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  • Senior Analyst, BIA-Kelsey, USA

    Rick leads BIA/Kelsey’s strategy consulting practice and serves as an advisor to an affiliated investment banking group BIA Capital Strategies. Rick works with media, adtech and martech companies to see and evaluate opportunities and strategies in the market to achieve corporate goals. He helps client with strategic planning, developing  partnership strategies, product planning, and achieving revenue growth and diversification. He helps marketers including brands and agencies with effective planning and use of digital media platforms. He also works on investment banking projects assisting buy-side and sell-side clients.

    Rick co-cofounded SpectraRep in 2000, a technology company that specializes in emergency alert and warning solutions. Prior to joining BIA/Kelsey, Rick headed the National Association of Broadcaster’s Research and Information Group overseeing all research and information technology initiatives. Rick is an adjunct professor at George Washington University where he teaches classes in digital media entrepreneurship.

    Rick earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his M.S. from Syracuse University and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

  • Digital Director, Groupe Rossel, Belgium

    Bruno Durdu

    Bruno is active in the digital and media sectors for over 15 years and in the newspaper industry for 11 years. Passionate about business and technical topics, Bruno is comfortable to talk about network improvements or setting up a business model canvas for a new opportunity. After working for Cisco, Microsoft and the Canal + Group, he has worked to develop brands of Press Publishers in the field of digital.
    The Rossel group is the first group of Belgian francophone press. It has always been a family group that has kept its financial and editorial independence. With over one hundred companies, it is present mainly in Belgium and northern France. Decentralized and diversified, the Rossel Group is active in newspapers, whether national or regional, paid or free, daily or periodic. The Rossel Group holds trademarks and press titles that are characterized by a leadership in their markets. It is also an industrial group with four printing including two newspaper printing.

  • Public Policy Manager, Regional Policy Strategy & Operations for Google APAC, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Google, Hong Kong

  • CEO, SoBazaar, Norway

    Jeanette got her Admission to the Bar as a lawyer in the Norwegian law firm BA-HR in 2004. She went from law to 2 years as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company andcontinued as an advisor for CEOs of Scandinavian & US companies in the PR firm Burson-Marsteller in New York until 2008. From ‘08 she was the founder and CEO of the mobile marketing company Liquid Barcodes which was acquired by Telenor in 2013. In 2012, she co-founded eCommerce company sixbondstreet.com. Jeanette is today the CEO of SOBAZAAR a Telenor and Schibsted owned Social eCommerce venture with global ambitions. As a lawyer-turned entrepreneur, Jeanette is an evangelist for innovation & entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI)

    Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) founded in January 2015 by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers. He is Editor of Adresseavisen, Norway’s fifth largest news- and advertising mediahouse. With ten additonal local newspapers situated in the mid-Norway, Adresseavisen is by far the largest compamy and the digital powerhouse of Polaris Media Group. Rolf is also Editor/director at the Polaris Media Lab. The Medialab, located in Trondheim, is supporting more than 30 newspapers in the Polaris Media Group, providing software development and maintainence for editorial and commercial purposes. The Medialab works closely with Schibsted’s digital development units with co-location of development teams at Schibsted Tech Polska’s Krakow operations. Rolf is also Chairman of the board of NxtMedia since 2011. Nxtmedia is an innovation cluster for the media industry in Middle Norway including newspapers, broadcast and web industry, universities and media software industry aiming to promote innovation and future media technology. Leading companies member of NxtMedia include Polaris Media, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MKTMedia in swedish Stampen Group, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) and New Media Network.

  • Publisher, Victoria Advocate, Victoria, Texas, USA

    Dan Easton currently serves as Publisher of the Victoria Advocate and President of Advocate Digital Media. He represents the third generation of ownership of the newspaper, and has led much of transition to a multimedia organisation. Dan has formerly served as IT Director, Digital Director, VP/Interactive, and Board Member for Victoria Advocate Publishing Company. Prior to his role at the Advocate, Dan was VP of Operations for Inquisite, Inc, an Austin-based software startup of parent Catapult Systems Corp. After a year consulting for Catapult, Dan was instrumental in launching the software company, including releasing the first Internet-enabled version in 1997, launching the Application Service Provider model (now known as Software as a Service or “Cloud” service) in 1998, and rapidly growing the company through penetration of Fortune 500 accounts. Prior to joining Catapult, Dan was a consultant and software developer for the Information Technology division of Wright Killen, a petrochemical consulting company, where he developed and implemented simulation and optimisation software for the petrochemical industry.
    During Dan’s tenure, the Victoria Advocate has been recognised for their excellence by numerous media organisations. Recent notable recognition includes the 2014 Newspaper of the Year award by the Local Media Association, the 2016 Spirit of Freedom award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and First Place at the 2016 Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Dan was also recently awarded the Innovator of the Year award by the Local Media Association.
    Dan is a native Texan, born in Houston and graduating high school in Corpus Christi. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is currently an active board member for the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Media Association. He has also served the board of the Victoria Fine Arts Association, and Habitat for Humanity – Victoria and Victoria Business and Education Coalition. Dan has been married to Camille for 19 years and has two children – James (16) and Elaine (13).

  • COO, austria.com/plus, Austria

    André Eckert is COO at austria.com/plus, a Russmedia Company and Austria´s largest premium ad network and general manager of vienna.at. Previously, Eckert worked as a general manager of a radio station and a national magazine. He graduated from the University of Innsbruck  with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

  • Director, Globe Labs & Corporate Security Officer

    Gordon Edall

    Gordon is responsible for driving a joint mandate to accelerate innovation by enabling entrepreneurial Globe employees to do what they think needs done and to explore the start-up ecosystem to find up and coming companies that The Globe can work with for the mutual benefit of both organizations. The goal is to enable the development of new intellectual property on top of the foundation provided by The Globe and Mail in areas including data science and natural language processing, predictive and advanced analytics, AdTech, FinTech and security. Prior to his current position, he was Senior Manager Intelligence Systems from 2012 to 2016. At this position, with a new team of data scientists, he led the effort to implement a set of ETL processes that pushed The Globe and Mail's data into a data lake sitting on a hybrid cloud architecture where traditional BI tools could coexist with Big Data tools like Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Impala/Redshift and Mahout. Over time, the company migrated to a real-time stack featuring Kafka/Kinesis and Spark Streaming with SparkML. In addition to the work on the core ETL processes, his responsibilities included exploratory data analysis, feature engineering for predictive modelling and a privacy oversight function to ensure that all of The Globe's data was handled in a responsible manner. Starting at The Globe and Mail in 2006, he was previously Manager Mobile Media, Deputy Investment Editor, and Online Business Editor.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Dagens industri, Sweden

    Lotta Edling is Editor-in-Chief of Dagens industri, a leading business newspaper in Sweden. Dagens industri is part of the business area Bonnier News along with Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Sydsvenskan/Helsingborgs Dagblad and Bold Printing.

    Lotta has been head of the news desk for Dagens industri since 2009 and has extensive experience as a journalist and editorial leader from business publications such as Affärsvärlden, Ekonomi24 and Veckans Affärer.

  • General Manager, Europe - Reuters

    Sarah Edmonds is a veteran journalist and manager with more than 25 years in the news industry. She is currently the Reuters General Manager for Europe, responsible for ensuring journalists have the tools, equipment and support they need, as well as for delivering on budget, staffing and safety and security objectives. Sarah has worked variously in London, Toronto, Washington DC, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Singapore. She is now based in Switzerland.

  • Former BBC video journalist & Mobile Video Expert

  • Director of Research and Innovation, College of Culture and Creative Industries, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Professor Paul Egglestone is Director of Research and Innovation in the College of Culture and Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire. He holds the chair in Creative and Digital Technologies.  

    A former independent television producer working for BBC, ITV and Sky in Regional and network programming, he established the University of Central Lancashire’s international research centre, the Media Innovation Studio, (www.mediainnovationstudio.org) in 2012. The Studio’s remit is to inhabit ‘liminal spaces’ between disciplines. It aims to explore, research and innovate within the digital ecosystem evolving around us.

    Paul is a founder member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Global Alliance for Media Innovation. He is co-founder of the Civic Drone Centre whose mission is to develop drone technologies for humanitarian aid, media and search and rescue operations.
     

  • CEO and Founder, Newstag, Sweden

    Henrik Eklund

    CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund, was AP’s Director of Digital Partnerships and Distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia. Before joining AP, Henrik was the founder and CEO of Kamera – one of the world's leading mobile and online distributors. Prior to Kamera, Eklund founded PAN Interactive, one of Europe’s leading game publishers and distributors.

  • Head of Innovation at EzyInsights, Helsinki

    Steve has spent the last twelve years using data to help understand, explain and predict people’s behaviour. As a Media Data Analyst at EzyInsights, he examines the effects of Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm on news publishers across the world. He works with publishers and broadcasters across the Nordics and Europe, guest lectures at the Swedish School of Social Science (Sockom) and gives various talks and interviews focused on Facebook’s influence on how we see the world. Originally from London, Steve is based in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Managing Editor of Multimedia, USA TODAY, USA

    Steve Elfers is the Managing Editor of Multimedia for USA TODAY where he helps lead the Video and Photo visual storytelling operations. USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company that includes the largest newspaper in the United States with a daily readership of 3 million and a cross-platform digital presence with over 38 million unique visitors daily.

  • Senior Manager, Accountability Journalism Program, American Press Institute

    Jane Elizabeth is a senior manager at the American Press Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that focuses on helping the news media advance and improve. A former Washington Post editor, Jane joined API in 2014 to lead its program on accountability journalism. She has worked as an editor and reporter at four other U.S. newspapers; and has taught journalism at the University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University and Point Park University. She holds a master’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and has just been named as a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

  • Journalist. Speaker and Advisor digital media

    Karlsten is a journalist, speaker and advisor on digital media. Considered one of Swedens most influential sociala media-experts, and is a sought after speaker, both on a local and international level for businesses in all branches.

    Columnist in major newspaper Göteborgs-posten, and radio host on some of Swedens biggest radio shows. Winner of the ”Grand national radio award” and considered as Swedens most influential journalist on Twitter.

    As a digital advisor he working regularly with some of the biggest brands in Sweden. The Swedish national football team is a frequent client, as is many other companies in the private sector.

    Together with a client, Aftonbladet, he created an open investigation-model for journalism that led to several nominees at the Grand investigative journalism-awards. In 2012 he co-founded the now disused citizen journalism-project Ajour. 2014 juror of Digital media Asia awards. 2016 juror at ”Grand national radio award”, the MEG media award.

    As a speaker he is sought after both nationally and internationally, speaking at many of the worlds biggest newspapers, as Hindustan Times in Dehli, Manorama Malayala in Kerala and VnExpress in Vietnam, and media houses in Singapore.

  • CEO, Vocento, Spain

    Luis Enriquez was appointed CEO of Vocento in July 2011. He holds a BA Hons degree in Business and Economics from ICADE.

    From 1995 to 2000 he worked as Managing Director of Aurum Producciones. In 2000 he joined Unidad Editorial as Director of the Group's regional media. In 2007 was promoted to Managing Director of the entire publishing Group Unidad Editorial (Marca, El Mundo & Expansión).

    At Vocento, Enriquez has placed his management focus on newsroom and newspapers (print and digital) independence. Under his leadership, Vocento has boosted its revenue, improving distribution margins and product sales while enhancing and accelerating its digital offering. To date Vocento is the only publishing group in Spain that has implemented a successful paywall model.

  • CEO, Vocento, Spain

    Luis Enroquez, CEO, Vocento, Spain

    Luis Enríquez was appointed CEO of Vocento in July 2011. He holds a BA Hons degree in Business and Economics from ICADE.

    From 1995 to 2000 he worked as Managing Director of Aurum Producciones. In 2000 he joined Unidad Editorial (Marca, El Mundo, & Expansión) as Director of the Group's regional media. In 2007 was promoted to Managing Director of the entire publishing group.

    At Vocento, Enriquez has placed his management focus on newsroom and newspapers (print and digital) independence. Under his leadership, Vocento has boosted its revenue, improving distribution margins and product sales while enhancing and accelerating its digital offering. To date Vocento is the only publishing group in Spain that has implemented a sucessful paywall model.

  • CTO & Co-Founder Kitext GmbH, Duisburg, Germany

    Nicolai Erbs

    Dr. Nicolai Erbs studied physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt and earned his PHD in computer science with emphasis on language processing. His dissertation deals with the automatic structuring of texts by means of language processing. After teaching at the University of Duisburg-Essen, he advised companies in Germany and England on machine learning. His focus was on the development of prototypes for the automatic analysis of texts in the areas of health and finance. He is co-founder of Kitext GmbH and is responsible for the development of algorithms for text classification.

  • Tow-Knight Fellow, Founder of www.haptic.al, USA

    Deniz Ergürel is a technology journalist and founder of HAPTICAL. He brings stories, ideas and people around virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 video. Throughout his career Deniz has lived in Mexico, Brazil, USA. He speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • News Editor, Expressen TV, Expressen, Sweden

    Johan Eslander is the News Editor at Expressen TV since 2015. His career at Expressen began seven years ago when he started as a reporter and as an editor of the online and print departments.

    Eslander started his professional career as a news reporter intern at the local daily Smålandsposten.

    He holds two Bachelor´s Degrees in Journalism and in History of Ideas by the Södertörn University, Stockholm. 

    He also has studies in Political Science (Humboldt University, Berlin). 

  • Commercial Product Manager, VG.no (Schibsted), Norway

    Elnaz Esmailzadeh

    Elnaz is the commercial product manager of VG.no, the largest Norwegian internet site and its niche sites which includes minmote.no, Norway's largest fashion site, godt.no, Norway's largest food site, and vektklubb.no, Norway's largest weight loss site. Elnaz started out her career as Nordic Brand Manager at Unilever and continued to Schibsted Media Group before joining the media giant VG.

  • Founder & Deputy Chairman, HuffPost Maghreb, France

    Alix Etournaud co-founded HuffPost Maghreb in 2013. It now has operations in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Last year, she also co-founded La Tribune Afrique, based in Morocco and focused on Economy. Etournaud is a journalist and writer. She holds an Executive Master in Media Management from Sciences Po Paris and studied at the CFPJ journalism school.

  • Director, Strategy, EMEA, IBT Media, UK

    Justin has over two decades of experience in content operations and a huge understanding of both traditional and digital channels. Previously European Director (Operations) for AOL Europe he has a track record of success in leading global product launches and business transformation.

    Justin began his career as a journalist with roles across publishers as diverse as The New York Times, Conde Nast and News UK. He later spent five years agency-side leading the team which took BMW GB’s CRM and eCRm to award-winning heights. He helped direct the integration of Rover’s customer marketing programme into BMW AG and then consulted across a wide number of brands including RBS, Nat West, Mercedes and SKY.

    Justin describes himself as a news junky and digital obsessive and prides himself on establishing and building teams focussed on growth. At IBT Media he is putting his substantial international experience and extensive knowledge of digital and traditional media to building and managing the fast-growing publisher’s eight core brands.

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