culture and development

Burcu Yilmaz

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.

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Madina Regnault

Madina Regnault is a researcher and cultural policy consultant in policy development of cultural heritage and tourism. She holds a PhD in in Social Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Based on a multidisciplinary approach, her research on cultural policies analyzes the political and identity issues of cultural tourism promotion in Reunion Island and Mayotte Island, the two French territories located in the Western Indian Ocean. Madina is also a lecturer (at the University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle), and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. She is the author of several book chapters and articles (in French).

Madina has two Masters degrees: one in Political Science (International Relations specialty) and another one in Direction and Management of Cultural Projects.

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Jordi Pardo Rodríguez

Jordi Pardo is an expert in cultural policies, development and governance. He is the founder and scientific coordinator of the Cultural Lab at Barcelona Media-Innovation Centre.  As scientific coordinator of the Laboratory of Culture and Tourism at Barcelona Media Foundation, he directs and develops projects in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Culture Lab is a unit at Barcelona Media Foundation working for the development and competiveness of culture as a key resource for the social, economic growth and for quality of life.

He is member of the pool of International Experts of UNESCO Programme for Culture, Development and Governance.  funded by the European Union. He is also a member of the European Commission panel of experts in charge of the selection of European Capitals of Culture. He has taken part in the experts’ commission in cultural policies of the European Council.

In the last 20 years, he has directed cultural institutions and projects in Spain, and he has undertaken extensive culture and development work in Spain, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Viet Nam.  Mr. Pardo has also undertaken technical assistance to support culture and development strategies and projects for the municipality of Barcelona, and other regional and local authorities in South America and Asia, and as an expert consultant for AECID. He is member of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona.

During his professional career he was managing policies, institutions, companies and services in the public and private sector, occupying different responsabilities in the cultural field. He has been Secretary General (vice-minister) of the Interior Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia (Spain). In the cultural field, among others, he has been director of the Design Centre and Museum of Barcelona project; managing director of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB),  he was Managing director of the archaeological park and museum of the old greek and roman cities of Ampurias (Girona. Spain).


  • Master in Public Administration (EMPA. Executive Master Public Administration), (ESADE Business School) / Ramon Llull University / Barcelona. 2004.
  • Advanced Studies Degree (DEA) by the University of Barcelona. (1999)
  • Degree in Geography and History (Archaeology) University of Barcelona, 1982
  • Diploma in Hispanic Archaeology, University of Barcelona – Institute of Prehistory and Archaeology, 1980
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Pau Rausell Köster

Pau Rausell Köster is an expert in cultural policies and cultural economy. Holding a PhD in the applied economy,  he is a Profesor at the Department of Applied Economy at the University of Valencia, where he also leads a Research Unit in Applied  Cultural Economy. Within the framework of activities of the Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Local, he leads  research area ‘Tourism and economy of culture’ whose objectives are to investigate the possibilities  cultural economy  brings to territorial development, focusing on the segment of tourism as a generator of development. Pau participates in various European  and iberoamerican research projects (eg. Sostenuto , Observatorio Iberoamericano de Cultura, Proyecto SIEDECC). He has published numerous books and articles, including:

  • (2007). Cultura. Estrategia para el desarrollo local. Madrid: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional.
  • (2005). “Una aproximación al turismo urbano. El valor de la ciudad empaquetada en el caso de Valencia”, co-autor junto con Francisco Serrano, en Revista de Economía, Sociedad, Turismo y Medio Ambiente (RESTMA), N°2.
  • (2004). Rehabilitación, patrimonio y participación. Textos para el debate. Edit. Conselleria de Cultura, G.V.
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Alfons Martinell Sempre

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
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Lila Skarveli

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.

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Sophia Labadi

Sophia Labadi is a cultural heritage specialist with extensive research and practical experience. She has worked for numerous cultural organizations including UNESCO, ICOMOS, the Getty Conservation Institute and have been associated with major research centres such as Stanford University. For UNESCO, she worked in the Secretariat of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and participated in the strategic planning and drafting of the 2009 UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity.

Additionally, Sophia has been an active researcher on topics related to museums, heritage regeneration, culture and development, tourism and urban development, impacts of the arts and culture. Among other she was published in Routledge edited volume ‘Heritage and Globalisation’ in September 2010.   Sophia is on the editorial board of the International Social Science Journal and Heritage and Society.

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