BOARD

 

                        Thomas Dick

Tom is an executive producer and production manager, who possesses extensive international experience in a diverse range of projects and events; with a demonstrated track record of success in producing large scale, professional events in remote locations. Tom is a key member of the Wantok Musik Foundation team.

 

Tom has more than a decade’s experience in Melanesia promoting and facilitating various cultural exchanges and a greater level of economic empowerment for Melanesian and indigenous artists and their communities.

 

                           Ralph Regenvanu

Ralph John Regenvanu is a ni-Vanuatu anthropologist, artist and politician. He has been a Member of Parliament since September 2008, was a member of Cabinet for most of the period from December 2010 to January 2012, and was the Director of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council from 1995 until December 2010.

 

                           Alcina Charlie

Alcina Charlie, Vanuatu’s long time and ongoing inspirational songstress is a singer/songwriter, website officer for the Vanuatu Tourism Office, part time professional singer entertainer and a mother.

 

Alcina has promoted Vanuatu culture and attractions through both her work in tourism via trade fairs, expos and conferences and her passion for music in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, and the Shanghai World Expo in China 2010. She released a solo album in 2008 and her compositions carry messages of hope and positivity, embracing Vanuatu hospitality, culture, respect, pride and indigenous heritage.

 

Alcina has been a proactive committee member of the Pacific’s biggest music festival, the Fest’Napuan Music Festival, for 14 years. She is the Vice President of the Vanuatu Music Federation which is a body of artists and musicians whom have pushed and advocated for Vanuatu’s copyright law to be gazetted so that artists can be recognized for their music.

 

                                Timothy Schultz

Tim has been involved in the Film and TV Industry for the last 15 years starting out as a Camera Assistant and Offline Editing Assistant and since then he has been involved in almost every area of Production and Post Production.

 

Tim started out in the early days of non-linear editing and digital cameras – cutting his teeth in offline using a D-Vision system and online editing on the first version of Avid Media Composer. Since then his interest in all areas of Production and Post have meant that he has worked as a Camera Assistant, Video Split Operator, Video Cameraman, Director, Producer, Assistant Editor, Online Editor, Compositor, Online Artist, Colourist, VFX Producer and VFX Supervisor. Currently Tim is based in Bangkok Thailand and is a founding partner of a company, Krabi Studios that provides various services to clients in the S.E Asia region. Previous to this Tim had been running a boutique Production and VFX facility Cinesky Films in Bangkok, Thailand working with various local and International clients providing services in the Film and TV industry.

 

                                     Patrick McCloskey

Patrick has a Masters of Human Rights and an extensive background in humanitarian development, program management, design and implementation, and community engagement that spans over a 20-year period working with Indigenous peoples and marginalised communities.

 

Patrick has managed and delivered programs in remote and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, across a range of program areas including music, media, culture and language maintenance, events, and campaigns. Patrick has travelled and volunteered on community development initiatives extensively throughout Africa and currently is employed supporting humanitarian development programs in Papua New Guinea.

 

                          Marcel Meltherorong

Marcel Melthérorong is one of the key players in the cultural scene of Vanuatu. In 2007, he coordinated the First Meetings of the Francophonie in 2008 to host the First Conference of the Arts and the Pacific Islanders 3rd National Arts Festival. He created the 1st Arts Festival of the Word.

 

Marcel is an exceptionally gifted musician. Singer songwriter under the pseudonym Mars Melto, he created two highly acclaimed groups: XX Squad and Kalja Riddim Klan. With ethnomusicologist, Monika Stern, KRK and Tura Nambe he was able to express his desire to foster dialogue between the Melanesian and Western cultures.

 

Marcel is also a French writer. In 2007 he wrote his first novel, Toghan, and in 2011 he finished its sequel, Nagaemas, both published by Alliance Française Editions in Vanuatu. These are original and sincere works that reveals lightness and shadow through the aspirations of Pacific youth who have lost their way. Toghan was also one of the six books competing for the 2007 RFO Prize, noticed by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, the writer of Raga, the Invisible Continent, about Pentecost island in particular. For the Nobel Prize in Literature, “with Marcel Melthéorong, the family of French literature is enriched by an original new voice.” Toghan was reissued in 2009 with a foreword by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio.

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