Meet the Team
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Patrick Sciarratta has been the executive director of FAF since 1993. He has spoken at conferences and universities throughout the world on topics related to cultural exchange and global peace building. His staff & he have opened and introduced American groups to emerging destinations worldwide with active, customized exchange opportunities.
Under his leadership, FAF helped create and produces the annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, now in its sixth year, the Youth Band for United Nations, and a series of internationally recognized Cultural Exchange Programmes both at home and around the world. During the past five years, Patrick led the foundation’s work to offer service to the nation after the tragic events of 9/11, uniting families of victims – he and colleague Szilvia Agoston spearheaded FAF’s arts-related retreats and camps for the families and children of the victims, called Finding New Hope supported with major funding by the Lions, Rotary, Red Cross, Hitachi and others. Indeed through their efforts, those families were able to re-connect with others tragically affected by war and terrorism worldwide.
Mr. Sciarratta and FAF have worked with governments and members of the travel and culture industries on an FAF programme called The Road Ahead, to institute cultural tourism as a means of locally managed sustainable development, and facilitated the Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar Series – a project that helped mend the social fabric in post-war, Balkan states – in cooperation with UNESCO, as a Flagship Partner of its International Year for the Culture of Peace.
Mr. Sciarratta was an elected Member of the Executive Committee at the United Nations’ Department of Public Information (DPI) for its maximum tenure and then became the co-editor its NGO Reporter, a quarterly that is disseminated to the 3000+ affiliates connected with DPI at the U.N. He also serves on its annual DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee, where he plays a role in the development of the annual United Nations’ DPI/NGO conferences.
Patrick was lead faculty member for the Arts Management Certificate Program for over a decade at Purchase College of the State University of New York. Prior to his teaching at SUNY, he taught at St. John’s University, Adelphi University, C. W. Post College, and New York University. He was also the Director for Performing Arts at Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1987-1993, during the reconstruction of the Danny Kaye Playhouse, and the Resident Director of the Israel Festival in 1984.
Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Bond Street Theatre Coalition, from 1976 – 1985, Mr. Sciarratta produced, directed and co-wrote 12 plays with the ensemble; all of which were presented in New York and in other national and international venues. He is currently chair of the Board of Directors of Bond Street Theatre.
Mr. Sciarratta has received many awards, including the MacArthur award as the leader of the Palenville Interarts Colony (1980-1992), the Governor’s Citation for Excellence from Governor Rockefeller, the New York University’s Gallatin Award for Achievement in the Arts, and is listed in four Who’s Whos internationally for contributions to culture and community. Mr. Sciarratta is currently on the boards of UNA/Westchester (NY) & Vanaver Caravan.
Invited by Elie Wiesel and King Abdullah of Jordan, Patrick traveled to the 4th Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates in June 2008. Selected by former President Clinton, Mr. Sciarratta served as a Presidential Delegate to the first-ever White House Conference on Travel and Tourism in 1995. In the same year, he was chosen by the U.N. to be an official observer at the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing, China. He is a certified IATA travel agent and considered a Central European Travel Specialist by the Hungarian National Tourist Board. Mr. Sciarratta holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology from NYU and a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from Queens College; he has studied and taught in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic over the past twenty years.
Mr Sciarratta was recently highlighted in New York media for his lifelong work and in celebration of his 15 years as leader of FAF.
New York City-based concert pianist Yin-Chu Jou was commended by The New York Times on New Year’s Day 2006: “… Classical pianist Yin-Chu Jou and the Youth Symphony for United Nations… travel and play for peace, to promote world peace through music… to find a way to add a social element to musical performance.” At an early age Yin-Chu has become a respected pianist and teacher of young musicians, earning Westchester Magazine’s “2006 Best New Music Conservatory in Westchester, New York” award for her direction of an up and rising community music conservatory and as artistic director to an international foundation dedicated to promoting peace and cultural exchange through the arts.
Ms. Jou has performed extensively, including a succession of three concerts in a Classical Music Concert Series presented by The Greenwich Arts Council, at The Wainwright House in Rye, New York, the 2000 International Piano Festival in Spain, the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation’s 2011 Young Artist Series, and Peace Philharmonic Philippines Foundation, Inc. She was the featured artist during the 40th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations Women’s Guild at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium of the UN Headquarters in New York, where she shared the stage with current First Lady and wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek and the active UN Women’s Guild President Tsu-Wei Chang.
Since 2005, Yin-Chu has been serving as Artistic Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. where she organizes and develops all FAF’s music programming worldwide including international music exchanges and performance tours for choirs, bands and orchestras, some of which involve dance, theater or other related art forms.
Ms. Jou was:
- Co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a project affiliated with Symphony for United Nations led by Maestro Joseph Eger (2006)
- Key organizer of 2009 Friendship Tour to Nepal-India & "Women, Water, & Food Security" Conference in Calcutta, India by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (10/2009)
- Key organizer of a benefit for UNICEF-USA's Haiti Relief through a combined choral & orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need (4/2010)
- Program director for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child conference at the UN headquarters (4/2010)
- Delegate to UNAOC Doha Pre-Forum, Consultation with CSOs (5/2011)
Financial Analyst and Accounts Manager
Yan Yu Li joined Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc in 2008. Yan Yu is Friendship Ambassadors Foundation's Financial Analyst and Accounts Manager. She has overseen the development and facilitation for several major projects at the Foundation: The Rhythms of One World, Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Emerging Global Leaders Seminar (Fairleigh Dickinson University), and is the financial advisor of the Executive Director on most financial issues and, especially, on all development issues relating to China (which is a major area of development for the foundation from 2008 to the present). She also reports financial status of the foundation to the Board of Directors on a regular level. Ms. Li works with Mr. Izquierdo to lead FAF's large intern population each year. Yan Yu has been working in finance for several years since she received her M.B.A. with concentration in accounting and finance from the University of Bridgeport.
Project Manager & Intern Coordinator
Since 2009, Greenwich resident Victor Izquierdo has grown from an intern to holding a management position within Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. Mr. Izquierdo is currently Project Manager and Intern Coordinator. Victor has helped to develop FAF's Service Ambassadors Program and assists in organizing FAF projects including global cultural exchanges and the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations. He is FAF's Project Coordinator for the Ecuador Service Project and the 1 Liter of Light Volunteer effort in 2013. Prior to joining FAF, Victor worked as a customer banker at Commerce Bank. Victor Izquierdo holds a B.A. in International Studies from Fairfield University and a Professional Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University.
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