Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public AffairsU.S. State Department

Elizabeth Allen

Liz Allen is the Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department. With over 15 years of strategic communications and public affairs experience, Allen specializes in message strategy, project and crisis management, and leadership communications. In 2020, Allen served as Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications director on the Biden-Harris Presidential campaign, prior to which she spent seven years in the Obama-Biden White House, serving as Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, White House Director of Message Planning, and Deputy Director of Communications to then-Vice President Joe Biden. Allen’s public service record extends to the U.S. Department of State, where she served as Director of Public Affairs for Educational and Cultural Affairs, focusing on public diplomacy and the impact of people-to-people exchange programs and international education. She previously worked at the State Department on human trafficking and international women’s issues.



North America Bureau ChiefSouth China Morning Post

Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney is the South China Morning Post's North America Bureau Chief. He established the SCMP's U.S. bureaus in 2017 as part of the Hong Kong publication's transformation from a local newspaper into a global media organization. Robert assumed the role after many years covering Asia for media outlets including Bloomberg News and Dow Jones Newswires from Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Singapore. A dual Canadian and U.S. citizen, Delaney attended the Hopkins-Nanjing Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and earned a master's degree from Toronto's Ryerson University, where he specialized in comparative diplomatic rhetoric. Delaney's debut novel The Wounded Muse is based on true events surrounding the disappearance of a documentary filmmaker in Beijing just before the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, threading together the issues of censorship, unprecedented economic growth, and the isolation of China's LGBTQ community. Delaney is also a Black China Caucus mentor.



U.S. Bureau ChiefThe Straits Times 

Nirmal GhoshNirmal Ghosh (@karmanomad) is U.S. Bureau Chief for The Straits Times, Singapore and Southeast Asia’s top English daily newspaper. He is also an author and documentary filmmaker. Ghosh has been a foreign correspondent since 1994, in Manila, New Delhi and Bangkok, covering politics, elections, conflict and coups d’etat, natural disasters, social and environmental issues, and geopolitics across Asia. His journalism has won PANPA and SOPA awards. Ghosh was a 2015 East-West Center Jefferson Fellow and a 2016 participant in the East-West Center's U.S. Presidential Election Reporting Seminar. He is a former two-term president of both the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines and the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Thailand. He is on the board of the Vienna-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, and a trustee of The Corbett Foundation, a non-profit which works with local communities and authorities in wildlife conservation in India.



Chief National CorrespondentVoice of America

Steve HermanSteven L. Herman is chief national correspondent of the Voice of America (VOA), reporting on major American stories including climate policy, as well as helping shape VOA's 2022 midterm election coverage. From 2017-2021, he was senior White House correspondent and subsequently VOA's White House bureau chief. During the Donald Trump administration,  Herman was the radio pool reporter on dozens of Air Force One flights, including the 45th president's final flight to Florida. In 2020, he covered the Republican incumbent's campaign, as well as that of the Democratic challenger and eventual victor, Joe Biden. Herman spent more than 25 years in Asia, including years of reporting from Tokyo; as VOA correspondent and bureau chief in India, South Korea and Thailand; and as VOA's senior diplomatic correspondent based at the State Department. In addition, he spent years reporting for AP as the wire service's state broadcast editor in West Virginia. His career has also included stints as a media executive in Asia, launching Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in Japan before becoming senior vice president at PCCW Japan. Herman is one of 22 journalists who comprise the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism's inaugural class in climate reporting.



Deputy Editor-in-Chief
The Storm Media

Ann Hsieh

Ching-Fang "Ann" Hsieh is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at The Storm Media, one of the leading digital news organizations in Taiwan. She has worked for The Storm since July 2020 and is responsible for in-depth reports focusing on economic issues, climate change and sustainability. Previously, Hsieh worked for the China Times (Taiwan) for more than 25 years, where she served as Deputy Editor-in Chief from 2014 to 2020 and Director of the economic news desk from 2002 to 2008. She earned a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Fu Jen Catholic University and was a 2008 East-West Center Jefferson Fellow.



Washington DC Correspondent, Korean Broadcasting System

Jungmin LeeJungmin Lee has worked at KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) for 20 years and is currently a KBS Washington DC correspondent. She has spent much of her career covering inter-Korean relations and international affairs. Before working in the U.S. from July 2021 she worked for two years as the deputy director of KBS' Department of Unification and Foreign Affairs. She is a former producer of the TV program "The Window Between Two Koreas" as well as a former host of the radio program "Guidebook for Reunification," both specializing in inter-Korean relations.



Vice President, East-West Center and Director, East-West Center in Washington

Satu Limaye

Dr. Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.



Pakistan CorrespondentThe Diplomat

Khuldune Shahid

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid (@khuldune) is a Pakistan-based journalist and commentator. He is the Pakistan correspondent for The Diplomat and an editor for 101Reporters. He is the cofounder of Pakistani news satire publications Khabaristan Times, which was banned by the Pakistani state, and The Dependent.

His work has been featured in The GuardianThe IndependentForeign Policy, the BBC, The SpectatorHaaretzArab NewsThe Daily BeastCourrier InternationalLe MondeWelt SichtenVox, and MIT Technology Review, among other publications.



Senior Editor
The Wire

Arfa Khanum (@khanumarfa) is Senior Editor at The Wire, India’s largest independent digital news website, where she leads the multimedia team. She has previously worked with NDTV, Rajya Sabha TV, and Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s TV show, Satyamev Jayate. She has spent two decades in the broadcast news sector covering politics, policy, and governance issues with a special focus on social justice. At The Wire, she hosts widely viewed video shows, primarily devoted to the issues of people living on the margins of Indian democracy that are largely ignored by the big media.

She is a recipient of the Red Ink Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Journalist for her reporting from Kashmir despite the Indian government’s lockdown on communication following its 2019 decision to strip the state of its autonomy. She was a Media Ambassadors Fellow at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany (2017) and East West Center’s Senior Journalists Seminar Fellow (2018). She has a PhD and was the second-ever elected woman vice president of Aligarh Muslim University’s alumni association. She is an Advisor in Residence for the Led By Foundation, a leadership program for young Indian Muslim women incubated at Harvard’s Centre for Public Leadership.






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