BJCEM Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of the President of the Association, the Treasurer and the representatives suggested by the National Committees and elected by the General Assembly. The Board of Directors plans and manages the activities of the Association aiming at the common interest.

Ibrahim Spahić – Bosnia and Herzegovina

He is Director of the International Sarajevo Festival Sarajevo Winter. In 1984, he was the first President of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. He has been respectively President of the International Centre for Peace; the Board Sarajevo – first intercultural city of the European Council; the Publishers’ and Booksellers’ association of Bosnia & Herzegovina; the GDS (Citizen’s Democratic Party); the International foundation Kulin ban; the IITM for B&H; House of Europe Sarajevo; the commission for cultural strategy development in B&H; the Art Community Collegium Artisticum and Eco-movement Skakavac.  He was member of the Executive Committee of the European Committee for culture of the European Council and president of the project Sarajevo – cultural centre if Europe 1993/94, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Festivals. He was the first president of the Lions Club Sarajevo. He was representative in the Bosnia & Herzegovina Parliament Assembly for three mandates.

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Leonardo Punginelli – Italy

Since 2004, he has been the Secretary of the Italian BJCEM Committee. Since 2016, he has been Director of the Young Artists Association of Emilia-Romagna. Since 1989, he has been Head of the Young Artists Office of the Municipality of Ferrara. He has written and coordinated projects at national level in the field of youth creativity and urban regeneration. He has designed and directed exhibition and cultural spaces of the Municipality of Ferrara and has organized numerous exhibition events, from 1990 to today, at local, regional, and national level.

Rita Canarezza – San Marino

Since 1993, she is fostering the active participation of the Republic of San Marino within BJCEM network and has been Cultural Operator at the Cultural Institutes of the Republic of San Marino, Performing Arts section (relating to the Ministry of Education and Culture, Department of Culture and Tourism), where she currently works on the project to open the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Republic of San Marino. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, she is part of the postgraduate research program CCA – Center for Contemporary Art of Kitakyusu in Japan for one year (1998 – 1999) as student of Marina Abramović.

Elena Christodoulidou – Cyprus

Since 2010, she is Senior Cultural Officer in the Cultural Services of the Ministry, responsible for the departments of Cinema, Fine arts, Music and the European Affaires. She respectively is Chairwoman of the Cinema Advisory Committee and the official representative of Cyprus at the EFAD and of the Committee of Works of Art Acquisition, at the Ministry of Education and Culture aiming at the enrichment of the State’s Collection of Contemporary Cypriot Art. She was a Jury Member of different International Film Festivals.  She represents the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus to the Audiovisual Working Group of the Council of the European Union and she is a member of the European Film Academy. In 2013, she obtained a doctorate in History of Art concerning the contemporary art of Cyprus.

Magda Makri – Greece

In 2016, Magda was appointed as National Representative of the Ministry to the statutory Bodies of BJCEM. She has been working in the Cycladic Islands Ephorate of Antiquities of the Culture Ministry, before her transfer as detached staff to the Culture Department of Ministry of Education and Research.

Nina Mudrinić Milovanović – Serbia

She is Executive of StrategieArt –  Contemporary Art Centre in Belgrade which deals with visual arts. She has been a member in editorship of THEORIA Serbian philosophy magazine published by Philosophical Society of Serbia, supported by Belgrade University. She is Member of Board of The Institute for the study of Culture and Christianity, Member of Serbian Philosophy Society. She is CEO of the Belgrade Art School for Design and New Media.


Karen Venturini – San Marino

She is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics and Technology of the University of the Republic of San Marino. She is teaching Economical evaluation of projects and products at the undergraduate degree course in Industrial Design, University of San Marino – IUAV University, Venice. She received a degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Bologna and a PhD in Engineering Management at the University of San Marino. Her research interests are in the area of cultural economics, diffusion of technologies into various settings and applications, innovation management and R&D management, open innovation, academic spin-offs.

Eleni Tsevekidou – Thessaloniki

Since 2013, she is a member of the Board of Directors of BJCEM representing the Municipality of Thessaloniki. Since 1988, she has been working in the Municipality of Thessaloniki and she currently is Head of the Directorate of Culture and Tourism with experience in organising art exhibitions, international festivals, producing artistic performances and coordinating numerous projects at local and national level in the field of culture. She has represented the Municipality of Thessaloniki in international conferences and seminars on cultural management, participates in committees and working groups for the organization of multidisciplinary festivals. She is also the head of the operation of the two music ensembles of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and determines their collaborations with artists and soloists. 

Carlo Testini – Italy

Since 1990, he has been working at the National Directorate of Arci in various capacities, including as Coordinator of partnerships with companies, Head of fundraising campaigns, Organizer of numerous national events. He is currently National Coordinator of the Cultural Sector of Arci. He promoted Arci Real project, a circuit dedicated to live music; Arci Teatro, a project to enhance the theatrical experiences of the association; Arci Book, a network of reading promotion experiences; La Ville Ouverte, a program of art actions in the public space.

Michelle Bowen – U.K.

She is a highly experienced cultural leader, who has led and managed major organisational and programme development projects, as well working with leading UK strategic cultural & funding agencies and creative individuals. Michelle has an established record of accomplishment in major fundraising and is committed to artistic excellence particularly across the contemporary visual arts. She builds trustful influential relationships bringing local, national and international contacts and networks to any role.

Selim Birsel – Turkey

Since 1999, he is a member of BJCEM. He is a professional visual artist working with divers’ medium such as drawing, painting, installation, photography, video, performance… Since 1990, he is exhibiting his works in national and international shows. He is also involved on curetting since 1991 in divers’ projects and institutions; Responsible for organizing and curetting Sabancı University KASA GALLERY from 1999 until now and continuing. He is teaching Art Studios in Visual Arts (undergraduate and master degree) classes in Sabancı University since 1999.

Chiara Bobbio – Italy

She is in Charge of Cultural Activities in the Department of Culture, Archives, Museums and Libraries of Comune di Torino.

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