Senior Vice President & Managing Editor at CNN International
Ms Ellana Lee is Senior Vice President of CNN International, based in the Asia Pacific headquarters of Hong Kong. As the most senior executive outside of the U.S. Ms Lee is the Managing Editor for CNN International Asia Pacific and also has global oversight of the network’s expansive roster of feature programs and staff working from production hubs in Hong Kong, London, Abu Dhabi, New York and Atlanta. As head of the Asia Pacific network and its editorial output, Ms Lee manages CNN’s award-winning on-air and online news and feature programming produced throughout the region, including the correspondents and newsgathering teams across 10 operations from Kabul to Seoul. While under her management, CNN has received a variety of prestigious awards in the Asia Pacific region and beyond including 2014 ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’ – the Asian Television Awards and 2014 and 2013 ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ – the Asian Television Awards. Personal accolades include 2011 Peabody Award for CNN’s global coverage of the Arab Spring and 2008 Peabody Award for the network’s global coverage of the U.S presidential primary campaigns and debates. In recognition of her leadership position, Ms Lee was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, is an Asia 21 fellow as awarded by the Asia Society, and a graduate of Harvard’s ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ Executive Program. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms Lee has had a longstanding and accomplished career at CNN, having initially worked in New York as a producer to help launch the program ‘In The Money’. She subsequently worked as a business producer and a senior planning producer, coordinating major events out of the Asia Pacific for the network. Ms Lee holds a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University and an undergraduate degree in History and International Relations from Georgetown University.