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    Ana Carla Fonseca Creative Economy, Cities and Business

    Dr. Ana Carla Fonseca is an international consultant, speaker and advisor on the creative economy, cities, culture, business and development. Public Manager from Fundação Getulio Vargas (the most influential think tank in Latin America), at the age of 20; Economist; holding a four-year Master cum laude in Management and a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of São Paulo (the best university in Latin America, according to Times ranking), with a pioneering thesis on creative cities; and an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral. A guest professor and/or coordinator of post-grad courses on economics, culture and cities at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Candido Mendes University in Rio, National University of Cordoba (Argentina) and Rey Juan Carlos University (Spain).

    She led marketing and innovation projects for multinational companies for 15 years, based in Latin America, London and Milan. She set up in 2003 Garimpo de Soluções, a pioneering company operating in the fields of creative economy, cities and business; and a consultant and speaker in five languages and 30 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Estonia, France, India, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Latvia, Morocco, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United States and Uruguay. Advisor for the UN (UNCTAD, UNDP, UNESCO), she collaborated with the Creative Economy Report 2008 and 2013.

    Carla wrote leading-edge books, such as Economia da Cultura e Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Economics of Culture and Sustainable Development – Jabuti Prize 2007, the most important book award in Brazil) and Cidades Criativas (Creative Cities – finalist Jabuti Prize 2013). She conceived and/or published pioneering e-books with global reach, e.g. Creative Economy as a Development Strategy (2008, trilingual), Creative City Perspectives (2009, bilingual).

    She designed and/or implemented impactful projects for companies, governments and institutions, such as Criaticidades, a platform for creative cities; Sampa CriAtiva, a collective intelligence space to stimulate and gather proposals on city transformation formulated by citizens themselves; and OpenCity Lab, a digital curatorship connecting brands and startups bearing positive urban impact. She is a curator of international congresses and Content Director for ExpoGestão (one of the most renowned business congresses in Brazil).

    Carla is a member of the Association for Cultural Economics International, of UNESCO Pool of Experts on Public Policies, of Repensadores and of the boards of Página 22 magazine, Virada Sustentável, Minha Sampa, Recicleiros and Local Chef. She won Claudia Award 2013 (the most renowned women’s award in Latin America), in the Business category and was appointed by El País leading Spanish-speaking newspaper in 2013 one of the eight Brazilian personalities who impress the world.

    Garimpo de Soluções (Solutions Mine) – economics, culture & development is a globally-active Brazilian company. Since 2003 we generate knowledge and develop pioneering economics, city and business projects, in cultural and creative sectors.

    We do consultancy for companies willing to innovate; advise governments who recognise the potential of creativity for the development of business and cities; conceive and curate international seminars; create leading-edge courses; organise studies with global scope, out-of-the-box international missions and taylor-made conferences; and creative intelligence projects.

    Creative Economy, Cities and Business
    Ana Carla Fonseca
    Collective Intelligence and Culture
    Alejandro Castañé
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    Alejandro Castañé Collective Intelligence and Culture

    Associate Director and senior consultant at Garimpo de Soluções. General Director of collective intelligence and urban innovation projects, such as Sampa CriAtiva platform (2013-2014), aiming to stimulate the transformation of cities through civic engagement and proposals. Former Technical Advisor on Cultural Management to Córdoba cultural agency and to the Cultural Information System of Argentina.

    Cultural advisor on cross-sector programmes for socio-cultural inclusion, involving education, social development, safety, tourism and different governmental agencies. He was responsible for a series of projects, such as for the management control at the Secretary of Culture and its interfaces with the Government of Córdoba; and for the Management by Objectives System at the Ministry of Public Function of the Government of Córdoba. Former Executive-Producer of the Gran Ballet Argentino for international folk festivals and tours.

    He ran feasibility, socio-economic impact and development studies for cultural and creative enterprises, in various Argentinean regions, besides responding for inter-institutional affairs, legal framework, culture-based innovation and social change, horizontal and international cooperation, cultural products and services positioning for cultural institutions.

    He also worked as independent advisor on development, capacitation and cooperation for the Tourism Police of Córdoba. As socio-cultural manager, he contributed to the mapping, analysis and organisation of cultural data and cases in Latin America for the Creative Economy Report 2013, edited by the United Nations. He is a member of cultural networks operating in the fields of strategy, urban development, tourism and education, a speaker from Portugal to Bolivia to the United States and in various Brazilian states. Alejandro is a professor at the “Postgrad course on Creative Economy and Cities”, offered by Candido Mendes University (Rio de Janeiro) and by Getulio Vargas Foundation (São Paulo). He’s a member of the Technical Council of Steinbeis Foundation in Brazil.

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