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Danielle Cliche

Danielle Cliche is Chief of Section, Diversity of Cultural Expressions and Secretary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at UNESCO (Paris). Prior to taking this post Danielle worked as a researcher at the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts) in Bonn (Germany), an independent European research institute.  While working in  ERICarts she has been a member of the research team for different comparative culture and media research projects such as Creative Europe: The Governance and Management of Artistic Creativity in Europe.

Danielle has been one of the founding editors of the Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. In addition, she was responsible for developing and managing large transnational comparative cultural research projects with teams of academic researchers, artists, policy makers and cultural managers.

Danielle acted as an advisor on various positions and contributed to numerous international conferences. Since the early 90s, she carried out a wide range of international comparative research studies and has co-authored and published several books and reports in the fields of culture, communication and multi-stakeholder governance. She studied communication theory, culture and international comparative politics at the University of  Ottawa, Canada and obtained her PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2009.

She was a member of the UNESCO led Technical Sub-Committee on Culture and Development, UNDP/Spain MDG Achievement Fund (2007) and a member of: the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diversity, German Commission for UNESCO (2008-2009), the Souillac Group on Arts, Industry and Innovation, the MARCEL Network of Multimedia Arts Centres and Electronic Laboratories and Board Member of the Balkankult Foundation, to promote cultural co-operation in Western Balkans.