The keynote lectures will be given by experts in each topic. Each will last 40 minutes, after which there will be a question and answer session. They will take place on the main stage and simultaneous translation will be provided.

The accreditation provided during registration is required for entrance into the keynotes. However, registration for the conference does not guarantee a seat, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Andy C. Pratt (UK)

World renowned expert on cultural industries. He has produced definitions of the cultural sector that have been taken up and used as standard measures by national and regional agencies in the UK and internationally (UNCTAD and UNESCO). His research focuses on culture, creativity, economy and their relationship with governance and policy. He is concerned with the links between and across the binaries culture-economy, production-reproduction, and production-consumption.

Pía Mancini (Argentina)

Co-Founder of Open Collective and the Co-Founder (now Chairwoman) of The DemocracyOS Foundation, a collaborative decision-making platform. She co-founded the Partido de la Red (The Net Party), a political party headquartered in Argentina that proposes a liquid democracy through internet participation. Pia is a representative of the World Economic Forum Social Media Council, a member of The World Fix, and former Chief Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Political Affairs of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Néstor García Canclini (Argentina)

Doctor of Philosophy from the Universities of Paris and La Plata. Since 1990 is a professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University and Researcher Emeritus of the National System of Researchers—both from Mexico. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Casa de las Américas Prize and the Book Award of the Latin American Studies Association for Hybrid Cultures. Currently his research focuses on the relationship among aesthetics, art, anthropology, creative strategies and cultural networks of young people.

Charles Landry (UK)

International authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight. His many books include most recently a series of short, illustrated books, including: The Digitized City; Cities of Ambition; The Fragile City & the Risk Nexus.

Felipe Leal (Mexico)

He studied architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where studied a Masters in Research and Teaching. Later, he was director of the career of architecture. He was in charge of managing the entry of University City—UNAM’s main campus—in the World Heritage List of Unesco. From 2005 to 2008 he conducted the research of Green Roofs for the National Fund for the Culture and Arts (Fonca). In 2009, assumed the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (Seduvi) Mexico City. Felipe Leal currently heads the Coordination of special projects at the UNAM.

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