Edilia Gänz has worked in cultural management and philanthropy for the last nine years.
Since the launch of FEDORA – The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet
in 2013, she became the organisation’s director, responsible for its growth and impact.
FEDORA is known today as the world’s largest opera and dance competition and a leading
European philanthropic organisation. In 2018, it introduced a digital platform to showcase
emerging talent, engage new audiences, and encourage philanthropy across Europe with
the support of the European Commission.

While still a student at the University of Mannheim, Germany, Ms Gänz entered the world of cultural management, marketing, and philanthropy through her work at the Mannheim
Philharmonic Orchestra. After her graduate studies at ESCP Europe Business School in
London and Paris, she worked at the AROP – The Association for Friends & Donors of the
Paris National Opera, where she was selected to manage the launch of FEDORA.

Forbes Magazine nominated her in 2019, as one of the most promising European cultural
managers on the “Forbes 30 under 30 Europe in Arts & Culture” list. Mariya Gabriel,
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, featured
her in the #EUwomen4future campaign.