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Who we are

KATELIJN VERSTRAETE: Regional Director Arts & Creative Industries

Katelijn Verstraete has been Director Arts & Creative Industries East Asia since October 2012.  Her passion for supporting the development of the arts started with the set-up in 1999 of the first independent art space BizArt in Shanghai.  Her belief in the important role of arts in society has grown over years of work in developing multi-stakeholder platforms between Asia and Europe in the areas of cultural policy, artistic exchange, training and digital exchange for www.ietm.org, www.on-the-move.org and www.asef.org. Katelijn is the co-author of the Europe-China Cultural Compass, a EUNIC cluster publication.


Daniel Donnelly has been Programme Lead for Arts and the Creative Industries since August 2018. Prior to moving to Singapore, he worked for the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre in Bahrain managing an arts skills development programme. Previously he has worked in Bahrain, Morocco, the UK,  India, South Korea and Egypt. His interest in arts and culture comes from a background in fine art photography, most recently curating an exhibition in Bangladesh as part of Chobi Mela, and delivering a workshop in Saudi Arabia for Art Jameel. Daniel’s focus in his current role is on managing the Crafting Futures, Creative Hubs as Catalysts for Good, Cultural Skills and Leadership Networks, and Connections Through Culture programmes across East Asia.


Randel Urbano has been Arts Manager East Asia since May 2019. He focuses on the Connections Through Culture programme in Southeast Asia and supports initiatives and programmes that involve regional coordination. He reports to Daniel and is well embedded in the Philippine Arts team. Randel brings with him an extensive experience in the cultural sector in the Philippines, Asia and beyond and with a special focus on the museum and visual arts sector. He worked for seven years at three Philippine modern and contemporary art museums, and had prior experience in the local arts and culture scene as project worker for exhibitions, print design and programming for various government and non-government activities. He participated in several fellowships in curatorship and contemporary museum practice in Seoul, Bangkok, Barcelona and Missouri.