DEALSTREETASIA™ gets its unique edge from a young and motivated team who believes in the future of Asia and wants to play witness and contribute to the region’s growth story.

Joji Thomas Philip, Founder & Editor in Chief

Twitter: @jojiphilip

Joji Thomas PhilipJoji 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.

J Padmapriya, News Editor

Twitter: @JPadmapriya

PadmaPriyaJ 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, Financial Express and Asian Age. As deputy editor of 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.

Tanu Pandey, Senior Writer, Private Equity & Wealth Funds

Twitter: @tanupandey

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 agency 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.

Deepshikha Monga, Content Marketing Manager

Twitter: @DeepshikhaMonga

Deepshikha has over 12 years of experience in media and communications. 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 communications content for global telecom and financial services companies.

Prior to joining DEALSTREETASIA, she was a digital marketer at Honeywell, a Fortune 100 technology firm. Her responsibilities included leading a global digital team focused on web development, SEO, email marketing and social media.

Ipsita Ray, Social Media Manager

Twitter: @ray_ipsita

Ipsita is the Social Media Manager for DEALSTREETASIA. With a background in social sciences, she plans and executes content for higher visibility and awareness. Her primary responsibilities include boosting reach, sales and engagement via online media and applications.

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.

Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul, Correspondent, Thailand

Twitter: @keke_chally

Chalida EkvitthayavechnukulChalida is the correspondent for DEALSTREETASIA in Thailand. She has worked as a journalist and freelancer for international media organizations (The Associated Press, Al Jazeera, National Public Radio-USA and Vanity Fair) for more than 8 years. She has earlier worked as a business reporter for The Nation, a leading English-language newspaper in Thailand and covered the government’s economic policies and corporate developments in the country.

Chalida won two Young Journalist Awards during her tenure at the Thammasat University and completed her training at BBC World Headquarters, London. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Chulalongkorn University.

Away from work, she is fond of travelling and trekking. She has a keen interest in Psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Juliet Shwe Gaung , Correspondent, Myanmar 

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Juliet is the correspondent for DEALSTREETASIA in Myanmar.

Before joining DEALSTREETASIA, she worked for the Myanmar Times from 2007 to 2012. She has also worked with the ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force and the Hinrich Foundation in the field of communication.

Juliet did her Masters in International Journalism Studies from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013 and has done freelance reporting after that.

Ishita Russell, Senior Writer & Content Specialist, India

Twitter: @ishitarussell

Ishita is a senior writer & content specialist for DEALSTREETASIA in India. She has been a journalist for close to a decade, and her last assignment was with e27.

Prior to that, she was with Cogencis Information Services, writing on a variety of issues in the energy sector. She has also reported extensively on India’s telecom and IT sector and has had stints with India’s leading business dailies such as Mint (whose parent Hindustan Times is an investor in DEALSTREETASIA) and Business Standard.

Her hobbies include travel and adventure sports.She is a post graduate in print journalism from IMC and has done her graduation in Political Science Honours from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University

Pramugdha Mamgain, Correspondent & Content Specialist, India

Twitter: @pramugdha

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 facutly at Amity University, New Delhi. She has honed her digital communication skills by freelancing for the US-based Ezdia – a content solutions provider for e-tailing websites.

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.

Sara Velezmoro, Head of Marketing & Partnerships

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Sara is in charge of marketing, partnership and sponsorship activities at DEALSTREETASIA™ in Singapore.

She has a background in business journalism covering emerging economies, a role which allowed her to live in Qatar, Malaysia and Panama. Prior to joining DEALSTREETASIA™, she gained experience in business development helping a digital start-up in London to 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.

Mars Woo, Correspondent, Philippines

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Mars is a Philippines-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 a correspondent of Reader’s Digest (Asia) magazine from 2004 to 2013.

He was also a freelance reporter for, 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.

A lover of all things brewed, Mars can be found in a coffee shop most of the time when not covering events.

Quynh Nguyen, Correspondent, Vietnam

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

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.

Ardi Wirdana, Correspondent, Indonesia

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Ardi Wirdana is the correspondent for DEALSTREETASIA in Indonesia. 

Since starting out 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.


Yamini Dhall, Web Director 

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Yamini DhallYamini is the Web Director for DEALSTREETASIA™. She is a senior journalist with over a decade of experience in reporting, editing and tracking financial news, and has worked with leading business dailies in India. She has also been a contributor to several publications, done intermittent stints with a social media firm, handled the blog for a financial advisory and also been a been a strategic content advisor for an online retail and travel portal.

Yamini has done her media studies from Xavier Institute of Communication and has a Bachelors in commerce and Masters in Arts (English Literature) from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Jessica Ng, Administrative Assistant

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Jessica handles corporate paperwork and other related administrative functions for DEALSTREETASIA™, while continuing to pursue an alternate career in Singapore’s ultra competitive realty industry.

She brings six years of experience in the realty sector, and was previously a Senior Associate Marketing Director with Huttons Asia Pte Ltd, an upcoming real estate firm in Singapore. She has also done a three-year stint with OrangeTee, another fast-growing enterprise, operating in the same space.

Her hobbies include playing darts and travelling.

Sushobhan Mukherjee, Co-Founder

Twitter: @sushobhan

Sush Headshot Sushobhan Mukherjee, an award-winning strategist and marketeer, is an IIM Lucknow graduate, with over two decades across marketing functions. In his last corporate role, he was VP and Regional Strategy Lead for SapientNitro across APAC. In the past four years, Sushobhan has focused on digital.

As Marketing Manager at Discovery Communications India, he helped the channel go multi-lingual and pay, as well as helping launch Animal Planet across APAC. As a strategist and consultant, he has helped craft market leading communications for National Geographic, SET MAX, Outlook, Business Standard and India Today Group. He mentors startups at The Hub, Singapore.

Aastha Maheshwari, Contributing Writer

Twitter: @dealstreetasia

Aastha started her career as a Television journalist with NDTV, one of India’s oldest broadcast media house, 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 journey. 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.

Paul Whang, Intern

Twitter:  @dealstreetasia

Paul is the Finance Intern at DEALSTREETASIA in Singapore.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is currently enrolled in a postbaccalaureate program through UCLA Extension as a Finance Certificate candidate.

Paul is fascinated with the world of fintech and the idea of disrupting banks.

Paul considers himself a “literature nerd”. He is also an avid sports fan who ranks NCAA football as his favourite.