Speakers | Digital Media Asia 2018

Digital Media Asia 2018

07 Nov 2018 to 09 Nov 2018
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong

Speakers | Digital Media Asia 2018

Speakers

This year's confirmed speakers are: 

Speakers

CEO, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd

Gary Liu is CEO of South China Morning Post, a leading English-language media company covering China and Asia. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong and is the city’s newspaper of record. Along with its flagship news products, SCMP also publishes Hong Kong’s premier lifestyle and fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Elle Men, Esquire and Cosmopolitan. Prior to joining SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Spotify Labs, where he led emerging technologies and business strategies for Spotify’s global markets, after joining as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.

Born in the United States, Gary grew up in Taiwan and New Zealand, before returning to the American Northeast where he lived and worked for 20 years. He currently lives in Hong Kong with his wife Katrina, a pediatric dentist. Gary is an Economics graduate from Harvard University.

CEO, Stuff, Fairfax Media New Zealand

Sinead Boucher

Sinead was appointed Stuff CEO in August 2017, following a career of more than two decades in media in New Zealand and abroad. Prior to becoming CEO, Sinead was New Zealand Group Executive Editor for four years, responsible for New Zealand’s largest newsroom. Under Sinead’s guise, Stuff’s stable of newspapers, magazines and number one news site, Stuff.co.nz, grew to record audience numbers and was named New Zealand’s most influential publishing brand.

Sinead started her career as a reporter for The Press and gained international experience in London working as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site and as a general correspondent for Reuters’ London bureau. She was Stuff’s first digital editor, leading the growth of the young Stuff site into the largest digital brand in New Zealand.

In 2015, Sinead won Fairfax’s internal Woman of Influence Award recognising the special role she has had in advancing gender diversity, at Fairfax and beyond.

Sinead was also awarded the 2012 Wolfson Fellowship prize, the highest personal accolade in New Zealand journalism.

Sinead is a strong leader with a passion for inclusive and diverse workplaces and digitally-advanced business.

Chief Product Officer, Fairfax Media, Australia

Tasked with leading the re-engineering of its metro publishing portfolio, Jess joined Fairfax Media in October 2016, following a 20 year career in media and digital consultancy in both Australia and abroad. Prior to joining Fairfax, she established digital studio, Wilson Fletcher in Australia and New Zealand, where she specialised in early-stage product development and led strategic digital programmes for some of the region’s most recognised media brands including The Australian, ABC, NZ Herald and Sky TV. A paid content specialist, Jess pioneered digital subscription and membership models at British Consumer Organisation, Which?, where she helped grow its online services into the largest consumer subscription website in Europe. She is a passionate digital leader and was last year named Innovation Champion in Fairfax’s Women of Influence Awards recognising the role she has played driving the digital transformation of the business. 

Head of Editorial, Schibsted Media, Norway

Torry Pedersen is Head of Editorial and a member of Schibsted Media's top management team. He was previously the CEO/Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS, Norway’s most read news-site/newspaper. He began his career as a journalist in Fredrikstad Blad 1981, and has more than 35 years of experience in journalism and publishing.

Pedersen has been Managing Editor in VG, Editor in Chief/Publisher in VG Multimedia AS, CEO of Verdens Gang AS and from 2011, both CEO and Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS. 

He was educated at the Norwegian School of Management (formerly the Bedriftsøkonomisk Institutt), Oslo 1979 and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has been awarded the "Chief Editor of the Year Award" in Norway, and during his time as Editor in Chief and CEO, Verdens Gang won several prizes.

VGs is among the most profitable news organisations in Europe and its news-sites on desktop, mobile, tablet and paper, have nearly 2.4 million daily readers.

General Manager Premium, BILD, Germany

Tobias Henning is the General Manager Premium of the popular German newspaper BILD. BILD has a daily print circulation of nearly 2 million copies sold and reaches in digital around 20 million unique users per month. BILD is the most widely read news media brand in Germany. As General Manager Premium he is responsible for BILD’s digital paid content offer „BILDplus“. With almost 400,000 digital subscribers BILDplus is the most successful paid content offer in Germany. Prior to working at BILD, Tobias served as executive assistant to the CEO of AXEL SPRINGER and project leader at DIE WELT where he introduced the first paywall at a national news media brand in Germany. DIE WELT and BILD belong to AXEL SPRINGER, one of the biggest digital publishing houses in Europe.

Founder / CEO / CTO, SmartChain Media

Alex Riggs-Miller is founder and CEO of SmartChain Media, a premiere media and blockchain company that is transforming entertainment. SmartChain Media is creating a platform that levels the playing field for content creators all over the world regardless of gender, language, location or race.

Although the core of his work has been around business and technology Alex has had deep passion for storytelling and the narratives that fill our world. This passion allowed him to create a platform that unites viewers and content creators, which improves the quality of entertainment and creates a model where anyone can benefit. He has also been working with blockchain technology since 2012 and considered a veteran in such a young industry, this allows him to offer great insights that bridge standard technology with blockchain in order to bring real world applications forward.

Alex Riggs-Miller has over 23 years of experience in IT consulting, business management and business consulting with a global acumen spanning 10 countries and 17 industries. He is an expert and entrepreneur in the following industries; technology, crowdfunding, entertainment, blockchain, content delivery networks (CDN), content management systems (CMS), desktop virtualization, cloud architecture (Public, Private, Hybrid), SaaS, DaaS, VoIP, VDI, mobility, and a deep understanding of web & social media platforms.

His experience comes from strategic and operational roles in some of the world’s key companies and agencies: Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Goldman Sachs, NetApp, VMware, Gensler, Sprint, John Hancock Financial, Kaiser Permanente, Kaman Aerospace, DOD, CENTCOM, FDA, HHS, NIH, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, USPS, US Navy, US Army, DOJ, and GAO.

Co-founder & Head, Forkast.News

Angie Lau

Angie Lau is Co-founder and Head of Forkast.News, a digital news network on all things blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Angie is an award-winning global journalist and business thought leader based in Hong Kong, where she most recently was one of Bloomberg Television’s anchors with her own show, First Up with Angie Lau.

This 20+ year veteran of journalism now also advises disruptive, global companies in tech from U.S. to Asia as the founder of Narramur: a cutting-edge communications firm based on narrative and technology.

Director of News Partnerships (APAC), Facebook

Anjali Kapoor

Anjali Kapoor is the Director of News Partnerships for APAC, Facebook where she supports the news industry in the region by partnering with quality publishers in Asia. She is a focused digital leader with a passion for creating engaging experiences for targeted audiences.

Over the past 18 years she has played a significant role in developing and growing audiences and revenue for large media and technology companies. She has been fortunate to work at the intersection of journalism, digital media and technology for companies like Yahoo and Microsoft, and for the past eight years working in traditional newsrooms helping journalists to tell their stories in new ways and build sustainable digital business models. Most recently she was at Bloomberg Asia where she developed the regional digital strategy for APAC and India and worked with over 600 journalists and partners across the region.

Head, Product & Marketing, Bloomberg|Quint

Ankit Dhadda

Ankit Dhadda is a digital marketing and product professional with over nine years of experience across education, personal finance & media. He currently heads marketing and product for Bloomberg|Quint and helped establish the Bloomberg|Quint Brand Studio.

Prior to Bloomberg|Quint, he was heading marketing for BigDecisions.com, a NewsCorp company in India and handling the digital portfolio for the education venture of the Times of India Group.

He holds a master’s degree in marketing and finance, and when not in the office, prefers to run and watch Arsenal play football.

Director, Tribunnews.com & VP, Entertainment News, Kompas Gramedia

Dahlan Dahi

Dahlan Dahi has been a journalist for 24 years. He is co-founder of Tribunnews.com and is currently serving as Director of Tribunnews.com and VP of Entertainment News at Kompas Gramedia.

Deputy Chief Editor, New Media Center, Xinhua News Agency

He Dawei

Dr He Dawei is Deputy Chief Editor of the New Media Center at Xinhua News Agency.

This PhD in Law is a board member of Xinhua Zhiyun Technology Co. Ltd., founding team member of the Xinhua News App by the New Media Service of Xinhua News Agency and Xinhua's mobile news production platform - Spot News Cloud.

Senior Manager, Business Development, Reuters News Agency

Erika Tapalla

Erika Tapalla is a media professional with extensive experience in news content creation and delivery platforms. At Reuters News Agency, she leads business development initiatives, develops meaningful partnerships and brings content services to market in Asia Pacific.

Erika was an investigative TV reporter and news journalist covering natural disasters and national security in the Philippines. Holding a Journalism degree from Ateneo de Manila University, she was the first multimedia reporter in the Philippines breaking news and producing short-form video content for the web and mobile in 2008.

Chief Product Officer, Singapore Press Holdings

Gaurav Sachdeva

As Chief Product Officer, Gaurav is driving the vision, strategy, design, development and monetization of Singapore Press Holding’s digital media content and products. Backed with 15+ years of experience in technology, business strategy and product management, Gaurav was Head of Product for Growth team at Grab, Product Leader at Autodesk & Adobe driving their respective products portfolios, whilst defining the next generation strategy and steering core thinking for these products through business model transformation. Gaurav has an MBA from Indian School of Business (India), and has a background in computer science and engineering from Cambridge University (UK) and Delhi College of Engineering (India). Outside of work he dwells in photography and music, and was the lead singer of two Indian rock bands, which he co-founded. 

Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Press Holdings

Glen Francis

Glen Francis has over 20 years of technology experience and has served on a number of executive boards and forums.

Prior to SPH, he was the President and founder of CIO Academy Asia, Vice President for the IT Management Association, and President and founder of IDeationEdgeAsia. He continues to serve on the Singapore University of Social Sciences as its technology board chair. 

As Group CIO for Global Logistic Properties Limited (“GLP”), Glen was responsible for Technology across the organization’s global operations across 110 cities. He joined GLP, which has a market capitalization of approximately US$10 billion, shortly after its listing in Singapore and helped set up its technology platforms, security framework, data center, organizational, project management office, IT management office and mergers & acquisitions requirements for expansion and joint ventures.

Founder, VanMedia Group

Glenn van Zutphen

In 29 years as a professional journalist, Glenn van Zutphen worked in print, radio, television and online news while based in the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore as Regional News Editor for CNBC Asia/Pacific, Anchor, Producer & Reporter at CNN International, reporter and anchor for Hong Kong’s Wharf Cable Television, and a TV and radio broadcaster for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp).

Glenn is a past-President of The Atlanta Press Club, Singapore’s Foreign Correspondents Association as well as a member of the Singapore Press Club and the Asian American Journalists Association.

A career international journalist and a frequent TV, radio and podcast commentator, Glenn is the founder of VanMedia Group Pte Ltd, an international media consultancy coaching high-performing C-Suite and D-Suite leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs. He is an accomplished global keynote speaker, meeting facilitator, and event host.

Glenn holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Management from Hyper Island Singapore/Teesside University (UK) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

CEO, RGB Media

Grig Davidovitz is the CEO of RGB Media, a company that specializes in developing journalism in the New Media age, with clients in the US, Europe and Israel. Prior to that, he was the Editor of Israel's Haaretz websites.

News Editor - Executive Producer R.AGE, Star Media Group

Ian Yee is a news editor, journalist and executive producer currently managing a multiple award-winning multimedia news platform based in Malaysia called R.AGE.

Ian manages a team of journalists, video production staff, a number of news platforms, social media accounts, projects, events and campaigns all under the R.AGE umbrella.

Co-Founder and CEO, MioTech

Jianyu (Jason) Tu, Stanford MBA, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Co-Founder and CEO of MioTech. Jason’s career spans across banking and tech startups around the globe. He kicked off his career at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong and has since then worked at a number of startups such as WeLab and Robinhood in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

MD, WoodWing APAC & Digital Services

John Fong is the Managing Director at WoodWing Digital Services and Asia Pacific.

WoodWing Software is a global market leader in everything to do with multichannel publishing and digital asset management software. WoodWing enables brands, marketers, creative agencies and publishers to increase quality, reduce costs, shorten time-to-market and develop new revenue streams and to realize the full potential of their content.

Our Digital Services division specialises in consultancy for newsroom editorial workflow, multi-channel publishing solution and templates design for both print and digital publications. He has implemented various newsroom projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong. 

Managing Director, Europe & Asia, CoinDesk

Joon Ian Wong

Joon Ian Wong manages CoinDesk’s business in Europe and Asia, based in London. He joined CoinDesk as a reporter soon after it launched in 2013, then built its events business in 2015 with the Consensus conference. He recently rejoined CoinDesk after nearly three years with Quartz as its European technology correspondent, where he worked on several noteworthy Quartz projects including its subscription newsletter, its book, and its Obsessions newsletter. He has also been a reporter in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, New York City, and Singapore. 

Program Director, WAN-IFRA APAC

A lawyer by training, Joon-Nie spent over 15 years in broadcast television as a reporter, interactive producer, current affairs producer and news editor at Channel News Asia and its predecessors SBC News and TCS News. She has won several in-house awards for reporting, executive producing and best ‘live’ coverage and a Student Emmy for her Masters documentary project produced at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism while under a fellowship from MediaCorp. 

In her seven years teaching at Nanyang Technological University, Joon-Nie set up and headed Newsplex Asia, a US$700,000 convergent training newsroom and media lab in partnership with WAN-IFRA.

Besides being a Vice-President of the Singapore Press Club for over 10 years and co-founding the Hacks/Hackers Singapore chapter in 2015, Joon-Nie is also a regular speaker and trainer at conferences, workshops and industry panels both locally and abroad and is a mentor/adviser to two media start-ups.

Head of News & Publishing Partnerships, APAC, Google

Kate Beddoe

Kate Beddoe is the head of news and publishing partnerships in APAC. Prior to joining Google in July 2015 she had been working in the Australian media industry for over 20 years, the last 15 in digital roles in both pure digital business and traditional media companies.

Her focus is on bringing the best of Google to news and publishing partners in the region and making sure that the unique needs of the region are well reflected in Google’s approach to the news ecosystem.

As a former journalist in magazine and digital newsrooms Kate is committed to using storytelling to drive real business outcomes, for Google and it’s news partners in APAC. In her time she's created new teams, walked in to manage old ones, owned P&Ls and operated in environments where she had influence but no control. All of which makes her excited and empathic to the challenges faced in the modern news ecosystem.

When not working, Kate enjoys to spend time with her husband and two amusing children; travelling and perfecting the mix of a good espresso martini.

Asia Regional Editor, Reuters

Kevin Krolicki

A Reuters veteran, Kevin Krolicki has worked for Reuters for 22 years in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Detroit, Washington and Singapore. He is currently based out of Singapore in the capacity of Regional Editor for Asia at Reuters.  

Kevin has been with Reuters since 1996. During his time with the company, he has served as a producer and bureau chief for the West Coast, Detroit, Japan and—more recently—Washington.

Kevin started work as a journalist near the peak of the Japanese asset bubble in 1989. He spent six years as a market and policy reporter at Knight Ridder (later Bridge News) and became Tokyo bureau chief there in 1995. He joined Reuters in 1996 as a producer for what was then Reuters Financial Television and became Asia editor for that service.

In 2000, Kevin was named West Coast Equities EIC based in Los Angeles. In 2006, Kevin returned to Detroit, his home town, as bureau chief. In 2008, he was one of the team of reporters who won a SABEW “Best in Business” award for coverage of GM’s merger talks with Chrysler. He was named Reuters Editor of Year in 2013. Kevin graduated from Harvard University and has a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of Michigan.

Technology Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Kong Ho is the Technology Editor at the South China Morning Post, leading a team of reporters and editors dedicated to covering technology in Asia, with a particular focus on China.

In his previous positions at Bloomberg News, he reported and edited out of Shanghai and Singapore for over a decade. One of his last roles at Bloomberg News was leading coverage of the automotive industry in Asia.

Prior to Bloomberg, Kong Ho wrote for The Asian Banker and Singapore Press Holdings' publications - The Straits Times, The Sunday Times and Streats.

Head of Data, South China Morning Post

Korey Lee

Korey Lee joined the South China Morning Post in March, 2017 to spearhead the data operations of the now 115-year-old news organization. 

Before joining the SCMP, Korey was Vice President of Analytics at KeyMe, a New York-based hardware startup that leverages computer vision technology and machine learning to provide an automated and seamless key duplication experience for customers across the US. Previously, he was co-founder and CIO of SumAll, a connected data platform for over 500,000 businesses worldwide. Prior to this, he led the business intelligence and analytics teams at AppNexus and Squarespace. Korey has also worked in various capacities at Google, including revenue strategy, sales finance, payment operations, and business analytics. He was previously with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in venture capital tax and audit.

Korey holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration, and a B.S. degree in Economics from University of California Berkeley.

Associate Director, Digital Services Innovation Division, The Asahi Shimbun

Kyoko ITO is an Associate Director of Digital Services Innovation Division who oversees digital marketing, new digital business development, international digital news services, and advertising. She started her career at a major internet provider services company as a planner/developer of new digital contents. In 2001, she moved to The Asahi Shimbun and has since built her career as a digital/mobile services producer, web marketer, digital ads developer and ads sales strategist. Her career includes a stint at the paper’s San Jose office in Silicon Valley in 2003, where her duty included the global coordination of digital news distribution, reporting on IT affairs and the management of computer servers. In 2015, she won a prize in an essay contest held by the Japan Newspaper Association with her entry entitled “Newspapers Readers Are The Source of Business and The Realization of Marketing Automation for Internet Users.” A highly-skilled administrative professional and business planner, she concurrently serves as a director of the Japan Interactive Advertising Association (JIAA). She graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies with a major in Russian and East European studies.

Content Strategist, Mediati

Simon Park works as a content strategist for Mediati, a Seoul-based media startup accelerator. He helps young media companies plan, test, publish, examine their content. 

At Mediati, Park also works as a consultant for legacy media companies which are having problems in creating mobile and digital content. After decades of near market domination, most Korean newspapers and television networks are facing steep challenges from big digital platform companies. Mediati is helping the media scene evolve in South Korea. 

Park has an eclectic range of interests and writes regularly for various media outlets on media, technology, design, and American politics.

CEO, Escenic, Norway

Mark van de Kamp heads up Escenic, a CCI-owned media tech company specializing in CMS platforms. Mark’s mission is to make digital storytelling more intuitive for the creators and more engaging for the audiences. He is one of the driving forces behind the development of CUE, the new cutting-edge digital publishing platform from CCI and Escenic.

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CEO, The Civil Media Company

Matthew Iles studied journalism at Duke University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career in digital marketing and innovative business modeling. He is CEO of The Civil Media Company, whose mission is to power independent, sustainable journalism throughout the world using blockchain and cryptoeconomics. The company has US$5m in funding from ConsenSys and was recently featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Quartz and Adweek.

Branded Content Director, South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd, Hong Kong

Michala is tasked with creating engaging content that communicates a brand’s campaign while up-keeping the SCMP tone and values. Prior to joining the SCMP, she spent more than eight years creating video and sponsored content for CNN International. Previously a producer on their special projects unit, Michala has a diverse portfolio ranging from documentaries, travel and lifestyle to social and digital content.

Strategic Partner Manager, Instagram APAC

Nicci Meek

Nicci Meek is the Strategic Partner Manager for Instagram in APAC. She works closely with creators and public figures to help them make the most of the platform and reach their goals. Prior to joining Instagram, Nicci spent over seven years working in traditional media production before transitioning into partnerships for brand integration & broadcast talent for various networks/production companies. This eventually led her to her previous role in Channel Partnerships working for Foxtel.  At Foxtel she worked as a liaison for the major external channel groups, including Discovery, Turner, Disney, Viacom and the BBC. One of her favourite career moments was launching the Foxtel Kids App in 2016.

Nicci holds a Bachelor of Media in Screen Production degree, loves cooking, watching any sport and is based in Singapore.

Director, Client Solutions and Custom Content, The Wall Street Journal Custom Studios

Nicole leads the Wall Street Journal Custom Studios team in APAC to produce content marketing, creative solutions and thought leadership in digital, print, events, and research for clients. Nicole and her team work together with the Media Sales team to drive revenue through non-traditional advertising means.

Previously, Nicole was the Head of Production for digital creative agency Razorfish in both Hong Kong and Sydney, before joining Dow Jones in 2016.

Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director 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.

Executive Producer, Abacus, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Ravi Hiranand was appointed Executive Producer of the South China Morning Post in January 2018. He is in charge of the editorial direction and content creation of Abacus, SCMP’s news product reporting all about China tech for the rest of the world.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ravi has spent 14 years at CNN International in Hong Kong, covering a wide range of news from the Mumbai terror attacks to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In 2011, he launched the network’s flagship Asia primetime show, News Stream, a global newscast with a heavy focus on technology stories.

Outside of work, Ravi can often be found flying across Hong Kong with his drone, exploring virtual worlds in video games, and building tiny worlds with LEGO.

Pre-Sale Director, Asia-Pacific, T Brand Studio International, The New York Times

Reno Ong is Pre-Sale Director, Asia-Pacific, for The New York Times’ T Brand Studio in Hong Kong. Reno oversees T Brand’s pre-sale strategy and client outreach in the Asia-Pacific region, identifying opportunities to develop compelling branded content across the publisher’s digital and print platforms.

Prior to joining The New York Times, Reno was the Director of Digital Strategy at Hong Kong luxury-lifestyle media startup #legend and the International Homepage and Audience Engagement Editor at TIME. A journalist at heart, he previously copyedited the international edition of TIME magazine, handling global coverage that encompassed current affairs, politics, business and culture.

Founder & Director, YAP Global, London

Samantha Yap
Samantha Yap is the Founder & Director of YAP Global based in London. She's a fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency media specialist with past experience working as an international freelance journalist in Jakarta, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Prior to delving into fintech PR at the beginning of 2017, she worked at ChannelNews Asia in Singapore as a broadcast journalist and current affairs producer. At ChannelNews Asia, she worked on its flagship talk show programme, Perspectives, and produced several other programmes including a special documentary filmed in Jakarta. 

Former Managing Director, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

Steven was a member of NZZ-Mediengruppe’s executive management board from February 2014 to September 2018 and managing director of the business unit NZZ Medien from January 2015. He led the business along with the editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Eric Gujer.

Previously, he was an associate partner in the Zurich office of McKinsey & Company and member of the leadership of the firm’s European media practice. He has extensive experience in advising media, sports and telecommunications companies.

Steven studied business administration (marketing, finance, computer science) at the University of Bayreuth and earned his doctorate in innovation management at the University of Aachen in 2008. Steven is married and is father to three children.

Managing Editor, TheSignal.asia

Teymoor Nabili is a veteran international journalist based in Singapore. 

Over a 28-year career he has anchored, reported and produced news and programmes for the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNBC, CNN and Channel NewsAsia. He has reported major breaking stories from the field, including 9/11, the Asian Tsunami and the Japan earthquake, and covered global events from the studio like the Arab spring and the global financial crisis. Among hundreds of high profile interviews with political and business leaders, he has sat down with Kofi Annan, Goh Chok Tong, Hun Sen, Mahathir Mohammed, Najib Razak, Thaksin Shinawat and Chris Patten, to name but a few.

He is now in the process of launching an online media initiative - TheSignal.asia - devoted to demystifying the blockchain phenomenon and bringing journalistic rigour and sober analysis to the emerging technologies driving AI and decentralisation.

Innovation Manager, DW Research & Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle, Germany

Tilman Wagner
Tilman Wagner is a researcher, journalists and curious open mind with the Innovation Team at Deutsche Welle. With one background in digital media production and another one in media sciences, he focuses on the intersection of journalism and technology - always with the aim to improve the user experience. With a personal interest in digital storytelling, Tilman has worked on projects around social media analysis and data-driven-approaches, and is currently all-in for drone journalism, digital verification and transparent algorithmic news offerings. Before joining DW, he worked as a UX specialist at the United Nations media department and as a Concept Designer for Accenture, an international technology consulting company.

Chief Marketing Officer, Zilliqa

Yiling Ding

Yiling Ding is Chief Marketing Officer at Zilliqa, where she is focused on helping people better understand and adopt blockchain as a revolutionary technology. Prior to Zilliqa, she led APAC marketing for Google Pay, where she led the launch of the Google Pay brand across Asia. Her other experiences include building out the digital marketing program for Google Play. Yiling speaks fluent Japanese, Mandarin, and English, and is passionate about whisky and gaming.

Supervising Editor, CNA Insider, Mediacorp

After 20 years in print media, Yvonne moved to broadcast where she produced a weekly current affairs series for Channel NewsAsia.

In 2016, she oversaw the setting up of CNA Insider to target the channel's documentaries and original made-for-digital feature stories at a digital and social media audience.

Deputy Executive Editor, South China Morning Post

Zuraidah Ibrahim is deputy executive editor of South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. She oversees the city and international desks and also runs a Sunday magazine, This Week in Asia, which won the Best News Website award from WAN-IFRA in 2017. She was previously deputy editor of Singapore’s largest English newspaper, The Straits Times. She co-authored the book Lee Kuan Yew, Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going (2011) and a monograph on the Singapore opposition (2017). She studied political science in Singapore and the United States.

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