Valentina Montalto is a culture and creative industries' (CCIs) specialist with nine-year work experience. She currently works as Policy Analyst on Cultural Economy & Creative Cities at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission at Ispra (VA), in Italy, where she has contributed to the development of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, a new tool aimed at assessing the performance of cultural and creative cities across Europe. Previously, she worked at KEA (www.keanet.eu), a leading Brussels-based research and advisory company specialised in the field of CCIs, where she seconded the KEA's founder and director Philippe Kern.
Her background is in statistics for the social sciences (KU Leuven - QASS Master Degree, 2015), cultural economics and management (University of Bologna - GIOCA Master Degree, 2009), and tourism economics (University of Palermo - EGST Bachelor Degree 2006). Valentina was a student at the Collegio Superiore - Excellence School of the University of Bologna - and visiting student at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh (USA) and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon (France).
Valentina speaks Italian (mother tongue), English, French and Spanish.