Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg
Chief, Creative Economy Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg is economist and started her international career at the United Nations in Geneva in the 1980s having occupied several positions including, Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary General of UNCTAD. In 2004 she set-up and became Chief, Creative Economy Programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - UNCTAD. She has been leading UNCTAD's policy-oriented research to assist governments in policy-making while implementing demand-driven technical cooperation projects in developing countries on issues related to the creative economy and its development dimension. 
Ms. Dos Santos carried out pioneering research and provided overall direction being the main co-author of the UN Creative Economy Reports (2008 and 2010). She created and launched the UNCTAD's Global database on creative economy sharing world trade figures for creative goods and services. Ms. Dos Santos has been promoting international and national actions in the area of the creative economy, by sensitizing governments, business, academics and practitioners on the growing importance of the creative economy in contemporary society not only to foster jobs, revenues, trade and innovation but also for its contribution to a more inclusive and sustainable development.  In 2008, she put forward the Creative Africa Initiative, in 2010 the Eco-Chic Initiative, and more recently in 2011 launched the UNCTAD Academic Exchanges Network on Creative Economy, as a platform to promote research exchanges and collaborative projects.   
Her academic background is in economics and business administration from the University of Economic Sciences and Finance of Rio de Janeiro. She obtained two Master Degrees; in International Trade from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and in International Economic Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration of Paris. Ms. Dos Santos has a number of published articles and official UN documents. She gives lectures around the world, and provides policy advice to governments and institutions with a view to move ahead the policy and the research agendas around the creative economy. 

John Howkins
Chairman, John Howkins & Associates, author of best-seller The Creative Economy , Director, John How

John Howkins is a leading figure in the global development of creative economies.  He is the author of the bestselling ‘The Creative Economy’ (2001) and ‘Creative Ecologies’ (2009). 
John has advised numerous companies, governments, and public agencies in over 30 countries. In 2010 he advised the Prime Minister of Thailand on a five year plan for Thailand’s creative economy.
He is Chairman of BOP Consulting, Britain’s leading advisory company on culture, creativity and innovation. He was formerly Chairman of Tornado Productions.
He has several business ventures in China. He is Director of the John Howkins Centre for the Creative Economy, established by the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2006. Howkins & Associates is currently advising new projects in Beijing and Wuxi.
He is the Founder and Director of the Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property, and devised the London Intellectual Property Advisory Service (‘Own It’). 
He was associated with HBO and Time Warner Inc from 1982 to1996 with responsibilities for TV businesses in UK and Europe.
He is Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) and a Council Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).  He is a former Chairman of the London Film School. He was Executive Director and associated with the International institute of Communications for many years.
He is the author of
‘Understanding Television’ (with David Frost)
‘Communications in China’
‘New Technologies, New Policies’
‘Four Global Scenarios for Information’
‘The Creative Economy’
‘CODE: Collaboration and Ownership in the Digital Economy’
‘Dutty’s Dare’ (with Zhao Li)
‘Creative Ecologies’
He has a BA in International Relations and AA (Dip) in Urban Design. He is Visiting Professor at City University, London, and the Shanghai Theatre Acdemy.

Stan Lai
Artistic Director of Taiwan’s Performance Workshop

Artistic Director of Taiwan’s Performance Workshop, Stan Lai is widely recognized as“Asia’s Top Theatre Director” (Asiaweek) and “the best Chinese language playwright and director” (BBC). Japan’s NHK calls him “Taiwan’s most brilliant theatrical light.” The FarEastern Economic Review describes his work as "the most exciting theatre in the Chinesespeaking world." China Daily says, “Many consider him the greatest Chinese playwright of our generation, ranking with Cao Yu and Lao She.”
Lai’s most famous work Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land was chosen as one of the top ten Chinese plays of the 20th century, and was called by the New York Times as “may be the most popular contemporary play in China.” His epic 8 hour A Dream Like A Dream has been acclaimed as “a masterpiece”. His groundbreaking “crosstalk” play That Evening, We Performed Xiangsheng is an icon of modern Taiwan theatre that helped resuscitate the dying traditional performing art of xiangsheng. His The Village has been acclaimed as “the pinnacle of our era of theatre.”
Lai received his Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from U.C. Berkeley in 1983. He has received Taiwan’s highest award for the arts, the National Arts Award, an unprecedented two times (1988, 2001).In 2010 he was chosen by China’s Newsweek as Man of the Year in the Cultural world. He has taught at Taipei National University of the Arts and Stanford University. Lai has also written and directed two feature films, The Peach Blossom Land and The Red Lotus Society, which received top prizes at the Berlin, Tokyo, and Singaporefestivals. His book Stan Lai on Creativity has become standard reading in Taiwan and China for creative industries and businesses. His large scale events include the highly acclaimed 2009 Taipei Deaflympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the 2011 Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Prof. John Hartley
Distinguished Professor, Research Director,ARC Center,QUT

In 2012 John Hartley is taking up a position as Professor of Cultural Science and Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is a member of the ARC (Australian Research Council) College of Experts (2011-13) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

At Queensland University of Technology (QUT, 2000-2011), he has been Dean of Arts, founding Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty, ARC Federation Fellow, and Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. He was awarded QUT’s first Distinguished Professorship in 2006. Previously he was Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in Wales, UK.

Hartley is the author or editor of over 20 books and 200 articles on popular culture and media, cultural studies, creative industries, and journalism studies. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Recent books include:

Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies (Wiley-Blackwell 2012)

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts, 4th edition (Routledge 2011)

The Uses of Digital Literacy (UQP 2009)

Story Circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World (Wiley-Blackwell 2009, co-edited with K. McWilliam)Television Truths (Wiley-Blackwell 2008),Creative Industries (Blackwell 2005), A Short History of Cultural Studies (Sage 2003), The Indigenous Public Sphere (Oxford UP 2000, co-authored with Alan McKee), Uses of Television (Routledge 1999), Popular Reality (Arnold 1996).

Hartley is the founding editor of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage Publications). In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia; and the China Creative Industry Individual Honorary Prize at the 4th China Cultural & Creative Industries Annual Summit and Expo, Beijing.  

Robert Nederlander Jr.
President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment

ROBERT NEDERLANDER, JR. is a third generation member of the Nederlander entertainment family, one of the great dynasties of the American theatre.  He is the founder and President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, which manages theatres and presents Broadway productions in emerging international markets, and produces internationalproductions for Broadway and elsewhere around the world.

In 2005 Mr. Nederlander established the first foreign joint venture in the Chinese performance industry. Since then he has cooperated with numerous Chinese entertainment organizations on cultural projects across China including Shanghai’s Jing’an District’s “Theatre Valley” cultural center, the Dongba International Commercial and Trading Center, a landmark multi-venue cultural district in Beijing, and in 2010 a joint venture with Eastern Shanghai International Cultural Film and Television Group to manage and program theaters in Eastern China.

Mr. Nederlander established the first touring network for Broadway shows in China encompassing over 15 Chinese cities, having presented 42nd Street, West Side Story, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, LUMA, and Fame-The Musical.  Future touring productions include Groovaloos and a Mandarin version of Aida.  Mr. Nederlander’s recent U.S. presentation credits include Chix6 (Broadway 2012), Zhou Xuan a Shanghai Dream (Broadway 2012), the 2009 Tony Award and Drama Desk nominee Soul of Shaolin, the first Chinese production to be performed on Broadway, The Dream of the Red Chamber at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, and Savion Glover’s Classical Savion and Improvography national tours. 

In 2010 Mr. Nederlander inaugurated The Cultural Trade & Industry Exchange Program with China’s Ministry of Culture, an annual program introducing Chinese cultural officials and theatre professionals to all facets of the Broadway industry.  Previous  educational initiatives include the creation of a Chinese language version of FAME in partnership with the Beijing Central Academy of Drama, and the establishment of a strategic partnership with Peking University to develop cross-cultural educational programs.

Other cultural initiatives are currently underway in Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, Cuba and other countries.  In November 2011, Mr. Nederlander presented Broadway Ambassadors in Havana as part of the 14th Annual Havana Theatre Festival, the first Broadway presentation from the United States to take place in Cuba in over 50 years.

Mr. Nederlander holds a degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Five Towns College.  Mr. Nederlander is a member of the League of American Theatres and Producers, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and has been a guest lecturer for Harvard University's China Public Policy Program.  

Prof. Arnold Aronson
Professor and Chair, Theatre Arts Program,School of the Arts,Columbia University, USA

Arnold Aronson is a theatre historian and has taught at Columbia since 1991. He is the author of Exhibition on the Stage: Reflections on the 2007 Prague Quadrennial (2008); Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography (2005); American Avant-Garde Theatre: A History (2001);

Architect of Dreams: The Theatrical Vision of Joseph Urban (2001); American Set Design (1985); and The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography (1981), as well as chapters in several anthologies. In 2007 he served as the first non-Czech General Commissioner of the Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design and Theatre Architecture. Prof. Aronson served as the editor of Theatre Design & Technology from 1978 to 1988.

His articles have appeared in The Cambridge History of American Theatre, Cambridge Guide to World Theatre, The Drama Review, American Theatre, Theatre Forum, Theatre Research International, and The New York Times Book Review, among many others. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1991, he chaired the theatre departments at Hunter College and the University of Michigan and has also taught at Cornell University and the University of Virginia.

Prof. Aronson regularly teaches classes in theatre history, as well as seminars in such topics as the History of Stage Design; the Theory of Comedy; and American Avant-Garde Theatre.

Prof. Geoffrey Crossick
Vice-Chancellor, University of London, UK

Professor Geoffrey Crossick became Vice-Chancellor of the University of London in September 2010, moving to the post after five years as Warden of Goldsmiths. He had been Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board between 2002 and 2005, taking it through to its establishment as a full research council.
Professor Crossick plays a prominent role in national higher education policy making and debate, and is a member of the Board of Universities UK and its Policy Networks for both Research and Funding, as well as being a member of the Enterprise & Skills Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.  He is Chair of the university sector’s Financial Sustainability Strategy Group. His essay The  future is more than just tomorrow: higher education, the economy and the longer term was published by Universities UK in September 2010.
A Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, a member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art and a member of the British Library Advisory Council,  he is also Chair of the Board of Governance of Trinity Long Room Hub, the arts and humanities research centre of Trinity College Dublin. Professor Crossick is active in debates about the importance of the arts and humanities, including relations between universities and the creative industries. He has published an influential lecture given in 2006 to the Royal Society of Arts on Knowledge transfer without widgets: the challenge of the creative economy. He chaired the Universities UK project that in 2010 produced the report Creating Prosperity: the role of higher education in driving the UK’s creative economy.
He is a social historian specialising in the urban social history of 19th and 20th century Britain and continental Europe. He has published and/or edited seven books and over 40 articles which have appeared in journals and edited collections. He has written widely on the petite bourgeoisie of shopkeepers and master artisans, including The Petite Bourgeoisie in Europe 1780-1914: Enterprise, Family and Independence, which he wrote with Heinz-Gerhard Haupt. Before joining the AHRB he was Professor of History at the University of Essex. A Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, Professor Crossick was in 2004 elected an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Paul Owens
Founding partner of BOP Consulting , UK

Paul is co-founder and Director of BOP Consulting, one of the UK’s leading consultancies on culture and the creative industries. He provides high level advice to a range of clients including international agencies, government departments, sector development bodies, leading cultural and creative organisations and universities as well as directing BOP’s team of researchers and consultants.
Key Experience
Paul has twenty years experience of research and consultancy in the fields of urban and economic development. His interests and expertise lie in the field of creative entrepreneurship, business support, cluster development and innovation. Along with business partner Josephine Burns, he has pioneered new ways of understanding the cultural and creative economies of cities and regions and helped to design new policies and support structures to foster culture and creativity.
He now works at a senior level advising the full range of international and national sector agencies including UNESCO, the European Commission, DCMS, NESTA, the British Film Institute, the Design Council, Skillset, and departments of the devolved administrations, as well as sub-regional agencies and local authorities. He is currently organising the World Cities Cultural Audit on behalf of the Mayor of London, which as well as London itself, involves Shanghai, New York, Tokyo and Paris. He is a regular speaker and chair at international conferences and workshops.
Career History
Before establishing BOP Ltd with Josephine Burns, Paul was a Consultant and then Senior Consultant with regeneration experts Urban Cultures Limited. Here his work focused in two main areas:
Place making: strategies for incorporating culture and creativity in the economic and spatial development of towns and cities 
Creative enterprise and innovation: designing a new generation of support structures for small creative enterprises
During this period Paul was involved in groundbreaking work in the field of urban regeneration in cities such as Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Paul’s interest in creative entrepreneurship led him to co-found New Media Knowledge (NMK), based at the University of Westminster in 1998. This was one of the first generation of creative industries ‘knowledge transfer networks’, since emulated across the country. The success of the initiative (which now works with a community of over 2,000 small enterprises) has caught the attention of government and been influential in the Technology Strategy Board’s decision to support a knowledge transfer network (KTN) for the Creative Industries from 2009 onwards. 
At the same time, Paul advised on the design and establishment of a number of other knowledge transfer/business support networks, most notably Manchester’s Creative Industries Developments Service (CIDS).
Paul developed his interest in creativity and innovation as a researcher and programme manager at the Centre For Creative Communities (formerly know as BAA), a US/UK policy think thank. Here he designed a series of conferences and seminars under the title Arts and the Changing City, which had an important influence on the development of urban policy in the UK at the time of Michael Heseltine’s Action for Cities Programme in the late 1980s.

Prof. Giep Hagoort
Professor of Art and Economics, Utrech School of the Arts , Utrech University, The Netherlands

Giep Hagoort (1948) is cultural entrepreneur in Amsterdam and professor art and economics at the Dutch Utrecht University and Utrecht School of the Arts. He is educated as a lawyer. He finished his PhD in 1998 on Interactive Strategic Art Management at the Nyenrode Business University. His research is focused on cultural entrepreneurship and Creative SMEs. His handbook Art Management Entrepreneurial Style has been translated in five languages and is used on all the continents. His international PhD programme Creative Grounds is supported by professors in the field of art, culture, creative industries and entrepreneurship. In his Inaugural Lecture from 2007 he elaborated the fundaments of cultural entrepreneurship: the freedom to make art and the enterprise freedom. Currently Giep Hagoort is leading an EU study on the entrepreneurial dimension of the cultural and creative industries in Europe. As dean of the private Amsterdam School of Management (ASOM) he and the ASOM-network of independent professionals have developed a lot of creative concepts on innovation and interactive ways of working.

Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth
Professor, ifs-internationale filmschule k?ln, Direktor Cologne Game Lab, Germany

Gundolf S.Freyermuth,Ph.D.,is a writer,director and since 2004 Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the ifs international film school,Cologne. Since 2010, he is also one of the founding directors of the Cologne Game Lab.

He studied Comparative Literature at the Free University Berlin and wrote his Ph.D.thesis on digital aesthetics.Prior to his academic career,Freyermuth worked in the media;inter alia as editor for the monthly TransAtlantik,reporter for the weekly stern,head reporter for Tempo Magazine and for more than a decade as a freelance writer from the US West Coast.He has published three novels,eleven books of non-fiction and appr.500 papers,essays and feature articles. He also writes movie scripts and directs documentaries.

His academic research and writing focuses on digital audiovisuality and storytelling, cross-and transmediality,games and network culture.Freyermuth holds dual German-American citizenship and currently lives in Berlin and Cologne,Germany.

Recent Publications 


“Movies and Games:Audiovisual Storytelling in the Digital Age”.In: S.Z.F.E.(University of Theatre and Film,Budapest,Ed.),New Skills for New Jobs,New Skills for Old Jobs:Film and Media Schools in the Digital Revolution, Budapest,forthcoming Winter 2011.

“Edges & Nodes / Cities & Nets:The History and Theories of Networks and What They Tell Us about Urbanity in the Digital Age.” In:Transcultural Spaces:Challenges of Urbanity,Ecology,and the Environment in the New Millennium. Ed.StefanL.Brandt,Winfried Fluck and Frank Mehring,REAL-Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, Vol.26, Narr: Tuebingen, 2010, S.55-73.


Wolfgang Petersen-Back to the Boat.Documentary,48 Min.Written and Directed. On:Das Boot (Two- Disc Collector's Set),BluRay,Sony America.US July 5,2011.

Germany September 15, 2011. Wolfgang Petersen–Mein Leben,mein Werk (My Life, my Work). Documentary, 22 Min.Written and Directed.On: Das Boot-Steelbook(30th Anniversary-Edition, 3Discs, BluRay), Eurovideo:Germany September 15, 2011.


Fluchtpunkt Hollywood:Sieben Porträts deutscher  Filmemigranten.Fuego: ePub-Edition; CCR Writers Inc.:Kindle-Edition,August 2011(A collection of portraits of German-Jewish film émigrés in Hollywood,originally published in various German magazines between 1985 and 2000).

"Daswar’s." Letzte Worte mit Charles Bukowski.Fuego: ePub-Edition; CCR Writers Inc.: Kindle-Edition,August 2011(A portrait of the American writer Charles Bukowski,based on the text of the coffee table-book edition:Rasch und Röhring,Hamburg,1996).

Michael Keane
Prof Michal Keane, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Michael Keane is an ARC Centre Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. His research interests include China’s cultural and media policy, creative clusters in China and East Asia, and East Asian cultural exports. He is co-coordinator of the Asian Creative Transformations program in the CCI. He has provided expertise for a number of international consultancies and has presented at international forums including The House of Commons (UK), Yale University (US), Creative Clusters (UK), and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark).  
Michael is author of China’s New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Investment (Routledge 2011); and editor of How Creativity is Changing China by Li Wuwei (Bloomsbury Academic 2011). He is author of Created in China: the Great New Leap Forward (Routledge 2007) and co-editor with Ying Zhu and Ruoyun Bai of TV Drama in China (HKU Press 2008). Other books include New Television, Globalization and the East Asian Cultural Imagination (with Anthony Fung and Albert Moran, HKU Press 2007), Television across Asia: Television Industries, Programme Formats and Globalisation (ed. Moran and Keane, Routledge 2004), and Media in China: Consumption Content and Crisis (ed. Donald, Keane and Yin 2002). 

Anna Rooke
Chief Executive Officer,QUT Creative Enterprise,Australia

Anna Rooke is CEO of QUT’s Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), the commercial arm of Australia’s first dedicated Creative Industries Precinct and only dedicated creative industries incubator. CEA supports entrepreneurs, early stage and more established creative businesses in the areas of music, film and television, new media and design through creative business solutions, creative management services and creative space services. CEA has supported the growth of 120 creative businesses, assisted 30 new start-ups and leveraged over $10m investment to the Queensland economy. Anna founded Creative3 Australia’s first dedicated investment marketplace for creative businesses to broker effective investor relations and for creatives to learn pitching skills to secure a $100,000 business prize package. She has also recently launched a dedicated Fashion Incubator to provide business and production services to support emerging brands and labels. 
Over the last 15 years, Anna has specialised in leading commercialisation, research and business development programs to underpin the growth of bioscience, creative, digital and arts based sectors in the UK and Australia. In her previous role as Director of Science City York, she was responsible for the strategic and operational development of the UK’s first National ‘Science City’. During this role, Anna managed multi-agency commercialisation and business development teams to create over 2,700 new employment opportunities and over 70 start-up companies in creative, digital and bioscience sectors.  She was also a co-founder of Sightsonic in 2000 as a platform to promote digital arts and creative talent and started the first dedicated $1m proof of principle fund in Yorkshire to enable creative entrepreneurs to explore the potential for their business venture
Anna has served on a number of Steering Committees and Boards responsible for innovation and creative industries including the Queensland Wide Innovation Network, the North Yorkshire Creative Industries Network and the University of York’s Creative Technologies ‘Complex X’ Centre. In 2007 she was invited to join the Queensland Smart State Council Working Committee to advise on a new Queensland ‘proof of concept’ fund framework, which has subsequently been launched. She have been engaged as a Senior Consultant to SGS Economic & Planning, National Chengchi University, Taiwan and University of Queensland to advise on creative industries, incubation and commercialisation related feasibility assessments.
Prior to her relocation to Australia in late 2006, she completed the business plan for a $34.5m mixed urban ‘innovation zone’ development in the North of England. This included a purpose built Creative & Digital Technologies Centre providing incubator workspace facilities between Newcastle, Manchester and York. 
Anna was appointed CEO of Creative Enterprise Australia (formerly Creative Industries Precinct Pty Ltd) in March 2007 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Keith Nurse
Director , Shridath Ramphal Centre, University of West Indies, Caribbean

Dr. Keith Nurse is Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and the coordinator of the webportal and editor of the emagazine Caribbean Creatives.
He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book entitled The Global Economic Crisis and the Developing World: Implications and Prospects for Recovery and Growth (forthcoming Routledge 2012). He is the author of Heritage Tourism in the Caribbean (CTO 2008), Festival Tourism in the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank 2003) and The Caribbean Music Industry (Caribbean Export Development Agency 2003) and co-editor of Globalization, Diaspora and Caribbean Popular Culture (Ian Randle Publishers 2005).
Dr. Nurse was commissioned by UNESCO in 2008 to prepare a position paper addressing the challenge of making operational Article 16 (preferential treatment) of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity. He has served as an advisory member of the Inter-American Cultural Policy Observatory, Organization of the American States and currently on the editorial board of the academic journal Tourism and Cultural Change. In 2004 the Cuban Institute for Contemporary Music gave him an award for his contribution to research on Caribbean cultural industries.
Dr. Nurse is one of the founding members of the recently established World Economics Association. He is on the advisory board of several international organizations such as the World Trade Organization Chairs programme, the OECD Knowledge Networks and Markets project, and the ACP Intra-Regional Observatory on Migration. He also serves on the board of academic institutions such as the Caribbean Competitiveness Centre, Trade Negotiations and Governance, University of Geneva and Technology Governance, University of Tallinn, Estonia.
He currently holds the WTO Chair at the University of the West Indies. He is also the executive producer of the recently launched documentary “Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora”.

Dr. Thitiporn Sanguanpiyapan
Head, Luxury Brand Communication, Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Thailand

If there’s one thing the head of a luxury brand understands, it’s branding. Dr. Thitiporn Sanguanpiyapan is a luxury brand entrepreneur, educator, researcher and consultant in creative industries. Not only she helps her family operating a Bangkok-based luxury jewelry brand called “SETTE,” she currently serves as Program Head in Luxury Brand Communication at Panyapiwat Institute of Management as part of CP All Public Company Limited, Thailand. Though born in Bangkok, Dr. Sanguanpiyapan had spent almost half of her life in the United States. With international experiences, she obtained her BBA Degree in Marketing, Management and International Business, MS and PhD Degree in Consumer Behavior from University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. She is often regarded as pracademic: a person with a blend of practical and academic knowledge.  
During the past few years, Dr. Sanguanpiyapan developed new curriculum on creative industries and initiated the first MBA program in Creative Economy and Business Development at Bangkok University, Thailand. She worked as a consumer insight manager at Index Creative Village, a conglomerate group of creative communication agency leaders in Thailand. She was also a consultant for and part of OKMD Creative Economy Thailand Television Program called “Kratook Tom Kit (2011).” Dr. Sanguanpiyapan has an academic excellence, a wealth of experience and comes from a background in creative industries, specifically luxury. 

Prof. Stephen Cottrell
Head, Dept of Creative Practice &Enterprise,City University London, UK

Stephen Cottrell is Professor of Music at City University, London, and Head of the Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise. His research interests fall into three inter-related areas: ethnographic approaches to musicians and music-making, especially within the Western art music tradition; the study of musical instruments, particularly the saxophone; and the study and analysis of musical performance. A monograph on Professional Music-Making in London was published by Ashgate in 2004, and a further volume on The Saxophone is forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2012. He has contributed to a range of other publications, including The British Journal of Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology, and Twentieth-century Music. He is an associate editor of the latter, and on the executive committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. He is also an Artistic Advisor to the record label Saxophone Classics. As a performer he has released several CDs of contemporary music, both as a soloist and previously as the leader of the Delta Saxophone Quartet.

Dr Cathryn Lloyd
Maverick Minds – Principal Creative Konnections Pty Ltd - Director

Cathryn Lloyd is an experienced facilitator, educator, researcher, and arts practitioner. She is principal of Maverick Minds, a creative professional development consultancy that combines arts-based activities in business to generate unique learning experiences for people. The learning is experiential and interactive and supports creativity, collaboration, communication, relationship building, inquiry, active reflection, and change. Her doctoral research explored the role of arts-based learning, the use of creative processes and initiatives, as a pedagogical approach for individual and organisational learning and development.
Cathryn has managed her own design studio specialising in graphic and textile design for private, corporate and government clients and has been the recipient of professional development arts funding. She was the Professional Training Manager and Study Abroad Co-ordinator in the commercial business unit at Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London where she worked with clients such as the BBC, Sony, Bloomberg and various international universities to develop creative training programmes and workshops. She is currently a sessional academic tutor within the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT.Current clients include Queensland Govt agencies, academic institutes, corporate, and arts organisations.She has presented her research and conducted workshops at various conferences. Together with business partner Kath Marnane, Cathryn is also Director of Creative Konnections Pty Ltd.Creative Konnections brings together the expertise and passion of both Directors and provides innovative,international professional development experiences and programmes focused on the ‘Art ofEntrepreneurship’ and developing future entrepreneurs. The programmes inspire and educate people tofocus their professional practice and business through the lens of an artist and creative entrepreneur.

Kathn Marnane
Kath Marnane & Associates Pty Ltd, Director

Masters in Arts (Policy & Leadership); Graduate Diploma (Public Sector Management); Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management); Diploma of Teaching; Certificate IV – Training & Assessment

Kath Marnane is the Director of Kath Marnane & Associates and also Director of Creative Konnections.

Kath Marnane & Associates is an international business consultancy specialising in supporting international leadership development, capacity building, global skilling and education across many of the world’s developing economies.  With over 20 years’ experience working across a range of sectors including business, education, training and the arts Kath Marnane brings passion, vibrancy and new perspectives to every element of her work.  She is internationally experienced having completed projects in Australia, Asia, UK, Middle East and the Pacific. 

Kath has a diverse set of skills and experiences across areas such as public sector management, policy formulation, international education, capacity building, marketing, vocational training, arts management and business development.  Prior to developing her international business consultancy and creative entrepreneurship company, Kath Marnane held senior management roles in Government and has lead Australian business-development and marketing missions internationally. She has a strong and successful track record in brokering creative and business development opportunities between Australia and many off-shore partners. 

As a creative business woman and published contributing author to “Women on Top – Against the Odds” (2011) she has built vastnetworks including global partners such as government ministries, universities, industry partners and community organisations in countries such as Australia, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia,  United Arab Emirates, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Her skills in creating networks and identifying and actioning business opportunities and partnerships have been recognised by many including the Australian Government.  Kath Marnane was awarded a prestigious Endeavour Executive Award in 2009, enabling her to undertake further international professional development experiences in South-East Asia.  She successfully built strategic relationships and introduced systems and processes aimed at strengthening globalised human resource capacity.

Kath Marnane, together with business partner Dr Cathryn Lloyd is also Director of ‘Creative Konnections’.  Creative Konnectionsbrings together the expertise and passion of both Directors and provides innovative international professional development experiences focused on developing the ‘Art of Entrepreneurship’.  The program inspires and educates people to focus their professional practices and organisational businesses through the lens of an artist and creative entrepreneur.

Desmond Hui
Associate Dean, School of Arts, Centre for Cultural and Development , The Chinese University of HK

Desmond Hui is Associate Dean of Arts, Professor and Director of BA in Cultural Management, Director of the Centre for Culture and Development, Associate Director of the Research Institute for the Humanities at CUHK.  He obtained BArch from Cornell; MPhil and PhD from Cambridge and was Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at HKU.  Professor Hui is Non-executive Director of the Urban Renewal Authority, Museum Expert Advisor of the LCSD, and assessor for CreateSmart Initiative under the CEDB.  He was formerly a member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and the Commission on Strategic Development.

Prof. R.Bruce Elder
Professor, School of Image Arts & Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, Ryerson University

R. Bruce Elder is the Research Chair Director of School of Graduate Program in Communication and Culture of Ryerson University. Being as a leading figure in avant-garde film, his films have been presented at New York's Museum of Modern Art and The Milliennium Film Workshop, Berlin's Kino Asensal. Paris Centre Pompidou (amongst many other venues) and in retrospectives presented at Anthology Film Archives, the Art Gallery of Ontario, La cinematheque Quebecoise, II Festival Senzatitolo (Trento). Festival des Cinemas Differents, Images'97 (Toronto) and by cinematheque Ontario, who proclaimed in their program note for their Nov. 2008 tribute : "R. Bruce Elder is not only one of Canada's foremost experimental filmmakers, he's one of our greatest artists, thinkers, critics, and filmmakers, period." In 2007, Bruce Elder was awarded the Governor General's Award in Media Arts and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada that same year.
Elder has published numerous articles and three books, Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film Culture (1989), which includes extensive treatments of the films of Michael Snow and Jack Chambers; A body of vision: Representations of the Body in Recent Film and Poetry (1997); His most recent book, Harmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century was awarded the prestigious Robert Motherwell Book Award in 2009.

Prof. Liviu Berehoi
Professor. Artistic Director

Graduated by the School of Puppeteers Theatre of Bucharest in Romania, Liviu Berehoi developed his career at the Tandarica Theatre in Bucharest, one of the best puppets theatres in Europe and very famous in the world. In 1978 the Tandarica Theatre was honoured with the prize "Erasmus" for contributions to the art of puppetry. Over the last 25 years Liviu Berehoi has created many roles and directed many shows.  He participated in many international tours and international festivals all over the world. He received several awards for his performances and master expertise as string puppeteer.
Liviu Berehoi was teacher in the art of puppets to the National Graduate School of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières in France, a city that is considered the world capital of the puppets. In Switzerland, he is well-known for more than seventeen years by creating and performing many roles for the Geneva Puppets Theatre. He shares his knowledge and experience by giving workshops and training about puppeteer techniques and the art of manipulation for professional actors. 
As an independent artist, Liviu Berehoi travelled with his puppets to several continents. From Australia to Asia, and from the Mediterranean islands to the Arctic Circle North, he performed shows for adults in big cruise ships. In Cervia, Italy he participated at the Project "EUROMARIONNETTES” that brought together the family of traditional puppetry in Europe, by introducing the traditional puppets of Romania in the context of the Project It is not by chance that among his best performances - and most played - is "Gulliver's Travels.".  Given the great success of this show in Bucharest, Liviu Berehoi was invited to reproduce the play under his artistic direction in Valencia, Spain with Spanish interpreters.
As an engaged international artist, he has been collaborating with the UN in several occasions.In December 2002, he was invited to create and perform the show: "When the clowns come. .” for the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG) on the occasion of the End of the Year festivities, the show was presented as part of the Christmas tree party and played at the main UN  Assembly Hall for an audience of 600 children and adults. In 2008 he was invited to write an article about the art of puppetry entitled «Puppets Planet» (pg 192) for the first issue of the United Nations Creative Economy Report – 2008, prepared by UNCTAD and UNDP.   Liviu Berehoi has animated shows in big international events such as the“Salon de la Presse et du Livre” of Switzerland in 2006.
Liviu Berehoi was teacher in the art of puppets to the National Graduate School of Puppetry in Charleville-Mézières in France, a city that is considered the world capital of the puppets. In Switzerland, he is well-known for more than seventeen years by creating and performing many roles for the Geneva Puppets Theatre. He shares his knowledge and experience by giving workshops and training about puppeteer techniques and the art of manipulation for professional actors. 
Since 2009 he is co-founder and artistic director of the Association "Passion Marionettes", a NGO non-profit organization, which mission is to keep alive the art of puppetry through puppet shows, theatrical events, training courses and capacity-building activities for all ages.

Margherita Pillan
Department INDACO – Industrial Design per le Arti la Comunicazione e la Moda. School of Design, Pro

Born in Milan in 1961,  Margherita Pillan is Associated Professor of Interaction Design  and Executive vice Dean at the Design School of Politecnico di Milano. She is professor of  courses of Communication and Interaction Design for the first and second level degrees.
Her research activities cover different areas of Interaction Design, such as the design of interactive products and systems; service design for social innovation and dynamization; system and services for distance learning; game design. Her interests involve also the study of emotional and cognitive processes involved in the use of interactive systems and solutions, and the aesthetic dimension of interactive experiences.
She obtained her first degree in Physics in 1985 from the Università Statale di Milano and in 1994 earned a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering and Communications at the Electronic Engineering and Information department at the Politecnico di Milano. Her thesis concerned the development of CAD systems applied to the field of the integrated circuits design.
From 2000 to 2002 she was the Director of the Master in Multimedia Editing program offered by the PoliMi with the Italian Association of the Electronic Editors and developed projects in the field of multimedia artefacts and digital communication systems.
From 1993 to 1999 MP was a researcher and Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering and Information at the Politecnico di Milano collaborating in the same time with centre METID – Metodi e Tecnologie Innovative per la Didattica of  the Politecnico di Milano.
During 1988 and 1989 M.P. was a visiting scientist at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of California at Berkeley. While in California she collaborated with the Hewlett Packard Research Laboratories at Santa Rosa, developing applications for microwave devices.
In 1985 she joined the research staff of the Laboratori di Ricerca e Sviluppo della Società Telettra, where she was involved with the developing of the semiconductor structures for the realization of different instruments and radio frequency integrated circuits. In particular her area of expertise was epitassial increases and morphological and electrical measurements, ion implantations and electronic microscopy. 
Margherita Pillan is author of several papers presented at international conferences and of some books about the design of digital services, the problem of style in digital communication, about design as a forma of communication, and human centred design of technological solutions and systems.

Francesco Galli
Department INDACO – Industrial Design per le Arti la Comunicazione e la Moda. School of Design, Pr

He carries out research activity within the Corporate Strategy , Corporate Communication
Management and International Network.
His research encompasses strategies and scenarios, representation and visualization for new solutions in corporate design and innovation process.
New scenarios create the convergence of language, technical, and strategically skill.
This new dimension of the project does not yet have recognized label, but what distinguishes it is flexibility, the innovative use of content and platform.
Fusing design and strategy a collaboration that combined concept, communication strategy and management to address the social, cultural, national, and international issues involved in the redesign of innovative project.
Exploring the future of broadcast and digital media, experimenting with latest technologies and methods. While already utilizing the upcoming, new generation broadcast capabilities (high definition television, broadband communication and increasing power of computer equipment),he looks into the experimental technologies of tomorrow.
His strategy is based in planning methods and systems in order to create design-relevant decisions in the real market and customer-oriented way of being optimizing design processes.
Process that deal on all range of business performances. Design management take part in the interface of strategy and design and functions as the main link between the platforms of technology, innovation and marketing at interfaces of the communication project.
Researcher of the INDACO Department Politecnico di Milano and Professor from 2003 in many different master and courses with lesson in Communication Design Management and Corporate Strategy.

Toshiro Sato
Vice chairman, NPO FUKUOKA Design League,Japan

March 1975 Graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design
        Department of Environmental Design
March 1976 Graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design
        Graduate Course of Environamental Design
October 1989 Graduated from University of Califorina Los Angeles (UCLA)
        Master Course of Architecture and Urban Design

Professional Experience
1976-1978 GK Industrial Design Associates (Tokyo)
1978-1981 GK Design International (Los Angeles)
1985-1986 Barton Myers Associates (Los Angeles)
1986-1992 Kajima Associates (Los Angeles)
1994-Present Kankyo Design Kikoh Inc.
1993-1998 Lecturer at Kyushu Institute of Design
2006-2009 Lecturer at Fukuyama Women College

        Vice Chairman of NPO Fukuoka Design League
        Member of Japan Design Consultant Association
        Member of Japan Institure of Architect
        Member of Japan Institute of Urban Design
        Board member of Fukuoka Design School

Francisco García García
Professor, Universidad Complutense


Ma Luisa García Guardia
Professor, Universidad Complutense


Lee, Jong Hyong
Director of Design Infrastructure Services team, Design Center Busan


Eric Menserschmidt
Director of The Danish Cultural Institute

Eric Messerschmidt is born in Denmark. He is Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen,  and Bachelor in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen.
Since 2005, he is Director of The Danish Cultural Institute in China. Activities span from fine arts exhibitions and tours for theatre and music ensembles to conferences and consultancy as well as exchange programs for students and professionals from a wide range of sectors – always with a cultural approach funded on encounter and respect.
Prior to that Eric Messerschmidt presided the Chinese Organization Committee for the world-wide celebrations of the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen in 2005, which developed and monitored the Chinese participation of Hans Christian Andersen’s bicentennial, a multi million USD project c overing most of Eastern China and incorporating more than 180 various producers including TV-stations, local authorities, art academies, venues and performers.
Eric Messerschmidt is the author of books on architecture and design as well as articles on Chinese cultural issues.

Pietro Righi Riva
PhD Student in Communication Design at Milan's Polytechnic University.

Pietro Righi Riva is a PhD Student in Communication Design at Milan's Polytechnic. His research focuses on the application of knowledge driven from cognitive sciences to game design. In 2009 he completed his master's degree in design with a research on game accessibility for the visually impaired. The study, developed with Milan's Institute for the Blind, was later published in Italy by Franco Angeli. Since 2010 he directs the independent gaming company Santa Ragione and he is
the author of the critically acclaimed game Fotonica, on display at the 54th International Exhibition of Arts, Venice Biennial.  Currently he works in Shanghai, thanks to a grant provided by Milan's Chamber of Commerce, for researching the development of new creative industriesin China."

Kris Wang
2 terms of Mayor & Councilmember, City of Cupertino, California

Kris Wang, 2 terms of Mayor & Councilmember, City of Cupertino, California
Graduate studies in Computer Science
Master of Business Administration in Management
Bachelor of Science in Statistics
Experience & Community Services:
Mayor of City of Cupertino
President of Santa Clara County Cities Association
Member of League of California Cities Policy Committee
Chair of Cupertino Disaster Council
Chair of Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Commission
Vice Chair of Santa Clara Waste & Recycling Committee
Vice Chair of Santa Clara County Transportation Advisory Committee
Senior Manager Management in Hi-Tech companies in Silicon Valley in California

Hsiao-Ling Chung
Institute of Creative Industries Design, Cheng Kung University Assistant Professor,Taiwan

Dr. Hsiao-Ling Chung is currently an assistant professor with the Institute of Creative Industries Design, College of Planning and Design of the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She completed her PhD in Creative Industries in 2009 and MA in Creative and Media Enterprises in 2001 at the University of Warwick, UK. Apart from her academic pursuits, Hsiao-Ling also held managerial positions with academia and various corporate and cultural businesses in Taipei, ranging from global fashion brands, TV broadcaster, and business consultancy to private museum, leading chain bookstore, and independent arts and drama productions. She also lectured at the Dept. of Motion Picture of the National Taiwan University of Arts during 2001-2005. Dr. Chung’s primary research interests lie in the creative and content industries and especially in the application of cross-disciplinary theoretical perspectives and cross-national analytical approaches to the industrial organization, the management of cultural and creative enterprises, and the network ecology in the hybrid creative sector.

Dr. Prof. Ding Zhaochen
Distinguish Visiting Professor by Shanghai Theater Academy,Chief Scientist of Virtual Performing Ke

Dr. Prof. Ding Zhaochen is specialized on the Digital Entertainment Design. He comes from Taiwan, and has spent past 10 years in both Beijing and Shanghai. He is appointed Distinguish Visiting Professor by Shanghai Theater Academy, and is entitled Chief Scientist of Virtual Performing Key Lab of Shanghai.

He received Undergraduate and Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin, and PhD. of Interactive Art and Design from Beijing Tsinghua University. He has published the first Doctoral Thesis in Asia on the design pattern of digital game spaces. Recently he has published The History of Digital Entertainment Design with Tsinghua University Press.

Dr. Leon Xiao
Professor & Vice Dean of the School of the Art & Communication at Beijing Normal University in Beiji

Dr. Leon Xiao is a Professor and Vice Dean of the School of the Art & Communication at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. 
Dr. Xiao is a member of the Multi-Ministry Committee for Promoting Animation & Comics Industry, an executive member of New Media Arts Curricular Development Committee under the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, PRC. He is also a member of many expert committees of Minister of Education, Minister of Information Industry, etc. Dr. Xiao has lived in the United States for almost 20 years, he earned his MA and PhD in USA and continued his postdoctoral work, he was a Systems Chief at Blue Sky Studios of 20th Century FOX for 5 years and joint New York University for over 5 years and created a special program and taught in Tisch School of the Arts. During his stay at Blue Sky, he and his team had chance to produce special effects for movies, such as, Joe's Apartment; Simple Wish; Titanic; Alien: Resurrection; Lulu on the Bridge; Star Trek: Insurrection; an Academy Awarded Bunny; Jesus' Son; Fight Club; Ice Age.

Dr. Marina GUO
Vice Director of John Howkins Research Centre on Creative Economy, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Dr.Marina Guo is currently a faculty at School of Creative Studies, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Vice Director of John Howkins Research Centre on Creative Economy. She works as Executive Director for the Global Education Conference on Creative Industries Shanghai. Marina holds Ph.D. in Economics, Master of Arts and bachelor in Economics.
Marina was granted the prestigious merit-based Australian Endeavour Award 2010 by DEEWR.  She is the recipient of the most prestigious 2011 China Creative Industries Award –Top Ten Creative Leaders Award, and 2011 ACAA Australia China Alumni Awards for Research and Innovation.
Marina Guo is the author of Creative Transformation (China Economic Press 2011).  Together with her Endeavour supervisor Prof. Michael Keane, Marina Guo has collectively translated the book How Creativity is Changing China written by Prof. Li Wuwei (London :Bloomsbury Academic). Marina Guo is also a guest lecturer of Manchester Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Kaospilots Int’l, QUT.
Marina Guo was an cultural entrepreneur before her role in education & research. She was the co-founder of Shanghai Sunspirit Cultural Development Co., Ltd which is a leading organization in cultural communication and arts education for children and young people. Since 2007, Marina has been General Manager of Shanghai Yorkie Investment Management Co., Ltd which offers consulting services on project development, creative entrepreneurship, cultural policy and international marketing strategy. Marina Guo has been working as Director of International Affairs, Research Centre for Creative Industries, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences from 2008-2010.