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Allan Menagh

Allan Menagh

General Manager, Kumon Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd (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.

Andrea Pasion-Flores

Andrea Pasion-Flores

General Manager, Anvil Philippines (Philippines)

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

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 the Founder of Brahmn Centre, dedicated to promoting happier and healthier living. Angie has served in senior positions in Singapore Airlines, VISA International, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard and government agencies. She was a volunteer counsellor at the Changi Prisons, Toa Payoh Girls Home and Tai Pei Old People's Home. From 200-52009, she led humanitarian missions to countries hit by natural disasters, like 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 and joined Playeum as Executive Director in July 2015. She 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).

Areena Loo

Areena Loo

Founder & CEO, Bridge Learning Pte. Ltd. (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)

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. She was a freelance translator and editor for a decade before focusing on children’s content.

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 9 years in GagasCeria Preschool. She has a special interest in classroom action research. Her last research was presented in Exeter University, 2016.

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

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Charmaine Tan

Charmaine Tan

Associate Librarian, National Library Board (Singapore)

Charmaine has been with the National Library Board’s Read@School 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, 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 [University for Fine Arts] and at the TU Braunschweig [Technical University of Brunswick] she read history, philosophy, and pedagogic. Since 2007, Dr. Christiane 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, Dr. Christiane Raabe was decorated with the Europe Medal of the Free State of Bavaria.

Christian Tamaela

Christian Tamaela

Ethnomusicologist, Lecturer and Musician (Indonesia)

Dr. Christian Tamaela, ethnomusicologist. He is also a lecturer and musician. He is adept at using various instruments such as the tifa, bamboo flutes, conch shell and many more. He lectures at the University Kristen Indonesia- Maluku.

Clara Leong

Clara Leong

Principal, St James Church Kindergarten (Singapore)

Clara has been in the Early Childhood field 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 the 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 organization that aims to groom young writers in Singapore through the arts. She also coaches and conducts professional development workshops for teachers and parents to enhance the creative capacities and critical thinking skills of children. She holds a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of 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 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. Since its inception in 2005, Daniel has been part of the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development as its creative 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).

Daphne Lee

Daphne Lee oneredpencil.com

Editor, Scholastic Malaysia (Malaysia)

Daphne Lee is the consulting editor at children’s and YA publisher Scholastic Asia. She also edits in a freelance capacity, and conducts workshops on creative writing. Nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011 for her work as a promoter of reading, Daphne is a staunch supporter of the development of regional literature.

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 all the major book prizes, including the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, Singapore Literature Prize and Singapore Book Awards since it started in 2011. It also sponsors Singapore’s richest literary award, the annual Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Wee Editions, another imprint, supports local designers, photographers and artists.

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 masters in library science from the University of British Columbia and a masters 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 has a Bachelor and Master of Education in Early Childhood from the Univeresity 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

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

Dr Felicia graduated with a Bachelor of Letters in Linguistics from University of Indonesia in 1981. She obtained a Masters of Science in Linguistic Anthropology from Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Indonesia in 1990. She received her doctoral degree in Lexical Semantics in 2007 from Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. She was appointed as the Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Language in 2011 and reappointed for the second term in 2014 up till 2016.

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Galuh Larasati

Galuh Larasati

Author (Indonesia)

Larasati has been working in the hospitality industry since 1994. Besides working, she writes books and teaches young people and children in a village as a volunteer. Her lessons include life skills, and combining art and the English language.

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)

Books, animation and film has played a big part in Grace's life. Having graduated from the University of PadjadaranBandung with a major in Public Relations. She started working at a production house, then advertising agency, and even as producer at Red Rocket Animation, before she fell in love with event organising, Grace founded Popcorn Asia in 2012 to open an avenue for creators to showcase, sell and network, which is in its fifth year.

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Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

Author (Singapore)

When Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali is not writing Science Fiction in Malay, he works as a full-time registered nurse in a local hospital. Hassan graduated from the National Arts Council Mentor Access Project under the guidance of Singaporean writer Mr Anuar Othman. Hassan’s 1st Short Story Collection entitled Selamat Malam Caesar (Goodnight Caesar) was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize. Hassan is currently working on his 3rd Malay Science Fiction collection yet to be titled from a galaxy far, far away…

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.

Helen Marjan

Helen Marjan

CEO and Director of Studies, Lorna Whiston Schools Pte Ltd (Singapore)

Helen Marjan is the CEO and Director of Studies for Lorna Whiston Schools. She has been working in the field of young learner education in Singapore for the last 27 years. Helen holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Young Learners from UK’s prestigious University of York, and is a tutor and supervisor on the same programme. She has a special interest in early literacy and materials development for young learners, and developed the framework for Lorna Whiston Preschool’s unique bi-lingual curriculum back in 2003.

Herdiana Hakim

Herdiana Hakim

Writer, researcher (Indonesia)

Herdiana recently 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)

Mdm Hou Jing, KLC International Institute Senior Lecturer, a mother of two children, holding master degrees of both Early Childhood Education and Computer Science, has rich experiences working with young children for many years. She is currently determined to promote children’s learning and development by preschool teacher training and parent education. In the recent years, She was honorably invited by ECDA, National Library Board and Mediacorp as speakers for Early Childhood Education experiences sharing.    

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I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya)

I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya)

Performer (Indonesia)

I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam was born in Sukawati-Gianyar. As an artist Bratanatyam studied dance art, gamelan art and shadow puppet play. Natya won the first place at the Shadow Puppet Play Competition for Bali Youth in 2013. Some of his international performances were: Cak Dance Performance on ASEAN Art Festival in Songkla Thailand 2009; 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 of INABBY (Indonesia)

Ida is a Lecturer of Library and Information Science at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta. She is actively engaged in various programmes for promoting childrne's interset in books, storytelling for children with cancer in hospitals, storytelling in libary and outreach programmes, and giving training for teachers and librarians.

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. He was previously the CEO of Pelangi Mizan, and is now the CEO of Mizan Application Publisher, 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.

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 expressed through various platform including animated films, books, comics and video games. JC is from Penang, Malaysia, currently he lives in Singapore and works as Senior Concept Artist in 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 Ph.D. in linguistics from University of Leiden. He currently works with Sulinama Foundation in Ambon, conducting linguistic research and managing mother tongue based 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 BA (Hons) in Arts Management conferred by Goldsmiths, University of London (LASALLE) and an MA in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he graduated on the Dean’s List. His research interests include post-colonial theory, cultural policy and cultural theory. His artistic interests span varied genres, and 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.

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. Her background combines experience in a number of television genres including Lifestyle, Reality, Documentary and Children’s Television. Julie’s focus and passion has been in Children’s Television. 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 7 of those the Hi-5 television series was nominated for 7 Logie Awards over 7 consecutive years for Most Outstanding Children’s Program. In 2015, Hi-5 won Best Pre-School Programme at the Asian TV Awards for Hi-5 House Series 2. 

Justin Deimen

Justin Deimen

Co-founder, SE Asian Audio-Visual Association (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 Masters 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, where he still lectures till today. Kadek's expertise in arts brought him around the world. He has performed in Europe, US, Australia and Asia (India, China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia). Art performances, for which he served as an Art Director, have been shown in Bali, Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. 

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 encourages 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 Read@School 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 Read@School 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)

Ms. 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). In addition, 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

Comics artist, Co-founder of Gilamon Comics (Malaysia)

Lefty is a comic book artist / illustrator who worked in KL 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.

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. Leslie is passionate about supporting educators to find solutions for issues in their classroom. Recently, through Master Classes and workshops, she has focused on Subject Literacy, Oracy and Encouraging Personal Response.

Leslie Lee

Leslie Lee

Executive Director, Programming, Branded Media and Content, Walt Disney Company (Singapore)

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.

Lydia Leong

Lydia Leong

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

Lydia spent more than a decade filling the bookshelves at Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd 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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Marc Checkley

Marc Checkley

Founder, Creative Director IO CREATIVE (Singapore and Switzerland)

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Marc Checkley has more than 15 years of experience in broadcasting, content production, development and consultancy. A proactive member of the creative industry, Marc regularly speaks at content business events including Formats Asia and the Asian Television Forum. He is the Chairman of the Cross-Platform Summit Programme Committee at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, served two terms on the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce ExCo (2014-2016) and was an advisor to Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency for television and screenwriting training frameworks (2009-2012). In July 2016 he launched IO Creative a content production, development and consultancy agency with offices in Singapore 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 2 years, and has graduated with a Second Upper Honours degree in Psychological Sciences. Recently, he was awarded with a Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy. And from 1994–1998, Marcus was also previously 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 Read@School programme since 2012. He was Project Manager of Read@School’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.

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 is in Critical Literacy and language development across the curriculum. He has developed and delivered the Prudential Creative Education Programme supporting the development of critical and creative thinking skills.

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.

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 de Silva-Lim

Monica de Silva-Lim

Director, Rosebrook Developmental Centre Pte Ltd (Singapore)

Monica started her career in banking, then HR and subsequently specialised in education. With more than 27 years’ experience in education including founding cutting edge organisations and being the GM and MD of 2 of the largest pre-school operators in Singapore, she is presently a consultant whilst running her own developmental centre.

Monica Lim

Monica Lim

Author and Founder, Hedgehog Communications (Singapore)

Monica Lim is the author of The Good, the Bad and the PSLE, and the co-author of the Danger Dan and Gadget Girl series for children, as well as the best-selling Secrets of Singapore. Her books are published by Epigram Books. She has been interviewed by both Singapore and international media, including the Straits Times, Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Her World magazine, Young Parents magazine, News Radio 93.8, Channel News Asia, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and Sing Tao, 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 has published his book The Complete Guide to Screenwriting for Children’s Film & Television. A book aimed at people who want to specialise in script writing for kids.

Murti Bunanta

Murti Bunanta

Children’s Literature Specialist and President, Society for The Advancement of Children’s Literature (SACL) and Indonesian Board on Books for Young People (INABBY) (Indonesia)

Murti Bunanta is a children’s literature specialist, researcher, children’s folklorist, and an international award-winning author. She has published 50 books in Indonesia, Canada and the USA and 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 received strong recognition for her dedication as an advocate for reading and 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 Masters 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 digitized 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.

Natasha Annabella Quincy

Natasha Annabella Quincy

Storyteller (Indonesia)

Natasha Annabella Quincy has won prizes at various many 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 1st 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.

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 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 Nagyová Džerengová is a successful writer for adults and children, news and TV-journalist and mother of four children as well as the 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 about the books in a magazine Book revue, the only regular magazine about the new books in Slovakia. Apart from English, Petra also speaks German, French and Hungarian.

PJ Lynch

PJ Lynch

Author and Illustrator (Ireland)

P. J. 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 Masters 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 Read@School 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 a trained Special Needs educator for the past 5 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 of Zikrul and Bestari Publishing. He graduated from at Central Queensland University Australia. He published more than 1,000 children's books. He has sold book rights to other countries including Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. In fact, he likes Indonesian children’s books so much that he dedicates his time to promoting Indonesian stories to the world.

Renny Yaniar

Renny Yaniar

Children's Books Author (Indonesia)

Renny has published 139 chidren's books and received IBBY Honour List for writing in 2014 for her book 8 Kisah Indah tentang Sakura. She also awarded several other local recognition given 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 8 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 amalgamates education and entertainment and has authored over 20 Malay children’s titles and two bilingual English-Malay books. Her books have won the 2013 NBDCS Bilingual Book Project, the 2016 Beyond Words Book Project and the 2016 Gardens by the Bay Residency. 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 currently sits on the National Library Board’s (NLB) Malay Advisory Panel Reading and is also the Director of Mini Monsters Limited, an educational company founded in 2007. She lives in Singapore. 

Riyanto, S,Sn

Riyanto, S,Sn

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

Mr Riyanto has been in the arts his whole life. 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. Mr 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. Mr Riyanto is currently a director, actor, writer and stage manager.

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.

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. 

Ruth Wong

Ruth Wong

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

Associate Professor Ruth Y L WONG specializes 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

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 - some as young as 9 years old. Prior to Google/YouTube, Sanoop was 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. 

Sarah Odedina

Sarah Odedina

Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press, Founder of The Read Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief of SCOOP (UK)

Sarah began her publishing career selling translation rights and moved in to editorial as the Publishing Director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing where she worked for 14 years and oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as publisher for many other best-selling prize-winning novels and picture books.  In 2011 Sarah founded the successful and award-winning Hot Key Books.  Sarah is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press commissioning titles for the children's and YA list. She is the founder of The Read Quarterly, a magazine for adults about children’s literature from around the world as well as Editor-in-Chief of SCOOP, a magazine for children.  Sarah is also the curator of the children's program of FlipSide Literary Festival in Suffolk, England.

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.

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, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 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.

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)

Sri Ayu Pradnya Larasari was born in Sukawati-Gianyar. She is a dancer and a storyteller. Larasari learned Balinese dance since she was five years old, and has grown to become a strong and excellent dancer. She won the first place for tari klasik (classical dance) and tari kreasi (a dance that was created based on classical dance, with modern adaptation on its elements). Additionally, Larasari performed as a lead dancer at the World Art Festival West Java in 2015. As a storyteller, Larasari presented Balinese folktales at the Society for The Advancement of Children’s Literature Asia-Pasific Event at Hotel Ananta, Kuta, Bali in 2013. In 2014, she was invited to perform as a storyteller and dancer on Storytelling Asian Forum in Paju, South Korea. Her dedication to dance, art and storytelling fields has been awarded. In 2014, Larasari received an award from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.

Stephanie Raphaela Ho (Muffinsaurs)

Stephanie Raphaela Ho (Muffinsaurs)

Illustrator, Graphic Designer (Singapore)

Stephanie Raphaela Ho (Muffinsaurs) has been passionate about drawing since she learned how to hold a pencil. As the creator of strange, amazing and sometimes odd things, Steph finds inspiration in daily encounters. Stephanie 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 with the Singapore Art Museum and handles the design needs of the museum. She illustrates on the side 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 worked closely with the programmes team to develop exhibition related materials such as The Route to Utopia (After Utopia), Diver’s Logbook (Imaginarium 2016) and Treasure Trails (Singapore Biennale 2016).

Students from DAS

Students from DAS

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

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

Sulthan Tufail

Sulthan Tufail

Teenage Storyteller (Indonesia)

Sulthan was born in Jakarta. In elementary school, he won a storytelling competition, JABODETABEK, LABS. MOZAIK, organised by the Indonesian American Instituition in2013, and a national story telling competition, The Miracle of Indonesian Folktale, organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2014. Sulthan was invited to the International Story Telling Fetival as an Indonesian Ambassador in Brunei Darussalam in 2014, and performed National Childrens Day,at Jakarta Town Hall in 2015. Most recently, he won a storytelling competition in Junior High School level across Jakarta, organised by the Jakarta Education Authorities, Ministry of Education and Culture in 2016.

Sun Ho

Sun Ho

Founder, LittleLives (Singapore)

Sun Ho started her career as a programmer, then picked up some business chops on how startups work while in a techie startup, 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.

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.

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 and Vice President of Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature (Indonesia)

Tety is a Lecturer at Gunadarma University. She enjoys making cloth books for children, providing training for teachers in using a storybook as a learning tool, 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 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. Thant also founded Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, not-for-profit organization modernizing hundreds of public libraries. Thant also acts as executive committee member of Daw Khin Kyi foundation chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi running mobile libraries across the country.

Thomas Nung Atasana

Thomas Nung Atasana

Literary Agent, Borobudur Agency (Indonesia)

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

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.

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 Masters in Language and Literacy in North Carolina, US, Toni has had the opportunity to teach students how to read and write for four years.

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. A summer spent in Tokyo as a young adult awakened an interest in folklore and a posting to New York in 2002 made her aware of the possibilities of being published. Since then, 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.

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 Pte Ltd. He has previously worked as the Director of Absolutely Parents Pte Ltd. His interests include publishing, business development, education planning and content development.

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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. She holds a BA in Architecture (hons) from National University of Singapore and a Postgraduate diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. 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, working with infants, student care programmes. She has also trained and mentored teachers, centre directors and curriculum specialists of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). She is a recipient of the Singapore 2004 Lifelong Learner Award (WDA & Mediacorp Singapore).

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Yong Shu Chiang

Yong Shu Chiang

Director / Commissioning Editor, Bubbly Books Pte Ltd (Singapore)

Shu Chiang has over 20 years of experience in publishing. He was a TODAY journalist and also Senior Editor, SPH Magazines. With 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. Recently, one of Yovita’s books, Misteri Kota Tua, has been placed on the Honor List of IBBY 2016.