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Daniel Bacchieri, Founder, StreetMusicMap — Sao Paulo, Brazil

Daniel Bacchieri is a journalist, music curator, film director and multimedia producer based in São Paulo, Brazil. Founder and curator of StreetMusicMap, a global coverage on street music. 2018 & 2017 Webby Award Nominee, 2017 Fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism (CUNY - The City University of New York), 2017 The W³ Awards Silver Winner (StreetMusicMap Instagram) and NYC Media Lab '17 Participant.Created in 2014, StreetMusicMap is a collaborative listing of street music performers from all over the world. The StreetMusicMap Instagram channel has more than 41,000 followers and 1,350 artists documented on videos in 97 countries, all filmed by more than 700 collaborators. The project is a multimedia platform (map, video series, podcast and music playlists).

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Ana Gómez de Castro,co-founder of Her Beats and product manager at Live Nation Spain — Madrid, Spain

Doctor in Advertising and Public Relations and with a Degree in Communication, Ana Gómez de Castro has developed her professional career in the fields of communication, marketing, events and teaching. Specializing in the field of culture and music, she directs the record label Chaval Records and is co-founder of Downtown Studio in Madrid. Currently, she works as Product Manager in the Marketing department of Live Nation. Ana has participated in the organization of numerous large-scale events within the cultural sphere such as the Goya Awards, José María Forqué Awards and EMAS Awards, as well as corporate, social and other events. For four years she has directed the Master in Organization of Events in the Culture and Entertainment Industry of the Camilo José Cela University and has been an associate professor. She is currently a speaker at Rey Juan Carlos University, Complutense University and others, teaching subjects related to the organization of events.

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Frank Henry, Noise Policy and Planning — Brisbane, Australia

Frank is from Brisbane, Australia. He is a noise and planning policy manager at the Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia. In 2006 Frank developed and implemented the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct in Brisbane, Australia’s first officially designated entertainment precinct. The precinct has been a major success over the last 12 years, contributing to growth in Brisbane’s economy and live music scene. The research, analysis, legal drafting and negotiation undertaken by Frank in developing the precinct has led to significant changes in noise management and planning approaches in Australia. Frank was a member of the working group for the Sydney Live Music Taskforce and he continues to play a lead role in the management of entertainment precincts in Brisbane.

Andreina Seijas, Researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design — boston, massachussets, usa

Andreina Seijas J. is a Venezuelan communications professional and policy consultant currently specializing in night-time planning and policy as part of her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously, Andreina was the Information Manager for the Mayor’s Office of the Chacao municipality in Caracas, worked as Policy Associate at Americas Society/ Council of the Americas and Editorial Associate for policy journal Americas Quarterly in New York City, and worked for the Housing and Urban Development Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. Andreina has a Communications degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, and a Master in Public Administration and Non-Profit management from New York University.


Lutz Leichsenring, founder of the Creative Footprint and spokesman of Clubcomission Berlin — Berlin, Germany

Lutz Leichsenring is one of the world’s authorities on protecting creative industries. Since 2009, he has been the spokesman & executive board member for the Berlin Clubcommission. He has fought tirelessly for the rights of Berlin’s vast underground club scene by organizing demonstrations, conferences, workshops & by speaking at round tables & parliamentary committees. Lutz started his career in nightlife building one of the largest platforms for music event listings in Germany & went on to run a nightclub and restaurant until 2010. Today he is one of the chief shareholders of a Berlin & London based recrutainment company. Lutz focusses on the informal aspects of city life & helps grow grassroots culture as much as possible. His role with the Clubcommission & the Berlin Musicboard has even led Lutz into the city’s Chamber of Commerce, where he frequently votes on development issues that protect creative space affected by gentrification.

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Adelina Lobo Guerrero, Night Mayor — San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Born in the city of San Luis Potosí, Adelina has an academic background in Anthropology and Public Security. She is a human rights activist from an early age, which urged her to create the organisation Animos Novandi, and she is a permanent guest at the National Council for Public Security. Her main research and areas of work mostly involve female, youth and LGBTTTI population. She has also designed intervention models to assist young mothers, incarcerated persons and youth gang members. In 2017, Adelina founded the night mayoral organisation Alcaldía Nocturna in the City of San Luis Potosí. The organisation has spearheaded actions to boost the night time economy and culture locally, as well as promoting responsible alcohol consumption and encouraging citizen-led safe spaces initiatives across the city. One of the outcomes of their strategy for a safer night time has been the ‘Key of the Night’ festival, which celebrated its first edition in 2017.

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Ben Van Houten, Business Development Manager, Nightlife & Entertainment Sector — San Francisco, California, USA

In 2013, Ben Van Houten became San Francisco’s first Business Development Manager for the Nightlife & Entertainment Sector, a position created after an economic impact study identified the $6 billion generated annually by San Francisco’s nightlife and entertainment industry. Ben is involved in a wide range of business assistance and policy efforts to support the industry and its 62,000 employees, with accomplishments including: managing a groundbreaking regional initiative to improve all-night transportation; developing legislation to create San Francisco’s first new full liquor licenses in over 70 years; working to foster compatibility between entertainment venues and residential developments; and leading capacity-building efforts to support the local music industry.

Leni Schwendinger, Leader, International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD) — New York City, NEW YORK, USA

Leni Schwendinger is a published, award-winning, authority on issues of city lighting, with more than 20 years of worldwide experience, creating illuminated environments. This work is shared through Leni’s public speaking and envisioning engagements, including “NightSeeing™, Navigate Your Luminous City”program.

Her projects focus on infrastructure, and public art at sites such as subways, and bridges. She is directing a startup, Nighttime Design Research Initiative, establishing an interdisciplinary profession. Leni is a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a Design Trust for Public Space Fellow (NYC) and recently served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor (Portland State University).

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Miguel Riego, founder, Asociación para la Movida del Centro Histórico de Asunción - AMCHA)— Asunción, Paraguay

He attended secondary and university studies in Asunción, where he worked in different multinational companies in the sales and marketing sector.
He is a founding partner of the Association of the “Asociación de la Movida del Centro Histórico de Asunción” (AMCHA), an organization that since 2014 is dedicated to the revitalization of the historic center of the country with an agenda of activities that combine culture, leisure and entertainment. To date, this organization has organized more than 40 events, reaching 250 thousand people in the national holidays of the country. Miguel is also a promoter of international music events and has worked with different rock bands from South American producing shows of up to 4 thousand attendees.

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Libby Harris, Night-Time Economy Manager — Sydney, Australia

Libby is a passionate advocate for proactive development of the night time economy. Working with multi-disciplinary teams, Libby has been instrumental in shaping the future of Sydney’s nightlife in her role as Night Time City Manager at the City of Sydney.
The City of Sydney has successfully activated previously underutilised spaces through creation of new sectors, such as food trucks and small bars. Removing ‘red tape’, incentivising creative activities and public art, facilitating public events, upgrading lighting, establishing late night transport and supporting night time ambassadors have all been key programs to activate the night and increase public safety in Sydney.
As a founding member of the NSW Councils Night Time Economy Committee, Libby is committed to developing and sharing knowledge that supports creation of vibrant, diverse and sustainable local night time economies.

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Brian Block, Entertainment Service Manager — Austin, USA

Brian serves as Austin’s Entertainment Services Manager in the City of Austin’s Music and Entertainment Division. His team supports, manages and enhances live music and nightlife in Austin. Brian works on policy development and planning to support both the long-term viability of entertainment venues and the nightlife economy, and residential quality of life. The Entertainment Services Group serves as an advocate and resource for music venues and nightlife establishments, administers sound permits, and acts as a liaison between the nightlife industry, City Departments and residents.

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Mónica Ramírez, Director, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño — Bogota, Colombia

Mónica Ramírez Hartmann is a Business Administrator at CESA. She holds an MBA from the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She graduated in International Business at Georgetown University, and holds also studies on Global Change Agents from the Harvard Kennedy School. Her professional experience of over 20 years spans across several industries and sectors, working in organizations such as Invest in Bogotá and the Australian Trade Commission, where she promoted and positioned Colombia and Bogota as a foreign investment destination for over 10 years. Currently, Mónica is the director of the Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation, part of the Bogotá District, and works for the transformation of Downtown Bogota through arts and culture. Since 2017, she also manages the project Creative District Bronx (Bronx Distrito Creativo), a new cultural industries hub in Bogota.


Alejandro Vásquez Zawadzky, former Nighttime Manager — Cali, Colombia

Alejandro Vásquez Zawadzky is an economist born and based in Cali, Colombia. He holds postgraduate studies in Total Quality and Productivity as well as International Senior Management. Alejandro owned a bar for 15 years and became the president of Cali’s Night Time Business Association. In this position, he began to develop projects to strengthen the local night time offer, joining other sectors to create the Cali-based organisation Cauca Valley Tourism Alliance. In 2016, Alejandro became Cali’s Night Mayor, the first to hold this position in a Latin American city. He then became the first Secretary of Tourism of Cali in 2017, and works today mainly as a consultant and speaker specialised in security, citizen culture, tourism, productivity and 24h cities.

Marina Borgatello, Secretary of Environment and Public Space — Rosario, Argentina

Marina Borgatello is an architect at the National University in Rosario, holding 10 years of experience in public management across different levels in government. Her goal is to transform Rosario into a model of use and re-appropriation of public spaces.
Currently, Marina is the Secretary of Environment and Public Space, as well as Coordinator of the Urban Cabinet in the local government in Rosario. She designs projects that aim to improve the urban quality of life, claiming back public spaces and enabling an active city 24/7, every day of the year.


José Manuel Landín, Ciudad Peatón, Laboratorio para la Ciudad – Mexico City, Mexico

José Manuel Landin Álvarez is the Coordinator of the Ciudad Peatón, (Pedestrian City) of the Laboratorio Para la Ciudad in Mexico City, which works around three axes: sustainable urban mobility, road safety and public space. He has a Master in Planning and Metropolitan Policies at the UAM, has conducted research at the universities of Radboud in the Netherlands and the University of Malaga in Spain. He has extensive knowledge in managing platforms and geographic information systems. He is specialized in urban mobility issues, new visualization technologies and data analysis. He has worked in the areas of analysis and public policies in the federal and local government.


María Claudia López, Secretary of Culture, Sports and Recreation – Bogota, Colombia

María Claudia López Sorzano is an architect, with a master in Restoration and Conservation of Ancient Monuments at the Ecole de Chaillot in Paris. She also has a DEA at the School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville. She spent more than 20 years of her life working for the country's art, culture and cultural heritage and was Deputy Minister of Culture (2009-2015) and National Director of Heritage (2003-2009). As Deputy Minister of Culture, she led the national programs of Cultural Coordination, Encouragement of Creation and Research, Cultural Infrastructure and Social Security. López was a member of ICOMOS Colombia and UNESCO World Heritage Committee. In addition, she worked as a university teacher at Javeriana University, La Salle University and the Catholic University of Colombia.


Alvaro Jadue Melnick, Director General de Patio Bellavista — Santiago, Chile

Alvaro Jadue Melnick is the General Director of Patio Bellavista, the main gastronomic, tourist and cultural center of Chile.
His responsibility is leading the growth of the company, founded in 2009 on three fundamental pillars: patrimonial rescue, respect for the environment and the creation of a space with unique identity, in harmony with the character, culture and the history of the neighborhood where it is located.
In 2006, Jadue led the formation of the Asociación Gremial del Barrio Bellavista that brings together restaurants, visual artists, theaters, hotels and hostels. One of the main achievements of the A.G. has been reverting the municipal ordinance that restricted the schedules of alcohol sales in the district of Providencia.
Alvaro is a Commercial Engineer from Universidad Diego Portales and PLD alumni from Harvard Business.

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Elisa Thoma, Communications Manager, Live DMA — Nantes, France

As a graduate of intercultural communication and cultural engineering with a deep passion for live music, Elisa Thoma developed early on a strong interest in international cooperation and cultural policies. After several years' experience in managing multi-partner projects and creating communication strategies as a media coordinator, she is working since September 2017 as communications manager at Live DMA, the European network for music venues and festivals.
At Live DMA, she is in charge of coordinating the Open Club Day on a European level – a solidary movement that allows strengthening the connection of the venues & clubs with their local communities and reaffirming their importance as cultural, economic, and social actors. Through her work with the European network, Elisa has developed an expertise on the topic of music venues and clubs as hubs for social innovation.

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Jorge Sanza, founder, NIX: Mesa de la Nocturnidad de Madrid — Madrid, Spain

Jorge Sanza is an event organizer. He has been promoter and owner of several clubs in Madrid. Over the years, he has been working as Production Director at cultural events, and Director / Commissioner at Madrid Music Days since 2013, an annual event designed to become a platform to support the national electronic scene. In addition, he has been the production director of the National Electronic Music Awards for four years, an annual event with an impact on the media of more than 19 million people around the world. He has been invited as a lecturer in meetings on nightlife in Bombay, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Amsterdam, acquiring a global vision about the values, successes and errors of the policies developed during the night.

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Juan Carlos González, Nocturnal Delegate — Valparaíso, Chile

Juan Carlos González studied Psychology at the ARCIS University of Arts and Sciences in Santiago, Chile. He has years of experience as a   producer and account manager in communication and marketing agencies in Santiago. In 2003 he moved to Valparaíso, where he set up a communications and marketing agency and developed campaigns for nightclubs and alcohol brands in Chile. After a period in Barcelona working in environmental projects linked to waste transformation into electricity, he returned to Valparaíso and established the city's Nightlife Association. In early 2017, he was designated by Mayor Jorge Sharp as the Night Delegate of Valparaíso


José Duarte García, Director, Bogota Tourism Institute, bogota, colombia

José Andrés Duarte García works for the current Administration of Mayor Enrique Peñalosa as the General Director of the Bogotá Tourism Office (Instituto Distrital de Turismo de Bogotá). José has a bachelor degree in Government and International Relations from Externado University of Colombia, a postgraduate degree in Public Opinion and Political Marketing from Javeriana University and Development Policy from the Public Policy and Management School of the Korean Development Institute from South Korea.
He has worked in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, as well as the Ministry of National Education. Additionally, José has worked at the International Republican Institute in Colombia. He has been an Undergraduate and Postgraduate Professor in the Faculty of Finance, Government and International Relations at the Externado University of Colombia. He is the co-author of the Manual of Analysis and Design of Public Policies and was awarded one of the ten outstanding young person's of Colombia award by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) in 2016.

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Jairo García Guerrero, Secretary of Security — Bogota, Colombia

Jairo is a political expert in Government and Public Policy by the University of Los Andes, specialised in project management for public-private policy development, good governance topics, public safety, coexistence and justice. He has over 10 years experience in designing and implementing projects to strengthen local and national institutions. He was Director of Citizen Safety at the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, and participated in public-private cooperation projects to prevent violence and assess urban safety conditions. Previously, he worked as the Director of Safety at the Government Secretary, and he is currently the Sub- secretary of Safety, Coexistence and Justice.


Antonio Hernandez Llamas, Director, Instituto Distrital de la Participación y la Acción Comunal (IDPAC) — Bogota, Colombia

Antonio Hernández Llamas is a Law graduate from the University of Los Andes and further specialised in Armed Conflict Resolution. During the first Administration led by Enrique Peñalosa, Antonio participated in the implementation team of Misión Bogotá, the Security and Coexistence Program developed by the Office of the Mayor of Bogota. He was also deputy secretary of Transit and Transportation of Bogota and advisor to the Ministry of Communications in a sector reform. Antonio was a leader figure in the National Program for the Renewal of the Public Administration within the National Planning Department. As a Director, he led on the structure and implementation of the Citizen Service National Program, which aimed to improve communications between citizens and the State. During the first term of the President Juan Manuel Santos, Antonio became the deputy director of the Colombian migration authority. He mostly works now as a consultant in the areas of State modernization and citizen participation.

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Jorge Mario Diaz, Vice President of Public Private Partnerships,Chamber of Commerce of Bogota — bogota, colombia 

Díaz has a wide international experience working in the public and private sector, and is the Vice President of Public Private Partnerships at the Bogota Chamber of Commerce since August, 2012. He graduated in Engineering at the National University of Colombia, holds a MSc in Economics from the University of North Carolina, USA, and was Resident in Public Policy at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in France. His professional experience in Colombia’s National government includes the development and monitoring of public policy, as director and consultant on sector-specific and development policies. As a consultant, he has worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, CAF America, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.