Jekaterina Lavrinec

Jekaterina Lavrinec, Ph.D., urban researcher, participatory artist and educator in Urban studies. She is a co-founder of ( – urban games and research lab that serves as an interdisciplinary platform for cultural innovations, non-formal learning and promotes participatory urban culture by launching creative communities’ initiatives in urderused urban spaces. As an at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, where she co-founded Creative Industries program, she teaches courses in Urban Studies and Creative Communication in Public Spaces. Since 2012 she has been curating annual arts and research week for creative interventions in public spaces “priARTink!” (pARTicipate!). In her art and research activities she focuses on the issues of the perception of urban environment, user experience in public space, urban rituals, temporal solidarities and cooperation. Some of the examples of her work can be found here: behance/Laimikis and . Jekaterina is an initiator and a curator of annual Co-urbanism forum that brings together cultural innovators active in the Baltic Sea Region for sharing the methods and discussing the challenges in participatory urban / cultural development.


Paweł Jaworski

Urban planner, member of The Foundation Board

Paweł Jaworski is an architect and philosopher, who works in the field of revitalization, urban planning and design using workshop tools. Co-author of spatial development documents, concepts, analysis and sustainable urban mobility plans. Curator of several exhibition that explored urban issues.


Izabela Rutkowska

Forms and Shapes FOundation 

Izabela Rutkowska is a Polish artist and creator of the forms and shapes foundation. By giving new forms and shapes to reality, she turns site into places one can interact with art. Likewise this creates interdisciplinary projects that mobilizes dialogue between architects, gardeners, philosophers, musicians, graphic designers, farmers, cooks and physicists.
She was collaborating with the biggest Polish cultural institutions such as National Center of Culture, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, National Chopin Institute, National Audiovisual Institute. She was also working for Copernicus Science Center and Ministry of Enviroment and she collaborated with many art galleries and ngo’s in Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Brazil and Portugal.

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Bård R. Gunnerud

Program Director //
Hedmark University of Applied Science

Bård R. Gunnerud has a BFA and a MFA in Animation and Visual Arts form the USA. Since 2009 he has worked as an Assistant Professor at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences (HUAS), teaching courses in animation, 3D-visualization, web programming and web design, video production, VFX-production, game art and UI design development, and Unity 3D game development. As of August 2015 he has been Program Director for the Interactivity, Gamification and Visual Arts program (IGA) at HUAS.

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Project Development Unit //
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Senate Chancellery

Thomas Jacob has an Urban Planner, Engineer Degree. He has experiences in several sized cities, urban planning and urban reconstruction. Since 2000 he has exceptionally been working on international projects and since 2003 he worked with project development and as a project advisor.

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Assistant Professor //
Hedmark University College

Anders Nordby has worked with Computer Science in HH since 2000, and since 2003 in the game department. His focus is on the technical part of game development and for the past 10 years he has been working with research in games and learning, sustainability and system thinking.



Associate Professor in Media Arts, Aesthetics, and Narration //
University of Skövde

Lissa Holloway-Attaway is an Associate Professor of Media Arts, Aesthetics, and Narration. She teaches and researches within the computer games development educational undergraduate programs and in the Digital Narratives/Cultural Heritage and Game Technology graduate program. She is the leader of the Media, Technology and Culture Research group of the University of Skövde and she is engaged in many different interdisciplinary projects and approaches to studying digital media forms and their impact on culture.

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Cultural Director of City of Pori, Chair of the Union of the Baltic Cities Cultural Cities Commission.

Jaana Simula is the Cultural Director of City of Pori. Simula is an art historian (MA) and holds a degree in communication. She has been working in the Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museums and within art research at the Åbo Akademi University. In the field of communication she has worked as a Project Manager 1997-1999 in the Management Consultancy Mimes, Helsinki, Finland. She worked in the Theatre Academy of Finland first as an information officer and second as the Head of Communications during the years 1999-2009. Since 2015 she has been the chair of the Cultural Cities Commission, Union of the Baltic Cities.

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EUSBSR Policy Area Coordinator PA Education Company//
Norden Association in Sweden

Anders Bergström has been working for the Norden Association in Sweden since 1986 mainly within international project development and management focusing on business internationalization and education. Besides working in the Nordic and Baltic regions, he has been involved in bilateral cooperation between Sweden and respectively Russia and Ukraine.

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Wolfgang Schmidt

Mayor’s staff – International //
City of Kiel

Since 2010 Wolfgang Schmidt has been the responsible person in the staff of the Mayor of Kiel, Germany for international affairs and the cooperation of universities, businesses and cities. He represents Kiel at EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities.
Wolfgang acts as Secretary General of the Conference of European Cross Border and Interregional City Networks (CECICN) since 2015. This umbrella organization of eight European city networks represents five hundred member cities and thirty-seven percent of the EU population.

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General Director //
Association for cooperation with Baltic Sea countries “NORDEN”

Daria Akhutina has, since the foundation of the Association in 1996, been working as the general director of the organization and since 2001, she has been the Russian Platform Chairperson of the BS NGO FORUM. Daria has experience in the implementation of the projects in the framework of the program lines of EU, CBSS, Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Culture Fund and national foundations of the Baltic Sea countries as a Lead partner. Since 2003, she has worked closely with the Council of Baltic Sea States especially in the field of culture heritage, regional identity and labour issues. She has initiated a number of international projects in the field of education, culture heritage and culture tourism. The latest EU-Russia project “From common history in past to Common future” concerned the development of smaller regions by means of culture tourism based on the historical heritage from the Viking Age; CBSS PSF (pilot) “Common Map for Culture Tourism in BSR”. She has been working in close interaction with NDPC, member of the organizing committee of the Annual Forum “Culture as A Factor of Growth”.

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EUSBSR Policy Area Culture Coordinator //
Ministry of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs of Land Schleswig-Holstein

Franziska Schindler has a background in Cultural Administration and Intercultural Communications as well as ten years of practical experience in intercultural project coordination/ management and (foreign) cultural policy. She is now coordinating the Policy Area Culture of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) for the Land Schleswig-Holstein together with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Having lived, studied and worked in four different countries, she has an active interest in the world and became fond of intercultural cooperation, particularly with a passionate attachment to Northern Poland and the entire Baltic Sea Region.



Senior Advisor //
The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture

Ilze Gailite Holmberg graduated from University of Latvia, BA of Humanitarian Sciences. Later on, she studied Media and Communications at Stradina University of Riga. She attended various professional courses: studies of Arts at the Academy of Arts of Latvia as well as an array of international courses in film business and production, including documentary film and animation; cross-media development and coaching seminars, etc.

From 1999 to 2004 she worked at the Baltic Media Centre (BMC) in Denmark, being Coordinator of various international projects: Film/ TV co-productions in the Baltic countries, Russia, South East Europe (SEE); Was part of the team establishing TELE SEE network of public broadcasters of SEE (12 TV stations); organization of Baltic Sea Forum; Baltic-Russian Development Fund; development of media training courses; BMC projects in Russia.
From 2004 to 2014 Ilze was Director of National Film Centre of Latvia (NFC), also leading the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries; was NFC representative at Riga Film Fund.
Since 2014 Ilze has been a Senior Advisor to the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC), an international collaboration organization in culture and creative industries (CCIs), comprising eleven countries of the Baltic Sea and Nordic Region. The aim of the NDPC is to foster CCI development in the ND area by networking, policy development, studies and information exchange and CCI project support.



Information Secretary //
Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission

Johanna Laurila started as the HELCOM Information Secretary in August 2011 in Helsinki, Finland, and she is responsible for all HELCOM communication activities. She has nine years of working experience in international communication – most recently in development (South Sudan, Cambodia), and seven years of experience in journalism. Johanna Laurila has a Master of Arts in Media Studies.



Head of Creative Industries Unit //
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

Karine Kalnina has a MBA degree from the University of Latvia. She has 7 years working experience in dealing with administration, supervision and program development of EU funding in the State agencies CFCA. She joined the team of Riga – European Capital of Culture Project at the beginning of the implementation stage. Furthermore she has 4 years experience in working as an International Project Coordinator and Manager, dealing with cooperation projects, international conferences and agendas for delegations, as well as developing new projects for funding. In addition she has been working as Projects Coordinator of the social project “Charity League”, where she was granted the 1st price for the social movement for children and film “Goodwill Gang” in the scope of AWARDS – Creative Excellence Festival 2011. She is excited about arts performance, which is why she has spent more than the last 3 years with concert production and concert marketing. Since the middle of 2015 she has been the Head of Creative Industries Division in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.



Consultant and project manager //
Creativity Lab

Kristiina Urb has been a creative entrepreneur since 2008, having been one of the founders and manager of the graphic design agency CTRL Control Disain. Since 2011 she has been a founder and a manager of a company Visar Studio providing innovating audiovisual solutions. In 2014 Kristiina made a shift from being a creative entrepreneur herself towards starting to contribute to the field of creative industries. She is executing her experience and knowledge to research the phenomenon as well as consulting creative and cultural organizations and companies as part of the Creativity Lab team.



Manager //

Lilita Sparane is the founder and manager of the Innovative cooperation platform Demola Latvia – a place where students and organizations meet, with the aim to find innovative solutions to the needs of companies and organizations, facilitating multidisciplinary innovation processes between the educational and the entrepreneurial sector. Lilita is manager of Creativity Week “radi!”, Managing Director of the Latvian Software Testing Quality Board, Founder of Demo Centre Network and Riga IT Demo Centre and was the CEO of Latvian IT Cluster for 9 years. She has been working for 9 years with the international institution the World Bank and gained a strong knowledge and practical expertise in the field of development of competitiveness and innovation policies at local, regional and international levels. She was included in the list of New Europe 100 project – 100 of the best outstanding challengers from Central and Eastern Europe in 2014, done by Res Publica together with Google and the Visegrad Fund in cooperation with Financial Times and dozens of institutions from the region. Her educational background is in culture management and economics.

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Development Manager //
Norden Association

Micael Rönntoft has just started to work with Norden Association as Development Manager and will be working with TDP Transnational Development Program and TLP Transnational Leadership Program.


Raitis Sijāts

Chairman of the Board //
Vidzeme Tourism Association

With more than 10 years of experience in the fields of cultural tourism, Raitis Sijāts is currently the Head of Vidzeme (Northern Latvia) Tourism Association, Vice-president of the European Cultural Tourism Network as well as the Managing Director of Latvian Greenways Association. Ratios Sijāts is also often advising on the fields of cycling and cultural tourism for the Ministries of Transport, Economics, Environmental Protection and Regional Development as well as the local municipalities of Latvia.

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Torun Ekstrand

Curator and project leader //

Torun Ekstrand works as a freelance curator. He has been curating international exhibitions in art halls and museums and works as an art consultant for permanent art commissions in public space in Artland. Torun Ekstrand has worked in art halls, museums and as a lecturer in crossmedia, digital culture and spatial planning. He is project leader of EU Flagship project Art Line – an interdisciplinary art collaboration around the Baltic Sea – and is project leader of Think Tank Transbaltic.

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Diplom Designer//
Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel

Harmut Klotz has studied industrial design and in 2006/2007 he founded his own business Since 2008 Hartmut has been consultant and contact person for students and graduates at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel is founded January 1, 2005 and is Germany’s northernmost and youngest school of higher education devoted to the systematic study of art and design. The history of the Academy began in 1907 as the School of Applied Arts. The Academy’s concept features a diverse programs of curriculum options in the fields of art, spatial strategies and design. The Art Academy’s size (ca. 580 students) enables it to offer project-oriented and practical instruction in small groups as well as close contact between instructors and students.

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Alija Turlaja has a master degree in art and cultural management. Lately she has been involved in neighborhood development activities, cultural production and lobbying. Her everyday work is connected to house management and real estate.

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Director //
The Latvian Institute

Aiva Rozenberga was Head of the programme of Foundation Rīga 2014 and coordinator of the Artistic Council. She worked as project manager of Riga’s ECC application.
Since March 2016 she has been director of The Latvian Institute.

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Bremen Goethe Institute

Since 2004 Ralph Eppeneder has been a part of the Goethe Institute in St. Petersburg as a director and he has already implemented some of his many ideas into action. For example, the cultural magazine “Goethe-Institute Digest”, which appears in Russian language and picks up themes from German-Russian relations.

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Head of new Urban Topologies //

Färgfabriken’s work is experimental and interdisciplinary. They strive to create and provide the conditions for new thinking, innovative ideas and unusual exhibition projects. These provide their audiences with memorable experiences and often start ongoing debates.

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Inga Lāce is a curator from Riga, Latvia. She has worked at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (2012-2014) where her recent projects included working as project director for the exhibition Re: visited (2014), as well as co-organizing the contemporary art festival Survival Kit 5 and its symposium Slow Revolution. Art in the Institutional and Territorial Peripheries (2013). She has co-curated an exhibition and research project (Revisiting Footnotes, 2013-2014) and ran a collaboration project with Alexandrian Contemporary Dance Centre (Centre Rézodanse – Egypte, 2012-2013). She was also co-curator of the exhibition (Re)construction of Friendship (2014), located in the former KGB house in Riga.



Consulting coordinator //

Manager //
Pro BSR project

Marianne Lehtimäki is a Finnish architect and has a Nordic Master of Architectural Heritage -degree at the Aarhus School of Architecture. Since 2006, she has been in charge of coordinating the Monitoring Group on cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea States (CBSS MG) which launches collaboration, facilitates interaction and initiates dialogues with relevant other stakeholders in the region. In addition, Marianne manage the Pro BSR project 2014-2015 funded by the CBSS PSF funding.
Among recent tasks of hers are surveys for the Ministry of Culture and Education of Finland dealing with enhancement of cultural tourism and cultural cooperation affairs on regional and European levels.



Chairman //
Center for Sustainability and Resilience

Karen Blincoe is a consultant on Design, Sustainability and Education, Director of The International Centre for Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (ICIS) and Chairman of Center for Sustainability and Resilience (CfBR), which will be working towards a sustainable Denmark through activities concerning: culture, education, physical environment, health and food and bio economy amo.
Moreover Karen is a Guest Professor at Brighton University and ex. president at Danish Designers.



Professor in contemporary art //
Tromsö Universityt

Veronica Wiman works as a professor in contemporary art at Tromsö Art Academy with the master program ‘Art, Sustainability and Capitalism’. She also works as a curator in “Art and Public space” and as a writer. Veronica Wiman is moreover part of the research team in the research project Living Archives, which is funded by the Swedish Research Council and run by Malmö University. The official title of the project is Living Archives: Enhancing the role of the public archive by performing memory, open data access, and participatory design.



Landscape Architect

Claudia Sidorowicz is a gardner, rural grower and landscape designer with strong respect for social needs. She is focused on projects that explore real life and which are contingent upon ecology. At the present, she is working as a team member of MIDI ARCHITECTS, where they are creating vibrant places that are both imaginative and sustainable. She is dreaming about “bees on the roof” in the city center of Gdansk and looking for a better future – designed and created today.



Founder and designer //
SIA Design Catering

Richards Funts has a MA in art, with specialization in industrial design. He is the founder of studio Design Catering and lector at Art Academy of Latvia design department with courses in design thinking, curator of design projects and exhibitions.



Co-founder //
Art Group ROKU

Maris Grosbahs is and artist and a curator of various contemporary art events. After getting an MFA in Spatial arts from the California State University, he has worked as an artist, stage designer and a lecturer in the US and Europe. He is co-founder of Art group ROKU and MASARK RAP, and is also member of the interdisciplinary art group SERDE.




Jonas Büchel is a social worker, cultural manager as well as a practicing urbanist (co-founder of the urban institute) and community worker, who has lived and worked in the baltics for more than a decade. In his field of activity, he aims at observing and understanding the current urban challenges by planning and managing collaborative and social-cultural projects for communities and municipalities.




Sandra Šlepikaité has a bachelor degree in Architecture from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in 2008. She has been working as an architect since 2007, and is at the moment at the Architecture office “Paleko ARCH studija” in Vilnius. Moreover, she is active in public activities related to the field of Architecture. In 2010 she started volunteering in “Architecture Foundation”and since 2012 she has been working as a director of the organisation. Mainly she is interested in Architecture education for children and other forms of dialogues between professionals and public.



Department of Regional and Spatial Planning //
Office of the Marshall of the Pomorskie Voivodeship

Anna Golędzinowska is an urban planner. Since 2005 she has been in charge of issues related to cultural heritage, landscape conservation, urban renewal and development of tourism in strategic documents of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. Since 2011 she has also been leading the research project “Transformation of public space in medium-size town in the conditions of market economy in Poland”. Finally, she works as a coordinator of educational initiatives dedicated to spatial identity.



Reseacher //

Agata Ruchiewicz-Dzianach is an independent artist and designer. She is a leader of GrubyPunkt Urban Laboratory based in Gdansk, Poland (2011). In her research she investigates the relationship between space and human beings, focusing on subjective and emotional perception of the environment. She is the auther of artistic participative projects based in subjective mapping in Spain, Germany and Poland.



Thinker / Entrepreneur / Project manager

Lukas Aszyk has, for the last years, worked as a freelancer holding his own company, working in the field of managing projects for SME’s and public entities.
He currently works for The Gdansk Entrepreneurship Incubator STARTER where he coordinates the international project called Southern Baltic TechnOlympics, which is an innovative competition for young people who are interested in STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics).




Emils Rode was born in Riga and educated in Latvia and in the United States. He got a MBA from Goizueta Business School af Emory University as a Fulbright scholar. After a year of working with The Boston Consulting Group, he started as an independent consultant, providing strategy advice to goverment agencies and private companies in Latvia and beyond. In addition to management consultancy, he has produced a number of artworks in collaboration with his wife, the fashion designer Simona Weiland.



Ilona Asare has a MA degree in Culture management and has studied European cultural planning at the Monfort University (UK). She is interested in creating cultural strategies for regional towns, planning a smart use of local cultural resources for the growth and development. She has been responsible for the development of cultural strategy for Cēsis (Vidzeme region, Latvia) and she works as a deputy director for Cēsis Culture and Tourism center. She is a member of the Cultural Commission of the Union of Baltic Cities and is running a non-goverment organization “CultureLab”, which is doing research and providing trainings in the field of cultural policies and cultural management.



Mg. Art //
RIXC Centre for New Media Culture

Daina Silina is a senior project manager in the non-governmental organisation RIXC Centre for New Media Culture in Riga, Latvia, working for it since 2001. Daina graduated with a BA degree in International Cultural Relations Latvia-Poland in 2005 and she obtained a MA in Theory of Culture in 2007. With RIXC Daina has been involved in organising a series of international events – festivals, exhibitions, workshops, symposiums etc. of various scale for more than 12 years.



Principal Scientist //
VTT Intelligent Data team

Asta Bäck works as a Principal Scientist at VTT Intelligent Data team. Her expertise and research interets include social media, personalisation and recommendation methods, as well as innovation tools and processes. Her recent projects include Next Media projects relating to semantic metadata and recommendations and a European project relating to sofware innovation (ITEI).



Ieva Saldauskaite studied architecture and did a Master of Architecture at the Gediminas Technical University of Vilnius (2010). She has worked for a various of offices in Vilnius and abroad (Athens and Florence). She is currently working as a self-employed architect and interior designer, also volunteering in Architecture [Children] Fund in Vilnius. She has working experience in a diverse range of interior and building projects, variety of educational programs for youth and children about the surrounding environment.



Creative SEO //

Arto Sivonen has worked as an Art Director in advertising agencies all around the world, for over twenty years. Today he is running the Creative Agency Måndag. Måndag focuses on building concepts for new urban living through marketing and design. They especially find environmental and social possibilities within the cities interesting.



Founding partner & head of sustainability //
Uniforms for the Dedicated

Michael Lind is a forward thinker, surfer and dreamer. Michael is a global thought leader, researcher and lecturer within the field of sustainable fashion.
He is a founding partner of the fashion label Uniforms for the Dedicated. He also operates the business Love is a Verb, a creative consultancy providing workshops, clinics or lecturing on motivation and inspiration concerning sustainable development. His path of mission is to help others create a paradigm shift towards sustainable businesses



Head of Secretariat //
Ars Baltica

As an active artist and cultural ambassador and having studied both music and cultural management Marcus Hagemann has organized and founded many successful festivals, projects and collaboration projects amongst many countries involved. Some of the many projects he has founded, organized or curated are: Kona Kohala Music Festival (USA), Klanggestalten (Berlin), Trialog Concerts (Germany), Klangräume Kloster Hegne (Germany), Festival Cully Classique (Switzerland), Nordlichter Festival (Berlin). From 2011 to 2013, Marcus was invited to curate the Borusan New Series in the Borusan Music House in Istanbul. Since July 2013 Marcus has taken over the position as Head of Secretariat of ARS BALTICA.



Adm. support and consultant-team

Kristele Pudane is a producer of feature films, TV films and commercials as well as different cultural events both locally and internationally.
She produced the music video for the song “Lonely Feeling” by the internationally famous band “Brainstorm”, which was nominated as the best music video in international animation film festival in Annecy (France) and got the Grand Prix and Audience Choice Award in AniFest festival (Czech Republic).



Senior Officer of Creative Industries Division //
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

Zanda Tamulone has worked in media (news reporter, text editor, producer, radio manager), public relations, tourism and governmental (National Guard) sector. From the start of this year, her responsibilities in the Creative Industries Division involve project management and rising awareness of Creative Industries.
In the year of 2011 she graduated Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, got a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and Journalism. To deepen and broaden her knowledge, she got Master’s Degree in Strategic Tourism Management studies in 2013.



Project Assistant //
Unternehmen! KulturWirtschaft

Nele Tiemeyer has a BA in Cultural Sciences & Business Psychology from Leuphana University, Lüneburg. She is a member of AIESEC (international students organization). She has experience in leadership training, event management and traineeship at Nordkelleg Rendsburg. Since 2012 she has been a part of the Nordkolleg Team as a project assistant.



Senior Advisor and Consultant

Olaf Gerlach-Hansen is a consultant and a trainer for innovation and development in cultural programs, intercultural research, culture and development policy issues. His focus includes management of artistic, cultural & educational programs, intercultural research and training, as well as national & multilateral policy making. He is a senior advisor at the Danish Cultural Institute.



Director and Consultant




In 2009, Mr. Gert Haack (head of section in the State Chancellery of the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein/ Germany) has taken over the Chairmanship.



Director //

„Standardsituation” is an international architecture bureau of an open code located in Riga, Latvia and in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. The bureau has acquired experience in many countries and we are co-operating with experts in various fields from Germany, Latvia, Great Britain, Argentina and the USA.



Director //
Kvinnohistoriskt Museum

Maria Perstedt has a lot of experience in working with idea-based and policy-driven activity from several different museums in collaboration with the state, the municipality or county council.



National Association Of Creative and Cultural Industries

Roma Surviliené is a member of the board of National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries and executive director of this organization from 2013. She is also the founder and director of the organization “Socialiniai meno projektai”. She has a master’s degree in art history and theory. She has worked for ten years as a gallery manager, art curator and lecturer. She has been a key player in the development of the art and health field in Lithuania since 2009, when she prepared the project for the „Vilnius – European capital of Culture 2009“.





Director //
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Solvita Krese is an art curator and critic based in Riga. From the year of 2000 she has been director of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. Since 2009 she has initiated and curated the annual Contemporary Art Festival “Survival Kit”. She has also been a curator of a number of large-scale international exhibitions.



Hub & Labs community manager //
Tallinn Creative Hub

Marie-Helene Kanarik works in the field of culture since 2004 when she was working in a youth musical. Since then she has been part of organizing various culture- and art projects. She has been a costumier at a theatrical play, co-founder and project manager at a NGO ArtFactory, co-organizer of an interdisciplinary art festival ArtFreak, assistant to the project manager at Estonian Film Days festival 2011, co-founder of ArtCafe, pre-production assistant and assistant to the Project manager at two different ballet productions in Estonia.


Jacob Hartmann

Senior Advisor //
City of Copenhagen

Jacob Hartmann is specialized in unexpected partnerships and development across professional boundaries. His mission is to build creative relations between businesses, social – and cultural entrepreneurs and the City of Copenhagen.



NICE – Nordic Initiative for Clean and Ethical Fashion (sustainable fashion)

Tone Skardal Tobiasson has a BA from Stanford University in Journalism and Sociology, and has worked as a journalist, editor and writer for 30 years — the last 20 with fashion as her field of expertise. She is one of the founding members of NICE, and is currently editor of both and Oslo Fashion Week magazine.



Action-philosopher, Ph.D. //
Director, Growing Pathways

Oleg Kofoed is an action-philosopher and founder and director of Growing Pathways :, an agency specialized in creating life-enhancing communities and networks. he works as asvisor and creator of methods and processes for cities and companies, mainly in Europeand Africa. Oleg Koefoed is also co-founder of the international network Cultura21, and board member of Cultura21 Nordic.




Dr., Adjunct Professor //
University of Jyväskylä

Katriina Soini is a Human Geographer at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research has focused on social and cultural aspects of rural development (livelihoods, landscape, biodiversity). Her research is mainly rooted in human geography and humanistic landscape research (in particular the concept of place) and environmental policy (governance studies).



Landscape architect //

Johanna Bratel is working with Färgfabriken’s international project New Urban Topologies since a year back. She is also part of the free flying-free falling institute, r a k e t a – operating interdisciplinary collaborations and projects in art, design, architecture and digital media.



Learning Consultant Social Entrepreneurship and Service Learning //
Kiel University

Frauke Godat has studied political science and international relations in Berlin and at the London School of Economics. After graduating, she was on the national board of AIESEC in Germany, working on cultural exchange programs and youth leadership. Having worked in a grassroots NGO in India afterwards, she has been with Greenpeace International in Amsterdam.



Director //
Beepart creative workshop
/VŠĮ kūrybinės dirbtuvės ”BEEpart

Andrius Ciplijauskas is an exhibition designer and scenographer. In 2009 he established the public enterprise “Beepart”, which is activating local community and cultural life in one of Vilnius’ suburbs – Pilaite. Since 2011 he has been organizing the International light installation festival Beepositive.



Ms //
The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

Magdalena Zakrzewska-Duda is Head of International Relations Department since 2010. In the years 2004-2009 she worked as Assistant Manager of ARS BALTICA Secretariat as the responsible for PR and Communication. Since 2012 she has been the co-ordinator and website editor at River//Cities network Information Desk. She is an active member of Culture Action Europe. Furthermore she is the leader or co-leader of many international and local projects e.g. Open Culture Spa – Sopot 2011 (to mark Polish presidency in the EU), Space around us (since 2012), Wind Energy in the BSR2 – (2011-2013 – art consultant) and Rivers of Opportunities (March 2014).



Production designer //
Signori Studios AB

Jérôme Signori was raised in a multicultural home and for several years he worked within various areas. As for example model maker in ”Delicatessen”, advertisement movies, short movies and TV.




Dr. //
RIXC Center for New Media Culture and Art Research Lab of Liepaja University

Rasa Smite holds a PhD in sociology, and a MA in visual arts. She is an artist, creative network researcher and cultural innovator, working with science and emerging media technologies since the 1990s. She is the key founder and artistic director of RIXC – Riga based new media culture center (since 2000).



CEO //
Tallinn Business Incubators Foundation

Anu Lõhmus is one of Tallinn Creative Incubator founders in 2006. She has a long-term personal experience as creative industries entrepreneur and consulting creative industries start-ups in the business incubator. She has realized the acute need for a special environment for creative people which would support their entrepreneurship activities as well as strengthen the understanding of the fact that besides self-realization and making the world a better place, the creative field may be – and is – economically resultant.



Founder and Managing Partner //
Creativity Lab

Ragnar Siil is a cultural policy and creative industries expert, the founder and managing partner of Creativity Lab in Estonia.



Helsinki Design Week

Kari Korkman has worked for 20 years in the design business and is the managing director of Luovi Oy, a design development agency. Through networks such as Helsinki Design Week, he has built connections among design companies and created international design networks. Korkman has also been instrumental in introducing the field of design to the general public.
Korkman received the bronze Estlander and a prize sum of €5,000. The criteria of this distinction underline efforts for promoting the uses of design in business and industry.