Speakers | Publish Asia 2018

Publish Asia 2018

24 Apr 2018 to 26 Apr 2018

Speakers | Publish Asia 2018


Chief Commercial Officer, New Straits Times Press Malaysia

Alfian Talib

Alfian Talib is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the New Straits Times Press Malaysia. As the CCO of NSTP, Alfian oversees the Marketing, Advertising Sales and Newspaper Sales & Distribution (NSD) departments, ensuring growth in all three commercial sections of the company. He reports to the CEO of NSTP.

Alfian holds a Master’s in Marketing Management from New York University (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from King’s College London, UK. He brings 20 years of experience in strategy, marketing planning and operational improvements primarily in the service and technology industries.

Over the course of his career, Alfian has also been able to develop a specialisation and understanding of the SME industry with more than 10 years in serving the sector’s growth. Before NSTP, Alfian was CEO of TM Info-Media Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad).

Manager, News Partnerships, Facebook, Indonesia

Alice Budisatrijo

Alice Budisatrijo oversees Facebook’s partnerships with news media in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. In her role, she trains journalists and social media teams to leverage Facebook and Instagram as creative storytelling platforms and to increase engagement and distribution. She works with major Indonesian publishers such as Kompas and Liputan6, as well as digital natives and high-potential newcomers including Tirto.id and Narasi.tv. She is also involved in News Feed integrity efforts to support quality news on the platform.

Prior to joining Facebook, she spent seven years with BBC News, most recently as Indonesia correspondent, covering breaking news around South East Asia. She was part of the BBC’s Typhoon Haiyan: Destruction in the Philippines team that was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a regularly scheduled newscast.

Alice holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington.

COO, Dainik Jagran-inext

Alok Sanwal is the COO of Dainik Jagran I-Next, a broadsheet daily newspaper published by Jagran Prakashan, one of the largest media companies in India with the highest print circulation. He is a media professional with experience in the fields of sales, services, brand management, media services and running a print media set up.

Mr Sanwal is a Communication postgraduate from MICA (formerly known as the Mudra Institute of Communications) and an Engineering graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He started his career in 1993.

He was previously COO and Editor of I-Next, the bilingual compact-sized daily from Jagran Prakashan Ltd and was managing content and the business of the publication. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Jagran Prakashan Ltd.

Manager - Technical Services, Star Media Group, Malaysia

Anandan Thangasamy joined Star Media Group in year 2000 as Maintenance Engineer. Anandan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA (Strategic Management) from University of Technology, Malaysia.

His area of expertise in newspaper production process includes technical and operational aspects of modern mailroom. Possessing a solid track record by succeeds numerous technical projects and team development initiatives including the organizational transformation from traditional to modernized mailroom.

Anandan currently plays hybrid roles and has broad experience embracing product innovation, implementation of breakthrough creative advertising campaigns; value added services and strategic operations management.

Director, Media Freedom, WAN-IFRA

Andrew has worked for over 10 years as a journalist and editor in the UK, Spain and France. He has been with WAN-IFRA since the beginning of 2010 and was previously responsible for editorial and communications in the Press Freedom and Media Development team.

Based at the organisation’s Paris secretariat, he has worked in a number of countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia as part of WAN-IFRA's on-going efforts to defend press freedom and support independent news publishers.

General Manager, Data Development, United Daily News, Taiwan

Anson Mok

Anson Mok is an experienced executive who works closely with top executives to grow businesses with feasible data driven strategy and product development. He has spent over 15 years working in digital marketing and customer relationship management for the United Daily News Group in Taiwan.

Anson believes that it is critical to understand the audience one is trying to connect with and communicate in the way they prefer to drive and sustain user engagement. It is not only about how much content or service one covers in any particular area.

In addition to his experience, Anson is also a trained data coach to staff at all levels.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore

Anthony joined SPH as Executive Vice-President, Chinese Media Group in February 2015. Anthony was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2016. He oversees the media businesses of SPH, which includes titles such as Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, as well as radio stations under SPH Radio.

Anthony also manages the Group’s Healthcare business.

Prior to joining SPH, Anthony was Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health and concurrently Special Assistant to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (2011-2014). During his career with the Singapore Public Service spanning more than 15 years, he served in various organisations including the Ministry of Finance, Home Affairs, Manpower as well as the People’s Association.

Anthony currently serves on the boards of Singapore Power Limited and several SPH subsidiaries. He also serves on private/non-profit organisations.

Anthony graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science. He also has a Master of Science (Management) degree from the Stanford Business School.

Head of Audience Development, The Times and The Sunday Times

Ben is Head of Community and Digital Development at The Times and The Sunday Times. He works with a team of social media journalists to find and distribute stories and oversees a team of editorial developers who build tools and web applications to make it easier for journalists to tell stories.

He previously worked for the Guardian’s Professional Networks, writing about technology and social media in the public sector. He co-founded the media careers site Wannabe Hacks in 2010 and has completed a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Chief Digital and Publishing Officer, Nine, Australia

Chris is Chief Digital and Publishing Officer at Nine (prev Fairfax Media). Prior to this appointment he was Managing Director of Australian Metro Publishing, and Director of Publishing Innovation. In his current role, Chris oversees The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, nine.com.au, and 9Now. 

Chris was previously the founding CEO of HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media, and has more than 20 years' experience building market-leading digital media businesses. He was also the founding CEO of Allure Media, one of Australia's largest independent digital publishers, and responsible for launching Business Insider, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, POPSUGAR and ShopStyle in Australia.

Chris' previous experience includes senior editorial roles at News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star.

Founder and CEO, Brand New Media

The CEO of Brand New Media Asia, an Asia Pacific content marketing company, Damien is an industry leader and pioneer with 25 years experience in content marketing for hundreds of brands in multiple global markets. He has managed activations for over $200 million of investment into TV programs, brand-owned media platforms, digital and social content, sales promotions and live events. Innovative and creative with strong track record in delivering impressive ROI, the former professional AFL player is an experienced enabler in brand marketing transformation.

GM Marketing, PT Kompas Cyber Media

Gemi is an all-round marketing professional with more than 13 years experience in advertising/marketing area. He have worked at MEC Indonesia as Director of Strategy & Innovations then moved to brand side at FWD Indonesia where he led its Digital Marketing unit and E-Commerce. Expanding his experience, he then moved to publishing business by joining Kompas Cyber Media (Digital Group of Kompas Gramedia) as GM Marketing. 

Recently, Gemi was appointed as Head of Marketing & Product for KG Media where he’s overseeing all media platforms (Broadcast, Print & Digital) in Kompas Gramedia Group which give him better understanding of the industry's ecosystem. 

COO, South China Morning Post

Elsie Cheung

Elsie Cheung was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the South China Morning Post in January 2011. In this vital role, she implements strategic change to bring SCMP’s cultural and digital transformation to bear. She spearheads SCMP’s business operations, including advertising and marketing solutions, circulation and syndication, global marketing, print production, and the recruitment services business.

Ms Cheung started her career at SCMP before broadening her experience at other well-established organisations including Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), Hong Kong Telecom, and Sunevision. Upon her return to SCMP, Ms Cheung held the senior leadership positions of Head of Sales and Director of Advertising prior to her appointment as COO; she is now a 17-year veteran of the company.

Managing Director, Market Development, SPH Magazines

As the Managing Director, Geoff Tan oversees an extensive portfolio that includes partnerships and strategy, insights and intelligence, activations and sponsorships. His team is responsible for a host of deliverables such as engaging specific consumer segments via targeted database strategies, curated content syndication, channel partnerships, bespoke event activations, international licensing amongst other things.

Prior to joining SPH Magazines, Tan was heading the strategic marketing portfolio in SPH’s marketing division. He was also a mentor to start-ups housed within the SPH Plug and Play media accelerator initiative.

Tan was conferred the PANPA 2011 Marketer of the Year accolade by the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association for outstanding performance in marketing for a publishing company.


Media researcher and consultant

Greg Piechota is an academic researcher, a media consultant and a writer. As a researcher and an ex-fellow at Harvard and Oxford universities, he studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, with a focus on business model innovation in news media. Mr Piechota is a former media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. The book, Unlocking the Customer Value Chain, which he wrote together with Professor Thales Teixeira of Harvard Business School was released in 2019 by Currency, a brand of Penguin Random House. Mr Piechota lives in Oxford, England.

Senior Editor, Bali Post and GM, Bali Travel News

I Gde Palgunadi is a Senior Editor at Bali Post and the General Manager of Bali Travel News.
Since joining Bali Post in 1993, he has covered the culture and tourism beat extensively, traveling abroad regularly on assignments.
A Social and Political Science graduate of Airlangga University, Mr Palgunadi is a regular face at WAN-IFRA events, having attended those in Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Sales Director SEA, UPM

Ian Hamilton is UPM`S Area Sales Director for South East Asia and is responsible for all UPM paper sales from newsprint to coated to label papers. Ian is a 30yr veteran of the paper industry and all within UPM. He started on the production side of UPM Caledonian Paper in Scotland and held various positions before heading up sales. In 2004 he moved to Tokyo as Sales Manager looking after printers and publishers all over Japan. In 2007 he moved again to the USA and became UPM`s North American Technical Sales Director.

Ian had started travelling on business to Asia in 1997 and loved the region so when he was offered the post in Singapore in 2015 he couldn`t turn it down. Since his wife is Singaporean and he had been a PR from 2005 this made it an even easier decision ! In the past two years UPM sales in SEA have grown by over 10% per annum and UPM remains committed to Asia for the long term.

Vice CEO, Kompas Gramedia Group

Jayant Bhargava

Jayant Bhargava is the Vice Chief Executive Officer of Kompas Gramedia Group.  Kompas Gramedia Group is an Indonesian-based conglomerate with primary business interests across media, hotels, retail, education, light manufacturing, event management and logistics sectors.

He joined Kompas Gramedia Group in October 2018.  Prior to joining Kompas Gramedia Group, he was a partner with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in the Digital, Business & Technology domain, leading their Media & Entertainment practice.  His experience has been focused around digital transformation, internationalization, M&A, operational restructuring and growth strategies.

Head of News, JAPAC, Twitter

Jonathan Harley has 25 years media and journalism experience as an executive, journalist and digital leader. Passionate about the future of news and journalism in Asia, Jonathan has led digital transformation for some of Australia's largest news brands. As Supervising Producer with 60 Minutes Australia, he oversaw the iconic current affairs programme's transition to digital production and the launch of its social accounts. As South Asia Bureau Chief for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Jonathan pioneered digital news gathering, specialising in remote and hostile environments such as Kashmir and Afghanistan. Also a social impact leader, Harley is the founding chair of The Alumni Scholarship, supporting outstanding global non-profit leaders to attend the Stanford University Executive Programme. Jonathan lives in Sydney with his wife, their two kids and a neurotic dog.

Director, Asia, WAN-IFRA APAC

Joon-Nie Lau

Joon-Nie leads the WAN-IFRA APAC team in Singapore. A lawyer by training, Joon-Nie spent over 15 years in broadcast television as a reporter, interactive producer, current affairs producer and news editor at Channel News Asia and its predecessors SBC News and TCS News. She has won several in-house awards for reporting, executive producing and best ‘live’ coverage and a Student Emmy for her Masters documentary project produced at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism while under a fellowship from MediaCorp. 

In her seven years teaching at Nanyang Technological University, Joon-Nie set up and headed Newsplex Asia, a US$700,000 convergent training newsroom and media lab in partnership with WAN-IFRA.

Besides being a Vice-President of the Singapore Press Club for over 16 years and co-founding the Hacks/Hackers Singapore chapter in 2015, Joon-Nie is also a regular speaker and trainer at conferences, workshops and industry panels both locally and abroad.

Lead Editorial Analyst, The Financial Times, UK

Lead Editorial Analyst working in the Audience Engagement team at the Financial Times. She specializes in connecting data to editorial strategy and leveraging insights into editorial actions.

Lindsay holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Economics (1st Class) from the University of Southampton. She is proficient in multiple coding languages including R and SQL.


Manfred Werfel was WAN-IFRA’s Deputy CEO until he retired on 1 June 2019. He was responsible for the Expo business of the association. He also managed the World Printers Forum, the print community within WAN-IFRA.

Since 1996 Werfel was part of WAN-IFRA’s management team. Over time he was responsible for Research, WAN-IFRA Reports, Expert Committees, Consulting, Training, Print Quality Projects, Events, Innovation Projects, World Press Trends, World News Media Congress, World Printers Forum and Expo. In 2012 he acted as Interim CEO.

Head of Live Desk, Data and Client Communications, Reuters

Marie-Claire Fennessy is the Head of the Live Desk at Reuters, leading LIVE editorial coverage across the globe and the development of the service. During her 12 years at Reuters, she has been based across two main hubs in London and Singapore, and has travelled the globe as a field journalist on high profile assignments including the G8 summit, protests in Germany and in Thailand, and Pope Francis’ trip to the Philippines. Since assuming the role of Live Editor, Marie-Claire has become the editorial lead in expanding the Reuters Live service which, under her guidance, now provides up to six concurrent live streaming channels, offering a huge variety of content for Broadcasters, and online / digital media sites.

Head of Marketing, The Daily Star

Winner of South Asia Digital Media Awards 2017 by Google and WAN-IFRA, "South Asian Business Excellence award by HRD Congress and The Most Influential global marketers by World Marketing Congress, Tajdin is a bold but a thoughtful leader who has brought a vision of change, far broader than " a tweak here and a tweak there". Currently working as "Head of Marketing" in The Daily Star, the leading English daily of the country. He is a passionate, creative and result driven leader with strong understanding of Business strategy and transformation. He has revamped the business model of The Daily Star and created alternative channels to ensure business growth. He has recently launched Messenger BoT, kind of first for a media house in South Asia and this achievement has been highlighted in INMA, the International News Media Association and GXpress, an Australia based technology newspaper. He has also been invited to Chennai, India as a speaker to present case study on Artificial Intelligence based digital product along with BBC UK and other renowned

He possesses extensive knowledge in marketing, strategic planning, project management and business development experience across media, telecoms, Oil & gas, courier & logistics and fast moving consumer goods industries. He has also worked for flagship brands like BAT, Chevron, Robi Axiata ltd and DHL Express ltd.

He represented The Daily Star in World News Congress in Washington DC and Digital Media Congress
in Hong Kong. Apart from that he attended number of training programs and workshops in Germany,
Switzerland, Singapore, Bangkok and Srilanka. Tajdin is also a successful Google Squared (The digital
marketing leadership course developed with Google) online graduate. He is also passionate about writing articles on his blog (www.tajdinhassan.com) and sharing those on various social networking sites. He has done his executive MBA from IBA and currently he is also the President of Alumni Association of Brac University.

APAC Head of News & Publishing Product Partnerships, Google

Michael Takeuchi is APAC Head of News & Publishing Product Partnerships at Google, based in Tokyo, where he is responsible for enabling publishers and users to engage with Books and News in a locally relevant way through scaled, collaborative and innovative products and partnerships to drive exciting growth for these industries. He has worked in law and technology for over 20 years. Before moving to product partnerships, Michael was Head of Legal at Google Japan and then Google Australia, where he covered a wide range of issues from litigation and transactional matters, advisory work, risk mitigation and strategic legal policy matters and, importantly, grappling with the legal challenges and issues related to online content, copyright, and defamation within the media and news industries. Before his Google life, Michael was the Asia Pacific General Counsel for Bloomberg L.P. where he was responsible for all of Bloomberg’s legal matters in the region.

ICFJ​ ​Knight​ ​Fellow

Nasr ul Hadi leads the Int'l Center for Journalists' (ICFJ) Knight Fellows in India.  This team — editorial, multimedia, product, technology and strategy consultants with diverse experience across print, broadcast and digital news media​ ​— drives innovation experiments​ in newsrooms' story, product, workflow and/or business models, by developing and expanding the use of new technologies and digital-led best practices that improve access to quality information and journalism.

ICFJ Knight's hosts/partners in India have included established legacy brands and journalism startups, publishers in both English and local languages, mostly in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, but also in smaller cities deeper in the subcontinent — Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Dainik Jagran, Deccan Herald, IndiaSpend, among others.

Hadi's own focus is “culture hacking” in editorial teams to encourage sustainability, scalability and replicability of data-led news workflows. He has been a regular speaker and trainer on digital-led newsroom innovation at leading industry conferences, bootcamps and leadership roundtables worldwide, including those organised by the Online News Association (ONA), World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA), Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), and Int'l Journalists Network (IJNet).

Beyond work, he co-manages local chapters of the global Hacks/Hackers community, and has occasionally taught digital storytelling in postgraduate and mid-career classrooms. Hadi studied engineering and digital media at the Aligarh and Columbia universities, respectively. 

Multimedia Reporter, Rappler

Pia Ranada is a multimedia reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine President and Malacañang Palace. Before covering politics, she covered climate change, environment, agriculture, and disasters. She graduated magna cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication.

Media and Communications Consultant, Former Editor in Chief Bangkok Post

Pichai Chuensuksawadi currently wears several hats. He is an independent media consultant for the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on their ASEAN Media Forum project. He is also the editorial consultant for Frontier Myanmar, an independent English-language current affairs magazine. He is also president of the Australian Alumni Association i(Thailand).

And since January 2019, he is a founding director of the Foundation for Public Policy and Good Governance, an independent body whose role is to promote transparency, accountability and best practices in government and not for profit organisations.

Pichai retired from the Bangkok Post as Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing’s three newspapers (the Bangkok Post, Post Today and M2F) on 1 September 2016. At the time he was also the Bangkok Post’s Editor.

Pichai worked as a journalist for 34 years, including 22 years as Post’s top editor. He started off as a proofreader with the Bangkok Post, working his way up the ranks as a copy and layout editor to feature writer, foreign affairs reporter.

Managing Director & CEO, The Hindu Group

Rajiv C. Lochan is Managing Director and CEO of The Hindu Group’s publishing business. He is a member of the Board of Governors of IFMR, an independent director on the Board of Sundaram Finance Ltd and a Trustee of IKP Trust. Prior to The Hindu Group, Rajiv was a Partner with McKinsey & Company and co-founded their Chennai practice. Rajiv holds a BTech from IIT Madras, an MS from MIT and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Managing Editor, Thought Leadership, Asia, The Economist

Rashmi Dalai joined the Economist Group in June 2017 as a Managing Editor for Asia. Her work focuses on thought leadership programmes for the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Rashmi started her career on Wall Street with time spent in both convertible bonds sales and trading at Goldman Sachs and structured derivative products at Lehman Brothers. She left to form her own healthcare consulting practice, and spent over a decade advising a wide range of clients from large university hospitals to start-ups on business and financial strategies. Her role included taking interim COO and CFO positions for clients managing periods of high growth or other business transitions.

In 2007, she began splitting her time between the US and Asia (China, Indonesia, and Singapore) and expanded her consulting business to include advisory on business communications strategies and global thought leadership. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was Head of Strategic Planning at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and PR firm, in Singapore.

Rashmi holds a Bachelors in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration in International Finance and Banking.

Associate Publisher, NERVORA, VOGUE, POPSUGAR, WIRED, United Arab Emirates

Ravi Raman is a media industry professional, with over two decades of content strategy, digital transformation, revenue generation, brand marketing and team leadership experience. Currently he is the Associate Publisher of Vogue Arabia, and Wired Middle East.

He has been associated with some of the iconic media brands like Khaleej Times, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Microsoft Network, India Today and The Telegraph.

Ravi Raman was the Senior Vice President of Khaleej Times, UAE’s oldest English newspaper. Where he successfully augmented the group’s portfolio with digital assets, native content solutions, events and conferences.

Prior to joining Khaleej Times, he was Vice President and Associate Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East published out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He successfully set up the operations for the launch of the print and digital assets. Responsible for complete business planning, editorial strategy, recruitment of talent, training and execution of the business plan, he grew the operations across Middle East and North Africa.

Managing Director, Jang Media Group

Sarmad Ali is Managing Director at the Jang Media Group, Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate having presence in Print, Broadcast and the Digital space.  He is responsible for the group’s revenue function.

Sarmad  has over thirty years of experience in marketing, advertising and media management.  He has been associated with the Jang Group since 1994 when he joined the group as Executive Director of the English daily “The News”.  Under his stewardship, The News became one of Pakistan’s two premier English dailies.  In 1997 he took over as the Group’s Executive Director, Marketing & Sales and in 2006 was promoted as Managing Director. 

Prior to joining the Jang Group, Sarmad has been associated with some of the country’s leading advertising agencies including IAL/Saatchi, where he worked as Director Client Service from 1987 to 1993.

He is presently President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and has previously served as its Secretary General and Joint Secretary.  He is also President of the International Advertising Association’s Pakistan Chapter and serves on IAA’s Global Board of Directors.  Sarmad also serves on the council of the World Branding Forum.  He is Board member and Hony Secretary of the Management Association of Pakistan. He is also the Chairman of the Ad-Asia 2019 organizing committee.

Described as of one of Pakistan’s marketing thought leaders, Sarmad has been thrice the President of the Marketing Association of Pakistan.  In 1999, he was awarded the coveted Marketing Excellence Award for his contribution in the field of marketing,  Ranked amongst Pakistan’s top 100 Business Leaders, Sarmad received the Asian Brand Leadership Award from the Asian Brand Congress in 2007 and the 50 Most Talented CMOs Award at the World Marketing Summit in 2013.

In 2013, the President of Pakistan conferred upon Sarmad the Sitara-I-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s third highest Civil Award.

He serves on the Governing Board of the Intellectual Property Organization, Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan and on the Board of Directors of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). He has served in the past, as member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Privatisation and Investment in 2003 and as member of the Sindh I. T. Board from 2000–2003.

Sarmad has also been on the Jury of the Global AME Awards (Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness) as well as the M&M Global Media Marketing & Advertising Awards and INMA (International News Media Association) awards.

Sarmad is also on the Board of Directors of the Pakistan Parkinson’s Society and Board of Governors of the Friends of the Burns Centre.

He holds a Master degree from Villanova University, Pa, USA.

Investigative Reporter and Video Journalist, ICIJ

Scilla Alecci is an investigative reporter and video journalist for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Scilla heads ICIJ's Asia Desk, coordinating the investigative work of ICIJ's partners and members in Asia. A native of Italy, before coming to the U.S., Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations. In 2016 she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. Her work has also been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others. Scilla holds master's degrees in East Asian studies and journalism. She recently published a book in Japanese about the Panama Papers and the new frontiers of investigative journalism. In addition to being a reporter with ICIJ, Scilla was invited to become an ICIJ member in 2017.

Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Thomas Jacob was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. He is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s strategy to be a platform for exchange of ideas, information and experiences among the global news publishing industry. Prior to this Jacob was the Deputy CEO, taking care of regional operations.

Prior to WAN-IFRA, Jacob worked for DMG Media, publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in the United Kingdom. As the International Development Director, he identified and evaluated digital media companies in Asia for potential acquisition. He also conceptualized and launched a compact midmarket newspaper, Mail Today, for the Indian market as a JV with the India Today Group.

Jacob is an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. As a summa cum laude, he is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for management in the United States.

He is a trained engineer in electronics and telecommunications, having graduated with distinction from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, in India.

Producer/Host, BFM Radio, Malaysia

Umapagan Ampikaipakan is a journalist and cultural commentator. You can find him almost everywhere - on print and podcasts, on radio and television - where he contemplates everything from the idiosyncrasies of Malaysian politics to his unnatural obsession with the written word. Blessed with a critic’s pen and a reader’s enthusiasm, Uma (as he is fondly known), is one of Malaysia's foremost literary voices. His long-running radio show, Bookmark on BFM89.9, is the only show of its kind in the country on all things book-related.

Uma is also a film critic with At the Movies (now Malaysia's most downloaded movie podcast) and the co-host of BFM89.9's drive time radio show, The Evening Edition.   And when he's not doing all of that, Uma also runs The Cooler Lumpur Festival, KL's yearly gathering of literary minds and thought leaders and Asia’s first and only festival of ideas.

Investigative Reporter and Editor, Tempo Media Group

Wahyu Dhyatmika, Indonesia, is an investigative reporter and an editor for Tempo Media Group, an independent news organization based in Jakarta.

In 2010, Wahyu and his colleagues investigated suspicious bank accounts that belonged to prominent police generals in Indonesia. After publishing their findings, unidentified men threw a molotov cocktail bomb into Tempo's office. His investigation into fraud and corruption within the government-backed insurance scheme for Indonesian migrant workers in 2012 won an award from The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta.

With his team, he also won the prestigious Mochtar Lubis Award for best investigative reporting in 2011, for a story about match-fixing in the Indonesian soccer league. Wahyu initiated a collaborative reporting project between Tempo, The Reporter (Taiwan) and MalaysiaKini (Malaysia) to investigate human trafficking in the region in 2016. 

Wahyu was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a board member for The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Indonesia.

Editor-in-Chief, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

Wolfgang Krach, 54, is currently Editor-in-Chief of “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, the largest selling national quality newspaper in Germany, based in Munich. Wolfgang studied philosophy, worked for several news agencies (AP, Reuters, dpa) and served as Munich correspondent for the regional daily “Donaukurier”. From 1993 to 1997, he was a political reporter at STERN magazine in Hamburg. Following this post, Mr. Krach was deputy bureau chief in Berlin of the news magazine DER SPIEGEL, after which he headed the national desk at DER SPIEGEL based in Hamburg. In 2003, he came to “Süddeutsche Zeitung” to serve as the paper's managing editor. In 2007, he was appointed to the role deputy editor-in-chief, since 2015 he has been editor-in-chief. As Editor-in-Chief he oversaw “Süddeutsche Zeitungs” investigation first of the Panama Papers – a cooperation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting 2017, then the investigation of the Paradise Papers – also in cooperation with the ICIJ – that won a George Polk Award in 2018.


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