Executive Editor, Local Language Content, Bloomberg News
Adriana Arai is executive editor for local language content at Bloomberg News. She’s responsible for news coverage in local language globally, including Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, German and Korean.
Prior to her current role, Adriana was Managing Editor for Latin America, Brazil bureau chief, Mexico bureau chief and a general assignment reporter in Mexico City. She joined Bloomberg News in 2004. Before joining Bloomberg, Adriana worked in various editorial positions for Dow Jones Newswires in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and London and was a reporter for Brazilian financial daily Gazeta Mercantil in Sao Paulo.
Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sao Paulo and is a mother of two boys, Daniel and Brendan.
CLIFF BUDDLE – CHAIR
Editor, Special Projects, South China Morning Post
Cliff Buddle is a senior editor at the South China Morning Post. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years. Cliff began his career as a court reporter for news agencies in London before coming to Hong Kong to join the SCMP in 1994. He then covered the landmark constitutional cases in the late 1990s, following the city’s return to China. Cliff’s subsequent roles at the SCMP have included news editor, deputy editor, and acting editor-in-chief. He currently oversees culture coverage, while also writing editorials and columns. Cliff has a long association with SOPA, having first sat on the editorial sub-committee more than 10 years ago.
Editor in Chief, FTChinese.com
Wang Feng has worked for the Financial Times as Editor in Chief of FTChinese.com since April 2015. Prior to the FT, he was the editor of scmp.com, the online edition of the South China Morning Post, after moving to Hong Kong from Beijing in 2012. He was the founding editor of cn.reuters.com, the Chinese language financial news site of Reuters, and Editor in Charge of Reuters Chinese News service. He had also worked as a journalists for various Chinese news organisations including Caijing Magazine in Beijing. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg Businessweek (Chinese) 彭博商業周刊 / 中文版
Vivian Kwok is the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek (Chinese) 彭博商業周刊 / 中文版 , a Chinese biweekly which was launched in June 2013 and built on the agreement between Bloomberg LP and Hong Kong-listed Modern Media.
Prior to her existing role with Bloomberg Businessweek (Chinese), Vivian was Deputy Editor-in-Chief with Next Magazine, Hong Kong’s highest circulation news weekly, overseeing two teams of journalists covering Greater China.
Before that, Vivian spent a year with the South China Morning Post where she broke front-page investigative stories on university scandals, land deals, and a secret agreement between the Hong Kong government and developers. Her series about private clubs in Hong Kong won a Society of Publishers in Asia award for investigative reporting in 2011.
From 2006 to 2009, Vivian was the News Editor with Forbes.com in Hong Kong. She wrote on mergers and acquisitions, pollution and corruption, and financial markets across Asia.
Vivian has a BSSc in Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a MJ in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Yumiko Ono is the Asia digital editor for The Wall Street Journal, overseeing the video and social media teams in the region and supporting the Journal’s efforts to expand its readership and presence across Asia.
Ms. Ono has been a journalist in Asia and the U.S. for over 25 years. She worked as a reporter in Tokyo and New York, and became bureau chief for Tokyo and Seoul in 2003. In 2009, she launched WSJ’s Japanese-language website and was appointed managing editor. In 2014, she moved to Hong Kong to become Asia audience engagement editor, responsible for driving subscriber outreach and retention, and attracting new audiences in the region. She has been in her current role since September 2015.
Ms. Ono grew up in Tokyo, New York and London, and has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Managing Editor, South China Morning Post
Brian Rhoads has worked for more than 25 years as a journalist in China and the United States. He joined the South China Morning in September 2012 and has served as Managing Editor at the Hong Kong-based newspaper for more than four years. Before that, he worked for 16 years at Reuters, leading news coverage across Greater China for much of his tenure with the international news agency. He served as Reuters Managing Editor for the Americas in New York from 2008 to 2010 before moving to Hong Kong as Managing Editor for Asia.
Brian reported for Reuters from China from 2000 to 2008. As bureau chief in Beijing, he covered the Chinese leadership transition from Jiang Zemin to Hu Jintao,China’s growing economic and diplomatic clout, the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Beijing Olympic Games. He garnered two interviews for Reuters with Premier Wen Jiabao – in 2004 and 2006. Brian was Reuters Shanghai bureau chief from 2000 to 2001, leading the team reporting on China’s developing financial markets.
Brian joined Reuters in 1996 as a subeditor on the Asia production desk, first serving in Hong Kong and later Singapore. He previously worked on newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area as a staff writer or correspondent for five years. He spent 1988 to 1990 teaching English in China and learning Mandarin. Brian holds a BA in political science from Stanford University. He is married and has one son.
ANNE MARIE ROANTREE
Bureau Chief, Hong Kong, Reuters News
Anne Marie formally took on the bureau chief role at Reuters in Hong Kong in the spring of 2014, having helped run the bureau from mid-2012 as chief correspondent and acting bureau chief. In her first year as bureau chief, she oversaw award-winning coverage of the pro-democracy protests that paralysed parts of the city. She joined Reuters in Singapore in 2002 as part of the newly established online desk, having worked at the Irish Times in Dublin and South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
Managing Editor, CommonWealth Magazine
Sara Wu has served as Managing Editor of CommonWealth Magazine, Taiwan, since 2014. She has over 26 years of journalistic experience, covering subjects such as technology, marketing, career, and national competitiveness.
Under her leadership, CommonWealth Magazine has won prestigious honors both internationally and domestically, including the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), the Golden Tripod Award, the Vivian Wu Journalism Award, and the Excellent Journalism Award in Taiwan. Prior to her current position, Ms Wu also served as Managing Editor of CHEERS Magazine. She is now responsible for the digital transformation of CommonWealth Magazine from a print bi-weekly to a pay-walled digital daily. The CommonWealth website enjoys a 13 million page view monthly, and a 1.8 million FB fans social reach.
Ms Wu has an EMBA from the National Taiwan University and a BA in sociology from the Soochow University, Taiwan. She also studied in the Columbia University, New York as visiting scholar in the Asian Studies program.
DR. JEFFREY TIMMERMANS – HEAD OF JUDGES
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, Bachelor of Journalism programme
Journalism & Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Jeffrey Timmermans is an associate professor and director of the undergraduate journalism programme at The University of Hong Kong. He has more than two decades of experience in Asia as a financial journalist and journalism educator, having worked as a reporter in Tokyo for The Wall Street Journal and as a managing editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also worked for Bain & Company, leading the global strategy consulting firm’s public-relations efforts in Asia, before joining the faculty of HKU’s Journalism & Media Studies Centre in 2008. Jeffrey is a former governor of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong and has served as Head of Judges of the SOPA Awards since 2014. He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Colgate University, a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, and a PhD from The University of Hong Kong.
DR. KING-WA FU – DEPUTY HEAD OF JUDGES
Associate Professor, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. King-wa Fu is an Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong’s Journalism & Media Studies Centre (JMSC). His research focuses on the media’s influence on mental health/suicide, health communication, research method, measurement, and statistics in journalism. He has a PhD from the JMSC, a MA in Social Sciences and a MPhil in Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Engineering from HKU. He was a journalist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal. His CV can be found here: http://sites.google.com/site/fukingwa/.