The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

  • More thought-provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member-supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists

To understand more about why you are so important to our member-supported initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

If you’re interested in joining us, sign up to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. And watch this space.

3 must-see industry leaders at Inspire Asean

Posted on: June 27, 2017 | Cambodia

SPONSORED: Nearly half of Cambodians use social media – meet the executives who can show you how to capitalise on the latest trends

On 30 June, Inspire Asean’s popular business networking lunch returns to Phnom Penh with an exciting lineup of speakers sharing their insights on the ever-changing digital landscape. With social media rising to become the top channel for consuming information in Cambodia, the forum will feature the sector’s leading experts and influencers.

Expand your knowledge and create new connections this Friday as we welcome keynote speakers:

Mike Gaertner, COO
Sabay Digital

Sabay is a digital entertainment provider; active in publishing multi-player online games in Cambodia, publishing the largest Khmer content website as well as publishing digital music and acting as distributor for international and local movies and music.

As Chief Operations Officer, Mike is in charge of designing and implementing the overall direction of game deployment, payment network, infrastructure development and social marketing of Sabay Digital.

Vishnu Mohan, CEO
Havas South East Asia and India

Vishnu took up the responsibility in 2005 of setting up the Havas Group’s media network in Asia from scratch. Though being the youngest network under Havas, it has continued to grow aggressively under Mohan’s watch and has emerged as a challenger brand well recognised for its unique positioning.

As the CEO of Havas South East Asia and India, he oversees offices in all countries in the region, spanning 25 cities under the brand names of Havas Media, Arena Media, Havas Sports & Entertainment and specialist brands Mobext and Ecselis.

Olivier Gonzalez, Global Head

Socialyse is Havas Group’s social media activation center. Prior to joining Socialyse, Olivier was Managing Director of Havas Forward France. Prior to joining the Havas Group family in 2015, Olivier was General Manager of Twitter France, where he grew the local team to help establish and cement the social network’s presence in the French market. Before working for Twitter, he spent 15 years in digital ad sales culminating in a position as Managing Director of international ad sales network Hi-Media in 2009, where he lead a team of over 160 people.


Taking place at Do Forni Restaurant inside Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel, the forum will begin with 15-30 minute presentations from each speaker, followed by a Q&A session open to all in attendance.

Tickets are on sale for $49 and include a 3-course meal with free flow soft drinks, wine and beer.

Sponsors for the event include Socialyse, Last 2 Ticket, Southeast Asia Globe, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra and Focus Cambodia.

Register now at

What is Inspire Asean?

Inspire Asean brings together leading thinkers and entrepreneurs to share their stories, insight and inspiration with a new generation of business people and decision makers in one of the world’s most dynamic markets.

Through a series of presentations by industry experts in rapidly growing areas of marketing, technology and business, Inspire Asean provides its audience with actionable key takeaways. Going right down to the nuts and bolts of day-to-day business, Inspire Asean offers guidance, knowledge and exchange that will allow attendees to enhance their careers and catapult their ideas.