“Creative mentorship” affirms mentoring as a tool of personal and professional development, strengthens the capacities of the cultural sector and provides support to prospective professionals interested in developing, networking and sharing knowledge and experience. We want to build, gather and support a community of motivated and socially responsible individuals that will contribute to the development of a society based on creativity, culture, knowledge and mutual cooperation.



The Advisory board consists of ten Serbian and foreign experts from the field of mentorship, cultural diplomacy, cultural management, cultural heritage and marketing. They contribute with their knowledge, ideas, experience and sincere dedication to the quality of this programme.

Branimir Brkljač

Marketing expert, founder of the “Mokrin House” and “Terra Panonica” company. He began his career more than 20 years ago in direct marketing, starting with successful advertising of the medical device Kosmodisk. Shortly after, he founded Studio Moderna, which became the leading TV sales company in Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, he is present in 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe with the “Top Shop” brand.

Helene Larsson Pousette

Former cultural attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Belgrade, and now a senior curator at the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. She is a lecturer, author of many articles and editor of the publication ”This is not a report - cultural exchange Sweden / Serbia 2009-2012”. By education Helen is an ethnologist, and her practice focuses on the artistic and cultural work based on discussion and interpretation of the problems and challenges of contemporary society.

Karen Knight

Karen is a cultural heritage expert from England, engaged in several platforms and projects in this field in the Western Balkans area. Her expertise is mainly focused on management of changes and development of museum institutions. She was a part of the numerous English governing bodies and institutions in the field of cultural heritage. She is also an advisor of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cultural Heritage Without Borders, the Diocesan Advisory Council and a member of the Norfolk Churches Trust Advisory Committee.

Larisa Halilović

Larisa Halilović is an international expert, speaker and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in management, leadership and professional development. She studied at Cambridge University in the UK and New Zealand in the field of adult education, linguistics and psychology. Larisa has been leading important projects in the field of education, social development and culture in the Western Balkans, for the past 16 years. Currently, she holds a position of a director of the international pilot project Digitial Cities, which is implemented in six countries of Western Balkans and the UK, and she is also a director of the British Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Marko Radenković

General manager of “Nova Iskra” design incubator. Producer of the younger generation, graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Department for management and production of theater, radio and culture. He is one of the founders of the Festival of International Student Theater - FIST at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he was engaged as a teaching fellow in the subject area of Management in Culture.

Philipp Dietachmair

Philipp Dietachmair is a cultural worker from Austria, who, for almost two decades, is engaged in the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) based in Amsterdam. Currently, he holds the position of Programme Manager. Philipp studied history and history of arts in Vienna and arts management in Utrecht. Since he joined the ECF team, he worked on programmes that aimed at strengthening the capacity of cultural initiatives in EU surrounding countries (in the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Turkey and the Arab Mediterranean region).

Relja Dereta

Relja Dereta was a participant in the first generation of the “Creative mentorship”. Later, he became a partner of the programme, and finally a mentor in the 3rd generation in 2016/2017. He is one of the founders and director of Epic Assistants, with more than 10 years of experience as a consultant and trainer of presentation and communication skills. He advises global experts, managers, scientists, lecturers, creative workers and many others on how to formulate their ideas. Relja is also a member of the Board of Directors of Civic Initiatives.

Slavica Marković Sandić

Coordinator for Media, Information and Culture at the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade. As a media, culture and information officer at the Swedish Embassy for almost three decades, Slavica has huge experience in working on various projects, with different people and organizations in the field of cultural and public diplomacy.

Tony O`Brien

Former director of the British Council for the Western Balkans is a president of the Advisory Board of the „Creative Mentorship”. He has more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, author, project manager, director of the cultural center, manager of cultural relations, mentor and leader.

Dr Višnja Kisić

Dr Višnja Kisić is a co-founder of the “Creative mentorship” programme and its development and education manager since 2012. She is a passionate advocate of mentoring, continuous learning, sharing and cooperation. She studied history of arts, holds a master degree from UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, and a PhD in heritage studies. In addition, she is a researcher, practitioner and educator. She focuses her research and expertise on politics, politicity and the social role of heritage and culture. She is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Sports and Tourism, lecturer at the UNESCO Chair for cultural policy and management at the University of Arts in Belgrade, visiting lecturer at the University of Lyon 2 (France), Uppsala University (Sweden) and the Academy of Cultural Management of the Goethe Institute.


Up to this year, members of the “Creative Mentorship” Advisory Board were also Marie Vila and Dr Milena Dragićević Šešić. Paul Rompani was a member of the Advisory Board until recently. We thank them for supporting us and cooperating with our programme!

Marie Vila

Former director of Oriflame for Scandinavia and personal and professional development advisor. Leadership is her passion and she is known for her innovative leadership approach which differs from the conventional and classical one. Marie left Scandinavia and corporate environment and moved to Albania where she launched entrepreneurial initiatives aimed at supporting local tourism. In 1997, she received the Future Leader Award from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and in 2016, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dr Milena Dragićević Šešić

Professor at the University of Arts and one of the biggest experts in cultural policy in the region. She is an author of numerous books and studies translated into 15 languages; international lecturer on cultural policy and management; a consultant and expert in the field of cultural policy and management, often engaged by the European Foundation for Culture, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the Marcel Hicter Foundation, Pro Helvetia, British Council. Currently, professor Šešić is a member of the newly appointed Honorary Board of the “Creative Mentorship” programme.

Paul Rompani

CEO/Executive Director/Board member /Social Entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit/charitable sector. He supports the establishment and development of the local, national and international charities and NGOs. He has a significant experience in management and leadership, strategic planning, operational - change management, people management, fundraising, communications, project development and management.