Lars Ebert
Secretary General

Until 2022, Lars Ebert was co-director of the cultural centre H401 in Amsterdam, whilst maintaining an independent practice as advisor, facilitator and curator. Previously he was deputy director of ELIA – The European League of Institutes of the Arts.

Lars has a long track record of successfully initiating and implementing EU funded multilateral projects on heritage, participation, education and research in and through the arts that he developed in parallel with local, interdisciplinary art programmes. He is a board member of various organisations in arts, culture, education and research such as EQ-Arts, which he co-founded and where he currently is the chair of the board. Lars has German nationality and holds a postgraduate degree in theology. He lives and works in Brussels and Athens.

Kornelia Kiss
Projects & 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.

Natalie Giorgadze
Communications & Community Director

Natalie is a community manager and communications specialist 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 to act. Before joining Culture Action Europe, Natalie worked as communications officer for Women in Development Europe and as 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.

Gabriele Rosana
Policy Director

Gabriele Rosana is a public policy enthusiast with experiences both in the institutions and in the not-for-profit environment. He is passionate about the EU political project and the role that culture has to play there. During the 8th legislative term, he has worked for the Chair/Coordinator for a major political group of the CULT Committee in the European Parliament, and rapporteur for Creative Europe, extensively following the EU policy-making in the fields of culture, education, media, and digital.

Before joining Culture Action Europe, Gabriele worked as Policy Executive for Fondation EURACTIV and as Advocacy Officer for the Association européenne des conservatoires (AEC). He holds an LL.M. in EU Law from the College of Europe in Bruges and is a freelance journalist covering EU and foreign affairs for various media outlets. He tweets a lot.

Maya Weisinger
Projects & Communications Manager

Maya Weisinger recently earned her master’s degree at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Germany. She is a community engagement specialist with particular focus on projects at the intersection of social justice and the arts. Before working with the CAE team she worked for ten years in the non-profit sector, defining ways to utilise art and creativity as pathways to diversity, equity and inclusion. As the Community Partnerships Coordinator at the Walker Art Centre she created strategic policy focused on breaking down structural barriers that have traditionally marginalised people of colour, indigenous and immigrant communities, and disabled individuals from large cultural institutions. Her current research focuses on the implementation of arts-based projects in the peace-building field.

Mariya Tumakova
Communications Intern

With a degree in Finance and Art history, Mariya is a project management specialist with a professional background in the cultural sector in Ukraine. She is passionate about managing projects from A to Z, from idea to its realisation, achieving a long-term impact on the community.

During her internship at Culture Action Europe, Mariya intends to get professional experience in the European network, learn the principles of communications across borders and sectors, enhance her skills, get into the European context, and at the same time contribute Culture Action Europe’s daily working routine.

Júlia Prats
Events Intern

Júlia has a bachelor degree in Tourism and Hotel Management at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona. During her academic experience, she has developed an interest in sustainability, ecotourism and cultural resources. Before joining Culture Action Europe, Julia has worked at the Quality department of an online travel agency and in communication companies, where she has been able to grow as a professional in both fields. Currently, she is doing a programme from the Provincial Government of Tarragona in Brussels. For her, being in CAE is an excellent opportunity to learn more about cultural policy through a sustainable and feminist lense.

Libby Farrell
Policy & Communications Intern

Libby joins the team at Culture Action Europe as a Policy & Communications Intern while completing her final semester at Sciences Po Paris for a Master in Public Policy with a focus in Cultural Policy & Management. Previously, Libby has held roles in various public, private, and non-profit organizations, including her work in local government in the U.S. for a state legislator as his Director of Communications. She is passionate about the role of cultural policy in shaping communities and bettering the functioning of society as a whole. Libby is particularly interested in cultural accessibility policies and the impacts of Creative Placemaking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.