Clore Fellows

Nandita Palchoudhuri

Social Entrepreneur in the field of Indian Folk Art, Craft, and Performance

Nandita Palchoudhuri is a social entrepreneur curating and consulting internationally, in the field of Indian Folk Art Craft and Performance. She designs and delivers exhibitions, installations, educational workshops, seminars and lecture-demonstrations using Indian Folk techniques and traditional practices. This process helps to regenerate the craft and provide a sustainable livelihood for the highly skilled but often unemployed Artisan.

As a Chevening Clore Fellow, she explored the relationship between British and Indian culture. The report she produced served as a basis for the Re-imagine project which contributed to the formation of an independent volume exploring the evolving relationship between India and the UK.

Nandita’s work is highly acclaimed. Her Chandannagar Lights installations have been commissioned at the Thames Festival, Belfast Festival and Blackpool Illuminations festival; and Shola Craft featured at Edinburgh Festival. She has several other craft-based presentations across the world including in France, Spain, Italy, China, and New Zealand. She also works on projects with Patachitra and UNAids

Heba El-Cheikh

Cultural Manager at Mahatat

Heba El-Cheikh is a cultural manager. She has studied French, translation, and journalism. Her working experiences range from culture management, facilitation, and interpreting to journalism and website editing. In 2009, she co-founded the Journey Cultural Group in Alexandria, aiming to promote youth creativity and critical thinking through culture and arts. Having travelled to Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, Heba published fieldwork-based articles in French and Arabic media covering topics such as arts, traveling, local community lifestyle, culture, and legacy. In 2011, she co-founded Mahatat for contemporary art. Believing in the democratisation of the arts, Heba aims to decentralise the arts making it available to everyone, through art exhibitions in public spaces and community arts projects. 

In 2012 she completed her Master's in Arts Management at Utrecht School of the Arts, with a focus on community arts and evaluation. In 2015, she published her thesis: Community Arts Evaluation Practices in Egypt.

Li Ren

Chief Representative in China for CCM Classic Concerts Management GmbH, Germany

Li Ren lives in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. He is the chief representative in China for CCM Classic Concerts Management GmbH, Germany, developing their touring activities in China. He is also executive producer for Free Idea Theatre Company. He previously worked as a programme manager at Hunan Grand Theatre, and as design and a management consultant at Chengsha Concert Hall.

Ahmed Alhawary

Founder and Director of Bashkatib

Ahmed lives in Cairo and is the founder and director of Bashkatib, a not-for-profit company whose mission is to build and sustain a network of youth-run community media outlets in marginalized areas of Egypt. He also works as a journalist for Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper, and has previously worked as a journalist, editor and producer in the written press, radio and television.

Archana Prasad

Founder of

Archana lives in Bangalore and is an artist and founder of, which offers support to creative entrepreneurs, artists and designers. She is a Fellow of ATSA which is involved in arts management training set up by Clore Fellow Pooja Sood. She works in partnership with public agencies to run international artists residencies, large-scale public arts projects focused on community engagement and is also involved in converting derelict spaces into creative spaces, something which creates and manages. With, she runs a peer-mentored incubator for technology entrepreneurs.

Maria Garcia Holley

Director of the Creative City Strategy at Laboratorio para la Cuidad (Laboratory for the City)

Maria lives in Mexico City and is the director of the Creative City Strategy at Laboratorio para la Cuidad (Laboratory for the City), where she is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing the program that is consolidating Mexico City as a creative city. She is also co-founder of Andamio, an independent editorial and design research practice where she writes and curates contemporary culture.

Molemo Moiloa

Director of Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA)

Molemo is Director of Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), which has 7,000 members. Living in Johannesburg, Molemo's involvement with VANSA sees her working on public and community arts projects, professional practice programmes and supporting arts organisations across the country and across Africa. She is one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK. She was previously Manager of Public Programmes and Development for Market Photo Workshop, which provides an alternative and low-cost route for those interested in photography training.