Annie Menter worked with WOMAD Festivals for over 20 years, most recently as the director of the WOMAD Foundation. She was responsible for its national and international strategic and artistic development, forging partnerships with governments and institutions in South Africa, USA, Singapore, S.Korea, Spain and UAE amongst others. She has extensive experience of visioning and delivering high quality multi-disciplinary projects and believes that the arts have the power to change lives, inspiring, empowering and educating in the broadest sense. She won a Churchill Fellowship in order to research traditional indigo textiles in SW Nigeria, resulting in a touring exhibition and publication for Oxfam. She was visiting lecturer for ‘Art in Social Context’ at UWE and co-founder of Bristol’s ‘Vizability’, a groundbreaking public arts and community empowerment organisation. She is an independent creative producer, Festival Director of Afrika Eye and curator of Taste the World at WOMAD.