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CREATIVE MENTORSHIP TALKS – ONLINE SPEED DATING: SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AMAZING EXPERTS AND PRESENT YOUR WORK TO THEM

With great pleasure, we invite you to the “Creative Mentorship Talks: Online speed dating” event, which will take place on Tuesday, June 4th, starting at 6 p.m. via the Zoom application. This innovative event is designed to allow professionals from the fields of culture, arts, creative industries, and media to present their work in a unique way, exchange ideas, and receive valuable advice from members of the Advisory and Honorary Board of the Creative Mentorship organization, as well as the organization’s partners from Serbia and around the world.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk to outstanding professionals such as: Lazar Džamić, one of the leading global digital strategists; Tony O’Brien, former director of the British Council for the Western Balkans; Helene Larsson Pousette, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden, Washington DC; Branimir Brkljač, marketing expert and founder of Mokrin House and Terra Panonica; Caroline Sotta, cultural attaché at the French Institute in Serbia; Višnja Kisić, founder of Creative Mentorship and Ph.D. in art history and cultural heritage management; Nana Radenković, founder of Nova Iskra, and others (you can read the list of all experts and their biographies and LinkedIn profiles in the following text).

This online speed dating event will allow participants to directly meet leading experts from various fields of the creative sector with whom the Creative Mentorship team has been collaborating for years. You can expect a series of quick meetings during which you will have the opportunity to briefly present your projects and receive invaluable advice.

Creative Mentorship Talks: online speed dating event is open to all professionals from the fields of culture, arts, creative industries, and media who wish to advance their careers, broaden their horizons, and explore new collaboration opportunities. The number of slots for participation in the event is limited to ensure quality interactions, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to have a better chance of meeting and conversing with professionals who are your top choice for discussion at this event.

To participate, please fill out the application form available at this link by no later than midnight on June 2nd. After registration, you will receive detailed instructions and the Zoom link, as well as tips on how to best prepare for meeting and presenting your ideas and projects within the speed dating event.

Why participate?

  • Seize the opportunity to meet outstanding experts from various fields: This is a rare chance to meet and converse with various professionals with years of experience in the fields of culture, arts, entrepreneurship, business, marketing, diplomacy, communications and etc. who can provide concrete feedback, advice, and support for your ideas and projects.
  • Showcase your work: You have a unique opportunity to present your work and vision in a short period directly to people who can potentially help with their advice in realizing them.
  • Inspiration and ideas: Exchange ideas with other creatives and experts and get inspired by new perspectives and approaches in your work.
  • The event is in an online format: This means that from any location, you can take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this unique event.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to strengthen your professional profile and open doors to new opportunities!

List of experts you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to:

  • Helene Larsson Pousette – cultural attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC. During her extensive career, she worked at the Swedish History Museum, focusing on the connection between contemporary art and history, heritage, and memory. She served as cultural attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Belgrade, initiating and leading projects that promoted mutual exchange between institutions and the independent artistic and cultural scene, aiming for social change and establishing long-term relationships. She is a co-founder of the Stockholm Museum of Women’s History, where she was engaged as a collections manager, researcher, and developer.
  • Lazar Džamić – Lazar is an ex-journalist, contributor to The Guardian, former agency Planning Director and a former Head of Brand Planning in Google’s creative think tank ZOO in London. He is an Associate Professor in Business School Lausanne (BSL), Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths University in London, teaches in the MBA programme for the School of Business and Economics in Ljubljana, the PwC’s Mini MBA Academy in CEE and the Rome Business School, as well as at the Faculty for Media and Communications in Belgrade. He is the author of several books and a frequent conference speaker.
  • Nana Radenković – Designs and conducts trainings and workshops for youth, professionals, organizations, and companies interested in transforming their businesses, as well as improving overall collaboration and innovation experiences. She holds a Master’s degree in Management of Culture, Interculturalism, and Mediation in the Balkans from the University of Arts in Belgrade, with extensive experience in the private, public, and civil sectors. She supports numerous startups, teams, and organizations by enhancing their collaboration skills and team culture. Nana is a co-founder of Nova Iskra, the first co-working space in the region.
  • Višnja Kisić – founder of Creative Mentorship, art historian, master in cultural policy and management, and doctor of heritage studies. Simultaneously, she is active as a researcher, practitioner, and educator. Her research and expertise focus on policies, political aspects, and the social role of heritage and culture. She is an associate professor at the Faculty of Sports and Tourism, lecturer in the UNESCO MA program for cultural policy and management at the University of Arts in Belgrade, visiting lecturer at Lyon 2 University (France), Uppsala University (Sweden), and the Academy of Cultural Management at the Goethe Institute. Former chair of the pan-European network Europa Nostra in Serbia.
  • Branimir Brkljač – Marketing expert, founder of Mokrin House and Terra Panonica company. He started his career over 20 years ago in direct marketing, beginning with successful advertising of the medical device Kosmodisk. Soon after, he founded “Studio Moderna,” which became a leading TV sales company in Central and Eastern Europe and is now present in 20 countries in the region with the brand “Top Shop.” He has his blog and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
  • Tony O’Brien – Former Director of the British Council for the Western Balkans. With over 40 years of experience as a project manager, manager of cultural relations, trainer, mentor, and leader, Tony has had the opportunity to build, lead, and empower large teams in the culture and arts sector. 
  • Slavica Marković Sandić – Coordinator for media, information, and culture at the Swedish Embassy in Belgrade. In her work, she uses strategic planning, project management, and strategic communications to lead significant initiatives. Her expertise is transferring strategic plans into sustainable actions, aiming for a lasting positive impact. As an expert in media, culture, and information at the Swedish Embassy for almost three decades, Slavica has vast experience in working with various projects, people, and organizations in the field of cultural and public diplomacy, as well as communications.
  • Caroline Sotta – cultural attaché at the French Institute in Serbia; For the past 14 years, Caroline has been working in the field of culture, with a strong focus on performing arts, more specifically contemporary circus and street performing arts. First as coordinator, administrator and in charge of audience development in French organizations, then as a production manager and coordinator alongside artists. She has thus experimented institutional, private and self-run frameworks, both in France and abroad. After having also worked on transdisciplinary projects for French Institutes in Asia, she has taken the position of cultural attachée at French Institute in Serbia last September, running also Teatroskop program.
  • Marija BjelopetrovićMarija has been the Established Opinion Leader Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Serbia. Over the past 17 years, she has managed over 100 projects in the fields of government transparency, human rights, ethnic and minority rights, women’s rights, market economy, regional projects, and art and cultural projects. Marija engages in relationships with government offices, the civil society sector, think tank organizations, civic service organizations, and educational and cultural institutions. She has extensive experience in grant management and administration, but also in correspondence with high government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, offices, and cultural and educational institutions in Serbia.

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