Cultural Planning and Development, Centre for
Dr. Lidia Varbanova has over 20 years of professional experience as a consultant, educator, researcher and manager in more than 55 countries. Her portfolio focuses on strategy, policy development, entrepreneurship and innovations, organisational development and online technologies, with a special emphasis on arts, culture and creative industries.
Lidia has been permanent and visiting professor in prominent universities and training centers in Europe and Canada and has received a number of distinguished awards, among them: Dragan Klaic European award for excellence in teaching, FULBRIGHT Program, Japan Foundation fellowship, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation post-doctoral award and scholarship from Webb Memorial Trust, Oxford.
Lidia has an insightful experience and knowledge in successfully consulting start-ups as well as established organizations, networks and online platforms in the field of arts and creative industries
An internationally acclaimed conference speaker and moderator, she provides consultancy and research services for government authorities, foundations, nonprofit and business organizations. Lidia is an active member of several professional networks in Canada and Europe. Currently, she consults Soros Foundation Tajikistan on establishment of a new MA program in Arts Management. She is also the Business Developer of Mojito Music - a new label for Latin and World Music.