Executive Board

Executive Board

NAME:

Helen Payne, PhD, R-ADMP, Professor

POSITION:

President (Emeritus)

COUNTRY:

UK

Helen Payne

Professor Helen Payne, PhD; UKCP; Fellow ADMP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist pioneered DMP in the UK leading the professional association, first post graduate accredited training, research and publications. ‘Chair in Psychotherapy’ at the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education, conferred as ‘Professor of Psychotherapy’ in 2007.

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She is trained in Laban Movement Analysis, Person-Centered Counselling, Group Analysis and Authentic Movement, works with children, adolescents and adults, conducts research, supervises PhDs, teaches and examines at doctorate level nationally/internationally. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the international peer reviewed journal ‘Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy’ published by Taylor and Francis. Trained in the discipline of authentic movement since 1994 she has been facilitating circles as a form of group psychotherapy ever since. She is clinical manager for the University of Hertfordshire’s service which supports people with persistent bodily symptoms for which tests and scans come back negative. She has recently been honoured to have been invited to join the Therapies Task Force for Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Her current publication is entitled ‘Essentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice’ published by Routledge.

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NAME:

Tony Yu Zhou, PhD, CMA

POSITION:

CEO, Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

China/Netherland

Tony Yu Zhou

Dr. Zhou holds a doctoral degree in biomedicine and has been working and living in China and Europe for many years.  Though trained as a scientist, he has been greatly intrigued by modern dance and dance therapy since 2002. He has played an important role in driving the development of creative arts therapy and education in China and the world.

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Dr. Zhou serves on an international advisory board for the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. He founded Inspirees Education Group and Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives, the international open access journal. He is also a certified movement analyst (CMA) trained by LIMS in New York. Dr. Zhou is the team leader for the Chinese Group of Arts Therapy, Chinese Psychological Society, Guest Professor of Beijing Normal University, Co-founder and core member of World Alliance of Dance Movement Therapy. He also serves as the CEO of International Association of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET).

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NAME:

Vivien Marcow Speiser, PhD, BC-DMT, REAT, NCC

POSITION:

Board member (Emeritus)

COUNTRY:

USA

Vivien Marcow Speiser

Vivien Marcow Speiser is the Director and Professor of the Institute for Arts and Health in The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a dance therapist and an expressive arts therapist and educator. Her work has allowed her unparalleled access to working with groups across the United States, Israel and internationally.

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She has used the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures and believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. As former founder and director of the Arts Institute Project in Israel, she has been influential in the development of Expressive Arts Therapy in that country. Her current interests are in working with communities under duress,  trauma through the arts,  and cross-cultural conflict transformation. She is a co-editor of The Arts, Education and Social Change: Little Signs of Hope, published by Peter Lang.

Dr Speiser has taught throughout the world and believes in the use of the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures. She believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. Her interests and expertise lie in the areas of working with communities under duress through an integrated arts approach. Many of her publications are grounded in her work with trauma and cross-cultural conflict resolution through the arts. In addition, she is an expert in the creation and performance of ‘rites of passage rituals’ and in the use of performance in expressive therapy practice.

Her contributions to the field have made her an international leader in dance and expressive therapy, and most recently earned her a Fulbright Scholar Award as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Journal of Applied Arts and Health in 2019. Other awards include the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health and a 2015 Honorary Fellow Lifetime Achievement award from the Israeli Expressive and Creative Arts Therapy Association (ICET)

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NAME:

Warren Nebe, MA, MA, RDT

POSITION:

Board member (Emeritus)

COUNTRY:

South Africa

Warren Nebe

Warren Nebe is an academic, theatre director, arts therapist and activist in the fields of applied arts, arts therapies and arts research. He is the founding Head and Director of  Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand and is a Senior Lecturer. He is a registered member of International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP), American Association of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP), North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySA), and South African National Arts Therapy Associations (SANATA). He an accredited guide of the Listening Hour and a Playback Theatre practitioner. Warren is a Salzburg Global Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and the recipient of several awards, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Transformation Award and the Adelaide Tambo Human Rights Award.

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NAME:

Michal Lev, Ph.D., LCAT, CMFT

POSITION:

Regional Director (Europe), Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

Israel

Michal Lev

Dr. Michal Lev is a board-certified art therapist, supervisor, and a certified family psychotherapist. Her clinical practice included inpatient and outpatient treatments for adults with mental health issues. In her established private practice for couples and families Michal incorporates expressive therapies to deal with intimacy issues and promote wellbeing.

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Michal is a faculty lecturer at the graduate art therapy program at Ono Academic College–ASA in Israel, advising students in their seminar thesis and promoting art-based pedagogy and research. Her published research and presentations focus on intimacy, art-based research, and creative process-oriented pedagogy.

Dr. Lev is the head of the approval committee for YAHAT – the Expressive Therapies Organization in Israel since 2016, supporting public legislation for expressive therapies. As a social activist, artist, and entrepreneur, she maintains artmaking for innovation, inquiry and knowledge within business environments.

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NAME:

Phillip Speiser, PhD, REAT, RDT-BC

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Events Committee

COUNTRY:

USA

Phillip Speiser

Dr. Philip Speiser is an expressive arts educator/therapist, drama therapist, and psychodramatist who has developed and implemented integrated arts therapy and educational programs for children, adolescents and families for over four decades. He is currently Director of Parkside Arts and Health Associates in Boston Massachusetts.

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He has served as director at the Arbour Counseling Partial Hospitalization Program in Norwell, MA and also the founding director of the arts therapy department at Whittier Street Health Center, Boston. He has worked and developed programs with individuals and groups in conflict around the globe.

After 9/11 he developed and implemented the Healing Arts Program, an arts-based ‘trauma recovery/prevention’ program in Boston and New York City.

In the early 1990’s he was a founding member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and served as co-chair. During the 1980’s he lived in Sweden and did pioneering work in the field of Expressive Arts & Expressive Arts Therapy throughout Scandinavia. Phil is a senior lecturer at Lesley University, Cambridge MA & research associate at Drama For Life, University of the Witwatersrand, SA.  He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked extensively within the fields of mental health, special education, arts and medicine/health/disabilities and conflict transformation.

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NAME:

Joanna To, REAT

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Events Committee

COUNTRY:

Hong Kong, China

Joanna To

Joanna To, founder of Arts for Change,  is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, MARI® practitioner,  and Honorary Lecturer at the Universality of Hong Kong. She was a Board Director of the Australia, New Zealand and Asia Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA) from 2020 to 2023. She is passionate in integrating Chinese arts and mindfulness practices under the domain of expressive arts therapy.

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She has been providing individual and group expressive arts therapy for different populations including local and international schools, corporations, NGOs, youth centres and elderly homes. Prior to becoming a therapist, Joanna had been a Marketing and Communications professional with Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years. With her expertise working in corporate settings, she has been developing different arts-based programmes such as staff training and development, career counselling, employee well-being and engagement , team building, etc. She would love to promote Expressive Arts Therapy to the general public in cultivating personal growth and holistic health.

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NAME:

Stephen Clift, PhD

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Research Committee

COUNTRY:

UK

Stephen Clift

Stephen is Professor Emeritus, Canterbury Christ Church University, and former Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Visiting Professor in the International Centre for Community Music, York St John University, and the School of Music, University of Leeds. Since 2000 he has pursued research in arts and heath, particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing. 

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Stephen was one of the founding editors of Arts & Health, an international journal for research, policy and practice.  He is joint editor with Professor Paul Camic of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

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NAME:

Kathryn Grushka, PhD

POSITION:

Co-Chair, Research Committee

COUNTRY:

Australia

Kathryn Grushka

Dr Kathryn Grushka is a passionate visual artist, community artist, arts educator and an internationally published interdisciplinary visual arts researcher residing in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Her research is grounded in the benefits of the visual arts to understanding self and how engagement in and with the Arts supports the maintenance of personal health and well-being. This focus finds her researching with communities, crossing education, medical and health settings, such as aged care and disabilities.

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Kathryn’s practice and research scholarship draws on neuroscience, enactive cognition, creative learning and Deleuzoguattarian thinking. Her focus includes the performative work of making in the visual arts, the connection between art/science, both in educational and medical transdisciplinary research; arts-education and its methods in nurturing critical, ethical and caring individuals; narrative research and the significance of story-telling for individuals and across cultures; arts-based methods; the performative work of image construction; critical and social inquiry; subjectivity insights; embodied learning and visual performative pedagogies as they surround the contemporary subject.

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NAME:

Hiba Shalah

POSITION:

Chair, PR/Marketing Committee

COUNTRY:

Israel/Greece

Hiba Shalah

Hiba Shalah has 15 years professional background of leadership role in art and design industry.  She has extensive experience working with Alzheimer’s patients and autistic children, offering art therapy to those with emotional and mental health issues. For the past seven years, Hiba has served as an art therapist in both boarding and day schools, collaborating with Klalit and Maccabi Health Funds. She worked in the pediatric oncology department at Rambam Haifa Hospital and providing art therapy to individuals with various developmental and behavioral challenges.

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Hiba is currently a PhD student specializing in Art Therapy and Neuroaesthetics. She holds a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from the ASA College of Society and Arts, and a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from Emek Jezreel Afula College, complemented by a diploma in Design and Art. Hiba has further enriched her education with courses in art, preparatory, and portfolio preparation at Wizo College.

Over the past 15 years, Hiba has taught a wide range of subjects, including art, design, and animation. She has also managed a graphic design studio and served as the chief designer for a prominent company for seven years. Additionally, she has spent nine years as a lecturer in animation and art. Hiba’s dedication to art therapy has led her to work extensively with diverse populations, systems, and cases, accumulating seven years of specialized experience in the field.

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NAME:

Erica Hornthal, BC-DMT

POSITION:

Chair, Membership Committee

COUNTRY:

USA

Erica Hornthal

Erica Hornthal, a licensed clinical professional counselor and board-certified dance/movement therapist, is currently the CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy-the premiere dance/movement therapy practice in the Midwest. As an expert on the intersection of movement and mental health, she has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live newscasts, and radios.

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In her 10+ years as a dance/movement therapist, Erica has worked with thousands of patients aged 3-107! Known as “The Therapist Who Moves You,” Erica has truly changed the way people see movement with regard to mental health.  She has been recognized by Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement as a woman making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  Erica won the 2018 Global Excellence Award in the Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Category from Global Health & Pharma and the 2020 Social Care Award for Best Movement Therapy Center in Chicagoland.

Erica’s area of expertise has caught the attention of multiple publications such as The Epoch Times, Dance Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and PARADE. As an expert on the intersection of movement and mental health, she has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live newscasts, and radio including WGN, NBC, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Medium, NBC News Better, Reader’s Digest, and Prevention. As a columnist for Dance Informa Magazine, 30 Seconds, and Thrive Global, Erica writes about all things movement and mental health.

Erica’s is passionate about working with cognitive and movement disorders, neurologic conditions, anxiety and depression, and trauma.  Erica is dedicated to bringing awareness to the field of dance/movement therapy to mainstream culture.  She is eager to provide knowledge on why and how the body should be addressed in the therapeutic relationship; making the information digestible and accessible to anyone seeking to improve mental health.

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NAME:

Devika Mehta, UK/RDMP

POSITION:

Regional Director (Asia), Executive Committee

COUNTRY:

India

Devika Mehta

Devika Mehta is a practicing Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP) registered with Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, UK (ADMP(UK)) and Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy (IADMT). She is the Course Director for the Post Graduate Diploma Program in Expressive Arts Therapy at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai  and faculty for Diploma courses in Dance Movement Therapy.

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She is the Co-Founder of ‘Synchrony’, an organisation that provides mental health services and trainings through creative arts with various populations. Ms. Mehta is the elected Treasurer and the Founding board member of IADMT. She is an Advisory  Board  Member of Creative Movement Therapy Association, India.  She has represented her work in India on multiple International Conferences and contributed to article on development of DMT in Asia. Her areas of interest are in that of neuro-rehabilitation, cultural consciousness in the body and working with adolescents.

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NAME:

Krystal Demaine, PhD, MT-BC, REAT

POSITION:

Regional Director (North America)

COUNTRY:

USA

Krystal Leah Demaine

Dr. Krystal Leah Demaine, a Music Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist, and Professor of Expressive Therapies at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, USA, practices HEARTful healing note by note, through song, story, poetry, and creative curiosity. She is the author of The Roots & Rhythm of the Heart (2022) and Expressive Therapeutic Writing (Demaine & Einstein, 2024, Routledge).

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She holds credentials as a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Registered Yoga teacher with advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy, Performance Wellness, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, and Trauma Sensitive HeartMath, she is a Certified Trauma and Resilience Specialist in Clinical Application (CTRS-C), and is a Listening Hour Practitioner. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented her work across the globe. She is currently Professor of Expressive Therapies at Endicott College in Beverly, MA teaching Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy undergraduate degree programs and coordinating the biennial Endicott College Expressive Therapies Symposium. She serves on the undergraduate education committee of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), is Chair of Professional Development Committee of the Northeast Chapter of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), is on the IEATA conference planning committee, and the Beverly Cultural Council.

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NAME:

Carol Carter, PhD

POSITION:

Regional Director (AUS/NZ)

COUNTRY:

Australia

Carol Carter

Dr. Carol Carter has been working for over thirty years in the field of Drama and Creative Arts pedagogies in Teacher Education. An enduring commitment to Equity and Social Justice, has been at the core of her teaching, learning and research. She is currently Senior Lecturer Arts and Early Childhood, Curtin University, Perth. She has extensive experience as a teacher educator in primary and early childhood degree programs at universities in Australia and South Africa.

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She also worked as a primary school teacher for a number of years and was Educational Director of Young People’s theatre in South Africa. Her PhD, from the University of Melbourne Australia, examined the role of oral art forms in supporting Drama pedagogy and intercultural understanding within teacher education and her Masters, from the University of Fort Hare South Africa, examined personal and contextual constraints in the use of classroom drama. She has published and presented numerous papers, books and workshops nationally and internationally. Some of her most recent work involves examining ways in which the Arts (particularly Drama) creates dialogical spaces and supports cultural identities in early childhood, primary, enabling and teacher education contexts. Another of her research interests, that she continues to explore, is identifying Drama strategies and techniques to support and enhance learning and teaching in diverse learning and teaching contexts.

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NAME:

Elikem Alfred Kunutsor, MA

POSITION:

Regional Director, Africa

COUNTRY:

Ghana

Elikem Alfred Kunutsor

Elikem Alfred Kunutsor is a Ghanaian, who holds an MA and BA Honours in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. Elikem majored in Physical Theatre and Design. His approach to the performing arts is rooted in embodied, physical presence rather than genre classifications. He is currently a PhD candidate with the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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His research focusses on creating a regenerative African performance making practice based on ancient, indigenous mind-body forms from Ghana, West Africa. He is an arts educator, performer, performance maker, and project leader. He guest teaches and examines for Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand. He has lectured Movement Studies for Wits School of Arts, taught Performance Studies and Design in the Theatre Arts Department, University of Ghana, and was Head of the Creative Arts Department, Tema International School. His creative arts somatic education work is found in Ghana, South Africa and Germany.

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NAME:

Diana Fischman, PhD

POSITION:

Regional Co-Director (Latin America)

COUNTRY:

Argentina

Diana Fischman

Diana Fischman – PhD. in Psychology, Universidad de Palermo (2006), Licensed in Psychology, and Prof. in Educational Sciences University of Buenos Aires. Postgraduate in Psychoanalysis, Argentine School of Psychotherapy for Graduates. Bionergetist formed with Drs. L. Hochman and A. Lowen in New York and Rome. Dance Movement Psychotherapist with training at Wisconsin University and Princeton University. Creator of the b r e c h a Center.

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She is the founder Director of the Dance Movement Therapy Training Program of Buenos Aires, Argentina, being the 1º DMT systematic training Spanish-speaking in the world (1996). She has taught seminars at the Argentine School of Psychotherapy for Graduates; at the Universidad del Salvador, at the University of Palermo, at the Universidad San Andrés. She develops her private practice as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with adults, families, couples and dance therapists in training. She coordinates didactic groups and has given conferences and seminars in Institutions and Universities in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. As an exceptional candidate, she was appointed * Didact member of the American Dance Therapy Association since 2000 (BC-DMT). She is the Founding President of the Argentine Association of Dance Therapy (2000-2004). She has presented workshops at local and international conferences. She currently teaches seminars in the Master in Dance Movement Therapy at the National University of Art, UNA in Buenos Aires and in the Master in DMT at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She was Academic Advisor at the Council of the Master in DMT of the UNA, in Agreement with b r e c h a . She has published “Embodied Empathy” at Editorial Académica Española and published articles in International Journals and in the book “La vida es Danza” compiled by Chaiklin – Wingrober. She directs the Research line: “Movement patterns and social interaction” for the Universidad Nacional del Arte, Argentina.  Currently develops online DMT webinars.

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Central Committees

Executive Committee

  • Helen Payne (Emeritus)
  • Tony Yu Zhou
  • Vivien Marcow Speiser (Emeritus)
  • Michal Lev
  • Devika Mehta
  • Carol Carter
  • Warren Nebe (Emeritus)

 

Events Committee

  • Phillip Speiser (co-chair)
  • Joanna To (co-chair)
  • Feng Xin


Education Committee

  • Karen Bradley (co-chair)
  • Niek Ghekiere (co-chair)
  • Rosa Maria Govoni
  • Alenka Vidrih
  • Claudio Mochi
  • Devika Mehta
  • Susan Scarth
  • Malika Ndlovu


Research Committee

  • Stephen Clift (co-chair)
  • Kathy Grushka (co-chair)
  • Jun Hun
  • Hilda Wengrower
  • Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring
  • Bonface Beti Beti
  • Li Peng
  • Nsamu Moonga
  • Sudesh Mantillake


PR & Marketing Committee

  • Hiba Shalah (chair)
  • Jaime Zhao
  • Ziyi Liu
  • Saša Hudnik
  • Francesca Ciaudano


Membership Committee

  • Erica Hornthal (chair)
  • David Leventhal
  • Mia Pan
  • Coral Pan

Regional Committees

Asia

  • Devika Mehta (India, Regional Director)
  • Hu Jun (China)
  • Azizah binti Abdullah (Malaysia)
  • Adel Andalibi (Iran)
  • Min-Jeong Bae (South Korea)


Africa

  • Elikem Alfred Kunutsor (Ghana, Regional Director)
  • Ava Avalos (Botswana)
  • Hanan El-Mazahy (Egypt)
  • Gigliola Zacara (Mozambique and Angola)
  • Esmerelda Cloete (Namibia)
  • Carole Kamerera (Rwanda)
  • Nsamu Moonga (Zambia)


America

  • Krystal Demaine (US, Regional Director)
  • Dan Summer (US)
  • Annie Heiderscheit (US)
  • Sylvia Ketelhohn Gron (Costa Rica)
  • Cara Gallo (US)
  • Adriana Miranda da Cunha (Brazil)
  • Kathia Hak (Brazil)
  • Thania Aharón (Puerto Rico)
  • José María Sendra Polanco (Chile)
  • Diana Sanchez Moreno (Mexico)


Australia/New Zealand

  • Carol Beck Carter (Australia, Regional Director)
  • Steve Harvey (New Zealand)
  • Deborah Green (USA/New Zealand)
  • Kristen Meyer (Australia)
  • Bronwyn Greive (Australia)
  • Shelley Hannigan (Australia)
  • Kathy Grushka (Australia)
  • Richard Sallis (Australia)
  • Katriina McFerran (Australia)


Europe

  • Michal Lev (Israel, Regional Director)
  • Mimma Della Cagnoletta (Italy)
  • Alexander Kopytin (Russia)
  • Niek Ghekiere (Belgium)
  • Clive Holmwood (UK)
  • Alenka Vidrih (Slovenia)
  • Seda Güney (Turkey)
  • Einat Shuper Engelhard (Israel)

Advisory Group

  • Dominik Havsteen-Franklin (UK)
  • Maria Elena Garcia (Argentina/Spain)
  • Elissa White (US)
  • Marcia Plevin (Italy/US)
  • Daria Halprin (US)
  • Irina Biryukova (Russia)
  • Nayung Kim (South Korea)
  • Ilene Serlin (US)
  • Dick Swaab (Netherlands)
  • Lee Tsungchin (Taiwan)
  • Zhao Xu-dong (China)
  • Rainbow T.H. Ho (Hong Kong)
  • Tina Chen (Hong Kong/UK)
  • Ulrich Sollmann (Germany)
  • Val Huet (France/UK)
  • Liz Cameron (Australia)
  • Monica Zuretti (Argentina)
  • Christopher Odhiambo (Kenya)
  • Oihika Chakrabarti (India)

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