Leading the team

Michael Charnock entered journalism from school. Moving from provincial weeklies to regional evening and morning newspapers, and national dailies, including Derek Jameson’s 1978 start-up of Express Newspapers’ Daily Star in Manchester. Outside the UK, he has written and edited for publications in the Middle East – among them the English-language daily, Saudi Gazette, and brought to market two new publications in Cyprus. His last job as a staff journalist was as News Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. After leaving the Review, he started his own pre-press production firm, The Orient Stock Company Limited (OSC), largely gearing the operation to the print and print-delivery needs of Hong Kong’s financial sector. He sold OSC in 1997 and started his present company, News Universal Limited, shortly after. In 2007, he helped with the launch of Asianomics and became Editor and media correspondent for its magazine-style research publications.

Having lived in Asia for the past 35 years, he is a keen media watcher and closely follows developments in the region’s press. He strongly supports the de-politicisation of the media and in providing an alternative to mainstream media’s “One World” view.  His other professional interests include politics, and political and societal risk, particularly within the Asia region.

Career summary
Managing Director, News Universal Limited – 2000-present
Editor/media correspondent, Asianomics Group – 2007-15
Managing Director, The Orient Stock Company – 1987-97
News Editor, Far Eastern Economic Review, HK – 1983-87
Editor, Asian Sources, HK – 1981-82
Sub Editor, Daily Star, Manchester – 1978-80
Start-up Editor, Cyprus SunGulf TV Times, Nicosia – 1975-77
Sub Editor/Writer, Saudi Gazette, Jeddah – 1972-75
Reporter, Thomson Regional Newspapers, UK – 1965-72
Email: michael.charnock AT thevolatilian.com

Christopher Rogers attended the University of Leicester where he was awarded a BA in History and Politics (Joint Hons) and an MA in Political Science. He also studied for a CPE (law) at Leicester Polytechnic and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

His working career spans a number of disciplines including journalism, publishing, law, business management new-product development (publishing) and event-organising (from round tables and seminars to large conferences). Sectors in which he has worked include: Governance, Risk & Compliance, Risk Management, Financial Services, Technology (specifically related to Banking and Securities). In those fields he has been involved with directing start-up teams, platform building and expanding the Asia footprints of established businesses. On the events side, he has developed a large database of contacts from right across the financial community including The World Bank, IMF, US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, OECD and the three main ratings agencies.

Professional interests include: global economics, monetary policy and regulation, economic history, modern European history, modern political theory, politics, environmental issues and media innovations in a rapidly changing world.

Career summary
Executive Director, Institute of Regulation & Risk Northeast Asia –2008-16
Proprietor/Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Regulation & Risk Northeast Asia – 2008-16
External Affairs & Membership Director, Hong Kong Institute of Compliance Officers – 2006-08
Editorial & Programme Director/Northeast Asia,TAB International Limited – 2004-06
Director/Editor, Technology News Asia – 2000-04
Media Sales Executive, Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters) – 1997-00
Email: christopher.rogers AT thevolatilian.com

Joy Zadan founded London-based Critical Acumen Ltd, a provider of bespoke training courses, events and network facilitation, in 2012. Its client base of financial institutions and publicly listed companies stretches across the Middle East, Europe and Asia – significantly in China, Hong Kong and throughout Asean.

Her experience encompasses global B2B business development (18 years) with particular focus on banking and financial services, key industrial sectors and other FTSE500 companies. With a depth of knowledge in events sponsorship, she has worked extensively in Asia Pacific – largely in publishing and business/finance-related events – and has a thorough understanding of the region from the operational side.  She brings with her a depth of knowledge in the areas of conference/forum logistics, events sponsorship and tailoring corporate-training courses.
Professional interests include: Asia’s business cultures, social enterprise, exploring new markets and politics.

Career summary
Director, Critical Acumen Ltd – 2012-present
Associate Director, PrecisionIR – 2010-12
Head of Sales, DC Gardner Training 2008-09
Business Development Consultant, IFF – 2004-07
Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, FinanceAsia.com – 2000-04
Country Manager, Philippines, FinanceAsia – 1999-00
Sales & Marketing Manager, Thomson Financial BankWatch (now part of Fitch Ratings)  – 1998-99
Email: joy.zadan AT thevolatilian.com