Ignites Asia , a Financial Times service, is an online source of news, business intelligence and analysis for and about the asset management industry in Asia. Ignites Asia is the sister publication to Ignites in the U.S. and Ignites Europe .
Coverage in Ignites Asia includes:
- 12 countries in Asia
- Retail, high-net-worth and institutional markets
Asset management sales and marketing, legal and compliance, operations
business and people moves, investment management, and services
- Regulatory developments
- Investment mandates
- Investment products
- Industry trends
Ignites Asia is your one-stop shop for news on the Asian asset management industry.
It is fundamental to the integrity and success of the Financial Times (FT) that we uphold the highest possible standards of ethical and professional journalism, and that we are seen to do so.
As a subsidiary of the Financial Times, Ignites Asia and its journalism are subject to a self-regulation regime under the FT Editorial Code of Practice: www.ft.com/editorialcode
In September 2014 the Financial Times Limited (FT) appointed Greg Callus as its editorial Complaints Commissioner. The role will ensure a continued means of dealing with reader complaints following the closure of the UK Press Complaints Commission. His remit is to support the FT’s existing framework for handling editorial complaints, independent of the editor.
Read about the role here.
If you wish to request a clarification or correction, or make a complaint about any of our editorial content or journalistic activity, please email managing editor John Sedgwick jsedgwick@IgnitesAsia.com.
Where any complaint under the FT Editorial Code is unable to be resolved
by FT’s senior editors, the Complaints Commissioner will review the matter
and recommend any appropriate redress.
John Sedgwick is Managing Editor and is responsible for covering Hong Kong. He joined Ignites Asia in February 2012. He previously wrote for Eight Custom Media in Hong Kong, the Birmingham Post in the U.K. and Speedflex Media in Hong Kong. He received two highly commended awards in the “Journalist of the Year – Pensions Issues” and “Journalist of the Year – Investor Services and Technology” English categories at the State Street Institutional Press Awards in 2014. He has a BA in English Literature and Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds.
Selena Li is a Senior Reporter responsible for covering China. She joined Ignites Asia in January 2016. She was previously a business reporter at China Daily's Hong Kong bureau. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong and a BA in International Journalism from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Ernest Chan is a Reporter covering Southeast Asia. He joined Ignites Asia in January 2019 and was previously a reporter at AsianInvestor, covering institutional investors and asset classes across Asia Pacific. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong and an MA in anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Echo Huang is a Reporter covering Greater China with a focus on Hong Kong and mainland China. She joined Ignites Asia in October 2019 and previously worked for Quartz in Hong Kong for three years where she wrote about everything from China's social media companies to the development of electric cars and China’s space industry. Echo graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a master's degree in journalism and speaks and writes English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Ysrael Dumasig is an Editorial Assistant based in Manila. He joined Ignites Asia in September 2016. He was previously a communications strategist focused on producing marketing content for various financial companies in the U.S., the U.K. and Asia. He took up Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines.
Robin Yu is a Translator covering China, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Before joining Ignites Asia in March 2019, she was a freelancer for Reuters. Before that she interned for two months at CNN in Hong Kong. She has a BA in Digital Communication from New York University and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Rebecca Feng is a reporter for Ignites Asia covering Taiwan and Japan. Prior to joining Ignites Asia in January 2021, she was a reporter at Euromoney's trade publication GlobalCapital, covering China's domestic capital markets. Prior to that, she had brief stints at Forbes Asia at its New Jersey headquarters, writing about Asian start-ups. Rebecca graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a master's degree in postcolonial literature and the University of Notre Dame with double majors in Accountancy and English Literature.
Jonathan E. Braunstein is the Director of Sponsored Content. Jonathan is responsible for overseeing all sponsored content at Money-Media, serving as the project leader and working closely with marketing, advertising and editorial teams, as well as with counterparts at the Financial Times. He was previously editorial director for webcasts and has produced written and interactive editorial content across nearly all of Money-Media’s publications. Prior to Money-Media, Jonathan worked as a television news producer and writer for Boston’s NBC and Fox affiliates. Originally from New Jersey, he is an alumnus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
Hannah Glover is a Group Managing Editor at Money-Media, overseeing several asset management and governance titles including Ignites, FundFire, BoardIQ, Agenda, Financial AdvisorIQ, Ignites Europe and Ignites Asia. She joined the FT Specialist unit as a reporter in 2007 and has worked as managing editor at Ignites and sister publication GatekeeperlQ. Prior to covering the world of asset management, she worked as a legislative investigator for the New York City Council and as a reporter at the Meriden, Conn. Record-Journal.
Baptiste Aboulian is Group Editor at Money-Media with responsibility for Ignites Asia and Ignites Europe. He joined Money-Media in 2008. Prior to that, he was a UK correspondent for several European publications. Baptiste holds a masters in International Journalism from City University and a degree in History from La Sorbonne.
Sales and Marketing
Christopher Burke is Head of Sales for all Money-Media subscriptions. Chris oversees sales and renewals for all Money-Media publications. Chris has been with Money-Media since 2007, when he was hired in a business development role for the events team. In 2012, Chris took sole responsibility for the Renewals department and shortly thereafter started managing key sales roles as well. Chris took on his current position as Head of Sales in 2019.
Catlin Sweeney is the Group Marketing Director. Catlin oversees the marketing team responsible for driving marketing efforts across Money-Media’s suite of products. Catlin joined Money-Media in June 2013 as the Research Team Captain and managed the off-site marketing research team. Catlin worked as a Marketing Associate from 2014–2016, executing marketing campaigns for numerous Money-Media publications, including Ignites, Ignites Asia, Ignites Europe, and Ignites Research. Catlin graduated with a BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Salonee leads marketing efforts for Ignites, Ignites Asia, and Ignites Europe. Previously, she worked on customer retention and acquisition at Time Inc. She graduated from New York University with a BA in Economics and a minor in History.
Virginia Wang is the Sales Director for Ignites Asia subscription, based in the Financial Times Hong Kong office. She joined Money-Media after several years of success working in the publishing industry, as both event specialist and subscription sales representative. She is equipped with service industry experience in building and maintaining client relationships.
Renewals and Reprints
Ben Donnelly is the Reationship Manager for all subscription-based customers, ensuring favorable renewal rates and client relations. Ben joined Money-Media with five years of sales and account management experience from NYC-based technology companies. He holds a BS in Marketing from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Christopher Howell is the Client Service Manager & Reprints Manager. Chris is primarily focused on proactive efforts to help increase reader engagement and strengthen relationships with key contacts. He is also handles reprints for all Money-Media publications . Prior to Money-Media Chris worked for the New York District Council of Carpenters. He received his BA in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz in 2005 and his master's degree in Public Administration from CUNY John Jay in 2015.
Dennis Asselta is the Group Head, Financial Advertising for the Financial Times. Dennis is responsible for managing the financial advertising team as well as working with partners on integrated advertising solutions across both the Financial Times and FT Specialist. Dennis graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in Policy Studies.
Jessica is the Senior Account Director of Asset Management for the Financial Markets Advertising Team. Jessica is responsible for selling advertising solutions across the Financial Times and Money-Media, including print, digital, mobile and bespoke opportunities. Jessica has held many sales roles. Most recently at Usablenet where she was responsible for selling mobile platform solutions. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration, Marketing from Monmouth University.
Emily Robbins is the Account Director of Asset Management for the Financial Markets Advertising Team. Emily is responsible for selling advertising solutions across the Financial Times and Money-Media portfolio, including print, digital, mobile and bespoke opportunities. Prior to joining the team, Emily worked in client management at advertising agencies in New York and Washington D.C. She helped clients develop marketing strategies and oversaw creative development and execution of fully-integrated campaigns. Emily graduated from Towson University with a degree in Business Administration and Mass Communication.
Kelsey Healy is the Account Executive of Asset Management for the Financial Markets Advertising Team. Kelsey is responsible for selling advertising solutions across the Financial Times and Money-Media, including print, digital, mobile and bespoke opportunities. Kelsey previously worked at Turner Broadcasting in advertising sales roles. She graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Business Management.