Biljana Mickov is a cultural manager, researcher and a consultant working as the editor of magazine for contemporary culture, entitled New Thought. Additionally Biljana is engaged in projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad and Institute for Culture of Vojvodina. Her work is primarily dedicated to research and development of cultural policies in cooperation with local authorities. Biljana graduated from the University of Novi Sad and she holds a European Diploma in in Cultural Project Management (Marcel Hicter Foundation), Brussels (supported by UNESCO and the European Commission).
Culture and Development (C&D) is a non-governmental organization based in France. Its mission is based on the belief that the cultural identity is a factor for human, economic and social development of a territory. C&D aims to focus on both research and action by contributing to the international debate on cultural development and cultural economy at the same time carrying out practical actions that support cultural practices and strengthen cultural enterprises in developing countries.
C&D works mainly in Africa with the local authorities, ministries and cultural operators in access to knowledge, and preservation and promotion of heritage. C&D also advocates for and consults those involved in the cultural development.Tags: cultural development, cultural heritage, cultural identity, cultural research, economy of culture, France
Culture Clinic is an NGO whose organizational objectives are democratic development, capacity building and respect for human rights using cultural expressions as method. Culture Clinic works with the projects on the international arena, with a special focus on the Eastern European countries, but also in EU-countries, Africa and Asia. Through their work they include a wide network of institutions, business sector, political sector as well as artists and cultural workers. Culture Clinic also works as consultants and with lobbying. The organization is financed by equal parts from consulting fees and grants from the EU, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Nordic Council of Ministers, Swedish Institute, Swedish Arts Council, Region Västra Götaland etc.
Culture Clinics organization and activities are based on a number of principles and codes of conduct:
- Respect for Human Rights
All work that Culture Clinic carry out derives from the principle of equal value for all human beings and the respect for fundamental freedom.
- Transparency & Participation
The ambition to be an open and transparent organisation shall reflect the relation to members and partner organisations.
- Gender perspective
All projects that Culture Clinic runs nationally and internationally has a tangible gender perspective.
- Sustainable development
Environmental concern shall be reflected in all projects, as well as in daily decisions at the office.
Culture Clinic strives for an accessibility perspective to be integrated in all aspect of the organisations work.
Culture Clinic works in a long-term perspective and strives to continuously build on completed projects and achieved results.
- Meeting place
The meeting place is essential in Culture Clinics work and aims to gather people of different background as well as sectors.
Henrik Zipsane is a Director of the Jamtli, County Museum of Jämtland in Sweden. His professional interests cover the role of cultural heritage in sustainable regional development, cultural heritage learning and social cohesion. In that regard, Mr. Zipsane co-founded and co-directed the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning in Östersund, Sweden. He was also a co-founder and the Chairman of the European network LLOAM (Lifelong Learning in Open Air Museums). Additionaly, he held several chairman and executive positions in both Denmark and Sweden.
Mr. Zipsane’s research and consultancy work covers:
- Consulting the possibilities of gaining better financial results in the long run for three small local museums in Östersunds Municipality
- Initiating a successful pedagogical programme for upper secondary compulsory school with the role play method with the aim of producing attitudes against xenophobia
- Initiating a successful programme for early school leavers with a method of creating positive learning experiences in order to stimulate a return to formal basic education
- Initiating a case study of describing and analysing the activities of voluntaries in the museum and genealogists in the archive as adult learning activities
Suvi Innilä is a manager with an expertise in European capitals of culture, cultural festivals, events and projects, local and regional cultural policies and planning, cultural development, management and co-operation and culture and sustainable development. She was a Programme Director of Turku 2011 Foundation from 2008- 2012 and she co-ordinated the Turku preparations for the European Capital of Culture 2011. She also led the bidding phase which resulted in Turku’s nomination as a European Capital of Culture. Previously she has been working in cultural and project management including work as a managing director of Turku International Animated Film Festival. For many years Innilä worked as the Project Manager of Arsnet which provides working opportunities for cultural professionals through an internet-based marketing tool. In 2000–2002 she launched Tough Eye – Turku International Animated Film Festival and was its first managing director. She has also been a member of several boards of cultural associations, e.g. the chair of Music by the Sea Festival organised annually in Inkoo, Finland. Suvi Innilä graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Turku in 1999, majoring in art history. She also has a background as a violin player.Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural development, cultural management, European cities, festivals, Finland, local and regional cultural policies, sustainable development
Leena Marsio is a freelance arts manager and a researcher based in Finland. She specialised in culturally diverse art projects and cultural policies. Her research interests lie in the field of cultural diversity and cultural pluralism, cultural rights, cultural development, arts management and co-operation, festivals, social inclusion and cohesion. Leena Marsio has been actively working as a producer in arts and development projects in Finland, the Balkan region and South Africa. On several occasions she has been working as a project researcher and a project coordinator for the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Leena also made commissioned work for European Commission and the City of Helsinki. She holds a B.A. in Arts Research, Literature and Communication from the University of Helsinki and a M.A. in Arts Management from Sibelius Academy.Tags: arts management, arts research, cultural consultancy, cultural development, cultural diversity, cultural policy, cultural projects, Finland
Miikka Pyykkönen is a lecturer in Master’s program in Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä, where he worked since 2000, first as a PhD researcher and since 2006 as a senior lecturer. His PhD thesis ( 2007) deals with the immigrant associations in two Finnish cities, Jyväskylä and Tampere. He is specialized in politics of cultural diversity and multiculturalism, civil society, Foucauldian methodology and analytics of power, governance of ethnic minorities, indigenous cultures, and cultural, European and Finnish immigration policies. He has published articles and co-edited books on the transformations of cultural policy, theoretical conception of civil society, historical governance of the Roma and Sami in Finland and immigrant associations in Finland. He also worked as a research fellow in research projects called “Capabilities, Institutions and Power in Developed Societies” and “Changing Civil Society: Multiculturalism, young people and the Finnish civic culture” funded by Academy of Finland. In Spring 2006 he was a visiting lecturer through Erasmus teacher exchange program at the University of Iceland (Department of Sociology). He also performed a teacher exchange in Argentina (University of del Salvador and University of Fasta) in May and June 2007 and September-November 2009. Pyykkönen also works as an editor in three academic journals, two of which are international and one Finnish.Tags: comparative cultural policy, critic, cultural development, cultural diversity, cultural policy, Governance of Culture, interculturalism
Annie Tubadji is a policy advisor and strategic analyst expert with expertise in EU Structural Funds, working for Dextera Consulting. She has also been working as an External Consultant for Western Arts Federation (WESTAF), as well as, as External Consultant for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung research project on “Youth Unemployment in EU – Reasons and Consequences” – correspondent for Greece.
Her previous experience includes working as an External Evaluator of the Museums Emergency Programme (MEP) – Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management initiated and implemented by ICOM, GCI and ICCROM and is also responsible for preparing the feasibility study for transferring MEP in the SEE Region. Tubadji was also a team member of experts working on a SEE Cultural Corridors Development Programme.
Her educational background includes: MA, Joined European Degree in Sustainable Development Studies (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Trento, Italy and University of Regensburg, Germany (2007). BA in International Finance and Trade (1st class degree) from University of Portsmouth, UK (2004). Annie is presently completing her PhD degree in Cultural Economics at University of Regensburg, in Germany.Tags: Bulgaria, conflict and culture, cultural development, cultural statistics/indicators, cultural tourism, EU
Olaf Gerlach Hansen is a consultant and a trainer for innovation and development in cultural programs, intercultural research, culture and development policy issues. His focus include management of artistic, cultural & educational programs, intercultural research and training, and national & multilateral policy making. He is a senior advisor at the Danish Cultural Institute and a Director of the Culture Futures, an informal network concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age by 2050.
Previously he was a Director General of the Danish Center for Culture and Development, supporting the cultural development and cooperation programs and cultural exchanges and he managed and produced one of the worlds largest cultural festivals focusing on non-western cultures called “Images“. For many years he was also a consultant for the international NGOs, such as AFS Intercultural Programs, the world’s largest youth exchange organisation in the development of intercultural education. Olaf’s extensive work on the strategy and policy issues, was vital for initiating, formulating, adopting and implementing the Culture and Development Strategy of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida. He also contributed to the development of various international cultural policies and is a memeber of the International Network of Cultural Diversity (INCD), the World Culture Forum (FCM), the president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and a member of the Danish UNESCO National Culture Committee. Olaf holds a MA in Danish Philology and Linguistic Psychology with a degree in the Psychology of Dreams, which he taught at the University of Copenhagen.Tags: cultural consultancy, cultural development, cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural management, cultural research, culture and globalization, Denmark, festivals, intercultural dialogue