- Blaise Patrix – artist and administrator at Les ateliers pARTage/SMartBe, Belgium. Twenty years spent in West Africa enabled the painter and visual artist Blaise Patrix to understand the true meaning of ‘neighbour’. During the past 15 years his art has focused on valuing the unique in everyday life, the individual and collective creativity of the community. Since 2006, “les ateliers pARTage” promotes participatory arts across all visual arts disciplines.
- Julek Jurowicz – general administrator at SMartBe, NGO, Belgium.
A former engineer looking to change horizons, turned to arts, and together with Pierre Burnotte, he co-founded SMartBe. Supporting artists and fighting for their rights for 20 years, the NGO offers advice and administrative support and guidance to artists from across Belgium, as well as to international artists.
- Michel Gelinne – project manager La Vénerie, Cultural Center, Belgium.
Initially dedicated to photography, he began his activity with La Vénerie in order to give back to his community. Currently managing cultural activities, he works on European projects as well as projects involving the local community.
- Kari Lunnas - project manager at Kulturivoimaala, has a background in social services and journalism from University of Tampere, Finland. Currently the chair of the Culture Power Station(CPS) NGO, he directs the employment project in the Kemi and Oulu Finish towns with a focus on culture and art. He has an experience of 40 years in adult education and worked on various journalism projects in South America, Africa, and the Scandinavian countries.
- Sandra Federici - editor in chief of Africa e Mediterraneo, Italy
Sandra Federici is the Editor-in-Chief of Africa e Mediterraneo, an interdisciplinary six-montly publishing since 1992 on economic, historical and cultural issues in the African context. In the 15 years of its existence, Africa e Mediterraneo has established itself as a field-defining cultural studies journal. Moving from an anthropologically-oriented editorial policy, but constantly referring to other subjects, Africa e Mediterraneo seeks a critical understanding of the global cultural flows and the cultural forms which define Africa nowadays. As such, the journal presents occasions where cultural and social differences emerge as public phenomena, manifested everywhere from highly localized cultural events, to popular culture or to global consumption and information networks. Sandra Federici also coordinate european project, about media education and interculture.
- Makan Keita – anthropologist, France/Guinea. Born in Kankan, Guinea around the year 1946, spent his youth in the capital of Guinea, and leaves to study in Paris. Makan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Paris VIII and a Master degree in Anthropology obtained from the University of Paris X Nanterre. In 1980 he submitted his thesis, “Métacolonisation imperialism and the sign”. Since then he has taught in several African universities.
- Gilles Berhault – President of Comité 21 and ACIDD – communication and sustainable development, France. He worked for five years in theatre, before managing artists and helping to establish the first information site for professional careers in the fields of music and entertainment (Minitel): Audiocast. At the same time, he managed and organized a wide range of shows and events. He then, devoted himself to the fields communication, the internet, and interactive technologies. He is currently an advisor for the department of sustainable development at the Mines Telecom Institute.
- Ivan Bargna – Professor of History of Anthropology and Aesthetic Anthropology at the University of Milan Bicocca and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the Bocconi University, Italy. He also teaches Visual Anthropology at the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. Conducting his ethnographic research in Cameroon where he studied the visual culture and the arts of the Bamileke region. He was curator for African art and worked on the African Arts collections in Italy and Wonders of Africa – African Arts Collections in Italian, Genoa, Palazzo Ducale and Castello d’Albertis, 2011. He is interested is the relationship between anthropology and contemporary art that led him to collaborate with artists such as Stefano Arienti and the Alterazioni Video Collective.