Speakers' Biographies

(In alphabetical order)


Prof Anna CY Chan

Dean, School of Dance, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Anna has over 30 years of experience in the dance field as performer, arts educator, producer, curator and administrator, and currently she is the Dean, School of Dance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She was the inaugural Head of Dance at the West Kowloon Cultural District from 2014 - 2018, served as dance consultant from 2018 - 2019 and served as co-opted member of the Performing Arts Committee under the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority from 2021 to present. 

Anna was the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 - 2011 and the Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (WDAAP) 2007 - 2017, Dance Advisor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2008, and member of the Youth Square Management Advisory Committee appointed by Home Affair Bureau 2010 - 2015. She was awarded Hong Kong Dance Award in 2004, City Contemporary Dance Laureate in 2016, the prestigious Hong Kong Dance Award for Distinguished Achievement in recognition for her indefatigable work in dance education, promotion of Hong Kong dance, and innovations in ways to create, present, and sustain dance in 2018 and the Leading Woman in Arts, Sports & Leisure award of AmCham’s 20th Annual Women of Influence Awards 2024. Currently, she serves on the American Dance Abroad inaugural advisory council, as founding core member of Asia Network for Dance (AND+), as member of the Programme Committee under Tai Kwun Cultural and Arts Company Ltd, and as international industry advisor for Australia Council for the Arts. She was appointed Professor of HKAPA and as Visiting Professor by the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing in 2020.


Dr Pauline Chan

Honorary School Development Officer, Quality School Improvement Project, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Chan is a former School Development Officer of Quality School Improvement Project (QSIP) , specialised in school improvement and implementation, life-wide and cross-curricular learning, project-based learning, professional development for middle managers and parent education. She is an experienced arts administrator and human resources development consultant, served at the Education Department (presently known as the Education Bureau) and Civil Service Training and Development Institute, responsible for training newly promoted school principals. Dr Chan has served more than 300 schools since joining QSIP in 1998. She specialised in facilitating school development planning and evaluation. She also helped teachers to incorporate game and drama elements in designing school-based life-wide learning programmes, as well as professional development for middle managers at schools.


Ms Grace Cheng

Lead Creative Practitioner, Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project

Currently working as the Director of Art in Hospital and Community Art Network, vice-chairperson of ADAHK, Grace Cheng is also the guest curator of Hong Kong Palace Museum. She believes art could bring infinite possibilities, therefore she has been curating and presenting exhibitions and art projects that embrace a wide range of mediums across many fields and disciplines. 

Grace curates projects with the interests of community engagement: Big Happy Heart – Community Art Project (2007) was a project that assembled 1,500 paintings, which were created by patients, rehabilitants, students, artists, and people from all walks of life, into a giant artwork to convey the message: art heals. Charming Experience (2009) was a groundbreaking project that showcased artworks in which the audience could experience art through different senses. Made in Wetland (2010) guided the audience to appreciate the beauty of nature through various art workshops which were in coherence with the environment of Hong Kong Wetland Park. Budding Winter (2010) and ArtAlive@Park (2011) brought arts closer to the community by displaying artworks in parks in Hong Kong and nurtured young artists. She also organised the 11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference (2015), which drew professionals from different countries to discuss the implementation of art and therapy in improving the quality of life. No Boundaries: Reinterpreting Palace Museum Culture (2022) and Dwelling in Tranquillity – Reinventing Traditional Gardens (2024), Grace curated both exhibitions to offer a Hong Kong perspective and nurtures Hong Kong artist contributing to the study and appreciation of Hong Kong and Chinese art & Culture.


Dr Priscila Chu

Lead Creative Practitioner, Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project

Priscila is a composer and multidisciplinary artist; her passion for investigating the different aspects of arts manifests in her research and practice; the collaborative and integrating approach also extends to her education and community service approach.

Priscila graduated from York University in Canada and majored in Music. Later on, she received a teaching diploma, and a Master's degree researched on Music for Autism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She earned a Ph.D. at Hong Kong Baptist University research in collaborative (integrated) arts and music composition.

In recent years, she has taught a wide range of integrated arts education programs such as the SmArt Youth Project (2012 - 2020), In Search of Voice in a Cramped City (2019 - 2021), Re-born (2020), Move with the Silver Flow (2023 – present), and Compassion Children Program (2020 - present).

She founded organizations AlpPla and Arts Platform to research, curate, and produce arts programs. Her recent creative works include New Music Theatre Battle (2016 & 2018), Pseudo Food, Passoverdance's 10gether (2019), TELEPHONE Project's Falling into Place (2021), Art as Research Project As Flower, as Water, as Mother (2020 - 2021), Exhibition Here and There: Re-imaging Hong Kong Landscapes (2022), Hong Kong Dance Company’s Dance Theater Womanhood (2023), Passoverdance’s The Law of Linkage (2023) and  Cumulus (2024).


Ms Sharon Foster

Executive Director, Curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Sharon’s career has been dedicated to education, working in many different roles but always with a focus on improving outcomes for all young people. She started as a secondary school teacher and progressed to the principal class. Sharon moved from the school setting into policy and program leadership roles in government and not-for-profit organisations. She has never been afraid to take on highly challenging projects and roles, if these support teachers to deliver the highest quality education to their students.

A passion for both curriculum and assessment has seen Sharon involved in innovative projects. She has led work on assessing critical and creative thinking and intercultural understanding, with a focus on how to progress learning.

In her current role Sharon is responsible for the Australian Curriculum which sets out what all students should learn as they progress through their school life – wherever they live in Australia and whichever school they attend. This is a diverse portfolio with many opportunities, and this suits Sharon’s wondering and curious mindset and her commitment to education.


Prof Anna Hui

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Prof Anna Hui is currently an associate professor and also the coordinator of the BDSS First Year Experience at the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. Research interests include creativity and innovation; motivation and self-regulation, gifted and creativity education, lifespan development in creativity. She also served as the Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee of Reviewing the Curriculum Guide of Early Childhood Education (2007 - 2011), Curriculum Development Council of the Education Bureau, HKSAR (2015 - 2017). Prof Hui is currently a member of the Talent Education Committee, The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (2018 - present).


Ms Heidi Lee

Executive Director, Hong Kong Ballet

Lee has served as a professional arts administrator for more than 27 years, working for various Hong Kong arts organisations on their management, planning, programming, marketing, fund-raising, and branding, including PIP Cultural Industries Ltd., Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Fringe Club, among others. In 2010, the Li Ka Shing Foundation appointed her Executive Director of the Cheung Kong School of Art and Design at Shantou University (STU). She became the Associate Dean in 2014 and Director of Arts & Cultural Development of STU Arena in 2018.

Lee is now the Council Member of Hong Kong Arts Development (Chairman, Arts Administration); Advisory Panel Member of the Cultural Management Programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Advisory Panel Member of the Art Centre of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Co-chair of the Creativity & Arts Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Dance School since 2019; Board Member of Hong Kong Dance Alliance since 2020; and Board Member of Intercultural Dialogue Limited (Presenter of Matteo Ricci Musical).

Lee is the awardee of AmCham’s Women of Influence – Master of the Arts, 2021and awardee of the “Asian Cultural Council Fellowship 2012.


Mrs Clara Lim-Tan

Director, Arts Education Branch, Ministry of Education, Singapore

Clara Lim-Tan is Director, Arts Education Branch, Ministry of Education, overseeing policy, planning, capacity building and partnerships for the Arts curriculum and co-curriculum in Singapore schools. 

Prior to that, Clara was a School Principal and helmed two schools over a span of 13 years. She has a Master of Philosophy (School Development) from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from King’s College London. 

An avid believer in the transformative power of the arts, Clara leveraged her experience as school leader, educator and musician to champion arts education and build school culture. Her strong advocacy for arts education through community partnerships and collaborations is evident in the creative programmes she has initiated. 

She currently serves on: Board of Directors, The Esplanade Co Limited; Board of Governors, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music; Singapore National Youth Orchestra committee; Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra committee; Museum Education Advisory Panel (MEAP) National Gallery Singapore.


Ms Helen So

Member of Advisory Committee on Arts Development, Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau (CSTB)

Ms Helen So was Head of the Arts, Culture, and Creative Industries Team in policy research and advocacy at Our Hong Kong Foundation. Ms So holds a Master of Studies (MSt) in Musicology & Ethnomusicology at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford. She is a cellist and continues to perform today.

Ms So’s public service includes various advisory roles appointed by the Hong Kong SAR Government. She currently serves as Member of the Advisory Committee on Arts Development, Member of the Museum Advisory Committee and Member of Hong Kong Palace Museum Board.


Dr Tong Choi Wai

Former Director, Quality School Improvement Project, The Chinese University of Hong Kong;

Curriculum Integration (Education) Consultant, Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project

Dr Tong was formerly the Director of Quality School Improvement Project (QSIP) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Before joining QSIP, Dr Tong was involved in teacher training for more than 30 years. He has served as a senior lecturer at Sir Robert Black of Education, and was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Faculty of Education, CUHK. Throughout these years, Dr Tong garnered crucial insights on teachers’ change and growth, leading him to develop expertise in the professional development of schools as a learning organisation. His specialties also cover areas which are considered as other learning experiences. 

In recent years, Dr Tong has been working with principals, universities and the government in Taiwan. He is taking part in curriculum integration (education) for Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project since 2021.


Mr Sing Jantzen Tse

Lead Creative Practitioner, Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project

Sing Jantzen Tse received his Master of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Jantzen’s artworks focus on the topics of language and conversation, sound and visuals of daily objects and city landscapes. His artworks express the inseparable and entangled relationships between people, individuals and cities, the soul and time. Interested in multimedia practices, he applies different materials and audio-visual moving images to his creations. In 2012, his experimental sound performance Language, toured various theatrical performance programmes in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei. Between 2011 - 2015, he was invited as a resident artist touring Africa, India and the United Kingdom. In 2017, he and his friends founded the art group “Dabinlo Lab”, which focuses on video projects, sound and music performance, and multimedia art production such as those in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). As a musician he is active in band shows and has composed and improvised music for multimedia theatre performances. He has also led sound and video workshops.

Sing Jantzen Tse was supported by soundpocket’s Artist Support Programme 2011 – 12.


Prof Tseng Sun Man

Adjunct Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong

Prof Tseng Sun-man held a number of senior arts management positions in Hong Kong, including Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He later served as Chair and Professor of the Arts Administration Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2012, he joined The Education University of Hong Kong as Adjunct Professor and masterminded the development of the Executive Master of Arts in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship programme. From 2020 - 2022, he was Professor of Practice in Music Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently Professional Consultant (Honorary) of the Music Department.

Prof Tseng has served as board and committee members in many local and international organisations. He was Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Chairman of the Committee on Venue Partnership of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Advisory Committee on Arts Development, and a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) in the United State .

He is currently a member of the Culture Commission and Chairman of the Local Advisory Panel of Hong Kong Performing Arts Expo. Prof Tseng also serves as board member of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Gaudeamus Dunhuang Ensemble, Tang Shu Wing Theatre Studio, Hong Kong Grand Opera and Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation.

His book Principles of Arts Management (in Chinese) has been used as textbook by many arts management programmes in universities in Mainland China. In 2022, the International Society for the Performing Arts presented the Angel Award of Hong Kong 2022 ISPA Awards to Professor Tseng.


Ms Lynn Yau

Chief Executive Officer, The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) 

Project Director, Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project 

In the past two decades, Lynn’s keen interest in the inter-connection and correlation between the arts and education has driven her to build an AFTEC “action research” portfolio on the merging and interaction of the two fields, testing findings and strategies in diverse settings. She is focused on tapping into the innate powers of the arts to open windows for creative teaching and learning opportunities in disciplines other than the arts, from language to social work and the medical humanities. 

Lynn is a Hong Kong Scholar to the Clore Leadership Programme 2010 - 11, and was commended by the Chief Executive in 2022 for her outstanding contribution to arts education. She is keen on research and presented papers in Hong Kong, Penang, Brisbane and London. She is the co-author, alongside Professor Robin Pascoe, for a chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education in 2017. 

She is passionate about training the trainers and working with young people.


Mr Louis Yu, MH

Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Served as the Director of the Hong Kong Art School, Executive Director, Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Yu has recently focused on teaching and research on urban culture. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Adjunct Professor of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published two books: How to Culture a City and Towards a Cultural City.