Ms Venu Dhupa

Venu Dhupa is leading the development of a new Creative Innovation Unit at the South Bank Centre, Europe’s largest cultural centre. Former posts include:  Fellowship Director at The UKs National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Chief Executive at the Nottingham Playhouse, Producer (Mobile Touring) at the Royal National Theatre. In 1999 she was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the East Midlands Cultural Consortium by the Secretary of State at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport a role she held until 2002.  She has been awarded the prestigious Asian Woman of Achievement Award for her contribution to the Arts and Culture.

She is or has been a: Trustee of the Theatres Trust, a Governor of Guildford Conservatoire, a Council Member of Loughborough University, a Member of the Institute of Ideas; a member of Chatham House; a member of the London 2012 Culture and Education Committee and the European Cultural Parliament.  She is a patron of the Asha Foundation and the Minorities of Europe.

Mr Danny Meaney

Danny Meaney is Managing Director and the founder of nmp, and is involved in strategic planning, business development and policy development where he has worked with clients such as Scottish Enterprise, Yorkshire Forward, North West Development Agency, Michelin, Sony, BBC, Channel 4, Mersey TV, Endemol, Sony, BT, The Guardian Media Group, Granada/ITV, IWC Media, The Comedy Unit, Talkback Productions, Cable and Wireless, Orange, Cap Gemini, Soma Recordings, Urban Splash, Ask Developments, Graven Images, Moonfish and a range of others such as AT&T Labs, Amadeus Partners, 3i and Apax.

He has particular expertise in company development including his own experience over a twenty-year period as investor, owner, director and Board member of Businesses in publishing, retail and advertising that have been developed and sold to organisations such as Saatchi and Saatchi. As a consultant, he has substantial experience of research and policy activities in relation to the digital media and creative industries, and is a recognised conference speaker on the incubation and accelerated development of high growth media companies.

Danny also has experience of and contacts within, the corporate finance and venture capital community, through placing and facilitating the raising of finance and sale of companies. He has undertaken NXD roles on behalf of a number of Venture Capital Funds. He also has strong relationships with a range of high net worth individuals in the UK and USA.

Danny still holds a number of Board level positions in various companies as well as public sector development organisations such as: Northern Film & Media's TV Investment Fund; The Lighthouse, Scotland’s International Centre for Architecture, Design and the City; Dreamlab Invest Ireland.He was also an advisor to the NWDA on Creative Industries and has been a member of two Downing Street Think Tanks – one on Creative Entrepreneurs and the other on the Communications Industries.

Mr Chris Torch

 Chris Torch is artistic director at Intercult, a production and resource unit focused on intercultural performing arts. Founded in 1992 and, since re-structured in 1996, it is a publically-financed initiative, based in Stockholm, Sweden, employing a full-time staff of 7 and a growing number of project collaborators and interns.
Torch earlier initiated SHIKASTA, the first multicultural ensemble at the Swedish National Touring Theatre/Riksteatern. He was the company’s first artistic director (1992-1995). He was also one of the initiators of Re:Orient festival in Stockholm (1993). In an earlier life, Torch was born and raised in an italian-american family in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. After a few years in the USA and Italy as an actor with the legendary Living Theatre, he settled in Sweden in 1977. He formed the independent Jordcirkus, where he worked for 13 years as an actor, director and stage designer. Intercult since 1996 has focused to a large degree on international exchange and co-production. Projects like LANDSCAPE X (Stockholm 98), HOTEL EUROPA (2000) and TRANS//FUSION (2002) have challenged Intercult to develop strategies for cultural border-crossing. Intercult has always had a special eye to the Balkans and to the Baltic Sea region. This was reflected in the first waves of the platform SEAS, which focused on artists from 11 different countries around the Baltic and the Adriatic Seas. SEAS events were presented in primarily harbour cities throughout the region: Klaipeda (Lithuania), Kaliningrad (Russia), Liepaja (Latvia), Gdansk (Poland), Ljubljana (Slovenia) during 2004 and Rijeka (Croatia), Koper (Slovenia), Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), Podgorica (Montenegro) during 2005.
SEAS continues in a new version with sights set on the Black Sea and North Sea regions. Research began in 2006, including research visits to Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. A SEAS Gathering launched the next SEAS wave in Constanta, Romania in september 2006. The next Gathering will take place in odessa, Ukraine in april 2007. Extensive touring of SEAS co-production is planned for 2008-2009. Apart from large-scale production and project design, Torch has played a role in the development of cultural policy, in Sweden and in Europe. He lectures regularly and, together with his Intercult colleagues, leads workshops in development and strategy.
He currently serves as Vice-President for EFAH (European Forum for Arts & Heritage). He is also on the Board of Directors for Culturebase.net, a european consortium maintaining an online database for World Artists. Finally, he is a co-founder and present Board member of THEOREM, an association for performing arts exchange between Eastern and Western Europe since 1998. Further information of Intercult on www.intercult.se.

Mr Awandhendra Sharan

Awadhendra Sharan is a historian with keen interest in issues of urban transformation, environmental conflicts and critical pedagogy.  He is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and a member of the Collegiate of Sarai, an inter-disciplinary programme on media experience and urbanism.  He is involved with the thematic conceptualization and administration of the Sarai programme and serves as the coordinator for the making of an archive of the contemporary city.

Awadhendra Sharan also serves on the General Body of Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education, Delhi that works with young adults in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the city. www.sarai.net.

Ms Cecilia Parsberg

Cecilia Parsberg lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a visual artist who works with relational art works. She is educated at Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Göteborg University, with a post grad Diploma from Dundee University. Back home1993 she was recruited as developer of  the educational programme in digital media for artists at  Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Göteborg University. Where she also then taught for several years.

1999-2002 she was Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, Sweden. For two periods between 2000-2002 she was guest professor at Fine Arts Dep Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa. She has frequently, for a number of years, been conducting workshops at Art Academies throughout  Sweden, Norway and USA, initiating processes dealing with  art and activism as well as relational art practice.

In January 2007 she certified as a trainer in Radical collaboration http://www.thesweden.se/content/view/44/44/. Currently she is researching ways of collaborating and developing strategies for art and civic entrepreneurship., This research is done in collaboration with the network DIRECT http://www.stockholmdirect.se.

She is also working on the continuation of the film: “A heart from Jenin”. The first version together with an installation was shown in November 2006 at Fotografins Hus, Stockholm www.crusading.se. She is further  more exhibiting in “Konstfeminism”, Göteborgs Konstmuseum.

Professor Lluis Bonet

Lluís Bonet is Professor of Economics, and Director of the Postgraduate Programs on Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona. He is vice-President of Abacus (the largest Spanish Cooperative Corporation on education and culture) and former President of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC). Lluis Bonet is a board member of the Association of Cultural Economics International (ACEI). He is also researcher in cultural economics and cultural policies, winner of the 2002 CAC Research Award with “The Audiovisual Industry facing the digital age” and also jury member of the European Cultural Policy Research Award. Among his last publication: Cultural Diversity and Cultural Policies in Barcelona (2006), Cultural market and the tourism industry. Paradoxes and challenges for cultural tourism (2005), Cooperation policies and cultural industries in the Euro-Latin-American development (2004), The White Book of the Catalan Cultural Industries (2003).

Mrs Lena Stenmar

Lena Stenmar is a member of the course management of Kulturverkstan in Göteborg. Kulturverkstan is a two- year, higher vocational educational Training Program for project managers within the field of culture. Kulturverkstan is organised by Nätverkstan, where Lena has been working since 2001. Her background includes work in the faculty of Health Sciences, at the  University of Göteborg for ten years. A lot of emphasis was put on the life long learning perspective. Lena Stenmar is specially interested in the integration of theory and practice and how higher vocational training programmes can prepare students to become reflective practitioners.