I am an independent consultant, speaker, moderator and journalist with global expertise on artistic freedom, music censorship and cultural diversity.
Having co-initiated Freemuse – the world’s leading organisation defending and advocating artistic freedom and being the Executive Director from 2013-2017.
My global network includes artists, human rights defenders, global media, cultural organisations, artists’ organisations, policy makers and key staff members at several ministries and UN bodies.
In 2012 I initiated, co-developed and produced the world’s first ever conference on artistic freedom “All that is banned is desired.” The same year I was contracted by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Ms Farida Shaheed as expert consultant to write a background research report on artistic freedom to qualify the development of the first ever UN report addressing the rights to artistic freedom and creativity.
Three years later I wrote the chapter on artistic freedom for The UNESCO 2015 Global Report “Re|Shaping Cultural Policies" and developed with UNESCO and my colleague, Sara Whyatt, the monitoring system on artistic freedom for the 2005 UNESCO Convention.
The two documents are now the key global references to the understanding of the rights to freedom of artistic expression.
Before I co-initiated Freemuse, I worked for three decades as broadcaster and cultural journalist in almost 50 countries for DR – The Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
In periods, I worked in Mali as consultant to the cultural co-operative Jamana/Sorofe, (86-92) as UNESCO consultant to The Bhutan Broadcasting Service (88-89), CICIBA, Gabon and as senior advisor for the Development Communications Company, DaniCom (87-92).
In 1987-1988, I served as joint foreign correspondent in India with Marie Korpe, for SR – The Swedish National Public Radio.
As moderator, I have conducted panels for Freemuse at four World Conferences as well as conferences and seminars organised by UNESCO, UN Special Rapporteurs, Oslo World Music Festival, National Arts Councils in Norway and Sweden, CKU, The Nordic Council, SafeMUSE and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
The list of artists featured in these sessions include Pussy Riot, Hugh Masekela, Deeyah Khan, Ramy Essam, Ferhat Tunc, Lavon Volski, Mahsa Vadhat, Moddi and Marcel Khalife.
BBC, New York Times, O Globo, Al Jazeera, SABC, Le Monde and several other media and film production companies have interviewed and consulted me on mechanisms and effects of censorship and repression of artistic freedom.
Independent consultant, speaker, moderator and journalist with global expertise on artistic freedom, music censorship and cultural diversity
Co-founder and former Executive Director of Freemuse
UNESCO expert on artistic freedom and cultural diversity
International moderator at conferences, festivals and workshops
Key-note speaker worldwide
The world’s most quoted expert on music censorship and artistic freedom
Editor of Art under Threat 2015-2016