Robert Manchin
Acting Secretary General
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.



Kornelia Kiss
Kornelia Kiss
Operations Director
Kornelia is an international project management professional with wide ranging experience in both the private and the public sector. Before joining CAE, she worked at the European Commission -DG Development Cooperation (DEVCO), as project manager promoting for peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Previously, she also worked at DG Trade, and also as a consultant for the OECD working on results frameworks and indicators. Before joining the Commission, she acquired strong project management and organising skills at leading multinational companies and at an international training company. Her academic background is in economics and business and management consulting.



Katherine Heid
Katherine Heid 
Head of Political Development
Katherine’s passion for culture has driven her 15+ year career in the arts, intercultural exchange, and European politics.
She began her career at the Franco-German Youth Office in Paris, where she focused on projects and events in film and music. She then worked for the German Youth Ministry’s Department for International Youth Policy, for IJAB, the International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as for the Council of Europe. At the Council of Europe, Katherine was responsible for “all different – all equal” campaign activities, in addition to organising conferences and workshops on human rights, refugees, diversity and inter-religious dialogue. She then spent six years as co-director of RESEO, the European Network for Opera and Dance Education and was an elected member of Culture Action Europe’s Executive Committee. In July 2015, Katherine joined Culture Action Europe as Head of political development.
Katherine holds a graduate degree in psychology and political sciences, specialising in intercultural and neuropsychology. She is a former professional dancer.



Natalie Giorgadze
Communications Officer
Natalie is an essayist and blogger with solid experience in the non-for-profit sector. Attracted by power of words, she passionately searches for new, creative and effective ways of telling stories, stories that inspire and motivate. Before joining Culture Action Europe, Natalie worked as a communications officer for Women in Development Europe and as a freelance writer and project developer at Indigo, a cross-media project. Her previous NGO experience includes working for human rights and environmental networks. Natalie is trained as a journalist and holds a graduate degree in Cultures and Development studies.


Rosa Perez Monclús
Rosa Pérez Monclús
Policy Officer
Rosa is a policy analyst specialised in the cultural field. Her background combines experience in the private sector as a strategy consultant, in the public management of culture in the UK and as a cultural policy assistant in the Ministry of Culture of Spain. She holds a BA in Humanities, a double degree in Economics and Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Cultural and Creative Industries. Her deep commitment to the cultural field has led her to pursue an on-going PhD in cultural policy at King’s College London.


Christin Buechele
Community Development & Communications Intern
Christin studied literary-cultural and media studies, history and international relations in Germany, Spain and Russia.
She voluntarily worked for various NGOs caring for human rights and civil society empowerment. Working for an incubator and accelerator for social entrepreneurs in Germany she discovered her passion to support social alternatives to our existing economic system. In Somos Más – a social consultancy – she furthermore developed her skills as facilitator and consultant.
In general, her fields are management, communication, empowerment, and she is keen on including creativity in current methodologies and strategies.


Robert Maembe
Robert Maembe
Financial Consultant
Robert brings 15 years of audit, internal controls, finance and project management experience gained in multinational organisations. He ran pan-EMEA process improvement initiatives including designing and implementing IT solutions, standardising, centralising and automating financial processes. In 2013 he obtained an Executive Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Vlerick Business School to better serve small and medium sized organisations in their quest for growth and sustainability. From February 2016, Robert works with Culture Action Europe to implement accounting, and finance best practices in order to lay a strong foundation for the organisation’s ambitious growth plans.




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F: +32 (0) 2 534 1150


Visit our offices
Culture Action Europe is hosted by its member and partner BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (

Our offices are located just opposite BOZAR’s main building on Rue Ravenstein, in Galerie Ravenstein. Ask for Culture Action Europe in the BOZAR reception and they will guide you!

How to get there
Our offices are located just a couple of minutes from the main train station ‘Gare Central’. The nearest metro station is Gare Central followed by Parc and Arts-Loi. Bus 38 stops at BOZAR, and bus 95 stops nearby (bus stop Royale) and so do the trams with nr 92 and 94 (tram stop Palais). For more information about how to arrive by car etc., please check BOZAR‘s website.

CAE bank details

ING Bank

Account nr. 363-088-0130-89


IBAN: BE45 3630 8801 3089

VAT reg. nr. BE 0453.404.526