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About Coconuts Media
We are Coconuts Media, a local city website network that uses social media and video to amplify our coverage of urban areas in Asia.
We have become known for our irreverent take on the news, and our audience is comprised of young, professional, educated, and tech-savvy urbanites who live in the cities in which we operate.
Coconuts city websites are currently running in eight locations: Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, KL, Jakarta, Bali, and Yangon.
Under our Coconuts TV brand, we produce original documentary videos exploring the wondrous untold stories of Asia and distribute them online.
We reach up to 14.6 million people monthly on all platforms combined and up to 4.2 million unique users monthly on our Coconuts.co website.
Byron Perry — Founder and Managing Director
Before founding Coconuts Media in Bangkok in 2011, Byron worked as an editor for Hollywood trade magazine Variety, property magazine publisher Ensign Media, Cambodia's English language newspaper The Phnom Penh Post, and local city magazine San Francisco. He graduated with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish from Georgetown University in 2005. He is based in Singapore.
Spencer Weed — Technology and Design Director
Spencer Weed is Coconuts Media's Technology and Design Director, based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Coconuts Media in 2012, Spencer was the Chairman of Mega Investment & Telecom Limited (MEGA) in Cambodia, worked in Business Development for Silicon Valley creative agency Luxus, and had a sales and strategy role at Building Solutions in the San Fransico Bay area. He graduated with a BSBA in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Alexander Hotz — Multimedia Director
Alexander Hotz is Multimedia Director at Coconuts Media, based in Bangkok. Prior to joining in 2013, he was a Professor of Digital Media at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and an Adjunct Professor at Colombia University. He has been published in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, and the Guardian. He has an MS in Digital Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in History and Political Science from Muhlenberg College.
James P. Ong — Editorial Director
James P. Ong started as a lifestyle reporter for the now—defunct Manila Chronicle and has worked at digital media outfits in the Philippines and Singapore including ABS—CBN and Singapore Press Holdings. Previously, he worked at Time Out Singapore as online editor.
Praj Kiatpongsan — Thailand Country Head
Praj Kiatpongsan is the Thailand Country Head at Coconuts Media, based in Bangkok. Prior to joining in 2012, Praj was a news anchor and international correspondent for Nation Broadcasting Corporation and a reporter for the Thailand National News Bureau. Praj graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies and a Master’s Degree in Business and Managerial Economics, both from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Thomas Caceres — Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Caceres is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Revenue Director at Coconuts Media, based in Singapore. Prior to joining in 2015, Thomas was an Associate Director in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team at HSBC, based in Singapore, where he originated and structured financings for cross border M&A transactions. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Harvard University
Nicholas Chan — Commercial Director
Nicholas Chan is the Commercial Director at Coconuts Media based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Coconuts Media in 2016, Nick relocated to Hong Kong as Head of Revenue at Campaign & PRWeek Asia. Before that he spent five years with Time Out Australia. Nick holds a BCom degree majoring in Marketing and Organisational Behaviour from Macquarie University and was raised in Sydney.
Crystal Wilde — Community Manager
Having cut her teeth on magazines and newspapers in London, Crystal moved to Thailand and then Hong Kong to pursue a career in travel writing and international news. Formally Managing Editor of Coconuts in Hong Kong, she is now in charge of all things promotional for Coconuts Media, and prides herself on being the company's fiercest cheerleader.
Prae Sakaowan — Coconuts Bangkok Associate Editor
A Bangkok native who writes for pleasure, Prae Sakaowan shifted her career from fashion marketing to journalism. She holds a first—honor B.A. in English from Kasetsart University.
Ilyas Sholihyn — Coconuts Singapore Associate Editor
Previous to his current position as Associate Editor at Coconuts Singapore, he was Editor at Bandwagon, Singapore’s biggest live music website. His love of video games led him to launch his own gaming webzine Killer App, where he is Editor—In—Chief
Laurel Chor — Coconuts Hong Kong Managing Editor & Multimedia Producer
Having tried her hand as a reproductive rights advocate, gorilla researcher and dolphin autopsist, Laurel is now happy dodging tear gas canisters in her native Hong Kong. A National Geographic Young Explorer, she graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in International Health.
Lydia Gomez — Coconuts KL Managing Editor
Lydia Gomez has been a journalist in Malaysia for more than 10 years, spending seven of them with the New Straits Times in KL before moving on to become Deputy Head of Media at Yahoo Malaysia where she spent three years. She also had brief stints as a reporter with Indian English daily, the New Indian Express and writer with Malaysian radio network, AMP Radio Networks (now known as Astro Radio). Lydia was nominated and selected by the US Department of State in 2011 to participate in its prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) for reporting on human trafficking.
Anand Mathai — Coconuts Jakarta Managing Editor
Anand Mathai is the managing editor of Coconuts Jakarta. Previously he worked as a features editor at The Jakarta Globe and managing editor at Time Out Jakarta, The Peak Indonesia, DA MAN and Exquisite Taste magazines. He attended the University of Michigan and has lived in Jakarta for the last six years. He hates long walks on the beach and enjoys gummi bears and whiskey.
Andra Nasrie — Coconuts Jakarta Associate Editor
This nomad was born in Indonesia, raised in the Middle East, and went to university in Canada and Australia. Now he calls Jakarta home for the time being, where he appeared on your screens with Kompas TV before going on to work with Coconuts Jakarta.
Julianne Greco — Coconuts Bali Editor
After living in Java for the past 2 years as a Princeton in Asia fellow and editor for JogjaMag, Julianne is now taking life head on as a Bali expat. A real editing, writing and photo—taking dynamo, she can’t get enough of sirsak, road races and playing with Bali dogs on the beach.
Faye Valencia — Coconuts Manila Associate Editor
Faye has been writing and editing for a living for more than 15 years. Her work has been published in both print and online platforms. Though she is aware that the world has gone digital, she is still addicted to paper products.
Andrea Mangampat — Coconuts Manila Writer
Andrea started as a concept developer and writer for Star Cinema, a film production company in the Philippines. Prior to joining Coconuts Manila, she had brief stints as a kindergarten teacher in Bangkok and Tokyo. She's a millennial mom who loves craft beer, martial arts and parenting.
Chuck Smith — Coconuts Manila Contributing Writer
Chuck is an online writer and editor who has covered both the entertainment and lifestyle beats for media outlets like Yahoo! Philippines and Philstar.com. He hugs trees.
Benita Lee — Coconuts Singapore Co—Editor
First a fashion writer for Seventeen Magazine Singapore, Benita abandoned stylish threads for the good life at Time Out Singapore, where she was Section Editor for film, music, nightlife, shopping and travel — basically, all the fun stuff. She's also contributed to in—flight magazines, and once, she even dabbled in writing for a matchmaking agency (tips on how to find love, anyone?).