Lidia Varbanova has professional experience as a consultant, educator, researcher and project manager in over 60 countries. Her portfolio focuses on strategy, policy, entrepreneurship, innovation, capacity building, online technologies, sustainable development and environmental management, with a special emphasis on arts, culture and creative industries. She is currently a full-time professor and Program Director at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Lidia is also an external evaluator for the European Commission Programmes and a regular visiting professor in prominent universities and training centers in Europe. She is an active member of several international professional associations. Prof. Varbanova has received a number of distinguished awards, among them: the “Dragan Klaic” European award for excellence in teaching, FULBRIGHT Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowship, and NATO Fellowship. Her latest books are: International Entrepreneurship in the Arts (2016) and Strategic Management in the Arts (2012), published by Routledge. Lidia’s new initiative is Kamenov House for Creative Thinking: a special place for artists and academia to create and innovate in a beautiful rural environment.