Our Team & Editors

Meet the team working behind the scenes to bring you the latest information and perspectives on arts and culture in Asia and Europe:

The Team

Anupama SEKHAR

Director, Culture Department (ASEF)

Anupama SEKHAR, an Indian national, joined the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in January 2009. She is currently the Director of the Culture Department at ASEF and is actively engaged in facilitating cultural exchange and collaboration among artists and arts organisations in 53 countries in Asia and Europe. Anupama is in charge of the department’s day-to-day operations as well as its overall programme portfolio, which comprises of artistic collaborations, support to networks, policy dialogues and information platforms. Currently, Anupama is part of UNESCO’s Expert Facility for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity  of Cultural Expressions. 

Valentina RiccardiValentina RICCARDI

Project Manager, Culture Department (ASEF)

Valentina RICCARDI, an Italian national, joined ASEF in January 2009 to focus on the development of the ASEF culture360 portal. She currently oversees ASEF’s initiatives related to the development of information platforms, artistic exchanges and cultural networks. She also manages the communication activities of the department, with specific focus on ASEF culture360, the ASEMUS network, the Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe and ASEF Creative Networks.

Hatta MokhtarHatta MOKTAR

Admin Officer, Culture Department (ASEF)

Hatta MOKTAR, a Singaporean national, joined ASEF in August 2010. He gives administrative and communication support to ASEF culture360.

piero zilioPiero ZILIO

Social Media and Web Analytics expert

Piero studied hypermedia in Finland, media and communication in Italy and public affairs in Australia… while backpacking in most of the other countries. He now works as communication adviser for companies, NGOs and the public sector, focusing on web and social media. His lectures on web writing and search engine optimization were among the top 4% of most viewed presentations on SlideShare in 2013. Former skydiver, he has learnt that strategy and the attention to details are key to success.

IMG_2066Timothee GUICHERD

Technical coordinator

Timothee is the technical coordinator for ASEF culture360. He graduated in computer science and then in new media and journalism in Paris. After a few years in the IT industry he started worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then joined the European Cultural Foundation to lead their digital and online activities. He is now roaming the world as a nomadic professional – and still believes in an open and free Internet.

The Editors

Judith StainesJudith STAINES


Judith STAINES is Editor of Culture360.org. She is a freelance writer, researcher, editor, project manager and book artist based in the UK. Current special subjects include Asia-Europe arts and culture, international mobility, European cultural cooperation, creative industries and policy. She has worked with many arts projects and cultural networks in Europe and Asia, undertakes EU evaluation and research as a European Expert Network on Culture member. Popular publications include The International Co-Production Manual (2011, IETM & KAMS), EU-China Cultural Compass (Editor, 2011, EUNIC China partners), Moving Art – how legally to move cultural goods between Russia and the EU (2007) and visual artist handbooks on marketing and selling. She studied French and Romanian a long time ago and has learned lots more since.

Technology and UX Design Partners

Lero9 are a full service digital agency specialising in providing custom solutions for B2C and B2B businesses using the WordPress and Magento Commerce platforms. We specialise in repositioning brands online and crafting engaging user experiences that stand out from the competition.  We’ve had a long-term partnership with ASEF Culture 360 and have enjoyed helping ASEF in facilitating cultural exchange and collaboration among artists and arts organisations between 53 countries in Asia and Europe through the portal.  For more information about Lero9 visit our website – www.lero9.co.nz

Our Special Correspondents

ASEF culture360 collaborates every year with a group of writers reporting on special areas of interest with a series of articles and interviews:

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