Acceleration Programme for the Arts 2023

14 March 2023 - 4 April 2023

The Acceleration Programme for the Arts 2023, by UOB FinLab and National Arts Council, aims to help arts organisations strengthen their business and digital capabilities to achieve their vision for growth and development.

With the 4-week programme, participants will get to learn from industry experts, engage in curated workshops and learn through peer discussions. This programme will enable arts organisations to leverage digital solutions to build up their business and financial competencies.

*As slots are limited, confirmed participants will be notified.

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Week 1 - Reimagine your Business with Value Proposition

Opening Ceremony

Date: 14 March 2023 

Time: 10am to 12pm

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Location: National Gallery of Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Opening Address by: 

Janet Young

Managing Director and Head of Group Channels and Digitalisation,
Strategic Communications and Brand

Lynette Pang

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Council

Panel Discussion

Navigating the Intersection of Arts, Business, and Digitalisation


Ning Chong​

The Culture Story

Goh Beng Kwan

UOB Painting of the Year Artist

Hazeleen Goh

Founder and CEO

Kuo Jian Hong

Artistic Director
The Theatre Practice

Kevin Lim

Director of
Digital Innovation and Transformation
National Gallery of Singapore

Business Model Canvas Workshop

As the business environment continues to be shaped by the many changing parameters (from customer demands, to fulfilment, to how resources can be better utilized), business owners must continue to review, re-evaluate, and re-strategize to keep their businesses relevant.

The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is the perfect framework and tool here as business owners can use it in a structured and systematic manner to help uncover gaps / discover opportunities before formulating strategies and plans to address these.

Date: 17 March 2023 

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Far Eastern Bank (FEB) Building, Level 1, 156 Cecil Street, Singapore 069544


Felix Tan

UOB FinLab

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Learning Session

Date: 23 and 24 March 2023

Time: 10am to 3pm

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Venue: Far Eastern Bank (FEB) Building, Level 1, 156 Cecil Street, Singapore 069544


Luke B

Lecturer, School of Media
Singapore Polytechnic


OKJ (Ong Kah Jing)

Documentary Storyteller
Works Pte Ltd

Invited Guest Speaker

Invited Guest Speaker

Tan Jia Yee

Director, Creative and Social
Tate Anzur

Learning Session

Date: 31st March 2023

Time: 10am to 12pm

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Venue: Far Eastern Bank (FEB) Building, Level 1, 156 Cecil Street, Singapore 069544


Sharon Ong

Vice-President of Design and Communications

Innovation in the Arts Industry Leveraging Digital Tools to Reshape Business Operation

Panel Discussion


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William Phuan

Executive Director
Singapore Book Council Ltd


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Benedict Tay

Head of CED & Partnership
Business Banking

Candice Zin Ni Chua

Branch Manager

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Jasdeep Sandhu

Gajah Gallery

Keynote Session

Date: 4 April 2023

Time: 10am to 1pm

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Venue: [email protected], Level 2, 79 Robinson Road, Singapore 068897

Keynote Speaker

Damian Kim

Managing Director, Singapore

Invited Guest Speaker

Clarence Chan


This programme is brought to you by

Tan Jia Yee

Jia Yee honed her skills and capabilities through a diverse career in marketing communications – she started her career at Ogilvy as a strategist, then left to build-from-scratch an award-winning creative agency for six years, before moving to an in-house role at a precision health company where she was part of the leadership team. Jia Yee’s currently the Director of Creative and Social at Tate Anzur, an integrated strategic communications agency.

She’s blessed to be doing what she loves, particularly in bridging understanding, connecting communities, and in achieving measurable business outcomes. Some of the clients she has worked with include AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, GIC, the National Arts Council, and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Jia Yee is very active in the arts and community – she continues to write for stage, and currently sits on the Board of Diverse Abilities Dance Collective, and the Prayoon for Art Foundation (Thailand). She is also an Advisor (Arts) for the National Youth Council’s Young ChangeMakers, and a Citizen Ambassador with the Singapore International Foundation.

Damian Kim (Meta)

Damian Kim is the Managing Director at Meta, Singapore, where he is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to build communities and support businesses on platforms.

Prior to his current role, Damian was the Head of Gaming for the Greater China Region responsible for industry development of mobile gaming companies focused on the global market and established it as one of the largest businesses worldwide.

As a co-Chapter Advisor for [email protected] SG, Damian has always been impressed with the long-standing efforts of [email protected] across the company and, in particular, the direct experience he’s had within APAC and also as part of the Global Gaming team.

Before joining Meta, Damian held several positions at Microsoft – both in the APAC regional headquarters in Singapore and the global headquarters in the United States. He was responsible for multiple partnerships – including Hewlett-Packard and Samsung – and also led the launch and growth of the Surface product category for APAC.

Damian received his B.B.A from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. While originally from the US, he has been based in Singapore for over a decade where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

Sharon Ong

Sharon is currently Vice-President of Design and Communications at Inmagine. As a member of the senior leadership team, Sharon leads the Creative and Communication Department across the Group.

She has held senior positions in companies such as J. Walter Thompson, Publicis, Havas Worldwide, Chiel Worldwide, Bray Leino Splash before joining Inmagine. She is strategic and results-driven with over 15 years of working experience building brands across various industries.

With a First Class Honours degree in Visual Communication Design from Middlesex University, Sharon has led multiple teams through her career with her strong leadership skills and is well-known in her industry as a change catalyst, and a hybrid creative with a “can-do” attitude.

OKJ (Ong Kar Jing)

OKJ (Ong Kah Jing, 王傢靖) is redefining the value of short documentaries as well as how they can impact society.

He pushes the boundaries as deemed necessary to do justice to stories by trying new storytelling methods and platforms.

His earnest approach to documentary storytelling led to commissions with Singaporean government agencies such as Sport Singapore and National Environmental Agency as well as international organisations such as Young Sustainable Impact Global based in Norway.

His independent documentary works were recognised at the National Youth Film awards, where he is a 4-time nominee and 2-time winner, along with engagements with brands such as SanDisk Professional and Canon Singapore as well as being involved in a nation-wide campaign with National University of Singapore.

His work had also been shared by mainstream media as well as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Clarence Chan

Clarence is the founder of Bandwagon Labs, whose goal is to help brands create their shopfronts in the interoperable web3 metaverse. He and his team are the 1st in Singapore to be a verified partner of Decentraland (#1 ranked web3 metaverse based on market cap), and the 1st globally to hold wedding in Sandbox Game as featured in CoinTelegraph, CNA, front page of ST life, and the team behind Capitaland’s metaverse activation, Capitaverse.

He is currently building BWLAND, a metaverse tech stack for enterprises. Clarence is in the founding team of, a web3 music collective which funds music collaborations via DeFi. Clarence has been an invited speaker by National Marketing Office, IMDA, and was in Prestige’s 40 under 40 in 2022. He is an alumni of the 1st Solana Hacker House SG, holder of Solana Monkey Business #1297 and early Bitcoin ordinals holder of PixelPepes #1147.

Candice Zin Ni Chua

Candice’s first two years with UOB started with service roles at the Marina Bay Financial Centre and Main branches of the bank. She subsequently moved on to the Self-Serving Banking department and the FinTech and Innovation department (Strategy and Projects), before moving on to her current role as the youngest west region branch manager in UOB (Clementi Branch). To date, Candice has donned UOB colours for 12 years.

During her tenure, Candice was also UOB’s Committee Lead for 3 consecutive years for the Singapore FinTech Festival. Her background in theatre arts and filmmaking, coupled with her friendliness, relatability and passion for people and innovation, were fundamental in her managing the [email protected] learning lab, a space where students can co-create and engage with the UOB staff, a space where both parties can learn and understand each other better.

Luke B

Luke B’s passion for photography started at a young age. Upon completing his Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he chose to be an apprentice with prominent local photographers for many years before embarking on his career as a professional photographer. His works has been collected in Kiyosato Museum in Photographics Arts in Japan. He was an active committee member in Professional Photographers Association of Singapore, leading the outreach and education team.

In his role as adjunct lecturer with Singapore Polytechnic 10 years ago, Luke found his calling in teaching and mentoring. He now holds a full time lecturer position in the Media, Arts & Design School (SP), sharing his passion for photography, video content creation and mentoring the young people in creative entrepreneurship.

With close to 7 years of teaching in the field of design, entrepreneurship, photography and video production. He has inspired and groomed many youth winning the Crowbar Awards and other accolades with some successfully created their startup in the creative industry.

Janet Young

Ms Young leads the Channels and Digitalisation teams to build customer engagement and connectivity across online and physical channels in key Asia markets to support all customer segments across the Group.  Working with business and technology partners internally, and Fintechs and ecosystem partners externally, Ms Young champions innovation to create digital solutions and collaborative business models that benefit the bank and the bank’s customers.

She also leads the Brand management, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility teams across the group to achieve UOB’s brand vision, supported by impactful communication with all stakeholder groups and strong community relationships.

Ms Young is a Board Member of the Singapore National Council of Social Service (NCSS), National Environmental Agency (NEA), InnoVen Capital (a venture debt JV between UOB and Temasek Holdings), The FinLab and Accuron Technologies. She also serves Advisory Councils of Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore and Elevandi.

Ms Young has more than 25 years of banking and corporate experience. Prior to joining UOB, she held senior roles at global banks and European MNC.

Felix Tan

With almost 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Felix is The FinLab’s “Mentor-in-Residence” after having helmed it from November 2015 to July 2020 as its Managing Director.

He is also an Independent Director on 2 listed companies – Y Ventures Group in Singapore, and Eggriculture Foods Ltd in Hong Kong.

Kevin Lim

Working at National Gallery Singapore for the past decade, Kevin Lim has evolved through diverse roles in Visitor Experience, to Corporate Planning, to Innovation at the Gallery.

The Innovation & Technology group is aimed at developing new ways for visitors to experience the Gallery:

  1. Y-Lab looks at proof of problem, and scans the horizon for startups to collaborate with
  2. Co:Lab X looks at proof of market, through viable in-house innovations
  3. DevOps look at proof of scale, by growing technology solutions resiliently and sustainably

Kevin Lim graduated with a doctorate in Communication theory from the State University at Buffalo, New York and his work has revolved around the reflexive architecture of society and online social networks.

Kuo Jian Hong

Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice (Practice), award-winning theatre director, lighting and set designer, and independent film-maker, Kuo has always taken on multi-faceted creative roles within the arts. Her extensive career spans over three decades, making her one of the key contributors to the development of the Singapore arts scene.

Mr Goh Beng Kwan

Goh Beng Kwan, who turns 86 this year, is a pioneer Singapore modern artist known for his distinctive approach to abstraction and collage. He studied under Singaporean pioneer artists Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng before moving to the US, where he studied at the Arts Students League of New York City. During his time in NYC, Goh was awarded multiple art scholarships, as well as mentorship from acclaimed painter Sidney Gross and Leo Manso. For over half a century, Goh has been an influential artist in Singapore – contributing significantly to the development of local contemporary art. He was awarded first prize at the inaugural UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 1982 and received the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts in 1989. His work has been featured in over 120 exhibitions across Asia, Europe and the United States, and is in private collections locally and throughout Asia.

Hazeleen Goh

Hazeleen Goh is the youngest daughter of Singaporean artist Mr. Goh Beng Kwan. ArtAF (also known as Art Affairs) is a homage to her father’s legacy and a dedication to her family. Hazeleen’s childhood was often spent gazing at her father at work as he created paintings and collages out of what she thought was a mess of smelly paints and hanging out at art galleries with him and his artist friends. Her gratitude and love for her parents, and deep respect for her father’s work today is a result of those childhood memories. Hazeleen’s personal mission is keeping Singapore’s history of art alive by honouring the work created by her father and his peers and connecting them with younger generation of collectors and emerging artists.

Ning Chong

Ms Ning Chong has more than fifteen years of experience working in the professional art world. She received a BSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Education in London.

In 2017, Ms Chong co-founded The Culture Story with her father Mr Chong, with a vision to create a boutique art consultancy that delivers exciting programmes centred around art. She is also a patron of the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum.


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