With expertise in brand-building, business development, growth and sustainability for both the NGO and commercial sectors, Mr Paul Tam has been Executive Director of Hong Kong Ballet, one of Asia's premier ballet companies, since January 2014. Previously, he was General Manager at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which celebrates creative writing in English and emphasizes writing with an Asian connection through its exciting array of events and activities. Prior to the Festival, he was Director of Marketing at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the largest performing arts group in Hong Kong with an annual audience of over 100,000.
Apart from holding a succession of executive arts leadership roles, Mr Tam has worked previously for non-arts organizations in a range of sectors, such as World Wildlife Fund, Hong Kong Australian International School and Aedas, a major architectural firm, in addition to founding his own hospitality company back in 2006.
Mr Tam holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Piano Performance and Composition as well as an MBA in Arts Administration from York University, Canada. He was a Vilar Fellow at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2003-2004). He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program in July 2015 and another scholarship by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority to participate in the Advanced Cultural Leadership Program by the University of Hong Kong in 2012.
Mr Tam is currently Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Committee Member of Art Form Panels (Festivals), Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Advisory Board Member for the EMA (AME) Programme, HKIED. Mr Tam is an awardee of the 2015 The Secretary for Home Affairs' Commendation Scheme for his contributions to the development of arts and culture in Hong Kong.