Conference Speakers, Panelists & Workshop Leaders
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Keynote Lunch and Dinner Speakers
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, USA
Ms. Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media, China
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Thailand
Keynote and Plenary Speakers and Panelists
(Some panelists in this list will also be leading workshops)
Sanjaya Baru, Editor, Business Standard, India
Joshua Benton, Director, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University, USA
Ambassador Ray Burghardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and Director, East-West Center Seminars, USA
Ying Chan, Director and Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Kavi Chongkittavorn, Assistant Group Editor, Nation Broadcasting Corporation Public Co., Ltd., Thailand
Reg Chua, Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR
Dr. Chu Shulong, Professor & Deputy Director, Institute of International Strategic and Development Studies, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China
Sheila Coronel, Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University, USA
Thomas Crampton, Asia Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Hong Kong SAR
Steven Gan, Co-Founder and Editor, Malaysiakini, Malaysia
Ina Hisayoshi, Columnist and Vice Chair of Editorial Board, Nikkei Newspapers, Japan
Dr. Alexander Chieh-cheng Huang, Professor, Graduate Institute of International Affairs & Strategic Studies, Tamkang University, Senior Associate, International Security Program, Center for International & Strategic Studies (CSIS), Taiwan
Jin Canrong, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
Ambassador K. Kesavapany, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Chris McNally, Fellow, China Specialist, East-West Center, USA
Robyn Meredith, Senior Editor, Asia, Forbes, Hong Kong SAR
Charles Morrison, East-West Center President and APEC Specialist, USA
Lin Neumann, Editor, Jakarta Globe, Thailand
Il SaKong, Chairman of the G-20 Summit Korea Coordination Committee and CEO of the Korea International Trade Association, South Korea
Tarun Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Tehelka, India
Jing Ulrich, Director of China Equities, JP Morgan, Hong Kong SAR
Dr. Ray Yip, Director, China Program, Gates Foundation, China
Panelists and Workshop Leaders
Thomas Abraham, Director, Public Health Programme, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Mahbubul Alam, Editor and Publisher, The Independent, Bangladesh
Mariana Babar, Diplomatic Correspondent,The News, Pakistan
Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media group, India
Harry Bhaskara, Senior Editor, The Jakarta Post, Indonesia
Josephine Bourne, Journalist, Torres Strait, Australia
Tom Brislin, Chair, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawaii, USA
Amalia Cabuso, Journalist, Mindanao Times, Philippines
Chapagain Kiran, Chief of Reporting Bureau, English Daily Republica, Nepal
Mike Chinoy, Senior Fellow at the USC U.S.-China Institute and Vice President and Managing Director, Asia at News Certified Exchange, USA
John Schidlovsky, Director, International Reporting Project, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, USA
Wally Dean, Director of Training, Committee of Concerned Journalists, USA
Deng Zhixin, Senior Editor of Editorial Department, Southern Metropolis Daily, China
Dixit Kunda, Publisher and Editor, Hima Media, Nepal
Dixit Vinay, Senior Director, Asia Consumer Centers, McKinsey & Company, China
Ethasham ul Haq, Director, News Samaa TV, Pakistan
Jocelyn Ford, Free-lance Journalist, China
Naveen S. Garewal, Special Correspondent, The Tribune, India
Bill Gertz, Reporter and Analyst, The Washington Times and Fox News, USA
Craig Gima, Reporter, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, USA
Nisid Hajari, Foreign Editor, Newsweek, USA
Andreas Harsono, Human Rights Watch, Indonesia
Ann Hartman, Jefferson Fellowships Program Coordinator, East-West Center, USA
Ronald Henkoff, Editor, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, USA
Jeanette Paulson Hereniko, Founder, Hawaii International Film and Founder of NETPAC (Network to Promote Asian Cinema), USA
Michelle Jeffress-Le, European Journalism Institute and The Fund for American Studies, USA
Ahmed Abidur Razzque Khan, Human Rights and Peace Studies Program, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Thailand
Merana Kitione, Manager News, Current Affairs and Sports, Fiji Television, Fiji
Akira Kojima, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER), Japan
Shafek Koreshe, Diplomatic Correspondent, Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan
Susan Kreifels, Media Programs Coordinator, East-West Center,USA
Jim Laurie, Director of Broadcasting Programme & Senior Teaching Consultant, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Jeremy Li, Media Lawyer, Guangzhou GZ TV, China
Susan Lisovicz, Free-lance Journalist, Blogger, former CNN Wall Street Correspondent, USA
Liu Songjie, Managing Editor of the Op-Ed Channel, Netease.com News Center, China
Tridivesh Maini, Research Associate, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
Miao Chenbo, Editorial Chief, Guangzhou Daily Press Group, China
Martha Mollison, Macquarie University, Australia
Marilee Morrow, Marietta College, USA
John Nery, Senior Editor and Editorial Page Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines
Clarissa Oon Kay-Yen, Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times, Singapore
Binod Pahadi, Nepali Manch Magazine, Nepal
Ann Quon, Principal Director, Department of External Relations, Asia Development Bank, Philippines
Netani Rika, Editor-in-Chief, Fiji Times Newspaper, Fiji
John Schidlovsky, Director, International Reporting Project, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, USA
Mark Sheldon, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Kamal Siddiqi, Editor, Express Tribune, Pakistan
Shailendra Singh, Senior Lecturer/Divisional Head, University of the South Pacific Journalism Division, Fiji
Julie Starr, Editor in Residence at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) and Chief Blogger at The Evolving Newsroom, New Zealand
John Schidlovsky, Director, International Reporting Project, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, USA
Suzuoki Tabumi, Senior Reporter, Nikkei Newspapers, Japan
Shyam Tekwani, Associate Professor, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, USA
Lam Vo, Multimedia Editor, Wall Street Journal Asia, Hong Kong SAR
William Welch, Reporter and Los Angeles Correspondent, USA Today, USA
Michael Yu, Association of Taiwan Journalists, Taiwan
Tiecheng Yuan, Foreign Affairs Editor, Caijing Guojia Zhoukan, Xinhua, China
Lily Yulianti, Journalist, Panyingkul! Citizen Journalism Website, Indonesia
Aung Zaw, Editor, Irrawaddy Magazine, Thailand
Keynote Speaker and Panelist Biographies
Dr. Sanjaya BARU
Editor, Business Standard, New Delhi, India
Dr. Sanjaya Baru is Editor of the Business Standard in India. He is also a Consulting Senior Fellow for the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.
Dr. Baru has served as the Visiting Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. Prior to this he was the Media Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was also the Prime Minister’s spokesperson and principle speechwriter.
Dr. Baru has a diverse professional background in media and academia. He was Chief Editor of The Financial Express (India), Editorial Page Editor of The Times of India and Editor of The Economic Times (Delhi). Dr. Baru was also a Professor at the Research & Information System for Non-Aligned & Developing Countries (RIS) and at the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi. He has taught in the Department of Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the University of Hyderabad (India). He has been a member of the National Security Advisory Board of India (1998-2001) and a visiting fellow at the School of Economic Studies, University of East Anglia, UK, and the East-West Center, Hawaii. Dr. Baru also served as a consultant to the Human Development Report Office, UNDP, New York.
His publications include Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Performance (Routledge, 2006), The Political Economy of Indian Sugar (Oxford University Press, 1990) and several essays in journals and newspapers in India and abroad. Dr. Baru is a member of the Board of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Founder-Trustee, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi. Dr. Baru obtained his Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Dr. Kurt M. CAMPBELL
Assistant Secretary of State
East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, USA
Dr. Kurt Campbell became the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in June 2009. Previously, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was the founder of StratAsia, a strategic advisory firm, and was the senior vice president, director of the International Security Program, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was also associate professor of public policy and international relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and assistant director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
Dr. Campbell has served in several capacities in government, including as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia and the Pacific, a director on the National Security Council Staff, deputy special counselor to the president for NAFTA in the White House, and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury. For his service, he received the Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Public Service and for Outstanding Public Service. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the Chief of Naval Operations Special Intelligence Unit.
He is the co-author with Jim Steinberg of Difficult Transitions: Why Presidents Fail in Foreign Policy at the Outset of Power, with Michele Flournoy of To Prevail: An American Strategy for the Campaign against Terrorism, with Michael O’Hanlon of Hard Power: The New Politics of National Security, and with Nirav Patel of The Power of Balance: America in Asia.
Dr. Roland CHIN Tai-hong
Chair, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong SAR
Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR
Professor Roland Chin is the Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the Chairman of the Research Grants Council, HKSAR, and a member of the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology and the Commission on Strategic Development of the HKSAR Government. He will take up the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor / Provost at HKU in mid 2010. Until then, he also serves as the Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006) and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs (Deputy to the President) (2007-2010) in HKUST. He worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, U.S. (1979-1981), and was Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1981-1995). He also has served on the Applied Research Council, Employment Retaining Board, Cyberport Ltd, ASTRI Ltd, and HK Education City Ltd in Hong Kong.
Mr. FAN Yijin
Dean, School of Journalism and Communication, Jinan University
Formerly CEO of the Nanfang Daily Newspaper Group
Mr. Fan is currently the chairman of the Guangdong Journalists’ Association and dean of the journalism school at Guangzhou’s Jinan University. He is formerly the chairman of the Guangdong-based Nanfang Daily Newspaper Group, whose publications include the renowned Nanfang Weekend and Nanfang Metropolitan Daily. Mr. Fan was also the publisher and editor in chief of Nanfang Daily newspaper. A pioneer in media reform, he has written extensively on media management and newspaper brand development. Mr. Fan has also been a visiting professor at several of China’s top universities, including Sun-Yatsen University and Nanjing University.
Ms. HU Shuli
Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media Company, China
Dean of the School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University
Ms. Hu Shuli is currently Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media Company, Editor-in-Chief for the weekly magazine Century Weekly, Executive Editor-in-Chief for the monthly journal China Reform, and the Dean of the School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University. Founder of Caijing Magazine (Business and Finance Review) in 1998, Ms. Hu provided the leadership that brought Caijing to its eminent position as one of China’s most authoritative business publications. At the editorial helm for 11 years, she made her departure in 2009 to create the breakthrough company, Caixin Media. In 2001, Ms. Hu served as Chief of Financial News for the Hong Kong-based television broadcaster Phoenix TV. She worked as an International Editor and Chief Reporter for China Business Times from 1992 to 1998. She began her journalism career as an international editor and reporter for the Workers Daily in 1982, serving there until 1992.
In November 2009, Ms. Hu was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” Internationally recognized for her achievements in journalism, she received the 2007 Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. In 2006, Ms. Hu was called the most powerful commentator in China by The Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal cited her as one of the “Ten Women to Watch” in Asia. She was named International Editor of the Year by the World Press Review in 2003 and one of Business Week’s “Fifty Stars of Asia”
Ms. Hu concentrated on development economics as a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 1994. She earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism degree from the People’s University of China and an EMBA through a program hosted by Fordham University and the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University.
Dr. Surin PITSUWAN
Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan was nominated by the Royal Thai Government and endorsed by ASEAN leaders to be ASEAN Secretary-General for the years 2008-2012. Earlier he served as Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Chair of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in 1999-2000. In September 1999, he led efforts to establish a joint-undertaking among Southeast Asian governments, with the support of the United Nations and international community, that brought peace and security in East Timor.
Dr. Surin completed his B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) on a scholarship from Claremont Men’s College, Claremont, California. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He worked as a columnist for The Nation and the Bangkok Post, the two leading English daily newspapers in Bangkok, from 1975-1992. He taught Political Science at Thammasat University from 1978-1986 and served as an Assistant to the Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Surin joined the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program in 1983-1984, interning in the office of US Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro. In 1984 he returned to Thailand and was elected to Parliament. He was appointed Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary to Deputy Minister of Interior, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He is currently on the Advisory Board of the UN Human Security Trust Fund and International Crisis Group (ICG); member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; International Academic Advisor of the Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University; and advisor to the Leaders Project, a conference arm of the Cohen Group of former US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. From 2002-2004, he was a member of the “Wise Men Group” under the auspices of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) in Geneva, advising peace negotiations between the Acehnese Independence Movement (GAM) and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
Mr. Mahbubul ALAM
Editor and Publisher, The Independent, Bangladesh
Mr. Mahbubul Alam has served as Editor and Publisher of The Independent since August 1995. He started his journalism career at the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), a public-sector wire service, in 1957 as a Staff Reporter. He then moved to print media and joined DAWN, a leading English-language daily newspaper in Pakistan, in 1961. He additionally served in Dhaka as its Bureau Chief and in Delhi, India as a Special Correspondent.
Mr. Alam was appointed Press Secretary to the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh after its independence. Later, he worked at the Morning News and Bangladesh Times as Joint Editor. Following this position, Mr. Alam went on to serve as Editor of the English-language daily The New Nation, while simultaneously editing an English-language weekly, the Dialogue.
Mr. Alam served as a diplomat in London and Washington and as Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Bhutan. He headed the information wing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Director General and Spokesman with the rank of an Ambassador. He holds a double Master’s in Political Science and International Relations and is a Fellow of Commonwealth Press Union (CPU), London, England.
Mr. Anurag BATRA
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media Group, India
Mr. Anurag Batra, a B. Tech (Computer Sciences) and MBA from Management Development Institute (MDI) in Gurgaon, is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the exchange4media Group, which includes exchange4media.com, India’s leading media industry Website; PITCH (monthly), Impact (weekly), Franchise Plus, and Realty Plus. He has a multi-industry experience, having worked in the past with HTA (now JWT and Mindshare), and in the real estate industry.
Mr. Batra holds key portfolios in several associations, including the Delhi Management Association and the Association of Indian Magazines (AIM), and he is a noted speaker and columnist. In 2005, the Indira Group of Institutes conferred the “Young Marketer of the Year” award on Mr. Batra; and in 2006, the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI, which is Mr. Batra’s alma mater) conferred the “Most Distinguished Alumni of the Decade” award on him.
Mr. Joshua BENTON
Director, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University, USA
Mr. Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, which works with the Harvard Business School to explore new business models for the journalism industry in the Internet age while maintaining quality journalism. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism and a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center, and three times been a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting.
Ambassador Ray BURGHARDT
Director, East-West Seminars, East-West Center, USA
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)
Ambassador Raymond Burghardt joined the East-West Center in January 2005 as the Director of East-West Seminars, the Center’s division that organizes dialogue and exchange programs. Before joining the Center, he served as US Ambassador to Vietnam.
In 2006, the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) named Ambassador Burghardt Chairman of the AIT board, a position he continues to serve. His earlier diplomatic career included director of AIT, Consul General in Shanghai, and Foreign Service Officer in Beijing, Manila, Seoul and Hong Kong. He served as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan on the National Security Council staff and Senior Director of Latin American Affairs. He also served at the US Embassies in Honduras and Guatemala. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia before joining the Foreign Service. Ambassador Burghardt received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1967 and did graduate study at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He speaks Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Ms. CHAN Yuen Ying
Director and Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
An award-winning journalist, Chan is currently professor of journalism and director of the Journalism and Media Studies Center at The University of Hong Kong. As founding director of the JMSC, she has created graduate, undergraduate and professional programs in Hong Kong and mainland China. Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City. Her honors include a Nieman Fellowship, a Polk Award for her reporting on the human-smuggling trade from China, and an International Press Freedom Award for her battle against a criminal libel suit in Taiwan. She consults often for HK and international media organizations and serves on the board of directors of the Media Development Loan Fund, USA, and the steering committee of the Global Fund for Media Development. She was also a board member of the Peabody Awards for electronic media from 2004 to 2009. Her research interests include media development in China, journalism education, and practices of professional journalism.
Ms. CHEN Juhong
Editor in Chief of QQ.com, Tencent
Mr. Kavi CHONGKITTAVORN
Senior Editor and Columnist, The Nation, Thailand
Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn is Senior Editor and Columnist at the Bangkok-based English-language daily newspaper, The Nation. He has been a journalist for three decades, serving as Correspondent, Columnist and Leading Writer. He was a Bureau Chief in Phnom Penh (1987) and Hanoi (1989). He was a Jefferson Fellow in 1998 and Nieman Fellow in 2001. From 1999-2001, he served as President of the Thai Journalists Association. Currently, he is Chair of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). He also served as a Jury Member of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize (Guillermo Cano Prize) from 2000-03 and its President from 2004-07.
Dr. CHU Shulong
Professor & Deputy Director, Institute of International Strategic and Development Studies, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Chu Shulong is a Professor of political science and international relations at the School of Public Policy and Management and Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies at Tsinghua University. He was a Senior Fellow at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations from 1994 until recently. He is also a Council Member of the Chinese Association for American Studies, the Council on Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and the Association of Sino-US Relations. He served as the Director for North American Studies at the Air Force College of China. He received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and an M.A. in law from the Beijing University of International Relations. Dr. Chu’s major area of research covers American politics and foreign policy, Sino-US relations, Asian security and China’s foreign and security strategies.
Mr. Reginald CHUA
Editor-In-Chief, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR
Mr. Reginald Chua is responsible for the editorial direction and newsroom operations of the South China Morning Post. A native of Singapore, he graduated with a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the SCMP Group in July 2009, Mr. Chua was a Deputy Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal, based in New York; he was also stationed in Manila, Hanoi and Hong Kong for the Journal. He’s worked at The Straits Times and at Reuters in Singapore, and was a television and radio journalist at the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corp. Mr. Chua has taught undergraduate and graduate-level journalism classes at Hong Kong University, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, and New York University. He also created a fellowship that sends promising journalists from Asia to NYU’s Business and Economic Reporting program each year.
Ms. Sheila S. CORONEL
Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University, USA
Ms. Sheila S. Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and professor of professional practice, Columbia University, New York. The Stabile Center directs an investigative reporting program for graduate students and works with news organizations to get student work published.
In 1989, Coronel co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals; The Rulemakers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress; and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines. In 2003, Ms. Coronel was given the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism.
Mr. Thomas CRAMPTON
Asia Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Hong Kong SAR
As Asia-Pacific Director of 360 Digital Influence for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Mr. Thomas Crampton heads a team stretching across 23 cities in 15 Asian territories that helps companies conceive, develop and execute strategies in Social Media. Prior to joining Ogilvy, Mr. Crampton spent 18 years as a globetrotting newspaper correspondent, mainly for the International Herald Tribute and The New York Times, reporting from five continents and dozens of counties. He writes a widely read blog, thomascrampton.com, and is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator at high-profile conferences around the world, from the World Economic Forum in Davos to Le Web in Paris.
Mr. DENG Zhixin
Editor, Southern Metropolis Daily, China
Now a key figure behind the editorial page at Southern Metropolis Daily, Deng Zhixin joined the Nanfang Daily Press Group in 2001 after brief stints at Fuzhou Television and Guangzhou Daily. Mr. Deng was a core participant in the groundbreaking 21st Century World Herald before authorities shut the weekly newspaper down in 2003. He also writes actively online.
Mr. Kunda DIXIT
Publisher and Editor, Himalmedia, Nepal
Mr. Kunda Dixit is Publisher of Himalmedia and Editor of the Kathmandu-based weekly newspaper, Nepali Times. He recently published a trilogy of books on the Nepal conflict that is considered a model for the role of media in post-war reconciliation. He is also the author of Dateline Earth: Journalism As If the Planet Mattered. Mr. Dixit is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and has worked for BBC Radio, Inter Press Service Asia-Pacific, and Panos South Asia.
Mr. Steven GAN
Co-Founder and Editor, Malaysiakini, Malaysia
Mr. Steven Gan launched Malaysiakini (Malaysia Now) in 1999. Since it went live, Malaysiakini has become the most influential news website in the country. Malaysiakini received the Free Media Pioneer 2001 award from the Vienna-based International Press Institute. Mr. Gan is a recipient of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists’ Press Freedom Award 2000. Malaysiakini was ranked 18 on Asiaweek’s “Power 50” in 2001, and Mr. Gan was also selected as one of the 50 most influential individuals in Business Week’s “Stars of Asia.” He was among Malaysians picked by Asia Inc’s “Who’s hot in Asia?” in 2003. Mr. Gan is a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council.
Mr. INA Hisayoshi
Columnist and Vice Chair of the Editorial Board, The Nikkei Newspapers, Japan
As Diplomatic and Security Writer at Nihon Keizai Shimbun (The Nikkei Newspapers) in Tokyo, Mr. Ina Hisayoshi writes columns and editorials. His “Kazamidori” (Weather Cock) is one of the most popular columns in The Nikkei. He received the 1998 Vaughn-Uyeda Memorial Prize for outstanding news gathering and analysis in international affairs. His subjects include US-Japan security relations, the Korean Peninsula, Sino-Japan relations and domestic politics.
He worked four years in The Nikkei’s Washington, D.C., Bureau as Chief Political Correspondent, was a Fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute, and a Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where he researched confidence-building measures. He also finished the Japan-Yale Senior Government Leadership Program. Mr. Ina wrote a monograph titled A Multilateral Approach for the Pacific (Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, 1993) and co-authored Redefining the Partnership: The United States and Japan in East Asia (University Press of America, 1998). He lectures on media and international relations at Aoyama Gakuin University and University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo.
Mr. HU Zhanfen
Chief of Editorial Operations and Commentary Section, Xinmin Weekly, China
Formerly editorial director for Recovery magazine, and head of special reports for Labor News, Hu Zhanfen is currently a writer for Xinmin Weekly. He has been a leading writer of Chinese reportage literature since the 1990s. He graduated from the journalism school at Shanghai’s Fudan University in 1989. He has been a member of the China Writers’ Association
Dr. Alexander Chieh-cheng HUANG
Professor, Graduate Institute of International Affairs & Strategic Studies, Tamkang University; Senior Associate, International Security Program, Center for International & Strategic Studies (CSIS), Taipei
Dr. Alexander Huang has been a non-resident Senior Associate at CSIS since 2000. He is also Professor of Strategy and War Gaming at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Tamkang University. Upon completion of his decorated government service as Vice Chairman of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council in August 2004, he rejoined the faculty at Tamkang University, where he has been a full-time professor since 2000. He was Director of Strategic Studies and American Studies until 2008. He was also Senior Vice President at the Foundation on International and Cross-Strait Studies in Taipei.
Dr. Huang has taught Chinese Foreign Policy and U.S. Security Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park. Before his academic work, he was a Senior Consultant on Political and Security Affairs for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C. Dr. Huang specializes in Asian and Chinese security and foreign policy studies, relations across the Taiwan Strait, and Taiwan’s defense transformation. He has authored many book chapters and journal articles on related subjects. He holds an M.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at George Washington University.
Dr. JIN Canrong
Professor and Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University, China
Dr. Jin Canrong is a Professor and Associate Dean with the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; and the “Weilun” Chair Professor at Tsinghua University.
Dr. Jin earned a B.A. from Shanghai Fudan University in Political Science, an M.A. from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and a Ph.D. from the School of International Studies at Peking University. Before joining Renmin University, he worked for the Institute of American Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) from 1987 to 2002. He has traveled to more than 20 countries or regions. His studies focus on American politics (US Congress in particular), American foreign policy, Sino-US relations and China’s foreign policy. His main publications include 50 academic papers, seven books and five translated books, including Liberal Tradition in America by Louis Hart; Between Hope and History by President Bill Clinton; and Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger. As the first columnist in international politics in mainland China, Dr. Jin wrote for the column “Focusing on America” in World Affairs from 1995 to 1998. His social positions include Vice President of China National Association of International Studies; Adviser of the Policy Planning Office at the National People’s Congress; and Standing Councilor of China Reform Forum.
Ambassador K. KESAVAPANY
Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Ambassador K. Kesavapany is the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. Prior to his appointment to the Directorship of ISEAS, he was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia starting in March 1997. In his 30-year career in the Foreign Service, he served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (December 1991 – March 1997) and held key staff appointments in MFA, including Director of ASEAN, Director of Directorate II (North America and Europe) and Director of Directorate IV (International Organizations and Third World).
Ambassador Kesavapany was an active participant in the final phase of the Uruguay Round negotiations. He was unanimously chosen as the first Chairman of the WTO’’s General Council in 1995. Subsequently, he played a key role in securing Singapore as the venue for the first WTO Ministerial Meeting in 1996. Ambassador Kesavapany graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. He obtained his Master of Arts (Area Studies) degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has had long years of experience in policy-related and research-related work pertaining to intra-regional and inter-regional integration.
Mr. Akira KOJIMA
Senior Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER), Japan
Mr. Akira Kojima graduated from Waseda University and studied at Manchester University as a British Council Scholar. Serving for many years as an Editor in both domestic and international news at The Nikkei, he became Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief in 2000, then Senior Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief in 2003. From 2004 to 2008 Mr. Kojima served as Chairman of the Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER). In 2008 he was appointed Senior Fellow of the JCER.
Mr. Kojima has also served as Chief Editor of the Asian Economic Policy Review, Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Vice Chairman of the World Trade Center (Tokyo), Trustee of Japan Productivity Center, Councilor of Aspen Institute (Japan), Trustee of US-Japan Foundation, and Councilor and Japanese Chairman of Japan-German Center Berlin.
Ms. Susan KREIFELS
Media Programs Coordinator, East-West Seminars, East-West Center, USA
Ms. Susan Kreifels heads the East-West Center’s media exchange and fellowship programs. Before joining the Center, she covered the Asia Pacific region while based in Manila, Tokyo, Washington, DC, Honolulu and Guam, reporting for various media organizations including USA Today, Dallas Morning News and Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She co-hosted a radio talk show on US media for Japan’s NHK public.
Her awards include the Clarion Award, Women in Communications Inc. (first time national award presented overseas); Pacific and Asian Affairs Council Media Excellence Award; Mary Morgan Hewett Advancement Award; Jefferson Fellowships; and Freedom Forum Asia Fellowship. She has spoken on international media issues at many professional conferences and the China School of Journalism, is a founding member of the Asian Journalists Association and founder of International Women in Communications, Tokyo, and journalism lecturer at Hawai‘i Pacific University and University of Hawaii. She holds a Master’s in Education and did graduate study at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Mr. Almar LATOUR
Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal Asia, Hong Kong SAR
Mr. Almar Latour was appointed in June 2009 to the newly created role of Editor-in-Chief, Asia, for The Wall Street Journal’s print and digital editions. Mr. Latour oversees The Wall Street Journal Asia, Asia.WSJ.com, Chinese.WSJ.com, India.WSJ.com and a Japanese-language Website. Mr. Latour was previously Managing Editor of WSJ.com. He led WSJ.com’s expanded coverage of business and finance as well as personal finance, sports, travel and multimedia storytelling, and oversaw a major redesign of the site in September 2008. Under Mr. Latour’s leadership, WSJ.com reported growth of approximately 170% (site visits).
He has also served as Bureau Chief for the Journal’s technology group in New York and as Deputy Bureau Chief. In March 2005, he was part of a team of two that won the World Leadership Forum’s business journalism award for “Best Story on Business Leadership.” He has worked as News Assistant at the Journal’s Washington, D.C., bureau and as a Staff Reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York and for The Wall Street Journal Europe in London, Stockholm and Brussels. He has covered Central and Eastern Europe, the Internet bubble, and numerous other topics, and written for one of The Wall Street Journal Europe’s magazines.
Mr. Sin Chin Ivan LIM
President, Asia Journalist Association, Singapore
Mr. Ivan Lim reported many years as Labor Correspondent for The Straits Times and served as Secretary General of the Singapore National Union of Journalists. He now writes on trade unions and environmental issues for various publications.
As the current President of Asia Journalist Association (AJA), a professional organization based in Seoul, Mr. Lim is involved in organizing projects and programs designed to bring about greater press freedom as well as higher professional standards in the region. Mr. Lim and Mr. Lee Sang-ki, an Editorial Columnist in Seoul, AJA past President and former President of the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), founded AJA in 2005 to also engage journalists in cross-cultural exchanges and understanding in the pursuit of peace and development in Asia. Mr. Lim is a former President of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ) and now serves at its adviser.
Mr. MENG Bo
Deputy Editor in Chief of Sina.com and Project Manager of Sina Weibo (Microblogs), China
Currently deputy editor in chief of Sina.com, one of China’s largest and most influential Internet news sites, Meng Bo is responsible for the site’s blogging platform as well as chat forums, sports news and literature reviews. Before joining Sina.com, Mr. Meng launched the commentary pages at Guangzhou’s Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper and The Beijing News, both of which now have strong reputations for their editorials on Chinese current affairs. He served previously in positions as front page editor of the official Henan Daily, deputy head of the regional news office at Southern Metropolis Daily, assistant to the publisher of The Beijing News, deputy editor in chief of Sohu.com and editor in chief of Hexun.com.
Ms. Robyn MEREDITH
Senior Editor, Asia, Forbes, Hong Kong SAR
Ms. Robyn Meredith wrote The New York Times bestseller, The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What it Means for All of Us, published by W.W. Norton. She is Senior Editor, Asia, for Forbes, where she writes the “Off Shore” column on globalization. Ms. Meredith, who lives in Hong Kong, is an award-winning journalist who previously wrote for The New York Times, USA Today and the American Banker newspaper. She received a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University in 1990.
Dr. Charles E. MORRISON
President, East-West Center, USA
Dr. Charles E. Morrison has been president of the East-West Center since August 1, 1998. He has had extensive involvement in the conceptualization, organization and funding of policy-oriented educational research and dialogue projects in both Japan and the United States, and has long been involved in promoting the concept of Asia Pacific community.
In September 2005, Dr. Morrison was elected international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). He is a founding member of the US Asia Pacific Council, the US National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and a member of the US Committee for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific. He is a past chair of the U.S. National Consortium of APEC Study Centers. A former director of the Center’s Program on International Economics and Politics, he is a former US Senate aide and a research adviser to binational Japan-U.S. commissions. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Publications in recent years include: Japan, ASEAN, and East Asia from an American Perspective; Community Building with Pacific Asia (report to the Trilateral Commission); ASEAN: Forum, Caucus & Community; Asia Pacific Crossroads: Regime Creation and the Future of APEC; Development Cooperation in the 21st Century: Implications for APEC; Asia Pacific Security Outlook: 2005 (annually from 1997).
Mr. A. Lin NEUMANN
Editor, The Jakarta Globe, Indonesia
Mr. A. Lin Neumann has spent much of his career as a journalist in Asia. He is the Chief Editor of The Jakarta Globe newspaper. Prior to that was Chief Editor of the JoongAng Daily in Seoul and Executive Editor of the Hong Kong Standard. He represented the Committee to Protect Journalists in Asia from 1997 to 2004 and was a Correspondent in the Philippines in the 1980s. He was also a Consultant to the United Nations in East Timor in 2000-2002.
Ms. Julie STARR
Founder of AllAboutTheStory.com; Chief Blogger at The Evolving Newsroom; Editor in Residence at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology), New Zealand
Ms. Julie Starr is the Founder of AllAboutTheStory.com, an online marketplace for news features, reviews, cartoons, caricatures and other stories of interest to newspaper, magazine and Web publishers. A journalist by trade, Ms. Starr has worked in the media for more than 20 years in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has been a Reporter, Sub-Editor, Page Layout Sub, Chief Sub-Editor, Radio Presenter, Workflow Specialist, Change Agent and Editorial Manager.
Ms. Starr was part of the team that designed and launched The Daily Telegraph’s integrated Web-and-print newsroom in the UK, having a particular focus on future workflows. Now based in her native New Zealand after 10 years overseas, Ms. Starr is developing AllAboutTheStory.com and managing an online journalism program run by the Waikato Institute of Technology, where she was previously Editor-in-Residence for two years. She has a strong interest in new media infrastructure and how people are going about gathering, distributing and sharing news and information online.
Mr. Tarun TEJPAL
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Tehelka, India
In his 27-year career as a journalist, Mr. Tarun Tejpal has been an Editor with India Today and the Indian Express groups, and the Managing Editor of Outlook. He is the Founder of Tehelka, which has garnered international fame for its aggressive public-interest journalism. In 2001, AsiaWeek listed Mr. Tejpal as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators, and BusinessWeek declared him among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. His debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, was hailed by The Sunday Times as “an impressive and memorable debut,” and by Le Figaro as a “masterpiece.” In 2007 The Guardian named him among 20 who constitute India’s new elite. Mr. Tejpal’s second novel, The Story of My Assassins, was published in 2009 to rave reviews. Pankaj Mishra has said, “It sets new and dauntingly high standards for Indian writing in English,” while Altaf Tyrewala has called it “an instant classic.” The book’s Website is www.taruntejpal.com
Ms. Jing ULRICH
Managing Director, Chairman, China Equities and Commodities, J.P. Morgan, Hong Kong SAR
Ms. Jing Ulrich is J.P. Morgan’s Managing Director and Chairman of China Equities and Commodities. She is leading the expansion of J.P. Morgan’s China equity business both in China and worldwide as well as developing business opportunities that arise from China’s demand for commodities.
Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Ms. Ulrich is one of the most prominent advisors to the world’s largest asset-management companies, and pension and sovereign wealth funds. She also serves as an Advisor to Chinese institutions seeking to invest overseas. She has received numerous industry accolades for her work as a China watcher. She was ranked as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Global Businesswomen in September 2009. In 2008, she was named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. China’s Business Watch Magazine listed her among the country’s 25 business women elite, and in May 2009, the Chinese journal Contemporary Manager named her one of the top 10 business leaders
Mr. XIONG Peiyun
Editor of operation editorial and commentary section, Nan Feng Chuang, China
Visiting Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University, China
Currently a correspondent for Window On the South (Nan Feng Chuang) magazine and a leading columnist for The Beijing News, Xiong Peiyun is a prolific freelance journalist, contributing also to Southern Weekend, Southern Metropolis Daily and Hong Kong’s Yazhou Zhoukan. Mr. Xiong’s personal Website, sixiangguo.com, features his original writings in both Chinese and French.
Ms. YU Wei
Director of Editorial Operations, Sohu.com, China
Yu Wei is executive vice-president at Sohu Media, where she is in charge of content strategy. From 2007 to January 2010, she served as editor in chief of Sohu.com, one of China’s largest Internet portals. Yu previously served as editor in chief of China’s Life and Eastern Enterprise magazines. She has a master’s degree in Chinese studies from Shandong University.
Mr. ZHANG Ping
Chief Researcher, The Communication Research Institute of Southern Metropolis Daily, China
Zhang Ping (Chang Ping) is one of China’s most influential news columnists, writing for some of the country’s top professional newspapers, including Southern Weekend, Southern Metropolis Daily, Southern People Weekly, Phoenix Weekly and the Oriental Morning Post. He was formerly head of the news desk at Southern Weekend. From 2003 to 2004 he was a visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. ZHANG Rui
Deputy Director of Editorial Operations, Netease.com, China
Currently deputy editor of Netease, one of China’s most influential Internet portals, Zhang previously worked as a newspaper, magazine and television journalist. He is now responsible for the development and management of Web 2.0 products and strategy at Netease.
Zhang Zhe, Reporter, Southern Weekly, China