Speakers at SoPHIA´s Stakeholders Virtual Conference: Cultural Heritage - Rethinking Impact Assessments

Learn more about the speakers at SoPHIA´s Virtual Conference: Cultural Heritage - Rethinking Impact Assessments, April 21-22, 2021. 

Keynote Conversation

Pier Luigi Sacco is Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan, Senior Advisor and Head of the Venice Office of the OECD, Senior Researcher at Bruno Kessler  Foundation, Trento, and metaLAB (at) Harvard. He has been the Special Adviser of the European Commissioner for Education and Culture. He is member of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, of the Advisory Council for Research & Innovation of the Czech Republic, and of the Advisory Council of Creative Georgia. He works and consults internationally in the fields of culture-led local development, policy design and evaluation, and is often invited as keynote speaker in major cultural policy conferences worldwide.
Ana Schoebel, trained in Textile Conservation, has worked for the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports since 1989. From 2005 to 2014 she was appointed as technological expert for the National Qualifications Institute (INCUAL), member of CEDEFOP and consequently applied the updated criteria and methodology of the qualifications at the Royal Manufactory of Tapestries, working as Conservation Manager from 2007 to 2011. Since 2014 she was the national coordinator of the European Heritage Days, a joint program of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, and of the European Landscape Convention. This work led her to become a secondment at the Council in Strasbourg for 2017 and 2018 as Manager of the European Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century. She continues to collaborate with the Culture and Cultural Heritage Division of the CoE as a consultant and project leader of the next online course for the implementation of the European Heritage Strategy. Since her recent retirement, she is also working freelance as lecturer for the Prado Museum and expert adviser for the Sector Skills Alliance CHARTER project. 

Panel 1: Bridging the Gap between Culture and Sustainability

Olov Amelin holds since 2019 the position as Director of the Jamtli Foundation in Östersund, Sweden. Between 2010 and 2019 he was director of the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm. Previously he was head of exhibitions in the same museum, and before that director of Museum Gustavianum, the University Museum of Uppsala University and also responsible for organizing the museum (1996 - 1999). In 1989 - 1996 he worked with the Observatory Museum in Stockholm and was its director from the opening in 1991 until 1996. During this period he also held the position as assistant director at the Center for History of Science at the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. 1986 - 1989 he was Curator at the National Museum of Technology, Stockholm. He has a Ph.D. in History of Science and Ideas from Uppsala University (1999). Amelin has written articles and books in the field of history of science and museology. A large number of exhibitions has been curated by Amelin, both in Sweden and internationally.
  Aggela Veneti is Rural & Surveying Engineer, with postgraduate studies (MSc) in Urban, Spatial Planning, Urban & Regional Development, and 26 years of professional experience. The last 5 years holds the position of the Director of Industry Energy and Natural Recourses in the Region of Thessaly. She has extensive experience in preparing and evaluating sectoral and regional development plans and operational programs, as well as in the implementation of Operational Programs and projects co-financed by EU funds, policy analysis and programming interventions in the areas of regional development. Coordinator of the MED project BLUEMED.
Pat Cooke spent two thirds of his career as a museum curator and heritage site manager with the Irish state heritage service, the Office of Public Works. He has written extensively on heritage and museum related issues throughout his career. In 2006 he became director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD. From 2002-2006 he was Chairman of the Irish Museums Association. He is currently finalising a monograph, The Politics and Polemics of Culture in Ireland, 1800-2010, to be published by Routledge later this year.
Vanja Fabijančić studied economics on Faculty of Economics in Rijeka focused on EU economy and projects. Since graduating, he has been working in City of Buzet as a consultant for projects development, mostly working on EU-funded projects. So far he has participated in numerous projects of the City of Buzet worth more over 5mil. EUR. Some of the projects are RESTAURA, REVITAS II, reconstruction of the Home for elderly people, Business Incubator "VERZI", EAFRD Projects and others. In his free time he is the football coach for kids in the local club called "NK Buzet".
  Ioanna Vamvakouri | Santorini, Greece
Moderation: Caitlin Southwick is the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture and Sustainability in Conservation. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University of Amsterdam. Caitlin worked in the conservation field for nine years in museums and sites around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, The Uffizi Gallery and Easter Island. She is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a former Professional Member of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Sustainability Committee.

Panel 2: Education and Cultural Heritage

Hanna Lämsä is the Executive Director at The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland since 2009. She is professional in cultural heritage education, cultural heritage policies, cultural politics and cultural sustainability in national and international levels. Also, she is professional in management, leadership, finance and financial administration, networking, human resources and media relations. Her academic background is in Social and Moral Philosophy and Political Sciences. During 2018 she was the Project Manager of the European Union wide European Cultural Heritage Year.
  Nicola Caruso is a cultural manager of Officine Culturali, that valorises cultural and environmental heritage as well as the landscape through processes aiming at raising knowledge and awareness among the general public. His role in the company is to manage the resources that come from stages and internships, the training of the new guides that "engage" the public of the monuments or museums managed by Officine, and the he is one of the responsible of the Archive of the "Museo della Fabbrica del Monastero dei Benedettini".
Rob Mark is currently PASCAL Learning Cities Project Coordinator and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, United Kingdom, and at the Higher Education Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland. He is also Vice Chair of the UK University Association of lifelong learning. He has a strong interest in heritage and culture and has championed programmes in this field in his role as Director/Head of Lifelong Learning. Currently he is involved with the development of links between the PASCAL Learning City Project and the European Museum Academy which includes the organisation of joint seminars and the development of professional development programmes for those working in the field of heritage and culture.
  Tihana Turković | Ogulin, Croatia
Moderation: Nathaniel Prottas has worked in museum education for over 15 years, beginning as a lecturer at the Cloisters in New York. Since 2017 he has been the Director of Education and Visitor Services at the Wien Museum (the City Museum of Vienna) in Austria. Nathaniel holds Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MA in the same subject from University College, London. He has taught both museum education and museum studies as a visiting professor at The Central European University (Austria), The Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), Tulane University (Ferrara, Italy), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and the University of Vienna (Austria). His publications have appeared in the Journal of Aesthetic Education, Museum Worlds, and most recently in the edited volume, Presence in Art and Art in the Present.

Panel 3: Public Spaces and Cultural Heritage

Claudia Bianco (1987) is currently a Monitoring and Marketing Area Manager for “Polo del ‘900 Foundation” and Project Manager for “Centro studi Piero Gobetti”. She has gained experience in the cultural sector for about ten years, collaborating with many organizations. She graduated in Political Philosophy and achieved a Master in General Management at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at the University of Turin. In the last years, she has specialized in marketing information systems for culture and has put in writing the Social Responsibility Report. Furthermore, she has many ongoing projects on preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and audience development.
  Djeiran Malek-Hoffman | MuseumsQuartier Wien, Austria
  Gabor Sonkoly | UNCHARTED project, Eötvös-Loránd University, Hungary
Grainne Millar founded GM Innovations in 2014. She has over 20 years’ experience leading and facilitating collaborative projects and networks across the creative industries, culture, tourism, science and agri-food sectors. She established and developed the hugely successful innovative project Culture Night into an all-island phenomenon in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht. Gráinne has been invited to speak at conferences in Ireland and Europe on the topic of Innovation and Collaborative Networks. She has had articles published in the media and specialist productions.
  Elisavet Bargianni | Filopappou Hill, Athens, Greece
Moderation: Theresa Schütz. After her graduation in Architecture, Schütz was teaching and Assistance at Vienna University of Technology at the Department of Spatial Planning (from 2010-2014). In 2015 she received a fellowship at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Since then she is doing art and action research in transdisciplinary projects about urbanism and public spaces. She lives and works in Vienna, is co-founder and curator of T/abor - space for art and transdisciplinary collaboration (since 2015), co-founder of unos – studio for architecture and design (since 2011) and co-founder of treecycle – urban eco-solutions (since 2020).

Panel 4: Assessing European Capitals of Culture

  Penny Mills´ consultancy practice is characterised by working in collaboration with organisations to develop their audiences and public engagement for cultural, social and economic benefit.  Her work is evidence and insight driven and enables decision-making, strategy and planning.  Recent work includes leading on evaluation for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, The Mayor of London’s London Borough of Culture and National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Great Places.  Other work includes evaluating participative projects involving co-creation such as the RSC’s Theatre Nation, segmentation work with the National Museums Northern Ireland and audience development strategy for National Trust for Scotland.
  Rosella Tarantino, Economist, specialized in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies, with a focus on culture, creativity and social innovation. She played a key role both in preparation of the bid for the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2019 that Matera won in 2014 and subsequently in the development and delivery of the ECoC year in 2019. She is now the Director of the Foundation Matera-Basilicata. She developed and produced 1/3 of the cultural programme, including the pillar projects I-dea and Open Design School; designed the citizens involvement strategy; took care of the international relations; coordinated the monitoring and evaluation activities and drafted the legacy plan.
Angeliki Lampiri is currently Director of Cultural Strategy of Eleusis 2021 ECoC and responsible for the projects related to capacity building, networking and cultural policy. She has been member of Eleusis 2021 team since the preparation of the bid for the ECoC title that Elefsina won in 2016. She is a cultural manager with professional experience in festivals, contemporary art exhibitions and networking meetings in collaboration with Greek and European organisations and networks.
Lazar Jovanov graduated acting from the Academy of Art at the University of Novi Sad. In 2015. he finished PhD studies in a field of Art and Media Management, at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Currently, he is Head of the Artistic Curator Team in the “Novi Sad 2021 – European Capital of Culture” Foundation, after being Head of Pariticipation in 2017. From 2012 to 2014 he worked as a Teaching Assistant/Associate on the course Cultural Policy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. In 2015 he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Media and Communications, University Singidunum, on the courses Culture management and Cultural policy.
Moderation: Beatriz García, University of Liverpool. She has been at the forefront of debates about culture-led urban regeneration since 1999. Her pioneering work on the Cultural Impact and Legacy of Mega-Events has informed city strategists around the world, from Sydney to Liverpool and from Taipei to London. García grew up and was educated in Barcelona, specializing in International Communication Policy, City Marketing and then emerging field of Cultural Policy Research. During her studies, she lived in France, Australia, the USA, and the UK, where she now resides. Since 2016, she is a Member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission and in 2017 she has joined the European Capital of Culture Selection Panel, appointed by the European Commission.

Panel 5: Placing Dissonant Heritage within European Cultural Heritage Narratives

Martha Keil studied History and Jewish Studies in Vienna and Berlin, PhD and Habilitation for Austrian History at the University of Vienna. Since 2004 director of the Institute of Jewish History in Austria (St. Pölten), since 2016 Senior Scientist at the University of Vienna (Institute for Austrian Historical Research). Her research focus and activities are: Hebrew sources of premodern times; Jewish Women and Gender history; everyday life of the Jews in Medieval and Early Modern Ashkenaz; cultural exchange between Jews and Non-Jews
Publications and exhibitions on Austrian Jewish History, memorial culture and Jewish cultural heritage; educational programs and events in the Former Synagogue of St. Pölten.
  Jan Ifversen | University of Aarhus, Denmark
  Tuuli Lähdesmäki (PhD in Art History; DSocSc in Sociology) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests and publications focus on intercultural dialogue, cultural identities, belonging, cultural heritage, and heritage, diversity and cultural policies of the European Union. Lähdesmäki is currently leading the HERIDI project (EU Heritage Diplomacy and the Dynamics of Inter-Heritage Dialogue), funded by the Academy of Finland. Moreover, she is the PI for her university’s consortium partnership in the DIALLS project (Dialogue and Argumentation for Cultural Literacy Learning in Schools), funded by the Horizon2020 Programme.
  Visnja Kisic | University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Moderation: Erminia Sciacchitano deals with International and European affairs in the Cabinet of the Italian Minister of Culture. Half of her heart is still in Brussels, in the DG for Education and Culture of the European Commission, where she contributed to the shaping of the EU policy on cultural heritage in general and to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 as Chief Scientific Advisor. Like Alice Through the Looking Glass, in her experience she has crossed many dimensions of cultural policies, exploring artists' mobility and creativity, inclusive access to culture and heritage sites, creative economy and participatory and sustainable management of cultural resources and landscape. Her fil rouge is to promote culture-based regenerative development with a focus on social values. Before that she held a positions of Head of Unit for International Relations and Research in the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. Erminia is graduated in Architecture, and holds a PhD in Historic Buildings Survey and a Master in European Studies and International Negotiations.

Panel 6: Over-tourism and the City

Eva García Chueca is a Senior Research Fellow of the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). PhD in Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Master's Degree in Citizenship and Human Rights at the University of Barcelona (2010) and European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation at EIUC - Italy (2005). From 2011 to 2018, she was a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra. In 2015 - 2016, she took part in HABITAT III Policy Unit on the Right to the City and Cities for all. She served as Executive Coordinator of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of the global network United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) from 2007 to 2014. 
Dubravko Bacic is Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture. He is a registered architect, also accredited for conservation work on built heritage by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. His professional practice entails mostly small-scale housing, conservation and preservation of architectural heritage, adaptive re-use and heritage consultancy. He was the responsible author of the first fully conducted Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) for a WH property in Croatia (Dubrovnik, WHL 95ter), positively evaluated by the UNESCO WHC and ICOMOS Intl. He is currently a member of the ICOMOS Croatia Executive Board, and has also previously been on the Executive Board of the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE, Brussels) for three consecutive terms. Mr. Bacic graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture (Dipl.-Ing.), holds a postgraduate Master in Design Studies degree in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a PhD degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from University of Zagreb. His research interests are closely interrelated with his academic and professional activities.
Giacomo Maria Salerno is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering of the University of Rome La Sapienza. He has a Master degree in Philosophy and holds a PhD in Urban Planning. During his research activity in Venice, Rome and Barcelona, he focused on heritage studies, touristification processes, urban social movements and right to the city. He is a member of OCIO - Osservatorio Civico sulla casa e sull’abitare and of the research network Short Term City – Digital platforms and spatial (in)justice [STCity].
   Ioannis Bitis | ELLINIKI ETAIRIA - Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage - Local Branch, Santorini, Greece.
Moderation: Evinc Dogan has a PhD in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage obtained from IMT school for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italy). She holds MSc in History of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University and BA (Hons) in Tourism Management from Bogazici University. She has been a visiting PhD fellow at Regent’s University London, The Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS) for a year (2011-2012), doctoral research fellow at Istanbul Studies Centre, Kadir Has University, post-doctoral research fellow at ASK Research Centre, Bocconi University (2015) and University of Belgrade (Urbanism Department) (2015-2016) which is supported by TUBITAK BIDEB 2219 –International Postdoctoral Research Scholarship. She has been Assistant Professor at Okan University and Akdeniz University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Bogazici University, Department of Tourism Administration.


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