Shalini Ganendra, cultural advisor and entrepreneur, has developed important platforms for multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural engagement and exploration through SGA. Developing meaningful and impactful cultural encounters has been a central impetus of the non-profit programming fostered by this Advisory.
‘The mission of SGA speaks to the notion of Cultural Entrepreneurship which ‘involves value creation through the development and innovation of ‘cultural capital’ for positive social and individual impact.“
A number of groundbreaking cross cultural projects have been introduced to South East Asia through the advisory platform and are discussed on this site. The organisational objectives and philosophy aim to support regional creators in the propagation and recognition of contemporary, “vernacular” languages and practices, and promote multi-disciplinary and cross cultural exchange.
Ganendra was appointed to the Tate Gallery Acquisitions Committee (SAAC) in 2017, and has served on various creative panels including: the Fashion Film Awards – ASVOFF 6 at the Pompidou Centre,Paris; the Sovereign Art Prize; the Commonwealth International Artists Residencies; and the inaugural Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival(a collaboration with Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival), in Beijing. She has been a nominator for the Smithsonian Institution’s SARF program (Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship) and a Chief Judge for the Commonwealth Foundation Art Awards.
She is a law graduate from Cambridge University with an L.L.M. from Columbia University Law School, with UK and NY Bars. She practiced corporate finance law on Wall Street before developing SGA to combine a passion for collecting and visual education with the high deliverables of quality cultural projects. Through this international, multi-disciplinary expertise, she provides guidance tailored to each project, whether for private/institutional collections or city wide platforms, appreciating the need for identity and narrative to succeed.