Susanne Höhn is the Director of the Brussels Goethe Institute, the Regional Director for Southwest Europe and the Goethe-Institut’s Representative to the EU since January 2014. She first worked as a freelance journalist. In 1985, she began her career at the Goethe-Institut, as Press and Public Relations Officer in Munich. Her first foreign assignment took her to Jerusalem. In 1995 she became the Head of Educational cooperation at the Goethe-Institut in Rome. From 2000 to 2006 she was the Head of Knowledge and Information Department in the Goethe-Institut Headquarters in Munich. In 2006 she took over the country directorate of the Goethe-Institut in Italy. In July 2019, Susanne will leave the directorate of the Brussels Institute, to become the Director of the Cairo Institute.
More Europe - external cultural relations
European Cultural Foundation
Isabelle Schwarz (France / Germany) is Head of Advocacy, Research and Development at the European Cultural Foundation which she joined in 2002. Previously, Isabelle Schwarz was Executive Director of ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education. Earlier posts include the World Commission on Culture and Development, the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Culture of France, and cultural NGOs in London, Paris, Brussels, and Copenhagen. She serves on several boards and juries.
European Cultural Foundation
Philipp Dietachmair is Programme Manager at the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). He is an experienced expert and practitioner in the field of European cultural relations. Since joining ECF, he has developed and managed the foundation’s capacity development programmes for new cultural initiatives in the EU Neighbourhood. He has created the Tandem cross-border cultural collaboration programmes together with the NGO MitOst from Berlin. In close collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Brussels, Mr. Dietachmair also coordinates the Global Cultural Leadership Programme for the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.
Isabelle Van de Gejuchte
Isabelle Van de Gejuchte is the Head of EU policy engagement at the British Council Brussels Office. In particular, she is responsible for the area ‘Culture and EU external relations’ and the management of the EUNIC and More Europe – external cultural relations relationships on behalf of the British Council. Prior to this role, Isabelle was responsible for leading EU advocacy effort for the British Council. Her task was to increase the visibility and impact of the British Council’s work with the EU institutions, international audiences through events and meeting programs. She was also responsible for the following thematic: Social Enterprise, Skills and Gender equality.
Advisor to the Steering Committee
Gottfried Wagner is now freelance cultural consultant, advisor to public and civil cultural organisations. Prior to this, he has been an advisor to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education and Women’s Affairs. For many years, he was Director of the European Cultural Foundation, Europe’s only independent, supranational and pan-European cultural foundation, and of KulturKontakt Austria, a European centre of excellence and resources for education, culture and the arts in Vienna.