Dr. Lidia Varbanova has professional experience as a consultant, lecturer, researcher, program manager and coach in over 60 countries worldwide.
She has provided consultancy and research services, including on intercultural dialogue. Lidia’s professional expertise covers topics as diverse as strategic planning and development in a cross-cultural context, cultural policy related to interculturalism, cultural management in a multicultural environment, innovative marketing and fundraising in the cultural sector, international cultural cooperation, managing cultural content online and building up complex online portals and resources tools.
In the last several years she has been a regular visiting professor at the City University, London; University of Arts, Belgrade; external examiner with the Utrecht School of the Arts, the Netherlands and trainer under long-term capacity building programs for key cultural organisations in Kaliningrad, Ukraine and Moldova, supported by the ECF, the European Commission and MATRA program. She has been a visiting professor at Dartington College for the Arts, and the University of Cambridge.
Lidia is currently the Program Director of the MA Program in Management of Performing Arts and Industries, and Professor at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Studies in Sofia, regular visiting Professor at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Hassan II University in Casablanca. She is also a member of the UNESCO Expert Facility for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on Cultural Diversity. Lidia is involved in practical projects – her new initiative is Kamenov House for Creative Thinking: an authentic place for artists and academia to create or hatch a new idea in a beautiful rural environment.