Dr. Diane Dodd

Executive Director of IGCAT

Diane Dodd is President of IGCAT and Executive Director of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award. She is also European coordinator for the global network IFACCA (International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies). She leads an MA course in Cultural Institutions and Policies for the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, and an MA course on Events and Destination management for EUHTSTPol. She is an independent evaluator for the Cultural Routes programme of the Council of Europe and editor of a number of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management publications for the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). She is co-author of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth European Capitals of Culture Reports (published by ATLAS in 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2011). She has provided expert advise to Rhodes 2021, Arad 2020, Plovdiv 2019, Valletta 2018 and Burgos 2016 in preparation for their respective bids to be European Capital of Culture. Diane has worked in the cultural policy and management field for over 20 years and maintains relations with a number of important Global and European Institutions.

Earlier in her career she founded ConnectCP – an international online database of experts on cultural policy, planning and research which gave international networking opportunities to more than 1,200 experts from 128 countries and she co-authored the book entitled ‘a Cultural Component as an integral part of the EU’s Foreign Policy?’ – which looks at foreign cultural policies and the state of international cultural co-operation in EU member states and which led to this subject being addressed by Foreign Institutes at the Hague in 2007.

Diane has worked in the cultural policy and management field for over 20 years and maintains relations with the European Commission (Directorate General for Regional Policy and Directorate General for Education and Culture); UNESCO; the Council of Europe; UNWTO Themis Foundation; the Boekmanstichting Study Centre for Arts and Culture; Interarts Foundation (Spain); the European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands); CIRCLE (Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe); LabforCulture.org (European portal for cultural co-operation); On-the-move.org (Cultural Mobility Information Network); the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA); the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) and the London School of Economics.

She obtained her PhD from the University of Girona in 2010.