2nd GO Group Workshop for Sustainable Festivals & Events – Speakers

Lucile Barras, Green Music Initiative (CH)

Lucile Barras is Project Manager at Thema1. She has organised and coordinated several multi-stakeholder events and projects for the Green Music Initiative, the Renewables-Grid-Initiative and the Product Carbon Footprint World Forum. Previously, she was scientific assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She was part of the German EU presidency delegation at several EU and UN conferences as an Ecologic Institute advisor to the German Ministry for Environment. She organized an international conference on climate change policy for the European Climate Forum in 2007. She holds a Master of Arts in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneva and another Master of Arts in environmental management from the Free University Berlin.



Jacob Bilabel,Green Music Initiative (D)

Jacob Bilabel is Founder of the Green Music Initiative, which provides a platform for the music and entertainment industry to coordinate projects in the fight against climate change – with the objective to create demand for innovative and sustainable strategies – both from the climate and business points of view.

Prior to that he worked in the management of Universal Music Germany. In the following years he set up MySpace’s operations in Germany and became part of the social media advisory board of the Green Party. In the 2005 elections he was a personal consultant to Mr. Joschka Fischer, Germany’s Foreign Minister.Today, he is Managing Director of Berlin based think-do-tank THEMA1 specialised in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon society. He is a mentor at the Akademie der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin and founding member of the ReDesign Deutschland initiative. Beside that he is board member of Berlin’s Chamber of Commerce for Creative. Jacob Bilabel is also serving as a part of the German Technical mirror committee for the new ISO 20121 standard for Sustainability in Event Management.



Teresa Moore, Bucks University (UK)

Teresa Moore is Head of Department for Music & Events Management at Buckinghamshire New University. She has worked closely with Live Music Industry promoters, environmental managers and organisers both here and in Europe to develop a range of networks, and conferences to share ideas, looking   at industry and consumer expectations to help them to promote a more sustainable approach to the organisation and running of live music events. Teresa has been actively engaged in research having been commissioned to carry out a number of industry based research initiatives for A Greener Festival, Julie’s Bicycle and Transport for London. She has also acted as consultant and advised city representatives, bidding for Cultural Capital status, from both Germany and Sweden on aspects of running a sustainable City festival. She sits on the UK mirror committee for the development of the International Standard in Sustainable Events Management  ISO 20121 and is a founder member of a United Nations Environmental initiative to promote sustainability in the international music industry  She is Research Manager for and sits on the management board of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies and is a member of Senate at the University. Teresa is also a director of Music label MC9 Music Ltd.



Marie Rogvi, Roskilde Festival (DK)

Marie á Rogvi is a project manager at the Roskilde Festival in the Development Department. She works primarily on projects concerning the humanitarian work, the climate and environmental work as well as general assistance to the management. She is the former campaign manager at Roskilde Festival’s climate campaign Green Footsteps. Roskilde Festival is the biggest festival in the Northern Europe with approx. 100,000 visitors a day, 8 days of camping and 170 bands. Roskilde Festival is a nonprofit association – created by several thousands of volunteers and 35 employees.



Holger Jan Schmidt, Green Events Europe, RhEINKULTUR (D)

Holger Jan Schmidt was managing director and production manager of Germany’s biggest admission-free festival RhEINKULTUR leading also the media and sponsors department. Together with Sabine Funk he owns the promoting agency of GreenEvents Europe, Bonn Promotion Dept. Schmidt has a carrier of about twenty years with RhEINKULTUR being in leading position since 1998. Together with his colleagues he invented the ‘Green Rocks’-program that covers all sustainability and environmental issues of the festival, which was one of the greenest in Europe. Schmidt focuses on several major event sustainability related projects with a focus on environmental friendliness and communication. Schmidt holds a diploma in media economics from Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln: He is board member of the Sounds for Nature foundation and Yourope’s anchorman for green issues.



Fruzsina Szép, Sziget Festival (HUN)

Fruzsina Szép is the program director of the Sziget Festival. She has 13 years experience as an artistic and cultural manager. She started her carrer of being the manager of live events and of several Hungarian groups, but mainly of the Muzsikás Ensemble and Márta Sebestyén. She was the music currator in several Hungarian Cultural Seasons representing the country abroad. She established several national and international cultural projects such as the Hungarian Music Export Office, the Roots&Routes Talent Development program in Hungary, the RegiON live! CEE Showcase Club Festival and the RegiON Music Conference which was focused on to bring together Hungarian and European music acts and music professionals. She worked in Brussels as the director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute. Fruzsina grew up in Germany, lived in Australia, Canada and Guatemala. Her main goal is to help to build up a well structured link between the Eastern and the Western European Cultural Market and to exchange a high level of know-how and best practice between cultural and artistic workers.



Vladimir Vodalov, Exit Festival (Ser)

Vladimir Vodalov is  Executive Manager of AAA Production d.o.o., an event, booking and promotion company from Novi Sad. AAA Production is the production company in charge of Exit Festival program and production. He also is member of the Exit programme production team and assistant to the programme production manager since 2005, responsoble for legal aspects, budget and artists contracts in the booking department. Before he managed Exit’s press center. Vladimir studied English at “Radnički” Universit, worked for “Amiga Style” and  “Playjoy” magazines, was co-founder of Student`s Union of University of Natural Science in Novi Sad and its secretary. He was involved in “Wired – Unlimited Cultural Exchange Network” and organized two Reflex seminars in Novi Sad. He dealt talent exchange projects between Balkans and Scandinavia and ca-realized the „Eco Bus Tour“ to support the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.w



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