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World Cities Culture Summit Amsterdam 2014

The third World Cities Culture Summit was held in Amsterdam 12-14 November 2014. The event was hosted by the City of Amsterdam. The summit was curated by BOP Consulting, working closely with the Amsterdam authorities and the chair of the World Cities Culture Forum, Justine Simons, Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority, and liaising closely with all the other member cities.

Download the event brochure below. It contains detailed information about the programme and delegates.

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The themes of the summit were:

  • branding and promotion
  • urban development, renewal and transformation
  • talent, enterprise and innovation

‘Sustaining Success’, the third policy briefing of the Forum, captures some of the main conversations that took place at the Summit such as cultural authenticity in the age of mass tourism, balancing heritage and identity with modernity, and developing cultural capability in all citizens. The document is available for download in English and Spanish here.

We would like to thank the following for participating and speaking at the World Cities Culture Summit Amsterdam 2014:


Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Mayor for Arts & Culture and Economic Affairs, City of Amsterdam

Max van Engen, Director of the Department of Housing, City of Amsterdam

Araf Ahmadali, Policy advisor for Arts and Culture, City of Amsterdam


Esteve Caramés, Strategic Policy Advisor, Barcelona City Culture Department

Josep Lluís Alay, Director for Heritage, Museums and Archives at Barcelona City Culture Department

Sandra Jabalquinto, International Relations Office, Barcelona City Council


Fangming Qiu, Director, Beijing Association for Cultural Exchanges

Wei Meng, Beijing Association for Cultural Exchanges


Clarisa Ruiz Correal, Secretary of Culture, Leisure and Sport Department, City of Bogotá

Buenos Aires:

Hernán Lombardi, Minister of Culture, City of Buenos Aires

Miguel Gutiérrez, Secretary of Tourism, City of Buenos Aires

Hong Kong:

Yuet-wah Wong, Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs (Culture), Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Elaine Yeung, Chief Manager (Audience Building, Festivals & Entertainment), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Prof. Ahmet Emre Bilgili, Director, Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism

Esma Firuze Küyük, Assistant Expert of Culture & Tourism, Istanbul Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism


Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education, Mayor of London’s Office

Justine Simons, Head of Culture, Mayor of London’s Office

Jackie McNerney, Culture Strategy Manager, Mayor of London’s Office

Chenine Bhathena, Senior Cultural Strategy Officer, Mayor of London’s Office

Ben McKnight, Senior Press Officer, Mayor of London’s Office

Los Angeles:

Danielle Brazell, Executive Director, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Sofia Klatzker, Director of Grants and Professional Development, Los Angeles County Arts Commission


José Francisco Garcia Lopez, Director General of Cultural Heritage and Urban Landscape Quality, Madrid City Council

Carlota Álvarez Basso, Director, Matadero Madrid


Jean-Robert Choquet, Director, Direction de la culture et du patrimoine, Ville de Montréal

Pierre Fortin, Executive Director, Quartier des spectacles Partnership


Natalia Fishman, Advisor to the Head of the Moscow Department of Culture, Moscow City Government

Maria Privalova, Program Director, International Moscow Culture Forum

Alina Bogatkova, Executive Director, Moscow Institute for Social and Cultural Programs

New York:

Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City

Ryan Max, Director of External Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City

Kate D. Levin, Advisor, World Cities Culture Forum and Principal, Bloomberg Associates (New York, NY)

Danai Pointer, Bloomberg Associates partner


Rachel Khan, Cultural Counsellor of the Governor of Paris Ile-de-France region

Carine Camors, Urban Economist, IAU Ile-de-France

Odile Soulard, Urban Economist, IAU Ile-de-France

Rio de Janeiro:

Sérgio Sá Leitão, Secretary of Culture /CEO of RioFilme, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro

Danielle Barreto Nigromonte, Undersecretary of Culture, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro


Cheol-hyoung Lee, Team Head of Cultural Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Chung il Choi, Senior Administrator, Cultural Policy Team, Seoul Metropolitan Government

Hae-Bo Kim, Head, Department of Policy Research, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture


Lu Shen, Deputy Director, Shanghai Social and Cultural Administration, Shanghai Municipal Government

Na Liu, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV Policy Laws & Regulations Division

Prof. Changyong Huang, Vice President, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Meijun Guo, Vice Director, John Howkins Research Centre on Creative Economy, Shanghai Theatre Academy


Dr. Wangxi Han, Deputy-director of Shenzhen Association for International Culture Exchanges

Prof. Fengliang Li, Vice President of Shenzhen University (SZU); Dean of Institute for Cultural Industries, SZU

Dr. Rong Zhao, Senior Staff, Shenzhen Association for International Culture Exchanges Publicity Office, the Publicity Department of Shenzhen Municipal Committee of CPC

Dr. Wen Wen, Director of Department of Project Development, Institute for Cultural Industries, SZU


Sharon Chang, Deputy Director, Research Unit, Singapore National Arts Council

Natasha Mano, Manager, Arts & Heritage Division, Singapore Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


Patrik Liljegren, Manager, Department of Culture Strategy, City of Stockholm

Mats Sylwan, Senior advisor, Department of Culture Strategy, City of Stockholm


Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Chairman, Specialist Committee for Cultural Policy, Tokyo Council for the Arts; Director of Arts and Cultural Projects, NLI Research Institute

Yuko Ishiwata, Program Director, Arts Council Tokyo

Kazuhiko Suzuki, Program Officer, Planning Office for Arts Council Tokyo


Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, Cultural Services, City of Toronto

David Stonehouse, Director, Waterfront Secretariat, City of Toronto

World Cities Culture Forum Management Team:

Paul Owens, Managing Director, BOP Consulting; Director, World Cities Culture Forum

Matthieu Prin, Project Manager, World Cities Culture Forum

Yvonne Lo, Co-ordinator, World Cities Culture Forum; Researcher, BOP Consulting

Richard Naylor, Director, Research, BOP Consulting

Tom Campbell, BOP Associate

Ulrike Chouguley, Senior Consultant, BOP Consulting