The Art of Cultural Exchange has established an Advisory Group formed by specialists, artists, consultants and policy makers based in the two focus countries.

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Adriana Rattes

Rattes was Secretary of Culture of the Rio de Janeiro State Government from 2007 to 2014. She was one of the associate founders of the Botafogo Station Cinema, a project that redefined the distribution and screening of films within the city, and also one of the founders of Festival of Rio. She is currently working in the development of Instituto Múltiplo, an initiative created to develop public policies within the Culture, Education, Environment and Heritage sectors.

anabelaAnabela Paiva

Anabela is a journalist and consultant at the Work and Society Studies Institute, Redes da Maré and Casa Fluminense. She is also a guest researcher at the Centre for the Study of Security and Citzenship (CESeC), part of Candido Mendes University. Author of the books A dona das Chaves (Record, 2007), Media and Violence: New trends in crime coverage in Brazil (IUPERJ, 2007) and A blogosfera policial no Brasil: Do tiro ao twitter (UNESCO, 2009). A graduate of the Federal University of Fluminense, she was the editor of Caderno B (Culture section at Jornal do Brasil) and coordinator of articles and news at She has also worked in magazines such as Época and Isto É and was an international correspondent in the United States.


Binho Cultura

Binho is a writer, social scientist, cultural producer, political consultant and entrepreneur. He works articulating partnerships and networks among different sectors, both in Brazil and internationally, focusing in cultural projects for social development within less privileged areas in investments and cultural marketing. He is the creator of Flizo – Literary Fair of the West Zone, Live Spaces for Rights and also the project Palavras que Libertam, focused on young people detained within Rio’s DEGASE correctional education institution (General Department for Social and Educational Assistance).

damian_plattDamian Platt

Creator of the Project Culture is Your Weapon, Damian is English and has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2005, developing cultural and arts projects alongside NGOs. In 2011, he was awarded an MBE for his services in Human Rights and Community Development in Rio de Janeiro.

duduDudu de Morro Agudo

Dudu is an artist, poet, hip hop activist and coordinator of the Enraizados Movement, a project that won the Cultura Viva Awards in 2007. He is also web developer for one of the biggest hip hop websites in Brazil ( The Enraizados network is present in over 10 countries and 17 Brazilian States. Dudu is also the founder of Hulle Brasil, a startup company which develops digital distribution solutions, with a focus on ethnicity and territory.

elisangelaEliana Sousa Silva

Master in Education and PhD in Sociology, Eliana is a course coordinator for the Diploma in Public Security, Culture and Citzenship course at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also is a course coordinator at the Leadership Capacitybuilding course at the Favela University (Centre for the Study of Security and Citzenship Centre, Candido Mendes University). Currently Eliana is Director of Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré (the Networks of Maré) where she has developed a comprehensive research project on public education in this complex of 17 favelas in Rio.

eliane_costaEliane Costa

Master in Cultural Properties and Social Projects at the FGV-RIO, she is a course coordinator for the MBA in Cultural Management and Production at the same university. She is currently taking her PhD at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and, between 2003 and 2012, she was Sponsorship Manager at Petrobras. Nowadays, she works as a consultant, teacher and speaker in the fields of cultural management, digital culture and Creative Economy.

heloisa_buarqueHeloisa Buarque de Holanda

Heloisa is a writer and professor of Culture Critical Theory at UFRJ, and coordinates the Advanced Programme in Contemporary Culture at the same university. She is founder of initiatives such as the Aeroplano Publishing and Consultancy LTDA, the Research and Projects Institute and was a curator at Portal Literal ( She is author of several books, such as “Impressões de Viagem”, “Cultura e Participação nos anos 60” and “Escolhas”.

perimJunior Perim

Junior is a culture maker, founder and executive coordinator at Crescer and Viver Circus, an organisation focused on the education, production and development of circus arts. He is the founder and General Director of the International Circus Festival of Rio de Janeiro – one of the biggest circus events in the world – a member of the Circus Department at the National Advisory Board of Cultural Politics and also an Executive Director of the Ibero-american Circus Confederation. A Self-taught writer, he is the author of the book “Panfleto” and as a social activist he is active in the articulation of local and international networks focusing on public arts policies as an strategic area for social, economic and human development.

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Liv Sovik

Liv is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Communication Department and organiser of Stuart Hall´s book “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”.

lucimara_letelierLucimara Letelier

With Over 15 years of experience, Lucimara is an arts manager, specialised in institutional development for social and cultural organisations. She is Arts Associate Director at British Council Brazil and was a consultant in strategic marketing planning for over 26 organisations, such as Immigration Museum, Projeto Guri, and the Government of São Paulo. Lucimara has a master in Arts Administration at the Boston University and worked at the Caixa Cultural Museum (SP), Guggenheim (NY) and The Children´s Museum (Boston). She is also a teacher on the MBA in Cultural Management at the Candido Mendes University and board member at the Contemporary Culture Institute (ICCO).


Marta Porto

Marta is a journalist, communication, arts and arts policy specialist and curator of venues, exhibitions and artistic projects. She is co-founder of XBrasil, and has held managing positions in a number of institutions and governmental organizations, juries and national and international committees. Currently she is a member of Plano A Studio and is Content Director at the Development and Management Institute (IDG).

ronaldo_lemosRonaldo Lemos

Professor of Law at the Gradutation and Undergraduation departments at the Federal University of São Paulo, PHD in Law at the same university and Master in Law at Harvard University, Ronaldo is a guest researcher at MIT Media Lab. He was a guest teacher at Princeton University and Oxford University. Ronaldo was also Director of the Creative Commons project in Brazil and co-founder of the Overmondu project, winner of the Golden Nica at the Digital Communities category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2007. He is Director and founder of the Technology and Society Institute of Rio de Janeiro, Liaison Officer of MIT Media Lab for Brazil and member of the Administration board of the Mozilla Foundation.

silvia_ramosSilvia Ramos

PHD in Science at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in the areas of Health and Violence and post PHD in Sociology by the University of Lisbon, Silvia develops researches in urban violence and public security, focusing in youth, Police, media and social movements. She is the author of a number of articles regarding youth, violence and the police, such as, “Meninos do Rio: Jovens, Violência Armada e Polícia nas Favelas Cariocas” (2009) and “Brazilian responses to violence and new forms of mediation: The case of the grupo cultural AfroReggae and the experience of the project “Youth and the police” (2006) and published the books Elemento suspeito: abordagem policial e discriminação na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, with Leonarda Musumeci (2005),and Mídia e violência: tendências na cobertura de criminalidade e segurança pública no Brasil, with Anabela Paiva (2007).


david_sadlerDavid Sadler

David Sadler graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Geography. He stayed there to complete his PhD and a post-doctoral fellowship, taking up a position as Lecturer at St David’s University College, Lampeter in 1987. He returned to Durham in 1989, and in 2002 moved to the University of Liverpool. At Liverpool he served as Head of the Department of Geography and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Environmental Sciences. He took a lead in international activities, and from 2010 to 2014 was seconded to the role of Vice President (Academic) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University based at Suzhou, PR China. In that time the university grew to become the largest international joint-venture HE institution in China. He joined Queen Mary as Professor of Economic Geography and Vice Principal (International) in September 2014. His research interests are in the field of economic globalisation, uneven regional and urban development, and urban and regional policies.

david_treeceDavid Treece

David Treece is Camoens Professor of Portuguese in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London, where he directed the Centre for the Study of Brazilian Culture and Society until its incorporation into the College’s newly created King’s Brazil Institute in 2010. He is the author of Exiles, Allies, Rebels: Brazil’s Indianist Movement, Indigenist Politics, and the Imperial Nation-State(Greenwood, 2000), the co-author of The Gathering of Voices: the twentieth-century poetry of Latin America (Verso, 1992), and was founding co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (1992-2004) and co-editor of Portuguese Studies journal (2005-2014). Between 1984 and 1987 David worked on indigenous land rights issues for the NGO Survival International, and his first academic research addressed how Brazil’s Amerindian peoples have been represented in the country’s literature, social policies and nationalist thought. From the early 1990s he worked on modern Brazilian poetry and fiction and their translation, publishing several volumes in the “Brazilian Contemporaries Series” with Boulevard, including João Guimarães Rosa’s The Jaguar and other stories (2001). Since 2000 his work has concentrated on Brazilian popular music, and the culture and politics of race and Afro-Brazilian identity. His book Brazilian Jive: From Samba to Bossa and Rap (Reaktion, 2013) brings together these most recent research interests. He is currently coordinating a new collaborative, international research group provisionally entitled “Identities in dialogue; Brazilian music and musicians in the United Kingdom”, bringing together researchers from King’s College London, and from several Brazilian universities, including Unesp, UFU and USP.
In 2000 David was awarded the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian Government for services to Brazil-UK relations. He sings with the Brazilian vocal group Nossa Voz and is Chair of the news and analysis NGO Latin American Bureau.

personaElyse Dodgson

Elyse Dodgson é membro da equipe artística do Royal Court theatre desde 1985. Inicialmente, foi Diretora do Young People’s Theatre e, desde 1995, é Diretora Associada e Chefe do Departamento Internacional. Foi a primeira diretora da International Summer School (agora chamada Royal Court International Residency), iniciada em 1989, e produziu o Royal Court Young Writers Festival (1986-1991), e a temporada internacional desde 1997. Elyse coordennou o desenvolvimento de peças em várias partes do mundo, includindo Cuba, Nigéria, México, Palestina, Rússia, Síria, índia e no Brasil. Ela também editou cinco antologias de peças internacionais, com obras da Alemanha, Espanha, México e do mundo árabe (todas publicadas pela Nick Hern Books). Em 2004, recebeu o Young Vic Award, e, em 2010, o títilo de MBE pela sua contribuição ao “teatro e aos escritores jovens internacionais”.

personaHayle Gadelha

Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Brazil in London. Hayle Melim Gadelha, a career diplomat, heads the Cultural Section of the Embassy of Brazil in the United Kingdom since June 2014. Most recently, he served in Beijing (2011-14) in the commercial section with significant achievements in the promotion of Brazilian trade and investment. His MA (2011) dealt with cooperation among the countries of the Amazonian region and specifically the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO). He also served the Suriname and Chile, where he was invited to attend the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy (Santiago, 2010) an accolade recognizing his diplomatic talent.

vitmayer_janetJanet Vitmayer

Janet has been Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum & Gardens since 1999, having joined the Horniman in 12993 as Head of Education and Public Services. Since then, the Museum has been through a period of huge transformation, with its galleries, buildings and 16 acres of gardens benefiting from significant investment and improvement.  During this time, visitor figures have trebled and the Museum now attracts a third of its audience from ethically diverse groups.  The Horniman Trust is both a charity and a Non Departmental Public Body, core funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, and supported by Arts Council England as a Major Partner Museum. Janet is a Visitor to the University of Oxford (Committee for Pitt Rivers Museum), and a Trustee of the Hunterian Collection.  Past roles include research and curation, Imperial War Museum, 1976-1982;  Director, Livesey Museum for Children, 1982-1992; Chair of the Women Leaders in Museum Network (2008-2012); Trustee of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council London; membership of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Expert Panel (2005-2008); Trustee of the London Transport Museum, and Trustee of the Collections Trust.
Janet was on the Project Board for the Wellcome Trust’s new public building at 183 Euston Road, and has chaired the Medicine, History and Society Capital Awards Committee for the Wellcome Trust.

personaKeith Nichol

Head of Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

madani_younisMadani Younis

Madani Younis took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. In 2013 he programmed the company’s most successful season to date, which saw the theatre play to 99% capacity. For the Bush he has previously directed Chalet Lines. Prior to his appointment at the Bush, he was Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire where his work included the site-specific work, The Mill – City of Dreams. He has also worked nationally and internationally as theatre director, writer and practitioner. Whilst at Freedom Studios Madani collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops culminating in Freedom’s two week residency in 2010 at the theatre. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School. Madani originally trained in film, and his debut short film Ellabellapumpanella, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.


Mark Ball

Mark Ball was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of LIFT in April 2009. Prior to his appointment at LIFT, Mark established Fierce Earth Ltd in 1997, which specialises in the production and presentation of cultural events, festivals and programmes. From 1998 – 2007, he directed Fierce!, an annual international festival of theatre, live art and contemporary dance taking place across the West Midlands which is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s most vibrant contemporary arts festivals. In January 2008, he was appointed Head of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, leading a new department responsible for developing the profile of the RSC amongst new audiences by producing and delivering a range of high profile artist-led projects and commissions.
In November 2005, Mark was named the Institute of Director’s (IoD) Young Director of the Year and was made a Clore Fellow in 2006/2007. He also holds posts at a number of arts organisations, including Trustee of Frantic Assembly. In 2012, Mark was named by Time Out and The Stage as one of the ten most influential people in British theatre.

personaMichael Amaning

Currently working as a Peer Facilitator at Generation Arts, Michael is Associate Artist at Playing On Theatre Company helping to create theatre to transform the lives of disenfranchised people.  In 2014 he co-led on “Hearing Things” an exciting collaboration with the Maudsley Hospital generating a piece of theatre exploring mental health.  He has worked as a facilitator in prisons and criminal justice settings with Safeground, Isis and Only Connect.
He has worked with school pupils on free school meals delivering drama skills with West End in Schools, and with 6th form students in Harlesden on a project based on the play ‘Inside’ which he helped develop and performed in at the Roundhouse in 2010. Michael was  part of the 3 year collaboration with People’s Palace Projects, Afro Reggae and other UK arts companies on a project called Cultural Warriors which resulted in him going on a delegation to visit Brazil and share theatre practice.

personaMonica Machado

Monica is a Professor of Media and Communications at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil, and Honorary Research Associate. Department of Anthropology at University College London ( UCL) – 2014/2015. Currently she is working on Her Post-doctorate project, Study of digital anthropology: case Favela Museum – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. Supervisor: Phd. Daniel Miller and is also a Council Board Member of Museu de Favela – Cantagalo, Pavão, Pavaozinho. Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

personaNick McDowell

Em maio de 2013, Nick McDowell foi nomeado Director for International no Arts Council England, sem, no entanto, ter deixado seu cargo original em que liderava uma equipe de Londres responsável por gerenciar organizações de dança, “combined arts”, literatura e bibliotecas. Antes disso, Nick foi Literature Director do Arts Council em Londres (2010-2013) e, entre 2010 e 2012, Vice Executive Director do escritório, na mesma cidade. Desde 2000, trabalhou no Arts Council com foco em literatura. Nick também trabalhou no ramo editorial, recentemente como Marketing Director da Orion Publishing Group, em que também tinha responsabilidades editoriais. É escritor de romances, dois deles publicados pela Hodder Headline, e também já foi comissionado para escrever roteiros cinematográficos. Nick também já escreveu críticas sobre ficção e não-ficção para jornais britânicos nacionais e lecionou literatura no Ensino Médio.

personaRaj Bhari

Raj Bhari has been collaborating with PPP for over ten years, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a board member.  Raj has been working in conflict transformation and peace building internationally and in the UK for over seventeen years. His inspiration for wanting to work with conflict began whilst working with young people in penal institutions in the UK and Brazil and from his experiences as a Theatre for Development Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) volunteer in Bangladesh. From 2002, Raj worked as a senior advisor to the UK Government where he contributed to the development of the national community cohesion, conflict resolution and community engagement agendas. This work primarily focused on improving relations between communities where divisive narratives were present. Raj also has extensive experience in participatory arts and currently teaches on the Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community & Social Contexts MA programme at Goldsmiths University, London.
Raj is also a director of Talk for a Change (, he is currently leading on Talk for a Change’s partnership with Peaceful Change initiative (, supporting peace building initiatives in Libya and Syria”.

personaRuth Gould

In July 2013 Ruth Gould became the Artistic Director of DaDaFest, and previously was the Chief Executive Officer, since February 2001.  Passionate about Disability and Deaf arts celebrated as cultural diversities, Ruth established the festival in 2001. From Liverpool, Ruth initially trained in performance arts, speech and drama at Liverpool Theatre School. In 1988 she undertook further training in School of Creative Arts’ Australia becoming the movement and drama teacher, leading to work opportunities in New Zealand and USA.
Ruth is an advisory member for Granada Foundation and Liverpool City Council Tourism and Culture Select Committee and a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow. As a stimulating and enthusiastic public speaker, Ruth is regularly invited to speak about subjects relating to Disability and Deaf arts at conferences and cultural events across the globe.​

samenua_sesherSamenua Sesher

Samenua Sesher is a writer, coach and culture management consultant. She started her career in theatre and has worked with Nottingham Playhouse, The National and the Ambassadors Theatre Group. She has also worked in television, community arts and heritage. As a cross-arformproducer, Samenua has experience of delivering multi-million pound programmes and has fed into national cultural policy and lectured. She was a 2008/09 Clore Fellow.

personaSara Macshane

Sarah Macshane is a Programme Manager for the newly established Cultural Skills Unit. The Cultural Skills Unit functions as cross-organisational support mechanism working in collaboration with colleagues across the British Councils key work areas: Arts, Education and Society and English and Exams and global regions to complement and fill gaps in our current skills provision, align areas of work and regional priorities and to cultivate joined up ways of working.

personaSian Bird

Sian Bird is an engagement and partnerships specialist with a background in music. Sian was a Cultural Policy Advisor at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport before moving to Arts Council England for 8 years. Here she worked with local government to embed culture in local service provision, acted as a critical friend and monitored funding to music clients and led on engagement and participation for the London region. In March Sian took on a new role at the Barbican Centre as Partnerships Manager, establishing an ambitious cultural education partnership across the 8 East London boroughs. Sarah joined the British Council in February 2014, after two and half years at Creative & Cultural Skills, the UK’s sector skill council for the creative and cultural sector. She is currently studying an MSc in Education, Power and Social Change at Birkbeck University and graduated from Newcastle University with Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies BA Hons. Sarah is currently developing programmes and partnerships with key UK and international organisations in Brazil and East Asia to create long term, sustainable skills programmes for the cultural sector. She is using evidence-based research to ensure that the programmes are relevant for young people, professionals and policymakers and, importantly, ensure that they bridge the gap between education and industry.

personaSimon T. Dancey

Simon is the new British Council Global Director for Cultural Skills, a worldwide initiative working across arts and education. Previously the British Council Director for Wales and before that, senior International & Nations policy Director at Creative & Cultural Skills, the UK Sector Skills Council. At Creative & Cultural Skills he oversaw the international development of the company whilst also introducing the first Creative Apprenticeships in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. As a practitioner he has worked as a professional musician, producer, tour manager and sound engineer. He also directed large scale major events with the BBC, including Compass Point, the International Arts Festival and the Welsh Music Awards.
As a community arts director he worked around the globe on policy and project developments in countries including Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Australia, Latvia, Germany and Canada. He pioneered the New Deal for Musicians scheme in Wales and developed the UK’s first Community record label and touring circuit, Complete Control Music. As well as policy and practice, he is now engaged as an academic, working on an international cultural policy PhD, with a specific emphasis on Latin America.

personaSue Mayo

Sue Mayo is a theatre maker, facilitator, teacher and consultant. Working across art forms, often in collaboration with other artists, Sue has created and facilitated a wide range of creative projects in the UK and beyond. Sue lectures at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, where she is Convenor of the MA in Applied Theatre, and is Associate Artist at Magic Me, the UK’s leading intergenerational arts provider.  Sue works in the professional development of artists who want to work in education and community settings, and acts as a consultant and evaluator for arts and heritage organizations.

personaVanessa Gabriel-Robinson

Vanessa Gabriel-Robinson is a journalist and project manager who develops and manages projects with social impact for private and public organisations. Holding an MBA inStrategic Communication and an MA in Culture & Science Information, she has been working at the British Council since 2013 where she manages the Transform Programme, an arts platform that encourages collaborations
between Brazil and the UK.
Vanessa is also director of the Amazon FilmFestival and is an independent researcher about how new technologies have helped disadvantaged communities gain greater access to information and provided them with the tools to enable them to have their voices heard. In the past 10 years, Vanessas has worked in educational and cultural projects in Brazil and in the UK, developing and managing strategic projects for key institutions, such as Instituto Claro, Rio 2016 Committee, Roundhouse, Create London and British Council.

vivian_reisVivian Reis

Vivian Reis is a journalist from Porto Alegre, with experience in internet, radio, printed media, TV and film. She has also produced social projects and was coordinator of the Olimpíada Carioca (PNUD/ONU) culture and sports workshops, which was part of the Rio de Janeiro Panamerican Games social legacy strategy. She blogged for Nike/LiveAD and worked as headhunter and trend hunter for Box1824. When based in London, she was resident DJ at Club Guanabara and columnist of Brazilian News. Back in Brazil, she produced the radio programme “Conexões Urbanas” for Grupo Cultural Afro Reggae in Porto Alegre (Ipanema FM), São Paulo (Eldorado FM) and Rio de Janeiro (MPB FM). For television she was General Producer of “Na Pilha”, a daily live programme for young people living in the Stage of Santa Catarina (RBS TV/TV Com). In 2010 she was Web Consultant for the general election campaign of President Dilma Rousseff, the first campaign in Brazil to use social media (Equipe Dilma na Rene / Marcelo Branco). She currently works as a journalist and web consultant for BRUK Social Media (Rio de Janeiro) and represents the NGO Central Única das Favelas in the UK.