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
Veera Laurila is a producer and culture manager with expertise in European Capitals of Culture, project planning, event management, local and European cultural policies, international networks and development of the creative sector. Veera has expertise in both public and private as well in the non-profit and NGO cultural sector, and is proficient in creating and implementing strategies, Service Design and development methods.
She has an MA in Culture and Arts with a thesis about developing the legacy of Turku European Capital of Culture 2011. Veera has also studied audience development and export of cultural commodities, and has completed studies in communications and culture history as well.
Veera Laurila has worked as a producer in a contemporary dance company in 2000-2009. After that she joined the Production Support Team of Turku 2011 Foundation in order to act as a Production Coordinator in Turku European Capital of Culture. Between 2009 and 2012 she worked with educating, supporting and guiding 167 individual programme projects for European Capitals of Culture. Veera was also appointed as a producer for two follow-up programme projects (museum field and circus) and has been granted several personal grants for participating in conferences and events on the European level. She took part in the European Network of Cultural Centers Staff Exchange Programme for Culture Professionals in 2012.Tags: audience development, cultural management, cultural policy, event management, Finland, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, performing arts, project management
Delphine Hesters works (since 2011) as a researcher at the Vlaams Theater Instituut (Flemish Theatre Institute) where she studies the fields of performing arts and cultural policies in Flanders.
Delphine studied sociology and cultural management. She obtained a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Leuven based on a research on the concepts and methods for the study of identity and culture in research on ethnic minorities. In 2009 Delphine was a visiting researcher at the sociology department of Harvard University. As a cultural sociologist she researched the careers of contemporary dancers in Flanders, Brussels’ dance community and Flemish cultural policy. Between 2007 and 2011 Delphine Hesters was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Arts of the Flemish government. Delphine also works as a researcher for the Institute for Human Activities (IHA).Tags: cultural identity, cultural management, cultural policy, performing arts
Asu Aksoy works at the Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communications Cultural Management Department as a senior lecturer. She is the director of Cultural Policy and Management Research Centre (KPY) where research activities are undertaken in the fields of cultural policy and cultural management.
After getting her doctorate degree from the University of Westminster in Communication Studies she worked in British universities (such as the University of Westminster, the University of Sussex, and Goldsmiths College London) as a research fellow and on large-scale research programmes on migrants, media and cultural identity. After returning to Turkey in 2007 she worked as the international projects director of the arts and culture center of Bilgi University – santralistanbul. She then worked in the team of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture project. She coordinated a major project on the cultural economy of Istanbul funded by the Istanbul 2010 Agency and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This research work has been published by the Istanbul Bilgi University Press in Turkish and English.
She has many publications in the areas of transnational media, migration and cultural identity, on the socio-political dynamics of urban development of Istanbul, and on cultural policy issues in Turkey. She was the Istanbul curator of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Making City, 2012, and she participated in Istanbul’s first Design Biennale in 2012 with a project titled AdilKebapDürüm. Presently she is coordinating the Turkish side of a European project on Access to culture, funded by the EU Culture Programme.Tags: cultural management, cultural policy, cultural research, project coordinator, Turkey
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serhan Ada is a member of the faculty at Art and Cultural Management BA/MA/PhD Programmes of Istanbul Bilgi University and the founding director of santralistanbul, an international center for arts, culture and education converted from the Silahtarağa Power Plant, the first urban-scale power plant of the Ottoman Empire.
Ada has been visiting professor at University IUAV in Venice (2012 and 2013) and GIOCA (Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts Master Programme) at University of Bologna (2011), Cultural Advisor to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, founding member of AICA Turkey (International Association of Art Critics), Vice Chairman of Anadolu Kültür A.Ş. (an independent cultural network creating artistic structures and improving local cultural policies in various cities of Turkey), Deputy President of the Turkish National Commission of UNESCO’s Committee on Cultural Diversity, an Honourary Member of the Creative Industries Council (YEKON) and founder of Cultural Industries Development Platform (KEGeP) representing Turkey in the International Federation of Coalitions on Cultural Diversity (IFCCD).
Ada is the editor 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 on cultural policy of Turkey as an alternative to the National Report. He also edited the first book on the Turkish national cultural policy, entitled “Introduction to Cultural Policies in Turkey” and the periodical “Cultural Policy and Management Yearbook,” both published in 2009. His publications include: “Festivals of Istanbul,” as editor, 2011, and “Emerging Cultural Continent: Actors and Networks,” as co-editor, 2008.Tags: cultural management, cultural policy, cultural research, Turkey
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
The IFCCD aims to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions worldwide, advocates the development and implementation of national, regional and international policies, and promotes the ratification process of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. IFCCD is the voice of cultural professionals worldwide, bringing together 43 national coalitions comprised of over 600 professional culture organizations representing creators, artists, independent producers, distributors, broadcasters and editors in the publishing, motion picture, television, music, performing arts and visual arts fields.
It was founded in Sevilla in 2007 to replace the International Liaison Committee of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ILC). ILC was created in 2003 as an initiative of the Coalitions for Cultural Diversity to facilitate cooperation, development of common positions and actions, and promotion of the elaboration of the Convention on Cultural Diversity. The ILC delegates participated as observers in the international sessions of negotiations for the production of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, thus ensuring that the voice of cultural professionals was heard during this labor-intensive process.
The implementation of the Convention on March 18, 2007 gave a new momentum to the ILC action which then became the International Federation of the Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. The Federation is incorporated in Canada and has its Secretariat in Montreal. The French Coalition for Cultural Diversity ensures the representation of the IFCCD at the UNESCO in Paris.Tags: access to culture, Canada, cultural diversity, cultural management, cultural policy, international networks, UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Rebecca Amsellem’s fields of expertise include international economics, economic impact of culture, cultural indicators and economics of museums. She holds a Specialised Master’s Degree from Sciences Po Toulouse in “International Affairs and Firms Strategies,” as well as a Master’s Degree from La Sorbonne in “Economics and Management of Cultural Products” (2012). Presently she is a PhD cultural economics student at Sorbonne University and is developing a PhD thesis about the internationalization of museums and its impact on their economic models.
From 2010 to 2013 Rebecca has been a project manager of the Forum d’Avignon, a think tank dedicated to culture and economics, where she was responsible for managing the budget section, working groups and studies, partnerships, communication and the annual event department. In 2013 she founded a consulting firm which deals with internationalization strategies of cultural projects. Rebecca speaks English, French and Spanish.Tags: cultural consultancy, cultural management, economy of culture, France
Bernd B. Paulowitz is a heritage and cultural information management consultant. In addition to working as a consultant in the field of cultural/natural heritage and cartographic related projects he is a director of HisGIS. He is an expert in project and program coordination (timely reporting, drafting strategies, financial bookkeeping) and has in-depth knowledge in cultural heritage information management, fundraising, cultural resource management, mapping (GIS) consultancies and ICT consulting. Mr. Paulowitz began his professional career at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) in 1999 where he helped WHC to carry out an analysis of the Operational Guidelines and of a first retroactive inventory on the geographic information in the nomination files. With the newly set up information management program of the WHC he helped building up the IT infrastructure of the WHC and assisted in co-ordinating and evaluating several ICT related projects. Since than he has worked with or for national and international organisations (UNESCO, UNDP, ICOMOS, IUCN, Ghetty Institute) and government administrations in Austria, Romania, France and Poland. As an expert on intangible and tangible World Heritage, he has worked for Gaia Heritage and Mihai Eminescu Trust. He has carried out several cartographic and GIS related works for UNESCO, DUH and ERN (European Rivers Network). Other professional activities include teaching (ENA, France; UNESCO, Paris; University of Cottbus, Germany), participation in many workshops on World Heritage and preparation of EU funded projects for ATC (Austrian Tourism Consultants).
He is a trained historian and political scientist and has enriched his studies with a post-graduate degree at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna.Tags: austria, cultural heritage, cultural management, France, fundraising, ICT and Culture, world heritage