Katelijn Verstraete

Katelijn Verstraete

Director Arts and Creative Industries at the British Council East Asia

Over the last 20 years Katelijn Verstraete built up experience in the business sector and cultural sector developing multi-stakeholder platforms between Asia and Europe in the areas of cultural policy, artistic exchange & networking, training & skills development, and online platforms.

She is the co-founder of the (then) first independent arts hub in Shanghai (BizArt), was developing training, information provision and Asia connections for Europe's International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts ( www.ietm.org) and for the arts practitioners mobility portal www.on-the-move.org. She led on Asia-Europe cultural exchange programmes in the Asia Europe Foundation ( www.asef.org & www.culture360.asef.org).

She is currently Director Arts and Creative Industries at the British Council East Asia leading on the work in 14 countries in the region. Key areas of work are related to inclusion, crafts & design, creative & social innovation, skills and leadership development.

She has a special interest in the intersections between culture and education, sustainable development, and creative & social enterprise.