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Ad Blocking Action Day

11 Feb 2016
FAZ, Frankfurt am Main
Ad Blocking Action Day

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Confirmed Speakers

Vice President Product Management, WeltN24 GmbH

Lars Janzik
Lars Janzik is responsible for the product management department at WeltN24 (Axel Springer SE), covering digital strategy (software, portal, and mobile in the areas of UX and customer journey). Prior to WeltN24, Lars was as Senior Director responsible for the European product and development of the recruiting solution provider Monster Worldwide. He has over twenty years of solid experience in product management and marketing, and vast experience in the IT/ software/ e-commerce and internet industry. Furthermore, Lars analyzed 2011 in his PhD thesis the impact of user integration via online communities on the innovation process of companies.    

Head of Product Development FAZ.net, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

Nico Wilfer

Nico Wilfer heads product development for the digital products of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany´s largest nationwide newspapers. This include the news portal faz.net as well as several mobile products. Prior to joining F.A.Z., Nico worked five years in digital product management positions at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Before that he was founder of myBlog, Germany´s once biggest weblog platform, which at the time hosted up to more than 50 % of German blogs. 

Editorial Product Manager, Aftonbladet

Lena Widman

Lena Widman is a journalist who has held a number of positions on Aftonbladet editorial staff, as Managing Editor, News Editor and Lifestyle Editor.
She has been a vital part of the exciting journey when Aftonbladet.se expanded to've become Sweden's leading news source. In recent years, she has had a central role in product development, including leading the team that created Aftonbladet 'highly successful mobile app. She is now Product Manager, and is responsible for editorial product development.

Director, Global Advisory - WAN-IFRA, Germany

Ben is a leading expert on digital media, and at WAN-IFRA he has the task of providing independent advice on digital strategy and organisational change. He will also lead the various WAN-IFRA initiatives to support the media industry in its transformation.

Previously, he was Shaw Media's Chief Digital Officer, and focused in driving digital revenue and audience for their digital products in the United States. Shaw was also the company’s CTO and previously IT Director. He oversaw the alignment of all technologies to Shaw’s audience and revenue growth strategies. He was also actively involved in optimizing Shaw Media's over 100 print and digital publication products and workflows. He is a licensed Apple iOS Developer and an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist.

Executive Director of Europe and Africa, WAN-IFRA, Germany

As Director of Europe and Africa for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Ralf is responsible for the organisation's numerous activities in the region. He has over a decade of experience in digital media working in varied roles. After completing a journalistic apprenticeship at a regional newspaper, Ralf began his career as an editor and editorial team leader for T-Online in Germany. He went on to hold leadership positions at Coop Press, ETH Zurich, Information Architects and Denon Allmedia in Switzerland. Ralf has a Masters Degree in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of Tübingen.

Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, Ireland

Johnny Ryan
Dr. Johnny Ryan is Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, working to sustain online publishing and respond to the growing phenomenon of adblocking. Previously he was Executive Director of The Innovation Academy, and Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, where he established a multi-million euro Big Data programme, and introduced startups inside the 154 year old newspaper. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge from 2011-14. His second book "A History of the Internet and the Digital Future" is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford.

Founder & CEO, Think Privacy, Poland

Alexander Hanff

Alexander Hanff is a globally respected privacy expert and advocate with a background in computer science, pyschology, sociology and law. For over twenty years Alexander has worked in the field of technology, specifically online technologies and has had a diverse career from technical management roles to training and teaching. In 2005 Alexander decided to investigate the impact of technology on society and returned to University to study these issues as a sociologist, then in 2008 moved into privacy advocacy full time.

In April 2009, Alexander joined Privacy International to manage their online privacy portfolio. During his time at Privacy International, he spoke at dozens of conferences around the world on issues of privacy, identity and the impact of technology on human rights – giving speeches from Brazil to Beijing. Furthermore, Alexander filed complaints with regulators on issues regarding online privacy and engaged in stakeholder consultations with a number of public sector bodies including the FTC, European Commission, UK Home Office and various other public and private sector organisations on issues ranging from Online Behavioural Advertising, ePrivacy, Surveillance and Identity.

Alexander has given hundreds of press and media interviews on privacy issues and is regularly quoted in mainstream media. He left Privacy International in January 2012 after nearly three years to pursue his interests in privacy enhancing solutions and technologies and currently advises organisations focused on these issues across the globe.

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