Toni Attard (Malta) graduated from the University of Malta with an honours degree in Communications and Theatre Studies. As a Chevening scholar he completed his postgraduate studies in cultural management and policy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is currently Director of Strategy at Arts Council Malta and leads the strategy team that creates, develops and implements the Council's Create 2020 strategy, including the management of the national funding portfolio and the programmes in research, education, training diversity, business development and internationalisation. He also served as creative economy advisor within the Ministry of Finance, the economy and investment to develop a national strategy for the cultural and creative industries in Malta. In 2009 Toni was selected by the British Council to participate in the Cultural Leadership International programme, a yearlong programme on cultural leadership with 35 future cultural leaders from around the globe. He was previously responsible for international projects at St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity and in 2008 was appointed National Coordinator for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. He is also one of the authors of Malta’s cultural policy and is a regular speaker at international conferences on arts and culture. Toni is a founding member of Opening Doors, an NGO for the artistic development of adults with learning disabilities and served as Festival Director of 4 editions of ZiguZajg international festival for children and young people.