Preeti Gaonkar, an Indian national, joined ASEF in August 2017 as the Project Manager in the Culture Department. She is responsible for the ASEM Cultural Festival, a key project at ASEF which aims to present the diversity of creative expressions from Asia and Europe to the leaders of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the peoples of Asia and Europe.
Previously, she worked with ASEF in the Culture Department from 2013-2015. Whilst she was back in India, she founded The Mumbai Assembly, an independent cultural agency focused on creating new platforms for collaboration and showcasing in the space of creative and cultural industries. She has over 15 years of experience in the arts and culture sector in India.