Ben Twist (UK). Combining 25 years’ experience as a theatre director with in-depth climate change knowledge, Ben has been the Director of Creative Carbon Scotland, a charity putting culture at the heart of a zero-carbon Scotland, since 2011. He directed theatre and music theatre across the UK and in Europe and the US and taught in the UK, New Zealand and Latin America. He was Associate Director at the Traverse in Edinburgh, Artistic Director of Manchester’s Contact Theatre, a member of the Board of the Scottish Arts Council, Chair of Scotland’s leading contemporary classical music group Hebrides Ensemble and Vice Chair of the Theatres Trust. He has an MSc in Carbon Management and a Doctorate in using system change to influence the complex social systems that lead to high carbon emissions.
Yohann Floch (BE). Working for independent arts organisations and cultural institutions, Yohann Floch has designed, coordinated or contributed to many European cooperation projects and pilot international collaborations over the years, including recently Perform Europe (led by International network for contemporary performing arts – IETM), Learning Trajectories (led by Eunia) or SHIFT (led by the European Music Council). He has been an external expert for governmental bodies and private foundations, as well as a guest lecturer at universities. He has led or (co)authored many European studies, including recently Bespoke Brokers (British Council, 2022), Time to Act (Europe Beyond Access, 2021) or i-Portunus Operational Study (Goethe-Institut, 2019). Yohann is the director of operations of On the Move and manages FACE, a resource platform that facilitates European collaboration in the contemporary performing arts field and develops capacity building programmes for arts professionals. He is international advisory board member of the Danish organisation IMMART – International Migration Meets the Arts.
Zala Velkavrh (SI) is a project and communications manager at non-profit urban planning studio prostoRož (which uses interdisciplinary approaches to address the environmental and social challenges faced by cities in Slovenia and abroad) by day and freelance editor and writer by night. She co-authored awarded projects in the fields of participatory urban planning and graphic design.
Matthieu Gillieron (LU), sustainability coordinator at Esch2022, European Capital of Culture. After three years as a financial auditor, Matthieu felt the need for change. For three years, he implemented tools that reduce the carbon footprint of companies by improving their paper recycling process. In 2020, he joined Esch2022 to develop tools that would help the 130 project partners in making their cultural events more sustainable. He developed ELO, an online sustainability guide.
Vânia Rodrigues (PT). Cultural manager and researcher. PhD in Artistic Studies – Theater and Performative Studies from the University of Coimbra (2022) and Master in Cultural Policies and Cultural Management from the City University of London (2009). She has worked as a manager, curator and consultant for several cultural organizations, both in the institutional sphere and with independent structures. She regularly participates in professional and/or scientific debate and education initiatives in the fields of cultural management and production, cultural policies, strategic planning and transnational cooperation project management. She is the author of two books on production and management in the performing arts. Currently, she is a Head of Research in project GREENARTS at CEIS20 Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies | University of Coimbra where she leads the R&D project “Green Production – Performing Arts in Transition”, dedicated to analysing the ways in which the field of performing arts perceives and acts upon the growing demands of social and environmental sustainability.
Ines Kežman (SI) has been working for more than a decade in the NGO and public sector in fields of culture and film. Since 2014, she is employed by the Ljubljana based Motovila, Centre for the Promotion of Cooperation in Cultural and Creative Sectors as a consultant for culture and audiovisual projects, as well as a communication expert specialized for networking with partners.
Together with the Motovile team, she designed and implemented more than 180 professional events aimed at promoting and encouraging international cooperation in the culture and AV sectors. Besides that, she provided numerous individual consultations advising users on how to obtain EU financial resources for their projects, where to find opportunities for international networking and advised on development and management of projects ideas. In recent years, she has been trying to get equipped to implement sustainable and green concepts in her work.
Karolina Juzwa (PL) is a coordinator in Wytwornia Foundation, booking manager of Wytwornia venue, curator of Summer Jazz Academy Festival, initiator and curator of education scheme for professional artists Intl Jazz Platform in Lodz and Oslo. As a representative and 10-year leader of Wytwornia Foundation, she is a member of Europe Jazz Network. She was a part of two Creative Europe supported projects: Jazz Connective and Footprints. She designed and initiated the latter together with Le Periscope from Lyon with the aim of introducing the environmental responsibility to the music sector and increasing the mobility of artists in 6 European countries (including Slovenia via partnership with Druga godba). She also has coordinating experience in recognized international service design projects: Design Silesia in partnership with Welsh National Centre for Product Design and Development Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University (supported by the European Social Fund) as well as Polish pioneering project on service design in public institutions titled “Design at your service”, which won international Design Management Europe Award.
Katja Schwarz (DE) is a consultant, teacher and writer in the field of sustainable filmmaking and media production with 20 years of experience (from film production and press/PR to laying the foundations for green filmmaking in Germany as sustainability advisor for institutions, broadcasters, productions, festivals, film schools etc.). In parallel to her efforts in the AV sector, she supported implementing sustainability standards in music and architecture. Her credo is: There can be no “greenness” without fairness, equal opportunities and chances. Eager to improve conditions in the AV businesses for all involved, she insists on obtaining sustainability with all its aspects: economical, ecological, cultural and social. She is the course director of the Creative Europe MEDIA supported Sustainability Management professional training at the International Screen Institute.
Uroš Veber (SI) is the Head of the Projekt Atol Institute, focusing on artistic and educational productions that cross boundaries between culture, technology and science. His work includes complex international contemporary arts productions, while he’s as well working in the field of community development, primarily connected to platforms for non-formal education.
Uroš has extensive working experience in international projects dealing with environmental issues, such are Resilients, Changing Weathers, Feral Labs, GREEN Revisited. He is currently starting two new multi-year Creative Europe supported projects, Rewilding Cultures and More-than-Planet, in which the relationship to the environment is placed in the centre of interest.
Malgorzata Szlendak (European Commission)
Katja Sreš (SI) is an environmentally and NGO-biased communicator and president of the Ecologists Without Borders Association (EWB) who believes in the power of small steps. Soft digestible rock, distinctive to the Prekmurje region of her homeland Slovenia, runs through her blood, while she – after acquiring master’s degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Ljubljana – paddles between strong environmental and cultural currents, occasionally sailing into music waters to take a rest.
In her work, she uses well even the notorious frugality natural to the Slovenian Alps region that accompanied her upbringing, which she is balancing with the close-to-her openness of Styria-residents that she has been getting to know during the last decade.
Her passion is collaboration with journalists and making waste management content appealing, particularly on web and on social media. As a lecturer and president of the EWB, she is familiar with the whole spectrum of the waste management challenge, while as project manager, she is especially focusing on topics of waste food, fast fashion, community science and zero waste.
Ana Golja (SI) is an advocate of environmentally friendly lifestyle and sustainable tourism. She took part in European projects in various environmental protection and museum organizations, where she combined her two passions – culture and environmental protection. As a translator, curator and manager of educational activities, she brought their combination closer to many individuals and communities. Nowadays, her passions grew threefold: culture and environmental protection being upgraded by traveling and working on zero waste tourism in hotels, restaurants and events, with the aim of helping organizers to reduce the amount of waste.