Speakers

Dea Vidović graduated in comparative literature and Indian studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of University in Zagreb and in 2012 she earned her doctorate on the thesis “Development of emerging cultures in the city of Zagreb from 1990 to 2010”. Before becoming the provisional director, and then the first director of the Kultura Nova Foundation, she worked as an editor, journalist and presenter of numerous cultural projects mostly in civil society organizations in the field of contemporary culture and art. She has also worked with the Student Center of the University of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture, European Cultural Foundation, and many other national and international institutions and organizations. She is the author of numerous articles on new cultural practices, and editor of several publications. She has also taken part in numerous conferences in the country and abroad, as well as held lectures in the field of cultural policy for informal education programs and at the Academy of Dramatic Art.

Emina Višnić works as cultural manager and acts as mediator and advocate for culture. She is experienced in non-profit cultural management, networking on local, national and international level, and cultural advocacy and capacity building in non-profit sector. She is general director at POGON (Zagreb), which is a hybrid cultural institution based on public-civil partnership and an open local center for development of independent contemporary arts and culture as well as for the active involvement of young people in cultural and social life. She serves as vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the European advocacy network Culture Action Europe (Brussels) and as a chair of Management Board of recently established national public foundation for development of cultural civil society Kultura Nova (Zagreb). Occasionally, she works as a trainer and talks/writes about cultural policy issues.

Tomislav Tomašević works as the programme manager at the Zagreb Institute for Political Ecology. He  has been practicing environmental activism for the past 15 years. Since 2007 to 2012 he was the Executive President of Green Action (Zelena akcija), and is now a member of the Assembly of the largest Croatian association for the protection of the environment. In addition to eco-activism, Tomislav was engaged in youth policy issues, and from 2002 to 2006 he was the Executive Vice-President and later on the President of the Croatian Youth Network, an umbrella organization of young people in Croatia. He also worked on urban activism as a co-founder of The rights to the city, as well as a researcher in the field of social and environmental justice as the co-founder of Group 22. He participated in numerous international ministerial conferences and was an honorary youth counselor of the UN Environmental Programme. Tomislav has completed undergraduate and graduate studies in political science at the University of Zagreb, and a PHD in environmental, social and development  studies at the University of Cambridge.

Ana Žuvela is a research fellow at the Department for Culture and Communication, part of the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) in Zagreb. She is an academic pianist with a master’s degree in cultural policy and art management from the University College Dublin, and is currently working on her PhD at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. She has a lot of experience in the field of culture including managing cultural, art and research projects, consulting and advocating in decision-making processes, research, working in public administration, project management, international cooperation, etc.

Jelena Ricov is head of Office for EU Programs and Projects at the City of Zagreb is responsible for management of activities related to urban specific issues in the context of the territorial and urban dimension of the EU 2020 Cohesion policy and ESI funds. Within its role of urban authority she is representing the urban position in consultation with national managing authorities and European Commission as well as coordinating preparation and implementation of urban development projects pipeline for EU funding through Integrated Territorial Investment mechanism and other EU funding sources.  As an active member of EC Urban Development Network and Urban Agenda WG within Eurocities network she is focused on developments in the area of Affordable Housing, Social Innovation and Urban Poverty. Prior to joining City of Zagreb, Miss Ricov held management positions in private sector in the field of Public and Regulatory Affairs, Communications and Advocacy campaigns.

Stela Fišer Marković has a degree of a graduated social worker (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work) and an MA degree in Contemporary European Studies (University of Sussex, UK). Before her employment at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 2008 on tasks related to programming of EU funds, she has been active in various civil society organisations aimed at the protection of socially vulnerable groups. Since the end of 2010, she is employed in the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Croatian Government where she deals with strategic planning and programming of EU funds for civil society organisations.

Dipl.Phys.Ing. Werner Wiartalla is a graduate student of engineering and physics. He has been involved in ecological projects for more than 25 years. He lives in the ufaFabrik and works with the interdisciplinary aspects of sustainability. His projects and research cover solar energy, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, creative strategies of sustainability, biological air filter systems and cogeneration systems. Always looking for creative synergies and the human aspects in the technical world, his current interest lies in the development of affordable straw bale houses.

Zuzana Ernst-Moncayo is managing the crossover projects at Brunnenpassage. Her art practice is at the interface of scenography, architecture, and community-based participation. The main focus in her work is to create spaces for encounter for artistic and socio-political dialogue. She works as a scenographer and is founding member of the performance company tangent.COLLABORATIONS. Central to her practice are questions relating to everyday myths and cultural constructs of collective identity.

Menno Weijs (1981, Netherlands) graduated in 2006 history and journalism at Groningen University and worked since then in the field of cultural exchange, non-formal education and media. Currently he is Programme Officer at the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and works on the programmes Doc Next and Connected Action for the Commons. The ECF has been a staunch supporter of culture since 1954, determined by the belief that culture is what shapes ways of living together and strengthens bonds of solidarity in and beyond Europe. It can help to bridge divides and connect people on a fundamental level. It is therefore ECF’s mission to enable people to express themselves on contemporary challenges, to connect them across borders and to help amplify their message, in order to create a more open and inclusive Europe.

Teodor Celakoski is an activist and cultural worker with years of experience in the field of cultural policies and innovative institutional models. He has initiated a number of program and advocacy platforms launched with the aim of improving conditions for independent cultural organizations (Policy Forum, Zagreb – European Capital of Culture 3000), and cofounded the Alliance Operation City. In addition, he has extensive experience in organizing public campaigns and advocacy activities.

Dražen Šimleša was born in 1976 in Bjelovar. He studied sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, where he graduated and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees. He works as a senior assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar in Zagreb. He studies globalization and sustainable development. So far, he has published four books and several scientific papers. He teaches a course on Globalization at the Centre for Peace Studies, and Global Society and Sustainable Development at the Centre for Croatian Studies. He is active in civil society organizations and currently volunteers as the secretary of the Green Network of Activist groups association (ZMAG) and vice president of the Balkan Ecovillage Network (BEN).

Tea Vidović (Centre for Peace Studies)
Tea Vidović is a sociologist and socially engaged citizen who has been working on migration issues at the Centre for Peace Studies since 2012. She graduated in 2011 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb with the thesis “National and supranational identity”, and she became interested in migration as an exchange student in Germany and volunteering at the detention center for asylum seekers in Kutina. She is a member of the government working group in charge of integration policy, and working groups of civil society organizations that deal with issues of asylum, migration and detention. In her work, she has received a lot of support from volunteers with whom she created conditions for practical improvements in society regarding integration of refugees and prevention of racism and xenophobia.

Ludvig Duregård is a communication professional who’ve been working in the culture and arts sector the last few years. He is currently working with frame working and content producing organisations spanning small theatre companies in the rural south of Sweden to European networks. He provides strategic support and organizes events for, among others, Subtopia (Stockholm, Sweden), Halmstad International Street Theatre Festival (Halmstad, Sweden) and Trans Europe Halles (European). Prior to that he worked as a project manager in communication at Swedish contemporary circus company Cirkus Cirkör and spent three years as communication director at Subtopia.

Faika El Nagashi (City Council and Provincial Parliament Member Vienna, Spokesperson for Integration, Migration and Human Rights of the Green Party Vienna)
Faika El-Nagashi is a Vienna based activist with a Hungarian-Egyptian family/migrant background – who recently became a politician. She got her Master’s degree in Political science in 2009, focusing on sex workers’ rights. She is also a recipient of the Johanna Dohnal award and a Certified Group Trainer (TCI) and Cultural Mediator. She’s been active for more than 15 years in the field of human rights in Austria, Eastern Europe and Brussels. Her previous political work focuses the following areas: women’s rights/human rights, integration and diversity policies, intersectionality, LGBTIQ* rights. Since 1996, she is also active in anti-racism and anti-discrimination work on national and European level. Since 2015, she is a City Council Member in Vienna, as well as a member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament on behalf of the Green party. She is the spokesperson for the Viennese Green party on integration, migration and human rights, as well as Deputy Chairperson of the City Council Committee on women, education, integration, youth and staff.

Franjo Steiner (Interkulturelles Zentrum, Vienna, Austria)

Franjo Steiner is head of Intercultural Education and Integration at the Intercultural Centre for many years. The work of Intercutural Center focuses on intercultural educational work at national and international level as well as integration management (overseeing the development of integration concepts) for local authorities and regions. In a series of processes related to the drafting of integration models, but above all when it came to working with local authorities on different scenarios related to the topic of immigration, the work focused on ways to include administration offices and local authority decision makers. Alongside this job, Franjo Steiner works as a coach and supervisor and is a consultant in the field of quality management.

Eleonora Camilli (Independent Journalist, Italy)

Eleonora Camilli is a  professional journalist. She  deals with immigration for an agency press called Redattore sociale which is the leading news agency on social issues in Italy. As a freelancer, this summer she produced a series of reportage on the borders,  from Greece to Calais.

Miriam Ekiudoko (Ebony African Cultural, Arts and Human Rights Organization, Budapest, Hungary)

 Miriam Ekiudoko is a second generation African Diaspora member of Ethiopian origin, with a multicultural background born and mostly based in Hungary. She is an independent expert, consultant, trainer, public speaker, human- and civil rights activist. She finished International Studies with specialization in Defence and Security Policy and European Studies and got her master’s degree in International Studies MA with specialization in Diplomacy.
Her work focuses on justice, equity, inclusion, intercultural dialogue, cross-cultural projects, gender equality, migration, education, combating racism, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination, the promotion of tolerance and equality, integration, sustainable development, enhancing networking and cooperation, Pan-Africanism, People of African Descent , Diaspora Development and the promotion of non-violent values and practices, including combating all forms of discrimination and exclusion, hate violence, domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual abuse, FGM (female genital mutilation).
She is a founder and president of Ebony African Cultural, Arts and Human Rights Organization since 2002 and a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor of African and Afro-Caribbean traditional and contemporary dances since 1995. Also, she was hosting and editing the first African radio programme in Hungary from 1996.

Drago Župarić-Iljić (Institut za migracije i narodnosti)

Drago Župarić-Iljić is an assistant at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in Zagreb. He earned his doctorate in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy on the theme “The impact of environmental changes on the emergence of (in) voluntary migration”. His areas of scientific interest are sociology of migration, sociology of ethnic relations, refugee and asylum studies, migration and integration policies and measures. He is the author of scientific articles in this field and has participated in several projects in that area. During the last ten years he worked in research and as an activist working on issues of refugees and asylum, integration, migration policy, national minorities, peace policy and practice. Last fall, for seven months, he volunteered in the transit reception centers for refugees in Eastern Slavonia.

RUSTOM BHARUCHA is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University.  He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin and Terror and Performance.  The last publication was researched while he was a Fellow at the International Research Center/Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin, Germany, between 2010-2012.
A leading interlocutor in the area of intercultural performance, both at theoretical and practical levels, he has also attempted to redefine the relationship between culture and development through a number of workshops with marginalized communities in India, the Philippines, Brazil  and South Africa on issues relating to land and memory, the politics of touch, and social transformation.
A former advisor of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in the Netherlands, he has served as a consultant for the Arts Council in Ireland on cultural diversity in the arts, as well as for Ford Foundation on its interdisciplinary and multicultural Artography project in the United States.  More recently, he has worked as the Project Director of Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan devoted to the study of traditional knowledge systems; the Festival Director of the Inter-Asian Ramayana Festival at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Research in Pondicherry; and the Curator of an international conference on Rethinking Labour and the Creative Economy: Global Performative Perspectives in collaboration with Performance Studies international (PSi).

Ivan Hromatko was born in 1979 in Zagreb. He graduated in sociology and history at the Centre for Croatian Studies, and earned his PhD in sociology at the University of Zagreb with the thesis “Theatre as the place of action research on stigmatization”. He developed a drama-action model applicable in research, education and (cultural) activism, and in 2008, he founded the Association for Prevention of stigmatization and education through theatre that uses this model when working with stigmatized groups. Since 2010, he has been an external associate at the Trešnjevka Cultural Centre and the Akdeniz University in Antalya. He ran drama-action workshops as part of the course “Prejudices and discrimination prevention” at the Centre for Croatian Studies (2009-2010).

Viktor Koska (Centar za istraživanje etičnosti, državljanstva i migracija- CEDIM)

Viktor Koska is deputy head of Centre for Research on ethnicity, citizenship and migration (CEDIM) and project manager of bEUcitizen for Croatia. In addition, Viktor works as an assistant- lecturer on the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, where he completed his undergraduate studies, and now is a doctoral student. He graduated from Oxford University with a dissertation on “Reality of Return and Reintegration of Minority Refugees: Serbian Returnees in Croatia”. He also studied in the United States (University of Washington, Seattle). His scientific and research interests are focused on forced migration, ethnic minorities, citizenship and education policy.