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Panellists
Dr Rimi Khan

Speaker
Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Rimi Khan is a Senior Research Fellow with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and School of Culture and Communication at University of Melbourne (UOM). Her current interests include arts and multiculturalism, cultural policy and ethical fashion. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at The UOM in 2011 and has been involved in a number of research partnerships with government agencies and community organisations examining diversity, cultural participation and everyday citizenship. In 2015 she published a book, Art in Community: The Provisional Citizen, with Palgrave MacMillan. She has published articles in numerous journals including The International Journal of Cultural Policy, Journal of Sociology, and Journal of Intercultural Studies. She currently teaches subjects on cultural policy and cultural complexity.

Mr Tan Tarn How

Speaker
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (Arts, Culture and Media), Institute of Policy Studies

Tan Tarn How is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Arts, Culture and Media research cluster at Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies.
His research areas are in arts and cultural policy and media and Internet policy. He has written on the development of the arts in Singapore, in particular, fostering partnerships between the people, private and public sectors; the creative industries in Singapore, China and Korea; cultural policy in Singapore; and arts censorship.
His research interests also include arts education and role of education in cultural and human development. He has also carried out research on the management and regulation of media in Singapore; the impact of the Internet and social media on society; the role of new and old media in the 2008 Malaysian election and the 2006 and 2011 Singapore elections; and the way in which the Internet and social media has influenced the development of civil society and democratic development.
He is working on a book, “Flourishing Life”, which examines issues arising from instrumental economics-oriented thinking in politics, society and education and argues for more comprehensive and humanist indices of development and educational achievement. He was a journalist for nearly one and half decades before joining IPS. He has also been a teacher and television scriptwriter, and is a playwright and arts activist.

Mr Olivier Boasson

Speaker
Director, Department of Visitors’ Experience, Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac

Prior to joining the museum in September 2016, Mr Olivier Boasson was the Counselor for cooperation and cultural affairs with the Embassy of France to Senegal. Before his posting to Senegal, he served in Paris as the Deputy Director General of the Agency for French Schools Abroad (AEFE). The AEFE is under the aegis of the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs, and oversees the administration of 500 schools operating in 130 countries outside of France, offering the curriculum of the French Ministry of Education to 350, 000 French and non-French nationals.
Oliver has also served as the : Cultural counselor with the Embassy of France, based in Ottawa.( 2006-2010) ; Deputy cultural counselor with the Embassy of France, based in New York City.(2002-2006) ; Cultural attaché with the Consulate General of France, Chicago. (1999-2002) . He has also taught t in two Parisian universities and one middle-school and worked as journalist/editor between 1993-1999.: : : Oliver trained at Ecole Normale Supérieure, University Paris VII, and at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.

Mr Kennie Ting

Speaker
Director, Asian Civilisations Museum & Peranakan Museum Group Director of Museums, National Heritage Board

Kennie Ting is the Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum, and concurrently Group Director, Museums at the National Heritage Board (NHB) Singapore, overseeing national museums and festivals managed by the NHB. As Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum, he has overseen the shift in the museum’s curatorial approach from a geographical focus to a thematic, cross-cultural focus, and has helmed recent exhibitions on the Arts of Myanmar, Korea, Angkor and Java, on the material culture of cosmopolitan Asian Port Cities, and on contemporary Chinese Couture. He is interested in teh history of travel and the heritage of Asian port cities and is the author of the books, The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in South East Asia and Singapore 1819 – A Living Legacy.

Mr Paul Tan

Moderator
Deputy Chief Executive, National Arts Council

Paul Tan is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the National Arts Council (NAC) Singapore which champions the arts by nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement. Through comprehensive support from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing, the NAC ensures that the arts inspire Singaporeans, connect communities and position Singapore internationally.

Paul joined NAC in 2011 as the Festival Director of the Singapore Writers Festival and Director, Literary Arts, and helmed four editions of the successful literary festival, while overseeing the development of the national literary arts landscape. He currently sits on the boards of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Group and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. 
  
Paul has also published five volumes of poetry; the most recent “When the Lights Went Off” which was launched in August 2018.

 
Panellists
Ms Jean Loo

Speaker
Founder, Superhero Me

Jean practises social advocacy, creative arts and community mobilisation to pilot projects that push for progress on inclusive education and equality in early childhood. Before she joined the Lien Foundation, Jean was a community artist who co-founded SUPERHERO ME, an inclusive arts movement that focusses on fostering social interaction between children of different needs. She mentors a network of creatives and growing community of 60 art facilitators to confidently work with the special needs community and adopt an inclusive approach in their work. Building on her training as a photojournalist, Jean found her calling in community arts through projects with the National Arts Council spanning youth mentorships to arts in eldercare. Her interest has shifted to capability building, where she conducts training in inclusive and community arts for social service practitioners, educators and arts institutions. For her commitment to inclusion through the arts, Jean was recently conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2018.

Dr Lucy Bolger

Speaker
Lecturer of Music Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, University of Melbourne

Dr Lucy Bolger is a lecturer of music therapy at the University of Melbourne (UOM), where she has a particular focus on contemporary music therapy theory, intercultural learning experiences, and blended learning models of teaching. She has been integral to the set up and delivery of the UOM Masters of Music Therapy course in Hong Kong, graduating its first cohort of students in 2018. She is also involved in the research supervision of several creative art therapy graduate researchers.
Lucy’s music therapy research and practice primarily focus on music therapy processes with marginalised young people and communities. In particular, her work explores music therapy practice in community and international development settings, with an emphasis on collaboration, power, participation and sustainability. She has multiple peer reviewed journal articles in this area of study. In addition, Lucy is the chair of the ethics committee for the Australian Music Therapy Association, and a member of the research and ethics committee for the World Federation of Music Therapy.

Ms Izan Satrina

Speaker
CEO, Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), Malaysia

Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin is the founder of the Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA). Prior to setting up CENDANA, Izan led one of Malaysia’s leading cultural and creative industries development organisations.
Izan also played a pivotal role in various industry development committees, including:

• Former Board of Directors and The KL Biennale Committee for the National Visual

• Arts Gallery

• Performing Arts Committee for the National Creative Industry Policy

• The catalyst, committee observer and facilitator for The Royal Arts Gala Fund Selection Panel

She also serves on the evaluation panel for the INXO Arts Fund, and currently is the council member of the Global Entrepreneurship Movement and Arts, Live Festival and Events Association (ALIFE).

Ms Rachelle Tan

Speaker
Head of Venues and Programmes Management, The Esplanade Co Ltd

Rachelle joined the arts sector as she firmly believes in the restorative and transformative power of the arts – in shaping lives, empowering individuals and making connections. She hopes for everyone to have access to the arts and to experience first-hand how the arts and culture feed into the fullness of our being especially in today’s economically progressive yet increasingly uncertain and violent world.

Mr Paul Adams

Speaker
Learning & Engagement Manager, Singapore Repertory Theatre

Paul Adams is the full time Learning & Engagement Manager at the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT). Paul joined SRT from Manchester (UK) after spending 10 years in the theatre industry working for leading charities and commercial theatre companies.
Paul has a Diploma in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performance from the University of Huddersfield. His focus is in facilitating and managing Arts Education programmes and participation opportunities across formal education, community outreach and venue based programmes. His work is centred on inspiring young people and adults to engage in cultural and creative activities that will enrich and enhance their life in some way.
In Singapore, Paul has been part of the team driving the Access Arts Hub, a consortium of organisations and individuals championing better access to arts for persons with disabilities. The consortiums objectives are to make venues more accessible, encouraging content producers to plan for accessible events whilst reaching out to people with disabilities to support their engagement with the arts.

Mrs Rebecca Chew

Moderator
Academy Principal Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts

Rebecca Chew is an educator and passionate advocate for arts education. She first led Naval Base Secondary School as Principal in 2002. In 2005 she was appointed as Founding Principal, School of the Arts (SOTA). Among her other contributions, she serves as the National Arts Council Arts Resource Person for Music, Advisory Member, Arts for Good, Singapore International Foundation and Museum Advisory Panel Member, (National Gallery Singapore). Rebecca is well-known for her work with children and youth choirs. In 1996, her work was nominated for the UNESCO prize for Bridging Peace and Culture. Since 2012, Rebecca has been the Academy Principal, Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, Ministry of Education, Singapore, where she heads up building professional learning and teaching capabilities for MOE art and music teachers. Rebecca will be taking her new appointment as Principal, Holy Innocent’s High in Dec 2018.

Panellists
Mr Chad McGitchie

Speaker
Head of Visitor Teams & Access Lead Manchester Museum & the Whitworth, University of Manchester

Chad McGitchie has been the Head of Visitor Teams and Access Lead of the Whitworth and Manchester Museum since 2008. A driven and inspirational arts and culture leader, Chad is devoted to building resilient public facing teams that are thoughtful and considerate in their approach to welcoming and connecting with all visitors. Chad has led his teams through a major £15m capital redevelopment project at the Whitworth 2015 and is currently at the beginning of a £13m transformation project at the Manchester Museum 2021, which will create the UK’s first permanent gallery to explore stories and experiences of South Asian communities and will establish the world’s first Centre for Age Friendly Culture. In partnership with the University of Manchester’s Multilingual Department, Chad is leading projects on how the use of different languages, thoughtful signage and designs help to create public spaces that are fully accessible.
Working with local, national and international organisations, Chad develops bespoke training programmes that focus on both public facing teams to be intelligent, responsible and a dependable resource for arts, health and culture in the UK. Throughout his career, Chad passionately promotes the importance of access and accessibility, equality and inclusion and the sector’s social responsibility to local and global communities. Developing strong partnerships with disability organisations such as HearFirst, Henshaws, MindsEye and the public, Chad designs training that goes beyond raising awareness to building teams that are committed to make museums more inclusive, imaginative and caring places.

Mr Jeremiah Choy

Speaker
Creative Director, Producer, Curator, Orangedot Productions

With close to 30 years of experience in Singapore’s arts scene and with international experience that ranges from Asia to South Africa and Europe, Jeremiah Choy is a Creative Director, Producer and Curator. He has directed and produced theatre shows, concerts, arts festivals, Singapore and International events such as Singapore Day (Sydney, Shanghai, San Francisco), Spotlight Singapore (Cape Town, Bratislava and Prague, and Mexico City), NS50 and Sing50. Major recent works for 2018 include as performer in Esplanade Studio’s Leda and Rage; show director for Esplanade Gala Dinner, ImaginAsia Concert (a platform to showcase young Asian musicians) and Sunburst Concert (in conjunction with Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore and SOTA), dramaturge for Maya Dance Theatre’s Flowers Don’t Bloom All The Time (a dance drama on Sexual Assault) and festival director for Enabling Festival (to raise awareness for dementia and caregivers). He is also an advocate for freelancers in Singapore.

Mr Kelvin Ang

Speaker
Director, Conservation Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Kelvin Ang has almost two decades of experience in architecture and conservation at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). The URA is Singapore’s national planning, land use and building conservation authority.
Kelvin obtained his Graduate Diploma (Architecture) and a MSc. in Sustainable Heritage, both at the Bartlett School, University College London, UK. Kelvin has led a multi-disciplinary team to deliver several conservation projects including the gazette of over 700 buildings since 2003. He was the URA conservation consultant for the showcase restoration of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Baba House and is currently a member of its Building Committee. His portfolio includes public education and partnership programmes, overseeing Place Management efforts and enforcement work.
He also serves on the Board of the Arts House as well as being on the School Advisory Committee of his alma mater, Dunearn Secondary School. His other interests include community work and supporting grassroots projects related to education and intangible cultural heritage.

Ms Kim Eunyoung

Speaker
Educational Curator, Jeonju National Museum, Korea

Kim Eun Young is a Museum Educational Curator at the Jeonju National Museum in Korea, responsible for the exhibition planning of the Children’s Museum and educational programmes for various target audiences. She has been interested in the social role of the museum and the sustainable educational activities for it. She has been doing education for the disabled and the blind at the museum since 2007. She has been working on projects such as cultural heritage experience space (Touch Museum) braille and programmes for the blind. Her experience with working with the blind has led to her
interest in working with and providing access for the underserved communities.

Dr Meredith Martin

Moderator
Associate Director Cultural and Public Engagement Chancellery, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Meredith Martin is Associate Director, Cultural and Public Engagement in Chancellery at the University of Melbourne. Chancellery Engagement works with academic divisions to shape the University’s commitment to lead and influence public conversations and policy development. Meredith leads the University’s Cultural Impact strategy and sets the agenda for the University’s major cultural partnerships. Her role at the University involves bringing thought leadership, research, and teaching into strategic public programming and partnerships with key cultural institutions, extending the University’s reach and audiences and ensuring our place in the cultural life of the city of Melbourne,
nationally and internationally. Meredith was instrumental to the introduction of the discipline of media and communications at the University and has been Research Fellow on a number of cultural research projects funded by the Australian Research Council

Panellists
Dr Sharon Chang

Speaker
Senior Deputy Director, Research, Ministry of Culture Community and Youth

Dr Sharon Chang is the Deputy Director concurrently overseeing the Research Units of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the National Arts Council in Singapore. Her teams conduct population surveys on social capital, time use, social attitudes and well-being, arts and cultural engagement in Singapore as well as arts and cultural manpower surveys.
Sharon is as an economist who has research experience in productivity measurement and growth, industry development and the non-market valuation of cultural resources.
Her current research interests, besides the valuation of cultural assets, include the measurement of the impact of community arts, arts education, and cultural tourism and applied choice modelling. Sharon has degrees from the National University of Singapore, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Queensland in Australia.

Mr Aaron Seeto

Speaker
Director, Museum Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN), Indonesia

Aaron Seeto is the Director of Museum MACAN (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara), in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a vast experience as an advocate of on advancing the goals of contemporary arts organisations and curating significant exhibitions of artists from the Asia and Pacific regions. Aaron was formerly Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia where he led the curatorial team at the eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in 2015. He was the Director of Sydney’s ground-breaking 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art from 2007 before joining QAGOMA.

Mr Chng Hak-Peng

Speaker
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group

Chng Hak-Peng is the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Symphony Group (SSG). Hak-Peng's involvement with the Orchestra began 11 years ago as a volunteer, contributing to a number of key strategic projects for SSG's management and musicians. This led to his being appointed Deputy Chairman of its board, where he focused on strategic and organisational reviews, highlights of which included leading a team that integrated the Singapore National Youth Orchestra into the company. He enjoyed playing in school orchestras and wind bands as well as singing in choirs. Music of any genre and Chinese history are his two loves.
Ms Serene Lim

Moderator
Director, Policy and Planning, National Arts Council

Ms Serene Lim is the Director (Policy & Planning) of the National Arts Council (NAC). Serene leads the divisions under her care in developing robust arts and culture policies to nurture Singapore’s arts ecosystem. Her department engages in organisational development and performance management work to strengthen NAC’s internal processes, as well as the crafting and alignment of communication narratives with NAC’s strategic objectives. Serene also oversees the planning and implementation of NAC’s cultural diplomacy efforts and internationalisation activities, to position Singapore arts globally through international exchanges, collaborations, market development initiatives and showcases.
Serene graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy with a Master in Public Administration, and was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy medal. Prior to her current secondment at NAC, she was serving in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Panellists
Ms Ye Yipei

Speaker
In-gallery Digital Media Team, Palace Museum, China

Ye Yipei is a Digital Curator with the In-gallery Digital Media Team in the Palace Museum, China, a position she has held since 2014. Being an English editor for the museum official website for two years, she switched to do digital curation including on-line and off-line presentation. She was the Chief Curator of Auspicious Symbols in the Forbidden City App series and An Audience with a Minister mini programme on WeChat platform. When the In-gallery Digital Media Team was established separately for digital curation, she was
assigned to the new team. She is a team member in the construction of Duanmen digital gallery, an Assistant Curator and Executor of the following digital exhibitions: the Palace is a Museum and Discovering the Hall of Mental Cultivation: A Digital Experience. She is currently in charge of exploring the practical application of artificial intelligence for the Palace Museum and generating the database for knowledge graph; and engaged in building the Dagao Xuandian digital gallery.

Professor Haga Mitsuru

Speaker
Professor, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Tohoku University, Japan

Mitsuru Haga is a Professor at Tohoku University, Japan and his fields of specialty are Ancient Greek and Roman Ancient Central Eurasian Archaeology, as well as Higher Education Theory.
Following the path of Alexander the Great, he has excavated a Greek-Kushan City in Uzbekistan and he has been studying the transmission of iconography of Greek and Roman mythology towards the East, in which Buddhism played an important role. He strongly believes that it was not just a unilateral flow of ideas from the West to the East. It has been mentioned often that Western iconography had the power to be assimilated into the East. However, Prof Haga believes that the East had the power and ability to exclusively and selectively absorb elements of Western mythology and its iconography to adapt them into Eastern Cosmology and therefore forming an even richer Eastern Civilization.
Prof Haga is also the Vice-Chairperson, Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific Bureau, United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Vice-Chair/Bureau member, Japanese National Committee for UNESCO Memory of the World.

Mr Jervais Choo

Speaker
Deputy Director, Organisational Design and Innovation, National Heritage Board

Jervais Choo is the Programme Director for the DigiMuse project at the National Museum of Singapore which aims to advance digital innovation within the museum sector. He currently leads the digital transformation efforts for the National Heritage Board and has a keen interest in bringing together new methods of bridging experience and understanding through contextual layering and interventions.

Ms Gaille Teo

Moderator
Associate Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Strategy, Government Technology Agency of Singapore

Ms Gaille Teo is an Analyst in the Data Science Division in Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech). She is part of a multidisciplinary data science unit that works on data problems in healthcare, transportation, fraud detection and operation management, utilising techniques such as machine learning, graph analytics, and data visualisation. As ops-tech advisor for indigenous land development projects in Newcastle, Australia, and Ifugao, Philippines, Gaille plays a leading role in using data for development. She has degrees from Harvard University and IE Business School.

Panellists
Ms Pauline Ann Tan

Speaker
Vice Principal, (Academic & Student Development) / Management Office, School Of The Arts

Pauline Ann Tan is the Vice-Principal overseeing both the academic and student development in the School Of The Arts (SOTA). She looks into the holistic development of SOTA’s students and her work involves reviewing and refining the curriculum in order to enhance the learning experiences of students inside and outside the classroom. She also looks into the professional development of the staff to ensure that SOTA keeps up with the changes and developments taking place both in education and the arts.

Ms Asmah Alias

Speaker
Deputy Director, Education and Community Outreach, National Heritage Board

Asmah Alias currently spearheads the development and implementation of heritage education programmes offered by the National Heritage Board to schools in Singapore, in collaboration with key education partners namely the Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development Agency. She has also led her team in bagging the Best Practice Award in museum education conferred by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Committee for Education and Cultural Action for two consecutive years for their signature heritage education programmes. Asmah also heads the Grants team which administers NHB's Heritage Grants scheme to provide funding support for interested individuals and non-profit groups seeking to develop and implement heritage-related projects that seek to preserve and promote Singaporeans' learning and appreciation of heritage. Her latest portfolios include volunteer management and HeritageCares which reaches out to the lesser-served communities through a range of heritage programmes.

Ms Neo Phaik Hoon

Speaker
Deputy Director, Community Arts and Culture, People’s Association

Neo Phaik Hoon has over twenty years of experience working as an arts administrator. She is currently a Deputy Director with the People’s Association (PA) who facilitates the implementation of the community arts programme - PAssionArts Programme which inaugurated in 2012.
Prior to joining PA, Phaik Hoon spent 15 years with Singapore Chinese Orchestra Company Limited, from 1996 to 2011, involving in setting up and developing Singapore Chinese Orchestra into a world renowned orchestra. She was with the former Ministry of Community Development as well as PA between 1990 and 1996 where she involved in setting up and managing grassroots organisations.
Equipped with arts administration knowledge and skills as well as network in the arts circle and the grassroots knowledge acquired in her early days in managing grassroots organisations, Phaik Hoon contributes confidently and significantly to the development of the nation-wide PAssionArts Programme.

Ms Grace Low

Speaker
Head, Community Engagement, The Esplanade Co Ltd

Grace Low is Head of the Community Engagement (CE) unit at Esplanade that organises some 500 activities each year, reaching out to over 10,000 Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) beneficiaries. These include vulnerable children, at-risk youth, the elderly, persons with special needs, those marginalised as well as beneficiaries from low income households.
Besides hosting VWO beneficiaries to the centre, organising off-site single-session arts workshops at VWO centres or performances in hospitals and hospices, each year, the team runs eight flagship projects based on a performing art form. Spanning 3 - 4 months per one group of VWO beneficiaries, these projects aim to improve self-esteem for participants and provide creative outlets for personal expression. Some examples include hip-hop dance projects for at-risk youths and seniors, song-writing project for troubled youths, and singing projects for seniors including dementia patients.
Grace is passionate about reaching out to communities-in-need through the arts, and goes about her work with deep conviction and purpose. She aspires to touch the lives of as many people as possible through the arts and to extend current practice into new paradigms of community arts engagement in Singapore. In her free time, Grace volunteers in social mission activities that involves the sick and the elderly.

Ms Amanda Chan

Speaker
Senior Manager (Silver Hubs), Heritage Institutions, National Heritage Board

Amanda Chan is the lead for the National Heritage Board’s Silver Hubs initiative at the Heritage Institutions. The Silver Hubs is one of the key focus areas of Our SG Heritage Plan, Singapore’s first master plan for the heritage and museum sector. Amanda has worked at the National Heritage Board since 2006, having held appointments in Visitor Services, Education and Programmes and International Relations.

Mr Yeo Kirk Siang

Speaker
Director, Heritage and Research Assessment, National Heritage Board

Yeo Kirk Siang is currently the Director of the Heritage Research and Assessment Division (HRA) at the National Heritage Board (NHB). The division focuses on the research, documentation and commemoration of Singapore’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. He was also involved in the development of “Our SG Heritage Plan”, a master plan that outlines the broad strategies for Singapore’s heritage sector over 2018 to 2022.
Before his current appointment, Kirk Siang worked in a wide range of portfolios in NHB, and was involved in the preservation of sites and monuments, community outreach and strategic planning. Kirk Siang was with the Ministry of National Development (MND) prior to joining NHB, and was responsible for developing policies and strategies related to the built environment, including sustainable development in Singapore.

Ms Tan Shir Ee

Moderator
Head of Partnerships and Patronage, Singapore Art Museum

Tan Shir Ee is the Head of Partnerships and Patronage at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) after heading up the Programmes team there for 4 years. She is a seasoned and versatile arts professional, traversing artistic disciplines and cultures. She cut her teeth at the National Arts Council and the Esplanade before joining the Akram Khan Dance Company in London. She later coordinated the United Arab Emirate's inaugural pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale and helmed the Freedom to Create Prize festivals in Cairo and Cape Town. She has contributed to several publications and lectured at the National Institute of Education, LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Management University. She remains a consultant curator for Singapore’s Land Transport Authority’s Art-in-Transit programme.
Shir Ee enjoys cultivating entrepreneurial mind-sets and mutually beneficial connections.

Dr David Fleming

Keynote Speaker
Chair in Public History, Liverpool Hope University

Dr Kenson Kwok

Moderator
Founding Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

Dr Rimi Khan

Speaker
Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Mr Tan Tarn How

Speaker
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (Arts, Culture and Media), Institute of Policy Studies

Mr Olivier Boasson

Speaker
Director, Department of Visitors’ Experience, Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac

Mr Paul Tan

Moderator
Deputy Chief Executive, National Arts Council

Ms Jean Loo

Speaker
Founder, Superhero Me

Dr Lucy Bolger

Speaker
Lecturer of Music Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, University of Melbourne

Ms Izan Satrina

Speaker
CEO, Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), Malaysia

Ms Rachelle Tan

Speaker
Head of Venues and Programmes Management, The Esplanade Co Ltd

Mr Paul Adams

Speaker
Learning & Engagement Manager, Singapore Repertory Theatre

Mrs Rebecca Chew

Moderator
Academy Principal Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts

Mr Chad McGitchie

Speaker
Head of Visitor Teams & Access Lead Manchester Museum & the Whitworth, University of Manchester

Mr Jeremiah Choy

Speaker
Creative Director, Producer, Curator, Orangedot Productions

Mr Kelvin Ang

Speaker
Director, Conservation Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Ms Kim Eunyoung

Speaker
Educational Curator, Jeonju National Museum, Korea

Dr Meredith Martin

Moderator
Associate Director Cultural and Public Engagement Chancellery, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Sharon Chang

Speaker
Senior Deputy Director, Research, Ministry of Culture Community and Youth

Mr Aaron Seeto

Speaker
Director, Museum Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN), Indonesia

Mr Chng Hak-Peng

Speaker
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group

Ms Serene Lim

Moderator
Director, Policy and Planning, National Arts Council

Ms Pauline Ann Tan

Speaker
Vice Principal, (Academic & Student Development) / Management Office, School Of The Arts

Ms Asmah Alias

Speaker
Deputy Director, Education and Community Outreach, National Heritage Board

Ms Neo Phaik Hoon

Speaker
Deputy Director, Community Arts and Culture, People’s Association

Ms Grace Low

Speaker
Head, Community Engagement, The Esplanade Co Ltd

Ms Amanda Chan

Speaker
Senior Manager (Silver Hubs), Heritage Institutions, National Heritage Board

Mr Yeo Kirk Siang

Speaker
Director, Heritage and Research Assessment, National Heritage Board

Ms Tan Shir Ee

Moderator
Head of Partnerships and Patronage, Singapore Art Museum

Ms Ye Yipei

Speaker
In-gallery Digital Media Team, Palace Museum, China

Professor Haga Mitsuru

Speaker
Professor, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Tohoku University, Japan

Mr Jervais Choo

Speaker
Deputy Director, Organisational Design and Innovation, National Heritage Board

Ms Gaille Teo

Moderator
Associate Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Strategy, Government Technology Agency of Singapore

Day 1 Thursday
6TH December 2018
Registration
Opening Performance by School of the Arts (SOTA) & Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS)
Opening Remarks by Mrs Rosa Daniel Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)

Speech by Guest of Honour, Ms Sim Ann
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)

Keynote Address

Accessibility for Diverse Communities

Dr David Fleming, Chair in Public History, Liverpool Hope University

Q&A Session

Moderator: Dr Kenson Kwok, Founding Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

Tea Break

Panel 1 – Accessibility in Diversity: Who are we Addressing and is it Old Wine in a New Bottle?

Beyond Access: Cultural Citizenship and Transformation
Dr Rimi Khan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne (UOM), Australia

Relooking at Access
Mr Tan Tarn How, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (Arts, Culture and Media), Institute of Policy Studies

Accessibility in Diversity at Musée du quai Branly, France
Mr Olivier Boasson, Director, Department of Visitor Experience, Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, France

Engaging Diverse Communities Through Special Exhibitions
Mr Kennie Ting, Group Director of Museums, National Heritage Board and Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

Moderator: Mr Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council (NAC)

Lunch

Panel 2 – Making Arts and Culture Accessible to Everyone

ARE YOU READY?
Ms Jean Loo, Founder, Superhero Me

Social Inclusion and Access Through Music Therapy
Dr Lucy Bolger, Lecturer of Music Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit,
University of Melbourne (UOM), Australia

Creating a Shared Future through Malaysia’s Cultural Economy
Ms Izan Satrina, Chief Executive Office (CEO), Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), Malaysia

Esplanade’s Journey: Making Arts and Culture Accessible to Everyone
Ms Rachelle Tan, Head of Venues and Programmes Management, The Esplanade Co Ltd

What Happens When Disability Disappears?
Mr Paul Adams, Learning & Engagement Manager, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)

Moderator: Mrs Rebecca Chew, Academy Principal, Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts (STAR)

Tea Break

Panel 3 – Physical and Psychological Barriers to Accessibility

You’ve Arrived
Mr Chad McGitchie, Head of Visitor Teams & Access Lead, Manchester Museum & the Whitworth,
University of Manchester

Creating a Safe Environment
Mr Jeremiah Choy, Creative Director, Producer, Curator, Orangedot Productions

Urban Conservation - Physical and Other Barriers to Accessibility
Mr Kelvin Ang, Director, Conservation Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority

Towards A Museum Open to Everyone: Based on National Museums in Korea
Ms Kim Eunyoung, Educational Curator, Jeonju National Museum, Korea

Moderator: Dr Meredith Martin, Associate Director Cultural and Public Engagement Chancellery,
University of Melbourne (UOM), Australia

End of Day One
Day 2 Friday
7TH December 2018
Registration
Introductions

Panel 4 – Making Arts and Culture Affordable – Who Pays and What Counts?

Pricing the Priceless: Capturing the Worth of Culture to Singaporeans
Dr Sharon Chang, Senior Deputy Director, Research, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)

A Case Study of a Jakarta Art Museum
Mr Aaron Seeto, Director, Museum Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN), Indonesia

Making Arts and Culture Affordable – Who Pays and What Counts?
Mr Chng Hak-Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group

Moderator: Ms Serene Lim, Director, Policy and Planning, National Arts Council (NAC)

Tea Break

Sharing Session on Accessibility Programmes / Efforts

A SOTA Perspective on Making the Arts and Culture Accessible
Ms Pauline Ann Tan, Vice Principal, (Academic & Student Development) / Management Office, School Of
The Arts

Early Learning in Museums
Ms Asmah Alias, Deputy Director, Education and Community Outreach, National Heritage Board (NHB)

Building & Bridging Communities Through the Arts
Ms Neo Phaik Hoon, Deputy Director, Community Arts and Culture, People’s Association (PA)

Engaging Troubled Youths through Song-writing
Ms Grace Low, Head of Community Engagement, The Esplanade Co Ltd

Silver Hubs: Singapore’s Museum Strategies for the Silver Generation
Ms Amanda Chan, Senior Manager (Silver Hubs), Heritage Institutions, National Heritage Board (NHB)

Connections between Food, Heritage and People
Mr Yeo Kirk Siang, Director, Heritage and Research Assessment, National Heritage Board (NHB)

Moderator: Ms Tan Shir Ee, Head / Partnerships and Patronage, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Lunch

Panel 5 – Digital Transformation and Creating Access

Embrace Technology and Make Museums Accessible
Ms Ye Yipei, In-gallery Digital Media Team, Palace Museum, China

Museums in Transformation: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Professor Haga Mitsuru, Professor, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Tohoku University, Japan

Museums: Connecting People and Technology
Mr Jervais Choo, Deputy Director, Organisational Design and Innovation, National Heritage Board (NHB)

Moderator: Ms Gaille Teo, Manager, Family Policy, Ministry of Social and Family Development

Closing Remarks by Director, Culture Academy
Tea Break
End of Conference