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Middle Eastern Media Leaders eSummit

03 Nov 2020 to 05 Nov 2020
Virtual
United Arab Emirates (the)

Speakers | Middle Eastern Media Leaders eSummit

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Senior Managing Director, Telecommunications, Media & Technology, FTI Consulting

Ken Harding

Ken Harding is a Senior Managing Director in the Telecommunications, Media & Technology industry practice and leads the Publishing + Digital Media group. Mr. Harding has more than 30 years of professional experience in the publishing and media industry and has provided strategic business and transformation, due diligence and operational advisory, and leadership services to newspaper, magazine, printing, direct marking and additional media companies of varying size.

Mr. Harding has provided services to publishers of varying scale, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, GFR Media, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Portland Oregonian, Prensa Libre, San Francisco Chronicle, and Tampa Bay Times.

Previous newspaper corporate clients include Advance Publications, AH. Belo, CNHI, Cox Media Group, Digital First Media, Gannett, Hearst Newspapers, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy, Postmedia, SCNI, Sun Media, Tribune Publishing and Unidad Editorial.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Harding was President and Chief Executive Officer of Harding Consulting Alliance, a boutique consulting firm specializing in performance optimization across media businesses’ core functional areas.

Before that, Mr. Harding was corporate Vice President of Operations and Distribution for Tribune Publishing.

CEO and Founder of García Media, USA

Dr Mario Garcia is CEO and Founder of Garcia Media, a global consulting firm. 

He is also the Senior Adviser for News Design/Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which he joined in 2013 as the Hearst Digital Media Professor in Residence.

He is known worldwide as one of the premiere media designers, having completed over  700 projects in 120 countries, including TheThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Paris Match (France) , South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), New Straits Times (Malaysia),  Aftenposten (Norway), The Philadelphia Inquirer, Die Zeit and Handelsblatt (Germany), all the McClatchy newspapers in the US, eight Postmedia newspapers in Canada, Goteborgs Posten( Sweden), Il Secolo XIX (Italy), The Citizen (South Africa). His current projects include Tagesspiegel (Berlin), Kurier (Vienna) and NOZ Digital group (Hamburg).

Currently, Dr. Garcia devotes most of his consulting and workshops to help organizations with transformation to a mobile-first approach, including training for how to write/edit/design for the smallest platform - that of the smartphone - where a large percentage of users get their information.

His mobile storytelling digital book, The Story, was published in late 2019 in a trilogy covering Transformation, Storytelling and Design.

Mario founded the Graphics & Design program at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he serves as a member of the Poynter Foundation. He has been involved with the Institute's EyeTrack studies since the 1980s, including the most recent EyeTrack for the Tablet in 2012.

His academic career includes full professor at both Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and the University of South Florida's Department of Mass Communications. He is the author of 13 books, including his first digital publication, Storytelling in the Age of the iPad.

Mario has received over 300 SND Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award. People Magazine selected Mario among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. The University of Missouri awarded Mario its Medal of Honor in Journalism.

Visiting Professor of Practice, Cass Business School, City, University of London

George Brock is a journalist, consultant and Visiting Professor at City, University of London, where he directed the journalism school 2009-2014.

He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was subsequently foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, European Editor, Managing Editor and Saturday Editor.

He advises the INJECT and DMINR journalism research projects and startups in news. He is on the board of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Gresham College. He was on the board of the World Editors Forum 2001-14 and WEF’s president 2004-08. He was a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute.

He broadcasts, lectures and is the author of Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age (2013). His study of the ‘right to be forgotten’ was published in 2016. He blogs at http://georgebrock.net

Editor-in-Chief, Arabian Business Dubai, UAE

Scott Armstrong is an Editor-in-Chief, Arabian Business Dubai, UAE. Prior to that, he was a Chief Executive Editor for Times of Oman (Print and Online titles) since 2014. A journalist with 26 years of experience, Scott has evolved from a traditional print journalist/editor to embrace digital delivery of content on multimedia platforms to maximise audience, global reach and engagement..  

For growing Oman's largest and most successful daily English language news channel in print and on digital, Scott has refocused its print edition on relevant content. Times of Oman is now widely acknowledged as the market leader for journalism in the Sultanate, and the most effective for advertising revenue generation. 

President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK

As a Partner at Innovation, Juan Senor has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world. 

He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK Site.

Mr Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. 

He is also the co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in NewsMedia and Innovation in MagazineMedia, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS's NewsHour, EBN-Wall Street Journal TV, CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an Emmy Award and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

Principal Consultant, WAN-IFRA Consulting, Germany

Gregor Waller provides consulting services to international media businesses for developing their digital strategy and transforming their business models for the digital era. Before this, he worked for more than six years in various management functions for Germany's Axel Springer publishing corporation. Most recently, up to February 2011, as a member of the management team of the WELT group, Berliner Morgenpost, Hamburger Abendblatt, he was responsible for strategy & innovation and commercial management of the Zeitungsgruppe Hamburg. After testing a "prototype tablet" with his core newspaper readers – one year before the iPad – he focused on the topics of digital strategy, digital business models and paid content, bringing his experience in these areas to bear also in strategic group projects.

From 1998-2004 he worked for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH in positions such as commercial manager for publishing houses Prestel and Xenos Verlag. Waller has a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the Munich School of Philosophy.

Digital Media Strategist, Consultant and Content Creator, Jordan

Lara Ayoub is a digital media strategist, consultant and content creator, with more than 17 years of experience, as well as the co-founder of a nonprofit women’s empowerment organisation SADAQA, which aims at empowering women, advocating their rights, and creating a family-friendly workplace.

To date, she has launched and operated the digital newsrooms of 3 TV stations and two print publications including Jordan’s first 24-7 public service news station AlMamlaka TV, privately owned Ro’ya TV and Alghad Newspaper. She is a certified in video production, by the London School of Media, Film and TV.

Ayoub sits on the boards of Save the Children – Jordan, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Middle East.

A winner of the 2019 Goldman Sachs – Fortune Global Women Leaders Award, Ayoub mentors and coaches young leaders.

In April 2020, she joined the UN Development Coordination Office for Arab States as their Communications Specialist.

Executive Vice President, Amedia AS, Norway

Pål Nedregotten is Executive Vice President in charge of Business development, Data/insight and Innovation at Amedia, which is with its 62 newspapers Norway’s largest local media publisher. He’s previously held various leading positions at the company at the crossroads between technology, product development and journalism.   At Amedia, he has for the last three years been central in developing and rolling out the company’s centralised login solution, digital subscription strategy and data strategy, which he currently spearheads.    A veteran in the Norwegian online journalism field, he’s been working in the intersection between online development and journalism since 1994.  He was instrumental in spearheading some of the earliest examples of Norwegian online publications, experimenting with, among other things, live online chats/interviews between editors, panellists and interviewees as early as 1996 - as well as working closely with the editorial interfaces of home-grown publishing systems since 1997.   

Managing Director, NOZ-Digital, NOZ Medien & mh:n MEDIEN, Hamburg, Germany

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