Fatima AVILA, a Filipino national, joined Asia-Europe Foundation ASEF in May 2016 as Project Executive in the Culture Department. She is in charge of Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, which was set up in recognition of existing funding gaps, particularly in the Asia-to-Europe and Asia- to -Asia contexts. Prior to ASEF, Fatima has worked extensively in the visual arts field as gallery manager of Tin-aw Art Gallery and Manila Contemporary (Valentine Willie Fine Art) where she was able to navigate Southeast Asia through artistic and institutional collaborations by means of exhibitions and commercial projects. Fatima holds a Master ’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines respectively.