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International Clore Fellows announced for 2014/15

This item was last updated on
10 July 2014

  • Four international Fellowships awarded
  • Cohort to include first-ever Clore Fellow from Brazil

The Clore Leadership Programme today announced the names of the international cultural leaders who have been offered Fellowships for 2014/15, starting in September. They will join 20 Fellows from across the UK for a customised programme of personal and professional development. Each Fellow will undertake a period of intensive learning in the UK, adapted to their aspirations, needs and circumstances. This will include mentoring by a senior cultural leader, high-level training and a secondment to a leading cultural organisation.

The 2014/15 international Fellows are Claudia Castro from Brazil, Karim Hazem Mohamed Elshenawy from Egypt and Maria Wong and Selena Kong Fung Hoi Yi from Hong Kong.

Sir John Tusa, Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme, commented: "The international Fellows form an increasingly valuable part of the Clore Leadership Programme.  They stretch horizons, open minds and deepen the discussions of all Fellows. It wouldn't be the same without them!"  

Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, added, “We welcome talented cultural leaders from other countries as Clore Fellows. As well as learning about leadership alongside their peers, they also help build international understanding through the exchange of ideas, experience and perspectives.”

Hong Kong Scholarships supported by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council:

Maria Wong
Maria is Head of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.  Previously Gallery Manager, Old Bailey Gallery, Hong Kong; Post-production Co-ordinator and independent sound designer and film editor. 

Selena Kong Fung Hoi Yi
Selena is a music and music education specialist and teacher at the Christian Alliance International School in Hong Kong.  She helped establish the first Hong Kong Blind Choir as Artistic Director and is Assistant Director of Bel Canto Chorus. 

Chevening Scholarships supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Claudia Castro, Brazil
Until recently General Coordinator of Promotion and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Culture in Brazil, where she was responsible for the National Secretariat’s international activities, Claudia is currently working as a freelance consultant in Brazil. Previously roles include Cultural Sector Coordinator for the Organization of Ibero-American States, Brazil; Managing Director of the Nora Theatre Company and Programme Manager for the String Training and Education program at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Karim Hazem Mohamed Elshenawy, Egypt
Karim is a film maker and director based in Cairo. He is also the Creative Director of 168, a news and entertainment platform based in Egypt and a lecturer in the Film Department of the American University in Cairo.







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