Join us for the Culture Academy’s 3rd In Conversation With webinar! This session will bring you key insights and views by our eminent speakers, on the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the Museum world, and how our cultural institutions can prepare, adjust and adapt to the new normal

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Ms Chang Hwee Nee

Chief Executive Officer, National Heritage Board

Ms Chang Hwee Nee is the Chief Executive of the National Heritage Board (NHB). Prior to joining the NHB, Ms Chang held senior positions in the Ministries of National Development, Education, Health and Finance. She oversaw the formulation and implementation of  policies, plans and programmes for the physical development of Singapore, covering the areas of land use planning, urban redevelopment, park development and management, and nature conservation. Her other areas of purview include educational strategies and policies relating to the pre-school, school sector and higher education, healthcare financing, manpower, infrastructural development and taxation. Ms Chang graduated with a Masters in Economics from Cambridge University.  She also holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 

Ms Honor Harger

Executive Director, ArtScience Museum

Honor Harger is the Executive Director for ArtScience Museum, where she charts the overall direction and strategy for the museum. She has over 15 years of experience of working at the intersection between art and technology, having held several key appointments in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, as well as curated many international exhibitions and events around the world. These include being the artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, UK; director of the AV Festival, the UK’s largest biennial of media art, film and music; and the first webcasting curator for London’s Tate Modern. She has also given lectures at TED and LIFT conferences, the European Agency, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, California Institute of the Arts and the American Film Institute.
Dr Yang Zhigang

Director, Shanghai Museum

Yang Zhigang is the Director of Shanghai Museum. He is also a member of the steering group of China Local Records, Vice Chair to Chinese Museums Association (CMA) and Chair to the CMA administrative committee. Many of his articles have been published both in China and abroad, and he is the author of the monograph, The Study of Chinese Rites. He sits on the editorial board of several academic periodicals, including Fudan University Journal, China University Academic Abstracts and Chinese Museums. He teaches in Fudan University, with a specialisation in Chinese culture and ideology, and cultural heritage and museology. He also serves as the Dean at the department of cultural heritage and museology.

Ms Clarissa Oon

Head, Communications and Content, The Esplanade Co Ltd

Clarissa Oon is the Head of Communications and Content at Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay and she oversees the organisation’s brand and strategic communications, as well as the running of their streaming and archival platform, Esplanade Offstage. She is a known commentator on the arts in Singapore and Asia, with her writing published in essay anthologies, Mekong Review and ArtReview, and had previously worked as a journalist for 17 years at The Straits Times. She was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Asian Arts Media Roundtable, organised by ArtsEquator, and was the chief judge for the 2020 Singapore Literature Prize, Creative Nonfiction in English category.