Dr. Petya Koleva

is an international expert based in Sofia and the founder of Intercultura Consult (2004), a specialised consultancy developing synergies between arts and innovation.

Since 2019 she leads the ICC team in the international Erasmus+ project "European Stories" which explores community involvement as an innovation resource in the participative tourism sector. Another two ICC micro-incubation projects supported by the NFC are innovating cultural practices in Bulgaria since 2020: "Reconnect: Audiences and Cultural Content in the Digital Environment" and Time Perspectives: Long-term Benefits of the Culture - Audience Relationship.

At EU level, Dr. Petya Koleva has recently been involved with EU funded NDPC project "Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) Cooperation and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries", the i-Portunus, programme for the mobility of arts and culture professionals of Creative Europe and the project valuating Cultural Heritage as a Source of Societal Well-being in European Regions – ESPON HERIWELL, the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and the “Georgia I2Q - Innovation, Inclusion and Quality Project’.

Early in her career she worked for the European League of Institutes of the Arts, for the last 18 years is an external expert of the Research Executive Agency of the EC, advisor of the European Cultural Foundation, expert of National Fund for Culture Bulgaria, expert of Sofia and Plovdiv Municipalities.

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