Dr Henning Berthold

Henning is a researcher and analyst at the state-funded Bavarian Centre for the Cultural and Creative Industries. In this capacity he works at the intersection of industry, culture, politics and academia, inquiring into the developments of the sector and fostering dialogue between key partners both within and beyond the field of aesthetic production. Previously he held positions at the German Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries as well as the University of St Andrews’ Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC), Scotland / UK. As part of this academic work, he was involved with the AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy „Design in Action“ as well the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy „CREATe“, having studied the role design, business models and IP in configuring economic action.



Dr. Florian Drücke, Maître en Droit, Lawyer. Chairman & CEO, Bundesverband Musikindustrie e. V


Florian Drücke studied law in Berlin and Toulon and finished his law studies in France with the Maîtrise degree. In 2004, he earned his doctorate with a dissertation on French and German competition law. After his legal training, which he spent, inter alia, at the Berlin Senate Chancellery, at a law firm in Aix-en-Provence and at an international law firm that specializes in media law, the lawyer became Legal Counsel at Bundesverband Musikindustrie e.V. (BVMI – IFPI Germany) in January 2006. In 2008, he took over the legal department and the political lobbying as Head of Legal & Political Affairs, becoming Managing Director in November 2010. In November 2017, he was voted into the position of Chairman & CEO. Since then he has, among other things, represented the BVMI at international level, in the Main Board of the global umbrella organisation, IFPI. He is also the shareholder representative and member of the supervisory board of the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL). 

Florian Drücke has testified as an expert in different Committees of the German Bundestag and the European Parliament as well as before the Federal Constitutional Court. He is the author of multiple articles on digital policy and copyright law and related topics for German media. Beyond that, he is the co-editor of the standard reference work “Handbuch der Musikwirtschaft” (Handbook of the Music Industry), C.H. Beck 2018, and co-author of the book “Musik, Recht und Verträge” (Music, Law and Contracts), Verlag Medien und Recht 2012. In addition, he has for many years been actively engaged in the key topics and debates surrounding digitalization and the cultural and creative industries. 

He is also a member of a number of boards and committees, including the Advisory Committee of the German National Library, the Advisory Board of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Expert Committee for the Music Industry at the Deutscher Musikrat as well as the advisory board of the international music trade show, Midem. Since May 2016 he has been a member of the Deutsch-Französischer Kulturrat and was elected co-president in January 2018.

Florian Drücke was born on March 8th, 1975 in Heidelberg. He is married, has two sons and lives in Berlin.

Martin Kern, EIT Director

Martin Kern was the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT from 1 August 2014 until his appointment as Director by the EIT Governing Board on 23 August 2019. Prior to joining the EIT, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy and with financial assistance to support economic and social development programmes.

Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU accession and among many issues, he led the EU’s rapid response following the disastrous floods in Serbia in May 2014.

Previously, he worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement. In 2009, he was seconded to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm during their EU Presidency by the European Commission. He started his career in the EU in Lithuania and Estonia, working in the EU Delegations and helping the two countries join the EU and ending his six years in the Baltic States as Acting Head of the EU Representation in Tallinn. Following the accession of the 10 new Member States to the EU in 2004, he continued working on financial assistance, dealing, among other things, with the follow-up in the use of EU funds in Bulgaria and Romania around the time of their accession.

He began his career after a brief stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, and has Master's degrees in Economics and English from the University of Heidelberg and in European Studies from the University of Reading.

The EIT Director is part of the EIT Management Team, which oversees the day-to-day work of the EIT implementing its Multiannual Strategy and Annual Work Programme.

Michela Magas

Michela Magas is an innovation catalyst who bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry. She is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation which is building a legacy for cross-domain interoperability. In 2017, she became the first winner of European Woman Innovator of the Year to represent the Creative Industries, and was named Innovation Luminary by the European Commission and Intel Labs Europe. She advises to the European Commission, the G7 Leaders and national governments on innovation and the creative sector. Michela is the founder of MTF Labs, a global technology platform of over 7500 creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform places music at the centre of innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, microcomputing, blockchain and the primary industries, and has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London. Michela has 25 years of experience in developing product futures for a series of international clients including Apple, Nike and Nokia, and is co-author of a patent in music AI. 

Photo credit: Nebojša Babić.

Egbert Rühl

Egbert Rühl has been active as a culture and art facilitator in many different genres and functions throughout his professional life. Since March 1, 2010 Egbert Rühl has been Managing Director at Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft. In this function, he is responsible for strategy and tactics, guidance and moderation, budget adherence and contact with politics and administration.

Georg Russeger

Dr. Georg Russegger leads the Centre for Knowledge Transfer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Since 2014 he is also project lead of an inter-university and inter-disciplinary network in Austria to foster knowledge exchange between universities, society and economy for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. Georg co-developed a European Joint Masters Programme on "Ludic Interfaces" supported by the European Commission and is workgroup leader of the COST Action "European Forum of Advanced Practices“. His actual focus lies on the development of empowerment frameworks and capacity building platforms for artist and creatives. To develop and apply training programmes and workshops related to artistic entrepreneurship dealing with societal challenges and projects with social and cultural impact.


Fátima São Simão

Fátima São Simão is head of business development for the arts at UPTEC - Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, where she supports the development of cultural startups and projects, since 2009. She is also the public lead of Creative Commons Portugal (volunteer position), where she conceived and coordinated the CC Toolkit for Business (https://business-toolkit.creativecommons.org) and the performance Copywrong (https://copywrong-cc.tumblr.com). For 10 years, Fátima was also project manager of futureplaces.org - medialab for citizenship, at UTAustin-Portugal Colab (2008-2018).

Fátima has a background in Economics (Faculty of Economics of Porto) and a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management (City University of London). While in university, she was president of the university theatre group (TUP), where she also participated as actress and producer, collaborating with various theatre, film and other arts productions ever since. In 2020, Fátima completed her PhD thesis about “Authors’ Rights and Rights’ Authors: On the Relationship Between Copyright and Artistic Work”, at Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto.


PierLuigi Sacco

Pier Luigi Sacco is Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan, Senior Advisor and Head of the Venice Office of the OECD, Senior Researcher at Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, and metaLAB (at) Harvard. He has been the Special Adviser of the European Commissioner for Education and Culture. He is member of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, of the Advisory Council for Research & Innovation of the Czech Republic, and of the Advisory Council of Creative Georgia. He works and consults internationally in the fields of culture-led local development, policy design and evaluation, and is often invited as keynote speaker in major cultural policy conferences worldwide.


Ismo Silvo

Dr Ismo Silvo is currently the Deputy Director General of the Finnish public service broadcasting YLE. Previously he has worked as YLE´s Media Director responsible for Radio-, TV- and VOD-services; and as the Chief Operating Officer responsible for Production, Techniques and IT, and as the Director of Strategy and Development. During 2009 - 2015 he has been the Chairman of the European Broadcasting Union´s Operations Board . In 1993-97 he was Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory, a research centre in Strasbourg. His publications include studies in the field of audience research, cultural media studies, and media policy.

Description of the Yle: Yle is Finland´s public service broadcaster. Its services include national and regional radio channels, TV channels, and online services. Yle is the most trusted media organisation in Finland, and reaches 96 % of population weekly. Yle´s VOD-AOD player service Yle Areena has been the most appreciated net-service brand for 7 years in succession, and is the most used streaming service in Finland, international services included.


Björn Bremer

Named twice as one of the "Top ten most influential people in advertising under 30", Björn Bremer (44) went on to become Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Germany. 

Since March 2020 he is actually CEO of the German Ogilvy Group. The 350+ person strong agency is the most creative agency in Germany’s 25 years ranking. 

Fans of his work include Rudi Völler (former Head Coach of the German national soccer team), Jamie Oliver (the famous English Chef), Sheryl Sandberg (COO Facebook), and Angela Merkel.

Dr Carsten Brosda, Minister of Culture and Media

Dr Carsten Brosda is the Minister of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg since February 2017. He is Co-Chairperson of the Commission for Media and Network Politics of the SPD Party Executive Committee since July 2018 and Chairman of the culture forum of the social democracy since November 2019. He was Hamburg’s State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, State Secretary for media and digitisation in the Senate Chancellery and the Senate’s authorised media representative. In Berlin he previously worked as head of the SPD party executive’s communication department and deputy head of the management and planning staff at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. He studied journalism and political science at the University of Dortmund, completed a newspaper traineeship with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung and gained his PhD on “discursive journalism”.


Bernd Fesel

Bernd Fesel studied Economics and Philosophy in Heidelberg and Bonn and graduated with an economist degree. He is visiting professor at the University of Bonn, University of Arts Berlin and currently at the Institute for Culture and Media Management, KMM Hamburg. In 1990 he started his career in the art market, becoming 1997 Managing Director of the German and then the European Gallery Association. He also served as speaker of the German Arts Council.  In 2003 he founded the Office for Culture and Economy and served as advisor f.e. of the German UNESCO Commission and German Federal Foreign Office. He initiated the first national conference on creative industries in Berlin from 2004 to 2009, which was co-organized with the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation. Then he served as vice director at the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, since 2011 as senior advisor at the european centre for creative economy, a legacy of RUHR.2010. Bernd Fesel has been speaker in Hearings of the European Parliament (2017 on Brexit) and conferences across Europe, special focus is on the spillover effects of the arts and creative industries. He was board member of the European network on cultural management and policy (ENCATC) in Brussels from 2015 to 2017 and is since 2016 director of the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) in Rotterdam. 


Alessandra Gariboldi

Is a senior researcher and adviser in the fields of visitor studies, cultural programmes and policies evaluation, with a primary focus on audience engagement and participatory approaches. She’s Head of Transnational Projects of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, and collaborates with the Cultural Observatory of Piedmont, Italy.

She is currently coordinator of ADESTE+ and has been involved as researcher and trainer in several EU funded projects as ADESTE, BeSpectActive! and CONNECT, all focused on cultural participation from different perspectives (capacity building, change management, co-creation and policy design). She is responsible for the design of the two years capacity building programme in AD of the European Capital of Culture Rijeka2020. 

At the national level, she contributed to several research and capacity building programmes about urban regeneration through the arts, cultural entrepreneurship and arts impact evaluation, working with cultural institutions, independent organisations and creative enterprises.

Among her publications/essays on cultural participation, as co-author: Study on Audience Development - How to place audiences at the centre of cultural organisations (2017), Mapping of practices in the EU Member States on Participatory governance of cultural heritage, to support the OMC working group under the same name (Work Plan for Culture 2015-2018). 

Rita de Graeve

Rita De Graeve is senior policy advisor in the Flanders Department of Culture, Youth and Media (Flanders – Belgium). She is also associate professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) within the Master Culture Management and she is board member at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Passerelle (Kortrijk) and De Expeditie (a creative hub in the city of Ghent). Previously she was vice president of the Flanders Literature Fund.

She is specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation in the Cultural and Creative Sectors in a Flemish and European context. She strives to give artists and creatives a well-deserved place in both the traditional and creative economy by improving the ecosystem for the Cultural and Creative Sectors.

Michal Hladký

Michal Hladký is director of Creative Industry Košice (CIKE), which is the legacy organisation after Košice European Capital of Culture 2013. He is an author of the concept of the Košice ECoC bid project and has over 13 years of experiences with its implementation and sustainability strategy. CIKE is focal point responsible for activities related to the project of Košice UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts and UCCN membership.Michal is Co-chair of ECBN leading on international projects for CCI’s development, education, mobilities and business models.

Jenny Kornmacher

Jenny Kornmacher heads the Cross Innovation Hub at Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft. As an innovation expert, she drives the development of innovation programs and new formats. Her work focuses primarily on cross innovation processes. In this process, companies from various industries open up to work together with experts from the creative industries on ideas for innovative products and services.


Charles Landry

Charles Landry works with cities around the world to help them make the most of their potential. He is widely acclaimed as a speaker, author, innovator. He facilitates complex urban change projects. An international authority on using imagination in creating self-sustaining urban change Charles has advised cities or given talks in over 60 countries. He helps shift how we harness possibilities and resources in reinventing our cities. His Creative City concept became a global movement. His book The Creative Bureaucracy & its Radical Common Sense has led to the creation of a Festival in Berlin. Other books include 'The Civic City in a Nomadic World' and The Art of City Making was recently voted the 2nd best book on cities ever written. Others cover measuring urban creativity, digitized cities, fragility and risk, the sensory experience and psychology of cities and interculturalism.

Anette Novak

Anette Novak is director general of the Swedish Media Council, a government agency tasked with coordinating Sweden's effort in the media literacy arena and expert authority on children's media use. Prior to this assignment, for five years, she was CEO of RISE Interactive, a state-owned research institute, conducting applied research on interaction design and user experiences, aimed at solving the grand challenges of our time - empowering people, organizations and the global community.

2015-2016, Ms Novak led a national inquiry, analysing the media landscape and proposing policy tools for the future. Her passion for innovation, freedom of speech and democracy has run like a golden thread through her career and her achievements has earned her a number of prestigious assignments: vice president of Fojo Media institute, board member of Sweden’s public service radio and the position as Swedish representative to the World Editors Forum.

During her years as editor-in-chief of regional media house Norran, she launched ground-breaking collaborative journalism in 2009, gaining international acclaim.


Gerin Trautenberger

In addition of working in the fields of design management and strategic consulting, Gerin started working with communication and product design in the 1990s. As director for VIENNA OPEN — a festival for open innovations, he investigated the implementation of open design practices in smart cities. Since 2013 he is also a president of the Kreativwirtschaft Austria (KAT), an association founded by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO). From 2011 until 2013, he was appointed by the EU Commissioner for Industry and Enterprise as a Board Member of the European Design Innovation Initiative. Gerin has also worked as a lecturer in experimental media design at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna (with Prof. Peter Weibl and Prof. Thomas Fürster), he currently lectures at the POP-Akademie in Mannheim and the WIFI Graz.

Gerin studied product design at Kingston University in London, economics at the University of Vienna and digital media and society at the University of Uppsala. He also holds a degree in Design Management from the Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. Today he works in the field of design and social media research and is also a board member of the European Creative Business Network (ECBN).

 André Wilkens


André Wilkens is the director of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. 

He is also the Board Chair of Tactical Tech Cooperative, the co-founder of the Initiative Offene Gesellschaft and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

In the past he worked as Director of the Mercator Centre Berlin, as Director of the Open Society Institute Brussels and as Head of Strategic Communications of UNHCR in Geneva.

His positions prior to this were at the Ogilvy & Mather communications agency in Brussels, the European Training Foundation in Turin and at the European Commission and European Parliament in Brussels.

André is the author of two books on Europe and on Digitalisation, and a regular media contributor.



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