Aleksandra Vinkerlić

(1974.) studied fine arts at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka. Education continued in 2001. at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb at the postgraduate study of archeology. In the The Museum of Poreč Territory worked as a museum educator. She is currently employed at the Istrian cultural agency – Agenzia Culturale Istriana. The agency was founded by the Istrian County to coordinate and implement activities and projects of interest for the County of Istria.


Andrea Merlotti

Has a degree in History from the University of Turin (1993), where he has also achieved a PhD in history (1997) and has carried out different research studies until 2005. He is the author of books and essays concerning the House of Savoy. Since 2007 he is the Director of the Study centre of the Venaria Reale and has curated numerous exhibitions and conferences. He is Visiting professor at Polytechnic University of Turin since 2010. […]

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Antti Valle

Is a professional in innovation policy with an experience of managing policy actions at national as well as at the EU level. He currently works at DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission where he is responsible for promoting the uptake of design and other intangible drivers for innovation. […]

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Barbara Tosti

Art historian specializing in museum and cultural project management. After working at the Superintendency for the State Museums of Florence and for companies in the cultural services sector, she is in charge of the cultural heritage development department of the Savings Bank Foundation of Florence.


Bronagh Walton

Bronagh Walton works for Unit G6 – Media Support Programmes in the European Commission’s DG Connect. Previously she worked in the Creative Europe-MEDIA Unit of DG EAC. Bronagh has worked on a number of funding mechanisms for the audiovisual sector including the MEDIA Production Guarantee Fund. She currently works on the implementation of the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme. Bronagh works on access to finance, in particular the preparation of the Cultural and Creative Industries Guarantee Facility which will become operational in 2016.

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Christer Gustafsson

Is Full Professor in Conservation at Uppsala University, Sweden; Professor (hon.) at Nanjing University in China; Faculty member at IPMI International Business School, Jakarta, Indonesia as well as Member of the scientific board of Cultural Industries and Complexity Observatory at IULM University, Milano, Italy. […]


Cristiano Tiussi

(1968), archaeologist, PhD in Archaeology at the Università del Sacro Cuore of Milan, with National qualification as Associate Professor of Archaeology, author of many studies about ancient religion, Roman sculpture, Roman amphorae, topography of ancient Aquileia and its territory, is the Director of the Fondazione Aquileia.


Daniel Calleja Crespo

Since 1st February 2012, Mr. Daniel Calleja is Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry. He is the Special Envoy for SMEs. Daniel Calleja was Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry, from February 2011 to January 2012, in charge of internal markets for goods, competitiveness and innovation, SMEs and entrepreneurship, international negotiations and tourism. He is the Special Envoy for SMEs. […]

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Francesco Palumbo

Works as Head of the Policies Area for the promotion of the territory, of knowledge and talents in Regione Puglia, these fields include also three regional council mandates and six Services (Cultural Heritage, Entertainment and Culture, Tourism, Mediterranean, School University and Research.


Françoise Chotard

Who has been working in the European sphere in Brussels for 28 years, is the Head of the Ile-de-France Region Representation to the European Union. She set up in 1999 this organisation that informs, assists and represents the Ile-de-France Region and its County Councils at the EU level. She is currently in charge of the association management and development, as well as the relationships with the constituents and the European institutions. […]

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Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens

Has been since 2004 the Secretary General of ENCATC, the leading European network in the field of cultural management and cultural policy education. 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. […]

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Giorgia Boldrini

Since 2010 responsible for Incredibol! Project, Emilia-Romagna’s regional project on CCIs (Federculture Award 2011, Italian Winner EEPA2013). Officer at Economic Development and City Promotion Department, city of Bologna. Responsible for city’s creativity policies and projects.


Iain Hamilton

Is Head of Creative Industries for the Scottish Government’s economic and social development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – an area with a landmass the size of Belgium, but a fraction of the population! His role is to create innovative new ways to develop and support creative businesses and infrastructure, as well as creating access to new markets, and looking at retaining young people in the area.
Iain has developed a support model for the region, based around business networks, which has had significant success in helping to develop the sector, and made a real economic contribution to the country. […]


Jean-François Aguinaga

Is Head of Unit at the European Commission.
He was trained at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, one of the leading French business schools, has a PhD in roman languages and civilisations from the University of Paris, as well as a grade in public administration. […]

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Jean-François Istasse

1st Vice-Président of the CoR´s EDUC commission. Chair of the commission responsible for culture and the audiovisual sector of the Parliament of the French-speaking Community. […]


Jose Angel Muñoz Otaegi

(Donostia- San Sebastián, 1957), He is the Basque Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport. He was the General Manager of the International Contemporary Culture Centre – Tabakalera in San Sebastián from 2006 to 2010. Playwright, author and exhibition curator, he won the Goya Prize for the Best Animated Film in the year 2000. He has published several poetry and children’s books.

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Juliane Schulze

Juliane is Senior Partner at the financing consultancy peacefulfish, specialising in financing and business consulting for entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries and in strategic advisory for its public and private bodies. She is Member of the Board of Media Deals, a pan-European investor network, and Course Director of ENTER Europe.

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Lorenza Badiello

Is the Director of the Emilia-Romagna Region EU Office in Brussels. She was previously Head of the Brussels office of ASTER (The Emilia Romagna Technological Development Agency) and prior to that she held a post as a researcher for NOMISMA in Bologna. She has been lecturing EU integration at a number of European Universities. Lorenza has a MBA from Profingest (Italy) and MA in International Relations and Political Strategy from the University of Kent (UK); she holds post graduate diplomas from the Universitè Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna (Italy). […]


Marco Peronaci

Born in Pavia, Italy, in 1965, married with three children.
He graduated (cum laude) in Political Sciences from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, in July 1987, and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in 1988 in International Relations at the Italian Society for International Organization in Rome. […]


Marco Spagnoli

Journalist and Movie Critic for different media & outlets. Senior contributing writer for Primissima, Just Cinema, Vivilcinema and Globalist Network. Golden Graal Award – Artistic Director, Gala del Cinema e della Fiction in Campania, Artistic Director. Member of Board of Experts RomaFictionFest 2008 – 2013. Deputy Director of Bari International Festival 2010 2012. Consultant – Rome, Casa del Cinema – Dvd Section. Formerly Deputy Director – Taormina Film Festival. Consultant Terre di Siena Film Festival and Deputy Director RomaFictionFest2007.


Maria Mayr-Muñoz

born in Vienna, Austria, in 1961; 1980-85 studies at the University of Economics in Vienna; 1986-95 different functions in private companies (bank, trading) in Vienna and Salzburg, 1995-2004 operating manager of a travel agency (incoming) in Venezuela, 2005-2009 teacher at a tourism college in Venezuela, Since 2010 management assistant at Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. (Schönbrunn Palace management company) in Vienna.

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Maria Teresa De Gregorio

Is the Director of the Veneto Region Cultural Department. She coordinates the related organisational sectors in order to promote projects and networks to harmonize interventions in favour of cultural products, services and performances. […]


Marie Paule Roudil

Cultural expressions are based on the cultural and creative industries which are one of the fastest growing industries in the world and have proven to be a viable development option, drawing on a unique and renewable resource, human creativity. The potential of these industries is at the heart of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The European Union is a party to the Convention.


Marino Zorzato

Is Vice President and Minister of Veneto Region for urban development planning, environmental and cultural heritage, landscape conservation, culture, entertainement, sport, human resources, general affairs, state property and public heritage, IT system and e-government.


Michel Lebrun

(born 31 January 1949, Belgium) is President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) as well as a local councillor in Viroinval (Belgium).
After graduating in Philosophy and Literature at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1970, his political career began in 1977 when he was elected as deputy mayor of Viroinval town council (Belgium).
Mr Lebrun’s parliamentary career began in 1987 when he was elected to the Chamber of Representatives in the Belgian Federal Parliament. One year later he became head of the Christian Democratic group. Since 1995 he has been member of the Walloon Parliament, of which he has been vice-president since 1998. […]


Michel Magnier

(born 1960) graduated in Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1981) and the Ecole nationale d’Administration (1986). He started his professional career in the French public service, serving as a “sous-préfet” in the French West Indies and in the Provence. […]

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Nichi Vendola

Was born on August the 26th 1958 in Bari. He did his degree in Literature and Philosophy. He is journalist and author of the volumes “Prima della Battaglia” (Milano, 1983), “Soggetti smarriti” (Roma 1991) and “Il mondo capovolto” (Datanews, 1994).
He was member of the Catholic Association Azione Cattolica in his homwtown, Terlizzi (Bari). He is leading member of the Lila (the Italian league against AIDS) and of the ArciGay. […]


Patrizia Minardi

She is Head of Office Cultural and touristic systems and international cooperation at Basilicata Region. She holds a degree in Philosophy at the University of Bari and has specialized in “Euro planning” under EU cohesion policy, Management, Problem Solving Actions and Institutional Public Relations. Before she was Managing Authority of the Basilicata Regional ERDF OP 2007-13, Head of Planning and Technical Assistance ESF of Basilicata Region and Office Manager of General Affairs in the Province of Matera. She has worked extensively as expert for regional and local authorities in Italy.

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Paul Dujardin

Is CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels since 2002. Under his direction the Centre has turned into an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts centre, offering a wide range of events, from concerts, to exhibitions, cinema, literature, theatre, dance performances or debates and workshops. […]


Philippe Kern

Is the founder and managing director of KEA. Based in Brussels KEA is Europe’s leading consultancy and research center on culture and creative industries. KEA helps territories managing cultural resources to deliver innovation. Kern has 25 years’ experience in the world of culture, creative industries, public affairs and legal advice. He is a specialist in copyright, anti-trust and trade law. Philippe has led a range of research and strategy programs at European level, notably for the European Commission and the European Parliament. He is advising numerous public and private bodies on the formulation of strategies in the field of urban development, culture and audiovisual policies. Kern set up IMPALA in 2000 and the China Europe Culture and Creative Industry Alliance (CECCIA) in 2013. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges. […]

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Roberta Dall’Olio

Born 1960, she is the Head of ERVET EU Policies, International and Territorial Cooperation Unit coordinating a 14 people team, senior and junior experts. She’s member of the management coordination working group and her main responsibilities are: design, management or expertise and technical assistance providing in EU and international and development cooperation projects, funded by Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, European Commission and other international organizations in the following geographical areas: EU, IPA and ENI countries, Latin America, Africa on institution and capacity building, local development, social economy (eg. Brasil Proximo, Eu-La Win Integrated Welfare Policies EC-URBAL III, SEENET Institution Building for Pre-Accession, Twinning Croatia – Assistance with the management of Ob. 3 Cohesion Policy). […]


Rosa Scapin

In the early 80s, Rosa promotes the launch of Operaestate Festival Veneto (Veneto SummerOpera Festival) which now she directs. The festival highlights the coexistence of tradition and modernity, facilitates the project networking by fostering the sharing of structures, operators, artists at local, national and international level. […]


Silvia Costa

Is President of the CULT Committee of the European Parliament. During the past term she has been rapporteur for the European Parliament of the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 She has been Lazio regional councillor responsible for education, educational rights and training (2005-2009); member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for three parliamentary terms; member of the Committee on internal affairs, the Committee on culture, science and education and the Committee on general guidance and monitoring of radio and television services (1985-1993). State secretary at the Ministry for universities, scientific research and technology (1993-1994). […]

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Tamara Nikolić Đerić

(1983.) holds MA degrees in Ethnology/Cultural anthropology and Indology. Since 2008 works as curator at the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and manager of the ETNOFILm ethnographic film festival. She is candidate for PhD in Cultural anthropology at the University in Zagreb and Ma degree in Human resources management at the University in Pula. Since 2014 Tamara has been working as professional program manager of the Batana Ecomuseum.

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Ugo Parodi Giusino

Is Chairman, CEO and founder of Mosaicoon S.p.A., one of the most innovative companies in online advertising (www.mosaicoon.com). Born in Palermo in 1981, he founds Mosaicoon in 2010 in Mondello (Palermo). At its 2nd round of Venture Capital and now having further branches in London, Milan and Rome, Mosaicoon now follows some of the most important international brands developing worldwide online campaigns thanks to a Network with more than 800 mln users. Mosaicoon has been internationally awarded for the innovation of its model based on technological proprietary platforms, and represents now the only market reality managing the whole strategic and creative production chain to transform a brand in a Media Company.

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