Executive Board Members

Mrs. Ruby Ghuznavi

Title: Honorary Member (Past Senior Vice President)
Country: Bangladesh
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Mrs. Usha Krishna

Title : Honorary Member & Advisor
(Immediate Past President of World Crafts Council-AISBL)
Country : India
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Mrs. Vijaya Rajan

Title: Honorary Member & Advisor (Past President)
Country: India
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Dato Hj Adlan Bin Hj Mohamed Daud

Title: Advisor
Country: Malaysia
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Ms.Faika Sibai Ouwayda

Title: Advisor
Country: Lebanon
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Mr. Dominique Bouchart

Title: Advisor
Country: France
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Mrs. Ruby Ghuznavi

Name :

Mrs. Ruby Ghuznavi

Title: Honorary Member
Country: Bangladesh

Bio Data

RUBY Ghuznavi has revived natural dyes in Bangladesh and is the Executive Chairman of Aranya.

Founder Member and Past President of the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh.

Honorary Member of World Crafts Council & Chairperson WCC-AsiaPacific Region’s National Dye Programme

Founder Trustee of Transparency International Bangladesh Trustee of Bengal Foundation Member of Naripokkho, a women's activist organisation

Her publications include, Naksha, Rangeen, and articles in national and international journals

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Mrs. Usha Krishna

Name :

Mrs. Usha Krishna

Title: Honorary Member & Advisor
Country: India

Bio Data

Mrs. Usha Krishna was born in Bangalore. She graduated in Physics and Mathematics from the Mysore University. She underwent a management programme in 1985-86 at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

She is a Committee Member of Crafts Council of India for nearly 35 years, and had held the post of Vice President for 15 years. Currently, she is the Honorary Treasurer of the organization. As an active member of the Crafts Council of India, she has organized or participated in several workshops and exhibitions, each focusing one specific area of expertise in the crafts field. These include the Jawaja leather craft, terra cotta, basketry and traditional Tribal embroidery. Some of the programmes, such as the “Tambool” workshop and the Natural Dyes workshop had international reach too.

While organising the Young Craftsperson Competition, she conceived the idea of an international symposium on jewellery, “Grass to Gold”, which was a resounding success with the participation of several world-renowned scholars. The “Champa” flower workshop enabled craftspersons from many States of India to learn new techniques of garland making and other flower arrangements from experts from other countries such as Thailand and Hawaii.

Mrs. Krishna was elected President of the World Crafts Council at their General Assembly held in Hangzhou, China in November 2008. During the four-year term as President, Mrs. Krishna’s main focus was on advocacy – taking the cause of craftspersons to the Governments, policy makers and the business community and get crafts and craftspersons recognized as an integral part of the society and brought into the mainstream of life.

As President of WCC, she participated in several international events such as Africa Days, Vienna; UNESCO Forum on Cultural Industry; International Fair of Craft (FIART) in Havana, Cuba; Cairo Forum on Cultural and Economic Development, etc., and effectively advocated for the cause of crafts and craftspersons in these forums.

She also played a major role in the revival of the languishing craft of ‘Sungudi’, by offering technical and marketing inputs to the craftspersons and roping in college students to help organize workshops and exhibitions to promote and position Sungudi as a viable and creative craft product.

Under her leadership, WCC has embarked on sensitizing children to crafts and has implemented hands-on training from practicing craftspersons by including crafts as a part of the school programme. She has availed every opportunity to project WCC’s cause in various international forums in Cairo, Ouagadougou, Paris, Kigali, Muscat, Colombo, Dhaka, Sarawak, Seoul and other places.

The two major events, “Abushan – Design Dialogues in Jewellery” and “Kaivalam – The Future is Handmade” organized by WCC during her Presidency won worldwide acclaim for her vision in drawing the world’s attention to crafts and craftspersons and providing a platform for all concerned to meet and work towards betterment of crafts and craftspersons.

Mrs Krishna was invited by UNESCO to be a member of the Jury for their evaluation of the City of Paducah for inclusion in the Creative Cities Network.

Mrs. Krishna was elected President of the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) for the year 1996-97. As FLO’s President, she gave special emphasis to "Entrepreneurial Development Programmes" and other related programmes for women. These programs, structured at three levels – the grassroots level, the middle level and the advanced level, resulted in work excellence and economic independence and thus helped the participants to gain respect and honour in the society.

Currently, she is a member of the Governing Council of the Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Women.

Personal Data

Dato Hj Adlan Bin Hj Mohamed Daud

Name :

Dato Hj Adlan Bin Hj Mohamed Daud

Title: Advisor
Country: Malaysia
Contact Address: 9, Jalan Tebu, Ukay Heights , 68000 Ampang , Selangor D E, Malaysia.

CURRICULUM VITAE OF ADLAN BIN HJ MOHAMED DAUD

Adlan bin Hj Mohamed Daud, Barrister -At - Law( Middle Temple ) Inns of Court was called to the Utter Bar of the Middle Temple on 24 November, 1970. He was called to the Malaysian Bar and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 6 August , 1971.

He set up the legal practice of M/s Adlan & Haji Suhaimi with two other partners. Under his management together with his partners' contribution , the partnership developed into a sizeable practice with the employment of 5 - 7 legal assistants. The practice was general in nature involving both criminal and civil matters , litigatious and non- litigatious. The major area of work was in conveyancing and banking.

In 1994, he set up the legal firm of M/s Adlan YP Cheong & Leong.

Presently, he is a consultant to Messrs Harun Idris, Yeoh & Partners.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Trust Insurance (M) Sdn Bhd, C.I Holdings Bhd and CME Group, and Independent Non- Executive Director of PBA Holdings Bhd (PBAHB ) and was also a member of the Audit Committee of PBAHB.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee of Majlis Kraf Malaysia ( Crafts Council of Malaysia , an NGO concerned with craft development and promotion until 2009.

He has served as an advisor to AHPADA ( ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association ) and the Board of the WORLD CRAFTS COUNCIL ASIA PACIFIC REGION from 2008 -2012 and continue to serve for the current term , 2013 - 2016.

His interest in crafts and the craftspeople has engaged him in the many discourses pertaining to craft in development , locally, in the region and international forums and conferences , in particular the WCC international events ( General Assembly in Fez 1996, General Assembly China 2008 , General Assembly Chennai 2012)

For his services to the State of Penang,he was decorated with the' Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri " the DSPN State Award in 2004.

Adlan , 74 , is married to Raja Fuziah binti Raja Tun Uda and is blessed with two children , Anita Soraya and Farid Anwar. The family lives in Kuala Lumpur.

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Faika Sibai Ouwayda

Name :

Faika Sibai Ouwayda

Title: Advisor
Country: Lebanon
Education
1973 Bachelor of Social Sciences, Lebanese University, Beirut
1974 Masters of Social Sciences, Lebanese University, Beirut
1986 Masters of Islamic Studies, High Institute of Islamic Studies, Makassed - Beirut
1988 Profound Studies Diploma, Islamic studies, Sorbonne V, Paris
1988- 1991 Preparation of Doctorate, Islamic Studies, not finished (Sorbonne V), Paris
Work
1986-1990 Director, Al Muntada, Social Welfare Association, Beirut
1993-1998 Director, Arab Establishment of Culture & Arts, Beirut
1998-2004

Vice President, Developmentary Establishment of Culture & Arts. (Welfare Association), Beirut

2005 till now President, Developmentary Establishment of Culture & Arts
Social Activities
a in Lebanon:
Since 1992 till now: Member of the Board, Development Studies Association, Beirut

Since 1997 till now: Member, National Foundation of Heritage, Beirut

Since 1998 till now: Member, Islamic Cultural Center, Beirut

Since 2001 till now: Member of Board, National Lebanese Association For family

b. outside Lebanon :

Since 1994 till now: Member of the World Craft Council

1996-2004:               Member of Board, World Craft Council, Asia Pacific Region, Vice President

Crafts Activities
a in Lebanon:
Participated and organized many events: crafts seminars, craft conferences, crafts exhibition, everywhere in Lebanon
b. outside Lebanon :

1994:         

Congress "Creativity in Traditional Islamic Arts" within the frame works of the "First International Festival of Artisans at Work" Islamabad, Pakistan, my research paper title: "Crafts in Lebanon" with "Research Center for Islamic History Art and Culture" Turkey (lRCICA)

1995:         

Congress in Indonesia, world Craft Council, Asia Pacific Region, paper title: "Position Of The Craft Sector In Lebanon, Future Vision"

1995:         

Congress in Cairo (Egypt) with IRCICA "Traditional Crafts in Islamic Architecture" paper title: "Moushrabiah and Marble glass in Lebanon". 1996: Congress in Thailand, Thailand Craft Council, paper title: "Packaging of Handcrafts, Materials, Forms"

1996:         

Conference in Cairo (Egypt), Ministry of Culture, paper title: The Traditional Crafts in Lebanon, Actuality and Development

1996:         

Congress in Fess (Magreb), World Craft Council, General Assembly, Asia Pacific Region, Unesco, paper title: "Crafts, Challenge of Design and Innovation"

1997:         

Congress in Damascus (Syria) with IRClRA, paper title: The Decoration Art in the Crafts of Lebanon"

1997:         

Congress in Istanbul (Turkey), paper title: "The Art of Marbling, EBRU in Lebanon"

1997:         

Congress in Peking (China), World Craft Council, Asia Pacific Region, paper title: "Bamboo, working in Lebanon"

1998:         

Congress in Amman (Jordan), World Craft Council, Asia Pacific Region, paper title: "Bsat Carpet, Weaving in Lebanon"

1999:         

Congress in Malaysia, Malaysia Craft Council, paper title: Silk Industries, in Lebanon"

1999:         

Congress in Tunisia with IRCICA, paper title "Traditional Carpet & Kilim in Lebanon

1999:         

Congress in Sarawak (Malaysia), Society Atelier, paper title: "IKA T, Silk Weaving"

1999:         

Congress in Fiji, World Craft Council, Asia Pacific Region, paper title "Preservation of our Crafts in the New Millennium"

2001:         

Seminar in Bsouss (Lebanon), paper title: The Production of Silk in Lebanon." 2002: Congress in Isfahan (Iran) with IRCICA, paper title: "The Role of the Government and the NGO'S in the development and the Preservation of the Traditional Arts and Crafts"

2002:         

Festival in New Delhi (India), Craft Exhibition, short report of the craft events in Lebanon

2004:         

Metsovo (Greece), General Assembly of the World Craft Council, Craft competition, Exhibition, general report of the West Asia handcrafts

2004:         

Congress in Medrass (India) about "Jewellery" "Grass to Gold", paper title "The Jewellery Art or Craft

2005:         

Craft Fair Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) participation in the Exhibition of crafts: Soap, Jewellery, and Traditional Clothes

2005:         

Seminar exhibition in Bokhara (Anzbakistan) General Assembly of W.C.C. Asia Pacific Region short report on Lebanese crafts

2005:         

Arab congress in Rabat with Alicso and Assisco, paper title: The Crafts in Lebanon. Vision and Development

2006:         

International Festival in Touz (Tunisia), paper title: "The Role of the Crafts in the Dialogue of Civilizations"

2008:         

Congress in Tunisia with IRCICA, paper title "Relation between traditional crafts and architecture in Lebanon"

2008:         

Beijing (China), General Assembly of the World Craft Council, Craft competition, Exhibition, general report of the West Asia handcrafts

2008:         

Election of the presidents

2008:         

Craft Training Course (from 16/06/2008 till 31/12/2008) for the crafts teachers in welfare association

2010:         

International Exhibition of Ceramic and porcelain with the World Craft Council and Kuwait, Kuwait within the Fourth International Forum for Islamic Art

2010:         

Doha International Festival of the Arts, heritage and creativity with IRCICA, research title: "Training and education opportunities in this sector, especially in Lebanon

2011:         

Muscat Festival, the International Conference on Innovation, Creativity, Arts and Crafts with IRCICA, Research title: "Means to increase the proportion of the community's awareness of the importance of artisans and the importance of this heritage"

2012:         

Annual Meeting of the Organization of the World Craft Council  - presidential elections – Cheney   I was elected consultant of the Council of Asia Branch

a- Coordination & Supervision in the edition of Books:

1999:         

"Arabic Calligraphy in Architecture", Islamic monument inscriptions in the City of Tripoli (Lebanon) during the Mamlouk Period. (Three languages, Arab, French, English), with the collaboration of:

  • National foundation of Heritage
  • Association for the preservation of Tripoli's monuments
  • Arab Establishment of Culture & Arts. On the occasion of declaring: Beirut the Arab Cultural Capital for the year 1999

2002:         

  • "Tradition and Innovation", studies of the crafts sector in Tripoli (Lebanon), by Maha Kayal
  • "The Craftsmen in Lebanon", Actuality and Horizon, by Dr. Frederic Maatouk. Both books edited with the collaboration of:

  • ­The Lebanese National Commission (Unseco)
    ­National Foundation of Heritage
    ­Arab Establishments of Culture and Arts

2003:         

"The Hereditary Crafts", monography studies of the crafts sector in Saida (Lebanon) with the collaboration of:

  • Hariri Foundation
  • The Lebanese National Commission (Unesco)
  • National Foundation of Heritage
  • Developmentary Establishment of Culture & Arts

2003:         

Conference of "Lebanon Heritage", with the collaboration of:

  • National Foundation of Heritage
  • Order of Engineers (Beirut)

b- Books Published by the Development Studies Association

1994:         

Development & the Coming Challenges

2000:         

Lebanon's Youth and New Horizons for Development

2002:         

Education and the Shaping of the Contemporary Man 2004: Hasan Saab-Man of Development
Craft studies
2003-2004 "Comparative Craft Field Studies" between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. For the educational regional office, Arab World (Unesco)
2006

"Glass in Lebanon" for (Unesco)

2006-2007

"Crafts in Lebanon" the Ministry of the Tourism in Lebanon

Plastic Art Exhibitions
1992-2000
  • The Establishment had done many individual and group exhibitions for Lebanese, Arab, and foreign artists everywhere in Lebanon
  • Arranged for exhibitions in: Italy, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, and Bahrain
  • Participated on conferences in: Jordan, Kuwait, and Bahrain
Personal Data

Mr. Dominique Bouchart

Name :

Mr. Dominique Bouchart

Tel: +33-1-43-54-54-34
Fax: +33-1-46-33-45-41
Address: International Agency for the Development of Handicrafts(AIDA) 3 Rue de Bretonvilliers, 75004 Paris France

Bio Data

Consultant for the development of Handcrafts since 20 years with the United nations Agencies involved in this field directly (UNESCO) and indirectly (UNDP, UNWTO…). He is also based in Bangkok, coordinator of the Government of Thailand projects for a quality traditional craft. He was before, for 10 years, Executive Secretary of Fedeau, (Federation for the development of Utilitarian handcrafts) where he managed the projects financed by the European commission (EDF) in around 50 countries, especially in Africa and Latin America. He was trained by his grand father , a master blacksmith, and at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)