Carla Figueira, BA MA PhD FHEA FRSA, is an academic and consultant in the field of international cultural relations, cultural and creative industries, and linguistic policies. She is the Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy and of the MA in Tourism and Cultural Policy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London. Carla is an international relations graduate of the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal), she moved to London after a career in arts management. In the UK, she went on to gain an MA in Arts Management (City University, UK, Chevening Scholar) and a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management (City University, UK, Praxis XXI Scholar). Carla is a member of ENCATC, the European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education, and of ICRRA, the International Cultural Relations Research Alliance. She is a Chevening Alumna and Buddy.
Claire is an environmental management expert with over 20 years experience. Since joining Julie’s Bicycle in 2012, she has been working with the creative sector to build and support understanding and action on environment and climate change. One of JB’s most experienced consultants, Claire leads a number of Creative Green consultancy projects. She is also involved in Julie’s Bicycle’s cities and policy work, including as Lead Expert for C-Change – Arts and Culture Leading Climate Action in Cities, an EU-funded network led by Manchester which ran from 2018-2021. Before this, Claire worked across a range of sectors and organisations – large and small, public and private, in the EU and the UK. In her various roles – from environmental manager at the Guardian to consultant for the European Commission on establishing its own eco-management system and project manager for an environmental NGO, her focus has always been on building understanding and bringing people together to understand and act on environment and climate. Claire has a European Masters in Environmental Management and is an Associate Member of the UK Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Originally Irish, she went on to live and work in Belgium, Germany and Austria, before coming to the UK.
Currently General Director of Santander’s Tourism Public Company, where she contributes to tourism management of the city, under the guidelines of the Council of Tourism, Trade, Markets and Institutional Relations of the City of Santander.
Graduated in Tourism, Master in Multilateral Project Management, Specialist in Tourism Destination Development and Expert in Sustainable Tourism certified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
With more than 17 years of experience in several areas of the Spanish tourist administration, notably in public management of tourism, international promotion, strategic planning and development of tourism policies.
She was in charge of the Spanish Smart Tourist Destinations Network (Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism) and she led the implementation of various Smart Tourist Destination projects, in Spain and abroad, while she served as Project Manager in SEGITTUR.
Since 2004, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens is the Secretary General of the European network on cultural management and policy, ENCATC. She is also the administrator of the Thomassen mobility programme and serves on several boards. GiannaLia is an expert in EU affairs and international relations, with more than 30 years’ experience in advocacy, cultural policy, and strategic management, in the context of international cultural NGO. Since 1998, GiannaLia has also successfully designed, drafted, and managed a large number of EU cross-sectorial projects in the field of culture, education, and research.
Former Policy Officer of the Cultural Forum of EUROCITIES, GiannaLia was also Secretary General of the Association of the European Cities of Culture , AECC. Journalist since 1993, she started her career as Press & PR Officer for the N.A.T.O organisation in Rome. For the European Commission, she wrote 10 Reports on social European policy and a major study on the European Cities of Culture of the year 2000. Educated at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, GiannaLia holds a Degree in Political Sciences - International Relations and two additional masters in European & International Career Studies, and a in European Constitution. Since 1993, GiannaLia is member of the Association of the Former trainees of the European Union.
PhD in “Art History, Theory and Criticism” from the University of Barcelona. He is Lecturer at the Cultural Management Programme of the UB, and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Course on International Cultural Cooperation. He is the Project Manager of CHARTER. He is currently teaching in different Universities and academic programs internationally. Herman combines academic research, cultural management, curatorial practices and artistic methodologies, collaborating with a wide range of networks, projects and organizations internationally.
Ian King is currently visiting professor at Istituto Marangoni and also at Parsons (New York) part of New School. Previously he held the position of full research Professor at the University of the Arts, London and the London College of Fashion where he was Chair of the Research Degree Committee. His background originates in theatre and the music business, His PhD was in Strategic Decision-Making in the Popular Theatre. King has published widely both in journals and books in the fields of art, philosophy, organization studies and fashion. He is an experienced PhD supervisor and has been involved in over 60 research students to successful completion. His present research looks at the relationship of the body to aesthetics. Ian King is also responsible for the International Responsible Fashion series that emerged from the highly successful Fashion Colloquia series that explored the relationship between academia, media and industry. He has held fashion events in London, Milan, Paris, New York, São Paulo, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Ho Chi Minh, Shanghai, Rome, and India. He is also series editor for books in this area for Routledge.
Finally, he recently completed the first stage of an international research study for ICOM (International Council for Museums) in developing an international code for Cultural Governance.
Born 9 February 1981 and graduate in Information Science, she specialized in Journalism from the University of the Basque Country. She has worked for regional media (press, radio and television), communication agencies and press offices. In the last legislature, she was Councillor for Culture, a responsibility to which she added the area of Tourism from November 2016.
Rebecca Thonander is the Communications Officer at the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) since 2018. After completing her bachelor’s degrees in business/marketing and film studies at Stockholm University, Rebecca worked with project management and communication at the Stockholm International Film Festival and the Berlin Film Society. She is passionate about questions concerning inclusion, diversity and intersectionality.