This activity will take place at 9:30 a.m. (EST).
In these uncertain times, we run the risk of experiencing national withdrawal, thereby inhibiting opportunities for new encounters, while perhaps bringing out our differences. It is of the utmost importance at this moment to listen to compelling voices from beyond our borders. Artists, programmers, international cultural delegates need to unite, in order to emphasize the importance of making permanent the access to international mobility, a goal which we are all striving for as a community. We need to maintain our openness to each other, build new projects, welcome differences, promote inclusion, as well as strengthen our business relationships, so that we may secure performing arts international touring for the years to come.
The debate will begin with an opening speech by Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO.
Charles has more than 30 years of experience in cultural policies, public service broadcasting and international cooperation. He is currently Specialist, Program Optimization at Telefilm Canada. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Expert Facility of the 2005 UNESCO Convention, providing capacity-building assistance on the governance of cultural policy and on media diversity to developing countries. He is the publisher of a weekly press review "Cultures in the Digital Era" covering emerging issues and best practices in arts and culture. As a consultant, he recently authored UNESCO's policy toolkit Culture in Crisis: Practical guide for a resilient creative sector and the City of Montreal's 2017-2022 Cultural Development Policy. Previously, Charles was General Secretary of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. He has worked successively for the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Embassy in Paris, TV5 Quebec Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada and Rights & Democracy.
Mr Ernesto Ottone R. is the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO. Prior to this position, Mr Ottone R. served as Chile's first Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage from 2015 to 2018. As Minister of Culture, he created a Department of First Peoples, a Migrants Unit and strengthened copyright laws and heritage protections. During this time, he also chaired the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016 - 2017).
From 2011 to 2015, Mr Ottone R. served as Director-General of the Artistic and Cultural Extension Center of the University of Chile, which manages the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Chilean National Ballet (BANCH), the Chile Symphony Choir and the Vocal Camerata. From 2001 to 2010, he held the position of Executive Director at the Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago.
Mr Ottone R. holds a Master's degree in Management of Cultural Institutions and Policies from the University of Paris IX Dauphine (1998) and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of Chile (1995).
Committed to exploring the horizons of human creativity in all its complexity, Nassib El-Husseini has charted a singular and wide-ranging course. After leaving his native Lebanon in the late 1980s, Nassib worked as an advisor and volunteer with numerous Quebecois, Canadian, and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. Following studies in administration and international relations at the American University of Beirut, he obtained a Ph.D. in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1996. In 1998, he published L'Occident Imaginaire (Éditions PUQ).
Nassib El-Husseini's trajectory took a major turn in 2003, when his path crossed that of seven artists determined to make their mark on the world of contemporary circus. With their first show just created, a clear-eyed ally was all the troupe needed to conquer the world. Nassib placed his experience and his passion for art and innovation at the service of the nascent troupe that would become one of the jewels of artistic expression.
As chief executive officer of the company, Nassib has brought his resolutely avant-garde, innovative vision and has turned towards a vast exploration of possibilities. Propelled by these ideas, The 7 Fingers have become a major player in the international art scene.
Nassib El-Husseini is currently the president of the board of directors of CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) and was a member of the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal from 2012 to 2018, as well as a member of the organizing committee of the Canadian Arts Summit in 2019. He sits on the boards of the National Theatre School of Canada, the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles).
In 2013, Nassib was awarded the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)’s Prix Reconnaissance in recognition of his exceptional career. In 2014, he received the Artists for Peace Award on behalf of The 7 Fingers. In 2019, he was presented the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management’s Cultural Manager Award from HEC Montréal. Shortly after, he was named Chevalier (Knight) by the Ordre de Montréal.
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 ministerial advisor on international affairs. 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.
Anupama SEKHAR is the Director of the Culture Department at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), which promotes cultural co-operation among 51 countries in Asia and Europe. She is currently in charge of ASEF’s strategy in arts, culture & heritage as well as the day-to-day operations of the Culture Department.
A creative entrepreneur, as well as an expert in arts and culture management, Mamou DAFFE is part of a new generation of social leaders, whose mission is to design projects and local operations that can create strong economic, cultural and social impacts. In 2005, he founded the famous Festival sur le Niger, a music and art festival considered to be one of the most important West African cultural events. In 2011, he created the Kôrè Cultural Centre, with a resource centre specialized in social arts issues. He also founded the IKAM Training Institute, for the purpose of offering skill-development programs for artists and cultural agents from Mali and elsewhere. After having helmed the pan-African cultural agent network, Arterial Network, from 2015 to 2017, he founded, along with some of the best artists and cultural agents from the continent, the first Fonds Africain pour la Culture (ACF) in 2018.