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Founder & CEO, frayintermedia, South Africa

Paula Fray has worked in media for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. Paula was the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper in South Africa. She is currently the managing director of the pan-African media training organisation frayintermedia, which she founded in 2005. The organisation has trained journalists, media leaders, civil society organisations, government officials and corporate leaders during its decade-long existence.

She is a trustee of Media Monitoring Africa and IRIN independent news agency. She is a Print and Digital Media SA fellow and a public representative on the Press Council of South Africa.

Paula graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Woman and Law Certificate from UNISA. A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she is a former member of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board at Harvard.

Director, Digital Skills Agency, Australia

Corinne Podger is the Director of the Digital Skills Agency, which provides training and consultancy to newsrooms globally in mobile journalism, social media, audience strategy, and media revenue. Her clients include WAN-IFRA, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, KAS Media Programme Asia, Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action. Corinne is a sessional journalism lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and has guest-lectured at universities in Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States. Corinne's teaching is based on a 30-year career as a print, radio, online, social media and TV journalist, primarily with the ABC and BBC World Service. 

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 10 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.

Founder, VanMedia Group

Glenn van Zutphen
Glenn van Zutphen is a career international journalist and is the founder of VanMedia Group Pte Ltd, a worldwide media consultancy. For over 14 years, he has coached more than 2,600 high-performing journalists,  business leaders, and entrepreneurs around the world to deliver confident, credible, and clear communication across digital and news media platforms, and conferences. He also is the host of the “Weekend Mornings” radio show every Saturday & Sunday on MoneyFM 89.3, Singapore’s most trusted business news station. 

In 25+ years as a professional journalist, he worked in print, radio, TV, and online news based in the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore for the likes of CNN International, CNBC Asia, NHK Japan, ABC News Radio and others. 

Glenn currently sits on the Boards of  Asian American Journalists Association (Asia) and the East-West Center Alumni Association. He is a Past-President of the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore, the American Association of Singapore, and the Atlanta Press Club. Glenn is an active member of Asia Professional Speakers Singapore, the American Chamber of Commerce (Singapore), and the Singapore Press Club. Glenn co-authored Happy Customers Everywhere and “The American Journey in Singaporeand contributed chapters to five editions of “Living in Singapore Reference Guide” as well as to “Insights from the Inside Volume II by the Singapore International Foundation. 

A Singapore Permanent Resident with his wife and children, Glenn is the inaugural recipient of the East-West Center's 21st Century Outstanding Service Award for his volunteer work across the region.

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.

Consultant on Digital, SunStar Publishing Inc.

Maria Lourdes (Nini) Cabaero is a pioneer of new media in Philippine community journalism. She was director for content for the integrated newsroom and editor-in-chief of SunStar Cebu, flagship newspaper of the Cebu-based SunStar Publishing Inc. She retired on March 1, 2021. She continues with SunStar as columnist and consultant on digital. SunStar in the only network of community newspapers in the Philippines.

Cabaero holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, and a master’s degree in journalism from the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. She currently teaches at the Ateneo master’s program for journalism. Cabaero was a Sandra Burton–Nieman Fellow where she spent an academic year at Harvard University from 2013 to 2014. She took courses at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She won as “Newsmaker of the Year” in November 2020 in the Globe Media Excellence Awards of Globe Telecom for her “impactful body of work” that year and her role in the digital transformation of the community press in the Philippines.


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