International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

The 2023 Election of the ICTM Executive Board

Call for Nominations

In October 2022, the Nomination Committee of the 2023 Election requested proposals for nominations to fill positions on the Executive Board which will become vacant at the time of the 46th General Assembly of Members, to be held in Legon, Ghana, on 15 July 2023.

At this time, Don Niles (Papua New Guinea) will complete his term as Vice President; while Naila Ceribašić (Croatia), Catherine Foley (Ireland), and Marie Agatha Ozah (Nigeria) will complete theirs as Ordinary Members.

Consequently, the vacant positions to fill in the 2023 election are:

  • 1 Vice President
  • 3 Ordinary Members

João Soeiro de Carvalho (Portugal) and Daniel Kodzo Avorgbedor (Ghana) will complete their terms as co-opted members to the Executive Board, and will be eligible for nomination.

The Nomination Committee of the 2023 Election is formed by Tan Sooi Beng (Malaysia, convener), Zuzana Jurkova (Czech Republic), and Elina Seye (Finland).


The following candidates were selected by the Nomination Committee from proposals made by ICTM National Committees and by individual ICTM members from at least two different countries for each proposal. All members of the Executive Board are elected for a term lasting until the second General Assembly of Members after their term has begun (typically four years), and are eligible for re‐election only once (see Statute 7.2 for details).

Candidates for Ordinary Members of the Executive Board (2023–2027)

  • Daniel K Avorgbedor (Ghana)
  • Olcay Muslu (Turkey)
  • Marie Agatha Ozah (Nigeria)
  • Tiago de Oliveira Pinto (Germany/Brazil/Afghanistan)
  • Mayco Santaella (Malaysia/Argentina)
  • Susana Sardo (Portugal)

Read all the candidates' statements here

Candidates for Vice President (2023–2027)

  • Samuel Araujo (Brazil)
  • J. Lawrence ("Larry") Witzleben (USA)

Read all the candidates' statements here

Voting procedure

The voting will be conducted via Election Runner, the third-party voting platform the Council has been using since 2019. 

On 1 May 2023, all ICTM members in good standing received an email that allows voting with a unique username and password. If you have not received this email, please contact the Secretariat. Voting will be open until 13 July 2023 at 23:59:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). 

Last update: 1 May 2023