The Secretariat comprises a small team of committed staff who apply their knowledge and expertise to execute the IFACCA Strategy and meet its objectives, manage programmes and services, and ensure the smooth administration of the organisation. The Secretariat maintains a comprehensive overview of the international arts and culture landscape and serves as the central hub for the Federation. It nurtures relationships with – and between – members and creates trusted, confidential and informal spaces for collegial exchange. It designs and delivers programmes and resources that respond to members’ needs. And it provides members with trusted advisory services, informed by its unique bird’s-eye perspective. In addition, the Secretariat maintains relationships with international experts; partners with key organisations to extend the influence of the Federation; and regularly participates in international forums to lead global thought on arts and culture, profile the role of public agencies, and raise awareness of concerns shared by members and the sectors they support.
Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director
Ms Moreno Mujica became Executive Director of IFACCA in August 2017, having first joined the organisation as Deputy Director in 2014. Prior to this she was Head of International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts, Chile (CNCA) and international advisor to three Ministers of Culture. In this role, she oversaw international arts and cultural strategy; served as Programme Director of the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture (Santiago, 2014); delivered Chile’s participation in three Venice Biennales; served on the Board of Fundación Imagen de Chile; and represented CNCA on the IFACCA Board (2012-2014).
Before this Ms Moreno Mujica was based in Australia, where she was CEO of Kultour the national peak body supporting cultural diversity in the arts (2008-2011); a member of the National Cultural Policy Taskforce for Creative Australia; and led an international initiative to strengthen south-south dialogue (The South Project, 2004-2008). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne; is an alumna of the Asialink Leaders Program (2008) and the Australia Council for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Program (2010); has served on several Boards, including for Diversity Arts Australia (2016-2018); and is currently a member of the UNESCO’s Expert Facility Group 2019-2022 to support the implementation of the 2005 Convention.
Meredith Okell, Director of Communications and Engagement
Meredith has overseen IFACCA's communications and engagement since September 2017. Before this, Meredith worked as a communications contractor within Fellowship Relations at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; and from January 2016 to April 2017, Meredith worked with the IFACCA team to support the delivery of the 7th World Summit in Valletta, Malta. From 2012 to 2015 she worked for the Australia Council for the Arts, a national member of IFACCA, in various roles including managing International Development and Market Development projects, and the publication of the inaugural Arts Nation report. Between 2000 and 2012, Meredith was based in the United Kingdom. During this time she worked in a number of positions in the cultural and education sectors, managing projects and literature festivals for the Charleston Trust, overseeing arts education projects, and delivering communications for the University of Cambridge. Meredith holds a BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Sussex (2008), and a Master of Philosophy in Culture & Criticism from the University of Cambridge (2011).
Lisa Walsh, Head of Knowledge and Research
Lisa Walsh is a highly experienced research and evaluation specialist; she works with the Secretariat part-time, alongside independent projects. Lisa has been Director Research and Knowledge Management at the Australia Council for the Arts (2016-19); Director Research IAB Australia (2015); Head of Audience Research at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2002-15); and held several senior roles at Nielsen across media, consumer and government research (1988-2001).
Lisa has experience delivering research and evaluation projects utilising a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She has extensive experience researching public attitudes, preferences and behaviours; audience research; and program and content evaluations in the public and private sector.
Lisa has a Master of Applied Science (University of Technology Sydney), Graduate Diploma in Change Management (Australian Graduate School of Management) and a Bach. Arts Hons (University of Sydney). She has been a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society for the past two decades.
Francisca Borquez, Data Analyst
Francisca is a Chilean social researcher and architect, based in Canberra. In addition to her role at IFACCA, Francisca works at the Australian National University in the School of Sociology on research involving computational social science methods and quantitative analysis. She has also worked on data analytics research and software development for the technology sector.
When she was based in Chile, Francisca participated in a number of projects, including as a field researcher for the Web Index study in 2013; as part of the research and strategy team that designed the Chile Pavilion at the Guadalajara Book Fair; and as a reviser architect for the Ministry of Health to develop a review framework for a public hospital and using social methods for managing stakeholder expectations and legislative measures. She also has extensive experience in architecture and interior design.
Francisca has a great passion for music, having hosted a show about Latin American music on local community radio.
Sarah Bond, Project Manager, 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture
Sarah Bond is an experienced cultural leader who has engaged with the Australian arts sector for over 20 years. In 2018, Sarah launched Ho Ho Projects, an arts focused consulting agency, specialising in project management solutions, with a focus on research, mentoring, curating, international logistics, policy development and financial management.
Sarah has delivered over 40 multi-disciplinary projects into 15 countries supporting the work of over 160 Australian artists. Country experience includes India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Viet Nam.
Based in Melbourne, Sarah is a Research Fellow at CoVA (University of Melbourne). Sector experience includes Consultant for Queenscliff Historical Museum (2021-2022); Consultant for Lyon Housemuseum and Galleries (2009-2020); Director at Asialink Arts (2015-2018); Visual Art Director at Asialink Arts (2005-2015); and Curator at Craft Victoria (2000-2005). Sarah served as NETS Victoria Chair (2012-2018; committee member 2010-2012), Committee Member at Bunjil Place (2018-2020); and has served on various government advisory and assessment committees.
Kate Nixon, Operations Manager
Kate joined the Secretariat as Operations Manager in June 2021. Prior to this, Kate was the Program Director at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in Canberra from 2016 to 2021, where she was involved in all aspects of the organisation, with a specific focus on delivery of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival.
In addition to her arts management experience, Kate is also a practicing glass artist. She is an active member of the national and international glass community, having served on the board of the Australian Association of Glass Artists (Ausglass) between 2015 and 2020, including as President from 2017 to 2020, playing a key role in the delivery of four national conferences. Prior to working in the arts, Kate’s background was in Human Resources in Sydney and Canberra, including recruitment, outplacement and account management.
Kate holds a BA Hons in Sociology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2002) and a BVA Hons in Glass from the Australian National University (2013).
Jessa Melicor, Communications Coordinator
Jessa Melicor joined the Secretariat in October 2017. Prior to working at IFACCA, Jessa worked as an editor across Art Edit and Art Collector magazines, representing the magazines at Art Basel Hong Kong and coordinating successful partnerships. She has also previously held positions in marketing and communications within the private sector. Jessa has recently contributed to the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project in 2017 as an artist and exhibition catalogue editor. She holds a Bachelor of International Business, (Marketing major) from Macquarie University, and a Master of Art by coursework from UNSW Art and Design.
Diane Dodd, Regional Adviser
Diane Dodd is a Regional Adviser for IFACCA, having supported the coordination of the European Chapter of IFACCA for more than 10 years. In addition to her work with IFACCA she is President and co-Founder of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) and she leads an MA course in Cultural Institutions and Policies for the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona as well as an MA course on Events and Destination management for EUHTSTPol. Diane has worked in the cultural policy and management field for over 25 years and maintains relations with a number of important global and European institutions including UNESCO, UNWTO, European Commission, OEI, Commonwealth Foundation, Asia-Europe Foundation and many others. Earlier in her career she helped IFACCA create ConnectCP – an international online database of experts on cultural policy, planning and research which gave international networking opportunities to more than 1,200 experts from 128 countries. She has edited a number of books in the field of cultural policy and cultural management on subjects related to cultural management training, youth culture, eCulture, cultural citizenship and cultural tourism.