Speakers | Digital Media Asia 2020

Digital Media Asia 2020

13 Oct 2020 to 15 Oct 2020

Speakers | Digital Media Asia 2020


SVP, Marketing and Events, South China Morning Post

Adrian Lee

As SVP of Marketing and Events at the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Adrian Lee’s responsibilities include raising brand awareness, increasing traffic to SCMP’s digital platforms, overseeing product and digital marketing, as well as driving SCMP’s event’s business.

With a passion for combining data, technology and cultural insights to revolutionise company marketing strategies, Lee has transformed some of the world’s most influential brands for the digital economy. He has worked in executive leadership roles in London and across Asia and was previously Head of Digital Client Solutions at global media agency Wavemaker where he helped lead the Hong Kong agency's direction, growth, profitability and people development as well as directing global marketing campaigns for clients. Prior to that Lee was the Global Digital Strategy and Innovation Director for Vizeum in London, leading innovation across a global network for clients including Burberry and Honda. Lee also directed digital growth and marketing for multinational companies at MediaCom in Hong Kong.

Lee, who joined SCMP in December 2019, focuses on market and audience development across Asia and broader global markets to further drive its international readership.

Co- Founder & CEO, Arré

Ajay Chacko is Co-founder & CEO of Arré, one of the country’s foremost original digital content brands. Arré was founded in 2015 by B. Saikumar, Ajay Chacko & Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri. Arré offers multimedia content across genres & formats and has won many international & domestic awards & accolades for its work in digital fiction & non-fiction. Arré Studio is also working on large-format original shows in collaboration with domestic and international OTT platforms as well as broadcast television networks.
Ajay has over 2 decades  of experience in media & financial services. He spent over a decade with Network18 and was Group COO and also President A+E – TV18 JV in his last-held roles with the Group. He has also worked with IL&FS, Sharekhan and the Indian Express Group prior to his stint with Network18.

Global Head of Curation, Facebook

Anne Kornblut,
Anne Kornblut is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who now runs the news curation team at Facebook, leading a team of journalists who help power Facebook News. Before joining Facebook in 2015, she spent nearly two decades in the news industry, most recently as a senior editor at the Washington Post. She currently serves on the boards of two news non-profits.

CEO, GDP Networks

Antonny Liem

A geek in denial and a graduate in financial management, Antonny started off his professional career in Enterprise IT and Solution Services, a journey that took him to several IT companies and a President Director position when he was 27 years old. He then pursued his passion in marketing & branding by joining a then small 14-person startup agency called SemutApi Colony as a partner and Managing Director in 2005. Together, the company grew into a Group which operates several agencies, a tech incubator/investor and technology startups. 

Antonny still has a dream that one day he will play the piano and own a coffee and steak house. 

Publishing platform founder & product management consultant

Ariane Bernard

Ariane Bernard is a product leader with a specialty in content management and delivery tools - CMS, subscription and eCommerce, analytics, CRM. She was last the chief digital officer at Le Parisien.

Prior to this, she was the product lead for editorial products at Taboola, and served in a variety of roles during her 14 years at The New York Times, including working on the CMS team.

She is currently building a new publishing platform oriented at independent publishers.

Transformation & Learning Director, CommonWealth Magazine Group, Taiwan

Chia Lun is responsible for key strategic projects in CommonWealth Magazine, including digital subscription products and organizational and cultural change initiatives. She was previously a journalist and and was a producer with WAN-IFRA's Media Management Accelerator Programme.

Head, Product Management Premium, BILDplus, Axel Springer

Daniel Mussinghoff

Daniel started his career as a journalist, working as a reporter for newspapers and radio stations. After his MBA in Media Management, he joined the digital product management of RTL, Germany's biggest private TV-Network. Since 2013, Daniel is building and meanwhile leading the paid content business of Axel Springer's BILD, which now counts more than 489.000 digital subscribers. 

CEO, Deepnews.ai & Editor, Monday Note

Frédéric Filloux is a French journalist and an entrepreneur. He is the creator of Deepnews.ai, a project aimed at surfacing quality journalism from the web by using machine learning algorithm, a project that he started as a Knight Fellow at Stanford. He is also the editor of the Monday Note, a newsletter/blog that covers digital business models and technology since 2007. The Monday Note reaches between 30,000 and 60,000 media professionals each week and the newsletter has 13,000 subscribers.

Since 2018, he is an associate professor at Sciences-Po Journalism school.

During the academic year  2016-2017, Frederic was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, along with seventeen other media professionals selected for the program. That’s where he started the Deepnews project.

Before that, Frederic spent four years as head of digital operations for Groupe Les Echos, France's leading business news provider. From 2007 until 2010, Frédéric Filloux was working as an editor for the international division of the Norwegian media group Schibsted ASA. In 2002, he was part of the managing team that launched the free daily 20 Minutes, which became the most read newspaper in France with 20 local editions and 120 journalits. Before, he spent 12 years at Liberation, one of the most innovative French media at the time, successively as a business reporter, New York correspondent, editor of the tech section, manager of online operations, and finally, editor of the paper.

He also has experience in the advertising business after a one-year stop at the Paris Groupe BDDP agency (now TBWA). He is a graduate of the Bordeaux School of Journalism.

Frederic is a board member of Reporters sans Frontières (Reporters without Borders).

Head of Analytics, Customer Experience and Business Operations, Singapore Press Holdings

Fiona Chan

Fiona Chan is head of analytics, customer experience and business operations at Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). She has previously held positions including head of media strategy at SPH and managing editor at The Straits Times, and has also worked in corporate finance.

Fiona is a board member of the Land Transport Authority, Sing Lit Station and Singapore Media Exchange.

Asia Editor, WARC

Gabey Goh

Gabey has reported on the marketing and technology sectors for over ten years, with experience in online media, magazines, newspapers and radio.

Outside of journalism, she has served as a marketer in the ad-tech industry and led content and education initiatives at a leading trade body.

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

Director of Newsroom Product, The Washington Post, USA

Education: College of William & Mary, BA in English; American University, MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

Greg Barber is the Post newsroom's director of product. He manages the newsroom's suite of software tools and leads the groups of reporters, editors, product managers and engineers who create them. He joined The Post in 2003 as one of the founding editors of Express, was managing editor of the WaPo Labs R&D group and co-founded The Coral Project.

Media researcher and consultant

Greg Piechota is an academic researcher, a media consultant and a writer. As a researcher and an ex-fellow at Harvard and Oxford universities, he studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, with a focus on business model innovation in news media. Mr Piechota is a former media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. The book, Unlocking the Customer Value Chain, which he wrote together with Professor Thales Teixeira of Harvard Business School was released in 2019 by Currency, a brand of Penguin Random House. Mr Piechota lives in Oxford, England.

VP, Partnerships & New Business, Mediacorp

Neal Sarkar

Media analyst & Newsonomics author, USA

Ken Doctor’s work centers on the disruption and transformation of the news business in the digital age. For 15 years, he has covered both the great successes of digital transformation and democracy-crippling losses of local news across the Western World.  He speaks, writes and consults with companies and associations on four continents, and has become a go-to source, much quoted in media across the globe, on the landscape and the road ahead.

Newsonomics is the word he coined to describe this new discipline of understanding the money flow within the print and broadcast transition to digital. His Newsonomics site collects his broadcast appearances, and his work, including his columns for Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab. 

That career followed a 21-year one with Knight Ridder, then the country’s second-largest newspaper company, where he served in a number of top newsroom and digital strategy roles.  

Ken has been at work on his new local news model, Lookout Local, with the announcement of its launch time and place out in 2020 – and of its strategic partnership with the L.A. Times. 

VP 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.

COO, Mediahuis, Belgium

Paul Verwilt is a seasoned C-level executive with over 25 years of management experience and 15+ years in the high-tech industry. He's been COO at Mediahuis and CEO of its Digital Marketplaces in the last seven years since the merger of Belgian publishers Corelio and Concentra's news and classifieds business. Prior to that, Paul spent eight years at Concentra rising through the ranks to CIO and later COO positions.

Mediahuis is the largest newsmedia publisher in Belgium with 4 titles (De Standaard, Het Belang van Limburg, Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen). Mediahuis is also the owner of NRC, the leading Dutch quality newsmedium, TMG Media with Telegraaf as its flagship and MGL, a strong regional publisher in Dutch Limburg. Recently Mediahuis acquired INM, the leading publisher in Ireland and Northern Ireland and Saint-Paul Luxembourg, owner of the Luxemburger Wort.

In addition, Mediahuis holds positions in the digital marketplaces business in Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland (Jobat, Zimmo, Hebbes, Vroom, Gaspedaal, relatieplanet, carsireland, etc) as well as radio, TV and freesheet markets. It has around 4,300 employees and revenues of just over 1000 million euros a year.

Professor of Interactive Media Design, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Peter Kabel

Peter Kabel is a professor of interactive media design at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. He is founder of several successful companies in the area of media, technology and design - among others: „Büro Hamburg GmbH“ (1991), „Trendbüro Hamburg GmbH“ (1993), „Kabel New Media AG“ (1993) and „Tone Consultants GmbH“ (2001).

From 2004 to 2007, he acted as member of the board of „Jung von Matt AG“, one of the most influencial advertising agencies of the German speaking countries. Since 2007, he has been involved in portfolio management of Lakshmi GmbH – a private equity and vc-firm based in Hamburg. Peter Kabel is partner in investment and consulting firm AECAL GmbH based in Hamburg, Germany.

Peter Kabel teaches as full professor at „Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg“ and has received many mentions for innovation and creativity– inter alia he was decorated as „Entrepreneur of the Year 2001“, an international award founded by Ernest&Young and Deutche Börse AG.

Director, Business & Audience Insights (Research & Analytics), BBC News - Global

Sally Wu

Sally Wu leads the Insights team in Asia Pacific for BBC News - Global, which operates the BBC’s commercial assets across TV and digital platforms internationally. With over 20 years of experience across market research, insights and data analysis, Sally is well versed in quantitative research methodology (including TV measurement), qualitative research methodology and data analytics. 

Prior to joining the BBC, Sally worked at Univision Communications in California, USA for 11 years, rising to the role of Media Research Director during the last 3 years of her tenure at Univision’s Los Angeles office where she was in charge of research operations and best practices of the company’s 64 owned & operated TV stations across the US and Puerto Rico. 

Sally serves as a committee member at AVIA (Asia Video Industry Association) and Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in Singapore, Southeast Asia & India. In the past, she’s been an industry fellow at the Institute of Asian Consumer Insights at the Nanyang Technological University, a board member of the Media & Marketing Research Council of Los Angeles as well as an advisory committee member for Nielsen’s eNames Client Advisory Committee in USA. 

A native Taiwanese, Sally grew up and was educated in Taipei before getting her Master’s degree in Communications from Northwestern University, USA.

Senior Account Director, Digital Media Solutions, Mediacorp

Sandeep Rai

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.

Executive Director, Facebook News Accelerator

Tim Griggs

Tim Griggs is the executive director of the Facebook News Accelerator. Tim began his career as a journalist and was the executive editor of the Star-News in Wilmington, N.C., then owned by The New York Times Company. In 2008, he joined The New York Times as director of strategic planning, where he helped envision and articulate company strategy; one of the most significant of those initiatives was determining whether and how to charge digital consumers for content. In 2011, he became director of paid products, leading the cross-functional team responsible for The Times’s digital subscription business.

Tim left The Times in 2013 to be publisher of the Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit startup in Austin.

COO (Content & Commercial), Sin Chew Media Corporation

Tan Lee Chin

Lee Chin is the Chief Operating Office (Content & Commercial) for Sin Chew Media Corporation. She currently heads the digital content and media lab department in Sin Chew, overseeing its digital assets such as www.sinchew.com.my and Pocketimes.

She joined Sin Chew Daily in 2008 as a culture and education reporter after a short stint in legal practice. Her digital journey started when she assumed the role of chief editor to the website of the paper in 2011.  Since then, she has spearheaded different digital content projects and initiatives within Sin Chew Media Group.

Executive Vice President, Amedia, Norway

Victoria C. Schultz is an executive vice president for advertising sales, and has been with Amedia since 2011. Prior to joining the top management team, she was the CEO of one of the largest newspapers in the group and a regional director where she kickstarted the digital subscription transformation of all eight newspapers while securing profitable margins which were among the highest in the group. She has been in the media industry since 1999 and has various commercial and financial roles all related to the digital development of the media business. She has experience from several media houses in Norway and Denmark.

Prior to joining the media industry she spent five years in finance, at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London and DnB Markets in Oslo. She is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association), head of the consumer and advertising group at MBL and has board experience from several digital startups and growth companies. Schultz is participating in WAN-IFRA’s Media Professionals Programme (MPP) as mentor for media companies and professionals in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, an MBA from NHH Norwegian School of Economics and is a Certified European Financial Analyst.