Conference Resources
As we approach the end of the second decade of the 21st century, it is timely to look at the trends, challenges and opportunities that societies will face in the next decade and discuss how cultural institutions can capitalize on these new opportunities and meet the challenges posed by the 4th Industrial Revolution to remain relevant in the future.

This one - day conference will enable cultural institutions to discuss the driving forces shaping the future of society and how they can respond to these new challenges and remain relevant in the digital era. 

Some questions that will be discussed include:
  • What will the future be for arts, culture and heritage? What will the operating environment in the future be like? What practices and values/ ethics in cultural work will remain, change, be modified or become redundant, if at all?
  • Will Culture remain a part of the lives of future societies? What value can it bring to them?
  • What new skills will the culture sector need to prepare for the next 10 to 15 years so that it is ready for, and relevant to societies of the future who will operate in an increasingly globalised, polarised and impatient world?
  • Will arts and culture be preserved, documented, disseminated and consumed in the same way as we do today, or will there be a change, and what could these changes be? 

Keynote Address 1

 

The Frontiers of Cultural Policy

Dr Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

 

Panel 1 – Innovation and Digitalisation : How Can Cultural Institutions Respond?

 

Cultural Innovation in Form and Format, a.k.a. Don’t Just Slap an iPad on It

Dr Noah Raford, Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief, Dubai Future Foundation

 

Meaningful Engagements

Mr Nicholas Pan, Managing Director, Strategy & Commerce of VMLY&R Asia

 

Digital at the front: Building a new gallery in the digital age

Ms Lee Casey Head of Communications and Engagement, Science Gallery Melbourne (SGM)

 

Keynote Address 2

 

Post-algorithm: art and life in the age of AI

Ms Roh Soh Yeong, Director, Art Center Nabi

 

 

Dr Geoff Mulgan

Keynote Speaker
Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Geoff Mulgan CBE is Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the UK's innovation foundation.  

Between 1997 and 2004, Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office.   He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and senior visiting scholar at Harvard University, a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy and president of the Innovation Design department of the Italian University of Design.   He became a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow in September 2019.  He advises many governments around the world on issues of strategy, innovation and policy.  He is the co-founder of many organisations, including Demos, Action for Happiness, the Social Innovation Exchange and Uprising. 

His most recent book is ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton); other books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press) and ‘Good and Bad Power’ (Penguin).  His next book is ‘Social Innovation: how societies find the power to change’, published by Policy Press and to be launched in November 2019. His books have been translated into many languages.  Geoff’s twitter handle is @geoffmulgan

Mr Warren Fernandez

Moderator
Editor, The Straits Times, Editor-In-Chief, Singapore Press Holdings' English,Malay and Tamil Media Group and President, The World Editors Forum

Warren Fernandez is Editor-in-Chief of English/Malay/Tamil Media in Singapore Press Holdings. He is also Editor of The Straits Times, Singapore’s biggest selling English daily newspaper. He joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become News Editor. He later also served as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor. He left to join Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its editor. 

He graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and also has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Both degrees were obtained on Singapore Press Holdings scholarships.

He is a board member of the National Parks Board (NParks), SPH (Overseas) Ltd, Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, The Straits Times Press (1975) Limited, Asia News Network (ANN), Singapore Symphony Group (SSO), National Arts Council and Chairman of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
He has recently been elected President of the World Editors Forum (WEF) which is the leading network for print and digital editors of newspapers and news organisations around the world. WEF is part of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Ms Roh Soh Yeong

Keynote Speaker
Director, Nabi Centre, South Korea

Self-taught in art and technology, Soh Yeong is said to have pioneered the new media art scene in Korea by founding Art Center Nabi in 2000. Her experience in the field goes back to 1991 when she served as head of Art and Technology Exhibition at Daejeon Expo. Seeing the possibility of the digital technology transforming much of our lives, Soh Yeong began to explore how we could use technology to serve humanity, which has become her lifelong mission. Besides running Art Center Nabi, a powerhouse of media art with its lab and education programmes, she also serves as a board member at Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, Creative Commons Korea, and P.A.T.I., an alternative design school. She is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, and a visiting professor at the Department of Art and Technology, Sogang University. 
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
Dr Noah Raford

Speaker
Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief, Dubai Future Foundation

Dr Noah Raford is the Chief Operating Officer, “Futurist-in-Chief” at the Dubai Future Foundation and a former advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. 

Noah helped establish the country’s first national foresight unit, helped to establish the Dubai Future Foundation and the Museum of the Future, and is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, develops strategic partnerships, and prototypes future initiatives for the Government of Dubai. 


Some of the projects he has recently been involved with include: 
- The Museum of the Future 
The Dubai Global Blockchain Council 
The UAE Drones for Good Award 
The UAE Robotics for Good Award 
The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy 
The Dubai Self-Driving Vehicle Strategy 
The International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR) 
The “Office of the Future”; the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building. 

Prior to his work in the UAE, Noah was a senior manager at the strategy consultancy, Monitor / GBN, CEO of the technology foresight company Futurescaper LLC, the North American Director of Space Syntax Limited, and the Senior Research Advisor to the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. 

Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his master’s degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and his undergraduate studies at Brown University. He is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture and a member of the International Futures Forum. 

Mr Nicholas Pan

Speaker
Managing Director, Strategy & Commerce of VMLY&R Asia

Nicholas started his digital career in the mid-90s with web design and development projects. Since then, he has built more than 100 websites by hand and launched countless digital marketing campaigns.

Having held different roles in the industry, he started as a creative and became a technologist, project lead and now leads strategy. He has spent 10 years at VMLY&R and is currently the Managing Director of Strategy & Commerce at VMLY&R Asia and is based in Singapore.


Having clients in the region and locally such as Temasek, Channel News Asia, MetLife, Beiersdorf, Mattel, BMW and Grab, he also has clients in the public sector in Singapore such as the Prime Minister’s Office, the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ministry of Defence, GIC Pte Ltd, National Heritage Board, Changi Airport Group and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. Nicholas brings to the table a holistic experience with a strong focus on addressing business needs. 
Ms Lee Casey

Speaker
Head of Communications and Engagement, Science Gallery Melbourne (SGM)

Lee is the Head of Communications and Engagement for Science Gallery Melbourne. Lee’s background is in the cultural sector, having held various roles across marketing, communications, sponsorship and general management over the past 15 years. She has led campaigns for organisations such as Melbourne Festival, Southbank Centre London and Arts Hub, was the Marketing & Sponsorship Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and more recently, was the Executive Producer at Arena Theatre Company. During this time, Lee was selected for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Cultural Leaders Programme. 
Lee is particularly passionate about engaging young audiences in the creative industries and the transformation that arts and culture can create in a young person’s life. She serves on the Board of Outer Urban Projects, a performance company which works with marginalised young people in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne. 
Mr Chng Hak-Peng

Moderator
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.

Panellists
Ms Stephanie WInkler

Speaker
Director (Research and Insights), VICE, Asia Pacific

Stephanie Winkler is an Australian cultural researcher, and Head of Insights for VICE Media in APAC. She is a data-nerd with background in youth media, trends-spotting and analytics, and has a passion for helping brands, creatives and publishers make an authentic connection with young audiences. Her career with VICE has seen her author several prominent youth studies, from The Big Shrink (Australia, 2018) to Travel is the new Religion (APAC, 2019), and hold return keynote speaking spots for prominent industry events such as Pause Festival and AdWeek APAC.
Ms Tisa Ho

Speaker
Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival

Tisa Ho has been the Executive Director of the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) since 2006. She is also a Member of the Performing Arts Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong SAR, and the Shenzhen Belt and Road International Music Festival Board of Arts in Mainland China.  Internationally, she lectures at faculty of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy and the Lisbon Consortium in Portugal. She Chairs the International Advisory Committee of the Festival and Concert Hall in Tong Yeong, S Korea, where she was accorded the status of honorary citizen. She is also Chair of the International Society for Performing Arts headquartered in New York, USA.
Mr Gene Tan

Speaker
Executive Director Singapore Bicentennial Office

Gene Tan is the Executive Director of the Singapore Bicentennial Office and helms the planning of the commemoration including its flagship event, From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience.  

He was formerly a director at the National Library of Singapore and Director of the Singapore Memory Project, and President of the Library Association of Singapore.  Gene was also the Creative Director of The Future of Us Exhibition which was the capstone event for Singapore’s SG50 celebrations in 2015. The exhibition pieced together the hopes and dreams of Singaporeans for their future.

Ms Honor Harger

Speaker
Executive Director, ArtScience Museum

Honor Harger is the Executive Director for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. A curator from New Zealand, she has a strong interest in artistic uses of technologies and in science as part of culture. Honor brings with her over 15 years of experience of working at the intersection between art, science and technology. She is responsible for charting the overall direction and strategy for ArtScience Museum. 
Prior to joining Marina Bay Sands, she was the artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, United Kingdom, from 2010 to 2014. In that role, Honor curated projects which showed the cultural impact of scientific ideas, such as Laboratory Life, Invisible Fields and Solar System. She also organised exhibitions by artists such as Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall and David Blandy, commissioned new work by Semiconductor, Hide&Seek, The Otolith Group and James Bridle, and co-founded Brighton Digital Festival. 

Honor has held several key appointments in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, and has curated many international exhibitions and events around the world. From 2009-2010 she was guest curator of Transmediale, an international festival of art and digital culture in Berlin. From 2004–2008, she was the director of the AV Festival, the UK’s largest biennial of media art, film and music. She was the first webcasting curator for Tate Modern in London from 2000-2003, where she also curated events and concerts on art and technology. Honor has also worked for Radio One and Artspace in New Zealand, and the Australian Network for Art and Technology in Australia. 

Honor's artistic practice is produced under the name r a d i o q u a l i a, which is a collaboration with Adam Hyde. One of their main projects was Radio Astronomy, a radio station broadcasting sounds from space. 

Honor has lectured widely including at the conferences TED, and LIFT, as well as at the European Space Agency, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, California Institute of the Arts and the American Film Institute.

Mr Alvin Tan

Speaker
Deputy Chief Executive (Policy & Community), National Heritage Board

Alvin Tan is currently Deputy Chief Executive (Policy & Community) at the National Heritage Board where he was previously Group Director (Policy) from 2013 – 2015, Director (Heritage Institutions) (2010 – 2013) and Covering Director (Industry Promotion) (2010 – 2011). As Deputy Chief Executive, he oversees strategies, operations and projects pertaining to heritage impact assessment and mitigation, National Monuments and heritage sites (including UNESCO), the National Collection, collections care and management, community outreach and education, volunteer engagement, the heritage institutions (comprising Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Malay Heritage Centre and Indian Heritage Centre), Museum Roundtable, heritage grants, language campaigns as well as international relations. Alvin oversaw the development of the first ever Our SG Heritage Plan which was launched in March 2018. He is also a Board member of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and the Malay Heritage Foundation as well as a member of URA’s Heritage & Identity Partnerships and the National Day Parade Executive Committee.
Mr Gene Tan

Speaker
Executive Director Singapore Bicentennial Office

Gene Tan is the Executive Director of the Singapore Bicentennial Office and helms the planning of the commemoration including its flagship event, From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience.  

He was formerly a director at the National Library of Singapore and Director of the Singapore Memory Project, and President of the Library Association of Singapore.  Gene was also the Creative Director of The Future of Us Exhibition which was the capstone event for Singapore’s SG50 celebrations in 2015. The exhibition pieced together the hopes and dreams of Singaporeans for their future.

Mr Kenneth Kwok

Speaker
Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning and Engagement), National Arts Council

Kenneth Kwok is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning & Development) at the National Arts Council of Singapore, overseeing the Strategic Planning, International Relations and Research departments as well as arts education and capability development policies and programmes. A former secondary school teacher and vice principal with the Ministry of Education, he holds an Ed.M in Arts in Education and has served as adjunct lecturer in Educational Drama with the National Institute of Education. He has also been involved in community arts projects over the years with various local arts groups, and has sat on the boards of Arts House Limited, *SCAPE youth centre, and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Kenneth is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing with LASALLE College of the Arts and will be moving to the Ministry of National Development as Director, Partnerships and Coordination from 1 Jan 2020.

Ms Stephanie WInkler

Speaker
Director (Research and Insights), VICE, Asia Pacific

Stephanie Winkler is an Australian cultural researcher, and Head of Insights for VICE Media in APAC. She is a data-nerd with background in youth media, trends-spotting and analytics, and has a passion for helping brands, creatives and publishers make an authentic connection with young audiences. Her career with VICE has seen her author several prominent youth studies, from The Big Shrink (Australia, 2018) to Travel is the new Religion (APAC, 2019), and hold return keynote speaking spots for prominent industry events such as Pause Festival and AdWeek APAC.
Dr Kenson Kwok

Moderator
Founding Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

Kenson Kwok is trained as an architect and earned a PhD in environmental psychology from University College London.

He established three new museums in Singapore - two iterations of the Asian Civilisations Museum, and the Peranakan Museum - in the process, overseeing the conversion of two historic buildings, expanding the museums' collections and support base, and setting new standards for curating, display and design. During his time at ACM, over 60 special exhibitions were mounted, many attracting record-breaking numbers.

He was co-curator of the exhibition, A Passage to Asia, at Bozar in Brussels in 2010, and commissioner for the exhibition Baba Bling at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris in the same year. The latter was the first Singapore-originated exhibition that had prime billing in a major western museum.

In retirement, he remains active in the museum sector as a member of committees at the National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, NUS Museums, Indian Heritage Centre, and ICOM (International Council of Museums). 

Dr Geoff Mulgan

Keynote Speaker
Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Ms Roh Soh Yeong

Keynote Speaker
Director, Nabi Centre, South Korea

Mr Warren Fernandez

Moderator
Editor, The Straits Times, Editor-In-Chief, Singapore Press Holdings' English,Malay and Tamil Media Group and President, The World Editors Forum

Mr Paul Tan

Moderator
Deputy Chief Executive, National Arts Council

Dr Noah Raford

Speaker
Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief, Dubai Future Foundation

Mr Nicholas Pan

Speaker
Managing Director, Strategy & Commerce of VMLY&R Asia

Ms Lee Casey

Speaker
Head of Communications and Engagement, Science Gallery Melbourne (SGM)

Mr Chng Hak-Peng

Moderator
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group

Ms Stephanie WInkler

Speaker
Director (Research and Insights), VICE, Asia Pacific

Ms Tisa Ho

Speaker
Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival

Mr Gene Tan

Speaker
Executive Director Singapore Bicentennial Office

Ms Honor Harger

Speaker
Executive Director, ArtScience Museum

Mr Alvin Tan

Speaker
Deputy Chief Executive (Policy & Community), National Heritage Board

Mr Kenneth Kwok

Speaker
Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning and Engagement), National Arts Council

Dr Kenson Kwok

Moderator
Founding Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

Friday
22ND November 2019
Welcome & Introduction
Opening Remarks by Mrs Rosa Daniel,
Deputy Secretary (Culture)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY)

Speech by Guest of Honour
Ms Goh Swee Chen, Chairman of National Arts Council

Keynote Address 1 - The Frontiers of Cultural Policy

Keynote Address by Dr Geoff Mulgan
Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Q&A Session

Moderator:

Mr Warren Fernandez
Editor, The Straits Times, Editor-In-Chief, Singapore Press Holdings' English,Malay and Tamil 
Media Group and President, The World Editors Forum

Tea Reception

Panel 1 – Innovation and Digitalisation : How Can Cultural Institutions Respond?

Cultural Innovation in Form and Format, a.k.a. Don’t Just Slap an iPad on It

Dr Noah Raford, Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief, Dubai Future Foundation

Meaningful Engagements

Mr Nicholas Pan, Managing Director, Strategy & Commerce of VMLY&R Asia

Digital at the front: Building a new gallery in the digital age

Ms Lee Casey Head of Communications and Engagement, Science Gallery Melbourne (SGM)

Q&A Session

Moderator:

Mr Chng Hak-Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Lunch

Keynote Address 2 : Post-algorithm: art and life in the age of AI

Keynote Address by Ms Roh Soh Yeong

Director, Art Center Nabi

Q&A Session

Moderator

Mr Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council

Panel 2 – Communities of The Future

The World Is Young: The VICE Guide to Communities of the Future

Ms Stephanie Winkler, Director (Research and Insights) VICE, Asia Pacific

Engaging Communities of The Future In the Arts and Culture

Ms Tisa Ho, Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Story behind The Singapore Bicentennial

Mr Gene Tan, Executive Director, Singapore Bicentennial Office

Q&A Session

Moderator

Ms Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum

Tea Reception

Long Table Discussion

Hosted by Dr Kenson Kwok, Founding Director, Asian Civilisations Museum

Resident Panellists

Mr Alvin Tan, Deputy Chief Executive (Policy & Community), National Heritage Board

Ms Stephanie Winkler, Director (Research and Insights) VICE, Asia Pacific

Mr Gene Tan, Executive Director, Singapore Bicentennial Office

Mr Kenneth Kwok, Assistant Chief Executive (Planning and Development), National Arts Council

 

Conference Round Up  by Ms Yeoh Chee Yan

Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and
Chairman, National Heritage Board (NHB)

Closing Remarks by Ms Thangamma Karthigesu

Director/ Culture Academy Singapore

End of Conference