Singapore 2019

August 27-29 | Co-hosted by the National Museum of Singapore

New Collaborations: Creating Cities Together

The GCDN Annual Convening brings together civic and cultural leaders from around the world and provides a unique forum for the development of new ideas and collaborations. This year’s event is being held in Singapore, 27–29 August 2019, co-hosted by GCDN member National Museum of Singapore.

Cities are changing at a formidable pace. The arts and culture have repeatedly demonstrated their strategic value in defining urban character and identity; improving liveability; attracting investment, knowledge workers and tourists; and building community and social capital. Distinctive urban clusters that combine a rich cultural life with compelling public spaces and architecture – cultural districts – have been integral to this success. Billions of dollars are being committed to cultural infrastructure globally – but this investment is difficult to get right. The conditions in which culture and creativity thrive need to be nurtured, especially as the economic, social and political circumstances that gave birth to them change.

This requires carefully constructed and managed partnerships and alliances between the public, commercial, and not-for-profit sectors. How constitutive members collaborate with each other, across institutions and disciplines; with local communities and their changing demographics; with city stakeholders; with diverse funders; and with other urban agendas is crucial to their success. This year’s convening takes collaboration as a theme to ask vital questions and share insights through a programme of engaging discussions, workshops and social events.

GCDN is an initiative of AEA Consulting. Find out more about GCDN here and please contact us if you have any questions.

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GCDN Membership provides free registration to the convening for two representatives – please contact us if you require the code to book your complimentary tickets.


Manal Ataya, Director-General, Sharjah Museums Authority – Sharjah, UAE

Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive, Southbank Centre – London, UK

Michelle Boone, Chief Programming and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier – Chicago, USA

Dr Cheong Koon Hean, CEO Housing & Development Board – Singapore

Mei Chou, Group Director, Conservation & Urban Design, Urban Redevelopment Authority – Singapore

Chris Chong, Managing Director, CapitaLand – Singapore

Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities (and Former Director, AHRC Cultural Value Project), School of Advanced Study, University of London – London, UK

Adrian Ellis, Director, AEA Consulting – Beacon, USA

Pierre Fortin, General Director, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership – Montreal, Canada

Douglas Gautier, CEO & Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre – Adelaide, Australia

Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River Foundation – London, UK

Lucinda Hartley, CoFounder & CIO, Neighbourlytics – Melbourne, Australia

Sarah Ichioka, Director, Desire Lines – Singapore

Anna Jobson, Director, Change Management, University of the Arts – London, UK

Stephen Jolly, Partner – Global Cultural Sector Director, BuroHappold – Bath, UK

Tim Jones, Manager, Culture Mile – London, UK

Vince Kadlubek, CEO and Founder, Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, USA

Phil Kim, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Jerde Partnership – Hong Kong, China

Michael Koh, Executive Fellow, Centre for Liveable Cities – Singapore

Tita Larasati, Chairperson, Bandung Creative City Forum – Bandung, Indonesia

Jia-Ping Lee, Programme Director, Think City Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dane Lim, Director of Marketing & Digital Communications, People’s Association – Singapore

Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Pittsburgh, USA

Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership – New York City, USA

Carolien Nederlof, Co-owner, Imagine Leisure – The Hague, Netherlands

Daniel Payne, Principal, AEA Consulting – Beacon, USA

Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority – Hong Kong, China

Michael Rodrigues, Managing Director, Time Out Australia – Sydney, Australia

Victoria Rogers, VP/Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – Miami, USA

Sanjoy K. Roy, MD TeamWorks/Jaipur Literary Festival – New Delhi, India

Pier Luigi Sacco, Special Adviser to the EU Commissioner for Education and Culture, European Commission – Milan, Italy

Helle Søholt, Founding Partner and CEO, Gehl – Copenhagen, Denmark

Jack Stiller, Director, Wordsearch – Singapore

Andrew Tan, Former CEO of Maritime Port Authority & National Environment Agency; Founding Director & Fellow of the Center for Liveable Cities – Singapore

Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance – New York City, USA

Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia – Canberra, Australia

Pichit Virankabutra, Acting Director of Creative City Development and Acting Director of CEA KHON KAEN, Creative Economy Agency – Bangkok, Thailand

Fiona Waters, Regional Director – Greater China, Cistri – Hong Kong, China

Mark Wee, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council – Singapore

Anupam Yog, Adviser, GCDN – Singapore

Laura Zucker, Senior Associate, AEA Consulting – Los Angeles, USA


Details and precise timings still subject to some change here and there



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