Our board

Damien Helly

Co-founder and Chair


Damien initiated the launch of the organisation by running a feasibility study in 2018 on the need for innovative action in EU international cultural relations.

In his professional life, he is an independent cultural advisor and runs his consultancy dh creative partnerships.

Damien is also a Visiting Professor at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges where he teaches a course and supervises master-level theses on “Culture, States and Societies: National Factors in EU External Action”.

He has worked as Head of Cultural Skills, EU for the British Council (Arts, Europe) and as Senior Programme Manager with ECDPM, EUISS, Crisis Group, Saferworld.

He holds of a PhD in political science from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po) and has published extensively on the EU’s external action and international cultural relations.

Felipe Basabe Llorens



Felipe is a founding member of culture Solutions Europe.

He is fully convinced and passionate about the need to innovate and develop new effective strategies in EU internal and external cultural relations.

He has an extensive professional experience in the fields of budgetary and administrative management at the Spanish national Cultural Institute (Instituto Cervantes) and co-operates in several cultural and academic projects with European cultural foundations and networks in Germany, France and Belgium (i.a. Allianz Summer Academy (2004-2019) with Allianz Kulturstiftung as external Co-ordinator).

He has worked as Jean Monnet Lecturer at ICAI-ICADE (UPCO-Madrid) and as Director of the binational cultural Foundation Rei Afonso Henriques (FRAH). He has taken part in several Interreg II-III, Culture 2000 and Creative Europe projects (1999-2016).

He holds a MA in European Political & Administrative Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). He also lectures on Cultural Policies and EU Project Management and has published on EU policies and trans-border co-operation in the fields of Education and Culture.

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