“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.


Creative Mentorship Talks – Online Speed Dating Event: Dynamic Exchange of Ideas and Insights

On Tuesday, June 4th, at 6 PM, the Creative Mentorship Talks – Online Speed Dating event took place via Zoom. The aim of this event was to enable professionals from the fields of culture, arts, creative industries, and media to uniquely present their work, exchange ideas, and receive valuable advice from members of the Advisory and Honorary Boards of the Creative Mentorship organization, as well as partners of the organization from Serbia and around the world.

The following experts participated in the event:

  • Helene Larsson Pousette – Cultural Attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
  • Lazar Džamić – One of the world’s leading Digital Strategists, Lecturer, Writer, and former Head of Brand Planning at Google’s European headquarters
  • Nana Radenković – Co-founder of the first creative hub in the Balkans, Nova Iskra, which is one of the initiators of the European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN)
  • Višnja Kisić – Art Historian, Master of Cultural Policy and Management, PhD in Heritage Studies, ex-Secretary General of Europa Nostra
  • Branimir Brkljač – Marketing Expert, Founder of the “Mokrin House” and the company “Terra Panonica”
  • Tony O’Brien – Former Director of the British Council for the Western Balkans
  • Slavica Marković Sandić – Media, Information and Culture Coordinator at the Swedish Embassy in Belgrade, expert in communication
  • Caroline Sotta – Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in Serbia
  • Marija Bjelopetrović – Established Opinion Leader Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Serbia

Their short biographies can be found at this link.

Participants had the opportunity to present their projects and ideas to experts through three 20-minute sessions, as well as to ask specific questions regarding their work.

Although it is always challenging to present oneself in a short amount of time, the participants managed to introduce their ideas and projects, as well as the challenges they are currently facing, in just 2 minutes, after which they received concrete advice and guidance from the experts. This event also served as an incentive for all those interested in mentorship to learn what a simulation of a mentoring meeting looks like and to take the opportunity to meet truly great professionals.

We thank all participants and eagerly look forward to new, similar opportunities for mutual connection and idea exchange.

The realization of “Creative Mentorship Talks: Online Speed Dating” event was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Serbia and the company Medicon.