BOARD MEMBERS 2020-21
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).
April Pressler [Honorary 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.
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!
Barbara Barkhausen [Executive Board Member]:
Barbara represents a number of newspapers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg as their Asia-Pacific foreign correspondent. Her articles have been published widely by well-known papers like “Die Welt”, “Tagesspiegel”, “Rheinische Post”, “Die Presse” or “Luxemburger Tageblatt” , Barbara also works as a TV and radio producer for German and Australian media outlets like SBS Radio for example. She has published several books about Australia covering immigration, the country’s history, culture and politics, wildlife and tourism. Before immigrating to Australia Barbara worked for several German TV and production companies. Barbara has a Master in Communication, English Literature and Art History from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich and has also spent some time at UCLA in Los Angeles during her studies.
Raj Suri [Executive Board Member]:
Raj is the Australian representative of the Indian TVW News. Photographer, digital media producer and presenter. Raj Suri has worked across multi platform industries – media, film, Australian TV, fashion, talent, international education and lifestyle. A content producer for over 15 years. Raj has co produced 2 feature films and is the former judge/panelist of Australian SBS TV series Bollywood Star, which was aired nationally in Australia in 2012. Currently working on two documentaries and Australian Indian diversity youth mentoring. Raj is also the chair of the FCA Website Sub committee for its Content and Management.
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.