Yama Saraj : Co-producer and Director IFAA Afghanistan
Yama Saraj is a development economist and a social activist. He is president of Young social entrepreneurs for Afghanistan, a foundation based in the Netherlands, concerned with mobilizing and facilitating Afghan diaspora to be engaged with reconstruction in Afghanistan through social entrepreneurship.
Currently he is doing a research on strategic alliances among diaspora organizations at
Tilburg University. He recently partnered with IFAA Global to develop IFAA Afghanistan, including the development of a Culture Centre in Afghanistan whose purpose will be to preserve, document and facilitate Afghan arts and culture and to enable international artist exchange.
Sithabile Mlotshwa : Producer & Artistic Director IFAA
This is a short biography of S’thabile Mlotshwa a creator, art collector and passionate campaigner for women’s rights who sees art as a catalyst for change, innovation and human advancement. S’thabile is Founder – Executive director of Thamgidi Foundation, Producer of Art, Books en Wine, was Artistic Director Festival De Oase, Curator 1st edition Yango biennale Kinshasa Congo, Producer and artistic director of IFAA 2008 and IFAA Art Platform, visual artist, cultural producer and independent curator. She is former chair of “VAAB” the visual arts association in Bulawayo Zimbabwe, former Secretary General ResArtis, Board of directors stichting WHAA, 2009 advisory Board member of the Gelders Balkon (Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem) and 2008 President of the Jury at the Dakart Biennale. Four of her biggest successes are: 1)Thamgidi Fund, that has to-date given more than 35 grants. 2) Building a major collection of contemporary art with the focus on Africa and the international Diaspora. 3) Producing IFAA 2008 & IFAA Art Platform, (an International cross – disciplinary Festival and artist in Residency Platform), taking place in different cities worldwide. 4) Producing Art, Books en Wine, (a network and debate platform bringing together creators and the corporate sector) through art, food, literature and wine. She was invited to speak at Tedx Women Amsterdam and publicized in The Next Women (an Online Magazine For Female Business Heroes) as an inspirational woman. She is publicized in the Rebelle Art & Feminism 1969 -2009 catalogue of the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem. S’thabile was selected for the Asia-Europe Network Training Program of Independent Autonomous Art Centers in Paris organized by Asia Europe Foundation, Trans Europe Halles & Artfactories where she represented the Netherlands for the building of the Asia – Europe Network for Independent Cultural Centers. She has illustrated books and participated in the restoration of the Cyrene Mission (restoration of a church which is on UNESCO world heritage list).