Our Team

  Name Country Bio
UNESCO Mike 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

Photo Dounia couipa Dounia Benslimane

(Deputy President)


Cultural actor. Co-founder of Racines and currently its Development & Partnerships Director.

Aadel Aadel Essaadani Morocco

General coordinator of Racines, urbanist, technical scenographer, activist and consultant in cultural policies for development and human rights.

Ayodele Ganiu Nigeria

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.

Christine Gitau Kenya

Founding Member of the Arterial program African Women in Cultural Leadership, co-founder of the social enterprise Craft Africa.

Carole Karemera Rwanda

Executive director of the ISHYO Arts Center.

Ayoko Mensah Togo/Diaspora

Advisor for the Africa Desk at the Center For Fine Arts in Brussels and consultant for UNESCO and UEMOA.

Jean-Pierre Moudjalou Gabon

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.

bongani2 Bongani Njalo South Africa

Artist, Co-Director at Leonandi Contemporary Gallery and Founder of The 54 Art Foundation.

Daba Sarr Senegal

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).

 Ayeta Wangusa_ACPN Ayeta Wangusa Uganda

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.