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Umayya Abu-Hanna
Ms. Abu-Hanna is Cultural Diversity Advisor of the Finnish National Gallery's Research Department. She is a member of the Arts Council of Finland and Chair of its Multicultural section. Abu-Hanna was a member of the Helsinki City Council and is Head of the Department of Audiovisual Journalism at the Helsinki Polytechnic. She became known to the wider public when she was the first ‘non-white’ presenter of them weekly current affairs news programme, through her books and columns.

Christos Carras was born in London (UK). He graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Philosophy. He continued his studies at the Sorbonne (Paris, France) obtaining his Doctorat with a thesis focusing on aesthetic issues in post WW2 composition in Europe and North America.
After a period of activity in the field of fine wine production and the development and distribution of organic foods, he focused fully on cultural management. He was the project manager for the Euromed Heritage II project Medimuses, proposed and implemented by the non-profit organization “En Chordais – Musical Traditions of the Mediterranean” as the coordinator and has been a member of the board of En Chordais since 1993. He has been involved in various cultural initiatives and since 2006 he has been the General Manager of the B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, a private public benefit foundation based in Athens, Greece.

Stef Coninx (born in Neerpelt, 1960) studied musicology and obtained his degree at the University of Louvain (K.U.L., 1984). He also practised music as a singer, guitar player and choir conductor. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the music field. He started teaching music for a few years and then became responsible for the music program of the Cultural Centre Strombeek-Bever (near Brussels). At the same time he started to work in an IT-project on Flemish music at the record library of the national radio. He also became the head purchaser for classical music. Early 1994 he joined PolyGram as a Product Manager for Decca and Philips Classics. As Marketing Manager Classics and Jazz he became an Executive in the Belgian division of the Universal Music Group. In  2000 he decided to leave the record business in order to put his experience at the disposal of the Flanders Music Centre of which he became the Managing Director. Stef Coninx has become the secretary of IAMIC in 2004, improving and developing the organisation. In 2008, he became Treasurer of the European Music Council.

Kurt Danner
Born in Linz, Austria, he studied piano and music education at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and acquired a post-graduate in business administration at the FernUniversität Hagen/Germany. After having worked for the Austrian Students´ Association and for a major Austrian publisher, Universal Edition, he has been active for the IMZ – International Music + Media Centre as project manager since 2003. He has been responsible for Media workshops in the framework of Souk Ukaz/Jordan, for the yearly contributions of IMZ at Golden Prague Festival/Czech Republic, programming and organization of various Panels at MIDEM, Dance Screen etc.
Currently he is as well involved in the IMZ driven project “World Music Films on tour!” where on a non-commercial basis world and traditional music films mainly from smaller producers are being distributed to various film festivals.

Gilles Delebarre. After obtaining a Masters degree in 1980, he worked for one year as an activity leader at the French cultural centre in Nouakchott (Mauritania). Then, until 1998, he was manager of the Centre national deRecherche pédagogique at the Galerie Sonore in Angers, where he developed an educational and cultural project aimed at a wide audience of adults and children and designed to introduce them to world music. He also did research work on Mauritanian Moorish music for a degree in ethnomusicology. In 1998, he became manager of the Folie musique at the Cité de la musique, where he leads a large programme of introductory workshops in music. This programme is aimed at an audience of school groups as well as individuals. He also teaches Indonesian gamelan.

Simone Dudt, Deputy Secretary General of the European Music Council
Simone Dudt, studied cultural sciences in Hildesheim, Germany and Marseille, France focusing on Fine Arts and Music. She worked in the educational programmes of several museums and music schools,  as academic assistant at the University of Hildesheim and as assistant of the regional Music Council in Hannover. Today, she is deputy secretary general of the European Music Council and manager of the EMC project “ExTra! Exchange Traditions”. Currently she is representing the EMC in all three EU culture platforms.

Silja Fischer studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Foreign Languages Institute in Moscow and graduated as translator/interpreter for French and Russian.  She also has a diploma of the European Secretary Academy (ESA). Ms Fischer joined the General Secretariat of the International Music Council in 1993 and served until 2002 as Executive Assistant to the Secretary General. She worked in the interim position of Executive Director from July 2002 to June 2003 when she was appointed Operations Manager by the new IMC Secretary General. Since October 2005, she has been serving as Executive Officer in charge of the day-to-day business as well as programme implementation. Ms Fischer is also Secretary to the International Rostrum of Composers. 

Reguina Hatzipetrou-Andronikou is currently a PhD student in sociology in École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Her research concerns “The folk music revival in Greece. Education and gender structures: the case of women playing traditional instruments”. She is a guest lecturer in “Sociology of Education” and “Research methods of the social sciences” in the Faculty of Education, University of Lyon 2. Reguina is a member of the EFiGiES young researchers’ association, dealing with feminism, gender and sexualities.

Erna Hennicot-Schoepges was born in Luxembourg July 1941. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Paris College of Music Teachers. She started as a piano teacher at the City of Luxembourg Conservatory (1966-1986).
Mrs Hennicot political career started as Member of Walferdange Municipal Council (1976-1987) and Mayor of Walferdange (1988-1995). Her career in national politics started in 1979 as Member of the Chamber of Deputies and Chairwoman of the Committee on Education and Culture, until 1989 when she became President of the Chamber of Deputies (1989 - 1995). Mrs Hennicot was elected National President of the Christian-Socialist Women (1979-1988) and Chairwoman of the Christian Socialist Party (1995-2003). Mrs Hennicot was Minister of many diverse ministries such as the Minister for national education and vocational training, the Minister for Culture and Minister for Religious Affairs (1995-1999), the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Culture, the Minister for Public Works (1999-2004) and the Junior Minister for the French-Speaking World (1995-2004).
Today she is Member of the European Parliament responsible for the following committees:
• Committee on Culture and Education
• Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
• Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Christian Höppner was born in 1956. He studied at the University of the Arts Universität der Künste Berlin to become instrumental teacher, music educator and professional cellist. Afterwards he completed a course in orchestra conducting. Since 2004 Christian Höppner is the secretary general of the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) after being its vice president for four years. He is a visiting lecturer at the violoncello department of the Univerität der Künste since 1986. From 1984 to 2004 he was head of the central community music school in the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Christian Höppner is president of the Landesmusikrat Berlin (Federal Music Council of Berlin), chairman of the federal committee for "Jugend musiziert", member of the supervisory board for the gemeinnützige Betriebsgesellschaft mbH Landesakademie u. Kinder- u. Jugendfreizeitzentrum Wuhlheide, former president of Rotary of Berlin Spree, vice chairman of the Deutscher Kulturrat (German Culture Council) and spokesman for the music department at the Deutscher Kulturrat, member of the program committee at Cologne based TV-station RTL,  member of the board of trustees of the Frankfurter Musikpreis und chief editor of the music magazine Music Forum. He represents the German Music Council at the German Commission for UNESCO. For his commitment to the music life he was honoured by Federal President Johannes Rau with the Bundesverdienstkreuz in 2001. Since 2008, Christian Höppner has been vice-chairman of the European Music Council.

Ruth Jakobi (1973), studied Music, French and Education in Hamburg, Germany and Lyon, France. During her studies, she performed as a flutist in several places in Europe and beyond and managed numerous international music projects. After having graduated, she accepted the post of the executive officer at the foundation “Podium for Young Musicians”. Since September 2003, Ruth Jakobi is the secretary general of the European Music Council, a network of music organisations and national music councils in Europe. In this position, she is responsible for several European cooperation projects and for advocacy activities towards cultural policy in Europe. She is often invited as a lecturer to international conferences or to cultural management study courses. She has served as jury member for several competitions for young musicians in Germany.
In October 2006, Ruth Jakobi has been elected to the Board of Culture Action Europe (formerly the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage - EFAH).

Kyriakos Kalaitzidis was born in Thessaloniki in 1969 into a family originating from Pontos and Kappadokia. Composer and musician he is considered to be one of the most significant musical researcher in the field of modal secular music of the post- Byzantine era.
In 1993, along with other musicians, Kyriakos Kalaitzides founded En Chordais, a cultural organization that is active in research, education and promotion of the musical traditions of the Mediterranean and produces CDs, books and concerts. With En Chordais he is awarded with the “Prix France Musique des Musiques du Monde 2008”, by Radio France and he was nominated with the “Sharjah” price of UNESCO for 2006.
In 2002, he became Artistic Director of the three-year MediMuses project. The project was dedicated to researching and celebrating the Mediterranean’s shared classical musical heritage and it was supported through the European Union program, Euromed Heritage II.
He is a candidate PhD in Byzantine Musicology of the University of Athens and for 2006-2008 he was granted with a scholarship of the Spanish foundation "Mundo en Armonia".

Timo Klemettinen was born in Imatra, Finland 1965. He entered the Sibelius-Academy 1984 and graduated Master of Music (MMus) 1994.
After graduating he has been working as a freelance musician (classical and pop-jazz), music teacher and director of a music school. Since 1999, he has been working as Managing Director of the Association of Finnish Music Schools and since 2007 as Chairman of the Finnish Art School Association.
In 2003, he was appointed General Secretary of the Finnish Music Council and he is one of the founders of the Finnish Music Council.
Mr Klemettinen is well experienced in international networking. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Board of European Music Council (EMC), since 2007 a member of the Board of European Music School Union and a member of the Board of International Music Council (IMC). Timo Klemettinen became Chairman of the European Music Council in 2008.

Ismini Kriari-Catranis holds a PhD in Law. She has conducted Post graduate research at the University of Vienna (1981), Giessen (1982), Sapienza – Rome (1991), Bonn (1996). In 2003 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Lüneburg and in 2004 she was appointed Special Secretary in the Ministry of Education, responsible for Greek Schools Abroad and Intercultural Education. She is currently Professor, Department of Public Administration, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.
She has been involved in numerous projects, programs and committees concerned with issues of minorities, discrimination and education. She has published five books and 30 articles on Constitutional Law, Law and technology, Human rights, bioethics and human rights, cultural rights of the Greek Diaspora.
She has been awarded the Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern, in September 2006, by the Federal German Government.

Dimitra Papastavrou is currently a PhD student in “Informal Learning in the Construction of Musical Identities”, in the Faculty of Education, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. Now a guest lecturer in “Music Psychology” and the “Sociology of Music” in the Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. Dimitra is a member of the NotQuiteRight Music Ensemble.

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis was educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, he was Deputy Director of the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne; Head of the Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of Arts; lecturer in Sociology and recipient of the Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester. His major publications include Modernity as Exile, 1992; Dialogues in the Diaspora, 1998; The Turbulence of Migration, 2000; Complex Entanglements: Art, Cultural Difference and Globalization, 2003, Metaphor and Tension, 2004, Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and Everyday, 2006

Emmanuelle Perrone was born in 1975. She studied cognitive sciences at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and wrote a master thesis on the emergence of language, interested on the origins of language and arts. Afterward, she followed a master of cultural projects direction (Lyon) and wrote a master thesis on the role of non governmental organizations in the construction of a European identity. After a short experience in Argentina in a theater project led by the AFAA, she chose the Auvergne Region, in the centre of France to work on Cultures of the World. She is Vice Director of the Cultures & Traditions Association (ANCT) that works on promoting, safeguarding and disseminating Intangible heritage through various actions (festivals, concerts, artistic residencies, youth exchanges, workshops, international cooperation projects, etc.). The ANCT has been recognized by the Istanbul intergovernmental committee of the UNESCO as a consultative NGO for implementation of the convention of safeguard of intangible heritage (2005). Emmanuelle Perrone is also Vice President in charge of the Intangible heritage promotion and safeguarding in the FAMDT, the national federation of traditional musics and dances associations.

Rainer Praschak was born 1973 in Vienna, Austria. He works as a Project Manager and Curator “digital music business” for the mica - music austria in Vienna. Rainer Praschak has more than nine years of experience in the music business and manages at the moment several Cultural and Research Projects funded both by the EU. Currently he manages the Culture 2000 Projects DMET - Digital Music Education and Training and ExTra! – Exchange Traditions and the research Project IM3I - Immersive Multimedia Interfaces.

Peter Rantasa, born in 1964 in Vienna/Austria, Executive Director of mica – music austria, is Vice President of the Executive Board of the International Music Council (IMC), founded by the UNESCO, and member of the European Music Office.
He founded/curated numerous music festivals, designed/coordinated EU funded projects and acts as Lecturer on Culture Management & Studies at Vienna University for Music. As sound artist he created award winning performances for international festivals. Rantasa acts frequently as jury member in the cultural domain.

Thierry Van Roy is a musical “alchemist”: he travels the world, explores the past and the future, discovers and recovers traditional music from which he creates a new musical form born out of the blending of these different cultures. He is particularly concerned by the disappearance of traditional music due to globalisation and works to preserve it. By tracking unfamiliar music and sounds and bringing people and cultures of different communities together he hopes to achieve a certain harmony and awareness between civilisations. Thierry Van Roy is versatile in all aspects of music: he is a musical conceiver (“music-fiction” ©), a composer, a music producer (Melanie Gabriel/Taïga Maya, Abdelli – 2 CDs on Realword records -, Farafina, The Black Slavics, etc.), a sound engineer (INSAS /Brussels), a musician (keyboards, guitars), an arranger, an independent radio director (musical documentaries on Cape Verde, Angola, Yakutia, Mexico, Azerbaijan, trance music in Africa, shamanic drums,  etc.) a music video director (Taïga Maya), a stage musician, a soundtrack composer (co-writing of “Au-delà de Gibraltar”). He is a board member of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, for which he directs creative music workshops and participates to the “World Music” concerts programme.

Professor Sami Sadak is teaching musicology and ethnomusicology at the Université de Provence in Aix en Provence, France. He is in particular working on the preservation of the Mediterranean heritage. Professor Sadak is the artistic director of Babel Med Music, an international music recording fair focusing on world music in Marseille which started in 2004. He is responsible for the world music and traditions in the working group “Traditional music and dance” at the ARCADE (Regional cultural centre of Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur).

Eva Sæther is a senior lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow in Music Education Research at Lund University, Malmö Academy of Music, Sweden. Her musical background and point of departure is Swedish folk music, which has served as a platform for a wide range of activities: Development of new courses and projects to serve an intercultural music teacher training, and academic studies. In 2003, she defended her doctoral thesis The Oral University. Attitudes to music teaching and learning in the Gambia. Her study of meaningful engagement and social inclusion in music education was the focus of four years of collaborative research with an international team of researchers. This project resulted in a series of refereed journal publications in 2008, for example “When minorities are the majority. Voices from a teacher/researcher project in a multicultural school in Sweden”, Special issue of Research Studies in Music Education, RSME. Her current research includes a project on music and identity: “Playing yourself Persian or Swedish”, and “jam2jam”, an international research project on creative engagement in collaborative online music systems.

Marie-Hélène Serra
After her advanced studies in Sciences and Technologies applied to Music (Acoustics, Physics, Ph. D. in computer science applied to speech synthesis, 1985), Marie-Hélène Serra spends two years at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh US to do research in computer music. Back to France, she works as a researcher and computer engineer in the research institute directed by composer Iannis Xenakis (the CEMAMu, Paris) (1987-1992). She enters IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris), in 1993 as a music technology teacher and a multimedia project manager. She becomes head of the Education department of IRCAM in 1998 and develops the educational activities for composers and the use of technology for transmitting contemporary music to young people and music lovers.
Since 2002, she is the director of the Education department at the Cité de la musique in Paris, as well as the director of the new Multimedia Library. She is in charge of all the educational activities (music workshops for young and adults, concerts for families, conferences for adults…). She has also managed the project of the new multimedia library of the Cité de la musique (inaugurated in October 2005) where she develops different projects related to the music digital library field: music digitization, on-line distribution, on-line multimedia educational tools, etc. She directs several projects of collaborative thematic portals funded by the French ministry of Culture: www.musiquecontemporaine.fr (participant); www.viedesorchestres.fr (leader); www.spectaclesdumonde.fr (leader).

Katérina Stenou is Director of the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue at UNESCO. She completed her undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Athens and pursued her studies in human and social sciences in Paris.  She holds a PhD (defended at La Sorbonne, Université Paris VI in 1990) dedicated to the schooling and cultural behaviour of young Greek immigrant population in Belgium.
She was in charge of the coordination of consultations on the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, adopted in 2001 as well as on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted in 2005. She is Coordinator of the Task Force on Dialogue among Cultures at UNESCO and Focal Point for the Alliance of Civilizations.
As a member of various research institutes devoted to cultural pluralism, intercultural relations, the links between diversity, dialogue and development, Ms Stenou participates regularly in symposia, conferences and round-tables dealing with these topics. Her publications, including a multitude of books and articles, are dedicated to issues concerning the formulation of policies to respond to the challenges of today’s multicultural societies.

Alexandros Zavos completed his studies in the field of mathematics and has a master in the Didactics of Mathementics. He is a Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Athens. He served as special advisor to the Hellenic Minister of Education from 1990 to 1992 and is currently President of the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute.

European Music Council (EMC)