Key staff

Douglas Gautier, Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Management

Douglas was appointed as Artistic Director and CEO of the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2006, having been Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival from 2002. He was previously head of the Radio Television Hong Kong music and arts channel and in 1986 he was appointed Head of Concert Music (Planning) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Returning to Hong Kong, Douglas spent a number of years in the media business, first as Deputy Managing Director of Metro Broadcast and then Director of Corporate Affairs for STAR Television. In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, where he was active in fostering links between the tourism and cultural sectors.    

Stephen Boyle, Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Management

Stephen is Associate Professor in the University of South Australia Business School and an expert in arts and cultural management. Originally trained as a musician he has also worked as an arts manager and educator. Stephen undertook his doctoral studies at Macquarie University with Professor David Throsby who is a world expert in cultural economics. His thesis explored the transition of Australia’s symphony orchestras from a government department to individual companies. In addition to teaching in Australia, Stephen has also taught in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Beijing. Stephen has published in the top journals in arts and cultural management as well as presented at many international conferences.

Jacinta Thompson, Executive Director, University of South Australia Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

Prior to becoming Artistic Director of the OzAsia Festival in 2008, Jacinta was the Programming Executive for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In 2004 Jacinta was the recipient of the Asialink Arts Management Residency Program and spent five months at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. Jacinta has previously worked as the Education Manager for the Sydney Theatre Company, Regional Arts Victoria and the 1994 and 1996 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. She was also a Program Manager for the 1998 and 2000 Adelaide Festival of Arts and Operations Manager for the 1995 and 1997 Come Out Youth Arts Festival.

Ying Zhu, Director, the Australian Centre for Asian Business, University of South Australia

Ying is Professor in the University of South Australia Business School. He was born in Beijing in an artistic family and graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor of International Economics in 1984. He worked as an economist in Shenzhen SEZ between 1984 and 1988 and completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1992. He has held positions at a number of Australian universities, including Melbourne and Victoria universities and has been a visiting scholar at the ILO, the University of Cambridge and the World Bank. He has more than 100 publications in the areas of international human resource management, employment relations, economic development and research methods in Arts and Dance.

Saras Sastrowardoyo, Program Director, Masters in Management (Arts and Cultural Management)

Saras is a Lecturer in the University of South Australia Business School and involved in teaching and research and supervision of a number of PhD students, including those in the Arts and Cultural Management area. Prior to her academic career, Saras was a practising architect for over two decades, involved in projects that included educational institutions and performance centres.

Luqiang Qiao, Deputy Director, Executive Coordination Office - Beijing National Centre of Performing Arts

Luqiang is Deputy Director of the Executive Coordination Office for Beijing’s National Centre of Performing Arts and a graduate of the University of South Australia’s MBA and Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural Management. In 1997, after 11 years facilitating cultural exchange programs for the Shandong government, he received a scholarship from the Australia-China Council for his Graduate Diploma and subsequently, he completed his MBA, specialising in Arts and Cultural Management. In 2007, as a result of this unique education and his experiences abroad, he was asked to join the newly opened NCPA.

Thuy Do, Vice-Head Policy Studies and Cultural Development Division, Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS)

Thuy Do is a graduate of the University of South Australia Masters program in Arts and Cultural Management and also holds a PhD in Arts and Cultural Management from UniSA. On her return to Vietnam she took up a position as a researcher in the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, where she has now been promoted to Vice-Head Policy Studies and Cultural Development Division.

Areas of study and research

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