Valentina Montalto is a Culture and Creative Sectors (CCS) specialist. She currently works at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra (VA), in Italy, where she has contributed to the development of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, a new benchmarking tool that measures the performance of 168 European cities on culture and related dimensions using both quantitative data and qualitative information. Counting on a ten-year work experience in an international environment, Valentina has dealt with European policies on CCS, cultural statistics, indicators development and impact assessment of cultural investments in cities (for ex. in European Capitals of Culture). She previously worked as senior reseacher and project manager at KEA (www.keanet.eu), a Brussels-based research and advisory company specialised in CCS.