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.
Senior Executive Editor, Asia Pacific,
Otis Bilodeau is the Senior Executive Editor in Hong Kong, where he oversees news coverage across the Asia-Pacific region. Otis previously served as Executive Editor for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York. Before that, he was Executive Editor for Bloomberg Television and Radio worldwide.
Prior to his move to broadcast, Otis led Bloomberg’s coverage of the global financial industry as the Executive Editor for Finance, in New York. In this role, he managed the team that won a Loeb award in New York and a Wincott award in London for reporting on foreign exchange manipulation. Otis earlier served as Managing Editor for Finance and Team Leader for the U.S. Finance Team. In those roles, he shaped coverage of the financial crises and its aftermath.
Before moving to New York in 2007, Otis reported on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, white-collar crime, and cross-border corporate acquisisitions in Washington. Otis earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from Hampshire College.
Chenlung Kuo is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief in United Daily News. He also hosts a TV Interview program, “Global Perspective” on current international situation at UDN TV. He has over 25 years of journalistic experience. Before he worked in the United Daily News, he worked in China Times as the correspondent in New York. After he returned to Taipei, he worked in China Times as executive deputy-in-chief for international and cross-strait news, editor-in-chief in China Times Weekly (magazine) and chief commentator in Business Weekly (magazine).
Mr. Kuo is an experienced journalist and editor covering international news. He interviewed numerous scholars and international leaders, including His Excellency Dali Lama, Nobel laureate Thomas Piketty, Ambassador to Taiwan Kin Moy, Professor Fukuyama of Stanford University, Professor Mearsheimer of University of Chicago, Former Secretary of Defense William Perry and many others.
Mr. Kuo has bachelor and master’s degree in political science in National Taiwan University. He was also supported by Fulbright scholarship program and studied at the political science department for PhD program of the University of Chicago in year 1997 to 2000.
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.
Deputy Asia News Editor,
Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions, including: Tech Editor; Editorial Director of FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles and launched FT Wealth.
Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.
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.
ANNE MARIE ROANTREE
Bureau Chief, Hong Kong,
Anne Marie is Bureau Chief of Reuters in Hong Kong. She took up the post 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 coverage of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong which won an award in the Breaking News category at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for that year. She was also awarded the Reuters Editor of the year award for 2014. Anne Marie joined Reuters in 2002 in Singapore, where she worked as an editor on the company news desk, having previously worked at the Irish Times in Dublin and South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
Asia Business Editor,
The New York Times
Carlos Tejada has been the Asia business editor for The New York Times since 2016. Previously he was the China news editor for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing.
Carlos has been a business journalist for more than two decades, working as a reporter or editor for the Journal in Dallas, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing before joining the Times. He first arrived in Asia in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. His wife, Nora, is a photographer. Their children, Gianna and Marco, claim to be part hamster.
Carlos has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.
CommonWealth Magazine 天下雜誌
Sara Wu has served as Managing Editor of CommonWealth Magazine, Taiwan, since 2014. She has over 28years 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 15 million page view monthly, and a 1.3million 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.
**The Editorial Committee members do not receive any compensation from SOPA
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.
MATTHEW LEUNG – DEPUTY HEAD OF JUDGES
Honorary Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Matthew Leung joined the JMSC in 2003 as creative director responsible for developing, designing and publishing educational and promotional materials. He has more than 16 years experience in editorial production, including design, graphics and desktop publishing, and in exhibition, museum, showroom and event production. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia.