Burcu Yilmaz’s fields of expertise include arts and cultural management, culture and development, cultural cooperation, intangible cultural heritage and performing arts. She holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Management from Koc University in Istanbul (2007). Burcu also attended the certificate program titled “Culture and Arts Management Program” organized by the European Cultural Association in 2005.
She is one of the contributors of the book entitled “Turkish Cultural Policy: Report a Civil Perspective,” published in 2011 as a result of the Independent Cultural Policy Report of Turkey project, focusing on the civil society’s perspective of Turkey’s cultural policy as an alternative to the National Report.
Between 2007-2010, she has worked for Anadolu Kultur (an independent cultural network creating artistic structures and improving local cultural policies in various cities of Turkey). During this time, in addition to many projects concentrated on cultural diversity, arts and development, and cultural cooperation, she participated in the project “Invisible Cities: Building Capacities for Local Cultural Policy Transformation in Turkey” (2008-2010). In 2010 she was a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the UN Joint Program Alliances for Culture Tourism in Eastern Anatolia.
From 2010 to 2012 Burcu has worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, as voluntary consultant on artistic and cultural projects dedicated to development. As a short-term expert she worked for TACSO Turkey (Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations), which is funded by the European Union, conducted research and edited many publications related to capacity building, civil participation, funding, etc. (2012-2013)
Currently, Burcu lives between Strasbourg and Istanbul. She is working as a freelance consultant for NGOs in Turkey and Nepal, and also as an external expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. Apart from that she is completing her second Master’s Degree in performing arts in the University of Strasbourg and taking part in artistic projects. Burcu is also in the board of directors of Hall de Chars (a cultural center dedicated to artistic creation) in Strasbourg.Tags: arts management, civil society, cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural heritage management, cultural management, culture and development, France, intangible heritage, Nepal, non-governmental organizations, performing arts, Turkey
Martina Borovac Pečarević works as Head of Directorate for European Affairs and Media at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia where she is in charge of EU funding/projects (coordinator of the process of programming 2014-2020) and EU programmes (Culture 2007-2013/Creative Europe), international cultural cooperation, media, digitization of cultural heritage, Croatian cultural strategy 2014-2020 – cultural policies, cultural and institutional reform, cultural management and education in cooperation with Kennedy Center Washington.
From 2004 until 2011 she worked at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, where she was dealing with international cultural cooperation, political issues, negotiation and accession to the EU and the relations with the EU institutions.
From 2006 until 2010 she was a cultural attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium, but also dealt with politics and from 2009 also worked as a head of the consular section.
In 2011 Martina obtained a PhD with the thesis “Prospective Development of the European Cultural Policies: Intercultural Dialogue and Multiculturalism” at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.Tags: Belgium, Croatia, cultural cooperation, cultural management, EU cultural policies, intercultural dialogue, media, multiculturalism, project management
Charles Vallerand has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cultural policies, half of which were devoted to international cultural cooperation within the Francophonie, including at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. In particular, he held the position of Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of the French-language television services of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after having filled several senior management positions at TV5 Quebec Canada. Until recently, he was the communications director for a non-governmental organization dedicated to the implementation of the International Bill of Human Rights of the United Nations through cooperation programs with civil society organizations in some 15 developing countries.
He is the Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity and General Secretary of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity present in 43 countries. This international NGO plays a lead role in advocating for participatory governance in policy making for the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions and the recognition of the distinctive nature of cultural goods and services in the context of global trade liberalization. It is an official partner with consultative status of UNESCO and serves on the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.Tags: Canada, cultural cooperation, cultural management, cultural participation, cultural policy, cultural research, media policy
Fibicc is a nonprofit institution that promotes training, cooperation and specific research in the fields of culture, art and creativity, in Europe, Latin America and Africa.
It’s mission is to contribute to social and economic development through the promotion of cultural entrepreneurship, creative community support schemes, the establishment of collaborative networks and through research of cultural policies and management models in the field of creative industries.
It’s aim is to respond to the growing importance of cultural and creative industries in the global economic scenario by:
- Supporting those who want to innovate in the field of culture and creativity worldwide, from entrepreneurs to managers, designers, programmers and researchers;
- Contributing to the development of top professionals in the industry through our educational programmes in collaboration with several universities and academic institutions;
- Encouraging the development of culture in Spain, Latin America and Africa;
- And making regular research and divulgation work in order to help consolidate and improve practices within an industry with a long road ahead.
It’s goals are:
- The promotion of Spanish and Latin American culture, with a special focus on the use of new technologies.
- The promotion and encouragement of cultural and creative industries throughout the Spanish territory, with a special interest in supporting young cultural actors, and therefore entrepreneurship.
- To promote research and development of technological and digital media tools for cultural and creative entrepreneurs.
- The strengthening of vocational education and specialized training in the sector;
- To encourage and contribute to scientific research and dissemination in the field of cultural economy.
- Promoting international development cooperation in the field of arts and culture.
- The transmission of the social economy’s values.
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.
- (2010). “Casi cincuenta años de relaciones entre la cultura y el desarrollo: de la cultura como factor de desarrollo al desarrollo cultural”, en El sector cultural hoy: oportunidades, desafíos y respuestas. Memorias. Bogotá: Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia.
- (2009). Cultura, cooperación descentralizada y desarrollo local. Montevideo: Observatorio de Cooperación Descentralizada.
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