People

Emma Smith

CEO

Emma has spent over 25 years in Asia counselling clients across the region, defending and building the reputations of some of the world’s largest and most complex brands and advising on complicated transactions and issues. An expert in crisis and issues management, change communications, C-Suite advisory and stakeholder engagement, she has led crisis, internal, external and brand-building campaigns for many global corporations.  She was the former APAC CEO of Weber Shandwick, before founding her own firm, which she sold in 2013 and bought back in late 2019.

She is a board member of PRHK, a former board member of IABC HK and sat on IABC's International Advisory Committee. She is a regular judge of PR Awards and her work has won numerous awards. She is a guest lecturer to MBA and EMBA students on crisis and communications and is a non-executive board member of two Hong Kong-based charities.

Areas of expertise: advocacy, asset management, branding, crisis and issues management, financial services, fintech, healthcare, internal communications and change management, investor relations, professional services, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, technology.


Kelly Johnston

COO
Southeast Asia

Kelly specialises in advising clients in complex and highly-regulated industries on strategic communications challenges and issues. She has more than 16 years’ experience in communications across a range of corporate, financial and consumer sectors in Asia Pacific and the United Kingdom.

Prior to Sandpiper, she held senior roles with agencies Baldwin Boyle Shand in Singapore, and PPR in Australia. Kelly has also worked in-house for Emirates Airline; energy company Ausgrid; and food and beverage multinational, Lion, managing corporate and public affairs. She started her career as a journalist for Radio New Zealand before working for Bell Pottinger in London. She is the recipient of multiple Asia Pacific industry awards for her client work and is a Board Member for PRCA Southeast Asia. Kelly is certified in investor relations through the Investor Relations Society (UK), and a qualified Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) auditor for sustainability reporting.

Areas of expertise: agriculture, asset management, consumer brands, crisis and issues communications, energy and environment, financial services, internal communications and change management, research & insights, sports marketing, trade associations, travel and tourism, and technology.


Sarada Chellam

Managing Director,
Southeast Asia

Sarada specialises in brand and health communications and provides strategic counsel for clients working across a range of industries from healthcare to travel and hospitality. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a PR practitioner and journalist and was previously Senior Vice President with global PR firm Ketchum in Singapore for almost 10 years. Her experience includes work with hotels, airlines, airports, and consumer brands. Sarada regularly conducts media and crisis training programmes with clients across the region. She began her career as a broadcast journalist with Bloomberg TV in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Areas of expertise: aviation, healthcare, hospitality, professional associations, property/real estate, NGOs, sustainability, and travel and tourism.


John Russell

Chairman,
China

John has over 30 years of international public affairs and strategic communications experience in various parts of the world. He has been in China for 15 years.

Formerly in a regional role at Weber Shandwick, John has built formidable teams working on reputation and advocacy campaigns, public affairs, business development, and crisis and issue management.​

John is a member of the multinational business advisory committee of APEC China Business Council and on the advisory board of the China Business Leaders’ Forum, linked to the School of Management, Renmin University. Sandpiper North Head is strategic counsellor to the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCCPIT) Shenzhen and the Global Times Business Leaders’ Forum. In 2008, he was adviser and trainer at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparation for Japan’s chairmanship of the G8.

Before China, he was in Brussels as CEO of Weber Shandwick’s operations for six years and head of public affairs across Europe. For ten years from 1989, he was executive director at the American Chamber to the European Union in Brussels.


Philip Channon

CFO

A seasoned finance and operations professional, Phil has spent 30 years in Asia working with international communications networks overseeing operations across Asia, Europe and Africa.

Phil has extensive experience growing profitable communications consultancies and managing multi-market businesses to maximise operational efficiencies and build cost efficient structures. This includes 17 years as Regional Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa with the world’s largest public relations firm, Edelman, where he helped grow the region’s fee income more than 18-fold during his tenure with the firm, and as Chief Operating Officer, International for the world’s second largest independent marketing and communications agency WE Communications, overseeing operations for 12 offices across 8 markets.

He has managed more than 20 agency mergers and acquisitions during his career in markets as diverse as Australia, China, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom.


Bahjat Homsi

General Manager,
Dubai

Bahjat is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the communications and media industries in the MENA region, having worked with governments, ministries and corporate entities across UAE, Saudi, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar. Most recently he was Director, Reputation with Edelman in Dubai, and before that spent 8 years with APCO, Dubai.

Specialising in corporate reputation management and government communications, Bahjat has led complex, multi-stakeholder projects and initiatives including the Emirates Mars Mission and the UAE Papal Visit and worked closely with the UAE Government Communications Office in launching and managing national campaigns such as Projects of the Next 50, UAE Coolest Winter, 1 Billion Meals and the launch of the Museum of the Future. He also led award winning public awareness and advocacy campaigns for the United Nations Development Program in Kuwait and worked on the establishment of communications centres for the UAE and Saudi governments. Most recently, Bahjat was part of the seconded global team driving communications for COP28 UAE. Before moving to the PR industry, Bahjat headed the highly respected Fortune Arabia magazine in Dubai serving as its Managing Editor.

Areas of expertise: corporate communications, crisis and issues management, public affairs. government relations, stakeholder management, media relations, and ESG communications.


Craig Young

Managing Director, Sandpiper Research

Craig has 30 years of experience as a research practitioner and evidenced-based strategy consultant.  His key career specialisation has been in the conduct of high impact social research for public sector clients, and he is a passionate believer in the power of research to inform and transform public policy outcomes.  He has significant experience providing evidence-based advice to senior executives in the media, tourism, and superannuation sectors, and conducting qualitative research, especially in challenging or difficult conditions, as well as in presenting to c-suite and board level stakeholders.

Craig has a strong governance background and serves on the boards of a number of social impact enterprises, including the Redfern Legal Centre (one of Australia’s oldest community legal centres and a prominent advocate for promoting the legal rights of First Nations Australians), Super Consumers Australia (which advocates for low and middle income Australians on superannuation issues).  He is also on the Advisory Board to the ACT’s Gambling and Racing Commission, which promotes a public health approach to the Commission’s work.  Craig is the immediate past President/Chair of the Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA), the market research industry association in Australia and served on the ADIA Board between 2013 and 2022, with particular responsibility for government and regulatory affairs.  As ADIA President Craig was responsible for initiating the Inquiry into Political Polling at the 2019 Australian Federal Election. .

Prior to joining Sandpiper as a consultant and advisor he was CEO of Big Village Australia, one of Australia’s top 10 commercial research companies. 

  Areas of expertise: public health, taxation, superannuation, social welfare, travel & tourism, indigenous policy and service delivery, social marketing research, qualitative research, stakeholder engagement, governance.


Elizabeth Chu

General Manager,
Singapore

Elizabeth has more than 10 years’ experience in the communications industry in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China, advising clients primarily across the financial and professional services sectors. She specialises in corporate reputation management, content development, media and stakeholder engagement, as well as issues preparedness and management. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Elizabeth was leading professional and financial services portfolios at other firms, working with global and regional insurers, asset management firms, management consultancies, law firms, investment and private banks, media organisations, education providers, start-ups, and property developers.

Areas of expertise: content development, corporate communications, crisis and issues management, ESG, financial services and professional services, media training.


Francesca Boase

Managing Director, Professional Services

Fran has over 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, issues management, integrated communications and stakeholder engagement. Her recent experience includes leading regional communications for a Big 4 consulting firm, managing sensitive issues across multiple jurisdictions and engaging effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.

She has deep expertise in professional and financial services, protecting reputations and building profiles of leaders and businesses in banking, insurance, superannuation, legal, accounting and consulting sectors.

Fran’s approach is considered, calm and collaborative, working with senior leaders and cross-functional teams to address complex and sensitive issues.


Ed Brewster

Head of International Media

Ed most recently worked in-house at Huawei UK from 2011 until end 2020, where he held several roles including Director of Communications managing all media relations for the UK. Subsequently he was promoted to managing the corporate affairs for the UK business including government relations, public policy and media relations. In this role he also joined the senior management team. In 2019 he took on a new position leading one of the three international media hubs for Huawei Group globally and led the team responsible for the company's relationship with international media. He has visited China over 30 times including a two-month secondment to Shenzhen.

Prior to Huawei he was Group Head of Media Relations at Prudential plc for 3 years, where he led the team responsible for the company’s financial media and listed communications. Previously he was the first Head of Media for Three, the Hutchison Whampoa mobile business. He started his career at Brunswick in London before joining Hutchison, which was one of his clients.

Areas of expertise: media, crisis and issues communications, financial services, insurance, technology, internal communications and change management, investor relations, reputation management and public affairs.


Emma Huang

Director

Emma Huang is a Director based in Sandpiper’s Beijing office. As a seasoned corporate communications professional, Emma specialises in corporate communications, financial communications, reputation management, media relations, crisis and issues management, and brand positioning.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Emma worked as the Director of Communications for NBA China where she was responsible for C-Suite communications, crisis management, marketing partnership communication, and the organisations’ CSR activities. She has also worked for a number of international PR agencies in both China and Canada where she provided strategic counsel on external and internal communications to clients from various industries such as financial services, professional services, healthcare, education, food and retail.

Areas of expertise: financial services, CSR, healthcare, education, arts, consumer, food safety, energy.


Joyce Li

Deputy General Manager, China

Joyce has worked in branding, international relations, communications, integrated marketing, and public relations in China and USA for the past 15 years, serving both in-house and in agency roles.

At Sandpiper North Head, she is leading the strategic communications team and healthcare practice. With her extensive policy knowledge and hands on experience in strategic consulting and day-to-day public relations operations, including crisis management, Joyce has been a trusted advisor to many big brands, including Intel, Tencent, Swire, Pfizer, Merk, and Roche from a variety of industries.

Joyce had worked in Washington D.C. for ten years as a communication professional and policy analyst, leading a variety of international projects in media outlets and international NGOs. She has a double Master Degree from the University of Oregon, majoring in International Studies and Mass Communications, and a B.A from Peking University in China.


Kim Spear

Deputy General Manager,
Hong Kong

Kim has advised Asian and international clients on communications campaigns in the region for nearly 20 years across a range of complex situations including M&A, issues and crisis, leadership transitions, corporate restructuring and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Kim worked in senior roles in Beijing, Singapore and Bangkok before moving to Hong Kong in 2014 where she spent seven years with a multinational public relations agency serving clients in the financial and professional services sectors – bringing their communications strategies to life and helping them navigate the complexities of the region.

Her experience includes advising AXA Insurance on the full acquisition of its Chinese partner, advising a HNW insurance broker through its management buyout and new brand rebuild, creating award winning thought leadership for AIG, managing the reputation of a large, private equity firm through several highly contentious portfolio company issues and C-suite narrative communications for Fortune 500 companies.

In the course of her career, Kim has media trained numerous executives in the region and provided public affairs counsel, rebranding strategies, stakeholder communications and outreach to clients such as: Alvarez & Marsal, AMP Capital, Bank of  America, Baring Private Equity Asia, Champion Petfoods, McDonald’s and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Areas of expertise: private equity, insurance, banking, M&A, corporate communications strategy, C-suite advisory, narrative creation, government relations, issues and crisis management, training.


Rob van Alphen

Director – Strategy & Innovation

Rob is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sandpiper based in Singapore. He has over a decade of agency and in-house experience helping B2B and B2C market leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia move to a more relevant and effortless digital and customer experience..

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Rob van Alphen was a key member of the digital strategy team at a leading global technology agency, helping companies move to a more relevant and effortless digital and customer experience.

As a member of the executive team at the largest luxury retailer in the Middle East he established and led digital communications for a portfolio of 80+ fashion and lifestyle brands including Gucci, Armani and Bloomingdale’s.

In his 12-year career in the industry, Rob van Alphen has provided strategic advisory, digital marketing, branding and communications services to companies like Stratasys, Reynaers Aluminium, Trouw Nutrition, Mastercard, Toyota, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson.

Areas of expertise: retail, automotive, energy, construction.


Saskia Kendall

Head of Public Affairs

Saskia is a policy and communications expert with around 20 years of experience. Based in Singapore, she has worked on numerous award-winning APAC initiatives in the healthcare, technology, and sustainability sectors. She advises clients on how to navigate and shape policy, build impactful relationships, develop thought leadership programmes, and raise their profile. Before joining Sandpiper, she was head of press and public affairs at a leading and influential healthcare think tank, The King’s Fund and worked in the UK Parliament.

Areas of expertise: bioscience, education, government engagement, health, life sciences, market access, NGOs, professional associations, science and data analytics, technology, and sustainability.


Serena Cui

Deputy General Manager, China

Serena has 15 years’ corporate communication and public affairs experience in China. She has spent most of her consultancy career with global agencies such as Weber Shandwick, Edelman, and APCO. Before moving back to China in 2009, Serena started her career in New York, working in the banking sector and shifted to the World Bank Group in Washington DC as a consultant.

Serena has a solid understanding of China’s media and political landscape, and the challenges faced by both multinational companies in China and Chinese companies expanding overseas. She has exceptional contacts with influencers, and in-depth knowledge of current regulations and market dynamics. She has acted as a trusted advisor serving multiple MNC and governmental clients on brand building, reputation management, issues and crisis management, and campaign execution.

Some of Serena’s clients include Amazon, Apple, OCIMF, Total, Ericsson, Accenture, SABIC, Vale, UAE Embassy to China, Philippines cabinet delegation, and many others.

Serena obtained her master’s degree in Public Administration with a major in Economic and Financial Policy Management from Columbia University. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English.


Liz Egginton

Director

Elizabeth is a Director at Sandpiper based in Perth, Western Australia. She has over 25 years’ experience enhancing and protecting corporate brands and connecting people to purpose through corporate storytelling, stakeholder engagement, reputation management and authentic leadership.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Elizabeth was a Senior Communication and Crisis Management advisor at IBM, responsible for leading teams to design and deliver high impact integrated Communications strategies, tightly aligned with business priorities, to build brand trust, strengthen reputation and drive revenue growth across Asia Pacific.

Previously, Elizabeth was a Press Secretary for the Australian Federal Minister for Trade, hosting international media and trade delegations to promote Australian business to the world, as well as spending a number of years as a news journalist covering business, sport and general news stories.

Areas of expertise: enterprise technology, reputation management, government relations, corporate storytelling.


Winston Choo

Director

Winston is a Director based in Sandpiper’s office in Singapore. He has over 20 years experience in the communications industry, with expertise spanning corporate and financial communications, issues and reputation management, strategic media relations, investor relations and stakeholder communications.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Winston spent seven years at a multinational agency, where he developed and managed communications programs for clients including MNCs, listed and non-listed.

Winston has consulted for blue-chip corporate names across myriad sectors and industries. He has also handled communications and stakeholder outreach programs for public listings and M&As in Singapore.

Areas of expertise: Sustainability, asset management, wealth management, technology/telco/IT/fintech, professional services, real estate/property/REITs, healthcare, F&B.


Zhou Zhou

Director

Zhou Zhou is a medical doctor with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Since joining Sandpiper North Head in 2020, Zhou and his team have counselled many of the world’s largest healthcare businesses. Their experiences range from major international industry associations such as PhRMA and RDPAC to Fortune 500 corporations, including eight of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies, such as AstraZeneca, Bayer, Merck, Roche, Sanofi, MSD, etc.

Prior to his work at Sandpiper North Head, Zhou served as the Director of Investments and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) for 10 years at Shanghai Industrial Investment (Holdings) Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group, two Chinese industry leaders. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Zhou also led healthcare investments at Sunshine Insurance Group.

Zhou obtained a bachelor's degree in clinical medicine from Hengyang Medical College (now called the University of South China) and an International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) from the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Business and Economics

Areas of expertise: Healthcare, government relations, policy analysis, hospital investments and M&A, medical business collaborations.


Anu Noto-Menon

Associate Director – Digital Marketing

An experienced digital and content marketer, Anu works with Sandpiper’s clients across Asia Pacific to provide expert counsel in digital, social, and content strategies and campaigns as well as online reputation management.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Anu was Regional Digital Marketing Manager for global food company, Kerry Foods, for APMEA, leading integrated brand campaigns across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. She has also held senior B2B and B2C marketing roles for financial data and AI company, FinQuest; LinkedIn marketing company, Black Marketing; and digital media trading platform, Brandscreen. Through her previous work with DMG media as a content marketer she has extensive knowledge and connections across the marketing and advertising technology sector in Asia Pacific.

Her forte is helping organisations to execute strategic and scalable integrated digital marketing plans both at pan-regional and local levels to drive business objectives such as establishing digital transformation roadmaps and building a strong brand identity.

Areas of expertise: Digital marketing, content strategy, social media, online reputation, SEO, digital asset development, project management.


Camille Middleditch

Deputy General Manager, New Zealand

Camille has over 14 years’ experience in corporate communications and ESG advisory in New Zealand and the UK, working with clients across a range of industries including Schroders, Burberry, Sage, Palo Alto Networks, Fullers360, Exsurgo, AUSTREX NZ, and Doppelmayr. She has also worked as an advisor in New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, the New Zealand Racing Board and Engineering Firm, WSP.

Areas of expertise: Corporate communications, ESG, financial services, Technology, Primary industries.


Eddie Morton

Deputy Lead, Sandpiper Health

Eddie is a Deputy Lead of Sandpiper Health. He has been in media and communications across the Asia Pacific region for over a decade.

After journalism, he led communications for Members Health, the strategic political advocacy vehicle for Australia’s health insurance industry.

With an intimate knowledge of healthcare supply and funding, statistical trends and analysis, he oversaw nationwide stakeholder and government relations, policy, advocacy and communications.

His work helped the health insurance industry overcome a challenging media and regulatory environment, navigate rapid government reform brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and usher landmark changes to how Australians’ access and fund private healthcare services every day.

Areas of expertise: Media, stakeholder and government relations; healthcare advocacy and communications; healthcare supply data analysis.


Rong Li

Associate Director

Rong Li is an Associate Director based in Sandpiper’s Beijing office. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and managing communications programs in China.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, she spent over three years managing the communications for a Chinese B2B software company, where she was responsible for their PR strategy development, content management, CEO branding and crisis management

Before moving in-house, Rong spent ten years working in several PR agencies. Her past experience was centred around managing strategic communications for B2B companies by helping them to achieve an excellent corporate reputation within the complex and ever-changing business environment in China. Previous clients include NXP, Rio Tinto, UBS, Rockwell Automation, Stora Enso, CFA Institute, NYSE, CLSA, China Investment Corporation, Temasek, Nomura, and HangLung Properties.


Vic Man

Associate Director

Vic brings more than a decade of experience in corporate communications, journalism and video production to Sandpiper’s Hong Kong office. He specialises in strategic media relations and crisis communications and has served various renowned international and local institutions in both consultancy and in-house roles. Vic worked closely with senior management in multiple aspects of corporate communications during his time at Hong Kong Hospital Authority and Link REIT, where he led and participated in managing confrontational and challenging situations such as COVID-19 outbreaks in wards and strikes.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Vic started his career as a TV journalist covering news in Hong Kong and the Greater China Region. With a strong interest in visual storytelling, he spent a year producing a range of documentaries, promotional and disease awareness videos while he was running a video production house.

Vic is also a non-executive board member of a registered charitable organisation with a mission to improve mental well-being in the community.

Areas of expertise: media relations, stakeholder engagement, crisis and issue management, video production, healthcare.


Unice Liu

Associate Director

Unice has led strategic communications programmes for clients across Asia Pacific for the last decade and has been a trusted advisor to multi-national corporates across food and beverage, travel and tourism, education, real estate, and manufacturing sectors.  As an Associate Director for Sandpiper, she helps foreign businesses navigate and leverage domestic media and digital landscape, to best achieve their business objectives. Some of her previous clients include Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, Fonterra, New South Wales Government, Bank of China, Treasury Wine Estates and Coles Group.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Unice led the China office for Baldwin Boyle Group, an APAC strategic communications agency. She also sat on the Board of Australia Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from 2020-2023.  She holds an Honours Degree in Social Sciences, with a major in communications and new media, from the National University of Singapore, as well as a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management.



Areas of expertise: Strategic stakeholder engagement, crisis and issues management, brand building, new market entry, media relations, and digital engagement.


Vincent Pung

Deputy Lead, Sandpiper Health

Vincent is a Deputy Lead of Sandpiper Health, where he specializes in supporting healthcare MNCs and providing counsel on corporate communications and policy work. He has demonstrated experience working across various healthcare sectors and has extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical, information technology healthcare and pathology industries.

Before joining Sandpiper, Vincent consulted leading IT healthcare companies across Asia and Australia, working with a range of clients such as Sengkang General Hospital, Parkway Hospital, Alfred Hospital, and South Australia Pathology.

His passion for healthcare and extensive experience in the sector has supported a range of activities at Sandpiper, including executive and internal communications, developing corporate engagement strategies and policy research. Vincent’s extensive expertise on China’s healthcare landscape has proved valuable to a range of clients such as AstraZeneca, Gilead Sciences, MSC, PhRMA, RDPAC and Roche.

Areas of expertise: life sciences, China healthcare policy, stakeholder and issue mapping, data analysis, executive communications, project and event management.


Charlotte Whale

Senior Consultant

Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience as a journalist and producer in international newsrooms including the BBC in London and Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar. She has covered many of the biggest news stories to hit the headlines over the last two decades including the Mumbai terror attacks, Greek economic crisis, the Arab Spring and the outbreak of the Syrian war.

Areas of expertise: Corporate communications, Media.


Paul Chong

Senior Consultant

Paul has 30 plus years working in the research industry providing market intelligence, customer experience insights and strategy for businesses to acquire and retain customers. .

He has worked across a broad range of industries and clients such as HP, HPE, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Freedom Furniture, Frasers Property, Porsche, Caterpillar, Visa, T-Mobile, Jaguar Land Rover, and Great Eastern to name a few. Paul co-founded and was the managing partner of NWC Research (1995-2007), which was purchased by ORC International in 2007. Since then He has managed ORC’s global customer experience practice (US40+ M) as well as built a strategic partnership with Qualtrics as a consulting and delivery partner.

Paul now provides research design, measurement expertise, and business insights working along the Sandpiper team. Having lived and worked in Australia, the USA, and Singapore, Paul is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

Areas of expertise: customer experience management, journey mapping, brand reputation, competitive intelligence, benchmarking, c-suite advisory, and thought leadership


Beatrice Hua

Account Director

Beatrice is an Account Director based in Sandpiper’s Singapore office. She has eight years of experience in healthcare, brand and corporate communications.

She has advised major pharmaceutical companies, charities and health services groups on patient engagement campaigns, internal communications, corporate communications, social media marketing and influencer engagement.

Prior to Sandpiper, she held roles at consumer agencies in Singapore, where she launched award-winning influencer campaigns, ran always-on press offices and developed content strategies for clients to support their business objectives.

She also placed Silver at the Singapore Young Lions Competition 2022 organized by PRCA Asia Pacific.

Areas of expertise: consumer and corporate communications, healthcare, crisis and issues management, employee engagement, influencer engagement.


Bryan Shen

Account Director

Bryan is an Account Director at Sandpiper based in Hong Kong. His experience spans across public relations and content development. At Sandpiper, Bryan advises clients across the financial services and professional services sector

Prior to joining Sandpiper, he spent 3 years with Weber Shandwick Hong Kong’s Financial Services Practice, where he supported asset managers, insurers, and listed companies on media relations, research, and content development.

Bryan graduated with a Master’s degree in International Studies & Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London, and a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Warwick. He is trilingual in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Areas of expertise: content development, insurance, asset/wealth management, professional services.


Daniel Dunkley

Senior Consultant

Daniel has more than 15 years’ experience as a business journalist in international newsrooms including The Sunday Times and Dow Jones in London, covering private equity, mergers and acquisitions, insurance, and FMCG.

He has covered many of the biggest takeover, private equity and capital markets stories in Europe in industries ranging from media to telecommunications.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Daniel was a freelance journalist across the Asia Pacific region and a content editor specialising in thought leadership in the private equity and insurance sectors.

Areas of expertise: private equity, M&A, insurance, media.


Janet Yu

Account Director

Janet has a deep understanding and rich experience in communications, ranging from branding, corporate profiling, executive visibility, marketing communications and media relations. Prior to joining Sandpiper she worked for Ogilvy in Beijing for over four years where she provided strategic communications, media engagement, executive and internal communications to clients including GE, ZEISS, DELL and Swire.

Prior to that, Janet worked in Shanghai for over 10 years supporting various organizations with cultural communications, event management and corporate social responsibility advisory.

Areas of expertise:corporate communications, branding and positioning, energy, technology, healthcare.


Jingting Peng

Account Director

Jingting is based in Sandpiper’s Hong Kong office. She has experience in developing and driving communication efforts both in-house and at agency within the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining Sandpiper she was a communications specialist for the investment bank CLSA and credit rating agency Moody’s where she managed communications activities in support of a wide spectrum of stakeholders across all business lines. Prior to this Jingting was a senior consultant with a multinational agency, managing and advising financial and professional services firms such as Alvarez & Marsal, AXA, Eurazeo, and Permira across APAC.

Jingting also spent five years working in news and entertainment networks in China and Hong Kong, including Phoenix TV, China Radio International and Time Warner

Areas of expertise: financial services, banking, credit and fixed income, research, broadcast media.


Ka Wai Li

Account Director

Ka Wai Li is based in Sandpiper’s Hong Kong office, bringing over a decade of experience of public relations to her role as Account Director. Having worked both in-house and agency roles, she has honed her skills in forming and executing media campaigns, investor outreach, issues management, event management and IPO communications.

Prior to Sandpiper, Ka Wai held roles in international agencies, where she managed public relations for numerous listed companies. She has previously worked with a vast range of clients, spanning the finance and consumer brands sectors, with past clients including Fidelity, China Life, Minsheng Bank, Yum China and Longfor Group. Ki Wai has guided critical IPOs in her market and specialises in the areas of investor relations and IPO communications. She further developed her industry expertise at in-house roles with two locally renowned companies, where she oversaw corporate communications.

Areas of expertise: consumer and property, energy and investor relations.


Louise Humphreys

Account Director

Louise is a communications and public affairs specialist with more than 25 years extensive working with multi-national companies across a range of sectors –largely financial services, technology, healthcare, travel and government.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Louise has held senior in-house roles with large multi-national companies as well as other PR agencies and has devised and implemented successful thought leadership, internal and external communications programs for a broad range of companies..

Based in Sydney Australia, she previously lived in Asia for over 10 years where she headed the public affairs section of the Australian High Commission in Singapore and later managed the Asian in-house public relations activities of global investment firm Russell Investments. .

Since joining Sandpiper, Louise’s clients have ranged from small Australian start-ups to large international fintech and insurance organisations, each with their own communication challenges and unique briefs. .

Areas of expertise: banking and finance, technology, government relations, healthcare, insurance, internal communications, travel and tourism.


Petrina Loh

Account Director

Petrina has close to 10 years of experience in healthcare communications, in various disease areas such as vaccines, immunology, women’s health, urology and oncology, and other communication programmes spanning from external and internal communications, events, and corporate profiling

Petrina has also worked with cross-functional teams to drive various local, regional and global communications initiatives including media engagement, stakeholder management, internal communications and content development for media, digital and clients' internal platforms.

She has worked in the healthcare, corporate, lifestyle and luxury sectors, and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Marketing Communications and holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Singapore Management University.

Areas of expertise: Healthcare, Corporate, Lifestyle and Luxury


Monica Xu

Account Director

With over 10 years’ experience in brand communications and content marketing in both in-house and agency roles, Monica has worked across sectors including healthcare, food and agribusiness, manufacturing and education.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Monica held senior positions in global communications consultancies, providing communications counsel to multinational clients across APAC, including Johnson & Johnson, Gilead, Grundfos and the University of Sydney. In particular, she has a deep understanding of China’s complex healthcare industry – working with biopharmaceutical clients on corporate communications, brand narrative development, innovative disease education programs, executive profiling and crisis management.

Having started her career as a journalist before moving to an online news platform, Monica has a deep understanding of the media landscape and trends and believes that effective storytelling needs to combine unique perspectives with creative formats.

Areas of expertise: Healthcare, food and agriculture, manufacturing, education, corporate communications strategy, storytelling, and media relations.


Samantha Siu

Account Director

Samantha is a corporate and public affairs specialist with 10 years' experience working in inhouse and consultancy communications roles in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, she led the public relations and social media strategy of a wellness tech start-up in Hong Kong and Singapore, focusing on digital content creation and audience engagement. She also held senior corporate communications roles for two of the largest public service providers in Hong Kong, acquiring a breadth of experience in media relations, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, as well as crisis and issues management.

Areas of expertise: corporate communications, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, crisis and issues management, transport, NGO, health, technology, sustainability.


Vivian Low

Account Director

Based in Sandpiper's Hong Kong office, Vivian brings with her close to a decade of agency experience specialising in corporate reputation, issues management and earned-first communications campaigns. She has experience in providing strategic counsel across a range of client sectors covering local and regional remits, including for clients such as Samsung, Microsoft, Philips and Audi. She believes in communications being a key lever for business success, and is also well-versed in the use of creative, digital and research tools to better inform communications strategies.

Vivian started her career with FleishmanHillard working on B2B technology clients, and subsequently spent five years with Edelman specializing in corporate reputation and government affairs work for clients before a stint in Omnicom PR Group delving into integrated brand and consumer campaigns. Prior to joining Sandpiper, she was most recently an Account Director with Ogilvy, where she oversaw and led a broad spectrum of clients, including Gojek, Trust Bank, Toyota Motors Asia Pacific, Singapore Land and UD Trucks.

Areas of expertise: corporate communication, consumer brands, energy and environment, issues and crisis management, financial services, automotive and technology.


Sam Powney

Editor

Sam Powney is an editor based in Sandpiper’s Hong Kong office. He has over fifteen years of experience in crafting and editing reader-friendly content in a wide range of fields.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Sam spent eight years at The Bank of East Asia in Hong Kong, looking after the bank’s client-facing communications, retail banking material, macroeconomic reports, and more. He has a background in languages and has previously worked in publishing and education.

Areas of expertise: Communications, banking, trade, fintech, education, arts translation.


Fredrik Dittlau

Creative Director

A dynamic and highly creative Creative Director based in Singapore since 2012. Originally from Sweden and with extensive experience working with high-profile publishers and agencies in London and Dubai, Fred’s work has been recognised with 20 international design awards.

His creative approach to digital and print projects is to deliver groundbreaking, audience-focused design at the heart of everything. He began his career as a journalist and layout artist for a leading newspaper in Stockholm before relocating to London to work for the Financial Times. In 2001 he moved to Dubai where he was responsible for more than 15 monthly consumer magazines as well as a book division.

In 2012, Fredrik arrived in Singapore where he joined a content agency as creative lead, responsible for design, photography and video, working across 360 marketing campaigns, print, web, mobile, and social media.

His portfolio includes a broad range of clients, including Singapore Tourism Board, Qatar Foundation, Electrolux, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Audi, Citroen, Hong Kong Tourism Board, IKEA, Emirates Airlines, SingPost, SingTel and Economic Development Board of Singapore, among others.

Areas of expertise: conceptual design, content marketing, creative direction, infographics, website conceptualisation.


Annie Wang

Senior Account Manager

Annie has a wealth of international experience across the corporate sector and brings a deep understanding of global media and digital channels. She is trilingual in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Annie is responsible for content development, media relations, digital and social communications, strategic planning and coordinating the day-to-day activities for clients.

Prior to Sandpiper, Annie worked at The Hoffman Agency and prior to that at Golin Hong Kong, where she advised on pan regional briefs involving offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Clients included OGX, FOX, Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Lenovo Data Centre, to name a few.

Annie’s experience includes creating corporate content and running brand building events for Deliveroo and consumer and corporate seasonal content for Uber Eats to promote a new way of dining, i.e. CNY, Christmas, Summer.

Areas of expertise: corporate communications, B2B communications, content development, media relations, technology, entertainment, consumer.


Alex Thomas

Senior Account Manager – Research and Insights

Alex is a Senior Account Manager based in Sandpiper's Hong Kong office. He is an experienced research manager and analyst, with deep expertise in social media and market intelligence. His experience spans market research, geopolitical risk, reputation management, and corporate investigations.

Before joining Sandpiper, Alex led deep-dive market entry research projects at a multinational financial data provider in Hong Kong, after a six-year consulting career in London. He has worked with clients from an array of industries including energy, financial services, technology, and communications across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

Areas of expertise:social media campaign planning and monitoring, geopolitics, research and insights, public affairs, regulatory and legal risk, reputation management.


Apurva Bharade

Senior Account Manager

Apurva is a Senior Account Manager in the Financial Services team in Sandpiper’s office in Singapore. She has extensive experience in research analysis, campaign planning, execution and evaluation and is highly focused on ensuring that business plans and research translate to communications..

Before joining Sandpiper, Apurva was at Edelman Singapore where she led local and regional communications for financial services clients like AXA Investment Managers, World Gold Council, United Overseas Bank (UOB), Charles Schwab, and Société Générale. She headed planning, strategy and conceptualization of communications plans – effectively managing and communicating with all key stakeholders – various market teams, clients and business stakeholders, to deliver meaningful communications outcomes that are closely tied to business success. Apurva also has extensive experience in integrated communications for clients across a range of different industries like consumer tech, tourism and energy.

Apurva graduated from the Singapore Management University in 2019 with double majors in Corporate Communications and Marketing.

Areas of expertise: Financial services, corporate and professional services.


Iris Ng

Senior Account Manager

Iris has a strong background in traditional and digital content strategies for clients across professional and financial services, hospitality and government sectors.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, she was with Ogilvy Singapore where she focused on media engagement and reputation management which involved the use of traditional PR and digital tools such as Facebook advertising to achieve meaningful outcomes for her clients.

Areas of expertise: content development, corporate communications, digital media, financial services, media relations, professional services, reputation management, social media.


Josette Yu

Senior Account Manager

Josette has developed hands-on knowledge in both public affairs and corporate communication. She has also gained a solid understanding of the political-economic environment and media landscape in China. She provides clients with consulting services including but not limited to policy analysis, stakeholder mapping, perception audit, issue preparedness and crisis management, media relations, social media management and campaign execution.

Industries in which she has experience include food & beverage, agriculture, energy, education and luxury goods. Some of her past and current clients includes: US Soybean Export Council, US Dairy Export Council, Total, Simplot, Mars, CropLife, Accenture, Omron, Cartier, World Innovation Summit for Education, Wellington College, Motorola, HTC VIVE, etc.

Prior to North Head, Josette worked as manager in the corporate communications and public affairs practices of Weber Shandwick for 7 years. Josette holds a Master’s Degree in International Politics and Business from New York University.

Areas of expertise: Public affairs, issue preparedness and crisis management, social media management and campaign execution.


Kaixuan Liu

Senior Account Manager

At Sandpiper, Kaixuan provides public affairs services to several world leading manufacturing and energy companies, as well as European business associations. His work includes tracking and analysis of China’s domestic policies and foreign relations, with a focus on environmental, energy, and circular economy issues. Kaixuan also works as a communication specialist in content development as well as strategy crafting and implementation.

Before joining Sandpiper Kaixuan worked at BCW Beijing providing strategic communications services, including content management, public opinion analysis, and crisis training to top tier technology and commodity trading companies.

Kaixuan has a PhD in contemporary history from Sciences Po (Paris) and is skilled in crafting effective evidence-based methodologies for research, analysis, and planning. He has published in academic and general public journals in English and French.

Areas of expertise: environment, circular economy, manufacturing, ICT, energy, agriculture, China-Europe relations.


Laveen Prakasan

Senior Account Manager

Laveen Prakasan is an Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s office in Singapore. He has 6 years of experience in developing, managing and executing communications programs for clients across the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Laveen spent three years at a multinational agency providing key support and counsel to clients based out of Singapore and across the region. He has provided high-value public relations, crisis communications, content development and media relations to companies like Zoom, Ripple, Cisco, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore, Singapore Management University, ADDX and Funding Societies.

In the course of his 6-year career in the industry, Laveen has also worked with various companies on rebranding projects, launches, awareness building and branding efforts.

Areas of expertise: Consumer and enterprise technology, fintech, finance.


Mark Wang

Senior Account Manager

Mark Wang is a Senior Account Manager for Sandpiper North Head. He possesses expertise in digital media operations and content development., and provides services to client accounts spanning a range of sectors, including government, finance, energy, education, and manufacturing.

Holding extensive experience in crisis management and public relations issues management., Mark also provides crisis monitoring and analysis, drafts press releases and provides other relevant PR writing services.

Mark holds a master’s degree in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Sheffield.

Areas of expertise: Content Development, Energy, Aviation, International Relations and Politics.


Tian Zhang

Senior Account Manager

Tian Zhang is a Senior Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s Beijing Office. He has significant experience developing, managing, and executing communications programs for financial institutions across the Asia Pacific region, specifically Mainland China.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Tian spent four years at a multinational agency helping foreign companies looking to tap the Chinese market, craft localized messaging, build thought leadership and promote brand awareness in a unique and highly regulated media environment. He has provided high-value strategic communications, public relations, investor relations and social media support to companies like Morgan Stanley, Oaktree Capital, State Street, MSCI, Huatai Securities and China Life Insurance.

Earlier in his career, Tian worked in China Daily’s Beijing Office as a digital editor, which means he can provide clear and pragmatic advice, and is conscious that the messaging is often only one part of the bigger picture.

Areas of expertise: asset management, wealth management, index investing, investor relations, media training.


Yuhan Wang

Senior Account Manager

Yuhan Wang is an Senior Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s office in Beijing.

Yuhan has over six year’s experience in Public Relations and communications, namely in the automotive, beauty and entertainment sectors. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Yuhan spent close to five years working with automotive clients including Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Chevrolet and Denza.

In her 6-year career, Yuhan Wang has also worked with 3C and beauty brands, supporting the client with brand & media communication, strategy and copywriting. Yuhan’s areas of expertise include automotive PR, 3C PR.

Areas of expertise: Automotive and 3C PR.


Amir Sadiq

Account Manager

Amir is an Account Manager supporting our Financial Services and Insurance practices in Singapore. Prior to joining Sandpiper he spent four years at an insurance trade magazine, leading the editorial team for the Middle East edition of the magazine while providing editorial support to the Asia Pacific edition. He has worked with companies within the (re)insurance industry across both regions to craft thought leadership articles for print and online.

Areas of expertise:Insurance, risk management, takaful, and thought leadership .


Cadence Hong

Account Manager

Cadence is an Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s office in Singapore. With over two years of experience in the communications industry at Sandpiper, she supports a range of clients in the technology, financial services, professional services, wealth management and corporate sectors. Highly passionate about creating content and delivering compelling strategies, Cadence constantly seeks for new opportunities in high energy environments. She plays an active role in developing a variety of content that range from thought leadership pieces to communications plans. She is also responsible for media engagement and day-to-day account servicing. 

Areas of expertise: content development, corporate communications, reputation management, media relations, technology.


Cherie Hui

Account Manager

Cherie brings four years of experience working on corporate communications and investor relations accounts across the real estate and industrial sectors. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Cherie was at SEC Newgate Singapore, where she worked on capital market transactions and led investor relations accounts, supporting clients on strategy and message development, profile-raising, issues and crisis management, content development and curation, media monitoring, and media training. 

She has experience in handling large-scale client events in virtual and hybrid formats, ranging from media relations to facilitating multi-market media engagement initiatives and coordinating logistics, including for a large investment company.

Cherie graduated from the Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Business Management in Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Areas of expertise: content development. Corporate communications, financial services, investor relations, media strategy and relations, real estate, reputation management.


Deena Yao

Consultant

Deena is a Consultant based in Sandpiper’s office in Hong Kong. She has seven years’ experience in journalism, communications, marketing and accounting.

. Prior to joining Sandpiper, she worked for a public fund in China, overseeing everything from strategic planning, media and influencer relations, developing media content, and planning marketing campaigns. She gained exposure to the biotech industry by developing content for the North American market. She also worked as a journalist across International, Hong Kong and Chinese media, developing content on private banking, asset management, insurance, and financial market.

Deena is a trilingual speaker fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She holds a double degree in Journalism and Law and passed CFA Level II.

Areas of expertise: asset and wealth management, insurance, and biotech communications..


Emily Wang

Consultant

Emily has several years of public relations experience and works as part of the International Media Team at Sandpiper. Emily has extensive experience in B2B communications, media relations, content creation, press release writing, communications planning, social media operations, and account management. .

. In her previous roles, she has collaborated with multinational technology and financial companies, accumulating a wealth of media resources in the field of technology finance.

Emily obtained her bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Penn State University and master degree in Public Relations from Northeastern University.

Areas of expertise: B2B Communication, Chinese media relations, Press Release Writing, Social Media Management, Communication Planning and Account Management.


Gu Xue

Account Manager

Gu is an Account Manager in Sandpiper’s Beijing office. GU has experience with corporate communications, crisis management, media relations, social media management and campaign execution, and has worked within the FMCG, sustainability, tech, finance and healthcare sectors. She has provided high value professional support to clients such as Embassy of Belgium, UAE Embassy, DIT, McDonalds, Wartsila, Lundbeck, RepRisk, Kroll, Linklaters and Munich Re.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, GU worked as client manager at KAPLAN. GU holds a master’s degree in Educational Studies from the University of Glasgow.

Areas of expertise: Consumer and enterprise technology, professional services, sustainability & ESG, media strategy, financial communications.


Jingyi Lee

Account Manager

Jingyi is an Account Manager for Sandpiper in Singapore. Her experience spans across public relations and social media marketing. At Sandpiper, Jingyi supports clients across the technology and financial services sectors.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, she was at Redhill Singapore, where she managed social media content for clients and worked with tech start-ups. She has also had experience working at Klareco Communications (formerly Bell Pottinger), where she developed creative campaigns for clients including the Health Promotion Board and Prudential.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) from the National University of Singapore, where she majored in Communications and New Media.

Areas of expertise: consumer and enterprise technology, professional services, sustainability & ESG, media strategy, financial communications.


Jia Rong Chew

Account Manager



Having spent nearly two years working in the communications industry, Jia has demonstrated experience in the healthcare and consumer spaces and has supported a range of multinational clients in areas such as disease awareness, internal communications, social media marketing, digital thought leadership and influencer engagement.

Her past client work spans organisations such as Medtronic, Takeda, Roche Diagnostics, Sanofi, Unilever and CooperVision. Jia holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Cum Laude) from Singapore Management University, where she majored in Communication Management and Sociology.

Areas of expertise: content development, social media marketing, digital thought leadership, integrated communications, multi-media production, healthcare communications.


Nicola Yim

Account Manager



Nicola Yim is an Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s office in Hong Kong, supporting clients in the legal, wealth management, fintech and insurance sectors. She began her career in public relations with another agency, Newgate, advising companies including Hillhouse Capital, Uber, Hongkong Land, and Temenos, on corporate and financial communications and critical public affairs issues.

Prior to entering the public relations industry, Nicola was a reporter and anchor at ViuTV English News. During her time there, she regularly reported on Hong Kong’s important events and breaking news, and hosted a weekly news recap show, during which she interviewed principal government officials, political figures, industry professionals and NGO leaders. Nicola holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Southampton.

Areas of expertise: financial services, public affairs, content development, reporting, translation.


Qianzhou Lou

Account Manager

Qianzhou Lou is an Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s office in Beijing. He has 6 years’ experience working in government consulting, public policy, strategic communications, and project management.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, he worked for a government consulting company, and also worked within the technology, healthcare, and aged care sectors. He has provided high-value strategic communications, public relations and policy research work to companies such as Kuaishou, Yimutian, and Taikang, and has previously published works on the development of China's media industry, and China's judicial reform.

Areas of expertise:healthcare, TMT, e-commerce, and public policy.


Samuel Tan

Account Manager

Samuel is an Account Manager in Sandpiper’s Singapore office. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Samuel spent over two years at Spurwing Communications where he worked with clients in the agriculture and healthcare sectors. There, he was involved and led projects in areas relating to corporate profiling, media relations, stakeholder communications, and content development.

Samuel has worked on award winning campaigns and with clients that are both for-profit and non-profit alike. Clients he has worked extensively with include Bayer (Crop Science), Corteva Agriscience, DSM, Medtronic, The Power of Nutrition, and WWF (Food Practice).

Areas of expertise: agriculture, food and nutrition, ESG sustainability, stakeholder engagement, digital thought leadership, content and toolkit development.


Xinling Wang

Account Manager

Xinling is an Account Manager based in Sandpiper’s office in Beijing. She has more than eight years’ experiences in policy research, analysis, and communications in consultancy and chamber organization.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Xinling spent four years at a chamber organisation working with a number of companies on policy issues including industry policymaking, implementation, and analysis. She also worked at a consulting firm supporting both public and private stakeholders by monitoring and analysing China market movements.

During her professional career, Xinling has also worked on other policy projects including macroeconomic policy and elite politics. She has been quoted by journalists and has been published on The Diplomat, and the East Asian Forum.

Areas of expertise:Areas of expertise: Consultancy, Government and public affairs.


Zhengnong Li

Account Manager

Zhengnong Li is an Account Manager for Sandpiper, bringing an extensive background in trade and policy from a range of projects in China and throughout Asia. At Sandpiper , Zhengnong’s responsibilities include research and policymaking in the Chinese healthcare sector, producing intelligence reports across an extensive range of topics and managing various policy projects.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Zhengnong oversaw project management for a trade-focused consultancy that specializes in the delivery of EU external policies in the field of sustainable investment and development. He has worked on several EU-funded projects including capacity building, trade facilitation and international cooperation.

Zhengnong’s extensive experience with trade and policy projects has led to a developed skillset of policy research and analysis, stakeholder relations and communications, as well as event organization. His experience has informed his understanding of the national policy and regulatory landscapes across the Asian and European markets.

Areas of expertise:Trade Policy, Sustainable Investments, Research.


Zoe Dela Plana

Account Manager

Zoe is an Account Manager with Sandpiper, based in the Sydney office. At Sandpiper, she works with clients across a range of workstreams, including professional services, insurance, financial services and technology. 

Zoe supports clients on a regional level across Asia-Pacific, as well as servicing clients on the ground in Australia, driving media engagement and profile-raising at the national level. She supports senior counsel in narrative and strategy development, but also drives media relations and engagement, content development and account management.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Zoe was a global market research consultant with CoreData, bringing data insights to the press and Australian audiences. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Media & Communications.

Areas of expertise:Content development, media relations, executive and corporate communications, internal communications.


Benjamin Cheng

Group Finance and Operations Director

Benjamin is an accounting, operations and finance professional with more than seven years professional experience in financial reporting and advisory. Prior to joining Sandpiper, he was the Senior Manager for financial reporting for a non-bank financial institution. Prior to this he led the audit of various multinational corporations listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Bursa Malaysia, and Singapore Exchange during five years with Ernst & Young and KPMG.

With a passion for technology and innovation, Benjamin oversees the identification and implementation of new technologies for Sandpiper across the region to optimise business and client service efficiencies.

Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce Degree specialising in Accounting & Economics, Monash University, Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and a member of CPA Australia.

Areas of expertise: Cloud accounting, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning.


Brooke Montaperto

Group HR & Talent Director

Brooke has 12 years’ experience in HR, marketing and talent sourcing roles in Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. She is passionate about corporate culture, employee experience, and building effective teams. Prior to joining Sandpiper she led HR and operations for an environmental company and design agency as well as the marketing, agency and creative practice for a leading recruitment firm in Hong Kong.

Prior to this Brooke worked in the media and music industries for close to a decade, including at Warner Music and EMI, in PR, publicity, marketing and artist relations in Asia Pacific and London.

Areas of expertise: Talent Acquisition & People.


Juliet Carter

Regional Marketing Manager

Juliet is the Regional Marketing Manager of Sandpiper. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Juliet has worked in both B2B and B2C marketing across a range of industries including Luxury Goods, Retail, FMCG, Building and Construction, International Trade, and Shipping for New Zealand companies and multinational corporations.

Juliet has a demonstrated career history of developing and implementing effective marketing programmes utilising omni channels to recruit and retain customers. She has led and collaborated in many complex marketing projects, working with internal and external stakeholders, to deliver overarching business objectives.

Areas of expertise: marketing, branding, media advertising, PR communication, content creation, and campaign management.