Speakers

Programme Directors

Emily Lim

Author

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Survival and Success as a Singaporean Author

Emily Lim is an author of numerous children’s picture books which have been published in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Korea and also turned into animation, theatre and used throughout schools in Singapore. She is the first author outside North America to win 3 medals in children’s books at the IPPY awards and first in Southeast Asia to win the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. She also won the Honourable Mention Award at Writer’s Digest 20th Self Publishing Awards and has been shortlisted for a few other awards. Emily was named Singapore Woman Award Honoree 2013 for inspiring readers through her children’s books and her memoir Finding My Voice, based on her journey of losing her voice to a disorder and finding it again through writing. 

Joanne Teoh

Director, Sapphire Studios

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Shaping Content for New Media

Joanne Teoh, a documentary director with over 20 years of media experience, has held senior management, creative and editorial roles at leading news organisations. She was a member of the team that launched Channel NewsAsia in 1999 and innovated content on social issues, medicine and the environment for television series. Her work was honoured for excellence in journalism and screened around the world.

Myra Garces-Bacsal

Educator, Reviewer, Blogger

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: Splash! Asia session: Water Themed Books in the Asian Setting, Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University. She is the Programme Leader of the Master's and Bachelor’s Programme in High Ability Studies and Gifted Education. Dr Myra is also the founder of GatheringBooks.org, where she shares her passion for reading, children’s literature, poetry, and MG/YA fiction.

gatheringbooks.org

Nancy Johnson

Professor, Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference

Session: iStory: An Invitation, Challenge, and Dare

Nancy Johnson is a professor of English/language arts education at Western Washington University where she teaches courses in children’s literature, young adult literature, English/language arts methods, and writing. Johnson is the co-author of The Wonder of It All: When Literature and Literacy Intersect, as well as three books about literature circles. She has served on the Caldecott and Newbery selection committees, and was honored by the International Reading Association as the recipient of the Arbuthnot Award for the teaching and advocacy of children’s literature.

Yvone Foong

CEO, Zixxe

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Kids’ Content Creation: What Clicks

Yvone gained expertise in film and television as Vice President for Mike Newell's production company 50 Canon Entertainment/Third Millennium Television, and later as Chief Operating Officer for IPTV company, WowTv. Currently, Yvone is the CEO of Zixxe Pte Ltd, creating and producing innovative mobile apps, games and interactive content on the iPhone, Android platforms and for SmartTvs. Yvone is a voting member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and was a juror for the International Digital Emmy Awards.

Keynote Speakers

Holly Thompson

Author, Teacher

Country of Focus, Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Translation – Elements for Success: Asian Works to English-language Markets, The Language Inside, Novels Set in Asia: Selling Them Overseas, Editing Stories in Translation

Holly Thompson writes fiction and poetry for children, teens and adults and is the author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth; The Language Inside; and Orchards and the forthcoming lyrical picture book Twilight Chant. Longtime resident of Japan, she teaches writing in Japan, the U.S., and places in between, and serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan. 

hatbooks.com

Kate McCallum

Producer, Transmedia Consultant, Writer

Media Summit, Masterclass
SESSION/S: Creating a Transmedia Project, Transmedia Storytelling in Asia, Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content

Kate McCallum, MA, is a producer and writer based in Los Angeles. She brings her passion for storytelling, and 20 years of experience at Paramount and Universal Studios in television and feature film development and production, to her current work as a new media producer, transmedia consultant and conference chair.

Dr Ng Seok Moi

Consultant

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Nurturing Early Literacy at Home, Early Bilingualism from Birth to Eight

Dr Ng Seok Moi works as a consultant to ministries of education, teacher education institutes, universities, and schools in Asia. She specialises in supporting young learners of English as a second/foreign language. For more than twenty years, she has worked in collaboration with classroom teachers in projects set up specifically to study classroom problems, pose questions, find answers and then make recommendations for classroom practice. In the last few years, she has been advising language projects (from kindergarten, primary to lower secondary grades) in Singapore and Hong Kong. Her research and publications focus on teaching English to speakers of other languages, emergent literacy, in-service teacher education and educational change. She has made invitational keynote presentations to universities and teachers in several countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Canada and the United States. She was a featured speaker at a highlighted session for international literacy leaders at the IRA 20th World Congress on Reading and has delivered several plenary presentations at the SEAMEO Regional English Language Centre annual seminars in Singapore. She is currently acting as consultant for the MOE Stellar programme.

Yusof Gajah

Artist, Author & Illustrator, Storyteller

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: My Life, My Art, First Look – Illustration Critique

Yusof Gajah is Malaysia's foremost naive art artist. He studied art at Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Yusof has written and illustrated a number of children's picture books and has received numerous awards, including the Best Children's Book Illustration from the National Book Council of Malaysia and the Noma Concours Grand Prix Award (ACCU) in Tokyo, Japan. His books have been translated into English, Japanese and Korean. He also conducts workshops on children’s picture books and is actively involved in storytelling and various international cooperations in children’s literature.

Speakers

Abdullah Sani Alwi

Head, Mobile Content, Apps & New Media, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Malaysia

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Creating Malaysian Digital Content for the World

Abdullah Sani Alwi currently holds the position of Head, Mobile Content, Apps & New Media for the Creative Multimedia Division at the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the Government agency that oversees the development of MSC Malaysia.

Adeline Foo

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Media Summit
SESSION/S: Think You Are Smarter Than Amos Lee? Take the Are You A Dodo? Test!, Crossing Over: Writing for Both Children and Teens, Content Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion)

Adeline Foo has authored 21 books. Six titles are national bestsellers with The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! winning a Red Dot award for ‘Best Junior Fiction’ in 2009. Her books have been published in India, Indonesia, China, and Slovakia, and adapted for a local kids’ television programme.

www.amoslee.com.sg

Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin

President, International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY)

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Celebrating Diversity Through Multicultural Children’s Literature

Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin was elected as President of IBBY for the term 2012–2014 during the General Assembly of IBBY in London, UK, August 2012. He had previously served as IBBY President for the term 2010-12. Ahmad Redza has more than 15 years of experience in publishing, distribution and retailing. He a strong passion for children and their education and has served in various not-for-profit organizations that promote children’s literature and education.

Ain Maisarah

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Branding and Marketing: The Pink Branding

Ain Maisarah is the number one bestselling author in Malaysia of tween and teen fiction novels. To date, she has published 43 novels, many of which became bestsellers in Malaysia and have earned more than USD2 million in five years. She has 200,000 fans in Facebook.

Akiko Sueyoshi

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Japanese Perspectives – The Kamishibai Way | My Journey as a Writer

Akiko Sueyoshi started writing for children in 1974 and has written over 100 books after she worked at a Japanese publisher as an editor of children’s books. Her many awards include two Newcomer Prizes for The Girl Who Returned to the Star, and the Noma Award for Children’s Literature for Mummy’s Little Yellow Elephant.

Alexander O Smith

Author, Translator

Media Summit, Seminars
SESSION/S: Translation – Elements for Success: Asian Works to English-language Markets, Translating Asian Languages into English, Adaptations & Localisation of Manga & Video Games

Alexander O. Smith has been translating video games, novels, and more from Japanese to English professionally since 1998, receiving the Batchelder and Phillip K. Dick awards for his work. In 2011, he became a founding member of Bento Books Inc., translating and publishing Japanese books into English.

Andrea Pasion-Flores

General Manager, Anvil Philippines

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Young Professionals’ Journeys

Andrea Pasion-Flores is the general manager of Anvil Philippines, one of the biggest general trade publishers in the Philippines. Anvil publishes adult fiction, nonfiction, children's picture books and middle grade chap books. Andrea was previously an agent for Jacaranda Literary Agency, handling fiction and the children's list. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the National Book Development Board of the Philippines.

Anu Kumar

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: An Author’s Creative Journey, Conceptualising and Writing Books for Series, Writing Non-fiction for Early Teens

Anu Kumar writes for children as well as for older readers. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and have been twice awarded by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, as well as short-listed by The Little Magazine, India. She is presently working on a series on Indian mythology for children and also one featuring a time travelling fourteen year old detective.

anukumar.org

Anushka Ravishankar

Author and Principal Platypus, Duckbill Books

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian Themes in Children’s Books, Reaching for the World: The Art of Asian Illustrators in Children’s Books

Anushka Ravishankar has published over 25 books for children, including picture books, chapter books and non-fiction. Many of her books have been translated into French, Italian, German and Spanish, among other languages. She is now a publisher with Duckbill Books, which publishes books for children and young adults.

Ary Nilandari

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Publishing and Distribution in Asia – Trends and Possibilities

Ary Nilandari is a children's book author who promotes enthusiasm for reading among parents and teachers so they become reading role models for children. She also trains fellow writers to create suitable and fun stories for children. She has written 36 books and hundreds of short stories and poems for children.

Avery Fischer Udagawa

Translator

Country of Focus, Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Translation – Elements for Success: Asian Works to English-language Markets, Japanese Perspectives – The Kamishibai Way | My Journey as a Writer, Promoting Translations in the Children’s Market, Editing Stories in Translation

Avery Fischer Udagawa translated the MG novel J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965 by Shogo Oketani. Her work has appeared in Kyoto Journal, Literary Mama and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. She coordinates the SCBWI Japan Translation Group and is SCBWI International Translator Coordinator.

www.averyfischerudagawa.com

Azree Hanifiah

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: The Business of Digital Content for Kids

Azree Hanifiah is a digital executive at PTS, the largest book publishing company in Malaysia. PTS has published about 1500 titles, many of which are children's books. He was also involved in a specialized team for children's content for digital publishing.

Benjamin Farr

Librarian

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: The World at Your Fingertips: The Art of Book Acquisitions

Benjamin Farr is a teacher-librarian at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Benjamin is passionate about education and literature – particularly boys and reading. Having grown up in a country with a rich history of libraries, Benjamin has become an advocate in supporting the vital role they play in education.

Camille Faylona

Producer

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Shaping Content for New Media

Camille loves stories and she tells them for a living. This international content producer has over 10 years of experience working with the biggest names in the business including MTV, Animal Planet, Star World, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Her latest project Driving Change with Caltex is a first of its kind, multi-platform reality show that helped change the lives of thousands people across Southeast Asia.

www.camillefaylona.com

Candy Gourlay

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Grabbing Your Reader’s Attention: Lights! Conflict! Action! | The Hero’s Journey, Tweeting and Blogging as Authors, Blogging – Today and Tomorrow

Candy Gourlay’s debut novel Tall Story was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 awards. It won the 2012 National Children’s Book Award in the Philippines as well as the 2011 Crystal Kite Award for Europe. Her second book SHINE won Candy her second Crystal Kite Award last year, and was nominated for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

candygourlay.com

Charmaine Kwan

Vice President, Programming, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Meet the Commissioners: What the Networks Want

As Vice President of Programming, Charmaine is in charge of programming for Asia-Pacific, for Discovery’s eight brands – Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Turbo and Discovery HD World and Discovery Kids. Besides managing programme sourcing and commissioning for factual, lifestyle and kids’ networks, Charmaine also works closely with Discovery’s international offices as well as producers and distributors around the world on co-productions and acquisitions.

Christopher Cheng

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Creating Malaysian Digital Content for the World, Laugh Out Loud: Humour in Children’s Literature, Transforming Facts into Riveting Reading, Writing to Make a Better World

Christopher Cheng is the award-winning author of more than 40 children's books in print and digital formats, including Water, an AFCC Publication. His picture book Python was shortlisted in the 2013 Australian Book of the Year Awards, and listed as one of “Outstanding Merit” in 2014 Best Books of the Year by Bank Street College. He is also the co-chair of the SCBWI Advisory board and on the AFCC board.

chrischeng.com

Chris Nixon

Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Duelling Illustrators, Writer/Illustrator: Working together – Pleasure or Pain, Style and Approach in Children’s Illustration

Chris Nixon is a creative based on the west coast of Australia exploring effective communication through illustration, design and art direction. Inspired by the handcrafted, Nixon enjoys the challenge of working across a wide range of media from children’s books to public art to illustration and motion graphics.

Cinthia Koeksal

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Young Professionals’ Journeys, Asian Spice, Hot Genres: Writing and Marketing New YA Fiction

Cinthia Koeksal was born and raised in colourful Malaysia. The Scarlet Omen is her first novel – the first of a planned trilogy. She currently lives in Germany with her husband and son.

Claudia Kaiser

Vice President, Business Development, Frankfurter Buchmesse

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Kids’ Content Creation: What Clicks

Since 2003, Claudia has been the Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair with different responsibilities. She helped establish KITAB – a JV between Frankfurt Book Fair and Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. She also directed the reformatted Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and headed the Cape Town International Book Fair. Since 2010 Claudia has been responsible for Business Development in Asia, esp. India and South East Asia.

Dr Connie Lum

Dean of Pre-school, Adjunct Lecturer, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Using Picture Books to Ignite a Child’s Visual Comprehension (in Mandarin)

Dr Connie Lum is the Dean of Pre-school, Adjunct Lecturer, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language at Nanyang Technological University. She teaches Child Growth and Development (0-8 years), Curriculum Design, Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood Education, Language and Literacy in Early Childhood, Creativity Thinking for Children, and Cognitive Thinking for Children.

Coonoor Kripalani

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Bridging Two Worlds: Bilingual Publishing

Coonoor Kripalani writes bilingual picture-books in Hindi and English for pre-school children. She is the author of a succinct biography of Gandhi for the lay reader, and she also writes on popular Hindi film and radio broadcasting in India.

Cynthia Tan

Vice-Principal, The Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre

Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: The Transition from Preschool to Primary

Employed at the Cove since 2009, Cynthia has been a classroom practitioner of different age groups ranging from the toddlers to Kindergarteners. She currently manages centre operations and supports the staff and quality development of the centre. She has presented at several conferences including the NAEYC annual conference, MCYS seminar and AFCC congress. Cynthia continues to be involved as a guest-speaker and facilitator in lectures and workshops with both pre- and in-service early childhood professionals.

David Kwok

CEO, Tiny Island Productions

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Transmedia Storytelling in Asia, Bringing Your IP Beyond Television

David Kwok, CEO of Tiny Island Productions and CG Protégé Animation School, was one of the early pioneers in the Singaporean CGI industry. As Founder and Chairman of the Singapore Animators Connection (SAC), David is a strong advocate for the development of the 3D animation industry in Singapore.

Edmund Wee

Publisher, Epigram Books

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Publishing and Distribution in Asia – Trends and Possibilities

Edmund Wee is the founder of Epigram Books, a publisher best known for its bestselling Young Adult series by Adeline Foo, The Diary of Amos Lee. Among Epigram’s titles are the landmark translations of five novels and short-story collections by Cultural Medallion winners from Chinese, Malay and Tamil into English last year, and nine out-of-print novels re-published for a new generation of readers. He also published former Foreign Minister S Rajaratnam’s short stories and the English translations of children’s picture books from Europe and Asia.

www.epigrambooks.sg

Eliza Teoh

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Survival and Success as a Singaporean Author, Conceptualising and Writing Books for Series

Eliza Teoh, an editorial consultant, was a political journalist and sub-editor at The Straits Times. She is also the author of the bestselling Ellie Belly series of children’s books, which has sold more than 25,000 copies since its launch two years ago.

Emily Lim

Author

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Survival and Success as a Singaporean Author

Emily Lim is an author of numerous children’s picture books which have been published in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Korea and also turned into animation, theatre and used throughout schools in Singapore. She is the first author outside North America to win 3 medals in children’s books at the IPPY awards and first in Southeast Asia to win the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. She also won the Honourable Mention Award at Writer’s Digest 20th Self Publishing Awards and has been shortlisted for a few other awards. Emily was named Singapore Woman Award Honoree 2013 for inspiring readers through her children’s books and her memoir Finding My Voice, based on her journey of losing her voice to a disorder and finding it again through writing. 

Emily Lim

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S:

Emily Lim’s numerous children’s picture books have been published in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Korea, and also used in animation, theatre and schools. She is the first author outside North America to win 3 medals in children’s books at the IPPY Awards, and the first in Southeast Asia to win the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Emily was named Singapore Woman Award Honoree 2013 for her works, which include her inspirational memoir Finding My Voice.

Eric Huang

Development Director, Made in Me

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Media Summit, Swipe Right for Digital
SESSION/S: Creative Partnerships: Publishing & Media, Transmedia Storytelling in Asia

Eric Huang is Development Director at Made in Me, an award-winning company in London specialising in children‘s digital entertainment. He was previously the Managing Editor at Penguin in Melbourne, a Publisher at Funtastic, and Head of Licensing at Parragon Books in the UK. He also worked for six years at Penguin in the UK as one of the children’s publishers, and looked after Penguin’s IP and co-production businesses.

Ervin Han

Managing Director, Robot Playground Media, Singapore

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Kids’ Content Creation: What Clicks, Content Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion)

Ervin Han is the Managing Director of Robot Playground. Ervin has over 13 years’ experience in the telecoms and media sector, with stints at SingTel and the Media Development Authority before taking over as head of development at Scrawl Studios, one of Singapore’s pioneering animation companies. He has created and produced a range of award-winning content for broadcasters and corporate clients, including TV shows, web series, short films, print campaigns and educational learning apps.

Etsuko Nozaka

Author, Translator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Japanese Perspectives – The Kamishibai Way | My Journey as a Writer

Etsuko Nozaka is a prolific Japanese translator of Dutch, English, and French children’s literature. She is also a founding member of the International Kamishibai Association of Japan (IKAJA), being in charge of international projects. She gives intensive lectures and workshops on kamishibai both at home and abroad.

Eva Nukman

Author, Translator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Publishing and Distribution in Asia – Trends and Possibilities

Though she graduated as pharmacist from Bandung Institute of Technology, Eva decided to pursue a career as translator and writer. She has published Aku Suka Sekolah, Layang-Layang Patah, Batu-Batu Bercerita, and more. She also works as managing editor of Irfan, a children's magazine.

Evelyn Wong

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Splash! Asia session: Water Themed Books in the Asian Setting

Evelyn is an independent consultant and writer, with over 35 years experience in Canada and Singapore as researcher, writer, educator, director and consultant in industrial relations, international relations, leadership and sustainable development. She has authored and edited publications on labour issues and corporate social responsibility. A Singaporean, born and raised in Canada, she celebrates the world through children’s literature and creative writing.

Fazeila Isa

Lecturer, Early Childhood and Special Education, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Malay Language Programmes
SESSION/S: DIY Wordless Picture Books (in Malay)

Fazeila Isa is a graduate of Flinders University, Australia, majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. She also specializes in Gifted Children Education. She has worked with disabled children and her passion is to help each child maximize his or her potential and learning experience.

Fazeila Isa

Lecturer, Early Childhood and Special Education, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Malay Language Programmes
SESSION/S:

Fazeila Isa is a graduate of Flinders University, Australia, majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has worked with disabled children and her passion is to help each child maximize his or her potential and learning experience.Through collaboration with kursuspenulisan.com, she coaches new and aspiring writers for children’s picture books. She engages with parents in developing High Order Thinking skills (HOTs) among children through picture books and is writing a book on the subject.

Galen Yeo

Creative Director, The Moving Visuals Co.

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Kids’ Content Creation: What Clicks, Shaping Content for New Media

Galen Yeo is the co-founder of The Moving Visuals Co., a TV & Content production company that makes kids and youth programming. His credits include the Disney Channel and Kid’s Central / Okto; and judging for the Interactive Digital Emmys and Banff World Media Festival for Children’s shows.

www.tmvc.sg

George Jacobs

Lecturer, James Cook University Singapore

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Interactive Reading Strategies, Dialogic Reading

Dr George Jacobs teaches workshops on reading and cooperative learning for the National Book Development Council of Singapore, as well as other institutions locally and abroad. He has written widely on reading aloud to children, extensive reading, cooperative learning and student-centred instruction. At James Cook University, George teaches academics.

Golda Mowe

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: YA – A Malaysian Perspective, Iban Dream, Asian Spice, Hot Genres: Writing and Marketing New YA Fiction

Golda Mowe is a writer from Malaysia who writes about the Iban people of Sarawak. Her debut novel Iban Dream was published in paperback in 2013 by Monsoon Books The traditional stories of this indigenous tribe continue to be a major source of inspiration in many of her works.

Ho Lee Ling

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Survival and Success as a Singaporean Author

Ho Lee-Ling is a Singapore writer and researcher. As former teacher and museum educator, she is passionate about researching and writing books about the Singapore experience especially for children. Her first book, Samsui Girl, was awarded a First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing grant in 2006. She has since written many other titles including picture books such as MJ’s classroom series.

holeeling.blogspot.com

Holly Thompson

Author, Teacher

Country of Focus, Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Translation – Elements for Success: Asian Works to English-language Markets, The Language Inside, Novels Set in Asia: Selling Them Overseas, Editing Stories in Translation

Holly Thompson writes fiction and poetry for children, teens and adults and is the author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth; The Language Inside; and Orchards and the forthcoming lyrical picture book Twilight Chant. Longtime resident of Japan, she teaches writing in Japan, the U.S., and places in between, and serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan. 

hatbooks.com

Jacqueline Chan

General Manager, Southern Star Singapore

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Pitch Incubator!

Jacqueline is the General Manager of Southern Star Singapore’s production studio, a leading player in the industry. Jacqueline’s projects include documentaries, live action drama, lifestyle, animation and pre-school programming, predominantly in the children’s and tweens’ markets. Apart from working closely with some of Australia’s most creative children’s programme production talents, Jacqueline has put together several acclaimed and award-winning international co-productions with partners in Singapore, China, Europe and North America.

Jade Fang

Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian Illustrators Panel: Injecting Asian Flavour into Your Work

Jade Fang is an illustrator and art teacher. She received her BFA and MFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She loves picture books and is always happy to work on one. Picture books that she has illustrated include Twelve Days of Christmas, Purple Paw Prints, and its sequel, Paw Prints on Magic Sofa.

James Foley

Illustrator, Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Writer/Illustrator: Working together – Pleasure or Pain, Style and Approach in Children’s Illustration, The Art of a Picture Book – Presentation and Discussion, Young Professionals’ Journeys

James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His debut picture book, The Last Viking, was written by Norman Jorgensen; it won three awards, including the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Award, and was shortlisted for a further four awards. James’ latest book, In The Lion, was released in 2012.

Dr Jane Ching-Kwan

CEO, KLC School of Education

Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: Inventive Spelling

Dr. Jane Ching-Kwan received her Ph.D. in Child Development & Family Studies with a specialisation in Children and Technology. She is currently CEO of KLC School of Education, an early childhood-focused PEI and WDA Program Partner for the training of preschool teachers. An advisory member of the MSF Child Development Network, Jane also spends her time consulting to preschool programmes and actively serves the community by being in task force groups related to improving the quality of early childhood education and training.

Janet George

Trainer

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Animated Read Aloud

Janet George is an experienced practitioner with various tertiary institutions and training organisations. She has done many programmes in the following areas: Communication Skills; Digital Storytelling, Speech and Drama, Presentation Skills, Reading and Read Aloud Skills. She has completed the Dale Carnegie© Course and received the ‘Highest Award for Achievement’. Janet is very passionate, enthusiastic and humorous in her engagement with her participants and is able to work with people of all ages, walks of life and nationalities. Her motto is ‘to teach, train, touch and transform people!’

Jerome Hinds

President, Association of Comic Artists Singapore

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Content Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion), The Future of Asian Comics

Jerome Hinds has written, directed, and designed an award winning 3D animation. Once working with ex-Marvel Comics Editor-in-chief, Tom DeFalco on a short story of his own Singapore born super heroine creation, Singapore Sling, Jerome is also the creator and editor of Singapore’s first all-colour USA format comicbook, Get Carter!. Currently President of the Association of Comic Artists Singapore (ACAS), he continues to promote much of the Association members’ content.

John McKenzie

Educator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Branding and Marketing: The Pink Branding, Adapting Asian Folklore for Children’s and YA Literature, Asian Trickster Tales and their Educational Value, Promoting Translations in the Children’s Market

A leading academic in the field of children's literature in New Zealand, John McKenzie was a founding member of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research and has numerous conference papers, publications and consultancies to his credit. He reviews for the Australian Children’s Book Council’s journal Reading Time. In 2005, he was awarded the Betty Gilderdale Award for Services to NZ Children’s Literature.

John R. Gunnarson

Early Childhood Consultant

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Adult Child Interaction Strategies, Strategies for Supporting Dual Language Learners

John R. Gunnarson teaches early childhood education at Napa Valley College in the United States. He also works as an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance to early childhood programs. His areas of specialization include dual language learners, early literacy, project work, environments, and Reggio-inspired practices.

Jonathan Dorf

Playwright

Seminars
SESSION/S: Grabbing Your Reader’s Attention: Lights! Conflict! Action! | The Hero’s Journey, The Page on Stage: Writing Plays for Teens

Playwright Jonathan Dorf is co-founder of YouthPLAYS, a publisher of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, and co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. His more than 30 published plays for young people have been produced over 900 times in over 15 countries.

www.jonathandorf.com

Julia Kaergel

Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Draw Your Own Story, Style and Approach in Children’s Illustration, The Art of a Picture Book – Presentation and Discussion

Julia Kaergel has published over 30 books for children and adults. Her books have been honoured with numerous awards and her artwork has been displayed at exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Julia has been invited by the Goethe Institute to conduct illustrations worldwide in such cities as Seoul, Beijing, Dhaka, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Khartoum.

Kathleen Ahrens

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Grabbing Your Reader’s Attention: Lights! Conflict! Action! | The Hero’s Journey, First Pages – Writing Critique

Kathleen Ahrens is Professor and Head of the Language Center at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she teaches courses in children’s literature and creative writing. She serves on the Board of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is the SCBWI International Regional Advisor Chairperson.

www.kathleenahrens.com

Ken Spillman

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Writer/Illustrator: Working together – Pleasure or Pain, Asian Spice, Hot Genres: Writing and Marketing New YA Fiction

Dr Ken Spillman is the author of more than 50 books. Based in Australia, Ken travels frequently and has spoken to more than 70,000 children in the past four years. He is a long-time advocate for writers and writing in the Asian region, and actively supports organisations connecting marginalised children with the world of stories.

kenspillman.com

Kiran Shah

Storyteller

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Choosing Books for Different Ages

Kiran Shah is currently a professional storyteller with a background in social work and early childhood education. As a preschool teacher, she has been reading to pre-schoolers since 1983 in the United States, Japan, Sri Lanka and Singapore. As an early childhood trainer and educator since 1991, she has trained many adults (teachers and parents) around the region in children’s language and literacy development. Kiran is a firm believer in the importance of reading for pleasure and to early exposure to good books.

Koh Chia Ling

ATMD Bird & Bird

Media Summit
SESSION/S: IP Rights & Ownership

Koh Chia Ling heads the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice at ATMD Bird & Bird LLP. Chia Ling supports major telecommunications companies, global IT vendors, Internet search engines and major international airlines in their IT projects, tenders and contracts, product development, disputes and anti-counterfeiting matters in Singapore and the region.

Lavina Chong

Educator

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Readers Theatre: Bringing Literature To Life, Discovering Stories Through Movement

Lavina Chong is the Co-Founder/Director of Our Music Classroom that provides creative music and movement programmes to local and international schools in Singapore. She has attained a Masters in Science (Early Childhood Education) and has professional qualifications in music, yoga for kids, speech and drama, and storytelling. She is presently an Associate Professor with Wheelock College International, and an Adjunct Lecturer with Seed Institute, UniSIM, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Her specialisations include Performing Arts (Music, Movement and Drama) and Infant/Toddler Development.

Lee Kow Fong 阿果

Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Chinese Programmes
SESSION/S: 和孩子一起讲故事、写故事、画故事 (Creating Stories with Your child)

Lee Kow Fong, a.k.a. Ah Guo, received his Master of Arts in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Apart from teaching full-time at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he is also actively involved in the promotion and creation of children’s picture-books in Singapore.

阿果,本名李高豐,义安理工学院人文科目讲师,新加坡国立大学中文系毕业,考取南洋理工大学翻译专业文凭,之后负笈英国剑桥艺术学校攻读童书绘画硕士学位。平时喜欢涂涂写写,创作图文与读者分享美的喜悦。目前正积极投入新加坡绘本创作与推广的工作。

Leo Vincent

Director, Advance Library Services Pte Ltd

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: The World at Your Fingertips: The Art of Book Acquisitions

Formerly from MPH, Leo Vincent has over 30 years of global sourcing experience. In 1999, he established Advance Library Services (ALS) Pte Ltd, a shelf-ready vendor with a full spectrum of library services. Today, ALS is a major library services vendor to NLB, institutions of higher learning, and international schools.

Leong Pik San

Senior Specialist, Pre-school Education, Ministry of Education

Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: The Transition from Preschool to Primary

Leong Pik San is a Senior Specialist with the Pre-school Education Branch, Ministry of Education. She had previously taught in a primary school as well as worked in the kindergarten sector. She obtained a Master of Arts with specialisation in Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan in USA.

Leslie Lee

Executive Director, Programming, Branded Media and Content, Walt Disney Company

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Meet the Commissioners: What the Networks Want

As the Executive Director of Programming, Branded Media and Content at the Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia), Leslie Lee is responsible for the on-air content – programming and acquisitions of Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD across the region. Having been with Disney Channels for over 8 years, Leslie has been at the forefront of key channel initiatives including the rebranding of Playhouse Disney to Disney Junior, the successful launch of Disney XD in Southeast Asia and the roll out of the branded Disney kids apps in Singapore and the Philippines.

Linda Tan Lingard

Literary Agent, Publisher

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Marketing Your Book And Selling Rights – How A Literary Agent Can Help You

Linda Tan Lingard is the managing partner of the Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency in Malaysia. The agency represents local writers and illustrators as well as foreign publishers. She has over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry and has worked around the region. She is a Frankfurt Fellow and a member of the Asian Publishers Fellowship, Korea.

Lynn Chua

Librarian

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Early Literacy: Taking That First Step, Early Literacy: Nurturing Happy Little Readers

Lynn Chua is a Senior Librarian who has been with the National Library Board (NLB) for 12 years. She currently leads a team of librarians in managing the services and programmes for the users at the Public Libraries. Lynn had developed and implemented library programmes targeted specifically at children and parents, e.g. Fun with Tots, Born to Read, Babies Can be Members Too! etc. She is also a certified trainer with the National Library Board Academy and conducts trainings for students, librarians and educators.

Malavika PC

Writer, Illustrator (மாளவிகா (எழுத்தாளர், படங்கள் வரைபவர்)

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Tamil Language Programmes
SESSION/S: Story Building Workshop, Create Children’s Stories with Theatre, Music, Illustration (in Tamil), Story Creating Techniques for Children (in Tamil), Bridging Two Worlds: Bilingual Publishing

Malavika PC has been illustrating books and creating content for and with children for over 8 years now. She likes Tamil and finds it very interesting to think and create in this language. She has also been a theatre actor since the age of 5. She enjoys working with children and people who have a bit of dream in their eyes. Twenty points to anyone who can find 10 similarities between her and her drawings you will find on www.theredsketchbook.blogspot.com.


மாளவிகா PC கடந்த எட்டு ஆண்டுகளாக குழந்தைகள் புத்தகங்களுக்கு வரைதல், எழுதுதல், உள்ளடக்கம் உருவாக்குதல் போன்றவற்றை செய்து வருகிறார். தமிழை விரும்பும் இவர், தமிழ் படைப்புகளை பற்றி நினைக்கவும் உருவாக்கவும் ஆர்வமாக இருக்கிறார். மாளவிகா ஐந்து வயது முதல் மேடை நடிகையாக இருந்து வருகிறார். அவர் குழந்தைகளுடன் வேலை செய்வதை விரும்புகிறார். மாளவிகா பற்றி மேலும் அறிய இந்த வலைத்தளத்திற்கு செல்லுங்கள்: www.theredsketchbook.blogspot.com.

Marc Checkley

Producer, Writer, Consultant

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Shaping Content for New Media, Pitch Incubator!

Previously the Group Editor of Television & Entertainment at Ten Alps Asia, Marc is an expert in various media fields, including children’s TV and theatre. Having worked with the China Daily to produce the Olympic Channel, Marc is now an advisor to Singapore’s Workforce Development Authority’s Creative Industries training framework.

His independent project – A documentary celebrating Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series – is expected to debut this year.

Marjorie Coughlan

Reviewer

Masterclass
SESSION/S: Asian Themes in Children’s Books, The Current State and Future Possibilities of Asian-Themed Publishing in the US, The Fine Art of Reviewing Children’s Books, Fostering Relationships within the Blogging Community

Marjorie Coughlan is the Editor of Mirrors Windows Doors, a new e-zine celebrating diversity through multicultural children’s and YA books from around the world. From 2005-2013 she was Associate Editor then Editor of the award-winning website PaperTigers.org, and last year she also completed a PhD in Art History. She lives in North Yorkshire, UK.

papertigers.org

Michael Salinger

Author, Poet

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Masterclass
SESSION/S: Let’s Get Precise – How Thinking Like a Poet Can Improve All Writing, Outspoken – Writing for Youth in a Curriculum-Driven Market

Michael Salinger has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 20 years. A fixture in the poetry and education community, Michael has performed and taught in over 140 cities. He is the founder and chief facilitator of the teen writing and performance programme at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Foundation. Michael has co-authored two professional books with Sara Holbrook.

Michelle Chew

Blogger, Reviewer

Seminars
SESSION/S: Fostering Relationships within the Blogging Community

Michelle's interest in books started as soon as she was able to hold a book in her hands. She started blogging in 2012 about books she read and enjoys hunting for new reads.

Mily Hu 胡隽宓

Deputy Director, Chief Editor’s Office, Hunan Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House (China)

Chinese Programmes
SESSION/S: 为图书找一个好主题 (Finding a theme for Your Picture Book), 阿莫斯的中国日记 (The Diary of Amos Lee in China)

Mily Hu holds a Master of Sociology from the University of York, United Kingdom, and she runs the Teaching Materials Editorial Department of Hunan Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House. She was formerly a copyright manager and editor for many years, and has introduced and edited numerous books which have won national awards.

胡隽宓, 英国约克大学社会学硕士,现任中国湖南少年儿童出版社教材编辑室主任。曾任版权经理和编辑多年,引进和编辑的图书多次荣获国家级大奖。

Mio Debnam

Author, Editor

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: First Look – Illustration Critique, Transforming Facts into Riveting Reading, Writing Non-fiction for Early Teens

Mio is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the author of picture books, early readers, a novel and the KidsGo! series of travel guidebooks for kids. A former editor-in-chief of two English newspapers for children, she’s also had stories and articles for adults published.

Mohd Khair Ngadiron

CEO, Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books (ITBM)

Seminars
SESSION/S: Translation – Elements for Success: Asian Works to English-language Markets

Mohd Khair Ngadiron has led the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books (ITBM since 2007. A government-linked organization, ITBM provides translation services for books, documents, information, software and other literature from various languages into Malay and also other languages.

Dr Mohd Mukhlis

Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education

Teachers Congress, Malay Language Programmes
SESSION/S: Nurturing Bilingualism in School (in Malay)

Mukhlis Abu Bakar is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He teaches grammar, discourse and critical literacy, and his research interest is on early childhood learning and literacy in the home, school, and faith settings. He is currently working on a research project on learning to be biliterate in English and Malay using dual language books.

Myra Garces-Bacsal

Educator, Reviewer, Blogger

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: Splash! Asia session: Water Themed Books in the Asian Setting, Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University. She is the Programme Leader of the Master's and Bachelor’s Programme in High Ability Studies and Gifted Education. Dr Myra is also the founder of GatheringBooks.org, where she shares her passion for reading, children’s literature, poetry, and MG/YA fiction.

gatheringbooks.org

Nadira Mohd Yusoff

CEO, Nadi Ayu Technologies

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Creating Malaysian Digital Content for the World, The Business of Digital Content for Kids

Nadira Yusoff is the CEO of Nadi-Ayu Technologies Sdn Bhd, a technology company in Malaysia that provides innovative and creative technologies and solutions to the education sector, early learning and children’s lifestyle sector. She is also the co-founder of MORRIELAND™ , a children’s edutainment network aimed at cultivating a reading habit in children through animated digital storytelling and games.

Naomi Kojima

Author, Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian Illustrators Panel: Injecting Asian Flavour into Your Work, First Look – Illustration Critique, Reaching for the World: The Art of Asian Illustrators in Children’s Books

Naomi Kojima is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Born in Japan, Naomi spent her childhood years in the US. Her first picture books were published in New York, and now, also in Japan, France, and Sweden. Naomi lives in Tokyo.

Nicholas Mark

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Young Professionals’ Journeys

A long held passion for Indonesia recently led Nicholas Mark, a twenty-four year old Australian, to collaborate with Indonesian illustrator Bambang Shakuntala to create a fantasy/adventure children’s book written in Bahasa Indonesia. Petualangan Anak Indonesia (The Indoventurers) integrates Indonesian and Western mythology and is inspired by Nicholas’ experiences living and travelling throughout Indonesia.

Dr Nirmala Karuppiah

Lecturer, National Institute of Education

Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: The Transition from Preschool to Primary

Dr Karuppiah Nirmala is a Lecturer at the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, National Institute of Education. She has served many years in field of early childhood education, holding various positions including lecturer, practicum, supervisor, curriculum consultant and research advisor. She has conducted talks for parents, and has conducted workshops for teachers both in and outside Singapore. Her areas of research interests include diversity, adult-child interactions, and teaching-learning processes.

Norlizah Mohd Juffri


Librarian

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Early Literacy: Taking That First Step, Early Literacy: Nurturing Happy Little Readers

Norlizah Mohd Juffri has been a librarian with the Public Libraries division in National Library Board for seven years. She is currently involved in projects related to the Early Literacy Agenda, in the Library Service Development department. This includes early intervention measures designed to inculcate early reading skills in children from birth to six years of age, and development of an Early Literacy Library. Previously, she headed the Eastern Region Children’s Services for Public Libraries.

Norman Jorgensen

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Writer/Illustrator: Working together – Pleasure or Pain, Laugh Out Loud: Humour in Children’s Literature, Asian Trickster Tales and their Educational Value

Norman Jorgensen is a spotty 12 year old boy trapped in the body of an aging award-winning writer. He spends his days pretending to research history, but in reality is usually plotting fiendishly silly scenes for his comedies. He lives in Western Australia with his wife Jan but would rather be living on Treasure Island.

Nury Vittachi

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S:

Nury Vittachi is the founder of the Asia Literary Review and the author of more than 30 books, many of which are for children. His works have been published on five continents.

mrjam.org

Panna Kantilal

Librarian

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: The World at Your Fingertips: The Art of Book Acquisitions

Panna, a Senior Librarian with the National Library Board, Singapore, has over 13 years’ experience as a collection development librarian. She specialises in the selection of children’s and young people’s materials and was responsible for the built collections at the Woodlands Regional Library, Bishan Public Library, and the Serangoon Public Library among others. She is also an avid storyteller.

Paolo Chikiamco

Author, Reviewer

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Sequential Art for Graphic Novels, Asian Spice, Hot Genres: Writing and Marketing New YA Fiction, Adaptations & Localisation of Manga & Video Games, The Future of Asian Comics

Paolo Chikiamco is a writer of prose, comics, and interactive fiction, as well as the founder of Rocket Kapre, an imprint and blog dedicated to featuring works of the fantastic by Filipino creators. He is an editor of the young adult magazine Kwentillion and the Alternative Alamat anthology.

Patrick Yee

Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian Illustrators Panel: Injecting Asian Flavour into Your Work, The Art of a Picture Book – Presentation and Discussion

Patrick Yee holds a degree in Graphic Design specializing in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts, London, and a Master’s degree from the University of Brighton. He has worked as an illustrator both locally and overseas to international acclaim. He has twice won the Macmillan Children’s Book award and currently has almost 100 books to his credit.

Paul Yee

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian American Authors and Their Impact on Asia

Paul Yee is third-generation Canadian. He was born in Saskatchewan and later grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Yee holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of British Columbia. History led him to a career as an archivist, working first for the city of Vancouver and then moving to Toronto to become Multicultural Coordinator for the Archives of Ontario. He is the author of numerous books for children and youth, including Blood and Iron, The Secret Keepers, The Bone Collector’s Son, Money Boy, Teach Me to Fly, Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World, and more, as well as Ghost Train — winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award. As well, he has written history books that feature the stories of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, including Saltwater City: An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver, which won the Vancouver Book Award. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature. The love of literature and the personal importance of his cultural heritage are both important in Yee's work, where he weaves the history and culture of Chinese Canadians into his stories.

Poh Swee Hiang

Senior Publishing Manager, Pelangi Publishing Group

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Publishing and Distribution in Asia – Trends and Possibilities

Poh Swee Hiang has extensive experience in book publishing and education with the Pelangi Publishing Group. The Pelangi Publishing Group is a publicly-listed company in Malaysia with offices in China, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The company was also responsible for bringing the Malay edition of the Harry Potter and Twilight series into Malaysia.

Rebecca Chan

Educator

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Literacy through Physical Development

Rebecca Chan is an adjunct lecturer in the psychology of art with the Visual & Performing Arts Department, National Institute of Education. She is an adjunct lecturer with SEED Institute, and an art practitioner with many years of teaching, leadership and research experiences. She has an MA in Education from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Reenita Malhotra Hora

Author, Broadcast Journalist, Ayurveda Clinician

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Crossing Over: Writing for Both Children and Teens, The Fine Art of Reviewing Children’s Books

Reenita Malhotra Hora produces RTHK Radio 3's Money for Nothing finance programme and also hosts her own award-winning story-telling show, Asian Threads. She has written books on Ayurveda, and also penned young adult novels like Operation Mom and The Chronicles of Arya. Her latest book is the non-fiction title, Money-Smart: An Indian Woman’s Guide to Building Wealth. She is a regular features writer for the South China Morning Post and a Special Advisor to the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Renee Ting

Publisher

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: First Pages – Writing Critique, The Future of Publishing in Digital Space, The Current State and Future Possibilities of Asian-Themed Publishing in the US

Renee Ting is the President and Publisher of Shen’s Books, publishing multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, and introduces children to the cultures of Asia. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a BA in music, and lives in California with her husband and two-year-old son.

Rilla Melati Bahri

Chief Creative Officer,Mini Monsters

Malay Language Programmes
SESSION/S: Encouraging Bilingualism Through Malay Storybooks

Rilla amalgamates education and entertainment and is a pioneer of Malay speech & drama programmes in schools in Singapore. She has trained teachers and facilitators, create content and program syllabus, give talks to schools and the public and setting the benchmarking in providing Singapore with a locally produced content in relearning the Malay language to suit the present generation of kids. She also introduced the idea of a bilingual Malay-English glossary in Siri Aksi Adil.

Rilla mencantumkan pendidikan dan hiburan – beliau merupakan perintis program Drama dan Pertuturan di sekolah-sekolah di Singapura. Beliau seorang penceramah, pembimbing guru dan fasilitator dan banyak menghasilkan bahan pendidikan serta sukatan pelajaran drama untuk menghidupkan semula bahasa Melayu dan membuatnya relevan bagi kanak-kanak generasi hari ini. Beliau juga memperkenalkan idea dwi-bahasa dalam buku Siri Aksi Adil.

Robert Greenberg

Author, Screenwriter

Media Summit, Masterclass
SESSION/S: Secrets of Turning Prose into Animation, Cross Platform Writing

Five children’s chapter books published by Penguin. Nickelodeon-funded animation pilot. Writer of over 300 hours of produced, internationally acclaimed, children’s television, including live action drama and animation. Awarded Australian Government’s Centenary Medal for services to children’s television writing.

childrenstelevision.net

Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian American Authors and Their Impact on Asia

Ruthanne Lum McCunn is a writer of Chinese and Scottish descent, raised in Hong Kong, whose award-winning works have been translated into eleven languages, published in twenty-two countries, and adapted for the stage and film. She is the author of the children’s book Pie-Biter which won the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award 1984. Her novels such as Thousand Pieces of Gold (later made into a film) and God of Luck, tell the story of early Chinese pioneers who arrived to the Americas. Her work in progress is Chinese Yankee, the true story of Thomas Sylvanus, born Ah Yee Way, who was brought to America for schooling as a boy, but enslaved in Baltimore, and then ran to freedom in Philadelphia and enlisted in the Union Army. Ruthanne lives in San Francisco with her husband, Don, and two cats.

Sara Holbrook

Author, Poet

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Masterclass
SESSION/S: Let’s Get Precise – How Thinking Like a Poet Can Improve All Writing, Outspoken – Writing for Youth in a Curriculum-Driven Market

Sara Holbrook is a full time educator, author/poet and consultant. She is the author of over a dozen books for children, adults and teachers as well as an award-winning performance poet. Her most recent publications are Zombies! Evacuate the School!, Poetry and Writing Tips and High Definition: Unforgettable Vocabulary-Building Strategies Across Genres and Subjects.

www.saraholbrook.com

Dr Shanmugam K

Head of Tamil Programme, School of Arts & Social Sciences, UniSIM

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum, Tamil Language Programmes
SESSION/S: The Use of Spoken Tamil at Home (in Tamil), Oral Reading: Bridge Between Spoken and Written Tamil (in Tamil)

Dr Shanmugam is the Head of Tamil Programme at the School of Arts & Social Sciences at UniSIM. Previously he was a Special Inspector (Tamil) and later, Senior Curriculum Specialist (Tamil) at the Ministry of Education. With twenty years of teaching experience, Dr Shanmugam oversees the academic coordination of the Tamil programme at UniSIM. He has research interest in socio-linguistics, and an interest in teaching history and pedagogy.

Sheila Wee

Storyteller

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Making Stories Come Alive

Sheila Wee has been a professional storyteller since 1999 and has been described as a Godmother of Singapore Storytelling. She co-founded Singapore’s first storytelling circle and its first professional storytelling company, and was instrumental in the development of the Asian Congress of Storytellers. Sheila was a founding executive committee member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore) and is its current President.

storywise.com.sg

Shirin Yim Bridges

Head Goose – Author, Editor, Publisher, Goosebottom Books, Gosling Press

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Media Summit, Seminars
SESSION/S: The Future of Publishing in Digital Space, First Look – Illustration Critique, Transforming Facts into Riveting Reading, Writing Non-fiction for Early Teens

Shirin Yim Bridges’s first book, Ruby’s Wish, won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; The Umbrella Queen made TIME magazine’s Top 10 list for 2008. Shirin is also the publisher of Real Princesses, an IPPY medalist; Dastardly Dames, a Booklist Top 10 Nonfiction Series; and Horrible Hauntings, an IRA Children’s Choices winner.

Shirley Lim

Librarian, National Library Board

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Challenge, Trauma and Recovery in YA fiction

Shirley is a librarian at the National Library Board. She takes care of the children’s collection and conducts a range of programmes for children as well as adults. Her past professional experience includes working as a Social Policy research librarian at the Parliamentary Library of New Zealand. She graduated with a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from Victoria University of Wellington in 2009. She is also a member of the Library Association of Singapore (LAS).

Dr Sin Joo Ee

Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education Programme, UniSIM)

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Making Language Learning Fun for Children (in Mandarin), Understanding Speech Sounds for Language Acquisition (in Mandarin)

Dr Sin holds a Doctorate of Arts in children Literature from Beijing Normal University, China, and is currently the Senior Lecturer of the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Chinese Language Education Programme (BECCE) at SIM University(UniSIM). She is an experienced trainer for qualified teachers. She won the NUS Centre For Language Studies Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. Dr Sin currently also holds teaching positions at the NUS Centre for Language Studies, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language(SCCL), KLC School of Education and Seed Institute.

Sonny Liew

Comic Artist

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Media Summit
SESSION/S: Duelling Illustrators, Sequential Art for Graphic Novels, The Future of Asian Comics

A comic artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and First Second Books, Sonny Liew is also an Eisner nominee for his art in Wonderland and for spearheading Liquid City – a comic anthology featuring Southeast Asian artists. Sonny’s works have been exhibited at museums of Singapore, China, and the US.

Sonny's books can be found at NoQ Online Bookstore.

Sophie Dewayani

Researcher, Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Publishing and Distribution in Asia – Trends and Possibilities

Besides teaching in one university in Bandung, Indonesia, Sophie Dewayani is writing and has published children's books, adult's fictions, non-fictions, and journal articles. As a researcher, she focuses on children's literacy, multicultural children's literature, and the ways in which children respond to fiction books and use them in school setting.

Stephanie Su

Blogger, Reviewer

Seminars
SESSION/S: Tweeting and Blogging as Authors, Blogging – Today and Tomorrow, Getting the Most out of Blogging

Stephanie Su graduated from Swarthmore College and worked as an educational consultant in Shanghai. She is the founder of the blog Steph Su Reads, where she writes about middle-grade, young adult, and crossover books; the evolving publishing industry; Asian identity; the intersection of literature and education; and her world travels.

stephsureads.blogspot.com

Stephanie Wong

Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian Illustrators Panel: Injecting Asian Flavour into Your Work

Stephanie illustrates the best-selling The Diary of Amos Lee series and a designer at Epigram – an established design consultancy and publisher. She has illustrated 11 books to date, including the Amos Lee series. Beside books, Stephanie also illustrates for various magazines and collaterals. She is currently working collaboratively on an interaction exhibition with Objectiffs.

www.steffatwork.com

Dr Susan Kosoff

Producer, Wheelock Family Theatre

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: The Use of Drama for Falling in Love with Reading, Writing and Books, Readers Theatre: Bringing Literature To Life, Discovering Stories Through Movement

Susan Kosoff co-founded the Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) in 1981 and currently is the Theatre’s producer and a frequent director. WFT is nationally known for its pioneering work in nontraditional (or colourful) casting and its commitment to making professional theatre experiences accessible to all segments of the population. Dr Kosoff is a tenured member of the faculty of Wheelock College, where she teaches theatre courses. She has an extensive background in educational and theatrical consulting and has worked with young people and adults in a variety of capacities for over forty years.

Susanne Gervay

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Writing to Make a Better World, Challenge, Trauma and Recovery in YA fiction

Recognised for books on social justice from bullying to disability, Susanne’s award winning books are endorsed by Cancer Council, Room to Read, and many others. ‘I Am Jack’ is a rite-of-passage children’s book on school bullying, adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre. Susanne is an ambassador for Room to Read; RA SCBWI Australia East, awarded an Order of Australia.

www.sgervay.com/blog

Syahrizan Mansor

Senior Director, Head of Programming & On-Air, Nickelodeon Asia

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Meet the Commissioners: What the Networks Want

Currently based in Singapore, Syahrizan Mansor has been with Nickelodeon for 10 years, overseeing programming, on-air promotion, and channel content development. She worked with production houses to develop locally-produced shows including Tao Shu, the Warrior Boy and Tomato Twins by Peach Blossom Media and Right on Top by Earthtree. She was previously the Senior Programming Executive at MediaCorp TV12.

汤素兰 Tang Sulan

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Chinese Programmes
SESSION/S: 和孩子一起讲故事、写故事、画故事 (Creating Stories with Your child), 为孩子写作优秀的作品 (Writing for Children)

Tang Sulan, author; professor, Hunan Normal University; and Vice Chairman of Hunan Writers Association; has published more than 40 books on children’s literature. She has won numerous notable literary awards, and is coming to AFCC to share her insights on the trends in Chinese children’s literature. Tang Sulan is known to be one of the top authors in China.

汤素兰,国家一级作家,湖南师范大学文学院教授,湖南省作家协会副主席。已创作出版儿童文学作品四十多部。曾获全国优秀儿童文学奖、宋庆龄儿童文学奖、冰心儿童文学新作奖大奖、陈伯吹儿童文学奖、张天翼儿童文学奖、湖南省青年文学奖、毛泽东文学奖等奖项。被评为湖南省德艺双馨青年文艺家,荣立省政府一等功。代表作有长篇童话《笨狼的故事》《小朵朵和大魔法师》《阁楼精灵》《奇迹花园》《小巫婆真美丽》等。并有作品入选小学语文教材、幼儿园教材和“新语文”“快乐语文”等极具影响力的课外语文读本。

Teoh Choon Ean

Author

Seminars
SESSION/S: YA – A Malaysian Perspective

After her retirement in 2003, Teoh Choon Ean devoted her time to freelance training for sports, education and personal development of young people. She writes as a hobby and has won awards for writing since 1969. She was once dubbed by the STAR newspaper as “the Uncrowned Queen of Short Stories”.

Tutu Dutta-Yean

Author, Illustrator

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Adapting Asian Folklore for Children’s and YA Literature

Tutu Dutta-Yean is a keeper of old knowledge and wisdom. She was born in the little hamlet of Churachandpur in India. As a young woman and later as the wife of a Malaysian diplomat, Tutu has traveled and lived in several different countries. While in New York, her lifelong passion for culture, folklore and children’s literature inspired her to research and write her collections of folktales. She has published six books for children based on Asian folktales and illustrated two of them. Her books were included in the Best Malaysian Titles for Children, 2012. She has also worked as a teacher, research fellow and consultant.

tutudutta.blogspot.com

Vatsala Kaul Banerjee

Editor

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: First Pages – Writing Critique, Child’s Play – Editing Children’s Books

Vatsala Kaul Banerjee started working with children and writing for children at Target, the iconic children’s magazine. She was an editor of magazine, Teens Today, after which she worked as commissioning editor with Puffin (Penguin India), and editor of a parenting magazine, Child. She is now Publishing Director, Children’s & Reference Books, at Hachette India.

Vivian Kirkfield

Blogger, Educator, Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: A Picture Book Is Worth A Thousand Words, Tweeting and Blogging as Authors, Fostering Relationships within the Blogging Community

To spread the message that reading picture books with children is one of the most important tasks of parenthood, Vivian Kirkfield wrote Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking, an award-winning parent-teacher resource. She contributes to newspapers, magazines and blogs, writes picture book stories, and conducts literacy and self-esteem-building programmes for parents, teachers, and kids.

Wendy Orr

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: An Author’s Creative Journey, Nim’s Island – From Book to Blockbuster, Challenge, Trauma and Recovery in YA fiction

Wendy Orr writes for children, teenagers and adults. Her books have been on the New York Times bestseller list, won awards and translated into 24 languages. Nim’s Island became a film starring Jodie Foster, and Nim at Sea inspired the sequel Return to Nim’s Island. The two books are both in the new Nim’s Stories.

Wendy's books can be found at NoQ Online Bookstore.

Wolfgang Bylsma

Publisher

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: The Future of Publishing in Digital Space, Sequential Art for Graphic Novels, The Present and Future for Multicultural Graphic Novels

Wolfgang serves as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director for Australia's leading independent graphic novel publishing house, Gestalt. He has a passion for encouraging creative endeavours with both individuals and communities. Wolf also acts as an industry mentor through the Australian Society of Authors and serves as consulting editor for two other graphic novel publishing endeavours.

Wong Seet Fun

Educator, Founder of Art Loft

Teachers Congress, Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Nurturing Literacy Through Art

Wong Seet Fun is an artist and an early childhood educator. The founder of Art Loft, she is also an Adjunct Lecturer with SEED Institute, Nanyang Management, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and co-teaches “The Creative Arts” module. The objective of Art Loft is to help the child develop an awareness of the environment, nurture creativity and provide for an all rounded education.

Yvonne Boey

HOD English Language, Clementi Primary School

Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: The Transition from Preschool to Primary

As the Head of Department of the English Language in Clementi Primary School, Yvonne Boey spearheaded the Reading Programme and also worked with cluster schools to create a reading culture. She graduated with MA (Applied Linguistics) and strongly believes that an early immersion of pupils in the world of books significantly affects their literacy development.

Zainaba Omar

Malay Language Teacher, HOD Ministry of Education Language Centre

Parents Forum, Malay Language Programmes
SESSION/S: Bilingualism at Home (in Malay)

Zainaba bt Omar is a part-time associate in UniSIM. She is also a Malay teacher and HOD at Ministry of Education Language Centre. Zainaba is a Malayalee who grew up in a bilingual environment and now speaks Malay, English, Malayalam, Tamil and a little Hindi. Currently learning Arabic, she teaches Malay as a first, second and third language.

Moderators

Adeline Foo

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Media Summit
SESSION/S: Think You Are Smarter Than Amos Lee? Take the Are You A Dodo? Test!, Crossing Over: Writing for Both Children and Teens, Content Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion)

Adeline Foo has authored 21 books. Six titles are national bestsellers with The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! winning a Red Dot award for ‘Best Junior Fiction’ in 2009. Her books have been published in India, Indonesia, China, and Slovakia, and adapted for a local kids’ television programme.

www.amoslee.com.sg

Anu Kumar

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: An Author’s Creative Journey, Conceptualising and Writing Books for Series, Writing Non-fiction for Early Teens

Anu Kumar writes for children as well as for older readers. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and have been twice awarded by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, as well as short-listed by The Little Magazine, India. She is presently working on a series on Indian mythology for children and also one featuring a time travelling fourteen year old detective.

anukumar.org

Anushka Ravishankar

Author and Principal Platypus, Duckbill Books

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Asian Themes in Children’s Books, Reaching for the World: The Art of Asian Illustrators in Children’s Books

Anushka Ravishankar has published over 25 books for children, including picture books, chapter books and non-fiction. Many of her books have been translated into French, Italian, German and Spanish, among other languages. She is now a publisher with Duckbill Books, which publishes books for children and young adults.

Avery Fischer Udagawa

Translator

Country of Focus, Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Translation – Elements for Success: Asian Works to English-language Markets, Japanese Perspectives – The Kamishibai Way | My Journey as a Writer, Promoting Translations in the Children’s Market, Editing Stories in Translation

Avery Fischer Udagawa translated the MG novel J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965 by Shogo Oketani. Her work has appeared in Kyoto Journal, Literary Mama and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. She coordinates the SCBWI Japan Translation Group and is SCBWI International Translator Coordinator.

www.averyfischerudagawa.com

Catherine Carvell


SESSION/S: Child’s Play – Editing Children’s Books

Cheryle Hum

Corinne Robson

Reviewer, Blogger

Seminars
SESSION/S: Splash! Asia session: Water Themed Books in the Asian Setting, Transforming Facts into Riveting Reading

Corinne Robson obtained her B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia and resides with her family in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area. She is Associate Editor of the non-profit organization PaperTigers: Books + Water and also works at her local library.

www.papertigers.org

James Foley

Illustrator, Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Writer/Illustrator: Working together – Pleasure or Pain, Style and Approach in Children’s Illustration, The Art of a Picture Book – Presentation and Discussion, Young Professionals’ Journeys

James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His debut picture book, The Last Viking, was written by Norman Jorgensen; it won three awards, including the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Award, and was shortlisted for a further four awards. James’ latest book, In The Lion, was released in 2012.

Jerome Hinds

President, Association of Comic Artists Singapore

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Content Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion), The Future of Asian Comics

Jerome Hinds has written, directed, and designed an award winning 3D animation. Once working with ex-Marvel Comics Editor-in-chief, Tom DeFalco on a short story of his own Singapore born super heroine creation, Singapore Sling, Jerome is also the creator and editor of Singapore’s first all-colour USA format comicbook, Get Carter!. Currently President of the Association of Comic Artists Singapore (ACAS), he continues to promote much of the Association members’ content.

Jonathan Dorf

Playwright

Seminars
SESSION/S: Grabbing Your Reader’s Attention: Lights! Conflict! Action! | The Hero’s Journey, The Page on Stage: Writing Plays for Teens

Playwright Jonathan Dorf is co-founder of YouthPLAYS, a publisher of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, and co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. His more than 30 published plays for young people have been produced over 900 times in over 15 countries.

www.jonathandorf.com

Joshua Chiang

Illustrator, Scriptwriter, Cerealbox Studios

Media Summit
SESSION/S: The Chronicles of Oujo, Book 1 – Questalon, Content Collaboration (Roundtable Discussion)

Joshua Chiang has close to ten years’ experience in writing, conceptualizing and directing for animation as well as illustrating for books and posters. His latest projects are an illustrated coffeetable book, Trackless Paths published by Ethos Books, as well as The Chronicles of Oujo Book 1: Questalon, an interactive ebook app published through his own company Cerealbox Studios.

cerealboxstudios.com

Ken Spillman

Author

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Writer/Illustrator: Working together – Pleasure or Pain, Asian Spice, Hot Genres: Writing and Marketing New YA Fiction

Dr Ken Spillman is the author of more than 50 books. Based in Australia, Ken travels frequently and has spoken to more than 70,000 children in the past four years. He is a long-time advocate for writers and writing in the Asian region, and actively supports organisations connecting marginalised children with the world of stories.

kenspillman.com

Dr Khoo Kim Choo

Teachers Congress
SESSION/S: The Transition from Preschool to Primary

Founder of Preschool for Multiple Intelligences with over 25 years of experience in the Early Childhood field in various capacities – as a CEO, trainer, writer, project director, Conference keynote speakers, international volunteer and consultant in early childhood both locally and abroad. Dr Khoo was consultant to UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children, and World Bank. She was recently consultant to MCYS in the development of the Early Years Framework for childcare children from birth to 3 years and is on the Advisory Panel to PQAC. She was Adjunct Associate Professor in NUS and now teaches the Master Programme in Social Work on Resilience at UniSIM.

Lisa Yun

Educator

Seminars
SESSION/S: Asian American Authors and Their Impact on Asia, Asian Themes in Children’s Books, The Present and Future for Multicultural Graphic Novels

Lisa Yun is Associate Professor of English and Asian and Asian American Studies, and steering member of the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas at Binghamton University in New York. She received her B.A. from Yale and PhD from University of Texas. She teaches Asian American and Asian diasporic studies, comparative race/ethnic studies, and community engagement. She is the author of The Coolie Speaks: Chinese Indentured Laborers and African Slaves in Cuba (which was designated Choice Outstanding Academic Book 2008). She lives in New York, with her husband, and two children who are avid readers.

Liyana Othman

Seminars
SESSION/S: Getting the Most out of Blogging

Liyana Othman is an Economics undergraduate and Singaporean book, movie and entertainment reviewer. Her website, LiyanaLand, was founded in 2009 and grew from a far too long to-read book list into a website that focuses on Young Adult fiction, South-east Asian and Singaporean literature. Aside from spending eighty percent of her time peering at her e-reader or her mum’s iPad, Liyana spends the other twenty percent organizing bookish events, checking out book and film festivals, as well as exploring the area and being a local tourist. Her reviews are currently published in WAVES lifestyle magazine in Johor Bahru and Singapore.

Michael Ryan Chan

Trainee Lawyer, Global Law Alliance LLC

Media Summit
SESSION/S: IP Rights & Ownership

Michael is currently a trainee lawyer at Global Law Alliance LLC with a keen interest in Intellectual Property law. Before joining the legal industry, Michael was an independent producer and online journalism consultant for local and international news agencies.

Mio Debnam

Author, Editor

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: First Look – Illustration Critique, Transforming Facts into Riveting Reading, Writing Non-fiction for Early Teens

Mio is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the author of picture books, early readers, a novel and the KidsGo! series of travel guidebooks for kids. A former editor-in-chief of two English newspapers for children, she’s also had stories and articles for adults published.

Ng Swee San

President, Screenwriters Association (Singapore)

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Cross Platform Writing

Ng Swee San is a freelance writer with tv screen credits for such shows as The Pupil; Kids United seasons 1, 2 and 3; Dining with Death; In Cold Blood. She teaches screenwriting at Puttnam School of Film, Lasalle. She is President of the Screenwriters Association (Singapore).

Peter Duke


SESSION/S: My Life, My Art

R Ramachandran

Executive Director, NBDCS

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Novels Set in Asia: Selling Them Overseas, Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content

Reenita Malhotra Hora

Author, Broadcast Journalist, Ayurveda Clinician

Writers & Illustrators Conference, Seminars
SESSION/S: Crossing Over: Writing for Both Children and Teens, The Fine Art of Reviewing Children’s Books

Reenita Malhotra Hora produces RTHK Radio 3's Money for Nothing finance programme and also hosts her own award-winning story-telling show, Asian Threads. She has written books on Ayurveda, and also penned young adult novels like Operation Mom and The Chronicles of Arya. Her latest book is the non-fiction title, Money-Smart: An Indian Woman’s Guide to Building Wealth. She is a regular features writer for the South China Morning Post and a Special Advisor to the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Shirley Lim

Librarian, National Library Board

Parents Forum
SESSION/S: Challenge, Trauma and Recovery in YA fiction

Shirley is a librarian at the National Library Board. She takes care of the children’s collection and conducts a range of programmes for children as well as adults. Her past professional experience includes working as a Social Policy research librarian at the Parliamentary Library of New Zealand. She graduated with a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from Victoria University of Wellington in 2009. She is also a member of the Library Association of Singapore (LAS).

Tarie Sabido


SESSION/S: Blogging – Today and Tomorrow

Vishnu Athreya

Executive Director
Programming, Acquisitions & Development
Turner International Asia Pacific Limited

Media Summit
SESSION/S: Meet the Commissioners: What the Networks Want

Vishnu Athreya is Executive Director, Programming, Acquisitions & Development for Turner International Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Vishnu is responsible for content programming strategy for Turner’s Southeast Asian markets. He is also responsible for developing and planning Turner’s acquisition and original content strategy for the company’s kids’ networks across the region, spearheading strategic relationships with various content providers to maximize partnerships in order to secure the best content possible for Turner. Prior to his current role, Vishnu was also Senior Programming Manager, Cartoon Network, India & South Asia, responsible for the development of Cartoon Network’s programming strategy, including commissioning, acquiring and scheduling for the channel in India and South Asia. An alumni of St Stephens College, Delhi and a graduate of the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Vishnu has also worked at the Mid Day group’s radio channel, Channel [V] and MediaCom India.

Children’s Panel Speaker

Älvi Lindborg

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

I will be 10 years old this 7th of July. I was born in Paris and am now living in Singapore. Some of my favourite books are the Harry Potter series, The Tale of Despereaux, Wilderness, and The Butterfly Lion. I think a good story is when there is a big problem, a nice hero, and a good ending (not forgetting an awesome climax!!!).

Caleb Loh

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Caleb is a Primary 4 student at Catholic High School. A self-confessed bookworm, his hobbies include reading, writing stories and watching classic movies. Caleb’s favourite authors include Mark Twain, Jules Verne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He has combined his passion for writing and watching old movies on a blog entitled Classic Flicks for Kids.

classicflicksforkids.blogspot.sg

Erik Weibel

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Erik is an eleven-year-old fifth grader that loves to read. He started his blog, This Kid Reviews Books when he was nine. Erik writes a monthly book review column for his local free newspaper. He has a black belt in TaeKwon Do and in his spare time enjoys building things out of LEGOs. He hopes to be an inventor and a published author when he grows up.

thiskidreviewsbooks.com

Kho Chen Kai

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

I am a primary 6 student from Kranji primary school . My school teachers always complain to my mum about how talkative I am in class. Although I am talkative, I can quiet down once I have a book in my hands. I will be taking PSLE this year, so I must concentrate in class and study hard to get into my desired secondary school.

Madilyn Graham

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

I am 9 years old and in the 3rd grade at International Community School in Singapore. My favorite book is the Land of Stories because it is about fairy tales turned into what you would least expect! It was the best book I ever read, it was amazing!

Malavika Romel

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Malavika was born in 2001 and is a 6th grader at the Yuvabharathi International School. Her hobbies include reading, dramatics, and listening to music.

Sherman Akarsh Adithya

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Sherman was born in 2002 and is a 5th grade student at the Yuvabharathi International School. His hobbies include reading and collecting stones.

Sophie Graham

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

I am 11 years old and in the 5th grade at International Community School in Singapore. My favorite books are the anything by Rick Riordan because I like anything and everything “mythology”. I like mythology because it is tragic yet awesome, and way fun to read.

Vaishnavi Sanjay

Writers & Illustrators Conference
SESSION/S: Children, Speak Up! (panel of children aged 9-12)

Vaishnavi was born in 2000 and is a 6th grader at the Yuvabharathi International School. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and doing artwork.