Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. She holds a BA in Art History,a Master in Ancient History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, as well as MA in Art Education from Stanford University, California and did her doctoral studies in Art education. She has authored many books on museums, art history, and culture. Shobita Punja has worked at the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Delhi, and at the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). She has organized many national training programmes on heritage education and developed heritage resource materials for schools and educational institutions. She is a trustee and board member of several organizations such as the Greenpeace, India, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, and Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad.
Shri Balan Nambiar is a painter, sculptor, enamellist, photographer and a research scholar on ritual art forms of Kerala and Tulunadu of Karnataka. He has held 34 solo exhibitions of his creative works in India and Europe. The awards he received include the State Award and National Award of LKA for his creative works (sculpture) and Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture of Govt. of India and the Nehru Fellowship of Jawaharlal Nehru Foundation for his academic research work. His articles on ritual art forms have been published in major international and national journals. He is a recipient of Academy Fellowship of the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy and Kerala Sangitha Nataka Academy. He was appointed as the Acting Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi for six months in 2012. He has been member of the Central Advisory Board on Culture (CABC) of the Ministry of Culture and the Apex Committee of the NGMA, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Shobha Nambisan joined the IAS in 1976. She held various positions during her tenure, the more prominent ones being the Housing Commissioner, Principal Secretary, Higher Education and Chairman and Managing Director, Karnataka Industrial Investment Development Corporation. Post her retirement in 2009 she became the Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru. During her term NGMA was an active and vibrate hub for art lovers with various exhibitions and outreach programmes taking place constantly. In her short term NGMA curated two exhibitions which were well received not only in Bangalore but also in other NGMA centres. NGMA became an important destination in the culture scenes of Bangalore. She is now on the Programme Advisory Board of Bangalore Regional Centre of IGNCA.
John Reeve teaches on the Museums and Galleries in Education MA at the Institute of Education, London University, and was previously Head of Education at the British Museum and chair of GEM, the Group for Education in Museums, and editor of the Journal of Education in Museums. He is a trustee of Strawberry Hill House (Horace Walpole’s Gothic castle), and a museums consultant, working in India (with INTACH, Sanskriti and British Council) and China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea. He was co-editor and contributor to ‘The Responsive Museum’ (Ashgate 2006); author of several books on Japanese and Indian art and also on religions in museums, including in ‘Museums, Equality and Social Justice’ eds. Sandell and Nightingale (Routledge 2012) He is a contributor with Vicky Woollard to the reference work ‘International Handbook of Museum Studies’ (Blackwell- Wiley 2014 )
Caroline Lang, Head of Education and Public Programmes, Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Caroline Lang holds a BA and an MA in History and a PGCE. She started her career as a curator at the V&A and later taught history to students aged 11-18 before moving into museum education first at the Horniman Museum and then as Head of Education and Outreach at The Passmore Edwards Museum, both in London. Caroline is currently heading the Education team at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and contributing to capacity building for staff in Guangdong Museum and for the Chinese Museums Association.
Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for the museum sector in Scotland. They work with a sector of over 400 museums and galleries, supporting and enabling them to meet their objectives in a number of ways, including though strategic investment, advice, advocacy, and skills development opportunities.