Tere Badia, Secretary General

Tere Badia holds a degree in Art History from the Universitat de Barcelona and a MA in Information and Knowledge Society by the IN3 (Internet interdisciplinary Institute) of the UOC.

She is dedicated to cultural research and production in various formats. She has carried out several studies on cultural policies, networks and R+D+i for visual arts. Tere has curated exhibitions and projects of contemporary art. She has been professionally linked to the Interarts Observatory in the 90’s, the communication and multimedia agency Goetzinger&Komplizen (Karlsruhe). Tere coordinated the platform DISONANCIAS in Catalonia for the promotion of the relations between artists and research departments of companies and organizations, as well as the network of visual arts production spaces of Catalonia xarxaprod. Until January 2018, Tere Badia was director of Hangar – center for artistic production and research in Barcelona.

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.

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.


Maria Alesina, Policy & Project Trainee

Maria’s background and interests are located at the intersection of culture and European affairs. She has three master’s degrees in Political Science and EU Studies, including the one from the specialized College of Europe. She has also obtained a Ph.D. in European Periodical Studies from Ghent University. In her doctoral study, Maria traced the role of women-edited fashion press in the early formation of the transnational public sphere in Europe. In addition to her academic background, she has working experience in communications and journalism. She provided PR and Media support to the EU Delegation to Ukraine and contributed as a freelance journalist to the EU Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme based in Kyiv. Maria also worked as a culture editor at the leading fashion and lifestyle media L’Officiel Ukraine Online and continues contributing as a foreign correspondent to Marie Claire Ukraine. Interested in pan-European cultural cooperation, for the next few months she will contribute to the work of Culture Action Europe as a Policy & Project Trainee.

Maya Weisinger, Communications Trainee

Maya Weisinger is currently a Masters student 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 joining the CAE team she worked for ten years in the non-profit sector, defining ways to utilize art and creativity as pathways to diversity, equity and inclusion. As the Community Partnerships Coordinator at the Walker Art Center she created strategic policy focused on breaking down structural barriers that have traditionally marginalized people of color, indigenous and immigrant communities, and disabled individuals from large cultural institutions. Her current research focuses on the implementation of arts-based projects in the peacebuilding field.