COMPENDIUM: Culture and Development - selection of online reference documents
Vanessa‘s work is interdisciplinary and brokers connections between the cultural and other sectors, including international relations, development, health, science and psychology. She sets up and coordinates projects and programmes in the cultural, heritage and arts worlds in an international context with public, private, NGO and multilateral stakeholders. Until recently she worked as Programme Specialist for UNESCO in Paris on museum capacity building projects in Egypt, Jerusalem and Africa. Prior to that she worked at the London-based consultancy Cultural Innovations, where she coordinated the artefact selection process for the Grand Egyptian Museum in Egypt, the development of a community arts centre in Abu Dhabi, the development of a Functional Brief and organisational structure for the National Art Gallery of Singapore, and other assignments in the UK, India, Qatar, Syria and Singapore. Vanessa holds an MA in Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London. Her MSc thesis was about museums and where they sit in the discourse around ‘culture and development’. In 2007-2008 she was an observing member of the UK National Commission of UNESCO and wrote an issues paper on culture and development. In 2013 she will start a new position with ANKAAA, the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists in Darwin, Australia. As part of this position she will help ANKAAA develop strategic cross-disciplinary partnerships.