The Jam Team

Activators

Sophie Dowden

Sophie Dowden is Policy Officer at Culture Action Europe, the network representing the diverse European cultural and creative sectors towards the EU institutions, based in Brussels. She holds a Masters in World Heritage Studies and a Bachelors in Law. Sophie advocates for a holistic understanding of culture in the policy of the EU institutions with the recognition of the integral nature of culture across domains, notably education.

Lucie Sosova

Lucie Sosova is a Czech native who got carried away by Italian student politics and later transformed the hobby into profession under the Young European Socialists. In her current work for SOLIDAR, an NGO striving for social justice, she advocates for the rights and interests of civil society. She is passionate about education and the fight for (gender) equality.

Angela Russo

Angela Russo holds the MA Cultural Policy and Management (Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans) from the University of Arts in Belgrade (UNESCO Chair) and the Master 2 - Développement de Projets Artistiques et Culturels Internationaux from Université Lumière Lyon. She has carried out an internship at the Creative Europe Desk Serbia and has recently joined the team of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Currently, she is the Main Chair of the Committee for Education and Cultural and Education Policy Assistant of ESN. She is particularly interested in the role of education and culture in strengthening the European identity, as well as their power to influence the development of skills needed in both current and future societies

Yamam Al-Zubaidi

Yamam Al- Zubaidi has worked with EU equality law and human rights for more than 10 years, both in Sweden and internationally. He is today the Equality & Diversity Manager at the National Theatre of Sweden (RIKSTEATERN). Yamam is on the executive board of Culture Action Europe. He is also on the board of directors of the Swedish National Council of Adult Educations.

Graham Bell

Graham Bell champions European cultural heritage through policy, research, teaching, partnership programmes and international conferences. He is a Board member of Europa Nostra, working with the European Investment Bank Institute, Europeana, Virtual Multi-modal Museum and others to mainstream cultural heritage. As UK National Co-ordinator for 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage he made culture heritage more relevant to social issues. He is director of NGOs in the UK and Hungary, applying his project management experiences to inform his strategic overview.

Damien Helly

Damien is the founder and Chair of Culture Solutions (www.culturesolutions.eu), a non-for-profit social innovation group producing commons to contribute to the excellence of EU international cultural relations policies. He previous worked as Head of cultural skills, EU for the British Council (Arts, Europe), Head of programme and Senior fellow at ECDPM, EUISS, Crisis Group, Saferworld. He is also running dh creative partnerships, an independent advisory specialised in international cultural cooperation, cultural innovation and strategic advice.

Jasmina Lazović

Jasmina Lazović is a Freemuse Eastern Europe Program Officer based in Belgrade, Serbia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. For over 10 years she has been a human rights activist in the Western Balkans region. She is frequently involved in organizing festivals that use arts and culture to raise awareness about different social and political issues.

Alex Meszmer

Alex Meszmer is a visual artist, curator and a member of the National Committee of VISARTE – Association of Professional Artists, Switzerland. Meszmer works closely with IGBK Berlin as an expert for the European Commission for questions regarding artists’ mobility. He is Head of Fine Arts and Lecturer at the Art and Design School, St. Gallen. Together with his partner Reto Mueller, he is organising a digital archive about the Swiss village Pfyn, running the Transitory Museum, an ever-changing museum and searching for the beauty of democracy with their club ‘desirer’.

Graham Bell

Graham Bell champions European cultural heritage through policy, research, teaching, partnership programmes and international conferences. He is a Board member of Europa Nostra, working with the European Investment Bank Institute, Europeana, Virtual Multi-modal Museum and others to mainstream cultural heritage. As UK National Co-ordinator for 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage he made culture heritage more relevant to social issues. He is director of NGOs in the UK and Hungary, applying his project management experiences to inform his strategic overview.

Paul DeClerck

Paul de Clerck studied law at the Katholieke Universiteit Brabant in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He is now heading the Economic Justice campaign at Friends of the Earth Europe, the largest grassroots environmental organisation in Europe. He has been campaigning on corporate accountability, lobby transparency, TTIP and Fossil Fuel issues at European, national and international level for the last 20 years. Paul is founding member of Finance Watch and is board member of ALTER-EU and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ). Paul is now co-leading FoEE’s work on the Future of Europe and the European elections.

Friso Wiersum

Friso Wiersum works in the communications department at the European Cultural Foundation. He is also a member of Expodium collective and regularly moderates debates, presentations and events on cultural policies, international politics, and city planning.

Tere Badia

Tere Badia is Secretary-General of Culture Action Europe. She is dedicated to cultural research and production in various formats. She has carried out several studies on cultural policies, networks and R+D+i for visual arts. Tere has curated exhibitions and projects of contemporary art. She has been professionally linked to the Interarts Observatory in the 90’s, the communication and multimedia agency Goetzinger&Komplizen (Karlsruhe). Tere coordinated the platform DISONANCIAS in Catalonia for the promotion of the relations between artists and research departments of companies and organizations, as well as the network of visual arts production spaces of Catalonia xarxaprod. Until January 2018, Tere Badia was director of Hangar – center for artistic production and research in Barcelona.

Montserrat Moliner

Montserrat Moliner is a Cultural Worker: Independent cultural artist/manager, with experience in both the public and private sectors. Among other projects, Montserrat is part of the management and advice team of the La Volta project in the district of Sant Narcís de Girona. Currently, she is president of the PAAC (Platform of Artists of Catalonia). In recent years, she has been Chief of Cabinet of the Department of Education and Universities of the Barcelona City Council for Barcelona EnComú (2015). Executive coordinator of Xarxaprod, the network of creation and production spaces in Catalonia (2012-2015). President of the Board of Trustees of the AAVC-Hangar Foundation (2012-2015).

Julie Lomax

Julie joined a-n The Artists Information Company as CEO in 2018 after working as Director of Development at Liverpool Biennial. She was previously Director of Visual Arts for the Australia Council for the Arts, responsible for visual arts policy and investment. She worked at Arts Council England as Director of Visual Arts for London, responsible for a client portfolio of 67 organisations and over £40m investment in the arts in London. Julie is Chair of The Showroom, London and Executive Committee member of the Association of Women in the Arts and an advisor to Liverpool Pride. Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art with a degree in Fine Art.

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