BOARD MEMBERS 2018-19
Hiroki Iijima [President]: Hiroki Iijima regularly reports for TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television) national news as the only correspondent for Australia and the South Pacific. He was the representative for the TBS Sydney Olympic Bureau (1998 – 2000). In Japan, he has worked as Director of news programmes on TV Asahi. He was born in Yamanashi prefecture, which is about 80 km west of Tokyo. His home town is near Mt. Fuji, which is the one of the most desirable destinations in Japan for foreign tourists. Hiroki has been living in Australia for over 20 years and he has been an FCA member since 1999.
Sandip Hor [Vice-President]: With a background in business management and marketing, Sandip Hor comes as an accomplished lifestyle journalist specialised in travel and tourism. He has travelled so far to 93 countries and published over 500 articles in mainstream media in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka. He is currently the Australian representative of India Blooms News Service (IBNS) – an Indian multi-portal news agency. He is also the Chairman of Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC), the President of Jadavpur University Alumni Association – Sydney, Member of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) and Member Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW).
Wolfgang Mueller [Honorary Secretary]:
Liz Lacerda [Treasurer]: Based in Australia since 2011, Liz Lacerda has been working as a Foreign Correspondent for the major news organisations in Brazil, including Terra Networks – where she worked for five years – Folha de São Paulo and O Globo newspapers, IstoÉ magazine, Globo TV and Record TV, among others. She has also worked from Brazil as a Foreign Correspondent for Channel 7 Australia. In Sydney, Liz was also a Casual Producer for SBS Radio Portuguese. With a Bachelor in Communications, a Post-Degree in Video & Television in Spain and a Masters in Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology – Sydney (UTS), she has two decades of experience in broadcast, print, radio and online news, current affairs and documentaries.
Laurence Arthur [Executive Board Member]: Laurence Arthur works for the Swiss National radio and other French speaking Swiss print media, such as Tribune de Genève/24 Heures and Ats which is the Swiss equivalent of AFP. Occasionally, she broadcasts for Radio Canada. Laurence is Swiss, born in Geneva, where she did Political Science and Arts before being hired as a junior journalist to undertake the official journalist school in Lausanne. She worked there full time, in the daily newspaper 24 heures in the economy section. Then, she decided to move to Melbourne and, here, she is enjoying the local coffee culture. However, she is not convinced yet about the quality of local cheese, not to mention chocolate!
Rob Taylor [Executive Board Member]: Rob Taylor covers political and general news, as well as economics, in Australia and the Pacific for the Wall Street Journal. Based in Australia’s Parliament in Canberra, he has been a journalist for more than 20 years and he has reported from Afghanistan, South Africa, Myanmar, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. He was previously chief correspondent in Kabul with Reuters and Jakarta bureau chief for Australia’s local agency AAP. Rob has covered conflict, elections, earthquakes and tsunamis on three continents. He began his career as a news photographer in Africa.
Thorsten Joses [Executive Board Member]: Thorsten Joses is am a cameraman / videographer and editor, based in Sydney, Australia. He has more than 25 years of worldwide experience in the TV-industry from current affairs to drama and reality. He is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and familiar with pretty much any camera format.
Mimi Chau [Executive Board Member]: Mimi Chau is the Director of the Asian Media Centre. She is also the Executive Producer of the award winning documentary series “Dragon Footprints”, for which she won the Australian Premier’s Multicultural Media Award and ICFF Best Documentary Award. Mimi has had extensive experience in media and productions. She has worked for South China Morning Post, Singtao Newspaper, SBS, ABC Asia Pacific, CCTV International and Xinhua News Agency as a journalist/correspondent. She is an award winning journalist, having worked for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Beijing International Media Centre for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Philip Engelberts [Executive Board Member]: Philip established PEPR Publicity in 2003 driven by his passion for corporate affairs and event management. The agency looks after a range of clients in the inbound tourism, property and finance sectors. Born and bred in the Netherlands, Philip has spent more than 20 years as a leading practitioner of PR and corporate marketing in Australia. With a fine eye for detail, Philip has expanded PEPR Publicity to include a team of 6 other dynamic professional PRs with specific varied strengths. Philip has thrice been awarded the Australian Society of Travel Writers Communicator of the Year award.
April Pressler [Executive Secretary]: April Pressler is a Sydney-based communications professional with experience in government, media, business, NFP and other sectors. She has held various positions as a journalist and editor and she worked previously as the FCA’s Executive Secretary and Online Editor from 2006-2011. April was inaugural director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Sydney International Media Centre in 1996, a journalist/international public affairs officer in Canberra with DFAT and the former Australian Information Service, managing official foreign media visits programs in Australia and she ran Australia’s public affairs programs on postings in Mexico, Central & South America, Italy and the Philippines. She is also a senior associate and editor at Valentine Press.