The Calvert Journal is delighted to announce that Calvert 22 Foundation’s Founder and Director, Nonna Materkova, has joined the Creative Industries Federation‘s International Council.
Representing over 1,000 member organisations, the Creative Industries Federation affords an authoritative voice to the UK’s diverse arts and creative industries and advocates for the investment and infrastructure needed to further Britain’s success as a cultural powerhouse. The International Council was established in 2016 to bring a broader international perspective to the Federation’s work and identify examples of best practice and innovation from around the world.
In 2009 St Petersburg-born economist Nonna Materkova founded Calvert 22 Foundation, the UK’s first not-for-profit institution dedicated to supporting the contemporary culture and creativity of the New East: eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia.
Nonna oversees the entirety of the foundation. This includes Calvert 22 Space in Shoreditch, award-winning online magazine The Calvert Journal and Calvert Forum, an in-house think tank focusing on research and policy for the creative industries of the New East. Organised in collaboration with regional governments, Calvert Forum was launched in St Petersburg (2013), with later editions taking place in Voronezh (2014), Kazan (2015) and Siberia (November 2017).
Last year Nonna spearheaded the launch of the Creative Capital Index, a large-scale project evaluating the potential for economic modernisation and investment appeal of Russia’s most dynamic cities, developed in partnership with PwC Russia. In addition, Nonna has pioneered Makers of Siberia, a mentorship programme designed to support young entrepreneurs in Siberia.
Nonna previously led the Department of Major Investment Projects within the Finance Committee of St Petersburg. She worked on the first eurobond issuance in the City of St Petersburg and the EBRD Financial Credibility Programme, and has worked with numerous other international financial institutions.