Speaker Profiles

Nini Palavandishvili (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Nini Palavandishvili

GEOAir - Contemporary Arts Space, Tbilissi, Georgia

Nini Palavandishvili joined the artist initiative GeoAIR in 2006 and is actively engaged since then in curating and organizing international exchange projects in Georgia and beyond its borders. Nini Palavandishvili is also a coordinator of an art residency program launched by GeoAIR in January 2010 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Péter Inkei (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Péter Inkei

Director, Budapest Observatory

Péter Inkei, 1945, is the Director of the Budapest Observatory: Regional Observatory on Financing Culture in East-Central Europe. A non-profit organisation, it conducts comparative projects on issues of cultural policy and planning.

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Pierre Giner (source www.pierreginer.net)

Pierre Giner


Pierre Giner is an unclassifiable artist, who uses new technologies, video, mobile, websites and video games as his expression and artistic space.

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Pierre Vimont

Executive Secretary General, European External Action Service

Pierre Vimont is the Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), since December 2010, when the EEAS began operation.

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Radu Mihăileanu

Film director & screenwriter

Radu Mihăileanu is a patron of More Europe - external cultural relations.
French-Romanian film director and screenwriter, his latest movies are La Source (2011), Le Concert (2009) and Va, vis et Deviens (2005).

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Rania Stephan (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Rania Stephan

Film director

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Rania Stephan graduated with two degrees in Cinema Studies from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia and from Paris VIII University, France. Her career in film has been long and diverse.

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Renilde Steeghs (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Renilde Steeghs

Ambassador for Cultural Cooperation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Renilde Steeghs has been appointed Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation in July 2012. She combines this position with her work as head of the International Cultural Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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Robert Menasse (c)Berhnard Ludewig/Allianz Kulturstiftung/More Europe

Robert Menasse


Austrian writer of novels, essays, but also choldren books. Concerned with the political and cultural developments in his country, he regularly publishes his opinions in the Austrian press.

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Rod Fisher (source www.forumforcreativeeurope.cz)

Rod Fisher

Director, International Intelligence on Culture

Rod Fisher is Director of International Intelligence on Culture. He is a Visiting Lecturer on European Cultural Policies at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is Honorary Research Fellow, City University, London.
Read the presentation he gave in Paris here!

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Ruth Ur

Head of Arts & Development, British Council

Ruth Ur is the Head of Arts and Development of the British Council. She joined the British Council in 1998 and has held since then a series of British Council arts-related posts both in the UK and overseas, including Director for Arts in Turkey.

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