Our collaborators

Our team of collaborators has been developing the launch of Culture Solutions since 2019.

They bring their expertise and experience on a voluntary basis to develop cS activities and fundraise.

Alexandra Gil Taboas

Training and Know-how Sharing team

alexandra.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Ana Laura Martins

General coordinator and Research team 

laura.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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Celia Zayas

Training and Know-how Sharing and Research teams

celia.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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David Jisu Lee

Research team 

david.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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Diane de Sentenac

Research team 

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Dorina Xheraj-Subashi

Research team

dorina.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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Estela Vilanova Núñez

Who’s who and Research teams

estela.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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Gabrielle Bernoville

Research and Who’s who teams

gabrielle.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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Ina Kokinova

Web editor and Research team

ina.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

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Katrina Osina

Social Media manager

katrina.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Marii Väljataga

Research team

marii.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Nicole McNeilly

Training and Know-how Sharing coordinator

nicole.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Valeria Mesía

Business Development and Fundraising team

valeria.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com


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Alexandra Gil Taboas

Training and Knowledge Sharing and Business Development teams

alexandra.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Alexandra Gil is an independent consultant in the fields of international relations, cultural cooperation, events organization and EU project management. She coordinates the AECID training component of the EU-funded project “PROCULTURA”. In 2019, Alexandra was responsible for the organisation of the “Ibero-American Forum on Cultural Diplomacy of the Cities and the Agenda 2030”, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Panama. She has worked on other assignments for the UNESCO, the Embassy of Spain in Senegal (where she co-managed EUNIC’s video mapping project “Dakar, carrefour de cultures”), FIIAPP, the European Commission, the Consulate General of Spain in Havana and the UNDP. 

Alexandra did her master’s degree on “EU International Relations and Diplomacy” at the College of Europe, in Bruges. Her thesis studied the evolution of the European Cultural cooperation in the Maghreb after the Arab Spring. Prior to that, she studied at the Diplomatic School of Spain, and passed her bachelor’s degree in “Advertising and Public Relations”. She also holds two University specialisations in creative economy and cultural management, and in conflict resolution and peacekeeping. Alexandra’s native languages are Spanish and Galician. She’s also fluent in English and French and has an intermediate level of Portuguese.

Ana Laura Martins

Special Assistant and Research team 

laura.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Ana Laura Martins is a young professional who recently completed her Master’s in Military History, which followed a degree in History (with a Minor in European Studies). Her academic interests focused on the socio-cultural and geopolitical fields. She is currently a Junior Collaborator at culture Solutions Europe, where she integrates the communications team, undertakes fundraising intelligence tasks and assists the board. Simultaneously, she is working at the General Library of the University of Coimbra, where she directly assists the board and organizes cultural activities, such as series of debates, exhibitions and conferences. At the same time she manages their presence on social media and is in charge of bringing younger audiences and the Library closer. She is part of Ludi Conimbrigensis, a project that aims to provide children and teenagers with direct contact with Classical culture. She participated in a university program, buddy, helping international students settling in.

Celia Zayas

Training and Knowledge Sharing and Research teams

celia.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Celia is a young professional, recent graduate in European Studies. Her professional experience at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and at the EU Delegation in Cuba has approached her to the praxis of cultural diplomacy and culture for development and human rights through intercultural dialogue. These and her experience as a junior collaborator in culture Solutions, helped her to develop skills in project management, training, research, partner relations and communication, along with understanding of European international cultural relations and its nexus with development, human rights and gender equality.

She has created and implemented cultural initiatives for engaging with young people in her local community, a Cuba-Spain online musical project and an awareness-raising campaign on gender-based violence through cartoons in the EMEA region. She has also experience in arts performance, having received some minor awards in photography and writing contests. Her interests vary from culture for development, artivism, intercultural dialogue, people-to-people relations, cultural heritage, arts and identity, human rights and gender equality, and her geographic areas of interest and experience are Latin America and Caribbean and the Southern Mediterranean and Africa.

David Jisu Lee

Research team 

david.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

David Jisu holds a Master's Degree in Economic Law from Sciences Po Paris. He has previously worked at a multinational law firm in Luxembourg. As a young professional working in the field of international law, he believes that bridging cultural gaps between societies is key to creating norms that are fair and effective in handling transnational issues. David is currently researching on cultural diversity in the private sector, and endeavours to promote greater cultural cooperation between Europe and Asia.

Diane de Sentenac

Research team 

Her experiences in international organisations (UNESCO, EU, OECD, OSCE) convinced Diane Lafont de Sentenac of the crucial role played by culture in all aspects of international relations. She holds an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a Master’s in International Affairs in Sciences Po Paris, where she focused on EU's actorness in multilateralism and the transatlantic relationship. Award winner of the Jacques Delors Prize 2018, her Master Thesis on EU intercultural relations with the Western Balkans studied the impact of EU cultural diplomacy on enlargement policies.

Dorina Xheraj-Subashi

Research team

dorina.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Dorina Xheraj-Subashi comes from Albania. She is a museologist and cultural practitioner working in Aleksander Moisiu University, Durres.  In her 10 years of engagement with museum, heritage, interpretation and education, she has been actively promoting heritage creating several exhibitions. She is passionate preserving culture heritage, and holds a small collection of Albanian material culture.

In 2018, she started the cultural campaign “My heritage-Heritage4All” in the framework of European Year of Culture, as a contributor for breaking cultural prejudices by sharing cultural objects. Also during lockdown 2020 initiated the digital campaign #PostcardfromMuseum #KartolineNgaMuzeu as a way for interaction with virtual audience and students. She is very active in museum/heritage European network, research and cultural activism and advocacy.

Estela Vilanova Núñez

Who's who and Research teams

estela.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Estela Vilanova Núñez is a young professional and junior collaborator at culture Solutions, where she conducts research on cultural heritage, cultural diplomacy and cultural policy in the EU's external action. Estela currently works as a Cultural Assistant at the Spanish Embassy in France and has extensive professional experience in national and international organisations such as the Cervantes Institute, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, UNESCO and EUNIC.

Estela holds a Master of Arts in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe, where she majored in cultural diplomacy and EU-China cultural relations, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University Carlos III of Madrid.

Gabrielle Bernoville

Research and Who's who teams

gabrielle.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Gabrielle Bernoville is a graduate of the College of Europe and Sciences Po majoring in European Affairs, with work experience in Latin America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Her expertise and interests are sewed in her experiences as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission (DGEAC Unit D.1 Cultural Policy), as cultural officer at the French Embassy to Slovakia, and through her various commitments in EU affairs policy incubators.
Gabrielle serves as a Junior Researcher of Culture Solutions.

Ina Kokinova

Web editor and Research team

ina.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Ina is in her last year of a double bachelor's degree in International Relations and Protocol, Event Management and Corporate Communication. She is currently writing her thesis on the Cultural Diplomacy of the European Union with a special attention to the relations with China. Ina is in charge of culture Solutions' web editing and also contributes to the communications and research teams. Her area of interest is digitalisation and internet and she recently carried out a research on UNESCO's promotion of cultural diversity in the digital era as part of a specialisation at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

Simultaneously, Ina is part of the association Equipo Europa which promotes the European values among the youth and fosters their political participation. At Equipo Europa Ina is the communications coordinator, the leader of the working group on European identity and a researcher in the working group on cyber security. After leaving her home in Bulgaria Ina has lived in Spain and the United Kingdom, and apart from fluency in Spanish and English, she also has an advanced level of Chinese and an intermediate of Russian and Italian.

Katrina Osina

Social Media manager

katrina.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Katrina is fulfilling the role of Social Media Manager at culture Solutions. Currently, she is working towards a Master of Arts focused on International Relations from University of Groningen.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies with a major in European Culture from the University of Amsterdam. During her studies, she completed internships at the Embassy of Latvia in the Netherlands and the Latvian Institute in Riga where she gained knowledge about the EUNIC network and contributed to public diplomacy efforts. Katrina’s professional interests lie in diplomacy, cultural affairs, international relations, heritage, communication, and media. Before coming to the Netherlands, she obtained a degree in Multimedia Design and Communication in Aarhus, Denmark.

Marii Väljataga

Research team

marii.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Marii Väljataga is a researcher and research coordinator. She holds a PhD in History from the European University Institute in Florence. She is particularly interested in topics involving memory cultures, public history, the environment and the arts. In her dissertation she considers a network of three 20th-century socio-political upheavals for an exploration of how Eastern European memory places and narratives responded to, and participated in, political
shifts. She has worked for the National Library of Estonia and the European Commission’s DG EAC.
Over the last 5 years, Marii’s work has been closely linked to environmental concerns – she is a founding member of the European Footprints initiative, a grassroots organization that develops teaching resources on SDGs with a special focus on artistic expression and storytelling. She is also a jazz musician, and an in-house composer and artistic advisor for BPW’s (International Federation of Business and Professional Women) movement “Together for a Green and Sustainable World”.

Musa Igrek

Research team

musa.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Musa Igrek is a researcher and he worked as an arts and culture journalist more than a decade between Istanbul and London. He holds a PhD from the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London and a MA in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His research and teaching interests are cultural diplomacy, cultural relations, domestic and foreign cultural policy, international organisations, hegemony, public diplomacy, strategic communication and national identity / national image. He is currently working on a book about the UK’s cultural and public diplomacy activities in Turkey. He is based in London, and speaks Turkish, English and Arabic.

Nicole McNeilly

Training and Knowledge Sharing coordinator

nicole.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

As a researcher, evaluator, facilitator and project manager based in the Netherlands, hailing from Northern Ireland and with professional experience in regions including Russia, Europe, the UK and South Asia, Nicole McNeilly is an internationally-experienced cultural professional and a skilled intercultural communicator. Her strengths lie in policy, research and evaluation, and she has worked with organisations including the British Council, Arts Council England and Europeana Foundation. 

She has a unique sector perspective stemming from her training as a musician and composer and complemented by her later study on cultural policy and governance. In her MA, she investigated the role of equality legislation as implicit cultural policy in Northern Ireland’s post-conflict context. Nicole’s professional research interests lie across culture, the creative industries and heritage, and in contemporary debates around digitisation, accessibility, and equality and diversity. She is a regular contributor to Dutch and Russian contemporary art platforms.

Szilvia Nagy

Research team

szilvia.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Szilvia Nagy is a policy researcher, project manager and founder of Local Operators' Platform (LOCOP), a network and research platform to facilitate dialogues between researchers, local operators and cultural practitioners. She is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at Central European University, Vienna. Her research interests are at the junction of foreign policy and cultural policy and encompass global governance, external governance, relationality and orchestration. In her research approach, she builds on critical policy ethnography and interpretive policy analysis, and her expertise lies in cultural policy analysis; participatory approaches – especially participatory policy-making methods and participatory action research (PAR) –; community development and cultural sustainability. She has wide experience of working with civil society, international NGOs and local operators. She has also collaborated with and provided expertise for many European Capitals of Culture cities, EUNIC network projects and Goethe-Institut programmes. She has an education in photography and worked for several years as a curator of contemporary art.

Valeria Mesía

Business Development and Fundraising team

valeria.culturesolutionseu@gmail.com

Valeria has more than 15 years of experience developing international projects and partnerships in the Culture and Education sectors in South America. She has worked as a business developer and corporate project coordinator for the spanish publishing group Santillana (PRISA), as a program coordinator and a senior consultant for the Ministry of Culture in Peru and as a Cultural Director for the Peruvian American Cultural Center (U.S. American Spaces). Valeria is passionate about cultural diversity,  local creative economy and EU international cultural relations. She is currently collaborating with the French social entrepreneurship incubator Makesense and researching on the Folk arts and crafts Unesco Creative Cities. Valeria holds an Advanced Master in Cultural Organizations Management from the Paris Dauphine University PSL and postgraduate studies in Social Development Management. She is part of the Fondation Carolina (Spain) alumni network.