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Angel GURRÍA

Secretary-General
OECD
Angel GURRÍA is the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006. He has firmly established the Organisation as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture including the G7, G20 and APEC, and a reference point in the design and implementation of better policies for better lives. He has broadened OECD’s membership with the accession of Chile, Estonia, Israel, Latvia and Slovenia, and has made the Organisation more inclusive by strengthening its links with key emerging economies. Under his watch, the OECD is leading the effort to reform the international tax system, and to improve governance frameworks in anti-corruption and other fields. He has also heralded a new growth narrative that promotes the well-being of people, including women, gender and youth, and has scaled up the OECD contribution to the global agenda, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Gabriela RAMOS

Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20
OECD
Gabriela RAMOS is the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20. Besides supporting the Strategic Agenda of the Secretary General, she is responsible for the contributions of the Organisation to the global agenda, including the G20 and the G7. She leads the Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges and also oversees the work on Education, Employment and Social Affairs (including gender). Previously, she served as Head of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America, co-ordinating several reports on Mexico to advance the health and education reform. She developed the OECD’s Mexico Forum and edited and launched the “Getting it Right” flagship publication series. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Ramos held several positions in the Mexican Government, including Director of Economic Affairs (and OECD issues) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Technical Secretary at the Office of the Minister for the Budget. She has also held several positions as Professor of International Economy at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Ms Ramos holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright and Ford MacArthur fellow. She was decorated with the Ordre du Merit by the President of France, François Hollande, in 2013.

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Xing QU

Deputy Director-General
UNESCO
Xing QU is Deputy Director-General at UNESCO. He was the former President of the Institute of International Studies of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-2014) and Ambassador of China to Belgium from 2014.

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Tibor NAVRACSICS

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
Tibor NAVRACSICS is the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Biography.

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Giovanni TRIA

Minister of Economy and Finance
Italy
Giovanni TRIA is the Italian Minister of Economy and Finance. He is full Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Economics, University of Rome "Tor Vergata". He is an Economist with more than 40 years of professional and academic experience as expert of economic development, business cycle and growth, public investment assessment and project evaluation, role of the governance of the institutions on the growth process. Among his past positions, he was President of the Italian National School of Public Administration Delegate for the Italian Government on the Board of Directors of ILO (International Labour Office) and member of the "OECD Innovation Strategy Expert Advisory Group" and Vice Chair “Committee for Information, Computer and Communication Policy” (ICCP).

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Luigi BRUGNARO

Mayor, City of Venice
Italy
Luigi BRUGNARO has been elected as Mayor of the City of Venice on June 14, 2015. He is President of Umana, a holding company operating in services, manufacturing, construction, sports and agriculture. Umana is as well a Job Agency, founded in 1997, with 123 branches in Italy, 5 offices in Brazil, 700 professionals and 12.000 employed in the best Italian companies. Since 2006 he is President of the Venice historical Basketball company, Reyer, founded in 1872. From 2009 to 2013 he has been President of the Venice Association of Entrepreneurs. He has been President of Assolavoro, the National Association of Employment Agencies, Member of the National Association of Entrepreneurs, Veneto Region delegate for Expo 2015 and President of the Veneto Expo Committee.

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Lamia KAMAL-CHAOUI

Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
OECD
Lamia KAMAL-CHAOUI is the Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities since 2016. Supported by a team of over 130 staff, Ms. Kamal-Chaoui leads the Organisation’s work in the fields of SME and entrepreneurship policy; regional, urban, rural and local development; subnational statistics; multi-level governance and decentralisation; and tourism. 

As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Ms. Kamal-Chaoui supports the Secretary-General in achieving the OECD’s mission to advance economic growth and social progress as well as contributing to other global agendas such as the G20, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Ms. Kamal-Chaoui has held several senior positions at the OECD since 1998. From 2012 to 2016, she served as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General. In this role, she supported the Secretary-General’s strategic agenda and led the OECD Inclusive Growth initiative, the Knowledge-Sharing Alliance programme and implementation of the OECD Strategy on Development. From 2003 to 2012, she was Head of the Urban Programme in the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. She has also previously worked in the Trade Directorate and the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs. Before joining the OECD, Ms. Kamal-Chaoui worked for a university-based research institute as well as several media outlets.

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Gianluca VACCA

Under State Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Italy
Gianluca VACCA is Under State Secretary at the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. He graduated with honors in Literature at "Gabriele d'Annunzio" University of Chieti and Pescara in 1998. For two years he was an honorary fellow in Italian literature in the same university, where he participated in conferences and published several papers. From 2004 he has been a teacher of literature and Latin. In 2013 he was elected deputy to the Italian Parliament for the 5 Star Movement. During the legislature he was a member of the VII Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (Culture, Science and Education), dealing mainly with school, university and research. In the 2018 general election he was re-elected deputy for the 5 Star Movement.

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Giorgia ABELTINO

Director Public Policy
Google Cultural Institute
Giorgia ABELTINO is the Director Public Policy of Google Arts and Culture and the Director of Public Policy for France, Italy, Greece and Malta. Google Arts and Culture develops project in partnership with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online. Giorgia is deeply interested in the interplay between society, culture and technology. She is a member of the permanent committee of the Pontifical Council for Culture of Vatican focusing on women and Board member of Assinform, the Italian association of Information Technology companies.

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Mattia AGNETTI

Executive Secretary, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (MUVE)
Italy
Mattia AGNETTI is the Executive Secretary at Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (MUVE), Italy. The Venetian Civic Museums are managed and promoted by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. It is a network of 11 Museums located throughout the city center and the Venetian lagoon islands. Every year approx 2.000.000 people attend and visit the permanent collections and historical buildings as well as the temporary exhibitions. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the implementation of all decisions taken by the Board. In his role Mattia acts as General Manager. Mattia speaks fluently English and French and has a knowledge of German and Spanish. Mattia is currently Member of the Board of Directors and former Member of the Board of Auditors of Federculture (Federazione Servizi Pubblici, Cultura, Turismo, Sport e Tempo Libero).

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Ugo BACCHELLA

President, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
Italy
Ugo BACCHELLA is the Co-Founder and President of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, an independent operative foundation, based in Turin, Italy, active transnationally in research, consulting, training for arts management and cultural policies and economics. In 2006 he created ArtLab, a cross sectorial, multistakeholder platform to contribute to innovating the practices and policies in and through arts and culture. He acts as consultant and advisor for public institutions, national and international foundations and arts organizations on strategic development, feasibility plans, projects development, impact evaluation, stakeholder engagement. He conceived and realised the first Meeting of European Networks in 1996, initiated the Foundations and networks Forum in 2005; was advisor to the World Cultural Forum and to the Asia Europe Foundation and involved as a trainer and speaker in Europe and beyond. His priority is bridging the business world, the civil society, the artists, public authorities, cultural organizations and creative industries in order to boost the full potential of art and culture in human development.

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Hasan BAKHSHI

Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta
United Kingdom
Hasan BAKHSHI is the Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics at Nesta. He co-authored the Next Gen skills review, which led to wholesale reforms of the school ICT curriculum in England, and the Future of Skills: Employment in 2030, which maps out how the workforce skills mix is likely to change in the future. Prior to Nesta, Hasan was Executive Director at Lehman Brothers, Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and an economist at the Bank of England.

Biography.

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Giovanna BARNI

President & Business Development Manager, CoopCulture
Italy
Giovanna BARNI is the President and Business Development Manager at CoopCulture since 2010, one of the largest cooperative companies working in the field of cultural heritage in Italy, aiming to increase cultural audiences. After her engagement at Società Video Italia associated to ITALIA BBDO, where she experimented the use of technology in the area of cultural heritage, from 1990 to 2006 she was marketing and business manager at Pierreci company, being its President until 2009. From 2006 to 2010 she was chief executive officer at Scabec, a public-private cultural company working for the Regional Administration of Campania Region. She was until 2017 member of the Administrative Board at Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena. At Legacoop - Italian representative association of cultural cooperative companies-, she is Vice President of CulTurMedia, the thematic area dedicated to associated cultural, media and touristic cooperatives. At Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane- which associates all Italian cooperative companies- she is member of the Boards dedicated to Culture and Tourism.

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Tiziano BARONE

Director, Veneto Lavoro
Italy
Tiziano BARONE has been the Director of Veneto Lavoro - the Regional Employment Agency of the Veneto Region - since 2015. He has been active in employment policy since the labor reform at the end of the 1990s, especially with regard to the reorganization of public employment services at the regional and local level. He has extensive experience in EU policy and has developed numerous territorial cooperation projects and institutional cooperation with countries acceding to the EU. He has been involved in the management of migration flows through institutional cooperation between the Veneto region and the countries of origin until 2008. Between 2008 and 2015 he has worked for private employment agencies, for which he has been in charge of active labor policies and vocational training. During his experience in the private sector, he has also been a representative for the social partners of the sector and responsible for social dialogue with the institutions.

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Luca BERGAMO

Deputy Mayor, City of Rome
Italy
Luca BERGAMO is the Deputy Mayor of Rome and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development. From 2012 to 2016 he has been Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, the biggest network that gives voice to the cultural sector in Europe. Previously, he led Zone Attive, a company founded on his proposal by the City of Rome, dedicated to event and cultural production. In 2007, he was called to lead the Italian National Agency for Youth. In late 2004, he was appointed Director-General of the Glocal Forum, an international foundation promoting peace dialogue in post-conflict areas through local diplomacy and cultural cooperation.

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Marco BISCIONE

Director, M9 Museum
Italy
Marco BISCIONE is the Director of M9 Museum of '900. Trained as an anthropologist (University of Rome, London School of Economics) and after almost 20 years as curator at the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico in Rome, he moved to Brussels as national expert in Culture at the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and later on to Strasbourg at the Council of Europe (Direction for Culture and Cultural Heritage) . Back in Italy, he was for over four years Director of the Civic Museums of Udine and then Director of the Museum of Oriental Art in Turin.

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Nathalie BONDIL

Director General & Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Canada
Nathalie BONDIL is the Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 2007. Under her leadership, attendance has doubled over the last ten years to reach 1.3 million visitors (2017), making it the 1st most visited art museum in Canada, the 8th in North America and 49th in the world. Nathalie has programmed original multidisciplinary exhibitions that are also very successful on the international scene (35 cities in ten years). Under her leadership, the Museum’s surface has doubled over the last five years - opening of The Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion for Quebec and Canadian Art with its professional concert hall (2011), and The Michal and Renata Horstein Pavilion for Peace (2016) - while that dedicated to educational and community programming has tripled - opening of the Michel de la Chenelière Art & Education Studios (2012) then Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy (2016), the largest educational space in a North American art museum. With the Arte Musica Foundation in residence, the opening of the Cinéma du Musée and, in 2019, of the Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness as well as the boom of educational programmes geared to well-being through numerous innovative partnerships most notably with the Health community and the hiring of an art therapist, the Museum strongly positions itself as humanist and inclusive. Nathalie Bondil is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received numerous awards such as the Peter Herrndorf (2018). She is Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Lina María BOTERO VILLA

Secretary of Culture, City of Medellín
Colombia
Lina María BOTERO VILLA is Secretary of Culture responsible for ensuring the conditions for the effective, progressive and sustainable exercise of the rights to culture, of the inhabitants of the Municipality of Medellín, as well as strengthening the cultural, artistic and heritage fields.

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Danielle BRAZELL

General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
United States
Danielle BRAZELL is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), reporting directly to the Mayor and leading a full time staff of 64 and a part-time staff of 80. Ms. Brazell directs and works with the progressive arts agency’s Public Art, Grants Administration, Community Arts, Performing Arts, and Marketing and Development Division Directors to oversee a $42 million portfolio of facilities, programming, and initiatives providing arts and cultural services in Los Angeles. Prior to being appointed to this position in the summer of 2014, Ms. Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization working to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in the region. During her tenure, she transitioned the organization from an ad-hoc steering committee comprised of local executive arts leadership, to a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell’s additional professional experience also includes working as the Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and as the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.

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Anastasia BUTRYM

Director, British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow
Russian Federation
Anastasia BUTRYM is the Director of the Moscow-based British Higher School of Art and Design. The School is one of the most important educational centres in Russia, hosting more than 2000 studens, and working in close partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. BHSAD offers a unique opportunity to obtain a British degree in Russia and has an innovative and creative approach to the process of learning. Besides BA (Hons) degree programmes students can enter one of the School's numerous Continuing Professional Development courses for practising designers and artists. Additionally the School offers various short and preparatory courses as well as courses for kids and teenagers.

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Nava CASTRO DOMÍNGUEZ

Director, Turismo de Galicia
Spain
Nava CASTRO DOMÍNGUEZ is the Director of Turismo de Galicia, Spain. She holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid with several Master's degrees in Tourism, Economic Development, Management and Administration of SMEs and a Course on Public Leadership (INAP) among others. She was previously appointed Director General of Trade (2009-2012), and in January 2013, she was appointed Director of Tourism for Galicia.

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Danielle CLICHE

Chief of Section of Diversity of Cultural Expressions
UNESCO
Danielle CLICHE is Secretary of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) and Chief of Section on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. She ensures implementation of the Convention worldwide, supports the work of the governing bodies and manages a team responsible for related operational programmes providing technical expertise to strengthen the governance of culture in developing countries or financial support through the International Fund for Cultural Diversity. She co-led an interagency team on behalf of UNESCO to produce the UN Creative Economy Report, Special Edition 2013 and directed the UNESCO global reports, Re|Shaping Cultural Policies (2015 and 2018). Previously she was research manager for the European Institute of Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts Institute) and founding co-editor of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. Since the early 1990s, she has carried out a wide range of international comparative research studies in the field of culture on behalf of the Canadian Department for Communication, the International Institute of Communication, the World Bank, among others. In the mid 90’s she was a researcher for the Council of Europe Task Force on Culture and Development that produced the report, “In From the Margins”, a contribution to UN/UNESCO World Commission on Culture and Development. A graduate of the University of Ottawa in communication theory, culture and international comparative politics, she also earned her Phd from the Vrije Universitat Amsterdam in 2009. Since 2016, she is a lecturer at the School of Law, Sorbonne University Paris 1, teaching a course on implementing international law (Masters 2).

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Yu Chin CHENG

Director, EU-China Economics and Politics Institute
Czech Republic
Yu Chin CHENG is the Director of the EU-China Economics and Politics Institute in Prague and Brussels, and focuses on theories of international relations, EU-China Relations, and International Political Economy, his major job relates to academic co-operation with Faculty of Social Science Charles University, Skoda University, Pegaso University Naples, and University of Salerno.

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Francisco DE CALHEIROS

President, TURIHAB
Portugal
Francisco CALHEIROS has extensive experience in creating and leading national and international associations such as TURIHAB, ADRIL and the Europa Traditionae Consortium. Through these, he has gained specific experience in rural tourism and rural development. He is responsible for creating and managing the TURIHAB association that brings together like minded home owners in the Northern Portugal region, offering a range of accommodation from stately manor houses and elegant country houses and rustic cottages under the brand name “Solares de Portugal”. This was the first Portugese example of “Quality Branding” within the tourist accommodation industry and is leading the way in this type of family tourism.

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Rita DE GRAEVE

Senior Policy Advisor, Culture and Economy, Government of Flanders
Belgium
Rita DE GRAEVE is Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Culture, Youth and Media (Flanders – Belgium). She is also associate professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) within the Master Cultural Management. She is specialised in entrepreneurship and innovation in the Cultural and Creative Sectors in a Flemish and European context. She strives to give artists, cultural professionals and creatives a well-deserved place in the traditional economy by improving the ecosystem for the Cultural and Creative Sectors.

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Giovanni DELL'OLIVO

Director, Fondazione di Venezia
Italy
Giovanni DELL'OLIVO has been Director of the Foundation of Venice since 2017, of which he was CFO and Administrative Director since 2005. Previously he was Head of Administration and Finance at the Cassamarca Foundation of Treviso and began his work experience as a budget analyst. During his professional life he gained significant experience as a director of institutions and companies in the third sector in the cultural field

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Stefano DOMINIONI

Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes
Council of Europe
Stefano DOMINIONI is the Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) and Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes (Luxembourg). He is responsible for overseeing the certification by the Council of Europe of cultural routes in the field of European culture and heritage across its 47 Member States and the regular evaluation of the current 33 certified cultural routes. Dr. Dominioni ensures EPA Governing Board and Statutory Committee operations, management of the European Institute of Cultural Routes and coordination with the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. He is responsible for the implementation of Joint Programmes with the European Commission, and cooperation with another International Organisation such as UNWTO and UNESCO. During his career at the Council of Europe, he has worked for the Directorate General of Education, Culture and Youth and the Directorate General of Social Cohesion. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, a Master Degree from the Université d’Aix-Marseille and a B.A. from the University of Milan.

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Alain DUPEYRAS

Head, Regional Development and Tourism Division, CFE
OECD
Alain DUPEYRAS is the Head of the Regional Development and Tourism Division in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. He oversees OECD work on tourism, on rural policies and on other regional and territorial issues and works closely with Members and Partners, the private sector and other international organisations to develop policies that address major challenges in all these policy areas. The Tourism Committee, the Regional Development Policy Committee, and the Working Party on Rural Policy are key OECD fora to assist governments in the assessment and improvement of these policies. Through the Working Party on Tourism Statistics, Alain also contributes to an improved measurement and analysis of tourism services.

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Mathea FAMMELS

Head of EIT Liaison Office
European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Mathea FAMMELS is the Head of EIT Liaison Office at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

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Bernd FESEL

Managing Director
ECBN
Bernd FESEL studied Philosophy and Economics and started his career in art market as co-owner of the Gallery Karin Fesel, later serving also as Managing Director of the German Gallery Association. Since 2008 he was Advisor to the European Capital of Culture RUHR2010 and then the European Centre for Creative Economy in Dortmund. He also serves as Managing Director of the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) in Rotterdam.

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Dorota FOLGA-JANUSZEWSKA

President, ICOM Poland
ICOM
Dorota FOLGA-JANUSZEWSKA is the President of ICOM Poland and was a Chairwoman of the Resolutions Commmittee at the 31st General Conference of ICOM in Milan 2016. She is a member of the independent group of museum experts of the European Council. She leads the Theory Deparment of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and also acts as a Deputy Director at the King Jan III Palace Museum in Wilanow, Warsaw. She founded and taught museum studies at Wyszynski University in Warsaw (2008-2012) and was previously a director of the University’s Museology Institute. She has curated over 50 exhibitions in museums across the USA and Europe, and her academic work has appeared in more than 300 publications.

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Alberto GARLANDINI

Vice President
ICOM
Alberto GARLANDINI is a museologist and expert in the management of cultural heritage. He is the Vice President of ICOM and member of ICOM’s Executive Board and Standing Committee for Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials. He was President of ICOM Italy and of the Board of the International Committee for Regional Museums. He participates in the UNESCO High Level Forum on Museums. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Palazzo Ducale in Mantua and of the Scientific Committee of Brescia Musei Foundation. He has been appointed by the Italian Ministries of Cultural Heritage and of Foreign Affairs in national commissions such as the Commission for the Reform of State Museums and National Museum System, in the Commission for the definition of national standards for the museums’ management and in the Commission for the Promotion of Italian Culture Abroad. He is a lecturer at universities and international conferences, and has been widely published in Italian, English and French.

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Alessandra GOBBI

Archaeologist, General Directorate of Museums , Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Italy
Alessandra GOBBI has been an Archaeologist for the General Directorate of Museums - Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities since December 2017. Between December 2014 and December 2017 she worked as a Curator of archaeology at the Municipality of Rome. She obtained her PhD degree in Ancient Civilization of the Mediterranean Sea in 2011.

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Xavier GREFFE

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University Paris I - Sorbonne
France
Xavier GREFFE is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University Paris Panthéon Sorbonne and Associate Professor at the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo. He is also President of the NGO Patrimoine sans frontières, and member of the scientific comittee of the Louvre. Recent books: Les mises en scène du patrimoine culturel (Presses Universitaires du Québec, 2014) ; O economia culturamente criativa (Illuminaras, Sao Paulo) ; The artist-enterprise in a digital age (Springer, 2016) ; Arts et argent (Economica, 2017).

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Juliette GUÉPRATTE

Director of Strategy, Louvre-Lens Museum
France
Juliette GUÉPRATTE, as Head of Visitors Service and Public Programming from 2012 to 2017 and now as Director of Strategy of the Louvre-Lens Museum, promotes and evaluates new forms of relationships between the museum and visitors and the people who live in the mining basin.

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Louisa HUTTON

Architect, Sauerbruch Hutton
Germany
Louisa HUTTON is an architect and founding partner of Sauerbruch Hutton. She has taught at the Architectural Association and was a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Hutton has lectured, chaired and participated in juries around the world and is a member of the Curatorial Board of the Schelling Architecture Foundation, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Royal Academician of Arts.

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Nils-Arne KÄSSENS

Director, Museumsquartier (MQ4) of Osnabrück
Germany
Nils-Arne KÄSSENS is the Director of the Museumsquartier Osnabrück (Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Museum of cultural History, Villa Schlikker, Akzisehaus). He realised a multiplicity of art projects nationally and internationally, e.g. for the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kunsthalle Friedericianum, Museion Bolzano, sculpture x/USA. Various lectures brought him amongst others to the University of Kassel, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Windsor University/Canada or Wayne-State-University/USA.

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Peter KELLER

Director General
ICOM
Peter KELLER is the Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 2017. He was Treasurer of the association before, as well as board member of the National Committee ICOM Austria and secretary of the International Committee of Historic House Museums. He is member of the Austrian national advisory board for museums. From 2002 to 2016, he was museum director in Salzburg where he took part in the development of the museum cluster "DomQuartier". Prior to that, he worked for three years at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

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Margaret KIDD

Minister-Counsellor (Employment), Permanent Delegation to the OECD
Australia
Margaret KIDD holds the dual role of Minister-Counsellor (Employment), as part of Australia’s permanent delegation to the OECD and Australia’s Representative to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). These positions sit within the Australian Government Department of Employment. Prior to her appointment to this role, Margaret held senior positions in the Australian Employment, Education and Workplace Relations portfolio across policy, program, research and corporate functions. Margaret has extensive experience and expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating labour market policies and programs. She has led the development of many of Australia’s employment services models, including Job Services Australia, the Remote Jobs and Communities Program and the Youth Employment Strategy. Margaret also led the Australian Government’s employment response to the Global Financial Crisis.

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Rocca HOLLY-NAMBI

Head of Arts, Kenya and East Africa, The British Council
Kenya
Rocca HOLLY-NAMBI is the Head of Arts for Kenya and East Africa at the British Council.

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Michele LANZINGER

Director, MUSE Science Museum of Trento
Italy
Michele LANZINGER is the Director of the MUSE Science Museum of Trento and a Board Member of the European Science Centre Network (ECSITE) and the International Committee of Museums (ICOM) Italy. He has had a long career in science and science communication, including previous roles as the Director of the Museo Tridentino de Scienze Naturali and as the President of the National Association of Science Museums. Under his directorship of the MUSE Science Museum of Trento, he has promoted the development of educational programmes, temporary exhibitions and public events, and expanded the museum’s full-time staff to 210 in 2016. He has degrees in Geology and Anthropological Sciences and had a previous academic career that focussed on human culture in the pre-historic Italian Alps.

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Massimo LAPUCCI

Chair, European Foundation Centre & Secretary General, Fondazione CRT
Italy
Massimo LAPUCCI is the Secretary-General of Fondazione CRT and Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita-CRT. He is also Managing Director of OGR, a former industrial building in Turin reconverted into an innovative centre for contemporary culture and business acceleration. He has extensive international experience as a Board Member for public and private companies and nonprofit organizations in the EU and the Americas. Lapucci is also Chair of the European Foundation Centre, the network of institutional philanthropy with over 300 members from 40 countries, and Vice President of the Social Impact Agenda for Italy.From 2006 he is a World Fellow at Yale University.

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Elisabetta LAZZARO

Professor of Creative Economy, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Netherlands
Elisabetta LAZZARO is Professor of Creative Economy at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Prof. Lazzaro’s international career, publications, research and teaching focus on the economics, management and policy of the arts, culture and creative industries (CCIs), including: Smart valorisation, innovation and growth in and through the CCIs; creative crossovers, CCIs' socio-economic impact, regional development and capacity building of culture; cultural and creative entrepreneurship, sustainable business models and financing; cultural practices, diversity and wellbeing; the art market; culture in international cooperation and external relations. Prof. Lazzaro is regularly invited as keynote speaker and lecturer in many universities and symposia worldwide. She is Executive Board Member of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) and scientific advisor in several scientific and steering committees of major international, European and national organisations, governments and institutions.

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Robert MANCHIN

President
Culture Action Europe
Robert MANCHIN is the President of Culture Action Europe, the largest European policy platform of cultural and art organisations.
He has worked as Senior Vice President of the Gallup Organization and been the Chairman and CEO of Gallup Europe. He was responsible for executing the Eurobarometer survey series as well as involved in measuring well-being in a global scale with the Gallup World Poll. The latter was used in constructing the OECD Better Life Index. More recently he is working on developing methodology to understand the connection on a local scale between quality of life and cultural behaviour with the help of big data technology.

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Patricia MERSINGER

Head, Cultural Department, City of Osnabrueck
Germany
Patricia MERSINGER worked for the University of Mannheim, Economic Geographie and was the Head of Urban Development of the City of Osnabrueck from 1992. In 2014 she became the Head of the Cultural Department of the City of Osnabrueck. The Museumsquartier of Osnabrueck is part of this Department.

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Chris MICHAELS

Digital Director, National Gallery
United Kingdom
Chris MICHAELS is Digital Director of the National Gallery where he sits on their Executive Committee. At the Gallery, he runs the Digital & Communications Directorate with responsibilities including social media, the web, ticketing, membership, marketing and public affairs. Before he joined the Gallery, he was Head of Digital & Publishing at the British Museum, where he founded their digital department and created their digital strategy. He acts as an advisor to the Humboldt Forum, a new institution being built in Berlin. He has acted as advisor to museums in Qatar and Singapore. Before entering the world of Museums, he was CEO of educational start-up Mindshapes. He has led digital functions in TV, publishing and advertising.

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Valentina MONTALTO

Policy Analyst, Joint Research Centre
European Commission
Valentina MONTALTO is Researcher and Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. She is a culture and creative industries' (CCIs) specialist with nine-year work experience.

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Lucie K. MORISSET

Professor, Department of Urban and Tourism Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Canada
Lucie K. MORISSET is Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage and Professor at the Urban and Touristic Studies Department of the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal. An historian of architecture by training, she is interested in the the ideas and objects of urban planning, notably in company towns. She has been leading research on the morphogenesis and the semiogenesis of the built landscape and on the relations between identity and culture as they are manifested throughout the practices of heritage and the production of the heritage discourse, including action-research on heritage development and heritage empowerment in partnership with local communities. Lucie K. Morisset is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Geoff MULGAN

CEO, Nesta
United Kingdom
Geoff MULGAN has been Chief Executive Officer of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation and research. nder his leadership it moved out of the public sector to become an independent foundation; greatly expanded its work, partly through creating new units, centres and funds in fields ranging from evidence and impact investment to challenge prizes and skills; and complemented its work in the UK with work in dozens of countries around the world. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has helped set up many organisations including Demos and the Young Foundation as well as the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust and Action for Happiness.

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Caroline NORBURY

CEO, Creative England
United Kingdom
Caroline NORBURY, MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. It also lobbies for change and uses its unique local, regional and national perspective to feed back to the UK Government and policy makers. Caroline sits on the Creative Industries Council and chairs the Finance for Growth sub group of the council. She is a non-executive director of Crowdfunder, the UK’s largest rewards-based crowdfunding platform; a member of BAFTA and the Royal Society of Arts and a trustee for the PRS Foundation, a charity supporting new music and talent.

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Ojoma OCHAI

Director Programmes, British Council
Nigeria
Ojoma OCHAI is Director Programmes British Council Nigeria, where she leads the British Council’s arts, education and society programmes in Nigeria. Before that, she was Director, Arts, Nigeria and West Africa for British Council where she worked with public and private sector partners in the UK and West Africa to develop and deliver programmes that built skills, international and local networks and other capacity to grow the creative economy in Nigeria. Ojoma is also a member of the UNESCO global expert facility on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. From 2014 to 2016, she was Entertainment Specialist for the World Bank Growth and Employment project in Nigeria, advising on cluster-based approaches for film and music sector development in Nigeria. Nominated Young Person of the Year in Nigeria by The Future Awards in 2010 and listed on the YNaija list of 10 Most Powerful People In Nigeria’s Arts and Culture (under 40) in 2014, and YNaija 100 Most Influential Women in Nigeria, in 2015; Ojoma is also a Fellow of the DEVOS Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, USA and an Associate Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Institute (NLI). She was chair of the Lagos Theatre Festival Board from 2015 -2018, Chair of Open House Lagos Board (2015 – 2017) and sits on the board of Music Museum of Nigeria. Ojoma also chairs the Nigerian Economic Summit Group Thematic Group on Creative and Entertainment Industries.

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Tina Lee ODINSKY-ZEC

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Zagreb School of Economics and Management
Croatia
Tina Lee ODINSKY-ZEC is the Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre at Zagreb School of Economics and Management where she has taught since 2006. Her courses include Entrepreneurship and Applied Creativity and Innovation and Business Communication. She earned her Phd in April 2018 on the topic of Visualizing Social Entrepreneurship in Croatia: Macro-Meso-Micro Level Interactions from JJ Strossmayer University of Osijek. Tina design projects, runs corporate creativity training and mentors startup founders and teams and is known for bringing a unique combination of playfulness and authority to her methods of teaching, co-learning and coaching. She has been using creativity techniques to help others with impact in and out of the classroom for more than twp decades. While she was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, she has lived in Croatia since 1997.

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Joaquim OLIVEIRA MARTINS

Deputy Director, CFE
OECD
Joaquim OLIVEIRA MARTINS is Deputy Director at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). He took up his duties on 1 September 2018. As Deputy Director, Mr. Oliveira Martins works closely with the Director to advance the OECD’s work on SME and entrepreneurship policy; regional, urban, rural and local development; subnational statistics; multi-level governance and decentralisation; and tourism. He also oversees the work of the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development.

Mr. Oliveira Martins has held several senior positions at the OECD since 1991. He most recently served as Special Advisor to the Director of CFE since May 2017 where he contributed to the reorganisation of the enlarged CFE and launched the Trento Spatial Productivity Lab. He previously served for eight years as Head of the Regional Development Policy Division in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. In this capacity, he supervised projects on regional and urban economics, governance, regional statistics and well-being. From 2007 to 2009, he was Head of the Structural Economic Statistics Division in the Statistics Directorate, where he focused on trade globalisation studies, productivity measurement and business statistics. While in the Economics Department from 1991-2007, he coordinated and authored reports on policy responses to the threat of global warming, competition, regulation and performance, ageing and growth, investment in tertiary education, and public health expenditure projections. He was also Head of Desk for Transition countries, leading the first OECD Economic Surveys of the Slovak Republic, Romania, Slovenia and Baltic countries, and the South America Desk, where he coordinated the first OECD Economic Surveys of Brazil and Chile.

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Alberto PASSI

President, Venetian Villas Association
Italy
Alberto Passi is the President of the Venetian Villas Association, Italy.

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Amerigo PIANA

Creative Director, MosaicoGroup
Italy
Amerigo PIANA is a realtime audio/video developer, sound and interaction designer. He aims at creating experiences and reaching people’s emotion through psychoacoustic and gestalt. As Creative Director in MosaicoGroup he focuses on deep analysis and creative synthesis of clients' needs to deliver a more than satisfactory result. The cooperation with the customer turns out to be essential and continuous to keep up with this ever-changing world.

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Francesco PILLA

Sales Manager, MosaicoGroup
Italy
Francesco PILLA is the Sales Manager at MosaicoGroup, a leading Italian System Integrator that works to develop with its customers and partners cutting-edge audiovisual solutions. Providing reliable hardware is not the only challenge nowadays: building and providing good content is getting more and more difficult. Working closely with the customers, MosaicoGroup’s objective is to deliver turn-key solutions that move people’s minds and hearts.

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Roberto PIRZIO BIROLI

President, Casa della Tradizione
Italy
Roberto PIRZIO BIROLI is an Architect and President of Casa della Tradizione, Italy.

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Santo ROMANO

Director, Human Capital, Culture and European Programmes, Veneto Region
Italy
Santo ROMANO is the Director of Human Capital, Culture and European Programmes at Veneto Region, Italy. He graduated in 1988 in Economics and Business. In 1991 he began his working experience in the Veneto Region as an Economist and, in 1997, he became Regional Director. During the following years, he has been appointed to more and more complex and responsibility assignments in the framework of Education, Training and Employment Areas. In 2016 he has been appointed by the Regional Government as Human Resources and Culture Area Director and, since July 2017, he gained also the responsibility for the European Community Planning Area. This role refers to the top position of one out of the six General Coordination Areas in which the Veneto Region administration is articulated. Since 2013 he covers the role of Managing Authority in the framework of the European Social Fund Operational Program.

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Pier Luigi SACCO

Senior Researcher, Meta Lab(at)Harvard & Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Culture
Pier Luigi SACCO is Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Culture and the Director of the Computational Human Behavior flagship project at Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan, Senior Researcher at metaLAB at Harvard and visiting scholar at Harvard University. He works internationally in the field of culture-led local development and is author of more than 200 papers published in peer reviewed journals and edited books with major international scientific publishers.

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Jeffrey SCHNAPP

Founder/Faculty Director of metaLAB (at) Harvard
United States
Jeffrey SCHNAPP is the Founder/Faculty Director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and Faculty Co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He holds the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair in Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is also affiliated with the Critical Media Practice program in Visual and Environmental Studies. Originally trained as a medievalist, his recent publications concern the modern and contemporary eras with a focus on media, technology, architecture, design, and the history of the book. They include The Electric Information Age Book ([Princeton Architectural Press 2012]); an anthology of essays on 20th century Italian art, literature, design, and architecture entitled Modernitalia (Peter Lang 2012); The Library Beyond the Book (Harvard University Press 2014), co-authored with Matthew Battles; Digital Humanities (Egea 2015), an essay on cultural heritage management published in Italian in the Meet the Media Guru series; and Blueprint for Counter Education — Expanded Reprint, a reprint edition of Maurice Stein and Larry Miller’s 1970 work of radical pedagogy. His latest book is FuturPiaggio. Six Italian Lessons on Mobility and Modern Life, published in both English and Italian by Rizzoli International (2017).

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Annick SCHRAMME

Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Antwerp
Belgium
Annick SCHRAMME is Professor at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Business and Economics) where she is responsible for a Masters program in Cultural Management. Besides that she is Academic Director for the Creative Industries at the Antwerp Management School. In 2018 she started a brand new international master in Fashion Management. Over the last years she has published about cultural policy, international cultural policy, heritage policy, cultural leadership and governance, (education in) cultural entrepreneurship, fashion management etc. As an advisor-expert of the Vice-Mayor for Culture and Tourism of the City of Antwerp (2004-2013) she has a lot of experience in policymaking. Actually she is chair and/or member of several boards of cultural organizations and governmental advisory committees in Flanders and the Netherlands, like the heritage organisation HERITA, the Children Theatre HetPaleis and the UNESCO Commission. From 2013 until 2017 she was member of the Arts Council in the Netherlands and the president of ENCATC, the European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education and Research.

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Kristín Huld SIGURÐARDÓTTIR

Director General, Cultural Heritage Agency
Iceland
Kristín Huld SIGURÐARDÓTTIR has been Director General of the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland since 2013. In parallel, she is a board member for the World Heritage Committee of Iceland, ICOM-Iceland, and the European Archaeological Council. She is also a troika member of the European Heritage Heads Forum and teaches at the University of Iceland. Additionally, from 2001 to 2012, Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir was Director General for the Archaeological Heritage Agency of Iceland. She has published various articles on archaeology, conservation and the management of cultural heritage in Iceland but has recently concentrated on heritage management.

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Francesco SILVESTRI

Tourism Expert, Technical Committee supporting Italian Inner Areas Strategy (SNAI)
Italy
Francesco Silvestri is partner and CEO at eco&eco Economics and Ecology Ltd. Bologna (Italy), a research and consultancy centre specialized in environmental economics and policies for urban and rural development. Adjunct Professor of Environmental Economics at University of Bologna (2001-2009), and of applied economics at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (2009-on going), since 2016 he is the Tourism Expert within the Technical Committee supporting Italian Inner Areas Strategy (SNAI).

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Joana SOUSA MONTEIRO

Director, Museum of Lisbon
Portugal
Joana SOUSA MONTEIRO is the Director of the Museum of Lisbon, since 2015. She was a museum and heritage adviser to the Lisbon Councillor for Culture (2010-2014). She was Assistant Coordinator of the Portuguese Museums Network at the National Institute of Museums (2000-2010). Previously, she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art and at the National Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds a degree in Art History (Universidade Nova, 1993), an MA in Museology (Universidade Lusófona, 2000), and an MA in Arts Management (ISCTE, 2010). She was member of the Portuguese National Committee of ICOM board (up to 2016) and is currently the Chair of CAMOC/ICOM, the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of the Museums of Cities (since 2016).

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Stephen STENNING

Head Arts & Society, British Council
United Kingdom
Stephen STENNING leads British Council’s Arts and Society work, a cross disciplinary portfolio that uses creative and cultural approaches to sustainable development. Stephen developed a global programme including setting up the UK’s £30m Cultural Protection Fund; a partnership with UK Government Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He joined British Council in 2011 as Director Arts Middle East North Africa based in Cairo. Stephen has a track record of running and programming successful arts organisations. He originally worked in London as a published playwright and theatre practitioner taking on a post as a Director at Dundee Rep in 1998. Before joining the British Council, Stephen was director Edinburgh Mela, on the Board of Festivals Edinburgh and worked with UZ as Executive Producer.

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Francine STOCK

Writer and Broadcaster
United Kingdom
Francine STOCK is a writer and broadcaster, mainly for the BBC. Publications include novels and a social history of film. She was Chair of Tate Members and on advisory boards including Tate Britain and British Council. A judge for many arts prizes (among them the Booker) she's also a director of the Hay Festival and Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. @FrancineFilm

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Flavia TERRIBILE

Senior Advisor, Programming, Presidency of Italy’s Council of Ministers
Italy
Flavia TERRIBILE is the Chair of the OECD Committee for Regional Development Policies (RDPC) and Senior Advisor at the Programming, Evaluation and Analysis Unit of the Presidency of Italy’s Council of Ministers.

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Ekaterina TRAVKINA

Co-ordinator - Culture, Creative Industries and Local Developmen, CFE
OECD
Ekaterina TRAVKINA coordinates the work on culture, creative industries and local development within the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. She was previously Manager of the OECD Forum on Partnerships and Local Development - the OECD’s network of practitioners in the fields of economic development, employment, skills and social inclusion. As a Policy Analyst at the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the OECD, Ekaterina contributed to international policy reviews on employment and skills focusing on local strategies to support youth employment. Ekaterina joined the OECD in 1997 to work on entrepreneurship and SME development policy assessment in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining the OECD, she worked at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation assisting in the delivery of training programmes on SME development.

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Renzo TURATTO

Head Venice Office, CFE
OECD
Renzo TURATTO is the Head of the OECD Venice Office based in Italy. He took his position in June 2017. His activity focuses on culture, cultural heritage, creativity and their impact on local development. He studied Political Science at the University of Padua and obtained an MBA at the "Enrico Mattei" Business School. He has been a high level official in national and regional institutions. Closely intertwined with his professional career, he developed an academic activity as professor and author of books and articles.

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Umberto VATTANI

President, International University of Venice,
Italy
Ambassador Umberto VATTANI is the President of Venice International University since 2001. He studied in France, Great Britain and the United States (with a Fulbright Scholarship) and graduated in Law (1960) and in Political Sciences (1962) at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. After a spell at the Bank of Italy - Department for Research and International Economics (1961), he entered the Diplomatic Service. From 1963 to 1974, he held successive posts as: Member of the Italian Mission to the United Nation, New York; Member of theItalian Mission to the OECD, Paris; Counselor at the Italian Embassy in London. From 1975 to 1978 he was Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and later Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. After a few years at the Italian Embassy in London as Deputy Head of Mission, he was appointed Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister and Personal Representative (Sherpa) for the G7 Summits (1988-1992). From 1992 to 1996 he was the Italian Ambassador in the Federal Republic of Germany and rom 1997 to 2001 the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was the Italian Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2001 to 2004 to obtaing from January 2004 a Second Appointment as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to 2011 he was President of the Italian Trade Commission – ICE.

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Benito VAZQUEZ

Secretary-General, Pazos de Galicia
Spain
Benito VAZQUEZ is the Secretary-General of Pazos de Galicia, Spain, an association of various manors houses and rectories. He owns Casa Grande de Soutullo, Ourense, a rural tourist establishment. He was delegate for culture for the central government for the province of Ourense.

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Mario VOLPE

Professor of Economics, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari
Italy
Mario VOLPE is Professor of Economics at the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari, where he teaches Economics of Development and Innovation and International Industrial Economics. After graduation, he studied and made research at New York University. His research areas and scientific publications are mainly in the field of innovation and local development and internationalization of SMEs. In the last year he also did research and investigation on culture and creativity as a driver for growth of productivity and development. He is the co-ordinator of international activities at Fondazione di Venezia, where he is managing the interaction with the OECD Venice office on culture and local development.

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Walter ZAMPIERI

Head of Unit for Cultural Policy, DG Education and Culture
European Commission
Walter ZAMPIERI is the Head of Unit for Cultural Policy, DG Education and Culture, European Commission. Before taking up his current post, he was Deputy Head of the coordination unit and assistant to the Director General for education and culture; among his previous positions there is also the secretariat of the Social Protection Committee. Before joining the European Commission, Zampieri was Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida and Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Connecticut and attended University of Padua, Italy.

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Paul ZEALEY

Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland
United Kingdom
Paul ZEALEY has more than 25 years’ experience working in regional economic development in Scotland in private, public and third sectors including leadership roles at Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and in independent consultancy. He is currently Skills Planning Lead at Scotland’s national skills agency and an independent consultant advising on outcomes and impact from major events.

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Gintautė ŽEMAITYTĖ

Vice Minister of Culture
Lithuania
Gintautė ŽEMAITYTĖ is a semiotician, art researcher, curator, lecturer at Vilnius Academy of Arts and Vilnius University. She holds a PhD from Vilnius Academy of Arts (thesis: The Aesthetics of Lifestyle Advertising: Visual and Verbal Text). Previously she was an elected member of the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Design for Europe Ambassador, academic director of the Lithuanian Literature and Folklore Institute, director of the Lithuanian Literature Promotion Centre. Vice Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania since 20 December 2016.

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Valerio ZINGARELLI

CEO, Polymnia Venezia
Italy
Valerio ZINGARELLI is the CEO of Polymnia Venezia, Italy, the instrumental company of Fondazione di Venezia, which has designed and realised the innovative M9 museum and its urban district. He is currently active in advanced technologies and services, on fixed and mobile telecommunications, on multimedia systems, television platforms and networks, and on smart cities. After an starting period as a telecommunications researcher in Telecom Italia, he has taken several important responsibilities, among which Head of aerospace radio communications research in Alenia, the main Italian aerospace company, Chief Technology Officer of Omnitel, the first Italian private mobile communications Operator, CEO of Babelgum Ltd., an innovative peer-to-peer Web-TV Company based in London, Dublin, Milan and Nice, CTO of Expo2015, Milan, Italy, where he designed and developed a “Digital Smart City” environment and CTO of RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Italian public TV broadcasting company, in charge of the design and operation of all the technical systems and networks and of the program production Centres.

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Fondazione di Venezia

Key Partner
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City of Venice

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UNESCO

Key Partner
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European Commission

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ICOM

Partner
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British Council

Partner
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CoopCulture

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ECBN | The European Creative Business Network

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Nesta | The Innovation Foundation

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MUSE | Science Museum Trento

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MUVE | Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

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OECD Culture

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MosaicoGroup

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Registration & Welcome coffee

08:15 09:00 Main Entrance - Ground floor

We recommend participants to arrive well in advance to go through the security control and get their badges. Please bring your personal id in order to get your badge. The opening session will start at 9h00 sharp.
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Opening remarks

09:00 10:00 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

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Plenary session 1. Understanding the transformative power of culture and creativity for local development

10:00 11:15 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

Culture is playing an increasingly important role on the political agendas of cities and regions, both on its own and as part of wider economic growth and well-being. Broadly defined, cultural and creative sectors constitute a vibrant economic activity and are thus a source of jobs, enterprise turnover and tax revenues. However, the role of culture for local development is more than the direct outputs of the individual sectors involved. Culture and creative sectors can transform local economies in various ways. They increase the attractiveness of places as destinations to live, visit and invest in. Smartly managed culture-led urban regeneration can breathe new life into the decaying areas while also creating new and more effective governance frameworks that overpass traditional administrative and sectoral boundaries. Cultural and creative industries contribute to increasing levels of regional innovation and productivity: the cultural sector is itself a generator of innovation, through new production techniques, new business models, innovative ways of reaching audiences and emerging forms of co-production. Spill-overs and cross-sectoral contamination can disseminate innovation into the wider economy. Increased levels of cultural engagement also have positive effects on well-being and health and encourage social cohesion by supporting integration and inclusion of the marginalised groups.

This scene setting plenary session will focus on:
  • How do culture and creativity foster economic growth in cities and regions?
  • How do they transform and regenerate local economies?
  • In what ways can cultural and creative engagement lead to well-being and encourage social cohesion?

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Coffee break

11:15 11:45 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

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Press conference

11:15 11:45 Stendardo Room - Ground floor

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Plenary session 2. Culture, technology and cities: The future is plural

11:45 13:00 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

The emergence of new information and communication technologies have profound effects on how culture interacts with cities. Netflix and Spotify and other emerging media distributors as well as open platforms (e.g. collaborative platforms (Wikipedia), blogs, content communities (YouTube, Instagram), social networks…) have made it possible to access and share many cultural goods at any time and from any location, almost without any mediators. These new technologies enable innovative forms of artistic creation. They also offer new ways of audience engagement and are blurring the distinction between audience, participants and producers, enabling more people to be involved in creation and sharing through co-production of content.

Technology and creativity are also enhancing the cross-feeds between culture and other sectors. New products and services emerge from cross-disciplinary collaborations and are co-created by players from different sectors, as illustrated by new products developed through the gamification of healthcare or education services. In turn, digital humanities offer new ways to valorize and explore the cultural heritage. It has enabled the transformation of city archives and museum’s collections into digital information systems. These Big Data of the past are expected to offer common resources for the future of cities.

This session will unpack current and reflect on future trends focusing on:
  • How do new technologies affect cultural production and consumption?
  • How is the interplay between culture and technology going to impact cultural accessibility and participation? 
  • What does this mean for cities and regions? 
  • And what are the possible scenarios for the future?

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Lunch

13:00 14:00 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

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Thematic session A. - Overview. Cultural heritage and local development: Maximising the impact

14:00 17:30 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

In co-operation with the International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Museums and cultural heritage are powerful assets for local development. They can help attract tourists, promote inclusion, boost cultural diversity and reinvent territorial identity. For several decades now, cities and regions have been drawing on these assets to put in place heritage-led regeneration plans as part of their wider economic development strategies. At the same time, museums are increasingly recognising the instrumental benefits of the arts and sciences and are experimenting with the new roles that they can play as agents of economic and social change while continuing to enrich their traditional heritage conservation, restoration, scientific, and education functions.

Several converging factors lead to the emergence of new partnerships between the museums and local authorities. To support this process, the OECD together with the International Council of Museums (ICOM), have designed a Guide for Cities and Museums on Culture and Local Development: Maximising the Impact that will be launched at these two sessions.

14:00 - A1. Cultural heritage for economic development and urban regeneration

16:00 - A2. Museums and local governments: Partnering for education, well-being and inclusion

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Thematic session B. - Overview. Cultural and Creative Industries: Fulfilling the Potential

14:00 17:30 Stendardo Room - Ground floor

In co-operation with NESTA and the European Creative Business Network (ECBN)

Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) play a distinctive role in redefining the relations between place, economy, culture and creativity, especially considering the global and digital character of the new economy. In many countries, CCIs constitute a dynamic and resilient sector which has grown faster than the rest of the economy, making them attractive to policy makers as drivers of sustainable economic growth and employment. However, due to the rapid evolution of CCIs, the difficulties to define their needs, and the fragmentation of the policy frameworks, national and local policy makers tend to undervalue the considerable potential of the sector and consequently deploy insufficient means to support it. Two sessions will address this needs.

14:00 - B1. Creating creative jobs

16:00 - B2. CCIs and innovation: Supporting cross feeds for local development

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Thematic session C. - Overview. Finance and investment frameworks for cultural and creative sectors

14:00 17:30 Guarana Room - First floor

The activities of the culture and creative sectors are financed through various sources, from the public, private and non-profit sectors. At the local level, public direct and indirect financing is often combined with funding provided by non-profit and business organisations, and individual donations. Capacities to effectively manage investments and respond to the needs of the sectors are often uneven across the levels of government. These two sessions will review emerging models and evidence from selected OECD countries and provide recommendations for national and local policy makers.

14:00 - C1. Innovation in public finance for cultural and creative sectors

16:00 - C2. Funding arts and culture: The role of the private sector

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Parallel thematic session

Thematic session A1. Cultural heritage for economic development and urban regeneration

14:00 15:30 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

Museums and other cultural sites can boost city attractiveness for talents, businesses and visitors. Construction or renovation of a museum can stimulate urban regeneration and bring new life to areas losing traditional economic base. Museums are places where people and communities can build social capital, whereas many traditional meeting places are disappearing. Museums contribute to the dissemination of new techniques, the creation of new products and the support for creativity. They also foster innovation through the research and scientific work related to conservation and restoration of art collections, as well as the development of new materials, skills and processes and cross-fertilization with other sectors.

This session will review:
  • Museums are powerful engines of urban regeneration. What works and what does not in culture-led urban regeneration strategies?
  • How to support cross-feeds between museums and other sectors to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and business development?
  • How can local governments and museums better work together to maximize the impact on local economic development?

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Thematic session B1. Creating creative jobs

14:00 15:30 Stendardo Room - Ground floor

The creative economy relies on creative talent as the primary source of value and the demand for skilled creative workers is strong and rapidly evolving, both in cultural and creative industries and also the wider economy. However, creative employers report problems in recruiting new talent and addressing the lack of skills of their employees even in regions with strong educational endowment including art and design schools, university computing departments, and a vocational training in key craft areas. The creative work is largely secondary in nature or is taken up as a part time job. Several nations also face the issue of great degree of informality of the creative jobs.

This session will focus on:
  • How to improve our understanding of the skills needs of cultural and creative industries? 
  • Which local strategies can help address the mismatch between skills supply and demand?
  • How can an integrated approach involving public and private stakeholders tackle the informal nature of creative jobs?

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Thematic session C1. Innovation in public investment and financing for arts and culture

14:00 15:30 Guarana Room - First floor

With reductions in budgetary allocations in many countries, central and local governments are reconsidering the forms of public support to the sector and the extent to which this sector should be subsidized and should this support be direct (like lottery funds) or indirect (like tax benefits).

This session seeks to answer the following questions:
  • How has the role of local governments in supporting arts, culture and creative industries changed over the past years? 
  • What are the innovative approaches in supporting cultural infrastructure in cities? What are the pressing needs that should be addressed? 
  • What needs to be done to support and enable the growth of SMEs and address the needs of self-employed creatives in the field of arts, and cultural and creative industries? 
  • What are the effective public-private partnerships models for investment in arts and culture?

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Coffee, tea and a paintbrush

15:30 16:00 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

Creative conversations over coffee or tea while experimenting by painting with the leftovers. Don’t miss a drop. Exhibition to follow.

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Thematic session A2. Museums and local governments: Partnering for education, well-being and inclusion

16:00 17:30 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

Museums have been mainly created to increase the cultural and educational level of the population. With time, this objective has become more complex: now it is not only education but also training and life-long learning; not only knowledge but also creativity; not only the native population but immigrants and marginalised communities.

Traditionally local government does not consider museums as a direct actor of social development, beyond their educational role. However, museums contribute more and more to improve individual and collective well-being. Many initiatives appear significant in the domain of health, and in particular ageing. Other initiatives relating to rehabilitation and the boosting of self-confidence are also significant, but are sometimes neglected since their effects are only evident in the long run.

Local governments should recognise the new roles of museums by supporting partnerships between education, health and social inclusion institutions and heritage institutions.

This session will focus on:
  • Partnering for education: what works? How can museums contribute to cultural development, education, training and life-long learning? What kind of partnership with local government is required to maximize impact?
  • Partnering for inclusion and well-being: what works? How can museums contribute to inclusion and well-being? What do they need to fulfil their roles in this domain? What kind of partnership with local government is required to maximize impact?
  • Given that the effects of programmes on well-being and inclusions can appear in a long run and will depend on many factors, what are the innovative approaches to evaluate and measure the impact of such programmes?

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Thematic session B2. CCIs and innovation: Supporting cross feeds for local development

16:00 17:30 Stendardo Room - Ground Floor

'It is conventional to represent the arts and creative industries broadly as suppliers of cultural goods and services. Yet this may be systematically underestimating their contribution to “the economy.” Why? Because the creative industries produce another class of outputs, namely innovations.’ However, to fulfil this potential highlighted by the economist Jason Potts, it is important to support cross sectoral collaborations, invest in a more innovative workforce by introducing arts and creativity in education and recognise and build on innovation within the cultural sector itself.

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Thematic session C2. Funding arts and culture: The role of the private sector

16:00 17:30 Guarana Room - First floor

Private sector players have played a crucial role in supporting the development of various forms of arts and culture across the world. This includes investing in, giving to or spending on different ventures related to the arts and culture undertaken by individuals, businesses, private or public foundations and other non-public organisations.

This session will dwell on:
  • What is the role of the private sector in funding arts and culture in cities today? 
  • How can we devise sound incentives to encourage private contributions and individual giving? How can we support the emerging forms of private funding such as venture philanthropy to support arts and culture? 
  • How can the private sector best address the needs of cultural and creative industries? 
  • What are the effective frameworks for public-private synergies for combined financing of the arts and culture?

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Networking

Guided tour of Doge’s Palace

19:00 20:00 Doge's Palace - San Marco Square



Hosted by MUVE.

Formerly the Doge's residence and the seat of Venetian government, the Palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

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Cocktail reception

20:30 21:30 Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, Cannaregio, 2040



Hosted by the City of Venice
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Welcome coffee

08:30 09:00 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

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Plenary session 3. Building local growth and well-being through culture: A new agenda for local governments

09:00 10:30 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

Culture, the arts, creativity and creative industries are interdependent. Separating them into neatly defined sectors can miss the relationships between them, and the ways in which the commercial sector is connected to other activities within a complex ecosystem. Combining knowledge and skills specific to cultural and creative sectors with those of other sectors spurs innovation, including in manufacturing, services, tourism, health and the public sector. To unleash this transformative power, cities and regions need to create supportive environments for culture-led development by promoting the skills and business support infrastructure for cultural and creative sectors. Favorable ecosystems need to support cultural contamination and crossovers between different cultural and creative fields and other economic sectors, while at the same time pursuing strong levels of cultural participation and cultural capability building.
At the same time, in the context of greater accountability for public spending, new ways are needed to measure the social and economic impact of culture on local development to effectively channel public and private funding.

This session will focus on:
  • What works and what does not in culture-led local development strategies?
  • How can cities promote the skills and business support infrastructure for cultural and creative sectors?
  • What are the instruments that work to support crossovers between different cultural and creative fields and other economic sectors?
  • What are the innovative approaches to increase the levels of cultural participation?
  • How to measure the impact of public investment in arts, culture, creativity and creative industries?

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Coffee break

10:30 11:00 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

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Presentation of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor of the Joint Research Centre

10:30 11:00 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is designed to help national, regional and municipal policy makers identify local strengths and opportunities and benchmark their cities against similar urban centres using both quantitative and qualitative data. The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is thus an instrument to promote mutual exchange and learning between cities. For researchers, the pool of comparable data is expected to generate new questions and insights into the role of culture and creativity in cities’ social and economic well-being.



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Plenary 4. Beyond cultural policies: Culture as a lever for growth and inclusion

11:00 12:00 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

This session will distil policy recommendations for a range of policy areas including tourism, economic development, regional development, employment and skills, social inclusion, and innovation, in order to unleash the transformative power of culture and creativity for local growth and well-being.

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Plenary 5: Key conclusions

12:00 12:20 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

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Closing

12:20 13:00 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

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Lunch

13:00 14:30 Colonne Hall - Ground floor

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Special session D. Arts meet technology

14:30 16:00 Stendardo Room - Ground floor

New digital technology changes how cultural goods and services are produced and consumed. From the local development perspective, this opens new possibility to connect value production to different dimensions of local development: innovation, wellbeing, social cohesion, lifelong learning and local identity.

This special session aims to:
  • Review the current trend and impact of new technology on the production and consumption of cultural goods and services
  • Highlight the new opportunities for local development.
The discussion will focus on how a new technology-enhanced cultural heritage supply affects the traditional boundary, and rationale for public policies: what are the implications for government action? Does the change imply new regulations?

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Special session E. Cultural heritage, tourism and rural development

14:30 16:00 San Giovanni Hall - First floor

Culture, tourism, and heritage can play an important role in economic development, and while these sectors can boost city attractiveness and urban economic growth, they can also be of substantial benefit for rural areas. Culture driven tourism can support traditional livelihoods, crafts and sustain communities threatened by rural desertification. Revitalized and repurposed historical properties can act as a draw for visitors to travel to and within rural areas. Additionally, activities related to the preservation, restoration and promotion of historical sites in rural areas can be a source of economic return. Organisations across Europe have been successful in promoting culture led tourism in rural areas by coordinating efforts between different actors such as various levels of government and industry players, and through the promotion of creative clusters.

Drawing on the experience of a number of European projects this session will focus on the following issues:
  • What are the key challenges for the success of culture led tourism strategies in rural areas?
  • What lessons can be learned from past policies and programmes of governments and other actors to grow the cultural, creative, and tourism industries in rural territories?
  • How has the growth in these industries been translated into economic success?

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