Alain Fohr

Alain Fohr

Director, Institut Français Madrid & Spain

Alain Fohr joined the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in 1978.

He first held positions at various universities in Ghana, Iraq and Morocco before being appointed Cooperation Attaché in Greece. After a first return to the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Paris, he was nominated Cultural Councillor in Mexico and Director of the French Institute of Latin America. He returned to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Paris in 2000 as a Human Resources Officer. This would be followed by a position as Cultural Councillor in Buenos Aires (2003-2004) and Councillor for Cooperation and Cultural Action, Director of the French Institute of Athens (2004 -2008).

From that date, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs as Head of Cultural and Artistic Cooperation, in the Cultural Diversity and World Heritage Department. Since 2010, he has been Cultural Councillor and Director of the French Institute in Madrid and of the French Institute of Spain.

Alban Corbier-Labasse

Alban Corbier-Labasse

Director, Institut Français Dakar, President, EUNIC Senegal

Alban Corbier-Labasse has spent all his career in the cultural sector, alternating positions in French local authorities, in the French external cultural network and as head of cultural institutions in France and French overseas territories.

His training and experience is in Performing Arts. He directed two festivals, Mediarte (digital art), which he created and programmed in Mexico for four years and is still running, and Tempo, in Reunion, a multidisciplinary festival focused on circus and street arts, which he directed for three years. For ten years now, he has been interested in contemporary art and artists involved in public space, which has led him to work with artists such as Daniel Buren, Fabrice Hyber or Tadashi Kawamata.

In Dakar, he is focusing his action on the development of digital arts and the use of new technologies in the cultural field. As such, on May 16, 2012, he held a day-long seminar on the realities of digital creation in Sub-Saharan Africa, on the occasion of the Dakar Biennial.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

Member of the European Parliament

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China.
 
M. Lambsdorff is a substitute for the Committee on Culture and Education and for the Delegations to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Alexander Rinnooy Kan

Alexander Rinnooy Kan

Prof Economics & Business, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Alexander Rinnooy Kan has degrees in Mathematics from Leiden University and Econometrics from Amsterdam University. He was employed as a the mathematics editor at the Spectrum Encyclopaedia for the period of a year, and at the University of Delft for three years. In 1977 he moved to Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he became a professor in operational research in 1980, Director of the Econometric Institute in 1983 and Rector Magnificus in 1986. In the meantime he was also visiting professor at Berkeley, California and the MIT, Boston among others.

In 1991 he became Chairman of the Confederation of Dutch Industry VNO, which became VNO-NCW in 1995. Mr. Rinnooy Kan joined the Executive Board of ING and became Chairman of the Board of both ING Insurance Central Europe and ING Insurance & Asset Management Asia/Pacific. He held these positions until June 2006.

From August 2006 till September 2012 he was President of the Social-Economic Council (SER). Since September 1, 2012 he is University Professor Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam.

Alexander Rinnooy Kan has published 10 books and 150 articles. He was born in the Netherlands. He is married and has three children.

Ana Paula Laborinho

Ana Paula Laborinho

Prof , University of LisbonFormer President, EUNIC Global

She has specialised in travel writings, especially Asian routes. She has lectured at graduate and post-graduate levels in the fields of Portuguese Literature, Hispanic-American Literature and Asian Studies. She coordinates a research line on Orientalism at the Centre of Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon.

During her 14 years in Macau, she assumed the post of Director of the Cultural Institute of Macau, and she was a teacher at the University of Macau, where she helped to establish the Institute of Portuguese Studies. During the period from 1996 to 2002, she was President of the Portuguese Institute of the Orient, institution responsible for promoting and divulgating the Portuguese language and culture in Eastern Asia. She is currently the President of the Camões Institute and held the Presidency of EUNIC Global from July 2011 to June 2012.

André de Margerie

André de Margerie

Director of International Relations, Arte France & Arte Global

André de Margerie started at the Ministry of the Environment (1977-1982). In 1982 he was appointed Official Representative of the Presidency of Radio France, in 1987 Head of Sponsorship for Havas (1987-91) and member of the team of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution (1988-89).
He has been working at ARTE France since 1991, where he has been successively Official Representative of the Presidency, Cultural Development Officer, Deputy Director and Director of International Relations. Since February 2011, he has also been responsible for the International Relations of ARTE Global.

Andrew Senior

Andrew Senior

Expert in Creative Economy - Director, Andrew Senior Associates Ltd.

Andrew Senior established the Creative Industries Unit (CIU) at the British Council in 1999. Working with a small team, he began to build the Unit’s profile within the British Council (as part of Arts Group) and within the context of the Department for Culture, Media & Sports Creative Industries Export Promotion Advisory Group (CIEPAG). Over the next decade, working closely with colleagues in the art form departments and internationally, Andrew drove the strategic development of the creative economy agenda within the British Council. In 2008 it became one of the three principal platforms of the British Council activity.
Andrew left the British Council in 2010 to set up Andrew Senior Associates Ltd (ASA).

Charles Esche

Charles Esche

Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Charles Esche is a curator and writer. Since 2004 he is Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Editorial Director of Afterall Journal and Books at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London. He is an advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam and Board Member of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, Basel and MUSEON, Bolzano. He lectures extensively at art colleges and institutions around the world. His writings on institutional possibility and policy are useful aids to rethinking the relation between art and social change. Together with Will Bradley Esche co-edited the reader Art and Social Change published by Afterall and Tate Publishing.
Esche played an important role in projects such as Picasso in Palestine (2011), Heartland(2008-2009), Be(com)ing Dutch (2008) and Forms of Resistance (2007). Under his directorship, the Van Abbemuseum has created a European network – L’Internationale. He curated and co-curated the Slovenian Triennale, Ljubljana in 2010, the 2nd and 3rd Riwaq Biennial, Palestine 2009; the 9th Istanbul Biennial 2005 and November Paynter and the Gwangju Biennale in Korea 2002. 2000-2004 he was Director of the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö.
In 2012 Charles Esche won the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for cultural change-makers who enhance the unique role of the arts in Europe, in recognition for his extraordinary curatorial oeuvre in which he has opened up the museum as a public space of active engagement reaching out to both local and international communities.

Corina Şuteu

Corina Şuteu

President, Filmetc, Making Waves Film Festival, NYC

Corina Şuteu is president of FilmETC (New York-Bucharest) and Making Waves Film Festival NYand former Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. Prior to this, she worked in France, as head of the Master Degree in European Cultural Management of the Dijon Business School. She initiated in 1995 the first regional (Eastern European) MA in cultural management – the ECUMEST program. She acted for four years as President of the European Forum of Cultural Networks and was a board member of IETM and ENCATC. She was president of the EUNIC cluster in New York and initiated, developed and coordinated more than 100 events each year for six consecutive years in the US on behalf of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Corina Şuteu is also a founder of the ECUMEST Association and was co-initiator, together with the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), of the Policies for Culture programme. She has worked internationally extensively, as a diplomat, trainer, independent consultant and researcher in the fields of cultural cooperation and cultural management and comparative cultural policies in Europe.

Damien Helly

Damien Helly

Visiting Professor, College of Europe

Damien Helly has been a specialist on the cultural dimensions of the external action of the European Union since 2006, which saw his first collaboration with Palmer/Rae Associates. He worked from 2008 to 2012 at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), where he coordinated and participated in the work on sub-Saharan Africa-Europe relations and security and defence policy. His research activities included conflict prevention and crisis management, and links between security, development and governance.
 
Before joining the EUISS, M. Helly was senior analyst and head of the International Crisis Group office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2006-2007). He also managed the Crisis Group’s regional South Caucasus office as project director in 2003-2004, before working as a consultant on Moldova/Transdniestria for the same organisation. In 2005-2006, he opened and ran Saferworld’s EU and advocacy office in Brussels.
 
Damien Helly holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po, Paris.

David Fajolles

David Fajolles

Director of International Relations, Arte France & Arte Global

David Fajolles works at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as the head of the Research and Prospective department. Prior to this, he was responsible for the promotion of French language and local languages in the Ministry of Culture (2011).
 
He started his career being in charge of the “Bureau du livre” in Brazil as a member of the French cultural network abroad and directed the “Centre Culturel Francais/French Cultural Center” in Cape Verde. At the UNESCO, first as an advisor to the prospective department and then as a member of the cabinet of the Deputy Director for social sciences and humanities, he contributed to the realisation of the world report “Les Sociétés du Savoir” (2005). He first started to work on European studies as the speechwriter for  the former French Minister of European Affairs, Noelle Lenoir. Since then, he has worked for several French think tanks (Fondation pour l’innovation politique, Cercle des Européens), and as a fellow researcher at  the  European Union Institute for Security Studies.
 
David Fajolles graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ULM, department of social sciences) and the University of Princeton. He is a visiting professor at the Institute of Political Studies (Paris).

Delphine Borione

Delphine Borione

DEP. Sec. Gen. Social & Civil Affairs, Union for the Mediterranean

Delphine Borione is the Deputy Secretary General for Social and Civil Affairs of the Union of the Mediterranean.

Prior to this, she was the Director of Cultural and Language Policies at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs since August 2009, and President of EUNIC Gobal from the 1st of July 2012 to the 1st of July 2013.

As a diplomat, Delphine Borione worked for the World Food Programme (WFP), at the Policy Branch and Operations. In 1999, she moved to the Balkans on humanitarian assistance operations for refugees from Kosovo, then joined the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In 2000, she returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, where she was responsible for the preparation of the G8, then she was called to the Presidency of the Republic in 2002-2003 for the French presidency of the G8 Summit in Evian. From 2003 to 2006, she was Cultural Councillor to the Embassy of France in Italy. She returned to the Presidency of the Republic in August 2006 as an Adviser on multilateral issues and on the G8. In November 2007, she was appointed Head of the Liaison Office of France in Kosovo, and then named Ambassador of France.

Delphine Borione has also written a guide to Rome, which was published in 1996, and numerous articles on environmental and cultural issues. In 1997, in Italy, she co-founded the cultural association Futuro. She was a director and treasurer of the association Patrimoine sans Frontières.

Diederik Paalman

Diederik Paalman

DG Home, Deputy Head, Unit Visa, European Commission

Diederik Paalman, who has Dutch nationality, joined the European Commission in 1996. After posts in the Directorates General for Trade and External Relations respectively, M. Paalman moved in 2001 to the (then) Directorate General for Justice and Home Affairs. In this DG he worked on relations with the United States post 9/11 and as a negotiator of EU readmission agreements.

In March 2011 he was appointed Deputy Head of Unit of Visa Policy in DG Home Affairs. In this capacity he is, inter alia, in charge of negotiations of visa facilitation agreements with partner countries

Dr Pavol Demeš

Dr Pavol Demeš

Transatlantic Fellow German Marshall Fund Bratislava European Cultural Foundation Advisory Board

Pavol Demeš is an internationally recognized NGO leader based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Prior to the “Velvet Revolution” in November 1989, M. Demeš was a bio-medical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a graduate of the Charles University in Prague (1980). After the democratic changes in 1989  he  served as the Executive Director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency-Service Center for the Third Sector, a leading NGO in the country. He also served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic (1993-97), and in 1991-1992 he was the Slovak Minister of International Relations. From 2000 until September 2010 he was the Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Now he is non-resident senior fellow with the GMF US.

Pavol Demeš played a key role in the EU’s civil society development program (PHARE) in Slovakia and democratization efforts in the Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries. In the last two years he visited several Arab countries where he spoke on civil society issues.

Elisabeth O. Sjaastad

Elisabeth O. Sjaastad

CEO, Federation of European Film Directors

Elisabeth O. Sjaastad (born in Oslo, Norway 1977) studied directing at the Beijing Film Academy and the Central Academy of Drama (1998-2000). In 2002 she directed and produced the Amanda-nominated (Norway’s national film award) feature documentary Shiny Stars, Rusty Red (China) which was invited to film festivals worldwide. Through her production companies Screen Stories and Directors at Work AS she has also produced films from South Africa (also as director), Peru and the United Arab Emirates.
Elisabeth was Vice President of the Norwegian Film Makers’ Association and a FERA delegate from 2005. In 2006 she was appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture as member of the Einarsson-committee, which produced a report on Norway’s audiovisual policy and made recommendations to restructure the Norwegian Film Institute and redefining the goals and ambitions of Norwegian film.
Elisabeth was appointed Chief Executive of FERA, the Federation of European Film Directors, in December 2009.

Fabienne Bidou

Fabienne Bidou

Director, Zone Franche

Prior to this, she directed the theater of the city of Bergerac and worked at Eurocréation, the European agency for young creators. After studying languages she lived several years in Germany where she taught French at the evening school for adults. She graduated in sociology.

Ferdinand Richard

Ferdinand Richard

President, Roberto Cimetta Fund

Ferdinand Richard is the current foundator and director of A.M.I, the National Centre for the Development of Contemporary Musics. As a development platform, A.M.I offers various training workshops, artist residences, and serves as an incubator for cultural micro-business.

In 1992 he founded the Friche-Belle-de-Mai, a former industrial site that hosts today about 70 different cultural structures, and is now a board member. In 2005 he joined the Roberto Cimetta Fund supporting mobility for artists and cultural operators in the Euro-Arab dimension, and became its chairman in 2009. From 1996 to 1999 he was President of the “European Forum for the Arts and Heritage” (now Culture Action Europe) and became one of its board member. He participated to the Anna Lindh Foundation French network as a steering comitee member (2006-2008), was President of Gondwana, a regional federation for an african arts biennale in Marseilles, and President of “Medinma”, the first Mediterranean music market held in Marseilles, now called “Bab-el-Med” (1998-1999).

Franz Fischler

Franz Fischler

President of the European Forum Alpback, More Europe Patron

Franz Fischler, Austria’s former Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of the European Union (EU), is the President of the European Forum Alpbach since March 2012. He also runs his own consultancy business and is a lecturer in great demand.
M. Fischler started his career in 1979 in the extension service and served as Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry from 1989 to 1994. In his role as Minister, he led the negotiations on agriculture issues for Austria´s accession to the EU. For nearly a decade (1995 to 2004) he then successfully shaped the European Agricultural Policy as the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.
A native of Tyrol, Austria, Franz Fischler holds a PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Frédéric Martel

Frédéric Martel

Researcher, Journalist & Writer

Frédéric C. Martel is a Sociology PhD, a researcher, journalist and writer. As a journalist, he works as the anchor of one of the main French radio shows on nationally syndicated public radio, a weekly program on media and creative industries (“Soft Power, the global magazine on cultural industries and the media”, airs live every Sunday at 7pm on France Culture).

He is also a founding editor of www.nonfiction.fr, a website devoted to book reviews and intellectual debate. As a writer, he is the author of six books, including a book on theater in America, Theater (La Découverte, 2006) and a large study on culture and the arts in the US, De la Culture en Amérique (Gallimard, 2006). He is also the author of Mainstream, On the Global Cultural War (Flammarion, 2010 ; translated in a dozen of languages and which made international debates and discussions).

Gérald Grunberg

Rep Int Relations, French National Public Library

After being Director of the public libraries of Argenteuil and Montreuil, Gérald Grunberg was appointed Head of the Public Libraries Department at the Ministry of Culture in 1985. He was then Assistant to the Scientific Authority of the French National Public Library and Director of the Audiovisual Department. He left the National Public Library for seven years to serve as Director of the Public Information Library of the Centre Pompidou, and then as Regional Director of Cultural Affairs in Basse-Normandie.
 
Since 2008, Gérald Grunberg has been the Representative for International Relations of the French National Public Library. In addition, he was the Scientific and Technical Advisor to the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt) from 1997 to 2001.
 
Read the presentation he gave in Paris for the More Europe seminar!

Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes

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”.

She is currently working at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, as the head of project of the cluster of excellence Pasts in the Present. She is an associate membre of the Institute for Social Sciences of Politics. She was responsible for the associate research team “Translating, between cultures” at the Collège international de philosophie (2006 to 2011).

Goran Tomka

Goran Tomka

Researcher in Cultural Policies, Faculty of Sports & 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. He holds his master’s degree in Cultural policy and management from the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and University Lyon 2 from Lyon, France. His master thesis investigated prospects for crowdsourcing and crowdfunding practices for art institutions in Serbia. His research interests include participatory culture and art, new media, cultural tourism and cultural policy.

He has published his papers in several leading national peer-reviewed journals and international publications (Cultural Component of Citizenship, Access to Culture platform, Brussels) and presented his work at academic conferences. He is currently a researcher in a EU commissioned regional research project in cultural policy and intercultural dialogue.

Gottfried Langenstein

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. Meanwhile, he chaired the Committee on ZDF festivals and was the Vice-chair of the Television European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In 2000 he became Programme Director of the ZDF European satellites (3sat, ZDFtheaterkanal, and ZDFinfokanal ZDFdokukanal). Gottfried Langenstein is a member of the Max Planck Society, the Media Committee of the Goethe Institute, the Supervisory Board of the Medien-u. Filmgesellschaft of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Strategic Council of the European Institute of the Media, the Strategic Council of the International Broadcasting Corporation and in charge of cooperation with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Gottfried Wagner

Gottfried Wagner

Special Envoy, Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts & Culture

Gottfried Wagner works as advisor to More Europe, and in his main occupation as civil servant for the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture as special envoy for international cultural-political projects.

Gottfried Wagner has worked for the private non profit sector and the public sector, in national and transnational organizations and institutions, in education and culture. He was director of the European Cultural Foundation from 2002 until 2009. Formerly he was director of KulturKontakt Austria, a non profit association for educational and cultural cooperation with central, eastern and south eastern Europe. He has been a member of selection committees for the European Capital of Culture scheme and various European expert groups. At present he works for the Austrian federal ministry for education, arts and culture in Vienna As director of the European Cultural Foundation (www.eurocult.org) he initiated a research and action programme on Culture in European External Relations that led to a series of conferences, publications and policy gatherings in cooperation with a long range of partners.

According to Gottfried, the overall objective of MORE EUROPE is to help to structurally establish culture in European, and more precisely in EU external affairs – in impact-rich and adequate (culture-specific, ‘enlightened’) ways. Such a policy will build on one of Europe’s richest assets (diversity); it will complement member states’ policies and ptractices; and it will enable cohesion and visibility. For reaching this objective, several goals need to be met: strategy, structures, adequate to culture and arts, and resources in order to be effective: structures in the pan-European dialogue with the international world, and structures within the EU’s institutions (European External Action Service – EEAS – in close cooperation with the ‘expert-DG’ Education and Culture – DG EaC); structures that are inspired by national and civic experience: culture needs best possible policy frameworks – and freedom in order to be credible and effective: culture policies ‘at arms’ length’!

Hugues Mingarelli

Hugues Mingarelli

Managing Director N Africa, Middle East, 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.

He joined the European Commission in 1982 as Administrator of the Audit of Structural Funds and European Development Fund. From 2000 to 2002 he worked as Director of the European Agency for Reconstruction (Management of EU Assistance to Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – FYROM). From 1990 he has worked at the Directorate General for External Relations (RELEX) successively as Head of Unit for the New Independent States (1990-1999), Director for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (2002-2007), Director for Middle East and South Mediterranean (2007-2007) and Deputy Director-General for Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, North Africa, Middle East for the European Neighbourhood Policy (2007-2010).

Janne Teller

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. She received numerous other literary grants and awards, including the 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Award and the Mildred Batchelder Honor Award in the USA. Her writing has a strong existential focus and circles around themes of doubt, faith, religion and history and is translated into 18 languages.

Before becoming a writer she was educated as a macro-economist and has worked as an advisor for the EU and in the UN, working with humanitarian and conflict resolution matters in places as diverse as Tanzania, Mozambique and Bangladesh. Janne Teller often participates in the public debate and her philosophical and controversial books have sparked heated debates in Denmark, and increasingly also elsewhere.

Katelijn Verstraete

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. Her work also included working on the intersections between arts and education, sustainable development and health. Katelijn co-founded in 1999 BizArt, the first autonomous art space in Shanghai and developed between 2003-2006 the communication, training and Asia activities for the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) in Brussels, as well as managing the On The Move portal for artist mobility.

Prior to her work in the cultural sector, Katelijn worked for seven years in the business sector in Germany and China. She is the main advisor to and co-author of the Europe-China Cultural Compass, an orientation for cultural cooperation between Europe and China published by the EUNIC network in China.

Hugues Mingarelli

Hugues Mingarelli

Managing Director N Africa, Middle East, 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.

He joined the European Commission in 1982 as Administrator of the Audit of Structural Funds and European Development Fund. From 2000 to 2002 he worked as Director of the European Agency for Reconstruction (Management of EU Assistance to Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – FYROM). From 1990 he has worked at the Directorate General for External Relations (RELEX) successively as Head of Unit for the New Independent States (1990-1999), Director for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (2002-2007), Director for Middle East and South Mediterranean (2007-2007) and Deputy Director-General for Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, North Africa, Middle East for the European Neighbourhood Policy (2007-2010).

Janne Teller

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. She received numerous other literary grants and awards, including the 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Award and the Mildred Batchelder Honor Award in the USA. Her writing has a strong existential focus and circles around themes of doubt, faith, religion and history and is translated into 18 languages.

Before becoming a writer she was educated as a macro-economist and has worked as an advisor for the EU and in the UN, working with humanitarian and conflict resolution matters in places as diverse as Tanzania, Mozambique and Bangladesh. Janne Teller often participates in the public debate and her philosophical and controversial books have sparked heated debates in Denmark, and increasingly also elsewhere.

Katelijn Verstraete

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. Her work also included working on the intersections between arts and education, sustainable development and health. Katelijn co-founded in 1999 BizArt, the first autonomous art space in Shanghai and developed between 2003-2006 the communication, training and Asia activities for the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) in Brussels, as well as managing the On The Move portal for artist mobility.

Prior to her work in the cultural sector, Katelijn worked for seven years in the business sector in Germany and China. She is the main advisor to and co-author of the Europe-China Cultural Compass, an orientation for cultural cooperation between Europe and China published by the EUNIC network in China.