Speakers | Digital Media Asia 2017

Digital Media Asia 2017

31 Oct 2017 to 02 Nov 2017
Orchard Hotel
Singapore

Speakers | Digital Media Asia 2017

Speakers

Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development,The Washington Post

Shailesh Prakash is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development at The Washington Post. He is responsible for all aspects of Product Development and Technology, including web, mobile, video, print and advertising. Under his leadership, and in close partnership with the newsroom, The Post has seen tremendous digital growth. The Post’s digital audience hit an all-time high in November 2016, reaching 107 million unique visitors in the U.S. alone. The Post also had the largest mobile audience of any individual news/information site in the US in October 2016.

AdWeek named The Washington Post the “Hottest Digital Publication” in 2016. In 2015, Fast Company magazine named The Washington Post “The World’s Most Innovative Media Company” and Digiday recognized The Post as “Most Innovative Publisher.”

Prakash has also spearheaded the development of Arc Publishing, The Post’s rapidly growing softwareas-as-service business. This state-of-the-art digital platform and suite of tools is engineered to meet the needs of modern publishers and currently serves more than a dozen clients in the U.S. and around the world.

Shailesh has an extensive track record in senior positions spanning multiple industries. He began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley moving to positions of increasing responsibility at Sun Microsystems and Netscape and Microsoft where he was a key member of the Bing search engine.

Before coming to The Washington Post in August 2011, he was the Vice President in charge of Technology for Sears Holdings, where he oversaw end-to-end technology functions for sears.com, kmart.com, craftsman.com and kenmore.com, which collectively generate more than $3 billion in annual e-Commerce revenue.

An engineer at heart and by training, Shailesh holds a BS in Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai, a MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an MBA from Georgia State University.

CEO, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd, Hong Kong

Gary Liu is the CEO of SCMP. Prior to this, Liu is the former chief executive of New York-based news aggregator Digg, and previously led Spotify Labs at the Swedish music and streaming service provider.

During Liu’s tenure, Digg’s new products and innovations established the company as an industry-leading content data and discovery platform. Digg’s revenues tripled over the previous 12 months, while average monthly reach and traffic grew materially amid declines among competitors.

Prior to Digg, Liu was head of Spotify Labs, where he led emerging technologies, incubation, research and new business strategies for Spotify’s global markets, including corporate development activities to accelerate machine-learning and big data adoption across the company.

Liu also led Ad Product Strategy, designing monetisation platforms that powered Spotify’s free business across 58 countries.

Journalist, CEO, Montgomery Multimedia, USA

Robb Montgomery is a video and innovation expert based in Berlin, Germany and the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism.” As a WAN-IFRA consultant, he works with journalists to develop mobile video projects and as a design-thinking leader, he guides internal teams at media companies to rapidly develop actionable prototypes and new products. For Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia, Montgomery developed the world's first mobile journalism school and has trained thousands of journalists in video storytelling, social media, and design thinking processes.


He produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at FH Vienna Journalism School, EFJ Journalism School (Paris) and the Danish School of Journalism. Montgomery was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015.


In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with course packs of video tutorials that teach social video, mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.


These courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, RTÉ Ireland TV, and many public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. His MOJO course is a required subject for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France.


Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times and the San Francisco Examiner.


His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.

Chief Digital Officer, DigitalConsult, Denmark

Steffen Damborg (MBA) is a Digital Director and board member with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of running an online business in the Scandinavian media market, and a digital disruption specialist. Currently his focus is on the DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION of the media industry, different aspects of online media publishing, strategic development and emergent approaches towards new sustainable digital business models in the disrupted Nordic region media market. In 2016 he was appointed Group Discussion Leader within the area of the Business of Media & Entertainment at Harvard Business School.

Social Media Consultant and Founder of Social Video Company, HashtagOurStories, UK

Sumaiya Omar is a social media consultant and founder of social video company HashtagOurStories. She specializes in outsourcing video post-production services to emerging markets, reducing costs for media houses and easing digital workflows so creatives can focus on telling better stories.

Sumaiya has spent the last five years experimenting with emerging news platforms like Snapchat and Instagram in South Africa, India and the UK and has conducted mobile journalism workshops with broadcasters across Europe.

Senior Social Reporter, CNN, UK

Yusuf Omar is an award-winning senior social reporter based in CNN's London bureau. Omar works within the global CNN Social team, with a special focus in mobile storytelling, including programming CNN's Snapchat Discover channel.

Omar's forays in mobile journalism began in 2010, when he hitchhiked from South Africa to Syria with nothing but his smartphone and a small handheld camera to tell his story. Since then, he's used mobile technology to report from the frontlines of the Syrian war to the #ZumaMustFall protests in Johannesburg.

Omar spent five years covering the African continent as Mobile Journalism lead at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) and reporting for the Independent Newspapers group in South Africa. Most recently, Omar was mobile editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he was tasked with building a mobile journalism team, training 750 reporters to tell stories using their mobile devices.

Co-Founder, Scroll, USA

Sachin Doshi is the Co-Founder of Scroll.com, a startup that wants to roll up a selection of stories from a wide variety of publishers and sell monthly subscriptions. Their mission is to enable frictionless access to a thriving free press. 

Before Scroll, Sachin was VP of Content and Distribution at Spotify. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Computer Science and Economics. 

Founder & CEO, HKcNews.com, Hong Kong

Daisy Li is CEO and founder of the website hkcnews.com. She was previously in charge of action news for Taiwan's Apple Daily.

CEO, DB Digital, India

 Gyan Gupta is the CEO of Dainik Bhaskar Digital, India's 2nd Largest Digital group and news site.

Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and serves as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

His work focuses on changes in the news media, on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond.

Managing Director, Australian Metro Publishing, Fairfax Media

Chris is Managing Director of Australian Metro Publishing at Fairfax Media. Prior to this appointment he was Director of Publishing Innovation. In his current role, Chris oversees The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, WAtoday and Fairfax's Life Media brands (Traveller, Good Food, Essential Baby, Essential Kids).

Chris was previously the founding CEO of HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media, and has more than 20 years' experience building market-leading digital media businesses. He was also the founding CEO of Allure Media, one of Australia's largest independent digital publishers, and responsible for launching Business Insider, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, POPSUGAR and ShopStyle in Australia.

Chris' previous experience includes senior editorial roles at News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star.

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.

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