The Japan Society

Jenny White (Vice Chairman)

Jenny White first went to Japan in 1989, to take up a post as Assistant Director and Arts Manager at the British Council. In this role over the subsequent ten years, she developed art projects and links with independent artists, creative partners and cultural organisations in both the UK and Japan. She also produced the arts and creative economy programme for two major festivals, UK90 and the year-long UK98.

Following postings in Thailand and London, as Head of Arts Development, Jenny was appointed Director of the British Council in Cuba in 2006. In this role she hosted in 2009 the first tour of the Royal Ballet to Cuba as well as producing the UK’s contribution to the Latin American Film Festival and the Havana Art Biennial. As  Environment Project Manager, she had a responsibility to develop sustainable cultural relations, implementing an Environmental Management System and designing an eLearning programme for 7,000 staff globally. Jenny is now Head of Visual Arts Programme for the British Council.

In 2013 Jenny took up the challenge of promoting and managing art and cultural events and communications and social media for the volunteer-run Japan400, which marked the anniversary of the first formal encounters in 1613. While celebrating the historical relationship, Jenny’s focus was the development of a framework for ongoing cultural exchange and exploration of the intersection between Japanese and British cultures