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Caroline Watson

Director and Founder, Hua Dan

Caroline Watson is Founder of Hua Dan, one of China's first and leading social enterprises that uses the power of participation in drama-based workshops to unfold individual and community potential. Hua Dan has a particular focus on working with China's rural to urban migrant workers, who work in the manufacturing and service industry, at the heart of China's economic boom. Watson has pioneered the importance of participation in the arts and creative education in a country that has no precedent for anything other than a hierarchical, rote-learning education model, empowered the leadership of female migrants from the countryside to lead and manage the organization, and begun developing a sustainable hybrid non-profit/for-profit business model for arts-based learning methodologies. She is also the Founder of the Scheherazade Initiatives, which seek to replicate the Hua Dan model in other parts of the world and provide leadership training services to companies and institutions globally. Watson is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Arts in Society.