As Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), I am delighted to announce that Magdalena Moreno Mujica has been appointed as the new Executive Director and will commence her role on 1 August 2017.
Ms Moreno, who has extensive international experience in government and the cultural sector, has been the Deputy Director of IFACCA since July 2014 and previously served on the board of IFACCA (representing the National Council for Culture and the Arts of the Government of Chile as Head of International Relations), and as Programme Director for the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Santiago, Chile.
As Chief Executive of Creative New Zealand, one of IFACCA’s 67 national members, I am delighted that Ms Moreno has agreed to take on this important role. Her in-depth knowledge of IFACCA’s member and partner organisations and its strategic directions and activities, combined with her new vision and passion for the future of the organisation are a great match.
While we conducted a wide, international search for the position and received many excellent applications from ten countries, Ms Moreno’s unique combination of expertise, leadership ability, diplomacy and management skills made her the ideal candidate for the role.
‘I am honoured to be appointed the new Executive Director. The Federation has played a critical role over its 16 years since its inception under the leadership of Sarah Gardner. As the world continues to change rapidly, I take on the stewardship of IFACCA with a deep commitment and conviction that international dialogue and working together across borders are more needed than ever’, stated Ms Moreno.
Ms Moreno replaces Sarah Gardner, who was appointed as founding Executive Director in 2001. Ms Gardner will be farewelled by Sydney colleagues in August and by the IFACCA board, on behalf of members, at its meeting in Kuala Lumpur in November.
Chair of IFACCA and Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand
About Magdalena Moreno Mujica
Prior to her role as Deputy Director of IFACCA, Ms Moreno 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 and 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.
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Image credit: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile.