Keynote Speaker


Janet Steele

is an associate professor of journalism at the George Washington University and the director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. She received her Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University and focuses on how culture is communicated through the mass media.

Dr. Steele is a frequent visitor to Southeast Asia where she lectures on topics ranging from the role of the press in a democratic society to specialized courses on narrative journalism. Her book, “Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia,” focuses on “Tempo” magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of New Order Indonesia.

Awarded two Fulbright teaching and research grants, she has served as a State Department speaker-specialist in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, the Philippines, East Timor, Taiwan, Burma, Sudan, Egypt, India and Bangladesh. The author of numerous articles on journalism theory and practice, her most recent book, “Email Dari Amerika,” (Email from America), is a collection of newspaper columns written in Indonesian and originally published in the newspaper Surya. Her most recent book is “Mediating Islam, Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia.”

Featured Remarks


Nana Yuliana

Since September 2017, Nana Yuliana, PhD, has been the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Houston. Prior to her diplomatic assignment in Houston, she was assigned as the Head of Economic Affairs Division at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok, Thailand and dealing with bilateral relations between Indonesia and Thailand, and also as a Permanent Representative of Indonesia to UN Economic and Social Affairs in Asia Pacific (UNESCAP). From 2001 to 2005, she was as a Political Affairs staff at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Manila, and as a Member of the Committee of the Eight of the OIC observing the Implementation of the Peace Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and MNLF.

She became the Director of Mid-Career Diplomatic School at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia from 2014 to 2017 and had experience to work in the Directorate of Public Diplomacy at the Ministry. She graduated from Institute of Teacher's Training in Jakarta in 1986, then she pursued her Master Degree in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia in 1993 and Master Degree in International Relations from University of Indonesia, Jakarta in 2001. She received her PhD in Development Studies from University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 2006. She was the Dean of Faculty of Literature at Universitas Nasional, Jakarta before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also taught ASEAN and Diplomacy at the Graduate School of Paramadina University in Jakarta from 2013 to 2017.

Invited Panelists


Devi Asmarani

is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of feminist webmagazine Magdalene. She is also a writing instructor for the Jakarta Post Writing Center, a columnist, and a writer, editor and independent media and communication consultant with international organizations. Her 22-year experience in journalism began at The Jakarta Post, followed by The Straits Times of Singapore, where she wrote news reports, award-winning in-depth reports and analyses on various issues from politics, conflicts, terrorism to natural disasters. For the past nine years she has written columns, articles, essays as well as works of fiction for various local and international publications. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Alabama in the United States and has taken part in the post-graduate Advanced Academic Programs of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, for Fiction Writing.


Hera Diani

is the Managing Editor and co-founder of feminist webmagazine Magdalene. She is also Communication Consultant with The World Bank Indonesia's Local Solutions to Poverty program. With journalism experience spanning 17 years, Hera has worked at The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe and Voice of America, covering diverse issues from politics to culture and social affairs. Her works have also appeared in a number of publications such as Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, and Strategic Review journal. Hera has been a Reuters Foundation and East West Center Jefferson fellow. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, West Java.


Prodita Sabarini

is the Editor of The Conversation Indonesia. She joined The Conversation in 2014 as Jakarta Editor. Previously, she was a reporter at the English daily The Jakarta Post. She is the 2013/2014 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. Prodita initiated Ingat65 a digital storytelling movement for young people in Indonesia to share their reflections about the 1965 anticommunist killings in Indonesia. She has a Master of Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Bachelor in Communication Science from Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung.


Bingru Wang

is an international journalist who has covered key events worldwide and has conducted interviews with top global leaders. She has been with Hong Kong Phoenix TV since 2011, primarily covering US-China relations and US foreign policy. Within these seven years, Bingru has covered myriad international events, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visits to the U.S. as well as the 2012 and 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Before Phoenix TV, Bingru was a journalist for Chinese Media Net in Washington D.C. She also worked with NBC Universal in 2008-2009.



Moniza Waheed

is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communication specializing in Corporate Communication in 2004 from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She went on to obtain her Masters degree in Persuasive Communication at Western Illinois University. From 2007 – 2008, she worked at the same faculty as a Teaching Assistant. She received her PhD in Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Andreas Schuck, Peter Neijens, and Claes de Vreese in 2013. She served as a Research Assistant for the European Research Council Project during her studies in the Netherlands.


12:30pm - 1:30pm
Keynote Address by Dr. Janet Steele
"The Journalisms of Islam: Contending Views in Muslim Southeast Asia”

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Panel 1: The Intersection of Culture & Journalism in Asia

3:15pm - 3:30pm
Featured Remarks by Nana Yuliana
The Role of Digital Diplomacy in Indonesia

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Panel 2: Trends & Challenges in Journalism Education in Asia