William Phuan is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Select Centre. Prior to setting up The Select Centre, William was the Director of The Arts House at the Old Parliament from 2009 to January 2015. He oversaw The Arts House, which was turned from the former Parliament House in 2004 into an arts centre that focuses on writing, writers and ideas. The Arts House organises programmes and festivals that develop and promote Singapore literature and arts that reach out to all walks of life.
Programmes that William initiated at The Arts House included the Singapore International Translation Symposium; Singapore Writers Festival Fringe; Singapore Creative Writing Residency; Sing Lit 101; Cita Malay Literary and Culture series; Silver Writing; and Text in the City, a nationwide app-based campaign to promote Singapore poetry.
William spent seven years in New York as the Programme Director of the New York Asian American International Film Festival. He co-founded ContemporAsian at the Museum of Modern Art, a monthly film series that showcases independent films from Asia. He has close to 20 years of experience working in various sectors, including journalism, government policy, film festivals, and the not-for-profit arts sector in both the US and Singapore.
William has sat on various panels, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Electronic Media & Film Panel; and National Arts Council Singapore Panel for Cultural Medallion Award and Young Artist Award (Literary Arts).