Chairman Ho Sang Ahn
Ho Sang Ahn
An Ho-sang has been active in the performing arts scene since 1984 by taking part in the whole process of founding Seoul Arts Center and master planning. Since the completion of Opera House, Concert Hall, Gallery Museum, Arts Library, Arts Educational Center of Seoul Arts Center in 1993, Mr. An was positioned to Head of Performing Arts Planning Department & Director of Performing Arts Projects of Seoul Arts Center, laying the basics for the performing arts business of the Center which has successfully fulfilled itself as arts complex in Korea. Mr. An has also become the role model for operation of prominent culture & arts venues in Korea. Mr. An also served as CEO of Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture for 5 years from 2007, broadening his sphere from performing arts to visual arts, festival and culture & arts support, and developed 13 sites of Seoul Creative Center, proposing new visions and goals for the Foundation. Mr. An took office as CEO of National Theater in 2012 and led the innovation of the Theater through season program. As a result of his achievement, he became the first CEO who executed two consecutive his tenure. He joined Hongik University in September 2017 as the Dean of Graduate School of Performing Arts and still contributing his energy with active to performing arts.
Vice Chairman Becc Bates
Becc Bates, Director for Creative Industries within the Innovation and Science division of Department for Innovation and Skills. Becc is responsible for the development and delivery of strategies that stimulate growth in the creative industries, and, the facilitation of coordinated support for organisations and Statutory Authorities: SA Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival, JamFactory, Music Development Office and St Paul’s Creative Centre. Becc was instrumental in the establishment of the state’s Music Development Office (MDO) which brought together the arts and industry areas of the State Government to recognise music as an industry as well as a creative endeavour. In addition, Becc drove the development of the St Paul’s Creative Centre. Programs delivered by the MDO facilitate pathways to support emerging musicians and include initiatives that encourage creative collaboration, and export market development. The MDO is one of the three Executive Partners, along with the Adelaide Festival Centre and the City of Adelaide, working to meet the obligations of Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music. The St Paul’s Creative Centre is an industry development initiative in the form of a co-working and creative industries precinct, located in the heart of Adelaide. St Paul’s is a semi-curated space which provides an environment for complementary creative businesses to co-exist, bringing together a mix of students, community groups, funded arts organisations, not-for-profits and commercial start-ups. Prior to this, Becc was a partner in a music management company and worked with many artists in; career development, business development, strategic direction, tour management and international contract negotiations.
Vice Chairman Sanjeev Bhargava
Sanjeev Bhargava, Founder Director of SEHER, one of India’s premier cultural and entertainment organizations, has been advising various agencies of the government of India on culture, directly working with several Indian government ministries and others. He has served on the Central Advisory Board of Culture (CABC) of the government. of India and has been on Expert Committees on Art and Culture formed by the Parliament of India to oversee the work done by top government-funded cultural institutions throughout India. He has advised the Office of the President of India on cultural events at the president’s house from 2012 to 2017, as well the Office of the Chief Minister of Delhi from 2002 to 2007. His inclination in the world of arts and his deep interest in classical music led him to set up SEHER in 1994. SEHER has single handedly changed the cultural profile of India by establishing several thematic annual festivals such as Ananya (festival of dance), Bhakti Utsav (festival of sacred music in India), the SAARC Bands Festival (one of India's biggest rock festivals), Delhi Jazz Festival, and Udaipur World Music Festival (India’s only world music festival, which is now one of the biggest music events held in India). In 2017, Bhargava SEHER was selected by the government of India to do India’s first ever ASEAN India Music Festival as a run-up event to the ASEAN Summit hosted by the prime minister of India in January 2018.
Bonnie Dalton is the General Manager of the brand new Victorian Music Development Office, where she will be responsible for working with artists and the businesses that support them, to foster sustainable music industry careers and partnering with music organizations and businesses. Prior to the VMDO, Bonnie worked predominantly as an artist manager but also across events, production, and programming. A recipient of the Lighthouse Award for management, she has previously worked with Little Red, The Vasco Era and more resently Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson. She was the producer of the Melbourne St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival for ten years, worked in Senior Management at Falls Festival and has programmed line-ups at a range of festival and events from Low Light, Queenscliff to Melbourne’s House of Vans.
Katie Stewart *Representative of Bonnie Dalton, VMDO
Victorian Music Development Office - Music Business Manager
Katie Stewart is the Music Business Manager at the Victorian Music Development Office. Previously, she was the General Manager of Lunatic Entertainment and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Katie’s experience in event management has been quite diverse over the years, evolving from managing local event volunteers through to overseeing all festival departments. She also has international experience in live music and touring, having advanced many international tours for the likes of The Temper Trap, Gotye and CHVRCHES and joining them on the road in as Tour Manager/Assistant Tour Manager. She was named as one of the New Bosses for 2016 in the IQ Magazine Awards. Katie’s favourite festival experiences globally include Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Sonar Barcelona and Fuji Rock. On the bucket list includes Clockenflap, Jisan Rock Festival, Primavera, Form Arcosanti and Austin City Limits.
Mr. Samil Yang is well-known as a Latin American Cultural Promotor. In 1997, he founded Asia-Iberoamerica Cultural Foundation in Bogota, Colombia and has dedicated to foster the cultural exchange between Asia and Latin America. In 2003, for the first time in the field he introduced Korean Performing Arts in Cuba, invited by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba. During 20 years, he has lead Korean Wave in Colombia promoting the prominent artists of Korea including National Ballet of Korea, Universal Ballet, Soprano Sumi Jo, Samulnori Kim Duk Su, Poet Shin Kyung Lim, Novelist Hyun Ki Young and etc. In 2016, he received the 35th Sejong Cultural Award by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea and in 2018 the Merit of the Superior Education by National Police of Colombia.
Kyunghee Hannah Choi
Kyunghee Hannah Choi
Kyunghee Hannah Choi has been working in cultural and creative industries for about 15 years especially in the public and media sector. Ms. Choi joined KOFICE(Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange) in 2016 and most recently served as Director of Cultural Exchange and Planning Division currently working as Leader of Research Team. Prior to KOFICE, she was Officer at Korean Cultural Centre UK right after completing MA degree in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London UK. Coming back to Korea, while working as a Director General at KOFWST(Korea Federation of Women’s Science & Technology Associations) she was also a lecturer in Cultural Event Planning and Cultural Policy at Korean National University of Arts.
PhD Candidate in Public Administration(Cultural Policy) at Hanyang University, Seoul Korea.
Shin-ah Kim served as the Director of Seoul International Dance Festival & Seoul Section of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO from 1999 to 2012. She established Digital Dance Festival and directed the entire event from 2003 to 2010, then worked as a producer for international exchanges responsible for Korean performance companies' overseas expansion and international co-productions from 2005 to 2015. From 2007, Shin-ah was responsible for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s bilateral exchanges with the African, Arab and Black Sea regions, and from 2008 directed the Seoul Performing Arts Critics Forum, an event organized for foreign performance review writers. She has lectured at the Graduate School of Chung-Ang University since 2013, and wrote for Hankook Ilbo as a columnist from 2014 to 2015. She was also the general manager for various events including Korea-China-Japan Arts Concert Yokohama, Incheon Asian Para Games special performance, Mexico Cervantino Festival and Korea Week special performance at Expo Milano. As of 2016, she is the Director of Performance Division at Korea Arts Management Service.
Kye Hwan Jang
Kye Hwan Jang
JANG Kye Hwan served as the head of the working-level department on cultural and arts projects at the Arts Council Korea and is currently supervising its Performing Arts Division as Director General. The Arts Council Korea, where JANG works, is a public organization that supports projects and activities for promoting culture and arts, with the belief that fine arts have the power to transform the lives of all. The Performing Arts Division, led by JANG, focuses on developing a virtuous circle of creation, mediation, and appreciation, as well as establishing an infrastructure for pure and basic Korean arts, such as theater, dance, music, traditional arts, and interdisciplinary arts among others, and non-profit experimental areas. More particularly, the Performing Arts Division strives to support each stage of development, from brainstorming to production, in order to create a performance repertoire that represents Korea and provide a platform that connects this creation to an increased demand for basic arts, the promotion of the arts market, and penetration into overseas markets. In relation to the music field, they are engaged in support projects for spreading and distributing creative songs and stimulating Korean and overseas networks, including support for writing creative operas so that composers and playwrights can develop their ideas about creative operas, support for exchanges and collaborations with the orchestra so as to expand the composers’ opportunities to perform creative songs. Furthermore, ARCO projects bridging Gugak (traditional Korean music) and Western music and consequently contributing to the creation of both music genres, production of records so as to give Korean composers more opportunities to play creative songs, expansion in Korean and overseas markets, and collaboration projects in Korea and internationally.
Sharzede Salleh Askor
Sharzede Salleh Askor
Sharzede Salleh Askor has accumulated over 30 years of working experience with her early years in the government agency and hospitality industry while the remaining 22 years, she spent her career in the corporate world as part of the Senior Management team. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and currently pursuing her Doctorate in the same field majoring in Tourism. Considering herself as a specialist in Branding & Communications, she helms the position of the Chief Executive Officer at the Sarawak Tourism Board when the Sarawak State Government is currently pursuing its Visit Sarawak Campaign, an international marketing program to rebrand and reposition Sarawak as a Malaysia’s prime destination for Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festival. She has been known as one that is determined, enthusiastic, passionate, a no nonsense, and inspiring leader and strongly believes in the importance of good leadership which has greatly influence in her doctoral research pursuit in, specifically transformational leadership.
Alan Holt is International Manager for the New Zealand Music Commission. The New Zealand Commission is a Government-funded agency committed to supporting NZ music businesses. The New Zealand Music Commission international office undertakes projects and partnerships aimed at exporting NZ music and assisting music businesses in working internationally. Prior to joining the New Zealand Music Commission, Alan was the General Manager and buyer for Global Routes Distribution, owner of two clothing stores – Bunny Boutique and the New Zealand branch of the Beastie Boys affiliated street-wear label X-Large – and for most of the 90’s worked at New Zealand independent label Flying Nun Records. In his spare time Alan is writing a book about the history of Flying Nun Records and performs/records as one half of experimental music group White Saucer.
Pichit Virankabutra, Graphic Designer, graduated from BA Art Education Department, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and MA Fine Art, Goldsmith College, University of London. He joined Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC) in 2004 and was responsible for curatorial work on exhibition and creative programs. He is currently assigned to direct creative city development department under Creative Economy Agency (CEA), formerly TCDC, to develop Charoenkrung as the creative district to drive forward the creative economy in accordance with Thailand’s country policy.
United Arab Emirates
Furat Qaddouri is one of the most well-known Qanoun player in the world specialized in Iraqi maqam and world music. The love Furat carries for pop and jazz, encouraged him to present the Qanoon in a different and unique way. Due to his participation in several international festivals, which enabled him to mix and incorporate rhythms of various cultures specifically with Jazz & Latin tunes. Furat’s musical compositions extend beyond being strictly a commercial approach, his music rather takes a deeper and more expressive style to continually enhance and develop the Iraqi Maqam (a 400 year old genre of Arabic Music found in Iraq). In 2012 Furat Qaddouri founded a Music Center aimed at teaching music instruments, ballet and arts to children, young adults and adults who are enthusiastic about learning a new instrument. He then founded Sharjah World Music Festival two years after the opening of the music academy, a leading music festival in the UAE. Jazz at the Island Festival then followed in 2018. A music festival dedicated to all genres of jazz music. Finally Furat founded Real music – Dubai. a foundation and organization aimed at developing the local musical scene, through cross-cultural and cross-genre exchange, by booking talents to introduce in the Middle East, mainly in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Also, creating and organizing sensational concerts, and establishing awareness about the different genres and cultures in music industries worldwide. Mainly done by organizing international Music Festivals and networking exhibitions, in which musicians and singers can present themselves to organizers and agents in the market.
Isabel Soffer has been at the forefront of global cultural programming in the USA for more than twenty-five years. She is co-founder and co-director of globalFEST, Inc, a non-profit organization serving the world music community since 2003. gF moves world music into the center of the performing arts field in the Unites States through its annual groundbreaking festival each January, a touring fund, an award ceremony, a national tour, and stage curation. She is also founder of Live Sounds, a company that produces, creates and curates concerts and festivals of diverse music and dance traditions from around the world in New York and across the country. Her innovative programming aims to encourage and cultivate ancient traditions, as well as to highlight musical styles at the intersection of old and new.
Sabrina Lynn Motley
Sabrina Lynn Motley
Sabrina Lynn Motley joined the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) in 2013 as director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. During her tenure, she has expanded research and programming networks and explored new forms of festival making. Prior to her appointment, she was senior director of programs and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center. In addition to public engagement and education, she oversaw several exhibitions highlighting Houston’s changing demographics and its expanding role as a major North American gateway to Asia. As an independent consultant for more than 15 years, Sabrina has produced public programs for the J. Paul Getty Museum, curated community-based exhibitions for clients such as the California Endowment and California State University-Northridge, and served as an advisor for several leading arts non-profits. While at the J. Paul Getty Museum she was offered a spot on KPFK 90.7 FM's flagship world music program, “The Global Village.” There, she conducted content research on a diverse range of traditional artists and genres, produced interviews with musicians and community members, and curated playlists, all of which amplified Pacifica Radio’s goal of supporting the “creative skills and energies of the community.” Sabrina earned a B.A. in world arts and cultures and an M.A. in African studies, both from UCLA. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at UCLA. Her dissertation research explores the interplay between religious faith, doubt, and social activism.
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