Director - Mira Kaushik OBE

Born in Belgrade (former Yugoslavia), Mira was educated at the University of Delhi, India and moved to London in 1982.

With a background in literature, film, theatre and television, her professional experience includes TV and audience research for the BBC, translation, broadcasting, working with the Asian Women’s Voluntary Organisation and coordinating the Festival of India at the Commonwealth Institute.

Since her appointment in 1987 as Director of Akademi (formerly known as the Academy of Indian Dance), the organisation has excelled as a strategic arts development body of global importance through its work with audiences reaching millions.

Recent key achievements include the BA Honours course at the Contemporary Dance Trust, the production of site specific shows: Coming of Age and Escapade at the South Bank Centre, Waterscapes at Somerset House, Sapnay, Awaz/Voice, Dreaming Now and Bells at Trafalgar Square and more recently Sufi:Zen, which toured the United Kingdom in 2010.

In 2007 she was awarded an Honorary Order of the British Empire for services to dance.

Strategic Projects Advisor - Monique Deletant Bell

Monique originally joined Akademi in 2006 and worked as General Manager until 2008. She returned to Akademi as Administrative Director in 2009, having worked with Theatre Resource, based in Essex.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1996, Monique worked in various positions, including as a researcher for an MP, at the Lord Chancellors’ Department, a manager at a non-departmental public body and as Assistant Private Secretary to the Master of the Rolls. She is a Trustee of ADAD, Icon Theatre and a trained coach and mentor.

Administrative Director - Tim Foxon

Tim joined Akademi as Administrative Director in March 2016. He previously worked at Help Musicians UK as Talent Programme Manager, leading the charity’s funding and support programmes for emerging artists. A graduate of Birmingham University, with a research Masters in music, he has experience in policy and strategy development, project management, funding and general administration. He spent several years at Arts Council England, firstly in the national strategy team and then as Music Officer for the East of England. Tim has wide-ranging cultural interests, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and undertook the Clore Leadership Programme Short Course in 2013. In his spare time he performs with the acclaimed north London choir Crouch End Festival Chorus.

Administration & Productions Co-ordinator - Holly Morris

Holly joined Akademi as PA & Administrative Assistant in May 2016, having previously graduated with a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University and an MA in Dance Studies from Roehampton University.  In 2014, as part of a graduate internship scheme, Holly travelled to India where she developed a passion for Indian culture and was introduced to South Asian dance and theatre practices.  Holly looks forward to further professional development in her role at Akademi with a particular interest in outdoor arts event production.


Marketing Officer – Rohanne Udall

Rohanne joined the Akademi team in March 2016. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a First Class MA in Fine Art in 2014. Whilst at university she produced and performed with the EUTC and Paradok theatre company during term time, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following her studies, she interned at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, where Akademi frequently presents. She has experience across administration, programming, artist development and marketing. A practicing artist, Rohanne’s work incorporates performance, dance and clown.

Education Consultant - Christina Christou

With over a decade of experience in the arts management sector, Christina’s past professional roles include working for Arts Council England on professional development for artists; and managing an arts training organisation in Higher Education at the University of Liverpool. A music graduate, she has also worked on programming arts venues and has been instrumental in developing new buildings and spaces for the arts on various capital projects.

Learning and Participation Officer - Joe West

Joe joined Akademi in June 2016 as the Learning and Participation officer. His background is in sport and special education and prior to joining Akademi he was the PE, Sports Development and Extended Curriculum Manager for 19 years at Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre.  He is passionate about how the arts and sport can unlock potential in children and young people and help them achieve their full potential.  When not working Joe enjoys travelling, cinema, photography and walking.

Dance Well Project Officer - Claire Farmer

With an MSc Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Claire’s previous roles have included working for Dance UK, National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and as a dance practitioner in educational, community and hospital settings. Claire is passionate about dancers’ health and the use of dance to improve the health and wellbeing of the wider population and regularly lectures at various UK universities.

Dance Well Project Assistant - Giulia Ghinelli

Giulia joined Akademi and the Dance Well team in October 2016. She graduated from the Higher Institute of Architecture of Venice with a First Class Degree in Visual and performing Arts. She is currently graduating from Goldsmiths University of London with a MA in Contemporary Art Theory. Whilst at university, Giulia worked and volunteered in Santarcangelo Festival internazionale del Teatro in Piazza, the oldest contemporary theatre and performance festival in Italy, and in Peckham Platform, a community art gallery in the heart of Peckham. In her experiences, Giulia found a passion and interest for dance and socially engaged art. This, together with an interest in eastern philosophies and in combining health, dance and social practices attracted her to Akademi, and the Dance Well project.

Finance Officer - Syd Rae

Syd joined Akademi in 2009 as Bookkeeper/Finance Officer and is responsible for maintaining the accounting records at Akademi. Originally from a banking background, Syd has worked for various commercial and charitable companies in this country and overseas. He is a partner in PBS Lincoln and a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. In addition to working in the arts field, he also teaches accounting and business studies.

Finance Assistant - Catherine Ibbotson

Catherine joined Akademi as Finance Assistant in April 2016. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre and from the Royal Academy of Dance with a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. She had previous financial roles at both Barclays Bank and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, before moving to Akademi. Catherine also works as a freelance Dance Teacher and co-directs her own contemporary dance theatre company, Co_Motion Dance. She is looking forward to developing and furthering her financial skills at Akademi.

SADAA Freelance Consultant and Project Manager - Anita Srivastava

Anita has been working as a Freelance Consultant and Project Manager for the SADAA website since November 2011.

With over 18 years experience in education and arts sector, Anita has specialist knowledge in South Asian Dance which is underpinned by her deep and broad interest across the dance sector. As an Independent Project Manager, she currently works on a range of projects including the Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian & Contemporary dance.

Anita holds a Masters Degree in Management Studies with specialism in Marketing. She has been participant of Escalator Leadership Development Programme supported by Arts Council England – East.