Dr. Lidia Varbanova has professional experience in Canada, Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. She works as a consultant, educator and researcher in the areas of strategy, policy development, entrepreneurship and innovations, organisational development and online technologies, with a special emphasis on arts, culture and creative industries.
Dr. Varbanova has been permanent and visiting professor in prominent universities and training centers in Europe and Canada and has received a number of distinguished awards, among them: Dragan Klaic European award for excellence in teaching, FULBRIGHT Program, Japan Foundation fellowship, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation post-doctoral award; and scholarship from Webb Memorial Trust, Oxford. Her latest books are: Strategic Management in the Arts,(2013) and International Entrepreneurship in the Arts (2016), published by Routledge (New York/London).
Dr. Varbanova is an internationally acclaimed conference speaker and moderator, and an active member of several professional networks in Canada and Europe, among them Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA), European Network for Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC) and International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture and Tourism (IGCAT). She currently offers online masterclasses, coaching and consulting through her website www.lidiavarbanova.ca, leads online workshops with the University of British Columbia, and is also the Business Developer of Mojito Music – a new label for Latin and World Music. Dr. Varbanova is a Lead Trainer with the EU East Partnership Culture& Creativity Programme, and regular visiting professor at UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management, Belgrade and the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia.