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I'm a nerd...

Tufts Fletcher School, USA (June 2016)
ICNC [International Centre of Nonviolent Conflict] Summer Institute at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Cardiff University, Wales (September 2012 – September 2013)
Master of Arts – Journalism, Media and Communication
Chevening Scholar

School of Authentic Journalism, Mexico (March 2012)
Workgroup: Investigative Journalism

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2009)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Film
Graduated with First Class Honours

Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand (July 2006 – November 2008)
Bachelor of Media Arts (Communications) – Moving Image
Awards: Excellence in Communications – First Year, Excellence in Contextual Studies, New Zealand Writers’ Guild Award for Excellence in Screenwriting – Third Year

…and a workaholic

Editor-in-Chief, New Naratif (9 September 2017 – )
I commission features from around Southeast Asia, as well as writing stories. I also work on community-building initiatives and events.

Senior Communications Officer, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Singapore (11 April 2016 – 1 July 2017)
I assist MSF Hong Kong on a part-time/freelance basis with the development of a communications strategy, as well as building a communications and media network in Singapore.

Freelance Journalist (March 2012 – )
I multi-task and work as a journalist, a writer, a community manager, a project manager, a fixer, a videographer and a photographer as and when necessary. My bylines have appeared in publications like The Guardian, ABC News, Al Jazeera English, Southeast Asia Globe, Waging Nonviolence and The Diplomat, among others.

Singapore stringer, Deutsche Presse Agentur (January 2014 – August 2016)
As dpa German press agency’s only correspondent in Singapore, I covered breaking news and features.

Blogger, Asian Correspondent (March 2012 – April 2013)
I wrote short blog posts and news updates on current affairs in Singapore.

Deputy Editor, The Online Citizen, Singapore (1 July 2011 – 31 October 2011)
I assisted the Interim Chief Editor in vetting/editing articles, as well as coordinating volunteers. I also contributed to the site in terms of articles, photographs and video, and was an administrator of the Facebook page.

Production Assistant/Assistant Producer, Lianain Films, Singapore (1 March 2010 – 28 February 2012)
My duties included researching stories, handling the logistics of productions (confirming schedules, setting up interviews, etc.), helping out on both local and overseas shoots, digitising and transcribing footage, assembly editing, sound mixing and handling administrative matters such as deliverables and accounts. I also helped to supervise interns.

Sometimes I volunteer…

Co-Founder, We Believe In Second Chances, Singapore (August 2010 – )
A youth-led campaign against capital punishment in Singapore, we research and tell the stories of death row inmates. We also organise events and forums to try to encourage more discussion of the death penalty in Singapore.

Contributor, The Online Citizen, Singapore (February 2010 – June 2011)

…where I use my skills

Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese
Writes in English

Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Pages, Keynote