Dr. Diane Dodd

Dr Diane Dodd is President and co-Founder of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) as well as Executive Director and the inspiration behind the European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award. The award is an instrument to support regional development by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation. Together with the first ten awarded Regions of Gastronomy she has pioneered the European Young Chef Award, the Food Film menu, the Local Food Gift Challenge and the Top Visitor Experience.

She is also Regional Adviser 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 has been 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 provided expert advise to Plovdiv and Valletta in the 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 including UNWTO, UNESCO, European Commission, OEI, Commonwealth, Asia-Europe Foundation and many others. 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.

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

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