Lucia Seel has 14 years of experience in international innovation and cluster policies and cluster development/management, having coordinated the European programmes at Clusterland Upper Austria Ltd. for 6 years. Lucia played an active role in several flagship European projects like the European Cluster Excellence Initiative, The European Cluster Observatory, TACTICS and many others, particularly in the Interreg IVC/Europe programme (ClusteriX 2.0). In 2011 Lucia started her own consultancy company, focusing on development and/or management of European projects, support for international cooperation in the field of innovation and clustering, cultural and creative industries, training and international networking. She was between 2012-2013 member of the high-level expert group “European Forum for Clusters in Emerging Industries” set up by the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry. She gives a particular attention to creative industries clusters and cross-innovation, having been involved in several European initiatives and projects (RCIA – Regional Creative Industries Alliance among many others).
She is since 2015 the Global Communication and Content Manager for the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (www.clustercollaboration.eu), an initiative of DG GROW to support the internationalisation of clusters through cooperation.
Lucia is well-known speaker and moderator at international conferences and workshops, with a large record of presentations and moderations. In April 2012 she set up the Cluster Women European Network (ClusterWene), an entrepreneurial initiative to strengthen women’s position in the cluster community. Lucia is an evaluator of the EC in the COSME programme She is certified ESCA Cluster Benchmarking Expert and Gold Label Assessor. Lucia is Austrian, but Romanian born and speaks 6 languages.
As an active international person Lucia was founder and the first president of AIESEC in Romania and is now member of several large networks like TCI – The Competitiveness Institute Global Network, EWMD – European Women Management Development Network and Clustero (Romanian National Cluster Association).