People

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

Core team Researchers Management Board Advisory Board Industry Champions International Council

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. To find out more, learn about the individuals below and read the announcement blog.

Meet the PEC's International Council: a network of leading policy and creative economy practitioners from across the world, convened by The British Council. The group will share international creative economy policy intelligence and research opportunities, and will act as critical friends in reviewing and providing an international perspective on the PEC’s activities. To find out more, learn about the individuals below and read the announcement blog.

John Newbigin OBE

Chair, PEC International Council

John Newbigin is founder and first Chairman of Creative England (from 2011 to 2018). As Special Advisor to the UK Minister fo...

Avril Joffe - Johannesburg, South Africa

Head of the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

Avril Joffe is the Head of the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwat...

Bernd Fesel - Cologne Area, Germany

Bernd Fesel studied Economics and Philosophy in Heidelberg and Bonn from 1983 to 1990 and graduated with an economics degree....

Diana Marcela Rey Vásque - based in Montreal, Canada

Director of the eCommerce Observatory and Consultant

After studying political science and a PhD in Latin American Studies, Diana has dedicated her efforts to demonstrate the soci...

Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg - based in Geneva, Switzerland

Economist, Policy Advisor and Researcher on Creative Economy and Development

Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg is an economist who developed her international career of nearly 30 years as high-level officer at...

George Gachara - Nairobi, Kenya

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

George Gachara is a social entrepreneur, Arts Manager, and the Managing Partner at HEVA Fund LLP. He is leading a development...

Jairaj Mashru - Mumbai, India

Innovation Executive at Salesforce.com

Jai is an Innovation Executive at Salesforce.com in India and as part of the Ignite team, he empowers organisations to be mor...

Laura Callanan - New York City, United States

Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab

Laura Callanan is the Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab, which is disrupting how creativity is funded by connecting impact i...

Leandro Valiati - Brazil, South America

Professor and Researcher in Creative Industries and Cultural Economics

Economist, PhD in Development Economics and post-PhD in Creative Industries (Sorbonne-Paris 13). Professor of Creative Indust...

Marcel Kraus - Prague, Czech Republic

R&D Programme Designer and Manager at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Marcel is a research and development Programme Designer and Manager at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. His work ...

Tita Larasati - West Java, Indonesia

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

Dwinita 'Tita' Larasati was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, before pursuing her study at Industrial Design Program, Fa...

Yan Mei - Beijing, China

Senior Partner, Chair of China

After a distinguished career serving major international media companies for more than twenty years, Yan Mei joined Brunswick...