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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Elene Chechelashvili
Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange
Crafts, Fashion, Festival, Film & Cinema, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Music, Physical Theatre, Visual arts
Georgia, Germany, Switzerland
About me:

Elene Chechelashvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Art (Textile design) and the Ilia Tschawtschawadse State University (German studies) and studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. As an artist and organizer, she has participated in artistic and cultural projects in Georgia, Germany and Austria. She has worked as projekt organizer and co-curator for the Georgian Culture Days in Germany 2008. This event took place thanks to the support of the following organizations: City of Frankfurt, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Georgia, Hessian Ministry of Culture, City of Marburg, Deutsche Bank.
In 2010-2011 she has worked for the regional initiative “Culture and Development” at the Goethe-Institut Tbilissi for two years, for Georgia and South Caucasus, Russia and Uzbekistan. As part of this initiative, she organized training, exhibitions and workshops in the following areas: climate and culture, cultural manager training and Publisher training.
In 2011-2012 as a scholarship holder of the “Robert Bosch Stiftung’s” program “Cultural Managers from Central and Eastern Europe”, she has organized a festival “Georgien 3mal anders” in cooperation with "Literaturhaus München“ and “Münchner Künstlerhaus”. In the fields of literature, art and music, she presented an excerpt from the current Georgian art and culture scene from a new perspective.
In 2013 she got married and became the mother of two children. Together with her family she lives and works in Zurich as a freelance cultural manager, translator and textile artist.
Since 2017 among other things she has been initiating and organizing events as part of the European Week in various art forms and event formats, with the participation of Georgian art and cultural representatives in cooperation with the cultural center “Die Fabrik/Kulturwerk Frankfurt”. Project partners and sponsors: Hessian State Chancellery, City Frankfurt, Mediacampus Frankfurt, Edition Fototapeta, Berlin, Georgian National Book Center, Diogene publishing house Tbilisi

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Andra Vaida
Cultural exchange, Sustainability
Crafts, Heritage, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity
Germany, Romania
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Elisa Pifferi
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Abdelsamee Abouelhamd
Civic rights & Activisim
Interdisciplinary, Street Theatre, Theatre, Video, Youth
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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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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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Anton Sienknecht
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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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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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Livia Rozsas
Community development
Digital
Hungary
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Bettina Lehmann
Cross-sector collaboration, Participation & Active citizenship
Contemporary arts, Dance, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinarity, Performance, Visual arts
Germany
About me:

I initiate, develop and coordinate projects in the realms of visual and performing arts, contemporary dance and music, knowledge production and all possible hybrids. My professional practice is informed by my great curiosity in all things human and their expression in various artistic forms.
I have gained working experience in various cultural institutions in different countries. My knowledge of languages and capacity of quick adaptation help me to act successfully as coordinator and mediator in diverse contexts.

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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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Christian Salman
European Capital of Culture
Interactive communication
Egypt
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Silke Wittig
Community development, Cross-sector collaboration, Cultural exchange, Environment, Political engagement
Contemporary arts, Education, Interdisciplinary, Visual arts
Germany, Greece
About me:

Silke Wittig is a freelance curator, writer and art mediator based in Athens and Berlin. She studied Photography and Digital Media with Stan Douglas and Hito Steyerl at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts at Paris. From 2010 to 2012 she worked as Robert Bosch cultural manager at the NGO LOJA in Tetovo / North Macedonia. Since 2008 she has been working at the art institution Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in Berlin, both at the video art collection Video-Forum (2008–2010), as Head of Communication and Public Program (2012–2016) and currently as curator and editor. She recently worked as art mediator for Goethe Institute, Big Olive and documenta14 in Athens, and as project coordinator for the NGO COMM’ON in Athens. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Harun Farocki – Über die Entgrenzung der Arbeit (Goethe Institute Bucharest, 2019); Images. Gestures. Memories. (Deutsches Kulturzentrum Timisoara, 2018); Matters of State (Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague, 2018); Privately – Quiet ODD (ODD, Bucharest, 2017); What it could look like (KRIK Festival / Čifte Hammam, Skopje, 2016); Thu Van Tran – Échange de présents (n.b.k., 2016); Where Are We Now (n.b.k., 2016); Yet Another Haunted Image (Brno House of Arts, 2013); The City Will Recall (Ministry for Culture, Archangelsk, 2013); Initiated by… (Institute for the Future, Minsk, 2012); Split Screens & Snow Flakes (Note On, Berlin, 2012). Her texts have recently appeared a. o. in: Videoarchiv (2017); Nordstern Videokunstzentrum (2016); Where Are We Now (2016); Ciprian Mureşan. Of Puppets and Humans (2015); History is a Warm Gun (2015); The Unanswered Question – Iskele 2 (2014); Give Us The Future (2014).

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Fabien Stephan
Education
Germany
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Fabien studied Political Science at the Universities of Tübingen, Sciences Po Paris and FU Berlin. He worked on several grass-root projects in Berlin before working at the German-French Youth Office as project-manager. He headed off to Romania for three years as Cultural Manager for the Institute for Foreign Relations and as fellow for the Robert Bosch Foundation's Program for Cultural Managers. He has worked the last two years for the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) to enhance cooperation and quality management in international higher education.

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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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Radmila Krstajic
Cultural exchange
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Sarah Herke
Interdisciplinary
Germany
About me:

Bringing together actors from the cultural sector since thirteen years, I am happy to be part of this great network. I work for MitOst e.V. as Head of Department "Cultural Exchange".

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Hajnal Szolga
Media
Hungary
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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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Bernd Janning
Urban development
Literature
Germany
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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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Eszter Tóth
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Nita Hasani
Cultural exchange
Theatre
Kosovo
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currentProject Manager at Qendra Multimedia in Pristina, Kosovo
2011 - 2012Robert Bosch Cultural Manager at the Alte Feuerwache Mannheim in Germany http://www.altefeuerwache.com/
2010 - 2011Assistant Culture Manager at Qendra Multimedia, Pristina, Kosovo

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