International Programme Advisory Committee
The International Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC) comprises leaders from across the international arts and culture sector, along with representatives from the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN), Malaysia and the Secretariat of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), as the co-hosts of the Summit. The introduction of a Committee to programme the World Summit reflects IFACCA’s new direction, which prioritises working collaboratively and increasing opportunities for peer exchange within our international network of members and experts.
The independent members of the International Programme Advisory Committee are:
toni attard (malta)
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.
Olu Alake (United Kingdom)
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.
Abdullah Alkafri (syria)
Abdullah Alkafri is a playwright and cultural activist, who works as a trainer in topics related to the field of culture with many organizations. 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 organization 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.
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.
Joy Mboya (kenya)
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 recognized 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.
Kathy Rowland (malaysia / singapore)
Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of ArtsEquator.com, 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.
Carlos J. Villaseñor Anaya (mexico)
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).
The National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) is represented by Salehhuddin bin Md Salleh, Director Policy and Research Division; IFACCA is represented by Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director and Meredith Okell, Communications and Engagement Manager.