Ross Settles

Ross Settles, MDIF Senior Advisor for Digital Media, is a media and business development consultant and investor, who worked with MDIF client Malaysiakini, the largest independent online news portal in Malaysia, immediately prior to joining MDIF. His work with Malaysiakini focused on new online products and services as part of a year-long Knight International Journalism Fellowship. Ross previously managed the online business and editorial operations for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and directed marketing and business development for Knight Ridder Digital. Before Knight Ridder, Ross led marketing and international development efforts for technology media company Red Herring Communications, and worked in marketing and product development with Times Mirror. He was also publisher of the Open Media Research Institute (OMRI) in Prague, Czech Republic. Ross holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies from Princeton University. He has spent over a decade in China and East Asia, and speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese, and is based in California.