Global network of facilitators

The facilitators in UNESCO’s network are experts specialized in the field of intangible cultural heritage around the world. Overall, 43% of the facilitators are from Africa and 40% are women. To find out more about the facilitators and their areas of expertise, please use the search tool on the right.

The facilitators are familiar with the UNESCO tools and training materials, which they adapt to local contexts and use to deliver training and capacity-building services, such as needs assessments, technical assistance and policy advice, at the country level.

Upgrading training capacities of the facilitators is an important aspect of the Convention’s capacity-building programme. Facilitators and culture officers from UNESCO field offices share lessons learnt and recommendations at regular review meetings. Dedicated webpages for sharing news, information and training materials provide additional support.

136 persons match your query.

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Mr ABDILLAHI Mohamed Ismael

Residence: Djibouti
Working language(s):

French, English, Arabic

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Mohamed Ismael Abdillahi is an economist with work experience in the Ministry of Culture and Communications in Djbouti. He has co-ordinated various projects in the areas of culture, environment and the development of ICTs for developing countries.

Geographic areas of experience:

Belgium, Djibouti, Senegal

Mr ABDULLAHI Denja

Residence: Nigeria
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

06-2011, Enugu
07-2012, Abuja
05-2015, Abuja, Nigeria

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Denja Abdullahi has taught English and Literature at various levels of education in Nigeria. He has also worked as a journalist and editorial consultant in several media. He is a writer, poet, playwright and theatre director and President, Association of Nigerian Authors.He now works as a Director, at the National Council for Arts and Culture, Abuja, Nigeria. He has worked in Nigeria facilitating workshops on implementation and also facilitated a workshop on ratification in Ghana.He holds a B.A in English and an M.A in Literature in English.

Geographic areas of experience:

Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria

Mr ADANDE Codjovi Etienne (Joseph)

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Joseph Etienne Codjovi Adande is a professor specializing in the fields of art history and archeology, he also contributed to the development of several projects on the history of arts in Africa.

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms ADEGBIDI Victoire

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms ADRA Najwa

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Arabic

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Ms Najwa Adra, currently a research fellow in the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is an anthropologist with over 20 years experience in documenting intangible heritage and participatory ethnographic methods. She has utilized intangible heritage to improve the sustainability of development projects. In 2000 she piloted the highly successful Literacy through Poetry/Heritage project in Yemen. She is currently completing a book on tribal heritage in Yemen.

Geographic areas of experience:

Qatar, Yemen

Ms AGBAKA Bandine

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms AGUEH Thérèse Marie

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

11-2012, Porto-Novo

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms AIKAWA-FAURE Noriko

Residence: Japan
Working language(s):

French, English

Facilitator for:

05-2012, Port Moresby
05-2012, Ulaanbaatar
10-2012, Goroka
11-2012, Ulaanbaatar
02-2012, Apia
02-2013, Apia
05-2013, Ulaanbaatar
10-2013, Savaii Island
05-2014, Mandalay
10-2014, Nyaung Shwe
09-2015, Taunggyi
10-2015, Ulaanbaatar
11-2015, Apia
09-2016, Apia
05-2016, Ulaanbaatar
05-2018, Dhaka

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Ms Noriko Aikawa-Faure is currently the Representative of the Advisory Committee of IRCI ( ICH-related C-2 Centre, Japan) and a member of the Advisory Committee for CRIHAP ( ICH-related C-2 Centre, China). She developed the Intangible Cultural Heritage Programme at UNESCO and followed the drafting and adoption process of the Intangible Heritage Convention as Chief and Director. After retirement, she worked as an Advisor to Culture in UNESCO and a Professor at KUIS University (cultural studies), Japan. She assisted the Japanese Government in drafting ICH-related nominations as Advisor for ICH, Agency for Cultural Affairs and also evaluated nominations as a member and the Rapporteur of the Subsidiary Body for the 8.COM. She thus has good experiences in drafting and evaluating nominations.

Geographic areas of experience:

Hungary, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Samoa, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam

Mr AKSUNGUR Umut

Residence: Turkey
Working language(s):

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Mr Umut Askungur is currently working for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Turkey as an intangible cultural heritage specialist. He is a Commissioner for the inventory of the Marmara Region. He was a member of the Subsidiary Body on the examination of nominations to the Representative List in 2009 and 2010.

Ms AMBOUROUE AVARO Anne

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Mr ANAMI Silverse

Residence: Kenya
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

06-2011, Enugu
11-2012, Nairobi
12-2012, Bagamoyo
02-2017, Niger State
11-2016, Oyo State
10-2016, Cross River State

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Mr. Silverse Lisamula Anami is an ethnomusicologist widely experienced in community activities. He has served as an Educator, Head of Performing Arts and Director of Culture in Kenya. He participated in the negotiation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and contributes to its implementation as an examiner, facilitator, practitioner and Committee member.

Geographic areas of experience:

Kenya

Ms ANDRIANOPOULOU Panayiota

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Spanish, Greek

Facilitator for:

09-2012, Sofia
09-2018, Sofia
05-2018, Sarajevo

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia
09-2017, Sofia

Panagiota Andrianopoulou studied Archaeology in the Athens University (1991-1995) and carried out postgraduate studies in Ethnology (EHESS- Paris and in the University of Athens). Her ethnological fields of interest are the social practices and festivities in transborder Northern Greece and the social function of traditional dance both in rural and urban framework. She has lectured in several conferences on matters of heritage, urban culture, and social practices. She worked as scientific assistant and curator in the Jewish Museum of Greece (1998-2002), and participated in various research projects of the Center of Greek Folklore, the National Research Foundation and relevant scientific institutions. Since 2006 she worked in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, dealing with intangible and tangible cultural heritage, concerning raising awareness and safeguarding measures. From 2014 in Head of the Department of Modern Movable Heritage, she regarded heritage as a coherent unit of immaterial and material values. Since 2011, she has facilitated capacity building workshops in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Romania, Croatia, Uzbekistan, French Reunion and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has recently coordinated the 12th Annual Meeting of the South East European Regional Network of ICH Experts (october 2018 in Ljubliana, Slovenia). Since February 2018 she is appointed Head of the Department of Collections, Research and Documentation of Folk Art and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Modern Greek Culture, responsible for the scientific documentation of the new museological project and for the interrelation between museum and communities.

Geographic areas of experience:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Uzbekistan

Ms ANG Ming Chee

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Malay

ANG Ming Chee, a political scientist, is the General Manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated. Specialized in resource mobilization and policy making, Ang incorporated World Heritage Site management with principles of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding, sustainable tourism, green agenda and disaster risk management, to address issues and challenges according to the local context. ANG provides inputs on heritage related matters at government committees and technical panels. She has conducted more than 100 cultural heritage related projects and programs through the principle of people, professional and public partnership. She has demonstrated experience in transforming ideas into pragmatic strategies through scientific methodologies and organic adaptation to local culture.

Geographic areas of experience:

China, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand

Ms ANGOUE Claudine-Augée

Residence: Gabon
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

09-2011, Libreville
10-2011, Bamako
06-2012, Lambarene, Koula-Moutou, Mouila and Oyem
05-2013, Les Cayes
05-2013, Cap Haïtien
09-2013, Porto-Novo
11-2014, Niamey
05-2018, Libreville

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Ms Claudine-Augée Angoué is an anthropologist, professor at the Department of Sociology at the University Omar-Bongo of Gabon. From 2004 to 2007, she was a technical advisor to the Ministry of Culture and Arts and popular education and participated as a Gabonese representative in sessions of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Geographic areas of experience:

France, Gabon

Mr ANSANO Richenel

Residence: -
Working language(s):

-, French, English, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Afrikaans, Inupiak, Papiamento

Mr Richenel Ansano is an anthropologist and healer. He is a heritage consultant, facilitator, implementation advisor for the 2003 Convention. He is previous Director of NAAM, the National Archaeological and Anthropological Memory Management institute in Curaçao. NAAM is an NGO accredited by the 2003 Convention that has the mandate for implementation of the Convention in Curaçao. He is a member of the ICH network committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and Secretary of the mechanism of collaboration on ICH among the Dutch Caribbean islands. Mr Ansano has developed and co-developed ICH capacity building materials for Curaçao and Aruba and trained community and NGO members in the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific on implementation and on inventorying practices. He has also consulted as regional expert on ICH and cultural policy in Jamaica.

Geographic areas of experience:

Aruba, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nepal, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Vanuatu

Ms ARSLAN Saruul

Residence: Mongolia
Working language(s):

Mr AYOUB Abderrahman

Residence: Tunisia
Working language(s):

French, English, Arabic

Facilitator for:

09-2012, Cairo

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Mr Abderrahman Ayoub is a researcher, member of the National Heritage Institute of Tunisia (INP), Assistant Director for intangible cultural heritage till 2012. He holds a PhD. in Linguistics and has been conducting research for many years on oral literature, ethnography and arts in Tunisia, and some countries of Maghreb and the Arab world. He is the author of many publications, especially on the Arab epic, the Banâ Hilâl feat, traditional games in Tunisia (he founded the thesaurus of heritage games) and intangible cultural heritage. He is author of the Guide for managers of Human Living Treasures (published by UNESCO Rabat Office, ISESCO and the IMRS, 2006-7) and the Guide of intangible cultural heritage (ISESCO, 2010-2011 s.p.). In 2009 he moderates training workshops in Sharja (United Arab Emirates) and Amman (Jordan) on the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Geographic areas of experience:

Algeria, Egypt, France, Gabon, Jordan, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America

Ms BAK Sang Mee

Residence: Republic of Korea
Working language(s):

English, Korean

Facilitator for:

01-2015, Shenzhen
09-2015, Suva
02-2016, Suva
02-2017, Suva
10-2016, Lautoka

Currently a Member of Cultural Heritage Committee (World Heritage/Intangible Cultural Heritage) of the Republic of Korea, Dr Bak obtained PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Harvard University. She is also a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.

Geographic areas of experience:

Republic of Korea

Mr BALDE Ismaïlou

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Mr BALLARD Chris

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Mr BEDON SAMANIEGO Fabian

Residence: Ecuador
Working language(s):

English, Spanish

Facilitator for:

10-2011, Quito
05-2012, Quito
06-2012, Quito
07-2012, Quito
10-2012, La Paz
10-2012, Bogota
10-2013, La Havana
06-2015, Portoviejo
08-2015, Riobamba
09-2015, Loja
09-2015, Charazani
10-2015, Curva
04-2016, Loja
05-2016, Riobamba
06-2016, Puerto López

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Mr Fabian Bedon, a sociologist and master in project management, is currently a Researcher at the Research and Interpretation Center Z4 (Archeological and Heritage Complex) in Picoazá Manabí, Ecuador. He was Director of Culture of the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry, Deputy Secretary of the Ecuadorian Commission of UNESCO, and Project Coordinator of the UNESCO Office in Quito and Andeas countries representation. He has publications in ICH, been an evaluator on issues of natural disasters, developed ICH public policies and has experience in field work with indigenous (Kallawayas, Bolivia) and migrant communities (in USA).

Geographic areas of experience:

Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, United States of America

Mr BELLIL Rachid

Residence: Algeria
Working language(s):

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Geographic areas of experience:

Algeria, United Arab Emirates

Ms BESEBES Meked

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Mr BILINDA DEVAGE Nandadeva

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

I am a retired professor from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. I have an M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation (Moratuwa); a Graduate Diploma in Rock Art Conservation (Canberra), and Ph.D. in Art Conservation Research (Delaware). I am an independent consultant on tangible and intangible cultural heritage and in conservation science. I represented Sri Lanka at the 11th and 13th Sessions of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2016), and Mauritius (2018), and the 41st Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland in 2017. Currently, I am Vice-President of ICOMOS-Sri Lanka.

Geographic areas of experience:

Sri Lanka

Mr BINAM BIKOI Charles

Residence: Cameroon
Working language(s):

French, English

Facilitator for:

11-2012, Brazzaville

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Charles Binam Bikoi is an Executive Secretary of the International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions & Languages​​, Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences in several African and European universities and an expert on African Union cultural matters. He has contributed and participated in several meetings organized by UNESCO or in connection with UNESCO in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

Geographic areas of experience:

Cameroon, Comoros, Gabon

Ms BLAKE Janet

Residence: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Working language(s):

French, English, Persian

Facilitator for:

01-2015, Shenzhen
05-2015, Ramallah

Dr Janet Blake is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Shahid Beheshti (Tehran), a member of the Iranian Expert Committee for ICH and a member of the Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association and has acted as an International Consultant to UNESCO since 1999, mostly in the field of intangible cultural heritage and implementing the 2003 Convention. She has facilitated capacity-building workshops in Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan and has provided professional advice on policy and legislative development for safeguarding ICH in Palestine and Iran. Since 1999, she has acted as an international expert for UNESCO in the field of intangible cultural heritage. She drafted the legal and technical preliminary study that led the way to developing the 2003 Convention, and she was Rapporteur of the Restricted (expert) Drafting Group for the first draft text of the Convention. Subsequently, she has prepared a report for the Executive Board on safeguarding endangered and indigenous languages (2008), reports for the Intergovernmental Committee on periodic reporting (2012-2018) and is currently working on revising the periodic reporting mechanism (2018-19).

Geographic areas of experience:

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Ms BORTOLOTTO Chiara

Residence: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Working language(s):

French, English, Japanese, German, Italian

Facilitator for:

10-2011, Cetinje
06-2015, Valposchiavo (Switzerland), Tirano (Italy)
10-2015, Monaco
09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Ms Chiara Bortolotto, an anthropologist, is currently a researcher at the Free University of Brussels. Her research focuses on the implementation of the Intangible Heritage Convention at the national and local levels (inventories and safeguarding programmes). Over the past five years, she worked on inventorying projects of intangible cultural heritage in France and Italy.

Geographic areas of experience:

Belgium, France, Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Mr BOUNDY Demba

Residence: Mali
Working language(s):

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Demba Boundy contributed to the success of various projects in Africa. He was a consultant for the African Platform for Adult Education. He worked in coordination with the Danish Film Institute on the restoration of the national archives and provided interpretation services.
As Vice President of the Organizing Committee, he organized the annual festival in Niger which gathered more than 20,000 participants from 17 different countries.

Geographic areas of experience:

Mali

Mr BROWN David

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

09-2014, Phillipsburg
02-2015, Willemstad
07-2015, Paramaribo
05-2016, Willemstad
04-2016, Paramaribo
10-2016, Lima

Historian and Cultural Researcher David Brown is the current Director: Policy & Research at Jamaica Creative, a Division of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport. His field work supported a submission to UNESCO which facilitated the inscription of the Maroon Heritage of Moore Town to the Representative List in 2008. He also authored the dossier and successfully lobbied for the inscription of The Reggae Music of Jamaica to the Representative List in 2018. An Author and Adjunct Lecturer, he has a wealth of experience in conducting community based documentation and inventorying of intangible cultural heritage and Capacity Assessments.

Geographic areas of experience:

Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, France, Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Suriname

Mr BUTSENKO Oleksandr

Residence: Ukraine
Working language(s):

-, English, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Mr Oleksandr Butsenko is Director of the CSO Development Centre “Democracy through Culture”, Vice Director General for development of the National Museum of History of Ukraine, consultant of the Parliament Committee on Culture and Religions, and member of the European Cultural Parliament. He is a writer, translator, researcher, art critic, lecturer, journalist.

He is a UNESCO ICH facilitator, expert of the Council of Europe on cultural policies, cultural heritage and development strategies, and coordinator of various international projects in Ukraine concerning cultural and local development. He has edited numerous books, magazines and bulletins, and articles and essays in domestic and foreign periodicals concerning the whole spectrum of modern society building. He has translated several novels, stories, poems and non-fiction books from English and Spanish into Ukrainian. He is member of the Association of journalists of Ukraine and the National Writers’ Union of Ukraine.

Geographic areas of experience:

Belarus, Estonia, Ukraine

Ms CACHAT Séverine

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Ms CALVO PÉREZ Marina

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Spanish

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Marina Calvo Pérez is an anthropologist who works as a consultant in the field of intangible cultural heritage. She carried out several needs assessments and technical assistance for the implementation of the 2003 Convention in various contexts. In the framework her PhD, she researches on memory, heritage, religion and migration in postcolonial contexts.

Geographic areas of experience:

Algeria, Djibouti, Malta, Senegal, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia

Ms CERIBAŠIĆ Naila

Residence: Croatia
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

06-2017, Bishkek

Geographic areas of experience:

Croatia

Ms CHATELARD Géraldine

Residence: Jordan
Working language(s):

French, English, Arabic

Facilitator for:

05-2014, Kuwait
05-2015, Ramallah

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Ms Géraldine Chatelard is a historian and anthropologist of the contemporary Middle East, and an associate researcher at the French Institute for the Near East. She specialises in rural development, particularly among former nomadic communities, and the relations between local knowledge and environmental protection. She also has a long experience in sustainable management of natural and cultural – both tangible and intangible – heritage for tourism. She has worked with several international and national organisations, including UNESCO Iraq Office where she was Culture Programme Specialist from 2011 to 2014. She was actively involved in the MEDLIHER project which aimed to promote the implementation of the Intangible Heritage Convention in the Mediterranean region, and in the Euromed Heritage project.

Geographic areas of experience:

Algeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic

Ms CHAUDHURI Shubha

Residence: India
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

04-2012, Kathmandu
05-2012, Paro
06-2012, Vientiane
01-2013, Kathmandu
04-2013, Phuntsholing
06-2013, Thalat
09-2013, Kathmandu
01-2014, Vientiane
03-2014, Paro
12-2014, New Delhi
04-2015, Goa, India
11-2015, Luang Prabang
12-2016, Vientiane
11-2016, Kathmandu

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Ms Shuba Chaudhuri has been working in the areas of audio visual archiving and ethnomusicology for over two decades. Her fieldwork has been in Western Rajasthan and Goa in India. She has presented papers and attended workshops and seminars on intangible cultural heritage, as well as issues related to intellectual property rights in this area.

Geographic areas of experience:

India

Mr CHIFUNYISE Stephen

Residence: Zimbabwe
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

04-2012, Gaborone
03-2012, Harare
03-2012, Lilongwe
03-2012, Lusaka
06-2012, Harare
09-2012, Harare
04-2013, Waterberg
04-2013, Harare
03-2014, Harare

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Mr Stephen Chifunyise is a former Permanent Secretary for Education, Sport and Culture in Zimbabwe and former member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. He is currently chairing the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee and the Culture Committee of the National Commission for UNESCO. He has facilitated community- based inventorying processes in various Southern African countries. He also works as an arts educator, a playwright and an independent consultant.

Geographic areas of experience:

Zimbabwe

Ms CHITOU Mariam

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Mr CISSÉ Lassana

Residence: Mali
Working language(s):

French

Diplômé de Philosophie (Maîtrise), professionnel du patrimoine culturel du Mali depuis 1979.

Mise en place puis gestionnaire de la Mission Culturelle de Bandiagara de 1994 à 2013 ; Directeur National du Patrimoine Culturel; Coordonnateur National du projet «Inventaire du patrimoine culturel immatériel au Mali en vue d’assurer sa sauvegarde urgente du Mali» de 2013 à 2016. Membre du réseau d’experts africains de l’UNESCO pour les Conventions 1972, 2003 et 2005.
Participant à l’atelier d’experts de l’UNESCO portant sur le soutien au développement de politiques dans le domaine du patrimoine culturel immatériel, Constantine (Algérie) septembre-octobre 2015.
Expert facilitateur pour la révision des demandes d’assistance internationale d’urgence du Niger pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel immatériel dans un contexte de crise (juin-juillet 2017).
Mission d’expertise du projet PAST en Haïti en tant que Consultant senior de l’UNESCO (janvier – mars 2018).
Vice-président d’ICOMOS-MALI
Expert indépendant en patrimoine depuis janvier 2017.

Geographic areas of experience:

Mali, Niger

Ms CIUBOTARIU Adina

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Romanian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Adina Ciubotariu is an ethnologist and senior researcher working with The Romanian Academy since 2003. She is Head of The Ethnology Department which also hosts The Folklore Archive of Moldova and Bucovina. Her interests include traditional customs, peasant architecture, urban anthropology and the didactic approach of folklore. As a member of The National Commission for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Romania she has been actively involved in actions concerning the implementation of the 2003 Convention, national inventory, nominations for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and various other activities focusing on ICH bearers.

Geographic areas of experience:

Romania

Mr COTELLON Félix

Residence: France
Working language(s):

French

Félix Cotellon is a lawyer. Originally from Guadeloupe, he is also known for the Gwoka Festival which he founded in 1988 and since 2005 as President of Repress, Regional Centre for Traditional and Popular Music and Dance of Guadeloupe (accredited NGO UNESCO in 2007). He was the leader and main facilitator of the “Lyannaj Committee for Gwoka”, which prepared the Gwoka candidature file and completed its inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2014.

Ms DA SILVA LOPES AJUDA Sonia Isabel

Residence: Mozambique
Working language(s):

Portuguese

Facilitator for:

07-2015, Praia
09-2015, Ribeira Grande de Santiago
01-2016, Praia

Geographic areas of experience:

Mozambique

Mr DAO The Duc

Residence: Viet Nam
Working language(s):

English, Vietnamese

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Mr The Duc Dao holds a Doctorate in anthropology. His research focuses on local knowledge and cultural heritage in South East Asia. He has experience in teaching and was previously an editor for the Xua&Nay (Past&Present) magazine.

Geographic areas of experience:

Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

Ms DEACON Harriet

Residence: South Africa
Working language(s):

-, English

Facilitator for:

06-2012, Mombasa
12-2012, Kingston
06-2013, Port of Spain
07-2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh
09-2013, Kingston
10-2013, Orange Walk
11-2013, Brunei
05-2014, Trondheim
10-2015, Monaco
10-2015, Trondheim
02-2017, Trondheim

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Harriet Deacon is a historian with interests in tangible and intangible heritage management, public policy on heritage, intellectual property law and the intersection between culture and health. She was involved in the preparation and delivery of UNESCO training materials from 2010. She has facilitated workshops in Central Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a PhD in History and a MSc in Management of Intellectual Property. At present, she is affiliated to the Coventry University Centre for Dance Research, and is working on research projects in India and Kyrgyzstan exploring the role of ICH in sustainable development.

Geographic areas of experience:

Algeria, Bangladesh, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Curaçao, Finland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe

Ms DENES Alexandra

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

01-2015, Shenzhen
10-2015, Ulaanbaatar

Dr. Denes is a socio-cultural anthropologist with over 15 years of research and professional experience with academic institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations in mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR).

Geographic areas of experience:

Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand

Mr DOS SANTOS ROQUE Lucas

Residence: Brazil
Working language(s):

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Facilitator for:

10-2012, São Tomé
10-2012, La Paz
10-2012, Bogota
08-2013, Maputo
08-2013, Manica
10-2014, Chinhambudzi, Manica and Maputo
03-2015, Sao Tome and Principe
07-2015, Praia
09-2015, Ribeira Grande de Santiago
11-2015, Sao Tome
01-2016, Praia
03-2016, Luanda
04-2016, Bissau
05-2016, Maputo

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Mr Lucas Dos Santos holds a Master in Social Sciences and has experience in intangible cultural heritage inventorying. He works in cultural retrieval projects in communities under the impact of infrastructural development. He is also a tutor at the virtual class on intangible cultural heritage/CRESPIAL.

Geographic areas of experience:

Angola, Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe

Ms DRANI Emily Drania

Residence: Uganda
Working language(s):

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Emily is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda, an organization dedicated to promoting the value of a ‘Culture in Development’ approach. She holds an Master of Philosophy in Development Studies with a focus on Endogenous Development. Emily has over 14 years professional experience in development work of which the last 12 years focused on cultural rights, and heritage development and promotion at national, regional and international levels. She is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organization, an umbrella body of trusts that are dedicated to promoting the conservation and enhancement of the heritage of all nations for the benefit of the people of the world and future generations.

Geographic areas of experience:

Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Mr EL FIHAIL Ismail Ali

Residence: Sudan
Working language(s):

English, Arabic

Facilitator for:

07-2012, Damietta
01-2013, Doha

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Mr Ismail Ali El Fihail is a lecturer of Sociology, Anthropology and Folklore, with experience in project evaluation. He was previously a Member of the Subsidiary Body on the examination of nominations to the Representative List (2009-2010).

Geographic areas of experience:

Oman, Qatar, South Sudan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates

Mr ENCALADA Nigel

Residence: Belize
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

09-2014, Phillipsburg
02-2015, Willemstad
07-2015, Paramaribo
05-2016, Willemstad
04-2016, Paramaribo

Mr Nigel Encalada is currently the Director of Belize’s Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). Within the legal framework and mandate of this institution, he oversees the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Belize. Since 2014, Mr Encalada has been trained as a UNESCO facilitator for the 2003 Convention and has facilitated workshops in the Caribbean sub-region. He is also the co-author of Belize’s first National Culture Policy, which is to be launched in 2016.

Geographic areas of experience:

Belize, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Suriname

- FACILITATOR

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Mr FAVIS Ricardo

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Mr FETYSOV Illia

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Russian, Ukrainian

Facilitator for:

04-2012, Astana
10-2012, Bishkek
08-2012, Dushanbe
02-2013, Almaty
04-2013, Dushanbe
05-2013, Bishkek
08-2013, Cholpon-Ata
05-2014, Dushanbe
11-2013, Astana
06-2017, Bishkek

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Mr. Illia Fetysov is a well-known Ukrainian researcher of intangible cultural heritage, and leader of “Bozhychi” Folk Ensemble (since 1999) and School of Traditional Folkdances (since 2005). He studied in P.Chaykovskyy National Music Academy of Ukraine (1996-2001), Folklore Department, and is specialized as a musicologist. He joined the facilitators network in 2011. He is the Chairman of the Expert Council for ICH of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine since 2017 (Deputy Chairman 2013-2016), Deputy Chairman of Award Committee for prize for safeguarding of ICH of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine since 2017.

Geographic areas of experience:

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine

Ms FILIPOVIĆ Danijela

Residence: Serbia
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Ms Danijela Filipovic is an ethnologist-anthropologist who works in the Centre for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Serbia in Ethnographic Museum. Her work focuses on the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the national and local levels. She is involved in the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy of Intangible Heritage as a member of National Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Geographic areas of experience:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia

Ms FOKINA Ksenia

Residence: Russian Federation
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

09-2012, Sofia

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Ms Ksenia Fokina is currently working for the State Russian House of Folk Arts as the Chief of the Division of International Relations. She has experience in the coordination of theatre festivals and is preparing a Doctorate at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts.

Mr FOLOWARA Alberto

Residence: Mozambique
Working language(s):

French, Portuguese

Facilitator for:

03-2015, Sao Tome and Principe
11-2015, Luanda
11-2015, Sao Tome
05-2016, Maputo
08-2011, Luanda, Angola

M. Alberto FOLOWARA, parle portugais et français. Il a fait des études en France (Maîtrise en sociologie et DESS en Tourisme, Patrimoine Culturel et Développement) dans les Univerités Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle et Paris VIII – Saint-Denis. Il travaille actuellement dans un institut de Recherche Socio-culturel – ARPAC à Chimoio Mozambique. Il est le Délégué Provincial de Manica, chargé de coordonner les activités de la Délégation depuis plusieurs années. Il fait des recherches sur les domaines socio-culturels, où la diversité culturel de ces populations est très vaste.

Geographic areas of experience:

Mozambique

Mr GAD Mostafa

Residence: Egypt
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

03-2012, Paris
09-2012, Cairo
06-2012, Beirut
07-2012, Damietta
10-2012, Amman
12-2012, Paris

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Mr Mostafa Gad is a Professor specializing in the techniques of conservation and archiving of folklore. He has participated and contributed to various conferences and on cultural and natural heritage in several Arab countries.

Mr GALLA Amareswar

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Hindi, Telugu

Facilitator for:

11-2011, Addis Ababa

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Mr Amareswar Galla is an interdisciplinary specialist in sustainable heritage development, Professor & Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, with extensive field work and training experience in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.

Geographic areas of experience:

Afghanistan, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Zambia

Mr GOSWAMI Rahul

Residence: India
Working language(s):

-, English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, German, Afar, Esperanto, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu

Facilitator for:

11-2011, Dili
04-2012,  Dili
06-2012, Colombo
08-2012, Phnom Penh
02-2013, Phnom Penh
03-2013, Colombo
10-2013, Phnom Penh
12-2013, Dili
02-2014, Galle
11-2013, Jakarta
09-2018, Sofia
06-2012, Phnom Penh

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

From 2011 I have trained government officials, researchers and academics, traditional knowledge bearers and practitioners in Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan, China, (from) Pacific island states, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, the Seychelles, Mongolia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka on methods to identify, document and safeguard traditional knowledge systems and ICH, including through policy. I have authored several papers and reports on ICH safeguarding, culture and development, and continue to contribute to UNESCO’s work on culture and the Sustainable Development Goals. I serve on the governing council of the Tehran Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre, Iran, and on the advisory committee of the CRIHAP, China.

Geographic areas of experience:

Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste

Mr HABIBULLAH Sirajee

Residence: Bangladesh
Working language(s):

Mr HAYAJNEH Hani

Residence: Jordan
Working language(s):

English, Arabic, German

Facilitator for:

03-2012, Paris
07-2012, Madaba
10-2012, Byblos
10-2012, Amman
01-2013, Doha
04-2014, Erbil
02-2015, Beirut, Lebanon
10-2015, Dubai
01-2016, Dubai
12-2015, Amman, Jordan
05-2016, Amman
12-2015, Amman, Jordan
04-2017, Dubai

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Specializing in Near Eastern Cultures and Languages, Mr Hani Hayajneh is a professor at the faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. He also serves as Director of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Center of Al-Hussein Bin Talal University. He has published a number of research papers, books and articles on intangible cultural heritage, on its safeguarding and on the impact of tourism on heritage sites in Jordan. He has also been involved in national activities for raising awareness and safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage. He is now participating in the MEDLIHER project that aims at strengthening the implementation of the Convention in the Mediterranean area.

Geographic areas of experience:

Egypt, Eritrea, France, Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, United States of America

Mr JACOBS Marc

Residence: Belgium
Working language(s):

-, French, English, Dutch

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Mr Marc Jacobs is a Professor in critical heritage studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2008, he has been Director of the Flemish Interface for cultural heritage (FARO), an accredited organization specialized in intangible cultural heritage safeguarding. He participated as representative of Belgium in drafting the Intangible Heritage Convention, in many expert groups and in the first Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention (2006-2008).

Geographic areas of experience:

Zimbabwe

Mr JIANG Dong

Residence: China
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

02-2011, Pyongyang

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Mr Dong Jiang (PhD) is currently the Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Dance, China National Academy of Arts. His work focuses on choreology, dance history and world ethnic dances. He is also teaching those subjects as a University Professor.

Geographic areas of experience:

China

Ms JUDD Maya

Residence: France
Working language(s):

French, English, Spanish, Italian

Facilitator for:

03-2012, Paris
09-2018, Sofia

As a cultural anthropologist (PhD) Ms Maya Judd has demonstrated experience in Africa and Europe of using participatory ethnographic methods. She has designed pedagogic materials for workshops and university level courses on different methods relevant for intangible cultural heritage inventorying. She has experience in drafting and working through team work

Mr KEITA Fallo Baba

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

09-2013, Porto-Novo

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville
04-2012, Porto-Novo

After a career at the National Museum of Mali, where he led the creation of the conservation/restoration department, Mr Fallo Baba Keita has been working in the field of international cooperation since 1998. He assisted ICCROM in the management and transfer in Africa of its first long-term programme for African countries, “PREMA 1990- 2000”, which led to the creation of the School of African Heritage (EPA), of which he was one of the key actors from 1998 to 2004. From 2005 to 2010, he was Specialist and then Head of the Africa 2009 Programme on the Conservation and Management of Immovable Cultural Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa. A joint UNESCO/ICCROM programme. From July 2010 to October 2014, he was Director of the EPA. Since October 2014, as an individual consultant, he has been involved in the reconstruction of destroyed cultural heritage in northern Mali, and has been carrying out studies on intangible cultural heritage in Africa.

Geographic areas of experience:

Gambia, Mali

Ms KEITUMETSE Susan

Residence: Botswana
Working language(s):

English, Sesotho, Setswana

Ms Susan Keitumetse’s background is on Archaeology & Environmental Sciences, consolidated into Heritage Studies through a PhD on Sustainable Development. She has been a researcher at University of Botswana since 2006 and has 10+ years experience in community-based heritage conservation. She previously served as a member of the Convention’s Consultative Body.

Geographic areas of experience:

Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America

Mr KESSOU Ekédandé Rodrigue

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Mr KIBORA Ludovic Ouhonyioué

Residence: Burkina Faso
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

10-2011, Bamako
02-2013, Phnom Penh

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Ludovic Kibora Ouhonyioué is responsible for research and socio-anthropological studies. In addition to having contributed to scientific research projects, he also participated and conducted several trainings for the evaluation of cultural projects and work with public administrations, NGOs and international aid organizations.

Geographic areas of experience:

Burkina Faso, Madagascar

Ms KOANANTAKOOL Paritta Chalermpow

Residence: Thailand
Working language(s):

-, English, Thai

Facilitator for:

05-2012, Paro
06-2012, Vientiane
04-2013, Phuntsholing
06-2013, Thalat
01-2014, Vientiane
03-2014, Paro
10-2014, Nyaung Shwe
09-2015, Taunggyi
11-2015, Luang Prabang
12-2016, Vientiane

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Ms Paritta Chalermpow (PhD), a social anthropologist, is currently teaching at Thammasat University, Bangkok. She is also a consultant for cultural fluency projects in southern Thailand. She previously led a team of researchers to study and build capacity for local and community-based museums in Thailand and has published extensively on related issues.

Geographic areas of experience:

Bhutan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand

Mr KOUTINHOUIN S. Edouard

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms KUMBE Meri

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Greek, Italian, Albanian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia
05-2018, Sarajevo

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Ms Meri Kumbe is a musicologist and lecturer at the Department of Musicology at the University of Arts of Tirana. From 2014 to 2016, she was the director of the National Center of Folklore Activities, Ministry of Culture of Albania. Her work fcused on the organization of Folkloric Festivals and notably on the awareness raising around ICH issues, as well as the inventory of the ICH and safeguarding. For around 2 years (2014-2016) she was the Secretary of the National Committee of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture of Albania.

Geographic areas of experience:

Albania, Greece

Ms LACARRIEU Monica Beatriz

Residence: Argentina
Working language(s):

English, Spanish

Facilitator for:

10-2012, Salta
02-2013, Buenos Aires
10-2013, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Ms Monica Lacarrieu is the Director of the Cultural Anthropology Programme of the Institute of Anthropological Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She has taught at the university level since 1992 in areas related to Social Anthropology. Her current research focuses on culture and territory in the city of Buenos aires.

Geographic areas of experience:

Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay

Ms LAPICCIRELLA ZINGARI Valentina

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Spanish, Italian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Valentina Lapiccirella Zingari (1962) is an anthropologist with a PhD from the University of Siena, Italy. Since 1997, she develops ethnographical, participatory and community-based approaches in the process of heritage-making, in the fields of museography, oral history, audiovisual archives, and ICH. Since 2009, for the Italian Society for Museum and Heritage Anthropology - SIMBDEA, she follows the processes related to the implementation of the UNESCO ICH Convention in Italy and the international dialogue between the UNESCO accredited NGOs, collaborating since 2010 in the ICH NGO Forum.

Geographic areas of experience:

Costa Rica, France, Italy

Ms LARSEN Hege M

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, German, Norwegian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Dr. Hege M. Larsen is a Social Anthropologist (Asia region) and professional researcher/advisor working in the arts and culture sector.

Geographic areas of experience:

Denmark, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Norway, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam

Mr LÓPEZ MORALES Francisco Javier

Residence: Mexico
Working language(s):

French, Spanish

Facilitator for:

10-2011, Quito
10-2012, Salta
02-2013, Buenos Aires
02-2014, Santiago de Cuba

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Mr Francisco Lopez Morales is an architect, currently the Director of the Department of World Heritage at INAH, the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico.He has represented Mexico at the Intergovernmental Committee of ICH and recently organized a workshop on inventories of ICH in Chiapas.

Geographic areas of experience:

Mexico

Ms MARTÍNEZ ORDÓÑEZ Eva Lilia

Residence: Honduras
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

04-2013, Guatemala
02-2014, Guatemala
09-2014, Phillipsburg

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Ms Eva Lilia Martínez Ordóñez holds a PhD in Anthropology, with a focus on Archeology. She is currently serving as the Deputy-Director for Heritage in the Honduras Institute of Anthropology and History. She has teaching experience and has also worked as an independent consultant for various heritage projects.

Geographic areas of experience:

Honduras

- MARTINS MASCARENHAS Sandra

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Mr MAZIBUKO Lovemore C.J.

Residence: Malawi
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

04-2012, Gaborone
03-2012, Harare
03-2012, Lilongwe
03-2012, Lusaka
06-2012, Harare
04-2013, Waterberg
04-2013, Harare
03-2014, Harare
04-2017, Asmara
02-2018, Asmara
05-2018, Juba, South Sudan

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Lovemore Chances J. Mazibuko is Acting Deputy Director of Culture in the Ministry Civic Education and Culture. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Science Degrees both from the University of Malawi. He also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Nairobi. Currently, Mr. Mazibuko is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Management with Columbia Commonwealth University of Malawi. Mr. Mazibuko is National Coordinator of ICH programmes in Malawi and a member of National ICH Committee. He has participated in a number of UNESCO sponsored capacity building programmes on ICH in different countries. He is a UNESCO-certified ICH Trainer and has facilitated ICH programmes in Botswana, Eritrea, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Geographic areas of experience:

Botswana, Eritrea, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Ms MOLANO ARENAS Adriana

Residence: Colombia
Working language(s):

French, Spanish

Facilitator for:

03-2013, Santo Domingo
10-2013, La Havana
10-2013, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires
02-2014, Santiago de Cuba
04-2016, Loja
05-2016, Riobamba
06-2016, Puerto López
11-2016, Quito

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Adriana Molano Arenas is an anthropologist, specializing in cultural policies and arts management, with experience working in the development and implementation of participatory public policies on cultural issues. She has also led projects aimed at strengthening the social fabric from a heritage perspective in the context of sustainable development with Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant communities. At the international level, Adriana was coordinator of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Group of the Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia from 2008 to 2015. She has also developed consultancy services for UNESCO and is a facilitator in the UNESCO global capacity-building strategy for implementing the 2003 Convention. Currently, she is Director General of the Regional Center for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage in Latin America, category 2 center of UNESCO.

Geographic areas of experience:

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Ms MONYANE Tumelo

Residence: Lesotho
Working language(s):

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

As a coordinator, lecturer and research of cultural heritage, Ms. Tumelo Monyane was also a teacher in the cultural domain (theory and practice of heritage). She has participated in several projects for intangible heritage.

Geographic areas of experience:

Lesotho

Ms MUJICA Soledad

Residence: Peru
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

11-2011, Santiago
04-2013, Guatemala
05-2013, Les Cayes
05-2013, Cap Haïtien

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

As a communicator specializing in the promotion and diffusion of intangible cultural heritage, Ms Soledad Mujica is Director of the Registry and Cultural Studies Department of the recently created Ministry of Culture of Peru and actively represented her government in the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from 2006 to 2010. Author of many publications on traditional dance in Peru, she has more than thirty years of experience in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

Geographic areas of experience:

Peru

Mr MWAHUNGA Julius

Residence: Kenya
Working language(s):

-, English, Kiswahili

Facilitator for:

12-2012, Bagamoyo
04-2016, Arapal, Baragoi, Maralal
06-2017, Abuja

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Mr Julius Mwahunga holds a degree in Education and a Masters in Development Studies. He was trained in disaster mitigation of urban cultural heritage at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. He also drafted nomination files for the Intangible Heritage lists and worked on community-based inventorying projects.

Geographic areas of experience:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Spain, United Republic of Tanzania

Mr NDIAYE Raphaël

Residence: Senegal
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Raphael Ndiaye specializes in cultural archives in West Africa, he was a teacher at the school of librarians Archivists and Documentalists in Dakar, Director of Public Libraries of Senegal and President of various library Associations. In addition, he participated in several research projects and published several cultural publications.

Geographic areas of experience:

Gabon, Senegal

Mr NEEQUAYE Michael Kotey

Residence: Ghana
Working language(s):

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Mr Michael Kotey Neequaye is experienced in capacity building for community-based development projects. He is also skilled on training needs assessment. Recently, he designed a cultural heritage awareness campaign in Cape Coast.

Geographic areas of experience:

Ghana, United States of America, Zimbabwe

Mr NEPAL Bhim Prasad

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Hindi, Nepali

Currently I am involved in the mapping and inventorying of ICH in Nepal, an initiative of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). I have also facilitated multiple workshops for Inventorying and Raising Awareness with regards to ICH Safeguarding of indigenous communities, also organized by MoCTCA across Nepal. I was the local facilitator for the Global Capacity Building Initiative for the Implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH. With over 25 years of experience in Government Services under the National Archives and Department of Archaeology, I have made over 20 presentations in Heritage Conservation and WHS Management across Asia.

Geographic areas of experience:

Nepal

Ms NEYRINCK Jorijn

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Dutch

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Jorijn Neyrinck coordinates the organization of the Workshop intangible heritage Flanders, (Werkplaats Immaterieel Erfgoed), working actively in the field of intangible cultural heritage in Flanders. Werkplaats Immaterieel Erfgoed takes an active role as a cultural broker in the field: building bridges between governments, NGOs, institutions, ICH communities and groups. To this end, Jorijn organizes a range of initiatives: from capacity building, policy support, the digital ICH platform, project management and coaching, sensitization, platforms for public dialogue, education, action research, methodological tools, conceptual reflection, publications etc. In recent years, tapis plein has cultivated ICH network development, collaborating with many actors (e.g. organizations on crafts, performing arts, local heritage units, the Flemish Government, FARO-Flemish Interface for cultural heritage, etc). Jorijn takes an active role in cross disciplinary and international networks on ICH, especially in relation to the UNESCO 2003 Convention, the ICH NGO Forum and the relation between NGOs and the Convention. Jorijn is a member of the Flemish UNESCO Commission and advisory bodies in cultural policies. Selected assignments include: member Flemish UNESCO Commission (2014-present), Commission Dutch Inventory ICH (2012- present), Flemish Commission ICH (2008- present), Strategic Advisory Board Culture Flanders (2012- present).

Geographic areas of experience:

Belgium, Estonia, Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, South Africa

Mr NGUYEN DUC Tang

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Vietnamese

Mr NGUYEN DUC Tang holds a Master of Science in Museums Studies from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been a National Programme Officer in Culture in UNESCO’s Ha Noi Office where he worked to ensure the delivery of projects in the areas of intangible cultural heritage, heritage education, museum, culture and development and gender. Prior to that, he worked as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. He has published numerous articles on heritage in in Viet Nam.

Geographic areas of experience:

Viet Nam

Ms NIKOLIĆ ĐERIĆ Tamara

Residence: -
Working language(s):

-, English, Spanish, Croatian, Italian, Serbian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Tamara Nikolić Đerić (1983) holds degrees in ethnology/cultural anthropology and indology/oriental studies. Since 2008, she has been working as curator for the Ethnographic Museum of Istria. Along with other museum activities she started and still runs the first Ethnographic film festival in Croatia, ETNOFILm, dedicated to visual documentation and interpretation of ICH. Since 2014, Nikolić Đerić collaborates as professional program manager and from 2017 as President of Ecomuseum Batana (UNESCO Register of Good safeguarding practices, 2016). She founded the association FARO11, dedicated to the promotion of creative industries and community-based cultural management.

She is PhD candidate at the Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zagreb, researching topics on working women. Her work is entitled ‘Women and industry: Intersectional analysis of the role and position of Rovinj industrial women workers.’ She has authored several scientific and professional articles and exhibitions. Her fields of interest inclucde cultural policies, women studies, museum studies, visual and economic anthropology.

Geographic areas of experience:

Argentina, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Slovenia

Mr NIZIGIYIMANA Domitien

Residence: Burundi
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

05-2011, Bujumbura
09-2012, Moroni
09-2014, Bamako
11-2014, Bujumbura

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Mr Domitien Nizigiyimana is a Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Burundi. He was also Director General of the Ministry of Higher Education for Scientific Research. In addition, he contributed to the publication of various journals.

Geographic areas of experience:

Burundi, Rwanda

Mr NTADY Jean Omer

Residence: Congo
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

11-2012, Brazzaville
02-2015, Goma Nord-KIVU
05-2014, Yaoundé
10-2016, Ndjamena

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

As an Administrator - Cultural Advisor and formerly Director of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Development, Mr Jean Omer Ntady participated in several workshops inventory and documentation of heritage, sessions of the Intergovernmental Committee the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage and awareness meetings on the Intangible Heritage Convention.

Geographic areas of experience:

Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Togo

Ms OGGE Suzanne

Residence: Singapore
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

04-2012, Kathmandu
08-2012, Phnom Penh
01-2013, Kathmandu
11-2012, Ulaanbaatar
02-2013, Phnom Penh
05-2013, Ulaanbaatar
09-2013, Kathmandu
10-2013, Phnom Penh
12-2013, Dili
10-2015, Ulaanbaatar
02-2017, Suva
10-2016, Lautoka
05-2016, Ulaanbaatar
05-2018, Dhaka
11-2016, Kathmandu
06-2012, Phnom Penh

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Ms Suzanne Ogge holds a Masters degree in Ethnography and is presently the Director of Museums and Heritage Projects at Studio Milou Singapore, an architectural firm. Prior to moving to Singapore, she specialized in international cultural project management and museum development, working for 10 years (1999-2009) as a consultant to UNESCO Headquarter’s Division of Cultural Heritage, for both the Intangible Cultural Heritage Programme and the Section for Museums and Cultural Objects.

Geographic areas of experience:

Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Georgia, India, Nepal, Singapore

Mr OGOU Franck

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms ÖLÇER ÖZÜNEL Evrim

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Ms OLIVEIRA Ana Gita

Residence: Brazil
Working language(s):

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Ms Ana Gita Oliveira is a social and cultural anthropologist, with experience in Amazonian Ethnology. For the past 30 years, she has worked for governmental institutions specialized in cultural heritage. She notably participated in the elaboration of tools for the implementation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in Brazil.

Ms ORR Joanne

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Joanne Orr has research interests in both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage and culture and has practitioner experience in both. She has been the CEO of an accredited NGO and has experience of developing public policy for culture and of implementing the 2003 Convention. She has developed innovative approaches to inventorying and an inclusive definition of ICH. She served on the inaugural Steering Committee for the ICH NGO Forum. She also served on the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

Geographic areas of experience:

Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Viet Nam

Ms OSSENI Khadidjath

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Mr OSSENI Souberou

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Mr OULD MOHAMED LEMINE BEIDJEU Mohamed

Residence: Mauritania
Working language(s):

French, Arabic

Facilitator for:

10-2013, Kaédi
01-2014, Matmata
03-2014, Aleg
03-2014, Agadir
06-2014, Kerkennah
05-2014, Marrakech
11-2015, Hammamet, Nabeul
04-2018, Tunis
04-2017, Atar
05-2017, Beni Mellal
07-2017, Djerba
10-2017, Atar
10-2017, Hammamet
05-2017, Tabarka
11-2017, Azrou
06-2018, Djibouti
06-2018, Moroni, Comoros

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Mohamed Ould Mohamed Lemine Beidjeu obtained the BAC C in 1977 and entered the Ecole Normal Supérieure de Nouakchott. As a mathematics teacher, he is interested in the introduction of computer technology in Mauritania; he accompanied the first applications of computer science to administrative and academic management at the Ministry of National Education and benefitted from several internships in this field in Tunisia, France and Egypt. He has been involved for some twenty years in the activities of civil society for the promotion of cultural heritage and crafts in Mauritania. He has been working since 2011 with UNESCO as a facilitator for the implementation of the Convention in the Maghreb countries.

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin, Egypt, Grenada, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Mr PARAK KROND Anthony

Residence: Papua New Guinea
Working language(s):

Facilitator for:

02-2013, Apia
04-2013, Suai Loro
09-2013, Milne Bay Province
10-2013, Savaii Island
11-2015, Apia
02-2016, Suva
09-2016, Apia
08-2016, Pyongyang

Mr PARMOUN Yadollah

Residence: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Working language(s):

English, Persian

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Geographic areas of experience:

Canada, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Mr PÉREZ LÓPEZ Enrique

Residence: Mexico
Working language(s):

Spanish

Facilitator for:

11-2012, Matanzas
03-2013, Tegucigalpa
02-2013, Majagua, Ciego de Ávila
06-2013, San Salvador
07-2013, Managua
02-2014, Guatemala
03-2014, Baní

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Mr Enrique Perez Lopez has worked for 27 years with the indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico, conducting research, promotion and diffusion of indigenous cultures and languages and management of cultural projects. He has been Director of the Centro Estatal de Lenguas, Arte y Literatura Indígenas del Consejo Estatal para las Culturas y las Artes de Chiapas since 1997.

Ms PHUTTITARN Linina

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Thai

Linina Phuttitarn works with UNESCO Bangkok Office as an Individual Specialist to monitor and provide advisory services to the field teams that undertake community-based inventorying and safeguarding activities for ICH in Thailand. She provides inputs for ICH-related policy development at Thai local and national panels. In the past, she worked full time at the Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok on projects related to the tangible and intangible cultural heritage management and networking for sustainable development. Some of the highlight projects include the integration of ICH in education for sustainable development in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Viet Nam, and Palau; surveying the tertiary education institutions for ICH network in the Asia-Pacific Region; and the development of Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides for the Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns World Heritage Site. Linina conducted the community-based research on Salak Yom Festival in Thailand through a research grant from the Ministry of Culture of Thailand. She is a lecturer and an online content contributor at Chulalongkorn University for the Master of Arts in Cultural Management on cultural policy course and the interdisciplinary course of cross-cultural management. Linina co-founded and has been co-hosting the Thai edutaining podcast program called WiTcast. She is also a researcher at the Thailand Research Fund, focusing on using multimedia in raising awareness amongst the public for community-based research.

Geographic areas of experience:

Thailand

Ms PORILA Kristiina

Residence: Estonia
Working language(s):

French, English, Chinese, German, Estonian

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Kristiina Porila has been involved in implementing the Convention since 2008. She has worked at the national level in Estonia with projects such as a capacity-building programme, the national inventory and various awareness raising activities. She has also worked with communities who were in the process of preparing nominations for the Lists of the Convention. She has been a member of two international bodies set up for evaluating nomination files for the Lists of the Convention.

Geographic areas of experience:

Estonia, Germany, Luxembourg

Ms PRINS-SOLANI Deirdre

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

09-2011, Libreville
11-2011, Addis Ababa
11-2011, Mombasa
06-2012, Mombasa
11-2012, Beijing
11-2012, Nairobi

Trained in:

01-2011, Harare

Ms Deirdre Prins-Solani served as the Director for Heritage Development in Africa from 2009-2012. She has been instrumental in the development of academic programs in Heritage Management, such as the African Program for Museums and Heritage Studies (University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape and Robben Island Museum Program). She previously was the President of the South African Museums Association and is immediate past President of AFRICOM. She has worked with heritage professionals and custodians of heritage from most English speaking African countries.

Geographic areas of experience:

Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya

Mr PROHIN Andrei

Residence: -
Working language(s):

-, French, English, Russian, German, Bulgarian, Romanian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Andrei Prohin has a PhD in history, specialized in the history of the Romanians. He is a research fellow at the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History (Chișinău) and cooperates with the National Commission for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Moldova in drafting nomination files, documentation and promotion of the ICH. His fields of interests include: ethnography, history, south-east european studies, religious studies. He has published papers and has delivered conference presentations dedicated to subjects from these fields

Geographic areas of experience:

Republic of Moldova

Mr PROSCHAN Frank

Residence: United States of America
Working language(s):

-, French, English, Vietnamese

Facilitator for:

05-2016, Hanoi
07-2018, Hangzhou

Frank Proschan is an anthropologist and folklorist who has worked as a curator at the Smithsonian Institution and a research professor at Indiana University. From the 1980s, he collaborated with colleagues in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia in research and capacity building on languages, folklore, ethnology, and museums. In 2006, he took up a position at UNESCO, assisting in the global implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage until his retirement in 2015.

Geographic areas of experience:

Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand, United States of America, Viet Nam

Ms RAHARINJANAHARY Lala

Residence: Madagascar
Working language(s):

Trained in:

01-2011, Libreville

Ms Lala Raharinjanahary is a Professor of Anthropology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar). She is also working as an independent consultant on issues related to the anthropology of development, gender equality and the evaluation of development programmes.

Geographic areas of experience:

Madagascar

Ms RAMPERSAD Krishendaye

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Facilitator for:

11-2012, St. George’s
11-2012, Belize City
05-2012, Basseterre
12-2012, Kingston
09-2013, Kingston
10-2013, Orange Walk

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

In addition to her role as facilitator, Kris Rampersad is an award-winning journalist independent sustainable development educator, multimedia producer/publisher, lecturer, trainer & consultant. She holds a BA First Class Honours and PhD degrees from the University of the West Indies. Her specialty is in the ICH intersections with World Heritage, heritage tourism and creative industries, intercultural dialogue, Creative Cities, Slave, Silk, Indentured Immigrant Routes. She implements effective culture and multi-media, communications and outreach strategies, policies, and develops creative interactive education programmes in inclusion, intellectual property, rights, freedoms. Her core skills include research, documentation, inventorying and policy making, awareness building, and use of traditional, conventional and new media for empowerment. She has authored three books and served on the UNESCO Executive Board, Chair Education Commission, independent member of the ICH Consultative Body. Visit www.krisrampersad.com

Geographic areas of experience:

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Sint Maarten, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Mr RANUKU Sipiriano Nemani

Residence: Fiji
Working language(s):

English, Fijian

Facilitator for:

01-2015, Shenzhen
09-2015, Suva
02-2016, Suva

Mr. Sipiriano Nemani is an anthropologist with over 12 years of experience in research and inventorying of Fijian traditional knowledge systems, languages and culture, and research and development of cultural policies. He authored the Pacific Intangible Cultural Heritage Mapping Toolkit commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Currently, he is the Senior Cultural Policy and Planning Officer of the Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts of Fiji.

Geographic areas of experience:

Fiji

Mr ROIG Raphaël

Residence: France
Working language(s):

French, English, Spanish

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Mr Raphaël Roig holds a degree in African Contemporary History and International Relations and has several years of experience in political studies in Eritrea (human rights issues), in cultural projects and policies in Ethiopia. He presently works as a Programme Officer at the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Geographic areas of experience:

Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Yemen

Mr SÁNCHEZ Edis

Residence: Dominican Republic
Working language(s):

Spanish

Facilitator for:

03-2013, Santo Domingo

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Mr SKOUNTI Ahmed

Residence: Morocco
Working language(s):

French, English, Arabic, Tamazight

Facilitator for:

07-2011, Broumana
01-2013, Doha
10-2013, Kaédi
01-2014, Matmata
05-2014, Kuwait
03-2014, Aleg
03-2014, Agadir
06-2014, Kerkennah
05-2014, Marrakech
11-2015, Hammamet, Nabeul
04-2018, Tunis
04-2017, Atar
05-2017, Beni Mellal
07-2017, Djerba
10-2017, Atar
10-2017, Hammamet
05-2017, Tabarka
11-2017, Azrou

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

I am an anthropologist, Professor at the Institut national des sciences de l’archéologie et du patrimoine (INSAP, Rabat). I hold a Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France. I was trained as a facilitator in 2011. I facilitated capacity-building workshops and advised on ICH policies in some countries of Africa and Middle East. I participated to the drafting of the 2003 Convention and its Operational Directives. I was chair of the Intergovernmental ICH Committee’s Evaluation Body in 2015 and 2017.

Geographic areas of experience:

Gabon, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates

Mr SMEETS Rieks (officially: Henricus)

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Russian, German, Dutch, Bulgarian

Facilitator for:

05-2011, Minsk
05-2012, Sarajevo
07-2012, Tashkent
11-2012, Samarkand
02-2013, Almaty
06-2013, Port of Spain
10-2013, Fergana
09-2014, Phillipsburg
05-2014, Trondheim
10-2015, Monaco
10-2015, Trondheim
02-2017, Trondheim

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing
01-2011, Libreville
04-2011, Abu Dhabi
03-2011, Sofia
09-2017, Sofia

Mr Rieks Smeets, a linguist, started his career at Leiden University. He was previously the Secretary of the Dutch Natcom for UNESCO, the Chief of the Intangible Heritage Section at UNESCO and Secretary of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention. Since then, he has been involved as trainer and facilitator in the capacity building exercise.

Ms SOLTONGELDIEVA Sabira

Residence: Kyrgyzstan
Working language(s):

English, Russian, Kazakh, Kirghiz

Facilitator for:

06-2011, Talas
09-2011, Osh
04-2012, Astana
10-2012, Bishkek
08-2012, Dushanbe
07-2012, Tashkent
11-2012, Samarkand
02-2013, Almaty
04-2013, Dushanbe
05-2013, Bishkek
08-2013, Cholpon-Ata
10-2013, Fergana
05-2014, Dushanbe
11-2013, Astana

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Ms Sabira Soltongeldieva is a Culture Programme Specialist at the Kyrgyz National Commission for UNESCO. She conducts research on cultural anthropology, with a focus on the nomadic cultures and oral traditions of Central Asia.

Mr SOÓS Gábor

Residence: Hungary
Working language(s):

French, English, Hungarian

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia

Mr Gábor Soós, PhD, has a wide range of experience acquired over 12 years as a university lecturer in cultural heritage and civil servant in the field of world heritage, international cooperation and promotion of cultural heritage. He actively participated in the elaboration of the Intangible Heritage Convention and continues to provide professional advice and training on community-based inventorying and nominations to the Intangible Heritage Lists.

Mr SREĆKOVIĆ Saša

Residence: Serbia
Working language(s):

-, English, German, Serbo-Croatian, Serbian

Facilitator for:

10-2011, Cetinje
05-2012, Sarajevo
09-2014, Sofia
09-2018, Sofia
02-2018, Dnipetrovsk

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia
09-2017, Sofia

Mr Sasa Sreckovic is an ethnologist and senior curator at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade. He is currently the coordinator for Intangible Cultural Heritage for Serbia. His specialization is in the area of cultural and museum management, and the relationship between heritage and social and economic development. He is also a documentary filmmaker.

Geographic areas of experience:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

Ms STASHKEVICH Alla

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Ms STOJKOVA SERAFIMOVSKA Velika

Residence: -
Working language(s):

-, English, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Geographic areas of experience:

North Macedonia

Mr SUMINGUIT Vellorimo J.

Residence: Philippines
Working language(s):

English

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Mr Vellorimo J. Suminguit is an Associate professor at Central Mindanao University. He holds a PhD in anthropology and is experienced in multi-disciplinary research, information exchange, and developing capacity building programs. He is the president of Friends of Lumads and also holds membership in various professional societies including the Anthropological Association in the Philippines.

Geographic areas of experience:

Philippines

Ms TOFFOUN Diane

Residence: Benin
Working language(s):

French

Trained in:

04-2012, Porto-Novo

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin

Ms TOHME-TABET Annie

Residence: Lebanon
Working language(s):

French, English, Arabic

Facilitator for:

07-2011, Broumana
03-2012, Paris
06-2012, Beirut
07-2012, Madaba
10-2012, Byblos
01-2013, Doha
04-2014, Erbil
02-2015, Beirut, Lebanon
10-2015, Dubai
01-2016, Dubai
12-2015, Amman, Jordan
05-2016, Amman
12-2015, Amman, Jordan
04-2017, Dubai

Trained in:

04-2011, Abu Dhabi

Anthropologist, professor at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Ms Annie Tohmé-Tabet has developed significant experience in teaching and research.

She participated in the UNESCO Women, Development and Intangible Heritage Programme (2001). She was responsible for the national project in Lebanon (2009-2010) and then regional coordinator in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon (2011-2012) of MEDLIHER (EU/UNESCO). In addition to facilitating capacity-building workshops since 2011, she has contributed, as an independent expert, to the sessions of the Advisory Body of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Section in 2013 and 2014. She has represented Lebanon on the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2003 Convention since 2015.

Geographic areas of experience:

Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates

Ms TOLEDO María Ismenia

Residence: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Working language(s):

Spanish

Facilitator for:

11-2012, Matanzas
03-2013, Tegucigalpa
02-2013, Majagua, Ciego de Ávila
06-2013, San Salvador
07-2013, Managua
03-2014, Baní
06-2015, Portoviejo
08-2015, Riobamba
09-2015, Loja
04-2017, Guatemala
06-2017, Santa Apolonia, Guatemala

Trained in:

03-2011, Havana

Ms Maria Ismenia Toledo is an anthropologist with specialization in Public Management and experience in cultural heritage management, inventories, museums and cultural research. In the last 20 years she has participated in projects for the instrumentalization of public policies for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and the development of community and institutional capacities. She has authored several documentary, electronic and audiovisual publications; some for pedagogical objectives in virtual and face-to-face training activities.

Geographic areas of experience:

Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Mr TRAORÉ Sidi

Residence: Burkina Faso
Working language(s):

French

Facilitator for:

09-2013, Porto-Novo
09-2014, Bamako
11-2014, Niamey

Mr. Sidi TRAORE is a historian by training. In February 2002, he left history teaching to work in the Ministry of Culture of Burkina Faso. As a member of the Directorate of Cultural Heritage until 2013, he is actively involved in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage through several activities: establishment of the Living Human Treasures system, proclamation of masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage, ratification of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, elaboration of the ICH inventory sheet and typology, implementation of the first ICH test inventories in Burkina Faso, review of the law on the protection of the cultural heritage with consideration of the ICH, conduct of studies and consultations on traditional know-how, elaboration of nominations on the lists and mechanisms of the Convention (Representative List and assistance request over $25,000). He participated in several expert meetings and technical workshops on ICH at the national, regional and international levels, represented Burkina Faso in the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from 2010 to 2013, was a member of the Subsidiary Body in 2012 and since 2013 has joined UNESCO’s network of facilitators for the implementation of the 2003 Convention. Since February 2013, he has held the position of Director General of the National Week of Culture and is for the 2015 cycle a member of the Committee’s Evaluation Body.

Geographic areas of experience:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal

Ms UBERTAZZI Benedetta

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Spanish, Russian, German

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Legal Expert for UNESCO, WIPO, WHO, Hague Conference of PIL, the EU, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Justice, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Regione Lombardia, Municipality of Cremona; British Library Sustainable Development Programme, Coventry University and Intangible Cultural Heritage communities in West Bengal, India; Traditional violin craftsmanship in Cremona (RL 2012); Falconry, a living human heritage (RL 2016); Associazione Giochi Antichi: Tocatì; AlpFoodway.

Geographic areas of experience:

Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ms VAIVADE Anita

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Russian, Latvian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia
02-2018, Dnipetrovsk

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Geographic areas of experience:

France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine

Ms VANDAL Sajida Haider

Residence: Pakistan
Working language(s):

English, Punjabi, Urdu

Facilitator for:

05-2011, Islamabad
06-2012, Colombo
06-2012, Lahore
03-2013, Colombo
02-2014, Galle
11-2013, Jakarta
11-2013, Brunei

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Ms. Sajida Haider Vandal is the CEO of THAAP, a non-profit organization working in culture, art and architecture in Pakistan. She worked as professor of architecture at National College of Arts, (NCA) Lahore from 2000-2007 and Principal of NCA from 1990-1994, 1999-2007. Her main fields of expertise are: architecture and planning, cultural heritage management and conservation, art and culture education and community development and empowerment of women.

Geographic areas of experience:

Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Mr VUKOV Nikolai

Residence: Bulgaria
Working language(s):

French, English, Russian, Bulgarian

Facilitator for:

07-2012, Tashkent
09-2014, Sofia
09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

03-2011, Sofia
09-2017, Sofia

Nikolai Vukov is Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with the Ethnographic Museum in Sofia. He has a Ph.D. in folklore studies (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and a Ph.D. in history (Central European University – Budapest). His research, teaching, and publications are related to Traditional Epic Songs and Verbal Folklore; Memory and Commemorations; Monuments and Museums; Migrations and Cultural Heritage. Nikolai Vukov represented Bulgaria at UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for ICH (2014-2017). He has prepared needs assessments and facilitated training workshops on ICH safeguarding in several countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Geographic areas of experience:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States of America, Uzbekistan

Ms WALCHER Maria

Residence: Austria
Working language(s):

English, German

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Geographic areas of experience:

Austria

Mr WALUYO Harry

Residence: Indonesia
Working language(s):

English, Indonesian

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Mr Harry Waluyo is presently the Secretary for Body of Resource Development in the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia. He holds a degree in anthropology and history and has delivered talks on intangible cultural heritage inventories and the experience of Indonesia in managing this heritage in several international forums.

Geographic areas of experience:

Indonesia

Mr WANE Marílio

Residence: Mozambique
Working language(s):

Portuguese

Facilitator for:

11-2015, Luanda
03-2016, Luanda
08-2011, Luanda, Angola

I was born in May 25th 1980, in Beira, Mozambique, and moved to Brazil, São Paulo, in 1990, where I lived for many years. In 2004, I graduated in Social Sciences at the University of São Paulo. In 2005, I came back to live in Mozambique working as a teacher in High School institutes and at the ARPAC-Instituto de Investigacao Sócio-Cultural. ARPAC is the Government’s organization (Ministry of Culture and Tourism) responsible for the Mozambican Intangible Cultural Heritage, where I worked in a research about Timbila (Masterpiece, 2005) and nowadays, in an Inventory of the country’s Traditional Dances.

Geographic areas of experience:

Angola

Ms WANGUSA Ayeta Anne

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Ayeta Anne Wangusa is the Executive Director of CDEA. She is a creative industries social entrepreneur and a thought leader who advocates for a cultural dimension in public policies and development programmes. She is also Regional Coordinator for Africa for The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). She is a member of the Arterial Network Cultural Policy Group and in 2014 represented Arterial Network and CDEA to provide input on culture through the Africa Working Group (AWG) response on the post 2015 development Agenda transformative issues. She is currently an member of UNESCO Expert Facility for the 2005 Convention. She served as East Africa’s representative on the Commonwealth Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC) and advised the Commonwealth Foundation from 2009 -2011.

Geographic areas of experience:

Uganda

Mr WIJESURIYA Gamini

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English

Ms YHARIMANANA RAKOTOMALALA Tojo

Residence: Madagascar
Working language(s):

French

Tojo Yharimanana Rakotomalala, a Malagasy national, is an expert in the following fields, including qualitative and quantitative research, local development, employment, skills development, culture and social communication. Since 2012, she has been member of the UNESCO Convention 2005 Expert Facility. Among work carried out at the national and international level, she has conducted an inventory of the current situation of the cultural structures and activities and cultural development in Madagascar, formulated national policies and regional employment strategies, formulated skills development strategy in the tourism/hotel/restaurant sector, and evaluated training systems.

Geographic areas of experience:

Madagascar

Ms ZÁHUMENSKÁ Eva

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Ms ZAN Nu Mra

Residence: -
Working language(s):

Ms ZHANG Min

Residence: China
Working language(s):

English, Chinese

Min Zhang has served the Ministry of Culture of China since 1989, responsible for bilateral and multilateral cultural programmes. She participated in all the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee and General Assembly of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from 2006 to 2012. Detached to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO from 2010 to 2013, she worked in the capacity-building unit and was involved in the work of designing the training curriculum, organizing a series of training of trainers workshops and the first review meeting of the global capacity-building strategy, designing and implementing concrete capacity-building projects at national level in Asia-Pacific and the Southern African region.

Geographic areas of experience:

Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Pakistan, Philippines, United States of America

Mr ZHU Gang

Residence: -
Working language(s):

English, Chinese

Trained in:

01-2011, Beijing

Geographic areas of experience:

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan, United States of America

Ms ZLATKOVA Meglena

Residence: -
Working language(s):

French, English, Russian, Bulgarian

Facilitator for:

09-2018, Sofia

Trained in:

09-2017, Sofia

Meglena Zlatkova, PhD is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and Head of the Department of Ethnology, University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarsky”, Bulgaria. Her teaching, research and publishing activities are in the fields of Ethnology and Anthropology, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Visual Anthropology, Urban Studies, Migration, Borders and Cultural Heritage, Cultural Heritage Projects. She is experienced in the Region of South Eastern Europe and the various communities. She is a member of the National selection commission of the candidates for inscription in the Representative List of the intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Bulgaria. Her recent interests are in the field of ICH and education.

Geographic areas of experience:

Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey

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