The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), established in February 1997 by the members of ASEM, is the only permanent physical institution of ASEM. It is a not-for-profit foundation based in Singapore, whose aim is to promote better mutual understanding between the peoples of Asia and Europe through greater intellectual, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges. ASEF reports to a board of 39 governors representing the 38 ASEM countries and the European Commission.
ASEF carries out its mandate is by initiating projects and fostering networks in the intellectual, cultural and people-to-people fields, as well as by engaging journalists in a variety of Public Affairs programmes. ASEF’s flagship programmes include the ASEF Talks on the Hill, Asia-Europe Environment Forum, Informal Human Rights Seminars, Asia-Europe Youth Co-operation Network, Asia-Europe Young Artists’ Exchange, ASEMUS (museums), SEA-Images (cinema) and Asia-Europe Editors’ Roundtables and ASEF Journalists’ Colloquiua.
ASEF Cultural Exchange
Artists in Progress | Creative Process | Cultural Dialogue in Context
The ASEF Cultural Exchange (CE) Department seeks to provide Young Artists and Cultural Professionals a unique environment and meeting point for dialogue that has the potential to evolve into positive artistic interventions, dynamic cultural networks and cultural policy development between Asia and Europe.
CE works in close cooperation with public and private art and cultural organisations, groups and networks. These stakeholders are specifically chosen due to their potential to lead social opinions against prejudices and stereotypes, as well as the role of multiplier that they play.
CE programmes and related events thus have the following objectives:
1. To initiate, promote and reinforce Asia-Europe cultural networks as key structures for the development of sustainable links, notably through online cultural platforms
2. To channel information and act as interface between cultural policy makers and artists, advocating policies favourable to creativity and artistic innovation at the appropriate ASEM level
3. To nurture artistic creativity and facilitate encounters among young people for future artistic cooperation and career opportunities
4. To support the Asia-Europe dimension in international festivals and cultural events (like www.culture-asef.org and the up-coming Portal Culture360)
Wendy Lee, Administration/Project Executive: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anjeli Narandran, Project Executive: email@example.com
Jimmy Singal, Web Developer (Culture360): firstname.lastname@example.org
David Ocon, Project-assistant: email@example.com
Katelijn Verstraete-Project Manager:
January 2008: ASEF is currently looking for:
a Project Officer
You can download the job descriptions here: