Congratulations to Ramy Inocencio on becoming AAJA-Asia’s next
president. Ramy ran unopposed so there was no need for an election. He
will take over the rest of Ken Moritsugu’s term, which runs until the
end of 2014.
Ramy has served as AAJA-Asia’s national board representative and the
Hong Kong sub-chapter’s vice president since moving to the city in
2011. He anchors and is senior editorial head for the Wall Street
Journal’s global consumer tech show Digits From Asia. Inocencio also
freelances as a business and travel writer for CNN.com’s international
website. Prior to this, he worked as CNN’s Asia Business Analyst for
World Business Today and Global Exchange. Since 2011, he has organized
and emcee’ed AAJA-Asia’s annual NewNowNext International Media
Conference in Hong Kong.
Also thanks to Allen Cheng for stepping in to be interim president
after Ken’s election as vice president for print for all of AAJA and
his continued support for the Asia chapter.
Below is Ramy’s candidate statement:
As president of AAJA-Asia, I see continued growth in our amazing
chapter. When I first arrived to Hong Kong in 2011, we had two to
three dozen. Now we have more than 200. By the time my term ends in
December 2014, I would like to see our chapter grow to 300 members.
We can do this by coordinating same-themed monthly events across our
hub cities of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul capitalizing on our energetic
We can also do this by growing our presence in smaller AAJA
communities in Bangkok, Manila and Taipei and by reinvigorating our
China presence in Beijing and Shantou University.
I propose outlining a calendar year of events along skills building
and social networking events. This can include the expansion of past
resume critique events for students, job interview workshops,
technical skills building such as photography courses and tips on
one-man banding, and member exclusive AAJA Access events held
concurrently in cities across Asia that cultivate three to five
industry contacts in various sectors — from politics, to economics to
environment and anything else that members need.
Finally, having had a leadership role since 2011 in AAJA-Asia, I
believe it is also time to focus on the next generation of leaders who
can continue to keep the energy and sense of community and family
flowing in each city and across to other cities. Our new membership is
the key to that and I aim to identify new blood to take on leadership
I am honored to have been encouraged by so many AAJA peers to run for
chapter president. When I arrived in 2011, I envisioned a greater
future community that we have now built in the past 2.5 years.
Thank you. Together we rise.