I am a media and communications professional and writer currently based in Singapore, with a portfolio that covers Asia - in particular, China, India and Southeast Asia.
Prior to this I was reporting and writing news and features on Asia for BBC Asia News Online.
I obtained my Master's degree in journalism from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in May, 2011. I wrote a thesis for my Master's degree - Evolution, Not Revolution: The Impact of Twitter and Facebook on Reporting on States with Limited Press Freedom; The Case Study of Burma/Myanmar - which I hope to develop into a post graduate dissertation, or further research in the field of social media and press freedom.
I am also interested in the study of professional ethics and have traveled to New York, Germany and Poland in 2011 on the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to study the role that journalists played during the Holocaust. That was the inaugural year for the journalism program and I'm both honored and excited to be part of a team of 12 international journalists selected for this fellowship under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. I was featured in an article on the Georgetown University website about this fellowship. I wrote and produced several pieces of work, including: a multimedia feature on Working At Auschwitz, a multimedia dispatch on our visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and a reflection piece. My personal essay on Auschwitz was on the Open Salon cover: The Shoe With No Lace.
I was trained in old school print journalism at Singapore's national daily newspaper. In my five years there, I moved from news to lifestyle and entertainment features. I also worked in PR, communications, strategic marketing, CRM (customer relationship management) in a bank. Following that, I joined a non-profit organization promoting reading and literacy, where my responsibilities included both international relations and national education programs.
I'm also a certified yoga teacher. I believe in giving back to the community and have volunteered as a teaching assistant in ESL (English as a Second Language) and with the AFI Silverdocs documentary film festival.