About Coconuts

Coconuts is Asia’s leading alternative media company.

Our mission is to inform and entertain by telling true stories that matter to our audience through a wide portfolio of publications and in-house studios.

  • Coconuts: fresh and juicy news on what’s happening in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Yangon, and beyond.
  • BK Magazine: Bangkok’s leading source for what’s new and cool in the city, including the best places to eat and hang out. 
  • Soimilk: a daily dose of lifestyle news for Thailand’s digital-savvy youth.
  • Coconuts TV: world-class documentary programs on weird and wondrous stories from Asia for broadcast TV and streaming platforms.
  • Grove: our in-house brand studio that ideates and manages creative campaigns for leading international brands to run on Coconuts publications and beyond.

Each month, we reach an audience of millions across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong through digital, print, audio, and video.

Our passions are simple and unwavering: journalism, the media industry, and telling the untold stories of our region.

COCONUTS EDITORIAL

  • Amahl Azwar

    Bali Managing Editor

    Prior to joining the Coconuts team as the Bali editor in early 2022, Amahl has contributed to various media outlets including The Jakarta Post, Vice, and The Guardian. Pre-pandemic, he moved around – having lived in Jakarta, Shanghai, and Chiang Mai before finding himself in Bali – a place where he, in his own words, can feel completely himself.
  • Samantha Beltran

    Manila Reporter

    Before coming aboard Coconuts as Senior Reporter in Manila, Sam worked with the Philippines’ top publications as a freelance lifestyle and culture writer and editor focusing on food, art and design, while searching for stories beneath its glossy veneer. When not writing, she’s looking for the next hole-in-the-wall to fill her belly, or thrifting vintage finds at an obscure alley.

  • Nadia Kishlan

    Social Media & Audience Development Manager

    Nadia heads social media and audience development at Coconuts, wearing many hats to help with the company’s strategy, storytelling and community building across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Tik Tok. With over 10 years of experience in roles spanning all manner of media-related and organizational responsibilities, she’s worked with a diverse range of brands and companies such as Singapore Press Holdings, Netflix, VICE, Universal Music Singapore and Collective Minds Asia. She’s also adept at on-camera hosting, content production, modeling, and advocates for mindful ways of living through her own social platforms. Nadia holds a Bachelor in Communication from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

  • Chayanit ‘Milk’ Itthipongmaetee

    Bangkok Food & Lifestyle Editor

    Chayanit “Milk” Itthipongmaetee is a seven-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.

  • Anand Mathai

    Editor-in-Chief

    Before becoming editor-in-chief, Anand was part of the launch team for Coconuts Jakarta in 2014 and won a Society of Publishers in Asia award for investigative reporting in 2020. He was previously the managing editor of Time Out Jakarta and DA MAN magazines and features editor at The Jakarta Globe newspaper.

  • Andra Nasrie

    Regional 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.

  • Todd Ruiz

    Regional Managing Editor

    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.

  • Nicky Tanskul

    Bangkok Reporter

    Nicky Tanskul has written for Coconuts, Bangkok Post’s Guru Magazine, and AsiaLive365 on topics ranging from food and tourism to events and entertainment. A graduate of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Communication Arts and Newcastle University in the UK, Nicky enjoys exploring Thailand’s diverse attractions and cultural experiences, and meeting people from all walks of life.

  • Carolyn Teo

    Singapore Reporter

    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.

BK EDITORIAL

  • Komkrit ‘Puu’ Klinkaeo

    Production Manager

    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.

  • Porpor Leelasestaporn

    Senior Writer

    Originally a branded content writer BK Magazine before moving on to corporate writing gigs, Porpor rejoined the magazine as a senior writer in 2021, using her strange sense of humor to capture Bangkok’s lifestyle landscape, particularly in food and culture content. Her almost unhealthy social media addition helps her dig for stories.

  • Dietrich Neu

    Managing Director (BK & Soimilk)

    Dietrich Neu has over 11 years’ experience in publishing, journalism and content creation, including past stints at Burda International and Asia City Media Group. Before taking on the role of managing director at BK and Soimilk, Dietrich was the Thailand business director at Grove: Coconuts Brand Studio.

  • Tyler Roney

    Managing Editor

    Tyler Roney is the managing editor with BK Magazine, previously an editor with The Third Pole, China Dialogue, Travelogues, and The World of Chinese. A regular contributor with Foreign Policy and The Diplomat, Tyler’s photography has been featured with the Associated Press and National Geographic.

  • Choltanutkun ‘Cholt’ Tun-atiruj

    Deputy Editor

    A Thailand native and former music student who didn’t find her love for writing until she took a job as a nightlife writer with BK Magazine in 2016, which she helped launch the popular B.A.D. (Bangkok After Dark) nightlife awards. She’s back with BK as deputy editor after a stint writing for Vice, Lonely Planet and more.

SOIMILK EDITORIAL

  • Noranartta ‘Nora’ Chaikum

    Managing Editor

    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.

  • Rujiyatorn ‘Piangploy’ Choksiriwan

    Writer

    A food and lifestyle writer who takes her love of food and avocados so seriously she’s opened her own avocado-focused cafe (Oh Vacoda Café) in Bangkok’s hip Ari district. Altogether Ploy has spent over nine years writing about fashion, food and lifestyle, and plans to dedicate the rest of her life to eating for a living.

COCONUTS TV

  • 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.

  • Rayner Lim

    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.

  • Peh Sin Ee

    Executive Producer

    Sin Ee is a content producer with more than 10 years of experience under her belt. From commercials and broadcast television, to digital and social media content, Sin Ee has dipped her toes in all the waters she had come across. An opportunist who never says no to trying new things and exploring new roles, she also directed and wrote many content pieces that are part of her portfolio. Across the agencies she had worked with, she is adaptable to international markets and different types of clientele. Some notable brands she had produced work for are: P&G (SKII, Head & Shoulders, Oral B), Sephora, and Singapore Tourism Board.

  • 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.

  • Chidapha ‘Nok’ Srai

    Producer

    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.

GROVE

  • Julianne Greco

    Senior Brand Editor

    Julianne Greco has been living in Southeast Asia for eight splendid years. Before she took on her current responsibility of handling commercial writing as Senior Brand Editor for Grove, 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.

  • Umporn ‘Ump’ Jiaranai

    Senior Designer

    On top of being the senior designer at Grove: Coconuts Brand Studio, Ump is the founder and creative director of “Art Issue”, which has offered art classes for kids and creative therapy for adults since 2016. Ump’s skills have also graced the covers of magazines like DON’T and HAMBURGER, as well as luxury fashion brands.

  • Nuttajuk ‘Ed’ Kittichailuk

    Senior 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.

  • 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!

  • Hafiz Rasid

    Senior Account Manager

    Hafiz started his career in fashion journalism in 2009, working for Designaré, Designaré Homme and Men’s Folio. The lifestyle editor then  joined Singapore Press Holdings’ pioneer content marketing team, Content Lab. As a Specialist Editor (The Straits Times/Business Times, New Paper), he handled multi-platform campaigns for clients such as Audi, Hongkong Land, Parkway Pantai, DBS and Professional Engineers Board Singapore.

  • Tan Kar Liang

    Art Director

    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.”

  • Moe Thet War ‘Pyae’

    Branded Content Writer

    Pyae was formerly an editor at Coconuts Yangon before switching over to her current role as Grove’s in-house branded content writer. Outside of writing, her hobbies include baking and giving unsolicited book recommendations. She also teaches creative writing part-time, and currently lives in Yangon with her dogs, Gus and Missy.

OPERATIONS

  • Clarissa Cortes

    Head of Operations & Talent

    Clarissa heads operations and hiring across the Coconuts offices. 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.

  • Poonsuk ‘Susie’ Glanroengsang

    Administrative Officer

    Poonsuk “Susie” Glanroengsang takes care of admin for the Coconuts Bangkok office. She has over 10 years’ experience in office administration for many industries including apparel, automobile, and F&B. Susie loves to read in her spare time and makes a habit out of keeping fit.

  • 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

    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.