Meet our members

The Cultural Managers Network consists of around 200 cultural managers from Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Here you can find their profiles and get an idea of their work.
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Susan Lahesalu
Organisational development, Participation & Active citizenship, Sustainability, Youth & Children
Music, Performance
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Anton Sienknecht
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Alexander Besch
Cultural exchange
Education
Egypt
About me:

I graduated with degrees in Political Science, Islamic Studies, and Economics from the University of Hamburg in 2009 with a thesis about external support for transformation in Egypt.

I became familiar with Egypt during my studies. An internship at the German Embassy in Cairo gave me my first experience in implementing cultural projects.

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Julia Ovcharenko
Media
Ukraine
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Livia Rozsas
Community development
Digital
Hungary
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Malgorzata Sroka
Literature
Poland
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Vicky Holliday
Cross-sector collaboration, Participation & Active citizenship
Community arts, Festival, Multidisciplinarity
About me:

Growing up I used put on shows with my friends on our street in the school holidays and I've not stopped. I developed a passion for creating magical events that bring people together and a commitment to working with people to co-produce and co-commission relevant art.

I’ve worked regionally and nationally; in participation and outreach roles for Peshkar Productions, Theatre Centre, and artsdepot and on national strategic initiatives including the Young People’s Participatory Theatre programme and the Find Your Talent ensuring young people are heard at the highest level.

In 2014 I joined the team setting up Creative Scene and am responsible for developing long term relationships between local communities, artists and arts organisations, creating opportunities for people to see, hear and take part in the arts. Alongside this I am currently setting up a new organisation focused on encouraging more women and girls into STEAM subjects and careers.

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Timon Perabo
Civic rights & Activisim, Community development, Cultural exchange, Discrimination, Migration
Education
Germany
About me:

Timon studied social and political sciences with a special interest in the transformation processes in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. As culture manager of the Robert Bosch Foundation he worked in Kosovo during the time it became independent. Main topics of his international cultural work in Kosovo were migration and culture of remembrance. He further persued these issues when returning to Berlin in 2009.

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Abdelsamee Abouelhamd
Civic rights & Activisim
Interdisciplinary, Street Theatre, Theatre, Video, Youth
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Sibylla Vričić Hausmann
European Capital of Culture
Education
Germany
About me:

Sibylla studied Literary Science in Münster and Berlin. As a student, she gained interest in Southeastern Europe and started to learn about the social and cultural past and present of the region, especially the "Ex-Yugoslavian" states.

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Bernd Böttcher
Literature
Germany
About me:

Cultural studies at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), focus on literature and history of Central and Eastern Europe, internships and studies abroad in Poland;
Personal interests in Central European history, history policies, and transformation politics;
As a cultural manager at Chernivtsi Bukovina Center (Ukraine), I focused on literature, photography, and music as evidence of current and historic transition processes in Western Ukraine.

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Andra Vaida
Cultural exchange, Sustainability
Crafts, Heritage, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity
Germany, Romania
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Hajnal Szolga
Media
Hungary
About me:

Hajnal Szolga is cultural manager, curator, designer and activist. She lives in Pécs and Budapest (HU).She obtained her M.A. in Philosophy and in Communication and Media Sciences at the University in Pécs and studied European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2004 she co-founded SosemArt Association, a non-profit cultural organisation based in Pécs, which provides management for artists, operates as a publisher, and an event organiser.

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Gwendolenn Sharp
Environment
Music
France
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Frauke Wetzel
Community development
Interactive communication
Germany
About me:

I worked as cultural manager at the Collegium Bohemicum in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic from 2007 to 2009. After that I worked as public relations officer at the Czech-German Culture Days, at the Brücke/Most Foundation in Dresden. Right now I am working on my dissertation on symbolic acquisition and finding identity in the Bohemian-German border area after 1945 until today.

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Bianca Herlo
Community development
Design
Germany
About me:

Bianca studied social communication at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin with a focus on audiovisual media. She has worked as a freelancer for TV productions, a lecturer in new media, a media designer and a cultural and research manager.

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Slávka Rude-Porubska
Cultural exchange
Literature
Germany, Slovakia
About me:

Slávka Rude-Porubská studied German Studies, Slavic Studies and Journalism at Nitra, Odense and Regensburg. After finishing her PhD in Books Studies she currently works as lecturer and assistant professor at the LMU Munich as well as a freelance literary translator, editor, journalist and web editor.

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Micaela Casalboni
Community development, Cross-Sector, Cultural exchange, Empowerment, Global & Local, Participation & Active citizenship, Youth & Children
Community arts, Education, Interdisciplinary, Theatre, Youth
Italy
About me:

Actress, theatre teacher, international and intercultural projects as co-art director of Teatro dell'Argine (Italy)

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Stefanie Hübner
Cultural exchange
Literature
Germany
About me:

Stefanie Hübner managed the arts and culture department within the International Elias Canetti Society in Ruse (Bulgaria) from 2008 to 2010.

After returning to Germany she worked as Cultural Education Consultant at the Cultural Office North Rhine-Westphalia in Gütersloh. In addition to her executive and coordinating function for several projects in the fields of children’s and youth education, she worked on committees deciding on the sponsorship and promotion of youth theatre as well as for artistic projects in schools.

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Mohamed El Kajjouny
Organisational development, Personal leadership, Youth & Children
Education, Festival, Heritage, Media, Street Theatre, Theatre, Youth
Morocco
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Oliver Pinchbeck
Community development, Cross-sector collaboration
Circus, Contemporary arts, Dance, Interdisciplinary, Performance
Germany
About me:

A project manger turned street-performer, I decided in 2015 to devote my skills towards helping young artists develop.

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Astrid Thews
Community development, Organisational development
Education, Public Space, Youth
Germany
About me:

As freelance cultural manager, facilitator and systemic organizational development consultant, I am involved with various civic and cultural projects and organizations in Germany, Egypt and other countries in the MENA region. In 2011, I co-founded the Cairo-based organization Mahatat for contemporary art. As voluntary commitments, I was representative of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network in 2016 and 2017 and currently am a board member of TraumWerkStadt e.V. I am passionate about fostering an open society and creating spaces for encounter and learning.

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Evi Scheller
Architecture
Austria
About me:

In the frame of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers program Evi was working at the Brno House of Art (Dům umění města Brna) for one year (2010-2011). The Brno House of Art is the City`s Kunsthalle and has been an integral part of Brno's cultural life for over 100 years. Besides its exhibitions, the Brno House of Arts offers a regular off-program with readings, concerts, lectures and artist talks and also operates in public space (festival „Brno Art Open“).

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