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.
Florian Cramer is a reader (in Dutch: lector, in Canadian English: research chair, in non-UK English: practice-oriented research professor) in 21st Century Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, an art and design school which is part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam).
He teaches, on a project basis, in as many departments of his school as possible, both on the B.A. level and in the different Masters programs of the Piet Zwart Institute (which is part of Willem de Kooning Academy).
Within the research department of my school, he is specialized in Autonomous Practices, one of the three B.A. graduation profiles. The Autonomous Practices curriculum and research projects are focused on DIY artist-run initiatives and self-organization as contemporary art.
He is currently co-supervising two research projects funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), respectively its applied-science branch SIA: Bridging art, design and technology through Critical Making and The Autonomous Fabric of Rotterdam. He is also also involved in the following two NWO/SIA-funded research projects: Maak Het Publiek and GAMPSISS.
He is a board member of De Player, a space for sound/performance art, PrintRoom, a space for artists’ books and DIY publishing and MONO, an intersectional club, bar and venue for public debates. Outside the Netherlands, he is on the academic advisory board for the arts magazine Neural and of APRJA, a peer-reviewed Open Access journal published by the media studies department of Aarhus University, Denmark.
Madeleine de Cock Buning is the Vice President for Public Policy EMEA at Netflix.
Prof. Dr. de Cock Buning is chaired professor of Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and of Copyright and Media Law at the Faculty of Law (UU) in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
De Cock Buning was Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and disinformation (2018), chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) (2016 & 2017) and was President of the Board of Commissioners at the Dutch Media Authority (2009-2019). She was Honorary Judge of the Court of Appeal in The Hague (2010-2020) and was a panelist of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) (2001-2018).
prof. Emerita, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
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); Culture: management, animation, marketing; Neofolk culture; Art and alternative… Translated in 17 languages. Expert for UNESCO, European Cultural Foundation, Council of Europe. Realized 50 projects & programmes in cultural policy and management (Europe, India, Cambodia, Arab countries, Central Asia).
Dr Ali FitzGibbon is a researcher in management, leadership and cultural labour within the arts and cultural industries. Her interests lie in transdisciplinary research in decision-making in the creative economy and the role of freelance artists. She is currently Subject Lead for Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. She has over 25 years’ experience as a producer and programmer in international arts, theatre and festivals. She is on the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy. Her research has been published in a number of academic journals. She regularly works as a policy and strategic advisor at city and regional government levels on cultural strategies, artform policy. Most recently, on a post-COVID-19 cultural recovery strategy for Northern Ireland. She is currently a Co-Investigator on two projects investigating the impact of COVID-19 on freelance arts workers variously in the UK, Ireland and Greece.
Selection coordinator, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
Piero Luigi Fratini works at European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency since 2009. He is the call coordinator for the Creative Innovation Lab and for the MEDIA Programme. He was also the call coordinator for Creative Europe Culture programme.
Previously, worked for GE Oil&Gas, the Italian Council of Minister, and for the International and European Affairs office of Intesa S.Paolo Group.
Director MA Global Creative Industries, City University of London, United Kingdom
Dr Ana Gaio has worked and researched in the cultural and creative sector for over 25 years, in the UK and internationally. In her time as an academic at City, University of London she has taught, researched and currently lead the MA programme (MA Culture, Policy and Management) – which was a pioneer degree in this area of studies in the world (since 1974) and has ca. 3500 alumni from 100 countries who now operate in the global creative industries. From managers (all art/cultural forms, occupations, organization settings and levels), to policy makers, to culture ministers. She has therefore a very comprehensive and deep understanding of the cultural sector, of globally, relevant issues and professions. Her current research is on policy agendas (cultural policy), how agendas emerge and the factors that shape policy development (her own doctoral research focused on the EU’s cultural policy/ies). A parallel interest focuses on management perspectives, critical and other, that address the specificities of creative/cultural work and organisations. She was also part of the team that developed the UK’s Creative Industries Mapping for the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport in 2001, which provided a blueprint for creative industries development in many other parts of the world.
Senior Lecturer, School of Media Film and Journalism, Monash University, Australia
Dr. Xin Gu is an Expert appointed by UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Expression of Cultural Diversity (2019-2022). She was Director of the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries (MCCI) at Monash University in Australia (2018-2019). She has published widely on urban creative clusters and agglomerations, cultural work, creative entrepreneurship, cultural and creative industries policy, media cities, maker culture and cyberculture. Xin has worked with policy initiatives in the UK, China and Indonesia to support small-scale local creative industries development services. Her work focuses on the transformation of creative cities and the creative economy under different social, economic and political conditions. Xin’s current research concerns the digital creative economy, looking at the democratization of creativity through vast transformative digital media ecosystems. Her recent publications include Red Creatives (Intellect, 2020) and Re- imagining Creative Cities in Twenty-First Century Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).
Director – Business Administration Department,, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico
Javier J. Hernandez Acosta, PhD, MBA is Assistant Professor and Director of the Business Department at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. He is the founder of Inversión Cultural, a non-profit organization that promotes the development of cultural and creative businesses in Puerto Rico. He holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Development and Management from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and an MBA in International Business from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. He is a self-taught musician (percussionist) and has collaborated with multiple artists. He was Cultural Advisor of the Commission for Cultural Development (CODECU) and a member
of the Advisory Council for the Creative Industries in Puerto Rico (2014-2018). He is the author of the Profile of the Creative Economy in Puerto Rico and the book Emprendimiento Creativo. He has been principal investigator or co- investigator in projects such as Puerto Rico Innovation Survey (2015), the Science and Technology Survey in Puerto Rico: Research and Development (2014-2015) and the World Values Survey in Puerto Rico - 2018. He has presented research in over 15 countries. He is a member of the board of directors of Pública Espacio, Teatro Breve (President), 80grados (Treasurer) and Pro Arte Musical (Artistic Director).
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.
Professor, University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia
Petar Jandrić (PhD) is a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb (Croatia), Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton (UK), and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). His research interests are focused to the intersections between critical pedagogy and information and communication technologies. Research methodologies of his choice are inter-, trans- and anti-disciplinarity. Petar's previous academic affiliations include Croatian Academic and Research Network, National e-Science Centre at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art and Cass School of Education at the University of East London. He writes, edits and reviews books, articles, course modules and study guides, serves in editorial boards of scholarly journals and conferences, participates in diverse projects in Croatia and in the United Kingdom, regularly publishes popular science and talks in front of diverse audiences. His major current projects are focused to collaborative research and editing.
Head, Department of Cultural Policy and Management, Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Avril Joffe is the head of the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and coordinates the Post Graduate programme. She is an economic sociologist with experience in the field of cultural policy, culture and development and the cultural economy specializing in mapping and measurement, programme design, implementation, stakeholder relations and evaluation. She recently completed her Diploma in Education in the field of Higher Education at Wits University. Avril is an active member of UNESCO’s Panel of Experts for Cultural Policy and Governance (2011-2022). Avril has completed numerous consultancy and evaluation projects in the field of culture and development on the continent. Avril is also a member of the International Advisory Council for NESTA’s Policy and Evidence Council for the Cultural and Creative Industries. As a member of the South African Ministerial Review Panel, Avril helped draft the revised cultural policy for South Africa adopted in February 2020. She is on the board of the National Arts Council and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee and a member of Im4theArts, a new arts and culture organization in South Africa.
ENCATC Vice-President, Professor and Head the Arts Management Department, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
Tanja Johansson is a professor in arts management at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She has ten years of experience in arts management teaching at the university level during which she has taught both Master's and doctoral students, supervising Master's and doctoral thesis, and involved in several EU projects (e.g., in Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ projects). As the Head of Arts Management for last seven years, she is also experienced in pedagogical and curriculum development within arts management, take part in the university management and hold several positions of trust in the University of the Arts Helsinki.
She originally graduated from a music conservatory and became a professional piano teacher. After working some time within music pedagogy, she got interested in arts management and finalized Bachelor degree in Art, Culture, and Economy Programme at the Södertörn University in Stockholm. She continued the Master's degree studies at the Swedish speaking business school Hanken, management and organization as my major. In 2010, she finished a doctoral degree at Hanken, again management and organization as her major. The doctoral thesis was written about opera house management. Post-doctoral research include topics such as managing cultural joint ventures, networks, creativity, societal impact and regional development. These research have been published in journals such as International Journal of Arts Management and Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.
Eman Kandil is an Egyptian architect, heritage activist and academician. She is a lecturer of architecture at the High Institute of Engineering and Technology in Menoufia, Egypt and at several other academic institutions in the Egyptian Nile Delta. She received her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and her M.Sc. degree in Architecture from Menoufia University, Egypt. Her 2014 master thesis was on exploring the attributes of “beauty” entailed in the built fabric of the Nubian historic settlements; a study that remains a key reference on the subject. Her Ph.D. dissertation she submitted to Menoufia University in 2020, explores the dichotomy in the international urban conservation approaches, more specifically those of the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) and the Ecomuseums, and proposes a comprehensive framework suitable for Egypt and other parts of the Arab Region. She practices architectural design and heritage conservation in various areas in Egypt. Her researches and practices aim to help regenerating traditional areas by accentuating their attributes of cultural values and identities those worth of preserving in their contemporary contexts.
Head of Dpt. of Arts Management, of Theatre Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
Michal Lázňovský (* 1977) is graduate of doctoral studies of Theatre management at the Theatre Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), and his career is still closely tied with his alma mater. From October 2001 till August 2017 he’s been exercising his profession as a managing director of faculty theatre DISK. In 2008 he became Head of Department of Theatre Management at DAMU. As a researcher and teacher he focuses on theory of strategic management of theatre institutions and management of projects and events in the field of performing arts. He also defended his Ph.D. on this subject matter in the beginning of 2015. He’s been a chair and member of boards of directors of two Prague’s artistic NGO’s, member of municipal and national grant committees and researcher in several European research projects on education in the area of Arts management.
Distinguished Professor of Cheung Kong Scholar and Director, National Centre for Research into Intercultural Communication of Arts (NCRICA), School of Arts, Peking University, China
Prof. Dr. Yi LIN focuses her research interests in Arts Management, marketing, and Intercultural Communication of Arts.
She is Distinguished Professor of Cheung Kong Scholar; Director of National Centre for Research into Intercultural Communication of Arts; Executive President of China Arts Administration Education Association Chairperson and Specialist of the International Advisory Board for Promotion of Chinese Arts and Culture, Confucius Institute Headquarters；Inspector and Board member of the Asia Theatre Education Centre.
She is a doctoral supervisor in Chinese and English, in which the English doctoral program recruits students from outside China. Currently, she has a postdoctoral position available to PhD graduates from outside China.
Gianpiero Lotito is Founder, with Mariuccia Teroni, and CEO of FacilityLive: the Italian digital scaleup that global media define as “The European Search Platform”.
Since December 2018 he has also been President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA): the alliance that brings together and gives a voice to the major European digital champions, scaleups and leading startups.
Gianpiero is a technologist and an innovative entrepreneur who since 1987 has been working on pioneering projects in the publishing industry, applying digital technologies to contents, and now to cultural heritage too.
He was Adjunct Professor of Multimedia Publishing at the University of Milan (2001-2006) and Adjunct Professor at the Master in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the University of Pavia in collaboration with FacilityLive (2017-2019). He is now Adjunct Professor of Digital Ecosystems at the University of Pavia.
He has written several books and articles on technology for publishers such as Bruno Mondadori, Sperling and the Espresso Group, among others.
In 2015 he received the Gold Medal of the city of Pavia for his contribution to the technological innovation of the area and for having decided, in 2013, not to move FacilityLive to Silicon Valley after obtaining patents (at the time) in 39 countries of the world, thus keeping the company where it was born.
In 2016 he was the innovative entrepreneur chosen by the Ministry for Economic Development to accompany the Minister in representation of Italy at the Informal Meeting of Competitiveness Ministers organised by the Dutch Presidency of the European Union.
After more than 20 years, in 2018, he became the first Italian non-politician invited to give a speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, in occasion of the International Non-Violence Day. He gave a speech entitled “Technology and Peace”.
He has been Ambassador of three major EU campaigns launched by the European Commission, including the #EUvsVirus pan-European Hackathon in 2020.
Thanks to his innovative vision, he is often invited as a speaker at prestigious international events and he is often interviewed by prestigious global media such as: BBC World News, CNN, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Daily Telegraph, CNBC Global, SKY News, Bloomberg TV, France 24, Franceinfo, RAI, Mediaset, POLITICO, Huffington Post UK, Corriere della Sera, Repubblica.
Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan, Italy, and Head of the Venice Office, OECD
Pier Luigi Sacco is Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan, Senior Advisor and Head of the Venice Office of the OECD, Senior Researcher at Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, and metaLAB (at) Harvard. He has been the Special Adviser of the European Commissioner for Education and Culture. He is member of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, of the Advisory Council for Research & Innovation of the Czech Republic, and of the Advisory Council of Creative Georgia. He works and consults internationally in the fields of culture-led local development, policy design and evaluation, and is often invited as keynote speaker in major cultural policy conferences worldwide.
Head of the Unit in charge of Culture Policy, DG EAC, European Commission
Ms Magnant is Head of the cultural policies department in the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture. She was previously Head of the Commission Task Force of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, which took place in 37 countries.
She started her career in Moscow, where she headed the Press and Information Section of the European Commission Delegation. Back in Brussels, she was part of the team preparing the EU enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe. She then joined the EU's external relations service where she worked to promote human rights in third countries. She later turned to internal EU policies and was Deputy Head of Unit for cultural policy and innovation in the Directorate General for Education and Culture, working on the creative economy.
Catherine, a French citizen, is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, Paris. She also graduated in international relations and Russian language from the Sorbonne University.
Mr 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.
Mr 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.
Mr 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.
Rocío Nogales Muriel earned her PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2017 on the topic of social innovation in cultural and artistic social enterprises. In particular, she studied the scaling-up process of the SMart cooperative model. Her research focuses on social change, organizational transformation and the management strategies operating in cultural third sector organizations. She is currently the Managing Director of the EMES International Research Network and her professional experience includes the US cultural non-profit sector, where she managed a social enterprise initiative in a community arts centre. She was a member of the Experts Group on Social Enterprise of the European Commission (GECES) from 2013 to 2017. Since 2015, she is part of the coordination team of the Ecopoetry Festival held in Northern Extremadura (Spain). More recently, she co-launched Luminosas, an initiative aimed at raising awareness on issues of gender equality and social justice through photography and poetry.
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).
Professor Arts & Cultural Leadership, University of South Australia Business School
Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM (BA Hons Melbourne; PhD Monash) works in UniSA Business, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
She is a management scholar in the context of arts and culture, with a history of research excellence demonstrated by her quality national and international grants, quality journal publications and leading of national and international research team, while developing an international profile as a researcher (H index=29).
She is Deputy Chair of the board of Australian Dance Theatre.
She has served on the boards of other organisations, such as Deakin University council, Vic Health (ministerial appointment), Multicultural Arts Victoria, and Duldig Museum & Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery of Ballarat, where she took leadership roles, where she was counted as a trusted and authentic leader.
She has published books, quality journal articles (e.g., Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Business Research; British Journal of Management) and industry research reports nationally and internationally, with a focus on diversity and social inclusion.
She has received various honours and awards, such as Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Service to the Community, Best Doctoral Supervisor Award, Cutting Red Tape Award, and an Order of Australia for services to education, the arts and the community.
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 board member 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 relating to the performing arts industry.
Anastasiia Sedova is Assistant Professor for the Department of Architecture and Director of the educational program in Building Design at Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia), where she is also a member of the Council of Young Scientists. She holds a PhD in Architectural Technology at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy) and was awarded the title of Doctor Europaeus. Her PhD thesis “Spaces ‘Out of Religious Use’ and Ecclesiastic Architecture as Marketable Real Estate Assets. A Potential Solution for Russia’s Abandoned Religious Heritage Artifacts” makes an important contribution to the decision making process with regard to the future of abandoned and obsolete ecclesiastical cultural heritage typologies, both in Russia and internationally. During her PhD path she has been visiting researcher in Technological University Dublin (Ireland), Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (Russia), and Burgundy School of Business (France). Anastasiia is a certified consultant in sustainable architecture (issued by DGNB), and she has expertise in project management (issued by IPMA Italy).
Associate Professor, Modern Culture at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Bjarki Valtysson is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and has a background in literature, cultural studies, and digital communication. Research interests include cultural, media, and communication policies and regulation, particularly in terms of the politics of digital media and networked cultures. He also researches the application and reception of digital media within the area of cultural institutions. Valtysson has published a book on Icelandic cultural policy and co-edited the anthologies The media and the mundane: Communication across media in everyday life (NORDICOM), Technologies of labour and the politics of contradiction (Palgrave) and Cultures of participation: Arts, digital media & cultural institutions (Routledge). His latest book is Digital Cultural Politics: From Policy to Practice (Palgrave Macmillan), published in 2020.
Valtysson sits in the scientific committee for the International Conference of Cultural Policy Research and the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Research. He is a member of the editorial boards for the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy and NORDICOM Review. Valtysson is the leader of the research group Digital Culture at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Professor of entrepreneurship, Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France and Professor Associated to the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, HEC Montréal, Canada
Dr. Marilena Vecco is Professor in Entrepreneurship at Burgundy Business School, Dijon (France) and Professor Associated to the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management HEC Montréal (Canada). Her research focuses on cultural entrepreneurship and management with a special focus on cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) and art markets. Marilena has researched and consulted for several public and private organisations, including OECD, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, World Bank, and The European Commission. She is the author of several books and articles.
MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education
Sabine Verheyn is a German architect and politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009.
She has since served as member of the Committee on Culture and Education. Since 2019, she has been the chairperson of the committee. In 2016, alongside with the also German MEP Petra Kammerevert, she was a co-rapporteur on the audio-visual media services directive, which sought to introduce levies and cultural quotas on services like Netflix. This year, she also joined the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union.
In addition to her committee assignments, Verheyen is a member of the Parliament's delegation for relations with South Africa. Between 2009 and 2014, she also served as a substitute member on the Committee on Regional Development and the Delegation for relations with Iran. She is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda and of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights.
Harry Verwayen- Executive Director Europeana Foundation, the operator of the Europeana platform. Across Europe, museums, galleries and archives digitize their collections. Europeana supports these organisations in their digital transformation by making these collections available as widely as possible so that people can find and use them. For work, for learning or just for fun. Our work is guided by creative collaboration, supportive teamwork and the idea that sharing and reusing cultural content can positively transform the world. Prior to this Harry worked at the Amsterdam based think tank Knowledgeland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. Harry holds a MA in History from Leiden University and has worked over ten years in the Academic Publishing Industry. Mediocre tennis player, reasonable cook, aspiring photographer.
Chair of the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO)
David Vuillaume director of the German Museums Association since 2017. Prior to this, he was head of the joint office of the Swiss Museums Association and ICOM Switzerland (International Council of Museums) for 11 years. Since 2014 he has been chairing the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) and he has been a board member since 2012. He studied art history, museology and business administration, and gained extensive experience in network management at various museums and institutions. Additionally, David represents the museum sector in the German Cultural Council and is a board member of the Swiss National Centre for Cultural Heritage.