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.


Vice Chairman: 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

General Secretary: Waheeda AlHadhrami
Accountable for: International Programme Development, Middle East Area Advisor, Special Advisor to the Chairman
Curriculum vitae: Waheeda studied Creative Industries and Art Management and Marketing and works within the Cultural and Creative Industries Sector at the Ministry of Culture and Youth, United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the Head of Funding and Support section. Waheeda’s work consists of developing and leading the UAE’s first 10-year federal Cultural and Creative Industries Strategy, working on studies to support initiating policy research for the improvement of our local creative ecosystem, and establishing partnerships with stakeholders from the government, private, and non-profit sectors to support the overall growth of the UAE’s creative economy.


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: 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).

Ivory Coast

Board Member: Dr. Etien L. Koua
Accountable for: International Programmes Development, Data Science, Block Chain Technology, Information
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.

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

USA Australia

Board Member: Andrew (Andy) Totman

Accountable for: 
Curriculum vitae: Andrew is a Cultural Network Executive in Sydney and responsible for developing and implementing program and evaluation procedures of products within TAFE NSW. Andrew is an Artists, a Senior Lecturer and an ACCEI Specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in the tertiary education and Creative Arts Industry sector, demonstrated executive leadership skills and advanced stakeholder management capability.  He is an Industry Lead at TAFE NSW Market Group and  Project Lead on the Bachelor of Creative Practice working directly with Academic quality assurance committee reporting to the TAFE NSW Academic Board as Education Lead for the design, management and maintenance of TAFE NSW newest Degree program.

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