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13th Middle East Conference

28 Feb 2018 to 01 Mar 2018
United Arab Emirates (the)

Speakers | 13th Middle East Conference


Editor-in-Chief, Sayidaty & AlJamila Magazine - Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Fahad Alharthi is a Saudi media person, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University, UK, and has a twenty years of experience in the traditional and new media fields.
He started his career in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper in London before joining as a correspondent for the Arab News newspaper, issued in English. He also joined the Financial Times of London as a visiting journalist.
He moved on to work in Al Eqtisadiah newspaper published in Saudi Arabia, and was appointed as a regular journalist, then he became responsible for the front page and the managing editor later. In 1997 he became editor in chief of Arrajol magazine, which was published in London, for the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. During this period, he earned the Gulf Excellence Award in 2002 after the great success of which the magazine has witnessed.

In 2004, he became the editor in chief of Sayidaty and Aljamila magazines, issued for the same group, he took them a year later from London to Media City in Dubai. He played a key role in transforming Sayidaty magazine to a wide range of specialized magazines and websites in the shade of Sayidaty, such as "Sayidaty decor”, "Sayidaty and your baby" and "Sayidaty Fashion ', in addition to issuing the monthly magazine Sayidaty in English.
He became the editor in chief of the Arab News in Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Research and Marketing Group from 2013 until 2016. During this time he has launched the project of the Arab News talk show forum that hosts seminars attended by officials and diplomats to discuss topical issues.
In 2015 he started the program “ bdoonshak” at the mbc channel, which he hosts and manages, the program discusses social issues boldly ,and has raised high controversy and earned a lot of followers in the Arab world.

He won the election of the administration board of the Saudi journalists association in November 3, 2016 and became a member of the Council representing the media sector in Saudi Arabia.
He is a Founding member of the Young Arab Leaders Forum in Davos Middle East. A member of the Gulf 2000 Project at Columbia University in New York, and a Former member of the British Union of Journalists NUJ
Al Harthy earned the creative media award in Beirut in 2014 for his successes in the printed , visual and electronic media.
He currently, in addition to his TV program, “ bdoonshak, heads Arrajol magazine that focuses on dialogues of leaders and powerful personalities in the Arab world. He is also the editor in chief of the magazine Sayidaty, and its publications, Aljamila magazine and its website, in addition to the site, Sayidy, which addresses the Arab youth category.

Al Harthy is an active participant in many Arab and international conferences and forums, in which he has spoken about printed and new media. He shares political articles in the Journal of Asharq Al-Awsat, and Al-Bayan newspapers. He in addition to that has a weekly column in Sayidaty and an article in the monthly magazine Arrajol.

Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Middle East Committee, KSA

Member of the Board of Directors, Dar Al Hayat, UAE

Bachelor of Computer Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 2003.
Trainee in Al Hayat School 2004 program.
Managing Editor of the weekly pages and Head of Investigative Department – Al Hayat newspaper 2004 until 2007.
Director of Communication and spokesman - Rotana media Group 2007 until 2010.
Content and Communication Manager (Saudi television channels development project in collaboration with the English company ITN) - a very creative company 2010 until 2011.
Editor in chief of e-publishing – Dar Al Hayat from 2012 till date.
Member of the Board of directors-Dar Al Hayat from 2014 till date.
Al Hayat School Director – Dar Al Hayat from 2014 so till date.

Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Thomas Jacob was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. In this role, he has responsibilities for developing and implementing the organizations strategy to be the platform for exchange of ideas, information and experiences among the global news publishing industry. Prior to that he was the Deputy CEO, taking care of the regional operations.

Before WAN-IFRA, he worked for DMG Media, publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in UK. As the International Development Director, he identified and evaluated digital media companies in Asia for potential acquisition. He also conceptualized and launched a compact midmarket newspaper, Mail Today for the Indian market as a JV with the India Today Group.

Thomas Jacob is an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. As a summa cum laude, he is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for management in the United States. 

He is a trained engineer in electronics and telecommunications, having graduated with distinction from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, in India. He also underwent advanced studies in computer networking at ICIS, Singapore.

Managing Director, Print Power Europe, Brussels, Belgium

- Consigliere on marketing and communication strategy
- International branding and design, with focus on advertising effectiveness
- (Print) advertising media specialist
- Content creator and curator
- Involved in various trade bodies
- Past Board member STIMA / Stichting Marketing (Belgian Marketing Association)
- Jury member Euro Effies (2012–2013)
- Speaker at various conferences (FIPP, WAN-IFRA, PRIMA, Kodak, Ricoh)
- Winner of Effie Award

Ulbe Jelluma’s focus is on four areas of the communication spectrum: branding, design, innovation and media effectiveness. He writes, speaks and curates information on these subjects. He curates content for printpower.eu, #Printpower, # IWY and Print Power and IWY LinkedIn Groups.

Head of Paid Content, Ekstra Bladet - EKSTRA & Print, Denmark

Lisbeth Langwadt, born 1979, is head of the paid platforms of the Danish tabloid newspaper, Ekstra Bladet. She is in charge of the development of Ekstra Bladet’s digital paid subscription model, Ekstra Bladet+, which you find at ekstrabladet.dk – Denmark’s largest news site. Additionally, she is head of the print paper and a member of the Editorial Board and the Business Management Board of Ekstra Bladet.

She was the editorial lead of a team developing the concept of Ekstra Bladet+ which was launched back in 2013, and is now head of both the editorial and commercial departments of the digital subscription platform.

Ekstra Bladet’s newsroom organization has gone through huge changes the last five of years, and all functions and workflows are now ‘digital first’. Lisbeth Langwadt has been in charge of most of these organizational changes and has led a number of strategic product development processes during the years.

Lisbeth has a cand.comm degree in Journalism. She joined Ekstra Bladet in 2005 and has worked as a reporter, editor and managing editor.

Ekstra Bladet is part of ‘JP/Politikens Hus’ – one of Denmark’s leading media houses.

Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group, United Kingdom

Murdoch MacLennan is Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and was previously CEO of the company for thirteen years.

Before joining the Telegraph he was Group Managing Director of Associated Newspapers and prior to that Managing Director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Born and educated in Scotland he began his career as a graduate trainee at Thompson Regional Newspapers working in a number of their offices.

He is the Chairman of the Press Association Group and Chairman of the Scottish Professional Football League.

From 1997-2003 he was President of IFRA (the global association for Newspapers).  He was Chairman of the Newspapers Publishing Association and is a member of Google DNI Council (Digital News Initiatives).

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paisley, now the University of the West of Scotland and he is an Honorary Professor at the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University and is the Chancellor’s Assessor on the Court of the ​Glasgow ​University.

In 2008-9 he was a member of the Calman Commission, reporting on the future of Scottish devolution and ​is​involved in a number of industry charities.

October 2017

Directora Digital, Times Media Group, Sudáfrica

Lisa MacLeod es la Directora Digital de Times Media Group en Sudáfrica. Anteriormente fue directora general de Digital para Media24.com. Ex-jefa de operaciones de ft.com y Gerente-Editora del Financial Times, hoy supervisa los aspectos operativos de la transición de Times Media Group a un verdadero entorno digital.

Como Editora-Gerente, gerenció la dotación de personal, la planificación estratégica y las funciones presupuestarias para el departamento editorial del FT a nivel mundial.

MacLeod se unió al FT en 2003 durante los cuales ha trabajado en diversos proyectos de integración de la sala de redacción y de reorganización estratégica. Antes de convertirse en editora-gerente, fue jefa de producción editorial, dirigiendo el desarrollo editorial y las funciones de soporte y formación del FT, así como la supervisión de los requisitos de publicación diaria, tanto de la página web y como del periódico. 

Research Associate, Harvard Business School, USA

As a Research Associate at Harvard Business School in the United States, he studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, including news media.  A 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Piechota explored the transformation of the media business and the future of work in creative industries.
In addition, Piechota serves as a digital strategy adviser for Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora) and consults with media companies worldwide. He is a member of the INMA Board of Directors and is a past president of INMA’s Europe Division.
Piechota is an editor and news media executive with 20 years of experience. He began his career at Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora) as a reporter rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation.
Piechota graduated in law. He is married with two small children. He is based in Warsaw and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

CEO, Al Abkaria Holding Company and GM Nebras Films, Saudi Arabia

Niko Ruokosuo, MSc Technology, Finland
25 years of executive positions in Media at VP, SVP and CEO levels in Finland, Germany, California and Saudi Arabia, including 9 years at Los Angeles Times, most recently as President of their Classifieds Business. 4 years at Sanoma Corporation, one of Europe's leading media companies as CEO of one of their Business Units. Founder and CEO of Saudi Arabia's largest cars for sale website for dealers, Abi Sayara. Co-Founder and CEO of a unique polling platform startup. Shareholder and former CEO of a mobile crowdsourcing photo and video company.  Currently CEO of Al Abkaria Holding Company, a construction, interior design, Real Estate and movie production corporation based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

VP and Head of R&D, Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd., India

Parankusha S, VP and Head of R&D is an IT industry veteran and an Artificial Intelligence evangelist. He brings a wealth of experience that spans over a decade in big data, data science, cloud computing, advanced analytics, machine learning, cognitive technologies and artificial intelligence. He has spearheaded the company’s R&D department by introducing several prodigious products. A born-and-bred Bangalorean, he is a specialist in the field of Big Data and is an expert when it comes to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to Ninestars, Parankusha worked in Wipro where he co-conceptualized Wipro HOLMES AI platform and was heading the engineering division of HOLMES EKYC.  Parankusha has a Master’s degree in Management from I.I.M Lucknow and a Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering. 


Director Middle East, WAN-IFRA, Germany

She is responsible for all activities in the Middle East countries, working closely with WAN-IFRA's members in the region. She is in charge of organising regional events and activities in the Middle East region.

Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich

Dr Neil Thurman is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich. Dr Thurman's research focuses on the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet. It has been covered by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Figaro; and been honoured by the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, where he won 'best paper' over four consecutive years. He is on Twitter: @neilthurman

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