Chiara De Castro

Editor in Chief, Philippines

Raised by peripatetic ‘Third Culture Kids‘, Chiara was barely six months old when she first rode a plane and had her passport stamped. With a background in Social Sciences and International Political Relations, her initial career in global development shifted to one in writing, content strategy, and travel. After churning out a few iPhone apps, travelling with a production crew, and producing documentaries, Chiara has returned to the world of magazines—adamant that print is not dead and is kicking ass like never before. She is currently based in Manila, as GRID Magazine‘s Managing Editor.

Daylon Soh

Founding Editor, Singapore

Daylon Soh

Daylon often wonders if creative people make good entrepreneurs? Since co-founding and organising CreativeMornings / Singapore, the inspiring speakers and growing creative community in attendance has led him to believe that the answer is a resounding “YES”. The stories shared also piqued his appetite to start more creative projects, leading him to meet and collaborate with some of the most forward thinkers around.

He aims to start a different creative project annually: each with a sustainable ecosystem impact on the creative industries and would compound in effect with time. He hopes OpenBrief will eventually help elevate creative initiatives and personalities within Asia. You may follow him at @daylonsoh on Twitter.

Contributors

Jennifer Lien

Contributor, Hong Kong

Jennifer Lien

Jennifer spends her days working to get fresh research into curious minds. She happily gave her developmental years to England, youth to Canada, and childhood summers in between to Taiwan. Her words sewed together a book titled Asia’s Entrepreneurs: Dilemmas, Risks and Opportunities.

You may follow her at @lienje on Twitter.

Stella Lee

Contributor, Singapore

Stella Lee

Best described to be always on the lookout for a stimulating conversation and loving everything business related. Stella is currently based in Beijing with China Central Television (CCTV) where she reports at the BizAsia desk on financial markets and the economy. Stella constantly looks forward to share interesting bits with a wide audience, never tires of asking questions and snoops for information like a rat. She began her news career at Bloomberg. You may follow her at @juicydollaread on Twitter.

Cleo Ngiam

Contributor, United Kingdom

Cleo Ngiam

Still wandering through the world with as much curiosity and fervour as a 5 year old child, Cleo tries to express her wonder, questions, ideas, interests and internal debates through writing and design. To find out more, you may visit her website at cleongiam.com.

Don Bosco

Contributor, Singapore

Don Bosco

Don (aka “The Wonderful Wizard of Words”) creates fantasy entertainment for young readers. His creative studio Super Cool Books uses a lean publishing approach to produce affordable speculative fiction for kids in Asia. His works include the Sherlock Hong series, the Time Talisman series, Ghostly, My Blade Quest, School of Magical Stories, and more. As a reading advocate, he also created the non-profit site BukuGuru.com to share original learning materials with parents and educators, and help them engage reluctant readers.

Besides writing, he enjoys tinkering with computers and mobile devices, making otherworldly sounds with his guitar, and pretending to be a wizard. He has worked as a magazine editor, lecturer, educational technologist and t-shirt merchant. He describes himself as “geeky, cheeky, and magicky”. You may follow him at @SuperCoolBooks on Twitter.

Lilian Lee

Contributor, Singapore

Lilian Lee

An advertising creative, who is currently on her one year sabbatical experiment, love to ponder on the question ‘What if…?’ everyday. Her project, Project Passion 365, is a photo documentary on individuals or groups that love Mondays because they do what they love everyday or have a side project that keep them constantly excited. Other than that, she is busy travelling around the world to learn new things or crafting up her quotes project: whomovedmyfckinwords.tumblr.com

 

Isabella Ow

Contributor, Singapore

Isabella OwIsabella is an aspiring writer and loves engaging with fellow writers in discussions about art, design, music, movies and the theatre. She believes that writing should be fun, grammar would be a plus, and if only the Dionysus had bestowed upon us all the gift of stream-of-consciousness. A passionate believer in the power of social-based theatre to influence social and citizen-thinking. Simplicity, family, good friends and a coffee with God are the simple things she strives for in life.

J N

Contributor, United Kingdom

J N thinks, arts, and writes. Raised in Singapore, she is currently based in Oxfordshire, UK. Her writing, art and photography has been featured in the Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore and Parsons School of Design, amongst others.

Devon Wong

Contributor, Canada

Devon is a Chinese-Canadian millennial who has lived in Canada, the Philippines and Singapore. She is currently traveling through China on a mission to learn Chinese and research her family ancestry in Guangdong province. When she’s not planning her life around flight sales, she tells stories through print, television and online video. You can learn more about her non-leisurely activities at www.devonwong.com

Neville Hew

Contributor, Singapore

Neville Hew

Professionally, Neville tinkers around in the creative arts: a primary mix of Graphic Branding and Advertising, with a penchant for subjects relevant to the contemporary arts and social design scene.

Independently, he dabbles around in being a chef, a tennis player, a photojournalist, a film and music enthusiast. In his spare time, he collects unaffordable things, and organizes his thoughts. You may follow him at @NHZY on Twitter.

Grace Astari

Contributor, New York City

Grace Astari

Grace loves the underdog. She has spent the majority of her professional and personal life supporting emerging artists, designers, technologies and businesses through design, network or platform. She lives for the thrill and anxiety of the unknown, to discover bridges between disciplines and cultures, and using design thinking as a mode for intuitive learning.

With roots in Anthropology, Fine Arts and Branding, Grace has worked in the Creative Industry for multinational and regional blue-chip clients throughout the Asian continent. When she was 22 she was a guest speaker at INSEAD’s entrepreneurial boot camp and was a supporting member of the Jury for the first Indonesian Graphic Design Awards in 2010. For long reads, follow @GraceAstari on Twitter.

Tiffany Tham

Contributor, Singapore

Tiffany ThamTiffany believes in furthering philanthropy, witty humour and empowering people to attract all the good that they want in life. Her strengths lie in empathy, active listening and being open to new ideas. She used to contribute to a newspaper for children and for academic research in communications. Currently, she curates information and writes formally for work. Hence she deems it refreshing to be discovering arts and culture in Asia together with other like-minded thinkers. She firmly believes in the universal appeal of quality creative work, be it a brand, a design or simply one very good idea.

Jean Loo

Contributor, Singapore

Jean Loo

Jean is an independent photographer, producer and writer passionate about adventure and creating social dialogue. She recently launched After Cicely, a documentary film project commissioned by the Lien Foundation, celebrating Asian women in palliative care. Her works include a safari journal for the Four Seasons Serengeti, documenting expeditions to Puerto Rico and Iceland for HSBC and the Children of Mekong, a multimedia project on water for Lien AID. Jean has been recognized at the International Photography Awards and PDN Photo Annual, and was selected for the Eddie Adams workshop in New York City (2009). Female and Asian Photography magazine have featured her as an emerging talent.

In April 2012, she held her second solo exhibition, Dear Thuriya, at the Esplanade. Logue is her way of making sense of the world through visual storytelling. She has partnered establishments including the National Arts Council, IDEO and various NGOs. You may follow her at @jeanqwloo on Twitter

Gina Ronquillo

Contributor, The Netherlands

Gina writes about interesting people, mindful projects and contemporary art exhibitions. She divides her time between Europe, Asia and North America, constantly looking for inspiration and creative people to collaborate with.