María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

María Claudia Parias is  Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta. She is a social communicator and journalist, specialist in Cultural Management and a Master's Degree graduate in Cultural Administration from the University of Barcelona.

María Claudia has extensive experience in the cultural field and in the design and implementation of social projects at local, national, and international levels.      She has worked as Director of Regional Promotion at the Ministry of Culture, General Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota, Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Technical Assistant at the Department of Arts of the Andres Bello Covenant, Director of the International Arts Journal (Revista Arte Internacional) of the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art, Communications Advisor of the Department of Arts at the Ministry of Culture, and advisor to various cultural projects in Colombia.        Currently, she is a member of the Executive Board of the International Music Council (IMC) and member of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in New York.

Leadership Committee

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, ITAC Chair

Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director, Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania, Teaching Artist & Co- Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Chen Alon

Israel, Theatre Activist, Director and Scholar

Brad Haseman


Jahyun Kim

Korea, KACES

Daniel Mora-Brito

Venezuela/ Switzerland, International Development Practitioner

Clothilde Cardinal

Canada, Head of Programming at Place des Arts

Simon Sharkey

Scotland, Director


Madeleine McGirk

ITAC Managing Director

Aislinn Ryan

Project Manager ITAC IMPACT: Climate

Laurel Toyofuku

Communications Manager

Caryn Cooper

Leadership Development Specialist


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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