On 1 September, the Freemuse Executive Committee was pleased to welcome Gerd Elmark to the post of Freemuse Interim Executive Director.
“With a solid background of 20 years in international development assistance, human rights and the arts, Gerd Elmark was appointed after an open, transparent, competitive and rigorous recruitment process,” said Gnanam Devadass, Freemuse Chairman.
Gerd Elmark is based in Denmark and is joining the Secretariat in Copenhagen, and will oversee colleagues in eight countries around the world to ensure proximity to partners and realities for artists on the ground.
“Freemuse’s concise and vitally important mandate of protecting artistic freedom and artistic freedom defenders is close to my heart and right at the centre of the human rights and development work that I have been engaged in throughout my professional life. Being able to make a difference for artists at risk around the world with Freemuse’s engaged, widely international and skilled staff is a privilege,” said Elmark.
With a background from the United Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NHRI, academia and NGOs, Gerd is looking forward to engaging with the wide portfolio of Freemuse’s partners and donors and work on expanding the organisational capacity to respond to the growing need of artists experiencing persecution by governments attempting to silence dissent.