan”, “A Preliminary Study on the Policy of Cultural Impact Assessment of Ministry of Culture” for the Ministry of Culture. Currently, he is preparing for the launching of a new Journal of Culture: Policy, Management and Entrepreneurship (in Chinese and English).
International Relations Manager for Humanities and Social Sciences (CNRS), France
Solène Marié holds a joint PhD in International Relations (University of Brasília, Brazil) and Political Science (Paris 8 University, France). Her research focuses on cultural policy, diplomacy and activism in Brazil and in France as well as on cultural development in borderlands. In her thesis on cultural networks in the Brazil-Uruguay and France-Germany borderlands, she analysed the development of these cross-border cultural ecosystems which combine formal and informal dynamics.
She is currently International Relations Manager for Humanities and Social Sciences at France’s national scientific research agency (CNRS). Previously, she has worked as an international cultural producer and manager in France, the United Kingdom and Argentina, notably at Arts Council England and within the production teams of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad large circus and theatre festivals. She has also independently provided expertise on numerous international projects at the crossroads of culture, human rights and migration.
Head of Culture and Cultural Heritage Division, Council of Europe
Kathrin Merkle heads the Culture and Cultural Heritage Division of the Directorate of Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe and as Secretary to the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape, coordinates the intergovernmental work of 50 states party to the European Cultural Convention. This includes innovative projects on Culture and Democracy Indicators, Culture and Digitisation/ AI, Freedom of Expression of Arts and Culture as wells as on the Council of Europe’s heritage standards such as the Faro and Nicosia Conventions, the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century and (forthcoming) a set of culture-nature guidelines for inspired policy making. Trained as a sociologist and political scientist, Kathrin worked a number of years for UNESCO Statistics before joining the Council of Europe in 1993.
Director, Materahub, Italy
Paolo Montemurro is Director of Materahub, project manager of EU funded projects, is working since 2010 on capacity building actions for the Creative and Cultural sector and support to young entrepreneurs and start-up in the cultural and social sector. Since 2014, he has worked on crossfertilization between arts and other sector of economy, society and culture. Actively involved in the process of candidature of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture particularly on the capacity-building process for cultural organizations that will develop the artistic and cultural programme; he has been working on the topic of internationalization and networking at EU level for
the Creative and Cultural sector. In 2018, he has started a new project focused on supporting faculties of arts & humanities on developing new spaces for innovation, entrepreneurship education for students and academic staff, cross -fertilization with companies.
Creative Director, Playlines, United Kingdom
Rob is an immersive experience designer, digital dramaturge, and founder of Playlines. As a Lead Game Writer at PlayStation, Rob wrote the first hands-on PlayStationVR demo, and co-wrote with J.K. Rowling the Platinum-selling AR PlayStation title Wonderbook: Book of Spells and its sequel Book of Potions. Rob was also Content Editor for the multi-award-winning mobile game 80 Days (TIME’s Game of the Year 2015).
Rob wrote and narrative-designed the HoloLens experience ‘SlushPolis Story’ (Future of Storytelling Prize 2017) and wrote and voice-directed the acclaimed A Fisherman’s Tale (Game of the Year, VR Awards 2019), as well as writing and dramaturging several acclaimed VR/360° films.
Rob is currently acting as Dramaturge / Digital Dramaturge on new immersive productions for Arts Council Northern Ireland and Teatru Malta. As head of Playlines, Rob co-devised and directed the groundbreaking site-specific AR Grime opera ‘CONSEQUENCES’ (Official Selection, Raindance 2019) with record-breaking rapper Harry Shotta. Rob recently concluded Playlines’ 2020 residency at the National Gallery, and is currently helping to develop new “multichannel curation” tools for museums and galleries.
H.E. Ambassador, Executive Director, Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Ambassador MORIKAWA Toru (Japan) joined the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) as its 8th Executive Director in August 2020. ASEF’s leadership alternates between Asia and Europe every four years.
Ambassador MORIKAWA is a seasoned career diplomat bringing decades of experience and expertise to ASEF. His previous postings include serving as Minister, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Iran; and Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in France where he was in charge of various cultural exchange initiatives. He has also worked in the areas of Media and Regional Economic Cooperation and has experience in cultivating and enhancing partnerships for projects with different organisations including the private sector.
Ambassador MORIKAWA received his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese, French, and English. He is married with two children.
Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia
Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, has more than 25 years of professional experience in the fields of international relations, culture and media policies. She graduated from the Academy of Music and Faculty of Philosophy and obtained her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Political Sciences. Prior to her appointment as the Minister of Culture in 2016, she was working as a research associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb. She is publishing books and articles as well as expert studies in Croatian and international journals and teaches at the University of Zagreb.
Her consultancy and expert engagements include work for UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Cultural Foundation, UNDP, European Parliament etc. She received the European Cultural Policy Research Award for her research on the impact of the EU enlargement on cultural policies that was published in the book Why we need European Cultural Policies: impact of EU enlargement on countries in transition, Amsterdam, 2006.
Former Assistant Minister and State Secretary, she was a member of the negotiating team for the Croatian accession to the EU responsible for the fields of culture and education as well as information society and media. She was also the head of the Croatian delegation for the negotiations on the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Marketing manager, music production Ph.D student, Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, Faculty of Music, Czech Republic
Daniela Peclovà is an Alumni of Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, Faculty of Music in Music production degree programme. She is working as a marketing and PR manager in the field arts with experience from IT and manufacturing company and is also a Ph.D. student of Music production.
Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland
Marcin Poprawski is a researcher, expert and teacher in the field of Cultural Management and Cultural Studies. He works at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan - Institute of Cultural Studies - Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Poland) and as a senior lecturer at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland). He is a director of AMU Regional Culture Observatory research centre in Poznan, director of the AMU Audience Development Postgraduate Diploma Program and the leader of the COSM by HUMAK educational module (Culture, Organisation and Sustainability Management): cosm.humak.fi. He is an expert of the Association of Polish Cities and of the NU Foundation in Poznan, he is also a guest lecturer at the European University Viadrina (Germany) and the Heritage Academy of the International Cultural Centre & the University of Economics in Cracow (Poland). He has a PhD in musicology & aesthetics.
The territory of his research, teaching, publications, and expert activities belong to the neighboring lands of the arts, culture, aesthetics and organisation. It includes seven main themes: (a) cultural policies and local cultural ecosystems, (b) audience engagement, (c) arts management & creative entrepreneurship, (d) festival management, (e) organisational cultures, symbolism and aesthetics in art, heritage and creative organisations, (f) cultural management and sustainability values.
He was recently involved in several international R&D projects, e.g.: study on audience engagement for the European Commission (Fondazione Fitzcarraldo - Turin) and the E+ Knowledge Alliance project 'Connect. Connecting Audiences in Europe' (University of Deusto consortium - Bilbao) or European Research Partnership on Cultural and Creative Spillovers (ECBN - Rotterdam), as well as other research projects on: Festivalisation of values - axio-normativity of Music Festivals (AMU University of Poznan & National Science Centre) or SMUP - Culture & Public Service Monitoring System (Association of Polish Cities & National Statistics Office).
He was twice elected Vice-president of the ENCATC network in Brussels (2013 -2018), and he is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy (Fachverband Kulturmanagement, Germany). In 2016 he was a jury member of the NICE Award (NICE - ECCE, Essen, Germany. Since November 2020 he is one of the 15 members of the European Expert Network on Culture operated by Interarts in Barcelona that serves as the expert advisory group to the European Commission. He acted as a member of the election panel for the ENCATC 2021 Fellowship Award. In 2021 he was elected a member of the scientific committee of the ICCPR International Conference on Cultural Policy Research – the most important biannual gatherings of the international community of cultural policy scholars.
Since 1998 he worked as music manager, he was also a co-founder and a director of the Guitar Academy Festival – an international music festival located every summer since 2007 in over 20 towns of Western Poland. He did an internship in the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick (UK) in 2012. He was a guest lecturer at DAMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (CZ), JAMU Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ). He was a Deputy Dean of the AMU Faculty of Social Sciences (2016-2019).
Professor of Cultural Economy, City, University of London, United Kingdom
Andy specializes the analysis of the cultural industries globally. This research has three strands. The first focuses on the social and economic dynamics of clustering and knowledge exchange. The second strand concerns the definition and measurement of employment in the cultural, or creative, industries. The third concerns cultural governance and policy making at the national, regional and urban scales. His current research concerns trans-local cultural production chains, and is funded by EU Horizon 2020 see https://cicerone-project.eu
Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO
Ernesto Ottone Ramírez is the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO. Prior to this position, Ottone Ramírez served as Chile’s first Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 2015 to 2018. As Minister of Culture, he created a Department of First Peoples, a Migrants Unit and strengthened copyright laws and heritage protections. During this time, he also chaired the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016 – 2017).
From 2011 to 2015, Ottone Ramírez served as Director-General of the Artistic and Cultural Extension Center of the University of Chile, which manages the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Chilean National Ballet (BANCH), the Chile Symphony Choir and the Vocal Camerata. From 2001 to 2010, he held the position of Executive Director at the Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago.
Ottone Ramírez holds a Master's degree in Management of Cultural Institutions and Policies from the University of Paris IX Dauphine (1998) and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of Chile (1995).
Deputy Secretary General of Arts of Estonian Ministry of Culture
Taaniel Raudsepp has studied comparative cultural theory and sociology at the Estonian School of Humanities and has acquired a Bachelor's degree in photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Raudsepp was since the year 2014 a member of the board of the art hall, until being appointed as the Undersecretary of the Arts. He has previously worked in the private sector, practicing as an active artist and creative manager in developing e-learning solutions. He has been a risk manager at Hansapank and lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Taaniel Raudsepp is the laureate of the 2014 Language Deed for the Estonian language e-learning program "Keeleklikk", as well as the recipient of the 2012 annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment and the laureate of the 2012 Baltic Assembly Art Award.
Associate Professor at the University of Los Andes, Colombia
Jaime Alberto Ruiz Gutiérrez is an Industrial Engineer and Master in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes at Bogotá Colombia. He subsequently made a D.E.A. in mathematics and applications and obtained a PhD in mathematics applied to the social sciences from the École E.H.E.S.S. des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales at Paris in 1982. From 1994 he is Associate Professor and researcher at the School of Management at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá Colombia. He has developed research in the following topics: Organizational Demography, Cultural studies and Arts and Cultural Management. He has published three books and several articles in International Journals. He was the organizer at Bogota, in June 2013 of the XII International Congress on Cultural Management AIMAC (The International Association of Arts and Cultural Management). He is a member of l'Academy of Management since 2003 and international jury of ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy) and a permanent member of AIMAC.
Professor/Director, Performing Arts Management/Arts Leadership, DePaul University, United States
Alan Salzenstein is Professor at DePaul University in Chicago where he directs the MFA/Arts Leadership and Performing Arts Management programs. Salzenstein is an international correspondent advisor to the board of ENCATC and past president of AAAE (Association of Arts Administration Educators). He has held various Executive Director positions for a wide array of arts organizations over the past thirty-five years, with a long history of theatrical producing, devising and presenting many special events, membership on various arts boards, and as an arts consultant. He is a frequent invited speaker on topics related to arts management and legal issues in the arts, having presented across North America, Europe and Asia. Salzenstein is also an attorney, focusing on issues related to the performing arts industry.
Founder KS Creative Consultancy, Kenya
Dr Kathrin Schmidt is an experienced cultural and creative industries consultant, researcher and project manager with a particular focus on culture and development programmes, cultural policy and mapping studies. Her consulting and research skills are complemented by her previous experience in arts and media organisations in the UK, Sierra Leone, France and Austria. She has recently completed her PhD on the political economy of cultural industries in Sierra Leone and she is also a Fellow of the British Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a member of the UK's Creative Industries Federation.
Research Award Jury member and Academic Director Creative Industries, University of Antwerp / Antwerp Management School, Belgium
Annick Schramme is the academic director of the Knowledge Community Creative Industries at Antwerp Management School, where she is also responsible for the research output of the Knowledge Center of Flanders District of Creativity, and for some education programs (master class cultural management; master class creative jumpers). Besides, she is the academic coordinator of the Master Cultural Management and the competence center Management, Culture & Policy (Faculty of Applied Economics) at the University of Antwerp.
Over the last years she has published about the arts policy of Flanders, the creative industries, local cultural policy and the creative city, heritage policy from an international perspective, cultural entrepreneurship etc. Finally she is member/chair of several boards and/or advisory committees in the cultural sector in Flanders and the Netherlands, such as the Royal Ballet of Flanders/the Royal Opera, the Flemish Fund for Literature, The Flemish Children theatre HetPaleis and the Strategic Advisory Board for Culture, Youth, Media and Sports of the Flemish Government and the Dutch Council for Culture.
Board member, Arts Equartor.com, Member of UNESCO Expert Facility, Dubai/India
Anupama Sekhar is actively engaged in facilitating cultural exchange and collaboration among artists and arts organizations in 53 countries in Asia and Europe. Her work aims to stimulate analysis and engagement in the arts in Asia and Europe, as well as channelling policy ideas for the Culture Ministers’ meeting at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). She was the editor of “Enabling Crossovers: Good Practices in the Creative Industries” (Singapore, ASEF, 2015) and “Mapping Cultural Diversity: Good Practices from Around the Globe” (Bonn/Singapore, German Commission for UNESCO and ASEF, 2010). Anupama is a member of the U40 group of young cultural policy experts, launched by the German Commission for UNESCO and supported by the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. She holds degrees in English Literature and International Studies. She is also a trained dancer in the Indian classical style of Bharatanatyam. Anupama has also worked with the United Nations and in the arts sector in India.
Pianist, Performance to follow the Fellowship Award Ceremony
French pianist born in Mulhouse (Alsace), first trained on the Russian school by an heir to Heinrich Neuhaus, Professor Yuri Klempert, Emmanuelle Stéphan chose to continue her studies in the United States at the Juilliard School (New York), and in France at the Schola Cantorum (Paris) where she entered in 2016. She is a laureate of several international competitions including a 2nd prize in New York in 2017, rewarded with a concert in the mythical Carnegie Hall. In the same year, she made her debut recording for the label Warner Classics/Erato, of Francis Poulenc’s music alongside his only student, the great pianist Gabriel Tacchino. Already invited to various recognized festivals, the young performer sails with much ease in a diverse repertoire, from baroque to romantic as well as impressionist music.
Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Italy
Paolo Toschi was born in Ferrara, Italy in 1975. He was educated in Italy, Australia and France.
He graduated summa cum laude in Law at the University of Ferrara, with a dissertation in International Criminal Law. He holds a degree in European Union law from Universite’ Robert Schuman of Strasburg, France and a degree in diplomatic studies from SIOI, Rome.
Paolo joined the Italian diplomatic service in 2001. Within the Italian diplomatic network, he has held positions of Consul in the United States (2004-2007) and of Head of the Economic Section of the Italian Embassy in Serbia (2009-2013). After the signature of the Lisbon Treaty, he was seconded by the Italian Government to the European Commission, where he focused on EU Enlargement and on security in the Balkans, as part of the contingent which then resulted in the European External Action Service (2007-2009).
He served under two Italian Prime Ministers (2013-2016) as a counselor for the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere within the team of the Diplomatic Advisor to the PM. As part of his duties he represented Italy as the acting G20 Sherpa and the assistant G7 Sherpa.
From 2016-2021 he served at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, as Head of the US politics and congressional affairs Section.
From March 2021 he is the Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Culture of Italy. Since the creation of a new Ministry of Tourism in March 2021 he is also the acting Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Tourism.
He chairs two G20 Working Groups under the 2021 Italian chairmanship of the G20: Culture and Tourism.
Paolo has been lecturing as a guest scholar in many universities throughout his career on topics of European integration and international relations. He served in the Italian armed forces within the NATO Combined Air Operations Center of Poggio Renatico, Italy. Paolo is married with Federica Cellini; they have three young children. He is an avid reader, sportsman and friend of the arts.
Head of the New European Bauhaus Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Since December 2020, Xavier Troussard is leading the New European Bauhaus Unit created at the Joint Research Centre. The New European Bauhaus is a co-creation initiative intended to be a bridge between science and technologies on one side, and arts, culture and design on the other to meet the expectations of citizens for new forms of living together. It is planned to be both a think tank and a do tank to revisit our living places and associated life styles around three dimensions - sustainability (including circularity), qualitative experience (including aesthetics) and inclusiveness (including affordability).
Before, Xavier worked at the DG for Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual where he contributed to the establishment and development of the EU audiovisual policy before representing the European Commission and leading the EU coordination in the negotiation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. As Head of the ’Culture policy, diversity and Intercultural dialogue’ Unit in the Directorate General for Education and Culture, he developed the European Agenda for culture and an EU strategy for cultural and creative industries. He contributed to the shaping of the first EU Creative Europe Programme and managed its MEDIA sub-programme.
Xavier joined the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2014 to create and lead the development of the EU Policy Lab at the crossroads of anticipation disciplines (horizon scanning, foresight), behavioural sciences and design. He brings his experience in policy making at EU level and his interest in creativity and innovation. From July 2017 until November 2020, Xavier was also Acting Director for the Directorate ‘Competences’ which organises JRC transversal competences from Modelling, evaluation or indicators to text and data mining and analysis, technology transfer or intellectual property.
Xavier Troussard graduated in Law and General Administration from the University of Rennes (France) and from the College of Europe in European Studies (Bruges, Belgium).
President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)
Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in arts management curricular design (both on campus and online), museum management, international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and culturally sustainable development. A skilled negotiator and facilitator, she has worked with and advised international organizations, national and regional governments, city agencies, as well as private and nonprofit organizations in arts funding and arts policy. She has published, lectured and taught extensively in the United States, Latin America, Europe and China. Currently, she serves as President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sociomuseology. She has been a board member of the Latin American Institute of Museums since 2000. Formerly, Prof. Varela served on the boards of the Bach Sinfonia, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Arts Management. A champion of inclusive practice and diverse leadership in arts organization, Prof. Varela is the Faculty Chair for the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the 2018 winner of the College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Award for “Outstanding Contributions to an Inclusive Community,” and serves as Co-Chair of American University President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion. Prof. Varela holds an MA in Arts Management for Drexel University, has course PhD studies in Comparative Politics from Temple University, two undergraduate degrees in Business and Finance from the Catholic University of Uruguay, and is a certified Teacher of English to Students of Other Languages. Ximena teaches courses in Museum Management, Marketing the Arts, International Cultural Management, Art and the City, Research Methods, and is Chair for the Arts Management theses.
Principal Lecturer, Humak University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Pekka Vartiainen is a principal lecturer in the department of cultural management at Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland. His publications include books on literary history, methodology, literary production and cultural policy and management. Pedagogy, research in multidisciplinary areas, festival management, heritage management, international cultural policy and networking are his main areas of interests. He is a head of master degree program in cultural management at Humak, Helsinki.
Member of the Cultural Management Fund and administrator, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Ernest van Buynder (1945) was chairman of the Willemsfonds. In this capacity, he was also chairman of the Consultation Centre of Flemish Associations for a while. He was also chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MHKA) and of the Flemish Commission for Visual Arts. Until 1999, he was Vice-Chairman of the University Institute of Antwerp. He remained so until his retirement in 2010. Since 2014, he has worked as an external advisor at the cabinet of former Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz.
Councillor of Culture for the City of Lisbon, Portugal
Councillor of Culture for the City of Lisbon, she is graduated in Law by Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portuguese Catholic University), Lisbon; Post-Graduate in European Studies, College of Europe, Bruges; Cultural Manager and independent consultant in the areas of policies and cultural development, cultural and artistic training (2005-2009). Executive Manager of the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Program / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2003 – 2007); Consultant for Quaternaire Portugal SA, for the area of projects and cultural policies (2001-2005); executive Manager and teacher: Post-Graduation in “Cities Cultural Management” - Institute for the Development of Business Management – INDEG/ISCTE (2001-2004) and co-founder of the Cultural Dance Association “Forum Dança”, of which she was Executive Manager (1991 – 1995). She was State Secretary for Culture (1997 – 2000) and assistant to the Minister of Culture (1995 – 1997).
Director of Kultura Nova Foundation, Croatia
Dea Vidović is a Director of Kultura Nova Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to civil society organizations in contemporary arts and culture in Croatia. She graduated in Comparative Literature and Indian Studies and earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more than twenty years of her professional engagement has been in culture and cultural policy, civil society and philanthropy, she worked as a manager, researcher, teacher, editor and journalist. She is currently an ENCATC Board member, Vice-Chair of Arts & Culture Thematic Network of EFC – European Foundation Centre as well as Advisory Board member of OpenHeritage project.
Head of Presidency Programme Subgroup, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia
Urška Zupanec, born in 1976, was the Slovenian cultural attaché in Brussels between 2011 and 2013 and a National Delegate to the Cultural Affairs Committee between 2013 and 2020. She is currently Head of Presidency Programme Subgroup at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia.