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Judging Panel

The State Street Institutional Press Awards are judged by an independent panel of industry experts led by William Mellor, foreign correspondent, writer and consultant, and supported by respected professionals from Asia Pacific-based journalism, investment and financial services industries.

Lead Judge

William Mellor

Foreign correspondent, writer and consultant

William Mellor is one of Asia Pacific’s most distinguished foreign correspondents. As a writer and editor for Bloomberg News, Time Magazine and specialist Asia-focused publications, he has spent 30 years covering business, finance and politics from bases in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok and Sydney. During that time, he has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and many of the region’s most influential business leaders.

Before first being posted to Asia in 1986, William was a London-based correspondent covering Europe for Australia’s Fairfax Media Group. He now divides his time between Hong Kong and Sydney, where he works as an independent writer, consulting producer for a leading U.S. documentary film maker, and media relations adviser.

Other Judges

Professor Anthony Y.H. Fung

Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Anthony Y.H. Fung is Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained his Ph.D. at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Minnesota. He is also a Pearl River Chair Professor at Jinan University at Guangzhou, China. His research interests and teaching focus on popular culture and cultural studies, popular music, gender and youth identity, cultural industries and policy, and new media studies. He published widely in international journals, and authored and edited more than ten Chinese and English books.

Andrew Main

Journalist, MC, Commentator

Andrew Main has been a journalist/editor in Australia for well over 30 years, most recently spending seven and a half years as a business reporter and editor at The Australian, News Ltd's flagship newspaper in Australia. He previously spent 14 years as a reporter on the Australian Financial Review. Andrew started his working career in 1979 and from mid 1987 was an institutional dealer at Ord Minnett/JP Morgan for five years. He has written two books, Other People's Money: The Complete Story of the Extraordinary Collapse of HIH Co, and Rivkin Unauthorised: The Rise and Fall of an Unorthodox Money Man.  He has also jointly won the Gold Walkley Award for a series of articles on Rene Rivkin.  Andrew graduated from St Andrews University.

Nick Pollard

Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The CFA Institute

Nick Pollard joined CFA Institute in 2016 as managing director for Asia Pacific. Based in the Hong Kong office, he also oversees operations in Beijing, China and Mumbai, India. Nick is responsible for working with all CFA Institute stakeholders, increasing the number of candidates entering and moving through the organization’s credentialing programs, and working with institutional partners (employers) throughout the region. He will be actively engaged with 19 CFA Institute societies that represent 23,000 members in the region.

Nick is a seasoned wealth management and banking executive and skilled at growing businesses in Europe and Asia. He brings a unique combination of strategic leadership skills as well as learning and professional development expertise. Prior to joining CFA Institute, Nick was CEO of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Coutts Asia division and, most recently, he was the Head of International Learning and Professional Development for Coutts International. Nick began his career with NatWest Group, subsequently part of the RBS Group, where he gained experience in marketing and talent development.

Nick earned his B.A from University College, London and is a Member of the Private Wealth Management Association. He has lived and worked in the APAC region since 2009 and resides in Hong Kong.

Sally Wong

Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Investment Funds Association

Sally Wong, as Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Investment Funds Association, represents the asset management industry in liaising with the authorities, legislators, the media and other stakeholder groups on issues that have implications to the retail fund and pensions market in Hong Kong. In addition, she chairs the International Regulatory Affairs Working Committee of the International Investment Funds Association, whose members include 40 national and regional fund associations.

Wu Chen

Editorial Director, The Economist Global Business Review

Wu Chen is the editorial director at The Economist Global Business Review. Prior to that, Chen was Head of Editorial (Asia Pacific) at EuroFinance and Editor of CFO China, an Economist Group publication. During his journalism career, he has worked at Bloomberg Businessweek in Hong Kong, Bloomberg News in Singapore, and the international news department of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing.

In 2008, Chen won the Society of Publishers in Asia Excellence Award for Business Reporting.

Chen holds a Masters in Pacific International Affairs degree from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, and a Masters in Journalism degree from E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He earned his B.A. from the Beijing Foreign Studies University.