International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Prof. Benno Werlen
Director Luiz Oosterbeek
Director Margalit Berriet
Honorary President Lin Xiang Xiong
Secretaries Florence Diffre, Lylia Martin Billou, Florence Valabregue
Financial Director Frédéric Sarah
Project manager, Exhibitions and Communication, Marie-Cécile Berdaguer
General Coordination Katarina Jansdottir
Research and Mediation Aurore Nerrinck
Arts and Pedagogy Margherita Poli
Coordinator for UNESCO-MOST Camille Guinet
Coordinator for GCACS Fion Li Xiaohong
Editor HAS Magazine Zoltan Somhegyi
Asia Coordinator and Chinese Translation Kuei Yu Ho
English Editor HAS Magazine Dan Meinwald
French Editor HAS Magazine Frédéric Lenne
French and English translation HAS Magazine Ashley Molco Castello & Robin Jaslet
Press and Public Relations HAS Magazine Florence Valabergue
Humanities, Arts and Society Assistant Tamiris de Oliveira Moraes
Graphic design HAS Magazine Costanza Mateucci & Elodie Vichos
Administration and Production Victor Gresard
Digital Platform Development Patrice Mugnier
Webmaster Labib Abderemane
Historical Collaborators Isabelle Gozard
General manager – operations Mémoire de l’Avenir
John Crowley is Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight in the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences. Since joining UNESCO in 2003 he has also been a program specialist in social science (2003-05) and head of the communication, information and publications unit (2005-07), chief of section for ethics of science and technology (2008-11), and team leader for global environmental change (2011-14). Before joining UNESCO, he worked as an economist in the oil industry (1988-95) and as a research fellow at the French National Political Science Foundation (1995-2002). From 2002 to 2015, he was editor of the UNESCO-published International Social Science Journal. He has published a further 100 academic articles and book chapters, mainly on political theory and comparative politics.
PhD in Archaeology (1994). Secretary General of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences. Former Secretary-General of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. Conducts research in the fields of archaeology, heritage, and landscape management in Portugal, Africa, and Southern America. Received prizes and awards from the European Commission, the Brazilian Order of Advocates, the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Gulbenkian Foundation, Foundation for Science and Technology, and several private sponsors. Professor of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, President of the Instituto Terra e Memória (Portugal). Guest Professor in several European and Brazilian Universities. Director of the Museum of Prehistoric Art in Mação (PT) and Vice-President of HERITY International (IT). Holder of UNESCO chair “Humanities And Cultural Integrated Landscape Management”.
A research artist and curator, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from New York University. Born in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, lived in New York City. Since 1988, lives and works in Paris. Exhibited internationally in one- person shows and in group shows. Since 1984, she has initiated multidisciplinary arts events and conferences in the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, promoting, via the arts, a better knowledge of cultural diversity and fostering intercultural dialogue. She is the author of multiple essays, and, with Patricia. Creveaux, of the book From Drawing To Symbol: A Grammar For Humanity, published by Alternative in 2010. In addition to the scholars and institutions with whom she has collaborated, she has also cooperated with UNESCO, the Musee quai Branly, Centre George Pompidu, Musee de Louvre, Dapper, Musée d’Arts et d’Histore de Judaism, the Institutes de Monde Arab, Musee de l’Homme, as well as with Emmanuel Anati, Claude Gilbert, Jean Pierre Mohen, George Rosevegue, Luiz Oosterbeek, etc. and with private and public intuitions like the Prefecture of Paris, the Academy Of Paris, the city of Paris, the city of Jerusalem, the National Agency Against Racism , the Fondation Pour la Memoire de la Shoah, and many other organizations.
Prof. Lin Xiang Xiong (born 1945) is an internationally renowned painter, Singapore Citizen, born in China and moved to Nanyang in 1956. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris and then extended his studies in Paris. China’s pictorial traditions, philosophy and cosmology, are major sources of inspiration. A professor at the Academy of Oriental Studies and visiting professor at the School of Arts-Peking University, he was international curator of the 6th edition of this biennale. He was appointed by China, Japan and Singapore as Chief Artistic Advisor for the architectural design planning of the Olympic Village for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. He is the founder and President of the Global Chinese Arts & Culture Society, President of Honour VP of MDA-A&S and a co-partner of the Humanities Arts & Society Project and the upcoming HAS Magazine with UNESCO-MOST, CIPSH and MDA.
Graduated in Art History from the Ecole du Louvre, in Law from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and in Cultural Event Production, she is specialized for 8 years in contemporary art exhibition curating with a multidisciplinary approach. she aims to promote projects and artistic practices committed to contemporary individual and collective issues, notably within Mémoire de l’Avenir. To date she has curated more than 50 individual and group exhibitions. In addition to exhibitions, she also organizes debates and performances. Since 2016, she is developing the Humanities Arts and Society project alongside Margalit Berriet, its founder, in partnership with UNESCO-Most and C.I.P.S.H., which aims to demonstrate and enhance the impact of the arts and creativity on society and to contribute to the debate within the humanities on universal issues.
After a university degree in cinema at Paris VIII, Victor Gresard worked in various Parisian institutions dedicated to experimental cinema before joining the Young Cinema Collective from 2012 to 2018, where he was responsible for film collections and administration and coordination. He was in charge of the annual organization of the Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas. At Mémoire de l’Avenir, he is responsible for the development of pole film for Art & Society.
Aurore Nerrinck has degrees in art history and archaeology with a specialization in non-European civilizations (ULB). She has experience in anthropological research in Africa, a Master 2 in Solidarity and International Action at the Catholic Institute of Paris and a Master 2 in Science Education in Paris 8. She has specialized in issues of non-violence, conflict analysis and mediation, and in philosophy of education, aesthetics and ethics.
Katarina Jansdottir has a Master in Public Policy from Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Cultural Policy & Management and a Master in Digital Art History from Uppsala University, specializing in installation art. She has a joint Bachelor‘s degree from the University of Amsterdam and VU University in art history, philosophy and ecology and spent a semester abroad at the New School in New York City. She has coordinated projects and worked with Thanks for Nothing, Cahiers d’Art, the Embassy of Sweden in the US, Carmignac Photojournalism Award and Prince Claus Fund.
Coordinator for Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society. She holds a Master of Arts in Business and Management and has more than 13 years working experience in the fields of business development and project management. She joined GCAC since 2011 and her main role is to collaborate and coordinate with multiple functions and stakeholders internal and external. The years with GCAC has enlightens her in the field of arts, humanity and culture internationally, broadened her views and develop her strong interest and concerns in these areas as well. Currently, she is also working as Senior Operation Manager in a Singapore listed company.
After an intensive foundation degree in Humanities (Hypokhâgne), Camille Guinet graduated with a master degree in French literature from Paris-IV Sorbonne University. During her studies, she connected to the cultural sector by doing internships in the audiovisual ﬁeld and writing for a student webzine specializing in music. After a year working in an independent theatre on cultural outreach and assisting its Iranian stage director exiled in France, she left for Italy to work two years at the Alliance Française in Turin as a cultural project manager to develop intercultural initiatives. She joined UNESCO at the end of 2018 where she assists John Crowley in the Most Programme on activities related to th Humanities (especially philosophy) and the Arts.
Trained as a designer and artist, Kuei Yu Ho graduated from a Bachelor’s degree of Art in interior design in Taiwan, then a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP) at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Nancy. She then developed research on virtual reality and real-time digital devices in the Ensad-Lab laboratory (Ensad Paris). Her work is characterized by interdisciplinarity: graphic design, multimedia, object design and work on space are part of her approach to the same research. Kuei Yu Ho collaborates notably with cultural institutions and brands to develop their visual and graphic identity. In 2008, she founded Active Creative Design with Patrice Mugnier and became its artistic director. Her culture of design and a deep knowledge of Asian and European cultures led Kuei Yu Ho to write for numerous cultural magazines: AD (China), Design (Taiwan Design Center), ELLE Décoration (Taiwan), GQ (Taiwan), La vie…etc. From 2011, she will lead a workshop dedicated to design in France for the Taiwan Design Center. She is also the author of 3 books, including “Interactive Design”, in collaboration with Patrice Mugnier.
Margherita Poli studied literature at the Faculty Of Arts and Philosophy of the University of Bologna and graduated with a Master 2 degree in Art Psychology. She continued her studies at Paris 8 University at the Department Of Visual Arts. She has worked as a cultural mediator in various contemporary arts institutions. Her skills are focused on project management through cultural integration and the coherence of city and rural policies with contemporary art.
Labib Abderemane studied at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Rueil-Malmaison and in the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art in Bourges, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts. He combines various experiences in the field of cultural mediation at the Villa des Tourelles Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and subsequently, as a graffiti artist, graphic designer, webmaster, and web designer. For the last few years he has been running computer development workshops in schools, from the perspective of creative computing and video game design.
Dr. Zoltan Somhegyi is a Hungarian art historian currently based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and working as the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Sharjah. Since finishing university in 2006, he has been active as an art historian, art critic, and writer. As a researcher of art history, he specializes in 18th and 19th century art, having written his PhD dissertation (2010) about German Romantic landscape painting, while his other fields of interest include contemporary fine arts and art criticism. He writes critiques, curated exhibitions in six countries, participates in international art projects and often lectures on art and aesthetics in academic conferences. He is the Secretary General and Website Editor of the International Association for Aesthetics, member of the Executive Committee of The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences and Consultant of Art Market Budapest: International Contemporary Art Fair. He is the author of books, academic papers, artist catalogues and more than two hundred articles, essays, critiques, and art fair reviews. His recent books are “Learning from Decay. Essays on the Aesthetics of Architectural Dereliction and Its Consumption” (co-authored with Max Ryynänen) and “Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective – 19th Yearbook of the International Association for Aesthetics” (editor and contributor). He is advisory and editorial board member of numerous academic journals of aesthetics.
After attaining a Master’s degree and a DEA in theatre, Florence Valabregue turned to communication by accompanying the Printemps du Theatre festival in Paris, the Theatre de l’Est Parisien, and the Bataclan before leaving for Canada, where she wrote for the French-language weekly L’Express de Toronto. Since then, she has also written for Maison magazine, Maison Française and Médiapart. Back in France, she directed the communication of the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris and the cultural events of the 64 Parisian libraries before managing a European Social Training Fund project for France Terre d’Asile. She created the communication and press relations agency Les Mots pour vous dire to respond to the communication problems of small and mid-sized enterprises specialising in crafts, luxury goods, decoration, and interior design. Her affinity with heritage and architecture has led her to take care of the press relations of the architects Alain Sarfati, Hellin Sebbag, Corinne Vezzoni, Harter Architecture, Thierry Van de Wyngaert, and Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, the 4th and 5th Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning in Caen, and the 2nd European Biennial of Heritage in Occitania. She is a member of ICOMOS (International Council On Monuments And Sites) and SYNAP (Syndicat National des Attachés de Presse).
Essayist, journalist, publisher, consultant on urban issues, Frédéric Lenne is involved in public debate, particularly on issues related to architecture, urban planning, landscape and urban policy. In 2013, he created Esprit Urbain, a structure at the service of the actors of the living environment. It acts to promote the communication of cities in all aspects of urban policies. In this capacity, he designed, organized and hosted the Caen Biennales of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2013, 2016 and 2018. He produced and directed the film Álvaro Siza et l’évidence. He supports various local authorities in the organisation of architectural competitions. He carries out consulting missions on issues related to urban planning and often lectures about issues related to the city. He has published: Living – Imagine the obvious (La Découverte, Paris, 2013); The 101 Words of the City for All (Archibooks, Paris, 2015); Elsewhere, Outwards (La Découverte, Paris, 2016); (Re)Building the Custom City (La Découverte, Paris, 2016); Making the Heart of the City Beat (La Découverte, Paris, 2018); Paul Chemetov – Being an Architect, Conversations (Arléa, Paris, 2019). Frédéric Lenne is the editorial director of WE ARCHI magazine. He is officier des Arts et des Letters, has received the medal for publications from the Academy of Architecture, and is a member of the Academy of Architecture.
MFA in Museum Studies, SUNY Buffalo. Meinwald was a lecturer and Visiting Professor in art history and photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Ramapo College of New Jersey, C.W. Post College of Long Island University, University of California Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and Chapman College. From 1983 to 1989, Meinwald was Collections Curator of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California Riverside. Meinwald began doing editorial work in 1974, working in turn on publications of the Visual Studies Workshop, the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, and the California Museum of Photography. Since 1989, he has been doing independent editorial work. In 1989, he was the curator of the exhibition Memento Mori: Death And Photography in Nineteenth-Century America, funded by the National Endowment For The Humanities, as well as the accompanying exhibition catalog. He is the author of many articles and reviews in independent arts magazines.
General Secretary of the International Year of Global Understanding IYGU, UNESCO Chair Holder for the International Year Of Global Understanding. Werlen studied geography, ethnology, sociology, and economics at the University of Freiburg, Switzerland, and graduated in 1980 with the License Faculty des Letters. After that he was scientific assistant in Kiel (with Dietrich Bartels), Freiburg (with Jean-Luc Piveteau), and Zurich (with Albert Leemann), and senior assistant at the University of Zurich. In 1996 he was appointed by the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, where, since 1998, he has been a professor of social geography. Werlen was a visiting professor at the Universities of Salzburg (1995/1996) and in Geneva (2005), and spent time researching in Cambridge, the London School of Economics, and the University of California Los Angeles. At his initiative, the three global scientific umbrella organizations, the International Social Science Council, the International Council For Science, and the International Council For Philosophy And Humanistic Studies, declared 2016 the International Year Of Global Understanding. In the same year, he received the Lauréat d’Honneur of the International Geographical Union.
Comedienne and a writer, Isabelle Gozard studied theater, fine arts and writing. She has had long residencies in India, Japan, and Vietnam. She was Trained at the School of the National Theater of Chaillot, directed by Antoine Vitez, where she was his student between 1986 and 1989. Graduate of the ICART (Institute Of Artistic Careers), she worked for a year at the contemporary art magazine CANAL. In parallel with theater’s activities, she links her writing to visual arts and to other disciplines or themes in the journal Sigila. She was part of the collective Women of Plumes, dedicated to female writing.