IFACCA and the National Council for Culture and the Arts are delighted to announce the names of the speakers that have already been confirmed for the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Pablo Allard is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago and Concepción, Chile. Allard holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Architecture from the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile, as well as a Masters and PhD in Urban Design from Harvard University. He is the Head Associate of Urbanica, an urban intelligence consultancy service, and the Director of Patagonia Sur, an organisation concerned with conservation and sustainable development, and of Nueva Vía, which fosters the development of projects in infrastructure. Allard was a founding member of "Do Tank" Elemental, an urban design company, and as the National Coordinator of Urban Reconstruction at the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Chile, played a key role in the reconstruction that took place in Santiago following the earthquake of 27 February 2010. In addition to his academic pursuits and career in urban design and development, Allard serves as a board member of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA) and of the Presidential Commission for the newly-implemented National Policy in Urban Development.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Performance) from the University of Chile, Antonio has performed extensively as an actor in plays such as Karen, una obra sobre la gordura by Los Contadores Auditores (2009-2012). As part of the theatre company Teatro Niño Proletario, Antonio had the opportunity to tour internationally with the work El Olivo, which was performed in Spain and Bolivia in 2011, Colombia and Brasil in 2012, and in Mexico in 2013. Antonio is one of the founders of the theatre group ‘La Mala Clase’, known for their works La Mala Clase (2009), Fumar por Deporte (2011) and La Chancha (2012) which were directed by Aliocha de la Sotta. He was named as one of the ‘Top 100 Young Leaders’ by the magazine El Revista in 2010, and in 2011 won the prestigious award from the International Youth Foundation, the ‘Premio Acción Joven’.
He attended the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in 2012, and in 2008, with three others, founded the Festival de Artes Cielos del Infinito, known as one of the most austral arts festivals in the world. The festival has been held in various locations in the Magallanes Region and the Chilean Antarctic, and as Director of the festival since 2008.
Antonio is currently the Director of the theatre company ‘Grupo Teatro Amplio’, which premiered Eduardo Pavlovsky’s work El Señor Galíndez at the National Theatre of Chile in October 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary years of the military coup in Chile. Since 2009, he has been a member of the ‘Amulepe Taiñ Kejuwvn’, an association of professionals that support the Jagepvllv, a Mapuche community from the Lake Budi region in Southern Chile.
Roberto Ampuero is the Minister President of the National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA) of Chile. He is a writer, academic, essayist and columnist and holds a PhD and Master degree in Arts from the University of Iowa, USA. He is a graduate of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of La Habana, Cuba after completing his primary and secondary education at the Colegio Alemán (German College) in Valparaíso, Chile. Ampuero’s literary works have been translated into many languages, which include 12 novels that are widely-distributed nationally and internationally. He has gained numerous literary prizes, and in 2006 was named the Hijo Ilustre de Valparaíso (Illustrious Son of Valparaíso) for his contribution to the city as a prolific writer. Before being appointed as the Minister-President of CNCA, Roberto Ampuero was the Chilean Ambassador to Mexico.
Alejandro Aravena is the architect of the Catholic University of Chile (1992). He established his independent practice in 1994 after studying History and Theory at the Università IUAV di Venezia and enrolling at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. He was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University between 2000 and 2005, and was named the International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2010. Honoured with awards such as the Silver Lion at the XI Venice Biennale (2008), the Marcus Prize (2009) and Erich Schelling Medal (2006), his work has been presented at the São Paulo Biennial (2007), the Triennial Milan (2008), the Venice Biennale (2008 and 2012), the MoMA in New York (2010) and MA Gallery in Tokyo (2011). Aravena has been named one of the “20 New Heroes of the World” by Monocle magazine, and his work has been widely published in more than 50 countries. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Cities Program of the London School of Economics, and is also is a member of the Pritzker Prize jury. Since 2006, Aravena has been the Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, a "do-tank" in partnership with COPEC and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, which develops housing and infrastructure projects that focus on social impact and public interest.
Rawand Arqawi Palestine
(Coordinator Teather School, The Freedom Theater)
Rawand Arqawi was born and raised in Jennin, ocuppied Palestina. She has a wide range of experiences working with women’s right organizations, and travelling around the world looking for support by making public the issues that Palestinians face living under occupation and the impact of arts as resistance against this conflict. She is currently the Acting School Coordinator at the Freedom Theater where she works with young people and women who live under oppression of tradition of a chauvinistic society and violent occupation, giving them a space where they can be protected and express them freely through the arts.
Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chair of Arts Council England and former Chair of English National Opera. He has raised funds for arts and media organisations, notably as Chair of The Crossness Engines Trust (a steam museum) and as Deputy Chair of The National Film and Television School. Peter also has a number of digital media interests, serving on the Boards of market research company YouGov and MirriAd and the Advisory Board of advertiser BBH. In TV he is the president of The Royal Television Society, served as the Chief Creative Officer of Endemol, he's on the Board of the UK's leading commercial broadcaster, ITV and devised several internationally successful television formats. He was also a non-executive director of DCMS, the British government ministry for culture. Peter writes a regular food column for the Financial Times. Sir Peter Bazalgette es Presidente del Consejo de Artes de Inglaterra y el ex presidente de la Opera Nacional.
Alejandro Campos began building his professional life and leadership skills at the age of 16 in Argentina and Uruguay, working alongside noteworthy political and cultural individuals, which greatly influenced his career in the future. Today, he resides in El Salvador, and is the current Director of International Relations and Cooperation of the Presidency's Culture Secretary, from where he directs the Youth Chorus and Orquestra System, and is also Executive President of the Youth Orquestra of Central America and Art and Development Director of the Youth Symphonic Orquestra of El Salvador's ProArte association. In addition, he is also an Associate Expert in the department of Knowledge Management and Communications of the UN's Central Region's Program in Panama. He is the former Cabinet Coordinator of the City of Buenos Aires' Government, and has worked with different agencies dedicated to international cooperation on the issues of Human Development, Democratic Governance, Gender and Culture.
Jota Castro is a Franco-Peruvian Artist and Curatos, living in Brussels. He curated the Emergency Pavilion ‘Rebuilding Utopia’ during last Venice Biennal. In 2011 he curated Dublin Contemprary. He curated the fear society at the pabellon de la Urgencia for the 53rd Venice Biennal in 2009. In 2010 he created with Christian Viveros-Fauné the Collective “The Visceralists”. He uses photography, sculpture, video and installations to talk about social issues in his artistic practice. His work has been extensively shown around the world. He has participated in the Venice, Tirana, Prague, Sydney, Istanbul, Moscow and Kwangju Biennales. He won the Gwandju Biennale Prize in 2004 in Korea. In 2009 he was the winner of the European Festival of visual arts in Hospital. In 1983 he received The Young Peruvian Poet Prize.
Nancy Duxbury is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Co-coordinator of its Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group. Her research focuses on culture in sustainable development, and the integration of culture within local planning initiatives. She is a member of the European Expert Network on Culture, Chair of the ‘Policies’ working group of the European COST Action on ‘Investigating Cultural Sustainability’, and an Adjunct Professor of the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has worked as Cultural Planning Analyst at the City of Vancouver, and was co-founder and Director of Research of the Creative City Network of Canada.
Erica Elk is the executive director of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which she was appointed to establish in November 2001, following a provincial government research study into the needs of the sector. A former president of the national student organization (National Union of South African Students – NUSAS), and a visual artist by training, she has, in her professional career, worked as a writer, designer and strategic project manager across a range of platforms in the arts, culture and development arena. In 2011, she was appointed by the Minister of Arts & Culture to the Board of the National Arts Council.
Tarek Abou El Fetouh lives and works in Brussels as an independent curator, architect and director of the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF), a Brussels-based foundation working in the field of contemporary visual and performance arts since 2002. He also is the director of the Meeting Points Festival — Festival of Contemporary Arts and curated the first four editions that took place in several cities in the Arab World, worked as the artistic director of the event with curators, Frie Leysen for MP5 and Okwui Enwezor for MP6 and is currently working with the Zagreb based collective WHW on MP7.
Abou El Fetouh has been recently appointed by Ashkal Alwan to join the curatorial team of Home Works VI that will take place in Beirut 2013. He started his career as an art director and theatre set designer in Cairo where he researched and developed the traditional Egyptian tent techniques. He built more than twenty-three different designs of tents that hosted different performances for several independent theatre groups in various locations in Egypt. From 2000 to 2005 Abou El Fetouh worked on designing and rehabilitating abandoned or misused buildings for use as cultural venues.
A graduate of the German School” DEO” in Cairo, El Sawy received his bachelor degree of architecture from the faculty of Fine Arts; Cairo 1979. His work career started as a partner and GM of "Alamia Co.” an advertising agency (1980 – 2011). In 2003 he founded "El Sawy Culturewheel"; a comprehensive Culture Center in the heart of Cairo. The Center has quickly spread its range of activities and has now become a main youth hub and is considered one of the main cultural centers in Egypt. El Sawy has been awarded for his Cultural and Social Contribution to the community. In 2009 he was winner of the award of Arabic Innovation from the Arab Thought Foundation; he was granted the German Federal Cross of Merit in the same year as well. He has been an Ashoka fellow since 2010. Moreover, El Sawy political involvement started right after Mubarak’s fall where he became the Minister of Culture in 2011; the year after he was elected as an MP, as well as a member of the constitution committee, which formed the 2012 constitution. El Sawy is well known nowadays as an article writer for different leading Egyptian newspapers. It is worth mentioning that El Say has a great passion for art and sport. He has been a Puppeteer - Marionette designer; author; director and player since 1970 and a marathon runner since 1973.
Originally from Spain, Ms. Fernandez is the Program Director for Europe and Latin America at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. In this capacity, Ms. Fernandez provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and guidance to initiatives and organizations working at the intersection of memory, education and social change. A seasoned program manager, Ms. Fernandez has led the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of numerous educational human rights and social justice programs around the world. Within the programs and tools that Ms. Fernandez assists to develop, she is most interested in the use of media, art and culture to shape public perception and effect positive social change. Ms. Fernandez holds an MA in International Education from New York University, USA, and a BS in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southampton, UK.
Mariana Garcés Córdoba was born in Cali (Valle del Cauca). She is a lawyer at the University of Los Andes, has a specialization in Marketing and International Business from the University Icesi of Cali. She served as an assistant to the direction of Colcultura during the administration of Amparo Carvajal. Later she had the responsibility to participate in the creation of the regional channel Telepacífico south western Colombia, where he served as deputy manager. Years later she held the management of Telepacífico. She was also Television Commissioner, and served as Secretary of Culture and Tourism of her hometown. Sde directed the International Arts Festival of Cali several times and had been working as Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of the Arts (Proartes), a cultural entity of vaste experience, and as Executive Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Cali.
Tony Grybowski was educated in Melbourne and graduated from the University of Melbourne with degrees in music and education in 1988. Tony commenced his career in Arts Administration with the Victorian Arts Centre, working with the State Orchestra of Victoria. He subsequently spent three years working with the Sydney Symphony and in 1992 was appointed to the position of Planning and Operations Manager with Musica Viva Australia, a position he held for six years. In 1998 Tony was appointed to the position of General Manager of the Australian Youth Orchestra and steered this national company through a period of significant growth and development. After seven years with the AYO, Tony returned to Victoria and joined the Arts Victoria as General Manager of the Programming and Innovation Unit, leading a range of cultural policy work. Tony joined the Australia Council in November 2007 as Executive Director, Arts Organisations Division. During his career Tony has served on a range of Boards and Committees, including: Deputy Chair Youth Music Australia, Board of the Institute of the Arts at the Australian National University and the Orchestral Association of Australia. Tony was an inaugural member of the Australia Council’s Youth Panel and served for five years on Arts NSW’s Music Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Queensland based contemporary music ensemble, Elision.
Lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires. Since July 2009 she has been the National Director of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation of Argentina's Culture Secretary. Between 2006 and 2009 she was an adviser for the vice president of Argentina's Banco de la Nación. She was part of the Administrative Council of the Banco de la Nación Foundation, where she inaugurated and developed different projects related with art and culture. She was also curator of the National Painting Salon, organized twice a year by the same institution Between August 2000 and May of 2006, while serving as the general director of Museums of the City of Buenos Aires' Culture department, she was in charge of executing a new model of cultural and museum management which included, among other things, the creation of the Museum Statistical System (SEM) and the Registry of Cultural Goods (RUBC), the foundation the Buenos Aires Filming Set, the Network of Museos Porteños, and the recovery of public spaces as places of cultural intervention. Between 1994 and 2000 she worked as part of Buenos Aires' commission in charge of the preservation of cultural and historical patrimony of the city.
Diane C Haylock is the President and CEO of National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). NICH has been the premier arm of Government responsible for the development of culture and the arts in the public sector sphere since 2003. Ms Haylock took over the reins of NICH in 2008. She is a gender specialist whose key focus areas include: gender & development, organisation development, community empowerment, leadership training, advocacy campaign development & implementation, communication skills, adult education, popular education, and theatre arts. Ms. Haylock has been actively involved in the field of culture for many years, having contributed significantly to an increased awareness of the importance of culture in the Belizean landscape. Two of the areas that she has dedicated her life’s work to, gender and arts and culture, to her mind, are centrally important to Belize and her people’s development. She is most widely known, however, for her involvement in the arts, having been one of Belize’s premiere theatre directors since the 1970s.Diane Haylock has a master’s in developmental studies (specialisation Women and Development) from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech from York College/City University of New York.
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts (United States of America). Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced more than 25 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, twice updated the NEA's five-year strategic plan, and overseen a new and expanded survey about arts participation. In that time, the office also has created an arts system map and long-term research agenda, and has launched a research grants program. Sunil also chairs the Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development.
Avril is the executive director of CAJ: culture, arts and jobs, a cultural economy research and policy consultancy based in South Africa. She is an economic-sociologist working extensively throughout Africa in developing, designing, implementing and evaluating programmes to support the cultural economy from a city level through to national levels for creative practitioners, civil society organisations and governments. Avril coordinates the Postgraduate programme in Arts and Culture Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, is a UNESCO Expert on Cultural Policy and Governance and the research supervisor at AFDA, the motion picture and performance school. Avril is on the executive of Arterial Network South Africa, a Pan-African arts civil society network. For leisure, Avril teaches Nia dance.
Karl Johnstone New Zealand
Director, New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, NZMACI
Karl Johnstone is the Director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI). The organization operates the national Māori schools of wood carving, weaving, bone and stone carving and canoe construction. Having worked in the cultural heritage sector for over approximately 15 years, Karl has developed a dynamic and innovative leadership approach to the culture and heritage projects he leads. His experience, networks and unique ability to apply and facilitate customary concepts, values and thinking in contemporary environments are the secret to the success of his many projects. Karl has been responsible for developing numerous national and international initiatives, all of which are underpinned by traditional knowledge and Māori tribal perspectives.
Holds a master in Drama and music (Jazz from The Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons (Belgium) and has performed in internationally acclaimed theatre, dance and film productions including Sometimes in April, Sound of Sand, Jaz, Rwanda 94, Bogus Woman, amongs others. She is the former director of the Pan African Dance Festival and former Deputy Secretary General of ARTerial Network. Carole is the founder and Executive Director of Ishyo Arts Centre, the international performing arts centre of Kigali, and the Director of Kina Festival (International Performing Arts Festival of Youth). As an arts manager and Activist, she is member of the prestigious Rwandan Academy of Language and Culture, of ASSITEJ (international Association for Youth and Theater), a board member of the national Institute of Museums of Rwanda and Arterial Network Continental.
Ammar Kessab (PhD, CA) is a Governance & Public reforms expert at the African Development Bank, based in Tunis. Specialist in cultural management, he often collaborates with international and regional organizations in the field of financial management of cultural organizations, culture & development and cultural policies. He is member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Research in Public Management (AIRMAP), member of the Steering Committee of Culture Resource (Al Mawred - Cairo) and founding member of the Working Group on the Algerian Cultural Policy. He published several chapters in books and articles. Mr Kessab is an Algerian citizen.
Dr. Cecilia Heejeong Kim is one of most innovative composers, active stage director and educator in Korea. She received her Ph.D. in Music at the University of Pennsylvania, post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at ICCE (Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship) at London University, Goldsmiths. Dr. Kim’s music has been played world-wide. She has also been working as a broadcasting show-host, lecturer for the TV and festival organizer. As a stage director, Dr. Kim has directed more than 20 of mega events including the 2009 World Delphic Games and 2013 WCC (World Council of Churches), in which more than 5,000 participants and national and international VIPs attended. Dr. Kim has selected as one of Asia’s Young Leaders by the Asia Society of New York. Currently she is a professor at SangMyung University in Seoul and is serving as council member for the Arts Council of Korea.
Patricia Kistenmacher is an Argentinian designer and participatory process facilitator living in Buenos Aires. Patricia specialises in a variety of participatory process methodologies, including Art of the Host (activities such as Circle, Open Space and World Café) the U theory, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Methodology, Graphic Facilitation and Dramatisation. In 2002, as Project Manager at the AVINA Foundation at the Buenos Aires office, Patricia took on the role of accompanying the creation of the Latin American Network of Art and Social Transformation. The network was founded with the support of 24 leaders from cultural organisations spread throughout five different countries, one organisation being ‘Crear Vale la Pena’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The network now extends to more than 100 organisations from countries spanning from Mexico to Uruguay. Since 2009, Patricia has served as a council member of Crear Vale la Pena, and represents the network in the international sphere.
Arjo Klamer is Professor in the Economy of Arts and Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and lector at the Fontys Academy for Creative Industries, Tilburg, the Netherlands. His current research focuses on the cultural dimension of economic life and the values of art. Besides that he is the president of Foundation ‘Atelier for Creativity and Cultural Entrepreneurship’ and he is member of the board of various cultural organizations.
Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta is a lecturer in Education at the University of the South Pacific. Her doctoral thesis explored Pacific understandings of ESD through an examination of Samoan and Tongan Heritage Arts. Research interests include, Pacific island education, Pacific Island Arts, Art as social learning; Protest Poetry and Pacific Research and Evaluation. A poet and artist, she is interested in the potential role that the arts can play in formal and non-formal education with reference to issues of resilience, sustainability and crisis in the Pacific islands. In addition to over ten years of art engagement in Fiji and the wider Pacific, she also held the position of Acting Director at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific (2009 – 2010) and more recently, was the Pacific island representative on the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize panel of judges.
Ms Kathy Lai was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council (NAC) Singapore with effect from 1 November 2013. Prior to her appointment at the NAC, Ms Lai served as Assistant Chief Executive Officer of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore from 1 June 2008. There she oversaw key functions such as Trade Promotion, Trade Services and Policy, Customer Services and International Operations in the Americas and Europe. Her previous portfolios at IE Singapore included serving as Director for the Corporate Groups (International Trading, Transport & Logistics, Lifestyle and Business Services), International Operations (South Asia and Middle East & Africa), Human Resource and Corporate Planning which comprises the Strategic Planning and Statistics divisions. From 1994 to 2000, Ms Lai was stationed at the Singapore Embassy in Washington DC as Regional Director and Counsellor for Economics. Since 2002, Ms Lai has been a Director of IE Singapore Holdings Board. She also sits on SPRING’s Board of Directors and is a member of Nanyang Business School’s Nanyang MBA Industry Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee, School of Hospitality (SOH) at the Republic Polytechnic from July 2012.
Born in 1966 in Santander, Spain, has been during the previous government term the Secretary of Culture of the National Executive Committee of the PP and spokesman of culture for “Grupo Popular ” in the Congress of Deputies. Deputy for Cantabria from 2004 to 2012, has also been advisor and cabinet member of the actual president of Spain Mariano Rajoy, since 2004.
Doctor in Law from the University of Cantabria, has conducted a research residence at the University of Leicester. He was a professor of philosophy of law at the University of Cantabria (1996-2000) and at the Carlos III of Madrid University (2001-2003) Professor of comparative political systems at the University San Pablo- CEU, Madrid (2003-2006), and professor of history of ideas at the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid ( 2006-2008). Until 2011 he was a professor in the area of philosophy of law of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
He has been deputy director of the Mayor Isabel de España School (2002-2003) and director of the Carolina Foundation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-2004). He has worked with several media, including: ABC, El País, Diario Montañés, Cadena Ser and Revista de Occidente. Among his publications include “Monografías John Locke y los fundamentos modernos de la propiedad” (Dyckinson-Universidad Carlos III, 2001), “Locke, liberalismo y propiedad” (Colegio Registradores de la Propiedad, 2003) and “Compromiso cívico con la virtud” (Debate, 2010).
Faith Liddell is an experienced director, programmer and producer who has worked in key strategic and creative roles across art forms, with a focus on the creation and development of festival programmes. In January 2007 she took up the role of Director of Festivals Edinburgh, a new organisation created by Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals to lead on their joint strategic development and to sustain Edinburgh’s pre-eminence as the world’s leading festival destination. Over 6 years she has worked with the festivals on the evolution of major collaborative projects in marketing, programme development, international relationship building, innovation and environmental practice, attracted significantly enhanced funding, created important new partnerships and developed models of practice that are now being rolled out across Scotland.
Born in Yokohama, Japan. Coordinator for Art Front Gallery and editor for Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers. Graduated from Tokyo University and its post-graduate school (French Caribbean literature). She has worked as coordinator for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale since its beginning (2000) and been involved in the international programs of Setouchi Triennale (2010 & 2013). The projects she coordinated include “Art against Apartheid”(originally organized by UNESCO and traveled to 194 places throughout Japan in 1988-1990), “Faret Tachikawa Art Project” (1994), “New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific” (5 editions / traveled to 17 cities in EU, Asia and Australia in 2001-2011) and more.
Specialist in design, development and evaluation of cultural policies. She is a Professor of Cultural Sociology, Rural Sociology, Research Methodology and topics related to cultural policy and local development. She was a specialist in the National Sexual Education Center, where he conducted projects of diagnosis of communities with a view to building the strategy of cultural work. She was President of the Cuban Book Chamber and the representative of Cuba in the Ibero-American Publishers Group. Currently represents the country on IFACCA. She is also the National Director of Cultural Programs of the Ministry of Culture.
Juan Manuel Meliá Huerta is a visual artist, academic and cultural manager, who has studied in the areas of architecture, communication and aesthetics. Juan Manuel is a professor of Visual Arts at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Guanajuato (School of Fine Arts) and of Art History at the the University of León. He has given numerous presentations on the topic of cultural management, and has held positions in both the public and private realms of the cultural sector, such as the Director of Cultural Promotion at the University of Guanajuato, and the Director General of the Cultural Institute of León, Guanajuato. During his time as Director General of the Cultural Institute, Juan Manuel also became one of the founders of the International Festival of Contemporary Art (FIAC). Since 2009, Juan Manuel has served as the National Coordinator of Theatre and in 2012 was appointed the President of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Grants Fund for Performing Arts, IBERESCENA.
Christa Meindersma is director of the Prince Claus Fund since 2011. Christa is international lawyer with extensive experience in Asia, Africa and Europe and a passion for art and culture. Prior, Christa worked as deputy coordinator of the Task Force Sudan of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and negotiator and senior political advisor for the United Nations, in East-Timor, Indonesia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kosovo, Darfur, Nepal, DRCongo, Sudan and New York. Christa is member of the Advisory Council of the Prince Claus Conservatory and School of Performing Arts.
Sonia Montecino received the Chilean National Award for Humanities and Social Sciences 2013. She is Vice-Dean of outreach and Communication of the University of Chile, doctor in anthropology for the University of Leiden, Netherlands, and one of the most important and versatile Latin American intellectuals. Her work is very diverse and topics range from gender studies, identity connections between food and culture, hybridization, interculturality, urban culture, globalization, art and aesthetics, among others.
Heraldo Muñoz joined UNDP in May 2010, as Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Muñoz provides strategic guidance to UNDP’s 26 country offices and its regional programme in Latin America and the Caribbean. He directly supervises 24 UNDP Resident Representatives and UN Resident Coordinators in the region, in addition to HQ personnel. Muñoz also Heads the UN Development Group, which gathers all UN development agencies funds and programmes in the region, among other functions. Previous to this appointment, Mr. Muñoz served as Ambassador-Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations from 2003 to 2010. He was the Chairman of the UN Peace-Building Commission, Facilitator of the UN Security Council Reform Consultations (2007-2008), and President of the UN Security Council (2004). He was also Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, appointed by the Secretary General from February 2009 to April 15, 2010. Mr. Muñoz was Minister Secretary General of Government (2002-2003) in the cabinet of President Ricardo Lagos, Deputy Foreign Minister (2000-2002), Ambassador of Chile to Brazil (1994-1998) and Ambassador of Chile to the Organization of American States (1990-1994).
Musician, songwriter, producer, Obregón is the current minister of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica, and has served as cultural ambassador for his country in Europe. He is author of over twenty albums as a solo artist, and many others as guest musician and producer. During the past ten years he has focused his creative work on Central American music and its relationship with the natural environment. In 2002 he assembled fourteen musicians from seven countries of Central America, creating the first group of musicians from the region, known as the Papaya Orchestra. Then, in May 2010, he began his work in the Costa Rican Culture and Youth Department, and during his time there he has developed a wide range of projects, such as the Caribbean Cultural Corridor, the Satellite Account of Culture, and the writing the National General Law of Cultural Rights.
Nina Obuljen Koržinek works as a researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb. Her research interests include research in the field of cultural and media policies. Former State Secretary and former Assistant Minister at the Croatian Ministry of Culture, she studied at the Academy of Music, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb. In 2004 she received the European Cultural Policy Research Award for her research on the impact of the EU enlargement on cultural policies. She was head of the Croatian delegation for negotiations on the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions (2004-2005) and Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention (2010).
In her own words:“I am a mother and grandmother of Mapuche descent, originates from the ‘Maquehue’ territory, now known as the ‘Comuna de Padres las Casas’. My grandparents taught me to love and respect who I am as a Mapuche person, despite all that was against us as a people. My father, a labourer, instilled the importance of education as a way to avoid the suffering he experienced when the land’s resources diminished, forcing him to integrate into modern civilisation in order to survive. I did experience discrimination from a young age, starting from primary school, and also, to a lesser extent, during my studies at university which coincided with the dictatorship in Chile. Working in order to pay for my tertiary education undertaken at the UFRO-Temuco University, then I completed my Masters in the Intercultural Education and Bilingualism at the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. After completing my studies, I was appointed as the Director of the Mapuche Museum of Cañete (MMC), where I collaborated with specialists in Mapuche museology, reinterpreting a part of the history belonging to the territory ‘Lafkenche’, an area in the south of Chile. These new findings are reflected in the recent renovation of the MMC”.
Rachel Perkins’ Australian Aboriginal heritage has informed her filmmaking work over the past 25 years. She began her career at a community based Aboriginal media organisation in 1988 and went on to work as an executive producer with both Australian public broadcasters. She later founded Australia’s premier Indigenous production company Blackfella Films in 1992. Her film work spans both documentary and narrative drama. Rachel has directed four movies: Radiance, One Night the Moon, Bran Nue Dae and Mabo. Her work has screened at Sundance, Berlin, London and Toronto Film Festivals. More recently her company has focussed on television drama with the much awarded series Redfern Now. She has contributed extensively to the development of Indigenous filmmakers in Australia and, more broadly, to the Australian film and television industry through her service on the boards of Screen NSW, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, the Australian Film Commission, National Indigenous Television and Screen Australia. She lives between Sydney and the desert town of Alice Springs, the country of her Arrernte people.
Hayes Raffle is an award-winning product and interaction designer working to combine the simplicity of traditional object-design with the flexibility of digital systems. He is currently a Staff Interaction Designer at Google [X] working on Project Glass. With over a dozen years of professional and academic experience, Hayes' expertise includes industrial design, human-computer interaction, fine art, and cognitive science. He completed his B.A. cum laude in fine art at Yale, and his Ph.D. and M.S. at the MIT Media Lab where he invented new technologies for artistic and musical composition, materials for tangible interpersonal communication and toys for children to learn complex ideas through play. Placing high value on both functionality and aesthetics, he specializes in approaching problems with refreshing solutions.
Bruce A. Seaman (M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Associate Prof. of Economics and former Chair of the Dept. of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta; also on the adjunct faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A former President of the Association of Cultural Economics, Intl., current member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cultural Economics and the Spanish based Estudios de Economía Aplicada, he has published and consulted widely (including internationally) in cultural economics, applied microeconomics and public policy, local economic development and economic impact methodologies (including over 20 studies, many in the arts and sports), tax policy, private vs. public education, the incidence of crime, and industrial organization and antitrust.
Robert Sirman has been Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada’s national arts funder, since June 2006. His tenure has been marked by intellectual rigor, a strong commitment to consultative practice, and a 20% increase in the Council’s parliamentary appropriation. Prior to joining the Council Sirman spent 15 years as co-director of Canada’s National Ballet School, spearheading an award-winning capital expansion program that helped secure its reputation as one of the finest professional training facilities in the world. Other credits include 10 years at the Ontario Arts Council and five years in Ontario’s first Ministry of Culture. Trained as a social scientist, Sirman is currently leading a transformational change at the Canada Council that will take him to the end of his mandate in June 2014.
Graham Sheffield is Director Arts for the British Council. He is responsible for leading and delivering global arts policy and programme across the Council's 110 country operation. He is currently driving a major uplift in the arts programme, defining a new vision, building a team of arts specialists in the global network, planning and leading major seasons of work in Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa, as well as responding creatively to social and political change in the Middle East, Gulf and North Africa. The programme will include a comprehensive cultural skills offer, a full digital programme and investment in to Creative Economy initiatives.
He was awarded CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours’ list for services to the arts and was made Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2005. He is an honorary Doctor of Arts at City University.
She is a Professor at the Universities of Chile and Santiago, director of research at Heritage SA Consultants, Dr. in American Studies, Fellow of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research, member of the Latin American Laboratory for Research and Development in Cultural Policy, and member of the pool of experts for UNESCO Convention Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He founded and ran for 8 years the Department of Research and Documentation of the National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile. She has developed dozens of studies on the cultural sector, research to design models of heritage management and creative industries, and academic studies related to the contribution of culture to development. He has given lectures and workshops, and has done consulting and technical transfers in over 25 countries.
Jack Stanley is Director of Programs for Fogo Island Arts, a not-for-profit cultural institution in Newfoundland, Canada. In partnership with the Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island Arts is bringing international attention to the region by supporting projects by artists and scholars working at the intersections of art, heritage and community enterprise. Jack’s work focuses on the role that aesthetic education plays in rural resilience. Key areas of interest include hospitality, situated knowledge and critical regionalism. His commitment to context-oriented art started in the early ‘90s while studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since then he has been preoccupied with the issue of place and the often-overlooked significance of context in the production and reception of artworks.
Luis Miguel Usuga Samudio is an Administrator from the EAN (Business Administration School of Bogotá, Colombia). He held the position of Culture Secretary of Medellín, Colombia in 2008-2011. He has worked in the development of public policies for various projects, including LGBTI, Cultura Viva Comunitaria and the ten-year cultural plan for Medellín, and has served on the board of numerous cultural institutions including the Museo de Antioquia (Museum of Antioquia), Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (Modern Art Gallery of Medellín), Biblioteca Publica Piloto Latinoamericana (Public Library Pilot of Latin America), Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe (Pablo Tobón Uribe Theatre) and Parque Explora (Explore Park). Having spoken at conferences held in cities such as Madrid, Ciudad Juárez, Montevideo, Pachuca, Puebla, Tijuana, Oxaca, Aguascalientes y Mexico City, Luis Miguel has also been a judge for the National Program of Cultural Agreement, an initiative of Colombia’s Ministry of Culture. He is also a lecturer for the Masters programme in Cultural Management at the University of Antioquia, and is the director of the main festival of the department of Antioquia, the ‘Gran Feria de Antioquia’.
Elisabeth Vaneveld is a strategist, project leader and process facilitator in the arts/cultural and community ecologies of New Zealand. Over many years, she has developed and led innovative projects across a variety of disciplines, scope and scale. She is the Executive Director of The Big Idea Trust, a national organisation intent on driving arts-led creativity into all sectors of New Zealand society. The Trust’s major project is The Big Idea, an online portal for creative people keen to connect creativity, the arts, business and technology. As Programme Director of ART Venture, a one-year business acceleration programme in Auckland for creative sector entrepreneurs, she and her team grow creative entrepreneurship in the arts to support long-term sustainability and success for individuals and organisations.
Pedro graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University La Salle in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and is currently the Director of the Office of Citizenship and Cultural Diversity at the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. Previous to this appointment, Pedro held positions such as the Director of cultural policy and cultural diversity of the city of São Leopoldo (2007-2010), President of the São Leopoldo Council for Culture (2008-2009), Culture Secretary of the city of São Leopoldo (2010-2012) and the Secretary General of the National Forum of Secretaries and Administrators of Metropolitan Cultural Capitals (2011-2012).
Tarisi Sorovi Vunidilo has a MSc in Anthropology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Maori and Pacific Development, from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, majoring in Archaeology, Australian National University, Canberra, and a BA in Geography, History and Sociology, University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. She has published a book and several articles about Fijian pottery and archaeology. She was Programs Advisor, Pacific Arts, Creative New Zealand from 2007-2009; Collections Services Manager, Waikato Museum of Art & History from 2003-2007; Collection Manager (Registrar) of Pacific Collection at Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa from 2001-2003, and Director from 2000-2001 and Archaeologist and Head of the Archaeology Department from 1997-2000, and Graduate Trainee, Archaeology Department from 1994-1996 at the Fiji Museum. She is currently the Secretary-General for the Pacific islands Museums Association (PIMA) and works between her office in Port Vila, Vanuatu and Auckland, New Zealand. She is also pursuing her Phd in Pacific Studies at the Centre of Pacific Island Studies at the University of Auckland (New Zealand).
Marcus Westbury is the founder of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia –a not for profit low budget urban and regional renewal scheme that allows artists and creative enterprises to “borrow” commercially owned vacant spaces. His background is a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events. He has also worked across a range of media as a writer, producer, director and presenter covering fields as diverse as culture, art, media, urban planning, sport and politics.
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Madani Younis is the Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, London. The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights. The theatre discovers, nurtures and produces the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and presents their work to the highest possible standards. As a theatre, it looks for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion and champions work that is both provocative and entertaining. Under Madani's leadership the Bush has produced work such as Josephine and I by Cush Jumbo, The Herd by Rory Kinnear, Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar and Chalet Lines by Lee Mattinson. Previously, Madani was the Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire and has also worked nationally and internationally as theatre director, writer and practitioner.