Speakers | Digital Media India 2019

Digital Media India 2019

19 Feb 2019 to 20 Feb 2019

Speakers | Digital Media India 2019


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Editor, The Hindu, THG Publishing, India

Mukund Padmanabhan is the Editor of The Hindu. He was previously Editor of The Hindu Businessline. He has a Masters in Philosophy and worked briefly as a lecturer at the University of Delhi before switching to journalism. He worked for the magazine Sunday in Kolkata and the Indian Express before joining The Hindu in 1997. He is interested in and has written about politics, legal affairs, and literature. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he teaches law and advanced writing to post-graduate students. He curates two festivals of theatre and music — The Hindu Theatre Fest, and The Hindu November Fest — on behalf his newspaper group.

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. 

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.

Editor Saliente, Toronto Star, Canadá

Michael Cooke started his career at Toronto star to cover the election in Canada in the beginning of 1970s.  Later on he helped to launch the newspaper The National Post, one of the biggest newspaper in Canada. He was the last editor of the Financial Post and merged the two papers The National Post and Financial Post.

He spent a decade in America, first as the editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, then Editor of the New York Daily News. Michael then moved back to Toronto, Canada to be served as Editor of the Toronto Star.

He also joined the Board of Journalists for Human Rights at 2010, has been Chairman for two years  and then continuous travelling and teaching (pro bono) in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also taught for other NGOs in Uganda and Myamar and most recently Bangladesh.

He has also written various foreign stories from these countries, plus Afghanistan.

Founder of FACTLY

Rakesh Dubbudu is a well-known transparency & Open Data Campaigner in India and also the founder of ‘FACTLY’, one of the well-known ‘Public Information/Data Journalism’ portals in India. He has been working on Right to Information (RTI) related issues for the last 13 years. Rakesh played a significant role in the launch of the 'Open Data Policy' by the Government of Telangana, the newest state in India. He is also visiting faculty at various administrative training institutes of the state & central governments.
Rakesh brings immense experience in dealing with Government Data, Policy and various government related information. He has numerous awards & fellowships to his credit like the South & Central Asia Region Legislative Fellows Program of the US State Department, RTI Fellowship of Government of India, Distinguished Alumni award from his alma mater NIT Warangal.

Editor In Chief, DNA

Head of Marketing, The Daily Star

Winner of South Asia Digital Media Awards 2017 by Google and WAN-IFRA, "South Asian Business Excellence award by HRD Congress and The Most Influential global marketers by World Marketing Congress, Tajdin is a bold but a thoughtful leader who has brought a vision of change, far broader than " a tweak here and a tweak there". Currently working as "Head of Marketing" in The Daily Star, the leading English daily of the country. He is a passionate, creative and result driven leader with strong understanding of Business strategy and transformation. He has revamped the business model of The Daily Star and created alternative channels to ensure business growth. He has recently launched Messenger BoT, kind of first for a media house in South Asia and this achievement has been highlighted in INMA, the International News Media Association and GXpress, an Australia based technology newspaper. He has also been invited to Chennai, India as a speaker to present case study on Artificial Intelligence based digital product along with BBC UK and other renowned

He possesses extensive knowledge in marketing, strategic planning, project management and business development experience across media, telecoms, Oil & gas, courier & logistics and fast moving consumer goods industries. He has also worked for flagship brands like BAT, Chevron, Robi Axiata ltd and DHL Express ltd.

He represented The Daily Star in World News Congress in Washington DC and Digital Media Congress
in Hong Kong. Apart from that he attended number of training programs and workshops in Germany,
Switzerland, Singapore, Bangkok and Srilanka. Tajdin is also a successful Google Squared (The digital
marketing leadership course developed with Google) online graduate. He is also passionate about writing articles on his blog (www.tajdinhassan.com) and sharing those on various social networking sites. He has done his executive MBA from IBA and currently he is also the President of Alumni Association of Brac University.

Asst. Editor & Director, Malayala Manorama, India

Editorial Director, Swarajya, India

Digital Media Head, Lokmat Media, India

Co-founder & CEO, The Ken

Assistant Editor, The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

I started my career in 1994 and have worked in several major publications in the country. I was also a correspondent for the Associated Press and continues to string for The Economist and NHK Japan Broadcasting from Sri Lanka. I have done exhaustive coverage of Sri Lanka's civil war, corruption and politics. I have also worked in radio and won international and national journalism awards as well as fellowships. I received the D.R. Wijewardene Award for Earning the Appreciation of Peers and the Public in 2006 and 2017 from the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute, the only journalist to get it twice by nomination. I have been a director of the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission. I am currently the Assistant Editor of the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka. 

Program Director, MDIF South Asia

Koreel comes with nearly two decades of experience in media investing,
strategy and editorial. At MDIF, he is responsible for the firm's
investment mandate in South Asia. Before this, as COO of IPS Media
Foundation, he focused on developing a robust eco-system for independent
media, and managed a $20 million corpus targeting the next generation of
digital news companies. Koreel previously served as General Manager at
BCCL's strategic investment arm, SpringBoard, investing in consumer goods &
services businesses. He has also held senior editorial roles with Bloomberg
TV India and CNBC-TV18, and advised several digital companies on strategy,
product development and fundraising.

Executive Director, The Express Group

Anant Goenka

Anant has been passionate about Journalism since an early age. He joined the Express Group in 2012 with two clear objectives: to grow Express’ legacy of hard-hitting independent journalism and its reach in both the print and digital medium. Digital quickly emerged as his pet project and over the past four and half years, the Group has grown from 4 million unique visitors to 52 million unique visitors a month.

Express’ history of investigative journalism continues with the Panama Papers, Isharat Jahan Witness  Tutoring Tapes, Chattisgarh Election Fixing Tapes, Essar Leaks, Dadri Lynching and many more stories that   have had a significant impact across the country. Its financial daily, The Financial Express, is also recognised for its pathbreaking reportage on the UB Holdings takeover and its consistent coverage on  banking and infrastructure.

GQ magazine says Anant is one of India’s 50 most influential young Indians in 2016 and a 2014 profile in Forbes Magazine said Anant exudes the energy that he promises to infuse into the venerable Express brand. Over the past four and half years, indianexpress.com has emerged as India’s 2nd largest newspaper website and the Group one of the 4 largest digital news players. Even in regional media, Loksatta – one of Mumbai’s largest newspapers – has emerged the largest Marathi website in the country.

Before joining the Express, Anant worked at Spenta Multimedia and at Bloomberg’s commercial division at their London office. During his college days, he was a recognised blogger on The Huffington Post and continues to write in The Indian Express- his recent piece on Punjab drugs was quite popular.

He is a Dean's Scholar in print journalism from the Annenberg School of Journalism, Los Angeles, where for two years he was a teaching assistant for the course History of American News Media and for Entertainment News and Society. He is very passionate about aviation and motoring. He enjoys all kinds of live music, especially modern Jazz, and is a pretty terrible drummer himself.

Former Editor - In-Chief, Outlook, India

Krishna Prasad is former Editor-in-Chief of 'Outlook', and a former member of the Press Council of India.

In a 32-year career, Krishna Prasad has worked in four cities and six publications, and taught journalism on three continents. 

He has edited three books and publishes two globally recognised blogs, and appears regularly on news TV.

Director of Enterprise Sales, comScore, Inc.

Managing Director, Vikatan Group

Head- Large Partner Solutions, Google

Rahul is Head of Large Partnerships at Google in India. In his role, he brings together the best of Google to partners working closely with leading publishers, developers and platforms to help build profitable digital business. Rahul is a seasoned Googler and has worked across functions starting with sales for tech and telecom verticals, to driving Google Ad Manager stack adoption with top publishers in the county.

Rahul began his career with Hindustan Times and moved to lead sales for National Geographic Channel and History Channel. He made the switch to digital with Yahoo! India leading sales for key verticals. With over 17 years in the Industry, Rahul is an expert in building cross media strategy for brands and is passionate about helping companies go digital.

Commercial Partnerships Director APAC, Dow Jones, Hong Kong

Joe Martin has served as Commercial Partnerships Director for Dow Jones covering the APAC region since 2015. Joe is responsible for driving digital membership growth for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones through strategic partnerships.

Previously, Joe was Senior Relationship Manager for The Wall Street Journal and Financial News based in London where he oversaw the corporate sales operation across EMEA. Joe first started at Dow Jones in 2012 before relocating to Hong Kong in 2015 where he is now based. 


Founder of Dig Deeper Media and WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, United Kingdom

Fergus Bell

Fergus Bell is an experienced digital journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content by news media. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media.
Fergus has experience in both the business and editorial sides of the industry, most recently heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms. Fergus joined SAM from the Associated Press where, as international social media and UGC editor, he led the global operation to source and verify user-generated content for all of the AP’s platforms.
In October 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

Head of Digital Business, ABP News

Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Jagran New Media

Editor, The Indian Express

Head of Indian Languages, BBC India

Altnews, Co-Founder

Editor, National & Strategic Affairs, The Print

Editor, NewsX channel

MD & CEO, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., India

Rajiv C. Lochan is the Managing Director and CEO of Kasturi and Sons Ltd., 138-year old publishers of The Hindu and Group publications in India. Prior to The Hindu Group, Rajiv was a Partner with McKinsey & Company and co-founded their Chennai practice. He's active in the social sector‎ in the areas of public health and financial inclusion. He sits on the Board of Governors of the Institute for Financial Management and Research and on the Board of Directors of Sundaram Finance Ltd and IFMR Holdings as an Independent Director. Rajiv holds a BTech from IIT Madras, an MS from MIT and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

CEO, Times Internet Ltd

As a business leader, Gautam Sinha began his Times Internet journey over eight years back as the Chief Technology Officer and was elevated as the Chief Executive Officer at Times Internet; under his leadership Times Internet has become a strong contender in the pragmatic advertising space, filling the gap between search and networking by providing context to these digital interactions. Sinha’s experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive, building digital businesses has helped Times Internet move away from being a digital facilitator to one of the biggest media conglomerates in India, to become a conglomerate in-itself with diverse digital products and properties. As a technologist, Gautam Sinha has more than 30 years of global experience; beginning his career in 1986 as a defense scientist working on Dr Kalam's IGMDP program for DRDO, followed by his entrepreneurial journey, as chief operating officer and chief technology officer of CashEdge, a company based out of New York and California, which was acquired in 2011 for $465 million.

Gautam holds a Bachelors’ degree in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Masters in Computer Science from University of Iowa.

Editor, Shillong Times

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