Luca has been the Secretary General of Culture Action Europe since March 2012.
For the first ten years of his career, Luca was a specialist in artificial intelligence and IT. Since 1994 he switched his focus to people. Along with Zone Attive, the company established by the city of Rome upon his proposal, Luca has conceived and driven some of Italy’s most revolutionary cultural initiatives. In 2004, he was appointed Director-General of the Glocal Forum, an international foundation promoting peace dialogue in post-conflict areas through local diplomacy and cultural cooperation. In 2007 he was called to lead the launch of the Italian National Agency for Youth (ANG). Under his leadership, the ANG started a global initiative to support youth activism for sustainable development worldwide. He built a coalition involving major United Nations agencies and over 1300 civil society organizations from 104 countries.
Recently, Luca took up the position of the Commissioner for Culture of Rome. Currently, CAE president Robert Manchin acts as the Secretary General.
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.
Head of Political Development (On maternity leave until January 2017
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.
Community Development and Communication Director
Carla is a professional with interest and experience in strategy, innovation and community building. In her 10 years of experience as a senior consultant at Architects Of Group Genius, she has served different organisations such as Harvard Business School, OECD, Media Development Investment Fund, Ferrero, Volkswagen, FIAT. Carla has been involved in the design, production and facilitation of more than 100 unique collaborative working sessions. All the projects were dedicated to support and facilitate groups of people that want to create and lead change – either inside their world (for redefining their organization structure, strategy, leadership or products) or towards the communities they are part of (for designing or innovating their relationships with the entire ecosystem, their purpose, their mission).
In October 2014, she joined Culture Action Europe to help bringing this network to its next level of complexity and impact.
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 Pérez Monclús
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.
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.
Events and Community Development Intern
Camilla is an arts professional with experience in production, project management and administration, with a strong focus on intercultural collaborative performing arts. She studied at SDA Bocconi School of Management (2010) and at Goldsmiths University of London (2014), broadening her academic background from arts management to cultural policy. She has worked in Italy and in the UK with both established theatres and experimental companies, always moved by a strong interest in international coproduction processes and the phenomenon of cultural networks.
With her ground-based perspective, she arrived at CAE to assist with events planning and the development of the organisation.
Culture Action Europe
Rue Ravenstein, 23
1000 – Brussels
T: +32 (0) 2 534 4002
F: +32 (0) 2 534 1150
Visit our offices
Culture Action Europe is hosted by its member and partner BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (www.bozar.be).
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
Account nr. 363-088-0130-89
IBAN: BE45 3630 8801 3089
VAT reg. nr. BE 0453.404.526