IFACCA and Nordic Culture Fund launch fellowship for public agency representatives

IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies,
31 May 2024, International

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), in collaboration with the Nordic Culture Fund's global initiative Globus, has launched a fellowship programme for representatives of public agencies in culture. The IFACCA-Globus Fellowship 2024-2025 seeks to strengthen the capacity of Fellows to 'make the case for culture' within their respective countries and contexts. It is designed for representatives from public culture agencies across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific.

“Thanks to this great partnership with the Nordic Culture Fund, we are honoured to establish the inaugural IFACCA – Globus Fellowship,” expressed Magdalena Moreno Mujica, IFACCA’s Executive Director.  “We know the challenges of public agencies advancing arts and culture continue to grow in these times of exponential change.  At IFACCA we are committed to those that need to support, and to create an environment of international peer to peer exchange through this dedicated 13 month programme.”

“At the Nordic Culture Fund, we are delighted to invest in and partner on the new IFACCA-Globus Fellowship for public agency representatives in the Global South,” said Maria Mediaas Jørstad, Director of the Nordic Culture Fund. “The fellowship embodies the essence of our Globus initiative by empowering local leaders and integrating their unique perspectives into global dialogues on cultural policy.”

The inaugural cohort of Fellows brings together 21 mid-career and senior representatives from 11 National Member institutions for a 13-month period:

  • Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture, Botswana:
    • Kagiso LETANG, Principal Programmes Officer
    • Sereko Tiny BOLOKOE, Principal Programme Officer (Culture)
  • National Arts and Craft Council, Seychelles:
    • Vivienne CROISEE, Director of Arts Development
    • Pierre JOSEPH, Director, Conservatoire of Performing Arts
  • National Arts Council (BASATA), Tanzania:
    • Bona Leon MASENGE, Assistant Director, Research & Marketing and Fine Arts,
    • Kevin Matungwa STANSILAUS, Art Officer  
  • National Arts Council of Zambia:
    • Maanka CHIPINDI, Director and CEO,             
    • Cliff CHINYAMA, Assistant Director (Visual Arts and Crafts)
  • Ministry of Dhivehi Language, Culture and Heritage, Maldives
    • Shazleen AHMED, Director General
    • Aishath Shiba SHAREEF, Senior Administrative Officer
  • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam:
    • HAI Van Tran, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department,
    • LAN Phuong Do, Official, International Cooperation Department
  • Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Bahamas:
    • Dereka DELEVEAUX-GRANT, Director of Culture
  • National Secretary of Culture, Paraguay:
    • Humberto LOPEZ LA BELLA, Director General,
    • Maria Teresita SILVERO SALGUEIRO, Director of National and International Cooperation
  • National Directorate of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Uruguay:
    • Victoria CONTARTESE, Advisor to the Department of Internationalisation of Culture
    • Natalia RÍOS, Coordinator of the Cultural Information System
  • Ministry of Cultural Development, Cook Islands:
    • Tohoa KAIRUA, Secretary and Head of Ministry
    • Jane WICHMAN, Policy Manager
  • Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Solomon Islands:
    • Steven Namosu PAUKARI, Principal Culture Officer
    • Benedict HORUNA, Culture Officer, Culture Department


The IFACCA-Globus Fellowship is a hybrid learning and exchange programme that will address current issues in cultural policy and the effective use of evidence and data to advocate for public support of the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs) at the national level. Additionally, the programme aims to foster networking among participating institutions, facilitating both regional and international peer connections. Participants will also benefit from knowledge and experience sharing with culture experts and civil society. The second edition of the Fellowship will launch in 2025.