Photos: Kai Er Photography
Margaret has spent the last decade being involved with the internationalisation of higher education as Director (Secretariat) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a leading consortium of premier research universities.
During her career, Margaret also worked for the Singapore Economic Development Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore Workforce Development Agency and National University of Singapore, where she held a variety of different portfolios dealing variously with strategic policy formulation, industry promotion and development, organisational strategy and planning, marketing and communications, finance oversight, talent recruitment and development, and international relations.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys cooking, reading, travel and racquet games (tennis and badminton). She also dabbles in pottery, poetry and photography when the mood strikes.
Neo Kim Seng
Neo Kim Seng is a cross-disciplinary practitioner and has been involved in independent and large-scale projects in various capacities in Singapore and overseas since 1987.
He has programmed for Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, NUS Arts Festival and managed productions for companies including Asia In Theatre Research Centre, TheatreWorks, WildRice, Singapore Repertory Theatre and independent artists.
He has produced and toured independent dance productions to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada. He has been focusing on creating his own works in recent years. He has held two solo exhibition of his installation art and made his directing and writing debut with Decimal Points 810presented by Cake Theatrical Productions in 2014.
His first book, My Grandfather’s Road was published in 2015 and he has since developed 3 stage versions of the book in English and Cantonese. He also recently started working with independent Singaporean dancemakers as a dramaturg.
Ricky Sim is the Founder and Artistic Director of RAW Moves. A home-grown Singapore talent, his dance career spans over 20 years, including being a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. He obtained a Masters in Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia and had completed his Diploma in Dance and Graphic Design from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Temasek Polytechnic respectively.
As a professional dancer, Ricky has worked with The Arts Fission Company and Singapore Dance Theatre (Singapore), Katsura Kan & Saltibanques (Japan), Theatre Nordhausen (Germany), Fattore K and Teatro alla Scala (Italy).
Ricky has gained reputation as a choreographer who is collaborative and provocative, and is one who works closely with musicians, stage actors, and various art practitioners in an integrative manner.
Ricky is often invited as a speaker and guest lecturer of dance and education at international forums and institutions.
Some of his appointments include panel member forCreation & Production Grant, Scholarships & Bursary, External Performance Assessor and Arts Education Programme bythe National Arts Council, Singapore. Ricky has chaired the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)’s dance department in 2016 to 2017. He was also the dance lecturer at NAFA and LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, guest lecturer in movement at both Thammasat University in Thailand and Teatro De Flippo, University Rome – La Sapienza, Italy.
His international and local artistic accolades include — Artist- in-Residence at Thammasat University - Thailand, Silver award in choreography for National Day Parade - Singapore, International Touring Grant - Indonesia Dance Festival VIII, Rotary-NAC Arts Training Grant, Djerassi Residency Program for Choreography in USA, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Artist Programme (France / Greece), and Shell-NAC Arts Scholarship.
Neo Hong Chin
Hong Chin received her foundation training in Chinese Ethnic dance. She was a recipient of both the 2-Year Rotary Multi Ambassadorial Scholarship and National Arts Council (NAC) Bursary Grant for her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) studies at Queensland University of Technology. A veteran performer, Hong Chin has worked with local and overseas artistes. She presented her
choreographic work, Out... of Steps, as part of Transfigured Nites IV 2004, featuring local female choreographers and presented by AHPY at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.
She co-produced Subtext (MAYHEMprojectZ) with several local independent artists, where she choreographed Sitting Alone. Hong Chin was invited to showcase Magic:Machine at Forward Moves 2008, a platform of Singapore Arts Festival for emerging artists. She was also chosen to work with Post Ego Company, a Korean all-male dance company during their 3-month
residency at Esplanade to present Yellow Monkey.
Hong Chin joined RAW Moves in 2013 and had since performed in the production of 吃了吗? Eat With Us (2014), FREE (2014), Re: Time x Space (2014), Floating Box (2015), SSLD:7 (2015), 48:00 (2015), The Fleeting Moment (2015), Act II - The Messy Middle (2016) and BOUND (2016).
She guest choreographed S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G , as part of the triple bill of Repertory Platform (R.e.P) 2013. Her most recent work 慢慢走 - Walk Slowly, a collaboration with Ebelle Chong and Pat Toh, was presented under RAW Moves' Run Another Way Platform 2017.
Since 2013, Hong Chin has been certified under Romana’s Pilates.
Fiona Koh graduated with a Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice from the University of Huddersfield in 2010. Professionally, she manages Whisky and Foxtrot LLP which specialises in creative direction for branding and exhibition designs; as well as Poppy Studio – a graphic design studio which focuses on prints. Koh is also currently an adjunct lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with the School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre, Centre for Lifelong Education and Office of Academic Affairs; and Republic Polytechnic’s School of Technology for the Arts.
As a visual artist, she uses text, image and object to explore the power structure at play and ambiguities of language within the framework of semiotics and psychoanalysis. Her early practice is closely intertwined with the development of a Singaporean art collective, vertical submarine. As one of the co-founders, the collective is known for their room installations, such as A view with A Room (2009), The Garden of Forking Paths (2010) and John Martin: The Butcher and the Surgeon (2015) that engages the audience to look critically beyond the surface of the work. Her recent practice has seen a departure from an exclusive collective practice into individual efforts with her first solo exhibition, EËJA in 2016, held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. Other recent group shows include Alma Matter (2018) and Singapore Utopia (2019). Koh was also shortlisted for the IMPART Art Awards for 2019.
Alice Fok is an experienced leader in retail banking across marketing and customer service, product management, data analytics and digital banking in the United States and Singapore. Before her current appointment as the Head of Customer Proposition & Marketing in HSBC Singapore, she worked in Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and CapitalOne Financial Services.
She developed her interest in dance and art since she started her ballet training at the age of 5. After she finished her Advanced level in ballet, she continued her career journey in banking. In 2019, she started her journey to coach and consult charity organisation in art and culture scene to fulfil her interests in art.