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Bo-Wah LEUNG is currently Professor and Head of Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, and Director of Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera at The Education University of Hong Kong. He served as Associate Dean (Quality Assurance and Enhancement) of his Faculty of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in 2015-17. He received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council in 2011 for his leadership in a research project entitled “Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Schools”. Professor Leung is at present the Chair of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), Adjunct Professor of Music at four universities in China, and founding Chief Editor of Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education. He joined the ISME in 1996 and served as Board Member at Large thrice (2004-06; 2014-16, with one of these as executive board member, 2012-14), co-editor of International Journal of Music Education (2012-18), commissioner and commission chair of MISTEC (2004-10) and Research Commission (2012-18). He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, USA in 2018. Bo-Wah has published his research articles in leading journals including International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, International Journal of Community Music, Arts and Humanity in Higher Education and Pedagogy, Culture and Society, and made contributions to various edited volumes. His edited book, titled "Traditional Musics in the Modern World: Transmission, Evolution, and Challenges" (Springer, 2018) reviews the current practices of traditional musics in various cultures of all continents, and examines the impact and significant of traditional musics in the modern world. Another edited volume, "Creative Arts in Education and Culture: Perspectives from Greater China" (co-edited with Samuel Leong, Springer, 2013) features the development of creative arts in the transforming region influencing the globe.