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

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.

Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul | Correspondent, Thailand

Chalida has been with DEALSTREETASIA as a Bangkok-based correspondent since its conception. Prior to joining the team, she was a freelance journalist for international publications such as the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and Vanity Fair as well as a writer for Thai corporates and state agencies. Apart from writing business deals, she loves travelling to new places, trekking, and enjoying good food. Chalida now resides in Nepal and thinks of it as her second home.

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.

Ishita Russell | Senior Writer & Content Specialist, India

Ishita is a senior writer & content specialist for DEALSTREETASIA in India. She has been a journalist for more than 12 years, 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.

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.

Juliet Shwe Gaung | Correspondent, Myanmar

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 Master’s in International Journalism Studies from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013 and has done freelance reporting after that.

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 is the correspondent for DEALSTREETASIA in Kuala Lumpur. Most recently a writer for The Edge Property under The Edge Media Group, Kay has been working closely with stakeholders of the Malaysian property sector to democratise property insights for Malaysians homebuyers. She has written for regional tech portal Digital News Asia covering enterprise tech, Malaysian digital economy, startups and personal tech. She also had a stint with the Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA). Beyond work, Ka Kay loves to travel and binge on television shows. She has also developed an interest in political science.

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.

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.

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.

Brand & Marketing

Sushobhan Mukherjee | Co-founder

Sushobhan Mukherjee, an award-winning strategist and marketer, 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.

Ipsita Ray | Head, Branding & Digital Marketing

Ipsita is in charge of brand management and digital marketing for DEALSTREETASIA. With a background in social sciences, she plans and executes content for higher visibility, awareness, purpose and engagement. 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 Yu Min (Summer) | Office Admin & 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.

Indah Elrista | Sales & Marketing Manager, Indonesia

Indah is based in Indonesia and is in charge of partnerships and sponsorships in Jakarta. She has a background in broadcast communication and has worked with a number of top brands, including Hitachi and BCA Bank. She is deft in customer relationship management and end-to-end customer engagements involving negotiations of contracts, overseas tracking and networking. Indah is a fitness junkie and likes travelling in her spare time.

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.

Research & Analysis

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.

Interns

Julia Zhou | Intern

Julia is currently a student at the Macquarie University in Australia completing a double degree in Professional Accounting and Law. She is interested in emerging Asian markets and hopes to learn more about the subject though this internship. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and trying out new food and restaurants.