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Angie Lau is Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder of Forkast.News. She is an award-winning veteran journalist who interviews newsmakers, CEOs, and icons, including the exclusive with Li Ka-shing — his first television one-on-one in more than a decade. Angie is a respected thought leader in blockchain technology, having been featured in Vogue Hong Kong’s May, 2019 issue: “Power of Next” for her leadership in media covering blockchain for a global audience. Angie speaks at conferences around the world, including the Forbes Summit, Binance Blockchain Week, Paris Blockchain Week Summit, Asia Blockchain Summit, and many others.
Before founding Forkast in July 2018, Angie anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” broadcast globally into 350 million homes, offices and trading floors. Angie’s TED Talk “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here” is now a TED Ed Lesson for its global audience of 6.7 million followers.
Angie is a director on the Executive Committee Canadian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, and is a former two-term President and now senior board member of Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter. She is a valued past Correspondent Board Governor at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong, and also serves on the advisory board for Journalism Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.
John Dawson is a former Bloomberg TV Prime Time Anchor and feature writer who, after 20 years in journalism, transitioned to communications to leverage his frontline experience and advise on reputation and crisis management, media strategy and CEO positioning.
In broadcast, John established a reputation for landing world exclusives in interviews with global leaders at the top of their field, from Presidents and Fortune 500 CEOs to Military Leaders, Nobel Laureates and Olympians.
He moderated keynote panels, and reported, from the politically charged World Economic Forum in Davos, EU, IMF and OPEC meetings and, as Chief TMT correspondent between 1998 and 2010, led the coverage at the 3GSM, CeBit and Cable Congress events.
Past interviewees include Presidents Bill Clinton, Benigno Aquino and F.W. de Klerk, Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Carl Bildt and Silvio Berlusconi; Jack Ma, Jack Welch, Howard Marks, Sir Richard Branson, Lloyd Blankfein, Christine Lagarde and Nobel Prize Laureates Joseph Stiglitz & Paul Krugman. As a writer, his work has been published across Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times & Business Week.
Prior to founding Acara Strategy, John spent four years in Communications, first with an Asia-based crisis management agency and then in-house as Executive Communications Director for Melco Resorts CEO, Lawrence Ho. John has developed communications strategies for CEOs, corporates and HNWIs, led C-Suite media training workshops and secured high-level news articles in the mainstream media.
John graduated from The University of London with a BA (Hons) in English & Classics. He moved to Hong Kong from London in October 2010.