The Healing Power of Arts after Trauma & Conflict
As part of Goals House @ UNGA, Community Jameel and The Future is Unwritten convened this UN75 Dialogue to highlight the healing power of art after trauma and conflict. The event explores ground-breaking research into the links between art and health and focuses on a specific case study relating to the preservation of Yazidi culture following the ISIS genocide in 2014. The panel is moderated by Katy Wickremesinghe, Founder, KTW London, and chaired by Fady Jameel, President, International, Community Jameel (Chair). Panelists include Injonge Karangwa, Chief Organizer at University of Global Health Equity, Hamwe Festival; Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead, World Health Organisation; Hannah Thomas, Artist and Humanitarian Activist; Dr. Maher Nawaf, Director, Yazda UK and board member for Yazda Global; Antonella Caruso, Founder, LAMEDINA Institute and ex-Director of Middle Eas
Katy Wickremesinghe is the Founder of KTW London, a strategic communications agency which connects, educates and inspires with forms of art and culture. Katy is a committed cultural advocate and is a patron for the V&A, RA and Serpentine, as well as an advisor for AWITA and Platform Presents. Katy appears in the top 5 Luxury PR power players in the 2020 PR Week PowerBook, an annual recognition list of the brightest and most influential communications professionals in Britain.
Fady Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is a noted philanthropist and President, International, of Community Jameel, the global philanthropy formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family's tradition of supporting the community. As President, International, Mr Jameel has led an expansion of the organisation’s global programmes including Community Jameel’s deep and longstanding relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in recent years. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Art Jameel, the arts and culture organisation.
Christopher Bailey is the Art & Health lead at the World Health Organization, based in in Geneva, Switzerland. His newly established program looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field. Educated at Columbia and Oxford Universities, as well at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before entering Global Health and Philanthropy, Bailey was a professional actor and playwright. He is presently engaged heavily in using the arts in the COVID-19 global response.
Antonella Caruso is the Founder of the LAMEDINA Institute. LAMEDINA Institute’s objective is to foster peaceful coexistence in increasingly multicultural societies across the world, through high-level dialogue processes and in-depth studies and analyses of issues of interest. Previously, Antonella was the Director of Middle East and Western Asia Division, Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations. MEWAD division is the largest within the UN's DPA, covering the vast area that stretches from the Gaza Strip to Pakistan, including the Gulf region and the Central Asian Republics.
Edward Henry Butler Vaizey, Baron Vaizey of Didcot, PC is a British politician, media columnist, political commentator and former barrister who served as Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries from 2010 to 2016.
Hannah Rose Thomas is an English artist and Durham graduate in Arabic and History, with an MA from the Prince's School of Traditional Art in London. Hannah is currently studying her PhD at Glasgow University as a UNESCO and MIDEQ Scholar. Hannah’s exhibition Tears of Gold is part of an online exhibition for the UN with Google Arts & Culture 'The Future is Unwritten: Artists for Tomorrow' launched to mark the UN’s 70th Anniversary.
Injonge is a Rwandan singer and songwriter and in addition, to music, she aims at contributing to build stronger and more integrated creative industries in Africa, leveraging on the social and economic impact of artists. The Hamwe festival is an annual event with the mission to celebrate the contributions of creative communities in advancing the global health equity agenda and enable artists, scholars and global health professional to collaborate to generate health results.