Steve Austen

Steve AUSTEN (1944). Dr. h.c. Studied economics and has been active in the European public domain since 1966, concentrating on the arts,heritage, cultural policy, international cooperation, civil society issues and entrepreneurship.

As an entrepreneur and pioneer he started countless new initiatives mostly NGO’s and was responsible for a variety of international cultural festivals, film and TV productions, books, magazines and exhibitions including Berlin-Amsterdam/Amsterdam-Berlin in 1982/83 and La France aux Pays-Bas in 1985/86.

He was co-author of Amsterdam Cultural Capital of Europe 1987. Created the informal working body Gulliver, in close cooperation with Günter Grass as well as the Felix Meritis Foundation, European Center for Arts, Culture & Science.

Commissioned by a.o. the Universities of Amsterdam and Maastricht, he initiated the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (1989) that most recently launched an MBA on Culture ,Heritage & Citizenship.( 2015) Austens’ contributions to the identity debate, international cultural policy and citizenship education programs have been published in newspapers, magazines and books in the Netherlands and abroad as well as through his TV portraits with leading European personalities.
In 2004 he was asked to join the team of “A Soul for Europe” in Berlin as an expert to advise the curatorium under the presidency of Richard von Weiszäcker. He assisted in the rejuvenation of the initiative and now is member of the board of managers of this European legal body. ( EEIG ).

Gerald Colleaux

Gerald Colleaux, member of the European Capital of Culture” Action team at the European Commission, will be present at S ECoC Wroclaw 2018. To be able to inform the participants in detail about the procedures for submitting the application for the ECoC title, Gerald Colleaux will participate in the S ECoC program in Wroclaw. He will take the opportunity to elaborate with the participants on the ins and outs of the entire process from bid to nomination.

Gerald Colleaux has been working in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture since 2003. He is currently part of the “European Capital of Culture” Action team, in charge of Monitoring and Evaluation processes of the selected Cities. Gérald Colleaux was previously in charge of the European Heritage Label (2015-2017) and the Creative Europe Communication manager (2008-2014).


Trevor Davies (1949) holds a UK passport (still) and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He works in the fields of arts/culture, urbanism and interculturalism.

Originally educated as an Urban Planner in the UK (Nottingham School of Town and Country Planning 1968-72).

He has gathered some 40 years of experience with establishing / managing arts festivals and largescale projects/institutions both in the UK and in Denmark.

He still enjoys working both at micro and macro levels, both on curating/producing and presenting work but also on strategic levels and on conceptual levels working with cities, regions and national/ international programs and initiatives.

Davies works specifically with creativity and culture as a driving force of change and innovation in society and particularly in cities and he is passionate about designing and leading inclusive, challenging creative processes.

Davies founded Copenhagen International Theatre in 1980, which has curated / produced more than 55 international contemporary theatre, dance performance festivals since then.

Through KIT, he has initiated a series of projects, each with a different focus, covering experimental performance (Copenhagen International Theatre Festival 1980-85); contemporary dance (Dancin City 1990-96), global programs (Images of Africa 1990-1996, Images of 2003, Images of Middle East 2006); International Summer Stage 2000-2006; contemporary circus (New Circus Festival 2006-2016).

TD has worked intensively with international /intercultural relations and he initiated the Danish Centre for Culture and Development under the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1998-2017), which in fact has just been closed down by the right wing Dansk Folk Party after 19 years of successful intercultural activity. He also acted as consultant for Nordic Council of Ministers & Danish Arts Council on the theme of cultural diversity (2008-10).

TD was also director of The Aarhus Festival (1985-1990), The Salisbury International Arts Festival, UK (2000 – 2004) and he was commissioned to establish The New Writing Partnership in Norwich, which since resulted in Norwich being appointed as UNESCSO City of Literature. He has held a number of positions in funding organisations a.o. Chair of Danish National Cultural Foundation 1996-1998.

He is still co-director of CIT with Katrien Verwilt. The current focus of CIT is Metropolis CPH launched in 2007, which focusses on performing arts in the public space. The platform is the leading platform in the Nordic countries of site /situation specific work. CIT is also leading a three year “Nordic Urban Lab” program, a meeting place for urbanists, artists and strategists working with culturally driven urban change.

Davies was director of European Capital of Culture Copenhagen 96 (1992-97) and also project manager of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017  (2008-13), managing the preparation process and developing the theme and key programs for the bid as well as the funding and organization. He has also worked with both Sofia and Bucharest in their bids and is currently working with Bodo, Norway, as Norway’s proposal for ECoC 2o24.

At present, he is also acting as consultant for the Nordic Baltic Project “Culturability”, managed by Danish Cultural Institute /Nordic Council of Ministers and is supporting cultural/urban programs in 12 selected neighbourhoods in Riga, Kiel, Gdansk, Pori, Lolland and Vilnius, all based on locally generated social innovation strategies.


Hugo De Greef (1953) was the Founder of the Kaaitheater (1977) in Brussels and worked for twenty years as General Manager of this contemporary theatre organisation. He was General Manager of the European Capital of Culture Brugge 2002 and Artistic Director of the European Capital of Culture Brussels 2000. From 2007 to 2010 he was the General Manager of the Flagey Arts Centre in Brussels.

Hugo De Greef co-founded the Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM), the Europe for Festivals| Festivals for Europe – EFFE program, the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, The Festival Academy, and others.

Today, Hugo De Greef is the President of PARTS, an international dance school in Brussels founded by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and President of Passa Porta, the literature house in Brussels. He was Secretary-General of the European Festival AssociationEFA (2004-2008).

He was co-founder and currently the president of two artist-in-residency venues: ‘De School van Gaasbeek’ and the ‘House of Herman Teirlinck’.


Hella Dunger-Löper (* 21. Dezember 1951 in Hildesheim) ist eine deutsche Politikerin (SPD). Von 2004 bis 2011 war sie Staatssekretärin in der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung. Von Dezember 2011 bis Dezember 2016 war sie Europabeauftragte des Landes Berlin vertrat das Land Berlin als Bevollmächtigte beim Bund.

Hella Dunger legte 1970 ihre Abiturprüfung ab. Anschließend studierte sie bis 1977 an der Technischen Universität Hannover, der Freien Universität Berlin und der Technischen Universität Berlin Literaturwissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte mit Abschluss Magistra Artium.
Danach war sie zunächst am Akademischen Auslandsamt der Technischen Universität Berlin
und in verschiedenen Forschungsprojekten tätig. 1993 bis 2004 leitete sie die Abteilung
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit der privaten Hochschule ESCP Europe Campus Berlin.
Derzeitig ist Dunger-Löper Präsidentin des Landesmusikrates Berlin. Außerdem leitet sie die AG Europa beim Deutschen Verband für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Raumordnung.


  • 1970 to 1977 – Studies in modern history, political science, literature and media studies at the Technical University of Hannover, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Technical University Berlin
  • 1977 – Master of Arts in literature studies, Technical University Berlin

Work experience

  • 1977 to 1989 – Lecturer for foreign students at the Technical University Berlin
  • 1993 to 2004 – Responsible for Public Relations at the European School of Management ESCP-Europe, Berlin Campus

Political functions

  • Since 1977 – Member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD)
  • 1989 to 1992 – City councilor for education and culture, district of Berlin-Wilmersdorf
  • 1999 to 2004 – Member of the Berlin Parliament, vice president of the groupe, head of the budget commission
  • 2004 to 2011 – Statesecretary for Urban Development at the Senate of Berlin
  • 2011 to 2016 – Plenipotentiary of the Land of Berlin, statesecretary for European affairs and civil engagement.
  • 2006 to 2016 – Member of the Comity of the Regions, German vice president, repetitively rapporteur for issues of Urban Dimension and Urban Agenda

At present

  • Since 2017 – President of the Berlin Music Council
  • Head of the working groupe Europe of the Deutscher Verband für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Raumordnung (DV)
  • Member of the working groupe „Urban Agenda“ at the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin

Steve Green

Steve Green was a member of the selection panel for the European Capitals of Culture for five years; for three years he chaired the panel. During this time over 80 cities from 14 EU member and candidate countries presented their bids. He was the lead author of the panel’s pre-selection and selection reports.  As a member of the monitoring panel he reviewed a further 20 ECOCs’ progress and evaluation reviews.  He is the lead author of the official guide to candidate cities on the European Commissions’ ECOC website.  He is frequent guest lecturer at universities and ECOC preparation events.

In 2017 he published the first comprehensive survey of the more than 30 Capitals and Cities of Culture programmes around the world since the European title started in 1985.  It is available on

Prior to his ECOC experience Steve worked for 35 years in international cultural relations with the British Council and European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC).

Steve has a long forgotten degree in economics and is a former Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Nele Hertling (1934, Berlin) studied Philosophy and Theatre Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin.
First years of her career working free lance for radiostations and publishing houses.

1963 – 1988 employed at the Academy of Arts Berlin West, for the sections of music and performing arts.

1986 – 1988 directing the artistic program of European Capital of Culture Berlin 1988.

1989 founding and direction until 2002 of Hebbel-Theatre Berlin.

2002 – 2006 director of the Berlin based Artists in Residence program of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).

1998 elected as member and 2006 – 2015 as vice president of the Academy of Arts Berlin, since

summer 2017 director of the section for Performing Arts.

Member and cooperator in different cultural and culture/political organisations and initiatives, as in „A Soul for Europe“.

Dominika Kawalerowicz

Dominika Kawalerowicz (1986) completed Cultural Studies at Wrocław University and the Academy for Culture Leaders at the University of Economics in Cracow. Since graduation she has been actively involved in non-governmental organisations, and since 2012 has worked in the office of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, where she leaded the programme team.


Krzysztof Maj studied at Wrocław University of Technology, first at the Faculty of Electronics and then – at the Faculty of Computer Science and Management. He was an active member of student self-governments. Later he also completed Executive MBA postgraduate studies at the same university.

He began his professional career in the media, specialising in sport. Later he abandoned journalism and became involved in projects improving students’ welfare run by the Manus Foundation and the Planet of the Youth Association.

Another stage of his career began when he accepted the post of the spokesman for the mayor of Lubin. After almost four years he became the deputy staroste in charge of social affairs. Later he became involved in broadly-defined Wrocław culture.

For many years Krzysztof Maj has also chaired the cultural section of the Parliament of Students of the Republic of Poland. For the last four years he has been managing the Jazz on the Odra Festival. He was also the instigator and co-creator of the Capital of Rock Festival, which attracted two globally-renowned stars – Rammstein and Limp Bizkit – to the Municipal Stadium in Wrocław, alongside thousands of fans from all over the world.

Among the most memorable events held under the ECoC programme were the Opening Weekend and the concert of David Gilmour, a former guitarist of Pink Floyd, which attracted thousands of music lovers to the Freedom Square. The innovative idea of the Coalition of Cities, which involved the cooperation of Polish cities that had run for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016 and lost to Wrocław, was highly appreciated by the European Commission. This unique project successfully turned competition into cooperation.

Mattijs Maussen

Mattijs MAUSSEN (1970) is an advisor for large scale European cultural interventions and innovations. His strengths is to combine strategic insights with organisational skills in large scale creative processes. Collecting civic energy through engagement where there is attention to voices that are not heard is key part of his work.

He initiates partnerships of Enterprises, Media, Ministries and large Cities and engaged public interest groups and sets the first steps together with them to make the idea work. Before starting his own company Mattijs worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and build a practise around migration, culture and education. All over Europe he has led numbers of projects including doing strategic projects for the European Commission, making Country strategies work, writing Regional Subsidy Project Selection programmes, drawing Transnational development plans, designing Public Procurement processes and managing European Funding schemes. During his work in the field of migration he has worked in 65 countries. In his ongoing work with European Capitals of Culture he has worked with 15 cities that competed all together with more than 100 candidate cities for 14 titles – 11 teams were successful.

Recently Mattijs worked as Advisor to Belfast (UK), Timisoara (RO), Galway & Dublin (IE), Siena (I), Leeuwarden (NL), San Sebastian (ES), Pilsen (CZ) in their bidding and implementation as European Capital of Culture (2007-ongoing). Further assignments include organising strategic debates and action research in the field of education, migration and culture for the European Commission and Ministries all over Europe and Africa (2000 – ongoing). He is particularly proud about being one of the people that turned a failed Ecoc bid into a 3 year large scale programme innovating a metropole via Dublin’s Culture Connects (2015 –ongoing). In the further past Mattijs was creative strategist for European, regional and metropolitan chiefs (2007-2012).


Katarzyna Mlynczak (1980) graduated in Economics and Dutch Philology, holds a PhD in political science. She specialises mainly in Polish-German relations from the cultural and civic perspective, and was involved in many European scientific research programmes. In the Wrocław 2016 ECoC office she was responsible for international relations. She is lecturer and member of the ART TRANSPARENT Managing Board. Since the beginning of 2017 she got involved in developing a private art gallery, the Krupa Gallery, with a strong international perspective.

Doris Pack

Doris Pack is joining the S ECoC program in Wroclaw. The former chair of the EU Committee on Culture and Education will share her experience at the S ECoC 2018 program in Wroclaw from the 8th till the 10th of October 2018.

As chairman she was at the basis of the current European policy regarding the ECOC. She knows the initiative through and through. But she can also be passionate about the ups and downs of this most important cultural initiative of the EU.

She also took the initiative for the LUX prize. A European prize that supports cinema in Europe and increases its accessibility through the world.

She remains a passionate European and clarifies this in strongly substantiated speeches, lectures and participation in many debates throughout the continent. In the S ECoC program she indicates the motives behind the ECoC program and her experiences with successes and failures. Her presence during the S ECoC program strengthens the program offer.

More on Doris Pack

Doris Pack was born in 1942 in Schiffweiler , Saarland (Germany)

Former Chair of the European Committee on Culture and Education in the European Parliament

Doris Pack is a former MEP and a long-serving European and German politician. As an EU lawmaker with the European Peoples Party (EPP) group (1989–2014), she chaired the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education and the Delegation for Relations with South-East Europe. She worked at the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Among her many achievements and recognitions, Doris Pack is considered as the conceiver and founder of the European Parliament’s LUX Prize. She is currently the President of EPP Women, chair of the Franco-German Foundation for Cultural Cooperation, President of the European Children’s Book Fair Association, member of the ZDF Television Council, President of the Saar Adult Education Association, Vice President of the European Movement on the Saar, President of the Robert Schuman Institute Budapest. Beside all that, she is Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Soul for Europe initiative.

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