Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker and consultant specialising in book publishing. Formerly with CNN, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and The Bookseller, he is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, founded and operated by Frankfurt Book Fair New York, the news medium for the international publishing industry.

With Jane Friedman, he produces The Hot Sheet publishing-industry newsletter for authors.

This year, Anderson will be speaking, covering and/or programming at publishing events including Frankfurt Book Fair and its Business Club, StoryDrive Asia Singapore, London Book Fair, Publishers Forum Berlin, BookExpo New York, the Women’s Fiction Festival Matera, The Must and the Marketplace Boston, FutureBook London, Writers Digest Annual Conference New York, Digital Book World New York, and Sharjah International Book Fair UAE.

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Gerald Cai

Gerald Cai

Business Partner & Co-Founder of MXRi

EdTech has been an area close to Gerald’s heart for the past 15 years. He is currently building up SnapLearn, a platform that brings learning and reading to life through Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR). He was formerly Head of Content & Services (Learning/Reading) at Samsung Asia and Regional Director at Pearson APAC. MXRi is a specialist provider of AR/VR solutions in the fields of education and publishing based on patented technologies from the National University of Singapore. Through the SnapLearn AR/VR platform, MXRi helps to increase visitors’ engagement, improve readers’ understanding and enhances knowledge retention.

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Aemanda Hannah Chan

Aemanda Hannah Chan

Aemanda is the COO & Co-founder of Plexxie. Together with the team, she strongly envisions Plexxie to be the leading social network in connecting Creatives all around the world. Her communication and patience comes into play when taking charge of areas such as investor relations, partnerships, business developments and other aspects that require an extra helping hand.

She has a strong passion in helping Creative individuals. Being a Creative freelancer herself, she has first hand experiences on the problems that Creatives are facing today, especially in a collaborative environment. With the birth of Plexxie, the team aims to help and inspire their users throughout their Creative journey by encouraging community learning and facilitating collaborative projects.

Aemanda is currently pursuing her Degree in Communications with Multimedia at Singapore University of Social Sciences, apart from running her own startup and making time for her passion in sound engineering.

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Elaine Ee

Elaine Ee

Elaine is the Deputy Director of Content Publishing at National Gallery Singapore, which focuses on researching and displaying modern Southeast Asian art. Her role involves overseeing the production of content for different audiences on different content platforms, of which a significant component are publications.

The National Gallery Singapore publish a range of books, from exhibition catalogues and academic titles to children’s books and general titles. In addition to books, the organization also produce audio tours, a multimedia app, exhibition wall labels, digital interpretives, collaterals, sometimes in multiple languages. They aim to cater to the full audience spectrum, from scholars to children, to fulfil the Gallery’s goals of being both an authority in its field and being accessible.

Prior to joining the Gallery, Elaine worked in media and publishing for 18 years and holds a Masters degree in Postcolonial Literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Isabelle Fauvel

Isabelle Fauvel

After gathering experience as a producer, Isabelle Fauvel created Initiative Film in 1993, a company dedicated to film development. Since, she is the privileged partner of writers, directors and producers for all matters of projects and talents development around the following activities: talent scouting, subject research in literature, consulting, story editing and insightful advising during the whole project gestation period.

As such, she holds talks regularly in forefront events like the crossroads forum of Thessaloniki, Sofia meetings…  And within the Toronto International Film Festival where she is a mentor for Studio and Talent Lab.

She is also a speaker at the Sorbonne university and works as a consultant for MFI (Mediterranean Film Institute), for ACE (Atelier du Cinema Européen) and for a large number of Euromed program's formation, - including creating training programs on demand -  and cinema schools like FAMU in Prague. But she also ventures into the world of edition where she facilitates book adaptations : AdaptLab and now Matchpoint within the Torino Film Lab for exemple. She also collaborates with Shoot the Book ! in Cannes and Toronto, the crime novel festival Quais du Polar in Lyon and the Toronto International Film festival through the Studio and Talent Lab programs.

Her will is to contribute to the circulation of ideas and talents, to enrich the field of film development. Finally, and since the creation of Initiative Film, Isabelle is a scout for the Jerusalem International Film Lab.

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Shamini Flint

Shamini Flint

Shamini Flint began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at Linklaters in Singapore in their capital markets and corporate insolvency practice. She traveled extensively around Asia for her work, before resigning to be a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist.

Her Inspector Singh Investigates novels are published by Little, Brown and have been translated into many languages including French and German. Her seventh and most recent is Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution (April 2016).  “It's impossible not to warm to the portly, sweating, dishevelled, wheezing Inspector Singh …” – The Guardian, UK. Her books have been optioned for television.

Shamini also writes children’s novels. Her latest books for kids are Diary of an AFL Legend and Ten published by Clarion Books, USA. Next year she begins a whole new series – the Susie K. files. Books one and two are to be published in January 2018.

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Christiane  Frohmann

Christiane Frohmann

Christiane Frohmann studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy and German Literature in Berlin and New Haven. She is an author, editor and publisher of genuinely digital literature. Besides she is the founder of FROHMANN PUBLISHING (2012) and a co-founder of ORBANISM (2014). Currently she is teaching a seminar on digital publishing at Free University Berlin.

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Olivannan Gopalakhrishnan

Olivannan Gopalakhrishnan

G. Olivannan, is a C.E.O. 35 year publishing company in India, Emerald pUblishers publishes books in English and Tamil. He is a Mechanical Engineer and a Post graduate in Management.  Currently he is pursuing doctoral thesis in publishing on Tamil Publishing Industry

He serves as non-academia member on the Board of Studies (PG) in English Literature in University of Madras for the period 2015-18. He is serving as Treasurer for BAPASI (Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India) since 2013.

G. Olivannan is an active Rotarian for the past 23 years. He served as District Governor for the year 2010-11. Currently he is serving as Member of Rotary International Membership Committee.

He is Founder-President of Chennai’s prestigious event, CHENNAI LITERARY FESTIVAL and Founder and Director of Book Club India.Member of following organisations, Madras Management Association, Capexil, Indo –American Chamber of Commerce and  adivsor to Chennai Puthaga Sangamam (Chennai Book Festival)

He was the Charter Chairman for Chennai Chapter of Bharat Yuva Sakthi Trust, an organization devoted to entrepreneurial development and mentoring.He has designed and conducted a two day workshop for publishers in Chennai with the support of the National book Trust of India in 2014 and 2015. He has conducted two workshops for Publishers in United States of America on topics such as ‘Book Distribution and Challenges in India’ and on ‘ebook trends in India’

Writing is a consuming passion for him and contributes regularly to newspapers such as Times of India Recently he published a book in Tamil on Public Speaking and within a short period more than fifteen thousand copies have been sold. His second book, ‘a reminiscence about his Rotary life has been published and was launched by Governor of Tamil Nadu. The English version of the public speaking book, ‘Public Speaking Made Easy!” was released.

He is regular contributor to newspapers such as Times of India and other magazines.

His organisation, M/s Emerald Publishers, was presented with a meritorious service award by the United States Commercial Services.

In the year 2012, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University has recognized Emerald Publishers for the contribution in the field of ‘Human Resources – Employer employee Relationship’.

He has been a regular visitor to Frankfurt and London Book fair for past many years.

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Arief Hakim

Arief Hakim

Arief is the Managing Director of PTS Media Group Sdn Bhd and has 15 years experience in the publishing industry. He is also the deputy president of the Malaysia Book Publishers Association (MABOPA). 

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Michael Healy

Michael Healy

Michael Healy is the Executive Director (International Relations) at Copyright Clearance Center and is based in New York City.  Prior to joining CCC, Michael was Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry and previously Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).  Before moving to the United States in 2006, Michael worked for more than 20 years in the publishing industry in the UK, spending most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing.

For much of his career, Michael has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade.  He has been Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and he led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13.  He currently chairs the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) Agency and is a director of the UK Copyright Hub. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on copyright, licensing, and future trends in publishing.

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Mingliang Hou

Mingliang Hou

Founder

illuSalon Co., Ltd.

A leading Aggregation Platform for Global Illustration Resource in China, and the exclusive operation organization of Global Illustration Award(GIA). Designer of large international projects, such as CHINA IN PICTURE BOOKS

President

Kids Media Co., Ltd.

Driven by stories, Kids Media is a leading publishing of children’s book, magazine and children education, and endeavor to pioneer a new way of publishing.

Other Social Positions:

Executive Member

China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association                

Executive Member

International Information Content Industry Association

Expert

China Publishing Standardization Committee

The Only Chinese Expert

Frankfurt Book Fair Children Book Expert Committee

 

Former Position:

Managing Director

Children’s Fun Publishing Co., Ltd. (Egmont China)

With 7 years efforts, successfully turned a small/medium sized publishing company to a powerful China well-known brand company.

Vice President & Secretary in General

International Information Content Industry Association

(An international project about standards under the digital age supported by State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of PRC

Focusing on the development of content industry and international standard promotion in the Age of Big Data. After 3 year’s effort, The Registration Authority of ISLI (International Standard Link Identifier), the 11th identifier standard of ISO TC 46/SC9 has successfully settled in China by ICIA. It has great strategic significance to China, especially in information content industry.

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Claudia Kaiser

Claudia Kaiser

Claudia Kaiser was trained as bookseller, and then proceeded to graduate with a MA degree in Chinese Studies. She lived in China for more than 10 years, as editor for China Foreign Literature Publishing House, started an agency and, in 1998, set up the  German Book Information Centre by Frankfurt Book Fair in Beijing, and was  its first director.

She moved on to United Nations Publishing in New York (External Publications Officer, in charge of rights and sales).

She has been in the senior management (Vice President) of Frankfurt Book Fair since 2003, in different positions: head of international department, General Manager of KITAB (Abu Dhabi International Book Fair), head of Cape Town Book Fair, just to mention a few.

As Vice President Business Development of Frankfurt Book Fair she presently looks into the South East Asian markets and South Asia, and was the main driver in building the platform StoryDrive Asia in Singapore.

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Alban Kang

Alban Kang

Alban Kang is one of Asia Pacific’s top Intellectual Property lawyers, leading the ASEAN and Japan practices of international firm Bird & Bird. He represents major software companies, computer manufacturers, well known trade mark owners, pharmaceutical companies, book publishers, international airlines and well known hotel chains, as well as collection agencies and advertising agencies. He is regularly engaged in contentious IP-related cases, and has also been involved in a number of high profile IP cases before the Singapore Court of Appeal. He has written and presented many articles and papers in the spectrum of IP law. Alban is general editor of A Guide to Singapore Patent Law, and he serves on the governing board of CLASS, The Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore, CLASS, or collective rights management organization for the reprographic rights license.

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Kristin Kliemann

Kristin Kliemann

Kristin Kliemann is the President of Kliemann & Company Consulting, where she is responsible for advising companies on strategic approaches to licensing rights, permissions and other copyright and intellectual property for maximum reach and revenue. Prior to forming her own consulting firm, Kris was Vice President, Director of Global Rights, with Wiley Inc., where she led a large team with sales, marketing and operations members located in US, UK, and Asia.  Before Wiley, Kris worked in a variety of publisher positions with responsibility for managing editorial, creative and marketing teams, in addition to rights.    From Random House/Fodor’s Travel to Hyperion/Disney, to Farrar, Straus & Giroux, her copyright and licensing experience enabled her to work on print and digital deals for wide range of authors with a broad spectrum of companies around the world.  She’s passionate about Licensing as an important source of income and promotion for books, and takes every chance she can to talk about this often-overlooked area of publishing

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Yanghong Kong

Yanghong Kong

2012, joined Bookdao.com

2005, co-founded the Junhong Reading Publication (Beijing) Consultancy Company Limited, an book packager and designer.

1999, joined the United States Copyright Online (www.rightscenter.com) .

1995, worked for Hainan Publishing House.

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Stanley Lai

Stanley Lai

Dr Stanley Lai, SC is the Head of the Intellectual Property practice.

Stanley specialises in all forms of IP litigation and information technology disputes, and is also a commercial litigator. He also maintains a strong advisory practice for IP management and strategy, serving a broad spectrum of clients. In the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors, Stanley has substantial experience in advising on healthcare and medical IP and regulatory issues concerning medicines, generics, bio-similars, medical devices, clinical trials, product recalls and product liability.

Stanley is recommended as a leading individual in Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and other leading legal publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific notes that he is “highly regarded as an IP litigator, with particular expertise in patent infringement cases in the biomedical sector” (2017), and “is recognised as an industry leader in IP litigation and is lauded by clients for his deft handling of more sophisticated problems” (2016). World Trademark Review 1000 (2017) recognises Stanley as “an unstoppable force in high-stakes courtroom battles and a master of IT matters”. IAM Patent 1000 notes that Stanley is “one of the country’s most influential IP figures” and “regularly breaks new ground” (2017).

Stanley is currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Stanley is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre IP Panel and Singapore Copyright Tribunal, and a director of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (SGX-Listed). Stanley is currently an Adjunct Professor of the National University of Singapore. He serves as a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre.

After graduating from the University of Leicester with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1992, Stanley was called to the Bar of England and Wales, Lincoln's Inn in 1993 and obtained an LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1994. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995 before commencing his PhD research in the field of technology law and computer software copyright to become the first Singapore-born lawyer to be conferred a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge. In January 2010, Stanley was appointed Senior Counsel.

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Winnie Li

Winnie Li

Winnie Li is the Business Development Executive at OverDrive, a global digital media distributor based in Cleveland, Ohio. She leads OverDrive's content acquisition and business development efforts in the Asian Pacific regions, helping booksellers and publishers worldwide find success with multinational digital distribution. She has established strategic relationships with international partners and has negotiated distribution agreements with leading companies in the digital media industry.

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Linda Tan Lingard

Linda Tan Lingard

Linda Tan Lingard is managing partner of the Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency  Sdn Bhd (YGL Agency). She has worked in the publishing and communications industry for more than 25 years, and has gained experience working in small start ups and MNCs, covering a broad spectrum of the industry from editorial and production to marketing. The YGL Agency was formed in 2009 to represent Malaysian authors, especially of children's books. Working with partners locally and abroad, the Agency is also a talent scout and seeks to expand use of its client's IP in creative ways in line with its motto: Quality service through consistency, continuity and creativity.

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Malcolm Neil

Malcolm Neil

Malcolm Neil is currently working as an advisor and consultant in Asia Pacific region. Over the last thirty years he has built an unparalleled network across multiple disciplines in multiple continents. His recent roles include Director of Content (APAC) for Rakuten Kobo Inc; CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association; Group Communications Manager for Redgroup Retail. He is Chair of the board of the Overland Journal Society and sits on the advisory panel of Monash University Publishing. Malcolm has over 30 years experience in publishing, retail and the book trade and is a regular speaker on the future of the book.

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Andrea Pasion-Flores

Andrea Pasion-Flores

Andrea Pasion-Flores is the general manager of Anvil Publishing, Inc., one of the biggest general publishers in the Philippines. Within its main imprint, Anvil, and its other imprints, Anvil publishes textbooks, academic trade and reference titles, children's books, fiction, literature, and nonfiction, such as cookery, history, and business books. Anvil is an affiliate of National Book Store, the biggest book store chain in the Philippines.

Before Anvil, Andrea worked as an agent with Jacaranda Literary Agency where she sold several Asian titles to US, European, and other Asian publishers. As an agent, she has sold film rights and brokered movie tie-in titles. Before that she was the Executive Director of the National Book Development Board of the Philippines, a government agency mandated to advance the causes of the book industry. She also authored the road map of the Philippine publishing industry, which was adopted by the Philippine government as an industry blueprint. She is a copyright lawyer and has a collection of short stories published by a university press.

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Shan Rajaguru

Shan Rajaguru

Shan is an experienced Business Executive who has chosen Bookselling and Publishing as his career because of his passion for books. He counts over 25 years in many facets of Publishing both in home markets and International, most recently in SE Asia. He has worked in International Sales with both trade and academic Publishers including two of the 'Big Five' multinational Publishers. He has played an active role in Publishing Associations as a Director of the Sri Lanka Publishers Association and continues as a Consultant after he moved from Sri Lanka. He lead the team that turned around the Colombo International Book Fair from a home fair to the successful International Fair it is today. A family man, Shan lives in Singapore with his family.

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Peter Schoppert

Peter Schoppert

Peter Schoppert has made his career in publishing in Singapore. He was Editorial Director for illustrated book publisher Editions Didier Millet in the 1990s. He left books for digital publishing in 1996, and later co-founded regional consumer online publisher, Asiacontent.com, where he served as SVP Business Development, and Publisher of CNET Asia. He recovered from the dotcom boom-and-bust by helping to revive the fortunes of Singapore University Press, later NUS Press, starting in 2002.  After a six year interlude with leading strategic consultancy, McKinsey & Company, and one year running his own consulting practice, he returned to NUS Press as Director in September 2012. In 2013, Peter was co-opted into the Executive Committee of the Singapore Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA), and in 2014 he was elected President of the Association. Peter is a frequent public speaker on publishing, art, digital media and cultural matters.

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Minakshi Thakur

Minakshi Thakur

Minakshi Thakur works as publisher of the Language Division at Westland Publications, an Amazon Company, which is publishing in nine Indian languages apart from English. Westland is the largest Indian house in English language trade publishing, with some of India’s highest-selling writers like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anuja Chauhan, Ravi Subramanian and BKS Iyengar on its list. Published under imprints Westland, Tranquebar and EastWest and across all genres, Westland’s books have  consistently stayed on top of the Neilson charts.

Until earlier this year, she worked as Publisher for HarperCollins’ translations imprints Harper Perennial and the Hindi publishing list, Harper Hindi.She is also a bi-lingual poet and writer. Her first book, An Indian Evening, a collection of poems in English, was published by Writers Workshop in 2002. She has since published two collections of Hindi poems: Jab Utthi Yavanika (2003); and Neend Ka Akhiri Pul (2010),which was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Young Writers Prize in 2012. She has been fellow to many international writers residencies. Her first novel, Lovers Like You and I, was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013, and she is now working on her second novel.

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Edmund Wee

Edmund Wee

Edmund Wee is the CEO of Epigram Books, a Singaporean publisher that champions local literature and writers. Best known for its bestselling children's series The Diary of Amos Lee, it has also published landmark translations of novels and short story collections by Cultural Medallion winners, fresh fiction by emerging authors, and republished out-of-print novels for a new generation of readers. For his efforts, he was included in the Straits Times Life! Power List of arts, entertainment and lifestyle players three years in succession. In 2015, he launched the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in search of the next big Singaporean novel.

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Kathrin Wessling

Kathrin Wessling

Kathrin Weßling lives in Hamburg, works as a journalist and social media consultant and has published numerous columns and essays. After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in 2016 she initiated the hashtag #AufDieLiebe, which went viral overnight. Kathrin has also published two books (Drüberleben, 2012, Goldmann; Morgen ist es vorbei, 2015, Luchterhand). Her third book will be published in 2018. With Thore Würger as her business partner she founded the social media agency würger & wessling to consult publishing houses, authors and editorial offices with regard to their social media appearance.

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Prof. Lonce Wyse

Prof. Lonce Wyse

Lonce Wyse is an Associate Professor with the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore, and directs the Arts and Creativity Lab of the Interactive and Digital Media Institute at NUS. He holds a PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems (Boston University, 1994). He serves on the editorial boards of the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Organized Sound (Cambridge University Press), and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

Lonce teaches courses on software studies, creative coding, media art, and interactive sound. His recent research endeavors include sound perception, real-time musical communication and notation, and networked music making. His current research focus is on neural networks for interactive sound synthesis.

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Ahmad  Zuhaidi bin Abd Aziz

Ahmad Zuhaidi bin Abd Aziz

Ahmad Zuhaidi bin Abd Aziz is the Managing Director of Scriptology Sdn Bhd, an audiobook production and publishing house and co-founder for Malaysia’s audiobook application, TLiNGE.

Zuhaidi was born in Kuala Lumpur on January 21, 1979. The eldest of six siblings, he obtained a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2001. In 2005, he ventured into business as a contractor after 3 years working as a mechanical engineer and later on, expanded his business into management consulting and online trading. After 5 years in business, he then pursued his study in Masters of Management at International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

Zuhaidi also ventured in entertainment industry where in 2008, he started to join a leading nasyid group, called Saujana as a singer, composer, lyricist and guitarist. Among his astounding contributions in the nasyid group, he managed to record 3 albums with Saujana and had the opportunity to learn more the intricacies of recording process and audio publishing.

In January 2013, he moved to Exeter, England, accompanied his wife pursuing her studies in PhD until June 2016. The idea to venture into audiobook publishing was inspired during his stay there as he was impressed with the reading culture among people in England and how they inculcate interest in reading from the early age. Together with his partner Azalinor, who was also a member of Saujana, they decided to form a company called Scriptology Sdn Bhd in August 2016 and establish TLiNGE in May 2017 as a smartphone application for audiobook platform

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