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Carolyn Oei

Part-Time Lecturer

Arts Management


Bachelor of Laws
University of London


In the course of her vibrant international career, Carolyn has been a commercial litigator, an IT and business features journalist, news editor for a state media agency in Beijing, a news presenter and social commentator on Singapore radio, as well as a PR specialist in Singapore, London and Beijing. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (School of Interdisciplinary Studies) and the LASALLE College of the Arts (School of Creative Industries).

Carolyn is the author of Journeys to the Ends of the Earth - The Inspirational Story of Khoo Swee Chiow and copyeditor for Social Science and Power in Indonesia; Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore.

She is an alumna of the University of London, a qualified Barrister (Gray’s Inn, Bar of England and Wales) and Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore). She is a volunteer and member of Riding for the Disabled Association, a charity that provides equine-assisted therapy to the physically and mentally disabled, and a committee member of the Seng Poh Residents Committee.

Industry experience

Carolyn is the founder of The Creative Voice, a company focused on arts and culture. She and her team have organised and curated numerous festivals and shows including Musicity Singapore 2014, Lit Up Singapore, Singapore Heritage Festival (Tiong Bahru Night Programme) and Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye - A Spoken Word Experience. Other events Carolyn has supported include the Singapore International Storytelling Festival, Singapore Night Festival and Chemistry’s Makan Matters.

Carolyn is also the co-founder and principal writer for Mackerel, a culture magazine that she started with poet and photographer, Marc Nair. Mackerel celebrates longer-form journalism and creative writing, providing deep perspectives on people, places and experiences.