Luanda Smith was a participant of the 1st Edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme.

Luanda Smith holds a bachelor’s 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, UNaids and International Federation of Muaythai Associations. She is photographer, cultural manager and independent art broker. She is founder and CEO of Mexican NGO Creatividad y Cultura Glocal A.C. member of International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. The organisation focuses on promoting the principles and good practices of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention, and by this reinforce creative and cultural industries, promote cultural governance, international cultural cooperation,  civil society engagement, and culture and development projects (C + D) Her NGO lead the project U40 network Cultural Diversity 2030 in Mexico, initiative of the German Commission for UNESCO and IFCCD.

“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.

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