Anna Kinneir is the Partnerships Lead at Makerversity. Her career has focused on creative business - especially for those starting out - with previous roles at It's Nice That, Imagination and Bonsoir Paris. Makerversity is home to Europe's best emerging creative, tech and innovation businesses. It provides its member community with cutting-edge facilities that combine co-working space with clean and messy workshop space, software, machines, tools and expert technicians. Our education initiatives and curriculums build the future workforce and inspire careers in making. Alongside facilities, The Learning Lab kick starts creativity and improves learning agility through 21st-century skills and user centred thinking to build the future workforce and invent solutions for tomorrow.
Anne Breure is the artistic director of Veem House for Performance
, a house for performance, dance, and discourse for making and presenting radical, daring, and experimental work.
Elisabetta Lazzaro is a cultural economist and Professor of Creative Economy at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
. She has formerly been a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, and at Padua University, Italy. She holds a PhD in Economics jointly from Université Libre de Bruxelles and Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Lazzaro’s publications and research focus on cultural economics, management and policy analysis
Gwenoële Trapman is the artistic leader of the Production and Stage Management study programme at Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts
. The study programme operates between aspiration and action: students learn to grasp and translate their artistic ideas and those of others into concrete activities, the formulation of plans, budgets and scenarios.
Iliana Fokianaki is writer and curator based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013 she founded State of Concept Athens
, the first non-profit gallery in Athens that promotes Greek and international artists through solo exhibitions. State of Concept is also focusing on a pedagogical programme that enables Greek art students and artists through free consultations, to further their studies and develop their projects.
James Doeser is a freelance researcher, writer and consultant based in London. His clients include universities, arts organisations and policy-making agencies in the UK and beyond. His work primarily involves the application of rigorous research methods to complex problems of policy and practice.
Jogintė Bučinskaitė is a communication curator at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania. The topic of her interest is the tension between the practical and theoretical communication of contemporary art.
Kai Lehikoinen is a university lecturer of performing arts at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Recently, Kai Lehikoinen has been appointed Professor to lead the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA) at the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. He is also Vice Director of the ArtsEqual Research Initiative.
A co-founder and managing director at Poligon Creative Centre
in Ljubljana, co-founder of Slovenia Coworking
Marie Le Sourd is the Secretary General of On the Move
, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide. Prior to her On the Move 's experience, Marie worked in Singapore for the Asia-Europe Foundation and directed the French Cultural Centre in Yogyakarta-Indonesia.
Michiel Schwarz is an independent thinker, curator, consultant interested in how the future is shaped by culture. Developing projects from his Amsterdam-based Sustainism Lab. He is the co-creator of the 2010 Sustainism manifesto (with Joost Elffers) which launched the word ‘sustainism
’ in the public arena.
Milena Dragicevic Secic
Milena Dragićević Šešić is the Head of the UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism, Art and Cultural Management and Mediation at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She is a prominent researcher in the field of cultural studies and cultural policies. She conducts numerous training programs and workshops throughout Europe. She also serves as a consultant on strategy building and organisational reform to cultural institutions and third-sector organizations.
The artistic practice of Robert Glas
is an ongoing investigation into the technologies nation-states use to manage the movement of people across territories. This process results in short films, photography and installations exhibited at the Van Abbe Museum, Kunsthal and Gallery Joey Ramone. In 2016 he received the Mondrian Young Talent Grant and was invited to join the Academy honours programme for young artists and scientists (KNAW & Akademie van Kunsten).
CEO of c2+i, culture, creativity, innovation
(A company that works in the Creative Economy: how to improve creative sectors and creative cities, and how to make other sectors more creative) and General Manager of Conexiones improbables
(A Methodology for artistically and culturally based Open and Collaborative Innovation; NICE Award 2014).
Stephanie Feeney is Project Lead for Coaching and Programme at Z-Kubator
, the in-house incubator of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She supports and guides ZHdK staff and students to develop independent projects that take them beyond life at the university. Stephanie has been working in startups and startup support organisations for the last ten years.
An experienced angel investor, Stephen Rockman actively champions entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact. Stephen helps to guide and challenge the entrepreneurs and start-ups based at InnovationRCA
. Stephen has been investing in, advising and mentoring start-ups for more than ten years. Previously he spent 25 years in commercial and strategic roles with technology corporates and start-ups. After some years as an angel investor, he founded Merism Capital
in 2010, to invest in seed and early-stage impact businesses.
A published writer and researcher on contemporary visual arts matters, Susan Jones has a specialist knowledge of artists’ practices, livelihoods, career paths and employment patterns and a particular interest in the impact of artist-led and socially-engaged practices on the arts ecology and cultural value.