Revolutions, Deaths, and Innovations. What Creatives Can Do?


September 8, 2021


Tue, September 14

11:30am – 12:30pm CEST

How are cultural and creative industries reshaping the way we approach calamities, risk, and uncertainty, positively impacting society?

Within the framework of the Creative Forum, organized by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2021, on Tuesday 14 September from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. we will host a webinar presenting startups highlighting relevant social issues.

By participating in the event you will have the chance to listen to a keynote speech and learn from several change-making case histories.


Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning, Director at Creative Business Network

Francis Obanijesu, Founder and CEO at The Ligthning Artz

Isabella Oriani, Founder and CEO at TAI / SafariSeatSafari Seat

Chris Richmond Nzi, Founder and CEO at Mygrants

Sepehr Saifuddin, Founder and CEO at Maktab


Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning (Creative Business Network) – Rasmus is the founder and CEO of Creative Business Network (CBN), the global initiative for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors from the creative industries. With over 20 years of experience in the sector, he has served in key leadership roles within the EU and internationally. Former Managing Director of CKO – Center for Cultural and Experience Economy (2009-15). Former Chairman of the European Creative Industries Alliance, appointed by the European Commission (2012-15). Co-chair of OMC Group on Access to Finance for Cultural and CreativeSectors (2014-15). Advisory Board Member Wallonia European Creative District, Founding Member of RCIA – the Regional Creative Industries Alliance. Advisory Board Member, Copenhagen Business School, Master in Management of Creative Business Processes.

Francis Obanijesu (The Lightning Artz) – Francis is a creative entrepreneur, SDGs Advocate with an exceptional passion and interest in Social Impact, Rural Intervention, good health & well-being, and clean water & sanitation. He founded ‘The Lightning Artz’, an Ogbomoso based brand that makes high-quality functional and aesthetic pottery wares. Decorative pots, flower planters, garden pots, home & office beautification vessels, and all kinds of food-safe Ceramics With a focus on AquaMax, our flagship product which is a ceramic water filter built to serve over 83million Nigerians in the Rural communities

Isabella Oriani (TAI / Safari Seat) – Isabella is passionate about making the world a better place, by empowering people in accessing their fair share of rights and opportunities. Convinced of the power of the market, and the duty of the private sector in advancing social and economic development, she spent most of her career in developing and leading programs, social start-ups, and business platforms in emerging countries, mainly focusing on strategy, business modeling, and operations development

Chris Richmond Nzi (Mygrants) – Graduated in International Rights and Diplomacy. From 2010 to 2015 he worked as Strategic Intelligence Analyst for Frontex and as Inspector and then Commissioner for EASO (European Asylum Support Office). As of 2017 he is Founder and CEO of Mygrants, as well as being on the Advisory Board of MUG and Associate Member of ActionAid Italia.

Sepehr Saifuddin (Maktab) – Sepehr has managed youth and women empowerment, skill, and job development projects in Afghanistan (i.e. training for women job seekers funded by AWDP/USAID, high-level software development for fresh graduate girls from computer science funded by the US consulate in Herat, Helping girls learn, interact and share via Maktab startup). He started his career by founding Microcis, a software company providing skill development and training, job development, educational solutions, and different types of other IT solutions. He has been a computer science lecturer at Herat University and also worked with Google as the leader of Afghanistan Map Makers to chart the unmapped territories of Afghanistan. In 2018, he won the Creative Business Cup in Afghanistan a special mentioning award during CBC Global Finals.



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