Dr. Petya Koleva

Dr. Petya Koleva is an international Culture and Creativity expert currently based in Sofia. Since 2004, as the founder of "Intercultura Consult", focused on developing synergies between arts and innovation via international cooperation initiatives in research, training and cultural policy development. Her multidisciplinary and multilingual international experience have led to roles as a key expert, team leader and advisor for programs and agencies at local (municipal) and at the EU levels.

Since January 2020 Petya Koleva is a CCI expert for the NDPC project "Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) Cooperation and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries". In 2019, she led projects researching audiences for arts organizations and the public of large-scale festivals, and was an expert for i-Portunus, the pilot programme for the mobility of arts and culture professionals of Creative Europe programme lead by Goethe Institute Brussels. Dr Koleva is a recognized arts/culture, creative sectors researcher, early in her career working for the European League of Institutes of the Arts. She is a senior external expert of the Research Executive Agency and of the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency of the EC, advisor of the European Cultural Foundation, expert of National Fund for Culture Bulgaria, expert of Sofia and Plovdiv Municipalities. In 2018 she was a key expert of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.

Dr Koleva developed professional courses on Cultural and Network Entrepreneurship for MA students and mid-career professionals formerly delivered at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. She leads the ICC team in the international Erasmus+ project "European Stories" which evolved from her idea to explore the association between the mother tongue and the knowledge of a territory as an innovation in the participative tourism sector of the EU.

Petya's working languages are Bulgarian, Russian, English, French and Dutch; she uses Spanish, German and Polish too.