Kris LeBoutillier




Kris LeBoutillier has worked across Asia for 25 years, from Afghanistan to Australia, Tibet to Indonesia as a journalist and content director for Visa. He has three books to his name, including On the Iron Rails of the Orient published by Marshall Cavendish, and worked as an assignment photographer and writer for National Geographic Traveler and Books.

From 2013 to 2022, LeBoutillier worked with Visa Corp as Digital Content Director for Asia Pacific based in Singapore. 

Through his experience at Visa, LeBoutillier gained extensive management and editorial experience with a number of digital content campaigns, projects and events that spanned across Asian markets. He oversaw the creation of digital strategy that included video, written and animated short stories that explained Visa’s network and security technology, and the positive impact e-payments have on economies and merchants around the region in multiple languages and formats. 

LeBoutillier worked closely with the corporate social marketing team to get the content in front of desired audiences both B2B and consumer, and has commissioned extensive paid advertising campaigns for video content on digital platforms including LinkedIn and YouTube.  

LeBoutillier worked as a photojournalist through his production company located in Singapore, his images featured in renowned publications like National Geographic Traveler, Washington Post, Men’s Journal and Forbes among many others. He had exhibitions of his work in Singapore and a solo show at the Press Club in Cambodia.
LeBoutillier covered hard news stories like the 2004 Indonesian tsunami for Getty Images, as well as business news and portraits for Forbes and other international magazines and newspapers.
In 2010 and 2011, he worked as a contractor for USAID and other government agencies collecting video, images and reporting on counterinsurgency programs across Afghanistan. He lived and worked in Kandahar and the western city of Farah. He often worked ‘outside the wire’ working with small teams of Afghans, US and other coalition government officials to create reports about progress and success of donor programs.

Since 2013 LeBoutillier has also taught part-time at Lasalle School of the Arts in Singapore.

He is a popular teacher of street photography and visual storytelling. His teaching style involves heavy hands-on learning and classroom critique, with emphasis on telling a story through a single or series of images. He also ran a workshop business from 2007 to 2011, bringing National Geographic and Magnum photographers such as Mike Yamashita and Steve McCurry to Asia to work with emerging photographers eager to hone their skills.

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