Edna Dos Santos-Duisenberg
International Strategist and Policy Advisor
Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg is economist, researcher, and international policy adviser to governments and institutions on creative economy and development issues. She had an international career of nearly 30 years at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2004, she set-up and became Chief of the Creative Economy Programme at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development where she served in high-level posts including Chief Cabinet of the Secretary-General. She has shaped the international policy and research agenda around the creative economy, promoted intergovernmental debates, technical cooperation, sensitising governments on the potential of the creative economy as a development strategy. She directed and was main co-author of UN Creative Economy Reports 2008 and 2010. She launched UNCTAD’s Global Database on Creative Economy disseminating world trade statistics for creative goods and services. Since 2005 she disseminated the UNCTAD’s E-news on Creative Economy sharing knowledge and information. She designed the Global Academic Exchanges Network on Creative Economy, forging partnerships and synergy among institutions, practitioners, artists, academia and civil society. She is vice-President at the International Federation of Multimedia Associations (FIAM), Advisor and Associate Fellow at United Nations Institute for Research and Training (UNITAR). Member of the International Council of NESTA’s Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) based in London, UK. Member of the international jury that elected the World Design Capital in 2014, and served at the Advisory Panel of the Hong-Kong Design Center. She collaborates with universities in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Member Advisory Council and Visiting Professor for the Master in Creative Economy at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain. She is an independent thinker and speaker (four languages), writer of academic articles on creative economy, international trade and sustainable development.