2015 Fellows


ajf2015-fellows-7Kamran Reza Chowdhury. Special Corespondent with newsnextbd.com. Kamran is also General Secretary of the Bangladesh Parliament Journalists’ Association and a founder of the Bangladesh Association of Professional Journalists. He wants to research human trafficking of Bangladeshis.



ajf2015-fellows-5Eko Maryadi. An experienced freelancer for local and international news organisations, Eko has just completed his two year term as president of AJI, the country’s largest professional organisation. He is also on the executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists, the world’s largest journalist organisation. He wants to study press freedom in ASEAN.


ajf2015-fellows-15Lina Nursanty. Lina does daily news reporting for Bandung’s largest newspaper and its radio station, Pikiran Rakyat. Previously based in Jakarta covering national politics, she is now back in Bandung where she has been involved in her paper’s digital transition, which is also the topic for her research project.



ajf2015-fellows-9Alka Dhupkar. News editor at Mumbai Mirror. She has won multiple awards including a 2012 Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism. She wants to do a video documentary on Singapore’s healthcare.


ajf2015-fellows-6Deepu Sebastian Edmond. Principal Correspondent at The Indian Express. Deepu was assigned as his newspaper’s sole correspondent covering the state of Jharkhand, reporting on issues such as tribal identity, left-wing extremism, mining, human trafficking and deprivation arising from poor governance. He wants to write a series comparing the founding parties of India and Singapore, Congress and the PAP.



ajf2015-fellows-13Aidila Razak. Aidila is the assistant news editor at Malaysiakini, assisting the chief editor in managing the newsroom. She wants to research the trade of migrant workers into Malaysia for a series in Malaysiakini.



ajf2015-fellows-4Myo Thant. Editor-in-charge of Mizzima Daily, overseeing its editorial operations. He mentors reporters and coordinates online convergence. He wants to study how media outlets are evolving to meet changing needs of media consumers.



ajf2015-fellows-8Sudeep Shrestha. He was formerly an associate editor, writing and editing news for the Nepali-language daily newspaper, Nagarik. He now writes for Setopati.com, and is also an award-winning author of non-fiction books. He wants to study earthquake risks.



ajf2015-fellows-12Natashya Gutierrez. Multimedia reporter at Rappler, which has become the third widest-read online news site in the Philippines. She has written investigative pieces on politics, women’s rights and other issues. In Singapore, she would like to work on a feature and mini-documentary on the relationship between abortion laws and women’s empowerment.



ajf2015-fellows-14Veengas Mangi. Sub-Editor & Political writer at Daily Ibrat Newspaper. She has been writing on the challenges faced by non-Muslims, including Hindu girls. In Singapore she wants to write about freedom of expression violations in the name of religion and state sovereignty.



ajf2015-fellows-16Chairul Fahmy Hussaini. Chairul is the deputy digital editor for Singapore’s Malay-language daily, helping to strengthen the paper’s online business and guide its coverage of key events. He also serves as a political correspondent. He wants to write about the changing business of journalism.


Sri Lanka

ajf2015-fellows-17Camelia Nilrukshi Nathaniel. Journalist at The Sunday Leader. She writes on energy, defence and security, the Tamil diaspora, rehabilitation and reconciliation, and ethnic conflict. Researching on how Singapore preserves ethnic and religious peace.



ajf2015-fellows-11Jitinan Watnucha. News Producer at Royal Army Television Channel 5. Channel 5 is the Thailand’s second free-to-air station. Jitinan is a news producer for the evening news programme. She would like to research Thailand’s role in the ASEAN Community.



ajf2015-fellows-10Hoang Thuy Ha. Deputy head of the English News Desk at Vietnam News Agency. She wants to research the impact of social media on journalism, with a view to helping her organisation transition to becoming a multi-media agency.