Programme Participants

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Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum (Indonesia)

Founder and Director, House of Natural Fiber (HONF)

Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum is an open systems advocate, technologist, artist and educator. Irene is a founding member and current director of HONF, the Yogyakarta-based new media and technology laboratory, which was created in 1998 as a place of open expression, art and cultural technologies in the wake of the Indonesian revolution. HONF was born out of the social and political turmoil against the Suharto regime, its nepotism and governmental corruption. Agrivina runs HONF's Education Focus Programme which focusses on the application and practical use in daily life of collaborative, cross-disciplinary and technological actions responding to social, cultural and environmental challenges. In response to the needs of societies in development and transition, HONF and EFP apply open, collaborative and sustainable actions that systematically expand or convert accessible technologies to be used as multifunctional tools and methodologies.

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Olu Alake (United Kingdom)

Director, November Ventures

Olu Alake is Director of UK-based cultural consultancy, November Ventures. He has developed and delivered cultural policy plans and programmes, arts and heritage initiatives, and undertaken programme and project reviews for clients across Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. He has held senior management positions in the UK’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Arts Council England.

Olu has also written and delivered various contributions on diversity, cultural identity and cultural policy for publications across several countries, and has sat on various steering groups, advisory boards and strategic forums. 

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Abdullah Alkafri (syria)

Executive Director, Ettijahat-Independent Culture

Abdullah Alkafri
 is a playwright and cultural activist, who works as a trainer in topics related to the field of culture with many organisations. He is a regular participant at conferences and forums on culture and art. He is a founding member and Executive Director of Ettijahat-Independent Culture: a Syrian cultural organisation founded in the end of 2011 seeks to play a pivotal role in building a Syrian culture that is dynamic, democratic and diverse, taking into account the challenges experienced by Syrian society, through creating sustainable opportunities for artists, researchers and cultural operators, and enhancing the environment and forms of cultural expression, in addition to integrating creative work with social change.

Abdullah is a permanent contributor to international and regional conferences and forums as a researcher and a facilitator. His interests focus in the first place on the main roles that Art and culture can play during times of crises. Also on the level of enabling cultural practices in finding different ways, and opportunities to support artists in spite of challenges such as censorship on freedoms.

Abdullah is a director and dramaturge, who collaborated with a number of artists from the Arab region. Moreover the works he participated in were presented in different international platforms. He graduated in Theatrical Studies from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus, 2004 and completed his Master’s study at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, in the same field in 2015. He is currently a PhD Student at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.

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Korkor Amarteifio (Ghana)

Executive Director, Accra Symphony Orchestra

Korkor Amarteifio is currently the Executive Director of the Accra Symphony Orchestra, who specialise in symphonic, crossover music, opera and operatic pop of diverse world cultures, paying particular attention to musical ideas and composers from Africa and the African diaspora. She was previously the Chairperson and then Vice Chairperson of the Arterial Network, the dynamic pan-African civil society network engaged in the African creative and cultural sectors.

Korkor Amarteifio started her career in the early 1970s in Montreal, Canada. She was instrumental in bringing the music and art of Africa and the diaspora to Canadian audiences. She assisted in establishing the Equity office at the Canada Council for the Arts, in the 1990s. In Ghana, she was Director of Programs and Operations at the National Theatre. She has worked at the Institute for Music and Development where she lobbied for the inclusion of a creative sector development plan into Ghana’s Development Agenda for economic growth (GSGDA); implemented the Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund that awarded grants for innovation and excellence in the arts and led the movement for the African Creative City/Cultural Capital project.

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Kiley Arroyo (USA)

Head of Strategic Data and Knowledge, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

Kiley Arroyo is the Head of Strategic Data and Knowledge at the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). Kiley has been involved with the arts and culture, public policy, and equitable development sectors for the past two decades, in the USA and internationally. In 2007 she established the Cultural Strategies Council (CSC), a vehicle for interdisciplinary research, knowledge building strategy, and institutional development. Kiley has led a diverse portfolio of initiatives with entities from the arts, government, civil society, academic, and private sectors, in urban, rural, and Indigenous contexts. She has been published widely on contemporary cultural policy issues; and serves as an adjunct professor, speaker, and adviser to international cultural initiatives. Prior to founding the CSC, Kiley served as a teaching artist, funder, and policymaker. She holds an MA in Public Policy & Management with an emphasis on Cultural Policy from University College Dublin, a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Oregon, and advanced training in racial justice facilitation and complexity theory.

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toni attard (malta)

Founder and Director, Culture Venture

Toni Attard
is the Founder and Director of Culture Venture, an arts advisory and management firm. He was the first Director of Strategy at Arts Council Malta and was responsible for the leadership of the strategy team that created and developed the Council's five year strategy. He served as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance to co-author the creative economy strategy and was one of the authors of Malta’s national cultural policy. Toni is a regular speaker at international conferences and a visiting lecturer in arts management at the University of Malta. He graduated from the University of Malta in Communications and Theatre Studies. As a Chevening scholar he completed his postgraduate studies in cultural management and policy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Toni is a founding member of Opening Doors, an NGO for the artistic development of adults with learning disabilities. He is also a theatre director and served as Festival Director of ZiguZajg international festival for children and young people for four editions until 2015.

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Tash Aw (Malaysia)


Tash Aw is the author of four novels and a portrait of a Chinese-Malaysian family, The Face: Strangers on a Pier. His work has won the Whitbread and Commonwealth Prizes, an O. Henry Award and twice been longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. His fiction has also been translated into 23 languages. His writing regularly appears in the New York Times, the Guardian and the London Review of Books, among many other publications. He is currently a Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.

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Photo: Kampire Bahana
Credit: © Darlyne Komukama

Kampire Bahana (uganda)

DJ and Writer

Kampire Bahana's written work has appeared in Africa's a Country, Resident Advisor, Fields Mag, Gal Dem, Okay Africa, Dynamic Africa, Mon Pi Mon, Start Journal,  and Jalada

The art installation “Salooni” which she co-founded has traveled to La Ba Arts Festival, Uganda, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Ghana, Nyege Nyege International Music Festival, Uganda, East African Soul Train (E.A.S.T) residency, Kenya, Africa Utopia, London and Kigali, Rwanda.

One of East Africa's most exciting young DJs and a core member of Kampala's Nyege Nyege collective, in 2018 her music has taken her to Burkina Faso, Reunion Islands and on a European tour that included Sonar Festival, Barcelona. Her mixes have been featured on Resident Advisor, Le Mellotron, Radar Radio and Sounds of Sonar. 

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Khaled Barakeh (SYRIA / GERMANY)

Artist and cultural activist

Khaled Barakeh is a conceptual artist and cultural activist whose works often revolve around power structures in the context of politics, identity, culture and history. Born in 1976 in Damascus Suburb, and currently based in Berlin, he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 2005, completed his MFA at Funen Art Academy in Odense in 2010 and finished his Meisterschueler at the Städelschule Art Academy in Frankfurt am Main in 2013. Barakeh has exhibited at many international venues and institutions around the world.

Besides his artistic work, he has shifted towards what he calls “Practices of Necessity”, responses to the issues and needs he observes of his surroundings. As part of these Practices, he has founded a non-profit organisation called coculture through which he manages several cultural initiatives, such as SYRIA Cultural Index and the Syrian Biennale, focussed on supporting, empowering and reconnecting the Syrian cultural producers around the world.

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Dr Karima Bennoune (Algeria/USA)

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Karima Bennoune was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in October 2015.

Karima Bennoune grew up in Algeria and the United States. She is Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California-Davis School of Law where she teaches courses on human rights and international law. Her research and writing, including on cultural rights issues, has been widely published in leading journals and periodicals. She has received numerous awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2014) for her recent book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.

Ms Bennoune has worked in the field of human rights for more than 20 years, including with governments and non-governmental organisations, and has carried out field missions, trial observation, election observation and research in many regions of the world. Professor Bennoune has also served as a consultant for UNESCO. She has frequently commented on human rights issues for the global media.

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Caroline Bowditch (Australia)

Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria

After 16 years living and working in the UK Caroline Bowditch has recently returned to Australia to take up the role as Executive Director at Arts Access Victoria.

She is best known as a performer, maker, leader and teacher. She held the role as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change (2008-2012). Caroline was awarded an Unlimited commission to create Leaving Limbo Landing (2012) for the Cultural Olympiad and in 2014 created Falling in Love with Frida, which was awarded a prestigious Herald Angel award. In 2016, she collaborated with Laura Hook, to create two works for young audiences, The Adventures of Snigel (3-8 years) and Snigel and Friends (under 1’s).

Caroline has been an Associate Artist with Paragon Music (Glasgow), Dance4 (Nottingham) and Imaginate (Scotland) and was Visiting Professor at Coventry University.

She has been a regular consultant on accessibility and inclusivity to Skånes Dansteater, Sweden and British Council. She has led international residencies in Italy, Switzerland and Germany is regularly invited to be mentor local, national and international artists at all levels of their artistic development.

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Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q. (CANADA)

Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts

Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. Active in the cultural sector for over 30 years, he has been a driving force behind a number of major cultural projects, most notably as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, and as a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal from 2002 to 2014. His first non-fiction book, Le facteur C: l’avenir passe par la culture, explains the dramatic rise of cultural concerns in the public agenda. This highly-acclaimed work was published in English as No Culture, No Future. Mr. Brault is a much sought-after speaker for national and international events addressing the economic and social contributions of the arts and culture. In 2017, he represented Canada as its cultural expert at the first G7 on arts and culture.  Simon has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of arts and culture, including the Order of Canada, l’Ordre national du Québec, and the Quebec CPA Order’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for bringing together ‘two worlds that were once disparate – the arts and business – an alliance that significantly benefits society at large.’

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Jairo Castrillón Roldán (COLOMBIA)


Jairo Castrillón Roldán is a journalist based in Colombia and leads cultural initiatives in Medellín. He is a specialist in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona. Mr Castrillón holds a Master's Degree in Education from San Buenaventura University.

He has formerly served as an advisor to the Cultural Policy Unit of UNESCO and is a former official of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Mr Castrillón is also a member of the Latin American Network Puente de Cultura Viva Comunitaria platform.

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Taeyoon Choi (south korea / usa)

Artist and Co-Founder of School of Poetic Computation

Taeyoon Choi is an artist and a co-founder of School for Poetic Computation in New York City. His practice involves performance, electronics, paintings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He was a fellow at Data and Society and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. His projects were presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2018, Taeyoon is working on Distributed Web of Care and ongoing research with a critical perspective towards technology, ethics, justice and sensitivity to the concept of personhood. Taeyoon explores the connection between race, gender, disability and environment through his practice. He continues to organise and teach at the School for Poetic Computation, an artist run school with a motto of More Poetry, Less Demo.  

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Director, Arts Council Norway

Kristin Danielsen is the Director of the Arts Council Norway. The Arts Council supports the arts and cultural projects throughout Norway, conducts research and creates cultural analysis. As director, Danielsen has made it her mission to make sure professional arts and culture are made accessible to a broad audience all across the country, and that we tackle the barriers that hinder participation.

Kristin Danielsen has decades of experience with art management and audience development. She has broad experience from the arts sector, where she started her career as a dancer, choreographer and instructor, educated at the Norwegian Ballet Academy, Oslo, and the Broadway Dance Centre, New York. She later did her MA in Arts Management at the City University in London, focussing on international cultural relations. Over the years, Danielsen has developed strong leadership skills as the head of a wide range of art institutions and cultural businesses, especially within the fields of dance, theatre and the music industry. Her previous position was as the Director of the Deichman Library in Oslo, Norway’s largest public library. Danielsen has been a guest lecturer at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo and taught at the University of Tromsø.

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Marion D'Cruz (malaysia)

Founding member of Five Arts Centre

Marion D'Cruz, a founding member of Five Arts Centre (Est. 1984), began dancing at the age of 6. She graduated with a BA in Performing Arts and an MA in Dance from University Science Malaysia and has studied classical, modern and contemporary dance in Malaysia, Indonesia, London and New York. In 1983 she formed Marion D'Cruz and Dancers who have performed extensively both locally and internationally. One of the pioneers of contemporary dance in Malaysia, her work has gone through many phases – the search for a Malaysian identity in contemporary dance, the socio-political commentary, working with ‘non-performers’, the democratisation of the artistic space.  She has broken many rules and continues to do so in search of interesting projects that empower performers and audiences alike. Marion was manager of Arts Network Asia from 2004-2006.  At the 2006 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, Marion was awarded the Cross-Cultural Champion of the Arts Award and at the 2015 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, Marion was honoured as an Arts Legend. Marion currently choreographs, performs, produces and teaches fulltime at the Dance Faculty of ASWARA (The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage).

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Mauricio Delfín (peru)

Researcher and Promoter of Open Government in Cultural Sectors, Director, Asociación Civil Solar

Mauricio Delfín received a Joint Honors in Anthropology and International Development Studies from McGill University and an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. He founded and directed Realidad Visual (2001-2010), the Peruvian National Summit of Culture (2011-2014) and (2009-2015), a cultural information system designed and maintained by civil society. Delfín has worked as a research associate for Tándem, a cultural policy think-tank, and a R&D strategist for La Factura, a civic software company. He was a Vanier Scholar (2014-2017) and an OAS Open Government Fellow (2015). He currently serves as technical secretary of the Peruvian Alliance of Cultural Organisations (APOC) and as founder and director of Asociación Civil Solar, a non-profit organisation that promotes the open government of cultural sectors in Peru. He is a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University.

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Mary Ann DeVlieg (Italy)

Co-founder of IARA, International Arts Rights Advisors

Mary Ann DeVlieg is co-founder of IARA, International Arts Rights Advisors. She is an internationally experienced consultant, facilitator and trainer with a background in the arts, arts mobility and policy. She evaluates international cultural collaboration projects for the European Commission and private foundations. Since 2010 she has been working to protect and defend the rights of artists-at-risk, she founded the EU working group, Arts-Rights-Justice, co-founded the Arts-Rights-Justice Academy at the University of Hildesheim and was freeDimensional’s Director of Strategic Development from 2013-2015.

Mary Ann DeVlieg is a founder of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Mobility in the Mediterranean and founder of, a mobility portal for the arts. She was former Secretary General of IETM (1994-2013), the largest international network for contemporary performing arts. With many years of experience in the MENA region, she is currently a Board member of Highlight Arts UK and Advisor to Ettijahat-Independent Culture, Lebanon.

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Dr Wulan Dirgantoro
(australia / indonesia)


Dr Wulan Dirgantoro is an academic based in Melbourne, Australia. The regional focus of her work is in Southeast Asia while the main focus of her work has been on the intersection between feminism and memory, and examined how the state, political and cultural institutions as well as art agencies are interlinked in the arena of cultural production. Prior to her current role as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, she taught at the MA Asian Art Histories program at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Kunstgeschichte und aesthetike Praktiken at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, Germany.

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Diane Dodd (Spain)

Regional Adviser, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

Diane Dodd is a Regional Adviser for IFACCA, having supported the coordination of the European Chapter of IFACCA for more than 10 years. In addition to her work with IFACCA she is President and co-Founder of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) and she leads an MA course in Cultural Institutions and Policies for the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona as well as an MA course on Events and Destination management for EUHTSTPol. Diane has worked in the cultural policy and management field for over 25 years and maintains relations with a number of important global and European institutions including UNESCO, UNWTO, European Commission, OEI, Commonwealth Foundation, Asia-Europe Foundation and many others. She has edited a number of books in the field of cultural policy and cultural management on subjects related to cultural management training, youth culture, eCulture, cultural citizenship and cultural tourism.

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Khadija El Bennaoui (Morocco / Belgium)

Director, Art Moves Africa (AMA)

Khadija El Bennaoui is a cultural practitioner and consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the arts and culture sectors of the Global South. Working at the crossroads of artistic practice, cultural policy and civil society in Africa, Latin America and the Arab world, she is a leading voice in ongoing debates on the links between art, development and social justice.

As a consultant, Khadija has contributed her expertise in cultural cooperation, grant-making, cultural policy research and program design to missions led by EUNIC, the Ford Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, Mimeta, Med Culture, UNESCO and more.

In 2005, she launched Art Moves Africa, the first mobility fund devoted to artists and cultural operators travelling within Africa. She currently serves as Executive Director of AMA, focussing on general management, resource mobilisation, programs development and advocacy.

Khadija is the author of the chapter Surviving the paradoxes of mobility, which was commissioned as part of the 2018 Global Report monitoring the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

She holds a B.A. in Arabic Studies from Ibnou Zohr University, a B.A. in Cultural Management from Hassan II University and a European Diploma in Cultural Management from the Marcel Hicter Foundation.

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Basma El Husseiny (EGYPT)

Director, Action for Hope

Basma El Husseiny is a cultural manager and an activist who has been involved in supporting independent cultural projects and organisations in the Arab region for the past 30 years. Basma was previously the Media, Arts & Culture Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Arts Manager of the British Council in Egypt. In 2009, Basma co-authored the EU report: Towards a Strategy for Culture in the Mediterranean Region. Basma is a UNESCO expert in cultural governance and a member of the Arab Cultural Policy Group.

Basma El Husseiny founded Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) in 2004, the Arab region’s leading independent cultural organisation, and was its director until September 2014. In early 2015, Basma founded, and is currently the director of, Action for Hope, an organisation that seeks to provide cultural relief and cultural development programs to communities in crisis, with a focus on refugees and impoverished communities.

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Ashkan Fardost (SWEDEN)

Technology and Digitalisation Expert and Founder of Oddball Ventures

Ashkan Fardost is a technology and digitalisation expert who sees the internet as a continuously evolving psychological, sociological and anthropological phenomenon that changes the dynamic of our world. Ashkan has seen the evolution of the internet from perspectives that few others have: as an aspiring teen creator and semi-hacker in the late ‘90s; music producer in the ‘00s; and in recent years as a collaborator with Hyper Island and the Stockholm tech scene, founder of Oddball Ventures, and expert on the internet revolution and digitalisation. His mission is to inspire change and help people leverage technology and digitalisation.

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Staffan Forssell (Sweden)

Director General of the Swedish Arts Council

Staffan Forssell is the Director General of the Swedish Arts Council and has a 25 year career in the field of culture. Mr Forssell has held senior positions in most fields of culture, including music, theatre, dance, film, museums and literature. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Director General of the Swedish Exhibition Agency and from 2008 to 2010 the CEO of the Stage Company in Sundsvall, Sweden. He has also been the managing director of the Swedish Army Museum and of Cosmonova at the Natural History Museum, as well as three years managing the mountain division of the Swedish Touring Club. Mr Forssell has a background as a physicist and prior to his career in culture he spent eight years in the aviation industry as an officer in the Swedish Air Force where he was a flying weatherman and five years as an environmental specialist in the field of air pollution and global warming.

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Liyana Fuad (Indonesia)

Artist and chef

Liyana is an artist, chef, entrepreneur, and researcher whose work is focussed on culinary, health, human connection issues and their relationship to art. Liyana completed a Bachelor Degree in Dentistry in 2012 and has since explored her interest in the culinary world. Liyana has many concerns regarding food, lifestyle, health, and how people relate to these issues. Her interest in art emerged in 2015 when she was mesmerised by how art can be used as a tool for mediating issues. In 2015, she started her own company in healthy catering services, of which she is currently CEO. In 2016, she joined new-media art collective House of Natural Fiber (HONF) which is located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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George Gachara (KENYA)

Managing Partner, HEVA Fund LLP

George Gachara is the managing partner at HEVA Fund, a finance and business support facility for creative industries in East Africa. As Managing Partner, George works to define strategy, identify investors and funding partners and provide assistance to creative and cultural sector ventures to achieve their growth plans.

George has a background in Communication from Daystar University (Kenya), Conflict Prevention and Management from the International Peace and Security Institute (Italy), Design Thinking and Problem Solving from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Private Equity and Venture Capital, Strathmore Business School (Kenya). He brings to this role a unique blend of career experiences working in non-profit resource development and governance with particular focus in youth development, social innovation and arts management.

George has significantly contributed to the transformation of creative economy policy environment in Kenya and in the region, most notably spearheading the development and finalisation Kenya's first film policy white paper (2017). George continues to work closely with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts and the Executive Office of the President to create and implement interventions for cultural and creative economy growth.

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Professor Amareswar Galla (INDIA)

Chief Curator, Amaravathi Heritage Town, India; Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/USA

Professor Amareswar Galla founded the inclusive museum movement two decades ago and chaired the drafting and adoption of the ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter in Shanghai in 2010. An alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he was formerly Professor of Museum Studies at University of Queensland and prior to that Professor of Sustainable Heritage Development at the Australian National University. He is also an active ICOMOS member and accredited mentor/trainer of UNESCO for the 2003 Intangible Heritage Convention. His extensive publication record ranges from World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge University Press & UNESCO Publishing, 2012 (French and Korean translations 2013) to Heritage Curricula and Cultural Diversity, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australia, 1993.

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Andrés Gribnicow (Argentina)

Secretary for Culture and Creativity, Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Presidency of Argentina

Since October 2017 Andrés Gribnicow currently holds the position of Secretary of Culture and Creativity in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Argentina and as such is in charge of the National Directorates of Diversity and Community Culture, Cultural Training, Creative Economy and Cultural Innovation. Previously, he held -between 2016 and 2017- the position of Undersecretary of Creative Economy in the same Ministry, where he was in charge of the National Directorates of Creative Industries, Cultural Entrepreneurship and Cultural Innovation. In 2015 he served as Vicente López City´s Secretary of Culture (Buenos Aires Province).

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Culture Management (UNTREF). Since 1994 he has assumed management positions in various cultural institutions, consolidating his profile as a specialist in integrated management of projects of cultural, social and economic interest, oriented towards the leadership of public, private and NGO`s organisations linked to art and creative industries.

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Tanja Hichert (South Africa)

Research Associate at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Tanja Hichert is a futures / foresight practitioner specialising in scenario planning, horizon scanning, scenarios for risk management and facilitating strategic conversations that provide clarity and direction for organisations faced with complexity and uncertainty. She has fifteen years of in-house strategy and scenario planning experience working for global multi-national corporations and has spent the last twelve years running a specialised futures consulting firm.

Tanja has a MBA specialising in Strategy and Forecasting, and a M. Phil in Futures Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. In addition to running Hichert & Associates, she works as a Research Associate with the Centre for Complex System in Transition at Stellenbosch University, is an associate at Vision Foresight Strategy LCC, teaches post graduate students, and serves on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists. She also serves as a director of the South African Node of the Millennium Project where she co-founded the Foresight for Development platform.

Tanja is based in Cape Town and works all over the world, but her passion is expanding and building the practical application of Future Studies on the African continent. Where opportunity allows, she relishes in designing innovative, creative and experimental approaches, and working at the intersection of complex issues.

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Fu Jiebei (China)

Founder and General Manager of Shenzhen HongYan Tech. Co., Ltd.

Fu Jiebei is currently the Founder and General Manager of Shenzhen HongYan Tech. Co., Ltd., a consulting business on creative industries and park planning.

She has previously held the position of General Manager at Sino-Finnish Design Park from 2017-2019 managing design parks all over China (Shenzhen, Shaoxing, Changsha, Wuhan, Qinhuangdao, Nanchang) and was involved in the development new parks.

From 2016-2017 she was the Co-Founder and COO of Shenzhen IEC-Space, project managing the Shenzhen Graduates Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition. From 2013-2016 she was the Founder and General Manager of the International Development Department. of SCIG, in charge of overseas business development and international branding.

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Dr Lucina Jiménez (MEXICO)

Director General, National Institute of the Arts (INBA)

Dr Lucina Jiménez has obtained a PhD in Anthropological Sciences from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), Iztapalapa in Mexico. She has been a member of the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policies and International Cooperation since 2000. From 2011-2018, she has been part of the Expert Group on Governance for Culture and Development, UNESCO and from 2015, she has served as an expert at the World Network of Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) for the implementation of Agenda21Cultura.  

In 2017, she received the Donna Universum Internazionale Award and has also been a recipient of the prestigious Angel Award of the City of Mexico. She has worked in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Africa and has been a consultant for the Andrés Bello Agreement, the Organisation of Ibero-Americam States (OEI), the Organisation of American States (OAS) and freeDimensional. She is also a member of the International Network of Women in Culture.

From 2005-2018 she founded and directed the International Consortium for Art and School A. C. / ConArte). She was Deputy Director of Broadcasting of the General Direction of Popular Cultures, Deputy Director of Radio Education Planning, Technical Director of the Cultural Program of the Borders and of the National Coordination of Decentralisation of National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA). She was previously the General Director of the National Arts Center (CENARTES) and was a member of the Drafting Council (Consejo Redactor) of the Law for Culture and Cultural Rights of Mexico.

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Carole Umulinga Karemera (Rwanda)

Executive Director, Ishyo Arts Centre

Carole Umulinga Karemera is the co-founder and Executive Director of Ishyo Arts Centre involved in advocacy, capacity building and promotion of the creative sector in Rwanda. She is the producer of Kina Festival (International Performing Arts Festival for Young Audience); co-founder of ARTEJ/ASSITEJ Rwanda (International Association for Youth and Theatre in Rwanda) and co-­producer of Kigali Up! music festival.

She is currently a board member of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and a member of the steering committee of the African Cultural Policy Network (ACPN).

She is currently implementing UNESCO’s project Strengthening the creative industries in Rwanda and coordinating the I ART, I ACT! Project - Rwanda Creative Sector’s National Action Plan for Arts and Culture initiated by ISHYO in 2016.

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Ar. Hijjas bin Kasturi AM (MALAYSIA)

Principal Director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn.

Hijjas Kasturi was born in Singapore in 1936. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and Diploma in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Melbourne.

He started his own practice, Hijjas Kasturi Associates in 1977. The practice has won many international competitions including the headquarters for Malayan Banking Berhad, the largest structure at the time in Kuala Lumpur. Hijjas' work has been recognised by many awards including; PAM 2000 Excellence Awards in Recognition of Design Excellence in Commercial Building Category on The Securities Commission Headquarters Building in July 2001, 12th Tokyo Creation Award by Tokyo Fashion Association, Japan in December 1998 and the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia’s Gold Medal Award in Sept 2001 for outstanding works and invaluable contribution to architecture.

Hijjas has always valued the experience of working with sculptors and artists. In 1994 he started a residency for artists at Rimbun Dahan, a private arts centre and his home in Malaysia. Rimbun Dahan hosts a range of artists’ residencies to encourage visual artists, choreographers and other creative individuals to explore and develop their artistic work. Rimbun Dahan has hosted more than 100 artists, sculptors, writers, poets, choreographers, musicians and composers.

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Gülgün Kayim (USA)

Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis

Gülgün Kayim has worked across sectors for many years in the fields of public art and location-based performance and directs the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in the City of Minneapolis. She has authored book chapters, policy documents, reports and articles in the areas of creative sector economics, cultural policy and cross-sector collaboration. She researches the role of narrative in the built environment with a focus on socially engaged creative practices, contested landscapes, urban planning and economic development. She is a co-founder of Skewed Visions, a Minneapolis based site specific performance collective and core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces. Gülgün is a 2018  Stanford University Creative Cities Fellow and received a 2014 public service Rising Star Award from Hamline University in recognition of the innovative Creative City Making program. She continues to present her artistic work in the US, Russia, Cyprus and the UK which has been recognised through a number of local, national and international fellowships, awards and grants. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Masters Degree in intercultural performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Saba Khalid (PAKISTAN)

Founder and Chief Editor, Aurat Raaj

Saba Khalid is a Social Entrepreneur, Filmmaker, Journalist and Women Empowerment Influencer from Pakistan. She has developed an animated film series for young girls called Raaji that touches upon honour, abuse, harassment, cycling, self-defence, early marriages, financial inclusion and menstrual hygiene. Her app uses AI to educate girls about their health, hygiene and safety. She has won a BAFTA Global Sustainability Award for her film. She was the national round winner of She Loves Tech Pakistan. She was awarded the seed prize with The Do School and The Pollination Project. Her organisation has won the MHM challenge by UNICEF, the girl's education grant by UNESCO and the UKAID ILM Ideas ed tech fund. She continues to write for Kulturaustausch, Rolling Stone Germany, Musikexpress, Dawn, Tribune, Blinkist, Lama and many more digital media outlets.

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Levan Kharatishvili (GEORGIA)

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia

Levan Kharatishvili is Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. As Deputy Minister he is responsible for Culture, Cultural Strategy, Creative Industries and International Relations. Levan Kharatishvili was involved in the adoption of the first culture strategy document – Culture Strategy 2025.

In 2013 he worked for the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as a Deputy Minister. In 2017 he worked for the Ministry of Culture and Sport and from 2018 he has been working for the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport.

Between 1998 to 2007, he was actively engaged in civil society sector and worked at UNA-Georgia as the Program Manager and was later elected as the Executive Director of Civic Initiative Center (coalition of seven prominent civil society organisations). From 2007 to 2013 he was the Headmaster of Buckswood International School, Tbilisi.

Levan Kharatishvili graduated from Tbilisi State University in 2003 and holds a Master’s degree in International Law.

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Eddin Khoo (MALAYSIA)

Founder-Director, PUSAKA

Eddin Khoo is a poet, writer, translator, and journalist. He is the founder of Pusaka, one of the region’s leading cultural centres. He has worked intimately with Malaysia’s custodians of the traditional and ritual arts including shadow puppeteers, musicians, dramatists and dancers, researching aspects of oral transmission, cultural and religious politics and aspects of ritual in traditional theatre. In recognition of his work in culture, Eddin was selected as one of the Asians of the Year 2006 by Channel News Asia, Singapore. Eddin Khoo is the co-author of a book on traditional Malay woodcarving, The Spirit of Wood. He edited an autobiography of the celebrated Malaysian artist Ibrahim Hussein, entitled Ib: A Life (2010). He has translated works of the Indonesian poet Goenawan Mohamad and the Malaysian poet Latiff Mohidin into English, and is presently compiling and editing the complete writings of his father, the Malaysian historian Khoo Kay Kim.

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Kenneth Kwok (SINGAPORE)

Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning & Engagement), National Arts Council of Singapore

Kenneth is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning & Engagement) at the National Arts Council overseeing the Strategic Planning, International Relations, and Research teams as well as initiatives in community & youth engagement, arts education, and capability development. A former secondary school teacher, vice principal and Assistant Director of Curriculum Policy at the Ministry of Education as well as adjunct lecturer for Educational Drama at the National Institute of Education, Kenneth has also been involved in various applied theatre community projects and has led training for students, teachers and community workers both in Singapore and overseas. A former arts writer and co-editor of online arts journal, The Inkpot Theatre and Dance, Kenneth holds an Ed.M in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at LASALLE College of the Arts. Kenneth currently sits on the boards of Arts House Limited and the national youth centre, *SCAPE.

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Mercedes Lerea (Paraguay)

Director General (Planning), National Secretary of Culture

Mercedes Lerea is currently the Director General (Planning) at the National Secretary of Culture (SNC) in Paraguay. She holds a Master in Sociology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Communication from Université catholique de Louvain, as well as a diploma in Territorial Social Development from the University Alberto Hurtado, Chile. She is a lawyer with a Bachelor in Law from the Catholic University of Asuncion, Paraguay.

Her career in institutional management focusses on project planning and execution, specialising in public policy.

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Angela Martins (Ethiopia)

Head of Culture Division, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission

Ms Angela Martins is the Head of Culture Division at the Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission, with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Her main duties include the coordination of the development of Arts, Culture and Heritage continental policies and monitoring the implementation of such policies by African Union Member States as well as by Pan-African Cultural Institutions. The Culture Division contributes to the implementation of the aspirations the main African Union Framework for development, the African Union Agenda 2063 which has specific aspiration for culture and heritage.  Ms Angela Martins is also the overall coordinator of the African Union Pan-African Cultural Congress (PACC) a forum for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) working in the cultural sector. PACC is held every three years and brings together cultural experts and practitioners and Pan African Cultural Institutions working in the arts, culture and heritage sector.

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Joy Mboya (kenya)

Executive Director, The GoDown Arts Centre

Joy Mboya is Executive Director of The GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. As a performer and cultural activist, who was educated as an architect, she has led the centre’s development as a site for artistic experimentation, cross-sector partnerships and creative collaboration. She has spearheaded a variety of ambitious programs such as the annual Nairobi-wide festival Nai Ni Who that connects culture and city, and Manjano – the Nairobi County visual arts exhibition and prize.

Joy has served on the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Arterial Network, a pan-African consortium for the cultural sector. Currently, she is trustee of Gaara Dance Foundation and a board member of Buni Media.

Her work has been recognised by several awards: she received the Head of State Commendation medal (2009) for her contributions to the development of Kenya’s creative economy and was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior (2013) for her outstanding leadership in the field.

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Orlaith McBride (Ireland)

Director, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Ireland

Orlaith McBride is the Director of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the state agency for developing the Arts in Ireland. 

Prior to this appointment, she worked in the arts across a broad range of arts organisations including Local Authorities, arts-in-education, youth arts and theatre. She worked for many years in South Dublin County Council developing and co-ordinating arts projects and programmes before becoming Arts Officer at the National Youth Council of Ireland where she developed the first National Strategy for Young People and the Arts. She was Director of NAYD, the development organisation for youth theatre in Ireland from 2003-2011. She produced the National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre from 2007-2011.

She is Deputy Chair of IFACCA.

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Felipe Mella Morales (chile)

Executive Director of the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center

Felipe Mella Morales is currently the Executive Director of the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, a non-profit corporation focussed on access to culture and audiences development.

Mr Mella has a wide experience in the public sector. From 2007-2016, he was the Executive Director of Balmaceda Arte Joven, a non-profit corporation with more than 25 years of experience in artistic education and present in the five most important cities of the Chile. He has served as advisor in the Executive Secretariat of the Bicentennial Commission (2003), in the Executive Directorate of Bicentennial Works of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (1999-2003) and in Lan Chile (1994-1999).

Mr Mella has been a member of the board of the FAVA Foundation, Vice President of Adculture and the Association of Cultural Managers of Chile.

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Simon Mellor (ENGLAND)

Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England  

Simon Mellor is Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture for Arts Council England. He is a member of the ACE Executive Board and has responsibility for national arts and cultural strategy. Prior to joining the Arts Council in 2012, he helped set up the Manchester International Festival in 2006 and was its first General Director. Before that he was the Chief Executive of the Lyric Hammersmith, West London’s leading producing and presenting theatre. He was also the producer founder of Gloria Theatre (an international music theatre company), Youth Arts Projects Coordinator for the Southbank Centre London, Head of Education at Battersea Arts Centre London and Co-Director of Pegasus Theatre in Oxford. 

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Dato'  Dr Faridah Merican (malaysia)

Co-Founder & Executive Producer, The Actors Studio, klpac, penangpac

Affectionately referred to in the Performing Arts Community as ‘the First Lady of Malaysian Theatre’, Faridah’s early acting credits include such plays as ‘Lela Mayang’, ‘Tok Perak’, ‘Uda dan Dara’ and ‘Alang Rentak Seribu’, works that defined the Malaysian theatre in the 1960s and 1970s, and determined the direction that theatre would take in the next few decades.

In 1989, Faridah co-founded The Actors Studio with her husband Joe Hasham OAM. In June of 2003, floods destroyed the entire complex of The Actors Studio in Plaza Putra, Dataran Merdeka. Out of that devastation, Faridah’s ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude generated yet another ground-breaking event – the birth of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, set up by the YTL Group, Yayasan Budi Penyayang and The Actors Studio.

Faridah Merican was awarded the BOH Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In July 2005, Faridah was conferred the 'Darjah Dato' Paduka Tuanku Ja'afar by the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan on the occasion of His Highness' 83rd Birthday. The following year, she received an Honorary Master of Letters at University Sains Malaysia's 35th Convocation. In 2014, Faridah received the Outstanding Achievement Award under the Arts, Culture and Entertainment category of the Inaugural Malaysian Women of Excellence Awards. On November 2015, she was awarded the Honorary Master of Arts at ASWARA’s 11th Convocation. Faridah is a member for ASWARA’s Post-Graduate Quality Assurance Committee and is also the Executive Producer and Co-founder of the Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac). In 2018, she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts by Taylor’s University.

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Magdalena Moreno Mujica

Executive Director, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

Ms Moreno Mujica became Executive Director of IFACCA in August 2017, having first joined the organisation as Deputy Director in 2014. Prior to this she was Head of International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts, Chile (CNCA) and international advisor to three Ministers of Culture. In this role, she oversaw international arts and cultural strategy; served as Programme Director of the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture (Santiago, 2014); delivered Chile’s participation in three Venice Biennales; served on the Board of Fundación Imagen de Chile; and represented CNCA on the IFACCA Board (2012-2014). 

Before this Ms Moreno Mujica was based in Australia, where she was CEO of Kultour the national peak body supporting cultural diversity in the arts (2008-2011); a member of the National Cultural Policy Taskforce for Creative Australia; and led an international initiative to strengthen south-south dialogue (The South Project, 2004-2008). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne; is an alumna of the Asialink Leaders Program (2008) and the Australia Council for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Program (2010); has served on several Boards, including for Diversity Arts Australia (2016-2018); and is currently a member of the UNESCO’s Expert Facility Group 2019-2022 to support the implementation of the 2005 Convention.

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Professor Dato' Dr Mohamed Najib bin Ahmad Dawa (MALAYSIA)

Director General, National Art Gallery, Malaysia

Professor Dato' Dr Mohamed Najib bin Ahmad Dawa was born in Karak, Pahang, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Education (1995) and MA (1992) from Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester England along with a BA (Hons) from University Sains Malaysia (1989).  He has attained a Specialist Art Teaching certificate from the Specialist Teacher Training College (1982) and a Teaching Certificate from the Sultan Idris Teacher Training College Tanjung Malim Perak (1977). He specialises in traditional arts, symbols and symbolism in Malay traditional culture, architecture and modern art.

Professor Dato' Dr Mohamed Najib bin Ahmad Dawa is currently the Director General at the National Art Gallery Malaysia (2017-2019). He was President of IKIP Group Of Colleges (2013 – 2015) and Rector ASWARA at the National Arts Academy (2011-2012). He began his career as a primary school teacher (1977-1985) and later worked as a university lecturer, Dean from 1990 to 2008.

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Helena Nassif

Managing Director, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) 

Helena Nassif studied public health, journalism and media studies in Beirut, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Swansea and London. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Westminster, with research focussed on the construction and reception of popular cultural, moral and spatial telos. Helena’s multi-disciplinary research and career in media and culture extend to the non-governmental sector, the aid industry, television and documentary film production, program design and evaluation, training and education, and consultancy. Her work is driven by the desire to understand the impact of the arts and culture in society, and to contribute to its vital role in community building and social change. She is the Managing Director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) since September 2017. 

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Nguyen Phuong Hoa (Viet Nam)

Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam

Nguyen Phuong Hoa has been working at the Ministry of Culture of Viet Nam for more than 15 years. She is one of the main authors of Vietnam's National Strategy on International Cultural Relations and has been actively involved in organising numerous Vietnamese cultural days abroad as well as hosting a number of international art festivals in Viet Nam. She is the national contact point for 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions and has strongly supported and advocated for the National Strategy for the development of Vietnamese Cultural Industries until 2020, vision 2030. 

She has extensive experience in leading her team to implement cultural cooperation agreements with several countries. She also taken part in the copyright negotiation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

Nguyen Phuong Hoa holds a BA in International Relations (Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam) and a MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from Goldsmiths, University of London, the United Kingdom.

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Georgia Nicolau (BRAZIL)

Director and Founder, Instituto Procomum 

Georgia Nicolau has experience in public policy - at the Brazilian Ministry of Culture - in big media corporations and in arts and civil society organisations. In 2016 she co-founded the Procomum Institute and serves as the program director for the organisation. Among Procomum Institute’s projects, we have a citizen laboratory, which functions as a relational device of organisational experimentation and constructions of tools for collective life and bem viver, working with arts, science and technology to build citizen innovation. Georgia is on the supervisory board of the Global Innovation Gathering Network, which brings together innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world, focussing on the global south. In 2017 she was selected as a global cultural leader by the European Union.

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Credit: Anna-Lena Ahlström

Anette Novak (Sweden) 

Director General, Swedish Media Council

Anette Novak is the Director General of the Swedish Media Council, an agency coordinating Sweden’s efforts in the media literacy arena. Prior to the Swedish government’s appointment, she was CEO of RISE Interactive, a research institute that conducts applied research on interaction design and user experience, aimed at solving the grand challenges of our times – empowering people, organisations and the global community. 

From 2015-2016, Ms Novak led a major national inquiry, analysing the media landscape and proposing policy tools for the future. Her passion for digital opportunities, freedom of speech and democracy has run like a golden thread through her career and her achievements has in the past earned her a number of prestigious positions, for instance: Vice President of Fojo Media institute, Board member of Sweden’s public service radio and as the Swedish representative to the World Editors Forum. 

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Ojoma Ochai (NIGERIA)

Director Programmes Nigeria, British Council

Ojoma Ochai leads the British Council’s arts, education and society programmes working with colleagues across Sub Saharan Africa and the UK to devise strategies and lead programme teams to deliver positive artistic, social and economic outcomes particularly for young people in Nigeria. Before that, she was Director, Arts, Nigeria and West Africa for British Council for over six years.

Ojoma is also a member of the UNESCO global expert facility on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. From 2014 to 2016, she supported the World Bank Growth and Employment project, advising on approaches for film and music sector development.

Listed on the YNaija list of 10 Most Powerful People in Nigeria’s Arts and Culture (under 40) in 2014, Ojoma is a Fellow, DEVOS Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland, USA, Associate Fellow, Nigerian Leadership Institute, Board Chair, Lagos Theatre Festival (2015 -2018), Board Chair, Open House Lagos (2015 – 2017) and Chair, Creative Industries Thematic Group, Nigerian Economic Summit Group.

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Professor Justin O’Connor (australia)

Professor of Cultural Economy, University of South Australia

Justin O’Connor is Professor of Cultural Economy at the University of South Australia. He is also a visiting Professor in the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University. From 2012-2018 he was Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University. He is part of the UNESCO ‘Expert Facility’, supporting the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity.

Justin has produced creative industry policy documents for the Australia Federal Government and the Tasmanian State Government and is currently developing a consultancy document for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DEFAT) on Creative Industries and Soft Power. He has worked with the Ministries of Culture in both Mauritius and Samoa to develop cultural industry strategies under the UNESCO/EU Technical Assistance Programme.

Justin is the author of the 2016 Platform Paper After the Creative Industries: Why we need a Cultural Economy, and Cultural Economy in the New Shanghai (forthcoming). He is co-editor of the 2015 Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, and with Rong Yueming (2018) Cultural Industries in Shanghai: Policy and Planning inside a Global City. London, Intellect.

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Jordi Pascual

Coordinator of the Committee on Culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Jordi Pascual is the founding Coordinator of the Committee on Culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The Committee organises a global award as well as a biennial Summit, manages a unique database of good practices and promotes a range of learning programmes on capacity-building and connectivity.

As Coordinator of the Committee, he is one of the leaders of the global campaign that advocates for the role of cultural factors and actors in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has published books, articles and reports on international cultural relations, culture and sustainability and the governance of culture, which have been translated to more than 20 languages. Some examples include: Cultural rights, local cultural policies and sustainable development. Looking for a coherent narrative (Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development, 2018), Culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development: the best is yet to come (Economia della cultura, 2016) and Rio+20 and culture: advocating for culture at the centre of sustainability (UCLG, 2012).

Jordi has been a member of the jury of the European Capital of Culture and teaches cultural policies and management at the Open University of Catalonia.

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Nirvana Persaud (GUYANA)

CEO, National Trust of Guyana

Nirvana Persaud is a cultural heritage practitioner in Guyana and the Caribbean region with over 16 years of experience. She is the first Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust of Guyana, the state agency responsible for heritage protection and promotion. She has contributed to the advancement of the culture and heritage sector of Guyana over the years and has developed significant international partnerships to boost local capacity in safeguarding the nation’s heritage, notably with the World Monuments Fund and the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program. Nirvana has also contributed to the draft national cultural policy agendas for both 2008/09 and 2017/18.

She is a graduate of the University of Turin, holding a Master’s Degree in World Heritage Management. She is also a UNESCO Fellow having undertaken research in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where she also completed training in heritage conservation planning, cultural resource management and collections management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Graduate Diploma in International Studies both from the University of Guyana.

She is a member of ICOMOS, Caribbean Heritage Network and Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums among others. Given her experience in the sector, she is the National Focal Point for world heritage matters in Guyana.

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Dimas Prasetyo Muharam (Indonesia)

Founder and CEO

Dimas is a sociopreneur, ICT trainer, motivational speaker, blogger, and researcher. He is one of the founders of, the first website and online community founded by blind people in Indonesia in 2006. Kartunet empowers the abilities of blind people through information and communication technology (ICT). By training the blind to use computers, the internet, social media, blogs, and internet marketing, Kartunet hopes the blind can be empowered to work in digital communication or become entrepreneurs through e-commerce. Dimas has been blind from the age of 12. He graduated with a Bachelor of English Literature from the University of Indonesia and is a prolific writer and motivational speaker. He was awarded as a Young change Maker in 2012 by Ashoka Indonesia and an Australian Leadership Award Fellowship from Flinders University, Adelaide in 2013. He joined the ChangemakerXChange Summit Asia Pacific Singapore-Malaysia in 2017 and in 2018, he became a researcher at the educational assessment centre, Ministry of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia.

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Credit: TILLT AB

Tiago Prata (sweden)

Journalist and Cultural Manager

Tiago Prata is a journalist and cultural manager based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Tiago holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and Masters degree in Cultural Management. His areas of expertise include; online and print media and production in the fields of music, film and performing arts. He is currently interested in sustainable societal development through artistic and cultural practices, in transnational partnership building, and in nomadic idea generation. 

Tiago is an international project manager at TILLT and leads the transnational art project Borderline Offensive: Laughing in the Face of Fear. He is an alumnus of Tandem Cultural, European Diploma on Cultural Management programme, and Global Cultural Leadership Platform. He has participated as a speaker at European Creative Hub Forum (Lisbon, 2015) and Business Meets Art 3rd Edition (Udine, 2015).

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Rika Preiser (South Africa)

Senior Researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Rika Preiser is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Her research explores how an interdisciplinary engagement with Complex Adaptive Systems can inform conceptual frameworks and practical applications for Systems Change toward resilient Anthropocene futures and Earth Stewardship.

She is addressing Anthropocene challenges at the science-society interface and explores systems-based approaches to inform better decision making in a hyper-connected world where people, place and the environment are intertwined. Her work is focussed on the human experience to recognise the normative call to re-imagine what it means to be human in the Anthropocene and what role science-society and science-art interfaces and artistic practices and interactive modes of engagement could stimulate more positive responses to bringing about alternative social-ecological futures.

Rika holds Masters degrees in Journalism and Social Anthropology and completed a PhD in Philosophy in 2012. She is a Salzburg Global Fellow and is co-author of Exploring Geoethics: Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences (Palgrave, 2019) and co-editor of Critical Complexity. Collected Essays by Paul Cilliers (De Gruyter, 2016) and Complexity, Difference and Identity (Springer, 2010).

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Phloeun Prim (CAMBODIA)

Executive Director, Cambodian Living Arts

A visionary cultural entrepreneur, Phloeun has spearheaded Cambodian Living Arts’ transformation from a grassroots project reviving traditional arts to the leading cultural agency in Cambodia. Having set out a strategic vision and long-term roadmap for CLA at the beginning of his tenure, Phloeun has led the organisation to extend its reach from local to international programming; to expand its community from the old generation of teachers to the new generation of emerging leaders, artists and entrepreneurs, and to evolve its role from straightforward transmission of traditions to stimulating expression and innovation. As someone born during the genocide, Phloeun is proud to have returned to Cambodia and be part of the movement to use the arts for healing, social transformation and economic development. He is passionate about encouraging today’s expression, but remains inspired by the first work of CLA, the work on reviving oral transmission.

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Diane Ragsdale (USA)

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Arts Management & Entrepreneurship, The New School 

Diane Ragsdale joined the New School in 2017 as Assistant Professor and Program Director for a new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship for artists. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she lectured 2011-2015 in the cultural economics and sociology of the arts programs. Her dissertation concerns the relationship between the US commercial and nonprofit theater. She is author of the arts and culture blog, Jumper, published on; co-leads the Cultural Leadership Program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada; and teaches an annual workshop on Cultural Policy for Yale University. Before 2010 she was a program officer for theater and dance at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in NYC and managing director at On the Boards in Seattle, among other roles. She has been the keynote speaker at dozens of arts conferences in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australasia.

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Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua (FIJI)

Chair, Blue Shield Pasifika and Cultural Development Consultant

Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua was born in Vunamoli village Nadi. She returned to Fiji after 22 years living at British Army, postings in Hong Kong, UK and Germany.

With a Bachelor of Visual Design from New Zealand she tutored at the Fiji Institute of Technology and initiated a School of Arts Culture and Design program. Facilitated the teaching of both contemporary and traditional knowledge skills transmission to tertiary students with Fiji Arts Council practitioners. She is currently the Chair of the Visual Artists Association (VAVA) in Fiji.

In September 2017 she retired from Fiji Government as Deputy Director at the Department of Heritage and Arts, the Director Fiji Museum, the Manager of the Pacific Heritage Hub at the University of the South Pacific. Currently the Chair of Blue Shield Pasifika for Disaster risk reduction for GLAM in the Pacific. She continues to push cultural development forward as a candidate in the 2018 National elections.

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Tan Sri Norliza Binti Rofli (MALAYSIA)

Director-General, National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia 

Tan Sri Norliza Rofli has a deep passion for the arts and have worked as an arts administrator since 1983. In 1994 she set up and successfully helmed the National Arts Academy, the first higher education institution dedicated to arts and culture, which has since developed into the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage. In her current role as Director General of the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) she works with and supports a wide range of artists and arts organisations to deliver arts activities. The Department also nurtures the arts among young people by working closely with schools and local communities. She has also played a key role in developing Malaysia’s performing arts scene through promotion, conservation, guidance and training, as well as through non-governmental organisations and cultural infrastructure.

Norliza Rofli plays an active role ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN-COCI) and has represented the department at a ministerial level at the Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) and the Asia Europe Ministers of Culture Meetings (ASEM). She has also lent her expertise to the Ministry to develop arts and culture policy, as well as national creative industries. She has published widely, including academic publications and reference materials for arts and culture.

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Kathy Rowland (malaysia / singapore)

Managing Editor of

Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of, which she co-founded with Jenny Daneels. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, running arts and culture programs and arts media platforms. She has edited several volumes of plays by leading playwrights in Malaysia and Singapore. Her articles on the politics of culture have appeared in publications in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the US. She has worked in the areas of cross-cultural exchanges and arts advocacy, with a special interest in arts censorship. Kathy has also produced theatre and visual arts events in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, New York, Australia and Thailand. Kathy lectures part-time at the School of Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

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Frances Rudgard (CAMBODIA)

Managing Director, Cambodian Living Arts

Frances’ background is in strategic and business planning and organisational change. She moved to Cambodia in 2010 and completed a number of consultancy projects through the Pari Project for NGO clients, specifically in the arts sector. She has been instrumental in redesigning Cambodian Living Arts’ programs, restructuring organisational practices, and leading team capacity-building. Under her watch, Cambodian Living Arts has transitioned from working under a fiscal sponsor, the Marion Institute, to being an independent organisation with a long-term strategy. In 2018, Frances oversaw the launch of CLA’s sister organisation Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH). MCH is an exciting new initiative, set up to offer personal and professional development opportunities for creative cultural practitioners in the Mekong Region and wider Asia working at the intersection of arts and society.

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Cathy Runciman (UNITED KINGDOM)

Co-founder, Atlas of the Future

Cathy is co-founder of Atlas of the Future, a London and Barcelona-based online resource raising the profile of innovative, future-focussed, socially responsible people and projects around the world. Cathy also curates Fixing the Future, an annual two-day event for 1000 future-curious participants at the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona).

In addition, Cathy is head of partnerships at independent global media platform openDemocracy. She is a board advisor to Makerversity, a pioneering community of maker businesses in London’s Somerset House, a member of the Point People systems changers network and board member for Goldsmiths University’s recently launched Goldsmiths Press.

Previously Cathy was Time Out Group's International Managing Director, responsible for the launch of Time Out media businesses in more than 30 cities worldwide. 

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Photo: Dr Mamta Sagar  Credit: Amshu Chukk i

Photo: Dr Mamta Sagar
Credit: Amshu Chukki

Dr Mamta Sagar (INDIA)

Poet, Playwright and Translator

Dr Mamta Sagar, a Kannada poet, playwright, translator and activist from Bengaluru, engages with concerns across gender, caste and marginalisation. Her writing focus on identity politics, feminism, linguistic and cultural diversities. Mamta curates community poetry events at public spaces bridging socio-cultural barriers generated in the name of caste, region and religion.

As a creative practitioner, her interests include trans-disciplinary poetry performance, poetry in public space, curating community poetry events and collaborating with visual artists and musicians. She is now a faculty associated with the Creative Writing Programme at Srishti, Bengaluru.

Her creative and critical writings are taught at Universities within India and abroad. She has taught Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Kannada Literature, Postcolonial and Cultural Studies at Indian Universities.

Mamta is a recipient of poetry residency and exchange programme during UK India Year of Culture (2017-18), Poetry Translation project of GoetheInstitut India & AcademieDerKunst Germany, Charles Wallace Fellowship and Melding Voices, Arts Council funded project, UK etc.

The participation of Dr Mamta Sagar is supported by the Commonwealth Foundation through the Commonwealth Writers programme.

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Consuelo Sáizar (mexico / uk)

MPhil, Doctoral Researcher in Sociology, University of Cambridge

Consuelo Sáizar has a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), where she also studied Political Science and Public Administration. She has a Master of Philosophy in Modern Society and Global Transformations from the University of Cambridge in England, and is currently doing research towards obtaining a PhD at the same university. She is also a research scholar at Harvard University. She has professional experience in publishing, having been director and CEO of Editorial Jus; Hoja Casa Editorial, and Fondo de Cultura Económica, all based in Mexico City. She was also President of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts (known today as the Ministry of Culture) and of the Regional Center for Book Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (Cerlalc).

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Patrick Sam (NAMIBIA)

Chairperson National Arts Council of Namibia (NACN)

Patrick Sam is a Namibian thought leader, born and raised in Katutura, a marginalised community in the capital, Windhoek. As the Chairperson of the NACN, he has been driving the transformation of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in Namibia and southern Africa. Patrick is a development consultant, broadcasting journalist, TV anchor and arts activist. As a Fulbright scholar, he completed an MA in International Education Development from Columbia University and a BA from University College Utrecht in the Netherlands. He hosts two weekly shows on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.

Namibia hosted the first Art Summit of Southern Africa (ASSA) along with the IFACCA Africa Regional Chapter meeting. The platforms drafted clear resolutions intended to mainstream the CCI into key national and regional development strategies. Patrick ensures that the arts are central to the process of human development through complying to the legislative process. His work is aligned with an enabling policy environment that ensures institutional arrangements that optimise operational efficiencies that must be cost effective.

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Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin (MALAYSIA)

Founding CEO of CENDANA

Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin is the founder of Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA). Prior to setting up CENDANA, Izan led one of Malaysia’s leading cultural and creative industries development organisations.

Over the course of her professional career, Izan managed the marketing initiatives and stakeholders’ engagement for Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and headed Enfiniti Vision Media, the award-winning producers of Malaysian hit musicals.

Izan played a pivotal role in various industry development committees, including: Former Board of Director and The KL Biennale Committee for the National Visual Arts Gallery; Performing Arts Committee for the National Creative Industry Policy and The catalyst, committee observer and facilitator for The Royal Arts Gala Fund Selection Panel. She also serves on the evaluation panel for the INXO Arts Fund.

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Tristan Schultz (AUSTRALIA)

Co-Director, Relative Creative

Tristan Schultz is shaped by his Kamilaroi Aboriginal and European Australian heritage which informs his extensive interdisciplinary critical design experience, sitting at the intersection of decolonial thinking, design and sustainability. He is founder and creative director of strategic design practice Relative Creative Community Hub on the Gold Coast, dedicated to designing experiences and event that help people think, talk and mobilise their futures. He is also a lecturer in Design at QCA, Griffith University, Australia and with GNIBI Whandaran School of Indigenous Knowledge and Aboriginal Futures, Southern Cross University. He has served on the Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel and as deputy chair and consultant for Blakdance, Australia’s peak body for Aboriginal dance. He holds a B.Design and M. Design (Hons) and has submitted a PhD. He has published widely in academic journals, book chapters and conferences, exhibited internationally and completed major design works.

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Anupama Sekhar (INDIA/SINGAPORE)

Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Anupama Sekhar is the Director of the Culture Department at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), which facilitates cultural exchange and collaboration among artists and arts organisations in 51 countries across Asia and Europe, in its role as the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Currently, she is part of the Expert Facility of UNESCO to support capacity development initiatives for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Prior to joining ASEF in 2009, Anupama worked with the International Labour Organisation and with independent arts spaces in India. Anupama holds degrees in English Literature and International Studies. She is a trained dancer in the Indian classical style of Bharatnatyam.

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Patrick Shannon (CANADA)

Creative Social Innovator

Nang Ḵ’uulas (Patrick Shannon) is an artist and storyteller of Haida ancestry, specialising in filmmaking, photography and design to celebrate, empower, and tackle important indigenous topics both urban and rural.

Inspired by his cultural upbringing, Patrick endeavours to use technology and media to empower locals in addressing the social & cultural issues within Canada’s Indigenous communities. He has a decade of experience working within the Vancouver film, television and design industries, and currently operates a multimedia creative studio based out of Haida Gwaii, Canada.

Patrick's passion for discovering new ways to strengthen his culture comes in the form of storytelling through film and media. This passion continues into his work with youth as Patrick mentors young Indigenous and settler filmmakers while providing many opportunities for them to get experience in film.

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Clare Shine (AUSTRIA)

Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar

Clare Shine was appointed Vice President and Chief Program Officer of Salzburg Global Seminar in 2012. She is responsible for multi-year program strategy, design, partnerships and implementation in Salzburg and around the world; next-generation leadership development; communications and marketing; and the Salzburg Global Fellowship which straddles nearly 170 countries. Prior to joining Salzburg Global, Clare worked from 1990-2011 as an independent environmental lawyer and policy expert for intergovernmental organisations, national governments, the private sector and NGOs. Clare is a UK-qualified barrister, an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and a bilingual French speaker and professional facilitator. Clare is also a professional journalist who was the Financial Times' theatre critic in France from 2001-2011. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University, UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

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Ragnar Siil (ESTONIA)

Founder and Managing Partner of Creativity Lab

Ragnar Siil is a Founder and Managing Partner of Creativity Lab, cultural policy and creative industries think-tank and consultancy based in Estonia and Latvia, and Director of the Board of the Cultural Policy Designers Network, European network of independent cultural policy experts. He is a strategy adviser for governments, cultural organisations and creative enterprises, and also a lecturer and researcher at Estonian Business School, where he is currently undertaking his doctoral studies in creative clusters management. Previously, Ragnar has held positions of Estonian Undersecretary of Arts, Chairman of the EU Expert Group on Cultural and Creative Sectors, and Key Expert at the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, through which he was advising governments of Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Belarus in reforming their cultural policies and creative industries strategies. Ragnar’s work expands from Europe to Asia and Africa, currently he is working with creative industries consultancy projects in Malta, Israel, Portugal, Moldova and Georgia. 

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Dr María Paulina Soto Labbé

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts, Ecuador and Director of the Cultural Corporation of the University of Santiago, Chile

Dr María Paulina Soto Labbé holds a PhD in American Studies and specialises in political and social studies. She has taught and conducted research in the Social Sciences, the Arts and Cultural Management for over twenty years. She founded and coordinated for eight years the Department of Studies and Documentation of the National Council of Culture and the Arts in Chile. Ms Soto Labbe was Director of Research in Patrimonia Consultants; member of the UNESCO expert pool for the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions; and adviser, panellist and lecturer in a number of organisations in cultural cooperation in more than 25 countries.

Ms Soto Labbé is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of the Arts in Ecuador and Director of the Cultural Corporation of the University of Santiago (Chile). She is also the manager of a Chilean-Brazilian research team in intercultural coexistence that created the International Index of Intercultural Coexistence (ICI), coordinated and funded by the Itau Cultural Observatory in Sao Paulo.

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Daliana Suryawinata (INDONESIA)

Co-Founder of SHAU

Daliana Suryawinata co-founded SHAU, a multi-awarded architecture office in Indonesia, the Netherlands and Germany together with Florian Heinzelmann and Tobias Hofmann. SHAU’s ambition is to be part of the evolution in design, architecture and society. SHAU initiate and design projects including; ‘Microlibraries’; ‘Vertical Kampung’; ‘Steel Park’; and ‘Social Mall’. Daliana was an active member of the Young Indonesian Architects (AMI) between 2001-2002. She graduated from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam in 2005. After her studies, she worked for OMA, MVRDV, West8 and taught master courses at TU Delft and the Berlage. In 2009 she curated ‘Open City Jakarta’ with Professor Stephen Cairns for the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Daliana is a recipient of the Indonesian Diaspora Network Innovation Award 2012. She is a board member of the Indonesian Diaspora Foundation. She also founded the Liveable Cities Taskforce at the Indonesian Diaspora Network. Together with patron and partners, she co-organised Kota Tua Creative Festival 2014 to revitalise Jakarta’s old town with contemporary program and architecture.

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Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i (Vanuatu)

Chairperson of Further Arts

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i is currently the Chairperson of Further Arts in Vanuatu, a position she has held since 2018. She has been working in the area of indigenous empowerment for the past 20 years in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Her focus areas have been gender, agriculture and youth. She is a strong advocate of Pacific peoples sustaining their modes of expression and maintaining sovereignty over their ways of being. Faumuina is also the first Pacific Island Fellow to join the Edmund Hillary Fellowship for her work in Wayfinding design modelling, which transposes the principals of celestial navigation and voyaging into a project design model. Raised in Christchurch, Faumuina's bloodlines reach back to Samoa to the villages of Mulifanua, Asaga and Fasito'o-Tai.

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Paula Tuovinen (FINLAND)

Director, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Paula Tuovinen is Director of Arts Promotion Centre Finland. In 2013-2018 she held the position of Vice-President of the University of the Arts Helsinki and in 2005 -2013 she was President of the Theatre Academy Helsinki. Prior to attaining management positions in the sector, she worked as a contemporary dance artist: dancer, choreographer and dance teacher for 20 years.

Tuovinen has obtained an MA in Cultural Anthropology and holds an Executive Master of Business Administration.

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Dr Aleksandra Uzelac (CROATIA)

Head, Culture and Communication Department, IRMO - Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia

Dr Aleksandra Uzelac is Head of the Culture and Communication Department and a Senior Research Associate at IRMO. She holds a PhD in Information Science (2003) from the University of Zagreb and has 25 years of professional experience in the area of cultural research related to issues of digital culture and cultural policies.

Her interests centre around the changing environment and context that digital culture has brought to cultural policies and the impact of globalisation and convergence processes on cultural diversity. She has been a member of various cultural networks and expert groups that focus their activities in the field of cultural policies or digital culture. Dr Uzelac has provided her research expertise in the form of research studies and issue papers for the Council of Europe, the European Commission and European Parliament. She coordinated a group of experts providing cultural policy related expertise to European Parliament. She was a leader of the Jean Monnet Project CULPOL -  EU Competences and National Cultural Policies: Critical Dialogues (2016 - 2018); and has participated in (and coordinated the IRMO team) several other EU funded projects where she contributed her research expertise. Her work has been published in international and Croatian scientific journals and books.

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Dea Vidović (CROATIA)

Director of Kultura Nova Foundation

Dea Vidović is a Director of Kultura Nova Foundation, public foundation dedicated to civil society organisations in contemporary arts and culture in Croatia. She graduated in Comparative Literature and Indian Studies and earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more than 15 years of her professional engagement in culture, she worked as a manager, editor, journalist and researcher. Her professional trajectory was built on numerous collaborations with institutions on local, national and international levels. The academic aspect of her professional engagement has been developing through regular publishing and editing of both scientific and expert books, papers and articles on contemporary cultural practices, as well as through delivering of lectures and presentations at various discursive events. She is an ENCATC Board member as well as an Advisory Board member of the ‘OpenHeritage’ project supported by Horizon2020.

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Carlos J. Villaseñor Anaya (mexico)

International consultant in culture and sustainable development. Member of the Panel of Experts of the 2005 UNESCO Convention.

Carlos J. Villaseñor Anaya is based in Tlaxcala, México. He is an independent international consultant on cultural based development policies, with expertise on the 2003 (Intangible Heritage) and 2005 (Diversity of Cultural Expressions) UNESCO Conventions. He is President of Cultural Interactivity and Development (NGO recognised by UNESCO for the 2003 Convention), member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Cultural Economy Network, ICOMOS México and the Latin American Legal Group for the implementation of the Iberoamerican Cultural Charter (SEGIB-OEI).  Since 2011 he has been part of the Expert Facility of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO 2005).

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Stephen Wainwright (NEW ZEALAND)

Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand

Stephen Wainwright joined Creative New Zealand in 1990 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2008. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive, Stephen was Acting Chief Executive and had been a member of Creative New Zealand’s senior management team since 2002 as Manager of Arts Infrastructure Services. Creative New Zealand’s job is to work with the arts community to build New Zealand’s culture and help the wider community appreciate and support its development. Stephen graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.

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Dr Wendy Were (AUSTRALIA)

Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy, Australia Council for the Arts

Wendy Were was appointed to the Executive of the Australia Council for the Arts in January 2014 where she holds responsibility for Council’s work in strategic development, research and knowledge management, communications and advocacy, corporate strategy and planning, international development and arts sector capacity building. Wendy has over two decades of wide-ranging experience in arts management, curation and business development and a track record in championing the development of sustainable careers for Australia’s creative workers. Former roles include Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sydney Writers Festival, Chief Executive Officer at West Australian Music, Business Advisor at the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, and Producer at the Perth Festival. Wendy also holds a PhD (Distinction) in literature.

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James Williams (United Kingdom)

Writer and Academic

James Williams is a writer and academic. He received his PhD from Oxford, where his research focussed on the philosophy and ethics of attention and persuasion in technology design. In 2017 he won the inaugural Nine Nots Prize, a major literary award for innovative thinking. His first book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press and hailed by The Observer as 'a landmark book.' Previously, James worked for over ten years at Google, where he built the metrics framework for the company's search advertising business and received the Founders' Award, the company's highest honour. He is also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, and an advisor on technology issues to numerous governments and companies. His work has been featured by The New York TimesThe Economist, The Guardian, the BBC, and numerous other news outlets.

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