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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Andra Vaida
Cultural exchange, Sustainability
Crafts, Heritage, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity
Germany, Romania
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Gwendolenn Sharp
Environment
Music
France
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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 Janning
Urban development
Literature
Germany
About me:

Since 2014, he has been a PR and project manager at "Social Impact - Agency for Social Innovations" in Berlin. From 2012 to 2013, he worked as a project manager at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) in Vienna. From 2010 until 2012, he was Robert Bosch Cultural Manager at the International Elias Canetti Society in Ruse, Bulgaria.

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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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Katja Melzer
European Capital of Culture
Digital, Visual arts
Canada
About me:

Katja works as a curator and cultural project manager with focus on visual arts and creative collaboration.
She has completed her MA in Art History, Business Studies and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. After her studies she received a scholarship by the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service - to work at the Ludwig Museum for Contemporary Art in Budapest, followed by various positions in the non-profit and the commercial art sector in Berlin and Budapest.

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Khaled Bouzidi
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Senta Höfer
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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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Radmila Krstajic
Cultural exchange
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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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Susan Lahesalu
Organisational development, Participation & Active citizenship, Sustainability, Youth & Children
Music, Performance
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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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Veronika Lajer
Urban development
Architecture
Hungary
About me:

Veronika Lájer (1979) is an art historian and graduated Phd-Student (2012) from Budapest, Hungary. She is complating her thesis is on the "Oeuvre of Ludwig Rauscher (1845-1914)" - an important German-Hungarian architect, graphic artist and professor of 'arts and crafts'. Her thesis based on the the topics of urban art and architecture, art education, neo-renaissance and modern art history in Eastern and Western Europe.
She is also an educated communicator, specialized in radio-journalism and education. She worked as cultural program coordinator at the Ludwig Museum - Museum for Contemporary Art, Budapest (2005-2008). And she was also a curator and head of the suburb project room, LudwigInzert of the Museum (2010-2011). She is interested in intercultural; social-political and critical projects with artist in residence.

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Elisa Pifferi
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Radmila Krstajic
Cultural exchange
Contemporary arts
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Shota Bukoshi
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Jessica Laignel
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Yvonne Meyer
Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange, Participation & Active citizenship, Urban development
Multidisciplinarity
Germany, Poland
About me:

I work as a freelance cultural manager and trainer for start-ups in culture and creative industries. My academic studies comprised Theatre and Western Slavic languages.
In the years 2006–2009, I was a program manager within the Robert Bosch Cultural Manager program. For the Borussia Foundation in Olsztyn, Poland, I was responsible for the adaption of a Jewish Bet Tahara into the Centre of Intercultural Dialogue DOM MENDELSOHNA.
2014/2015 I was the head project manager for »Culture | place.positioning«, an international conference and festival by the independent cultural scene in Leipzig. Based on this I started to develop formats for thinking about interfaces of cultural politics and civic education.
I design and realize international projects in culture and education, whilst my special interests lie in cross-sector co-operations. In the framework of the RBCMN, beyond others, I initiated a series of international workshops for NGOs revitalizing and adapting unused spaces – »Structures | Spaces | Regions« (2013), »Open spaces – Culture, Economy, Administration« (2015), and »Open spaces – open society« (2016).
I live with my family in Leipzig.

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Anastasia Marukhina
Visual arts
Russia
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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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Catharina Sligting
Cultural exchange, Environment, Sustainability
Community arts, Festival, Music, Performance, Public Space
About me:

Born in Amsterdam of Dutch origin, worked there as director of various cultural institutions and initiatives, mainly within a context of nature conservation, cultural development, and local & social inclusion. Since 2007 I live on a biodynamic farm in the rural mountainous area of Portugal. I created an NGO Association Dominio vale do Mondego, organising an annual art festival, artists´residencies and workshops, both on the farm and in the rural region. Boardmember of Mitost, member of IETM.

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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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Axel Halling
Civic rights & Activisim, Community development, Cultural exchange, Empowerment, European Capital of Culture, Global & Local, Participation & Active citizenship, Urban development
Comics, Community arts, Contemporary arts, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Public Space, Story-telling
Austria, Georgia, Germany, Hungary
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