The Secretariat is responsible for the general management of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies: we provide services to member organisations and their staff, and ensure the smooth administration of the organisation. An independent not-for-profit company, registered as an income tax exempt charity, the secretariat is located at the Australia Council for the Arts offices in Sydney, Australia. The company name is International Arts Federation Services Pty Ltd, Australian Business Number (ABN) 19 096 797 330.


Sarah Gardner, Executive DirectorSarah Gardner, Executive Director

Since March 2001, Sarah Gardner has been the founding Executive Director of IFACCA. She was previously the Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Australia Council, where she held various senior executive roles from 1990. She was formerly the Director of Public Affairs for the Australian Bicentennial Authority and a consultant in the private and public sectors for the leading Australian firm Issues Australia. Prior to that she was technical manager with the German company, Schering AG, and worked freelance in the tourism industry and community sector in England, Italy, Scotland and Spain. She has a BSc and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Sydney. In 2015 she was appointed to the expert panel for the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.


Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Deputy DirectorMagdalena Moreno Mujica, Deputy Director

Magdalena Moreno joined the IFACCA team in July 2014.  Prior to IFACCA, she was Head of International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA), Minister's Cabinet, Government of Chile, and international advisor to Ministers of Culture Luciano Cruz-Coke, Roberto Ampuero and Claudia Barattini. Most notably, she served as the Programme Director of IFACCA's 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture, staged in Santiago in January 2014. During her post in Chile, she was also responsible for three editions of Chile's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.  Ms Moreno served on the board of Fundación Imagen de Chile, and from March 2012 to January 2014 represented CNCA on the board of IFACCA. Prior to her appointment by CNCA and move to Chile, Ms Moreno worked in Australia as CEO for Kultour, Australia's national peak body supporting cultural diversity in the arts and was a member of the National Cultural Policy Taskforce for Creative Australia. She has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Melbourne, is an alumnus of the Asialink Leaders Program (2008) as well as the Inaugural Emerging Leaders Program 2010, Australia Council for the Arts. In 2000, after being awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship, she undertook an internship in UNESCO (ICOM) in Paris.


Annamari Laaksonen, Research Manager

Prior to IFACCA Annamari worked as researcher and senior programme officer at the Interarts Foundation in Barcelona, Spain (2000-2011). Her work at Interarts consisted of applied research and international cooperation projects in the field of culture, public policies, development and cultural rights. Since 2009 she has also been a consultant at the Open University of Catalunya in a master's programme on cultural management. Prior to Interarts she was a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and worked in the Latin American and Caribbean Programme of the Carter Center in Atlanta in 1998-1999. A native of Finland, Annamari has a MSocSc in international politics from the University of Tampere, has conducted PhD studies in international law at the University of Pompeu Fabra and is currently working on her PhD dissertation. She has also lived and worked in Costa Rica. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan, has a working knowledge of French and can maintain a conversation in several other languages.


Amy Griffiths, Administrator (parental leave)

Amy Griffiths comes from a rich and diverse working background in the visuals arts with a focus on Australian grassroots culture.  Amy has worked in management roles at a number of cultural organisations, includuing Chalk Horse Gallery and Firstdraft Gallery.  Amy is a visual arts educator and has taught art to children with disabilities, as well as high school and primary school students. She has worked at the College of Fine Arts, NSW Australia, (now UNSW Art and Design), and was the General Manager of Boomali Aboriginal Artists Cooperative previous to joining IFACCA. Amy has conducted research into Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs), compiling a database of Australian ARIs dating back to the 1970s, and completing a thesis on Sydney ARIs.  She has a Bachelor in Art Education and a Master in Art Administration Honors from the University of N.S.W.  Amy speaks Italian, is teaching herself AUSLAN sign language, is an exhibiting artist and published arts writer.


Diane Dodd, Regional Coordinator for Europe

Diane Dodd works part-time for IFACCA as its Regional Coordinator for Europe. In addition to her work with IFACCA she is conducting research at the University of Girona for a UNESCO study into cities with historic academic centres. In 2006, she co-authored 'a Cultural Component as an integral part of the EU's Foriegn Policy?' - a study into the foreign cultural policies of the EU member states. Prior to working with IFACCA, Diane co-ordinated the RECAP network of cultural documentation centres; CPRO - Cultural Policy Research On-line and during 10 years, she managed the secretariat of CIRCLE. 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 European cultural tourism.


Ayeta Wangusa, Regional Coordinator for Africa

Ayeta Anne Wangusa is a capacity development specialist, leading Culture and Development East Africa, an organization whose focus is to support East African’s Civil Society to advocate for the mainstreaming cultural concerns into the development agendas of the East African countries supported by policy initiatives. She served as East Africa’s representative on the Commonwealth Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC) and has advised the Commonwealth Foundation on its programming work on Culture, Gender and Governance & Democracy, based on the East African economic, social and economic context. She has been part of the facilitation process leading to the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF), and she was a member of the High-level Commonwealth Group of Culture and Development, which was established in early 2009 by the Commonwealth Foundation. She is a member of the Arterial Network Cultural Policy Task Force 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.


Brigid Phelan, Administrator (parental cover)

Brigid Phelan joined the IFACCA team in January 2017.  Brigid is a visual artist balancing her practice with a career in arts administration which included running a community arts centre in Bondi and managing film festival screenings for Film Australia (now Screen Australia).  Between 2012-2016 Brigid lived in Adelaide where she received a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts which allowed her to develop her studio practice further. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Fine Art, NSW (now UNSW Art and Design) a Master of Arts from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Textile Printing and Design from the Sydney Institute.