Our People

Meet the dedicated people behind JMI

JMI Board

Jessie Westenholz

Jessie Westenholz

President
France
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Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Vice-President
Croatia
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Faisal Kiwewa

Faisal Kiwewa

Vice-President
Uganda
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Rob Van Waaijen

Rob Van Waaijen

Treasurer
Netherlands
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Jing Huan

Jing Huan

Board Member
China
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Sofie Sondervik Saether

Sofie Sondervik Saether

Board Member
Norway
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Melody Zambuko

Melody Zambuko

Board Member
Zimbabwe
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David Zsoldos

David Zsoldos

Board Member
Hungary
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Elisabetta Parisi

Elisabetta Parisi

Board Member
Italy
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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JMI Head Office

Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Executive Director
Macedonia
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Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Programs & Marketing Director
Belgium
South Africa
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Zak Hantout

Zak Hantout

Office & Financial Manager
Belgium
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Collettee Wasielewski

Collettee Wasielewski

Communications Manager
South Africa
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Suchet Malhotra

Suchet Malhotra

Ethno Global Coordinator
India
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Inês Moreira

Inês Moreira

World Youth Choir Manager
Portugal
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Nicky Tsianti

Nicky Tsianti

Ethno Global Program Assistent
Greece
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Giulia Annibaletti

Giulia Annibaletti

Programs Assistent
Italy
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Music Crossroads Head Office

Joe Herrmann

Joe Herrmann

Music Crossroads International Director
Colombia
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Lisa Laila Gontarek

Lisa Laila Gontarek

Project Coordinator
Norway
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Tapiwa Chimbiro

Tapiwa Chimbiro

Member
Mozambique
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Mathews Mfune

Mathews Mfune

Member
Malawi
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Melody Zambuko

Melody Zambuko

JMI Board Representative
Zimbabwe
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Legal Commission

Naima Balić

Naima Balić

Board Member
Croatia
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Aleksandar Gerasimovski

Aleksandar Gerasimovski

Member
Macedonia
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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Election Commission

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

Member
Denmark
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Delphine Leclerc

Delphine Leclerc

Member
France
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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Auditor

Paul Soyeur

Paul Soyeur

Internal Auditor
Belgium
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Thierry Van Loocke

Thierry Van Loocke

External Auditor
Belgium
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Classical Music Committee

Aleix Palau Talavera

Aleix Palau Talavera

Member
Spain
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Franziska Spohr

Franziska Spohr

Member
Germany
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Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

Member
Denmark
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Jean-Guy Gingras

Jean-Guy Gingras

Member
Canada
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Simona Simonovska

Simona Simonovska

Member
Macedonia
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Wojtek Hazanowicz

Wojtek Hazanowicz

Member
Poland
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Naima Balić

Naima Balić

Board Member
Croatia
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Elisabetta Parisi

Elisabetta Parisi

Board Member
Italy
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Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Member Ex-Officio
South Africa
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David Zsoldos

David Zsoldos

Chair
Hungary
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Joelle Khayat

Joelle Khayat

Member
Lebanon
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Miquel Cuenca

Miquel Cuenca

Member
Spain
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Ethno Committee

Juan Ramon Campos Macias

Juan Ramon Campos Macias

Committee Member
Portugal
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Vincent Combet

Vincent Combet

Member
France
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Simon Voigt

Simon Voigt

Chair Member
Denmark
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Mathews Mfune

Mathews Mfune

Member
Malawi
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Margit Kuhi

Margit Kuhi

Member
Estonia
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Jo Pratt

Jo Pratt

Member
Australia
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Philippe Vandre

Philippe Vandre

Member
Germany
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Lauren Spiceley

Lauren Spiceley

Member
United Kingdom
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Nenad Bogdanovic

Nenad Bogdanovic

Member
Cyprus
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Lucile Jauffret

Lucile Jauffret

Member
France
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Ikra Asma Slaim

Ikra Asma Slaim

Member
Algeria
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Hanna Wiskari Griffiths

Hanna Wiskari Griffiths

Member
New Zealand
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Faisal Kiwewa

Faisal Kiwewa

JMI Board Representative
Uganda
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Suchet Malhotra

Suchet Malhotra

Member Ex-Officio
India
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Nicky Tsianti

Nicky Tsianti

Ethno Global Program Assistent
Greece
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Joelle Khayat

Joelle Khayat

Member
Lebanon
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Miquel Cuenca

Miquel Cuenca

Member
Spain
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Dunja Bahtijarevic

Dunja Bahtijarevic

Member
Croatia
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Song Seng

Song Seng

Member
Cambodia
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Päivi Ylönen

Päivi Ylönen

Member
Finland
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Andreas Ljones

Andreas Ljones

Member
Norway
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Erik Rask

Erik Rask

Member
Sweden
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Jay Gilman

Jay Gilman

Member
United States of America
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Jennifer Adams Kurr

Jennifer Adams Kurr

Member
United States of America
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Katharina Doring

Katharina Doring

Member
Bahia
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Mario Gulisano

Mario Gulisano

Member
Italy
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Martin Tomoana

Martin Tomoana

Member
Solomon Islands
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Laura Kuisma

Laura Kuisma

Member
Finland
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Steven Vanderaspoilden

Steven Vanderaspoilden

Member
Belgium
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Durgesh Kanwal

Durgesh Kanwal

Member
India
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Magdalena Barszcz

Magdalena Barszcz

Member
Poland
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Catarina Ascensão

Catarina Ascensão

Member
Portugal
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Sami Karkar

Sami Karkar

Member
Tunisia
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Imagine Committee

Arnaud Réveillon

Arnaud Réveillon

Chair
France
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Wojtek Hazanowicz

Wojtek Hazanowicz

Member
Poland
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Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Member Ex-Officio
South Africa
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Melody Zambuko

Melody Zambuko

JMI Board Representative
Zimbabwe
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Rob Driessen

Rob Driessen

Member
Netherlands
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Rolf Olsen

Rolf Olsen

Member
Norway
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Miquel Cuenca

Miquel Cuenca

Member
Spain
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Gustaf Elmelid

Gustaf Elmelid

Member
Sweden
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Ariel Amejeiras

Ariel Amejeiras

Member
Argentina
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Elin Feen

Elin Feen

Member
Norway
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Katarzyna Konciak

Katarzyna Konciak

Member
Poland
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JM Jazz World Orchestra Board

Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Chairperson
Croatia
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Rob Van Waajen

Rob Van Waajen

Board Member
Netherlands
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Luis Diego Bonilla

Luis Diego Bonilla

Board Member / Artistic Director
Austria/USA
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Board Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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Young Audiences Committee

Ebbe Hoyrup

Ebbe Hoyrup

Chair
Denmark
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Elfa Lilja Gisladottir

Elfa Lilja Gisladottir

Committee Member
Iceland
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Patrick Lenaers

Patrick Lenaers

Member
Belgium
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Margareta Norberg

Margareta Norberg

Member
Sweden
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Simona Simonovska

Simona Simonovska

Member
Macedonia
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Emmanuelle Soupart

Emmanuelle Soupart

Member
Belgium
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Naima Balić

Naima Balić

Board Member
Croatia
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Anne Torrent

Anne Torrent

Member
France
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Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Member Ex-Officio
South Africa
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Morten Brenne

Morten Brenne

Member
Norway
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Noora Herranen

Noora Herranen

Member
Finland
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Natasha Peevor-Johnson

Natasha Peevor-Johnson

Member
Norway
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Barbara Hellmayr

Barbara Hellmayr

Member
Austria
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Omar Shahryar

Omar Shahryar

Member
United Kingdom
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Sabrina Stender Solis

Sabrina Stender Solis

Member
Denmark
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World Meeting Centres Committee

Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Member
Croatia
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Ulrich Wuester

Ulrich Wuester

Member
Germany
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Euro-Arab Youth Music Center

Kifah Fakhouri

Kifah Fakhouri

Chair
Lebanon
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Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Dubravka Dujmovic Kusan

Member
Croatia
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Livia Prodromou

Livia Prodromou

Member
Cyprus
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Husham Sharaf

Husham Sharaf

Member
Jordan
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Tatiana Tsieti

Tatiana Tsieti

Member
Cyprus
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Nenad Bogdanovic

Nenad Bogdanovic

Member
Cyprus
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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JM Europe Executive Committee

Marili Jõgi

Marili Jõgi

Chair
Estonia
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Ibrahim Barisik

Ibrahim Barisik

Member
Turkey
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Franziska Spohr

Franziska Spohr

Member
Germany
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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JM of the Americas

Per Ekedahl

Per Ekedahl

Member
Brasil
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Danièle LeBlanc

Danièle LeBlanc

Member
Canada
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Joe Herrmann

Joe Herrmann

Member Ex-Officio
Colombia
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member Ex-Officio
Macedonia
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JM Africa

Tapiwa Chimbiro

Tapiwa Chimbiro

Member
Mozambique
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Matthew Mpfune

Matthew Mpfune

Member
Malawi
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Paul Nchu Ngang

Paul Nchu Ngang

Member
Cameroon
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Melody Zambuko

Melody Zambuko

Member
Zimbabwe
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Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Member Ex-Officio
South Africa
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JMI Foundation Council

Rob Van Waaijen

Rob Van Waaijen

President
Netherlands
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Jessie Westenholtz

Jessie Westenholtz

Treasurer
France
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Patrick Lenaers

Patrick Lenaers

Member
Belgium
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Ingunn Sand

Ingunn Sand

Member
Norway
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Member
Macedonia
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Music Crossroads International Foundation Board

Rob Van Waaijen

Rob Van Waaijen

Chairperson
Netherlands
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Blasko Smilevski

Blasko Smilevski

Treasurer
Macedonia
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Dag Franzen

Dag Franzen

Board Member
Sweden
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Egil Franzen

Egil Franzen

Board Member
Belgium
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Joe Herrmann

Joe Herrmann

Board Member Ex-Officio
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JMI Honorary Presidents

Per Ekedahl

Per Ekedahl

JMI Honorary President
Brazil/Sweden
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Pierre Goulet

Pierre Goulet

JMI Honorary President
Canada
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Jordi Roch

Jordi Roch

JMI Honorary President
Spain
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Maria Tania Siver

Maria Tania Siver

JMI Honorary President
Uruguay
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Emeritus Members

Naima Balić

Naima Balić

Board Member
Croatia
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Dag Franzen

Dag Franzen

Board Member
Sweden
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