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, associate 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.
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.
Katharina Nill is a cultural studies professional working as an editor and journalist as well as in communications. As a research assistant at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), she has been involved in the production of several reports on the creative economies and co-edited, among others, the volume “Zurich University of the Arts — Toni Campus”.
John Davies is a research fellow on the creative and digital economy at Nesta, the UK’s London-based innovation foundation. He works on using economics and data analysis to understand the creative industries. Recent projects including a review of the relationship between the artistic activity and digital technology for the European Parliament and developing an interactive map to analyse the state of London night life. Prior to Nesta he worked as English Heritage’s economist and led its social and economic research team. John has masters and undergraduate degrees in economics from LSE and has worked in consultancy and the civil service.
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.
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 is a research fellow at the CreativeEconomies research venture.
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.
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 ten books, including “Sodoma” (2019), “On Culture in America” (2006) and the best-seller “Mainstream: On the Global War on Culture and Medias” (2010). 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.
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.
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.
Barbara Villiger Heilig
Barbara Villiger Heilig has been an arts editor of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung for 25 years and is now editor for arts and society at Republik, an digital magazine based in Zurich, which was launched in 2018 and is reader owned and ad free.
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.