The experts' team contributes to the identification of best practices and will have an active role in the study visits and coaching activities. Each of them brings to the project specific competences.


The experts’ team will be led by Philippe Kern (KEA). Philippe has more than 25 years of experience in the culture and creative sectors and has been at the front of many research assignments for European and local bodies. Philippe will be assisted by Arthur Le Gall (KEA) to ensure the overall coordination of the experts’ component of the project. In addition to Philippe, the team will count on Julie Hervé and Pau Rausell-Köster as experts on cultural policy and urban planning. Both Julie and Pau have more than 8 years of experience in the field of urban planning, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, culture and creative industries and cultural heritage.


Philippe Kern - Head of Expert Team, Lead Expert 1



Philippe KERN is the founder and managing director of KEA. Based in Brussels since 1999, KEA is Europe’s leading consultancy and research center on culture and creative industries. KEA has an office in Shenzhen (China) since 2012. KEA helps territories managing cultural and creative resources to deliver innovation. KEA is involved as initiator or scientific coordinator of various high profile European projects such as European Creative Industry Alliance (ECIA – DG Grow), Creative SpIN (Urbact), KiiCS (Art and Science – H2020), Sparks (Art, Science, Health H2020), Creative Tracks (DG EAC) , Culture for Cities and Regions (Creative Europe – DGEAC). KEA is expert in Interreg, Urbact, H2020 and Creative Europe programmes.

Kern has 25 years’ experience in the world of culture, creative industries, public affairs and legal advice. He is a specialist in culture economics, copyright, anti-trust and trade law. He has led a range of research and strategy programs at European level, notably for the European Commission and the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and WIPO. He is advising numerous public and private bodies on the formulation of strategies in the field of urban development, innovation, culture and audiovisual policies. Kern set up IMPALA in 2000. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram (now Universal) and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges.


Julie Hervé - Lead Expert 2



Julie Hervé has worked as a policy advisor at EUROCITES since 2006. She manages the activities of the EUROCITES Culture forum, gathering representatives from more than 130 European cities and of specialised working groups (resourcing culture; cultural and creative industries; young people and culture; access to culture; mobility of artists). She develops policy positions and publications on various aspects of culture in cities and represents the interest of member cities towards the European institutions. Julie also manages EUROCITIES activities on entrepreneurship and SMEs and on branding and city attractiveness.
Prior to joining EUROCITIES, Julie worked at the coordination office of the European Heritage Days in Lisbon. She also worked at the French agency for export promotions in Paris, where she was in charge of the tourism and architecture sectors. She also worked in Brussels for several small business organisations and for the European technical assistance office of the Euro Info Centre network (now Enterprise Europe network). Julie holds a master engineer degree (‘ingénieur maître’) in cultural heritage and a master degree in European Relations.

Pau Rausell Köster - Lead expert 3

Pau Rausell Köster started his academic career in 1989, only a few months after graduating in Economics and Business, joining the University of Valencia as an assistant lecturer. In 1993, during a study stay at the prestigious Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Empirische of the University of Zürich, he was introduced to the field of cultural economics by well-known economist Bruno Frey. Back in Spain, he approached the few researchers that were specializing in Cultural Economics at the time. One of them was Lluís Bonet, from the University of Barcelona. In 1996, after defending his PhD thesis, he created Econcult, the first Cultural Economics Research Unit in Spain, within the University of Valencia’s Department of Applied Economics. Since the end of the 1990s, Rausell has contributed to the development of Cultural Economics in Spain. He made notable contributions to the fields of applied research and methodological development. In 2008, the research unit became part of the newly established Interuniversity Institute for Local Development (IIDL), adding tourism to its fields of study. Since 2009, Rausell has taken part in several European projects (SOSTENUTO, CANEPAL, CREATIVEMED, 3CINCUBATORS) as main researcher and has been commissioned by multinational organizations such as the Organization of Iberoamerican States (OEI) to undertake research projects, coordinating interdisciplinary teams from all over the world. Because of his profile and communicative skills, the researcher has been asked to participate in a great number of conferences and events and teach in postgraduate courses in Spain and abroad.


Arthur Le Gall - support to the expert team



Arthur Le Gall is a consultant and researcher at KEA. His work focuses on the analysis and evaluation of policies for cultural and creative industries at European and local levels. He is also contributing to the preparation and management of European projects in those fields and has experience in all relevant European programmes (COSME, Creative Europe, and Horizon 2020).
He is mainly working on strategic development of the cultural and creative across cities and regions and has worked on several assignments in this field: strategic diagnostic of cultural and creative industries in Lille Métropole (2014), and the longitudinal evaluation of Mons, European Capital of Culture in 2015 (2012-2016). He designed a 2 years action plan for a Creative Hub in Belgium (2014), and recently completed a study which aims to analyse how to improve exports through acquisition of market–driven business skills for cultural entrepreneurs in Caribbean countries for Caribbean Export (2015).
He regularly speaks on topics related to the cultural and creative sectors. His latest interventions covered creative spillovers, local development of CCS, internationalisation of creative clusters, and crowdfunding for music & the arts.
He previously worked for the legal department of OFI AM (France), where he was specialised in alternative investments and is a guest lecturer at Cergy-Pontoise University (France) on European cultural projects for regions and cities. He graduated from Sciences Po Lille (FR) and from Kent University (UK).

Tom Fleming - additional expert

Dr Tom Fleming, as director of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, is a consultant and academic specialising in research and support for the cultural and Creative Industries sector at all levels, plus on broader issues of culture and creativity for cities and regions. Key areas of specialism include Creative Industries investment, local and regional Creative Industries strategies, cluster development, detailed mapping, cultural planning, and establishing targeted support mechanisms for the Creative Industries sector that include approaches to finance, investment, business advice, skills/training, property feasibility, and network and supply chain development. He has led a range of research and strategy programmes on behalf of regional development agencies and high profile national bodies, as well as undertaken significant international work. Central to his approach is the relationship between creativity and economic development, where creativity can drive the growth of a range of sectors and enhance the prospects for specific places to attract highly skilled and culturally active citizens.

Peter Inkei - additional expert

Peter Inkei, is the Director of the Budapest Observatory (officially the Regional Observatory on Financing Culture in East-Central Europe). An independent non-profit organisation, it conducts or takes part in various projects on cultural policy, finances and planning ( Dr Inkei has done consultancy in various fields of cultural policy, among others for the Council of Europe, the city of Košice, the Hungarian national development agency, and actually in the European Expert Network on Culture, initiated by the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture. He is the author of the Hungarian entry of the Compendium of cultural policies, and was in the preparatory task force of the Council of Europe ministerial conference in Moscow, April 2013. Served on the Board of Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe (CIRCLE), was a stakeholders’ representative on the LabforCulture board, and has been key speaker at a number of international conferences. Previously, had held various positions in the civil service, including deputy minister for culture, general director for publishing (Ministry of Culture), national coordinator of research (Ministry of Education), and his first job was at the National Commission for UNESCO. Péter Inkei has also worked in the book sector: was general director for publishing at the Ministry of Culture (1987-1991), founding director of the Budapest International Book Festival (1994), and has been deputy director of the Central European University Press since 2001.

Marianna Kajantie- additional expert



Marianna Kajantie graduated from the Faculty of Education, Helsinki University 1982. After receiving a master's degree in Education she started working in the cultural office of the city of Helsinki. Her first assignment was to plan the Art education programme for the Annantalo Arts Centre for children and youth. She was the director of the Centre until 1992, until she was appointed director of the Alexander Theatre as well as deputy cultural director. Then she became head of the division for cultural policies, which is her current position. She has been involved in several EU-funded projects, such as Lasipalatsi Film and Media Centre (of which she is the current managing director), Arts and Diversity, promoting immigrant artist, Urban Culture, cultural actions in suburban areas of the city etc.

Nils Scheffler- additional expert

Nils Scheffler, Graduate Engineer of Spatial Planning (Diplom-Ingenieur), registered town planner and DGNB Auditor for sustainable neighbourhoods, founded in 2003 the office “Urban Expert”. Since then he has worked at both the local and international levels in the field of integrated, sustainable urban development and participatory planning and implementation processes.
A particular focus of Mr. Scheffler’s work is the development and safeguarding of historic cities, quarters and world heritage sites. Thereby he links the safeguarding and development of the cultural heritage with the requirements of a sustainable city. The participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders is a key element in the realisation of such missions. Amongst others he has elaborated the integrated world heritage management plan for the Old Town of Regensburg, he was the lead expert for the EU URBACT network “HerO: Heritage as Opportunity: Sustainable Management Strategies for Vital Historic Urban Landscapes” ( and wrote a study for the federal state of Berlin about the development of tools to safeguard and further develop the built heritage evolved through the “International Building Exhibition-IBA ’87 in Berlin”. Through his activities in Germany and abroad Mr. Scheffler has amassed a very high level of competence in interdisciplinary cooperation in international and multicultural environments. Through his various activities in the field of project management, as well as the organization and facilitation of participatory development processes, he has developed excellent moderation and communication expertise as well as organizational and coordination skills.