The Jury

The Jury

The Jury of the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21 is made up of the following five members, all of whom are prestigious international experts with impeccable trajectories in the cultural field.

The Jury of the 6th edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21 will be announced in February 2024.

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The Jury of the 5th edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21 was made up of the following five members, all of whom are prestigious international experts with impeccable trajectories in the cultural field: Catherine Cullen (president of the Jury); Serhan Ada; Diana Alarcón González; Claudia Curiel de Icaza and Francisco d'Almeida.

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    Catherine Cullen
    Catherine Cullen was Deputy Mayor for Culture for the City of Lille, France. She is the former Chair of the Culture Committee of UCLG and is presently its Special Advisor on Culture in Sustainable Cities.
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    Serhan Ada
    Serhan Ada is a Professor at the faculty of Arts and Cultural Management Department, Director of Cultural Policy and Management Research Center, and the Head of UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Cultural Diplomacy at Istanbul Bilgi University.
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    Diana Alarcón González
    Dr. Diana Alarcón González is the Chief Advisor and International Affairs Coordinator of the Government of Mexico City.
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    Claudia Curiel de Icaza
    Claudia Curiel de Icaza is the Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico City. She is a programmer, producer and cultural manager with 15 years of experience in the public, private and independent sectors.
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    Francisco d'Almeida
    J. Francisco Ayi d’Almeida is the co-director of “Culture and Development”, an international non-governmental organisation for studies and action in cultural cooperation for the development of the cultural sector at the local level in the Global South.

See below the document of presentation of the International Jury of the 5th edition of the Award.

The Jury of the 4th edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21 was made up of the following five members, all of whom are prestigious international experts with impeccable trajectories in the cultural field: José Alfonso Suárez del Real (president of the Jury); Lourdes Arizpe; Catherine Cullen; Lupwishi Mbuyamba and Ayşegül Sabuktay.

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    José Alfonso Suárez del Real
    José Alfonso Suárez del Real y Aguilera is the current Secretary for Culture of Mexico City, and he has a recognized career as a journalist and cultural promoter, as well as a vast experience in cultural public policies and Human Rights.
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    Lourdes Arizpe
    Dr. Lourdes Arizpe was appointed Secretary General and member of the United Nations Commission on Culture and Development at the same time that she was managing cultural projects in many countries of the world as UNESCO's Deputy Director of Culture.
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    Catherine Cullen
    Catherine Cullen was Deputy Mayor for Culture for the City of Lille, France. She is the former Chair of the Culture Committee of UCLG and is presently its Special Advisor on Culture in Sustainable Cities.
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    Lupwishi Mbuyamba
    Ethnomusicologist, educated in philology and philosophy, researcher and scholar, Lupwishi Mbuyamba, he is currently the Executive Director of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa and President of the African Music Council.
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    Ayşegül Sabuktay
    Ayşegül Sabuktay is the director of the Izmir Mediterranean Academy, which is a unique organization founded by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in 2011 as a think tank and a democratic cultural platform.

See below the document of presentation of the International Jury of the 4th edition of the Award, as well as the Communiqué and the Final Report.

The Jury of the 3rd edition of the International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21 was made up of the following five members, all of whom are prestigious international experts with impeccable trajectories in the cultural field: Farida Shaheed (president of the Jury); Catherine Cullen; Lucina Jiménez; Eduardo Nivón and Eduardo Vázquez Martín.

  • Farida Shaheed
    Farida Shaheed is a Pakistani sociologist and former and first-ever UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights.
  • Catherine Cullen
    Catherine Cullen is Special Advisor on Culture and Sustainable Cities and former president of UCLG Committee on Culture.
  • Lucina Jiménez
    Lucina Jiménez is an expert of UCLG Committee on Culture and the current director of Conarte.
  • Eduardo Nivón Bolán
    Eduardo Nivón Bolán is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology of the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico City
  • Eduardo Vázquez Martín
    Eduardo Vázquez Martín is a poet, a cultural promoter, a publisher and a journalist, and the current Secretary for Culture of Mexico City

See below the document of presentation of the International Jury of the 3rd edition of the Award.

The Jury was formed by five members, international experts, highly eminent figures with a proven track record in the cultural world, ensuring this way the notoriety and relevance of the Award: Eduardo Vázquez Martín (president of the Jury); María Victoria Alcaraz; Emmanuel Kouela; Leônidas de Oliveira and Farida Shaheed.

  • Eduardo Vázquez Martín, jury of 2nd edition
    Eduardo Vázquez Martín
    Secretary for Culture of Mexico City, and President of the Jury
  • María Victoria Alcaraz, jury of 2nd edition
    María Victoria Alcaraz
    Director General of Teatro Colón in the City of Buenos Aires, and former Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, City of Buenos Aires
  • Emmanuel Kouela, jury of 2nd edition
    Emmanuel Kouela
    Director for Culture at the City of Ouagadougou, and Director of the Local Centre for the Promotion of the Performing Arts (CMPAS) of Ouagadougou
  • Leônidas de Oliveira, jury of 2n edition
    Leônidas de Oliveira
    President of the Municipal Foundation of Culture of Belo Horizonte, and President of the Belo Horizonte’s Deliberative Council of Cultural Patrimony
  • Farida Shaheed, jury of 2nd edition
    Farida Shaheed
    First Special Rapporteur of the United Nations in the field of cultural rights, and Independent Expert on Cultural Rights of the United Nations

Read the document of presentation of the Jury, the communique of the Jury on the winners, and the complete report of the Jury of the 2nd edition of the International Award:

The Jury was formed by five members, international experts, highly eminent figures with a proven track record in the cultural world, ensuring this way the notoriety and relevance of the Award: Ing. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solorzano (president of the Jury); Gonzalo Carámbula; Dr. Danielle Cliche; Catherine Cullen and Dr. Alicia Ziccardi.

  • Ing. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solorzano, jury of 1st edition
    Ing. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solorzano
    General Coordinator for International Affairs of Mexico City, and President of the Jury
  • Gonzalo Carámbula
    Professor and researcher in cultural policies and management, and expert in Agenda 21 for culture
  • Dr. Danielle Cliche
    Secretary of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
  • Catherine Cullen
    President of the Committee on Culture of UCLG
  • Dr. Alicia Ziccardi
    Director of the Programme on Urban Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM

Read the document of presentation of the Jury, the communique of the Jury on the winners, and the complete report of the Jury of the 1st edition of the International Award:

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