KT Ang is the Senior Vice President of Asia Public Policy for Universal Music Group. In his role at Universal Music, KT will lead the conversation to help create and sustain a robust and effective copyright framework to support a sustainable ecosystem for artists, creators and industry across all markets throughout the region, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, India, Japan and Vietnam.
With more than 25 years of copyright industry experience throughout Asia, KT has been intimately involved in the development of copyright public policy, including the enactments of copyright laws, their enforcement, anti-piracy efforts and the establishment of more than a dozen copyright collection societies for creators, publishers and producers in the region. Through his directorships on the respective boards of these organizations, he has also worked on implementing globally accepted standards of governance for such collecting societies in Asia.
Prior to his Universal Music appointment starting January 2019, KT was the Asia Pacific Regional Director for IFPI, the organization representing the recorded music industry worldwide where he coordinated IFPI’s priorities across the region, leading legal policy and government affairs and anti-piracy actions to develop the copyright framework essential for the growth and development of the music industry in the region. Based in the IFPI Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong, he also oversaw a Representative Office in Beijing and supervised all of the IFPI national groups and collecting societies across the region and was engaged in an active program to put in place the legal rights and effective collecting societies for IFPI member companies throughout the region.
Before that, he had served as the Asia Pacific Regional Director of CISAC for 23 years where he had helped to create, revitalize and/or develop most of the authors/publishers copyright collective management organizations in the region including in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Macau, Mongolia, Brunei, China, India and Indonesia. It was during this time when he worked with IFRRO and developed the work plan that led to the creation of CLASS.
KT Ang has a first degree in law from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Laws and a Postgraduate Diploma in UK, US and EU Copyright Laws from King’s College, University of London. He has undertaken more than 100 expert advisory missions and speaking engagements at the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to developing countries in Asia, on copyright law and the creation of copyright societies.