About Us

Theindependent.sg brings independent perspective on news and current affairs in Singapore. It is a platform owned and operated by journalists. Started on the 9th of August 2013, the news website brings in-depth perspective and analysis on current affairs, economics and politics in Singapore.
Board of Directors

Mr Kumaran Pillai
Kumaran Pillai, Publisher & Editor

Kumaran is a serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of business experience spanning the ICT and media industries.He is also an active member of the civil society in Singapore and he held the position of  Chief Editor at The Online Citizen (“TOC”), a leading socio-political website in Singapore in 2012.

Under Kumaran’s stewardship, TOC championed issues concerning migrant workers, political independence and other socio-political matters.

Prior to joining TOC, Kumaran ran a successful IT business for more than 12 years. He received local and international awards for his work.

Kumaran is also on the board of several companies and is concurrently the CEO of Apple Seed Pte Ltd, a high-tech venture accelerator in Singapore.

Alfred Dodwell, Legal Adviser
Alfred Dodwell, Director & Legal Advisor

Alfred is a Lawyer at Dodwell & Co LLC, a firm specializing in litigation, corporate, commercial, administrative and constitutional issues. Alfred obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of Warwick.

He began his career as a pupil with Allen & Gledhill, and a legal career with Tan Rajah & Cheah and Drew & Napier LLC before commencing practice as Managing Director, Dodwell & Co LLC.

Joining the world of entrepreneurs with the launch of his own practice, he set out to embrace and extend his passion for the law and the rights of the citizenry with the mission of the firm. Alfred specializes in cases that include defamation actions and is affiliated with the Media Defence – South East

Asia where he also provides valuable insights to lawyers in Freedom of Speech cases throughout South East Asia.

Alfred is also affiliated with the Singapore Academy of Law, the Law Society of Singapore, the International Media Law Association, the International Bar Association. In his free time, he reads extensively, enjoys history, cycling and the study of different religions.

Editorial Board

Ravi Philemon, Editor
Ravi Philemon, Lead Editor

Ravi Philemon started writing for the current affairs website, The Online Citizen, in 2008. He also served in senior leadership position, as well as an editor of that publication for 4 years, till 2012. His opinions and views have been published in several mainstream papers, including The New Paper where he was a regular contributor.

In 2012, Ravi was identified by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Institute of Policy Studies, as one of the prominent thought leaders in Singapore from the media sector and was asked to participate in their PRISM project (a scenario planning exercise which envisioned Singapore in the year 2022 and beyond).

Besides his work in the media sector, Ravi has over 25 years of senior management experience in NGOs. He as also the founding member of MARUAH, a local human rights organisation. Ravi contested in the 2015 General Election as a candidate of the Singapore People’s Party.

Howard Lee, Opinion Editor
Howard Lee, Opinion Editor

Howard Lee is a communications professional with more than 10 years’ spent in government agencies working on public communication campaigns. He was commentaries editor for The Online Citizen and media liaison for the FreeMyInternet movement. He currently lectures at a private education institution, is one of the directors for The Opinion Collaborative Ltd and offers PR services on the side. He is an advocate for media freedom and environmental causes.