Meet the core team, the researchers from our consortium of universities, our Industry Champions, and International Council.

Core team Researchers Industry Champions Global Creative Economy Council

This page is the process of being updated as the Creative PEC moves to new co-hosts Newcastle University and the RSA. Below you can see the researchers we worked with during the first iteration of the PEC 2018 - 2023.

Meet the PEC's Industry Champions: a UK-wide network of trusted practitioners, drawn from all parts of the creative industries. The group provide the PEC with guidance on industry’s most pressing challenges, expert insight to inform our research, and critical feedback on our policy recommendations.

The Global Creative Economy Council (GCEC) grew out of the PEC International Council that was working in the first stage of Creative PEC, from 2018-2023. Learn more about the work of the International Council.

The GCEC brings together academics, practitioners, policy professionals and investors from five continents to identify and discuss emerging trends of global significance in creative economy practice and policy. In particular, it aims to provide inclusive perspectives on global policy issues that span both Global South and Global North, and consider ideas for transnational policies and standards. Supported by PEC Creative and the British Council, it contributes to the work of both organisations by providing targeted insights and related research.

John Newbigin OBE - UK

Chair, PEC International Council

John Newbigin OBE has worked in the film, television and theatre industries. As Special Advisor to the UK Minister for Cultur...

Daniar Amanaliev - Kyrgyzstan

Co-founder and CEO of ololo group. Chair of Kyrgyzstan’s Creative Industries association.

Danier Amanaliev is the Co-founder and band master of the ololo group, Kyrgyzstan. ololo group of companies includes a chain ...

Laura Callanan - New York City, United States

Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab

Laura Callanan Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab was senior deputy chair of the National Endowment for the Arts before launchi...

Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg - based in Geneva, Switzerland and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Vice-President, International Federation on Multimedia Associations

Edna Dos Santos is an economist and worked for 30 years at the United Nations. She founded and became chief of the Creative E...

George Gachara - Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia

Social entrepreneur, Arts Manager, and the Managing Partner at HEVA Fund LLP.

George Gachara is a creative industry strategist, a fund advisor, and an investor in creative industries in Africa. He is als...

Avril Joffe - Johannesburg, South Africa

Post Graduate Coordinator of the Cultural Policy & Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

Avril Joffe is the Post Graduate Coordinator (and former Head) of the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits S...

Marcel Kraus - Prague, Czech Republic

Head of the Hyb4City department at Charles University's Hybernská Campus, Prague

Marcel Kraus leads the Hyb4City department at Charles University's Hybernská Campus, overseeing the university's strategic de...

Dwinita (Tita) Larasati - West Java, Indonesia

Lecturer and Researcher at Industrial Design Program, FSRD ITB, Indonesia

Dwinita (Tita) Larasati studied industrial product design at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Design Academy Eindhoven, and ...

Jairaj Mashru - Mumbai, India

International Advisory Board of the Global Creative Economy Council

Jairaj Mashru specialises in Innovation and Strategy, working at the intersection of business, technology, and design. As a t...

Omar Nagati - Cairo, Egypt

Architect, Urban Planner and Co-founder of CLUSTER

Omar Nagati is a practising architect, urban planner, and the co-founder of CLUSTER, an urban design and research platform in...

Diana Rey - Canada

Cultural Statistics Expert at UNDP for Saudi Arabia, Associate Researcher at Lado B

Diana is a political ccientist specialized in Creative Economy and Cultural Rights. Her expertise lies in developing both qua...

Leandro Valiati - Brazil, France and the UK

Senior Lecturer and Programme Director in Creative and Cultural Industries Programmes, University of Manchester

Leandro Valiati is a Researcher, lecturer and knowledge exchange global leader in Creative and Cultural Industries. Leandro h...

Andrea Dempster Chung - Jamaica

Co-founder and executive director of Kingston Creative

Andrea Dempster Chung is the co-founder and executive director of Kingston Creative, an NGO that uses arts to achieve social ...