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Angie Lau is a multi-award winning journalist who anchors Bloomberg Asia’s flagship program First Up, a fast-paced two hour show that sets the agenda ahead of the trading day throughout Asia.
She has interviewed Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments, legendary designer Sir Paul Smith, and Mickey Drexler, J.Crew Chairman & CEO among others.
With more than 16 years’ experience, Angie came to Hong Kong from Bloomberg’s Chicago bureau where she covered markets and business stories from the Chicago Board of Trade. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was the consumer reporter and anchor for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. While at WEWS-TV she won the Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award for In-Depth and Investigative Reporting.
Angie is a Correspondent Governor at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong. She is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and was the co-director of AAJA J-Camp, which teaches journalism to scholarship students.
Born in Hong Kong, Angie received her degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
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Jeff Widener is an America photojournalist best known for his now famous image of a lone man confronting a column of tanks during the June 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising which made him a nominated finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize.
During the night event of June 3, 1989, Widener was hit in the face with a stray protestor rock during a mob scene on the Chang’an Avenue. His Nikon F3 titanium camera absorbed the blow, saving his life. The “Tank Picture”, repeatedly circulated around the globe (except in China where it is banned), is now widely held to be one of the most recognized photos ever taken. America Online selected it as one of the top ten most famous images of all time.
From an early age, Jeff pursued his passion for photography and in 1974 while attending Reseda High School in California; he was awarded the Kodak/Scholastic National Photography Scholarship beating out 8000 students from across the United States. He later worked on daily newspapers in Indiana, Nevada, Florida and Hawaii. In 1981 at age 24 he joined United Press International in Brussels, Belgium as an overseas wire service photographer and from 1987-1995 he was the Associated Press Southeast Asia Picture Editor based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Through the years, Widener has covered major news stories in over 100 countries from the Gulf War to the Polish Solidarity movement, Khmer Rouge fighting in Cambodia, Pope John Paul II visit to Papua New Guinea and the 1988 and 1996 summer Olympics games to name a few. Other beats included Afghanistan, Cambodia, East Timor, Burma, Laos, Syria, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Israel including the South Pole where he was the first photojournalist to transmit digital images on a news assignment.
During his career, Widener has received numerous citations including the DART award from Columbia University, The National Headliner award, The Overseas Press Club, New York Press Club, Scoop award in France and he was the first non-Italian to win the Chia award in Italy.
Widener has held lectures at Ohio University, Utah State, The University of Hawaii and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. In addition, he has been interviewed by Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and Smithsonian Magazine. He has also been featured on various television and radio programs which include the BBC Television, MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show, NBC’s Caught on Camera, The CBS Sunday Morning Show, NPR Radio, RTE Ireland National Radio, The Huffington Post, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Widener currently freelances out of Hamburg, Germany.
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For over a decade, Stout has reported on the world’s major news stories and the people behind those stories. From inside the Philippines, she anchored CNN’s special reporting of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The network’s coverage was singled out by the Royal Television Society in awarding CNN both “Best International News Coverage” and “News Channel of the Year” for 2013.
Based out of Hong Kong, Stout keeps a particular focus on how developments in China are dramatically changing the world for all of us. From anchoring CNN’s groundbreaking “Eye on China” series in 2004 to CNN’s “Countdown Beijing” ahead of the 2008 Olympics, Stout has remained committed to reporting on the country. Stout was also instrumental in launching “On China,” CNN’s first ever regular series focused on the country — a first by any international TV news network.”
Stout started her career in journalism in San Francisco at Wired magazine’s online division. She has written on technology for various media publications including the South China Morning Post, where she founded and wrote the “Beijing Byte” column. Before her career in journalism, she was an early employee at Beijing-based Internet site Sohu.com and worked for Reuters’ new media team in China.
Stout is American of Chinese and European descent. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Stanford University, and studied advanced Mandarin Chinese at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. She has been an AAJA member since her undergraduate years at Stanford.
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Francis Moriarty is a freelance journalist and commentator, and a Correspondent Governor of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong (FCC). He is also the founding chairman of the FCC’s Press Freedom Committee and founding co-chairman of the Human Rights Press Awards, jointly organized by the FCC, Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International Hong Kong.
Mr Moriarty served, until recently, as senior political reporter at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and was responsible for coverage of Hong Kong’s government, legislature, constitutional development and elections, as well as the station’s lead reporter covering the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. He has covered every Hong Kong election since 1991.
In addition, he has also reported major regional and world stories, including the elections and inaugurations of President Obama; President Clinton’s trip to China; the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia; Philippine elections (since 1986); US-led invasion of Iraq, and the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Mr Moriarty has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Chinese Radio International, National Public Radio, and numerous other television and radio stations around the world. His print work has been extensively published in newspapers and magazines both in Hong Kong and abroad.
He was a Fellow at the Journalists in Europe program at the French National Journalism Center (CFPJ) in Paris, and was honored as a Human Rights Fighter by the Human Rights Press Awards. He holds a Master’s in Journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA degree, cum laude, from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. He has been living and working in Hong Kong since 1989.
Four years ago, I could never think about today. I was quitting my job as a well-guaranteed office lady in Britain Petrol’s JV in Chongqing, which I’ve worked on for 3 years ever after my graduate school study of English. I headed to Guangzhou, where Modern Weekly was headquartered at, and became a not-so-young intern there. Later on, I became a formal journalist for Modern Weekly’s Business section and was transferred to Beijing. By then, the world formally started to reveal itself to me. In 3 years time, I majorly interviewed with global entrepreneurs and started to build up my reporting skills and business senses. However, it is only when I came to Tencent, a real news practical lesson started. In about half a year, I’ve been into series reporting of China-Petro’s anti-corruption storm, Sinopec’s Qingdao Explosion Accident and the missing MH370 was a definite culmination, although an un-concluded one. What Marquez said about journalism as the unstoppable passion, the best job in the world, I think I actually got a taste of it since the MH370 reporting.
Aug 2013-now, Tencent Finance, numerous internal Five Star, Four Star, monthly good reporting awards.
July,2010-Aug. 2013, Modern Weekly, annual Golden Pen Award in 2012
July 2007-June, 2010, Britain Petrol’s JV in Chongqing, YARACO
2000-2007, Bachelor degree and master degree at Sichuan Foreign Studies University, majored at English.
Deborah Kan’s career spans more than 15 years in print and broadcast journalism across Asia and the United States.
Currently, she is executive producer at The Wall Street Journal in Asia, leading the daily production of video news segments with Journal editors and reporters, as well as video interviews with business leaders and decision-makers.
These video segments are featured online at WSJ.com, the world’s largest paid news website, as well as via WSJ Live, the Journal’s live news network for the iPad, iPhone and Internet TV devices.
Prior to joining the Journal in 2011, Ms. Kan was a news presenter with Reuters Insider, the video news division of Thomson Reuters for financial professionals.
Her broadcast experience also includes roles as anchor of “Star News Asia”, the award-wining newscast on Star World, as well as presenter of “Talk with Deborah Kan”.
Throughout her career, she has conducted exclusive interviews with leaders in business and politics, including U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Philippine President Joseph Estrada.
Ms. Kan was also one of few international journalists to have interviewed Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was the only television journalist from Asia to accompany the New York Philharmonic for their historic 2008 performance in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Ms. Kan began her broadcast journalism career in San Francisco with KPIX-TV, a CBS affiliate, before relocating to Hong Kong as host of TVB’s “News at Seven Thirty”.
She is a member of the 2008 class of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
Heather Timmons is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance, the Indian economy and culture and live in India. Before the Times, she was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she wrote about the perils of the big bank business model and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
David Merritt is the Executive Editor for Bloomberg News based in Hong Kong, responsible for the coverage of the Asia Pacific region. He oversees 26 bureaus and more than 450 reporters, editors and managers.
Since joining Bloomberg in 2000, Merritt held various positions prior to his current role including Managing Editor for the South Asia region, leader for the European stocks, speed desk, general assignment and headlines teams and a headlines editor. His first three years at Bloomberg were spent in sales, where he helped to manage the Merrill Lynch account in London before selling Bloomberg terminals to clients in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Merritt achieved a first class bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Christ Church, Oxford University.
Juliana Liu is the BBC’s Hong Kong correspondent, responsible for television, radio and online coverage of the special administration region for the corporation’s news and current affairs programmes.
In this role, she has covered stories as diverse as the chief executive election, the Edward Snowden spying scandal and the search for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.
She travels regularly to mainland China and across Asia on breaking news assignments.
Previously, she was a presenter and business reporter based in Singapore, where she travelled widely and fronted a number of television documentary specials for BBC World News.
She has also been based in New York and London for BBC News.
Before joining the BBC, she was Beijing correspondent for the Reuters news agency, where she broke many political and business stories.
She got her start in journalism as a graduate trainee at the Reuters bureau in Colombo, where she covered the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Juliana was born in Hunan, China and studied international relations and economics at Stanford University.
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John Liu is Bloomberg News’s Managing Editor for the Greater China Region, overseeing more than 120 reporters and editors in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. He’s worked as a journalist in China for more than a decade, writing about the nation’s economy, government policy, capital markets and companies.
John joined Bloomberg in 2006 as a technology correspondent and became Shanghai bureau chief in 2008. Most recently he had served as Beijing bureau chief from 2010 before being named to his current role at the end of 2013.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, John worked as a technology reporter for Interfax News in Shanghai. He holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Mike Forsythe is a reporter for the New York Times in Hong Kong, focusing on China. From 2000 to 2013 he was a reporter and editor at Bloomberg News in Beijing and in Washington DC. In Beijing, Mike covered topics ranging from macroeconomics to technology to politics. In Washington he reported on campaign finance and as an editor led a team of more than 40 people covering the White House, Congress, the State Department and the Pentagon, as well as US politics during the 2008 presidential election. Mike was the lead reporter on the June 2012 Bloomberg News story on the wealth of incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s relatives. That story was part of a series that won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award and the Asia Society’s top prize for journalism. Mike is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard University and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 1997. He is married and has two boys.
Chelsea Phua is an Associate Partner at Bell Pottinger, Singapore. She provides strategic counsel in public and investor relations to a broad spectrum of companies, including those listed or looking to list on the Singapore Exchange. Besides providing communication support in capital market transactions, she also assists clients in corporate communication work, including conducting media and presentation training for them. As a reporter for The Sacramento Bee, she was part of an award-winning team that covered the Jaycee Lee Dugard case when she was found after 18 years of captivity by a convicted sex offender. She has also worked for the Associated Press, the Providence Journal and the New York Daily News. Her experience working in the media, finance and communication industries spans close to 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga and scuba diving.
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Joyce Hau currently works at Google in its Communications & Public Affairs team based in Hong Kong. She is a regular commentator on the Wall Street Journal’s Digits consumer tech show where she discusses the latest Google search trends in Asia.
Before entering public relations, Joyce interned at the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, HK Magazine, and the Asia Society, and was a columnist for Ming Pao Daily’s English language page. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and an M.A. in Political Philosophy from University College London.
Joyce has lived and worked in New York, Berlin, Shanghai, London, and Beijing, but is a proud Hong Konger at heart. A die-hard a cappella nerd all through high school and college, Joyce is always up for karaoke. Follow her on Twitter: @jhau727.
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She first stepped into the HK indie music scene in 2008, playing keyboards and backing vocals for local indie band, Dark Himaya and now half of Acoustic Glitch act, Cleen. She also teams up with her fiancé Darren Hayward, director and award-winning photographer, who plays guitar and backing vocals for her acoustic sets.
Feeling the need to stretch her musical wings, she played her first solo gig in 2010. She has played for numerous events since, including The Underground’s Girls with Guitars, BC Unplugged, Listen Up! At The Fringe Club, Songwriter’s Showcase at The Venetian, Macau, LKF Beer Fest and many others.
Having such influences like Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley, her music has been described as intense and personal with a Wildean quality to it. Masking benign lunacy behind seemingly fairytale lyrics and effective melodic patterns has been one of the defining qualities of her sound.
Wei Gu, CFA, is editor of China Wealth and Luxury at the Wall Street Journal. She also heads up original reporting for Journal’s Chinese language website. Wei writes a weekly column on spending and investing for wealthy Chinese called “People’s Money”, which appears everyFriday in the Asia paper and online in both languages.
Wei joined the Journal in 2013 from a decade at Thomson Reuters, where she was most recently China columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. Before that, she was a reporter in the U.S., covering tech and stocks and handling important China-related stories. Wei began her journalism career in 1998 at China Business News Television, where she produced a weekly business show and won several cable awards.
Born and raised in Shanghai, she earned a master’s in business journalism with distinction from New York University, and graduated with journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club, Foreign Press Association, and New York Financial Writers Association. Wei is a committee member of the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards.
Diego Laje is a bilingual Hong Kong-based contributor for CNN en Español and CNN International. He hosts “Enfoque Asia,” the first feature show produced in Asia for Spanish speaking audiences and, a weekly series of reports on the Chinese-Latin American economic relationship.
With over fifteen years of Asia experience, he has covered major breaking stories including the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, Japan’s tsunami and ensuing Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 ,and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 for both English and Spanish CNN networks and affiliates. Laje is a versatile media man who can quickly change roles according to the needs of a story and field-reporting demands, his assignments not only include heavy on-camera presence across networks; bilingual writing, producing, video reporting and photography are also fields where his work has gained visibility.
He has contributed with the Associated Press (APTN), Agence France Presse (AFPTV), the International Herald Tribune, NHK World, CCTV and a number of outlets in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
A native of Argentina, he obtained a Master in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, he is a graduate in Political Economy from St. Andrew’s University (Victoria, Argentina) and specialized in comparative media law at Oxford University. He was also distinguished as a visiting researcher on human trafficking by the Swedish Council, for his consistent coverage of this topic. He is writing his second book on China, covering China-Latin America business ties, due to be published in 2014.
Sally Dellow is an executive coach and facilitator with Dramatic Difference – the company she founded in 2006. Based in Hong Kong since 1989, her unusual background combines a British passport with a childhood spent in Germany, Australia and Cyprus. For 20+ years she has combined global coaching, facilitation & training with work as an actor and writer. With a keen interest in the challenges of intercultural leadership and the management of remote and virtual teams, Sally works extensively for the advancement of Asians in global leadership roles. An experienced psychometrician and committed practitioner of positive psychology, she has a long track record helping clients to integrate personal and professional wellbeing, and supporting them through career promotions, transitions and reinventions in local, regional and global scenarios.
An adjunct coach and facilitator with the Center for Creative Leadership, IMD, London Business School and Mannaz, she is also a member of Global Leadership Faculties for both BP and Barclays. Other clients include major international businesses across law, finance and banking, fashion, FMCG, media and the energy sector. She also provides pro bono coaching for NGOs and creative artists and undertakes as much outreach work as she can juggle. Married to an ecologist, Sally’s legacy to the world (so far) includes a healthy number of clients happy in their first second or third careers, two children, five original plays and one published poetry collection!
Madison Park is a digital news producer for CNN International where she covers news out of Asia. She has reported on the ferry disaster in South Korea, sex camps in Malawi and public health issues in India. Before arriving in Hong Kong, she worked as an award winning health producer for CNN based out of Atlanta, where she covered health care reform, HIV/AIDS and medical research. Madison reported for the Baltimore Sun prior to joining CNN.
Madison hails from Southern California, and attended U.C. Berkeley and Northwestern University. You can find her at @MadisonCNN.
Peter Thal Larsen, a Dutch native, has been the Asia editor of Reuters BreakingViews since he moved to Hong Kong in 2012.
Peter graduated from Bristol University before going on to the London School of Economics. He began working for the Financial Times in 1999 and moved to the paper’s New York office the following year, first as a financial correspondent and then U.S. communications editor. He returned to London in 2004 to become banking editor, leading the paper’s coverage of the financial crisis and the 2008 United Kingdom bank rescue package.
In 2009, he departed to become Reuters’ European comment editor, reporting to Jonathan Ford. Following Reuters’ acquisition of Breakingviews later that year he became assistant editor of Reuters Breakingviews. Peter was one of a number of senior financial journalists who reported on the effects of the financial crisis on The Royal Bank of Scotland, and was interviewed by Ian Fraser for a 2011 BBC Two documentary on the topic.
While focusing most of his time on editing and management of the Asia reporting, Peter does his own reporting monthly, which covers a wide range of interests and geographic areas from Bitcoin in China, inside trading in Hong Kong, cross border deals from China to Japanese and Thai economies.”
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Annalisa Burgos is a reporter/presenter for Channel NewsAsia’s morning show FirstLook Asia (channelnewsasia.com/firstlook), Asia’s leading English-language news and lifestyle show. She is the network’s first lifestyle reporter, covering trends in food, home and property and interviewing global personalities. She hosts and produces the channel’s first daily segment on social media called #FirstLook, tracking headlines trending online with expert interviews and public reactions. She also presents the News Now morning bulletins.
She joined the channel in November 2013, bringing more than 14 years of experience as an award-winning journalist in New York City, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.
As a reporter, editor and on-camera personality, Annalisa has covered everything from Wall Street to restaurants and real estate, for some of the biggest names in media, including Bloomberg, Forbes, CNBC, Home and Garden Television (HGTV), Food Network and The Wall Street Journal. She has interviewed CEOs, celebrities and newsmakers, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and IAC’s Barry Diller.
Annalisa holds bachelor’s degrees in Communications and English from UCLA and a master’s degree in broadcasting from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Annalisa’s passions include food, real estate, travel and technology.
Annalisa’s journalism career has involved a variety of unique experiences, including reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, meeting U.S. President Bill Clinton, talking movies with Morgan Freeman and reporting from a USMC V-22 Osprey. While she was a newspaper reporter in California, her investigative series on illegal massage parlors led to the bust of a prostitution ring.
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As the Head of Corporate Communications (India and Hong Kong) for LinkedIn, Deepa Sapatnekar is tasked with building the brand in India and Hong Kong, through a sustained media and stakeholder engagement program across print, television and the online space. Beyond this, she also conducts an ongoing LinkedIn familiarization program for journalists and oversees LinkedIn India’s Twitter program, which is aimed at educating consumers.
Deepa’s professional career expanses over a decade with experience across fashion, shipping, and IT industries before joining LinkedIn India. She has been a Business Analyst with Indoglobal Group of Companies and Corporate Communications Consultant at HSBC Global Technology. Moving on to leadership roles, she headed Marketing Communications at Compulink Systems Limited and also at Network Solutions, an IBM Company.
Passionate about Volunteering, Deepa is on the board of LinkedIn for Good Foundation and chairs Communications for the board. She also led the regional efforts for ‘Women at LinkedIn’ in APAC for 2 years.
Deepa is Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) alum and has a Masters in Computer Management from the University of Pune. Deepa’s LinkedIn profile can be seen at: http://in.linkedin.com/in/deepasapatnekar
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Christopher Buckley is a correspondent for the New York Times. Buckley rejoined the Times last year after working for Reuters news agency as a senior correspondent. Over 12 years in China as a reporter, he has provided rigorous coverage of political developments out of Beijing as well as traveled the country covering topics such as ethnic minority rights. He holds graduate degrees on contemporary China and Communist Party history from Australian National University and the People’s University of China. Buckley is currently based in Hong Kong.
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Christina Pantin is a financial journalist veteran, having worked for Reuters for 25 years in the United States and Asia as a correspondent, bureau chief, editor in charge and general manager. Her assignments have been in New York, Dallas, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Singapore and Hanoi. She specialized in the financial services industry covering banks, Wall Street firms, funds and M+A as well as the U.S. stock market.
She joined the Brunswick Hong Kong office in June 2012, having previously been in charge of operations for Reuters South Asia of over 300 journalists from Bangalore, India. She has also run teams and covered news in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hanoi, Dallas and New York and has coached, trained and recruited hundreds of journalists across Asia Pacific. She has appeared live on CNN and CCTV-9 to report breaking news.
Passionate about the power of communications, Christina is a sought-after trainer and speaker for internal and external forums and workshops. She created a personal brand workshop for non-profit The Women’s Foundation and has conducted media coaching for C-suite executives as well as internal presentation skills training
At Brunswick, her work has included investor relations, media handling and advice and crisis communications for clients in the media, consumer, property, retailing, financial services, private equity, and commodities sectors.
An ethnic Chinese, Christina, who was born and raised in Malaysia, speaks and reads English and Malay and has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from West Virginia University.
Silvio Carrillo is currently the Senior Multimedia Editor for the South China Morning Post overseeing all of the broadsheet’s multimedia output. In his 20-year media career, the Washington DC-native has worked for several respected international news organisations including CNN, Al Jazeera English, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal in the US, Latin America and the Middle East. Some of the stories Silvio has covered include the invasion of Iraq, the 2009 Honduran coup and Hurricane Katrina. He also holds a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking from American University in Washington DC. Upon graduating, Silvio traveled to Bangladesh to film a documentary on the transformation of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior II into a hospital ship for an NGO.
Sharon Pian Chan is associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times. She runs the guest columns section, also known as op-eds, and leads engagement efforts for Education Lab, a Seattle Times project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sharon served as AAJA’s national president from 2009 to 2010.
Sharon previously worked as senior digital news producer for The Seattle Times, leading a team of home-page producers and helping launch the company’s HTML5 apps for smartphones and tablets. She spent 12 years as a reporter, covering Seattle’s most important institutions, including Microsoft, city hall and the University of Washington.
Her parents are originally from Hong Kong and she speaks Cantonese and some Mandarin. She has traveled all over Asia and spent a college semester studying in Nepal. Follow her on Twitter @sharonpianchan and find out more about her at sharonpianchan.com.
Toshi Maeda is an entrepreneurial video journalist who pursues the easiest, fastest and most practical way of creating quality video content.
A former Reuters TV reporter, Toshi now heads a group of news and corporate media specialists at Pacific Bridge Media and Consulting (PBMC) in Tokyo.
While providing video news stories out of Japan for major news organizations such as The Associated Press, Toshi’s team is also developing Snapcast, an iOS app-based mobile video production system aimed at allowing just anybody to create a short, story-telling video within a matter of a few minutes.
Toshi holds a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and currently teaches journalism at the Faculty of Global Media Studies at Komazawa University in Tokyo.
Previously, Toshi has also worked for The Japan Times in Tokyo, Newsday in New York, the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., and the AP in Tokyo and San Francisco.
Ashok, born and brought up in Mumbai, worked as a journalist in various newspapers and magazines for over 18 years. He
then started India’s first gay magazine Bombay Dost and later founded The Humsafar Trust, one of the largest male sexual
health agency in India. He was the first person in India to come out openly as a gay man and has been a vocal advocate for
gay rights and equal health facilities for MSM and Transgender persons.
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Glenn van Zutphen is the owner of VanMedia Group Pte. Ltd., a global media consultancy whose services include: independent print & broadcast journalism, TV production, journalist training and executive media training.
In 28 years as a professional journalist and published author, he has done most editorial jobs in print, radio and television news while living and working in the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has been published in countless newspapers, magazines and websites around the world.
As the Regional News Editor for CNBC Asia/Pacific in Singapore, he oversaw the daily editorial content and news coverage at the network’s Asia headquarters and for bureaus across Asia.
While an Anchor, Producer & Reporter at CNN International, he helped to cover stories ranging from the NATO-led bombing of Yugoslavia and Millennium celebrations, to Gulf War II and the War Against Terror as well as myriad natural & man-made disasters, political and business events.
Prior to CNNI, Glenn was at Hong Kong’s Wharf Cable Television covering local and regional stories before, during and after the 1997 Handover to China. In Switzerland and Japan he worked for ABC News Radio and USA today newspaper. While in Tokyo he was also a television and radio broadcaster for public station NHK, including producing and hosting the first English-language TV broadcasts of Japan’s National Sport, Sumo.
A Singapore Permanent Resident, Glenn has lived in Asia for over two decades and
believes in this dynamic region. Currently a member (and past-President) of the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore as well as an active member of the Singapore Press Club, he is also President and Publications Governor of the American Association of Singapore.
Glenn is currently sitting for a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Management through Hyper Island Singapore and Teesside University (UK) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Bobby Caina Calvan is currently the lead reporter for the Heartland Project, a yearlong Nebraska-based reporting fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation to promote coverage of communities of color and LGBT issues. He also chairs AAJA’s MediaWatch Committee, which monitors the U.S. news media for fair and accurate coverage of our communities. He has drafted statements on behalf of AAJA in response to coverage of the Asiana Airline crash in San Francisco, as well as the frenzy over NBA star Jeremy Lin. Earlier this year, the MediaWatch committee took The Detroit News to task for a column that attempted to rewrite the legacy of the Vincent Chin case, a watershed moment among Asian Americans in the arena of civil rights. He previously worked in the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, covering Congress and the 2012 presidential race. As a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, he reported on the federal health care law and covered the war in Iraq for McClatchy Newspapers. He was a foreign reporting fellow for the International Center for Journalists, traveling to Laos to report on health care and the millions of unexploded U.S. bombs that still menace the country. Follow him @CalvanBobby and @BobbyCalvan.
Ted Anthony, the Asia-Pacific news director for The Associated Press, is an award-winning journalist who has reported from 20 countries and pioneered innovative cross-platform story-telling at the AP. He oversees more than 100 journalists in text, photos and video for a region stretching from India to Japan, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Fluent in Mandarin, he was appointed correspondent in Beijing in 2001 and promoted to news editor the following year. In that role, he oversaw coverage of China’s generational leadership transition and its increasing economic engagement with the world. He also wrote extensively about Chinese culture and food. He covered the aftermath of 9/11 in Pakistan and Afghanistan and was the AP’s first news editor in Iraq after the US invasion. For the past two years, Anthony has been an editor-at-large, focused on the creation and distribution of distinctive content. He worked as a player-coach, inspiring and producing content to help the AP offer more creative and thoughtful journalism. He is also author of the 2007 book, “Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song,” based on his story that was part of a package that won the 2001 National Headliner Award for feature writing.
Mak Yin Ting has been a journalist in print and electronic media for over 30 years. Presently a Hong Kong correspondent of Radio France Internationale, Ms. Mak served the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) as the Chairperson for nine years between 1996 to 2003, and General Secretary from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Mak started out as a reporter for the Hong Kong Daily News in 1984 and became Assignment Editor at RTHK in 1993, where she stayed until 2007.
Ms Mak has been on the forefront of defending press freedom in Hong Kong. Since 1995 she has been a member of the Press Freedom Subcommittee of HKJA, and co-author of the annual report of freedom of expression in Hong Kong. She has edited significant reports for HKJA’s quarterly The Journalist as well as for Human Rights Monitor. As Chairperson of HKJA, she defended press freedom in liaison with various organizations, including the rally of 7.1.2013, the rally against the “National Security Law “ tosuppress freedom of expression, protest against attack on Kevin Lau (former editor of “Ming Pao”).
She was a founding member of the movement for public broadcasting (formerly “SaveRTHK” started in 2007 ), fighting for RTHK’s independence from the government to become a truly independent public broadcaster. In 2007, Ms Mak was honored a Champion of Freedom of Speech by the Visual Artists Guild in the USA.
Ms Mak graduated from Shu Yan College, and holds a law degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, in conjunction with SPACE, University of Hong Kong; and a master’s degree in the political sociology of development from Leeds University, UK. She has also edited a book, At The Forefront of Fighting SARS, Covering the Epidemic for the 100 days, published by the HKJA in 2004.
Agnes Bun is a French journalist based in Hong Kong, who works as a video reporter for global news agency Agence France-Presse. She recently covered the ongoing tensions in Eastern Ukraine and the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She was previously based in Phnom Penh and Paris, where she worked as a business reporter, a TV anchor, and a cultural reporter. She won the Daniel Pearl Award in 2010.
A veteran journalist in Asia, Steven L Herman is the Voice of America bureau chief and correspondent based in Bangkok. Prior to taking his post in Thailand, Steve was stationed in Seoul. Steve served more than three years as VOA’s South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi, India. Steve’s Twitter (@W7VOA) coverage from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster sites was widely cited by numerous media outlets globally.
His articles, columns, opinion pieces and reviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal. He has been interviewed on ABC World News Weekend, Arirang TV, BBC, BradCast (KPFK Los Angeles), Buckmaster Show (KVOI Tucson), CNN, Jeff Santos Show (WWZN Boston), John Batchelor Show (WABC New York), NewsX (India), Radio New Zealand and tbs eFM (Seoul).
Steve was elected for five consecutive years (1998-2002) to serve as Chairman of The Foreign Press in Japan (FPIJ) after completing a one-year term as President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). He also served as President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club.
Find Steve on Twitter at (@W7VOA and on Google Plus at +Steve Herman
Aideen McLaughlin, Director of External Relations, Justice Centre Hong Kong.
Aideen joined Justice Centre Hong Kong after a career in Scotland, UK as a print journalist with publications such as the Sunday Herald, The Herald and the Big Issue Magazine.
She side-stepped from journalism into the world of media relations, communications and campaigns, working with various NGOs such as Scottish Refugee Council and international development agency Oxfam, before joining Justice Centre Hong Kong in late 2013.
Justice Centre (formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre) is a human rights NGO that works to protect the rights of forced migrants in Hong Kong, including refugees and survivors of slavery. Aideen’s portfolio as Director of External Relations involves overseeing media, communications and advocacy work, as well as fundraising and events.
Ramy Inocencio is AAJA-Asia’s Chapter President and Multimedia Reporter, Host and Producer for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network in Hong Kong. Here he produces the weekly consumer tech show Digits, seen globally on wsj.com and locally on the Hong Kong Airport Express.
Prior to this, Ramy worked as a CNN International correspondent in Hong Kong and as CNN’s NASDAQ reporter in New York. Over the past decade, he has also anchored or reported for CBS News, Marketplace Radio, Channel NewsAsia and CCTV International.
In his down time, Ramy is still on the move – traveling Asia looking for good food, visiting old friends and searching for the best karaoke joints.
For the latest on tech, travel, tasty food photos – and of course AAJA – follow him on Twitter: @ramyinocencio
Julie Makinen is a correspondent with the Los Angeles Times’ Beijing bureau. Previously, she served as film editor of the newspaper, coordinating coverage of all things movies, from film festivals to the Oscars, and also worked in the paper’s business and foreign news sections. In 2009 and 2010, Julie was an editor in the Hong Kong bureau of the International Herald Tribune/New York Times. From 1994-2000, she was a reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Julie is the author of a travel app, Downtown L.A. Explorer. She graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and she has a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from UCLA. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
Wei Liu is a journalist from Radio Netherlands Worldwide. He focuses on the digital and tech issues. He has a background in surveillance study. He also serves at the editorial board at the resistance study magazine.
Holing joined Hong Kong Unison as a Research Officer, and was appointed as Acting Executive Director (Advocacy) in January 2014.
Founded in 2001, Hong Kong Unison is an NGO that serves ethnic minority residents and their families in Hong Kong. Unison’s main focus includes policy advocacy, youth development and public education, and are particularly concerned about the quality of public education for ethnic minority students.
Joe joined Brunswick Hong Kong in 2013 after running his own US/China based political and communication consulting firm for 12 years. With broadcasting experience in both Cantonese and Mandarin, Joe’s journalist and publishing career covered both Chinese and English media from Chinese radio stations to Los Angeles Times. With a solid track record in understanding and managing business imperatives, Joe has consulted with a number of blue chip clients covering sectors in IT, legal, finance, real estate, government and NGO. He is one of the few PR practitioners in Asia who holds the accreditation of APR(Accredit Public Relations) and is a Fellow of ELP, an environmental leadership foundation in Washington DC. His hobby includes doing movie review, dragon boat racing and traveling.
Mr. Kato is national security correspondent of The Asahi Shimbun（朝日新聞, a Japanese daily newspaper.
He is a political reporter by training. He was bureau chief of Asahi’s American General Bureau in Washington, D.C. until 2009. From 2001 to 2002 he was a visiting research fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies of National Defense University (INSS/NDU) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
He earned his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He taught a course on national security strategy at Gakushuin University in Tokyo from 2011to 2012.
He publishes both in Japanese and English. Some of his works have been published in China as well. The most recent is “美国的亜太再平衡戦略及其対地区戦略環境的影响”（中国国際戦略評論２０１３）
Demetri Sevastopulo is South China Regional Correspondent for the Financial Times. He covers South China, Taiwan, Chinese relations with Southeast Asia, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
From 2009 to 2013, Demetri was Asia News Editor, running our network of editors and correspondents in Asia, and serving as global news editor during the Asian day.
Demetri was previously based in Washington as Pentagon & CIA correspondent, reporting from many countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Algeria and Cuba. In a former life, he was a currency trader at Citibank.
An Irish national, Demetri graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a degree in business studies. He has an MA in East Asian studies from Harvard University where he taught Japanese and Chinese history as a teaching fellow. He studied Chinese at Peking University and Japanese at Sophia University. He speaks near-native Japanese, fluent Mandarin and basic Cantonese.
Follow Demetri on Twitter at @AsiaNewsDemetri.
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Jennifer Hart is deputy managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Southeast Asia operations. Having first joined APCO in 2000, Jennifer has worked across multiple offices in Greater China, Southeast Asia and North America. She brings substantial consulting experience to clients seeking communication and market expansion strategies in Asia, including corporate communication, positioning, media relations, and crisis and reputation management. As one of APCO’s lead global trainers, Jennifer has also designed tailored communication training programs and simulation exercises in areas such as crisis management, media relations, presentation skills and writing, for clients in a wide range of industries.
Over the past 15 years, Jennifer has managed a broad spectrum of integrated communication and public affairs campaigns for clients across a wide range of sectors. As an active member of APCO’s global corporate responsibility team, she has assisted clients with internal and community engagement on key issues including sustainable development, education, HIV/AIDS and others.
Born in San Francisco, California, Jennifer is a global nomad who grew up in the Philippines, China, and France. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and French, maintains a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian, and is determined to master Bahasa Indonesia.
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Eni Lestari is a founding member and current chairperson of the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong (ATKI-HK), a migrant domestic workers organization from Indonesia based in Hong Kong. While working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong since 1999, she has been a leader in many organizations and initiatives supporting migrant workers’ rights, including the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, International Migrants Alliance, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants and Network of Indonesian Migrant Workers.
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Paul Cheung is AP’s Director of Interactives and Digital News Production. The director manages a global team of visual journalists who produce multimedia and information graphics for all formats, including print, online and mobile. Cheung is also the national president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Cheung was an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Journalism School teaching visual journalism in the spring of 2011 and 2012.
Prior to joining the AP, Cheung was The Miami Herald’s Deputy Multimedia Presentation Editor. In 2009, he managed MiamiHerald.com site redesign in 2009 and was responsible for the conceptualization, creative direction and visual look of MiamiHerald.com. He was The Miami Herald’s graphics editor from 2004 to mid-2007.
Prior to joining the Miami Herald, Cheung was a Senior Graphics Editor at The Wall Street Journal.
Cheung, a 2007 Newspaper Association of America Breakthrough fellow, graduated from New York University where he studied journalism, sociology, science and photography.
Kenneth Tan arrived in Shanghai on a backpack and a one-way ticket in 2003, stuck it out at a youth hostel for two months, and today serves as Managing Editor of the award-winning Shanghaiist.com, one of the most widely-read English-language China news sites on the internet today. A graduate of the prestigious National University of Singapore Business School, Kenneth is also a brand communications, media relations and social media specialist. Named by CNN Go as one of “20 people to watch” in Shanghai in 2009, Kenneth is also a fellow with the Shanghai chapter of the Startup Leadership Program.
Linda Akutagawa is President and CEO of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) where she is responsible for LEAP’s strategic direction, operations, relationships and collaborations. A beneficiary of LEAP’s leadership training and a passionate social entrepreneur for over 20 years, Ms. Akutagawa has dedicated herself to continuing the cycle of leadership development and to inspiring Asian and Pacific Islanders to aspire to leadership roles in all sectors of society. She serves on serves on several nonprofit boards and is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles with a B.S. in International Business and a minor in Economics.
Alan Pearce is a journalist, broadcaster and author specializing in cyber-security and counter-surveillance. He is the author of “Deep Web for Journalists: Comms, Counter-Surveillance, Search” and has written a number of other books including “Dunkirk Spirit”, “Whose Side Are They On?”, “The Google Questions” and the best-selling “Playing It Safe”. With over 30 years’ experience in journalism, Alan has written for Time magazine, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph and others, in addition to Sky News and various BBC outlets. He has covered conflicts from the Khmer Rouge to the Taliban and was injured covering the fall of Kabul in 1996 while working as the BBC’s Afghanistan Correspondent. For several years he edited the International Press Institute’s “World Press Freedom Review”.
Nigel Collett studied history at St Peter’s College, Oxford and biography at the University of Buckingham. He served for twenty years in the British Army and commanded 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles. He is Managing Director of the Gurkha International Group, which finds employment for Nepalese men and women, principally as crew onboard cruise liners. He published a Grammar,Phrase Book and Vocabulary of Baluchi in 1984 and 1986 (for which he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society) and co-authored A Nepali-English-Nepali Dictionary in 1994. He is the author of The Butcher of Amritsar, a life of Brigadier Dyer, the perpetrator of the Amritsar massacre, published in 2005 and Firelight of a Different Colour, a biography of the Hong Kong mega-star Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, published by Signal 8 in Hong Kong in 2013. He co-founded the Tongzhi Literary Group in 2008 and continues to coordinate its quarterly programme of Hong Kong LGBT literature readings. He has been English Secretary of the Pink Alliance (Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting) in Hong Kong since 2008. He has written for GMag and Fridae.asia since 2006 and became an occasional op-ed writer for China Daily’s Hong Kong edition in 2013. He reviews for the Asian Review of Books.
Alan Soon is a media veteran with about 20 years in the news industry, first as a journalist and second as a recognizable editorial leader. He is currently the Southeast Asia Managing Editor at Yahoo, where he leads the editorial teams in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Alan is passionate in helping to shape the future of the news industry. He built his career in journalism at influential news agencies such as Bloomberg and CNBC.
Having worked in online media, TV, radio, newswires and magazines, he wields a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of traditional and digital newsrooms and is a change agent for their integration. He has a solid understanding of newsroom operations and a proven leadership ability to transform news organizations in an evolving digital age.
Alan is also a recognized thought leader in the online industry, with regular speaking engagements at media conferences on key topics such as newsroom innovation, content marketing and social media.
He has a deep understanding of online content strategy, partnerships, as well as the use of social media and other tools in modern journalism. Alan is also an aspiring coder and photographer.
Kevin Sites has spent the past decade reporting on global war and disaster for ABC, NBC, CNN, and Yahoo! News. In 2005, he became Yahoo!’s first correspondent and covered every major conflict in the world in a single year for his website, Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone. Dubbed by the trade press as the granddaddy of backpack journalists, Sites helped blaze the trail for a new breed of mobile reporters who work alone, carrying only a backpack of portable digital technology to shoot, write, edit and transmit multimedia reports from around the world.
He is the author of two books for Harper Perennial, In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars (2007) and The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done, Or Failed To Do in War (2013). He is a recipient of several major awards, including The Edward R. Murrow Award and The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. He was chosen as a Harvard University Nieman Journalism Fellow in 2010.
Asha is the Asia Editor for Storyful social media newswire and Social Media & Communications Director for Dragon Industries Asia.
Asha helps businesses across Asia extend their marketing and branding from traditional channels to the social media world by offering social media content management, policy and guideline writing and training. Dragon Industries Asia works with businesses across a range of industries including Marine, Mining and Infrastructure, NGOs, Tertiary education.
Asha regularly speaks at industry events and conducts lectures and training for students, marketing & communications specialists and executive management on social media.
Asha started out in broadcast journalism and has worked at ABC Australia, CNN and other global broadcast news networks as reporter and Executive Producer. She’s a highly skilled journalist with strong social media and broadcast skills and has published work across a variety of platforms including TV, radio, online, print and variety of formats such as blogs, news reports, produced segments.
Her Asia Editor role at Storyful news wire sees her mining social media for newsworthy User-Generated Content, which she then verifies and delivers to newsrooms in real-
Jason L. Gatewood is an currently journalist & media producer for Next Media Animation/TomoNews, and a recent transfer from Japan to Taiwan. Before the move, he spent the last 13 years living in Japan and working in both academia and media. He taught Media Studies at Rikkyo University and High School in Tokyo, Japan, co-founded an English language magazine for Nagoya and the Chubu region of Japan, and contributed to various media outlets like Reuters and CNN at their Japanese bureaus. In addition, he worked for Comcast, and CBS Outdoor as an advertising producer in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Webster University with a B.A. in Media Communications and Japanese. You can follow him onTwitter, Google+, LinkedIn and his website, jlgatewood.com.
Alexander Hotz is the Multimedia Director for Coconuts Media. He has written, taken pictures and produced videos for many
outlets including NPR.org, Poynter.com, the Wall Street Journal, The
Global Post, The Daily News, The Guardian, Univision and This American
Life. When he’s not working at Coconuts, he teaches digital media
classes at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University and tries his best to avoid
writing in the third person.
Irene Jay Liu is a reporter on the enterprise team at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong.
She led the development of Reuters’ Connected China news app, which tracks and visualizes the people and institutions that make up China’s power structure. The desktop/iPad app has won several journalism and design awards, including a 2013 Data Journalism Award and a special citation by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, which called it “great journalism married with great design.” It was a finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards, in league with Google Maps for iPhone, Google Now and Facebook’s mobile app.
She is an honorary lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, where she teaches a graduate-level course on data journalism.
Previously, she was senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and a political reporter in Albany, New York, where she multi-tasked as print reporter, blogger and on-air correspondent for the Times Union and PBS’ New York Now.
Malte Kollenberg is a German-born freelance reporter, multimedia journalist and hobo, currently living in Seoul. Since 2010, he has been based in South Korea covering stories in pictures, text, audio and video for Spiegel Online, SRF, ZDF, Voice of America, The Wall Street Journal and Global Post, among others.
He started journalism at a small local newspaper in northern Bavaria while majoring in political science and taking classes in communications and history of economics at the University of Bamberg, Germany. Malte also studied in the MA journalism program at the Asian Center for Journalism, with the Ateneo de Manila University, in the Philippines.
He has never held a staff position, is a freelancer at heart and a little skeptical where the media industry is headed.
Darcy Christ is an information architect, web developer and eLearning expert. He has worked at the JMSC for 1 year in the capacity of its eLearning Officer. He is also the technical lead for the OpenGov project and the Hong Kong Transparency Report. Before joining, he was the eLearning Officer for the Faculty of Architecture at HKU. He is also an active member in the Open Data Hong Kong community and the co-founder of Hacks/Hackers Hong Kong, a local group supporting data journalism in the region.
He has 20 years experience as a web developer, working across many disciplines and fields. Before coming to Hong Kong, he was the web developer for Grist, an online environmental magazine. His speciality is content management and production systems, specifically focused upon media and best practices for making information findable and useable.
Tom Grundy is a British activist and independent journalist who has lived in Hong Kong for the past nine years. He is behind one of the city’s most popular English blogs, hongwrong.com, and has written for titles such as Time Out and New Internationalist. Last year, he organised Hong Kong’s ‘Support Snowden’ rally and, in January, he co-founded the HK Helpers Campaign multimedia advocacy platform.
Sunshine Lichauco de Leon has been a freelance journalist based in Manila Philippines for the past 7 years. She has contributed print stories to international media such as The Guardian, Forbes Asia, CNN.com, Globalpost,com, Time.com, USA Today, NBCnews.com and the LA Times.
Sunshine has also done radio reporting for public radio programs such as PRI/BBC’s “The World” and BBC’s Outlook.
When not doing reporting work, she works as a fixer for foreign TV news media, including CNN or NBC news and as a local producer for foreign documentary teams on projects for BBC Radio, Australia’s SBS, Europe’s Arte Channel, and Public Broadcasting Station in the U.S.A.
Before journalism, Sunshine spent 10 years in New York City, working in a variety of industries- including Public Relations, Marketing, Event Production and Hospitality.
Originally from the Philippines, Sunshine grew up in the United States, and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.
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Josie M is relatively new to the world of journalism, having joined PLUG magazine in 2013. PLUG is committed to promoting community and culture. They provide a platform for LGBT people to be seen as equal, valuable members of the community and feature local and international cultural talent. As Editor of PLUG’s community section, Josie is responsible for ensuring that Hong Kong’s LGBT community is presented in a fair, creative and accessible format which is not only compelling to read but also educational for those who are less familiar with the community. Creating an atmosphere of inclusion is her top priority.
Josie M originates from the quiet English countryside but after five years of residing in busy Asian cities, she can’t imagine going back.
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Gabrielle Paluch is a freelance journalist who has been based in Thailand and Myanmar since 2009. She worked as an editor at the Myanmar Times, when it was still a government censored English-language weekly, and was one of the first journalists to interview Aung San Suu Kyi after she was released from house arrest. She now works for Voice of America and other outlets doing print, TV and radio, and keeps a satirical fashion catalog blog examining the fashion industry’s exotification of poverty.
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Joanna Chiu is Hong Kong and China correspondent for Deutsche Presse-Agentur, an international politics columnist for Herizons magazine and correspondent on press freedom in East Asia for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). She also contributes to The Economist, South China Morning Post, The Atlantic, The Associated Press and The Daily Beast, among other publications.
Before moving back to Hong Kong after having immigrated with her family to Canada, Joanna studied foreign affairs reporting as a fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism school in New York, and worked for The Nation magazine. She chairs AAJA-Asia’s monthly “Table for 12″ dinners with guest speakers in Hong Kong.
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