Meet the team working behind the scenes to bring you the latest information and perspectives on arts and culture in Asia and Europe:
Director, Culture Department (ASEF)
Anupama SEKHAR, an Indian national, joined ASEF in January 2009. She is currently the Director of the Culture Department 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.
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.
Admin Officer, Culture Department (ASEF)
Hatta MOKTAR, a Singaporean national, joined ASEF in August 2010. He gives administrative and communication support to ASEF culture360.
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.
Timothee is the technical coordinator for culture360.org. After graduating in computer science, he worked a few years in the IT industry before going back to university and graduating in new media and journalism. From that point on, he made sure both IT and culture were strong components of his work, with a specific focus on community-driven websites. He worked for the French Embassy in the Netherlands, and then joined the European Cultural Foundation to lead their online activities – chiefly the LabforCulture project. A few years later, he went roaming around the world as a long time nomadic professional. He believes in an open and free Internet – of course supported by Open Source technologies.
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.
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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:
- Bharti Lalwani on museums and visual arts
- Claire Wilson on creative entrepreneurs
- David Fernandez on Thailand and Southeast Asia
- Florent Petit on visual arts and creative industries in Europe
- Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio on cultural mobility in Europe
- Magali An Berthon on design and crafts
- Malaya del Rosario on visual arts and creative industries
- Vanini Belarmino on performing arts