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Ooi Kee Beng
Ooi Kee Beng was born and raised in Penang. Educated at La Salle School (Air Itam) and St Xavier’s Institution, he did his A-levels at Methodist High School. After three years as sub-editor for The Star and The Straits Echo, he left to study, work and live in Sweden. His PhD from Stockholm University is in Sinology, on political philosophy. He is based at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, where he is Deputy Director. He is founding-editor of ISEAS Perspective and ISEAS Monitor, and is a columnist for The Edge Malaysia.
Julia Tan comes from a background in literature, technical writing and creative writing. She graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a degree in English Language and Literature Studies, and Oxford Brookes University with a Masters in Creative Writing. Her passions lie in history, culture and – of course, being a Penangite – good food.
Tim Niklas Schoepp
Tim-Niklas Schoepp holds the German equivalent to a MBA (“Diplom-Kaufmann“) from BITS University in Germany. He started his career in 2007 as managing director of a medium-sized company in Germany. In 2011 he moved to Malaysia and worked for the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce in Kuala Lumpur. There he was responsible for establishing a dual vocational training program, based on the German model within the Malaysian education system. In 2014 he joined Penang Institute and helps "making ideas work" for the development of Penang. His research interests include the impact of natural resources towards an economy, financial equalisation models between federal states and oil price dynamics.
Nic Lee hails from Penang and has lived all his life in Kampung Siam, Pulau Tikus. A former Xaverian, he received his Diploma in Graphic Design at the Malaysian Institute of Art. With a working experience of almost 20 years, the former art director at INTACT's works include numerous annual reports of public-listed companies (Texchem Group, MSC Group) as well as newsletters, magazines (Texview, IPeople News, Essenze) and brochures. He has also worked on many campaigns for Venessa Diamonds and has designed logos for Dreamz Foundation's Rhapsody des Reves charity event in 2004, Slippery Senoritas club, DK Group, BayAvenue, BayStar, BayGarden, The Oasis, Arte @ Kuchai Lama and SERA Putrajaya Precinct 8.
Regina Hoo is a Broadcasting and Journalism major from the University of Wolverhampton.
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