Fulbright/Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, University of Maryland — Aug 2015 to present
Program for mid-career professionals sponsored by the US Department of State that includes a year of graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with US counterparts.
- Youngest member to be handpicked to lead a features desk section.
- Manages as many as 15 staff writers and freelancers.
- Created an internal database of books, reviews and articles for effective content planning.
- Coordinated and launched two new ongoing columns.
- Developed SOPs for print content to be used online.
- Duties also include part-time editing.
Writes a biweekly literary column called Booked Out, and manages its social media presence.
Chief Reporter, Features Desk
- Responsible for covering all lifestyle-related areas for both print and online, with a focus on books, film, and the arts.
- Notable interviews: Tom Cruise, A.R. Rahman, Andre Agassi, Michael Cunningham, Shah Rukh Khan.
- Exclusives secured include stories on Malaysia’s refugee community, the country’s aging population and the environmental effects of dry-cleaning.
Author, various publishers — Feb 2013 to present
- Short fiction appears in anthologies titled KL Noir: Yellow, Cyberpunk: Malaysia, Remang (upcoming), and literary journal Eastlit.
- Article series published in Successful Women Entrepreneurs coffee table book.
Freelance Writer and Editor
Freelance Writer and Editor— Feb 2007 to present
- Wrote for Malaysian magazines The Peak (high society) and RESOURCE (oil and gas industry), and The Star newspaper (features).
- Edited training manuals and book chapters for Australian training company Communication At Work.
The Star, Malaysia — July 2005 to Jan 2007
Journalist, Education Desk
- Wrote both news and feature articles on Malaysian education issues.
- Covered key figures in the field, including the Education and Higher Education Ministers.
- Secured several exclusive news stories.
Master of Communication (with Distinction), RMIT University, Australia, 2008 – Under the Malaysian Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration Scholarship
Main area of research: Film studies
B.A. in Media Studies (Creative Writing minor), Murdoch University, Australia, 2005 – Full scholarship
Languages: English, Malay, Indonesian, Tamil, Hindi
Social media tools: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
Blogging platforms: WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, LiveJournal
Multimedia: Mobile video creation and editing, basic photo editing, video and audio editing
Knowledgeable in SEO techniques