Andy P. Abeita, an American Indian stone and bronze sculptor, is President of the Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture in Peralta, New Mexico, U.S.A. He is also President of Laboraex Consulting, an international commercial trade consulting firm.
Noriko Aikawa is Director of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Unit in the Division of Cultural Heritage at UNESCO in Paris, France.
Robyne Bancroft is an Aboriginal Australian (Goori) affiliated with the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Tressa Berman teaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Arizona State University West in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Janet Blake is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Law, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Stepanida Borisova is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture of the Sakha Republic (Yakutiya), in Yakutsk, Russia.
Mounir Bouchenaki is the Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage and World Heritage Centre at UNESCO in Paris, France.
Manuela Carneiro da Cunha is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
Russell Collier is a member of the Strategic Watershed Analysis Team in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. He is a functioning member of the Canadian Gitxsan Nation.
Rachid El Houda is an architect DPLG with many years experience in the preservation of historical monuments. A member of the College of Moroccan Architects, he has worked for the last three years on the major project for the preservation of the Medina of Fez.
Mahaman Garba is an ethnomusicologist at the Centre de Formation et de Promotion Musicale (CFPM) in Niamey, Niger.
Mihály Hoppál is Director of the European Folklore Institute (the former European Centre for Traditional Culture) in Budapest, Hungary.
Florentino H. Hornedo is Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University in Manila, the Philippines.
Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele is an officer of the Edith Kanakaole Foundation in Hilo, Hawaii.
Junzo Kawada is Professor of Cultural Anthropology on the Faculty of International Studies at Hiroshima City University in Hiroshima, Japan. His work, La Voix, has been translated from Japanese by Sylvie Jeanne, Editions Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1998.
Heikki Kirkinen is Vice-President of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities at the University of Joensuu in Finland.
Grace Koch is the Archives Manager, Archives and Production Program, at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra, Australia. She has recently published Songs, Land Rights, and Archives in Australia in Cultural Survival Quarterly 20(4): 38-41.
Namankoumba Kouyaté is Chargé dAffaires a.i. and Counselor for Political, Economic and Cultural affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea in Bonn, Germany.
Richard Kurin is Director of the Center for Folklore and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Kurshida Mambetova is Head of the Culture Department, National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Renato Matusse is Secretary General of the SADC Sector for Culture, Information and Sport, in the Southern African Development Community, Maputo, Mozambique.
Anthony McCann, one of the project coordinators for the Smithsonian-UNESCO Conference, is a PhD. Candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
J. H. Kwabena Nketia is Director of the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts in Accra, Ghana.
Lyndel V. Prott is Chief of the International Standards Section, Division of Cultural Heritage at UNESCO in Paris, France.
Kamal Puri is Professor of Law at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and President of the Australian Folklore Association, Inc. His recent publications include Legal Protection of Expressions of Folklore (1998) XXXII UNESCOs Copyright Bulletin 5, and Cultural Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights Post Mabo: Putting Ideas into Action (1995) 9 Intellectual Property Journal 293 (Canada).
Miguel Puwainchir is Mayor of the Huamboya Municipality, Province of Morona Santiago, Ecuador.
Gail Saunders is Director of Archives in the Department of Archives in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Anthony Seeger, former Director of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Rajeev Sethi is Principal of Rajeev Sethi Scenographers Pvt. Ltd. in New Delhi, India.
Mohsen Shaalan is General Director of traditional handcraft centers in the Fine Arts Sector of the Ministry of Culture in Cairo, Egypt.
Samantha Sherkin, Ph.D, is a consultant in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Unit of the Division of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in Paris, France.
Bradford S. Simon received degrees in anthropology from Brown University and University College London and in law from the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
Preston Thomas is Commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in Phillip, Australia.
Sivia Tora is Director of Culture and Heritage in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in Fiji.
Yamaguti Osamu is Professor of Musicology at Osaka University Graduate School of Letters in Osaka, Japan and Visiting Professor at the University of the Air in Tiba, Japan. His recent publications include Applicative Musicology (in Japanese), Tokyo: University of the Air Publishers, 2000.
Zulma Yugar is Director
General for Cultural Promotion in the Vice Ministry of Culture, La Paz, Bolivia.