About Coconuts

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.

Each month, we reach up to 4.2 million unique users on our website and 26 million people across all platforms combined.

Coconuts alleviates 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.

Thanks for reading and watching. We love you.

 

EDITORIAL TEAM

Nurul Azliah
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.

Julianne Greco
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.

Nadia Hamid
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.

Rachel Malaguit
Manila Associate Editor
Prior to joining Coconuts, Rachel worked for YES!, the Philippines’ leading entertainment magazine. A graduate of Nanyang Technological University, Rachel is proud to have written about a diverse set of topics for Coconuts Manila, from dating to alternative healing treatments. She often spends her free time trawling Facebook groups to learn about the best hair care products and giving advice to other curly-haired women.

Andra Nasrie
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.

Khyne Palumar
Manila Associate Editor
Khyne has a decade of background in print media and lifestyle journalism. Previously, she worked as features editor for men’s magazine FHM Philippines and she’s been published in Lonely Planet and Art Plus Magazine. Khyne is also co-founder and designer for clothing brand Hello Children! and creates functional crochet art at Tiny Hammocks.

Todd Ruiz
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.

Sheany
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.

 

COCONUTS TV

Arglit Boonyai
Coconuts TV Executive Producer

Arglit Boonyai has worked as journalist and documentary film maker for over a decade. Through the course of his career he has worked all over Asia, Europe and the Middle East producing both lifestyle content as well as hard hitting news documentaries. He has worked with the Bangkok Post, True Visions, Channel 4 (UK), Channel NewsAsia, Discovery Asia, MTV and the History Channel.

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.

Piyabutr ‘Pap’ Lorgrailers
Coconuts TV Producer

Pap produced documentary series for major Thai broadcasters, including Thai PBS and Thairath TV, before joining Coconuts TV in 2019 to serve as a producer for both documentary and commercial projects.

William Mitchell
Coconuts TV Director of Photography & Editor

William Mitchell joined the Coconuts TV production team in 2014; serving primarily as a producer, director of photography, and editor for both documentary and commercial projects. William has traveled, lived and worked in Japan and South East Asia for 20 years, with 15 years experience as a freelance video producer and director. He has produced travel videos for Lonely Planet, a lifestyle TV show for MCOT Thailand (Channel 11), and full length documentaries for Vice, Netflix, iflix, and Discovery Asia. William is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Vim Shanmugam
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.

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.

 

GROVE

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.

Chaz Kim
Head of Business Development

Chaz has worked in the media industry in Asia for nearly 15 years in various roles, including writer, producer, business development manager, as well as advertising and content sales. Prior to joining Coconuts Media in 2016, he worked at 90 Seconds, Fremantle, Asian Food Channel, and MediaCorp. 

Nuttajuk ‘Ed’ Kittichailuk
Ad Operations & Digital Marketing Executive

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.

Summer Lee
Account Executive

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.

Kanittakarn ‘Jane’ Paireepinart
Graphic Designer

Jane has been in charge of design at Coconuts since joining the team in February 2019. Previously, she worked as a graphic designer for a digital advertising agency and as a freelance graphic designer in Bangkok. Jane holds a BA in Advertising from Silpakorn University and an MA in Illustrations from the School of Visual Communication, Birmingham City University.

Tara Rattanaphas
Managing Director

Tara leads Coconuts’ brand studio, Grove. Before joining Coconuts in 2015, Tara worked for KPMG, Red Bull and, most recently, Pomelo, a fashion startup where she was in charge of digital content, marketing and events. Tara holds a BA in Communications from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. Tara was raised in the US and Thailand.

 

ADMIN

Clarissa Cortes
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.

F. Nadhirah
Administrative Assistant

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.

 

TECH


Philip Nugroho
Technical Lead

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 Perry

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.

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