Board 2022

Τhe end of the term of the 2022 board is set at 31 December 2022. The forthcoming call for the new board is expected to be released in November 2022. The new Board of Directors will be presented in February 2023.


Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors: Panayiotis Neufelt
Accountable for: (ACCEI 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.

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).


Board Member: Amadou Sow
Accountable for:  African Countries Liaisons, Environment and Health.
Curriculum vitae: Amadou is an Environmental Geographer, researcher with practical experience in the management of cultural projects; and environmental and social study, also in the assessment of hygiene and environmental health (EHS); Environmental Quality, Health and Safety Assessment (QSSE), Rural Economy Development Project; Founding member of the Senegalese Association for Cultural Development (ASDC) in charge of cultural projects; delegate of the NGO Terre D’Avenir, OTA for the Indian Ocean and Africa, he was President of the Association des jeunes Espoirs du Fouladou (Management of amateur theater projects, fundraising, project development, theater organization); worked as a facilitator of theater workshops for people with disabilities; specializing in mediation with college students and supervision of cultural associations.

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

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