Patrick Bartos, CEO of the Creative.Region Linz & Upper Austria

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Dr. Patrick Bartos is a renowned international manager, expert, consultant and academic lecturer in Cultural Economics and the Creative Industries. He is the CEO of the Creative.Region Linz & Upper Austria GmbH (CREATIVE REGION), the joint initiative by the City of Linz and the Federal State of Upper Austria to position Linz and Upper Austria as a creative location and to support people and companies in the creative industries. Started from scratch in 2011, the CREATIVE REGION is today among the benchmarks for creative industries support companies in Europe.

Patrick holds a PhD in social and economic sciences, a Master in Arts and Media Management and a Master in law. He owes a major part of his educational development to the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg and has particularly fond memories of his internships at the Director’s Offices at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. He started his career as Research Consultant at AEA Consulting, a company specializing in strategy consulting for local, regional and national governments as well as arts institutions with offices in London and New York. He then served as assistant to the Director of the V&A Theatre Museum in London, as project manager of the redevelopment of the London Transport Museum and as executive assistant to the Director at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna. From 2004 to 2010 he was a Senior Researcher and Consultant at invent Consulting in Vienna where, among many other projects, he created the Contemporary Cultural Tourism platform „Creative Austria“ and co-designed the marketing plan as well as the cultural plan for RUHR.2010 – European Capital of Culture.

In addition to this range of experience, Patrick regularly writes academic papers and commercial articles. As a distinguished speaker and conference participant his significant language skills include fluency in German and English, an advanced level in French and Portuguese and a good level in Spanish and Italian.

Lorna Edwards, Programme Manager, Nesta Scotland

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Lorna works across Nesta’s creative economy and public service innovation programmes. Since joining in 2013, she has managed the Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland and leads on our Creative Enterprise Programme, working internationally in partnership with the British Council and with creative supporters in the UK.

Lorna has worked extensively around governance, leadership, management and enterprise development across public, private and third sectors as part of the team at the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Social Enterprise Academy, Scottish Human Services Trust and the Scottish Leadership Foundation. She is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach who has spent time as a charity chief executive, enterprise board member and civil servant.

Lorna has a degree in geography from St Andrews University and a Masters in Applied Population Research from University of Exeter.

An accomplished multi-tasker, Lorna is mum to twin toddler girls and has two dachshunds called Würst and Hoagie.

Chris Hall, manager The Hive United Kingdom

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Chris Hall runs The Hive, Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a purpose built germinator and incubator unit created to help students, graduates and staff to develop high growth creative, knowledge and technology based start-up businesses. The Hive also leads on embedding entrepreneurship across the university curriculum. He is also a fellow of Enterprise Educators UK.

Previously, Chris worked for 35 years in a wide range of companies throughout British Industry from “blue chip” to SMEs, in sectors ranging from heavy engineering to soft drinks and from building products to plastics. He has managed several subsidiary operations for major PLCs and has also run his own small business consultancy.


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