Meet The Editorial Staff

Valeria Raimondo

Editor in Chief, Head of Society

Valeria loves taking pindaric flights as much as boarding on planes directed towards far-away destinations. Friends and family tend to lose track of her current position in the world; and when she is not travelling, she is busy committing to a multitude of activities and projects which can give voice to her passion for Asia and social issues. During a lull in her frenetic life, she studies to become a specialist in Korean studies and fantasizes about reaching Pyongyang by train, through the inter-Korean railway.

Caroline Müller-Runte

Secretary, Head of Economics

Caroline draws the inspiration for her writings from her multidisciplinary background in Business Administration, Asian Studies and socio-economic sustainability. While eagerly preparing for a career in transformation research and think tanks, she loves jumping at each opportunity to engage in discussions or initiatives related to business ethics, social responsibility and sustainability innovation. Apart from her future aspirations, she devotes most of her time to making music and dreaming of visiting her father's childhood home in Colombia. 

Camilia El-Sayed

Head of Politics

Like many others Camilia’s fascination with the Asian region started with watching Anime and reading Manga in her younger years, she started learning Japanese in high school, moved to Japan and then South Korea and from there it just continued. She has an academic background in Human Rights and her main areas of interest are women’s rights and minority rights. Aside from the academics, she enjoys languages, meeting all kinds of new people, and travelling.

Gabriela-Cosmina Gherghe

Head of Culture & Arts

Cosmina's passion for Asia ‘accidentally’ started a few years ago when she was struggling to find an area of interest for her Bachelor’s studies. Eventually she ended up studying Japanese and fell in love with the country’s culture and literature. She is the perfect definition of a ‘last-minute person’, and she has made a tradition of being more active during the night than during the day. After all, she comes from the vampires’ land, so beware!

Gabriele Ninivaggi

Head of News

Gabriele spends his spare time reading aloud newspaper articles in his empty room, pretending to hold a press conference in front of thousands of cameras. People used to call him ‘Congo’ when he was a little boy scout, because he knew all the capital cities of the world (including Congo’s, Brazzaville). A Japan-enthusiast for quite some time, he constantly keeps an attentive eye to what is happening in Asia and mainly writes about current news and trends in the region.

Yue Wang

Official Photographer

Hailing from Jiangsu, China, Yue has great interests in Asia. The 4-year bachelor studies in Japanese Language have sparked her interest to discover more about the Asian Culture. Currently, she is studying Asian Studies in Sweden in order to learn more about her country from different perspectives. She hopes to give you some interesting insights into Asia through her photography. Like many others, she enjoys working out, cooking and travelling.

Michael Kleander

Copy Editor

After a series of unfortunate events, Michael suddenly found himself in Japan, with no language or cultural skills, albeit with a lot of free time. He was between a rock and a hard place. However, the longer Michael stayed, the more intrigued he was by everything. Combined with his former interest of media he is now here, with everything but time.