Sonja Licht graduated in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade, where she received her MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. She has long worked as a research fellow in the Institute for International Politics and Economy and Institute for European Studies. She is the author of numerous articles in local and international magazines, journals and books.
She had been part of the Yugoslav dissident movement from the end of sixties, and in the mid-eighties she became the founder of many non-governmental organisations both local and international, including a number of women organizations. Between 1991 and 1995 Sonja was the co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, a broad coalition of various civic organizations and movements from all European and North American countries. From 1991 to 2003 she had been the Executive director, then President of the Fund for an Open Society (Soros Foundation) in Yugoslavia (later Serbia), a major donor of a vigorous civil society. During that period she had been a member of many boards of reputable international institutions. Sonja Licht is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the East-West Institute, Sub-board of the OSI’s Network’s Women’s Programme, member of the Board of European Cultural Foundation, member of the Advisory Boards of Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces and Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is also the Chair of the Executive Board and member of the Advisory Board of the newly founded Center for Democratic Transition, Budapest. She is also engaged in the Boards of the Serbian National Library, Centre for Professionalism of Media, Group 484, Women’s Fund for Reconstruction and Jefferson Institute in Belgrade.
She is a laureate of many awards, among which are: Award for Peace of the Swedish Social Forum, Award for Peace of the European Chancellors’ Club, Hiroshima Award of Edit and Ira Morris Foundation from Sweden, International Human Rights Award of the International League for Human Rights, Human Rights Award of the Albert Schweitzer Institute for Humanities, etc.
Milena Dragićević Šešić
former President of University of Arts, Belgrade, now Head of UNESCO Chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, professor of Cultural Policy & Cultural Management, Cultural studies, Media studies. ELIA Board Member. President of the Cultural Policy Research Award (European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam). President of the Board of the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management (Foundation Marcel Hicter, Bruxelles). Former Chair and present Board member of Art & Culture Subboard of OSI (Soros network).
Lecturer: European Diploma in Cultural Project Management, Brussels; Moscow School of Social and Economical Sciences; CEU Budapest; University Lyon II; Iagelonian University Krakow, Jyvaskula university, Finland, University for culture, Riga, ECUME, Dijon, University of Skopje, etc. External examiner for the Master Programme "Art & Media Management in a European Context", Utrecht School of the Arts & Open University London.
Published 14 books and more then 100 essays. Among them: Art management in turbulent times: adaptable quality management (with S. Dragojevic); Culture: management, animation, marketing (with B. Stojkovic), Intercultural mediation in the Balkans (with S. Dragojevic); Neofolk culture; Art and alternativ;Urban spectacle; Horizons of reading… Translated in English, German, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Macedonian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Turkish, Mongolian, French & Chinese.
Expert in cultural policy and management for European Cultural Foundation, Council of Europe, UNESCO, Foundation Marcel Hicter, Pro Helvetia, British Council etc.
Realized and developed more then 50 projects in cultural policy and management – policy trainings, strategic management & capacity building trainings etc, in SEE, but also Belgium, France, Finland, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania etc..
Civil society activist. Participated in numerous public art projects and radical cultural projects and programs in the Balkans.
European networker. Active within ELIA, ENCATC, IETM, ORACLE… and BAN, Balkan Express, Mediterranean networks etc.
Dr FRANCO BIANCHINI
He is Director of the International Cultural Planning and Policy Unit (ICPPU) at De Montfort University in Leicester. His publications include Cultural Policy and Urban Regeneration: The West European Experience (with M. Parkinson, Manchester University Press, 1993), The Creative City (with C. Landry, Demos, 1995), Culture and Neighbourhoods: A Comparative Report (with L. Ghilardi Santacatterina, Council of Europe Press, 1997) and Planning for the Intercultural City (with J. Bloomfield, Comedia, 2004). He has acted as advisor and researcher on urban cultural policy for organizations including Arts Council England, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
Dragan Klaic is a theater scholar and cultural analyst. He serves as Permanent Fellow of Felix Meritis Foundation in Amsterdam and teaches Arts and Cultural Policy at the University of Leiden. He is lecturing widely at the universities, speaking at conferences and symposia and serving as advisor, editor, columnist, researcher and trainer. His fields of engagement are contemporary performing arts, European cultural policies, strategies of cultural development and international cultural cooperation, interculturalism and cultural memory. Educated in dramaturgy in Belgrade and with a doctorate in theater history and dramatic criticism from Yale University, Klaic worked as theater critic and dramaturg, held professorships at the University of Arts Belgrade and University of Amsterdam, led the Theater Instituut Nederland, cofounded the European Network of Information Centers for the Performing Arts of the European Forum of Arts and Heritage. He was the Moderator of the Reflection group of the European Cultural Foundation (2002-2004) and author of its final report Europe as a Cultural Project (Amsterdam: ECF 2004). Among his books are several works published in the former Yugoslavia before 1991, as well as Terrorism and Modern Drama (co-edited with J. Orr, Edinburgh Univ. Press 1990, paperback 1992), The Plot of The Future: Utopia and Dystopia in Modern Drama (Michigan Univ. Press 1991), and Shifting Gears/Changer de vitesse (co-edited with R. Engelander, TIN Amsterdam 1998) and more recently an exile memoir Exercises in Exil, published in Dutch (Thuis is waar je vrienden zijn. Ballingshap tussen internet en Ikeatafel, Amsterdam: Cossee 2004) and forthcoming in English in the USA. His articles and columns appeared in many periodicals in several languages. Klaic is a contributing editor of the Theater magazine (USA), columnist of the Dutch performing magazine TM, board member of Praemium Erasmianum (Amsterdam) and member of several advisory boards in Budapest, Moscow, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam.
M.A. Philosophy M.A. Sociology Postgraduate diploma in the science of civilizations (University of Nancy, France) Professorship of Philosophy (Luxembourg)
1. Director of Lux-Development, the Luxembourg Agency for Development Co-operation (Luxembourg)
2. Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges)
3. Chairman of the European College for Cultural Co-operation 4. Chairman of Mediacult (Vienna)
PAST POSITIONS HELD
1. Director of Cultural and Cultural Relations of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (1975-1984, 1986-1990) 2. Director of Cultural Development and artistic creation in UNESCO (1984-1986) 3. Acting permanent delegate of Luxembourg to UNESCO (1988-1990) 4. First Governmental Counselor to the President of the Government, Ministry of Cultural Affairs (1989-1991) 5. Special Adviser for cultural co-operation to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1990-1991)
6. Director of Education, Culture and Sport at the Council of Europe (Sept. 1991 - Sept. 1999)
7. Director of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Council of Europe (Sept. 1999 – Sept. 2001) 8. First Councilor of the Government of Luxembourg, in charge of the prefiguration of an Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration (University of Luxembourg, Sept. 2001-Sept. 2003)
in the following sectors: permanent education, international cultural co-operation, audio-visual, culture and economy, cultural dimension of development, cultural development, theatre and performing arts, cultural tools and cultural networks, cultures and new information and communication technologies, multiculturalism and intercultural approaches.
Julia Rowntree is a strategic innovator at the intersection of arts, business and civil society. She led LIFT’s business sponsorship campaign from 1986-1995. The dominance of a marketing model of sponsorship led her to initiate a radical departure in business/arts relations and to found the LIFT Business Arts Forum of which she was Director from 1995-2005. In response to abolition of the Greater London Council in 1986, Julia spearheaded a conference to address civic fragmentation called LIFTING London.
A NESTA Fellowship (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts 2001) enabled Julia to undertake research into current market intrusions into resources hitherto held in common. This resulted in a LIFT lecture series: Imagining a Cultural Commons. Topics have included biodiversity, intellectual copyright and the relationship between culture and alternative energy regimes. Julia wrote recently a book on business, arts and community relations at LIFT over the last two decades.