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AMANN

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I am director and owner of inforelais – an Austrian consulting company providing tailored services in the field of the knowledge economy and culture. Since 2000, we support a wide range of local and regional clients to develop sustainable innovation projects – most of them financed by EU funds. In addition, European institutions and agencies became important customers of inforelais. Since 2011, I had also several assignments from URBACT. My experiences in integrated and sustainable urban development includes inter alia local creative industries strategies, supporting Danube area wide incubator and university networks, the development of cross-sectoral concepts for the better use of creative innovation and crowd funding. Furthermore, I was involved in urban cultural development strategies, in Europe-wide cultural cooperation activities including the European Capital of Culture. I am member of the expert group of EU Member States on Creative Industries, of the Advisory Board UNESCO Media Art Ciy Linz and of the European Capital of Culture Expert Panel of the European Commission. After graduating with a Commercial Science degree, I lived in France and later in Belgium for further studies and work in the European cultural networks. Coordinating a regional cultural network brought me into intense contact with strategic cultural development. Due to my background in economics, I specialized further in the creative economy.I can rely on more than 20 y of professional experience
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Transnational cooperation is of considerable added value especially to generate learning effects and to contribute to European integration. This fact was a motivation for me to engage in European cooperation and to support related projects with my know-how. I coordinated transnational activities involving local and regional authorities from almost all European countries within several different European networks/projects. In these projects, I was responsible for animating strategic debates, for the development of models for the exchange of experience and good practice as well as for the coaching related to local activities. In 2014 and 2015, I was in charge for the development of a new Austrian funding scheme for transnational cooperation in culture and local innovation which was launched in October 2015. I am also experienced with the transnational URBACT II programme: In 2011, I was integrated in the URBACT II pool of thematic experts for the topics “Improving Innovation and Knowledge Economy” and “Inclusion”. As a member of the External Assessment Panel for the URBACT II call in 2012, I could gain practical experience in project evaluation as well as in hearings with Lead Partners and Lead Experts. In the year 2014 was completed the URBACT II study “Learning through transnational cooperation – methods, results and indicators” for which I was a member of the study team. In 2015 and 2016, I was member of the URBACT External Assessment Panel.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I have extensive experience in speaking and writing in English: I am a frequent speaker in international conferences and workshops and wrote reports in English inter alia on behalf of the European Commission and related agencies. My mother tongue is German. I speak and write also fluently French.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My educational background regarding innovation and the knowledge economy is based on my studies in the field of commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. My professional activities include - Research (ongoing since 2015) on crowdfunding - an innovative financing tool : “Crowdfunding for the cultural and creative sectors: Kick-staring the cultural economy” on behalf of the European Commission - research on the 14 multiannual INTERREG IVC projects on creative industries with a special focus on innovation including inter alia the sub-themes “Innovation in CCI” and “Creative Industries in Smart Specialisation Strategies” and - project delivery: As content-manager for the INTERREG IVC project CREA.RE I supported the partnership (including cities from ES, PL, IT, FI, RO) to develop their local and regional creative industries policies. - Consulting of several innovation-related projects in the Danube Strategy area like the Danube:Future project, a cooperation of universities in the Danube and Adriatic area, aiming at improving entrepreneurship of graduates by the means of cooperation with incubators and local policy makers. - Development of several strategic inputs for the OMC working group of EU Member States in the field of the creative industries
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
By the means of the following thematic inputs (reports, briefings, etc) , I have fed the learning process on transnational level: - Innovation ecosystem for the Creative Industries – visualization (2016; on behalf of the OMC working group of EU Member States) - Crowdfunding Strategy for Planet K project in Slovenia (2016; TAF-DRP Planet K – Core Module - City of Vienna) - Access to Finance – Territorial Outreach of Financing Schemes for Cultural and Creative Sectors – discussion paper on behalf of the OMC working group of EU Member States (2014-2015 - Incubators and University Cooperation in the Danube area (2014; TAF-DRP Danube:Future – Core Module - City of Vienna) - INTERREG IVC report on capitalisation on creative industries (2014; INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat) - INTERREG IVC policy recommendations for supporting creative industries (2014; INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat) - Culture counts …. For the EU Structural and Investment Funds’ implementation 2014-2020 (2013; INTERACT) - INTERREG IVC publication “Why reinventing the wheel? Capitalising on regional policy achievements in supporting creative industries” (2013; INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In the framework of the multiannual NTERREG IVC capitalization project on Creative Industries, we produced two reports including a wealth of good practice examples and policy recommendations in the field of innovation in creative industries as well as Smart Specialisation. The elaboration of the reports was participative involving a big number of city and regional policy makers and thematic experts. The dissemination included thematic workshops (internal) as well as related conference formats (including thematic working groups with policy makers) and online dissemination as well as presentations at the Open Days. We worked two colleagues together for the thematic field of creative industries with equal responsibilities. In the context of the INTERREG IVC project CREA.RE, I was responsible to animate the discussion between policy makers including cities from ES, PL, IT, FI, RO. We worked on the development of local Creative Industries strategies. These were fed by good practices examples for which I provided input and internal reports for the partnership. Dissemination was organized by the means of workshops. I developed and facilitated the first common workshop of several INTERREG IVC projects in Creative Industries which fed also the later capitalization activities of the INTERREG IVC programme.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
My main experience in capitalization is the INTERREG IVC capitalization project on creative industries (2012-2015) which I have already described in D.3 above and which I repeat below: In the framework of the multiannual NTERREG IVC capitalization project on Creative Industries, we produced two reports including a wealth of good practice examples and policy recommendations in the field of innovation in creative industries as well as Smart Specialisation. The elaboration of the reports was participative involving a big number of city and regional policy makers and thematic experts. The dissemination included thematic workshops (internal) as well as related conference formats (including thematic working groups with policy makers) and online dissemination as well as presentations at the Open Days. We worked two colleagues together for the thematic field of creative industries with equal responsibilities.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I am a thematic expert in the knowledge economy with a special focus on the creative industries. Having worked in many transnational programmes (like INTERREG, URBACT) and strategies (the Danube Strategy), I have a deep understanding regarding the feasibility of transnational project approaches within these programmes. My work as INTERREG IVC capitalisation expert on Creative Industries included the in depth analysis of innovation needs of the creative sectors and the elaboration of related targeted policy recommendations for local and regional policy makers (topics: innovation ecosystem incl. stakeholder processes, CCI in Smart Specialisation, incubators). As content-manager for the INTERREG IVC project CREA.RE I supported the partnership (including cities from ES, PL, IT, FI, RO) to develop their local and regional creative industries policies. In the ongoing Europe-wide research on the innovative financing tool “Crowdfunding”, I am part of the research team working on behalf of the European Commission and in charge of elaborating case studies. Since 2011, I am a member of the Europe-wide cultural and creative industries OMC experts group of EU Member States. In 2016, I became the co-chair of the group.
Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
My educational background regarding arts and culture is based on my studies in the field of commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (including the leisure economy and cultural tourism) as well as my diplomas from the University Sorbonne and the Institute for Cultural Science. My professional activities include - research and project delivery for the Austrian Federal Chancellery – Culture Section which included inter alia the designing of potential cultural heritage related support measures in the new AT ESI-funds programmes. A stakeholder process allowed for a wider inclusion of the culture sector and beyond. - The assessment and monitoring of the European Capital of Culture Cities permits deep insight in the state-of-the-art of urban cultural development. This work completes previous consultant work provided for the City of Linz as well as the European Capital of Culture Linz 2009. - Strategic adviser for EU project development, implementation and management for the City of Linz cultural department
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I have produced a whole set of reports and analysis related inter alia in the framework of the above mentioned projects: - Development of a concept for protected buildings (cultural heritage) which should be renovated in a more ecological manner by the means of the EU-ESI-Fonds (2012; internal paper, not published due to political reasons) - Report on the cultural topics included in the local development strategies of the Austrian Leader Action Groups 2014-2020 (2015; internal paper for the development of a related funding scheme) - Pre-selection report for the Luxembourg City of Culture 2022 (2016; European Commission)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The following reports included also a wider range of good practice examples in order to highlight important issues and to make the recommendations more easy to understand: - Report on the cultural topics included in the local development strategies of the Austrian Leader Action Groups 2014-2020 (2015; internal paper for the development of a related funding scheme) - Pre-selection report for the Luxembourg City of Culture 2022 (2016; European Commission)
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The report on the cultural topics included in the local development strategies of the Austrian Leader Action Groups 2014-2020 was the basis for a new funding scheme “Leader Transnational Kultur” which was launched in October 2015. I designed a related dissemination scheme comprising thematic workshops. The first one was held in May 2016 covering the topics of innovation in crafts by the means of the culture and creative sectors and how to face challenges of integration in rural areas by involving creativity.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
As an arts and culture enthusiast, I decided already during my studies to focus on cultural tourism for my master thesis. After several professional activities in the regional and European cultural networks, I decided to found my own company in the year 2000. I would like to highlight the following recent consulting projects in the field of culture: The consulting provided for the Austrian Federal Chancellery – Culture Section included inter alia the designing of potential cultural heritage related support measures in the new AT ESI-funds programmes (2014-2020). A stakeholder process allowed for a wider inclusion of the culture sector and beyond. In 2015, the European Parliament nominated me as a member of the expert panel for the European Capitals of Culture. The assessment and monitoring of the European Capital of Culture Cities allows me deep insight in the state-of-the-art of urban cultural development. This work completes previous consultant work provided for the City of Linz as well as the European Capital of Culture Linz 2009. In 2015, I was also nominated in the Advisory Board of UNESCO Media Art City Linz.

Informations

Residence location:
Austria
Languages:
German - Mother tongue
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Email:
office@inforelais.org

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