Ai Cheng Tay

Tay Ai Cheng
Deputy Chief Executive
National Library Board of Singapore


Currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Library Board, Singapore. She helms the National Library, Singapore and National Archives of Singapore, the Technology and Resource Discovery arms and the Volunteer Management (VM) efforts for NLB.

Under her stewardship, the National Library is responsible for preserving and making accessible the nation’s literary and publishing heritage and intellectual memory, while the National Archives of Singapore is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of public and private archival records including government files, private memoirs, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and  audio-visual materials.

Ms. Tay also oversees the Resource Discovery and Management’s (RDM) primary mission is to optimise processes and enhance resource discovery to support life-long learning through the acquisitions, cataloguing, physical processing, distribution and circulation of physical library materials in all formats and in the four official languages (i.e. English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil). On theother hand, the Technology & Innovation (TNI) division is tasked to strategically exploit technology and innovation to ready NLB for the future and to proactively identify, conceptualise, design, manage, and deliver effective & innovative IT solutions through sound IT practices.

Ms Tay graduated from the University of Singapore and she was awarded the British Council Scholarship to study Librarianship and Information Studies in the United Kingdom. During the course of her  Ms Tay has been posted to various positions within the National Library Board and has gained a wealth of invaluable experience and knowledge and has imparted her strong leadership and vision to various functional teams. These positions have ranged from the reference library, technical services, corporate services, human resource divisions to library support, processing and warehousing services.


Hajah Nafisah AhmadHajah Nafisah Binti Ahmad
Director General
National Library of Malaysia


Ms. Hajah Nafisah Ahmad is Director General, National Library of Malaysia effective 1 October 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from the National University of Malaysia and Post Graduate Diploma in Library Science from the MARA University of Technology, Malaysia. She has worked at the National Library of Malaysia for 28 years in various departments such as Digital Library Services, Documentation (cataloguing/metadata), Collection Development and Malaysian National Bibliography. She has also been involved in numerous projects, such as the Ubiquitous Library (u-Pustaka) Project, National Digital Library Project and the National Data Dictionary for Public    Sector.

She is currently a Council Member of the Librarians Association of Malaysia and CONSAL XVI Executive Board Member. She has been actively involved in the development of libraries in Malaysia and has presented papers in local and international conferences.


João Fátima Da CruzJoão Fátima Da Cruz
National Library of Timor-Leste


João Fátima da Cruz, Director National Library of Timor-Leste.  Finished Master de Gree in Public Administration at The STIA -LAN Jakarta, Indonesia. Director National Library of Timor-Leste in 2012 -2018. National library of Timor-Leste was established in 2012 This National Directorate is composed of 19 library staff with basic library knowledge, acquired during training in country and overseas. Three young students received  scholarships from the Government of Timor-Leste to obtain their graduate degrees in library studies in Brazil, which should be completed in 2017.


Khanthamaly yangnouvong

Khanthamaly Yangnouvong
Director of National Library of Laos


Since 1984 I was working at the National Library of Laos until at the present. I was in charge of the National Reading promotion Project as one of Board member and more activities for children in nationwide. I worked more section in National library such as acquisition, preservation and book binding, books cataloguing, service generals, Preservation Palm Leaf  Manuscripts Project. In 2002 I was Chief Palm Leaf Manuscripts Division. In 2008 I was appointed Deputy Director and  responsibility Reading promotion and Manuscripts. 2013 I was appointed Director of the National Library and 2014 I was  President Lao Library Association. Since 2007 to present I had invited to teach in Institution and University with subject library science. I was a one member to do library law and I had attended more training workshop or conference in the abroad.


Nawarat Panyangan

Nawarat Panyangan
Asst. Chief, Information Resources Service Division
National Library of Thailand


Nawarat Panyangam is the Assistant Chief of the Information Resoruces Service Division of the National Library of Thailand. She finished Bachelor of Political Science (Major in Public Administration) and the second Bachelor of Human Science (Major in Library Science). She finished her Master’s degree of Library and Information Science from Ramkhumhaeng University.

She was recipient scholarship of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP). The MTCP emphasises the development of human resources through the provision of training in various areas which are essential for a country’s development. In 2006, she also reipient the CSEAS Fellowship for Visiting Research Scholars for six months at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. She was join of the project of UNESCO about training on ICT for persons with disabilities. And nowaday, She has selected from librariand in country to the committee for the 2nd term of Thai Library Association under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. She has the committee draft a strategic plan to integrate the museum and learning center in Thailand by the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (Public Organization) – OKMD. The main objective To encourage people to have the opportunity to seek. The ability to develop creative and to improve the minds of the people and serves as the organization to push Thailand to become a society of social learning.


Nellie Sunny

Nellie Sunny
Brunei Darussalam Library Association


Co-founder of the Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA) in 1986 and was elected  its first President. She is President since 2008.

Puan Nellie is a Chartered Librarian and began her library career in 1974. Her experience has been in the public library sector  for over 26 years at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei holding various posts, moving on to become the first local to be appointed the Chief Librarian of Universiti Brunei Darussalam before retiring from the active  government service. When she was the Secretary of the In Service Training Committee at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei from 1988 to 2000, she managed to secure study grants that paved the way for the formal library education of her library staff in Malaysia and Australia.

She is no stranger to the ASEAN fora and the library community. She was the Brunei Darussalam Chairman of the ASEAN COCI Working Group on Literary and ASEAN Studies from 1988-2000. She was CONSAL Chair from 2000-2003. She serves as a CONSAL Executive Board Member since 2008 till present.

Through her able leadership, BLA has been able to be a catalyst and advocate in the LIS education in Brunei Darussalam which saw the birth of the National Diploma in Information and Library Management in 2000 and is still on-going. She sits in the Programme Development Evaluation Committee of the IBTE Ministry of Education responsible for LIS education in Brunei Darussalam. BLA honoured her with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, with a Life Membership and conferred her an Honorary Fellow in recognition of her continuous commitment and positive contributions to BLA and in building a strong  library profession in Brunei Darussalam and her contribution in forging strong relations with the library community in ASEAN and beyond. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei awarded her The Brunei Darussalam Librarian Award in 2003.

Currently she edits and has written and published various reference source materials on LIS and women. She has presented papers locally and regionally. In the Women’s Business Council-Brunei Darussalam which she co-founded in 1998 as Brunei Darussalam hosted APEC 2000, she promotes the use of ICT  in ensuring women in businesses have the skill to use information to enhance their businesses. She attends the APEC Women and Economy  fora and the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network fora.


Thein Lwin

Thein Lwin
National Library of Myanmar


I served as Head Librarian at Mawlayine University Library from July 1974 to October 1997 for over 22 years. Then, in October 1997, I served as Head of Department of Library and Information Studies, Yangon University. I retired from office in November 2006.

I earned my first professional degree (Post-graduate degree in Library Studies) from Yangon University in 1973 and the second post-graduate degree (MLS) from University of Hawaii in 1986. Since 1999 to date, I joined MLA (Myanmar Library Association) serving as Vice-President (1) from 1999 to 2003. After that I have been serving as Patron of the organization to date. In 2004, I was selected as Executive Member of MLF (Myanmar Libraries Foundation) which is another NGO founded in 2002. During my professional career, I have written over 30 articles and 4 books on library education as well as I attended two international seminars on library development, one in Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan in 1997 and another in Sukhothai Thamasat Open University, Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.

Being a patron and retired Professor/Head of Library and Information Studies, I actively collaborate with other MLA members to conduct library refresher workshops held in Taunggyi in Shan State, Monywa in Sagaing Region and  Mawlamyine in Mon State in 2014-2015. Now, I am participating in library development programs for academic libraries as well as public libraries initiated by.


Cesar Gilbert Q. Adriano
Director IV
National Library of the Philippines

Cesar Gilbert Quizo Adriano is the 18th Director of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). He was appointed by His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on March 17, 2017.  Before his stint as the Director of the NLP, he was the Human Resource Management Officer for 15 years in Davao City.

He is married and blessed with two children.


Kieu Thuy NgaKieu Thuy Nga
National Library of Viet Nam


Kieu Thuy Nga is the Director of the National Library of Viet Nam (NLV). Prior to this position, she held the titles of Deputy Director in charge of technical activities and Head of some different technical divisions of the NLV. With 23 years of working experience, she has managed such areas of activities as Legal Deposit, Acquisition and Exchange, Cataloguing, Preservation, Information Technology, Research & Professional Guidance, International Relations, Administration – Personnel, Viet Nam Library Journal. Especially, during the period working as the Deputy Director, she was appointed Chairwoman of the NLV’s Scientific Council and Editor of Viet Nam Library Journal.

Several major foreign co-operated projects that she has participated in include “Improvement of computer usage and public internet access ability in Viet Nam” funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2009-2016); “Cataloguing in Publications” funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies; “Translating, publishing and training usage of Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition23” (2010-2014) partly funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies; “Translating, publishing and training usage of the Vietnamese RDA – Print 2015 Revision”.

In the current position, Ms. Nga is leading and managing the NLV’s activities toward the model of a traditional library combines with modern, digital library with user-centered focus and new IT based services.


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Yolanda Jacinto
Director III
National Library of the Philippines

Yolanda Jacinto is the Officer-In-Charge (OIC)/Assistant Director of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). She is a professional licensed librarian who rose from the ranks to become an OIC of NLP. She has been with the NLP for 35 years. Prior to her designation as Assistant Director, she was the former Chief of the Collection Development Division. She has also assumed the leadership and supervision of practically all frontline services such as Government Publications Division, Catalog, Reference, Library for the Blind, Public Libraries, Bibliographic Services, and Filipiniana Division.

She graduated Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Library Science at the University of the East in Manila and finished her Master‘s degree in Library and Information Science at Baliuag University in Baliuag, Bulacan. From 2008-2009, she was one of the resource speakers invited by Department of Education Human Resource and Training Division to share her expertise on Library Management, Collection Development, and Cataloging and Classification. She is also an active member/officer of the different library associations in the country.