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 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 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. 



Kiley Arroyo, Head of Strategic Data and Knowledge

Kiley Arroyo was appointed as Head of Strategic Data and Knowledge in April 2018. Kiley has been intimately involved with the arts and culture, public policy, and equitable development sectors for the past two decades, in the USA and internationally. In 2007 she established the Cultural Strategies Council (CSC), a vehicle for interdisciplinary research, knowledge building strategy, and institutional development.  Kiley has led a diverse portfolio of initiatives with entities from the arts, government, civil society, academic, and private sectors, in urban, rural, and Indigenous contexts. Having worked with institutional leadership and grassroots organisations alike, Kiley aims to advance intercultural dialogue, collaborative learning, and creative systems change; has published widely on contemporary cultural policy issues; and serves as an adjunct professor, speaker, and adviser to international cultural initiatives. Prior to founding the CSC, Kiley served as a teaching artist, funder, and policymaker. She holds an MA in Public Policy & Management with an emphasis on Cultural Policy from University College Dublin, a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Oregon, and advanced training in racial justice facilitation and complexity theory. Kiley lives in the San Francisco, USA where she is a practicing artist.


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, Administrator

Brigid Phelan joined the Secretariat as the Administrator in January 2017. Since then, she has developed an excellent understanding of the core business of IFACCA overseeing corporate services, governance and financial matters. Brigid has worked in the arts sector in a number of positions including managing the film festival screenings and events schedule for Film Australia, working on the development of a screen-sector database for Screen Australia as well as managing a community arts centre based in Bondi.  In 2012 when living interstate, Brigid was awarded a grant from the Australia Council to develop her art practice culminating in her first solo exhibition in 2014.  Between 2004-2007 Brigid was based in Singapore. During this time Brigid joined a painting studio and exhibited her work.  Brigid holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Fine Art, UNSW (1991) Master of Arts from Sydney University (1996) and a Graduate Diploma in Textile Printing and Design from the Sydney Institute (2011). Brigid continues to practice as an artist.



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 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.