Board of Directors / Staff

One World Arts (OWA) is managed by a team composed of a dedicated Volunteer Administrator and a passionate group of volunteers who form the Board of Directors.

Staff / Office

Rainer Lichtenfels
Volunteer Administrator

Jessica Ruano
One World Film Festival Manager

Board of Directors

Passionate about film, the arts, and social justice issues? Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? Join the One World Arts Board! While we are particularly interested in those with a legal or bookkeeping background, all expressions of interest from those who appreciate documentary films are welcome. Contact our Administrator at to find out more about how you can become a part of our team.

Our current board members include:

Atong Ater was born in Kenya and grew up in Canada. Curious from an early age, her interests are wide and varied. She has a background in neuroscience and television production and has worked in the area of Aboriginal programs.

Paul Bennett (Interim Chair, Grants Coordinator) has Master's degrees in Public Administration and Community and Regional Planning. He recently retired after a career in Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian International Development Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, during which he promoted Canadian visual and performing arts abroad.  He recently served as Acting Director of the Multiculturalism Program.  He has lived in France, Thailand, Ethiopia and the United States and travelled widely. Paul Bennett wrote several entries for an award-winning history of British Columbia architects.  He is on several other boards and enjoys films, golf, snow-shoeing and cottage life.

Karin Dudli (Executive Secretary) was born in Switzerland and grew up in Northern Ontario. Karin has worked in the area of community development and homelessness and is very familiar with Ottawa community resources, the intersections of poverty and human rights and the challenges of small organizations. 

Susan Mintz (Treasurer) was born in Quebec and grew up in Ottawa. She has a background in computer science and mathematics and an interest in international issues. She has worked in various aspects of international development in Africa and India.

Cynthia Nuzzi is Italian by birth and Canadian by adoption and has benefited from living in and exploring different countries. When in Ottawa, Cynthia has been involved with the local Italian community media since the early 90's. A physician by training, her roaming lifestyle did not allow for a practice, but offered many opportunities to get involved with different organizations in  various countries, in activities close to her heart and related to sustainable living, public health, education and global issues.