About Me

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I was first bitten by the news bug as a teenaged intern in the traditional newsroom of The Straits Times, Singapore's national newspaper, in the early 2000s (when red marker annotations on printed proofs were still a thing), and returned as a freshly graduated general news journalist to begin what would turn out to be a 15-year career in content creation. I rotated through several portfolios as I earned my stripes, before finding my niche in consumer and lifestyle news coverage for local and global business publications such as The Business Times, Forbes, Monocle, CNN and more. 

 

When I had the opportunity to live in Hong Kong between 2017 and 2022, I found myself in a front row seat to historical change, and pivoted to covering China and Asian geopolitical news for Fortune magazine and the BBC.

Now based back in my native Singapore, I continue to maintain parallel interests in Asian geopolitical and business developments while keeping abreast of global luxury hospitality trends as a veteran industry observer. I selectively parlay my expertise into public speaking and consulting services for global media and luxury brands. 

Resume

2019 - present

Editorial Director 

Michelin Guide Asia and Middle East

Singapore

2018 - 2019

Freelance Journalist

Hong Kong

2017 - 2018

Assignment Editor

Fortune

Hong Kong

2011 - 2015

Correspondent

The Business Times

Singapore

2007 - 2009

Journalist

The Straits Times

Singapore

​In September 2019, I rejoined Robert Parker Wine Advocate as a member of its management team after the independent publisher was fully acquired by the Michelin Group. In my current role as Editorial Director of the Michelin Guide in Asia and the Middle East, I oversee digital content strategy and execution for our Michelin Guide websites in 8 key Asian and UAE destinations: Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Dubai.

Key responsibilities of this role include building and managing a regional team of in-house and external content producers; mapping growth and planning budgets; working with major government and corporate partners on content marketing campaigns; and working closely with our French HQ to design global guidelines with localisation for the Asian and UAE markets.

I wrote about China for a handful of current affairs news publications, such as the BBC and Week in China, as well as on Asian consumer trends for research firm Stylus.

 

Highlights of my time as a freelancer include a contract role as a China media analyst for BBC Monitoring, a specialist arm of the BBC. I produced daily reports and analyses of Chinese geopolitical and socio-cultural news trends via daily monitoring of vernacular media sources in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I also translated key news articles from Chinese to English.

I was a full-time Assignment Editor at Time Inc.'s Hong Kong bureau, where I edited a weekly newsletter for Fortune magazine on Chinese tech and economy news. Highlights of the role include coordinating between Fortune's editorial and marketing teams in the US and Asia to produce print, digital and video content for the magazine's 2017 Fortune Global Forum and Fortune Brainstorm Tech conferences in Guangzhou, China and Brainstorm Tech in Singapore.

I was the lead food writer at The Business Times and coordinated the dining pages of our Executive Lifestyle and Weekend sections. During my tenure, our food pages were known among industry players for our exclusive features and being among the fastest on the trail of the latest restaurants, bars and boutiques in Singapore.

 

After 3 years on the team, I transferred to the newspaper's business news team to take on the retail and consumer beat. In this newly created role, I profiled business leaders and large and small retail and FMCG firms, and tracked an industry that was – and still is – going through a large upheaval brought about by technology and e-commerce. Highlights include producing several front page news stories on errant and bankrupted retailers that became closely followed cases nationally.

I started my career as a local news reporter at The Straits Times, where I worked on investigative weekend feature packages across multiple beats, particularly on touchy social issues such as teenage pregnancy, and homosexuality and the civil society. Achievements include producing reports on a high profile illegal organ transplant and rogue property agents that prompted changes in national legislation.

Education

2009 - 2011

London School of Economics, UK

Fudan University, China

2004 - 2007

University of Pennsylvania, US

2006 - 2007

St Peters College, Oxford University, UK

2002 - 2003

Raffles Junior College,

Singapore

1998 - 2001

Raffles Girls School

MSc in Global Media and Communications (dual degree)

  • Distinction for Masters thesis on censorship in Singapore state media at LSE 

  • Distinction for Masters thesis on the use of Sina Weibo among Chinese youth at Fudan

BA in English Literature

  • Graduated magna cum laude within three years

  • Served as Vice President of the Singapore Students' Association

Visiting Student Programme

  • Completed a full academic year at Oxford University as part of Penn Abroad

GCE A Levels
 

  • Recipient of the Singapore Ministry of Education Humanities Scholarship

  • Achieved AAAB at the GCE A Levels

GCE O Levels

  • Enrolled in the Gifted Education Programme

  • Achieved 7 A's at the GCE O Levels