Emily Drani is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting the value of a ‘culture in development’ approach.
She holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies with a focus on Endogenous Development and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration. Emily has 16 years professional experience in development work, of which the last 13 years focused on promoting heritage development and cultural rights at national level.
At international level, Emily has contributed to the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as a member and Vice Chairperson of the Evaluation Body and is currently the Vice President of the International National Trusts Organisation, an international network committed to conserving and sustaining global tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Emily is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Kuonyesha Art Fund. She has been involved a number of research projects and co-authored publications on culture in respect to managing diversity, traditional governance, social protection, HIV/AIDS and conservation.