Franco Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Director of the Institute for Research on Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Hull, UK. From 2007-2016 he was Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University, UK. From 2010-2014 he was a member of the team preparing the successful bid by the city of Matera, in Southern Italy, for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC, Kyiv) and an editor of the Political Critique magazine (Ukrainian edition). He works as a lecturer at the Cultural Studies Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and holds a PhD in philosophy (aesthetics).
Polish writer, a practitioner of ideas, philosopher, culture animator, theatre director, editor. Co-founder and president of the Borderland Foundation (1990) and director of the Centre “Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations” in Sejny.
A native of Delhi, India where he studied printmaking and painting at the College of Art; Shaurya Kumar graduated with his MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. Since 2001, Kumar has been involved in numerous prestigious research projects, like “The Paintings of India” (a series of 26 documentary films on the painting tradition of India); "Handmade in India" (an encyclopedia on the handicraft traditions of India); and digital restorations of 6th century Buddhist mural paintings from the caves of Ajanta. Kumar’s research is focused on creating works which appreciate and appropriate new media while highlighting the dangers of its longevity; and the disconnect between the virtual and the real.
Art historian, editor and curator. She led the Central and Eastern European branch of MoMA’s global research initiative, C-MAP, as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and co-edited the Museum’s digital publication platform. Moskalewicz curated the Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).
Ása Richardsdóttir is the project leader of Ice Hot Reykjavík 2018, the biannual Nordic Dance Platform and ambassador for the Nordic Culture Fund. Ása has led a versatile career in arts, culture, academia, banking, politics and media. She was a television reporter at RÚV Iceland, founder of theatre, Kaffileikhusid, executive director of Iceland Dance Company, president of Performing Arts Iceland and creative producer for various artistic projects. After the collapse of the Icelandic bank system in 2008 she was appointed one of five directors of the board of the New Landsbankinn, the largest resurrected bank in Iceland.
Polish sociologist, writer and activist. Before starting his academic career, Sowa worked as a curator at the Center for Contemporary Art “Bunkier Sztuki” in Kraków and as a journalist for the Polish Public Radio. He is active in the field of autonomous education and independent cultural animation.
Russell Willis Taylor is a former President and CEO of the National Arts Strategies (U.S.). While at the National Arts Strategies (NAS), Taylor led the organization to become the U.S. leader of executive education for nonprofit cultural leaders. She was also instrumental in creating free online arts leadership courses, with a graduate certificate program that broke the price barriers in an effort to attract a more diverse range of leaders. She currently works as a senior consultant to oversee leadership programs at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.