Speakers, panelists and moderators in alphabetical order


Keynote speakers and Keynote panelists

Zaffar Abbas
Editor-in-Chief, Dawn Newspaper, Karachi, Pakistan

Zaffar Abbas has had a 31-year career in journalism. He started his career in 1981 as a junior reporter for a Karachi-based newspaper, The Star. In 1988 he moved to the Herald, a prestigious Pakistani monthly magazine as its main investigative reporter. Four years later he shifted to Islamabad to join the BBC world service as one of its Pakistan correspondents. In 2006 he left the BBC to join Dawn, one of Pakistan’s most credible English language newspapers. Two years ago he moved back to Karachi to take over as Dawn’s Editor-in-Chief. Mr. Abbas has been reporting on the insurgency and civil war in Afghanistan from the days of the Soviet occupation. The last few years have been mostly dedicated to reporting and analyzing the post-9/11 policies and developments in the region, particularly the resultant rise in Islamic militancy in Pakistan. He has also been closely following the separatist movement in Kashmir, the tricky peace process between India and Pakistan, as well as Pakistan’s complex civil-military relations.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Member of Parliament and Founder of
the Suu Foundation, Yangon, Myanmar

Najiba Ayubi
Director, The Killid Group of Local Radio and National Magazine Outlets, Kabul, Afghanistan

Najiba Ayubi is the director of the Killid Group, a nonprofit public media initiative of local radios and national magazine news outlets in Afghanistan. She has been a journalist for 25 years and was defamed, threatened with phone calls and messages from members of parliament, and was visited by gunmen at her home and office following stories she did on politics, human rights and corruption. She was told to stop her work if she wanted to remain safe but has refused to censor her stories, winning the 2013 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Umar Cheema
Investigative Journalist, The News International; Co-founder, Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan

Umar Cheema, as an investigative reporter for Pakistan’s largest English-language daily, The News, has been in journalism for more than a decade. In 2010, he was kidnapped and brutally tortured for writing critical stories about the government. Since then he has churned out a steady stream of reports, documenting how car smugglers rake in huge profits without paying taxes and unmasking massive tax evasion by the ruling elite. His series on taxes eventually forced the government to make lawmakers’ and other citizens’ tax records public, making Pakistan fourth country in the world where this is done. Two years ago, Mr. Cheema founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan. He has received numerous awards for his courage and quality reporting, including the 2011 International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 2008, he won a Daniel Pearl Fellowship, becoming the first Pearl fellow to work at The New York Times.

Pana Janviroj
President, Nation News Network Co.; Publisher, The Nation; Executive Director, Asia News Network, Bangkok, Thailand

Pana Janviroj is president of The Nation, Thailand’s leading English-language newspaper. He is also Executive Director of Asia News Network, an alliance of 22 leading newspapers from 19 Asian countries. He was editor of The Nation from 1996-2005. Mr. Janviroj is also a director of Myanmar Eleven, a joint venture between Nation Group and Eleven Media Group to publish Myanmar’s first independent English-language daily, to be launched shortly. Mr. Janviroj’s journalism career began in 1984 as a business reporter with The Nation, four years after which he became the business editor, and executive editor in 1994. Mr. Janviroj became editor of The Nation in 1996. The Nation is a recipient of several local and international journalist awards. Mr. Janviroj was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center.

U Ko Ko
Chairman, Yangon Media Group Limited, Yangon, Myanmar

U Ko Ko is the chairman of Yangon Media Group and publisher of the Yangon Times. He is closely engaged in the transition now underway in his country’s media and developing the capacity for change to meet the new opportunities for free expression. As a leader of the Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association, he is also involved in drafting a new press law and developing plans to create a national press council. U Ko Ko was appointed to the nine-member advisory board to the president U Thein Sein in May 2011.

Jacob Mathew
Executive Editor and Publisher, Malayala Manorama Group of Publications; Past President, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Kerala, India

Jacob Mathew is executive editor and publisher for the Malayala Manorama Group of Publications in Kerala, India. The Malayala Manorama group publishes Malayala Manorama daily with a circulation of more than 2.2 million copies per day. The group has 50 publications, as well as the 24-hour news broadcast channel Manorama News and FM stations. Mr. Mathew is a trustee of the Press Institute of India/Research Institute for Newspaper Development and is also on the Asian Board of International News Media Association (INMA). He is a past president of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and is a past chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). Mr. Mathew was the first Indian and second Asian to hold the presidency of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Ni Siyi
Deputy Director, Editor-in-Chief’s Office, Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, China

Ni Siyi is the deputy director of the Editor-in-Chief’s Office of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing. He writes and edits English news stories, covering a number of topics such as government, crime, policy and parliament proceedings. One of his most notable stories was written in 1998 about the All China Women Federation’s decision to amend an 18-year old marriage law to make divorce extremely difficult and extramarital affairs a criminal act. It was the first time in many years that the agency had reported the content of a draft law to the public before its approval. The story, entitled “Plan to Amend Marriage Law Causes Debate,” caused fiery public debate among opinion leaders and citizens on the proper role of government and sparked many liberal media organizations, such as the Beijing Youth Daily, Washington Post, New York Times and Associated Press to open special debate pages devoted to voicing various opinions about the amendment. Mr. Ni also covered the International Symposium on Evil Cults in Beijing.

Bopha Phorn
Investigative Reporter, The Cambodian Daily, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bopha Phorn is a reporter for independent newspaper The Cambodia Daily. She has been under fire from assault rifles in the Cambodian jungle, where she was reporting on environmental exploitation in 2012. She has received many other threats throughout her career, both of lawsuits and physical harm, from various sources such as Cambodian elites in addition to criticism for her reporting and intimidation from anonymous sources. Ms. Phorn landed her first job as a journalist at Deutsche Presse-Agentur, a German press agency in Cambodia, when she was 21. She is the first winner of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award from Cambodia.

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
Professor Emeritus, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan is the former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a position he held from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Thailand from 1997 to 2001 and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1995. He has also served as Assistant Secretary to the Minister of the Interior, as well as a Member of the Thai Parliament. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Commission on Human Security of the United Nations. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as an advisor to the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and sat on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He also concurrently served on the ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization as well as worked as a columnist for the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Since the end of his term as ASEAN Secretary-General, Dr. Pitsuwan has been teaching at several universities including Thammasat University in Thailand, the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies at the University of Nara in Japan and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom.

Roxana Saberi
Senior Producer/Reporter, Al Jazeera America, New York City, New York, USA

Roxana Saberi is a New York-based journalist for Al Jazeera America. From 2003 to 2009, she lived in Iran and filed news reports around the Middle East for organizations such as Feature Story News, NPR, BBC, and ABC Radio. She was writing a book about Iran when she was imprisoned in 2009 in Tehran. Ms. Saberi was later sentenced to eight years in prison on a trumped-up charge of espionage. In May 2009, an Iranian court overturned the sentence and she was released. After returning to the United States, Ms. Saberi wrote Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran. She also worked as a freelance journalist, with articles appearing in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She has received many awards, such as the Medill Medal of Courage, the Ilaria Alpi Freedom of the Press Award, the NCAA Award of Valor, a Project for Middle East Democracy Award, and an East-West Freedom Award from the Levantine Cultural Center. She was also named one of Jaycees’ 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Americans and was honored by the Japanese American Citizens League as an “Outstanding Woman.”

Randall Smith
Professor and Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Business Journalism; Co-Director, Center for the Digital Globe; Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri, USA

Randall Smith is the first Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism. His 30-year career at The Kansas City Star began in 1979. Mr. Smith is a former president of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors and a recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He played a major role in conceiving the idea and raising the money for the School’s SABEW endowed chair. He is the vice chair of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. Mr. Smith played a key role in getting Knight Ridder to adopt the Rotating Internship Program, which placed more than 250 journalists into newspapers during a 20-year run. As an editor he has worked with award-winning newsroom teams that have earned the profession’s top awards and honors, such as a Pulitzer Prize. Other recognitions include a Sigma Delta Chi award, Eppy award, Philip Meyer Award, 12 Missouri Press Association Gold Cups and a Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award.

Dr. Thant Myint-U
Chairman, Yangon Heritage Trust, Yangon, Myanmar

Thant Myint-U is the chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, which protects and promotes Yangon’s urban heritage by advocating for heritage protection, advising the government and developers on heritage issues, and undertaking projects, studies, conferences and trainings. He served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations (1992-93, Cambodia and 1994-95 and 1996, the former Yugoslavia). He also served in the UN Secretariat, New York, including time as Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs. He is also currently a member of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council and special adviser at the Myanmar Peace Centre. Thant Myint-U was named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine and is the author of The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma and Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

Barbara Trionfi
Press Freedom Manager, International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria

Barbara Trionfi started working at the International Press Institute in 1999 as Press Freedom Adviser for the Asia-Pacific region. Today, as Press Freedom Manager, she also oversees IPI press freedom activities and leads the IPI press freedom team. Her field of expertise covers different areas related to press freedom and freedom of expression, including media ethics and self-regulatory media accountability systems, journalists safety, and international mechanisms to protect press freedom. Ms. Trionfi has taught undergraduate courses in media ethics, media literacy and cultural diversity and the media at Webster University Vienna since 2005.

U Win Tin
A Founder, National League for Democracy, Yangon, Myanmar

U Win Tin is Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner who was held for two decades in Insein prison. Once one of Burma’s most famous journalists, he was imprisoned for “subversion” – criticizing the military junta which ruled Myanmar for more than half a century. After his release, Win Tin returned to politics and his quest for democracy for Myanmar. He is a regular adviser to the party and contributes to its weekly journal. U Win Tin helped found the National League for Democracy with democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

U Ye Htut
Presidential Spokesman and Union of Myanmar Deputy Minister of Information

U Ye Htut is the incumbent Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Information of Burma (Myanmar) and spokesperson for the President. He previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Myanmar Army before taking up the post of Deputy Director General at the Department of Information and Public Relations under the Ministry of Information. He was later promoted as the Director General of the department. He spoke at a workshop hosted by the United States Embassy on preventing hate speech called Divergent Voices in a New Democracy.

Ethan Zuckerman
Director, Center for Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Principal Research Scientist and Cyberscholar, Media Lab, MIT; Co-founder, Global Voices, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Mr. Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community Global Voices, which showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Through Global Voices and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Mr. Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces. In 2000, Mr. Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously he helped found Tripod.com, one of the web’s first “personal publishing” sites. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013.



Plenary panelists

Farieha Aziz, Co-founder and Director, Bolo Bhi, Karachi, Pakistan

Aung Naing Oo, Associate Director, Peace Dialogue Program, Myanmar Peace Center, Yangon, Myanmar

Maureen Aung-Thwin, Director of the Open Society Foundations Burma Project, New York City, New York, USA

Dilnaz Boga, Reporter and Photographer, 2011 Awardee of AFP’s Kate Webb Prize for investigative work in Indian-Administered Kashmir, qualified in Peace and Conflict Studies, based in Mumbai, India.

Kavi Chongkittavorn, Columnist, The Nation; Chairman, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Bangkok, Thailand

Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Executive Director, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility; Founding Board Member of Southeast Asia Press Alliance, Manila, Philippines

Mai Democracy (aka) Van Nei Kim, Chin World Media Group, Yangon, Myanmar

Steven Gan, Editor-in-Chief, Malaysiakini independent online news, 2000 Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bambang Harymurti, Editor/Publisher, Tempo, Jakarta, Indonesia

Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney; Co-author, “Peace Journalism (Conflict & Peacebuilding),” Sydney, Australia

Nai Kasauhmon, Chief Editor, Independent Mon News Agency, Mudon Town, Mon State, Burma

Nan Pawgay, Acting Development Officer,  Burma News International, (BNI); Editor in Chief, Karen Information Center (KIC), Hpa-an, Karen State, Burma

Nay Phone Latt, Blogger and Political Dissident, Imprisoned for His Writing, Winner of 2010 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, Opened Myanmar PEN Centre in 2013, Yangon, Myanmar

Alan Pearce, journalist, broadcaster and author specializing in cyber-security and counter-surveillance; author of “Deep Web for Journalists: Comms, Counter-Surveillance, Search,” London

Sana Saleem, Director, Executive Board, Bolo Bhi; Past Winner, Best Activist Blogger Award by CIO & Google, Karachi, Pakistan

Than Lwin Htun, Myanmar Service Chief, Voice of America, Washington DC, USA

U Thiha Saw, Chief Editor, Myanmar Freedom; Member, Interim Press Council, Yangon, Myanmar

Soe Myint, Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Mizzima; exile journalist for 24 years (Mizzima was the first exile media to return to Myanmar in 2012); Yangon, Myanmar

Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance

Aidan White, Director, Ethical Journalism Network; Former General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists, London

Jillian York, Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation, which focuses on “Defending Your Rights in the Digital World,” San Francisco, California, USA

Zin Linn,  Editorial Quality Consultant, Burma News International (BNI),  Contributor to  Asian Correspondent, Asian Tribune,  Myanmar Freedom Daily, Rangoon, Burma and Chiang Mai, Thailand




  • Zeyad Nihad Al-Zubaidi, Senior Reporter, Al-Hurra TV, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Aurora Almendra, Freelance Reporter and Radio Producer, Manila, Philippines
  • Markus Bell, PhD candidate, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Patrick Boehler, Reporter, The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR
  • Steven Borowiec, Deputy Editor, Hankyoreh, Seoul, South Korea
  • Bianca Bosker, Executive Tech Editor, Huffington Post, New York City, New York USA
  • Jim Brooke, Editor-in-Chief, Burma Daily, Editor-in-Chief; Cambodia Daily; Former Foreign Correspondent Based in Russia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Ivo Burum, Executive Producer, Burum Media Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia
  • Miemie Byrd, Adjunct Fellow, East-West Center; Chair, Suu Foundation Managing Committee; Faculty Member, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Joel Campbell, Associate Journalism Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
  • Todd Carrel, Senior Advisor, Center for Digital TV and the World, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Maria Frencie L. Carreon,  PhD Candidate, Peace and Conflict Studies (Peace Journalism),  Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; Journalist, Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Yuen Ying Chan, Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
  • Umar Cheema, Investigative Journalist, The News International; Co-founder, Center for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Chit Win Maung,  Adviser, MRTV4 Newsroom; Chief Editor/Publisher Tet Lann sports journal; Member, Myanmar Press Council (Interim), Yangon, Myanmar
  • Choi Ilji, International Relations Department, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Seoul, South Korea
  • Karen Coates, Senior Fellow, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Peralta, New Mexico, USA
  • Sue Coffey, Communications Specialist, Comprehensive Sector Education Review (CESR), Ministry of Education, Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Ralph Cossa, President, Pacific Forum CSIS, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Bidhayak Das, Writer and Communications Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Executive Director, Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility, Makati City, Philippines
  • Frank M. Denton, Editor, The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  • Ninok Leksono Dermawan, Senior Editor, Kompas, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Aiko Doden, Senior Commentator, Communication Bureau, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp., Tokyo, Japan
  • Liz A. Dorn, Program Coordinator, East-West Seminars, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Sam Dubberley, Research Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, New York; Owner, Kishnish Media, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Shyamal Dutta, editor of Bhorer Kagoj, Bangladesh
  • Maria Ebrahimji, Journalism and Media Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Zeb Eckert, Reporter, Bloomberg Television, Hong Kong SAR
  • Sandra Fahy, Doctor and Professor, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fatai Fainga’a, Senior News Reporter and Presenter, Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Fasi-Moe-Afi, Tonga
  • Geoffrey Fattig, Graduate Student, University of California San Diego’s School of International Relations/Pacific Studies, San Diego, California, USA
  • Maxwell Fisher, Foreign Affairs Blogger, The Washington Post, Washington DC, USA
  • Jocelyn Ford, Filmmaker and Journalist, Beijing, China
  • Cherian George, Associate Professor and Director, Asia Journalism Fellowship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • William D. Greenlee, Partner, Myanmar, Head of China Desk, DFDL Legal & Tax, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Safiullah Gul, KPK and FATA Bureau Chief, Dunya News Network, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • K. Oanh Ha, Vietnam Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Jeanne Hallacy, Director of Programs, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Steve Herman, Foreign Correspondent, Voice of America, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Richard Hornik, Director of Overseas Partnership Programs, Center for News Literacy, School of Journalism. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • Mark Horvit, Executive Director, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri, USA
  • Ramy Inocencio, Host, Senior Producer,WSJ’s Digits,Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong SAR
  • Moayyed Ali Jafri, Correspondent, The News International Daily, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Rana Jawad, Resident Editor/Bureau Chief, Geo TV, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • David E. Kaplan, Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
  • Anupma Khanna, Senior Feature Writer, The Pioneer, Dehradun, India
  • Dr. Mona Khanna, Medical Contributor, FOX 32 News, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Khin Asung Tun, Managing Director, Tharabar group
  • Karen Knudsen, Director, Office of External Affairs, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Kyungmook Kim, Doctor and Professor, Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Naomi Kinsella, ASEAN Program Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Jakarta, Indonesia; Country Director, ABA ROLI, Perth, Australia
  • Malte Kollenberg, Multimedia Freelance Journalist, Seoul, South Korea
  • Elaine Kurtenbach, Correspondent, Tokyo Bureau – News, Associated Press, Tokyo, Japan
  • U Kyi Soe Tun, Principal, Laurel Art Academy/ Yangon, Academy Awarded Director, Script Writer
  • Angie Lau, Anchor, Bloomberg Television, Hong Kong SAR
  • Sunshine Lichauco de Leon, Freelance journalist, Manila
  • Bertil Lintner, Foreign Correspondent (Thailand), Asia Pacific Media Services, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Chang Liu, Senior Reporter, Global Times, Beijing, China
  • Eric Loo, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Aya Lowe, Multimedia Freelancer, Manila, Philippines
  • Shibani Mahtani,Myanmar Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, Singapore/Yangon,Myanmar
  • Tridivish Maini, Columnist and Independent Foreign Policy Analyst, Visiting Faculty, Jindal School of International Affairs, Sonepat and New Delhi, India
  • Debra Mason, Publisher, Religion News Service, Washington DC, USA
  • Amy McCombs, Professor and Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri, USA
  • Philippa McDonald, Senior Reporter, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, Australia
  • Jane M. McElhone, Media Program, Open Society Foundations, London, United Kingdom
  • Kathleen McLaughlin, China Contributor, The Economist, Buzzfeed, Beijing, China
  • Cait McMahon, Managing Director, Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma-Asia Pacific, Melbourne, Australia
  • Mon Mon Myat, Founder, Creative Media House, Producer of Documentary Films and Books about Myanmar’s Political and Social Affairs; Co-founder, Yangon Press International, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Allison Moore, Senior Access to Justice Expert, UNDP, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Charles E. Morrison, President, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Marilee Morrow, Associate Professor, Department ofMedia Studies,Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, USA
  • Myint Zaw, Co-founder, Program Manager, Ju Foundation; Environmental Activist, Winner, 24th Conde Nast Traveler Environmental Award, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Syed Nazakat, Principal Correspondent, Security/Strategic Affairs, The Week Magazine, New Delhi, India
  • Nyo Min, Managing Director, Min Zarni group
  • Jeffry Oon, Audience and Editorial Led, Yahoo, Singapore
  • Michelle Owen, Conservation Program Manager, WWF Myanmar Country Office, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Michael Pan, Project Director, Myanmar Media Lab – Reporting for Peace, Internews Europe, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Shaheen Pasha, Assistant Professor of International Journalism, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
  • Alan Pearce, Journalist, Broadcaster and Author Specializing in Cyber-security and Counter-surveillance, Author of “Deep Web for Journalists: Comms, Counter-Surveillance, Search,” London, United Kingdom
  • Brian Pellot, Director of Global Strategy and Religious Freedom Editor, London, United Kingdom
  • Amantha Perera, Trainer, Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma-Asia Pacific, Wattala, Western Province, Sri Lanka
  • Byron Perry, Managing Director, Coconuts Media, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Scott Pham, digital editor for NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit who started one of the first drone journalism programs in the US while working as a public radio producer at the University of Missouri
  • Asha Phillips, Asia Editor, Storyful; Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)-Asia Board Member
  • Lee Poston, Communications Director, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Jerry Redfern: Senior Fellow, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Peralta, New Mexico, USA
  • Jean Renshaw, Author, Korean Women Managers and Corporate Culture: Challenging Tradition, Choosing Empowerment, Creating Change; and Kimono in the Boardroom: The Invisible Evolution of Japanese Women Managers, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler.com, Manila, Philippines
  • Waltraut Ritter, Research Director and Founder, Knowledge Dialogues, Hong Kong SAR
  • Donn Rogosin, President, Donn Rogosin Productions, Former Public Broadcasting Executive, New York City, New York, USA
  • Geir Ruud, CEO, Ruud & Company, Oslo, Norway
  • Mohammad Sabir Momand, Afghanistan National Radio TV Presenter, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Patricia Smith, Contributing Editor, Global Journalist, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri, USA
  • Alan Soon, managing editor for Yahoo Southeast Asia in Singapore
  • Jason Strother, Multimedia Freelance Journalist, Seoul, South Korea
  • Jena Sturgis, Line Producer, Shepard Smith Reporting, Fox News/21st Century Fox, New York City, New York USA
  • Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Past ASEAN Secretary-General; Tun Abdul Razak Fellow, Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, London
  • Rose Swe, Owner, Mango Media, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Swe Win, Freelance Journalist, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Grace Swe Zin Htaik, Secretary, International Relations Committee, Myanmar Motion Picture Organization, Former Academy-Awarded Actress
  • Bob Teoh, Senior Columnist, Sin Chew Daily, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • U Tha Tun Oo (Michael LIM), CEO, TODAY Group of Companies; Chairman, TODAY Ogilvy & Mather Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Than Lwin Htun, Myanmar Service Chief, Voice of America, Washington DC, USA
  • Dr. Than Win, Principal, National Management College, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Thida Tin, PhD, Deputy Director General, Information and Public Relations Department, Ministry of Information, Naypyidaw, Myanmar
  • Hannah Torregoza, Reporter, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp, Manila, Philippines
  • Ramon Tuazon, President, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Manila, Philippines
  • Tun Thura Thet, Managing Director, Myanmar Information Technology
  • Richard Turbin, Senior Partner and Founder, Turbin Chu Heidt, Attorneys at Law; Vice Chair, Board of Governors of the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Shakir Ullah, Senior Producer, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Glenn Van Zutphen, President, VanMedia Group, Singapore
  • Andrea Vance, Senior Political Journalist, Fairfax Media NZ, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Paul Watzlavick, Director, U.S. Department of State East Asia and Pacific Media Hub, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ray Wijaya, Chief Editor, MNC TV, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sharon Wilson, Assistant Professor, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • U Win Pe, Former Principal of University of Culture, Mandalay, and Academy-Awarded Film Director and Script Writer
  • Win Win Tint, Managing Director, City Mart group
  • Holly Yan, Newsdesk Editor, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Ye Min Oo, Executive Producer (News), Myanmar National Television, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Ye Naing Moe, Director, Yangon Journalism School, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Yoo, Jee Hye, Political News, Joongang Ilbo, Seoul, South Korea
  • Zin Linn, Editorial Quality Consultant, Burma News International (BNI); Contributor to Asian Correspondent, Asian Tribune, Myanmar Freedom Daily, Yangon, Myanmar and Chiang Mai, Thailand


  4 Responses to “Speakers”

  1. Wishing Yangon Media Conference The Victory!

  2. The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma – Asia Pacific is looking forward to joining the wonderful array of presenters listed, and meeting with many new and familiar colleagues to discuss important issues of psychological safety for media professionals working in post-conflict, disaster and traumatic situations. Well done East West Centre! See you soon. Cait McMahon, Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific

  3. As I mentioned before, I am glad you are inviting Thomas Fuller, NY Times Bureau chief Bkk to attend. He is the main source of information for us about Thai and SE Asian affairs.

    You should also consider Dan Rivers, former CNN Bureau Chief, Bkk. He was ejected from Thailand after his reporting of the Red Shirt protests three years ago. The government did not like his coverage, thus cancelled his work visa, and forced CNN to send him back to London. I am not sure if Dan is still with CNN. He would have interesting insights about press freedom.

    Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand should be involved in some way also.

    Good luck with this important an highly important conference.

    Ted Gugelyk
    Ubon Rachathani, Thailand (and Hawaii)

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