Staff

R Ramachandran

R Ramachandran
Executive Director
DID: +65 6848 8291
Email: [email protected]

Mr. R Ramachandran has long been associated with the promotion of reading, writing, publishing and library development in his previous appointments as Director, National Library, Deputy Chief Executive, National Library Board and subsequently Secretary — General International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). He has been a member of the National Book Development Council of Singapore since 1969, serving in various capacities as Hon. Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman.

Kenneth Quek

Kenneth Quek
Director - NBDCS
DID: +65 6848 8291
Email: [email protected]

Trained as an architect, Kenneth was working in his family’s antiquities business for ten years before falling in love with children's picture books. As the Singapore Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), he volunteered with the Book Council during the early years of AFCC, leading to a full-time position at the Book Council. Besides children's books, he enjoys reading books about aviation and air-crashes, as well as tennis biographies. 

Elizabeth Chew
Director of Marketing
DID: +65 6848 8292
Email: [email protected]

Elizabeth is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur. With qualifications in business and law, she managed her family’s wellness business for 6 years after leaving legal practice. She enjoys writing but is unable to decide if she loves reading or watching the television more as they both inspire her creatively.

Celine Chow

Carlo Venson Pena
Assistant Director, Festival Management & Development
DID: +65 6848 8293
Email: [email protected]

Carlo has more than a decade of experience in media education and publishing. He was a former associate professor for Media Arts and has a masters in Development Studies. A facilitator by training, Carlo has working experience of, and has trained others in, radio and television broadcasting, film, distance-based education and journalism.

Premadevi d/o Perumal

Premadevi d/o Perumal
Vice Principal, Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing (ALAP)
DID: +65 6848 8297
Email: [email protected]

Vice-principal of the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing (ALAP), Premadevi has worked in the education and arts sectors and brings with her sound experience in media relations, public relations and marketing communications. She is a communication and information studies graduate from Nanyang Technological University.

Celine Chow
Assistant Director
DID: +65 6848 8296
Email: [email protected]

Celine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts and Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore and has been in the book industry since then.

Nurhuda Abu Bakar
Senior Manager, Special Projects
DID: +65 6848 8291
Email: [email protected]

Nurhuda graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences and Minor in English Studies. A former journal editor, she enjoys writing and has a penchant for borrowing more books than she has time to read on the train.

Mabel Lee
Senior Manager, Communications and Programmes
DID: +65 6848 8291
Email: [email protected]

Mabel graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Creative Arts from Murdoch University. A former radio deejay and emcee, she was also  previously the assistant editor of an award-winning corporate communications magazine.

 

Vasantha Devi

Vasantha Devi
Manager, Admin and Finance
DID: +65 6848 8290
Email: [email protected]

Vasantha has many years of experience working in Singapore, India and Australia in areas of Administration, Accounting, Travel & Tours and Design House, Production Management. She was working in Australia as a Practice Manager before joining the Book Council, Singapore.

Alycia Teo

Alycia Teo
Festival Executive
DID: +65 6848 8295
Email: [email protected]

Alycia graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Passionate about, writing, illustrations and painting, she worked as an art educator before joining the Book Council, Singapore.

Judi Ho
Administrative Executive, Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing (ALAP)
DID: +65 6848 8295
Email: [email protected]

Judi has a degree in Journalism. She has previously worked at the National Heritage Board and the National University of Singapore. Judi has experience in event coordination and administration. She is glad to be part of the Book Council team, to learn and assist in the growing vibrant Singapore literary scene.