Creative Friends Asia is a community helping to improve standards for Creatives in Asia through meaningful platforms:
Founded by creatives for creatives, we have bridged more than five thousand of our members in Singapore and China with companies attracting new jobs and projects
Creatives have also had the opportunities to learn from industry leaders including World Champions, Chief Creative Officers and more
Simultaneously creatives with unique ideas can benefit from our grant application services and enrol in our incubation program
Principles of Creative Friends Asia are featured in CNN (go), Channel News Asia, China Daily, CCTV, CGTN, Ad Asia, Marketing Magazine, the Singapore Straits Times amongst others
In 2017, we also created the World's first Interactive Creative Talks using holographic technology
From Music and Film
Musicians, artists, engineers and sound production management, producers, Camera crews, photographers, production facilitators, location hunters
Art and Animation
Painters, ceramicists, illustrators, animators, sfx artists, VR, augmented reality, projection mapping, hologram artists
To Branding, Fashion and more!
Graphic designers, digital/traditional marketers, advertisers, event managers, publicists, writers, bloggers, Designers, makeup artists, stage directors, models
Senior Advisor, China Daily Asia Pacific Executive Director
Mr. Wan co-founded the China Daily CEO roundtable, a network of movers and shakers in China in 2004. He oversees the overall development and operation of the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable.
Mr. Wan was Regional Director Greater China of the Conference Board of New York, member of the Corporate Advisory Council of Special Olympics, Senior Advisor of the China Initiatives of the Harvard School of Public Health and Senior Advisor of Women’s Forum Asia.
Mr. Wan helps the Creative Friends Asia community through connections and general advice.
Managing Director Samuel Seow Law Corporation
Samuel Seow Law Corporation are currently our Official Singapore representative partners;
In 2005, armed with a cash loan and the support of 2 friends, Samuel Seow incorporated Samuel Seow Law Corporation ("SSLC") with a mission to change the way legal practice is conducted – where the indifference and general "stuffiness" people associate with legal practice is replaced with genuine warmth and compassion.
These lofty ambitions started humbly. Before incorporation, the founding partners of the law corporation would meet weekly at the McDonalds outlet in Clarke Quay to strategise and plan for the future of the business.
When the law corporation was finally incorporated on 17 March 2005, the lawyers first worked out of the small one–bedroom apartment in which Samuel had then lived.
Samuel Seow, at that time, became the Managing Director of the new business and was far from the "celebrity lawyer" he has been dubbed by the local press to be today. He was a young, nervous, struggling entrepreneur compelled to face the challenges of entrepreneurship head on as he navigated SSLC into safe waters at a time when the Asian Financial Crisis loomed.
Today the law corporation has surpassed expectations and terse comments that "Singapore is never going to need an entertainment lawyer" and has garnered accolades and awards both locally and internationally, and has grown beyond its position as "Singapore‘s first media law firm" to a respected, full service medium–sized legal practice.
SSLC has also stretched its wings outside of Singapore to neighbouring Malaysia, where its Malaysian associated office, Seow & Associates (which is also featured in the Asia Pacific Legal 500), today repeats the success story of SSLC and represents some of the most exciting media companies across the causeway, including the Pinewood Iskandar Studios, an integrated media production studio facility which opened its doors to the world on 14 June 2014.
Chief Creative Officer, Serviceplan China
Kathrin Guethoff has brings a lot of experience and thanks to her allowed Serviceplan China to launch a series of succeefull events together;
She has 19 over years of experience in the advertising industry in Europe and Asia, and award-winning creativity.
She serves on the board of Creatives for the Serviceplan group and has won awards at the major industry festivals around the world including; Cannes Lions, ROI Festival, Spikes Asia Pacific, Epica and New York Festivals.
Within her long-term engagement for BMW and BMW Group in Mainland China, she worked for BMW in several Asian markets, including Malaysia, Japan, HK, Taiwan & Macau, as well as on global campaigns rolled out in 30+ markets.
Besides being in interested in communication in all aspects and finding new perspectives, her passion is Art & Photography, Running, and her Courtyard in Beijing.
– Her motto: “Always stay curious, keep a positive & optimistic view on things; it’s all a matter of attitude, the most important source of energy is inside yourself.” Clients: BMW, MINI, WMF, Metro, IKEA, Continental Tires, Shell, Porsche, BSH (Bosch; Gaggenau),VW Group, BOSCH, Canon, Henkel, Castrol, Hilton, Intel, American Express, Telekom Austria, Nestle, Dove/Unilever, SAP, DHL, Pfizer, smart, Allianz Insurance, Gruner & Jahr, McDonald‘s, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (and others);
*Awards: ROI Festival Gold (Production Craft, 2016), Cannes Gold Lion (Branded Entertainment; 2013), Cannes Bronze Lion (Automotive, Direct; 2012), Spikes Pacific Asia Gold (Integrated Campaign; 2012), Spikes Pacific Asia Silver (Branded Content & Entertainment; 2012), DMA (Silver Automotive, Bronze Viral; 2012), China Greatwall Advertising Award (GrandPrix Media, 2012); ROI festival (Gold Effectiveness, 2012), Digital Agency of the Year by DAMNdigital (2011), CIAF (Print, OOH, 2011), Red Dot Award (2008), London Intl.
Festival Finalist (2008), BMW Advertising Award (2007), BBDO Total Work Award (2007), New York Festivals (Silver, Bronze; 2008), New York Festivals (Silver; 2006), Deutscher Dialogmarketingpreis (Shortlist; 2006), Epica Award (Bronce, 2005), DMVOE Columbus (2x Gold; 2005);
Presidential Performer and Festival organiser
Chu Yibing (Chinese: 朱亦兵) (born 1966) is a Chinese cellist. He contributed to spreading ensemble music all over China. His ensemble China Philharmonic Cellists, made up of 12 Chinese cellists, gives concerts all over the country.
We were very fortunate to have him be one of the speakers during a Creative Friends Asia Event, he has performed for presidents including Barack Obama;
He was imparted rudimentary knowledge of music by his parents, both of whom were professors in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, when he was a kid. His mother is half-Swiss half-Chinese.Chu's father was an excellent cellist and a strict teacher, so Chu laid a solid foundation before he studied abroad in Europe.
He went to Europe to pursue music studies in 1983. In France, he studied with Maurice Gendron. In 1986, he was awarded several prizes in an international cello competition in Geneva, which made him the first Chinese cellist that had won an international competition. Chu graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris in 1987 with Premier Prix, becoming the third Chinese musician (after Ma Sicong and Xian Xinghai) who ever got a degree with merit from the Conservatoire de Paris. Then, Chu began to study on 20th-century music, working with Inter Contemporain and Pierre Boulez.
Chu became the principal cellist of Sinfonieorchester Basel, Switzerland, in 1989. In 1999, he was the guest principal cellist of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Chu was invited by his German cellist friends as one of the 6 members of the Cologne Philharmonic Cellists and gave many performances all over Germany. A large amount of traditional works have been revised by this group into cello ensemble works, with modern perspectives and popular styles. Besides, as an outstanding cellist, Chu had opportunities to play with other great cellists such as Rostropovich, Greenhouse, etc.
In 2004, after 21 years studying and playing in Europe, Chu came back to China and was appointed as Professor of Cello at the Central Conservatory of Music. After that, he and his followers began to spread music as well as ideas of music education over China by giving concerts in various forms and propagating western music studies.
Chu believes that Chinese people are the most suitable group of people for appreciating chamber music because of the Chinese historical backgrounds. So, he founded the China Philharmonic Cellists and tour around the country giving performances with amazing energy and exquisite tastes. Chu's efforts have been well-recognized and highly appraised by mainstream media in China.
Chief Creative Officer at Avantgarde
Flip Sorée is the current Chief Creative Officer for Avantgarde Shanghai Overseeing an amazing international creative floor of 25 people as well as the Managing Director for strategic, content and execution divisions.
Flip has won the Destination X pitch for BMW off-road driving experience and more;
His previous experience includes being the Executive Creative Consultant for Dentsu from 2016 – 2017 in Beijing as well as served as the consulting the Managing Director and Executive Creative Director - reviewing and guiding the creative team on integrated campaigns whilst leading and overseeing execution of TVC, photoshoots and events.
During 2015 – 2017 he was also working at CIG of Bitauto as Group Global Creative Director. Throughout these two years he Overseeed an international creative department of 51 people - Won the overall Volkswagen media pitch for 2 leading models as well as the Renault-Dongfeng pitch for the launch of the Captur.
Flip also worked on the international launch for NextEV electric cars during his time at O&R McCann Group as Creative Director from 2013 til 2015. He was the Creative lead for a team of 18 creatives who handled the Volkswagen account.
He then went on to Win two Golden LongXi awards for the FAW-VW Magotan TV Commercials and three Silver LongXi awards for the FAW-VW Jetta launch campaign whilst working on award winning campaigns for brands as Jeep, Harbin Beer and 361°.
We are very thankful that Flip contributes towards the Creative Friends Asia community by sharing his knowledge with others;
Art Director, Harper's Bazaar China
Liu Yan has more than 10 years of experience in Editorial and Creative Direction, she is currently acting as Art Director for Harper's Bazaar China in Beijing.
Liu Yan contributes to Creative Friends Asia Community by sharing here experience with other members of the community;
Kelly, Qian Kai Li
Also known as Qian Kai Li, Kelly has worked on catwalks and appeared in magazines all over the world from Vogue, Harper's Bazaar to Chanel, Max Mara and more!
Her recent success includes being selected as on of the models who appeared as one of the contestant on the extremely successful show entitled "ISupermodel";
Each episode is watched by more than 30 million Chinese and has been going on for three seasons;
Kelly helps the community through sharing her insights and has participated as one of our previous speakers during one of our previous Creative Friends Asia community events.
Founder and Director LALABOBO
Yu Xizi has more than 15 years experience in the Fashion industry in China and the World's first Fashion designer to give a talk as a Hologoram thanks to her collaboration with Creative Friends Asia who launched the World first interactive creative talks using Holographic Technology in collaboration with VX Entertainment;
Presently the Design and one of the founders for fashion brand LALABOBO - Yu Xizi has been involved in the APEC meeting leader’s dress design and has won the Chinese national fashion creative design competition silver medal; "Dishang" China Fashion Design Competition Excellence Award; "Qipai Chinese Liling Cup" Men's Silver Award;
"Hosa Cup" swimwear design contest Gold Award; "North Cup" graduation design gold medal.
Her brand LALABOBO was invited to appear during the latest prestigious Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week and has been published in more than 80 publications throughout China including Vogue, Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar and others. LALABOBO have over 200 stores across China and attracted In 2014 financing from the world famous venture capital firm Sequoia Capital (whom finance Linkedin to name a few).
CEO VX Entertainment, Creator and Executive Producer Billboard Music Awards
Rick Garson is an advisory board member of Creative Friends Asia;
He is also the CEO and founder of VX Entertainment, which is a firm involving an all-star team with years of experience in live events, television production, holographic & virtual entertainment and effects industries to create innovative, engaging content for your business.
He’s a knowledgeable captain of the developing mixed reality industry, and he and the other VX principals have also produced many highly successful television series for broadcast and major cable networks including NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, CCTV, BBC, MTV Networks, STARWORLD, RTL Group, ESPN to name a few.
Olympic Expo project and the IDEA (International Digital Entertainment Awards) global awards TV special honoring the best digital life in China are two events involving Rick Garson. The Wyndham Hotel annual event project, CCTV interactive animation city experience center project, Microsoft Hololens curriculum project, Xi An Eight Wonder museum upgraded project, 360 dome theater in Terra-Cotta Warriors, Mercedes-Benz training center project, and BMW VR project are part of VX Entertainment’s programming.
Rick Garson recently went to CES Asia in Shanghai, where he acted as the speaker of Leaders in VR Entertainment conference session.
This session was about how the boundaries of Virtual Reality for film, games and other forms of entertainment are being blurred, as well as how they plan to bring it to the masses.
2007 World Boxing Champion Bronze Medallist, China National Olympian
He also represented China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is currently serving as one of the official China Olympic Coaches for National Women's team;
Liyang is also heavily involved in cross cultural ties between the West and the China Government in promoting the sport as well part of the development team for MMA China;
Creative Friends Asia is very honoured to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Liyang on several occasion giving talks, sharing his knowledge amongst other projects;
World Wushu Champion 2012 and 2013, Action Coordinator
Currently living in China, Beijing, Myra Mala is Two times world wushu champion (2012 and 2013).
With Strong sport background allows her to now perform high quality action acting + drama acting skills complete with the Troy's team action group.
Together they are delivering great film content, including: acting, action acting, fighting choreography, camera work, directing, editing and other postproduction activities.
They have been hired to work on numerous commercials and popular movies in China and very fortunate that Myra Mala is able to assist the Creative Friends Asia community through her raw talent and experience in both martial arts and the film industry.
Cannes Lion Gold Award Winner
With 20 years of advertising experience, Polly Chu started her career in Hong Kong but stayed 10 years in China working on both international and local Chinese blue chip brands. From Shanghai to Guangzhou, and now Beijing, Polly is one of the most well-respected creative leaders in China.
Polly has won many notable awards. Her recent international achievements include 51 awards including silver and bronze Cannes lions, Gold pencils in the One Show, a China 4As Grand Prix, Gold Kam Fan Awards, and silver at the London Festivals.
She is also the world's first woman in advertising to give a talk as a Hologram through our collaboration in creating the world's first interactive Creative Talks using holographic technology with Creative Friends Asia and VX Entertainment
Chris J Rock
Best selling author, Entrepreneur
Chris is the Founder & Global CEO of Black Marketing which is a global marketing consultancy that specialises in enabling LinkedIn for C suite executives & Entrepreneurs across the world.
He has taken the company from 1 person in 1 country in 2014 to a full listing on the NASDAQ in 2016. Chris has been named as an Official LinkedIn Power Profile 2012 2016, has one of the world’s most viewed LinkedIn profiles with 55,000 followers, hundreds of recommendations, is one of the Top 100 most influential LinkedIn Bloggers and is the No.
1 International Bestselling Author with his book “LinkedIn Mastery for Entrepreneurs”. Chris has also been awarded “Asia’s Most Influential Digital Media Professional” by CMO Asia and The British Chamber of Commerce Singapore Small Business Rising Star 2015.
Creative Friends Asia benefits from Chris's experience and knowledge sharing.
After graduating from Shanghai's prestigious Theatre Academy, Liu Yong (Leah) devotes most of her energy to adding a modern touch to two thousand year old replicas of the Terracotta Warriors.
Her works have been showcased and commissioned:
2006 Terracotta warriors - five pieces by The British museum 2006 Terracotta warriors - two pieces by Mr.Marshall Cogan and Maureen Cogan lady Mr.Marshall Cogan (Former NewYork museum art director and chairman architecture and design museum - United motor company founder Maureen Cogan lady of the Former Israeli President of the council of the international museum)
2007' Terracottawarriors' by the Hangzhouart museum
2008 Olympic committee president of Australia John Kiken
2008 Brazil’President and 2008 governor of Rio DE Janeiro, Brazil and 2008 Brazil’sOlympic committee(ioc)
We have had the privilege to have Leah exhibit her works during previous Creative Friends Asia Events.
Very proud to be part of this community, they have high integrity and lots of good creative resources
I can see the potential in Creative Friends Asia and a good reputation, developing a partnership made perfect sense for us
I really enjoyed collaborating on the World's first Hologram Talks they did, this is a very meaningful community with lots of good talent
Companies benefit by saving time as our community can help source for all types of creatives within one place - Creatives gain professional advice from industry leaders, meet more like minded individuals, gain professional guidance and ultimately find more opportunities
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