Generating Social Capital and Unlocking the Creator Economy with NFTs


Date: 14 October Thursday

Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm HKT

Venue: DAFA Seminar Area, 1F Asia Standard Tower

Format: Seminar/Webinar

Speakers:  Vinay Vaswani, UMA; Linda Dounia, Cyber Baat; Gillian Au Howard, Digital Art Fair Asia

Moderator: Joyce Li, Digital Art Fair Asia

Language: English

 Within the progressive, decentralised artworld of NFTs, blockchain technology offers new opportunities beyond limitations of traditional funding models. The panel discussion explores a new art ecology that gives voices to the African community and diaspora, as well as financial returns that ensures stability for emerging artists. Representing the values of cryptocurrency and decentralisation, the artist-led platform reflects solidarity and freedom of a new generation of digital artists and community.


Vinay Vaswani

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, UMA

Entrepreneur, singer, producer, Vinay is a serial culturist. Committed to accelerating Africa’s creator economy, Vinay founded UMA, a purpose-house dedicated to the development of culture-driven businesses. All of his work is ultimately geared towards democratising sustained creativity in Africa.


Linda Dounia

Founder, Cyber Baat

Linda Dounia is a Senegalese-Lebanese artist, designer, and writer. She dreams of a pluriverse and asks questions about modernity. She is the creator of Cyber Baat - Africa's first NFT exhibition combining physical, digital, and VR experiences. Linda explores power and positionality in her work, as a way to make sense of her place in the world and heal her relationship with it.

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Gillian Au Howard

Co-founder & Fair Director

Gillian Au Howard is the co-director of Digital Art Fair Asia - the new generation of art fair in Asia focusing on new media art, NFT art and immersive art experience. 

Accomplished in fine galleries and museum management, Gillian has previously managed private museum collections and international galleries in Hong Kong and London. She has also consulted museum projects in Hong Kong, China and Russia. She also studied Art Business with the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, With an extensive knowledge of new media art, she is now leading the Digital Art Fair Asia team and curators on creating a brand new art experience combining art and technology such as blockchain, 3D mapping, VR and AR.

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Joyce Li

Programme Director, Digital Art Fair Asia

With over a decade of experience promoting arts & culture internationally, Joyce has contributed in areas of creative direction, strategic planning, cultural programming, and curation. Former Assistant Director (Programmes and Grants) at Design Trust, Joyce has experience in a number of place-making projects and has contributed in the development of local and international partnerships with major institutions and research centres, including the M+, Design Society, Royal College of Arts, Serpentine Galleries, Het Nieuwe Institut, and Guggenheim Museum.  Her track record of cultural production and public engagement efforts are also evident in the culmination of exhibitions and showcases internationally. Joyce has an MA in Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins.