Christoph Weckerle (Co-Curator)
Christoph Weckerle is director of the Department of Cultural Analysis at Zurich University of the Arts. He is a cultural policy and creative economy researcher. As editor-in-chief and lead writer, he is responsible for most national and many regional reports on the creative industries in Switzerland. Together with Simon Grand, he is co-curator of the CreativeEconomies research venture which is also the official research partner of Germany’s Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries based in Berlin.
Simon Grand (Co-Curator)
Simon Grand is a strategy designer, knowledge entrepreneur and management researcher; he is the founder and academic director of the RISE Management Innovation Lab, academic co-director of the St. Gallen Management Model research programme, assistant professor of strategic management at the University of St. Gallen and a research fellow at Zurich University of the Arts. Together with Christoph Weckerle, he is co-curator of the CreativeEconomies research venture which is also the official research partner of Germany’s Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries based in Berlin.
Gerd Folkers has been a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at ETH Zurich since 1991, and was granted tenure in 1994. On 1st October 2004, he was elected Director of the Collegium Helveticum.
Roman Page is a data analyst at the Statistical Office Canton of Zurich. He is involved in research on labour and economy and sustainable urban development. Roman Page holds a Master’s degree in sociology and economics. He collaborates with the CreativeEconomies research venture on a project basis.
Frédéric Martel is a researcher and writer. He holds a PhD in the social sciences and four Master’s degrees in law, political science, philosophy, and the social science (University La Sorbonne). He is the author of nine books, including On Culture in America (Gallimard, 2006), the best-seller Mainstream: On the Global War on Culture and Medias (Flammarion, 2010; translated in twenty countries) and Smart: On the Internets (Stock, 2014). He is the producer and presenter of the weekly radio programme “Soft Power” (dedicated to the creative industries and digital transition) on French National Public Radio (France Culture / Radio France). He is a research fellow at Zurich University of the Arts.
Annette Schönholzer is based in Basel, Switzerland, where she worked for the international art fair ART BASEL (Basel, Miami Beach, Hong Kong) in broad variety of roles for 12 years. Following her Co-Directorship, she was appointed Director of New Initiatives in 2013, spearheading strategic development and global projects for Art Basel. In 2014, Schönholzer founded “.connect the dots”, an independent company offering consultancy, coaching and concept development in the realm of the arts and culture.
Janine Schiller, Cultural Studies scholar and Architecture historian, Lecturer at the Department of Cultural Analysis at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She teaches Cultural Journalism in the MA in Art Education programme and is involved in research on subjects such as urban development and architecture exhibitions.
Fabienne Schmuki is managing director of the music agency Irascible Music. In 2013 she received her Master of Arts in Art Education with a Spezialization in Cultural Publishing from Zurich University of the Arts. She also works as a freelance cultural journalist for various publications. For the Creative Economies Report, Fabienne Schmucki presents a selection of quotations from professional associations, trade media and the daily press.
Kate Whitebread is a curator and writer studying in the MA Cultural Publishing at the Zurich University of the Arts. She currently curates the project space Links in Bern and works as a freelance translator and gallery assistant. Whitebread studied Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, UK.
Birgitta Borghoff is a creative entrepreneur, integral coach and researcher at the Institute for Applied Media Studies, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). She develops projects, researches, coaches and teaches in the field of organisational communication, cultural entrepreneurship and business modeling. Borghoff holds a BA in Economics, an MAS in Arts Management and is currently completing her MA in Applied Linguistics in Organisational Communication at the ZHAW.
Victoria Brauneis holds two bachelor’s degrees in Translation Studies (German, French, Chinese) and Sinology from University of Vienna. She moved to Zurich where she is currently working towards her postgraduate degree in Cultural Journalism at the ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts.
Lora Sommer is a designer and writer and currently studying in the MA Cultural Publishing at the Zurich University of the Arts. She currently works on a textile project for Edition Patrick Frey and creates content for two Zurich based advertising agencies. Moreover she is a ghost twitterer and creates own design projects such as Edition Duvet. Sommer studied Textile Design at the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Corinne Gisel is a designer and writer based in Zurich, working both on commissioned and self-initiated projects. She is currently doing research, writing, and design for a book about assignments in design education. Gisel holds a BA in Graphic Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and is currently studying in the MA Cultural Publishing at the Zurich University of the Arts.