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Head of Digital, Times Media Group, South Africa

Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Times Media Group in South Africa. She was previously GM of Digital for Media24.com. A former head of operations for ft.com and Managing Editor of the Financial Times, she now oversees the operational aspects of moving Times Media to a true digital first environment.

As Managing Editor, she managed the staffing, strategic planning and budgetary functions for the FT’s editorial department globally.

MacLeod joined the FT in 2003 during which time she has worked on various strategic newsroom integration and reorganisation projects. Prior to becoming managing editor, she was chief production editor, running the editorial development, support and training functions of the FT as well as overseeing the daily publishing requirements of both the website and newspaper. MacLeod was also a production editor and a commissioning editor on the special reports sections.

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.

Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA

Cherilyn Ireton heads up the World Editors Forum, the global network for editors within WAN-IFRA. She is a seasoned newspaper professional, having spent more than 20 years on South African newspapers, as journalist and editorial manger on the country's leading titles, the Sunday Times and Business Day. She rose to be Chief Operating Officer of BDFM Publishers, the business media joint venture between Pearson, owners of the Financial Times, and Times Media in South Africa which published Business Day newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and Summit TV. She relocated to the UK in 2005 and owned an ran a London-based media consultancy, Presslinks, which advised a variety of international organizations and foreign governments.

President, Lamb Consulting, USA

Peter Lamb

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Lamb is a Strategy Consultant, now living in Miami, Florida, and specialising in media companies. "The goal of my consulting practice is to utilise the sophisticated strategic marketing principles and techniques, learned while doing my MBA at Harvard Business School, meshing them with a hands-on sales approach, to generate new revenue streams for publications and websites. ROI is achieved by focusing on NEW-NEW revenue ... from customers that have never used our products before: print or online."

Business Head Matrimony, ABP Group, India

Lalit Masta is the Business Head at ABP Group. He is responsible for launching the ABP matrimony business and scaling it up within a short span of time. He started up various smaller businesses/verticals within large companies and scale them to national level. Earlier, he worked as Business Head with Bharatmatrimony and built up a new business: Matrimonydirectory.com, a wedding services business which became India´s largest wedding services portal with maximum listings from the marriage services. 

He also worked with Indiamart.com for almost 14 years where he initially joined as a start up employee and was an integral part of the company´s growth from 7 to 3,500 employees.

Director Digital Publishing East-Africa, Ringier, Kenya

Leonie von Elverfeldt, Director Digital Publishing East-Africa for Ringier, manages www.plive.co.ke (est. 2017), the expansion with the pulse brand into new East-African countries and drives Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa as the product manager. Leonie entered the media-landscape in 2012 (after building up two Start-ups in Berlin), by launching and subsequently managing BILDs (Germanys biggest media) paid content scheme BILDplus for almost 5 years.

Chief Strategy Officer, Independent Media, South Africa

Vasantha Angamuthu has 30 years experience in media and communications and is the Chief Strategy Officer at Independent Media South Africa. Her role includes organisational development, product development across print, digital and onground and supporting the leadership team in the development of audience, product and revenue strategies. She also launched and heads up Studio Independent, a branded content agency within Independent Media.

She started her professional life as a political journalist and covered South Africa's transition to democracy including the country's first democratic elections; the constitution-writing process and President Nelson Mandela's time in office.   She left journalism to head the communications unit of the City of Durban, elevating the unit from a PR and media buying unit to a strategic communications unit with a Paid, Owned and Earned (PEO) developmental marketing strategy. In 2007 Vasantha joined Hindustan Times Media in New Delhi as Vice President: Content and Product Development, a role that bridged marketing and editorial. In her five years at HT Media, she launched or redesigned a number of print products, drove the implementation of community and niche print products and conceptualised and launched a number of events.

Managing Director, Health 24, South Africa

Danie Pauw is the Managing Director at Health24, South Africa´s leading digital consumer health company. 

Pauw, a doctor himself, stablished Health24 back in November 2000, a majority stake was sold to Media24, a leading publishing compnay in the Naspers Group. 

Rapidly it becomes the South Africa´s largest consumer health and lifestyle website with 1.2 million unique browsers pm. 

Health24 content is educational, relevant, and medically reviewed. It is accessible and trustworthy, and is designed to enable readers to make informed decisions about their health. Health24 is intended for a general audience. Each month, around 2 million individual people visit the website. 

Group CEO, The Nation Media Group, Kenya

Joe Muganda is the Group CEO for The Nation Media Group (NMG). NMG founded in 1959 by His Highness The Aga Khan, is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa and has operations in print, electronic and digital media and attracts unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. The company is a publicly listed company on the Nairobi, Rwanda, Uganda and Dar-es-Salaam bourses and aspires to be the Media of Africa for Africa.

Muganda holds an MBA from University of Leicester and a Bsc (Econ) Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Buckingham. He previously worked with British American Tobacco in various countries and capacities for 17 years, where he rose to become the Business Unit Head (Southern Africa Markets) and Area Head of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs (East & Central Africa).

Head of Publisher Partnerships, Middle East and Africa, Google, UAE

Dina Amin is head of Publisher Partnerships, Middle East and Africa for Google. She is responsible for developing publisher relationships in the region through strategic planning, new business growth, and digital channel development, she has over 13 years of experience in product development, marketing and sales. Dina joined Google in January 2015, and in her current role works with the largest clients in the region to help them monetize their display, video & mobile inventory through programmatic advertising.

Dina’s background is in FinTech. Before moving to Google, she previously held senior positions at Barclays, including Vice President & CMO of Retail Banking and Head of Digital Banking in the Middle East and Africa. Her previous roles focused on improving the user experience via integrated digital marketing and channel management. She received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester before being awarded a scholarship to read for an MBA from London Business School.

CEO, The Star Publications, Kenya

William Pike was editor and managing director of the New Vision in Uganda for 21 years. With very little investment, he turned it into a highly profitable newspaper company.

In 2007 he moved to Kenya to start the Star which is now the recognised No 3 newspaper in a very competitive market. The Star moved into profit in 2011. The Star is a subsidiary of the Radio Africa Group which operates radio and TV stations in Kenya and grew out of Capital Radio which started in Uganda in 1994.

CEO Jumia Travel, Founder & CEO Jumia Food Africa, Lagos, Nigeria

Joe Falter is the new CEO of Jumia Travel (the leading Online Travel Agency in Africa) and the Founder & CEO of Jumia Food Africa, the #1 marketplace for ordering food in Africa. Since launching JumiaFood in Lagos in November 2012, Mr Falter has overseen the growth of the business to 10 African markets: Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana. 

He started out as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in London, covering consumer, retail banking, climate change and healthcare. Mr Falter left to work with the ex MD of Waitrose, together developing new food retail concepts for FMCG brands, before helping launch an e-commerce business that reaches 9 countries. He has a degree in Government & Economics from the London School of Economics.

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