Politecnico di Milano - Deborah Agostino

Deborah Agostino is Associate Professor in Accounting Finance and Control at Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, where she obtained a PhD in Management Engineering in 2012 and a Master of Science degree (cum Laude) in 2008. She is Director of the Executive Master in Management of Cultural Institutions at MIP-Graduated School of Business, Politecnico di Milano. Her research interests cover the topics of accounting and performance management in public sector institutions, with particular emphasis on the role of big data analytics in accounting and accountability practices. She is the Director of the Permanent Observatory for Digital Innovation in Arts and Cultural Institutions, where she research on digital innovation practices applied at cultural and creative industries.

Latvian Association of Castles, Palaces and Manors - Aira Andriksone

Aira Andriksone is currently serving as Managing Director of Latvian Association of Castles, Palaces and Manors, Partners’ Project Manager of LATRUS CBC program project “630 Versts Full of Feelings” and as Member of Tourism Committee of Council of Economics. She is also Member of ICOMOS Latvia and Member of its Audit Commission; Funding Member and Past President of Skäl International (International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals) Riga Club, as well as National Contact Person of the Baltic Initiative and Network “Protection of the historically valuable installations and sites from the Cold War period”; former Permanent Representative of Latvia to UNWTO; former Member of Selection panel for the European Capital of Culture in Latvia. Among others.

ACUME - Flavia Barca

Flavia Barca is currently President of Acume and advisor for public and private bodies. She is an expert in cultural policies, cultural economics and media economics. Flavia has been a consultant and trainer for many universities, and has conducted extensive research for both public and commercial broadcasters and telcos, as well as authoring various audiovisual production projects. She has served as Rome Deputy Mayor for Culture. She also worked as Director at IEM (the Fondazione Rosselli Institute of Media Economics) and taught Media and ICT Economics at the Media Studies Faculty of Rome University “La Sapienza” as well as at Teramo University. She graduated in Liberal Arts at Roma Tre University and received an MA in Communication Policy Studies from City University, London.

CoopCulture - Giovanna Barni

Giovanna Barni is President and Business Development Manager at CoopCulture, one of the largest cooperative companies working in the field of cultural heritage in Italy. At Legacoop - Italian representative association of cultural cooperative companies -, she is also President of CulTurMedia, the thematic area dedicated to associated cultural, media and touristic cooperatives, as well as member of the Boards dedicated to Culture and Tourism and President of the Media and Communication sector within the Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane. From 2006 to 2010 she was chief executive officer at Scabec, a public-private cultural company working for the Regional Administration of Campania Region.

Mapa das Ideas - Inês Bettencourt da Câmara

Inês Bettencourt da Câmara created Mapa das Ideias with Ana Fernambuco in 1999. After 19 years, the Company is a reference in cultural mediation, management and merchandising development. Both founded non-profits HPP and A Reserve –for culture and social issues, entrepreneurship and education. Her PhD. in Social Sciences, regarding the social relevance of museums and its potential for the visitors is almost finished. She has been responsible for the development of museum mediation projects in Portugal, as well as for European projects, ICOM, APOM and ESA member. Author of several articles and whitepapers about museums and their visitors.

M9 Museum of the 20th Century - Marco Biscione

Marco Biscione serves currently as Director of M9 Museum of 20th Century in Venice – Mestre, the first great multimedia museum in Italy. Trained as an anthropologist (University of Rome, London School of Economics), curator at the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico in Rome (1983-2002), seconded national expert in Culture at the European Commission – DG Education and Culture (2002-2006) and later on at the Council of Europe – Direction for Culture and Cultural Heritage (2009-2010). Director of the Civic Museums of Udine (2010-2014), Director of the Museo d’Arte Orientale in Turin (2015-2018).

Burgundy School of Business - Elena Borin

Elena Borin is Associate Professor and Director of the MSc in Arts and Cultural Management at the Burgundy School of Business (Dijon, France) and Coordinator of the Research Axis in Arts and Cultural Management, Co-coordinator of BSB Centre for Arts and Cultural Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and was awarded the title of Doctor Europeus from the University of Ferrara. Her PhD thesis on "Public-Private partnerships in the cultural sector" won the 3rd ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management and the Best Thesis award from the IUSS. She is member of international committees working on the themes of sustainability and the cultural and creative sector, among which the network “Routes Towards Sustainability” and the Scientific Committee of the ENCATC Congress “Diversity and Sustainability at work”.

University of Basilicata - Daniela Carlucci

Daniela Carlucci, Ph.D. in Business Management, is Assistant Professor at the University of Basilicata, Italy. She teaches “Business Management”, “Project Management” and “Project Evaluation and Management”. Her research interests focus mainly on knowledge assets management, performance measurement and management, decision support methods, business model innovation and management, organisational development. She has been Visiting Scholar at the Cranfield School of Management, Visiting Professor at the Tampere University of Technology and visiting researcher at the University of Arts of London. Her researches have been published in internationally-recognized journals such as Journal of Business Research and Technological Forecasting and Social Change, among many others. Moreover, Daniela is systematically engaged in teaching activities in public and private institutions.

Associazione per l´Economia della Cultura - Marco Causi

Marco Causi currently serves as President of the Italian Association for Cultural Economics. As Proffesor, he teaches subjects around the field of Political Economy at University of Roma Tre, and Culture and Arts Economics at Institute SciencesPo. Previously, he hold positions like Member of the Italian Parliament at both Committees of Finance and Foreign Affairs; Deputy Mayor of the City of Rome, in charge of economic and financial affairs; Economic Advisor in both the Italian Treasury Minister cabinet and Prime Minister cabinet; Director of research for European Commission funded projects in former DGV - Employment and Social Affairs and former DGXVI - Resional Policies; Economist at the Center of research on Labor, Economic and Development problems in Rome.

University of Naples Federico II - Stefano Consiglio

Stefano Consiglio is full Professor of Organization Studies, Director of the Department of Social Science and member of the board of Federica Web Learning at University of Naples Federico II. He is also member of the board of Italian Academy of Business and Management (AIDEA). His research interest focuses on management of cultural heritage and creative industries, as well as social innovation processes and cultural start-ups.

Centre for Global Heritage and Development - Mara de Groot

Mara de Groot currently works at the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, a cooperation between Leiden University, Delft Technical University and Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The Centre stimulates multidisciplinary and innovative heritage research and education and is active in research-based consultancy. She previously served at the Shared Heritage program of the Nationaal Archief and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency. Mara studied Archaeology in Amsterdam and Melbourne. Experienced in project management in heritage, connecting different stakeholders (government, NGO’s, businesses, academia and local communities). Eager to demonstrate how heritage can contribute to social, economic and environmental challenges.

Culture Concepts – Cornelia Dümcke

Cornelia Dümcke is a Cultural Economist and works as a Project Developer, Arts Consultant and Moderator. She is the Founder of Culture Concepts. Her thematic specialization focuses particularly on issues of culture and development, cultural economy, cultural tourism, as well as on the museum, theatre, dance, opera and festival market. During 2015/2016 she was commissioned as a Moderator within the project which had a specific focus on Memory, Identity and Creativity in Europe. Since 2015, on behalf of the European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, she is assessing cultural heritage projects in Europe

University of Trento - Maria Laura Frigotto

Maria Laura Frigotto is Associate Professor in Organization Theory and Management at the University of Trento (Italy), where she is a member of the Department of Economics and Management. She is also research affiliate at the Institute for Safety and Security (ISSTN) and at the School of Innovation, and she is a member of the Faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Economics and Management in the School of Social Sciences. She is Associate editor of Studi Organizzativi. In the past, she has been visiting scholar at Stanford (SCANCOR) USA, at the University of Albert CA and at IMT Lucca Italy. In the Trentino region, she is President of Opera Universitaria. Her research focuses on the topic of “novelty”, especially in its unexpected and emergent forms, in relation with resilience and innovation in different kinds of organizations. From an empirical point of view, she has devoted particular attention to emergency management organizations such as civil protections agencies, paradigmatic events such as the 9.11 Terrorist attack in New York but also other contexts. She is also interested in “novelty” and “innovation” in small and medium enterprises and in cultural organizations, such as Opera Houses and other institutions for the promotion of music. 

Compagnia di San Paolo - Laura Fornara

Laura Fornara is Secretary General of Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo, an institution operating to promote research in the Humanities. In Compagnia di San Paolo, she is the person in charge for the activities related to the preservation of Cultural Heritage and Lasdscape and the support to the main cultural institutions based in Torino and Genova. She is board member of Fondazione Centro Conservazione e Restauro dei Beni Culturali “La Venaria Reale”, an institute for high level education and research. She is also board member of Fondazione Romano Gazzera and member of the ACRI (Associazione di Fondazioni e Casse di Risparmio) Heritage and Culture Committee.

Uppsala University – Christer Gustafsson

Christer Gustaffson is full Professor in Conservation at Uppsala University in Sweden, Department of Art History. He also holds different positions at ICOMOS, like Officer of the Advisory Committee and Secretary-General for the International Scientific Committee on Economics of Conservation, among others. His trans-disciplinary research focuses on boundary-spanning challenges and opportunities for cultural heritage as a driver for heritage-led social, sustainable and innovation-driven in regional and urban development. He is engaged in the EU Horizon 2020 projects CLIC - Circular Models Leveraging INvestments in Cultural heritage adaptative reuse, and RURITAGE Heritage for Rural Regeneration. He was also one of the founders of the Halland Model.

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Dorota Ilczuk

Dorota Ilczuk has a degree in Economics. She is the Head of the Creative Economy Research Center. She specializes in the subject of management in culture and creative industries. She is scientifically interested in the problems of civil society, the creative economy, the artists' labor market and the role of producers in the creative economy. She is Founder and long-term President of the Pro-Cultura foundation. In 2001-2007 she was President of CIRCLE (Cultural Information and Research Centers Liaison in Europe). As an expert of the Council of Europe and the European Union, she participates in international research programs devoted to the problems of culture.

The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland - Hanna Lämsä

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.

Center for Research and Studies on Labor Problems, Economy and Development (CLES) - Alessandro Leon

Alessandro Leon, Economist, currently serves as President of CLES - a consultancy firm based in Rome - and Secretary General of the Association for the Economy of Culture, which publishes the international scientific review "Economia della Cultura". He has been thematic expert at MiBACT and at many Italian Regions and Cities. Alessandro has developed skills in the definition, analysis and evaluation of public policies at regional, national and community level in the sector of cultural goods and activities, labour market, industrial policies, welfare and third sector. He developed a large number of studies, masterplans and feasibility studies on museums, theatres, monuments, archaeological areas and parks, including Pompeii, Venaria Reale castle, Egyptian Museum of Turin or Capitolini Museum in Rome, among many others.

Muze / Muses - Dragana Lucija

Dragana Lucija lives and works both in Zagreb, Croatia, and Istanbul / Cesme, Turkey. Her career path is quite long and dynamic; she took her first professional steps in the Ministry of Culture by the time she dived into adventurous entrepreneurial waters by founding a small niche company that connects culture and tourism. In Muze / Muses she works with her team mainly in the field of heritage interpretation, museology, heritage management and sustainable tourism. She is as proud of her European Diploma in Cultural Management (Marcel Hicter Foundation, Brussels) as of her UNESCO Fellowship in the field of cultural heritage conservation in Poland. She is member of the Supervisory Board of Interpret Europe and the president of Interpret Croatia. 

UrbanDig Project - Matina Magkou

Dr. Matina Magkou serves as Board Member of the artistic and community Greece based collective UrbanDig. Besides she is an  Associate Researcher at the SCI.Lab of the University of Côte d’Azur (Nice), as well as independent consultant, trainer and project manager in the fields of culture, civil society and communication, based between Athens (GR) and Nice (FR). She specialises in evaluation of cultural and social impact programmes, cultural and youth policy and communications. Between 2017 and 2019 she worked as Head of Communications for the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency and as Scientific Advisor to the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. Previously, she had worked for different large scale events (Athens Olympic Games 2004, European Capital of Culture - Patras 2006, International EXPO- Zaragoza 2008, the Spanish Presidency of the EU in 2010), festivals and cultural organisations. Matina holds a PhD in Leisure and Human  Development Studies from the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain).

Austrian Commission for UNESCO – Florian Meixner

Florian Meixner, BA MA, studied History and History of Science in Graz (Austria) and Calgary (Calgary). Having worked in the fields of academia and culture he is now Programme Specialist for World Heritage and Protection of Cultural Heritage for the Austrian Commission for UNESCO. The Austrian Commission for UNESCO (Österreichische UNESCO Kommission, ÖUK) is part of the international network of National Commissions as foreseen in the constitution of UNESCO as junctures between UNESCO and its Member States. The Commission advises and supports the Austrian Government in the implementation of UNESCO’s programmes and acts as a connecting point between governmental bodies, civil-society and other relevant stakeholders.

GM Innovations - Gráinne Millar

Gráinne 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.

Timisoara 2021, European Capital of Culture - Simona Neumann

Simona Neumann is the Executive Director of Timisoara European Capital of Culture Association since January 2013. Simona Neumann has 18 year experience in international relations and European affairs in positions related to management, coordination and execution in various Romanian and international organizations. In 2009-2012 she worked at the European Commission, the Directorate General for Enlargement at Brussels and Nicosia where she has run complex reconciliation programs and society development civilian programs, European Union policies and those on academic international exchanges , all in a very sensitive political context. She obtained a Certificate in Strategic Management Studies of Non-governmental Organizations at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. She has the title of Doctor of International Relations and European Affairs, specialization in Public Diplomacy, obtained at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj in 2011 a Master degree in European Studies of the West University of Timisoara obtained in 2000.

Roma Tre University - Daniele Previati

Daniele A. Previati is full professor in Financial Markets and Institutions at the Department of Business Studies of the University of Rome Tre, and fellow of SDA Business School, Bocconi University, Milan. Nowadays he is President of the Italian Association of University Teachers of Banking and Finance, ADEIMF. He has been teaching Banking and Finance topics for more than 30 years, with particular focus on bank management, strategy and organization in financial services industry, e-finance, alternative finance and crowdfunding, also with specific reference to creative and cultural industries. He has published widely, in academic and professional journals and books.

Centre for Global Heritage and Development - Ayesha Pamela Rogers

Dr. Ayesha Pamela Rogers has been appointed Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) Expert at the Centre for Global Heritage & Development, University of Leiden—Delft—Erasmus, Netherlands. She is an archaeologist and cultural heritage professional with more than 40 years of experience in the field, and Founding Director of two consultancy firms, in Hong Kong and in Lahore, which specialize in the interface between heritage and development. She has been instrumental in the development of Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) as a tool for safeguarding heritage and integrating it meaningfully into the contemporary developmental context of Hong Kong and other Asian countries. Dr. Rogers has conducted regular HIA training for national governments and UNESCO in the region, and an advisor to the World Bank on heritage safeguards. She was Academic Coordinator of the Center for Cultural Heritage Conservation & Management at National College of Arts and is currently Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural Studies. 

The Arts Business Institute – Giovanni Schiuma

Giovanni Schiuma is Chairman of The Arts Business Institute and Director of the CLabUnibas (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development) of the University of Basilicata. He is also the Director of the Master in Business Administration and Professor in Innovation Management. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the Strategic Knowledge Management for company value creation dynamics, and arts-based management for organizational development and innovation, and chairs the International Forum of Knowledge Assets Dynamics, an international network for those interested in the role of knowledge and innovation for organizations value creation.

IULM University Milan - Pier Luigi Sacco

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.

Metropolitan Research Institute – Hanna Szemzö

Hanna Szemző, PhD in History, Master’s degree in Sociology and History, has been working for the Metropolitan Research Institute for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience in research and consultancy in the fields of urban development, social inclusion, energy efficiency, demography, welfare and governance analysis. She has participated in various 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of the European Union, prepared strategic development concepts for local governments, and has provided consultancy for Habitat for Humanity International in Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently she coordinates the EU financed HomeLab project which connects employment and housing provision in five pilot sites in the Visegrad four countries.

Associazione per l'Economia della Cultura - Pietro Antonio Valentino

Pietro Antonio Valentino, former professor of economics at Sapienza University in Rome, is currently director of the scientific journal “Economia della cultura”. He teaches in the postgraduate courses in culture economics at University Roma Tre and is one of the four members of the Scientific Committee of the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo in Rome. For many years, a significant part of his scientific and academic activity has been dedicated to the culture economics: evaluation of impacts for the enhancement processes of cultural resources, the quality of life of individuals and communities and the analysis of the relationship between those processes and the local development. He has held courses at Italian and foreign universities and has directed research projects on a EuroMediterranean scale. He is author of numerous publications.

Casa Batlló - Amilcar Vargas

Amilcar Vargas is responsible of World Heritage at Casa Batlló and a PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona. He grew up in Mexico, where studied Accounting and Archaeology, in 2012 he moved to Barcelona to study two MA on Heritage Management and Museology. His main task at Casa Batlló is implementing the World Heritage Convention, raising awareness of the Outstanding Universal Value and achieving the potential opportunities of the inscription of Casa Batlló in the UNESCO List. He is specialist on World Heritage Management and has worked in renowned institutions as UNESCO (Paris) and INAH (Mexico City). He is member of international professional associations as ICOMOS, ICOM, WAC, IAWHP, EAA and SAA and GAPP.

Balkan Museum Network – Aida Vezic

Aida Vezic is Secretary General of the Balkan Museum Network (BMN) since 2013, based in Sarajevo, with the task to support the daily operations and development of BMN. She finished the Master programme "Cultural Projects for Development" offered by the International Labour Organisations and Politecnico Torino. Aida enjoys hiking, dancing, reading and taking care of stray animals.

University of Turin - Cristina Videtta

Cristina Videtta is an associate professor of Administrative Law at the University of Turin. She was a member of the teaching board of the doctorate in Administrative Law at the State University of Milan and she is currently a member of the college of tutors in the doctorate in Rights and Institutions and President of the Joint Didactic Commission for the School of Legal, Political and Economic-Social Sciences of the University of Turin. She has been dedicating her activities as a teacher and researcher for some time to issues mainly related to the protection of cultural heritage. In particular, as regards the subject of the law of cultural heritage, she is the author of numerous essays including an encyclopedic entry (“Cultural heritage in administrative law”) and the recent monograph “Culture and sustainable development. In search of the fourth pillar” (Giappichelli, 2018).