ASEF Mobility First travel grant for artists

Meet the team behind Mobility First!

Meet the people behind the scenes of Mobility First!


Andrea is the primary officer in charge for Mobility First!

In 2019, she ran ASEF Unplugged – Conversations on the Arts in Asia and Europe, the Culture Department’s event series offering a platform for informal peer-to-peer conversations among cultural professionals and policymakers in Asia and Europe.

Andrea completed her Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines.

Anupama SEKHAR

Anupama is the Director of the Culture Department at ASEF. She is in charge of ASEF’s strategy in arts, culture & heritage as well as the day-to-day operations of the Department.

Anupama is responsible for ASEF’s programme portfolio in culture, which comprises of travel grants (Mobility First!), digital platforms ( and support to ASEM initiatives (ASEM Cultural Festival). She also designs civil society engagement with policymakers at the ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting, which takes place every 2 years as part of the G2G Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) informal dialogue process. Anupama represents ASEF on the Executive Committee of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS).

She holds degrees in English Literature and International Studies. She is a trained dancer in the Indian classical style of Bharatnatyam. Prior to joining ASEF, Anupama worked with the International Labour Organisation and with independent arts spaces in India.

About the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, sustainable development, economy and public health.

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