The Board of IFACCA is responsible for governing the organisation in keeping with its Constitution. Board Members meet biannually to oversee the general management of business and funds, and to consider applications for membership. Board Members are elected by IFACCA’s membership at the General Assembly, which is held alongside the World Summit on Arts and Culture. More information on current and former members of the board can be found below.


Stephen Wainwright, Chair                                      Stephen Wainwright

Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand

Stephen Wainwright joined Creative New Zealand in 1990 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2008. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive, Stephen was Acting Chief Executive and had been a member of Creative New Zealand’s senior management team since 2002 as Manager of Arts Infrastructure Services. Creative New Zealand’s job is to work with the arts community to build New Zealand’s culture and help the wider community appreciate and support its development. Stephen graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.


Orlaith McBrideOrlaith McBride, Deputy Chair

Director, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Ireland

Prior to her appointment as the Director of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the state agency for developing the Arts in Ireland, Orlaith worked in the arts across a broad range of arts organisations including Local Authorities, arts-in-education, youth arts and theatre. She worked for many years in South Dublin County Council developing and co-ordinating arts projects and programmes before becoming Arts Officer at the National Youth Council of Ireland where she developed the first National Strategy for Young People and the Arts. She was Director of NAYD, the development organisation for youth theatre in Ireland from 2003 - 2011. She produced the National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre from 2007 - 2011. She served as a member of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon from 2003-2011, was a member of Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee (Arts and Youth) from 2004-2009 and was a member of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education. She was President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, 2010- 2011 and is a member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University.


Bilel Aboudi, TreasurerBilel Aboudi

Director, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Unit - Minister's Office, Ministry of Culture and Heritage Preservation, Tunisia

Bilel Aboudi has served as a Public Services Advisor at the Ministry of Culture of Tunisia since 2001. As a public policy specialist, he was assigned in his early career to elaborate a new cultural policy framework based on development projects. Later, he was responsible as a negotiator and as a cultural policy specialist for development oriented international cultural cooperation, namely at the multilateral level (International and regional organizations). Since its elaboration in 2004, he actively participated in the UNESCO convention for the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions as a Vice-chairman, as an international expert and as a UNESCO programme specialist. He graduated from Bilkent University (Turkey) in Management and Business administration, and has a Diploma of High Studies (Master) from the National School of Public Administration (Tunisia) specialized in development projects and policy analysis.


Dong Zhanshun

Director General, International Liaison Dept, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC)

Mr Dong Zhanshun graduated from the Beijing Normal University in 1988 with a bachelor degree in English language and Literature and a master degree in Education. Since 1988 Mr Dong has worked in the field of cultural exchange at CFLAC. With 25 years of experience in culture and arts management, Mr Dong has built a strong network of many high-profile artists and has extensive knowledge of different art forms. He has successfully organized many cultural events, including the China Today Cultural Week and the China International Folk Art Festival, the key cultural exchange brands of CFLAC.


Rosemary MangopeRosemary Mangope

CEO, National Arts Council, South Africa

Rosemary Mangope was appointed CEO of the National Arts Council of South Africa in 2013. Her 30-year career spans the arts, business, and social and community development.  Before joining the NAC, Rosemary’s 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. Rosemary 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.


Tan Sri Norliza Binti RofliDatuk Norliza Binti Rolfi

Director-General, National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia 

Tan Sri Norliza Rofli was appointed Director General of the National Department for Culture and Arts in May 2005.  She obtained her BA in Geography (Honours) from the University of Malaya and a masters degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. As the Director General, Datuk Norliza Rofli has played a key role in developing Malaysia’s performing arts scene through promotion, conservation, guidance and training, as well as the development of non-governmental organizations and cultural infrastructure. Datuk Norliza Rofli also plays an active role in the culture component of ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN-COCI), and has represented the department at a ministerial level through her attendance of the Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) and the Asia Europe Ministers of Culture Meetings (ASEM).


Staffan ForssellStaffan Forssell

Director General of the Swedish Arts Council, Sweden

Staffan Forssell is the Director General of the Swedish Arts Council and has a 20 year career in the field of culture. Mr Forssell has held senior positions in most fields of culture, including music, theatre, dance, film, museums and literature. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Director General of the Swedish Exhibition Agency and from 2008 to 2010 the CEO of the Stage Company in Sundsvall, Sweden. He has also been the managing director of the Swedish Army Museum and of Cosmonova at the Natural History Museum, as well as three years managing the mountain division of the Swedish Touring Club. Mr Forssell has a background as a physicist and prior to his career in culture he spent 8 years in the aviation industry as an officer in the Swedish Air Force where he was a flying weatherman.


Iván PetrellaIvan Petrella

Secretary for Federal Integration and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture of Argentina

Before joining the Ministry, Iván Petrella served as a Member of the House of Representatives of the City of Buenos Aires, and as the Academic Director of Fundación Pensar, the think-tank of PRO, which is the political party currently in office, and founded by President Mauricio Macri. In the academic field, he teaches Religion and International Relations at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and Universidad de San Andrés. Between 2002 and 2010, he was a professor of Religion and Philosophy at University of Miami. He is the author of ‘Que se metan todos: el desafío de cambiar la política argentina’ (2015), The Future of Liberation Theology: an Argument and Manifesto (2004), Beyond Liberation Theology: a Polemic (2008), editor of Latin American Liberation Theology: the Next Generation (2005), co-editor of Theology for Another Possible World (2007), co-executive editor of ‘Reclaiming Liberation Theology’ Book Series and is a board member of the Journal of Race and Religion. Iván Petrella obtained his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Masters and Ph.D. in religious studies at Harvard University.


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

Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts

Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. 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. Simon 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.’



Former Board Members

We acknowledge with great appreciation, the many individuals who have served on the board as listed below:

Elise Huffer, Adviser, Human Development Programme, The Pacific Community, Fiji (2011-2017)

Felipe M. de Leon, Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Philippines (2014-2017)

Ambassador José Luis Martínez Hernández, Director General for International Affairs for the Secretaría de Cultura, Mexico, Mexico (2015-2016)

Julia Patricia Fernádez Robinson, Director of International Cultural Cooperation in the National Council for Culture and the Arts, Mexico (2015–2015)

Poul Bache, Executive Director, Kunststyrelsen - Danish Agency for Culture, (Treasurer, 2009–2015) 

Kerstin Brunnberg, Chair, Swedish Arts Council (2014–2015)

Alan Davey, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Council England (Chair 2008–2014)

Mwajim Malgwi Maidugu, Executive Director, National Council for Arts and Culture, Nigeria (2013–2014)

Pramod Jain, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, India (2012–2014)

Huang Wenjuan, Director General, International Liaison Department, CFLAC - China Federation of Literary & Art Circles (2012–2013)

Magdalena Moreno Mujica Head, International Affairs, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile (2012–2014)

Kathy Keele, Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts (Deputy Chair, 2007–2012)

Robert Sirman, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Council for the Arts (Treasurer, 2006–2012)

Venu Vasudevan Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, India (2011–2012)

Pius Knüsel, Director, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council (2011–2012)

Qu’resh Ahmed, General Manager, Bomas of Kenya (Deputy Chair, 2006–2012)

Li Mu, Vice-President, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (2006–2012)

Gonzalo Martín de Marco, Deputy National Director, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile (2011–2012)

Annabell Lebethe, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, South Africa (2009–2011)

Guillermo Corral Van Damme, Director General de Cooperación y Comunicación Cultural, Ministerio de Cultura, Spain (2009–2010)

Risto Ruohonen, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Council of Finland (Chair, 2003–2009)

Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, Singapore (Deputy Chair, 2003–2009)

Clarisa Ruiz Correal, Head of Arts, Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia (2006–2009)

Georgia Iliopoulou, Managing Director, Hellenic Culture Foundation, Greece (2006–2008)

Ian McRae, Chair, Theatre Board, Australia Council for the Arts (2006–2007)

Kim Evans, Executive Director (Arts), Arts Council England, (Deputy Chair, 2003–2006)

John Hobday, Director, Canada Council of Arts (2003–2006)

Nguyen Van Tinh, Director General (International Cooperation Department) Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam (2003–2006)

Elizabeth Kerr, Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand (2005–2006)

Patricia Quinn, Director, Arts Council of Ireland (Co-Chair, 2003–2004)

Octavio Arbeláez Tobón, Director, La Red, Colombia (2003–2006)

Doreen Nteta, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, South Africa (Deputy Chair, 2003–2006)

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, CEO, National Arts Council of Singapore (2000–2003)

Stéphane Martin, Director, Musée du quai Branly, France (2001–2003)

Fernando Vicario, Director, APTEC, Spain (2001–2003)

Doreen Nteta, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, South Africa (Deputy Chair, 2000–2003)

Albanela Pérez Suárez, International Relations, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura, Venezuela (2000–2001)

Patricia Quinn, Director, Arts Council of Ireland (2000–2003)

Risto Ruohonen, Government Advisor, Ministry of Education, Finland (Treasurer, 2000–2003)

Shirley L Thomson, Director, Canada Council for the Arts (Chair, 2000–2003)