CEO / Executive Producer
Farland is an Emmy Award winning international journalist, Executive Producer and Founder of WorldBizWatch. In a journalism career spanning more than 20 years, Farland has covered top stories across Asia and North America. And he launched CNN's Asia Business Morning. On his show, he conducted live interviews with market strategists, industry analysts, entrepreneurs, and movers and shakers. Farland also produced and reported the popular weekly segments Asia Rising and Entrepreneurs Only, which focused on the best success stories in Asia. Before CNN, the award-winning journalist served as a network correspondent for NBC News. Farland reported from more than 35 states around the country. And earlier, he reported for television and radio news organizations in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, Hawaii and Guam. Farland also served as the international trade coordinator and press secretary for the former Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, S.B. Woo. A Cornell University undergraduate, he has a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, as well as a post-graduate certificate from England's University of Bristol in radio, film and television. Click here to see Farland’s journalism showreel.
Ignatius is an operations, finance and administration management professional with over twelve years of experience at major international insurance and financial services companies. After graduated from University of Western Ontario, Canada, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Group in Hong Kong - now known as Pacific Insurance Group employed him as Accounting Manager. Afterwards, he was invited to join the Quamnet.com, which is the FIRST financial portal in Hong Kong and is now listed on the Hong Kong Stock Market as the Head of Business Development. He setup the insurance centre online and also accelerated the progress of acquisition and merger for company projects. Ignatius is energetic and studious, though he works over ten hours a day, he received two M.B.As form University of Manchester, England and University of Ballarat, Australia among his leisure time.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Jay is a nationally-known, highly-acclaimed speaker and writer on health and sexuality issues. A former radio broadcaster, he has also been a columnist for a health and wellness website and authored numerous journal articles and curricula. With a master's degree from the University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, Jay has extensive experience in business development, marketing and media relations.
Vice President USA/Europe
Dick has a 20-year career in broadcast journalism. As a recent correspondent for CNN, he traveled worldwide to report breaking news and feature stories for Science & Technology Week, Future Watch, and The CNN Computer Connection. He was also a correspondent/producer for Network Earth, an Emmy-award winning program about the environment, as well as a reporter, producer and writer for the award-winning business show Week in Review. Dick owned and operated JPD Productions - a TV consulting firm in Los Angeles - and earlier worked for CBS News and Paramount Pictures as head writer for Entertainment Tonight. He has a master's degree in broadcasting from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in radio/TV broadcasting from Ithaca College. Dick is also an independent media consultant with clients worldwide, as well as International Editor of Executive Class magazine - a world leader in upscale business travel publications.
Vice President, China
George is one of the most distinguished video & film photographers and directors in Asia. He served as Director at CNBC Asia, directing the historic Hong Kong Handover from the UK to China. And he headed large teams as Event Producer for the APEC Media Summit 2001 in Shanghai, and as News Director for the live broadcast of the Space Shuttle in which the first two Asians flew into Space. With studios in Shanghai and Hong Kong, George has shot productions all over China for broadcasters such as CNN, Reuters, RTHK and Shanghai Oriental TV. He has also directed projects for corporate clients such as Kodak, Hutchison Whampoa, Agricultural Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank.
Kristina Tomaz-Young ￼
￼Content & Business Development Manager, North America
Kristina is one of our proud advisors and the founder of SI with KTY thats Smart Initiatives with Kristina Tomaz-Young. Her business e-zine featuring entrepreneurs, biz gurus and venture capitalists from Asia, North & South America, Europe and Australia to date reveals the naked truth behind what it takes for entrepreneurs to start-up, keep up and rise up. And, with an extensive network of business contacts, a results focus and her innovation oriented approach, she has consulted extensively in start-up and multinational corporate environments throughout Europe and North America in strategic planning, project management and venture capital partnership activities. Kristina has a joint MBA in Finance & Strategy, a Master of Asian Studies degree, an undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing, as well as training from the Promedia Journalism and Broadcasting School in Montreal, Canada.
A private attorney for 27 years, Jon is a former Oregon administrative law judge. He is a graduate of Boston University's School of Law, and has professional memberships in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Associate General Counsel, Asia
Paul is an associate at a corporate/securities law firm in California. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley and went to the McGeorge School of Law for his JD. A member of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Paul is also on the board of directors of the Taiwanese American Lawyer Association in California.
Director of Training Programs
Faridah , Country Manager Malaysia and Singapore. Faridah is the Managing Director of The Writers' Publishing House Sdn Bhd. She is the founder of Malaysia's first magazine for men, Men's Review, a magazine that some have credited with opening up a whole new genre of publishing in Malaysia and which had a reputation of high quality and risqu?attitude. [As an idea: Perceptions of MR in its early days were in the `Skating On Thin Ice' (Far Eastern Economic Review, August 1994) and `Not Just Selling Sex' (Newsweek, October 1994) vein.] However, Faridah says the magazine's early high profile "Wasn't my doing so much as that of the incredible talent Malaysia has to offer". MR was sold last year and, since then, the company has diversified to provide a wide array of related media and communications services including editorial (in various languages), contract publishing, graphic design, printing and production, marketing, event management, communications, distribution and circulation management. Based in Malaysia, Faridah has a BA in Politics from Monash University in Australia, and a Law degree from the University of London. (For more information, go to www.writers.com.my)
Director of Web Design
As the original designer of the WorldBizWatch website, Joyce is an accomplished, award-winning graphic designer. Previously, she garnered extensive experience as a designer for Safeway, Chevron Corporation, Square Moon Productions, and Addison Wesley Publishing.
Director of Web Development
Author of more than a dozen books about working with the internet, Anthony has been instrumental in the construction and maintenance of the WorldBizWatch website. Currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in computer science, he teaches computer and data processing courses in Taipei and developed programming techniques concerning internet environments while at the Institute for Information Industry in Taiwan.
Vice President of Strategy and New Media Development
John is a communications industry professional with eight years of experience in telecommunications and broadband technologies. He held managerial roles in finance, marketing, and operations at MCI, WinStar, and Rhythms - all leaders in their industry sectors - where he drove initiatives for business growth and operational scaling. A Cornell University undergraduate, John received his MBA in finance and marketing from The University of Chicago, where he also earned a master's degree in public policy and political economy.