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Mehri Madarshahi


"Art and culture are important pillars of dialogue between people and civilisations, through which to build a more sustainable vision and a more lasting peace."

Professor Mehri Madarshahi is the founder and president of the 'Melody for Dialogue among Civilisations Association', with offices in France, Switzerland and the United States. The association aims to promote the new role of cultural diplomacy in international affairs, in particular the use of music as a means of dialogue between different cultures and as a vehicle to raise environmental awareness and resolve conflicts peacefully.  A number of collaborations include UNESCO and other international organisations, such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Habitat Programme (HABITAT) and the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN). Since its foundation, the 'Melody for Dialogue among Civilisations Association' has organised many acclaimed international conferences and held a series of innovative cross-cultural concerts in different countries with the aim of educating and raising awareness on environmental issues, climate change and sustainable development, demonstrating how art, and in particular music, can have a significant positive impact on pressing issues for humanity.


For 26 years, Ms. Madarshahi served at the United Nations Secretariat in New York in various capacities, including as Senior Economist; External Relations Officer; and a member of the UN Secretary-General's Task Force on the Decentralization of Economic and Social Issues.
After retirement, she established the "Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations” Association, with branches in France, Switzerland, Hong Kong and New York. The Association has organized and produced mega multi-cultural concerts for advocacy and awareness on social and economic issues working closely with UNESCO, UNEP, HABITAT, CERN and academia, such as Northeastern University in Boston, New York University and American University in Paris
To promote environmental policies in urban settings and research, she also founded “Global Cultural Networks (GCN)”, and the Shenzhen-Qianhai Global Cultural Consulting company (MAH). She was appointed as a Visiting Professor in three Chinese universities namely, South China University for Technology, Guangzhou University on Foreign Affairs and Jinan University. She also serves as a Vice–Chair of the Asia-Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation; a member of the International Advisory Council of the Guiyang Eco-Forum Global (EFG) and the International Center for Creativity and Sustainable Development (ICCSD) under the auspices of UNESCO in Beijing. She has contributed to a number of publications and authored continuously articles and research essays on environment, sustainable economics and urban reconstructions and digital, circular and creative economy.

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