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CultureSummit 2017

Participants

April 9–13, 2017 Abu Dhabi

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Cultural Diplomat Award Winners

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop

represented by Sherrie Westin, EVP of Global Impact & Philanthropy

Producers of Sesame Street worldwide

El Sistema

El Sistema

represented by Eduardo Mendez, Executive Director Simon Bolivar Music Foundation

Creators of the El Sistema Youth Orchestra Program

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

represented by Tabare Perlas, General Manager

The Arab-Israeli Orchestral Initiative

Presenting Artists

Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Jazz Vocalist, Composer, & Producer

Béco Dranoff

Béco Dranoff

Cultural Producer & Consultant
Romiro Duran

Romiro Duran

Guitarist

Ana Tijoux

Rosemary Feit Covey

Rosemary Feit Covey

Print & Multimedia Artist

Saskia Lane

Saskia Lane

Co-Artistic Director

Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane's Birdheart

Christopher Marianetti

Christopher Marianetti

Found Sound Nation

Music and Education Collective

Flavio Renegado

Flavio Renegado

Casulo Cultura

Kyla-Rose Smith

Kyla-Rose Smith

Found Sound Nation

Music and Education Collective

Jeremy Thal

Jeremy Thal

Found Sound Nation

Music and Education Collective

Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux

Musician

Victoria Producciones

DJ Tudo

DJ Tudo

Mundo Melhor

Maya Beiser

Maya Beiser

Classical Cellist and Performing Artist
Gerald Wirth

Gerald Wirth

Professor

Vienna Boys Choir, Superar, Wirth Music Academy

Featured Participants

Jamila Afghani

Jamila Afghani

Executive Director and Founder

Noor Educational & Capacity Development Organization

Salman Ahmad

Salman Ahmad

Co-Founder & CEO

SSGWI/Junoon

Ahlam Alshamsi

Ahlam Alshamsi

Award Winning Middle Eastern Singer
Zeinab Alhashemi

Zeinab Alhashemi

Independent Artist & Designer
Princess Alia Al-Senussi

Princess Alia Al-Senussi

Chair Tate Young Patrons, Representative Art Basel

Tate/Art Basel

Ahmad Al Shoky

Ahmad Al Shoky

Assistant Professor

Chairman of the Egyptian National Library and Archives

Shaarbek Amankul

Shaarbek Amankul

Artistic Director

B'Art Contemporary/Bishkek Art Center

Yazmany Arboleda

Yazmany Arboleda

Chief Creative Officer

limeSHIFT

Yassin Alsalman

Yassin Alsalman

Musician, actor, professor and multi media artis
Raul Ayala

Raul Ayala

Leading Artist

Groundswell

Xyza Cruz Bacani

Xyza Cruz Bacani

Freelance Photographer
Gregory Leon Baird

Gregory Leon Baird

Associate Producer

Way of the Rain

Doreen Baingana

Doreen Baingana

Director

Mowazo Africa Writing Institue 

Wafaa Bilal

Wafaa Bilal

Associate Arts Professor

New York University 

Irina Bokova

Irina Bokova

Director-General

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Frank Chipasula

Frank Chipasula

Founder & Publisher

Brown Turtle Press, Inc. 

Tomas Cafourek

Tomas Cafourek

Freelance Producer

MgA Tomas Cafourek Creative Industry

Bertha Cea

Bertha Cea

Executive Coordinator

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

Danusa Cravalho

Danusa Cravalho

Casulo Cultura

Panmela Castro

Panmela Castro

President

NAMI Rede Feminista de Arte Urbana

Sohini Chakraborty

Sohini Chakraborty

Founder & Director

Kolkata Sanved

Mina Cheon

Mina Cheon

New Media Artist & Full-time Professor

Maryland Institute College of Art

Kirby Jingati Chipembere

Kirby Jingati Chipembere

Lead Singer, Composer, Artist, Actor
Sabine Choucair

Sabine Choucair

Clown & Storyteller

Clown Me In

Cyndi Conn

Cyndi Conn

Executive Director

Creative Sante Fe

Julian Crouch

Julian Crouch

Co-Artistic Director

Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane's Birdheart

Dr. Anne Cleare

Dr. Anne Cleare

Composer

University of York

Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

Working Artist

The Public Theater

Tom DeCaigny

Tom DeCaigny

Director of Cultural Affairs

San Francisco Arts Commission

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

Senior Advisor to the President for Global Affairs

Columbia University

Samantha Diamond

Samantha Diamond

CEO, CultureConnect
Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas

Editor-In-Chief

Art News Magazine

Cristina de Middel

Cristina de Middel

Photographer
Michel Draguet

Michel Draguet

General Director

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Adrian Ellis

Adrian Ellis

Director

AEA Consulting

Yagazie Emezi

Yagazie Emezi

Documentary Photogrpaher
Maymanah Farhat

Maymanah Farhat

Artist
Mieke Gerritzen

Mieke Gerritzen

Director

The Image Society

Artur Ghukasyan

Artur Ghukasyan

President

High Fest International Performing Arts Festival 

Daisy Guo

Daisy Guo

Co-Founder & COO

Tezign

Guan Xia

Guan Xia

Executive Director

China National Symphony Orchestra

Ross Hall

Ross Hall

Director of Education

Ashoka Europe

Nora Halpern

Nora Halpern

Vice President

Leadership Alliances Americans for the Arts

Marianna Hay

Marianna Hay

Chief Executive and Artistic Director

Orchestras for All

Ambassador and Commissioner General (Ret.) Douglas T. Hickey

Ambassador and Commissioner General (Ret.) Douglas T. Hickey

Ambassador and Commissioner General

US State Department

Barbara Hochstetler Fentress

Barbara Hochstetler Fentress

Owner

Barbara H LLC.

Samuel Hopkins

Samuel Hopkins

Artist
Sarah Ioannides

Sarah Ioannides

Music Director/Conductor

Symphony Tacoma/Spartanburg Philharmonic 

Dr. Arturn C. Jaschke

Dr. Arturn C. Jaschke

VU University Amersterdam

Ahmad Kaabour

Ahmad Kaabour

Composer
Mushtaq Kak

Mushtaq Kak

Theater Director, Award Winner
Natalia A. Kaliada

Natalia A. Kaliada

Co-Founding Artistic Director

Belarus Free Theatre 

Ravinder Kaul

Ravinder Kaul

Cultural Critic

International Association of Theatre Critics

Negin Khpalwak

Negin Khpalwak

Conductor of the Zohra Orchestra

Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Nicolai Khalezin

Nicolai Khalezin

Co-Founding Artistic Director

Belarus Free Theatre

Jun Kitazawa

Jun Kitazawa

Artist

Jun Kitazawa Office Yakumo

Kevin Kleinmann

Kevin Kleinmann

Vice President

Meludia 

Ellen Kondowe

Ellen Kondowe

Zeitz Museum of contemporary Art Africa

Eric Latzky

Eric Latzky

Principal

Culture Communications NY

Horacio Lecona

Technical Secretary for Planning and Programming

Cultural Dissemination Coordination of UNAM

Yanru LIAO

Yanru LIAO

Programming Director

China National Symphony Orchestra

Esper Linnamägi

Esper Linnamägi

Director

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Jalal Luqman

Jalal Luqman

Mixed Media Artist
Ayman Mabrouk

Ayman Mabrouk

Musician
Sara Marie

Sara Marie

Senior Consultant

PwC

Mondli Makhanya

Mondli Makhanya

Editor

City Press

Dr. Samuel Makore

Dr. Samuel Makore

Director

Zimbabwe Academic & Nonfiction Author Association

Milcho Manchevski

Milcho Manchevski

Film Director
Marshall Marcus

Marshall Marcus

President/CEO

Sistema Europe/EUYO

Beth Mendelson

Beth Mendelson

Executive Producer

Voice of America

Hind Mezaina

Hind Mezaina

Artist and Blogger

The Culturist

Odaline de la Martinez

Odaline de la Martinez

Conductor

Lontano Trust and Lontano Records

Pablo Mirete

Pablo Mirete

Fellow

Berklee College Of Music, The Canales Project

Matthias Naske

Matthias Naske

CEO & Artistic Director

Wiener Konzerthaus 

Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson

President & CEO

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Henry Ohanga

Henry Ohanga

Founder & Executive Director

Octopizzo Foundation

Adeola Olagunju

Adeola Olagunju

Photographer

Independent Artist

Kola Tubosun

Kola Tubosun

Writer, Linguist, and Educator

YorubaName.com

Gabriela Ortiz

Gabriela Ortiz

Composer

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Levon Parian

Levon Parian

Photographer
Sibylle Szaggars Redford

Sibylle Szaggars Redford

Founder, President & Artistic Director

The Way of the Rain, Inc, 501C-3 Non-profit

Oussama Rifai

Oussama Rifai

Executive Director

Arab Fund for Arts & Culture

Aurora Robson

Aurora Robson

Artist and Founding Artist

Aurora Robson & Project Vortex

Alexis Rockman

Alexis Rockman

Artist/Environmental Activist

Prithvirajsing Roopun

Minister

Ministry of Arts and Culture

Deborah Rutter

Deborah Rutter

President

Kennedy Center

Minna Salami

Minna Salami

Writer and blogger

MsAfropolitan.com

Nadim Samman

Nadim Samman

Curator

Bastien Sannac

Bastien Sannac

Founder

Meludia

Jumoke Sanwo

Jumoke Sanwo

Creative Director

Revolving Art Incubator

Cynthia Schneider

Cynthia Schneider

Ambassador & Distinguished Professor in Practice of Diplomacy

Georgetown University/Timbuktu Renaissance/MOST Resource

Raja Segar

Raja Segar

Professional Artist

Segar Gallery

Ahmed Shah

Ahmed Shah

Director

Karachi Arts Council

Marlon Simms

Marlon Simms

Artistic Director

National Dance Theatre Company

Sara Stackhouse

Sara Stackhouse

Chair of Theater Division

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Saule Suleimenova

Saule Suleimenova

Visual Artist

Union of Artists Kazakhstan 

Karsten Staiger

Karsten Staiger

Photographer & Documentarian

The Way of the Rain

Alia Swastika

Alia Swastika

Program Director

Ark Galerie Indonesia

Nieves Tapia

Nieves Tapia

Director

Latin American Center for Service-learning

Taonga Tembo

Taonga Tembo

Programs Director

Barefeet Theater

Malaika Toyo

Malaika Toyo

Head of Strategy & Projects

A Whitespace Creative Agency

Jeremy Thal

Jeremy Thal

Co-Founder

1979

Adejoke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Tugbiyele

Visual Artist

Matias Tarnopolsky

Executive & Artistic Director

Cal Performances University of California, Berkeley

Ana Vargas

Ana Vargas

Architect
Sophia Welz

Sophia Welz

Managing Director

SA National Youth Orchestra Foundation 

Amie Williams

Amie Williams

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Global Girls Media

Derek Williamson

Derek Williamson

Director

UNSW Museum of Human Disease

Hanan Sayed Worrell

Hanan Sayed Worrell

Senior Representative

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

PPS The Writah

PPS The Writah

Rapper/MC

Sunu Kaddu Records

Xingyu Yao

Xingyu Yao

Fellow

Berklee School of Music, The Canales Project

Laura Zucker

Laura Zucker

Executive Director

LA County Arts Commission 

Saed Haddad

Saed Haddad

Composer

Participating Countries: 

Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, China, Columbia, Cote D' Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipinnes, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe