1. PUBLIC FUNDING / PRIVATE FUNDING IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
Paul Stewart (United States) – Download Andrew Stewart’s speech (in English)
President, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Paul Stewart (54) grew up in Dallas and graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas. He earned a BA and MA from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Texas. He practiced international business law, and was a partner in Baker & McKenzie, the world’s largest law firm. Stewart left his law practice for a business opportunity, becoming president of a leading German medical device manufacturer in the fields of facial reconstruction, neurosurgery and precision radiotherapy. Stewart helped arrange the sale of the company to Pfizer and then served within Pfizer as the worldwide president of that company and as a member of the management board of Howmedica, a $1 billion Pfizer subsidiary in the orthopedic market. Following his time at Pfizer, Stewart helped found a venture capital fund investing in technology companies in the healthcare industry. He also helped found two start-up nutritional supplement companies that he later merged into a high quality manufacturing company in Dallas, in which he served as chairman of the board.
Since 2003, Stewart has also spent a significant amount of his time as the volunteer president of the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, a non-profit organization that is one of the largest youth soccer clubs in America, with affiliates in three states and Canada and over 20,000 players. It is perennially ranked number one or two in the country for both boys and girls. Stewart has been a member of the Young President’s Organization/World President’s Organization since 1994 and is the current chairman of the Dallas chapter of the WPO. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Dallas Cup/Dallas is Diversity, the chairman of the Dallas board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mark’s School of Texas.
Hans Abbing (Netherlands) Photo credits: Sake Elzinga
Hans Abbing is a visual artist and economist. He is emeritus professor in art sociology. He is best known for his book Why are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2002. Presently this book is in its fourth print and has been translated in Japanese, Chinese and Korean. In this book he argues, among others, that the low average incomes in the arts are the consequence of the high symbolic value of art. Recently he wrote Van hoge naar nieuwe kunst [From High to New Art] Groningen, Historische Uitgeverij, 2009. In this polemic essay he argues, among others, that the solemn atmosphere during established art performances, most of all classical concerts, makes these unattractive for young people and explains the graying of the audiences. Texts and pictures by Hans Abbing can be found on: www.hansabbing.nl
Santos M. Ruesga (Spain) – Download Santos M. Ruesga’s presentation (in English)
Born in Burgos, Spain, 1953, PhD in Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, (1987), currently full professor in Applied Economics in that University.
He works as a member of Board of Directors of Corporacion RTVE, Spanish Public Broadcasting System.
He has taught in a large number of national and foreign university, like Stanford, California (San Diego), Sao Paulo, Erasmus de Rotterdam, Trento, Lima, Nacional Autónoma de México, etc.
As a researcher in economic sciences, he has specialized in the study of labor relations and the informal economy, Latin American economies and audiovisual sector financial issues, on which he has published a large number of books and articles in professional journals and magazines.
Hanna Kosonen (Finland) Photo credits: Sami Perttilä
– has worked since 2006 as a General Manager at Tapiola Sinfonietta (City Orchestra of Espoo)
– freelance producer and 2000-2006 at many organizations like Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and different music competitions
– pianist and piano teacher until 2000