Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya) plays in the worlds of creativity, heritage, technology, imagination and innovation. She works with interdisciplinary teams in the arts and has been a key facilitator of creative, innovation and knowledge economy conversations and events. She intends to expand the regional stake and play in the global knowledge economy through practical and multi-sectoral strategies. Yvonne was formerly the Executive Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival/Festival of the Dhow countries (2003-5) after which she joined the, then start-up, Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences planning project as Project Co-ordinator.
At present, she works as Programme Specialist (Arts and Digital Media) working with concepts, models and facilitating spaces where proposals for higher education strategies in and proposals for creativity, arts, design, innovation, research in the arts and performative sciences that resonate with East Africa’s ambitions are explored. Yvonne is engaged with different conservation and cultural initiatives that co-opt cultural imagination and life, landscape memory, art, technology, story into futures. She is better known as a creative writer who won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, Weight of Whispers. Another one of her stories, The Knife Grinder’s Tale, was made into a short film in 2005. She has had several pieces–fiction and non-fiction, published worldwide and is in the process of finishing her first novel, Dust and Memory.