Speakers/Facilitators Introduction

Here is a brief introduction to the speakers and facilitators who will be presenting to the audience at BlogFest Asia.


Peter Herford – Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication

Prior to joining the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication of Shantou University in March 2003, Herford was the senior executive for production for Public Radio International in the United States. He taught for six years at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and was director of the University of Chicago’s William Benton Fellowships in Broadcast Journalism program. A 27-year veteran with CBS, Herford worked as a vice president of CBS News and a producer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, 60 Minutes and other programs. Herford has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia College and the Graduate School of International Affairs of Columbia University.

Jeremiah Foo – co-founder, mybloggercon

Jeremiah brings over 20 years of technology and media experience in parts of Asia stretching from India to China to his native Malaysia. In addition to teaching at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, he teaches digital and media-related production technology at Shantou University’s Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication. He also serves as the school’s technical chief and manager of the its Convergent Media Lab. He is co-founder of the eMuse group of companies in Malaysia, which creates media content. He served as assistant vice president of Asian Artiste & Repertoire, where he oversaw the building of the publishing division and product development of Singapore-based MediaStream Limited, a producer, publisher and distributor of music and visuals. He has written for In•Tech, a weekly technology pullout published by Star Publications in Malaysia, covering new and emerging technologies. He helped set up Mizzima.tv, a Burmese station based in New Delhi.

In 2007, he co-founded mybloggercon Awards and helped push the blogging movement in the region.

Bobby Soriano – Tactical Technology Collective

Bobby has fifteen solid years of systems and network administration experience, developing NGO-tools and implementing projects, He has also spent five years as an information and communications technology trainer. He is currently working on the further development of the NGO-In-A-Box and other toolkits. His particular specialities are in security issues and the use of mobile technologies for advocacy. His recent work for Tactical Tech includes digital security and privacy workshops, for Highway Africa, the Southern African Human Rights Defenders Trust and the Civil Initiative on Internet policy in Kyrgyzstan. He helped establish the pioneering Overseas Filipino Workers SMS Distress System (OFW-SOS).

Masjaliza Hamzah – Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia.

Masjaliza was a journalist for 10 years with a Malaysian daily before making the leap of faith to join civil society organizations. Prior to Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ Malaysia), she managed the Research and Publications unit at Sisters in Islam (SIS). She is currently the Executive Officer of CIJ Malaysia to promote a society that is democratic, just and free where all people will enjoy free media and the freedom to express, seek, and impart information.

Sam Hui – adviser, mybloggercon

Sam co-founded an environmental group called SOS-Selangor in 2000. He campaigned with nature lovers to protect our rivers. He later became involved in civil society organizations working mainly on books, magazines, newsletters and websites. He then joined Southeast Asia Center for E-Media as Program Manager who have provided trainings for upcoming independent media organizations in the Southeast Asia region. He has been involved in organising mybloggercon events since its inception and currently teaching at the Cheung Kong School of Journalism, Shantou University.

Kounila Keo – AFP Reporter

Kounila Keo, a 2010 graduate of the Department of Media & Communication, at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She is now working as a reporter for an international news agency ‘Agence France Presse’ and a freelance reporter for a leading Cambodian newspaper ‘the Phnom Penh Post. Aside from these, she has freelanced for various news publications such as Los Angeles Times, ABC Australia Unleashed, Christian Science Monitor, IRIN/UN’s news agency, and UNICEF based in Cambodia while blogging prolifically at www.blueladyblog.com. She is very interested in how social networking tools such as Facebook/Twitter and blog, besides the mainstream media, are used to contribute to the freedom of expression in Cambodia.

Mark Aethen Agana – co-founder Soccksargen Bloggers Society

Mark co-founded the Soccksargen Bloggers Society in Mindanao, Philippines. He advocates balancing the usually sensational and negative reporting coming out from Mindanao. In his own way, he want to erase the stigma that’s been hounding their locality for ages. The society is focusing on developmental news and positive ongoings in the locality which is basically the real South Central Mindanao! He is also active in events of Mindanao Bloggers Society and Cebu Bloggers Society. Mark is a freelance web consultant and software engineer. He is currently studying at the University of the Philippines – Diliman for his post-graduate degree on Software Engineering. His recently engagement is with the Ateneo School of Government as Web and System Administartor and as Communications Officer for IBoP Asia Project in South-east Asia. Mark is not just your ordinary techie. He has been, and still is, actively involved in social development and youth programs for nation building. He actively promote the use of the new media as a channel for community-building and peace initiatives in Mindanao.

Alvin Lim – Marketeer, www.omy.sg

Alvin has extensive experience in the online field, having started his working life as a graphic designer at a OgilvyOne Interactive (Singapore), after receiving a scholarship from them. Thereafter, he worked with online youth-zine, UBERTURE as an Art Director/Partner and local youth portal, YOUTH.SG as the Portal Manager. Proficient in both English and Mandarin, Alvin is currently an online marketing manager with omy.sg, Singapore’s first bilingual lifestyle and entertainment news portal. At omy.sg, Alvin is one of the key personnel behind the launch of two successful annual events, Singapore Blog Awards and Singapore Entertainment Awards.

Chan Soratha – Development and Partnership in Action (DPA)

Chan Soratha, a Communication Expert in Local NGO in Cambodian: Development and Partnership in Action (DPA). Besides publication works, I am also responsible for updating information to the website and blog on indigenous culture in Cambodia.. I have been involved in various researches related to media and communication: internet user among students, media situation in Cambodia, and Khmer Rouge knowledge and media consumption. I have various experience in Media and Communication in term of film, radio, newspaper, and blog. You all can find more information about me through: http://chansoratha.wordpress.com/