ROBERT MANCHIN, PRESIDENT
Born in Budapest, where he attended the Bartok Conservatory of Music, the Liszt Academy of Music and the Marx University of Economics. Worked at the Hungarian Academy of Science as sociologist while playing in the State Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied and wrote books on youth musical protest movements and the long-term effects of music education in public schools. Spent several years teaching and doing research in American universities. Returning to Hungary before the regime change he organized samizdat publications including publishing the minutes of the transition parliament before the first free elections. Between 1990 and 2014 he fulfilled various top management positions at Gallup Organization in the US and in Europe leading a number of global research projects. As a professor at the College of Europe, developed a course to understand European social trends using survey and other data. During the summers he organize local musical events in Croatia and in the winters makes every effort to be present in his village council meetings in Hungary where he was elected as the Vice Mayor.
CLYMENE CHRISTOFOROU, TREASURER
Clymene is the director and founder member of ISIS Arts, a visual and media arts organisation with an international programme of commissions, residencies and events. ISIS is based in Newcastle, UK and recent projects include collaborations with artists from India, China, the USA and Europe. A board member of Culture Action Europe, and a NESTA international Cultural Leadership fellow. Currently sits on regional steering groups including the Arts Council cultural leadership programme, Intersections research programme with the University of Newcastle and Turning Point the UK visual arts network.
ALEX MESZMER, VICE-PRESIDENT
Alex Meszmer is a visual artist, curator and a member of the National Committee of VISARTE – Association of Professional Artists, Switzerland. Meszmer works closely with IGBK Berlin as an expert for the European Commission for questions regarding artists’ mobility. He is Head of Fine Arts and Lecturer at the Art and Design School, St. Gallen. Together with his partner Reto Mueller, he is organising a digital archive about the Swiss village Pfyn, running the Transitory Museum, an ever-changing museum and searching for the beauty of democracy with their club ‘desirer’.
JULIA PAGEL, VICE-PRESIDENT
Julia is Secretary General of NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations since 2006. She is also responsible for the European activities of the German Museums Association that involve different European projects and policy areas such as life-long learning and intercultural dialogue. Julia graduated with a master’s degree in Art History and Latin American Studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2004. After her graduation, she worked at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla/Colombia as German language and culture tutor. Before she started to work for NEMO, Julia worked at the Film Market for the Berlinale Film Festival and for the publishing company “BibSpider”.
Angie obtained her Bachelors degree in Theatre and Literature and worked for a children’s theatre before entering the “Eurocreation Agency” in 1990. Part of the initial team of the “European Pépinières programme” a network of creative residencies in Europe. Organised a number of conferences throughout Europe for representatives of local and regional authorities particularly in European capitals of Culture from 2000 to 2008, before working with the Roberto Cimetta Fund since 2009 on new partnerships for artistic mobility in the Euro-Arab zone. In 2003 she obtained her Masters degree and wrote her memoire on developing intercultural competences for EU citizens. She is also a lecturer for students from the socio-cultural field wishing to develop cooperation projects in the EU (Universities of Bobigny and Senart).
Antonio is general manager of Interarts in Barcelona, a non-governmental organization specialized in international cultural co-operation since 2005. He is member of the commission for the adaptation to the European Space for Higher Education of the “European Master of Professional specialization, Inter-Mediterranean Mediation: Economic inversion and intercultural integration” (MIM) of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. He has worked in the information department of the Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona 2004, S.A and previously to the International Organization for Migration – Mission in Italy, coordinating office for the Mediterranean. He holds a PhD in Tourism Sciences (specialization in the economy of culture and cultural marketing), a Business Law degree, and a Master’s Degree in Inter-Mediterranean Mediation. During his career he has dabbled in publishing some articles in the following areas: Tourism, Migration, International Relations and Statistics.
Chris Torch is founder and Senior Associate at Intercult, a production and resource unit focused on culture, ideas and the arts. Created in 1996, it is a publically-financed institution, based in Stockholm, managing both a designated Europe Direct office and Access Europa, a platform for cultural organizations in Sweden focusing on international collaboration. Intercult focuses to a large degree on exchange and co-production with the European Neighborhood, reflected in the long term SEAS project 2003-2010 (www.seas.se) and CORNERS, a complex partnership of organisations at the ”edges of Europe”, 2011-2018 (www.cornersofeurope.org), both financed by the EU Creative Europe program. Apart from large-scale project design, Torch contributes to intercultural policies. During 2012-2013, he was designated expert to the EU Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group on Cultural Diversity, including 22 EU Member States.
Torch is presently Program Director for Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture (Croatia).
CRISTINA DA MILANO
Cristina holds a degree in Archaeology (University of Rome); the Diploma of Fine and Decorative Arts from Antiquity to 1450 (Royal Society of Arts, London); the MA in Museum Studies (Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester); the MA in Technological Instruments for the Economic Evaluation of Cultural and Environmental Heritage (University of Ferrara). From 1996 she is member of ECCOM (European Centre for Cultural Organisation and Management) and in 2010 she became president of it. She has been part of several research projects at a national and international level on the issue of the social role of museums and of lifelong learning processes within museums, subjects on which she has published several papers. She has also managed many European funded projects within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007 and of the Culture Programme 2007-2013 funded project “She-Culture”. She lectures in many post-graduate courses and Masters.
Henrik is a Director of the Jamtli, County Museum of Jämtland in Sweden. His professional interests cover the role of cultural heritage in sustainable regional development, cultural heritage learning and social cohesion. In that regard, Henrik co-founded and co-directed the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning in Östersund, Sweden. He was also a co-founder and the Chairman of the European network LLOAM (Lifelong Learning in Open Air Museums). Additionaly, he held several chairman and executive positions in both Denmark and Sweden. Mr. Zipsane holds a MA in History from Copenhagen University and a Ph.D. from the Danish University of Education.
Julek participated as an expert to the Open Method of Coordination group on the mobility of artists and to the expert group on the standards of information on the artists mobility.
The nonprofit association SMart was founded in 1998 and it provides artists, technicians and more widely artistic creation professionals with administrative and financial tools, but also with legal and economic advice. Its services are now used by nearly 50,000 members in Belgium and the number of affiliates does not weaken.
To better serve its members having activities and projects abroad, the association has found partners in many European countries. These partners create their own range of services tailored to local needs and circumstances while using the tools and know-how developed by SMart Belgium.
The association is a social economy entreprise, not for profit and which evolves on the principles of cooperation and pooling of resources.
Teodor is a cultural worker and activist from Zagreb. His work ranges from coordinating cultural programmes, networking and cultural advocacy, to institutional innovation and political activism. Teodor is co-founder of Multimedia Institute MaMa which was established in the late 1990s. He initiated several projects and platforms focused on advocating change in Croatian cultural policy. Teodor contributed to the creation of Clubture – a network for the exchange of independent cultural programmes based on participative budgeting, Kultura Nova – a public foundation for the development of non-profit independent contemporary culture and POGON – a hybrid cultural centre as an institution based on a civil-public partnership. In last ten years he has been engaged in the Right to the City campaigns fighting against privatization of public spaces and common goods in Zagreb and all of Croatia. In 2014, Teodor received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award.