Contributors’ bios

Matt Rusling

Matt Rusling is an international journalist with a decade of on-the-ground experience in Asia.

The founder of Borderless News Online, Matt has uncovered international human trafficking rings in Southeast Asia and exposed ongoing and years-long relationships between factories using slave labor and major U.S. companies. He has interviewed North Korean refugees, human trafficking survivors, and top Asian business and political leaders.

Hyo Won Shin

Hyo Won covers security issues in Myanmar and Asia. Having grown up in Myanmar prior to the country’s political transformation, she brings an in-depth perspective.

Hla Hpone “Jack” Myint

A native of Myanmar, Hla Hpone “Jack” Myint is a political and business analyst, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. Currently, he is an Associate at the US-ASEAN Business Council headquarters in Washington DC, where he works on Southeast Asia government relations and advocacy efforts for the Council’s Fortune 500 clientele.

Ash Shrivastav

Ash Shrivastav is a Washington, DC based M&A banker where he advises internet software & services companies. He has also led early stage technology companies and managed overall portfolio strategy. He can be reached at

Tara Abhasakun

Tara Abhasakun is a freelance journalist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes about human rights in the Middle East.