The Euromoney Myanmar Global Investment Forum 2017

Ross Dunkley

Executive Chairman

Beyond the Box Communications

Ross Dunkley was the founder, managing director and editor-in-chief of Myanmar Consolidated Media Ltd, which under private partnership publishes two national newspapers, an English and a Myanmar language edition both named The Myanmar Times, and a weekly lifestyle magazine, NOW!. It has a sizeable commercial printing and book publishing facility. The Myanmar Times was established in 2000 by Ross Dunkley and Sonny Swe. It remained the only foreign cooperation in the media in Myanmar until 2014 and is the first local newspaper to win international prizes.

During 15 years of owning The Myanmar Times, Ross partnered with U Myat Swe and his wife Yamin Htin Aung, Dr Tin Tun Oo and later on with well-known entrepreneur U Thein Tun, whom he later sold the business to.

Ross was also the publisher and a major shareholder in Post Media Ltd (PML), a Cambodian registered entity that owns 100 per cent of The Phnom Penh Post, a daily tabloid newspaper which appears separately in Khmer and English editions. The company also publishes 7Days lifestyle magazine and previously Sports Today, a weekly tabloid. It has substantial press capacity. The Phnom Penh Post is Cambodia’s oldest English newspaper, now in its 26th year of publishing. It has won more than 20 international newspaper awards, the first in 2009 and was the first Cambodian newspaper to win international acclaim.

Ross started working in the media in 1980 through a cadetship at The Stock and Land newspaper in Melbourne, where he won a Walkley Award which is an Australia’s top journalism award, an Australian Pulitzer, for the paper's coverage of the country’s notorious waterfront strikes.

Before the age of 30 he started a national media company with reference books and The Australian Farmer delivered to every farmer in the nation. But he was beaten by a closed shop media cartel and having experienced this failure as a young entrepreneur Ross left Australia and became a partner in the start-up newspaper The Vietnam Investment Review in 1991. From Hanoi he was instrumental in building it into a dynamic group with newspapers, magazines and a TV cooperation, before being sold to the billionaire James Packer in 1994. He served as a senior executive until his contract ran out in 1998, which coincided with the Asian financial big bang, before moving to Myanmar to establish his media group.

Ross spent time in the outback of Australia in his youth, but with more than 25 years in SE Asia is now a long time resident of Yangon.

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Tue 12 - Wed 13 Sep 2017

Myanmar International Convention Centre 2, Nay Pyi Taw