ICCIRA Board of Directors


Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors: Panayiotis Neufelt
Accountable for: (CCI Researcher Public Relations, Fundraising, Lobbying, Performing Arts)
Curriculum vitae: Panayiotis is also the Founder and Chairman of the International Independent, a consortium of Cultural and Creative Industries research, economy and policy organisations, and the Chairman of the Arts Council Greece. He has a dual background both technical and creative, as a theatre director, curator and producer, and as an aviation specialist and entrepreneur, and has worked also as a political advisor, consultant, researcher and public speaker. Panayiotis holds an Aviation Management degree (BSc), studied theatre and worked in the performing arts and in the cultural policy and creative sectors internationally.


Board Member, Treasurer: Silvana Navarro Hoyos
Accountable for: (Academia and Education)
Curriculum vitae: Silvana is a researcher, tutor and advisor specialising on creative and cultural industries territorial developments. Programme developer focusing on small businesses and productive chains, through innovation, with the use of technology. Silvana’s specialisation is in creating and offering marketing and communication programs. Silvana has a PhD in Cultural Sociology and MBA in Strategic Marketing Management, Master of Latin American Studies with a degree in Industrial Design.

Soutn Africa Austria

Board Member: Alushca Ritchie
Accountable for: (Tourism, Public Relations and Cultural Heritage)
Curriculum vitae: Alushca is the elected President of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations – WFTGA and a member of the Board of Directors of Cape Town Tourism. Specialising in public relations, cultural heritage, policy and tourism, she is involved in several initiatives worldwide, including the WFTGA conferences, supporting tourist guides unions and associations’ initiatives worldwide as well as life learning programmes and seminars.


Board Member: Husniddin Ato
Accountable for: (Music, Ethnic Cultural Developments)
Curriculum vitae: Husniddin is the Co-Founded of the Central Asian Culture and Arts Network – CACAN and the Founder and Director of OXUS Culture, geoculturaly located in Central Asia. Husniddin is a music expert and a culture and art manager, working with communities on the preservation of folk music heritage, he managed to create a numerous cultural developments including concerts, training programmes, art exhibitions, festival, conferences, performing arts and academic researches. He is currently working his thesis in Global Cultural and Creative Regulatory and Societal Issues.


Board Member: Siti Suriawati Isa
Accountable for: (Academia, Cultural Heritage and Climate Change)
Curriculum vitae: Siti is the Deputy Director and Associate Professor at the University Putra Malaysia. Her interest in cultural economy and development led her to explore the links between the culture and heritage, creativity, climate change, ecology and environment (specified in Forestry). The diversity of her work experience includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, and the Middle East Market Tourists to Malaysia (Malaysia Ministry of Tourism).

Portugal Mozambique

Board Member: Marco Valente
Accountable for: (Cultural Heritage, Project Management, Public Relations)
Curriculum vitae: Marco is an Archaeologist, Fundraiser and an International Marketing Consultant. Marco is a Cooperating Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Archaeologies (CTA-IPT), and worked in Portugal, Spain and Mozambique, coordinating Projects related to Archaeology, Tourism, Theatre, Music, Patrimony, Biological Agriculture, HIV-AIDS, Education, Citizenship, Empowering Women, Science Labs Establishment, and Ecosystems Protection. He has a special interest in Cultural and Physical Anthropology, Ethnographic Studies, Ecosystem Protection and the Islamic Culture. Master on “Islamic Portugal and the Mediterranean” – Ual, Post-graduate Studies in Archaeology – UFP, Degree on World History – Educational – FLUP.

Ivory Coast

Board Member: Dr. Etien L. Koua
Accountable for: (International Programme Development, Data Science, Research and Crisis Management)
Curriculum vitae: Etien is a Geospatial Scientist with a wealth of field experience in international development, humanitarian projects, community development under UNDP, International Federal of Red Cross, USAID and CDC in several countries, focusing on Disaster Preparedness and Prevention, Disaster Management, Food Security, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Environmental Monitoring and Climate Change. Areas of expertise: Geographic Information Science, Data Science & Analytics, Surveys, Impact Evaluation, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Information Management & Systems, Cartographic and OpenStreet Mapping.


Board Member: Dr. Cornelia Dümcke
Accountable for: (Culture and Creative Industries Specialist, Researcher, Project Management)
Curriculum vitae: Cornelia is a cultural economist and works as a project developer. She is the founder of CULTURE CONCEPTS, an independent institute based in Berlin. She has published extensively on the creative and cultural industries in Germany and internationally. Cornelia was nominated as the International Theatre Institute’s (ITI) worldwide representative at UNESCO’s Cultural Diversity Intergovernmental Committee (IGC). Previously she has been a member of the editorial team for the first two Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Activity Reports that monitor how the 2005 Convention is being implemented and one of the assessors for the European Commission’s, Directorate General Research & Innovation and their H2020 programme on cultural heritage and creative industries.

The Board of Directors is responsible to jointly supervise the activities and for the management of ICCIRA.

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