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  • 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.

  • CEO and Founder, Kieku.com

    Sampsa Fabritius is a pragmatic utopist. As an entrepreneur he is motivated by seriously ambitious goals to build a better world. Industrial disruption can be nice, noble and good when it genuinely creates more opportunities than it destroys. Kieku is Sampsa’s first love as a disruptive but socially meaningful idea. Kieku is focusing on building an AI powered open feed for everyone to share their voice. It is a direct personal media for connecting publishers and listeners together.

    For the past 10 years Sampsa’s focus has been on mastering the intersection of design, business, and technology. Previously, Sampsa has worked at Nokia in varying technology and leadership roles for 16 years.There he was able to learn and further develop user-centric concepting and prototyping.

    The term “Podcast” probably brings a hint of nostalgia to many of us. It feels like it was ages ago when Apple released it’s first iPod — being realistic, if you think of “Podcasts” probably iTunes is what some years ago would have come to your mind. However, Podcasting as a source and medium for communication dates way before the iPod and ITunes came to the picture. Nowadays, technology has gone far and many of us have already scratched out our old school radios, Mp3 players, and instead we do it all in our mobile phones. Did you ever think of a mix between Podcasting + Artificial Intelligence and how would that work in practice? Then let us introduce you to Kieku and Sampsa Fabritius

  • Managing Director APA-IT Informations Technologie, Austria

    Alexander Falchetto

    Following his education at an upper secondary technical and vocational school, Alexander managed a variety of industrial projects and worked in CAD development. In 1995 he joined APA – Austria Press Agency, where he took over the biggest APA-IT business segment, planning and operations. In 2012 he completed his MBA in general management and was appointed managing director of APA-IT GmbH. Since then he has been the chief technology officer and authorised signatory for APA. Falchetto has long been a member of APA's senior management team and has helped the subsidiary APA-IT achieve steady economic growth. He is also an essential driver behind the transformation of APA-IT from an IT service provider into an a system partner for media in the digital age.

  • CEO Jumia Travel, Founder & CEO Jumia Food Africa, Lagos, Nigeria

    Joe Falter is the new CEO of Jumia Travel (the leading Online Travel Agency in Africa) and the Founder & CEO of Jumia Food Africa, the #1 marketplace for ordering food in Africa. Since launching JumiaFood in Lagos in November 2012, Mr Falter has overseen the growth of the business to 10 African markets: Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana. 

    He started out as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in London, covering consumer, retail banking, climate change and healthcare. Mr Falter left to work with the ex MD of Waitrose, together developing new food retail concepts for FMCG brands, before helping launch an e-commerce business that reaches 9 countries. He has a degree in Government & Economics from the London School of Economics.

  • Founder and Director, Welad Elbalad Media Services LTD, Egypt

    Fatemah Farag is the Founder and Director of Welad Elbalad Media Services LTD, a company dedicated to community media development and media excellence in Egypt. She is also currently a Nieman Fellow, the MENA Director for WAN IFRA’s Women in News Program and a WEF Board Member.

    Before establishing Welad Elbalad Media Services, Ms. Farag was the founding chief editor of the English Edition of Al Masry Al Youm. Before 2009, she divided her professional time between the newsroom and journalism training and education. She was Assistant Chief Editor, responsible for the features and life-style sections and senior staff reporter at Al-Ahram Weekly, the English language newspaper issued by Al-Ahram, before which she worked for the Regional Bureau of the Washington Post, was a full time staff reporter for the Middle East Times – Egypt, and has freelanced for a host of local and international news organizations. 

    As an educator she has held the position of Training Consultant for the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism and has also consulted and trained for various organizations including the European Union, the British Council, Free Voice and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She also taught journalism at the American University in Cairo (AUC) for two years and continues to dedicate time to journalism training.
    Ms Farag began her career specializing in development issues with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and as a reporter and newspaper editor she has dedicated much of her work to the coverage of social issues. She is a graduate of the American University in Cairo, from which she also received a Masters degree in political science.

  • Senior Principal Data Scientist, Pivotal Software, Inc., USA

    Hulya Farinas is a master data scientist at Pivotal. At Pivotal, her team is helping transform companies into data driven enterprises by utilising big and unstructured data sources, running large scale machine learning algorithms, and building data driven applications that support decision making. She has extensive experience in the application of algorithmic approaches to complex problems in multiple verticals. Before joining Pivotal, she had held positions at IBM and M-Factor. She holds a Ph.D in Operations Research from the University of Florida.

  • Senior Business Editor, Ars Technica, USA

    Cyrus Farivar is an Iranian-American technology journalist, radio producer and author. He is the senior business editor at Ars Technica, a tech news site owned by Condé Nast. His book, The Internet of Elsewhere – about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea – was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He has reported for Deutsche Welle English, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times and many others.

     

  • Digital Commercial Manager, Grupo América / Radio La Red, Argentina

  • CEO & Managing Partner, Fehradvice, Switzerland

    Gerhard Fehr is a graduate of the University of Vienna with a degree in business administration and a trained journalist, and has more than ten years of management experience in investment banking, journalism, and in the Swiss credit card industry.
    His in-depth knowledge of market mechanisms, organizational structure, hierarchies, and processes, as well as his theoretical knowledge in the area of behavioral economics predestined him to be the driving force behind the development and usage of the behavioral economics approach BEA™.
    As CEO and founding partner, he bears the primary responsibility for realizing the objectives of FehrAdvice & Partners AG and is responsible for the entire operative development of the company.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group

    Warren Fernandez joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become News Editor. He later also served as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor.
    He left to join Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its editor. He assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) from July 2016.
    He graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and also has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

  • Corporate Technology Manager & CSO, Grupo Clarín, Argentina

    Miguel Fernández

    Miguel is Corporate Technology Manager & CSO at Grupo Clarín, the leading Spanish speaking media group worldwide, since 2007. Prior to joining Clarín, Miguel was CTO at PRIMA, the first internet access and content provider of Grupo Clarín in Argentina. Today Miguel is leading the seven companies part of Clarín group to a consolidated audience strategy: AGEA, CMD, Los Andes, La Voz (publishing sites), TyC Sports, Cablevisión (Broadcasters), and Radio Mitre (Radio), which together they accumulate more than 70 MM unique users and more than 800 MM page views monthly. Miguel is graduated in Electronic Engineering from Buenos Aires University, and has Master Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Austral.

  • Chief Digital Transformation Officer, PRISA, Spain

    Noella Fernández Arroyo

    Noelia is a digital professional native, active with Internet since 1994, when she created one of the first consulting and development companies in Spain. In 1998 she launched Yahoo in Spain and she ended as VP, running all International Editorial and Media Teams and Operations. Since April 2015, she joined Prisa as their Chief Digital Transformation Officer. Her key focus is to drive the digital transformation of the group, focusing on technology, digital business and culture as they key enablers. She has a Journalism (Navarra) and MBA (Chicago Booth) Degrees, is co-founder of ISDI and very active in Digital Entrepreneurship.

  • Editor, Fun Times, Wijeya Newspapers Ltd., Sri Lanka.

    Hiranthi Fernando,

    Editor, Funday Times, the children’s section of the Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

    Studied Journalism at Aquinas University College, Colombo and the Open University of Sri Lanka.

    Worked for the Sunday Times initially as a freelance feature writer since 1988. Joined the staff since 1996, writing features and also news features.

    Editor Funday Times since 2001.  Funday Times is a dedicated Children’s newspaper, engaged in activities promoting reading among the young.

  • International Partnerships Director, Maker Studios, France

    Chantal Ferraro

    Chantal is the International Talent Partnerships Director at Maker Studios (Disney Group), the global leader in online short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. A French-German bi-national with over 12 years of digital experience, Chantal began her career as Music Marketing Manager for mobile operator SFR. Since, she worked in the content business leading various international roles in the media and entertainment industry.

    From 2007 to 2013, she has launched and developed AFP's news agency video business as Global Marketing Manager. Following this experience, she has been in charge of the international expansion of two European YouTube networks (MCNs): first Believe Digital, the leader of independent music distribution, then Wizdeo owning one of the most advanced YouTube big data platforms Wiztracker.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Grupo Ferré-Rangel, Puerto Rico

    Mr. Ferré Rangel is Editor-in-Chief of GFR Media, a family and independently own media company in Puerto Rico.  A journalist with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Ferré Rangel has served in almost every position in the newsroom of El Nuevo Día newspaper, before assuming his current role in 2011.

    For most of the late 1990’s and into the next decade, Mr. Ferré Rangel was in charge of strengthening the editorial content of El Nuevo Día and spearheading the early phase of the newspaper’s digital expansion.

    During that time he was part of the team who launched two other newspapers for the company in Puerto Rico and in the United States.

    In 2011 he oversaw the convergence strategy for GFR Media, integrating two separate newsrooms into one, helping to prepare the company’s the next phase of its digital transformation.  Under his editorial leadership, GFR Media reaches now more 10.4 millions of unique visitors in Puerto Rico and around the world.  Both El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora newspapers and their sites enjoy top brand equity scores and have won various local and international journalism awards.

    He is the founding president of Agenda Ciudadana, a non for profit organization that trains citizen’s to be more engaged in public issues and facilitates the dialogue between citizens and the body politic in order to strengthen the democratic life of Puerto Rico.

    Mr. Ferré Rangel obtained a BA in History from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from Boston University.

    He's an active member of WAN-IFRA's LATAM Advisory Committee.

  • Founder and CEO, Longtail Media, Switzerland

    Pascal Fessler joined the online and mobile video world at its very beginning in 2006.

    He is the founder and CEO of Longtail Media, a media production agency which enables, coaches und supports newsrooms around the globe in lean and effectiv production of web-, mobile- and socialvideo. Longtail Media operates own production facilities in Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.

    His career started as a TV journalist and editor-in-chief followed by leading Ringiers entire webtv activities for over six years.

    So far he has trained several hundred journalists, photographers, editorial staff and sales reps in smarter ways to sucessfully publish online videos.

  • President & Founder, GM Latinoamérica, Argentina

    Rodrigo Fino

    Rodrigo leads García Media® Latinoamérica's projects in LATAM. He conceptualises and implements the guidelines of each new design and re-design. He developped the 97 projets currently the company currently runs from its Buenos Aires offices. Before joining, García Media® and founding its LATAM office, he worked in advertising and marketing. He founded his first design and advertising studio at the age of 20.

  • Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, The New York Times Company, USA

    Clay Fisher, joined The New York Times in July 2015. He is responsible for managing all subscription revenues for The Times’s multiplatform products and services. Prior to joining The Times, he was with DIRECTV, where since early 2014, he was vice president, digital marketing and product management, responsible for driving enterprise revenue and retention through digital channels.   Mr. Fisher joined DIRECTV in 2011 as head of digital marketing and e-commerce.

    From 2009-11, Mr. Fisher led global digital marketing and traffic acquisitions for a startup within Travelocity. He spent four years at Monster Worldwide from 2005-9, most recently as global director, search marketing, and was managing director of Intellitraffic, Inc., a boutique online marketing consulting firm he founded in 1998. Mr. Fisher received a master’s degree in technology management from Columbia University in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The George Washington University in 2000.

  • Digital Content Manager, Artear, Grupo Clarín, Argentina

    Marcos is a specialist in digital content management. He currently holds the possition of Digital Content Manager at Artear, the television media company for Grupo Clarin. He previously worked at Clarin.com, CNNenEspañol, ESPN, Business Group (Spain) and Grupo Ferre Rangel (Puerto Rico). He holds a BA and MA in Journalism and a Masters in Business Administration.

  • Head of Aftonbladet TV, Aftonbladet, Sweden

    Lotta Folcker has a long experience in TV-broadcasting. Before joining Aftonbladet TV, she was the head of Sweden´s largest morning show at TV4. She joined Aftonbladet in 2014 as the head of the Swedish election-related program, and is now managing the whole TV department.

    Aftonbladet TV has a leading online position in Sweden. The strategy is to hold and develop the leading news position for online video, and at the same time to create video that drives new digital revenues.

    The last six months Lotta Folcker has developed a new video strategy for the corporate group Schibsted, the leading media house with the most visited news sites in the Nordic region and with classified sites all over the world.

  • Chairman & CEO, Editorial Perfil, Argentina

    Jorge Fontevecchia

    Jorge Fontevecchia is one of Argentina’s most prominent news media publishers. He started his career launching small magazines in Paraguay and Uruguay in the 1970’s, before launching “La Semana”, the first magazine he published in Argentina and predecesor to his current company, Editorial Perfil. 

    During Argentina’s military regime (1976-1983), La Semana’s circulation was banned 6 times, and it was shut down in 1982, before being reopened by the a Supreme Court order months later. He was kidnapped by the military regime and put in jail, but was finally freed after strong international pressure. He was later accused of being an English Spy shortly after the end of the Falklands War. He avoided prison by seeking asylum in the Venezuelan embassy and flying there in exile.

    In 1988 he launched two news magazines in Brazil, Mía and Semanario and in 1989, La Semana became Noticias, the name it has today.

    During the presidencies of Carlos Menem (1989-1999), his company suffered to bomb attacks (1992-1995) in its industrial plants, and the brutal killing of a Noticias photographer, José Luís Cabezas, in 1997. 

    In 1994, he launched a new magazine in Brazil, Caras, and its success allowed him to launch in 1998 daily newspaper Perfil. The 2001 crisis forced him to shut down the newspaper and it was republished as a weekly in 2005 and continues until this day. 

    Fontevecchia however keeps looking abroad for business. Editorial Perfil publishes magazines in China and Portugal and through licences, in Angola and Russia. He was secretary at the Binational Chamber of Commerce between Argentina and Russia, from 2003 to 2006, but he quit in protest to the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politovskaia.

  • Head of International Play Newsstand Partnerships, Google, UK

    Luca Forlin is Head of Strategic Partnerships for Google Play Newsstand at Google, leading the growth and internationalisation efforts of Google’s digital newsstand platform. At Google since 2010, Luca has spent most of his professional career working on the Internet as serial entrepreneur, launching ventures across EMEA in both the retail and content space. He has a strong interest in innovation, organisational excellence and quick execution.

  • Editor - Learning section, Philippines Daily Inquirer, Philippines

  • Chief Executive Officer at Readpeak Oy

    Readpeak Oy provides of a content-driven digital marketing platform designed to offer analytics optimization. The company's digital marketing platform offers campaign tools for digital advertising, enabling enterprises, organizations and associations to share information and enhance their brands online. The company was founded by Tomas Forsbäck and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

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