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27 - 30 April 2016

Dubrovnik Tourism capital for the week-end!


Kresimir Macan - General Manager at Manjgura Ltd., PR specialist

Domagoj Nikolic - Lecturer & Erasmus Coordinator at Rochester Institute of Technology, Croatia

Marko Dabrovic - Architect, Studio 3LHD

Ana Hilje - Head of the Department of Culture & Heritage of the City of Dubrovnik

Vlaho Margaretic - Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship, Tourism and Sea


Program Co-ordinator

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Croatia, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute for Historical Sciences, Dubrovnik

Lovro Kuncevic was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb and attended the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He obtained a MA and PhD degree at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. His final thesis for both degrees concentrated on Dubrovnik's medieval history which he continued to explore after returning to Croatia and during his study and research periods in London (University College London), Venice (Università Ca 'Foscari di Venezia) and Leipzig (GWZO).

He has published with various publishers (HAZU, Brill, CUP) on topics such as the republican ideology, diplomatic rhetoric, image of the other, and political institutions of pre-modern Ragusa. He has taught courses on medieval and early modern history at the University of Zagreb and the University of Dubrovnik.

His main interest is the comparative history of medieval and early modern republics, especially their political cultures and ideologies, reasons for their (in)stability, and modalities of decision-making. He is one of the coordinators of the project “Cultures of Voting in Pre-Modern Europe”, funded by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust.

Key speakers

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Belgium, Artistic Director and CEO of Leeuwarden 2018

Topic: "Transformative Power of Art"

Lieven Bertels graduated Musicology at the University of Leuven in 1993 and received a MA in Composition at the University of Durham, UK. He worked briefly for BBC Scotland and Decca Records Ltd., then became lecturer and later head of the Audio Dept. of the Brussels Film, Radio and TV School RITS. From 2001 until 2004 he was the first artistic director of the new Concertgebouw arts centre in Bruges while from 2004 to 2011 he worked as artistic coordinator of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands' oldest and largest arts festival.

From 2011 until 2016 Lieven was the Festival Director at Sydney Festival, Australia's leading international arts festival. Under his leadership Sydney Festival enjoyed a wide public and critical acclaim for its diverse artistic offering, whilst doubling its philanthropic support and growing a more sustainable business model with year-on-year financial surpluses.

In 2010 he joined the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in New York, where he currently serves on the Nominating Committee. He is also the CEO and Cultural Director of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 European Capital of Culture.

In 2013, Lieven was made Knight in the Belgian Order of the Crown.


Spain, Head of Participation of Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 Foundation

Topic: "Citizens' Active Participation in Arts & Culture"

Enara Garcia holds a degree in Psychology and Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of the Basque Country (San Sebastian) and has a postgraduate certificate in Education, specialized in Educational Psychology, from Complutense University of Madrid. Currently, she is obtaining a master's degree in Mediation from the University of Luxembourg.

As specialist in citizen's participation she has undertaken work in diverse projects related to social participation and social research, working alongside the planning team, executing and evaluating projects. She also has an extensive experience providing consultancy and project management services for the Technical Office of Children and Young People's Service at the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

She is currently working as Head of Participation in Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 Foundation and management board member since 2014. Her work places special emphasis in defining and planning strategies which enable quality, plural and inclusive participation to be developed, creating opportunities for learning and building a new relational culture.

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Italy, Director of Matera 2019 Foundation

Topic: "How to Democratize Access to Heritage"

Paolo Verri was born in Turin in 1966.

Graduated in 1990 on Liberal-Arts at the Catholic University of Milano finalizing studies with a degree thesis on the relationship between culture, literature and television. His graduation thesis “Book and television: a difficult story” was written with the direction of Aldo Grasso and Gianfranco Bettetini and published by RAI, the national broadcasting company.

From that point on he has been working in the publishing industry, first as copy editor, then as editor in chief taking also care of several series for some publishing companies, and finally as general manager of the Italian Internazional Bookfair and Italian International Music Fair Exhibition both based in Turin (role that he held from 1993 to 1997). In the 1998 he became Media Manager for the Italian Publishers Association, promoting Italian book production at international level.

In 1998 he started working for trade and promotion of the city of Turin and in the year 2000 was appointed as Chief Executive of Torino Internazionale, the association that develops, coordinates and manages the City Strategic Plans.

In 2003 he takes charge of Atrium Torino, the organization appointed to communicate the city transformations and the Olympic event held at Solferino square in Turin. During the Olympics Torino 2006 he directed the Sponsor Village.

In mid 2006 he left both roles to take on the managing of the Italia 150 project, which in may 2007 became steering committee. The main goal of the Italia 150 committee was to perform a huge, more than 9 months, event that in the year 2011 (year of the 150 anniversary of the Italian Unity) recounted the past, the present and the future of Italy. Italia 150 had a budget of 42 million euros and reached the goal to host more than 4 million people in less than 250 days.

In July 2011 he became the director of Matera 2019 Committee, an organization born to promote the city of Matera as a candidate for the European Culture Capital: successful bid, since Matera became last October 17 European Capital of Culture representing Italy in 2019. In April 2015 he has been appointed as Director of the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation.

From 2013 to 2015 e has managed contents and events for the Italian Pavillion of the Expo2015, (Milan, May 1st to October 31st 2015) and whose title was “Feed the Planet, Energy for Life”.

He is also consultant for various cities in order to develop their strategic plans.

Big sport supporter, he is also president of the Osvaldo Soriano Football Club, the Italian writers national football team.

He is also a travelling lover, passion that shares with his wife and their 3 children.
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