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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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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Axel Halling
Literature
Germany
About me:

East European Studies, East & Southeast European History at FU Berlin, Hungarian Studies at HU Berlin at INALCO and Sorbonne Nouvelle IV Paris and at ELTE Budapest. From 1996-2007 in cultural exchange between mainly Hungary & Germany, f.ex. at the Hungarian Cultural Institut Berlin & as Robert Bosch Cultural Manager in Pėcs (2004-7).

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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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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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Antje Kohlrusch
Community arts
Germany
About me:

Antje is a communication and project manager, studied German and Finnish-Ugric philology and sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (M.A.) as well as cultural management (Master). Among other positions, she has worked as a communication manager at MitOst e.V. (Berlin), as a publishing house editor, and as a project leader for the first years of the Luther decade and the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation in the project office “Luther 2017” in Wittenberg.

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Andra Vaida
Cultural exchange, Sustainability
Crafts, Heritage, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity
Germany, Romania
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Marta Klepo
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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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Max Mustermann
Empowerment
Community arts
Afghanistan
About me:

What about me?

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Elisa Pifferi
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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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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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Anastasia Marukhina
Visual arts
Russia
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Angela Verweyen
Community development
Interactive communication
Germany
About me:

studied Arabic Studies, Political Science, and Islamic Studies. After graduating, I worked for AFS Intercultural Programs for two and a half years and coordinated the programs between Germany and the African countries. I have also organized several seminars on intercultural communication for AFS.

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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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Anton Sienknecht
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Julia Ovcharenko
Media
Ukraine
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Zdenka Kujova
European Capital of Culture
Czech Republic
About me:

Zdenka Kujova studied theatre and culture management at JAMU Brno, focusing on supporting culture, grants and culture politics. As a freelancer she works on projects from various art branches and her interest is supporting young artists, funding art, culture and cinematography.
Since 2007 she runs art-culture NGO “REPT”, where she produced a plenty of theater plays, exhibitions and festival. She participated also on prof. Ctibor Turba’s project of new circus and with director Dusan D. Parizek she cooperated in Prague chamber theatre. She gained experience in film and television projects, for example of Czech Television Brno or FMK UTB Zlin. After completing internship in Czech center in Berlin, she also studied Culture management in FHS Potsdam and received the scholarship Cultural managers from Central and Eastern Europe and placed as project manager in creative centre Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig.

Recently Zdenka works as the project manager of the Creative Centre Brno, more on www.creativebrno.cz.

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Lisa Maier
Cultural exchange
Education
Germany
About me:

Lisa Maier studied cultural studies, art theory, and German literature at the Universities of Bremen and Ljubljana. In Slovenia she turned her attention to the region of Southeast Europe. During her studies, she was among others working for the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen (in the field of culture mediation), the Art and Artists House Schwankhalle, and the Cultural Centers Schlachthof and Lagerhaus. She has completed various internships and jobs in the fields of press and public relations, editing, event organization, and stage direction.

She was an assistant to the director of the International Youth Theater Festival "Explosive" and to the festival management of "goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film" at the German Film Institute, Frankfurt/Main. Through this film-related work, she discovered her special interest in documentary film.

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Jana Elisa Falkenroth
Urban development
Germany
About me:

Jana Elisa Falkenroth is a cultural manager from Berlin, Germany with interests in contemporary art, film, experimental theatre and the cultures of South Eastern Europe. She was awarded a 2-year scholarship for cultural managers in Eastern and South Eastern Europe by the Robert Bosch Foundation which she spent working with the NGO Drugo More in Rijeka, Croatia.

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Virag Major
Community development
Education
Hungary
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Susan Lahesalu
Organisational development, Participation & Active citizenship, Sustainability, Youth & Children
Music, Performance
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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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