CREATING HOPE TOGETHER
We take immense pride in our incredible network of believers and supporters who play a crucial role in running our projects and events. Meet the invaluable speakers who contribute their expertise at IMPACT: Creating Hope Together
Ameer is a multidisciplinary researcher, consultant Read More
He is particularly intrigued by the role of the arts and culture in the wider world, including how they can help rebalance our collective attention, and join efforts to address developmental, philosophical, and social concerns. Working as an interdisciplinary consultant, he has supported creative reflections around water and peace in the Sahel; explored cultural responses to humanitarian challenges; and helped convene, curate, and coordinate efforts in the growing international arts and health field. He had the honour of contributing to IMPACT’s Invite/Affirm/Evoke/Unleash report on how artistic and cultural processes can address complex challenges, and will be co-authoring an upcoming Lancet article on Arts and Health.
Amina Seck is a Senegalese novelist and Read More
Ana Cabria Mellace
Fundacion Cambio Democratico
Ana Cabria Mellace is a Lawyer and Specialist Read More
Community Arts Network
Anis is a multi-cultural citizen of the Read More
Aside from his role at El Sistema Greece, he also is the Managing Director of the Community Arts Network (CAN). CAN aims to enable, engage and empower individuals, organizations and communities through arts and unlikely alliances and works on advocacy for the role of Arts in responding to our current global challenges.
Ángela María Pérez
Cultural Affairs of Central Bank of Colombia
Head of the Office for Cultural Affairs of Banco Read More
Armine is a peacebuilding practitioner focused on Read More
Asena Günal (1973), obtained her BS in International Read More
Bonface is an international artist-peacebuilder, Read More
Social Communicator and Lawyer
Cecilia has performed cultural management Read More
Cynthia Cohen (Cindy) is a community oral Read More
Dessa joined the Philippine Educational Theater Read More
Dijana Milošević is an award-winning theater Read More
founded DAH Theater and has been its leading director for over thirty years. She was the Artistic Director for theater festivals, was the president of the Association of the
Independent Theaters and president or member of several boards. Being involved with several peace building initiatives and collaborating with feminists – activists groups she also serves as a member of the Board at IMPACT – a network of arts and conflict transformation.
She has devised and directed theater shows with her company and toured them nationally and internationally as well as directed the work with other companies all over the world.
She is a well-known lecturer and has taught at prestigious Universities, writes articles and essays about theater. She is the recipient of prestigious fellowships and awards (Fulbright, Arts Link, Helena Vaz de Silva).
Theater Practitioner and Scholar
Ellada Evangelou was born and Read More
She is co-founder of Rooftop Theatre, was a member of the Leadership Circle of the IMPACT Project (2017-21), and a 2020-21 Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts. From 2019 -2022 she was the Artistic and Executive Director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival, and a Mentor with the Festival Academy Atelier Programs in Montreal, Beirut, Nicosia and New York. She was a Global fellow with Gallatin School for Individualised Study, NYU, and is a contributor and co-author for the W.H.O. Resource on Arts Practice and the Ethics of Care (withcare.art).
Currently she is the Curator for the Boundary Crosser Artists Residency Program at CYENS Center of Excellence, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Emilie Diouf is an assistant professor of English Read More
Ezgi Yılmaz has been working as a fundraising and strategic Read More
Sustainable Development Practitioner
Harsha Bhamidipati, Sustainable Read More
Harsha Bhamidipati is an analytical professional with a focus on youth development and education. Skilled in data analysis and visualization, Harsha has contributed to educational and environmental policy reform, notably through the ‘Stories of Water’ project in Bangalore. A passionate advocate for community cohesion, Harsha has also been instrumental in initiating an Ultimate Frisbee program in India. With a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development & Conflict Resolution from Brandeis University, Harsha combines technical expertise and a commitment to social impact in his work.
Holds a B.A. in Education and Community Theatre, Tel Aviv Read More
with honors in Theatre Directing, Tel Aviv University. Teacher of acting and directing
at Seminar Hakibbutzim Acting Studio. Co-founder of the Theatre Artists Union.
The musical theatre “Farid El Atrash” premiered at The International Mediterranean
Festival in Ashdod, June 2017, performed successfully in France, Paris and Marseille
Oct. 2019. Received the Fringe “Gold Hedgehog” award for Life Achievement 2021.
By the Ministry of Culture.
Jesse Eaves is Senior Director, Peacebuilding Read More
John Paul Lederach
John Paul Lederach is a Senior Fellow at Humanity UnitedRead More
Founder of edge and story
Kai Brennert is the Founder of edge Read More
Kitche is a professor of literature at Maasai Mara University Read More
Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute
Kyoko Okumoto, Ph.D. works in the fields of Read More
Lama is a performer, choreographer, Read More
Lama also participated in the Shubbak Festival in London in 2023 as a director of the play Dreamer with Dalal Chachno. She was part of Kahraba’s production touring in the world premiere of Cabaret Migrants Directed by Eric Deniaud. She is also part of TNT British Company and performed in the world premiere of My Sister Syria in Europe. She has worked as a movement director and a physical theatre tutor with first and second-year BA students at CSSD and Saint Mary’s University in London. In 2023, she received a scholarship from the Goethe Institute to participate as an artist in the Theatertreffen Festival in Berlin, where she worked with artists worldwide.
She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Movements Directing and teaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – London. In 2016 she worked on RISE production with The Old Vic New Voices as an assistant movement director. In 2015 she was selected to participate in the Home Grown Theatre Project, a collaboration with the Kevin Spacey Foundation in Sharjah, UAE. Lama has worked on two operas with Robert Wilson in New York. She has also been a dancer with Sima Dance Company in Dubai.
Prince Claus Fund
Laura Alexander is the coordinator of Monitoring, Read More
Lee researches arts, politics and cultural Read More
European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
Lorenzo works as Senior Policy Officer for Read More
National Endowment for the Arts
As Director of State, Regional & Local Read More
Michael has previously been senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and director of music programming in Millennium Park. As a testament to his international expertise, Orlove was named one of the ‘Seven Samurai’ at the prestigious WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2009 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark and, in 2018, was given the inaugural GlobalFEST ‘Impact Award’ for outstanding commitment to the world music field. He was recently selected for the DeVos Global Arts Management Fellowship (2018-2020).
He has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in performing arts management from Columbia College Chicago.
Onna Rhea Cabio Quizo
Watch against Violence and Exploitation
Onna is a graduate of Silliman University Read More
human rights activist
Otieno Ombok is a Kenyan human rights activist who utilizes nonviolence social change Read More
Polly is of Cherokee ancestry and a member of the Cherokee Southwest Read More
Rosanna is a part-time independent consultant and Senior Relationship Read More
Rosanna joined the IMPACT Board in 2022, and was appointed as part-time Senior Advocacy Manager in September 2023. She has previously worked for the European Commission (Belgium), European University Institute (Italy), European Court of Human Rights (France) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Artist with Elbows
Sarra Solo is a self-taught interdisciplinarian. Along with her medical Read More
Seba Kourani, a theater Practitioner based in Beirut, Lebanon, holds a Read More
As a theater practitioner, Seba has collaborated with various organizations, contributing to the design and development of tools and projects in mental health, psychosocial support, and education. Using theater as an interactive tool, she actively engages in dialogue with diverse communities and dedicates her efforts to empowering young people, a key aspect of her work.
What sets Seba apart is her commitment to unraveling the connection between the arts and the thought systems shaping the collective uncertainties in cities with unclear futures. Her ongoing artistic project, “Uncertainty,” explores this relationship. Currently, she’s deep into her studies, focusing on arts, international collaboration, and peace-building in the CAS program at Zurich University of Arts.
Shoghakat Vardanyan was born in 1993 into a familyRead More
up in the studio of her father, a sculptor and painter, and by the time she was six decided to
study music and become a pianist. In 2010 she graduated from Tchaikovsky Specialized
Secondary Music School and in 2014, she graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory of
Yerevan with a Bachelor’s in Piano. She has been performing classical, academic, contemporary, and experimental collaborative
work as a soloist, a part of chamber ensembles, and an accompanist in Armenia, the US,
Canada and Europe. Since 2017 she has been playing free improvisations and became a part of the Contemporary Sound Orchestra of Yerevan (Pots and Drums).
In September of 2020 the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) war began. When her family stopped hearing from her younger brother who was fighting on the front lines, she picked up her phone camera and began filming. This resulted in her first film, 1489.
Shoghakat has been awarded the Armenian Prime Minister’s Award (which she refused because she believes film should not have any political connections) in 2021; as well as the Work in Progress Grand Prix during the Golden Apricot Film Festival in 2022.
Her first feature documentary film, ‘1489,’ won Best Film Award and FIPRESCI Award at IDFA 2023 in an International Competition.
Palestinian and Jewish Arts Solidarity group
Sinai Peter is a theatre director, actor,Read More
Toni Shapiro-Phim is Associate Professor of Creativity, Read More
Vana Filipovski is a cultural manager and a researcher working Read More