EXPERIENCE

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.

The Star, Malaysia’s largest English daily newspaper — Oct 2008 to present

Literary Coordinator

  • 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.

Columnist

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 — 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.

 EDUCATION

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

 SKILLS

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