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Aidan MacKay

Aidan MacKay

Student, Canadian International School (Singapore)

Aidan MacKay is a 10-year-old student who lives in Singapore with his Malaysian mother, Canadian father, his younger brother, younger sister and a cat. He is in Grade 5 at the Canadian International School and he loves reading all kinds of books.

Alfen Tamaela

Alfen Tamaela

Student and Performer (Indonesia)

Alfen Tamaela is a member of the Booyratan arts group, and plays local traditional music instruments and songs.

Allan Menagh

Allan Menagh

General Manager, Kumon Asia & Oceania (Singapore)

Allan's current role is the leadership of an established network of 85 franchises, 25 full-time staff, 80 franchisees and 15,000 enrolments. With 20 years of operations in Singapore, Kumon is still in high demand for its world-renowned Maths, English and Chinese materials, personalised instruction and reputation for positively nurturing the high-order self-learning attitude and skills in even the youngest children.

Amy Ng

Amy Ng

Editor, illustrator and writer, Pikaland Media (Malaysia)

Amy Ng is a teacher, writer and self-taught illustrator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her blog, Pikaland, is a popular stop for illustration lovers, students and artists trying to find a balance between art, creativity and commerce. Amy is also an adjunct lecturer at The One Academy of Communication Design and has created online workshops for artists around the world.

Andie Tong

Andie Tong

Illustrator (Singapore)

Andie Tong's past comic book experience include titles such as Spectacular Spider-Man UKThe Batman Strikes!Wheel of Time comic series and Tron: Betrayal. Andie currently illustrates children's books for HarperCollins and Stan Lee projects, Zodiac Legacy and Backchannel. He is also the artist for Tekken comics, which will be published by Titan Publishing.

Andrea Pasion-Flores

Andrea Pasion-Flores

General Manager, Anvil Philippines (Philippines)

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.

Andre Pong

Andre Pong

Designer, Gattai Games (Singapore)

Andre Pong designs and develops games to enrapture players, and spark in them the same insatiable curiousity and fantasy that drove him to become the creative he is today.

Angela Cerrito

Angela Cerrito

SCBWI Assistant International Advisor and Author (USA)

Angela Cerrito is a novelist and playwright whose work explores issues of identity and cultural perceptions. Her latest novel was named a Best Children’s Book of the Year by The Guardian. Her plays have been produced in the U.S. and Europe. Angela has lived in USA, China, Germany and Italy.

Angie Chew

Angie Chew

Executive Director, Brahm Centre (Singapore)

Angie Chew is the Executive Director, ACTIVE Programme Director, and Founder of Brahmn Centre, dedicated to promoting happier and healthier living. Angie has served in Singapore Airlines, VISA International, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard and government agencies. From 2005-2009, she led humanitarian missions to Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar. 

Anna Salaman

Anna Salaman

Executive Director, Playeum (Singapore)

Anna Salaman is a champion for creativity in the lives of children. She joined Playeum as Executive Director in July 2015, and has presented at conferences in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Belgium and the UK. She has put her passion into practice at ArtScience Museum (Singapore), the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK) and the Discover Story Centre (UK).

Annusia Balan

Annusia Balan

Designer and Researcher (Singapore)

Annusia is an experienced designer and researcher based in Singapore. Her work is governed by contextual needs, and focuses on humanising content for meaningful online and onsite experiences. She is currently working on "The Tamil Class", where she combines her love for language and purposeful design.

Areena Loo

Areena Loo

Founder & CEO, Bridge Learning (Singapore)

Areena is the Founder of Bridge Learning, Singapore's Leading Diagnostic Learning Support and Specialised Early Intervention Centre. She is also the Founder of Harvard Little, Gifted Education with Brain Architecture Development. She is a former Ministry of Education teacher and counsellor. She is also an adjunct tutor and supervisor at the National Institute of Education for MOE trainees and in-service teachers.

Ary Nilandari

Ary Nilandari

Author (Indonesia)

Ary is the author of over 45 children’s books, promoting diversity and Indonesian culture. Her picture books, The Fellowship of the Pinisi and You Know What I Mean, won second prizes of Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Award in 2016 and 2015 respectively, while Pandu the Ogoh-Ogoh Maker was the first runner-up of Scholastic Picture Book Award 2015. 

Astri Budi Yusniati

Astri Budi Yusniati

Teacher, GagasCeria Preschool (Indonesia)

Astri Budi Yusniati, holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from National of Institute Technology, Bandung. She has been teaching for almost nine years in GagasCeria Preschool. She has a special interest in classroom action research. Her last research was presented in Exeter University in 2016.

Ayden Farish Bin Mohamad Faisal

Ayden Farish Bin Mohamad Faisal

Student (Singapore)

Ayden Farish is a student from Henry Park Primary School. An avid reader whose favourite books include Star Wars, Geronimo Stilton and the Goosebumps series, Ayden is also passionate about the Performing Arts. He has appeared in two feature films where in one, he played the principal character of a twin in a horror setting. He has also appeared in numerous television dramas in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Bambang Indriyanto

Bambang Indriyanto

Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Language; Education Researcher (Indonesia)

Dr Bambang Indriyanto has a bachelor's degree in Sociology, a master's degree majoring in Education Administration and Policy Studies, and a doctorate degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies. He was the former Director of the Center for Policy Research, Ministry of Education, and also served as the Secretary, Directorate General Management, for Basic and Secondary Education.

Beth Fredericks

Beth Fredericks

Executive Director, Wheelock College-Singapore (Singapore)

Beth Fredericks is the Executive Director of Wheelock College-Singapore. She has been coming to Singapore since 2009 primarily to teach in Wheelock’s bachelor’s degree programme. Beth has also consulted with National Heritage Board and National Library Board to support their efforts to bring more early childhood programming to Singapore’s museums and libraries.

Blair Reeve

Blair Reeve

Author (New Zealand)

New Zealander Blair Reeve has been writing and performing a rhythmic and comical style of performance poetry since 1995. He has taught creative writing at primary, secondary and university levels and published two books for children in the past two years. He lives and writes in Hong Kong.

Briony Stewart

Briony Stewart

Author and Illustrator (Australia)

Briony Stewart is a children's author and illustrator of several award-winning books, including the Kumiko and the Dragon junior fiction series, and Here in the Garden. Briony lectures in children’s literature at Curtin University, and has spent time developing as an artist in the UK after winning a place in the British Council’s Realise Your Dream industry awards for artists under 30. 

BronzAge Gamelan

BronzAge Gamelan

Music group (Singapore)

BronzAge Gamelan is a music group dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary gamelan music, and to providing a platform for young composers who dare to be different. Since 2009, the ensemble has grown to include music enthusiasts from other tertiary institutions and freelance musicians. Under the guidance of ethnomusicologist Joyce Teo, the group has performed at many local and international festivals. 

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Charmaine Tan

Charmaine Tan

Associate Librarian, National Library Board (Singapore)

Charmaine has been with the National Library Board’s [email protected] programme since 2012. She was the Project Manager of the Literary Boot Camp 2016 that prepared students for the Kids’ Lit Quiz™ Singapore National Finals. She is based at Geylang East Public Library.

Christel Meijer

Christel Meijer

Foreign Rights Manager, Ambo|Anthos (Netherlands)

Christel Meijer works as a foreign rights manager for the Dutch publishing house Ambo|Anthos, the publisher of Herman Koch, Jonathan Safran Foer and Camilla Läckberg, to name a few. She studied Literary Studies at Leiden University, and previously worked in the editorial department at Meulenhoff Boekerij and Prometheus.

Christiane Raabe

Christiane Raabe

Director, International Youth Library (Germany)

Dr Christiane Raabe studied arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste and at the TU Braunschweig, where she read history, philosophy, and pedagogic. Since 2007, Dr Raabe is the Director of the International Youth Library and has managed the White Ravens Festival for International Children’s and Youth Literature. In 2014, she was decorated with the Europe Medal of the Free State of Bavaria.

Christian Tamaela

Christian Tamaela

Ethnomusicologist, Lecturer and Musician (Indonesia)

Dr Christian Tamaela is an ethnomusicologist, lecturer and musician. He is adept at using various instruments such as the tifa, bamboo flutes, conch shell and many others. He lectures at the Universitas Kristen Indonesia Maluku.

Clara Leong

Clara Leong

Principal, St James Church Kindergarten (Singapore)

Clara has been in the field of early childhood for 15 years, and has taught children from 1-6 years old. She is currently leading a kindergarten with a total capacity of 360 children. With her teaching and leadership experieces, she hopes to share good early childhood practices with parents and teachers to empower them in their work with young children.

Claudine Fernandez

Claudine Fernandez

Founder and Principal Instructor, Artistic Strategies Academy (Singapore)

Claudine Fernandez is the founder of Artistic Strategies, an educational organisation that aims to groom young writers in Singapore through the arts. She also coaches and conducts professional development workshops for teachers and parents. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education and is the author of the children’s activity book Every Child’s Guide to Write Away!

Cynthea Liu

Cynthea Liu

President, Starts With Us, Inc. and Executive Director of the Bryan Johnson Foundation (USA)

Cynthea Liu seeks to publish content for children from pre-school through high school - content that empowers youth to make a positive impact on the world by pursuing their talents and interests. She is also an editor and an active children’s book author.

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Daniel Tayona

Daniel Tayona

Creative Director, CANVAS—Center for Art, New Ventures and Social Development (Philippines)

Daniel Palma Tayona worked as a bookstore manager, puppeteer, and art director. He has also designed and illustrated children’s books for more than 15 years. His works include Doll Eyes (Winner of the National Children’s Book Award in 2012), and The Rocking Horse (Winner of the 2007 Gintong Aklat Award).

Darren Tan

Darren Tan

Freelance Digital Artist (Singapore)

Darren Tan is freelance digital artist from Singapore and previously worked at Imaginary Friends Studios. He is mostly known for his Star Wars artworks but is also an avid contributor to the fantasy, sci-fi and historical genre. His clients include Fantasy Flight Games, Osprey Publishing and various smaller, independent companies/publishers.

David Liew

David Liew

Illustrator (Singapore)

David “Wolfe” Liew is an illustrator, cartoonist, sculptor, and model-maker. Besides illustrating books and magazines, he’s the main artist for the children’s series Ellie Belly written by Eliza Teoh. Once in a while, he exchanges the pencils for a pen, and works with words instead.

Dewi Caturwulandari

Dewi Caturwulandari

Teacher, GagasCeria Preschool (Indonesia)

Dewi Caturwulandari holds a bachelor's degree in Indonesia Language and Literature from the Pajajaran University. She has been teaching for almost 12 years in GagasCeria Preschool. She is particularly interested in using rhymes and drama in early education.

Dimity Powell

Dimity Powell

Author (Australia)

Dimity Powell has trekked through many parts of the world and across several of its oceans collecting crazy story ideas. She loves transforming these into children’s stories because deep down, she’d love to be a kid again. To Read, Write and Inspire sum up Dimity’s main passions in life.

Don Bosco

Don Bosco www.SuperCoolBooks.com

Founder, Super Cool Books (Singapore)

Don Bosco writes thrilling fiction for teens and children. His stories are mostly inspired by Asian legends and pop culture. He started the publishing studio Super Cool Books in 2011. In 2015, his Sherlock Hong series was acquired by Marshall Cavendish for international release.

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Edmund Wee

Edmund Wee

Publisher & CEO, Epigram Books (Singapore)

Edmund Wee is the founder of Epigram Books which was set up to champion Singaporean literature. It publishes mainly fiction — from picture books to graphic novels to literary bestsellers. Its authors have won major book prizes, including the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. It also sponsors the annual Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Wee Editions, another imprint, supports local designers, photographers and artists.

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Elaina Ryan

Elaina Ryan

Director of Children’s Books Ireland / Arts Manager, Children’s Books Ireland (Ireland)

Elaina Ryan is the Director of Children’s Books Ireland (CBI), an organisation whose mission is to make books central to every child’s life on the island of Ireland. CBI develops audiences for children’s books and supports and celebrates excellent authors and illustrators. 

Elaine Fong

Elaine Fong

Teacher Librarian, Chatsworth International School Orchard Campus (Singapore)

Elaine has worked as a librarian for over 25 years in companies, public libraries and international schools. She has a master's degree in library science from the University of British Columbia and a master's in education from Sheffield University, where her thesis was on reading motivation in EAL students.

Emilia Nazir

Emilia Nazir

Secretary General, INABBY (Indonesia)

Emilia is an early childhood education practitioner. She earned a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from the University of South Australia. She is currently the Secretary General of the Indonesian Section of International Board on Books for Young People (INABBY).

Eric Wong

Eric Wong

Illustrator and Graphic Designer (Creative Director), Regent Media Pte Ltd (Singapore)

Eric is an illustrator who takes every opportunity to deliver work that is witty and aesthetically pleasant. He is always finding and experimenting with new ways to challenge his limits.

Evelyn Sue Wong

Evelyn Sue Wong

Author (Singapore)

Evelyn writes for children. She has conducted bilingual storytelling workshops, Makan Mischief, in the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival for Families (SWF3) and The Noisiest Tree, in TranslateSingapore Festival 2016, organised by the Select Centre.

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Far’ain Jaafar

Far’ain Jaafar

Post graduate student, Educator (Singapore)

Far'ain Jaafar is an educator and children's book enthusiast. She is currently pursuing her post graduate study in Early Childhood Education in Nanyang Technological University. Far'ain loves reading to children and hopes to inspire a world of good.

Felicia Utorodewo

Felicia Utorodewo

Former Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Language (Indonesia)

Dr Felicia Utorodewo is the former Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Language. She holds a Bachelor of Letters degree in Linguistics, a Master of Science degree in Linguistic Anthropology, as well as a doctoral degree in Lexical Semantics from the University of Indonesia. 

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Galuh Larasati

Galuh Larasati

Author (Indonesia)

Galuh Larasati has been working in the hospitality industry since 1994. She is an author, and also does volunteer teaching to children in a village in Indonesia. Her lessons touch on life skills, and the combination of art and the English language.

Gary Choo

Gary Choo

Senior Concept Artist, Illustrator (Singapore)

Gary Choo is an artist residing in Asia. His notable works include Conceptual Art for LucasArt's 1313, Monkey Island 2: Special Edition and various cover art for Marvel Comics. He is currently a Senior Concept Artist at a local start-up, Might Bear Games.

Gerald Cai

Gerald Cai

Managing Director & Co-Founder, SnapLearn by MXRi (Singapore)

EdTech has been an area close to Gerald’s heart for the past 15 years. He is currently Managing Director and Co-founder of SnapLearn, a platform bringing learning and reading to life using Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) technologies. He was formerly Head of Learning (Content & Services) at Samsung Asia and Regional Director at Pearson APAC.

Gladys Gwyneth Quincy

Gladys Gwyneth Quincy

Storyteller (Indonesia)

Gladys Gwyneth Quincy was born in Jakarta. She has won prizes at many storytelling competitions, including the St.Bellarminus Cup Storytelling competition (1st place), Ministry of Education’s National Storytelling Competition (2nd place), and St.Ursula Storytelling Competition in 2014 (3rd place). She also enjoys gaming and singing.

Grace Kusnadi

Grace Kusnadi

Founder, Popcon Asia (Indonesia)

Grace Kusnadi graduated from Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, with a major in public relations. In 2012, she founded Popcorn Asia, now in its fifth year running, to create an avenue for creators to showcase, sell and network.

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Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

Author (Singapore)

When Hassan is not writing Science Fiction in Malay, he works as a full-time registered nurse for a local hospital. Hassan graduated from the National Arts Council Mentor Access Project under the guidance of Singaporean writer Mr Anuar Othman. His first short story collection, Selamat Malam Caesar (Goodnight Caesar), was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize. Hassan is currently working on his third Malay Science Fiction collection.

Heidi Shamsuddin

Heidi Shamsuddin

Author (Malaysia)

Heidi Shamsuddin is the author of The Door Under the Stairs series published by Oyez! Books. In 2012, she won the regional prize for the Eye Level Children’s Literature Award. She is now working on a novel set in Mount Kinabalu, in addition to picture book projects with R&D Studios.

Herdiana Hakim

Herdiana Hakim

Writer, Researcher (Indonesia)

Herdiana graduated with distinction from the Children’s Literature and Literacies programme at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her dissertation focused on the agency of literary children. Herdiana is also the founder of www.SiKancil.org, a site dedicated for Indonesian children’s literature. 

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson hatbooks.com

Author, Teacher (Japan)

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. 

Hou Jing

Hou Jing

Senior Lecturer, KLC International Institute (Singapore)

Hou Jing is a lecturer and mother of two children. She holds master's degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Computer Science, and is experienced working with young children. She is determined to promote children’s learning and development by training preschool teachers and educating parents. She has also been invited by ECDA, National Library Board and Mediacorp to conduct talks on early childhood education. 

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Ian Gregory Tan

Ian Gregory Tan

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Witching Hour Studios (Singapore)

Ian starting working young and returned to his studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at 23. In 2010, Ian co-founded Witching Hour Studios with some friends. Six years on, Witching Hour has garnered awards and international recognition for their line of Ravenmark games and the off-kilter Romans in My Carpet!. Their latest title, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, was successfully funded on Kickstarter.

I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya)

I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya)

Performer (Indonesia)

Natya was born in Sukawati-Gianyar. As an artist, he studied dance art, gamelan art, and shadow puppet play. Natya won first place at the Shadow Puppet Play Competition for Bali Youth in 2013. Some of his international performances were: Workshop and Collaboration for Shadow Puppet Play “Chaya Khata” at Lalitkala Academy, Chennai, India 2011; and Workshop and Shadow Puppet Play on Asian Storytelling in Paju, South Korea 2014.

Ida Farida

Ida Farida

Liaison Officer, INABBY (Indonesia)

Ida is a Lecturer of Library and Information Science at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta. She is actively engaged in promoting children's interest in books, conducting storytelling sessions, and offering training to teachers and librarians.

inwardBOUND

inwardBOUND

Drama School (Singapore)

inwardBOUND was formed by Nora Crothers in 2003. Spearheaded by her, inwardBOUND and her team of accredited drama trainers are continuously uplifting the standard of drama in Singapore. Their plays are recognised as being both heart-warming and provocative. In addition to directing youth theatre, inwardBOUND has been developing course structures for drama curriculum and creating niche areas for drama in schools.

Irfan Amalee

Irfan Amalee

CEO, Mizan Application Publisher (Indonesia)

Irfan Amalee has 15 years of experience in the children's book industry. He has written, co-written and edited more than 20 books. Previously the CEO of Pelangi Mizan, Irfan is now the CEO of Mizan Applications Publisher, which is responsible for digital publishing in the Mizan Group.

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James Mayhew

James Mayhew

Author and Illustrator (UK)

James Mayhew is the award-winning creator of the Katie and Ella Bella books. He also presents classical concerts for children, combining live illustrations and music. A passionate advocate of art, music and culture for children, James is in demand internationally as a speaker and educator.

Janes Maryon Silooy

Janes Maryon Silooy

Student and Performer (Indonesia)

Janes is a member of the Booyratan arts group, and plays local traditional music instruments and songs.

Jane Vejjajiva

Jane Vejjajiva

Freelance Writer (Thailand)

Jane Vejjajiva is an award-winning author behind the novels Bird's Song, Golden Sky, and The Happiness of Kati. She is the Managing Director of Silkroad Publishers Agency and has translated many titles including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, and The Miraculous Journe of Edward Tulane, and Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

JC Wong

JC Wong artandlifejcwong.blogspot.sg/

Senior Storyboard Artist, Ubisoft Singapore (Malaysia/Singapore)

JC Wong has years of exploration in the field of creativity. His artworks are expressed through various platforms including animated films, books, comics and video games. JC is from Penang, Malaysia, and currently lives in Singapore, working as a Senior Concept Artist for Ubisoft Singapore.

JF Koh

JF Koh panelgraph.com

Writer and editor (Singapore)

JF Koh is a freelance web coder who loves to write science fiction, fantasy and horror. In 2010, he helped to bring the 24-Hour Comics Day challenge to Singapore. He edits Panelgraph Showcase, an online comics anthology which he founded in 2015.

Johnny Tjia

Johnny Tjia

Language researcher, Sulinama Foundation (Indonesia)

Johnny Tjia obtained his PhD in linguistics from the University of Leiden. He currently works with Sulinama Foundation in Ambon, conducting linguistic research and managing basic education programmes in several local languages.

John Tung

John Tung

Assistant Curator, Singapore Art Museum (Singapore)

John Tung oversees the Thai contemporary art portfolio at the Singapore Art Museum. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Arts Management and a Master of Arts in Cultural Management. Exhibitions he has curated at the Singapore Art Museum include Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea and Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas. He is also one of the co-curators of the Singapore Biennale 2016 – An Atlas of Mirrors.

Joyce Teo

Joyce Teo

Gamelan Music Teacher, Lecturer (Singapore)

Joyce Teo is a musician, composer, researcher and ethnomusicologist, and is the first qualified gamelan music teacher in Singapore. Specialising in Javanese and Sundanese gamelan music, she has composed for dance, theatre and film, and taught gamelan in universities in Australia and Thailand. Joyce is currently mentor to BronzAge Gamelan Ensemble and external assessor for the National Arts Council, and is also an adjunct lecturer in Arts Management at Republic Polytechnic.and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Julie Greene

Julie Greene

Executive Creative Director & Executive Producer, Hi-5 (Australia)

Julie Greene has been working as a producer of television for 18 years and has been in the television industry for over 20. She worked as a producer with Disney Channel Australia/New Zealand for three years before being invited to produce Hi-5. Julie has been with Hi-5 for 12 years and for seven of those, the Hi-5 television series was nominated for seven Logie Awards over seven consecutive years for Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Justin Deimen

Justin Deimen

Group Managing Partner, Aurora Media Holdings Inc. (Singapore)

Justin Deimen is the co-founder of the SE Asian Audio-Visual Association and the SE Asian Film Financing Forum, ASEAN’s only media financing network and platform. He serves as managing partner of the USD30m Aurora Global Media Capital fund, SE Asia's largest private content and media investment entity focusing on entertainment properties and media assets worldwide.

Jyotirmoy Saha

Jyotirmoy Saha

Founder and CEO, August Media Holdings (Singapore)

Jyotirmoy Saha is the Founder and CEO of August Media Holdings – one of South East Asia’s leading IP production companies and a recipient of several industry awards. He has been credited in more than 45 animated and live action titles. He holds a master's degree in Physics, an MBA degree and enjoys astronomy in his free time.

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Kadek Suartaya (Kadek)

Kadek Suartaya (Kadek)

Performer, Art Lecturer, Art Director (Indonesia)

Kadek Suartaya was born in Sukawati-Gianyar. Kadek began pursuing his interest in puppet-painting art, gamelan art, dance art and performance art from an early age. Kadek also studied art formally in the School of Art. In 1991, he became a lecturer in the Indonesia Art Institute Denpasar. He has performed in Europe, US, and in various countries in Asia. Art performances, for which he served as an Art Director, have been shown in Bali, Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. 

Kaleb Jonathon Teng Seng Khoo

Kaleb Jonathon Teng Seng Khoo

Student, Ang Mo Kio Primary School (Singapore)

Kaleb Jonathon is a Primary 5 student at Ang Mo Kio Primary School. He loves to play sports like tennis and running. Reading is a form of relaxation for him and is also his way of going places without having to travel. Thrillers, mysteries and stories with humour are just some of the books he enjoys reading.

Karen Tang

Karen Tang

Senior Manager, Content & Multiplatform Programming, Nickelodeon, Southeast Asia, Viacom International Media Networks (Singapore)

Karen Tang has close to 10 years of experience in media content production. Her expertise includes producing animation shows, developing licensing and merchandising, and creating co-production partnerships. At Viacom International Media Networks, she is responsible for Nickelodeon’s programming planning and content acquisition in Southeast Asia. Tang was previously Vice President of Production and Marketing at Singapore production company Peach Blossom Media.

Kari Love

Kari Love

Creative Technologist & Soft Roboticist (USA)

Kari Love built an unconventional career mixing soft robotics, spacesuits, costumes and puppets. Highlights include Super-Releaser soft robotics R&D, serving as a technical expert on 5 NASA contracts, her Spider-Man:Turn Off The Dark Broadway costume being inducted into the Smithsonian, and working at The Jim Henson Company on Sesame Street.

Kathleen Ahrens

Kathleen Ahrens www.kathleenahrens.com

Professor, Department of English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and member of the Board of Advisors, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (Hong Kong)

Kathleen Ahrens is a Professor in the Department of English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is on the Board of Advisors for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Professor Ahrens has judged for the Feng-Zi Kai Picture Book Award and Hong Kong Picture Book Award and has been invited to give talks in Europe, Asia and the US on topics relating to language in children's literature, picture book evaluation, and writing for children and young adults.

Keisuke Fukaya

Keisuke Fukaya

Professor, College of Contemporary Education, Chubu University (Japan)

Keisuke Fukaya, PhD, is a professor of contemporary education at Chubu University. He previously served as principal of Ritsumeikan Primary School. He developed the “dictionary bookmarking” method of study, in which children are encouraged to look up words in their dictionaries and bookmark them with sticky labels as a way of promoting the joy of learning.   

Khairiyah Aziz

Khairiyah Aziz

Associate Librarian, National Library Board (Singapore)

Khairiyah Aziz is a [email protected] librarian with the National Library Board, an outreach team delivering reading programmes for students aged 7 to 17. Over the years, she has been involved in different camps and competitions as part of the [email protected] initiative. In 2016, Khairiyah will also be involved in organising the Singapore’s Kids’ Lit Quiz.

Kim-Chua Loo Huang

Kim-Chua Loo Huang

Assistant Professor, Embre-Riddle Aeronautical University (Singapore)

Kim-Chua has been involved in higher education and professional development since 2007. Currently, she heads the Language and Communication department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). She is also actively involved in consultancy and research initiatives, where she creates creative and innovative learning experiences for educators in the digital education landscape.

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Lee Battersby

Lee Battersby battersblog.blogspot.com

Author (Australia)

Lee Battersby is the author of three novels and over 80 stories in Australia, the US and Europe. He lives in Western Australia with his wife, author Lyn Battersby, and blogs at the Battersblog. He is sadly obsessed with Lego, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Daleks and dinosaurs.

Lefty

Lefty

Comic artist; Co-founder of Gilamon Comics (Malaysia)

Lefty is a comic book artist/illustrator who worked in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore before returning to Penang in 2010. Lefty created the Major Zombie and Jimi Germ comics series under the Gilamon banner. He is also a part-time lecturer at The One Academy Penang.

Lekha Bhattacharjee

Lekha Bhattacharjee

Student, United World College of South East Asia (East Campus) (Singapore)

A voracious reader, Lekha enjoys a wide range of genres. She is a student in grade 3 at United World College, and is excited about sharing her reading choices with fellow students and their parents. In addition to reading, she enjoys drama and dance.

Leslee Udwin

Leslee Udwin

Founder & CEO, THINK EQUAL (UK)

Founder & CEO of the non-for-profit organisation THINK EQUAL, Leslee is a filmmaker and human rights activist. Her films include Best Film British Oscar-winning “East is East” and last year’s Peabody award-winning documentary “India’s Daughter”, which sparked a global movement to end violence against women. She was voted by The New York Times as the No 2 Woman of Impact 2015 (after Hilary Clinton), and also won the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Award.

Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis

Training Consultant, British Council (Singapore)

Leslie Davis has been an educator for a decade in a variety of contexts – as an English teacher in an international school in Turkey, a Literacy teacher in public schools in the US, and teaching EFL to adults in New Zealand. She is passionate about supporting educators to find solutions for issues in their classroom. Recently, through masterclasses and workshops, Leslie has focused on Subject Literacy, Oracy and Encouraging Personal Response.

Leslie Lee

Leslie Lee

Executive Director of Programming, Operations and Character Voices, Media Networks Group at The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) (Singapore)

Leslie Lee has worked for Disney for the past 10 years where he is responsible for the on-air content - programming, acquisitions and operations – for the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD, as well as branded blocks on Free-To-Air channels across Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. He drives the strategy for the company’s content and franchises across multiple platforms, including music and Disney’s localisation efforts in the region.

Lydia Leong

Lydia Leong

Publishing Manager, Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) (Singapore)

Lydia spent more than a decade filling the bookshelves at Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) with books on a miscellany of hunger-inducing culinary topics, in recognition that food is a language that crosses all cultures. She also enjoys being lost in the world of make-believe and is constantly on the lookout for stories to help children lose their way too.

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Maisarah A.S

Maisarah A.S

Municipal Liaison, NaNoWriMo (Singapore Chapter) (Singapore)

Maisarah is one of the municipal liaisons for NaNoWriMo in Singapore. She can be found blogging www.seriouslysarah.com and has been published in a few SFF anthologies. She was the co-editor for The Steampowered Globe, the first steampunk anthology published in Singapore.

Marc Checkley

Marc Checkley

Founder, Creative Director IO CREATIVE (Singapore and Switzerland)

Marc has more than 15 years of experience in broadcasting, content production, development and consultancy across the Asia-Pacific. He regularly speaks at creative industry events, and conducts workshops in ideation and public speaking. Marc is current Chairman of the AFCC's Cross-Platform Summit, judge of the Vancouver Web Fest and was a key advisor to Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency for television and screenwriting training frameworks. In 2016, Marc launched IO Creative, a production, development and consultancy agency with offices in Singapore, UK and Switzerland.

Marco Sparmberg

Marco Sparmberg

Founder/organizer, StoryCode Singapore (Singapore)

Marco Sparmberg has worked on numerous new media pioneer projects in China, Hong Kong, Germany and the UK during the past 12 years. He is one of the leading transmedia evangelists in Asia. In 2014, he joined Singapore’s Mediacorp where he serves as Social Media Lead, accelerating the company’s digital transformation.

Marcus Goh

Marcus Goh

Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association Singapore (Singapore)

Marcus Goh has been teaching students with dyslexia for almost two years, and has graduated with a Second Upper Honours degree in Psychological Sciences. Recently, he was awarded with a Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy. From 1994–1998, Marcus was a student of the Dyslexia Association Singapore (DAS).

Marcus Leong

Marcus Leong

Associate Librarian, National Library Board (Singapore)

Marcus has been with the National Library Board’s [email protected] programme since 2012. He was Project Manager of [email protected]’s signature Dare to Read activity (Secondary) in 2016 and 2017. He is based at Woodlands Regional Library.

Maria Alessandrino

Maria Alessandrino

Emerging writer, reviewer and Festival Program Coordinator (Australia)

Maria Alessandrino is a writer, reviewer and book lover. She has worked in the publishing industry for over 10 years, predominantly in the children's sector, and is currently employed as Program Coordinator for the Perth Writers Festival. She lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Maria Christania Winardi

Maria Christania Winardi

Illustrator and Graphic Designer (Indonesia)

Maria was born and grew up in Indonesia, where she received her bachelor's degree in visual communication design at Bandung Institute of Technology. She then worked as a freelance graphic designer and spent a few years teaching in a kindergarten. In 2014, Maria moved to England In 2016, she received a Master of Arts in Children's Book Illustation from Cambridge School of Art. Maria is now represented by Bright Group International.

Marianne Dark

Marianne Dark

Headteacher, Lorna Whiston Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

Marianne Dark has been an educator for 22 years, having worked with young learners in the UK, Italy and Malaysia. She has taught English to both native and non-native speakers of all ages in a variety of contexts, including secondary schools, corporate settings and private institutions. Currently the Head Teacher of Lorna Whiston, Kuala Lumpur, Marianne is also involved in delivering teacher training to both local and foreign teachers.

Martin Yakabuski

Martin Yakabuski

Training Consultant, British Council (Singapore)

Martin has worked in the field of education for 31 years. He has held primary and secondary teaching, coaching and consulting positions in Canada and South America. Martin is passionate about literacy, holding expertise in critical literacy and language development across the curriculum. He has developed and delivered the Prudential Creative Education Programme.

Mary George

Mary George

Editor and Child Development Consultant, News For Kids (Singapore)

Dr Mary George is a child development consultant and teacher educator. She currently writes primarily for emerging teens and publishes What's Up, a monthly newspaper for children in Singapore. Be it for adults or kids, Mary's primary focus is on educating for resilience, hope and wisdom.

Mary Iphigene D. Daradar

Mary Iphigene D. Daradar

Teacher, Psychologist, Consultant, Blogger, Gathering Books (Philippines)

Iphigene is a management consultant for a management consulting company. She is also a practicing psychologist as a psychometrician, counselor-in-training, and speaker. She teaches Grade 11 students personal development and reading and writing, and also teaches college students HR-related subjects. 

Mas Shafreen

Mas Shafreen

Compulsive Doodler (Singapore)

Wanton Doodle artist, Mas, is a corporate cog by day, illustrator by night, and founder of Band of Doodlers, with the dark eye circles to prove it.

Melissa Tan (PaintInks by Melt)

Melissa Tan (PaintInks by Melt) www.paintinks-by-melt.com/

Illustrator (Singapore)

Going by the moniker PaintInks by Melt, Melissa’s work transports the viewer to imaginary lands where her love of animals is the anchor, and a total disregard for perspective is key. Her work is whimsical and has been exhibited internationally in countries such as Singapore, Australia and the United States.

Monica Lim

Monica Lim

Author and Founder, Hedgehog Communications (Singapore)

Monica Lim is the author of The Good, the Bad and the PSLE, and co-author of the best-selling Secrets of Singapore and the Danger Dan and Gadget Girl series for children. Her books are published by Epigram Books. She has been interviewed by both local and international media including The Straits Times, The Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, and the US documentary programme, Dan Rather Reports. 

Motti Aviram

Motti Aviram

TV Director & Children’s Content Developer (Israel)

Motti Aviram is a leading figure in the Israeli children’s television industry. He has created a large share of Israel’s most successful and appreciated children’s TV series. Recently, Motti published the book The Complete Guide to Screenwriting for Children’s Film & Television, aimed at people who want to specialise in scriptwriting for kids.

Murti Bunanta

Murti Bunanta

Children’s Literature Specialist and President, SACL and INABBY (Indonesia)

Dr Murti Bunanta is a children’s literature specialist, researcher, children’s folklorist, and an international award-winning author of 50 books published in Indonesia, Canada, and the USA. Her books have been translated into several languages. She is the founder and president of Society for the Advancement of Children’s Literature and Indonesian Section of IBBY that pioneered children's reading in Indonesia. She is an advocate for reading quality children’s books, and serves as a member of the AFCC Board of Advisors. 

Myra Garces-Bacsal

Myra Garces-Bacsal gatheringbooks.org

Educator, Reviewer, Blogger (Singapore)

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.

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Nadine Bailey

Nadine Bailey

Teacher librarian, Canadian International School (Singapore)

Nadine Bailey (M Ed, MPhil, MBA, MIS) has lived and worked internationally for 24 years, in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. Her areas of interest lie in language, identity and literacy, particularly related to students educated in a third culture environment. In an increasingly digitised educational environment she argues that librarians play an important role in guiding and enabling students and families to create personal learning networks in and for their mother tongue language.

Natashya Annabella Quincy

Natashya Annabella Quincy

Storyteller (Indonesia)

Natashya Annabella Quincy has won prizes at various competitions including the Story Telling Competition in Mary Joseph Cup 2015 (1st place), Speech Competition in St. Bellarminus 2015 (1st place), and the Debate Competition in Mercu Buana University 2015 (2nd place). She is currently studying at the Monash College Jakarta. In her free time, Natasha loves to draw and work on crafts.

Noel Price

Noel Price

Writer, Director and Producer (Australia)

Noel Price is Australia’s most successful creator/writer/producer of television programs for the ‘tween/teen’ audience. His shows have not only rated highly in Australia but have also been sold around the world. He has worked in a dozen different countries and with numerous international co-production partners.

Nora Crothers

Nora Crothers

Director, inwardBOUND (Singapore)

Nora Crothers is the founder of inwardBOUND and a recipient of numerous Outstanding Contribution Awards for her efforts at developing drama in schools. She is also the first runner-up of Woman of Asia-Raising Star Award. Nora believes that theatre can be used as a means of social therapy and that it is a tool for education, empowerment and advocacy.

Nor Salehati Bte Ahmad Fauzi

Nor Salehati Bte Ahmad Fauzi

(Singapore)

Holding a position as a Curriculum Developer enables Nor Salehati to transform lesson plans to cater to the intended target audience. With the addition of design background, Nor Salehati is able to incorporate creativity into learning and create out of the box learning activities.  

Nur’afifah binte Mohd Hussain

Nur’afifah binte Mohd Hussain

Educator (Singapore)

Nur’afifah is an educator and a mother who is very passionate about children and books. She enjoys storytelling and dramatising stories with young children. Driven by her passion, she believes in providing a joyful environment for children to develop the love for learning.

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Orit Bergman

Orit Bergman

Author and Illustrator (Israel)

Orit Bergman is a writer and an illustrator of children books. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, where she currently teaches. She has written nine books, two of which she adapted for stage, and illustrated many books for various authors. Her books were published in Israel, France China and the United States, and have won many awards, which includes the Israel Museum’s Award for the Illustration of a Children’s Book and the Silver medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York.

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Paolo Fabregas

Paolo Fabregas

Comic Artist and Executive Creative Director of Publicis Manila, Inc. (Philippines)

When Paolo isn’t busy running after a deadline in his real job as an advertising creative, he’s trying his best to pretend to be a comic book artist. He squeezes in time to create his comic whenever, wherever he can. He lives in Manila with his wife and boys.

Petra Nagyová Džerengová

Petra Nagyová Džerengová

Author, News and TV-journalist and Founder of Verbarium (Slovakia)

Petra is a writer for adults and children, a news and TV-journalist, a mother of four, and owner of the publishing company, Verbarium, specialising in children’s and YA literature. Petra also looks out for books to introduce to the Slovakian book market. She has a regular column in Book Revue, the magazine focussing on new books in Slovakia. Petra also speaks German, French and Hungarian.

PJ Lynch

PJ Lynch

Author and Illustrator (Ireland)

PJ Lynch has worked as a children's book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984. He has won many awards including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions. PJ has recently been announced as the fourth Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature.

Pushpa

Pushpa

Principal, Sarada Kindergarten (Singapore)

Pushpa has a diploma, degree and master's in Early Childhood Education. Since 2008, she is the Principal of the Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Kindergarten and was appointed an ECDA Fellow in 2015. In her 20 years of preschool experience, she has explored many approaches related to nurturing bilingualism in children.

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Quek Hong Shin

Quek Hong Shin

Freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator (Singapore)

Drawing has been Hong Shin’s passion since childhood. He is currently working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. The Amazing Sarong is his first children’s book and he hopes that the book will provide young readers a taste of kampung life in the past.

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Rafidah Angullia

Rafidah Angullia

Associate Librarian, National Library Board (Singapore)

Rafidah Angullia is a librarian with the National Library Board in Singapore. She is the Region Lead for the Western Region of the [email protected] team, an outreach programme aimed at students aged 7 to 17. Since 2015, Rafidah has been organising the Kids’ Lit Quiz in Singapore, she is currently the National Coordinator for the Singapore’s Kids’ Lit Quiz.

Ravin Kumar Singh

Ravin Kumar Singh

Acting HOD English & ICT (Singapore)

Ravin has been trained as a special needs educator for the past five years, and is experienced in working with teenagers diagnosed with mild intellectual disability (MID). 

Remon Agus

Remon Agus

Managing Director, Zikrul Hakim Bestari Publishing (Indonesia)

Remon is a Managing Director at Zikrul and Bestari Publishing, and is a graduate from Central Queensland University Australia. He published more than 1,000 children's books, and has sold book rights to countries including Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. He is an advocate for Indonesian children’s books, and dedicates his time promoting Indonesian stories to the world.

Renny Yaniar

Renny Yaniar

Children's Books Author (Indonesia)

Renny has published 139 chidren's titles, and was selected for the IBBY Honour List in 2014 for her book, 8 Kisah Indah tentang Sakura. She has also been awarded by Indonesian Publishers Association and Kehati Foundation for her writing on environmental issues for children.

Rhodia Renu Karoon

Rhodia Renu Karoon

Early Childhood Educator and Centre Supervisor, Advent Link-Sauc (Singapore)

Rhodia is a qualified and dedicated early childhood professional with over eight years of experience in the field. From helping backstage at children’s concerts to presently being a Centre Supervisor, the journey for Rhodia has been long but rewarding. Teaching young children has always been her calling and at the age of 16, she decided that this was the path she was going to tread.

Rilla Melati

Rilla Melati

Director, Creative Content Development, Mini Monsters Limited (Singapore)

Rilla Melati Bahri is the award-winning author of more than 20 Malay titles and two bilingual English-Malay books. Her bilingual picture book and CD, Baju Melayu Ati, was a pioneer recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism. She is also the Malay translator of The Crane and the Crab, written by SR Nathan, former president of Singapore. Rilla is the Director of Mini Monsters and currently sits on the National Library Board’s Malay Advisory Reading Panel. 

Rishav Gupta

Rishav Gupta

Author and Illustrator (Singapore)

Rishav Gupta is an eight-year-old author who is passionate about life. He has an extremely imaginative mind and a fantastic sense of humour. An avid reader, he published his own book titled Dreamagination and co-conducted several reading and writing workshops in India and Singapore with his mother. Rishav wishes to inspire others to have ‘dreamagination to live’ and to chase their dreams without fear.

Riyanto, S,Sn

Riyanto, S,Sn

Director, Theatre Actor, Film Actor, Writer, Stage Manager, Head of Production (Indonesia)

Riyanto is currently a director, actor, writer and stage manager. He won the title of Best Actor at the College Theater Festival throughout Indonesia in 1992, and was an Art of Theater Speaker for Kids in 1996. Riyanto was the Vice-Chairman of the Komedi Betawi Foundation and supervised the training of storytelling for elementary and junior high schools in Jakarta from 2010 to 2015. He has also lectured at the Jakarta Institute of Art. 

Rizqi Rinaldy Mosmarth

Rizqi Rinaldy Mosmarth

Author, Illustrator, Editor, Publisher, Teacher (Indonesia)

Rizqi fell in love with drawing from an early age and has been teaching children art since he was 15 years old. Rizqi is currently the Chairman of the Indonesia Comic Society (Masyarakat Komik Indonesia). In 2015, he started a small comic publishing company, with SHONEN FIGHT as its main comic.

Robyn Soetikno

Robyn Soetikno

Writer (Indonesia)

Robyn began writing scripts after watching scandalous telenovelas. She then went on writing short stories and poetry. Before graduating from college, she published two children's books. For the past six months, she has been working on a series specially made to accompany Indonesian girls growing up.

Rosalyn Wee

Rosalyn Wee

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore (Singapore)

Rosalyn is an educator with seven years of experience working with primary and secondary school children. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from London Metropolitan University, and a Cambridge CELTA. Rosalyn also has a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment and has been training Educational Therapists as part of the MAP Curriculum Team. 

Rosemarie Somaiah

Rosemarie Somaiah

Storyteller (Singapore)

Rosemarie runs the Asian Storytelling Network and has performed in several countries around the world. Her books include The Never Mind Girl and Other stories and Indian Children’s Favourite Stories. She has led the Storyteller’s Circle and the Society for Reading and Literacy for more than a decade, is a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association and a founder member of the Executive Committee of the Storytelling Association (Singapore).

Ruth Wong

Ruth Wong

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, NIE (Singapore)

Associate Professor Ruth Wong specialises in primary methodology courses on teaching English at the National Institute of Education. She is interested in literacy issues, especially in the areas of learning how to read and write for non-native speakers of English. She believes in the power of reading, and indulges in the collection of children’s books as a hobby.

Ryo Leong

Ryo Leong

Senior Director, Programming, Youth Segment, MediaCorp Pte Ltd (Singapore)

A media industry veteran of more than 18 years, Ryo started with channel branding and promotions for Channel 8 before moving to Channel U and assisted to set up TodayTV in Vietnam. He then undertook Channel Management and commissioning for Channel U, Channel 5 and currently okto.

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Sanny Djohan

Sanny Djohan

Publisher, PT Kuark Internasional (Indonesia)

Sanny Djohan is the founder of PT Kuark Internasional. The company publishes science comics and educational books for elementary school children. Sanny Djohan is in the Rotary Organisation for Education and is the Director of Education of the Indonesian Alumni Organisation.

Sanoop Luke

Sanoop Luke

Lead, YouTube Kids & Learning, SEA + ANZ (Singapore)

Sanoop Luke leads YouTube’s Kids & Learning content in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. He serves as a strategic adviser to leading kids producers, ranging from international TV broadcasters to independent studios to native YouTube creators. Sanoop was previously with Turner in Atlanta and Hong Kong, where he led Content Strategy for its Kids & Entertainment business in Asia-Pacific across its channels, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, [adult swim], and TCM. 

Sarinajit Kaur

Sarinajit Kaur

Teaching Fellow, Early Childhood and Special Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education (Singapore)

Sarinajit Kaur joined the Early Childhood and Special Education Academic Group as a Teaching Fellow since 2011. She currently teaches and coordinates a myriad of courses across various cohorts in initial teacher preparation as well as in service courses. She serves as in service coordinator for courses which equip mainstream teachers in inclusive practices and in supporting diverse learners.

Sashirekka Rountan

Sashirekka Rountan

(Singapore)

Sashirekka Rountan the Director of 2Tango has been working with children over 15 years. She holds a Masters in Communication and Diploma in Education studies. She has developed programmes for students aged 3 to 18 years old. A well-known  bilingual, theatre practitioner, storyteller and educator.

Sayoni Basu

Sayoni Basu

Primary platypus, Duckbill Books (India)

Sayoni Basu has worked with OUP, Penguin/Puffin, Scholastic and Amar Chitra Katha. In 2012, together with author Anushka Ravishankar, she started Duckbill, a tiny publishing house specialising in contemporary fiction for children and young adults, where they delight in finding new voices and new stories.

Seán McHugh

Seán McHugh

Digital Literacy Coach, United World College of South East Asia (Singapore)

Seán McHugh works closely with management teams to lead the pedagogically effective and authentic integration of digital technologies into school curricula, by facilitating activities, both formal and informal, within a range of contexts and involving a wide variety of participants. These activities contribute to enhanced teacher understanding and practice involving digital technologies to support students’ learning.

Seetha Lakshmi

Seetha Lakshmi

Associate Professor & Consultant, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Dr Seetha Lakshmi is an Associate Professor at the Asian Languages and Cultures, National Institute of Education. Appointed as a trainer in 1997, she has led teaching and research at NIE, concerned primarily with Standard Spoken Tamil, Curriculum Review, Classroom Pedagogy, Tamil pedagogy for the Tamil Diaspora and Teaching Tamil through Media.

Selina Lee

Selina Lee

Vice President, Scholastic Asia (Malaysia)

Selina currently oversees Scholastic’s business in Asia and has 16 years of experience in the publishing, marketing and distribution of children books and educational resources all across Asia region, from China to Indonesia, Japan to Myanmar. 

Sierra Mae Paraan

Sierra Mae Paraan

Author, Education Specialist (Philippines)

Sierra Mae C. Paraan is an author, reader, and an education specialist. She has worked on programs that increase children’s access on reading materials, promote literacy and love for reading.

Sri Ayu Pradnya Larasari (Laras)

Sri Ayu Pradnya Larasari (Laras)

Dancer and Storyteller (Indonesia)

Larasari has been learning the Balinese dance since she was five. She won first place for tari klasik and tari kreasi, and performed as the lead dancer at the World Art Festival West Java in 2015. She has presented Balinese folktales at the Society for The Advancement of Children’s Literature Asia-Pasific Event in Bali, and performed at the Storytelling Asian Forum in South Korea. Larasari has also received an award from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.

Stephanie Raphaela Ho (Muffinsaurs)

Stephanie Raphaela Ho (Muffinsaurs)

Illustrator, Graphic Designer (Singapore)

Stephanie has been passionate about drawing since she learned how to hold a pencil. She illustrated the comic, The Adventures of Fatman & Superchub, in 2014, and the book, The Island In The Caldera, in 2016. Stephanie’s current ambition in life is to create works that would put a smile on people's faces and make them feel somewhat happier.

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong

Graphic Designer, Singaport Art Museum (Singapore)

Stephanie Wong is a Graphic Designer for the Singapore Art Museum. She illustrates for the bestselling The Diary of Amos Lee series. Since Joining SAM, she has worked on branding shows such as After Utopia, 5 Stars and Odyssey. Stephanie has also helped to develop exhibition related materials such as The Route to Utopia (After Utopia), Diver’s Logbook and Treasure Trails.

Students from DAS

Students from DAS

Students, Speech and Drama Arts Programme, Dyslexia Association of Singapore (Singapore)

This talented group of students from the DAS Speech and Drama Arts programme are aged between 9 to 14 years-old. Despite the challenges they face in terms of reading and memorising scripts, they work extremely hard each week during class lessons and rehearsals to showcase a short play for their audience.

Sulthan Tufail

Sulthan Tufail

Teenage Storyteller (Indonesia)

Sulthan is the winner of JABODETABEK, LABS. MOZAIK, a storytelling competition organised by the Indonesian American Instituition in 2013, and The Miracle of Indonesian Folktale, a national storytelling competition organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2014. In 2016, he won a storytelling competition organised by the Jakarta Education Authorities, Ministry of Education and Culture.

Sun Ho

Sun Ho

Founder, LittleLives (Singapore)

Sun Ho started her career as a programmer. After picking up business chops on how startups work while working in a techie startup, she went on to found LittleLives. LittleLives helps preschools manage their hordes of paperwork digitally by making it disappear into bytes and tech, and keep parents involved in the process.

Susan Long

Susan Long

General Manager, Straits Times Press (Singapore)

Susan Long is the general manager of Straits Times Press, the book publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings. She has worked 20 years as an editor, journalist and columnist with The Straits Times, Singapore's leading English-language national daily. She has interviewed the likes of Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, and anchored long-running interview columns including The Susan Long Interview and Movers And Shakers. 

Suzanne Jung

Suzanne Jung

Passionate Educator & Student of Life (Singapore)

Suzanne Jung spent 14 years in television as a journalist, helming prime time newscasts as anchor and editor. Now a mother of two, she is passionate about reading of a different kind. A firm believer in reading aloud, she delights in imparting a love and wonder for books in children and hopes to encourage parents to be reading role models.

Suzanne Ryan

Suzanne Ryan

Founder, CEO and Executive Producer , SLR Productions (Australia)

Suzanne is the Founder, CEO and Executive Producer of SLR Productions, established in 2002, which is one of Australia’s leading children’s and family entertainment companies. SLR Productions specialises in the creation of world-class content for audiences both locally and internationally. Suzanne has financed and executive produced more than 165 hours of children’s content sold to over 165 countries.

Su Zhangkai

Su Zhangkai

(Singapore)

Su Zhangkai is the Founder of Sprout Language Centre. He is a former secondary school teacher who was conferred the Fellow of Academy of Singapore Teachers in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards professional development in 2013.

Syahrizan Mansor

Syahrizan Mansor

Vice President, Nickelodeon, Asia at Viacom International Media Networks (Singapore)

With two decades of TV experience, Syahrizan Mansor holds solid expertise as Vice President, Nickelodeon, Asia at Viacom International Media Networks. She is responsible for growing kids and family entertainment brands Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. across Greater China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. She also oversees content and creative production, programming, marketing and digital.

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Tety Elida

Tety Elida

Lecturer; Vice President, SACL (Indonesia)

Tety is a Lecturer at Gunadarma University. She enjoys making cloth books for children, providing training for teachers, reading stories for children in hospitals, and using books to help children heal from traumas in disaster areas. She is also the Vice President of the Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature.

Thant Thaw Kaung

Thant Thaw Kaung

Founder and CEO, Myanmar Book Centre (Myanmar)

Thant is the Founder and CEO of Myanmar Book Centre, a leading book importer and distributor. He also founded Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation modernising hundreds of public libraries. Thant also acts as executive committee member of Daw Khin Kyi foundation chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Ky, running mobile libraries across the country.

Thomas Nung Atasana

Thomas Nung Atasana

Literary Agent, Borobudur Agency (Indonesia)

Thomas is the Director of Borobudur Agency, a literary agency of the Indonesian Publishers Association that licenses Indonesian copyrights abroad. He is also a member of the Indonesian National Book Committee. He was Chief Editor and International Marketing GM within Kompas Gramedia.

Toni Phillips

Toni Phillips

Primary Teacher, Green School Bali (Indonesia)

Toni is the Junior Primary Learning Neighborhood Coordinator and Grade 1 teacher at Green School Bali in Indonesia. Literacy is her passion. After earning her master's degree in Language and Literacy in North Carolina, US, Toni has had the opportunity to teach students how to read and write for four years.

Trina Ha

Trina Ha

Director, Legal, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Singapore)

Trina Ha is the Director of the Legal Department at IPOS and maintains a role as Senior Faculty at the IP Academy. She was previously in private practice and specialised in media/entertainment law. She co-authored the volume on Media Law published by Butterworths. During her time in legal practice, she was ranked annually since 2007 in the intellectual property industry and TMT industry by the Asia Pacific Legal 500.  

Tutu Dutta

Tutu Dutta

Author (Malaysia)

Tutu Dutta is an author of children’s and young adult books. She was born in India but grew up in Malaysia. She has authored eight books, including Timeless Tales of Malaysia, Eight Treasures of the Dragon, The Jugra Chronicles series, and her first picture book, Phoenix Song.

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Vanithamani Saravanan

Vanithamani Saravanan

Associate Professor & Consultant (Singapore)

Dr Vanithamani Saravanan was formerly an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, and at the Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain. Her research interests are in bilingual education, literacy education and in applied linguistics.

Varina Lee

Varina Lee

Welfare Camp Instructor, LSCT Society (Singapore)

Varina is a Welfare Camp Instructor at LSCT Society. She hopes to work with students to help them understand themselves, build their confidence and realise their hidden potential and talents. Varina has achieved Silver Award during the SYF Festival in 2007 and 2009.

Varsha Seshan

Varsha Seshan

Author (India)

Varsha Seshan is a children’s writer and a classical dancer. She is the author of The Story-Catcher, as well as a series of books on trains in India. She conducts reading workshops in association with the British Council and also facilitates a Writers’ Club for children.

Vijayanand Thamotharan

Vijayanand Thamotharan

Director, Crimson Earth (Singapore)

Vijayanand Thamotharan is the Director of Crimson Earth. He has previously worked as the Director of Absolutely Parents. His interests include publishing, business development, education planning and content development.

Vondie Clementin Silooy

Vondie Clementin Silooy

Student and Performer (Indonesia)

Vondie is a member of the Booyratan arts group, and plays local traditional music instruments and songs.

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Wai Chim

Wai Chim

Author (Australia)

Wai Chim is a first generation Chinese-American from New York City. She grew up speaking Cantonese at home and absorbing Western culture through books, TV and school. She also lived in Japan before making Sydney, Australia her permanent home. Her books include the Chook Chook series for middle-grade readers. Freedom Swimmer is her debut novel for older readers.

Wang Tingting

Wang Tingting

Museum Educator, Singaport Art Museum (Singapore)

Wang Tingting is Manager of Programmes (Education) at the Singapore Art Museum, and oversees school visits and educational programmes. In SAM, she has developed education resources and merchandise suitable for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students for various exhibitions such as Imaginarium, Time of Others, 5 Stars, After Utopia and Once Upon This Island.

Weelai Suwanarat

Weelai Suwanarat

Educator and Director of the Professional and Education Development, PAP Community Foundation (Singapore)

Dr Weelai's 30 years of experience include preschool management, and working with infants and student care programmes. She has also trained and mentored teachers, centre directors and curriculum specialists of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. She is a recipient of the Singapore 2004 Lifelong Learner Award.

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Yong Shu Chiang

Yong Shu Chiang

Director/Commissioning Editor, Bubbly Books (Singapore)

Shu Chiang has over 20 years of experience in publishing. He was a TODAY journalist and also Senior Editor at SPH Magazines. At the National Arts Council, he served as Assistant Director, Singapore Writers Festival. As director/commissioning editor, he identifies and mentors Bubbly’s new authors, guiding them to complete their first novels.

Yovita Siswati

Yovita Siswati

Author (Indonesia)

Yovita is a mother of two who became an author by accident. She very much enjoys writing novels, especially ones with historical backgrounds. She has written more than 35 children’s books. One of Yovita’s books, Misteri Kota Tua, has been placed on the IBBY Honour List in 2016.