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Lukas Pairon (°1958) studied philosophy at a private university in Lugano, Switserland, and later obtained a Master in educational science (specialization 'politique de l'éducation’) at the Université Paris VIII. Following his studies, he worked for several years as a young researcher in the field of adult education and literacy programs at Unesco in Paris and at the Ministry of Culture of the French-speaking Community of Belgium (Ministère de la Culture, Communauté française) in Brussels.
But at the age of 27, he changed his professional occupation by becoming the artistic director of the contemporary music and dance programs of the Flanders Festival (www.festival.be). He left this festival two years later to create Walpurgis, (a production house for contemporary chamber opera and music theatre, www.walpurgis.be), and thereby got closer to his first interests as a young boy: opera, theatre and music. It is in that period that he got acquainted with many of the musicians with whom he would later create the now famous contemporary music ensemble Ictus (www.ictus.be), as they were engaged as soloists to create the new music theatre pieces which Walpurgis produced. When Ictus was founded in 1994, Lukas Pairon was there and became its first general director, which he has been until the end of 2012. Since 2005 he also founded and directs the organization Music Fund (www.musicfund.eu) which gives support to music schools in the Middle East and Africa through donations of music instruments and training programs for technicians able to repair such instruments.
Since 2012, Lukas Pairon was appointed as ‘senior research fellow’ at the School of Arts in Ghent (B) and starts as such from 2013 on a PhD study at the University of Ghent (UGent, Doctoral program Political Science) on the topic: "The significance of the study of music for young people affected by conflict or violence (Practices in culture and development - a comparative study of the role of music in development projects, with a specific interest in music and conflict or violence)".
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individual (student), individual (professional), international NGO
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Palestine (Gaza and West Bank), Israël, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mozambique, South Africa, Europe
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Music Fund (www.musicfund.eu) + PhD-research Political Science (music and conflict)
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Culture, Development, Education
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Program Administration, Program Design, Research, Training
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
topic of my PhD is: "The significance of the study of music for young people affected by conflict or violence (Practices in culture and development - a comparative study of the role of music in development projects, with a specific interest in music and conflict or violence)”
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