International Working Group

A working group of international partners has been established. Comprising senior personnel for each partner organisation, the group will help oversee and direct the project. This group met in Brussels on 5 September 2010,  in Melbourne on 7 October 2011 and in Helsinki on 28 June 2012. The group will next meet during the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Santiago, Chile in January 2014. IFACCA is the lead partner on the project and provides secretariat services to the working group. 


  • Sarah Gardner, Executive Director, IFACCA
  • Annamari Laaksonen, Research Manager, IFACCA
  • Natasha Eves, Research and Project Officer, IFACCA
  • Andreas Wiesand, Secretary General, ERICarts Institute
  • Jörg Torkler, Compendium Webmaster, Medianale Group
  • Ritva Mitchell, President of BoG, ERICarts Institute/Director CUPORE
  • Biserka Cvjeticanin, Senior Research Coordinator, Culturelink


  • Kathrin Merkle, Head, Cultural Policy, Diversity & Dialogue Division, Council of Europe (CoE)
  • Christine M Merkel, Head, Division of Culture, German Commission for UNESCO and President, Culture Committee, CoE


  • Anupama Sekhar, Deputy-Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation

Arab Countries

  • Rana Yazaji, Founding Member, Ettijahat Independent Culture, Syria
  • Ineke van Hamerveld, Editor-in-Chief, Book Productions, Boekmanstichting
  • Philipp Dietachmair, Programme Manager - European Neighbourhood, European Cultural Foundation
  • Tsveta Andreeva, Policy Officer, European Cultural Foundation
  • Basma El Husseiny, Managing Director, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy)


  • Elise Huffer, Adviser, Human Development Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community


  • Mike van Graan, Regional Coordinator, Africa, IFACCA, and Executive Director, African Arts Institute

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Monica Garcà­a Alonso, Head of Programmes for Cultural Co-operation, OEI - Organizacion de Estados Iberoamericanos
  • Santiago Jara, Regional Coordinator, Latin America, IFACCA