Francesca Imperiale is President of ENCATC since December 2017. She has her Ph.D in business administration and management from the University of Salento, Italy where she is Assistant Professor. Since 2008, she teaches management of cultural organizations, with a focus on heritage assets management, in the master degrees of the Department of Management and Economics and the High School of Archeology, University of Salento. She specialized her research activities in the field of cultural heritage management and cultural network performance. The main topics of investigation in these fields are: public-private governance, community engagement, co-creation processes, heritage asset accounting and network performance evaluation systems. Francesca is also interested in catastrophic risk management related to heritage assets and has written about 40 publications on these topics. Furthermore, she participates as a principal investigator in several research and local development projects on cultural heritage management which she designed, developed or proposed for funding in partnerships with public institutions in Italy and in the Mediterranean area (particularly Greece, Croatia, Albania).