Director European Creative Business Network
Bernd Fesel is an independent promoter, researcher and senior advisor in the Cultural and Creative Economy in Europe. He studied Economics and Philosophy in Heidelberg and Bonn from 1983 to 1990, and graduated with an economist degree. Bernd Fesel lectured at the University Bonn and University of Arts Berlin. In 1990 he started his career in the art market as co-owner of the Gallery Karin Fesel, becoming 1997 Managing Director of the German and then the European Gallery Association in Brussels. In 2003 he founded the Bureau for Cultural Policy and Economy, served as advisor of the German UNESCO Commission and the German Federal Foreign Office and launched the first national conference for creative industries in Germany (2004-2009). Since 2009 he has served as senior advisor at the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, since 2011 at the european centre for creative economy (ecce) in Dortmund, www.e-c-c-e.com – a sustainable legacy institution of RUHR.2010. Since 2012 he has also been chair and director of the non-profit European Creative Business Network (ECBN), Rotterdam, Netherlands. ECBN/ ecce are strategic partners of THE ARTS+ Innovation Summit.