Meet The Team

DEALSTREETASIA gets its unique edge from a young and motivated team. We believe in the future of Asia and want to play witness and contribute to the region’s growth story.


Editorial

Aastha Maheshwari

Correspondent, Indonesia

Ardi Wirdana

Correspondent, Indonesia

Deviana Chuo

Senior Writer, M & A

Joji Thomas Philip

Founder & Editor in Chief

Kristie Neo

Senior Writer, Venture Capital & Unicorns

Lum Ka Kay

Writer, Private Equity & Venture Capital

Mars Woo

Correspondent, Philippines

Ngoc Nguyen

Senior Writer, Private Equity & Venture Capital

Pramugdha Mamgain

Correspondent & Content Specialist, India

Quynh Nguyen

Correspondent, Vietnam

Sarah Yuniarni

Correspondent, Indonesia

Tanu Pandey

Senior Writer, Private Equity & Wealth Funds


Brand & Marketing

Ipsita Ray

Head, Branding & Digital Marketing

Sara Velezmoro

Head, Sponsorships & Marketing

Foo Yumin (Summer)

Executive Assistant

Eugene Tan

Manager, Subscriptions & Business Development

Anastasiia Tsilyk

Marketing Assistant


Research & Analysis

Hock Meng Tay

Research Analyst


Interns

Michael Boehringer

Finance Intern

Nick Shomper

Finance Intern

Aastha Maheshwari

Correspondent, Indonesia

Aastha started her career as a Television journalist with NDTV, one of India’s oldest broadcast media houses, where she covered banking and finance, after which she joined CNBC TV 18 in India in 2013. During her stint at CNBC, she extensively covered the 5600 cr National Spot Exchange Scam (financial scam). She also covered corporate sectors like power, infrastructure, deals, M&A, regulatory stories and tax during her CNBC stint. Her inclination towards learning new things has brought her close to business feature writing as well. After she moved to Indonesia in 2015, she started working as a contributing writer with the magazine, Forbes Indonesia featuring important businesses of Indonesia, including many global players making a mark here. She has also written opinion articles in the Jakarta Post.

Ardi Wirdana

Correspondent, Indonesia

Ardi Wirdana is the correspondent for DEALSTREETASIA in Indonesia. Since starting his career as a journalist for Indonesia’s leading English daily, The Jakarta Post, in 2011, Ardi has gone on to write for various different publications, covering a range of topics including city, politics, and law. He started covering the Indonesian business scene in 2014 as the Indonesian Correspondent for Singapore-based news and views site Asean Today, before becoming a contributing writer for Nikkei Asian Review. Ardi’s works have also appeared in Indonesia Expat, South China Morning Post, My Salaam and Global Business Guide Indonesia.

Deepshikha Monga

Editor

Deepshikha has over 12 years of experience in media and communication. She started her career as a business journalist with Business Standard and The Economic Times where she reported on information technology, retail and consumer goods. She also did a stint with content solutions firm Alphabet Consulting, developing marketing communication content for global telecom and financial services companies. Prior to joining DEALSTREETASIA, she was a digital marketer at Honeywell, a Fortune 100 technology firm.

Deviana Chuo

Senior Writer, M&A

Deviana has 12 years of experience as a business journalist, started from 2007 when she joined as a reporter for the Indonesia’s newspaper Investor Daily . She covered Indonesia’s capital market related stories and spent three years with Investor Daily. Thereafter, she joined the two-weekly business magazine Fortune for Indonesia edition in which she wrote various business-related stories, including interviewed some Indonesian tycoons. In 2011, Deviana joined Mergermarket as a financial journalist and covered Indonesia’s M&A stories from Jakarta. She then moved to Singapore in 2013 and covered M&A stories in Southeast Asia for Mergermarket.

Joji Thomas Philip

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Joji is the founder of DEALSTREETASIA. He is a 24×7 information enthusiast, currently based in Singapore, and leads a pan-Asia team. Prior to this, he was among the most prolific journalists in India, and chronicled the communications/telecoms segment, breaking some of the biggest stories in these sectors, during his tenure at The Economic Times, and Business Standard. Since 2013, he has also been with Mint, a financial daily from HT Media Ltd. Joji has won the Business Standard-Seema Nazareth Award for Excellence in Journalism in March 2006. He is a twitterholic and a soccer fan who is only off the internet when motorcycling in the Himalayas.

Kristie Neo

Senior Writer, Venture Capital & Unicorns

Kristie, based in Singapore, is a Senior Writer at DEALSTREETASIA. Prior to joining DEALSTREETASIA, she was with CNBC International and Channel NewsAsia, where she wrote and produced business stories for television. At We Are Social, a digital agency, Kristie launched iQ Asia, Intel’s first online magazine for the Asia Pacific region. She has also built content strategies for brands such as Twentieth Century Fox and Lavazza. When not writing or reporting, Kristie gives walking tours at the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore. She is an advocate for anti-human and anti-sex trafficking in Asia.

Lum Ka Kay

Writer, Private Equity & Venture Capital

Ka Kay has been a writer with DealStreetAsia since May 2018. She covers the private markets, with a major focus on private equity and venture capital across Southeast Asia and adjoining regions. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Ka Kay observes how private capital is shaking up the region and helping businesses grow.

Mars Woo

Correspondent, Philippines

Mars is a Philippine-based journalist with over 15 years of experience covering business and major events in the Philippines and some parts of Southeast Asia. He was Cebu news bureau chief of a leading national newspaper from 2001 to 2016 and was correspondent of Reader’s Digest (Asia) magazine from 2004 to 2013. He was also freelance reporter for ChinaTopix.com, Pasadena Now, Asia Golf Monthly, ParGolf Asia, Business Mirror, and a number of niche business news sites in the region. Mars is a member of the Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists, the only duly-registered organization of beat reporters in the Philippines.

Ngoc Nguyen

Senior Writer, Private Equity & Venture Capital

Ngoc has 8 years of experience working in media and communication. She was DEALSTREETASIA’s Vietnam-based reporter during the 2015-2017 period, when she was a frequent moderator for local startup events. Ngoc also worked for Mekong Capital, Vietnam’s earliest private equity firm, as the company’s corporate communications officer, before she joined DEALSTREETASIA again in September 2018. Prior to DEALSTREETASIA and Mekong Capital, Ngoc was a financial markets reporter at Vietnam News, the first English-language publication in Vietnam. She was awarded Vietnam Startup Journalist of the Year 2016 by the ASEAN Ricebowl Startup Awards.

Padmapriya J

Editor

J Padmapriya is the news editor for DEALSTREETASIA. A business journalist with 15 years of experience in newsroom operations, she has spent close to a decade in India’s Economic Times and has served stints at VCCircle.com, Financial Express and Asian Age. As deputy editor of VCCircle.com in 2009-2011, she was responsible for the overall production of the website. She was among 12 journalists selected from India for the British Chevening scholarship (2005). She holds a PG degree in English literature from Delhi University and a PG diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

Paramita Chatterjee

Editor

Based in Delhi, Paramita is a business journalist with over 16 years of experience. Over the years, she has reported on Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital. Prior to joining DEALSTREETASIA, she was with The Economic Times, Businessworld and Forbes India. She has also had a brief stint at the Confederation of Indian Industry wherein she undertook policy advocacy work to facilitate growth in the infrastructure sector. Paramita is a guest faculty at The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Dhenkenal).

Pramugdha Mamgain

Correspondent & Content Specialist, India

Pramugdha is the correspondent and content specialist for DEALSTREETASIA in India. She has over five years of experience in reporting and tracking financial news at the Economic Times, a stint as a writer for a travel portal and has also taught economics, marketing, journalism at an MBA programme faculty at Amity University, New Delhi. Pramugdha is a BA (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University. She did her post-graduate studies in economics and then in journalism (Times Centre of Media Studies, New Delhi) and also holds an MBA in finance from Symbiosis, Pune.

Quynh Nguyen

Correspondent, Vietnam

Quynh Nguyen is the Vietnamese consultant for DEALSTREETASIA. She is an enthusiastic journalist with a nose for news. She brings over three years of journalism experience to the team and has written hundreds of stories on Vietnam’s economy. Graduating from Vietnam’s Academy of Journalism and Communications, she joined Vietnam Economic Times as an economic reporter specializing in business, agriculture, startups and real estate. She also collaborated with several private companies in Vietnam as an interpreter. As a journalist, she is convinced that acumen and prudence are the two most important factors for a writer.

Sarah Yuniarni

Correspondent, Indonesia

Sarah is a correspondent for DEALSTREETASIA in Indonesia. She has a varied background, ranging from handling digital content and social media at Bloomberg TV, writing for Jakarta-based consulting Concord, and, business reporting at english news platform Jakarta Globe. During her stint at the Jakarta Globe, she covered capital market, investments, tech, M&A, infrastructure, and corporate news. Sarah likes to watch movies and read in her free time.

Tanu Pandey

Senior Writer, Private Equity & Wealth Funds

Tanu is a Senior Writer for DEALSTREETASIA based in Singapore. At the business hub of Asia, she largely tracks the private equity and alternative asset space in the region. She has a decade of experience having worked at news agencies and business newsrooms in India, Singapore and Malaysia. In India, she worked with Press Trust of India (PTI) and The Financial Express where she tracked the Finance, Commerce and Corporate Affairs Ministries. Her last stint was at The Malaysian Reserve in Kuala Lumpur where she extensively wrote on banking, property, infrastructure and energy. She is fascinated about tracking investments along with the trends and policies that impact the decisions made about them.

Ipsita

Head, Branding & Digital Marketing

Ipsita is in charge of brand management and digital marketing at DealStreetAsia. With a background in social sciences, she plans and executes content for higher visibility, awareness, purpose and engagement. She also oversees all digital and web development efforts at DealStreetAsia.

She has previously been associated with the Bangalore-based public policy think tank The Takshashila Institution, news portals – IBNLive (India), The Huffington Post (US), and Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). She is currently based out of and shuttles between Chennai and Kolkata, India. In her spare time, Ipsita travels, reads and enjoys photography.

Sara Velezmoro

Head, Sponsorships & Marketing

Sara is in charge of partnership and sponsorship activities at DEALSTREETASIA in Singapore. She has a background in business journalism covering emerging economies. Prior to joining DEALSTREETASIA, she gained experience in business development helping a digital startup in London expand across Europe. Sara holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a language enthusiast, being fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. In her spare time, she practises hot yoga and enjoys exploring Southeast Asia, her favourite part of the world.

Foo Yumin (Summer)

Executive Assistant

A Business and Marketing graduate from University of London’s 3-year Bachelor degree programme in Singapore University of Social Sciences [SUSS], Yu Min has worked in the marketing teams of renowned retail brand UNIQLO and American multi-national corporation Intel. Conscientious and cheerful, she always strives to serve others with her contributions and support while balancing her family commitments and artistic passions outside of corporate work.

Eugene Tan

Manager, Subscriptions & Business Development

Eugene is in charge of subscriptions push and business development at DEALSTREETASIA. He has prior experience of handling high volume subscription sales for MNCs in the technology sector. Having worked with Fortune 500 clients, he is also exposed to growth strategies to penetrate new markets, capture mature share and accelerate top and bottom-line revenue growth through his years of B2B sales experiences.

Eugene holds a double degree in Law and International Business (Hons) from the University of Sydney. In his spare time, Eugene likes to travel, and has been to destinations such as India, Fiji, Bhutan and Nepal. He is open to new experiences and loves to meet people from all walks of life.

Anastasiia Tsilyk

Marketing Assistant

Currently a Bachelor’s student at ESSEC Business School in Singapore, Anastasiia is passionate about marketing and events management. She assists marketing functions at DEALSTREETASIA and is one of the coordinators of DEALSTREETASIA’s annual conference Asia PE-VC Summit. Outside of work, Anastasiia either travels around Southeast Asia or explores hiking trails in Singapore.

Hock Meng Tay

Research Analyst

Hock Meng is a research analyst for DEALSTREETASIA in Singapore. Hock started his analyst career in the United States in the mid-2000s while working with a hedge fund based in Portland, Oregon. Since his return back home to Singapore in 2010, he has worked with various sell-side and buy-side firms. Hock has also worked as a Staff Writer for The Edge Magazine in Singapore covering the real estate industry in 2015-2016. He is also a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) holder since 2011. In his free time, Hock Meng likes to go for long-runs and spend quality time with his family.

Michael Boehringer

Finance Intern

Michael studies Finance and Entrepreneurship in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is particularly interested in venture capital, investment banking, and asset management. He joins the team at DealStreetAsia in hopes to expand his knowledge, experience, and understanding in the investments sector and the Asian markets.

Nick Shomper

Finance Intern

Nick is currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin. He is completing a degree in finance at the McCombs School of Business. After University he hopes to work in M&A law and is interested in Asian financial markets. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as all things outdoors.