Matthew Beech Leppard

Matt is a 41-year-old British graduate, who’s been based in Asia for more than 11 years, and was editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia (TLSEA) when all this started. Prior to this position, he spent more than 15 years working in an editorial capacity in various jobs ranging from department head with the Bangkok Post newspaper to editor/production manager for an online-based company and, even further back, editing such delights as the Journal of Applied Microbiology. Today, he is the Chief Operating Officer and Publishing Director of Mobiliari Media Group, overseeing a number of publications such as Indonesia Tatler, Millionaire Asia, Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty, and Forbes Indonesia.

Passionate about music and movies, Matt is totally obsessed with all things Pink Floyd, from their early 60s incarnation as a happy-go-lucky whimsical pop band to their later doom-mongerly rantings on lunacy and alienation. But he will, when prompted, freely confess to also loving Abba and other frothy pop. Even The Spice Girls and Robbie Williams. Oh yes.

Matt counts Once Upon a Time in America, Withnail & I and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas among his favorite movies, though he also loves comedy. 30 Rock is one of his favorite shows, and he regards Liz Lemon as one of his mentors, even though she’s fictional.

A lifelong insomniac, Matt is always on the lookout for a remedy or solution that is not dangerous, addictive or which causes the munchies…

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