Speakers

The Culture for Resilience Forum 2024 will gather representatives from municipalities, regional, national, and local public authorities, cultural institutions, academics, professionals in the realms of culture and social resilience, and knowledge intermediaries from the Baltic Sea Region.


Get to know our speakers’ lineup.

Eva Mærsk

Opening keynote, 7 May

Eva holds a Ph.D. in sociology and cultural geography and is an expert in the field of culture of place, youth mobility and cultural development. She is an external consultant for the research institute Nordregio and the head of the NGO Bifrost in Denmark, which focuses on developing creative communities and skills for children, youth and adults. 

Jaakko Blomberg

Keynote on 8 May and workshop (Jakobstad) on 7 May

Jaakko Blomberg is an activist, producer, and executive director of the association Helsinki Urban Art. He specializes in co-creation, placemaking and urban art. For more than ten years he has been creating community-based events and art projects that use urban spaces in new ways, bring people together and simply make life more fun. These include, for example, a national flea market day, setting up a table for a thousand people to eat in the middle of a street, a day of open saunas and pop-up restaurants. He has also created the Pasila street art district in Helsinki and developed former industrial areas and other buildings for cultural use. He likes to think of the cities as playgrounds, full of resources that can be used to create something new and exciting.

www.jaakkoblomberg.fi

Stefanie Raab

Stefanie Raab is an architect, moderator, strollogist and the CEO of coopolis – a planning office for cooperative urban development. She has been supporting and advising the cultural and creative industries for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of the Kreativnetz Neukölln, Kreative Deutschland and the Berlin and nationwide funding network for cultural and creative industries. Stefanie is a supporting member of the Community Real Estate Network and the Future Places Network. Currently working as an advisor in ‘Creative support – compact help for solo self-employed people’ and as a project leader of the “Kiez academy” in Berlin Neukölln.

www.coopolis.de

Taiju Kiesilä

Taiju represents The City of Espoo Cultural Unit, Partnerships and Promoting Culture. City of Espoo works as the Chair of the UBC Cultural Cities Commission and City of Kaunas will continue working as the Vice Chair, for the years 2024-2025. The UBC Cultural Cities Commission (CCC) promotes and develops tools for the cultural field to enhance professionalism in the field. In addition, it creates strategic partnerships with central national and international bodies dealing with policy making in the cultural field and stimulates third parties to provide research on cultural issues that are important for the local level. 

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Tiina Kasvi

Tiina Kasvi is a Cultural Manager, representing the City of Espoo Cultural Unit, Partnerships and Promoting Culture.

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Ramon Marrades

Ramon Marrades is an economist and urbanist with a passion for port cities, public spaces, culture, and innovation. He is currently Director at Placemaking Europe and strategy advisor to a number of cities and large-scale development projects. He holds a BA in Economics, an MSc in Economics and Geography, an Executive MSc in Cities and has been a researcher at different universities as the Western Sydney University (Australia). He received the Spanish Social Entrepreneur Award in 2012 and co-authored four books and published more than a hundred columns on urban issues in some of the main Spanish newspapers. Ramon is co-editor of the book “Our City? Countering Exclusion in Public Space” (2019).

Dr Monika Arczyńska

Dr Monika Arczyńska is a co-founder of A2P2 – consulting and design company, providing services in participatory design of districts and public spaces in major Polish cities, masterplanning and consultancy in pre-planning stage of public buildings. She studied at Gdansk University of Technology and TU Delft. Her PhD thesis was focused on the relations between consumer society and sustainable housing. Adjunct professor at Gdansk University of Technology, she also lectures at postgraduate courses. In 2006-2017 she was employed with Heneghan Peng Architects and involved in designing public buildings (ie. Grand Egyptian Museum and  Palestinian Museum awarded with Aga Khan Award). Contributor to a number of architectural magazines including Czech ‘INTRO’.

Dr Łukasz Pancewicz

Dr Łukasz Pancewicz is a co-founder of A2P2, member of TUP (Polish Urban Planners Association) and ISOCARP. Łukasz graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Gdansk University of Technology (MArch & PhD). He is an urban designer with experience in Poland, Ireland and USA and a consultant for a number of organizations including the World Bank and the National Intitute for Planning Policy and Housing. In 2013-2016 he was a Chief Planner at Municipal Planning Office of Lodz. He has been lecturing at University of Technology and Gdansk University since 2009. His professional and academic interests are public participation in planning and urban design. He collaborates with magazines such as ‘Architektura-Murator’, ‘Architektura i Biznes’ and ‘Autoportret’. In 2011-2012 he participated in mid-career development programme at MIT.