Amparo is a learning expert specializing in leadership, education, diversity and inclusion. Since 1994, she has applied her pedagogical experience in the museum world. There she developed content and programs and moved into institutional leadership and administration roles managing staff and overseeing budgets. After several years in the education field she co-founded a school in Mexico City using the hippest educational philosophies.
Most recently, she has been advising museums around the world on community engagement with services like cultural adaptation, content and curriculum development, program and exhibit creation, and staff training in cultural capacity. Amparo is an active alumnus of the prestigious Noyce Leadership Institute program where she has honed her leadership style and engaged with leaders from around the world. Member of the respected consortium The Museum Group, and a Fulbright Specialist.
Louise Andersson, based in Stockholm, Sweden, is a long time professional in the field of arts, culture, policymaking and education.
They are currently working as senior advisor in cultural policy at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), an employers organisation and an organisation that represents and advocates local government in Sweden. All of Sweden’s municipalities and regions are members of SALAR. In a Swedish context the local municipalities and regions carry more than half the public funding on arts and culture. They are responsible for the public libraries, local art institutions and museums, municipality art schools, regional art institutions such as museums, theatres, symphony orchestras and opera houses etc. Louise Andersson holds the position as the expert on cultural affairs, advocating for arts and culture in municipalities and regions and facilitates dialogue between local, regional and national political levels.
Louise Andersson has a background in contemporary art, gallery education and museum practices on local, regional and national levels, such as educational curator at the Dunker Culture Centre Art Gallery, Helsingborg, regional consultant in visual arts, Region Halland and head of programming and education at the Swedish Travelling Exhibitions. They have a bachelor’s degree in art history, Lund University and a degree in after-school education, Jönköping University. They have co-edited and written several publications as exhibition catalogues and educational texts. Louise Andersson is engaged in racial justice and lgbtq-rights. They are active in their local communities in Stockholm and have previously been on the boards of for example the Swedish ICOM (International Council of Museums) and Konsthall C, contemporary art centre, Hökarängen.
She is a mom, a philanthropist and a mentor, active in communities and programs that amplify underrepresented voices around the world. She is a maker at heart and her creativity is expressed when she is crafting, making food (especially pickling!) and riding bikes.
In her professional life and entrepreneurial journey she has enjoyed being an analyst, engineer, instructor, manager, leader, founder, board member, and advisor. So far.
Kariz Matic has spent over 20 years creating systems and technology for companies like Cisco, Nestle and Genentech with work that has led to 7-figure cost reductions and revenue growth. She is the CEO of The Matic, a consultancy that specializes in analytics, user experience design as well as product and program management for midsize companies and organizations. She believes systems of information, process and automation allow us to discover more ways to share our talents, serve our community and deliver our value. That’s why she’s dedicated her career to finding those refinements one product, workflow and data point at a time.
After graduating in Chemistry and Physics in Paris, Vanessa Mignan went on to study Communications in Science in Grenoble. She participated in projects developed within the Parisian Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and the CNRS Office in Washington DC (USA).
Vanessa has over ten years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating educational and training programmes both at national and European levels. She is currently a social inclusion consultant for science engagement institutions.
Micah Parzen has served as CEO of the Museum of Us, formerly known as San Diego Museum of Man since 2010. Under his leadership, the Museum has transformed from a musty, dusty, and tired institution in significant distress into one that is thriving, both inside-and-out, winning the University of San Diego’s prestigious “Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance” in 2018. Prior to becoming CEO at the Museum, Micah was a Partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP, where he provided employment counseling and litigation services to clients. He also served as the firm’s Pro Bono Program Coordinator. As an anthropologist, Micah conducted extensive fieldwork on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico, studying a wilderness therapy program for Navajo youth.
Micah currently serves as the chair of the board of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, which supports the 28 arts & culture organization in Balboa Park, and on the Mayoral-appointed Balboa Park Committee. He also sits on the boards of the Western Museums Association and La Jolla Country Day School. His past board service includes the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Waldorf School of San Diego, and ElderHelp of San Diego, where he was chair for two years. Micah is often called on to consult—and regularly speaks at local, regional, and national conferences—on a wide variety of topics related to museums and the non-profit sector. Over the course of his multi-faceted career, he has been named a “Top Young Attorney” by the San Diego Daily Transcript, a “40 Under Forty” by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, and one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch.” Micah holds a PhD in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and a JD from UC Davis, King School of Law.