ICCIRA Board of Directors


Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors: Panayiotis Neufelt
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Curriculum vitae: Panayiotis is 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 has a BSc in Aviation Management, studied theatre and worked in the performing arts and in the cultural policy and creative sectors internationally.


Board Member, Ferdinand Richard
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Curriculum vitae: Ferdinand is the Founder-Director  of the AMI association Marseille and Dynamo. Previously President of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (now Culture Action Europe), and panel coordinator of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity of UNESCO. Ferdinand was the President of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, a Board Member of the Observatory of Cultural Policies and ASEF specialist Advisor and since 2019 founding member of The Fanak Fund and Founder-President of Global Grand Central. Ferdinand has studied music and worked as an artist and producer extensively for more than 30 years.

Puerto Rico

Board Member, General Secretary: Javier Hernandez-Acosta

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Curriculum vitae: Javier Hernandez-Acosta is a Director of Business Administration Department at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Cultural and Creative Industries Researcher and Consultant. His specialisation is in Entrepreneurship, Cultural and Creative Industries, Cross-Cultural Management, Cultural Policy, Arts Management. Javier, is a PhD      on Entrepreneurial Development and International Business, has a Master in Cultural Management   and Cultural Policy, he is a Graduate of the University of Puerto  Rico, has an M.B.A on International   Business, and a B.B.A in Marketing.      


Board Member, Treasurer: Silvana Navarro Hoyos
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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
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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: Jean Pierre Moudjalou
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Curriculum vitae: Jean Pierre is responsible for the Gabonese Music Export Office, a member of the steering committee of the African Network of Cultural Policies (ACPN), a cultural consultant and entrepreneur, and worked extensively at the Arterial Network in Gabon. Has a BA Degree in Marketing and an MA in cultural and creative industries developments (Senghor University of Alexandria, Egypt). Focusing in Marketing, Policy and Productivities he is currently involved in several African and International performing Arts projects and initiatives.


Board Member: Husniddin Ato
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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
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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
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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.

United States of America

Board Member: Analeigh Marie Sanderson
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Curriculum vitae: Analeigh is an awarded dancer, instructor, director, performer, choreographer, cultural actor and environmentalist, with a wealth of experience in the fields of physical and dance sectors, marketing and the environment. Analeigh’s interest and involvement vary from cultural policy, to marketing, to cultural advisory, to tourism and to participatory conference lobbying offered her a wide spectrum of knowledge through awareness. She holds a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and BFA in Contemporary Dance, at the University of Utah.

The transitional directors are appointed by the shareholders of ICCIRA, which also represent.

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

The full duties description of the Board of Directors, will be presented in March 2020.

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