Anupama Sekhar

Domain of Expertise: Cultural and creative industries, Cultural policy
Nationality: India
Anupama Sekhar is actively engaged in facilitating cultural exchange and collaboration among artists and arts organisations in 53 countries in Asia and Europe. She is currently the Director of the Culture Department at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and in this role is in charge of ASEF’s work in culture, which comprises of artistic collaborations, support to networks, policy dialogues and information platforms. In particular, she designs and manages ASEF’s work in the field of cultural policy with the aim of stimulating analysis and engagement reflective of current debates in the arts in Asia and Europe, as well as channeling policy ideas to the Culture Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). She is the editor of Enabling Crossovers: Good Practices in the Creative Industries (Singapore, ASEF, 2015) and Mapping Cultural Diversity: Good Practices from Around the Globe (Bonn/Singapore, German Commission for UNESCO and ASEF, 2010). Anupama is a member of the U40 group of young cultural policy experts, launched by the German Commission for UNESCO and supported by the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. She holds degrees in English Literature and International Studies. She is also a trained dancer in the Indian classical style of Bharatnatyam. Prior to joining ASEF, Anupama worked with the United Nations and in the arts sector in India.