Eric Olander is a veteran new media and broadcast journalist with over 25 years experience in Asia, Africa, the United States and Europe. Eric has worked with many of the world’s leading news companies including CNN, the BBC World Service, the Associated Press and at FRANCE 24 in Paris where he served as the network’s Editor in Chief of New Media. Currently, Eric is the General Director of Vietnam’s largest all-business news channel FBNC. Eric has a degree in East African history from the University of California at Berkeley and a masters degree in international public affairs from the University of Hong Kong. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and French while becoming increasingly conversant in Vietnamese.
Cobus van Staden is a South African journalist and academic. He started in 1998 as a TV reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. In 2001 he went to graduate school in Japan, getting a Master’s degree and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Nagoya. After his return to South Africa he worked as an investigative journalist for the award-winning news show Special Assignment. He is currently on the faculty of the Media Studies department at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, tracking the expansion of Chinese and Japanese media interests in Africa.
Huang Hongxiang (黄泓翔) graduated from the Journalism school at Fudan University and from SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs) at Columbia University of New York.
Since graduating from SIPA in 2013, Huang has worked in Africa as a freelance journalist and business representative/consultant for responsible Chinese investment projects. He is dedicated to working on multi-stakeholder dialogues for China’s Going Out and to ensuring the sustainable development of Chinese overseas investment.
Huang is the founder and CEO of the Nairobi-based China House Kenya, which provides consulting services to Chinese companies in Africa on sustainable development and investment.