Speaker Profiles

Ghislaine Glasson-Deschaumes (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes

Director, Transeuropéennes

Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes is the director of the international journal of critical thought Transeuropéennes, which she founded in 1993, and she coordinates the international project “Translating in the Mediterranean Area”.

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Goran Tomka (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Goran Tomka

Researcher in cultural policies, Faculty of Sports and Tourism, Novi Sad, Serbia

Goran Tomka is a graduate teaching assistant of cultural tourism related subjects at the Faculty of Sport and Tourism in Novi Sad, Serbia. He is currently a doctoral student at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

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Gottfried Langenstein (c)Bernhard Ludewig/Allianz Kulturstiftung/More Europe

Gottfried Langenstein

Vice-Chairman, Management Board of ARTE

Gottfried Langenstein is the Vice-chairman of the Management Board of the Franco-German channel ARTE, after being its President from January 2007 to December 2010, and Vice-President from 2003 to 2006. After coordinating the Science exhibition in Berlin in 1986-1987, M. Langenstein joined the International Affairs Directorate of the second public television channel ZDF. In 1989 he became Head of the International Relations department and was then appointed Director of International Affairs in 1994.

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Gottfried Wagner

Gottfried Wagner

Special Envoy, Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts & Culture

Gottfried Wagner is currently working for the Austrian ministry of education and culture on research projects on European external policies and culture, and on publications on cultural policies and narratives for the future of Europe.

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Hugues Mingarelli (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Hugues Mingarelli

Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran & Iraq, European External Action Service

Hugues Mingarelli is the Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq at the European External Action Service.

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Janne Teller (c)Martin Thorup Nielsen/DKI Benelux/More Europe

Janne Teller

Writer, former UN & EU official

Janne Teller is a Danish writer of several books, essays and short stories. For her youth novel Nothing (2000), she has been awarded with the Best Children's Book Prize from the Danish Cultural Ministry and Le Prix Libbylit 2008 for the best novel for children in the French-speaking world.

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Katelijn Verstraete (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Katelijn Verstraete

Regional Director East Asia Arts & Creative Industries, British Council

Katelijn Verstraete worked at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) from 2006 to 2012, developing multi-stakeholder programmes between Asia and Europe in the areas of cultural policy, artistic exchange, capacity-building and information exchange.
Mid-October 2012 she is starting a new job as Regional Director East Asia Arts and Creative Industries at the British Council.

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Kathrin Watson (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Katherine Watson

Director, European Cultural Foundation

Katherine Watson has been the Director of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) since June 2010. She moved from Canada to join ECF in 2006 as Director of its online partner initiative, the multi-lingual cultural information and networking platform LabforCulture.org.

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Kenza Sefrioui (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Kenza Sefrioui

Member & co-founder of Racines, Morocco,
Cultural journalist

Kenza Sefrioui is a cultural journalist and book reviewer. From 2005 to 2010 she directed the literary column of the Journal hebdomadaire and collaborates to Babelmed, a website dedicated to Mediterranean cultures and societies, as well as Economia.

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Lars Seeberg (c)Martin Thorup Nielsen/DKI Benelux/More Europe

Lars Seeberg

Artistic Adviser, former Secretary General Aarhus Festival

Lars Seeberg is the director of see@rt where he advises theatres, multicultural venues and funding initiatives of the European Commission and the Nordic Cultural Foundation. Lars Seeberg's career started out in the field of drama both as a dramaturge at Odense Theater and as a professor at The Theatre School in Odense. For the last 20 years he has worked in the international arts and cultural scene – for example during his 10 years as Secretary General of the Aarhus International Festival (1991-2000).

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