Valerie Bistany is a professional arts manager, producer & events coordinator with over 20 years of international experience in Ireland, England and the USA working with organisations such as Dance Ireland, Dublin Youth Theatre, the Abbey and Pavilion Theatres. She has worked in a freelance capacity as a facilitator in strategic vision planning, as an independent evaluator and as a creative mentor in the professional arts and voluntary sectors. She is also a certified mediator and began mediating as part of a political dialogue facilitation team working with Northern and Southern politicians in Ireland.
Valerie was appointed director of the Irish Writers’ Centre in July 2013. Originally from Lebanon, she has lived and worked in England, Spain and the USA, but has made Dublin her home these last 23 years. She spent a delightful year living in Pavia in 2011 with her son Sacha.