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Dos Santos-Duisenberg
Edna Dos Santos-Duisenberg
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International Policy Advisor Creative Economy & Development
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Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg is economist and became well-known for her pioneering work in shaping the research and policy agenda around the creative economy and its development dimension. Ms. Dos had an international career of nearly 30 years at the United Nations in Geneva. In 2004, she set-up and became Chief, Creative Economy Programme at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD. She directed and is the main co-author of the UN Creative Economy Reports 2008 and 2010 and launched the UNCTAD's Global Database on Creative Economy compiling the first world trade statistics for creative goods and services. She articulated intergovernmental policy debates, implemented projects and promoted partnerships and networking among governments, practitioners and academia. She was advisor for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research -UNITAR. 

She is Vice President of the International Federation on Internet and Multimedia – FIAM; Member of the International Council of the NESTA’s Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) based in London; Honorary Advisor for the Global Creative Economy at UNITA. She collaborates with universities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. She gives lectures and provides advisory services to governments and institutions. She is an independent writer and speaker (four languages) on creative economy and sustainable development.