Maria Bäck (FRSA) is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Management in Arcada University of Applied Sciences. Her main interests in research are in Cultural leadership and organisational studies. Involved in the Royal Society of Arts and a connector for the Finnish chapter international networking and design thinking is also of great importance both for educational reasons but also for developing society at large. Maria has also for many years been involved in different projects connecting arts in both business and public organisations. Maria has also been involved in ENCATC – being board member and treauserer between the years 2014 and 2017.
Rend Beiruti is a Junior Consultant in cultural planning with Avesta Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and Theatre from New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research interests include urban politics, political economy, and migration. She hopes one day we will all enjoy 4-day work weeks and notice all the hues of the sunsets.
The Head of Marketing and PR at Ivan Meštrović Museums and a member of ProKultura Observatory of cultural policies, Split (Croatia). She has MA in Art History and English from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. In her work specially interested in establishing relations and communication necessary for achieving cultural projects of special social value, among which are the series of children education workshops at Ivan Meštrović Museums (The little school of Art History), coordination of the concert cycle The Art without Borders, projects for International Museum Day, concerts for the International Music Day, exhibition cycle “An Artist at Meštrović’s”, educational workshops for tourist guides of Split-Dalmatian county, specialised tours through the permanent exhibitions, EU funded project “Meštrović’s sign in Croatia…” She cooperates with cultural orgnizations and civil society associations on project management and consulting. The fields of special interest are cultural policies, interdisciplinary approach to heritage, education and tourism sectors as well as the role of heritage in the preservation of the identity and sustainable cultural tourism.
Radu Carnariu (b.1979) is a Romanian visual artist and art teacher from Iaşi at Octav Băncilă National College of Art, who graduated BA, MA, Ph.D. at George Enescu National University of Arts, The Faculty of Visual Art and Design. He is interested in the study of social, political and cognitive reactions caused by critical art on society in terms of mentality shift or behavioral interchange. Some of his projects such as “Dracolax+”, “Holy Advertising”, “Statement-ism” or ͞”Boogie Man Generation” ironically highlight various aspects regarding the interaction between image and mentality through hybrid and sometimes paradoxical approaches, mixing art’s languages, attitudes and theories with pop imagery or altered media information. He had national solo shows in Iasi and Bucharest and international group exhibitions such as: Art Revolution Taipei, Taiwan (finalist) 2012, Nord Art 2013 and Nord Art 2014, Kunstwerk Carlshuette, Germany and Contaminazioni 016, European Cuteness Art, 2016, Romania, Bulgary, Italy.
I was born in Isparta, Turkey. I finished my graduate degree in Business Administration at Marmara University in Istanbul. I graduated from Arts Management master degree program in 2011. I then worked as a freelance curator organizing exhibitions and art projects. I finished the Ph. D. program on Art Theory at Isik University in 2017. I am a board member of Baksi Museum Art and Culture Foundation since 2012. Baksi Museum was awarded “European Parliament Assembly Museum of the Year Award” in 2014. In 2015, I organized an ICOM Meeting at Baksi Museum. I work as a project coordinator. Now, I work as a freelance lecturer for art and culture institutions in Istanbul and an art advisor, curator, project coordinator for the private galleries.
Mara Cerquetti is a researcher in Management at the Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism of the University of Macerata (UniMC). At the same University she teaches Management and Organization of Cultural Institutions and Cultural Heritage Management. She has been a member of the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board of the Journal «IL CAPITALE CULTURALE. Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage» (<http://riviste.unimc.it/index.php/cap-cult>) since 2010. From January to April 2016 she was visiting scholar at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research and publications focus on cultural management and policy, cultural heritage value, cultural marketing, museum visitor studies, museum management, cultural networks and districts, culture-led development, sustainable tourism and the links between cultural heritage and made in Italy. The results of her research have been presented in several international conferences and published in international journals (Journal of Cultural Management and Policy; Enlightening Tourism; Tourism and Hospitality Management; Sustainability). In 2014 she published the book Marketing museale e creazione di valore. Strategie per l’innovazione dei musei italiani (Museum marketing and value creation. Strategies for innovating Italian museums).
Dr. Hsiao-Ling CHUNG | Associate Prof. Institute of Creative Industries Design,
College of Planning and Design, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Hsiao-Ling Chung completed her PhD in Creative Industries and MA in Creative and Media Enterprises at the Warwick University, UK. Apart from her academic pursuits, Hsiao-Ling also held managerial positions with academia and various corporate and cultural creative enterprises, ranging from global corporate brands, TV broadcaster, PR consultancy and research center to private museum, leading chain bookstore, and independent TV productions, and a lecturer with the National Taiwan University of Arts. Dr. Chung’s primary research interests lie in the cultural creative industries policies, the network management of creative talent and enterprises, and the regional creative ecology. She has been devoting herself in championing crossing-boundary and crossing-sector collaborations through her roles as the PI in both central and city governments and corporate-funded research and planning projects, such as ‘Examining the Network Relationship between Mainland China and Taiwan: The Perspective of Independent TV/Film Producers’, ‘Examining The Cultural Creative Industries Policy Networks from The Perspective of the Six Municipal Cities in Taiwan’ , and the ‘ CCI Transformative and Strategic Planning for the Tainan City Government.’ She is also currently looking into how the Taiwanese talent develop their entrepreneurial networks across the Asian-Pacific region. Her recent works are published in the International Journal of Cultural Policy, International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries, Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia, and Cultural Policies in East Asia: Dynamics between the State, Arts and Creative Industries. http://www.icid.ncku.edu.tw/enweb/t9.html
Piotr Firych (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland) – media and communications specialist, PhD candidate at the Institute of Cultural Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Co-author of a number of research and strategic studies in the field of culture; collaborator of the AMU ROK Culture Observatory; a guest lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn where he teaches a course on communications strategies and new media; in the years 2013-2015, he worked as a spokesperson for the Polish Guitar Academy festival; previously, he worked also for the Polish Tourist Organization in Madrid.
Alexandra Ghioc (born 1988) is a Romanian product designer and teaching assistant in product design at her alma mater “George Enescu” National University of Arts from Iasi, Romania. After gaining a BA, MA and PhD in product design and various national and international awards, Alexandra founded along with visual artist and professor PhD Radu Carnariu studio Bisector – a transdisciplinary experimental design studio focused on both theoretical and practical projects intended to study and improve the social and cultural behaviour of the public and highlight the importance of dialogue amongst designers, artists, industry and emerging technologies. Alexandra’s theoretical researches focuses on critical design and its constantly questioning role in the contexts of the material culture, striving to create national awareness. Her work as a designer and design teacher targets the dissemination of Romanian design in the national and international context in order to contribute to the modernization / synchronization of national design with the current international requirements and standards. She also collaborates with Romanian Design Council, Community Foundations Iasi or several NGOs (Design cel Mare (as a founding member), Instalart or Meru) by organizing design events (workshops, conferences, seminars and national competitions) or publishing theoretical studies that establish ground principles in contemporary Romanian Design literature. Alexandra Ghioc currently lives and works in Iasi, Romania and holds lectures at various universities from Europe.
Stefan Gies has been the Chief Executive Officer of the AEC since September 2015. His work focuses on networking with other organisations active in the fields of music, art and higher education at European and international level, as well as on lobbying the institutions of the European Commission and the European Parliament. Stefan was born in 1954 in Landau in southwestern Germany and is trained as a viola player, as a composer, and also performed in the fields of rock and jazz music. He worked as a classroom and instrumental teacher and got his doctorate degree in music pedagogy. Stefan does research and publishes on theories of musical bildung and the history and constitution of the institutions. He is a member of the research group DAPHME. For more than 20 years, he was teaching as a professor of music education at the Musikhochschule Dresden and chaired this institution from 2003 to 2010 as its rector.
Lauriane Guillou is a PHD student at the University of Avignon in France. Her thesis is related to Information and Communication sciences and Sociology of Culture. For several years, she has been working on field inquiries to produce scientific knowledge on the Avignon Festival’s audience and the cultural and digital practices of the festivalgoers. Her academic work also focuses on both of the individual and collective memory of this cultural event and the uses of audio-visual archives on the Internet. With other members of her department, she also develops research projects concerning the experimentation of artistic projects in prison
Since 2015, Leah Hamilton has focused her research in the area of arts emergency preparedness. Her thesis, Arts Facility Emergency Preparedness in the State of Missouri, was awarded the Top Thesis Award and Academic Excellence Award by Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA in 2016. She presented her emergency management planning model at the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts in 2016 and is currently developing curriculum and teaching arts emergency management for the University of Kentucky—the first academic course of its kind in the field of arts administration in the United States.
Hamilton gained in-field cultural management experience as the Executive Director of the leading arts council in Southwest Missouri, USA She then served as Instructor and Director of the Arts Administration program at Drury University in Missouri, USA In addition to teaching for the University of Kentucky, Hamilton is an arts consultant and researcher, working in both Europe and the United States. She is a professional member of AAAE (Arts Administration Educators Association) and Americans for the Arts.
Hamilton holds a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University (PA, USA), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas. She is a former Ambassadorial Scholar for the International Rotary Foundation and a founding member of the professional chamber ensemble, Octarium.
Svetlana Hristova is an urban sociologist and anthropologist, researcher and lecturer, associate professor at the South-West University, Bulgaria, initiator and chair of the Thematic Area
“Urban Management and Cultural Policies of the City” at ENCATC (2008); a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action IS1007 Investigating Cultural Sustainability (2011‐2015); a vice‐chair of the Panel for the selection of the Bulgarian European Capital of Culture (2019); member of the expert group at the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for the preparation of the Council Conclusions on the need to bring cultural heritage to the fore across policies in the EU, adopted in May 2018 within the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Her research interests in the cross-field of sociology of culture, urban studies and visual anthropology are exemplified in national and international projects devoted on public space, cities and their cultures. Author and co-editor of publications in Bulgarian, Russian, English, and French, the most recent of which are:
Hristova, Svetlana and Mariusz Czepczińsky (eds) (2018) Public Space: Between Re-Imagination and Occupation. New York and London: Routledge.
Hristova, Svetlana (2017) The European Model of Cultural Heritage Policy. Zarządzaniew Kulturze, 18, z. 1, s. 1–16.
Hristova, Svetlana, Milena Dragićević Šešić and Nancy Duxbury (eds.) (2015) Culture and Sustainability of European Cities: Imagining Europolis. Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development. New York and London: Routledge Earthscan.
Asko Kauppinen, Associate Professor, Malmö University. Research interests include cultural policy, aesthetics and biopolitics, artistic practices and urban governance. Currently, he is doing research, with Berndt Clavier, in a project called Art and Governmentalization: artgov.mah.se
Cristina Nichimiș graduated from the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations of SNSPA, Bucharest, with a Masters in Performing Arts at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies. She began her career in the field of cultural marketing in 2008, as a PR assistant at the Odeon Theater in Bucharest, and later became the coordinator of the marketing and communication department at the National Operetta Theater (between 2009 – 2014) and the Bucharest National Opera (between 2014 and 2015). Between 2016 and 2017, she attended the Master in Performing Arts Management at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, finalized with a working experience in the Press Department of Teatro alla Scala. Since 2017, she is developing her PhD thesis at the National University of Theater and Cinematography in Bucharest, on a subject related to the impact of new technologies in the field of cultural marketing. She is currently working as a freelance cultural operator.
Andrew is Director of Drew Wylie Projects, assembling teams of Associate experts to undertake international evaluation and consultancy in the cultural and creative industries. Recent projects have included research and field work in the Middle East, North Africa and across Europe. He is an expert for the European Parliament’s Culture & Education Committee, the European Commission’s Creative Europe and H2020 programmes and the Boekman Institute’s Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. Andrew is a Critical Friend for the Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme and co-founded the Sensing Place project that combines screen archives and contemporary art in community settings. He is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, a RSA Fellow and Board member for Berwick Film Festival, Queen’s Hall Concert Hall, and SURF Scotland’s Regeneration Network. Andrew holds a MSc in Environment, Culture and Society and a BA in Contemporary Cultural Studies.
Catherine O’Sullivan has recently started working at Leeds University, supporting the formation of young professionals; and at York University in employability. Prior to that, she worked at Coventry University. She was Chief Executive of the Thames Valley Health and Innovation Cluster, from 2010-2015. Previously, Cathy was the Chief Operating Officer of the School of Community and Health Sciences, City University London, with responsibility for the smooth running of all the School’s present and future business. Cathy came to the University from the National Health Service where she was a commissioner of education and learning in the West Midlands, covering all levels of workforce development from the porters and cleaning staff to post-graduate medical education. Prior to that, Cathy was Vice Principal at Newman University College in Birmingham. Cathy has worked for both the Department of Health and the Department of Education and Skills as an advisor, for one of the major skills councils and in both further and higher education. She started her working life in accountancy and was the first Director of Finance of the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Other arts roles were with Phoenix Dance and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Cathy read English at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. She gained her MSc in Public Services Management in 1994 and her professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) in 2001.
Prior to joining The Open University Business School in 2002, Terry was Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Media at Leeds Trinity University where he had institution-wide responsibility for international links. He is a dedicated online educator, committed to widening access through innovation. At the UK Open University he pioneered Europe’s first route to formal academic credit based on Massive Open Online Courses. His industry experience includes marketing and advertising management roles at Nestle-Rowntree, and leading the marketing and publicity functions at two English regional repertory theatres: Derby Playhouse and York Theatre Royal. His research focuses on the use of marketing in the arts and for positive social change. His work has appeared in The Journal of Marketing Management, Qualitative Market Research, The International Journal of Advertising, The International Journal of Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Consumption Markets and Culture and the International Journal of Arts Management. His books include Creative Arts Marketing, the leading UK textbook in arts marketing popular with students and practitioners alike. Recent consulting activity includes work with Google UK (Google Digital Garage) and BBC Radio 4 (The Bottom Line). Terry serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Management and is the Regional Editor (Europe) for Arts and the Market (previously known as Arts Marketing, an International Journal). He is also the elist owner for the Arts and Heritage Marketing Special Interest Group of the Academy of Marketing. Terry is a visiting lecturer at the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, and Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. You can find Terry on Twitter @terryosul
A cosmopolitan freelance with a local look in a world dimension, in her pop-up life, she has interwoven experiences in Italy and abroad in the fields of cultural, educational, intercultural and social management. Starting from the study of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, she has then moved to specializations in intercultural mediation, human rights and then back to her first love: art in all its forms. She believes in beauty as a vocation and as an important form of education. Nowadays, she’s focused on cultural management and intercultural education. As cultural manager, she’s taking up two start up projects:
– “E50035 – Expect the unexpected”: an art gallery in the middle of Italian Appennines, contemporary art in a medieval village with 1.200 people, an ex-
kiosk transformed in whatever creativity can imagine.
-“Ti Prego – discovering hidden art and architecture”: the development of a turistic and cultural route through abandoned churches of unknown hamlets with an interative game for an immersive transmedial experience.
For what concerns intercultural education, she’s collaborating with the new born MED (Mediterranean Explore Diversity) as project developper to flank new generations in having a global-intercultural knowledge needed to face modern cultural changes.
Eleonora Psenner is a researcher with Eurac Research and a member of ENCATC since January 2018. Her academic background includes a BA in International Communication with the University for Foreigners (Perugia, 2009) with a focus on cultural studies, international relations and – law, economy, sociology, English/Spanish/Japanese language and linguistics. She specialized with a MA in International Event Management with the University of Brighton (2011) and an additional MA in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts with the University of Bologna (2017). She loves to travel and to experience different cultural settings: before starting her studies, she spent a year in Pennsylvania (USA), followed by one in Munich and in Barcelona, respectively. While enrolled in scholarship programs she lived for a semester in Malta and in Sapporo, Japan. She returned to her hometown Bolzano in 2009 to work for the ZeLIG Documentary Film School and to give support to a series of awareness raising initiatives linked to the European Capital of Culture program. Before starting her activities in the ambit of applied research, she worked several years as project manager with a local tourism association and for the headquarters of the local public transport company. At the same time, she has been operating as a freelancer in the ambit of Education and the Performing Arts. Eleonora was in charge of the management and coordination of the Institute for Regional Development with Eurac Research from 2015 to 2017 before switching to the specific task of scientific collaborator. Since June 2017 she has focused her research projects, project proposals and publications on issues related to cultural heritage, creative industries and community development within the thematic area of “Space & Society”. Besides coordinating the institute’s internal communication, she gives support to the organization of some of the Institute’s major scientific events, i.e. the World Agritourism Congress.
Raluca Rădoi is a PhD. Candidate at the National University of Theatre and Film „I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, Romania, conducting her research in theatre audience motivation nowadays which aims to boost and redefine the arts marketing concept at a national level. She holds one BA in Marketing and one in Performing Arts (Acting) and has completed a MA in Theatre Studies – Cultural Management and Marketing. At an international level, she participated with her PhD. research at the Doctoral Symposium of the AIMAC Conference 2017 in Beijing, China. She has over 5 years of experience in communications and cultural marketing working for both public and private organisations as a marketing strategist, events′organizer, PR and media officer or cultural projects evaluator. She has completed a social media strategy training at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a media training and HarveyLeach, both in London, United Kingdom. Currently, she is the communications coordinator of the Romanian-French Season, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania, a bilateral program of public and cultural diplomacy. She considers her daily work a permanent source of inspiration as she believes that cultural marketing always returns to its practical side.
Leonardo de Souza Boy is currently a master’s degree student in the History Department with a concentration in Cultural History at University of Paris-Saclay, France. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his career as a Venue Manager at the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He worked for one year at the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy, in Hungary, where he created projects related to global intercultural dialogue and forms of cooperation between intra-cultural entities. He has published a book chapter in Política para as Artes in 2018, about the dramaturgy as part of the strategy of the Brazilian foreign policy in the recent period (2011-2016). Areas of Research: International Cultural Relations, Patrimony and Foreign Policy.
A true european citizen, Cristina Sucala is a Romanian architect based in Paris since 2007, specialised in Twentieth Century Heritage through the French government scolarship programme at ENSAPARIS-BELLEVILLE School of Architecture (2009). Built upon the 6 years experience in organising the Industrial heritage-based regeneration workshops in Petrila Colliery, Romania, Cristina is currently pursuing a part time PhD research programme at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, Birmingham University, combined with architectural practice in Paris, France.
Gesthimani is a researcher and consultant in cultural heritage management. Throughout the last five years, she has been working as the CEO of an NPO Research Group “Opsometha eis Philippous”, which is a multidisciplinary group of 72 young researchers in northern Greece that have the vision to build the first Greek strategic union under the brand of the cultural landscape of Philippi. At “Opsometha eis Philippous”, Gesthimani has had to coordinate networking conventions between specifc project stakeholders, such as governmental organizations, research bodies and specialized professionals. She also holds the role of communications and partnership consultant for the local community and surrounding municipalities of the cultural landscape. She received her undergraduate education in the field of International Relations and Economics and Master’s in Applied Accounting and Auditing at the University of Macedonia. Nowadays, she is PhD researcher in bottom-up strategic cultural planning in Democritus University of Thrace.
His autobiography begins on major fields of Scientific Research on arts, heritage, museums and art management, management of artistic heritage, contemporary visual and plastic arts, cultural, scientific studies, cultural tourism and art. Evgeni Velev was member of the Council of Librarianship of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education Color Group-Bulgaria.
He is Head of the Department for Information on Tourism, Arts and Culture, as well as the Master’s program “Museum and Art Management”. There are a number of publications in the fields of art, aesthetics, culture and science. His scientific interests are focused on the impact of the information and communication environment on the improvement of the art system and the postmodern concepts in the identification, preservation, preservation, socialization and management of the artistic heritage. He is the author of dozens of articles, scientific papers, reports and the scientific monographs “Postmodern Information Environment and Contemporary Art” and “Artistic Heritage Management”. He works in the field of visual-plastic arts, graphic design and advertising-publishing.
Evgeni Velev has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions at the “Mercedes” Office – Dresden (Germany); Mercedes-Benz office – Munich (Germany); Sofia Gallery at the Bulgarian Embassy in London (England) in 2005 and 2014; AlbaD’Arte Gallery – Brescia (Italy); Sigmund Freud Museum – Vienna (Austria); in the museums of the Moscow State University of Printing and the Russian Academy of Arts “V. Surikov “at the Nega Center for Culture and Creativity, at the Publishing Center” Typographia Science “of the Russian Academy of Sciences – Moscow (Russia), at the Devínji Khan Exhibition Center – Edirne, Turkey; in various private galleries in Florence (Italy), Rasal Haim (UAE), Berlin (Germany), Prague (the Czech Republic), in the galleries Hemus, Rakursi, LIK, Altera, “Moscow”, “Eva” and the Bulgaria Gallery – Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Sofia, “Autograph” and “Anastas” in Plovdiv, “Rover Gallery” in Pazardzhik, “Zheravna” Gallery in Zheravna, in the Bogoridi Gallery in Burgas, etc.
Founder and artistic director of the Semicircle for Art Experiments and Eva Gallery, Sofia. In 2007 he was the curator of the Bulgarian Pavilion at the Expo Art World Exhibition in Montecatini (Italy) and in 2013 at the exhibition of the Pajdjik Artists’ Association in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Working as director of the Austrian Cultural Service (ÖKS) for many years and with a background as music educator and political scientist, Michael Wimmer gained comprehensive experiences in the cooperation between the arts, culture and education. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and on cultural policy at the Institute for Theatre and Media Studies, Vienna University. He is a consultant of the Austrian Ministry for Education, Culture and the Arts and since 2007 a member of the ministerial expert committee on the New Middle School. On the international level, Michael Wimmer is an experienced consultant of the Council of Europe, the UNESCO and the European Commission, who asked him to join the EU Expert Network on Culture. He is also a member of the scientific committee of the International Conference for Cultural Policy Research (iccpr).
I have been active in cultural relations in the Euro-Med for 20 years. My experience stems from project management practice, research, publishing and lecturing. I have worked freelance, with civil society organisations, led preparations for the European Capital of Culture in Malta as executive director (2011-2017) and acted as culture attache’ in Brussels for Malta (2006-2011). I currently lecture in cultural policy, international relations and tourism at the University of Malta and speak and provide professional advice internationally. My articles and papers are accessible at https://culturalpolicy.blog/. I am a member of the steering committee of The Phoenicians’ Cultural Route of the Council of Europe http://fenici.net/en/ on behalf of the Maltese NGO Inizjamed, of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network, a research network exploring the role of arts and cultural management https://managingculture.net/, of the UNESCO Chair of Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean (Tarragona) and the U40-Capacity Building Programme “Cultural Diversity 2030” initiated by the German UNESCO Commission. I read for a PhD in cultural relations in the Mediterranean at the Univrsitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (2012) and an M.A. in European Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Warwick (2005) as a Chevening Scholar.