Steering Committee

  • AADEL ESSAADANI • CHAIRPERSON-NORTH AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE- MOROCCO

    Aadel Essaadani is the Chairperson of Arterial Network. He is a technical scenograph for the construction and renovation of theaters and concert halls, cultural policy advisor to public and private institutions. He is also technical director of various festivals and associate director of the Institute of jobs in the performing arts, a training center for technical and administrative jobs in the live performing arts.

  • CHRISTINE GITAU • EAST AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE-KENYA

    Christine Gitau lives and works in Nairobi as a craft enterprise coach and mentor. She is co founder of Craft Afrika, a social enterprise that provides holistic support to craft entrepreneurs and the convener of Africa Handmade, a symposium focusing on African craft producers, the first of which will be held in Nairobi in October 2014. She sits on the board of Hawa House Trust Foundation, an NGO that applies art as therapy for young victims of sexual abuse. When she is lucky, Christine also finds time to indulge her passion in ceramic art.


  • EVARISTO JOSE MADIME • SOUTHERN AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE- MOZAMBIQUE

    Evaristo is the Director of CEDARTE, an organisation that supports the Mozambican craft sector. From 2008 he was appointed the African Regional Representative of WCC- World Crafts Council and for several years now, he is an active member of the Board of Mozambique- USA Chamber of Commerce.

  • FIDELIS DUKER • AFRIFESTNET REPRESENTATIVE- NIGERIA

    Fidelis Duker is the Former President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria and currently the Regional Secretary General of the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers (FEPACI). A pioneer of the popular Nigerian Movie Industry called Nollywood with over 70 Feature films to his credit in his over 20 years of practice. He was elected Vice Chair of the Afrifestnet Steering Committee in April 2012 and via a change of leadership, became the Chair on 13th of January 2013. He is the founder and Festival Director of the Abuja International Film Festival which is the longest running film festival in West Africa.

  • GEORGE CAMILLE • EAST AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE - SEYCHELLES

    George Camille is one of Seychelle’s most prolific painters. In 1987, he established Sunstroke Studios, a design, fashion and screen printing studio that trained and employed over 30 craftsmen and artists and then establised the first gallery of the Seychelles. Camille has staged numerous ‘one man’ and group shows in Seychelles, Mauritius, Martinique and Reunion and more recently in Beijing, China. He has original work in numerous private collections worldwide.


  • JOSEPH MOUCKALAKOUMBA • CENTRAL AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE- GABON

    Joseph is an artist, singer and composer and an activie member of the Gabonese civil society. President of the Arterial Network Chapter of Gabon, he is also the Secretary General of ATTAC Gabon, a movement of popular education made up of young people, students, women, active economic players, trade unionists, etc. whose main aim is to inform the public on broad economic, political and social issues. Jospeh is actively mobilizing for a the creation of platform for all cultural actors in Gabon and is lobbying for copyright policies to be put in place. 

  • KORKOR AMARTEIFIO • DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON- WEST AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE-GHANA

    Korkor Amateifio is a cultural activist and a producer. She created the international world music festival, Rythme du Monde, a platform for musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas to present their works to Canadian audiences. With the Canada Council for the Arts, she developed policies and programmes to enable all Canadian artists, regardless of their cultural background, to have access to council support. Korkor extensively worked with the Ghana National Theatre and is the co-founder of the Institute for Music and Development. 

  • LIMAM KANE • NORTHERN AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE- MAURITANIA

    Limam Kane, also known as Monza, is a dedicated cultural activist and hip hop artist. Passionate about poetry and writing, he created the Monza ZAZA production structure, which organizes the ASSALAMALEKOUM International festival since 2008. Monza has worked extensively to promote Mauritanian arts and culture, also producing, in collaboration with Africulturban Dakar, the festival Festa 2H in Senegal. Monza performs and mobizlies on many different platforms, working alongside renowned artists such as Youssou Ndour, Malouma, Baba Maal, Daara J, Awadi, Dead Prez and many more. In his work he lobbies to government to include youth and artists in democratic efforts and supports various social initiatives for street children. 

  • MAMOU DAFFE • WEST AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE- MALI

    Notorious Creative Entrepreuneur, Mamou Daffé is the initiator of the CPEL Ségou (Promotion of Local and Regional Economy) and kickstarted one of the biggest touristic and socio-cultural attractions of the sub-region- the Festival on Niger- which gave birth to the foundation of which he is president. He is the founding father and president of the KYA network, and the national representative of Arterial Network in Mali. 

  • PIERRE CLAVIER MABIALA • CENTRAL AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE- CONGO BRAZZAVILLE

    Pierre Claver is a stage Director and a Cultural Practitioner based in Pointe Noire (the economic capial of Congo Brazzaville). He is the founder of many creative initiatives,  both as artistic director and as cultural manager. In his hometown, he directs two major cultural projects: the YARO Cultural Centre, and the International Festivial of Arts and Music N’SANGU NDJI-NDJI. 

  • ZILANIE NYUNDO • SOUTHERN AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE- MALAWI

    A writer, journalist and poet, Zilanie is a creative consultant, artist manager, motivational speaker and event organiser. Having firmly established a very large and feminine footprint in the emerging arts and culture sector of Malawi, Zilanie is the Founding Chairperson of CREAM Women In the Arts (WITA), Creative Director of the annual multi-arts discipline all woman Superwoman Arts Festival, Urban Bush Expression and Fashion Malawi Edition (FAME) and a committee member for the newly networked Coalition on Cultural Industries of Malawi.  Her goal is to ensure the sustainable development and advancement of the cultural sector, particularly for women, in Malawi.