The IFACCA Board comprises a group of committed leaders in arts and culture who meet at least twice each year to oversee the good governance and sustainability of the Federation in keeping with its Constitution; to shape its strategic vision and direction; to consider expressions of interest for membership; and to guide and inform the work of the Secretariat to ensure it delivers on the IFACCA Strategy. Board Members are senior executives from National Member institutions, who are elected by fellow National Members at the General Assembly. Find more information on current and former members of the Board below.


Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q., ChairBilel Aboudi

Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

Simon Brault began his first five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on 26 June 2014; and in 2019 his mandate was renewed for four years. Active in the cultural sector for over 30 years, he has been a driving force behind a number of major cultural projects, most notably as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, and as a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal from 2002 to 2014. His first non-fiction book, Le facteur C: l’avenir passe par la culture, explains the dramatic rise of cultural concerns in the public agenda. This highly-acclaimed work was published in English as No Culture, No Future. Mr Brault has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of arts and culture, including the Order of Canada, l’Ordre national du Québec, and more recently the Quebec CPA Order’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for bringing together ‘two worlds that were once disparate – the arts and business – an alliance that significantly benefits society at large.’



Rosemary Mangope, Deputy Chair

CEO, National Arts Council of South Africa

Rosemary Mangope is the CEO of the National Arts Council of South Africa. Her 30-year career spans the arts, business, and social and community development. Before joining the NAC, she was Divisional Executive: Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, where she contributed strategic leadership and guidance across the organisation’s widespread communications and marketing initiatives. In 2009 she was Acting Deputy Director General at the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and, prior to that, was founder and Chief Director of the Arts, Social Development and Youth Division at the DAC in 2005. Ms Mangope holds a Masters of Social Sciences and an Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of the North West and speaks seven of South Africa’s 11 official languages.



Simon Mellor, Treasurer

Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England  

Simon Mellor is Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture for Arts Council England. He is a member of the ACE Executive Board and has responsibility for national arts and cultural strategy. Prior to joining the Arts Council in 2012, he helped set up the Manchester International Festival in 2006 and was its first General Director. Before that he was the Chief Executive of the Lyric Hammersmith, West London’s leading producing and presenting theatre. He was also the producer founder of Gloria Theatre (an international music theatre company), Youth Arts Projects Coordinator for the Southbank Centre London, Head of Education at Battersea Arts Centre London and Co-Director of Pegasus Theatre in Oxford. 




Dennis MaritaDennis Marita

Director of Culture, Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Solomon Islands

Dennis Marita is traditional Chief by birth and inheritance. He was installed chief in 1977 at a tender age of three as according to sacred customs and obligation of the Ulawa people in Solomon Islands. Education took him into the modern contemporary world and earned him a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Theatre Arts from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in 2001. He majors in acting and directing with a more focus on local traditional theatre. He worked with local theatre groups and cultural dance groups in Solomon Islands over the past 10 years. He spent six years as a high school teacher and of which his strong cultural background and artistic ability portrays him as one of the country’s top artistic and cultural Expressionist. He joined the government in 2008 as a Senior Cultural Officer in the Ministry of Culture & Tourism. In 2010 he was given the position of Artistic Director for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts that was later hosted by Solomon Islands in 2012. Currently, he heads the Culture Division as the Director of Culture at the Ministry of Culture & Tourism of the Solomon Islands.



Patrick Sam

Chairperson, National Arts Council of Namibia

Patrick Sam is a Namibian thought leader, born and raised in a marginalised community in the capital, Windhoek. As the chairperson of the National Arts Council of Namibia, he has been driving the transformation of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in Namibia and southern Africa. Mr Sam is a development consultant, broadcasting journalist, TV anchor and arts activist. As a Fulbright scholar, he completed an MA in International Education Development from Columbia University Teachers College and a BA from University College Utrecht in the Netherlands. Along with the NACN, Mr Sam founded and hosted the first Art Summit of Southern Africa (ASSA) focused on strengthening the CCI in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) along with the IFACCA Africa Regional Chapter meeting. The platforms drafted clear resolutions intended to mainstream the CCI into key national and regional development strategies.



Nguyen Phuong Hoa 

Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam

Nguyen Phuong Hoa has been working at the Ministry of Culture of Viet Nam for more than 15 years. She is one of the main authors of Vietnam's National Strategy on International Cultural Relations and has been actively involved in organising numerous Vietnamese cultural days abroad as well as hosting a number of international art festivals in Viet Nam. She is the national contact point for 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions and has strongly supported and advocated for the National Strategy for the development of Vietnamese Cultural Industries until 2020, vision 2030. She has extensive experience in leading her team to implement cultural cooperation agreements with several countries. She also took part in the copyright negotiation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

She is currently Commissioner General of Viet Nam Section in Expo 2020 Dubai and also serves as Vice President of Viet Nam's Association of Film Promotion and Development. Nguyen Phuong Hoa holds a BA in International Relations (Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam) and a MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from Goldsmiths, University of London, the United Kingdom.



Adrian Collette AM

Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts

Adrian Collette AM is Chief Executive Officer of Australia Council for the Arts. Mr Collette held the position of Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company for 16 years. He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director, Reed Books, a Division of Reed Elsevier. His previous role of Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne included the oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many arts sector partnerships. He served on the Australia Council Board since 1 July 2013.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the performing arts particularly through executive roles with Opera Australia, as a mentor to young artists, to publishing and to the community. 



Kajsa Ravin

Director General, Swedish Arts Council

Kajsa Ravin began her appointment as Director General for the Swedish Arts Council on March 9, 2020. Ms Ravin has been active in the cultural sector for more than twenty years and has comprehensive experience of driving cultural questions and culture policy both on a regional and national level. Prior to joining the Arts Council, she managed departments of cultural affairs in several Swedish regions and municipalities, most recently as Director of cultural affairs at Uppsala County. Ms Ravin has worked with a wide variety of cultural expressions, and she is strongly committed to making arts and culture accessible and relevant to broad audiences. She has a distinct interest in cultural diversity and audience development and has been involved in several projects about learning and education in the arts, for example the European consortium Collect and Share.

Kajsa Ravin holds a BA in Art History from University of Gothenburg.



Pablo Raphael de la Madrid

Director General, Cultural Promotion and Festivals, Secretary of Culture, Mexico

Pablo Raphael de la Madrid is currently Director General of Cultural Promotion and Festivals at the Secretary of Culture. In 2018 he served as Cultural Advisor of the Mexican Embassy in Portugal; between 2013 and 2017 he was Cultural Advisor of the Embassy of Mexico and Director of the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Spain; and he was Director and founder of the Cultural Centre El Octavo Día (1996-1999).

Mr Raphael is a narrator, essayist and diplomat. He is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Pompeu Fabra University and holds a Bachelor of Political Science and Public Administration from the lberoamericana University. He has authored contributions for newspapers El País, El Universal and El Faro; the cultural supplements Laberinto de Milenio Diario and Confabulario de El Universal; and Spanish magazines including Revuelta, Gatopardo, Casa del Tiempo, Chimera and Granta. He has taught twentieth-century literature at the Claustro de Sor Juana University; and lectured in various forums on the future of the Spanish language, including the 'Amigos de espanol’ seminar at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna and the Contemporary Thought and Science Seminar in Madrid.



Park Jong-Kwan

Chair Person, Arts Council Korea (ARKO)

Mr Park joined Arts Council Korea (ARKO) as Chair Person in November 2018 and has more than 30 years’ experience working in the sector, which has been balanced between the arts and policy. Prior to joining ARKO, he was a board member of Chungbuk Cultural Foundation; a director of the Cultural Policy Network of Korea; and was a working member of the Preparation Group for Culture Vision 2020 <New Cultural Policy> with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. From 1989 to 2018, he was an Executive Director of the Performing Art Theatre Dure Art Factory; and from 2005-2008 he served as a Council Member of Arts Council Korea. Mr Park has a distinct interest in the balance of arts practice and support, at both national and international levels.



Former Board Members

We acknowledge with great appreciation the following individuals who have served on the IFACCA Board since 2000:


  • Daina Urbanavičienė (March 2019–January 2021)
    Chairwoman, Lithuanian Council for Culture
  • Suecy Callejas Estrada (May 2020–November 2020)
    Minister of Culture of El Salvador, Ministry of Culture of El Salvador
  • Orlaith McBride (2015–March 2020)
    Director, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Ireland
  • Staffan Forssell (2015–March 2020)
    Director General of the Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
  • Tan Sri Norliza Binti Rofli (January 2014–January 2020)
    Director-General, National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia 
  • Dong Zhanshun (January 2014–January 2020)
    Director General, International Liaison Dept, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC)
  • Andrés Gribnicow (March 2019–December 2019)
    Secretary for Culture and Creativity, Secretary of Culture of the Nation
  • Stephen Wainwright (2015–March 2019)
    Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand
  • Rosemary Mangope (2014–January 2019) 
    CEO, National Arts Council, South Africa
  • Jimena Lara Estrada (May–December 2018) 
    Director General of International Affairs at the Ministry of Culture in Mexico
  • Bilel Aboudi (2012–2018)
    Director, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit - Minister's Office, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Tunisia 
  • Iván Petrella (2016–2018)
    Secretary for Federal Integration and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, Argentina 
  • Elise Huffer (2011–2017)
    Adviser, Human Development Programme, The Pacific Community, Fiji 
  • Felipe M. de Leon (2014–2017)
    Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippines
  • Ambassador José Luis Martínez Hernández (2015–2016)
    Director General for International Affairs for the Secretaría de Cultura, Mexico, Mexico 
  • Julia Patricia Fernádez Robinson (2015–2015)
    Director of International Cultural Cooperation in the National Council for Culture and the Arts, Mexico 
  • Poul Bache (Treasurer, 2009–2015) 
    Executive Director, Kunststyrelsen - Danish Agency for Culture
  • Kerstin Brunnberg (2014–2015)
    Chair, Swedish Arts Council 
  • Alan Davey (Chair 2008–2014)
    Chief Executive Officer, Arts Council England 
  • Mwajim Malgwi Maidugu (2013–2014)
    Executive Director, National Council for Arts and Culture, Nigeria 
  • Pramod Jain (2012–2014)
    Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, India
  • Huang Wenjuan (2012–2013)
    Director General, International Liaison Department, CFLAC - China Federation of Literary & Art Circles 
  • Magdalena Moreno Mujica (2012–2014)
    Head, International Affairs, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile 
  • Kathy Keele (Deputy Chair, 2007–2012)
    Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts
  • Robert Sirman (Treasurer, 2006–2012)
    Director and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Council for the Arts 
  • Venu Vasudevan  (2011–2012)
    Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, India
  • Pius Knüsel (2011–2012)
    Director, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council 
  • Qu’resh Ahmed (Deputy Chair, 2006–2012)
    General Manager, Bomas of Kenya 
  • Li Mu (2006–2012)
    Vice-President, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles
  • Gonzalo Martín de Marco (2011–2012)
    Deputy National Director, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile 
  • Annabell Lebethe (2009–2011)
    Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, South Africa 
  • Guillermo Corral Van Damme (2009–2010)
    Director General de Cooperación y Comunicación Cultural, Ministerio de Cultura, Spain
  • Risto Ruohonen (Chair, 2003–2009)
    Chief Executive Officer, Arts Council of Finland 
  • Lee Suan Hiang (Deputy Chair, 2003–2009)
    Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, Singapore 
  • Clarisa Ruiz Correal (2006–2009)
    Head of Arts, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia 
  • Georgia Iliopoulou (2006–2008)
    Managing Director, Hellenic Culture Foundation, Greece 
  • Ian McRae (2006–2007)
    Chair, Theatre Board, Australia Council for the Arts 
  • Kim Evans  (Deputy Chair, 2003–2006)
    Executive Director (Arts), Arts Council England
  • John Hobday (2003–2006)
    Director, Canada Council of Arts 
  • Nguyen Van Tinh (2003–2006)
    Director General (International Cooperation Department) Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam 
  • Elizabeth Kerr (2005–2006)
    Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand 
  • Patricia Quinn (Co-Chair, 2003–2004)
    Director, Arts Council of Ireland 
  • Octavio Arbeláez Tobón (2003–2006)
    Director, La Red, Colombia 
  • Doreen Nteta (Deputy Chair, 2003–2006)
    Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, South Africa 


Interim Board

On 3 December 2000, on the final day of the first World Summit on Arts and Culture in Ottawa, Canada, arts funding agencies from around the globe recommended the establishment of an international federation of arts and cultural support agencies and agreed to the establishment of an interim board.  The members of the interim board, which operated until the formal approval of the federation’s constitution and election of a board in November 2003, included the following individuals:

  • Choo Thiam Siew (2000–2003)
    CEO, National Arts Council of Singapore 
  • Stéphane Martin (2001–2003)
    Director, Musée du quai Branly, France 
  • Fernando Vicario (2001–2003)
    Director, APTEC, Spain 
  • Doreen Nteta (Deputy Chair, 2000–2003)
    Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, South Africa 
  • Albanela Pérez Suárez (2000–2001)
    International Relations, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura, Venezuela 
  • Patricia Quinn (2000–2003)
    Director, Arts Council of Ireland 
  • Risto Ruohonen (Treasurer, 2000–2003)
    Government Advisor, Ministry of Education, Finland 
  • Shirley L Thomson (Chair, 2000–2003)
    Director, Canada Council for the Arts