Anna Pashynska is a co-founder and curator of an Urban Laboratory "MetaLab", Urban Biennale "City Scanning Session" and maker space "Parasolka" in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine). Anna is leading on a wide range of projects, specializing in spatial research and design, product design, community-led public space projects, and institutional planning.
Vilma Jurkute is the Executive Director of Alserkal, overseeing Alserkal Avenue, Alserkal Arts Foundation, and Alserkal Advisory. Her professional and academic experience is centred on placemaking and the development of sustainable, community-centric creative economies with both global and regional impact.
Since joining Alserkal in 2012, she led the $20 million expansion of Alserkal Avenue into a 500,000 square foot cultural destination that is now home to over 70 prominent cultural organisations and entrepreneur-led businesses. She oversees Alserkal’s three primary areas of activity: cultivating a creative economy in Dubai and building a collaborative network of civic-cultural institutions through its renowned cultural district, Alserkal Avenue; providing advisory services to public and private sector entities through Alserkal Advisory; and supporting public artist commissions, residencies, research grants, and educational programmes through its non-profit, Alserkal Arts Foundation.
She continues to advocate for homegrown initiatives emerging from Dubai and the region, especially through her role on the advisory board of the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), a position she has held since 2019.
Vilma holds a Bachelor’s in International Business from GGSB, France and a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford, UK.
Mayor of Mariupol
Vadim Boychenko graduated from Priazovsky State Technical University and received a master's degree in Business Administration. He studied at the French business school INSEAD, a leader in the field of business education.
His professional career began at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol. He followed through all stages of production - from a machinist to the director of personnel and social issues of the Mariupol Metallurgical Plant named after Illich of Metinvest Group.
Since 2015 Vadim Boychenko has been the mayor of Mariupol. In 2020 he was elected for a second term. He started a dynamic reboot of the city - under his leadership Mariupol became one of the most promising and safest cities in the country, as well as the frontrunner in the ratings of the Transparency International Ukraine.
During his administration Mariupol’s economy has been evolving, the budget for city’s development has increased and for the first time in the history the Development Strategy has been formulated. Dozens of large-scale infrastructure projects are implemented within its framework.
The development of transport infrastructure, a complete revision of the entire utilities sector, a unique support program for the association of the apartment block co-owners, modern renovation of parks and squares offering European level of comfort. Mariupol is transforming from an industrial to a post-industrial city, shifting its focus towards tourism. The sea, unique history and multiculturalism are pre existing requisites for this shift.
Large-scale festivals, formation of the cultural and historical cluster "City of Maria", magnetic places and projects for the future are just the beginning. After all, Mariupol is worth your attention.
Levan Varshalomidze has been a head of the Republic of Adjara government for the past eight years. He rebuilt Batumi and made it the most beautiful city in the region. Thanks to his approach of implementing appropriate infrastructure, the capital of the Republic of Adjara became a center for international tourism.
He received his PhD from Kiev State University. After he began work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, and in 2000 became the head of the Ministry of Justice. He was working in the Ministry of Finance, as well as overseeing the Georgian Railways.
Batumi is a great example of rigorous development - in the past five years it has become a center for tourism welcoming 1,500,000 people annually. Mariupol is interested to learn from the Georgian experience in order to achieve its ambitious goal - five million tourists a year.
Architect and urban planner. Alizee has been working in INterland since 2014. She is a master of urban planning in Cycle d’Urbanisme at Sciences-Po Paris and a master of Science in architecture at Ecole Nationale d‘Architecture de Paris-La Villette, Paris, France.
2012 Internship in HQA agency, Fontenay-sous-Bois. 2014-2015 Project assistant, INterland. 2016 Project assistant, Ateliers 2/3/4. 2019 Project manager, INterland. 2021Project director, INterland.
Alizee has considerable experience in territorial strategy and urban planning. In 2021 Alizee has taken part in the development of the central beach of Mariupol, Ukraine, 2021.