Themes: Our Creativy Diversity
A new global ethics
A commitment to pluralism
Challenges of a media-rich world
recasting cultural policies

Speakers on the conference
The Power of Culture
David Nostbakken
Biographical Information

Dr David Nostbakken is a lifelong communication and broadcast entrepreneur, developer, and practitioner. He is President of WETV, a new global initiative in broadcasting, designed to combine private and public financing for an alternative global television network. He is the founder, first CEO and Chair of Vision TV, a Canadian satellite-to-cable specialty service, licensed in 1987 and recently re-licensed for seven more years. He was Director-General of Communications for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), developing communication capabilities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Nostbakken has developed communication strategies, specializing in broadcasting for such institutions such as WHO, UICC, CCS and has produced with CBC, TVO, VTV, WTN, TVE, BBC, and local television. Dr. Nostbakken has a Ph.D. in Communications, University of Toronto where he studied and worked with Marshall McLuhan.

Current Positions

  • President and CEO - WETV - The Global Access Television Network
  • Chairperson, VISION TV, Canadian Television Network

Related Experience

  • President, VISION TV, Canadian Television Network
  • Executive Director, International Broadcast Development, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Director-General, Communications Division, IDRC
  • President, Canadian Centre for Films for ChiIdren
  • Governor, Children's Broadcast Institute (CBI)
  • Director, Power of Television Series
  • Board Director, Montcrest School, Toronto
  • Member of Board of Trustee, Television Trust for the Environment (TVE)
  • Director, Broadcasting for International Understanding
  • Member, Helsinki Group, Television Trust for the Environment
  • A large number of television productions and publications


  • MA, Ph.D. University of Toronto - studied, taught and worked with Marshall McLuhan
  • Thesis title: "The Concept of Mimesis in Television Learning: The Television Learner as Participant"

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General Introduction
pijltje_beneden.gif (179 bytes) Speakers
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Lourdez Arizpe
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Adriaan van Dis
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Josette Feral
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Riffat Hassan
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Dragan Klaic
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Hans Küng
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Flora Lewis
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Madala Mphahlele
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Bert Mulder
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) David Nostbakken
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Herman Philpse
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Anil Ramdas
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Allister Sparks
kruisje.gif (919 bytes) Horst Stipp
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our creative diversity