Speakers | Publish Asia 2019

Publish Asia 2019

07 May 2019 to 09 May 2019
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Speakers | Publish Asia 2019


Chief Executive Officer, KG Media

KG Media is the media group of Kompas Gramedia consisting of print, broadcast, and digital platforms. As CEO, Andy Budiman is responsible for leading KG Media through a dual-transformation process of increasing resilience of media core businesses and creating new growth engines. 

Head of External Affairs, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation / President of United Print Media Group (UPMG) Philippines

Barbie Atienza
Barbie Atienza is president of the United Print Media Group in the Philippines, an association of major newspapers - broadsheets and tabloids, magazines and books in the country. He is a writer and broadcaster, hosting TV and radio programs. An accomplished professional in both fields of public relations and human resource management, Barbie has worked with three multinational companies and two major Philippine companies. He is also a much sought-after speaker, resource speaker, lecturer, consultant and host/emcee in the Philippines and various countries. He is a known socio-civic leader, having been a Barangay Chairman and volunteer for various organizations, embracing various advocacies and causes. He was president of the People Management Association of the Philippines and the Society of Fellows in People Management, and a past Vice-president of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

Chairman, National Press Council of Thailand

Chavarong Limpattamapanee
Chavarong Limpattamapanee has been the Chairman of The National Press Council of Thailand since November 2014. From March 2011 to March 2013, he was the President of Thai Journalists Association. He was the President of Society for Online News Providers (SONP) from October 2009 to September 2011 and at the same time the First Vice President of Thai Journalist Association from 2009 to 2011. He is currently the Manager of the Resources Centre of the Thairath Daily Newspaper since 1995. Prior to that, he was senior reporter for the Articles and Feature section from January 1992 to end 1994, specialising in social issues and civic movement, including Information and Communication Technology.

Deputy Chief Editor, TODAY

Chee Kong joined TODAY in June 2005 as a Reporter. He left TODAY in December 2009 to set up business news website start-up The Corporate Observer. He re-joined TODAY as News Editor in August 2010 and was promoted to Executive Editor in July 2012.  Chee Kong was re-designated as Associate Editor in January 2013, looking after the General News and Business desks.  He was promoted to Supervising Editor in July 2018 and appointed Deputy Chief Editor on August 25, 2018, where he now oversees TODAY's fully-digital operations and its efforts to focus on a millennial audience.

Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK

Cherilyn Ireton heads up the World Editors Forum, the global network for editors within WAN-IFRA. She is a seasoned newspaper professional, having spent more than 20 years on South African newspapers, as journalist and editorial manger on the country's leading titles, the Sunday Times and Business Day. She rose to be Chief Operating Officer of BDFM Publishers, the business media joint venture between Pearson, owners of the Financial Times, and Times Media in South Africa which published Business Day newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and Summit TV. She relocated to the UK in 2005 and owned an ran a London-based media consultancy, Presslinks, which advised a variety of international organizations and foreign governments.

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Dr Jochen Krauss
Dr Jochen Krauss is a Partner at Simon-Kucher and heads the company's operations in Singapore. He has more than ten years experience in consulting national and international clients in various industries. He specializes in developing market entry strategies and pricing strategies, optimizing pricing-processes and designing innovative price- and product-structures. Jochen’s views are highly sought after by the press and he is often invited to speak on TV news segments to share his insights on recent trends and events. Prior to his consulting work, he was Managing Director of the Singapore-based German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), a joint venture research and education centre of the Munich University of Technology (TUM), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Jochen received a doctorate degree in Business Administration from the Munich University of Technology. He studied Business Administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) at UC Berkeley and the Rotterdam School of Economics.

Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo News Singapore

Elena Torrijos is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience working in the Philippines and Singapore. She is currently Yahoo News and Finance editor-in-chief for Verizon Media in Southeast Asia, managing a team of content producers, reporters and editors based in Singapore. She is a former managing editor for The Asian Banker, a regional financial publication. She won the “Local Journalist Award” in the 2006 SOPA Awards in the category for regional newspapers, large magazines and wire services published in English. She is also founder of a personal finance magazine in the Philippines called MoneySense. She was a business reporter for The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s leading broadsheet, for more than five years before she moved to Singapore in 2004. She was a finalist three times for the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Before Inquirer, she was a reporter for The Business Daily, a business paper, for several years.

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.

Head of Podcast Productions and Content Strategist, English, Malay and Tamil Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings

Ernest Luis
With more than 20 years of journalistic experience, Ernest was previously a digital news editor with The Straits Times and has now moved into a digital content strategy role to help discover new content platforms for The Straits Times and The Business Times, to enable these publications to reach a wider audience globally. He is developing podcasts as part of a voice strategy now.

Chief Content Officer, Star Media Group Berhad

Esther Ng joined the then Star Publications Berhad in June 1992 as a news reporter after leaving Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. As part of The Star's court and legal affairs team, the journalism graduate covered many important trials in her five-year tenure. During that time, she was also in the Parliament beat, leading the team until the 2000s. She returned to general news after leaving court reporting, covering mainly Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister assignments locally and abroad, as well as political assignments. 

Esther was made Senior Writer in 1999 and moved up the ranks to Chief Reporter, Assistant and Deputy News Editor. She was made News Editor in 2010, which saw her taking charge of the main desk – the largest and most dynamic desk in The Star. During that time, she spearheaded the KPI system, still in use today, for the department. She was then appointed Sunday Star Editor in 2015 where she led the revamping of the edition, making use of her vast experience in news. Until June 2018, she took on the role of Executive Editor before replacing the Editor-in-Chief as Star Media Group’s first Chief Content Officer, a title the company is pioneering in Malaysia in line with the group’s ongoing transformation effort.

Founder of Dig Deeper Media and WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, United Kingdom

Fergus Bell

Fergus Bell is an experienced digital journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content by news media. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media.
Fergus has experience in both the business and editorial sides of the industry, most recently heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms. Fergus joined SAM from the Associated Press where, as international social media and UGC editor, he led the global operation to source and verify user-generated content for all of the AP’s platforms.
In October 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

Editor, Lianhe Zaobao & Lianhe Wanbao, Singapore Press Holdings

Goh Sin Teck
Mr Goh Sin Teck joined Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Press Holding's Chinese flagship paper, in 1987 upon graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He started as a crime reporter before assuming his current role as the Editor of Lianhe Zaobao & Lianhe Wanbao. Mr Goh has served in various public sector agency committees including Housing Development Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority Board, Public Transport Council, Primary Education Review and Implementation Committee, Singapore 21 Subcommittee on Foreign Talent, Charity Council, National Integration Council, Political Films Consultative Committee, Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, and many more. At present, he is a member of Nanyang Technological University’s Board of Trustees, and National Translation Committee.

CEO, Singapore Media Exchange

Hari Shankar

Hari is a seasoned digital media veteran with two decades of experience spanning the agency land, client side and the publisher eco-system. As the CEO of Singapore Media Exchange, a premium programmatic exchange in the market born out of the partnership between the media giants Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp in 2018, he is on his way to creating a strong alternative marketplace for programmatic buyers in Singapore and beyond within 12 months of inception.

Previous stints include Regional Managing Director for Havas Media’s Digital & performance marketing arm Ecselis, heading digital acquisition for PayPal APAC and Integrated Media Director - Dell at MPG.

Hari has successfully set up many digital / performance marketing units in addition to turning around flagging digital departments within multiple media agency groups. His core competencies lie in driving digital marketing strategy & innovation, digital media planning, cross-channel attribution & measurement, digital marketing optimization & analytics, digital tracking & measurement technology platforms and digital performance marketing.

Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, The New York Times

Helena Phua

Helena Phua was appointed Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific of The New York Times Company in April 2014. She is responsible for The New York Times’ Asia Pacific operations and is Publisher of The New York Times Chinese Magazine, “Shi” in Chinese “時”, the company’s first publication in Simplified Chinese.

Under Helena’s leadership, The New York Times has become the regional leader in circulation and readership, achieving its highest ever circulation growth in Asia. Helena has also been instrumental in expanding The Times’ online audience and building its publishing alliance network across the region.

In 2016, Helena was elected to the Board of The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), the region's most prestigious media association, after previously serving as Honorary Treasurer from 2011 to 2013. Helena was also inducted as a lifetime honorary member of Les Clefs D'or International in 2016 and honorary member of Golden Keys China.

Head of Content, Mamamia

Holly Wainwright
Holly is the Head Of Content at Mamamia, which means she oversees the written, video and podcast teams. She's also a writer and editor and the host of two Mamamia podcasts, Mamamia Out Loud and This Glorious Mess. In 2017, Holly published her first novel, The Mummy Bloggers, and its sequel, How To Be Perfect, in September 2018. She's also got two small kids and eye-bags for days. Follow her on Instagram at @wainwrightholly

Publisher, Caixin Media; Professor, School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University

Hu Shuli is the founder and Publisher of Caixin Media, and professor of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University.

Internationally recognized for her achievements in journalism, Ms Hu was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune in 2017. She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2014 and Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2012. She was listed among Top 100 Influential People of 2011 by Time magazine. She was twice named one of Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2009 and 2010. The Caixin editorial team under her leadership won the 2011 Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University. In 2007, she received the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. In 2006, Ms Hu was called China’s most powerful commentator by the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal cited her as one of Asia’s Ten Women to Watch. Ms Hu was named International Editor of the Year by the World Press Review in 2003 and one of BusinessWeek magazine’s Fifty Stars of Asia in 2001.

Ms Hu serves as a global board member of United Way Worldwide and a member on Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, and a regional advisor for the International Center for Journalists.

She was awarded the honorary doctorate degree from Princeton University on May, 2016.

Forensics Advisor (Asia-Pacific), International Committee of the Red Cross

Jacqueline is a Dentist Doctor of Surgery DDS. She has extensive experience in the areas of forensics, investigation of missing persons, and has participated in the management of mass disasters and crime scenes involving violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Her work with the International Committee of the Red Cross includes providing support and advice on the development of several projects involving ministries, medico-legal systems, academia, armed forces, police and journalists. She also promotes forensic regional events in order to create networking through sharing experiences and best practices as well as developing policies and regulations. She has provided training to first responders on search and recovery of dead bodies in different contexts including sessions with experts on weapon contamination.

Chief Editor, CNA Digital, Mediacorp

Jaime joined MediaCorp in August 2013 after serving 16 years in Singapore’s foreign service. While at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served in a variety of bilateral and multilateral assignments, including two overseas postings in Washington and Geneva.

At Mediacorp, he was first Associate Editor on the Singapore Desk at Channel NewsAsia. He later took on the position of Deputy Chief Editor, Radio News, a job he held from August 2014 to December 2018, overseeing the overall newsroom operations for Singapore’s only news and info-station. Other concurrent positions that he has held include Deputy Chief Editor, International News at Channel NewsAsia, where he oversaw the news-gathering functions of the newsroom and international correspondents. He held this post from April 2015 to March 2016.

Jaime was appointed Chief Editor, Channel NewsAsia Digital in March 2016, where he now oversees all digital news on cna.asia and its various social media platforms. He leads a team that covers Singapore, the region and the world for a growing audience, through ground-breaking story-telling techniques that combine the best in written and visual story-telling.

To mark Channel NewsAsia's 20th anniversary in March 2019, the news organisation adopted "CNA" as its brand name to embrace a new transmedia, multi-platform identity.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, DealStreetAsia

Joji Philip
Joji is the founder of DealStreetAsia. He is a 24×7 information enthusiast, currently based in Singapore, and leads a pan-Asia team. Prior to this, he was among the most prolific journalists in India, and chronicled the communications/telecoms segment, breaking some of the biggest stories in these sectors, during his tenure at The Economic Times, and Business Standard. Since 2013, he has also been with Mint, a financial daily from HT Media Ltd. Joji has won the Business Standard-Seema Nazareth Award for Excellence in Journalism in March 2006. He is a twitterholic and a soccer fan who is only off the internet when motorcycling in the Himalayas.

CEO, Syno International

Jokke Nurminen
After spending over 7 years at Cint – the company providing the leading global market place for online panels – Jokke joined Syno International in 2018 as CEO to help the continued global growth of the product suite provided for data analysis, processing and reporting.  


With a degree in Economics with a focus on international management from Uppsala University and experience in how new technologies and solutions impact media and research across markets, Jokke is looking forward to working with the new insight world and the opportunities this creates in the coming years.

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.

President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK

As a Partner at Innovation, Juan Senor has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world. 

He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK Site.

Mr Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. 

He is also the co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in NewsMedia and Innovation in MagazineMedia, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS's NewsHour, EBN-Wall Street Journal TV, CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an Emmy Award and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

CEO, Wildtype Media Group & Editor-in-Chief, Asian Scientist Magazine

Dr Juliana Chan is the Publisher of Asian Scientist Magazine and CEO of Wildtype Media Group, Asia’s leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events. She received a BA/MA degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD degree in biology from MIT, USA.

Awards received include the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship, the 2013 Singapore Youth Award, the 2014 MIT Technology Review’s 10 Innovators Under 35 from Asia Pacific and the 2017 American Chemical Society's ACS Nano Junior Fellowship. Dr. Chan's research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by The BBC and MIT Technology Review, and she is an inventor on four patents.

Dr Chan is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee.

Editor and Executive Director - Content, Forbes Asia

Justin Doebele
Justin Doebele is the Editor and Executive Director - Content for Forbes Asia, the latest in various roles for Forbes in Asia, including postings in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore. Among his projects at Forbes have been starting and running Forbes Indonesia, starting and running the Asia Rich Lists, and launching the Singapore bureau to cover Asia for Forbes. He has traveled to and written stories from Bangladesh to New Zealand, as well as being an advisor to Forbes local editions in India, China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Thailand.

Vice President of Caixin Media; Managing Director of Caixin Global

Li Xin is a Vice President of Caixin Media and the Managing Director of Caixin Global, leading the company’s global news and intelligence services, as well as Caixin’s international branding and global events. 

Before Caixin, she was the Managing Editor of the Chinese Wall Street Journal and Chinese Dow Jones newswire. 

This is her second stint at Caixin, where she was formerly the Managing Editor of Caixin: China Economics & Finance, an English-language magazine, and Caixin Online. 

In 2006, she founded Caijing Magazine’s first bureau in the United States, as a correspondent of politics and economics. Li moved back to China in 2007 to head Caijing Magazine’s English-language website. Li was a documentary producer at China Central Television between 2001 and 2004. 

Li holds a bachelor degree in English language from Tsinghua University, a master degree in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and an Executive MBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. 

She is an Aspen China Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, as well as a member of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. 

Li is an avid pubic speaker, having moderated panels at international conferences such as the World Economic Forum, DLD and Caixin Summit, on topics such as China’s economy and finance, data privacy, AI, and women leadership. She has spoken on journalism, China’s economy and cross-border investment at Oxford University, Global Editors Network and other international conferences.

Managing Editor, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings

Woon Yen heads the teams responsible for developing the adjacencies of Singapore Press Holding's Chinese Media Group (CMG), including education, cultural projects, events and custom publishing. Prior to taking up this portfolio in December 2016, she was Deputy Digital Editor of CMG. She was the Business Editor of Lianhe Zaobao for two years till November 2015. Woon Yen started her career as a business journalist with Lianhe Zaobao, after which she spent seven years spearheading investor relations and corporate communications at China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Ltd, a Singapore-listed company, following the restructuring of the company in 2005. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

President Director, Bisnis Indonesia Group

Lulu Terianto has spent over 20 years in the Bisnis Indonesia Group, which publishes Bisnis Indonesia Daily, the largest business and economic newspaper in Indonesia. Bisnis Indonesia Group’s primary business interests span media, printing, book publishing, event management, data and research services, media services, and IT solutions. Lulu is also a member of the audit committee in a property developer and on the board of commissioners of an IT company. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and has a Masters degree in Management from Pelita Harapan University in Jakarta.

Singapore Bureau Editor, BBC News

Maura Fogarty

Maura Fogarty is the Singapore Bureau Editor for BBC News. She is editorially responsible for BBC World News programs Newsday and Asia Business Report as well as our coverage of news and business on digital platforms. Maura is one of Asia’s most experienced journalists, having covered the region for CNBC, CNN and Channel NewsAsia (CNA). As a reporter, producer and news presenter, Maura has been based in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East, covering some of the biggest stories in the last two decades. She has interviewed numerous Heads of State, CEOs and business leaders and was a finalist in the Best News Anchor category at the 2009 Asian Television Awards. Maura has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University.

Psychosocial Support Consultant, Singapore Red Cross Academy

Muhamad Haikel is the Psychosocial Support Consultant with Singapore Red Cross Academy. He champions the Centre for Psychosocial Support and the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management. He is responsible for trainer management, curriculum development and conducting psychosocial support courses such as psychological first aid and community-based psychosocial support. He also oversees the development and implementation of the humanitarian short courses.

Apart from being a Certified Stress Management Consultant, he is also a Registered Social Worker-Provisional and a Registered Nurse with strong interest and passion in mental health and psychosocial support. His training is in mental health, social work, psychosocial support, applied positive psychology, disaster management, crisis management, applied suicide intervention, volunteer management and nursing.

Haikel participates actively in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore, Disasters & Civil Emergencies Exercises, i.e. "NorthStar 9" and "Blue Dolphin" to manage crisis events and provide practical first aid and psychological first aid to the affected persons. He has been deployed for various humanitarian disaster relief and peace-time missions locally and regionally to countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

CEO, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Yat Chung joined SPH as a Director on 1 August 2016 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2017. He is the Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Prior to joining SPH, he was the Executive Director and Group CEO of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (2011-2016) and Senior Managing Director at Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (2007-2011). Before joining Temasek Holdings, he was the Chief of Defence Force in the Singapore Armed Forces. He also served as a Director of Fraser & Neave Limited and Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Yat Chung holds a Bachelor of Arts (Engineering Tripos) and a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Master of Military Art and Science (General Studies) from the US Army Command & General Staff College, USA, and a MBA from Stanford University.

CEO, Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA)

Nurini Kassim

Nurini Kassim was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA) on 2 January 2019.

Nurini has over 30 years working experience at the management level, with a proven track record in delivery, execution and operations management. She has wide experience in the areas of brand and reputation management, strategic communications, marketing and promotions, corporate strategy, project and general management, including talent development and capacity building.

She was formerly the Head of the Corporate Affairs Department at the Employees Provident Fund from October 2015 to December 2018, where she was responsible for handling corporate and public affairs, government and external relations, media and strategic communications, reputation management including issues and crisis management as well as internal communications. Prior to that, Nurini spent 15 years at the Securities Commission Malaysia, handling a diverse range of portfolios including Corporate Affairs, the the Capital Market Development Fund, the Capital Market Promotions Unit and Islamic Finance Development and Promotions. She also has multinational and regional experience, having worked at Edelman, Informix, Hewlett- Packard and KPMG.

Nurini holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hull, UK (1994), and has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Studies & Economics from Oxford Brookes University, UK (1985).

Communication Officer for Australia, International Committee of the Red Cross

Patrick Griffiths is the communications officer for The International Committee of the Red Cross in Australia. He previously worked in the Canberra Press Gallery, covering federal politics for the Australian Associated Press. His work has been published with news outlets ranging from The Australian and SBS to The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. Having also worked with the ABC, News Corp Australia as well as independent media, Pat now helps share stories with an exclusively humanitarian focus. His Masters thesis in International Relations explored the relationship between empathy and narrative in Australia's migration debate.

Communications Strategist for Asia-Pacific, International Committee of the Red Cross

Pawel Krzysiek is a communications strategist for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Asia-Pacific. An Arabic-speaker, Pawel is responsible for ICRC’s media and public outreach strategy in the region to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation and to assist people in need to access services. From 2015-2018, this former journalist handled communications in Syria for the ICRC. Much of his work has been to cross the frontline of war zones into besieged towns. He also undertook missions for the ICRC in South Sudan (2014-2015) and Iraq (2012-2014) as well as for UN agencies in Syria and Burundi. He completed a MA in political communication in 2008 at the University of Szczecin in Poland.

Global Publishing Director Elect, McKinsey & Company

Raju Narisetti previously was Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and also Director of Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Previously, he was CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, a group  of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and The Root.

A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations  in North America, Europe and Asia, Raju was previously Senior Vice-President of Strategy at News Corp.

Prior to that, he was Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he is responsible for WSJ's digital / mobile content strategy and execution;  the Managing Editor of The Washington Post, where he led the integration of its digital and print businesses; the Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe; and is the Founder of Mint, the second-largest business newspaper in India.

Raju is a Board Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia. His home is in New York City though he is often found, rather plainspoken, @raju

Co-founder & Head of Product, Splice

Rishad Patel

Rishad is a product and design professional. He is the co-founder of Splice Media. For over twenty years, Rishad has designed and developed products for the web, mobile, radio, advertising, newsrooms, newspapers, magazines, podcasting, branding, books, and floor rugs for companies in Singapore, India, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States. He has been a design consultant for MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and SMART (the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology), and ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule), as well as an editorial consultant at The Straits Times in Singapore, the Wanganui Chronicle in New Zealand, and Mid-Day in Mumbai. He was also a co-founder of a gifting app startup in San Francisco, and a Singapore-based fintech startup.

Asia Editor, BBC News Website

Samanthi Dissanayake
Samanthi Dissanayake is the Asia editor for the BBC News website overseeing the digital, social and video stories out of Asia. She started off working for the political and cultural monthly Prospect Magazine in London and made her transition to digital at the height of the dotcom boom. She joined the BBC in 2003 and has worked on its first user generated content hub, the Asia desk of the news website and as women’s editor for South Asian language services before moving to Singapore in 2015 to take up the newly created Asia editor post.

Head of Digital, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited

Savan Wijewardene is the Head of Digital at Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, also known as Lake House, Sri Lanka's leading newspaper group. He is also Head of Research at REDHILL Communications, a regional public relations and communications firm based in Singapore. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York, his past work spans editorials, newspaper management and start-ups. A founder of Yamu.lk Sri Lanka's largest online content platform, he's been on the frontlines of content creation and communication in an era of rapid digital change. Deeply interested in the business of journalism, he is committed to finding business models that enable high-quality journalism and creative content in a new digital era.

Marketing Director, NewsMediaWorks, Australia

Simon Davies is Marketing Director at NewsMediaWorks where he is committed to promoting the power, value and importance of News Media.  He has over 20 years’ experience in media and has worked at both media agency and media owners including OMD, Bauer Media, ACP and Murdoch Magazines.  

Managing Director, Syno Int Asia

Soji Nagano, with over 10 years of experience in three start-up marketing research companies, is currently the managing director and cofounder of Syno International Asia, with locations in Singapore and Tokyo. Working very closely with publishers and marketing research companies across the APAC region, Soji strongly believes in the power of data to help people connect to the unknown and make better decisions. While frequent travel keeps him busy, he enjoys in his free time surfing, cycling, craft beer, and spending time with his family.

Founder & CEO, PUBLISH Inc. / Founder & Managing Editor, EconoTimes & TokenPost

Sonny Kwon
Sonny Kwon is a serial digital entrepreneur focused on digital media and distributed ledger technology. He is the founder and CEO of PUBLISH Inc., a blockchain-based software solutions provider for newspaper businesses. He is also the founder and managing editor of two digital-native news websites including EconoTimes and TokenPost. In 2012, he started FxWirePro, a foreign exchange intelligence company, to provide intelligence newswire services to global financial institutions.

VP of Sales

Steven is VP of Sales at Piano, overseeing new markets in EMEA. His proven tenure inside both services and platform industries provide a valuable perspective on accelerating digital businesses through technology and customer experience. Prior to joining Piano, Steven managed global business development for iCrossing, a digital agency at Hearst Corporation. He’s also held leadership positions at Method, Schematic (POSSIBLE, a unit of WPP), Capgemini, and the pioneering internet consultancy, Viant.

Of particular focus for Steven has been the Media & Entertainment market, where the need for new business models, enabled through digital technology, content and user experience, demands deep expertise across multiple skill sets. Before working in technology, Steven was a producer of broadcast commercials and music videos.

Editor-in-Chief and CEO, iTromsø, Norway

Stig Jakobsen is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO at iTromsø, the first newspaper in Europe to try personalization of the mobile front. He has previously worked as Editor at TV2, and started 9 magazines during his time as CEO of Bonnier Media, including international titles like Costume, FHM and Woman. On top of this, Jakobsen spent four years developing apps and social media platforms at Appaloosa. Jakobsen was also Camp Manager for UNHCR, managing a camp of 7000 refugees in Sierra Leone.

COO, Karangkraf Media Group, Malaysia

Syamil Fahim Mohamed Fahim
Syamil Fahim currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Kumpulan Media Karangkraf – Ultimate Group of Companies. Educated and graduated from the University of Misouri-Kansas City in 1996, in the field of Computer Science specialising in Telecommunications, he joined the group in August the same year as a management trainee. He has more than 20 years of working experience in the group. In the beginning, his first assignment was to head the Graphics Department Unit of Karangkraf. From there, his career in the publishing industry started. Heading the Graphics Department, he re-engineered the workflow from single up to eight- up CTF workflow, and soon after, a full PDF workflow and migrated the Desktop publishing system from QuarkExpress to Adobe Creative Suit solutions. He also formed the IT department for the group and launched Karangkraf’s first web portal,www.karangkraf.com, in December 2000. His experience includes heading the Print Division, Ultimate Print Sdn Bhd, for more than 14 years before given the bigger task of heading the newly-formed subsidiary, Grup Digital Karangkraf Sdn Bhd. Believing that Innovation and Technology is key to any organisation’s success, he has made the Group more technology-driven.

News Editor and Digital Editor, Tamil Murasu, Singapore Press Holdings


Tamilavel is the News Editor and Digital Editor for Tamil Murasu, the Tamil language daily in Singapore. He joined Tamil Murasu in 2008 and since then has reported on various topics ranging from politics to community issues, sports, entertainment, crime, etc. He has covered regional and international news, including major international events such as the Trump-Kim Summit, ASEAN Summit and the Formula One race. As the Digital Editor, he was instrumental in revamping the paper's website early this year and continues to look after the digital transformation of the newsroom and the journalists. He has an Advanced Diploma in Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Digital Media.

COO (Content & Commercial), Sin Chew Media Corporation

Tan Lee Chin

Lee Chin is the Chief Operating Office (Content & Commercial) for Sin Chew Media Corporation. She currently heads the digital content and media lab department in Sin Chew, overseeing its digital assets such as www.sinchew.com.my and Pocketimes.

She joined Sin Chew Daily in 2008 as a culture and education reporter after a short stint in legal practice. Her digital journey started when she assumed the role of chief editor to the website of the paper in 2011.  Since then, she has spearheaded different digital content projects and initiatives within Sin Chew Media Group.

CEO & Publisher, Tech for Impact Asia

Teymoor Nabili is a veteran international journalist based in Singapore. 

Over a 28-year career he has anchored, reported and produced news and programmes for the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, CNN and Channel NewsAsia. He has reported major breaking stories from the field, including 9/11, the Asian Tsunami and the Japan earthquake, and covered global events from the studio like the Arab spring and the global financial crisis. Among hundreds of high profile interviews with political and business leaders, he has sat down with Kofi Annan, Goh Chok Tong, Hun Sen, Mahathir Mohammed, Najib Razak, Thaksin Shinawat and Chris Patten, to name but a few.

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.

Editor-in-Chief, IDN Times

Veteran Indonesian editor Uni Lubis leads IDN Times' news team on the strategic, business and editorial fronts. She has been editor-in-chief at various news organisations, including ANTV, viva.co.id and as Managing Director of Rappler Indonesia, and has served the maximum of two terms on Indonesia's Press Council. Since her appointment in December 2017, Uni has been growing the IDN Times' news team to provide the country's millennials and Generation Z with credible and trusted news content. Independently-owned IDN Media was founded in 2014 and within three years grew IDN Times into Indonesia's fifth most-visited media site based on Comscore data.

Editor and Business Editor, The Myanmar Times

Kang Wan Chern

Wan Chern oversees the day-to-day functions of the Myanmar Times newsroom, driving editorial direction, editing content, supporting marketing strategy and coordinating across print, digital, video and social media platforms for the English daily and Myanmar weekly. She also manages the business pages of the Times, writing, editing and working closely with a team of six business journalists to report breaking news, track trends and develop story ideas.

Wan Chern was previously Associate Editor and financial journalist with The Edge Media Group in Singapore for nearly 10 years and before that, a tax consultant with Deloitte in Singapore and Malaysia.


Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore

Warren Fernandez joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become a News Editor. He went on to serve as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor.

Fernandez then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy Project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its Editor. He assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) from July 2016.

Fernandez graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Senior Advisor, Phandeeyar Innovation Lab, Myanmar & open data advocate

Yan Naung Oak
Yan Naung Oak is a data visualization designer, as well as an open data, data literacy, and civic tech advocate. He splits his time between Phandeeyar, an innovation hub in Yangon, to build up an open data community in Myanmar, and School of Data, where he supports data literacy training for civil society organizations and journalists all over the world.

Executive Managing Editor, South China Morning Post

Zuraidah Ibrahim is Executive Managing Editor of South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. She oversees the Hong Kong, Asia and International desks and also a Sunday magazine, This Week in Asia, which won the Best News Website award from WAN-IFRA in 2017. She was previously deputy editor of Singapore’s largest English newspaper, The Straits Times. She has published several books, among them Lee Kuan Yew, Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going (2011), a monograph on the Singapore opposition (2017) and Rebel City: Hong Kong’s Year of Water and Fire (2020).

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