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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.

Julia Davies:  Regional Partnerships Director 

Julia Davies has been Director of Partnerships Arts since November 2015. Originally an architect from London, UK, Julia moved to Singapore in 2002 and established a private art school teaching creativity to children. Her interest in creative learning continued during her time spent at UNESCO and she worked on the arts education agenda, producing a publication “Releasing the Power of the Arts: Exploring Arts Education in the Asia-Pacific”. Whilst working at UNESCO Bangkok, Julia coordinated and managed partnerships with various stakeholders, from national governments, local authorities, cultural institutions, universities to the private sector.  In her current role, Julia is focusing on developing partnerships for the East Asia regional programmes and supporting partnership development for the Festivals & Seasons in Korea, Indonesia and Japan.