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Deborah Kan speaker

Deborah Kan

Hong Kong

Executive Producer, The Wall Street Journal (Asia) (2011-15)

Presenter/Senior Correspondent, Thomson Reuters (2009-12)

Seasoned moderator and new media entrepreneur

Deborah Kan is the founder and Executive Editor of Being Patient, an online journal dedicated to the latest news on Alzheimer’s disease and brain health research. She founded the site after growing frustrated with a lack of educational resources after her mother was diagnosed with the disease.

From 2011 to 2015, Deborah was an executive producer at The Wall Street Journal in Asia, leading the daily production of video news segments with Journal editors and reporters, as well as video interviews with business leaders and decision-makers.

Prior to joining the Journal, Deborah was a news anchor with Reuters Insider, Thomson Reuters proprietary news channel, where she reported extensively on the 2008 global economic crisis, China’s 2009 massive economic stimulus package and regulation reform in the aftermath of the economic crisis.

Throughout her career, Deborah has conducted exclusive interviews many world leaders and CEOs, including Uber founder Travis Kalanick, Airbnb’s co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk and Twitter’s former CEO Dick Costolo. She was also one of few international journalists to have interviewed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was the only television journalist from Asia to accompany the New York Philharmonic on their historic 2008 performance in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Deborah is a member of the 2008 class of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, and attended the 2010 YGL program at Harvard University.

Our Comment

"With over 15 years' experience of reporting in Asia, Deborah Kan is uniquely placed to give an in-depth analysis of current affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. She is a superb moderator and speaker on many topics, from business to technology, and is well regarded as an engaging interviewer."

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