Speakers | Publish Asia 2017
Editorial Vice-President, RBS Group, Brazil
Marcelo Rech, is the editorial Vice-President RBS Group, one of the leading media groups in Brazil. With its HQ in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, the group owns 18 TV stations, 2 community TV stations, 25 radio stations, 8 newspapers and internet portals, among other media businesses.
Marcelo was a former reporter, specialized in internal and international conflicts. Among his coverages are five expeditions to Antarctica, the fall of the Soviet Union and the economic transition in Russia, the Gulf War, the war in the Balkans, the UN intervention in Mozambique, the crisis in Cuba and several coup d'etats and military risings in Latin America, besides many investigative pieces and extensive stories in Brazil.
In 1993, he became managing editor of Zero Hora, the main newspaper of RBS. Between 1997 and 2008, he was the editor of Zero Hora and the other seven newspapers of the group. From 2008 to 2011, Marcelo was appointed the first Content Director of RBS, in charge of media operations in four media platforms, which involved about 1,100 journalists and 800 people from different sectors and regions.
In 2012, he became general director of the four RBS newspapers situated in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and in 2013 Marcelo was assigned executive director of Journalism, a position that includes the editorial ethics guidelines within the Group.
Since January 2016, he's RBS's first-ever Editorial Vice-President.
Since 2008, he has been a member of the board of the World Editors Forum and in 2013 he became the first chairman of the board of WAN-IFRA Latin America. He is also director of the Interamerican Press Association (IAPAS) and a member of the editorial committee of the Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ). He also integrates the superior councils of Palavra Aberta ("Open Word"), an institution in defense of freedom of expression in Brazil, and CONAR, the Brazilian self-regulatory system for advertising. In 2015, he was appointed by ANJ as a member of the Communication Council of the Brazilian Senate.
Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK
As a Partner at Innovation he 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.
His projects with Innovation have won numerous accolades, in particular Best Newspaper Concept and Design in the World and/or in Europe continuously from 2004 to 2011.
WAN-IFRA, Deputy CEO
Manfred Werfel is WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is responsible for the Expo business of the association. He takes also care of the World Printers Forum, the print community within WAN-IFRA.
Since 1996 Werfel is part of WAN-IFRA’s management team. Over time he was responsible for Research, WAN-IFRA Reports, Committees, Consulting, Training, Print Quality Projects, Events, Innovation Projects, World Press Trends, Congress, World Printers Forum and Expo. In 2012 he acted as Interim CEO.
Chief Executive Editor , Times of Oman, Oman
Scott Armstrong is the 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.
CEO, Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei, Germany
Since 2001 Matthias Tietz has been working for Rheinisch Bergische Druckerei GmbH & Co. KG as CEO and Rheinische Post Verlagsgesellschaft mbH; proxy, with special tasks within the range of processes in the publishing house.
Matthias Tietz graduated in civil engineering (university), electrical and industrial engineer
From 1977 till 1988 he was commanding officer of the guidance troop and then went to work for Axel Springer Verlag, Ahrensburg, as managing director, been responsible for activities at the mailroom department and inauguration of subsidiaries abroad, till 1993. On that year he joined LVDG, Leipzig, as Technical Director, a position he occupied till 1995 when he joined TMI Service GmbH, Ahrensburg as CEO of a media consultancy and service company.
Executive Editor VR, The Guardian, UK
Francesca Panetta is Executive editor, VR at the Guardian. She leads the Guardian’s virtual reality studio. 6x9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement was the Guardian’s first VR piece and won plaudits from sources as diverse as the Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro and, most recently, The White House. The studio are now working on a slate of piece for release over the next year. Francesca’s work at the Guardian has focused on innovation and storytelling. She has commissioned and directed flagship pieces such as Firestorm, The Shirt on Your Back, the View from the Shard, The First World War.
Manager Data Intelligence & CRM, NRC Media, The Netherlands
Matthijs van de Peppel has been working in the newspaper industry for over ten years. Starting his career as a circulation marketer, he quickly developed as a online shop manager, online marketer, and project manager. Now, as the manager of the data intelligence and customer relationship management team at NRC Media, a quality Dutch news organisation, Matthijs is responsible for bringing data insights into decision making and amplifying the voice of the customer. Together with two coauthors he just published the book How to Succeed in The Relationship Economy.
Vice President, Mather Economics, USA
As a vice president, Shawn DeWeese has over 20 years of experience and is instrumental in building Mather Economics’ new business relationships in the newspaper and magazine industries. He works closely with clients to develop and implement price optimization strategies, interpret results and maintain client engagements. Prior to joining Mather Economics, Shawn worked as the business development director for Qbase, where he built and marketed advanced analytic solutions for enterprises.
Shawn has held positions with Knight-Ridder, Harte-Hanks, E.W. Scripps and Cox Enterprises. He has leadership experience in a variety of business disciplines including advertising sales, media buying, circulation sales and marketing, business development, client relations and retention, operations and logistics.
In 2006, Shawn presided over the Board of Trustees for the North American Division of the International Newspaper Marketing Association (INMA). He has also served as a board member and President of the Board of Trustees for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley for eight years.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands.
Founder, FactWire, Hong Kong
Senior Deputy Editor Technology, DIE WELT, Germany
Torsten has been with Axel Springer for more than 30 years in various management roles of IT and technology. Torsten has been leading all the major projects in the newsroom at DIE WELT. Projects of implementing new technology and workflows for print, online and digital and the transformation process of changing the newsroom from a print-focus to a story-centric and digital-first focus.
Google News Lab Lead, APAC
Irene Jay Liu leads Google News Lab in the Asia-Pacific region. She was previously an investigative reporter and data editor at Reuters, where she was a 2017 Pulitzer finalist in the national reporting category. Earlier, she worked at the South China Morning Post and as a political reporter with the Times Union in Albany, New York. She teaches data-driven investigative journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Chief Marketing Officer, SVP - Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc, Philippines
Biophysicist, University of New South Wales, Australia
Chief Executive Officer and Group Editor in Chief, Tempo Inti Media
Mr. Bambang Harymurti serves as CEO of PT Tempo Inti Media Tbk since May 29, 2007. He also serves as Company’s Corporate Chief Editor. He was Company's Director from 1999 to 2006 and Vice President Director from 2006 to May 29, 2007.
He attended the Friendly Free Press Fellow internship course of Time magazine. In 1987, he was the Bureau Chief of Tempo Magazine in Bandung and became the Bureau Chief in Jakarta from 1987 to 1989. He became the Bureau Head of Tempo in Washington, USA, until 1994.
When Tempo was republished in 1998, he was appointed as Deputy Editor in Chief and a year later, he was appointed as the Chief Editor of Tempo Magazine. He was the Chief Editor of Koran Tempo in 2001. He was Editor of Harian Media Indonesia and Member of the Press Council.
HArymurti graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1984 and from J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1991.
Media Trainer, Vice President, Singapore Press Club
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 the European-headquartered World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
Besides being a Vice-President of the Singapore Press Club for the last 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.
Group Strategy and Analytics Division, Singapore Press Holdings
Daniel is deputy head of Group Strategy and Analytics at Singapore Press Holdings. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the group’s internal consulting, analytics and data science teams. His work involves strategy and analytics projects such as digital transformation, process optimisation and building a data-driven organisational culture. Daniel began his career as a business journalist before moving to corporate planning and business development roles. Daniel holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and management, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Asia Editor, Storyful, Hong Kong
Iain Martin is the Asia Editor for Storyful. Storyful has a team of six people in its Hong Kong bureau working to discover the best stories, photos and video from social media in Asia. Iain joined Storyful in 2012 after working as a financial journalist in London since 2007.
Manager - Printing & Logistics, Fairfax Media, Australia
Jon Clarke is a Newspaper man. Commencing his Newspaper career at the age of 10 delivering a tri-weekly newspaper from his bicycle. His father a Newspaper editor of note, his mother the accountant and his grandfather an advertising salesman, Jon’s career path was inevitable.
Jon has spent the last 25 years in the industry proper. A Hand and Machine Compositor by trade in 1993 he joined the daily national broadsheet paper The Canberra Times as a typesetter. By 1996 Jon’s role included the coordination of new commercial clients following the installation of a new press the Geoman Doublewith.
Instrumental in the installation of CTP technology in 2000. In 2004 he was project lead on the installation of the Atex Cybergraphics Publishing system which finally linked advertising, editorial, finance and production onto one system, both projects were firsts for an Australian daily.
Jon was appointed Manager of Fairfax Media Print & Logistics Canberra in 2013, since then the site has completed a number of upgrades including the addition of Ultra Violet technology, upgraded publishing systems and last year the addition of a Super Panorama Gluing unit. All part of Fairfax’s transition of print.
Jon is a member of The NewsMediaWorks Environment Advisory Group and Chair of The Fairfax Foundation.
Group MD & CEO, Star Media Group Berhad, Malaysia
Chun Wai was appointed Group Managing Director & CEO of the Company on 20 November 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry.
Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director & CEO of Star Media Group Berhad in November 2013, he was appointed the Group Chief Editor at the age of 46 in the year 2008, becoming the newspaper’s youngest top editor in its history. He was also the first Group Chief Editor to be appointed as an Executive Director in 2010.
Chun Wai holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in political science and history. He has attended financial and leadership development programmes organised by the International Centre for Leadership in Finance at several American universities including the University of Stanford and University of Southern California. He is an advisory panel member of the UKM Graduate School of Business, an adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a Fellow at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
He won the prestigious Best Journalist Award for news features from the National Press Institute for his investigative article on Malaysian terrorists and their arms training in Afghanistan in 2003.
Chun Wai was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Media Industry by the World Chinese Economic Forum in Chongqing, China in 2014.
He is the first Malaysian to be elected to the board of the Paris-based World Editors Forum. He is also a supervisory counsel of Bernama, the national news agency and a member of the Governance Council of the National Innovation Agency in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was also a chairman of the Bangkok-based Asia News Network, an alliance of 21 media groups in Asian cities.
In addition to the above, Chun Wai is a board member of the Center for Mobile Studies (CMS) at the Xiamen University Malaysia. He is also an Honorary Advisor (2016-2019) of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).
Chun Wai writes a weekly column in The Sunday Star called “on the Beat” which focuses on political and religious moderation.
He is a strong believer who advocates commonalities and positive values.
Head of Sales, South East Asia, Google Cloud, Google
Inam joined Google in February 2011, and is currently Head of Sales, South East Asia at Google Cloud. He is responsible for growing market share and revenue across Google Cloud solutions for Enterprise and Government customers.
Prior to joining Google in February 2011, Inam spent seventeen years working across multiple diverse geographic markets and industries; Telecommunications - SingTel Optus in Australia; Banking & Finance - Citibank in Singapore, HSBC in Hong Kong; and Retail - Walmart in USA. In that time, Inam held a variety of roles encompassing Sales, Business Development, Product Marketing, Product Management, General Management, Corporate Strategy, and Business Manager to Chief Operating Officer.
Inam graduated with a Masters Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia; and also graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Business Management and Finance from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Indiana, U.S.A.
Director, CrowdTangle Asia Pacific
Asha Phillips leads partnerships for CrowdTangle in Asia Pacific and India, based in Singapore. CrowdTangle was acquired by Facebook in late 2016 and is a leading social analytics and discovery platform used by hundreds of newsrooms around the world. Asha has spent the past decade working in news and media throughout Asia – she started her career in broadcast news in Australia before becoming one of the pioneering editors at Storyful, the first global social media news wire, which was acquired by News Corporation in 2014
CEO, The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd
Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Hamid was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad effective March 2017.
Jalil was the Group Managing Editor of NSTP since October 2011. At the NSTP, he is in charge of the overall content policy and management of the print division of the Media Prima group. He runs the editorial department of the NSTP group and oversees the print and digital content of the three newspapers of the group.
Prior to this, he set up and headed the National Communications Team, a special unit under the Prime Minister’s Office. The Unit was set up to help spearhead strategic communications advice and planning for the government.
General Manager, tonton, Media Prima Berhad
Loh Ben Jern, better known as Ben or @benjern on the radio and social space has a voice which may sound familiar playing hits to millions of passengers on Malaysia Airlines coupled with over 9 years as a radio jock on one of Malaysia's top English radio stations - Fly FM.
As a self-professed geek, Ben's consulting & technology background has brought him beyond just a voice in radio but also in the development of digital marketing solutions and strategies in the radio broadcasting industry as Media Prima Radio Network's Digital Technologist.
Today, Ben manages tonton - Malaysia's 1st and largest homegrown OTT service with over 6.5 million users and growing at an intense pace of 18,000 weekly.
Editorial Director, NYT Global, USA
Jodi Rudoren has been appointed Editorial Director of NYT Global in February 2017. Prior to this position, she was a deputy on the NYT's International Desk. She is also a veteran national and metro correspondent and editor.
In her present position, Jodi oversees the NYT's efforts to expand coverage that appeals to non-American readers. She collaborates with product and the news desk to make sure the NYT's most powerful and immersive journalism reaches the right audiences.
Jodi is a core part of the NYT's newsroom leadership team and one of the authors of the NYT's recent internal 2020 Report, Journalism that Stand Aparts.
Strategic Partnerships, Facebook
Ken Teh leads news and publisher partnerships for Facebook in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Ken has spent 15 years in the news and TV business and took on various editorial and business roles at The Associated Press, CNN and MediaCorp. As a foreign correspondent he spent time embedded with the US Marines in Afghanistan and reported from North Korea during Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch. Ken was also anexecutive editor at Channel NewsAsia where he led efforts to drive digital innovation in the newsroom.
Chief Operating Officer, JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea
Changhee PARK has been the COO at JoongAng Ilbo since 2014. He has been in charge of the Corporate Strategy Team at JoongAng Media Network (JMnet) which is the holding company of the JoongAng Media Group. The JMnet is the largest media group in Korea managing 25 subsidiaries such as JTBC (Broadcasting Network), J Contentree (Entertainment Company), etc. JoongAng Ilbo is one of the major newspaper companies with over 1.3m circulation.
Prior to taking his position as the CFO, Park was in charge of M&A and business development regarding new business of the group. He led the acquisition of the sports newspaper company ‘Ilgan Sports’, a public corporation, and the expansion of its business portfolio into cable TV channels, multiplex theaters, and magazine business over the following four years. After changing its name to J Contentree, the company has become an entertainment company renowned for its diverse portfolio.
Park has started his career at JoongAng Ilbo as a reporter in 1992. He mainly worked as a business journalist prior to 2000 when he went to the States for an MBA degree at Wharton School. When Park joined the Corporate Strategy Team at JoongAng Ilbo, the very first business project he participated was about launching the Forbes in Korea. The first CEO of the Forbes Korea at that time, Sohn, Byung-soo, and Park visited the Headquarter to meet with Mr. Steve Forbes and other key persons.
Chief Digital Officer, JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea
Sirgoo Lee is Chief Digital Officer at JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea’s second largest daily newspaper and leading multimedia news publisher. Prior to his present position, Sirgoo was the Co-CEO of Kakao Corp, the company behind Korea’s highly popular instant messaging app, kakaoTalk. Sirgoo also held various executive positions at NHN Corporation and at IBM in the USA and in APAC.
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was sworn in to the position on 3 April 2009 to succeed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He is the President of the United Malays National Organisation, the leading party in Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. He will be the Guest of Honour at the Asian Media Awards 2017 Gala Dinner which will take place at Publish Asia on April 19.
Editor in Chief, Malaysiakini
Steven Gan is the co-founder and editor in chief of the political news website Malaysiakini, Malaysia's "first and only" independent news source. In 2000, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Gan received a degree in political economy from an Australian university in 1989. He began his journalistic career in print, as a freelancer for a Hong Kong-based newspaper. In 1991, he covered the Gulf War from Baghdad. In 1994, he returned to Malaysia, where he became a reporter for the new Malaysian daily The Sun. There he struggled against both government regulation and the self-censorship of The Sun's editors.
Though Malaysian law had provided for strict government controls on print media since 1984, the Malaysia Multimedia Super Corridor, an initiative to encourage technological development in Malaysia, was launched in 1995. A founding principle of the project was that government censorship of the Internet would not be permitted. Seeing a loophole, Gan and colleague Premesh Chandran decided to found an online news resource that would be free of the controls placed on print media. The pair founded Malaysiakini.com in November 1999.
Malaysiakini is now published in four languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil – reaching over 2.5 million readers every month with independent coverage of political and current affairs.
Manager - Technical Services, Star Media Group, Malaysia
Anandan Thangasamy joined Star Media Group in year 2000 as Maintenance Engineer. Anandan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA (Strategic Management) from University of Technology, Malaysia.
His area of expertise in newspaper production process includes technical and operational aspects of modern mailroom. Possessing a solid track record by succeeds numerous technical projects and team development initiatives including the organizational transformation from traditional to modernized mailroom.
Anandan currently plays hybrid roles and has broad experience embracing product innovation, implementation of breakthrough creative advertising campaigns; value added services and strategic operations management.