Dr. Lidia Varbanova has over 20 years of professional experience as a consultant, educator, researcher and manager in more than 60 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 international networks. She offers coaching and masterclasses for arts entrepreneurs, cultural managers and artists from her website www.lidiavarbanova.ca . She also runs Kamenov House for Creative Thinking in Bulgaria: a great place to think, write, create and live in an authentic rural environment.