ADVANCING CULTURAL RELATIONS
Joint NLS and RSA Fellows' Media, Creative Industries, Culture and Heritage Network event
NLS Boardroom, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 6pm
The importance of advancing purposeful cultural – and indeed political - relations in a shrinking world is of paramount importance. The confirmed speakers are Consul-General Pierre-Alain Coffinier (France) and Dr Kim Minke (Director, Danish Cultural Institute). The event is set against the background of a feasibility study, under way at the University of Edinburgh and supported by the Scottish Government and the British Council, on the establishment of a centre of expertise in cultural relations and public diplomacy in Scotland.
Consul-General Coffinier completed a Master in Business Administration from ESSEC in Paris, thereafter working at the French Embassy in Madrid, developing inter-university relations. This encouraged him to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After studying political science at l’Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and Arabic, he passed the foreign Ministry’s exam, serving twice in France’s UN department in Paris and New York, in the Middle East (Jordan, Yemen and Israel) and the French Ministry of Defence. Before arriving in Edinburgh, he served three years in the French Directorate for the European Union at the Ministry’s HQ, as the head of division for western, northern and Baltic Europe. He was there in charge of French bilateral relations with 15 countries, the most important of which being the UK.
Dr Minke was Director of the Danish School of Journalism 1994-2007, holding other prior Journalism posts. His international experience includes being Director of the programme Free and Independent Press in Mongolia Project 1992-2000. This project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, helped to set up an independent printing house and a professional press institute with mid-career training courses and other professional services. He has also been actively involved in assistance projects in Albania, Bangladesh, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Zambia and regionally in Southern Africa and in South East Europe financed by a number of international organisations and programmes. He was
Editor in Chief of eJour 2001-2007. http://www.djh.dk/ejour/index.html.
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