StoryDrive Asia 2018

Amalia Bakti Safitri

Amalia Bakti Safitri

Amalia Bakti Safitri is the founder and Director of PT. Bestari Buana Murni, and also founded the Children’s Book Publisher PT Zikrul Hakim in 2007. Zikrul Hakim publishes Children’s Books for a muslim population and is a strong player in the Indonesian market. Amalia is also the Vice President of the Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) since 2017 and headed the Indonesia International Book Fair in 2018 and is its Chair Person. Amalia is very active in Reading Promotion Events. At present she is member of the National Book Committee of Indonesia for Indonesia as Market Focus at London Book Fair 2019.

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Anca Rujoiu

Anca Rujoiu

Anca Rujoiu is a curator and editor. Curator for exhibitions and later head of publications, she was part of the founding team of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore contributing to numerous exhibitions, the public and publishing programme of the institution She has a strong interest in art publishing, artists' books and periodicals. She is the co-editor of Voyages de Rhodes (upcoming 2018, NTU CCA Singapore), Place.Labour.Capital (NTU CCA Singapore and Mousse Publishing, 2018), Becoming Palm (NTU CCA Singapore and Sternberg Press, 2017), and Theatrical Fields (NTU CCA Singapore and Koenig Books, 2016) amongst others. Since 2010, she joined FormContent, a curatorial initiative adopting a subjective attitude towards cultural production and experimenting with curatorial formats including publications.

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Andre Candra

Andre Candra

Andre is the Head of Partnerships of PesonaEdu, a  Digital Interactive Content Developer specializing in K-12 Math and Science with over 30 years of experience in the region PesonaEdu  Interactive Resources provides teachers and students with engaging interactive simulations to help them discover the joy in learning. 

As proof of our quality, we have received various international commendations and our interactive contents are used by highly-regarded educational institutions such as the Singapore Ministry of Education.

In recent years, PesonaEdu works closely with education providers especially textbook publishers. In our collaborations, these interactive resources become a very powerful tool to enhance textbooks beyond just text and pictures and instead create a True Interactive Experiences
 

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Azzah Abdul Rahman

Azzah Abdul Rahman

Azzah Abdul Rahman @ Azzah AR is an author and a professional trainer in creative writing, certified by Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Malaysia. She has written more than 13 books since 2007. Among her notable works are a historical fiction entitled, ‘Shamsiah Fakeh: Pejuang, Pemimpin, dan Perempuan (Shamsiah Fakeh: A Fighter, A Leader, A Mother), a travelogue entitled, ‘Nota Perempuan Backpacker (Her Routes: The Insight Notes of a Female Muslim Traveller)’, and a picture book for children entitled, Adam’s Magical Adventure in Nami Island. Azzah is a national book activist and also the co-founder of Malaysian Writers Movement (MyMove).

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Claudia Kaiser

Claudia Kaiser

Claudia Kaiser was trained as bookseller and has a MA degree in Chinese Studies. She lived in China for more than 10 years, as editor for China Foreign Literature Publishing House, started an agency and, in 1998, set up and directed the German Book Information Centre by Frankfurt Book Fair in Beijing.

After a few years at United Nations Publishing in New York (External Publications Officer, in charge of rights and sales), she has been in the senior management of Frankfurt Book Fair since 2003. Her different positions since then include: Head of International Department, General Manager of KITAB (Abu Dhabi International Book Fair), head of Cape Town Book Fair, just to mention a few.

As Vice President Business Development of Frankfurt Book Fair she presently looks into the South East Asian markets and South Asia.

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Dan Feng  Tan

Dan Feng Tan

Tan Dan Feng is a translator, language technologist and publisher. He is founder of GistXL Technology, a software developer whose translation technology received the Singapore National Infocomm Awards. He currently heads The Select Centre, a not-for-profit organisation focused on translator training and intercultural exchange. The Select Centre was shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Award for Best Literary Translation Initiative. He has lectured widely on translation issues and was a member of the Program Committee of the 8th Asia Pacific Translation and Interpreting Forum. His latest book is Living in Babel: Singapore Literature in Translation (2017).

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Guanghan Liu

Guanghan Liu

Having worked for Shanghai Century Publishing Group, East China Normal University Press (Shanghai), Shanghai Literature and Art Press Group previously, Liu Guanghan is currently Vice President of Guangxi Normal University Press Group Co., Ltd, General Manager of Guangxi Normal University Press (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, and Director of Images Publishing Group (based in Australia) and ACC Publishing Group (based in the UK). 

In recent years, he has been devoted to international publishing and dissemination of art and design books, publishing of children’s reading and remote education for the aged.
 

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Indra Wijaya

Indra Wijaya

Indra is currently served as a Managing Director for FromLabs PTE. LTD. a startup software company that is focusing in developing applications to engaging and activate people; to apply technologies in applications that make an impact on people’s daily life.

As a lecturer, he has taught Innovation and Service Management at Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand - Vietnam National University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and China Jiliang University - Hangzhou, China.

Professionally, Mr. Wijaya had worked globally with several multi-billion dollars organizations such as Monsanto (Bayer), Pfizer, Brunswick, Fortune Brands and The United Nations.  He has held positions ranging from Programmer Analyst, Management Consultant, Project Manager, IT Audit Manager and Head of Strategy and Operations Management. 

Mr. Wijaya holds an MBA from Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business and a BS in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University.  He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP.)  Additionally, he also holds an Advance Project Management Certification from The University of Chicago and Web Development Certification from Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Josep Mas

Josep Mas

Josep M. Mas is BTwinBooks’ Chief Product Officer. He oversees the sales strategy and is responsible for the product roadmap. In the past Josep M. held senior positions in sales, marketing, business development and product with Cambridge University Press (Europe & Asia) and McGraw-Hill (Asia). He is also Managing partner (Asia) with EDT Partners, a consultancy firm in the education, edTech and content industries. Over the past 10 years he has consulted for some of the leading publishers in Europe and Asia. A graduate from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IESE Business School, Josep M. lives between Barcelona and Singapore.

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Joel Loo

Joel Loo

Joel Loo is the Founder and CEO of CommonTown. Mr. Loo brings with him 13 years of experience in research & development and his expertise lies in strategizing of innovative Internet solutions. Mr. Loo was a pioneer in Multimedia technologies at Institute of Systems Science (ISS) in 1986 where he developed one of the first multimedia system in collaboration with JTC. In 1989, he worked in Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC), Austin, Texas. Areas of work include pioneering groupware research and issue-based information system. When he returned to Singapore in 1991, he continued with ISS and managed several R&D projects in areas such as advanced programming languages and courseware. In 1995, he spearheaded ISS’s partnership with Times Publishing Group and led a team to produce a series of ground-breaking courseware titles which ultimately won them the prestigious Singapore Designers’ Award (Merit) in 1996.
 
Mr. Loo started and championed the CommonTown project and became the spin-off company's CTO in 2000. He took over as CEO in 2001 and turned it into a profit-making company in a short time. Continuing his unwavering belief in technological innovation he led CommonTown to create new innovative products such as the Swiiit web-builder and Movalin interactive movie creator on the iPhone.

Mr. Loo graduated from National University of Singapore with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1986. He has a Licentiate Diploma (Classical Singing) with London College of Music. 
 

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Katharina Ewald

Katharina Ewald

Director International Business Development, Frankfurt Book Fair

Katharina studied German and English literature as well as psychoanalytic studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. She holds a Master in German and English Literature. She has been working for the Frankfurt Book Fair since 2006, holding various positions. She was part of the Cape Town Book Fair Team – a joint-Venture of the Frankfurt Book Fair and PASA – in South Africa from 2010 – 2011. From 2012-2013 she was Director of the German Book Office at New Delhi. Today, she works on international Business Development projects in Asia. She is based in Frankfurt am Main.

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 Lim Li Kok

Lim Li Kok

Lim Li Kok is the founder and Managing Director of Asiapac Books Pte Ltd. Established in 1983, Asiapac Books publishes educational comics and illustrated books on a diverse range of subjects including Asian wisdom, culture, and classic literature. A veteran of Singapore's book industry, Li Kok has decades of experience as a bookseller, distributor, and publisher.

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Malcolm Neil

Malcolm Neil

Malcolm Neil is currently working as an advisor and consultant in Asia Pacific region. His current clients include Wattpad and Booktrack. His recent roles include consulting on the successful KL World Book City 2020 bid;  Director of Content (APAC) for Rakuten Kobo Inc; CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association;  He is Chair of the board of the Overland Journal Society and sits on the advisory panel of Monash University Publishing. Malcolm has over 30 years experience in publishing, retail and the book trade and is a regular speaker on the future of the book industry.

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Marissa Chen

Marissa Chen

Marissa Chen completed her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London before embarking on a career in trade and magazine publishing, including roles at UK Harper’s Bazaar, Penguin Books, the Japan Times and W&G Foyle. She is currently an editorial and buying consultant, with a focus on Asia-based business and publications. She is also a member of the Native Agency, a collective of photographers from underrepresented regions dedicated to cultivating diversity in visual journalism.

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Martin Johs. Møller

Martin Johs. Møller

Martin Johs. Møller works as Editor-In-Chief for the Danish audiobook production company and publishing firm Swann Studio, based in Odense, the birth town of Hans Christian Andersen. The company has produced audiobooks since 1983, when it was founded by Martin Johs. Møller's father, Troels Møller and his business partner Michael Lundsgaard whose three sons have recently taken over the ownership of the company. Swann Studio has more than 80 recording studios spread out across the Nordic countries, and is planning to expand with another 130 or more in 7 new markets within the next year, to increase the annual production capacity to up to 7000 titles.
 
Having grown up around audiobooks and having narrated more than 200 himself, Mag.art (Magister Artium) in Comparative Literature Martin Johs. Møller has an in depth knowledge of many aspects of the industry.
 

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Michael Healy

Michael Healy

Michael Healy is the Executive Director (International Relations) at Copyright Clearance Center and is based in New York City.  Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry and previously Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).  Before moving to the United States in 2006, Michael worked for more than 20 years in the publishing industry in the UK, spending most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing.

For much of his career, Michael has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade.  He has been Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and he led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13.  He currently chairs the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) Agency and is a director of the UK Copyright Hub. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on copyright, licensing, and future trends in publishing.

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Mindy Pang

Mindy Pang

Mindy Pang has more than a decade of experience as editor and marketing manager at Marshall Cavendish International (Asia). She was the driving force behind key publications as senior editor and currently develops marketing strategies to help the publishing house remain a leading publisher in Singapore.

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Neil Walker

Neil Walker

 

Neil Walker is the Senior Account Manager at IPR License and has over 10 years experience in the book and publishing industry, selling print, rights and digital products for companies such as Mitchell Beazley and Kogan Page together with many years working in the start-up sector. Neil has an excellent knowledge of all aspects of the trade, but his key interests are business development, innovation and alternative forms of revenue generation. In his previous position he was responsible for permissions and rights-management at Greenleaf Publishing (Taylor and Francis).
 

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Peter Schoppert

Peter Schoppert

Peter Schoppert has made his career in publishing in Singapore. He was Editorial Director for illustrated book publisher Editions Didier Millet in the 1990s. He left books for digital publishing in 1996, and later co-founded regional consumer online publisher, Asiacontent.com, where he served as SVP Business Development, and Publisher of CNET Asia. He recovered from the dotcom boom-and-bust by helping to revive the fortunes of Singapore University Press, later NUS Press, starting in 2002.  After a six year interlude with leading strategic consultancy, McKinsey & Company, and one year running his own consulting practice, he returned to NUS Press as Director in September 2012. In 2013, Peter was co-opted into the Executive Committee of the Singapore Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA), and in 2014 he was elected President of the Association. Peter is a frequent public speaker on publishing, art, digital media and cultural matters.

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Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson ( @Porter_Anderson ) BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing. Formerly with CNN, CNN.com and CNN International–as well as the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and The Bookseller–he is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, founded and operated by Frankfurt Book Fair New York.

Publishing Perspectives is the news medium for the international trade publishing industry.

With Jane Friedman, Anderson also produces The Hot Sheet, a private subscription newsletter of expert industry analysis written expressly for trade and independent authors.
Within the past year, Anderson has spoken and/or covered and/or programmed events in international publishing at venues including Frankfurter Buchmesse and its Business Club, The International Publishers Association’s 32nd World Congress in New Delhi, Readmagine in Madrid, StoryDrive Asia in Singapore, the London Book Fair, Publishers Forum in Berlin, BookExpo in New York City, the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, PubTechConnect in New York City, The Muse and the Marketplace in Boston, FutureBook in London, the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, Digital Book World in New York, Sharjah International Book Fair and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in the UAE, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in Tampa and Washington.

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Ramesh Panicker

Ramesh Panicker

Remesh is a multi-award-winning executive producer, writer, script doctor, creative consultant and actor. He’s a 40-year veteran of the voiceover business. His work in documentaries has been heard on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, History Channel and Channel Newsasia. He’s voiced countless commercials and corporate videos. And has populated animation and children’s audio big books with character voices. Remesh has been the official voice of the opening and closing ceremonies of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore’s National Day and as narrator, shared the stage with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the Esplanade production of the Blue Planet LIVE.

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Sarah Naeem

Sarah Naeem

Sarah Naeem is the owner of Chinatown’s new and beloved bookstore, cafe, and event space The Moon. She moved to Singapore from Pakistan 9 years ago and holds degrees in Business Communication from the University of Buffalo and Design Communication from LaSalle. She has worked within numerous trades, from Kult Gallery to WPP. Her personal interest lies in human connection as well as the cultivation of sustainable, compassionate and creative communities.

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Seda Roder

Seda Roder

SONOPHILIA Founder. Expert Advisor on Creative & Effective Leadership. Builder of Networks for Success. Techie/Musician.

Seda Röder, “the piano hacker”, is an unorthodox musician and leadership consultant specialized in scaling creativity and innovative output in organizations. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-founder of the Sonophilia network; a global think-tank for creative leadership and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
 

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Sheikh Faisal

Sheikh Faisal

Founder, Managing Director at Shake Book Projects Sdn Bhd

Sheikh Faisal Sheikh Mansor, fondly known as ‘Shake’ graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Because of his passion for books and content development in general, he eventually ended up becoming an instructional designer for interactive multimedia coursewares used in universities and schools, a textbook editor, a writer, and a self-publisher in the last 18 years. He now runs Shake Book Projects Sdn Bhd that offers publishing services and consultancy. Shake is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Book Publishers Association (MABOPA) and is part of the Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital bid secretariat.
 

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Stanley Lai

Stanley Lai

Dr Stanley Lai, SC is the Head of the Intellectual Property practice.

Stanley specialises in all forms of IP litigation and information technology disputes, and is also a commercial litigator. He also maintains a strong advisory practice for IP management and strategy, serving a broad spectrum of clients. In the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors, Stanley has substantial experience in advising on healthcare and medical IP and regulatory issues concerning medicines, generics, bio-similars, medical devices, clinical trials, product recalls and product liability.

Stanley is recommended as a leading individual in Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and other leading legal publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific notes that he is “highly regarded as an IP litigator, with particular expertise in patent infringement cases in the biomedical sector” (2017), and “is recognised as an industry leader in IP litigation and is lauded by clients for his deft handling of more sophisticated problems” (2016). World Trademark Review 1000 (2017) recognises Stanley as “an unstoppable force in high-stakes courtroom battles and a master of IT matters”. IAM Patent 1000 notes that Stanley is “one of the country’s most influential IP figures” and “regularly breaks new ground” (2017).

Stanley is currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Stanley is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre IP Panel and Singapore Copyright Tribunal, and a director of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (SGX-Listed). Stanley is currently an Adjunct Professor of the National University of Singapore. He serves as a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre.

After graduating from the University of Leicester with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1992, Stanley was called to the Bar of England and Wales, Lincoln's Inn in 1993 and obtained an LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1994. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995 before commencing his PhD research in the field of technology law and computer software copyright to become the first Singapore-born lawyer to be conferred a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge. In January 2010, Stanley was appointed Senior Counsel.

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Tani Wong

Tani Wong

Tani is a veteran in the licensing business with in-depth knowledge about licensors, licensees and various aspects of licensing. To recognize her dedication and service to the licensing industry, she was awarded the “20 Most Outstanding Licensing Practioners’’ at The China Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo in 2013 and 2014. She heads up LIMA China offices in Hong Kong and Guangzhou since 2009. In addition, she is running a licensing consulting company.

She joined Warner Bros. in 2002. She managed all aspects of licensing business including merchandise, publishing, promotions and events for Asia and successfully led the licensing team to maximize the revenue potential via participation in blockbuster movies, and to strengthen evergreen properties through implementation of new business initiatives. She also focused her time on coaching licensing agents and ensuring that best practices were shared within the region to have a win-win business situation.

Prior to that, Tani worked at Consumer Products of The Walt Disney Company where she concreted her experience and expertise in the capacity of marketing and category sales. The working years in Disney Consumer Products had cultivated her enthusiasm of licensing in later years.
 

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Yuren Liu

Yuren Liu

Co-founder and content director of Webnovel, Yuren is in charge of Content Generation and Operations. Yuren also leads the content and editorial team at Webnovel. 

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Yushan Huang

Yushan Huang

Yushan graduated from the National University of Singapore with more than a Bachelor with Honours in English Literature. There was also a well-honed sense for form and style, and a fierce conviction to make the pen her sword as she carves out her career path. Armed with skills from courses in journalism, media writing and short stories, she joined Digital Blowfish Pte Ltd as a writer and producer in 2009.

For an English Literature graduate knowing not very much about media to plunge into the industry, the tears, sweat, heartbreak, and frustration, are a small price for the exchange of experience and a fierce pride and love for what she does, built up, layer by layer with each year, each day, each project and every interaction with every person she meets.
Working with words isn't easy, but it is the challenge that makes it all worthwhile.

Today, Yushan is a seasoned producer of multimedia and video projects and has led the inhouse team to produce award-winning projects for government ministries and agencies like Singapore Police Force, National Library Board, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, & Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, as well as long-form programmes for national broadcaster, Mediacorp.
 

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