Eduard Miralles is the Cultural Relations Advisor at the Barcelona Provincial Council, where he also managed the Cultural Studies and Resources Center (1996-2004) and the biennial “Interacció” on cultural policies (1996-2002).
He is also the chair of the Interarts Foundation, an organisation focused on international cultural cooperation, and a consultant on culture, cooperation and development for several international organisations such as FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities), AECID (Spanish Cooperation for Development Agency) and the OEI (Iberoamerican States’ Organisation for Education, Science and Culture).
During 2002-2004 he was on the committee for the Agenda 21 for Culture and after 2004 represented the Barcelona Provincial Council at the Culture Commission of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG). Eduard Miralles is also a board member of Roberto Cimetta Fund, an international non-profit organisation supporting artistic mobility in the Mediterranean region. Since 2007 he takes part in the UNESCO’s international group of experts for development of the Convention for Cultural Diversity.
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Alfons Martinell’s profesional interests are focused on issues related to cultural policies, cultural development, cultural cooperation and cultural management. Based at University of Girona, where he is Full Professor and a Director of the UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policies and Cooperation’, he is engaged in applied research, knowledge transfer and education within the above mentioned fields, as well as in various international cultural cooperation projects. He has published books and articles dealing with topics of cultural management, cultural policies, culture and development, international cultural cooperation, social education, etc.
In addition, Alfons is co-director of the Laboratorio Iberoamericano de Investigación e Innovación en Cultura y Desarrollo, based in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) and Girona. Within this framework, the review Revista de Investigación en Cultura y Desarrollo Wale’keru is being published.
Alfons Martinell’s profesional experience includes also:
- General Director of Cultural and Scientific Relations at the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional. ( May 2004 – July 2008 )
- President of the Fundación INTERARTS, Observatorio Políticas Culturales Urbanas y Regionales based in Barcelona.
- Expert in the field of education on cultural management, cultural cooperation and cultural policies
- Academic Director of the Campus Euroamericano de Cooperación Cultural
Javier Brun is an Advisor to the General Directorate of Culture of the Regional Government of Aragon and other cultural agents, as well as Vice-president of Interarts board. He has been director of various festivals and performing arts fairs. During his work experience has been linked to the Executive Committee or Secretariat of different European networks, such as European Forum of Cultural Networks, Pepinières Européenes pour Jeunes Artistes and On The Move, among others.
Javier is teaching courses in the field of international cultural cooperation at the University of Barcelona (Postgraduate diploma in International Cultural Cooperation and in Culture Management), University of Zaragoza (Master’s course in Policy Management and Cultural projects) and Girona (UNESCO Chair of Cultural Policies and Cooperation). In addition, Javier is involved with open distance training, in collaboration with Toulouse University, where he is a teacher of training programmes in Cultural Management, targeting: Cultural Managers and Artists in the process of becoming professionals.
His academic background includes:
- Advanced Studies Diploma in Information Society and KnowledgeManagement. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. (Directed by: Manuel Castells )
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Cooperation and European Cultural Policies – Universitat Pompeu Fabra – IDEC (Directed by: Eduard Delgado.  University of Barcelona – CERC – Ministry of Culture)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Management and Policies (Directed by: Eduard Delgado and Alfons Martinell)
- Master’s degree in Chemical Science – Major in Biochemistry – University of Barcelona 1982.
He is a coauthor of the publication entitled: Redes culturales. Claves para sobrevivir en la globalización. (2008). Madrid: Aecid y Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación.Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural management, Spain
The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations – ifa is the leading German institution for international cultural exchange operating worldwide and resting on the idea that cultures are changeable, movable and permeable, but also conservative and restrictive as they can cause conflicts, but also transform and resolve conflicts.
Ifa aims to establish dialogue between civil societies, provide information about foreign cultural policy and bring together people from different cultures through exchange programs and international conferences.
Ifa devises and organizes German contemporary art exhibitions worldwide, funds artists’ exhibition projects and award scholarships, hosts contemporary art, architecture and design from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe in Stuttgart and Berlin ifa galleries. Special media programs enable support for the development of structures in civil society. Ifa is also active in a wide variety of other projects in co-operation with foundations and other civil society organizations both nationally and internationally. Ifa is funded by the German Foreign Office, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Stuttgart.Tags: cultural cooperation, foreign cultural policy, Germany, intercultural dialogue, international cultural policies
Indrasen Vencatachellum works as a free lance consultant on cultural policies for development and is a co-ordinator of the International Festival of Cultural Diversity, President of the International Network for Craft Development (RIDA), Member of the Administrative Board of the International Foundation for the Disabled , Advisor of BRANAID Foundation and Honorary Member of the World Crafts Council (WCC).
Vencatachellum started an international career at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 1987. Since than he has been recognized by the UN specialized agencies and professionalal organizations for the launch of the ‘The Ten-Year Plan for Crafts Development in the World (1990-1998), Design 21 Project and for his series of Methodological Guides (‘Participation in Internationall Trade Fairs’, ‘Data Coillection’, ‘Policies for Crafts and Poverty Eradication’ and ‘Designers Meet Artisans’). Additionally, he assumed the duties of Director of Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries, Secretary of Programme and External Relations of the UNESCO Executive Board ( 1996-1997) and of Secretary of the Programme Commission at the General Conference ( in 1989, 2001 and 2003). In 2007, he represented UNESCO on the Technical Committee for the evaluation of projects sublmitted under the UNDP-SPAIN MDGS FUND for the ‘Culture and Development’ section.
He also coordinated the African participation in the World Conference on Cultural Policies (Mondiacult), formed part of the technical team for the organization of the Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development and directed the Regional Centre for the Training of Cultural Adminstrators in Lome (Togo). He has undertaken technical assistance missions and organized conferences in some 80 countries in five continents and carried out the mid-term evaluation of the European Union programme for Culture and Films in the ACP countries ( between 2009 and 2010).Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural projects, culture and globalization, festivals, financing the arts and culture, France
European Cultural Network for Development Cooperation is a non-governmental organization recognized as an international solidarity association that maintains official relations with UNESCO for its consultancy services. Through its activities, it aims to strengthen the cultural dimension of development, to preserve cultural diversity and enhance the creative interaction between artists and craftsmen. The network strives for the establishment of a regulatory environment conducive to the recognition of the status of artists and artisans and cultural policies for development.
Network aims are to preserve common cultural memory in the Euro-Mediterranean region; enhance craftsmen’s capacities and skills building; cooperate for development through artistic and cultural action; promote women’s access in socio-economic field; contribute to cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. Activities organized by the Network include setting up “Centre de liaison artistique et culturelle en méditerranée“, propose cultural project design and management training, coordinate ‘Ullyssa-art’ network and its successor ‘PRODECOM’, offer training courses on cultural design and management, and organize traveling crafts exhibitions. Network gathers members from 33 different countries and territories worldwide.Tags: cultural consultancy, cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural heritage, France, intangible heritage, UNESCO
Lila Skarveli is a Manager of European Cultural Network for Development Cooperation (Réseau Culturel Européen de Coopération au Développement / Chambre des Beaux Arts de Méditerranée) working in the development of cultural resources. She has a wide experience of working with a range of public bodies and organizations such as UNESCO, European Commission, French Technical Assistance as well as the knowledge of National Ministries and NGOs worldwide in countries from the Middle East to the Western Balkans.
She was a co-ordinator of transnational action taking charge of partnership agreements, networking, coordination of activities as well as monitoring and evaluation procedures for cooperation projects and follow-up. She has over 20 years of working experience in a French NGO, and also in collaboration with other NGOs. Her training skills grasp conception and design of cultural development projects, institutional and civil society capacities building, visibility and technical assistance. Additionally she has had consultancy assignments for Institutions (such as UNESCO, EC) on the theme of Culture and Social Cohesion as well as for Cultural Industries Development also working on regional and international project design and management. Lila is specialized in cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and cultural development projects, as well as enhancement and promotion of cultural and creative industries.
She is a Graduate of the National Superior School of Fine Arts, Athens, 1972-1979 – Master in Arts and Art History – special mention and has an applied arts diploma – pedagogy and psychology of learning.Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural heritage, cultural projects, culture and development, France
Thomas Perrin is associate researcher at PACTE – CNRS research centre, University of Grenoble and at the University Institute of European Studies of Barcelona (IUEE). He is an expert for the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. His research and teaching deal with cultural policy and cultural relations and cooperation, in particular – but not only – in European, Euro-regional and regional contexts.
Previously he worked for the French Ministry of Culture and cultural network abroad (Morocco, Chad) and has been a research assistant at Toulouse University since 2005. Since 2008 he has been a part-time lecturer at Champollion University (Albi) and gives lectures in other institutions (e.g. Paris 8 University, Lyon University, La Rochelle University, SciencesPo Paris). Thomas is a member of ECURES, the European Association of Cultural Researchers.
He completed a Master in intercultural relations at Paris-Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in 2001. Before that, he spent a year at the School of European Studies, Sussex University (UK) and studied Arts Management at Paris-Denis-Diderot University. Thomas gained in 2010 a PhD in political science from Institut d’Études Politiques, University of Grenoble, with a thesis which deals with cultural policy and cooperation within Euroregions : “Culture et Eurorégions. Enjeux institutionnels de l’action culturelle eurorégionale”. In 2011, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University Institute of European Studies of Barcelona (IUEE), in the framework of the programme Explora Pro of Région Rhônes-Alpes.
Thomas won in 2011 the first Mark Schuster Prize, which aims to recognise the best recently published paper on comparative cultural policies presented by a young researcher. He also received a merit prize for the EU Committee of the Regions’ Doctoral Thesis Competition 2011. His works have been published in several books and journals.Tags: cultural cooperation, Cultural Policy Research, France, local and regional cultural policies