Luanda Smith was a participant of the 1st Edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme.
With a bachelor in arts, international relations and cultural management studies Luanda has worked at Veracruz State Culture Institute and Veracruzana University as cultural diversity advisor, with secretary of culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa and in social projects with UNWomen and UNaids. She founded Mexican NGO Creatividad y Cultura Glocal A.C. with focus on promoting the principles and good practices of UNESCO 2005 Convention, International Cooperation, civil society engagement, and culture and development projects (C + D). She is Coordinator in México of U40 Network Cultural Diversity 2030 initiative of German Commission for UNESCO and International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity.
“Besides specialized cultural diplomacy learning, multicultural peer-to-peer experience with specialists from other countries, sharing experiences, challenges, goals and vision of future the GCLP motivated me to keep working on cultural civil society capacity building to address local needs and develop projects that also enable international cultural cooperation.”
In order to introduce themselves and their organisations, the participants prepared a poster presenting 4 elements – Me, My organisation, My Project and My Dream.