|Mike van Graan (President)||South Africa||
Playwright and member of UNESCO’s Expert Facility on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Cultural actor. Co-founder of Racines and currently its Development & Partnerships Director.
General coordinator of Racines, urbanist, technical scenographer, activist and consultant in cultural policies for development and human rights.
Talking drum artist, activist, author of research paper ‘‘Anticipating a Cultural Policy of Nigeria by the Year 2030’’ commissioned by Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa; Regional Programme Officer (Africa) at Freemuse, the world’s leading organization promoting and defending freedom of artistic expression.
Founding Member of the Arterial program African Women in Cultural Leadership, co-founder of the social enterprise Craft Africa.
Executive director of the ISHYO Arts Center.
Advisor for the Africa Desk at the Center For Fine Arts in Brussels and consultant for UNESCO and UEMOA.
Artists and festivals manager, Programme Officer in the media group Génération Nouvelle, President of the Gabonese Music Export Office and Head of Arts en expression.
|Bongani Njalo||South Africa||
Artist, Co-Director at Leonandi Contemporary Gallery and Founder of The 54 Art Foundation.
Founder and Executive Director of Nhimbe Trust, Publisher of Creative Economy Outlook Zimbabwe online portal.
Director of the Africa Fete Festival in Senegal, member of the Grand Jury for the Grand Prix for Arts of the President of the Republic (2016-2017).
Executive Director of Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) a creative think tank in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a member of the UNESCO Expert Facility for the 2005 Convention.