Sunday 14 January 2018 to Friday 23 February 2018

The British Council and King’s College London are pleased to announce a leadership programme for senior cultural leaders from Russia to be held 20-23 February 2018 in London.

This opportunity is part of the British Council’s Future Culture programme.


A bespoke version of King’s College London’s executive programme, “Leading Culture in the 21st Century” will offer access to the leadership of a range of London’s world-class cultural institutions, opportunities to meet and establish partnerships and a creative environment to develop new ideas, exchange best practice and explore new approaches to cultural leadership through a mix of meetings and discussions, networking events and exploratory visits, all thought through and curated by leading practitioners.

As a result the leadership programme participants will acquire a sharpened ability to:

  • analyse complex leadership challenges in a systematic way and draw confidently on experience, informed intuition and reasoned argument to affirm contextualised responses
  • synthesise theoretical concepts and relate these to industry approaches and models in a dynamic and compelling way
  • evaluate critically and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of contemporary issues and challenges relevant to the development and delivery of cultural practice
  • develop independently and refresh new perspectives on cultural policy, demonstrating thought-leadership, creative and strategic thinking, underpinned by a sound evidence base.

Selected applicants: 

  • Ekaterina Cherkes-Zade, Head of Consortium, British Higher School of Art & Design, Moscow
  • Sofia Kapova, Founder and CEO Documentary Film Center, CEO CONTEXT, Moscow
  • Larisa Bobkova, Head of Marketing and Communications, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
  • Igor Tonkih, CEO Glavclub Green Concert, Moscow
  • Dina Sorokina, Director, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum, Yekaterinburg
  • Natalia Sergievskaya, Deputy Director, Polytechnic Museum, Moscow
  • Olga Polishuk, CEO, Vector/Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow
  • Yulia Vronskaya, Head of International Projects, Leo Tolstoy Estate Yasnaya Polyana, Tula
  • Maria Semushkina, President of Usadba Jazz Festival, Head of ArtMania Agency, Moscow
  • Nailya Allakhverdieva, Artistic director, Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm
  • Nikita Korytin, Director, Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Yekaterinburg
  • Olga Konyukhova, Deputy Director General, Novgorod State Museum Complex, Veliky Novgorod
  • Yulia Bardun, Vice Director, Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts- State Museum and Exhibition Centre ‘ROSIZO’ Kaliningrad
  • Maria Privalova, Director, Nekrasov Central Library, Moscow
  • Natalia Fishman, Aide to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Tatarstan 

Organisers and partners

King's College London

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and the fourth oldest in England. King’s offers its own degrees and credits, of the University of London. A research-led university based in the heart of London, it has more than 27 600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from 150 countries worldwide and some 6800 staff.

King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.

The Cultural Institute at King’s

The Cultural Institute inspires, facilitates and supports collaborations between King’s and the cultural sector that have impact within and beyond the university, stimulating knowledge exchange, transforming the student experience, developing new research and driving innovation. It supports leading-edge collaborations between King’s and the arts and cultural sector.

The King’s Business School

The King’s Business School (formerly known as the School of Management and Business) is at an exciting stage of its development. Having grown over the years, the School became the ninth faculty at King’s College London on 1 September 2017. Through the application and impact of its research, and through its education programmes which seek to develop purposeful and principled leaders, the School aims to create social and economic value for business and society.