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.


Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Deputy DirectorMagdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director

Ms Moreno was appointed Executive Director on 1 August 2017.  She first joined IFACCA in July 2014 as the Deputy Director. 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. In addition, she served as Programme Director of 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture staged in Santiago, January 2014. During her post in Chile, she was also responsible for three editions of Chile's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and 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, awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship, she undertook an internship in UNESCO (ICOM) in Paris. Since September 2016 Ms Moreno sits on the board of Diversity Arts Australia.


Annamari Laaksonen, Head, Knowledge and Analysis

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.


Meredith Okell, Communications and Engagement Manager

Meredith Okell was appointed to the role of Communications and Engagement Manager in September 2017. Prior to her appointment, 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). 


Brigid Phelan, Office Manager

Brigid Phelan was appointed to the role of Office Manager in October 2017. Brigid joined the Secretariat as the Administrator in January 2017. Since then, she has developed an excellent understanding of the core business of IFACCA including corporate services, governance and finance.  She managed a community arts centre in Bondi, worked at Film Australia and Screen Australia and worked for the Heart Foundation during her time in Adelaide.  Brigid also lived for a period of time in Singapore. Brigid holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Fine Art, UNSW , Master of Arts from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Textile Printing and Design from the Sydney Institute. 



Jessa Melicor, Communications and Projects Officer  

Jessa Melicor was appointed to the role of Communications and Projects Officer 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 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 Foreign 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.