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  • Session organised by the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI). Best practices, projects and lessons learned from media innovation labs around the world. Interactive session for all you need to know about media labs: from setting one up in your newsroom to working with start-ups/students/media companies and getting the rest of the organisation involved in the lab’s work.

  • Head of Strategy & Business Analytics, eBay, Denmark

    Tor Bøe-Lillegraven has spent the last 15 years working in media and tech firms, managing technological transformation, business model innovation and organisational change. Previous roles include CTO and IT-Strategist at the Schibsted Media Group, and VP/Global head of Business Consulting at CCI Europe, a world-leading technology provider of content management and advertising solutions for print, online and digital platforms, with more that 100 clients on five continents. Currently, Tor is at the University of Cambridge, where he is finishing his PhD in Economics and Strategic Leadership focusing on “big data” analytics implications for business model innovation and leadership practice in the publishing industry.

  • News Editor and Digital Editor, Tamil Murasu, Singapore Press Holdings

    Tamilavel

    Tamilavel is the News Editor and Digital Editor for Tamil Murasu, the Tamil language daily in Singapore. He joined Tamil Murasu in 2008 and since then has reported on various topics ranging from politics to community issues, sports, entertainment, crime, etc. He has covered regional and international news, including major international events such as the Trump-Kim Summit, ASEAN Summit and the Formula One race. As the Digital Editor, he was instrumental in revamping the paper's website early this year and continues to look after the digital transformation of the newsroom and the journalists. He has an Advanced Diploma in Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Digital Media.

  • Product Manager, Schibsted Media

    Maria Å Lindvall is the product manager of ”Curate”, a part of Schibsted Media platform that enables the largest publications in Sweden and Norway to automate and personalize editorial content on their front pages. The Curate team consists of developers, UX researchers, journalists and data scientists, collaborating to make sure the different publications can fulfill the journalistic mission as well as deliver on business needs and user needs. Before joining Curate, Maria Å Lindvall was the product manager of Omni, carrying out four curated news apps in Sweden and Norway. She has as background as a journalist, and has been the front page online editor of all the four largest news publications in Sweden.
  • Online Editor, Punch, Nigeria

    John Abayomi is the Editor Online of Punch newspaper where he oversees editorial content on the web, mobile, newsletter and social media. He is involved in audience engagement, search engine optimisation and video strategy of Nigeria's most widely read newspaper. He has been part of the growth of Punchng.com as the news site of choice for digital content in the country. He holds a master's degree in New Media & Society from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
  • Editor, Dawn, Pakistan

    Zaffar Abbas is the Editor of Dawn, Pakistan's oldest and most prestigious English language newspaper. He has been a journalist for 37 years and has worked for a number of national and international news organisations, including 16 years for the BBC as one of its Pakistan correspondents.

    Mr. Abbas is a keen follower of the Pakistani and regional politics, has covered the civil war in Afghanistan from the days of the Soviet occupation. The last few years have been mostly dedicated to reporting and analyzing the rise in religious extremism and terrorism in Pakistan, the tricky peace process between India and Pakistan, as well as the complicated political developments in the country.
    Because of his bold and objective coverage of armed militancy in the country he twice faced the wrath of different militant groups in the past, but luckily survived with non-fatal injuries.
    Mr. Abbas is a strong advocate for ethical journalism in Pakistan, and has long been campaigning for creating a safe environment for working journalists in the country.

     

     

  • PR and Business Development, Al-Jazirah Corporation for Press, Printing, and Publishing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Ms. Abdalla is one of Al-Jazirah’s Brand Ambassadors for its creative printing solutions, which is described as "the passionate next-level in storytelling, inspiring the newspaper's print industry, at the same time bridging and creating harmony between the print and electronic media in the digital age.
    Ms. Abdalla is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with an MA in Mass Communications and a BA in Radio & Television.

  • Journalist and consultant

    Yusof Abdul-Rahman

    Yusof Abdul-Rahman is a journalist and consultant. He spends much of his time looking at the way technological innovation affects social behaviour. Earlier this year he was involved in a WhatsApp funded project in New Delhi that looked into disinformation and misinformation within closed-messaging groups during the election in India, the world’s largest democracy. Yusof’s career began over 20 years ago with the Associated Press in London. He spent four years at AP’s Beijing bureau before returning to London in 2005 as a senior editor on the International desk. He has also worked at Euronews, Europe’s major multilingual broadcast channel. An advocate for effective digital and video strategy, Yusof is currently a consultant working at Malaysia's National News Agency (Bernama) to help them with convergence strategy and news transformation.

  • General Director & Co-founder, Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Foundation (FNPI), Colombia

    General director and co-founder of the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Foundation (FNPI), an organization established in 1994 in Cartagena, Colombia, by Gabriel García Márquez, with the mission to work for journalism excellence and training of journalists, so that there are better informed societies in Latin American and the Caribbean.

    Before joining the Foundation he had been, between 1990 and 1994, director of Telecaribe, a regional public television channel in the Colombian Caribbean coast. He graduated from Law School at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, but his career has been devoted to the fields of communication, culture and support independent journalism.

    Mr Abello participates regularly in boards, forums for debate and advisory councils of these sectors, as in the case of the Council of Global Agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2010 and 2011 as well as the steering committee of the GFMD (Global Forum for Media Development), an international alliance of leading organizations supporting programs and development of media.

  • Managing Director and Co-Founder, Fundación Gabriel Garcia Márquez para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombia

    General director and co-founder of the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Foundation (FNPI), an organization established in 1994 in Cartagena, Colombia, by Gabriel García Márquez, with the mission to work for journalism excellence and training of journalists, so that there are better informed societies in Latin American and the Caribbean.
    Before joining the Foundation he had been, between 1990 and 1994, director of Telecaribe, a regional public television channel in the Colombian Caribbean coast. He graduated from Law School at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, but his career has been devoted to the fields of communication, culture and support independent journalism.
    Mr Abello participates regularly in boards, forums for debate and advisory councils of these sectors, as in the case of the Council of Global Agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2010 and 2011 as well as the steering committee of the GFMD (Global Forum for Media Development), an international alliance of leading organizations supporting programs and development of media.

  • Managing Editor, VK Media, Sweden

    After graduating from journalism school, Stefan Åberg worked as a journalist and later as a news editor until 2017 being named managing editor for VK Media, a local news group with two newspapers, located in Umeå in the north of Sweden. As a managing editor, Åbergs focus has been on the digital development, and speeding up the digital transformation for Västerbottens-Kuriren, the largest newspaper in the northern half of Sweden. Västerbottens-Kuriren was early in realizing the importance of a strong online presence and has always been working hard to stay in front with a goal of being regarded as the leading local newspaper in Europe. The past four years Västerbottens-Kuriren main focus has been on growing it's paying digital audience, and last year saw a growth of over 70 percent. Being a small organisation, VK Media has realized that using AI and automated content is a key moving forward as personalization is the next big step for the newspapers.
  • Regional Director, SEA & Greater China Region, Oracle Data Cloud

    Zainal is the Regional Director for Oracle Data Cloud. In this role, he is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and execution, top-line revenue growth, and management of sales and client solutions teams in SE Asia and the Greater China region.He joined Oracle Data Cloud in 2018 with the Grapeshot acquisition where Zainal was the VP of Sales for the SEA region. Earlier in his career, Zainal worked for TripAdvisor and Aktiv Digital.

  • Editor in chief and CEO, Børneavisen, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

    The past ten years, Louise Abildgaard Grøn has been running JP/Politikens Hus' award winning CSR-activities aimed at primary schools. The activities have been running across papers Jyllands-Posten, Ekstra Bladet and Politiken. This includes a national media contest once a year and the daily activities for young audiences. Louise has built the business case for Børneavisen. It focuses on parents and grandparents as subscribers – primary inside the base of existing Politiken and Jyllands-Posten subscribers. Preliminary analysis and research have shown surprising trends; the young audience appreciates the printed paper and finds it more professional. Youngsters also see it as more “real” compared to online news. Quoting one respondent: “Online you can just change the headline or anything else. On print, the deadline is final”. When not being around her fantastic team and work, she spends time with her family counting 3 kids and a patient spouse.
  • Machine Learning Engineer, Axel Springer AI

    Malgorzata Adamczyk works as a Machine Learning Engineer at Axel Springer AI, the Artificial Intelligence unit of Axel Springer SE which is the largest digital publishing house in Europe. Previously she was a member of Data Science team at idealo.de, an e-commerce business. She worked on projects in domains of Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and currently is exploring the potential of Generative Adversarial Networks for image generation.

  • Accountability Lab Global Communications Manager, South Africa

    Sheena Adams is the Global Communications Manager for Accountability Lab - a non-profit working on good governance in Africa, South Asia, the United States and South America. The former Group Editor-in-Chief of a magazine publishing house, she's experienced in brand and social media management, journalism and strategic communications.
  • Africa Editor, Quartz, USA

    Yinka Adegoke is the founding editor of Quartz Africa, coordinating its news and events in partnership with a team across the continent. In 2018 he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine for his role in developing Quartz Africa as a vital news and features platform on the continent. Yinka has reported from over 20 countries across Europe, Africa and North America. Before Quartz, Yinka was deputy editor at Billboard where he ran business coverage for the world’s leading music magazine brand. Prior to that he was Reuters’ senior media correspondent covering the global media business. Earlier in his career Yinka was an editor at New Media Age in London covering the early days of the digital media revolution and a regular writer for The Guardian and The Financial Times. He has spoken at the World Bank, WTO and is a pundit on BBC, CNN and NPR.
  • Professeur adjoint, Département de gestion des opérations et de la logistique, HEC Montréal

    Yossiri Adulyasak

    Yossiri Adulyasak supports the research team at Element AI. He enjoys learning various operations research and machine learning techniques. His passion is to create data driven optimization decision tools that combine these two approaches to solve real-world business problems. His recent interests lie in data analytics and risk management applications using large-scale stochastic and robust optimization as well as several learning algorithms.

  • Editor-in-chief, Miss, Austria

    Monika Affenzeller

    Editor in chief and deputy brand manager of miss Monika Affenzeller has been working for miss and other Styria magazines more than ten years after she finished her communication sciences and Italian language studies. Since 2008 she is part of the leading team, became managing editor of miss and in April 2013 editor in chief of the new positioned crossmedia brand miss.

    miss is an Austrian 360 degrees media brand focus on social media on all channels, as on miss MAGAZIN, missAT or miss APP. They target young women aged between 16 and 35 - in digital, mobile and printed forms.

  • Deputy MD & CEO, DB Corp, India.

    Pawan Agarwal is the Deputy Managing Director of the Dainik Bhaskar Group.

    The brand started its journey in 1958 with its flagship Hindi language Newspaper brand Dainik Bhaskar in Madhya Pradesh. Today, the company is present in 13 states with 65 editions. It boasts of FM Radio in 7 states with 30 stations and has a digital business comprising 13 portals to cater to the rapidly growing digital audiences.

    Agarwal heads the production and information and technology department in addition to the the Radio and Digital Media Business. He has been awarded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his contribution to Indian Language Journalism.

    An industrial engineering graduate from Purdue University, USA, Agarwal is credited with conceptualization and leading the acclaimed twin-contact-strategy, which was implemented for the launch of Divya Bhaskar.

  • Global Head of Customer Experience, Reuters, USA

    Haris is the Global Head of Product Customer Experience for Reuters News Agency based in New York. Haris joined Reuters in 2013 as a Media Product Manager and has served in various product roles ranging from managing Health and Entertainment content in addition to various news agency platforms. Prior to joining Reuters, Haris spent 5+ years with The New York Times in different capacities working across both the print and digital business units.

  • Director - India Sales, Google, India

    Vikas Agnihotri is the Director for Auto, BFSI, CPG, Telecom, Travel, Media & Ent. verticals for Google India, leading high performing teams in consultative sales skills and partnering clients in understand their needs and deliver measurable solutions through the web. He has been with Google since June 2011.

    Vikas Agnihotri has over 20 years of experience across banking, financial services and advertising. He has held several leadership positions at Religare Macquarie Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and ANZ Grindlays. He began his career in advertising with Ogilvy and Mather. He has written several articles and has been featured in various publications including the Wall Street Journal

  • Senior Vice President, Newsprint and Retail Customers, UPM

    Anu Ahola is the Senior Vice President, Newsprint and Retail Customers and WAN IFRA Printers’ Forum Board member. Anu Ahola joined UPM in 2007 being responsible for strategy creation and implementation processes and Paper Business Group's strategy development. Prior to joining UPM she worked for Nokia and Pöyry.  Anu Ahola has Master's degree in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology, and MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

  • Vice President, Corporate Affairs, at Nokia

    Minna Aila (born in 1966) has well over ten years of experience in sustainability in different business sectors, including three listed global companies. Ms Aila is currently Vice President, Corporate Affairs, at Nokia. She is responsible for communications, corporate responsibility and government relations. Prior to Nokia, Ms Aila worked as Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Corporate Responsibility, at Outotec. Before joining Outotec, Ms Aila was working as the Head of Communications at the Federation of Finnish Financial Services. In her position she was also responsible for the corporate responsibility activities of the Federation as well as developing joint CR activities of the member companies, including leading banks and insurance companies operating in Finland.

    In 2003-09, Ms Aila was a Director at Elcoteq SE, responsible for global communications, investor relations, corporate responsibility and corporate relations. Prior to joining Elcoteq, Ms Aila was employed by the European Commission for ten years, serving various Directorate-Generals. As a Head of Section at the Commission’s Representation in Finland she was responsible for i.a. major information campaigns, such as the introduction of euro currency and EU enlargement.

    Minna Aila holds a degree of Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki and has also taken PhD –courses in International marketing and business strategy at Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Industrial Management. She has served in the Board of FIBS Corporate Responsibility Network in 2013-16, and is currently a Board member at Finnish Children and Youth Foundation, Finland-China Trade Association, Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the National Defence Course Association.

  • Cofondateur et président, CEDROM-SNi

    François aird

    Après des études en gestion à l’École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal, il s’associe à Philippe Gélinas en 1984 pour créer la firme de conseil informatique A&G Conseil. Renommée Proximi-T, elle sera intégrée au Groupe Cossette Communication en 2000. En 1988, le développement des interfaces graphiques et l’apparition d’un nouveau support de stockage – le cédérom – les incitent à fonder CEDROM Technologies. L’entreprise fusionnera quelques années plus tard avec la Société Nationale d’Information (SNI) pour devenir CEDROM-SNi. En janvier 2000, François et ses associés lancent IXIASOFT, une entreprise issue de l’expertise de CEDROM-SNi en indexation de documents. IXIASOFT met en marché des outils logiciels pour la gestion de documents XML et DITA. 

    Président du conseil d’administration du Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM), François a aussi présidé le conseil d’administration d’IXIASOFT et de l’Association québécoise des technologies (AQT).

  • CEO of Press Sector at Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), United Arab Emirates

    I started my career in the banking sector, where l worked for the British Bank of the Middle East for two years. In 1997, I moved to Dubai Media Incorporated and worked at its Financial Support Services Department for nine years. Afterwards I moved to the publishing sector, where l worked as Director of the Subscription and Distribution Department and later as Deputy General Manager of Al Bayan Newspaper, before l worked as Executive General Manager of four newspapers, namely Al Bayan, Emarat Alyoum, Emirates Today and Emirates 24/7. I then moved to DMI as (CMO) Chief of Commercial Affairs and Marketing Officer for the TV channels, newspapers, radio channels, printing press and Tawseel Company. Now I'm the CEO of Press Sector in Dubai Media Inc.

    Meanwhile, I have always been responsible for the administrative side (Human Resources - Information Technology - Financial Management - Sales - Marketing) and the link between the media and administrative sides of DMI.

    Furthermore, I have contributed to a number of DMI's major projects, most notably Al Bayan's paperless hall, the re-launch of Al Bayan Newspaper, the conversion of Emarat Alyoum from a free newspaper to a paid one, the conversion of Emirates 24/7 from a printed newspaper to a digital one, the inception of Ara Magazine and the foundation of Tawseel Company.

    Summary:
    - Over 20 years of experience in Media industry in the UAE (Newspapers, Distribution, Sales, Radio, Magazine, TV and Online )

    - Managed 5 daily Newspapers in the UAE (Al Bayan, Al Emarat Al Youm, Emirats Today, Business 24/7, Emirates 24/7 online)

    - Graduated from the first batch of leadership program - Dubai Hollding 2009. (Leadon)

    - The most 500 powerful Arabs in the world, I was no. 96 (2012).

    - The Best Employee in the publishing sector at DMI (2012).

    - Board Member of Career Junction CO.

    - Board Member of WAN-IFRA Middle East from 2007 till now

    Specialties: Managing Media CO. ( Newspapers, Sales Marketing, Finance, HR, Support Services)

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