Katelijn Verstraete

Regional Director East Asia Arts & Creative Industries, British Council

Katelijn Verstraete (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Katelijn Verstraete worked at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) from 2006 to 2012, developing multi-stakeholder programmes between Asia and Europe in the areas of cultural policy, artistic exchange, capacity-building and information exchange. Her work also included working on the intersections between arts and education, sustainable development and health. Katelijn co-founded in 1999 BizArt, the first autonomous art space in Shanghai and developed between 2003-2006 the communication, training and Asia activities for the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) in Brussels, as well as managing the On The Move portal for artist mobility.
Prior to her work in the cultural sector, Katelijn worked for seven years in the business sector in Germany and China. She is the main advisor to and co-author of the Europe-China Cultural Compass, an orientation for cultural cooperation between Europe and China published by the EUNIC network in China.

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