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Emily Drani 

Advisory Committee Member

Emily Drani is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda. She has over 13 years of professional experience in development work with specific emphasis on cultural heritage development and promotion, which involved heritage-focused strategic thinking and planning, resource mobilization, research, policy advocacy and training.

At international level, Emily is the Vice Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the International National Trust Organisation (INTO), which is an international network of National Trusts and similar non-governmental organizations, committed to conserving and sustaining global cultural, built and natural, tangible and intangible heritage.

Emily represented the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda and served on a 12-member Evaluation Body of the Intergovernmental Committee for the UNESCO 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for 4 years, and is a trained UNESCO facilitator in Intangible Cultural Heritage safeguarding.

At national level, Emily is a Board member of Raising Voices, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working toward the prevention of violence against women and children. She is a Board member of the Bayimba Cultural Foundation, an NGO that seeks to uplift art and culture in Uganda and East Africa by stimulating original intra-and interdisciplinary cultural and artistic exchange and creativity.

She also served as a Board member of Amakula Cultural Foundation for 2 years.


Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts, Human & Social Sciences Degree in Publication Administration and Communication Facilitation from the University of South Africa and a Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies, majoring in Endogenous Development from the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Emily brings expertise and insights from her extensive work in the arts industry that spans over 13 years of work around culture and heritage. 

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