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John kampfner

Executive Director of the Creative Industries Federation of the United Kingdom / Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation

Creative Citizens Summit
Friday, August 24 / 10:00 am / Theater of the Palace of Fine Arts

John Kampfner is the Executive Director of the Creative Industries Federation of the United Kingdom.

The Federation was launched to great acclaim in November 2014 to offer a single voice in all creative disciplines and across the country, and began work in early 2015.

Its members range from the largest to the smallest multinational, from art galleries, theaters, film companies to dance studios, independent production companies and video gamers to design constructive practices.


The Federation has organized a series of high-profile events on policy issues, including the economic case for public investment in the arts, cultural education, and diversity.

It has established strong links with all political parties and with government departments from 10 Downing Street, to the Treasury, Foreign Office, DCMS and the Department of Education.


In September 2015, John was named one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners in the Evening Standard Progress 1000 poll. In October, he won the Art & Design category at the HClub 100 Awards.

He is also president of the Clore Social Leadership Program, a charity that nurtures the next generation of leaders in the charitable sectors.


In December 2015, he resigned as chairman of Turner Contemporary after seven and a half years in which he oversaw the opening of what became one of Britain's most successful art galleries and cultural organizations.

He was also a member of the Council of King's College London for three years.

In 2002 he won the Foreign Press Association Award for Film of the Year and Journalist of the Year for a two-part BBC film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict called "The Ugly War."

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