Speakers | Publish Asia 2019

Publish Asia 2019

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


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.  

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, Channel NewsAsia Digital

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.com 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.

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.

Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA

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.

Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Thomas Jacob was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. In this role, he has responsibilities for developing and implementing the organizations strategy to be the platform for exchange of ideas, information and experiences among the global news publishing industry. Prior to that he was the Deputy CEO, taking care of the regional operations.

Before WAN-IFRA, he worked for DMG Media, publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in UK. 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.

Thomas Jacob is an MBA with high honors 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. He also underwent advanced studies in computer networking at ICIS, Singapore.

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.

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.

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.

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.

President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK

As a Partner at Innovation, he 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 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.

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.

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.

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