Coconuts Media hopes to alleviate the critical problems of ignorance and boredom in today’s youth by informing and entertaining people in Asiaʼs big cities so they can live more fulfilling urban lives.
Coconuts is an alternative online publisher reaching an audience of millions with fresh and juicy stories and videos. The Coconuts.co news and lifestyle website produces in-depth coverage of what’s happening in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Yangon, and beyond.
Coconuts TV is our video channel focused on the weird and wondrous untold stories of Asia. We release our videos to an international audience on Youtube, and also license and produce for broadcast channels and streaming platforms including Netflix, Discovery, and MTV.
Grove is our in-house brand studio focused on creating content and entertainment for brands including Hilton, Daimler, Citibank, Nutella, and Grab.
We reach an average of 2 million unique visitors per month across the Coconuts, BK, and Soimilk websites.
Thanks for reading and watching. We love you.
Singapore Managing Editor
Nurul covers a variety of local news including crime and politics. Before joining Coconuts, she was a producer with the Channel NewsAsia digital team and a general news reporter with Yahoo. She graduated with a BA in Journalism and Online Communication & Production from Murdoch University in 2012.
Audience Development Manager & Coco Travel Editor
Julianne Greco has been living in Southeast Asia for eight splendid years. Before she took on her current responsibility of handling all things social media as the audience development manager for Coconuts (while multitasking and jet-setting as the editor of Coco Travel), she helped launch Coconuts Bali as the city site’s first managing editor. She graduated from Dickinson College in the US where she was editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.
Jakarta Associate Editor
Born and raised in Jakarta, Nadia studied journalism at University of Indonesia. On a daily basis, she writes about food, lifestyle, and anything happening on the internet — surrounded by her five cats and fueled by coffee. Prior to Coconuts, Nadia was a social media producer at Rappler Indonesia (now Rappler IDN Times) and a freelance content writer.
Chayanit ‘Milk’ Itthipongmaetee
Bangkok Food & Lifestyle Editor
Chayanit “Milk” Itthipongmaetee is a six-year veteran of online journalism in Thailand, covering everything from street protests and gender issues to weed, subcultures, and a wrecked liver’s worth of bars. Formerly an intern at Coconuts Bangkok and full-time reporter at Khaosod English, Milk rejoined Coconuts Bangkok in July 2019.
Hong Kong Associate Editor
Born in Hong Kong and raised on a diet of books and bad reality TV, Hillary joined Coconuts in mid-2020. Before that, she interned at news agency Storyful and reported for TIME Magazine, where she covered the Hong Kong protests extensively. Outside of work, she reads, attempts to teach herself the guitar and nurses an unhealthy obsession with true crime documentaries.
Indonesia Managing Editor
Andra was born in Indonesia, raised in Qatar, and went to university in Canada and Australia. Now he calls Jakarta home for the time being, where he appeared on your screens with Kompas TV before going on to work with Coconuts Media. Andra is now in his sixth year at Coconuts, having started as an Associate Editor for Coconuts Jakarta and, most recently, being promoted to Indonesia Managing Editor in 2019, a role in which he oversees all editorial content from the archipelago nation.
Regional Managing Editor: Bangkok, Singapore, Yangon
Todd Ruiz began journalism in late 2001 traveling to the front lines in Afghanistan and worked as a newspaper staff writer in his native Los Angeles. He graduated with honors in Journalism from the University of La Verne and has been following Thai politics and news since first coming to Bangkok in 2000. He’s been living here since 2009 and now runs Coconuts’ editorial ops in Bangkok, Singapore, and Yangon. Todd would love to hear tips on everything from human rights issues and street food to necromancy and underground music.
Bali Managing Editor
Sheany is a third-culture kid and feminist raised in Jakarta, who studied political science at the Ohio State University before returning to Tanah Air to work as a journalist. She began her career in media as a reporter at the Jakarta Globe and joined Coconuts Bali as a Managing Editor in 2019. Sheany is a bit of a gourmand and enjoys long conversations over coffee and fries. In her free time, she dabbles in amateur photography, writes political and cultural commentaries and is constantly missing her four dogs back home.
Singapore Associate Editor
Carolyn is an Associate Editor in Singapore. Before joining Coconuts, she was freelance writing for media companies specializing in arts and film and handled communications and social media marketing for a mural painting studio in Singapore. To her, a completed painting brings the same amount of joy and satisfaction as completing a written piece of work. Carolyn graduated with honors from the University at Buffalo, New York under Singapore Institute of Management with a BA in Arts and Communications.
Komkrit ‘Puu’ Klinkaeo
Puu brings over two decades of publishing experience to Grove, where he works as Production Manager. He joined Asia City Media Group, the former publisher of BK and Soimilk, in 2009. Before that, he managed production for several fashion magazines, as well as lifestyle magazines like MTV Tracks magazine and Men’s Health Thailand. Since 2000, he has also supervised the creation of many different pocket books for independent Thai publishers. In his spare time, he stays busy with art, design, and crafts projects and sharpens his mind with daily gym and meditation sessions.
Craig Sauers has covered the Bangkok lifestyle beat since 2014. He has worked for several independent magazines over the years and has also been published in a range of news, travel, and lifestyle publications, including the BBC, CNBC, CNN, and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. Before joining BK, he served a brief stint in one of Bangkok’s unofficial sister cities, working as the food and drinks editor of Time Out Hong Kong. In his free time, he competes in long-distance running events, from the 5k to the marathon, and dabbles in beer-making.
Veerabhatr ‘Jug’ Sriyananda
Jug joined BK in February 2020, right before the global pandemic would cause seismic shifts to the nightlife and travel scene he covers. He has a special interest in reporting on human interest stories, music, and men’s fashion. Before joining BK, he worked for a small travel-tech startup as the company’s English content writer. In his free time, he channels his love for the “analog life,” pursuing hobbies in film photography and vinyl records. He also loves a good beer.
Noranartta ‘Nora’ Chaikum
Nora has worked in Journalism for 9 years. She spent 2 years in Korea, attending the Yonsei University Korean Language Institute in Seoul and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Sripatum University in Thailand. Her personal social media platforms are full of movie and football-related content. Before joining Soimilk, she was a reporter and newscaster at Voice TV, Bangkok.
Kristiya ‘Karn’ Chaisri
Graduating from the Faculty of Archeology, Silpakorn University, Kristiya has been writing lifestyle content for Soimilk since 2019, focusing on art & culture topics. She enjoys discovering the unknown parts of Bangkok, especially the music and art community scene.
Wattana ‘Mac’ Duangsringam
Coconuts TV Camera Operator & Editor
Mac joined Coconuts TV in 2018 as a videographer and editor for both documentary and commercial projects. He has shot and edited videos for Grab, Line, and Singapore Council for Estate Agencies, among others. He recently co-produced the Coconuts TV original short documentary THAILAND’S TRASH ISLAND, which was recognized for excellence by the Asian Academy Creative Awards.
Head of Post Production
Rayner is an award winning Lead Editor and Story Producer who has 16 years of experience working on the biggest productions across Asia. His work has been diverse – television commercials and branded content for for DBS, McDonald’s, Shell, Nike and Coca Cola and global reality shows like Asia’s Got Talent, The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Next Top Model. He is consistently seeking to bring stories to life and produce exciting, entertaining and highly engaging content.
Coconuts TV Head of Content & Production
After graduating from the University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts, Vim has spent more than 18 years across the world producing content for TV, film and digital platforms. With almost a decade at NBC Universal in development programming, he’s also worked on various projects for Hulu and Netflix. From branded content to feature films, he has a proven track record of success with brands (P&G, Unilever, Apple, Google ), agencies (Ogilvy, OMD, Publicis, Group M) and networks (NBC, DIVA, USA, Bravo). He believes strongly that the best content is created when the Art of Storytelling meets the Science of Data.
Tan Kar Liang
Kar Liang is a multidisciplinary producer with a decade of experience in video production, animation and designing graphics content for TV, film and digital media. After graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2008, he started off his career as a Digital Artist in MediaCorp. Having done a fair share of motion graphics, animation, visual effects and art directing in the following years, he has shifted into producing and directing short form content for brands, agencies and studios. He believes that “whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you… STRANGER.”
Chidapha ‘Nok’ Srai
Nok is a documentary producer who is passionate about a wide range of storytelling formats. In her 20s, she has already produced 40 documentaries with ThaiPBS channel, requiring 19 trips in 25 months across Asia. She also worked as a freelancer with international media outlets including The Guardian, Financial Times, Stern magazine. At Coconuts TV, she attempts to utilize her multi-skills and interests to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary.
Thana ‘Jae’ Thanapornrapee
Coconuts TV Camera Operator & Editor
Thana Thanapornrapee joined the Coconuts TV team in 2014, serving as a videographer and editor producing documentary and commercial projects around Southeast Asia for 4 years. He has produced documentaries for Netflix, iflix and a travel video series for Coconuts called Siam Island Hopper sponsored by Singha Beer.
Tassanee ‘Aey’ Attnetikul
Business Development Manager
Aey graduated from Rangsit University Thailand with a Bachelor in Arts. She has over 20 years’ experience in sales. In her downtime, Aey practices yoga and enjoys playing with her cats.
Head of Grove
Juhi is our Head of Grove and brings with her over 13 years of experience in the advertising industry across both London and Singapore, at agencies like AMV BBDO, Ogilvy, and Grey, working on brands like Visa, American Express, Heinz, Sentosa and many others on a global, regional and local scale. She has a passion for creativity powered by consumer insight and effectiveness. She’s helped her previous agency win Singapore’s first Innovation Lion at Cannes and has herself been voted the Suit of the Year at Hall of Fame.
Sawanya ‘Jane’ Chantarakana
Jane graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts (Japanese) from Thammasat University in Thailand. She previously worked in a food delivery company as an Account Executive. In Grove, she is responsible for coordinating client and internal projects. She enjoys travelling, concerts, and second-hand goods.
Chalida ‘Mo’ Kaewchavee
Business Development Manager
Mo has 9 years’ experience in digital media sales with companies including digital media agencies, ad networks, and publishers. She has dealt with top brands in Thailand such as Siam Piwat, Dtac, PTT Retail, AP Thailand, Sansiri, etc. Mo holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication Arts (Public Relations) from Bangkok University.
Nuttajuk ‘Ed’ Kittichailuk
Digital Account Manager
Ed is a Google-certified digital marketer with extensive experience in Thailand and globally. He co-founded a digital marketing agency and developed his own mobile games which are now available on Google Play and the App Store. Ed leads and executes the digital marketing strategy at Coconuts. Nuttajuk holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (Hons) from Assumption University.
Account Manager & Content Strategist
Before she joined Coconuts, Summer had a short stint at Shape Magazine in Singapore, where she wrote health and wellness-focused lifestyle articles. Now, she exercises extreme restraint from adding one too many puns to the branded articles she churns out at Coconuts. She has a special interest in marketing and an undying penchant for pointing out grammatical errors. Summer holds a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and a minor in Sociology.
Business Director & Head of Account Management
Dietrich has over 10 years’ experience in publishing, journalism and content creation, including extensive experience at international publications across Canada and Thailand. Before joining Grove as the Business Director, Dietrich was the Head of Asia City Studio – an in-house branded content department for Asia City Media Group.
Palita ‘Ink’ Nueangit
Business Development Executive
Ink has a BA in Performance from Assumption University (Thailand) and has over 2 years’ experience in sales. When she’s not closing deals for Coconuts, BK Magazine, or Soimilk, you will find her scouring the malls for the latest trends, cafe hopping, or trying to pick up a new skill.
Sirinart ‘Tib’ Panyasricharoen
Senior Project Manager
With over 5 years of project managing experience, Tib has contributed her multitasking skills to lead various projects in media companies both offline and online, from print magazines to booking websites, from working on administration documents to coordinating on-site for fashion shoots. She graduated from the Faculty of Education, majoring in Counseling Psychology and Guidance at Chulalongkorn University Thailand. She likes parties and going to concerts but also enjoys reading and staying inside. But above all, she loves the moment when she can tick all the to-do boxes off her list!
Orajira ‘Amy’ Sukkasem
Senior Business Development Manager
Amy graduated with a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from Hawaii Pacific University and has over 20 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing both in Thailand and abroad. Amy worked with the Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper in Hawaii for couple of years before moving back to Thailand in 2005. After she settled in, she joined the Nation Multimedia Group for 3 years as an Account Manager and later moved on to a role at Asia City Media Group. While she has an extensive background in print and digital sales, she also counts event planning and selling custom projects as her specialties.
Business Development Manager
Joseph has nearly 13 years of business development and account managing experience mainly in the media industry. He has worked with top brands including Marina Bay Sands, HSBC, Health Promotion Board, and the Economic Development Board in Singapore. Prior to joining Coconuts Media, he worked in Honeycombers, Appier, and Weekender. During his free time, he likes to cook with his wife and take long walks with his dog.
Operations Manager & Head of COCO+ Membership
Clarissa manages operations across the Coconuts offices, and heads our COCO+ membership program. A multitasker by nature, she has also taken on the role of Production Manager for numerous branded and Coconuts Media original videos, including projects for Discovery, iflix, and Toggle. She has over 10 years’ experience in office administration with a special interest in event planning, marketing, and client liaison. Clarissa holds a BA (Hons) in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts.
Nadhirah handles Coconuts behind-the-scenes logistics, bookkeeping, and office administration. She holds a Diploma in Biomedical Sciences and is currently pursuing a degree in Communications and Marketing from Murdoch University to broaden her horizons. She finds inspiration from endlessly scrolling through social media apps, Netflix binging and internet browsing. In her spare time, you will find her playing with her cat or obsessing over beauty gurus on YouTube.
Manita ‘Mim’ Satra
Thailand HR and Finance Officer
Manita “Mim” Satra handles admin, finance, and HR for the Coconuts Bangkok office. Before joining Coconuts, she spent some time in the UK before returning to Thailand to work in business solutions and customer service. Mim holds a BA from Silpakorn University, majoring in French. She loves to travel and is somewhat of a make up and beauty guru in her spare time.
Philip joined Coconuts as Tech Lead in 2017. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta, and worked there before moving to Singapore in 2005 where he has been based since. Prior to working at Coconuts, he was with Singapore Press Holdings, building and managing websites across multiple industries, including e-commerce, news, property and the jobs portal. When he is not busy building websites, you can find him at home, building model kits.
FOUNDER & CEO
Byron is the Founder and CEO of Coconuts Media. He was Executive Producer for Coconuts TV productions for Netflix, Discovery, MTV, iflix, and Mediacorp. Byron has led production of branded content and advertising on Coconuts for brands including Hilton, Mercedes-Benz, Grab, Johnnie Walker, MasterCard, Singapore Tourism Board, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Singha Beer. Before founding Coconuts Media in Bangkok in 2011, Byron worked as an editor for Hollywood trade magazine Variety; Cambodia’s English language newspaper The Phnom Penh Post, and local city magazine San Francisco. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC.