Panellists of the Discoverability Forum

On 9 March 2023, the European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (ECCD) organise the first European Discoverability Forum with the support of MEPs Ibán García del Blanco, Alexis Georgoulis and Niklas Nienass, members of the Friendship Group of Creators of Culture, co-organisers of the event. The Forum will be held in the European Parliament in Brussels from 14:00 to 18:00, followed by a cocktail, and will be streamed online.

For this event, ECCD are pleased to have the following speakers.

Panel 1- Discoverability : a concept that concerns all sectors

Romain Delassus – Head of the digital department, Ministry of Culture

Romain Delassus is the head of the digital department of the Ministry of Culture since its creation in January 2021. This team is made up of about a hundred agents and has two main missions: to support and accelerate the internal IT modernisation of the Ministry, and to accompany the digital transformation of the cultural world. Chief engineer of the mines, and committed for 10 years to the challenges of digital transformation of the State and public action, he joined the Ministry of Culture in July 2018 to steer the implementation of the Culture pass until the launch of the first phases of experimentation and the constitution of a dedicated company to carry the project.

Anke Schierholz – President, European Visual Artists

Anke is a trained lawyer with a PhD in Copyright and legal director of VG Bild-Kunst since 1999. In the many legislative developments both on European and national level she stood up for the rights of visual artists. She is president of EVA, the European representation of 29 European visual Arts collective management organisations, board member of OLA where Visual CMOs world-wide cooperate to offer one stop shops for digital licenses and represents visual artists on the board of IFRRO, the international Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations.

Heidi Wiley – Executive Director, European Theatre Convention (ETC)

Heidi Wiley has been the Executive Director of the European Theatre Convention (ETC) since 2009. She has led the ETC to become an established European cultural network spanning over 30 countries. Under her leadership, the ETC has become a strategic partner of the European Commission and has received several prestigious prizes for outstanding achievement in the fields of audience development and cultural heritage. Heidi is also a sought-after moderator and speaker at European events and conferences. Before becoming the Executive Director of the ETC, Heidi started her career as an international producer and touring manager for artists Victoria Chaplin and the Tiger Lillies.

Detlef Bauer – Spokesperson, Product Metadata Interest Group, German Publishers and Booksellers Association

Dr. Detlef Bauer is spokesperson for the Product Metadata Interest Group of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. Since 2017, the interest group has been dealing with the requirements for good metadata in the book and media industry and with all fields of metadata application in online and brick & mortar stores. Since 2020, Dr. Bauer has been responsible for metadata and search as a product manager. In addition to its core business of delivering goods overnight, Libri is also a major provider of product metadata to dealers, a system service provider for bibliography, ordering and enterprise resource planning IT systems as well as white label online shop systems for numerous independent booksellers.

Catherine Magnant– Head of Cultural policy, European Commission

Passionate about the transformative power of culture, Catherine has been dealing with European cultural cooperation since 2011. In 2018, she headed the Commission task-force of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which took place in 37 countries. Catherine is now deputy to the Director and Head of the Cultural Policy Unit in the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture. She started her career in Moscow, where she set up the Press and Information section of the European Commission Delegation. Following this, she was part of the team in Brussels preparing the EU enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe. She moreover worked to promote human rights in third countries, during her time in the External Relations department of the Commission. Catherine, a French citizen, is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, Paris. She also graduated in international Relations and Russian language from the Sorbonne University.

Panel 2- How to better promote EU works and make it discoverable ?

Burak Özgen– General Counsel, GESAC

Burak Özgen is General Counsel at GESAC, which through its 32 members represents more than 1 million creators in EU/EEA in the process of European law and policy making. Before joining GESAC, Burak was legal and policy counsel to EMI Music Publishing and also advised several industry organisations from creative sector. He took part in international projects such as “Fair Music Business Model”, “CELAS Pan-European licensing”, “Music Rights in Southern Africa” with different roles and responsibilities and also worked at the European Commission’s Audio-visual and Media Policies Unit. He holds an LLM from Ghent University in Belgium, where he continued his further research on collective management, and was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. He is a member of ALAI Belgian group ABA/BVA.”

Olivia Regnier– Head of EU Affairs, Spotify

Olivia Regnier is in charge of European policy for Spotify in Brussels since 2017. Previously, she was Director of the European office of IFPI, the trade body representing the international music industry. She started her career in the European Commission and is qualified as a lawyer at the Brussels Bar.

Karmi Ibourki– Chair, CSA Belgium

Karim Ibourki, born in Brussels, Belgium in 1969, holds degrees in Law, Journalism and Communication, and Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He has held various governmental positions including Chief of Staff for the Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and Spokesperson for the Federal Minister for Health and Social Affairs. Currently, he serves as Chairperson of the Belgian CSA and Vice President of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA). He is also a board member of the Wallimage Investment Fund and Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. His favorite quote is “Optimism is a moral duty” by Karl Popper.

Ibán García del Blanco– Member of the European Parliament

Ibán García del Blanco is a member of the European Parliament and serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee. He was appointed rapporteur for a legislative initiative report on An ethical framework for artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies. He also plays an instrumental role defining AI policies as S&D group coordinator of the new special committee for Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age (AIDA). He is a member of the Petitions Committee, substitute member of the Culture and Education Committee, and contributes to the works of the Delegation with the Andean countries and the Parliamentary Assembly Euro-Latin America, EUROLAT. Within his political party, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), Iban García del Blanco has served as a member of the Federal Executive Commission in charge of Culture and Sports for the last four years.

Marta Sanagustin– AVMS Head of Sector, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Marta Sanagustin is Head of Sector for Audiovisual Media Services in DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This includes notably the new rules introduced by the revised AVMSD in 2018 to adapt to the new technological developments, preserve cultural diversity, promote accessibility, protect children and consumers, and safeguard media pluralism, among other important areas. In this context, she is also in particular responsible for the area of promotion of European works.  Before her current post, Marta already dealt with audiovisual matters, working in copyright issues and in particular in the copyright reform. Her previous experience in the Commissions includes positions in telecommunication, legal affairs, interinstitutional issues, or research.

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