Ceyda Berk-Söderblom is an independent cultural manager, producer and curator with more than 18 years of experience, mostly working as the programmer of international festivals with close ties to the world-known institutions, orchestras, artists, and ensembles. She founded MiklagardArts in 2015; it’s an innovative platform, a facilitator and connector for promoting trans-national collaborations between Finland and the dynamic art scenes in South East, Middle East and the Far East. Ceyda leads MiklagardArts by focusing on internationalisation, inclusiveness, innovation, bridge building, and initiates new artistic expressions arising from creative clashes between cultures. One of her projects, a collaboration with the Finnish National Museum, Studio Aleppo [Helsinki], has been awarded the "Production of the Year-2017" by Taku ry (Finnish Art and Cultural Professionals' Trade Union). Ceyda has worked with diverse cultures and has an extensive international professional network; and specialist knowledge in programming, curating, cultural branding, co-creation, fundraising and sponsorship. She holds a "Bene Merito" honorary distinction from the Ministry of International Affairs of the Republic of Poland.