Theindependent.sg brings independent perspective on news and current affairs in Singapore. It is a platform owned and operated by journalists. Started on the 9th of August 2013, the news website brings in-depth perspective and analysis on current affairs, economics and politics in Singapore.
Advisory board members are non-executive and are not involved in the day-to-day running of the website.
Leon Perera is the CEO of an international research and consulting agency and an active member of civil society in Singapore. His opinions on national issues have been published by both alternative and mainstream media outlets. He is also a regular contributor of commentary on economic and business matters to local and international media.
Leon shares the vision of the founding team to develop a media outlet that will report without fear or favor.
Leon assists the team with visioning, topic selection and business strategy.
Edmund Wee, advisor, is the managing and creative director of Epigram, an award-winning design agency. In 2008, he was awarded the country’s highest design accolade when he was chosen as Designer of the Year in the President’s Design Award.
He recently founded a publishing company called Epigram Books. A Colombo Plan scholar, he served as a government psychologist before joining The Straits Times where he stayed for 12 years as aleader writer, reporter, news and features editor and eventually asdesign editor. Edmund assists with business strategy.
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Kumaran oversees the business and the editorial matters at theindependent.sg. He is also an active member of the civil society in Singapore and he held the position of Chief Editor at The Online Citizen (“TOC”), a leading socio-political website in Singapore in 2012.
Under Kumaran’s stewardship, TOC championed issues concerning migrant workers, political independence and other socio-political matters.
Prior to joining TOC, Kumaran ran a successful IT business for more than 12 years. He received local
and international awards for his work.
Kumaran is also on the board of several companies and is concurrently the director of Apple Seed Pte Ltd,
a high-tech venture accelerator in Singapore. He also serves in the communication sub-committee of The Action Community of Entrepreneurs and sits on the advisory board of Tampines Junior College.
PN Balji is a veteran Singapore journalist with more than thirty years of experience as a reporter and editor. He is the former director of Asia Journalism Fellowship, an initiative of Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University.
He is also the former CEO and editor-in-chief of TODAY newspaper. He also held editorial positions in Straits Times and The New Paper in the 80s and 90s.
Balji brings a depth of experience in running editorials and guides junior editors/reporters on top level editing and story boarding.
Alfred is a Lawyer at Dodwell & Co LLC, a firm specializing in litigation, corporate, commercial, administrative and constitutional issues. Alfred obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of Warwick.
He began his career as a pupil with Allen & Gledhill, and a legal career with Tan Rajah & Cheah and Drew & Napier LLC before commencing practice as Managing Director, Dodwell & Co LLC.
Joining the world of entrepreneurs with the launch of his own practice, he set out to embrace and extend his passion for the law and the rights of the citizenry with the mission of the firm. Alfred specializes in cases that include defamation actions and is affiliated with the Media Defence – South East
Asia where he also provides valuable insights to lawyers in Freedom of Speech cases throughout South East Asia.
Alfred is also affiliated with the Singapore Academy of Law, the Law Society of Singapore, the International Media Law Association, the International Bar Association. In his free time, he reads extensively, enjoys history, cycling and the study of different religions.