Jeroen Mourik

Jeroen Mourik is a free-lancer in the field of cultural events management and consultancy. After a short career as a professional dancer, he studied Arts Management.

He continued his career in 1992 managing a number of festivals, including the Doe Dans Festival (a biennial weekend event in which participants take classes from professional folk dancers from around the world), Racism Beat It Festival and the International Clowns Festival in Utrecht.

From 2000 until 2004, Mourik was the Director of Kaleidoscope, the annual Aberdeen International Children’s Festival in Scotland. He worked as Artist in Residence at a number of institutions, creating Festival Spectacles in communities with children and working with local artists. From 2004 until 2006, he was the Chairman of International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Europe and from 2006 to 2007 he worked as the Business Development Manager of IFEA Europe.

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Toni Gonzalez

Toni Gonzales is an international consultant for arts and culture, design, organizing and advising international cultural projects in the field of contemporary performing arts and cultural policies. He is a member of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), where he was part of the Executive Committee for eight years. He was also vice-president of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural de Catalunya (Catalan Association of Cultural Managers), co-founder and vice-president of the international network of performing arts markets EurAm Bourse and cofounder of Comedia Network, which promotes the dissemination of culturally diverse performing arts in Europe.

He recently worked as communication coordinator of ENICPA, content director of Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca, coordinator of Mov s (Space for International Exchange of Dance and Movement Arts) and curator of the programme International Theatres Management of Red de Teatros Públicos de España. Currently Toni is also in the list of experts of the European Commission Culture Programme.

He was also artistic director of the festival Barcelona Street Arts within the fiestas de La Mercè de Barcelona (from 1998 to 2003), artistic director of the Three Wise Kings Parade of Barcelona (2002 and 2003), project coordinator of NAUMON by la Fura dels Baus (2003-2004) and, for eight years, member of the direction team of the Feria de Teatro de Tàrrega (from 1991 to 1998).

Toni is involved in international cultural policy research and provides best practice advice in managing arts projects and cultural institutions. Most of the reports can be downloaded here. Some of his recent studies are: “Strategic plan for Basque Country performing arts internationalization” (2010), “Theatres in London, Berlin and the Netherlands” (3 handbooks, 2007, 2008, 2009), “Assessment of the dance sector in Catalonia” (2007 and 2009), “The Political and Legal Context of Private Support to the Culture in Canada and Quebec” (2007), “The Arts Councils in Europe” (4 reports: England, Scotland, Finland and the Netherlands – 2008), “The National Trust in England” (2006), “Practices and Models of Support to Contemporary Performing Arts in Europe” (2005), etc.

He has extensively lectured, taught and written on arts management, arts internationalisation and cultural policies at major cultural and artistic events and in professional media. Toni currently teaches arts management and cultural policy at the University of Zaragoza and regularly writes articles in “Entreacte” magazine. His blog Cultura es Política deals with the performing arts community in Spain and Latin America.

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Mireia Cirera Hidalgo

Mireia Cirera Hidalgo’s work is focused on project management and international cooperation with a special interest in strategic alliances. In her career she designed, managed and coordinated different cultural projects and provided technical assistance and consultancy for different projects and programs related to cultural policy and international cultural cooperation.

Mireia holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Development and Security specializing in development cooperation with Latin American countries at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Art History Bachelor’s Degree by the UAB. She obtained several further specialications, such as: Post-graduate degrees in Management of Institutions & Cultural Platforms, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF); Post-graduates degrees in International Cultural Cooperation Management, Barcelona University (UB); and Post-graduates degrees in Development and Social Economy (FLACSO).

From 2004 to 2006 she worked at the Centro Cultural España-Córdoba (CCEC) in Argentina, taking responsibility of the Institutional and International Relations and assuming the coordination of International Cultural Cooperation Department, with special focus on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

Since 2008 Mireia has been working as project manager of Culture and Cooperation Departments in the Fedelatina NGO (Federación de Entidades Latinoamericanas de Catalunya), tackeling through her work issues linked to cultural diversity and development. Her work also keeps her in contact with the local and regional government with regard to the creation of new social public policies.

Since 2011 she also works as a lecturer and consultant for Universitat Oberta de Barcelona, on the MA in Cultural Management in the field of Cultural Industries.

Since November 2011 Mireia has been working as an independent culture expert for Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, evaluating projects under consideration for funding from the Culture Programme of the European Commission.

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Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio holds a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Barcelona (2009/2012). He is a PhD fellow at the research group “Art, Architecture and Digital Society,” also at the University of Barcelona, and a PhD associated researcher at the international platform “Global Visual Cultures.”

His current focus of research involves the subjects of intercultural processes, globalization and mobility in contemporary art, the interactions between artistic, educational, media and cultural practices in the Mediterranean, the impact of new technologies on art, communication and contemporary society. He also researches cultural mobility, art residencies and intercultural exchanges between Asia, the Arab world and Europe.

Herman has participated in several international conferences and developed projects and research residencies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Furthermore, he has collaborated with the Pistoletto Foundation, MEDIATECA of the Caixaforum Barcelona, OVNI Archives, ISEA2011 Istanbul, IEMed: European Institute of the Mediterranean, Arts Santa Mònica, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Istikshaf, Platform for Intercultural Europe, MACBA: Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, On the Move, Delfina Foundation, Culture360, Asia-Europe Foundation, JISER: Reflexions Mediterrànies, Culturelink, Encatc, and with many researchers, departments and universities worldwide.

He is an Expert of the Roberto Cimetta Fund’s Selection Committee and was Junior Editor (2011-2013) of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.

As an art critic and independent curator, he writes articles for several international magazines and is co-founder of the Platform for Contemporary Art and Thought, InterArtive. He is editorial contributor to Culture360, Asia-Europe Foundation; author and member of the DIGICULT / DIGIMAG Network on Art and Digital Culture; and member of the “Young Researchers Forum on Cultural Policy” organized by LabforCulture.

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Fibicc – Iberoamerican Foundation for the Cultural and Creative Industries

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.
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Cristina Ortega Nuere

Cristina Ortega Nuere is Director of the Institute of Leisure Studies at the University of Deusto where she is involved in various coordination, research and teaching activities.

  • She is professor and the Principal Researcher of the Official Research Team of Leisure and Human Development of the University of Deusto.
  • She is teaching in the PhD Programme in Leisure and Human Development, PhD Programme in International and Intercultural Studies and in several other masters (Master Erasmus Mundus Euro-culture, Master in Management of Leisure Projects, Master in Organisation of Events) and specializing courses (the University course in Local Cultural Management and the Course in Protocol and Special Events).
  • She is also Director of the Master in Management of Leisure Projects, Master in Organisation of Events and the Postgraduate Course in Local Cultural Management.

Cristina is also President of ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural Administration and Training Centres and also the chair of ENCATC’s Policy Grouping Monitors of Culture with 40 members from 20 countries.

Cristina has participated in more than 30 research projects in the cultural field. In the last year she has been the leader of the project Monitors of Culture that aims to reflect on cultural observatories in the future in Europe, financed by the European Commission under the framework of the Culture Programme. She has also taken part in the Life Long Learning project Artists Moving and Learning that analyses the impact of mobility experiences of artists in Europe. She has organized more than twenty events and scientific meetings on an international level, among which also the 6th World Leisure Congress of the Institute of Leisure Studies. She regularly participates as a guest in various international meetings.

Her recent publications include:

  • contribution to the  book edited by the European Commission, entitled Measuring Creativity with the contribution Events: functions and tendencies, by Ortega C. and Izaguirre, M. (2010) Bilbao: University of Deusto; and
  • Ortega, C. (2010) Observatorios Culturales. Creación de Mapas de Infraestructuras y Eventos, Barcelona: Ariel.

At present, she is Member of the Basque Council of Culture of the Basque Government.

Cristina is Doctor in Leisure and Human Potential studies, with a Master degree in Leisure Management, and specialised in Cultural Management, she graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy from the University of Deusto and completed her studies in London, Middlesex and at Westminster University.

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Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia

Roberto Gómez de la Iglesia is a consultant in the field of cultural policies and management, open inovation and global communication strategies.

Roberto devised and directed Divergentes and Disonancias between 2005 and 2009, two platforms connecting artists and companies in search of open and collaborative innovation, recognised by the European Union as one of the best practices for creativity and innovation in Europe ( He was also the promoter, founder and director of the Xabide Group for 25 years and directed numerous projects in the fields of culture, communication and public awareness, social economic development, entrepreneurship promotion and innovation.

Since 2009  he is a  Director of c2+i,cultura, comunicación, innovación. c2+i is an organisation that promotes creative processes and new relationship areas between economics, culture and social organisations, committed to exploring new opportunities for the development of creative industries and helping to make other productive sectors and society in general more creative. Based on this idea of open and collaborative innovation, c2+i develops programmes that aim for deeper innovation focused on strategies of cultural change, which may result in changes in attitudes and values, changes in organisational models or the creation of new products, services, materials or technologies.

Since 2010  he is a  Director of Conexiones Improbables, based in Bilbao. Improbable Connections is a community of collaborative and co-creative research initiatives aimed at innovation and social responsibility. It is based on the paradigms of open innovation and the principles of interrelated fields, disciplines and individuals.

Since 2012  he is a Profesor at Master course ‘Ciudades y Emprendimientos Creativos’ in Córdoba (Argentina)

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Anna Villarroya

Anna Villarroya is associate professor at the Department of Political Economy and Public Finance at the University of Barcelona, where she teaches “Economics of Culture” and “Creative Industries”. She studied Law and Economics at the University of Barcelona and in 2000 she obtained her PhD in Economics of the Public Sector. Since 2006, she is working, as an independent expert in cultural policy research, in the Spanish-country profile included in the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

She has taken part in several research projects funded by the Ministry of Culture, the Department of Culture and Communication of the Catalan government and the Organisation of Iberoamerican States. She is author of several articles and book chapters on different topics related to cultural policies.

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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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Antonio Ariño Villarroya

Antonio Ariño Villarroya is a Professor of sociology at the University of Valencia. From 1997 till 2003 he was Head of Department of Sociology and Social Antropology. Presently he is a Vice-Principal for Culture and Equality at the University of Valencia. He was a VicePresident of the Federación Española de Sociología. The focus of his research interest is directed towards sociology of culture, social policies and the third sector.

Selected publications:

  • La ciudad ritual (1992);
  •  El calendari festiu a laValència contemporànea (1750-1936) (1993);
  • Sociología de la cultura (Ariel, 1998);
  • Larosa de las solidaridades. Necesidades sociales y voluntariado en la ComunidadValenciana (1999),
  • La ciudadanía solidaria. El voluntariado y las organizaciones devoluntariado en la Comunidad Valenciana (2001),
  • Diccionario de Solidaridad (2003);
  • Las encrucijadas de la diversidad cultural (CIS, 2005),
  • La participación cultural enEspaña (Fundación Autor, 2006),
  • Asociacionismo y voluntariado en España (Tirant loBlanch, 2007),
  • El oficio de estudiar en la Universidad (PUV, 2008)
  • AutonomíaPersonal en la edad avanzada (CAM, 2008),
  • El movimiento Open (PUV, 2009).
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