Innovative ideas for cultural and creative sectors in Europe

High-Level Jury


Margherita Sani - Istituto Beni Culturali (IT)

Margherita Sani works at the Istituto Beni Culturali of the Region Emilia-Romagna, where she is in charge of international projects (museum education, lifelong learning and intercultural dialogue). She is coordinating the European funded Network Project “LEM – The Learning Museum” and has led the Grundtvig Multilateral Project “Lifelong Museum Learning”, the Learning Partnership “Museums tell Many Stories” and the Grundtvig Multilateral Project “MAP for ID – Museums as Places for Intercultural Dialogue”. Since 1996 she has organised the yearly European Museum Forum Workshop. She is member of ICOM (International Council of Museums), ICTOP (International Council for the Training of Personnel) and EMA (European Museum Academy). Since 2008 she has been on the executive board of NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations. In 2012 she has entered the jury of the Children Museum Award.

Nicoletta di Blas - Dr in Electronics and Information of Politecnico di Milano (IT)

Nicoletta Di Blas is a researcher with the Department of Electronics and Information of Politecnico di Milano. She teaches Communication Theory for Politecnico di Milano (Como campus) and Communication for Cultural Heritage for the University of Lugano (Switzerland), at the TEC–CH (Technology-Enhanced Communication for Cultural Heritage) master course. She works for the HOC-lab of Politecnico di Milano in charge of the user experience design of eCulture applications for many cultural institutions. She has been involved in projects related to the following areas: (1) multimedia, multi-channel applications (more than 40 developed so far, mainly in the Cultural Heritage domain); (2) serious games design (3D collaborative worlds, involving thousands of students from Europe and the USA, digital storytelling tools); (3) impact evaluation (on both fields of application).

Harry Verwayen - Deputy Director Europeana (NL)

In his current position Harry is responsible for the development of the business of Europeana. His main focus is the design and implementation of new business models that will support Europeana to fulfil its mission as ‘distributor, facilitator and innovator’. Prior to this Harry worked at Kennisland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. Harry holds a MA in History from Leiden University and has worked over ten years in the Scientific Publishing Industry.


Enrico Turrin - Economist at FEP (IT)

Enrico Turrin got a degree in Economics at the Bocconi University of Milan in 2000 and a Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan, in 2001. After internships at the Italian Embassy in Madrid and at the United Nation’s Global Programme against Money Laundering in Vienna, in 2002 he became Project Manager in the Training Area at ISPI and lecturer of International Organisations. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as an external expert and lecturer for ISPI and for a project by the Italian Foreign Ministry in the field of Cooperation. In 2008 he was hired as an Economist by FEP, where he has been involved in the ARROW and ARROW+ projects; he is now Deputy Director.

Yrjö Ojasaar - CEO Publification (EE)

He is the CEO of Publification Ltd, that is developing a disruptive cloud based publishing and social marketing platform for selfpublishers of ebooks, enabling self-publishers to cost-effectively distribute and market their ebooks on over 2 Billion devices with web-browsers. From 2008, he has been Managing Partner of Solon Partners, an executive coaching and angel investor boutique specializing in helping European technology startups with international commercial potential.

From 2006 to 2009, he has been attorney and of counsel, advising clients regarding finding creative and effective solutions for M&A challenges, setting strategy for IP Acquisitions, focusing on high-tech and software companies, acquisition of patent portfolios, licensing and cross licensing of technology, identification, valuation and development of intellectual property in client portfolios.

Among other Advisory board positions that he holds, he is also Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Service Industry Association and Co-Founder/Professor of DDVE (Design and Development of Virtual Markets) Executive Master's Program at the Tartu University.


Jan Runge - CEO of Union Internationale des Cinémas (BE)

Jan joined UNIC in 2011 as CEO and was responsible for the organisation’s relocation from Paris to Brussels. Jan also gained experience as a researcher and EU development manager with a German innovation agency and with a large telecommunications operator. He represents UNIC on the advisory board of the European Audiovisual Observatory and sits on the board of the European Digital Cinema Forum. He is also actively involved in several European Commission expert groups.

Hans Westerhof - Director Occami (NL)

During his career Hans has worked in public, non profit and private settings. He has been consultant, manager and director and worked in complicated governance environments, but also in very goal oriented project and program management  settings.

From 2009 until the end of 2012 Hans was deputy director / COO at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, managing a staff of 200. From 2007 until 2009 Hans was program director at Sound and Vision for the Images for the Future project, the largest audiovisual digitization project in the world.

Hans is member of the board of directors of Digitaal Erfgoed Nederland and member of the board of directors of De Beuk management consulting.

Ulrich Wegenast - Professor (DE)

Ulrich Wegenastwas founding member of Wand 5 and Stuttgart Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media – a festival for experimental film and media art. He was member of the board until 2006.

From 1993-2005 he worked as programme curator for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. In 2005 he became the artistic director of the Stuttgart Festival.

2002 development of the experimental film section for the Munich Filmfest. Film and media curator for the Goethe Institute and various other institutions and festivals and works as a jury member for various festivals. From 2003 to 2004 consultant for the Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle and 2005 for the documenta jubilee exhibition. Since 2005 he’s member of the advisory board of the Goethe Institute (Film, TV, Radio) and since 2007 member of the jury of the German Short Film Award. 2004-2007 teacher for Film/Media Art and Alternative Distribution at the Karlsruhe School of Design. Since 2005 head of the media department of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Free Art Academy.


Ghislaine Boddington - Creative Director of body>data>space (UK)

Ghislaine Boddington is the Creative Director of body>data>space, an interdisciplinary design unit based in Tech City East London focused on placing our bodies at the centre of our digital world. Ghislaine works as a dramaturge and producer on curations, commissions and other projects where she enables the convergence of telepresence, motion capture, virtual worlds, sense and gesture tech. She has recently co-produced the successful Europe wide "Robots and Avatars" project and, across the years, numerous innovative commissions in virtual physical blended space.

Ghislaine is a Research Associate Artist at ResCen Middlesex University and a FRSA. She sits on various international editor boards and juries for the creative industries and digital arts and is invited as a thought leader to innovation governmental innovation briefings and conferences around the growth of the creative industries in the UK and beyond.

Constantin Chiriac - General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu (RO)

Chiriac is the General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu. He is an actor and holds different diplomas in Cultural Management and a PHD in Theatrical Arts. In his early professional years he worked in the sector of cultural, education and social, working on different projects. In the 1990s he became Director of the Young Professinonal Theatre International Festival and the Students’ Union Hall in Sibiu. He is also the Director of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, a position he has till today. From 1999-2001 he was General Manager at the European Cultural Centre Bucharest managing EU projects. And in 2000 he became General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu. He is furthermore Member of the selection and monitoring committee of the candidate cities for the title of  European Capital of Culture and Member in the debate board - Avant Art Festival - Wrcolaw, Polonia.


Christopher Lindinger - Co-Director of the Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)

Christopher Lindinger studied Computer Science at the University of Linz and Cultural Management in Salzburg. He worked as scientist in the field of Virtual Reality research and supercomputing visualization in Chicago and as developer for the game industry. Since 1997, based on his activities in the field of digital art, he is affiliated with the Ars Electronica and currently holds the position of the director of research and innovation in the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Beside this activity he works as consultant for companies and governmental organizations, teaches at several universities in Germany and UK.

Maria Arusoo - Director, Center for Contemporary Arts (EE)

Maria Arusoo is a curator and artist. Since May 2012 she has worked at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia (CCA) initially as curator and executive manager, and since April 2013 as acting-director. Arusoo has been appointed as the commissioner for the Estonian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.
As a curator Arusoo is interested in work that alters the boundaries of disciplines, or re-routes perceptions of objects and buildings to explore a cross-disciplinary zone. Arusoo was awarded the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Fine and Applied Arts annual award for her international curatorial debut of the exhibition Continuum – the Perception Zone. Since 2009, she has lectured at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

As an artist, Maria Arusoo works in the field of performance, film and installation.


Eugene Smyth - Senior Investment Advisor, Institutional VC Funds (IRL)

For over 25 years, Eugene has been immersed in the creative arts cultural sector and the business-side of funding technology-based enterprise development. For the past 12 years he has been the Senior Investment Advisor for DBIC Managed Seed Capital Funds who co-manage the €50m Allied Irish Banks Seed Capital Fund, (AIBSCF). He is also currently a board advisor to ten AIBSCF Fund Portfolio companies, spanning technologies such as Gaming, Enhanced Search-Engines, Motion-Control and ePublishing.

Eugene co-founded Aston & Hayes, a Graphic Design Partnership, in Dublin in the eighties. This brought him into the emerging world of CAD software systems and Computer Animation. In 1992, Eugene was co-founder and Commercial Director of an institutionally-backed Technology start-up that became two successful Irish software companies, Altion and Accuris.

Eric Holterhues - Head of Socially Responsible Investment and Head of Arts and Culture at Triodos Investment Management BV (NL)

Eric Holterhues, is Head of Socially Responsible Investment and Head of Arts and Culture at Tridos Investment Management BV and final responsible for the business unit with investment funds investing in stock market listed companies.  He is combining this position with the position of Head of Arts and Culture , where he is managing an international team of professionals for the development of a European business line with investments funds for the Creative Industry.  Fund manager of Triodos Culture Fund (an investment fund of € 150 million). International coordinator and spokesman for financing the creative industry across the several branches of Triodos Bank in Europe.

Michela Michilli - Head of EU Programmes & International Initiatives Unit FILAS S.p.A, Rome (IT)

Michela Michilli is the Head of "EU Programmes & International Initiatives" Unit in Filas, the Financial Development Agency for the economic development and technological innovation of Lazio Region. Expert in economics, finance and international markets, she has acquired a long experience in market analysis for the ICT and media, the creative industries and the cultural heritage sectors, collaborating with leading international companies and managing international projects since 1996.

At the moment she is the coordinator of the European project FAME (Facilitating Access and Mobilisation of European finance for growth of creative industries), a EU CIP co-funded project under the brand-new initiative named European Creative Industry Alliance in support of the creative industries. Within FAME, Mrs Michilli is designing and implementing innovative consultancy, coaching and business services to support European companies in their investment readiness and access to finance.  Cross-border investments, equity finance and financial leverage are also main topics and issues to be addressed within FAME.

Ms. Michilli is chairperson of the Enterprise Europe Network Creative industry Sector Group and member of the Think Tank for Creative industry and EBAN.

Michael DaCosta Babb - Business Development Strategist (PT)

Michael Norman DaCosta Babb is a business development strategist normally working within the fields of innovation and emerging cultural trends. In November 2005, he co-chaired the Great Artistic Metropolis, National Public Art Conference (UK). He co-produced the inaugural Conversas Unicer and Laboratorio Criativo events (PT). He has chaired the international Transforma Think Tank in Portugal and abroad. In 2008, he became the founder CEO of ADDICT – the lead Portuguese Creative Industries agency. Until 2012 he was president of the Etic and Ipa schools in Lisbon. He was co-chair of the 2003 World Creative Forum conference, at Bloomberg London HQ, during the first ever London Design Festival. He was a founder member of the advisory council for Arts and Business, is a trustee of IXIA the Public Art Think Tank and a founder member of the EU Creative Industries Policy Academy. Michael now lectures on the Creative industries Management Masters at Catolica University in Porto, Portugal and works on business development for and the Dueto Group of technology companies.



The Creative Shift Forum

29 September 2014 | Brussels

@diversity would like to thank all attendees of the Creative Shift Forum 2014 for their valuable input and the vivid exchange. Please find below a link to a report about the event including the kind feedback of our attendees.

Event Report