Programme Advisor

The Programme Advisor for the World Summit is Robyn Archer AO, who has worked with IFACCA’s Executive Director, Sarah Gardner, and the Australia Council to create the shape and content of each session, review the enormous range of proposals received in response to the call for speakers, and research many additional ideas for presenters from around the world. Robyn has also provided advice on the arts and cultural programme and tours which were developed by Arts Victoria.

Robyn Archer AO (Australia), CdOAL (France), OC (Belgium)
Singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts, Robyn Archer is a powerful arts identity in Australia and internationally. Her list of credits as artistic director of major arts festivals includes the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island in Tasmania, two years with the European Capital of Culture and startup advisor to Luminato in Toronto.

Robyn Archer is currently the Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra (2013) and Artistic Director of The Light in Winter (Melbourne). She is considered one of the foremost exponents of the classic European cabaret tradition and has recently given acclaimed concerts in Honolulu and at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in February she performs at the Brecht and Music Festival in Augsburg. Her writing takes various forms from songs to shows, essays and speeches and a selection of her keynotes was published in June by UWA Press under the title Detritus.

Ms Archer is highly regarded in her work as policy advocate. Her roles have included Chair of the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council, member of the Australian International Cultural Council, RMIT Global Sustainability Leader and many more. She is currently a member of the European House of Culture,  Patron of the Institute of Post-colonial Studies, the International Women’s Development Agency and the National Script Centre as well as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Adelaide College of the Arts.