We will be honored to count on a group of extraordinary personalities as guest speakers and roundtable participants. We leave you with the short biographies of some of the speakers in the event:
As from December 2019, Adrienn Király is the Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Education, Culture and Youth.
She started her career in Brussels in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security dealing with international relations and coordinated visa liberalisation dialogues with the Western Balkan countries.
In 2010 Adrienn joined Directorate-General for Home Affairs where she continued her work as coordinator for the Western Balkans. From September 2011 to March 2014 Adrienn was an inter-institutional coordinator at Directorate-General for Justice. In April 2014 she joined the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. From July 2014 to October 2014 she was a Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Martine Reicherts, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. From November 2014 November 2019, Adrienn was the Head of Cabinet of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
Adrienn Király studied at University of Economic Sciences in Budapest (M.Sc. in Economics and International Relations), at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg (DEA de Science Politique) and at the ELTE University, Faculty of Law in Budapest (Post graduate studies for a Master’s degree in law).
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M.A. in “Publishing, Media and Journalism”, he has more than 15 years’ experience as an international project with a particular focus on digital and social innovation.
Besides being the general manager of the European Grants International Academy Srl, he joins the technical committee of the Italian National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs (Repubblica Digitale), he is a member of national associations in the field of innovation (General States of Innovation) and digital technologies, education and society (DITES) and he is part of the board of some international organizations, including All Digital for the promotion of digital skills, EAQOM international mobility projects and the Europeana Education Community.
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Ângela Ferreira is the current Deputy Minister of Culture and Secretary of State for Cultural Heritage, a role she has occupied since 2018. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Minister and Secretary of State for Administrative Modernization between 2015 and 2018.
She was born in Lisbon in 1975, is a Post Graduate in Local Government Law from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa and a Graduate in Urban Management Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.
In Lisbon Municipality, she worked in the Departments of Urban Information and Municipal Planning between 1999 and 2002, and later coordinated the technical teams which worked on Lisbon’s Municipal Spatial Planning Masterplan in 2003.
In Loures Municipality, she worked in the Department of Urban Planning and Management, acting as Technical Advisor to the Director of the Urban Management Department, Technical Advisor to the City Councillor, Project Manager for the Municipal Master Plan, and Head of City Planning, Spatial Planning and Urban Rehabilitation Division between 2002 and 2013.
She was Office Member of the Councilwoman for Education of the Lisbon Municipality and Head of the Social and Educational Division of the Department of Education of the Lisbon Municipality in 2014. She was Director of the Structuring Projects Department of the City Planning Municipal Directorate of the Lisbon Municipality in 2015.
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Chantal Mouffe is an Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London, whose view on politics and society inspires other thinkers but also resonates with new political movements, of which she is a prominent analyst.
Her writings have been innovatory with respect to democratic theory, Marxism and feminism. Her work derives from, and has always been engaged with, contemporary political events and intellectual debates.
This sense of conflict informs both the methodological and substantive propositions she offers. Political theorists have been challenged by Mouffe to think again, and to engage with a new concept of ‘the political’ and a revived and refreshed notion of ‘radical democracy’.
She is the co-author with Ernesto Laclau of “Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics” ( Verso, London, 1985) and the author of “The Return of the Political” ( Verso, London, 1993), “The Democratic Paradox” (Verso, London, 2000), “On the Political” (Routledge. London, 2005), “Agonistics: Thinking the World Politically” (Verso, 2013), “Podemos: In the Name of the People” with Inigo Errejon, (Lawrence & Wishart, 2016) and of “For a Left Populism” ( Verso 2019).
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Mr Ernesto Ottone Ramírez is the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO. Prior to this position, Mr Ottone Ramírez served as Chile’s first Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 2015 to 2018. As Minister of Culture, he created a Department of First Peoples, a Migrants Unit and strengthened copyright laws and heritage protections. During this time, he also chaired the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016 – 2017).
From 2011 to 2015, Mr Ottone Ramírez served as Director-General of the Artistic and Cultural Extension Center of the University of Chile, which manages the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Chilean National Ballet (BANCH), the Chile Symphony Choir and the Vocal Camerata. From 2001 to 2010, he held the position of Executive Director at the Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago.
Mr Ottone Ramírez holds a Master’s degree in Management of Cultural Institutions and Policies from the University of Paris IX Dauphine (1998) and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of Chile (1995).
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Graça Fonseca is the current Portuguese Minister for Culture, a role she has occupied since 2018. Prior to that, she served as Secretary of State Assistant and of Administrative Modernisation (2015-2018). In 2005, she took on the role of head of cabinet to the Minister for State, Internal Administration, and Justice until 2008, and served as co-Director of Legislative Politics and Planning at the Ministry of Justice (2000-2001).
She was also an alderman for the Municipality of Lisbon, responsible for Economics, Innovation, Education, and Administrative Reform (2009-2015), and researcher in Social Studies (1996-2000) at the University of Coimbra.
Graça Fonseca holds a Law Degree from the University of Lisbon, a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Coimbra, and a PhD in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon.
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Jacques Rancière is an Algerian-born French philosopher who made some of the most relevant contributions to political philosophy, the philosophy of education, and aesthetics of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
He is Professor of Philosophy at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Professor emeritus at the Université de Paris, VIII.
He co-authored the seminal work “Reading Capital” with the structuralist Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser and others in 1965, but later his work turned against Althusserian Marxism, as he came to develop an original body of work focused on aesthetics. Over the last fifteen years, his work has slowly been translated into English, and yet, while some of his writings remain untranslated into this global language, he has nonetheless already cast a long shadow over the fields of politics, aesthetics, and education, well beyond the borders of France, in particular, and across the Anglo-American world.
It is somewhat difficult to categorize much of Rancière’s work, especially his archival texts, but the overarching focus has certainly always been politics. For Professor Ranciére, “true” education must be emancipatory, an objective that demands equality not as an end but as a point of departure. As a result, politics is not only a string of his project, but what knots its three elements—in brief, politics overdetermines the whole.
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José Idalino Vasconcelos is the Mayor of Porto Santo. He is a Touristic Guide by training and a businessman in the tourism field. His professional career has always been linked to tourism in Porto Santo.
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Coordinator of the Citizen Laboratory Network Initiative of the Region of Madrid.
Director of Medialab-Prado between 2014 and 2020, Marcos García was responsible for the cultural programme at Medialab-Prado together with Laura Fernández between 2006 and 2014.
Before 2006, Marcos developed the education programme at MediaLabMadrid, together with Laura Fernández, in which they created the cultural mediation programme and the project “Interactivos?”.
He has participated in national and international forums on digital culture, medialabs, citizen innovation and free culture.
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Margaritis Schinas is a Greek politician and former civil servant. He took office in December 2019 as a vice-president in the Von der Leyen Commission with the portfolio of European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life.
A member of the New Democracy party, he previously was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2007 to 2009 and served as chief spokesperson of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, and as a deputy director-general of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication between 2015 and 201
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María Acaso has been described as one of the current leaders in Spain and Latin America in the field of educational revolution or, as she herself calls it, #rEDUvolution.
Her main line of work consists of highlighting the obsolescence of the current education system and the development of contemporary educational practices.
She holds a PhD in Art Education and is currently Head of the Education at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, where she develops the main project on art and education called GIRA. Prior to her current appointment, she was Associated Professor at the Fine Art Faculty at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2010 she founded Pedagogías Invisibles, a collective involved in a large number of projects, working at the crossroads of contemporary art and education in collaboration with art and educational institutions.
She is also a renowned book author. Her highlights are “Art Thinking. Cómo transformar la educación a través de las rates” (2017) and “rEDUvolution: hacer la revolución en la educación” (2013), both edited by Paidos.
Her blog “mariaacaso.es” has gained international relevance and recognition in disruptive education.
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Maria de Assis is Board Advisor of EGEAC, an independent agency managing Lisbon municipal theatres and museums. She is committed to experimental and collaborative practices aiming to develop interactive and participatory methodologies in formal and informal educational contexts.
Maria studied dance and music and started her professional career as a pianist. She is a graduate in Music and in History and a post graduate in Cultural Management. For over a decade she worked as cultural journalist, for the press, the radio and television.
Curator of dance platforms and performing arts festivals at the Gulbenkian Foundation and Teatro Viriato in Viseu; Deputy Director of the Institute of the Arts, Ministry of Culture (2003 – 2005) and Director of the Gulbenkian Programme for Education in Arts and Science (2012 – 2017). She was a member of the OMC Group on Culture-Education Synergies in 2008/9 and again in 2014/15 for “Cultural awareness and expression”.
She is the President of the Scientific Commission of Plano Nacional das Artes since May 2019.
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Maria Lind is a curator, writer and educator based in Stockholm, currently the director of Tensta konsthall. She was the artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, the director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008-2010) and director of Iaspis in Stockholm (2005-2007).
From 2002-2004 she was the director of Kunstverein and in 1998, co-curator of Manifesta 2. She has taught widely since the early 1990s. Currently she is professor of artistic research at the Art Academy in Oslo.
She has contributed widely to newspapers, magazines, catalogues and other publications. She is the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In the fall of 2010 Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press.
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Matjaž Gruden is Director of Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe, which includes Council of Europe activities and programmes in the area of education, including education for democratic citizenship, youth cooperation, culture and cultural heritage, landscape and biodiversity.
The Directorate also includes the Platform for the protection of Journalists, the Eurimages film fund and the North-South Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity.
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Miguel Filipe Machado de Albuquerque (born 4 May 1961) is a Portuguese politician of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the current President of the Regional Government of Madeira.
He took office as leader of the PSD of Madeira on 10 January 2015. He was a former mayor (presidente da Câmara in Portuguese) of Funchal, Madeira.
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Paulo Pires do Vale is the Commissioner of the National Plan for the Arts.
He is an essayist and curator. He was the President of the International Association of Art Critics – Portugal.
He was a professor at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and at the Escola Superior de Educadores de Infância Maria Ulrich. He has contributed to many magazines, books, and exhibition catalogues, and curated many exhibitions at different institutions throughout Europe.
Paulo Pires do Vale has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Philosophy from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Nova University in Lisbon.
Sabine Verheyen has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. At the beginning of the current legislative period (2019), she has been Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).
Sabine Verheyen was born on 24 October 1964 in Aachen, Germany. From 1983 to 1988, Verheyen studied architecture at the FH Aachen and since 1990 she has been a member of the CDU. From 1994 to 2009, she was a member of the Aachen City Council and from 1999 to 2009 she was mayor of her hometown Aachen.
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Sara Brighenti is a museum expert, arts programmer and educator. She is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the National Plan for the Arts.
Brighenti was the director of the Money Museum of the Central Bank of Portugal, responsible for the installation of the museum, exhibitions plan, editions, public programmes and projects with communities.
Previously she was head of education at the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego Museum and education and audience engagement advisor in theatres, museums and heritage sites.
She was an advisor to the Ministry of Education for vocational arts education curriculum and she participated in pilot projects related to arts, culture and education, by UNESCO. Prior she was a museum education trainer, art teacher and worked as a freelance mediator for contemporary art museums in Portugal.
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Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera’s work centers around censorship — and has been labeled as dangerous by the Cuban government. This has not stopped her from creating work that catalyzes social change and aims to make people active.
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Tiago Brandão Rodrigues is the current Portuguese Minister of Education, a role he has occupied since 2015. Graduate in Biochemistry in Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade de Coimbra in 2000, he was researcher in Dallas University and in Biomedics Investigation Institute, in Madrid. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from Universidade de Coimbra, and his thesis won António Xavier Prize, in 2008.
From 2010, he was researcher in Cancer Research UK, of Cambridge University, being also associated to Corpus Christi College. His researche was sponsored by European Commission, through the Marie Curie Program and the European Molecular Biology Organization.
He is member of several international scientific societies and author of many articles published in specialized magazines, such as Nature Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Cancer Research. With his article about one pioneer technique to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer treatments published in Nature Medicine magazine, he won the British Prize of International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, in 2013.
He was guest speaker in many international conferences and lecturer in several pre and post-graduation formations. He is member of the editorial board of scientific magazines and reviewer of articles, as well as evaluator of reputed international scientific funding agencies. He was member of the direction of Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK, where he developed work in communication of science.
He was Olympic attaché to the Portuguese delegation to the Olympic Games in London, in 2012.
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Veronica Mobilio is an educational expert, with specific expertise on digital and entrepreneurship education. She works as policy officer at the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, where she has been contributing to the implementation and update of the Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan.
She led the activities connected to the evidence base of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 and its Staff Working Document. Previously, she worked as Senior Manager for Education Development at Junior Achievement Europe and, before moving to Brussels, as a consultant and researcher for several public and private organizations in Italy. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences.
Wayne Modest is the Director of Content for the National Museum of World Cultures and the Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam and head of the Research Center of Material Culture. He is also professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies (by special appointment) in the faculty of humanities at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Modest was previously, head of the curatorial department at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum in London, and Director of the Museums of History and Ethnography in Kingston, Jamaica.
He has held visiting scholar positions at the Yale Centre for British Art, Yale University and the School for Museums Studies, New York University. Wayne Modest’s work is driven by a concern for more historically contingent ways of understanding the present, especially in relation to material culture/museum collections.
His research interests include issues of belonging and displacement; material mobilities; histories of (ethnographic) collecting and exhibitionary practices; difficult/contested heritage (with a special focus on slavery, colonialism and post-colonialism); Caribbean Thought.
More recently Modest has been researching and publishing on heritage and citizenship in Europe with special attention for urban life, and on ethnographic museums and questions of redress/repair.
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Museum Educator & Media Technologist Wouter van der Horst combines his passion for history, art, science and teaching with new technology in We Share Culture.
Wouter started his career at the Education Department of the Rijksmuseum, where he brought together digital content and learning with award-winning products as SnapGuide, RijksTube & RijksCreative.
Wouter now further specializes in innovative ways to engage audiences through new technology, both in and outside the walls of museums and learning institutes.
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In the workgroups
We will also be honored to count on a extended group of impressively diligent experts as the contributors to our Workgroups during our conference. We leave you with the short biographies of the contributors that will facilitate these Workgroups:
Anna Steiner is a Senior Officer in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Arts and Culture Division.
After studies at the University in Vienna and the ANU in Canberra, Australia, Anna Steiner received a PhD on intercultural studies. She has worked for the Austrian Government since 1991, being in charge of international affairs in the fields of education and culture. In her current appointment she focuses on multilateral cooperation in culture, in particular UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Among her thematic priorities are cultural heritage, cultural diversity and sustainable development.
In 2018 Anna Steiner was the Austrian Coordinator of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Burak Sayin is currently serving as the Community Manager of Trans Europe Halles (TEH) based in Lund, Sweden.
His main focus areas are participation, cultural democracy, research, development, innovation, and decentralised governance forms in communities working with culture and arts. He has worked for Associated Press Television News, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera America and many other international media outlets in Turkey before migrating to Sweden.
Currently, he manages a 3-year H2020 project, Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies, for TEH and holds a seat in the board of Culture Action Europe. His personal interests are video production and writing.
Teaching for more than 15 years, holder of a Masters’ degree in Political Science and Higher Education Pedagogy, Catherine Stilmant specialized in the links between Culture and Education in Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
First woman to chair the Youth Council in French-speaking Belgium, she was, for 10 years, a Culture Senior Advisor and Auditor – referent for Youth policies – and chaired a group of European experts on the transition of young people between school and employment.
She is currently head of the PECA (Path of Education through Culture and Arts) project launched in French-speaking kindergartens in Belgium in 2020.
Cristina Da Milano holds a degree in Archaeology (University of Rome); the MA in Museum Studies (University of Leicester); the MA in Technological Systems for the Economic Evaluation of Cultural Heritage (University of Ferrara).
President of ECCOM, an organisation founded in 1995 which carries out research projects on the issue of the social role of culture, training activities and consultancy at a national and international level, she has been involved in several EU funded projects and studies with specific reference to cultural access, participation and audience development. She is an expert in European cultural policy and programmes.
She lectures in many post-graduate courses and Masters and is member of the board and vice-president of Culture Action Europe; member of the board of directors of Teatro di Roma; member of the Commission for the National Museum System of the Italian Ministry for Culture.
Dea Vidović is a Director of Kultura Nova Foundation, public foundation dedicated to civil society organizations in contemporary arts and culture in Croatia.
She graduated in Comparative Literature and Indian Studies and earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more of twenty years of her professional engagement in culture & cultural policy, civil society and philanthropy, she works as a manager, editor, journalist and researcher.
She is currently an ENCATC Board member, Co-Chair of Arts & Culture Thematic Network of EFC – European Foundation Centre as well as Advisory Board member of OpenHeritage project.
Glen Coutts is President of the International Society for Education through Art and Professor of Applied Visual Arts Education at the University of Lapland, Finland.
A practising artist, he writes regularly about issues in art and design education and is a leader of the Artic Sustainable Arts and Design network: http://www.asadnetwork.org. Past President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (UK), Past Principal Editor of the International Journal of Education through Art (2010-16).
In 2016, he was presented with the Ziegfeld Award for outstanding international leadership in art education. Co-editor of the Relate North and Learning through Art series of books.
Iina Berden works as Special Government Advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
Her work relates to cultural policy, children’s and the young people’s right to participate in arts and in cultural life and European Union policy in the field of art and culture.
Her aim is to keep up with children’s wishes and ideas and combine them with innovative actions.
Joan is interim director for Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland, the national agency for the funding and development of the arts, screen and creative industries. This includes responsibility for overseeing work across all artforms and national projects and strategic initiatives such as the Creative Learning Plan, the Youth Music Initiative, ArtWorks Scotland and “Time to Shine”, Scotland’s Youth Arts Strategy.
Creative Scotland’s learning work is conducted in partnership with national education and young people’s agencies and a range of areas of Government including Education, Culture, Justice and Children and Young People. The work aims to encourage organisations to be responsive, adaptive and continually learn as well as increase the quantity and quality of creative learning opportunities for everyone.
Joan was until recently the President of ACEnet, a European wide network of policymakers in arts, culture and education and Chair of ITAC, the International Teaching Artists Collaborative.
June Mariann Breivik is Department director for arts, culture and education at Kulturtanken – art for Young Audiences, Norway. Kulturtanken holds the national responsibility for for The Cultural Schoolbag.
The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS) is a national programme designed to ensure that all school pupils (1-13) in Norway experience professional art and culture of all kinds. The Cultural Schoolbag is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Research.
Breivik has previously held position as head master in primary and secondary education. She was also development director e-learning at BI The Norwegian Business School.
Lígia Ferro is assistant professor in the Sociology Department, Faculty of Arts – University of Porto. She has received her European Ph.D. from the University Institute of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL (2011).
She was a visiting scholar at several universities in Europe, the United States of America and Brazil. Lígia Ferro is vice-president of the European Sociological Association and is a member of the board of the European Network of Observatories in the Fields of Arts and Cultural Education – ENO.
She is the author and editor of several publications in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Lately she has been working on cultural practices, arts education, migrations and action research, especially in urban contexts.
Marlies Tal works for LKCA, the Dutch National centre of expertise for cultural education and amateur art, where she is responsible for Cultural Participation and Policy.
She is currently involved in the national program for Cultural Education and Quality and the new program for Cultural Participation.
Martin Fatura is Director of EU Affairs at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic.
After completing his masters at the Faculty of Law of Charles University, he worked at the Ministry of Regional Development as a specialist in the Legal and Legislative Department. After one year he moved to the National Coordination Authority where he worked for the next five years as Head of the Legal Coordination of EU Funds.
At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, he is responsible for the coordination of EU policies in the area of Education and Youth, the Erasmus+ program, the European Solidarity Corps at the National Authority level, and for the preparatory work on the upcoming Czech presidency of the EU Council of 2022.
Mia Vranješević is a cultural anthropologist, with expertise in cultural education.
She works as a programme associate at the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. From 2017 until now she has been contributing to different programmes connected to audience development in culture and programs connected to cultural education.
She is an associate on the programme A Backpack (full) of Culture – Art and Culture in kindergarten and school – unique art and educational programme at the state level.
Nada Požar Matijašič, psychologist, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia: Department of Educational Development and Quality
Since 2005 she has been the national coordinator for cultural education (ACE) and a member of the National Board for ACE. She cooperates with representatives of the Ministry of Culture, and other educational and cultural organizations to develop the area of ACE at the national level and to establish partnerships between the educational and the cultural sector in Slovenia.
She was a member of OMC groups on culture-education synergies, especially ACE. She is the national representative of the ACEnet group. She has been participating in the preparation of several national ACE materials.
Nataša Bucik, psychologist, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia: Directorate for Creativity.
Since 2005 she has been the national coordinator for arts and cultural education (ACE) and a member of The National Board for ACE. She has closely cooperated with representatives of the Ministry of Education and other educational and cultural organizations to develop the area of ACE at the national level and to establish partnerships between the educational and the cultural sectors in Slovenia. She was a member of OMC groups on culture-education synergies, especially ACE.
She is the national representative of the ACEnet group. She has been participating in the preparation of several national ACE materials.
Piotr Michałowski is an MA in Arts (culture studies), and an MSci in cultural management, project coordination, fundraising and entrepreneurship. Expert on territorial development and networking. Researcher on the field of culture, international cooperation.
Experienced field worker in urban and rural communities. Presently completing Cultural diplomacy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Consultant for national and EU cultural policies. Professional jazz musician and producer. Coordinator in the Cultural Division, City of Wrocław (ECoC 2016).
Secretary and Board Member of the European Network of Cultural Centres ENCC in Brussels. Coordinator of the ENCC International Working Group on Territorial Development, gathering experts, animators and policy makers.
Tere Badia is an art historian and MA in Information and Knowledge Society by the IN3 (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute) of the UOC. She has carried out various analytical studies and cooperation manuals in the field of cultural policies, networking, culture, and R+D+i for the visual arts.
Her professional activities include curating exhibitions, publishing, teaching, or multimedia communication. She coordinated the platform Disonancias in Catalonia for the promotion of the relations between artists and research departments of companies and organizations, and the network of visual arts production spaces of Catalonia.
Between 2010 and 2018, Tere was director of Hangar, center for artistic production and research in Barcelona. Since April 2018 she is the secretary-general of Culture Action Europe.
Ugne Rinkeviciute has a degree in Cultural History and Anthropology from Vilnius University. She launched her career working in US-based tech startups (AI and Robotics) eventually co-founding a Cleantech Hardware company in 2016. Later, she returned to culture and education by leading engaging cultural tours in 16 European countries.
She currently works in the Project Management department at the National library of Lithuania and is a Coordinator of Cultural Education Interventions in a project “Modernisation of the Cultural Education System“.
Corporate communication expert with 20 years of extensive international experience and advanced practice knowledge in the field of relations with various stakeholders.
In autumn 2020, she was appointed Acting Director-General of Media Directorate. She is also a member of The National ACE committee. At a time when fake news and other negative practices are on the rise, she particularly emphasizes the importance of media literacy.
As a newcomer, she strives for continuous improvement and implementation of innovative solutions and digital tools. She also helps promote the ACE values through proactive communication and inclusive collaboration in the social ecosystem.
Vida Gražienė is Culture, Audiovisual and Copyright Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU in Brussels; delegated by the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania, where she has held various responsibilities since 1997, mainly of International Cultural Cooperation.
She was Head of the Cultural Education Policy Department (2018-2020), and Cultural attaché at Lithuanian Embassies in Paris and Brussels (2008-2018). She chaired the EU Council Cultural Affairs Committee during the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in 2013. During this year she also elaborated and implemented the Lithuanian cultural events programme “Focus on Lithuania” in Belgium, and in 2018, “La Saison Culturelle Lituanienne” in Paris.
Vida Gražienė holds a Master Degree in EU policy and administration and pursued graduate studies in Classical Philology.
Wim Burggraaff works for the National Government of the Netherlands in the policy area of arts and heritage participation.
In the past five years, he also worked for The Hague University of Applied Sciences as a teacher and researcher at the faculty of Social Work and Education.