Else Christensen-Redzepovic

Else Christensen-Redzepovic is an expert in project management and social entrepreneurship from the Danish-German border region Schleswig. She holds a Bacherlor of Honours Degree from the University of Melbourne where she lived for eleven years and a Master´s Degree in Political Science from KULeuven. Else has a long track record of leading large-scale transnational projects focused on empowerment of local communities and sustainable regional development. From 1997 to 2001 Else was programme director for the EU’s rural development programme Leader II in the county of South Denmark establishing the first Local Action Group for sustainable rural development. From 2001-2004 she was Tourism Manager for the Interregional Waddensea Cooperation between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, amongst other things instigating the first WaddenSea Gastronomy Award. From 2004-2008 she worked on a PhD research programme on “sustainable development in periphery regions through empowerment of local communities” for the University of Twente. From 2006-2008 she was Programme Manager of a cooperation programme between China and the UK on Science and Innovation working for the British Embassy in Beijing where she lived with her family for four years. From 2008 to 2012 she led Sønderborg and Sonderjylland-Schleswig´s application for European Capital of Culture in 2017, a cross border bid that reached international attention for it´s innovative approach and which narrowly lost to the city of Aarhus. For two years Else was director of the Danish Cultural Institute in Brussels, where she built and advisory service for Danish cultural and educational institutions in international and multilateral cooperation and regional development, lobbyism, advocacy, EU programmes and inclusion of citizens. Else is an independent consultant at MIDENA Creatives. In 2016, she curated and organized the high profile “European Angst” conference at the Fine Arts Centre BOZAR in Bruxelles. She is presently working on a study and a workshop in Shanghai in November for the European Commission on cooperation potentials between the EU and China, Japan and South Korea in the framework of European Capital of Culture.