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  • Editorial & Jt. Managing Director, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd., India

    Rishi Darda currently holds the position Editorial & Jt. Managing Director of Lokmat Media Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Rishi Darda is a young and dynamic business leader & well known media personality in India. He has been on the board of Lokmat Media since November 2001 and is involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. He is also the brain behind the business expansion strategies of the print media division of the group and especially market success in Pune for Lokmat.
    Rishi has been instrumental in creating a convergence with print and digital for Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd. He has played a pivotal role in improving the daily online views of lokmat.com and re-launching the CNX news destination as Cnxmasti.com and lokmatnews.in under the aegis of Clickstart - digital arm of Lokmat Media Group. He is involved in content creation and setting up newer verticals at Lokmat.
    He is the founder member of Intellectual properties as - Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year & Lokmat Maharashtra's Most Stylish. As a Digital evangelist, Rishi Darda is working to expand the same for Lokmat media online news in languages beyond Marathi.
    He is a key contributor of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. He was part of the Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s delegation to Japan for the ‘Indo-Japan Economic Ties’ in 2001.
    Rishi holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from H. R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, a Post Graduate degree in journalism from Aurangabad University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in General Management from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA.

  • Chairman, SOICO Group, Mozambique

    Dr. Daniel David, Mozambican, Chairman of Group SOICO – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, Limited,  the unique media group in the country that brings the TV channel (“STV” in 2002), STV News that broadcast 24 hours a day for Mozambique  and abroad (STV Notícias 2014), Radio station (“SFM” in 2004) and daily Newspaper (“O País” in 2005) and O País Digital, a digital version that allows the paper to be read anywhere in the world.

    He is CEO of  DHD – Consulting & Holding, Limited, a holding company with investments on media, IT, Real Estates, Banking and is the President of the Chamber of Commerce Mozambique-Portugal.

    In 1998, was elected Vice-President of URTNA (Union of the Radios and Televisions of Africa) and he had special appearances in  United Nations Forum on TV and Radio – New York; Common Wealth Broadcast Convention – Cape Town; SABA – Southern African Broadcast Association.

    He holds a degree in Administration and Management of Companies by Universidade Politécnica and attended the Management course at UNISA University in South Africa (Advanced Executive Programmer).

     
  • CEO, RGB Media

    Grig Davidovitz is the CEO of RGB Media, a company that specializes in developing journalism in the New Media age, with clients in the US, Europe and Israel. Prior to that, he was the Editor of Israel's Haaretz websites.

  • Head of Newsroom Systems, The Sun, UK


    Joel Davies is an experienced journalist, editor and technology leader, and has worked in The Sun newsroom for 19 years. Currently the technology lead for the rollout and use of all digital editorial tools in the newsroom, his experience covers newspaper and magazine writing, editing, and editorial design. Joel is working closely with technology partners at NewsUK to deliver new editorial experiences, and integrating advanced analytics into the newsroom.

  • Marketing Director, NewsMediaWorks, Australia

    Simon Davies is Marketing Director at NewsMediaWorks where he is committed to promoting the power, value and importance of News Media.  He has over 20 years’ experience in media and has worked at both media agency and media owners including OMD, Bauer Media, ACP and Murdoch Magazines.  

  • Executive Editor, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil

    Sergio Davila is Executive Editor of Folha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest newspapers. He has held the position since 2010. Previously he was the paper’s foreign correspondent and covered the 2000 U.S. elections, Ground Zero on Sept. 11, and the war in Iraq, for which he was given the Esso Prize, an important Brazilian journalism award. He has written a book about his time in Iraq, called “Baghdad Diary: The War in Iraq Seen from Under the Bombs.” Davila was born in São Paulo, Brazil and attended Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication. His first journalism position was with Editora Abril in 1988, where he was a writer, editor and reporter. He is a Knight fellow.

  • Publisher Lead, Asia Pacific, Unruly Singapore

    Marketing technology company Unruly is the leading global platform for social video advertising. With 3 out of every 4 video views now taking place outside of YouTube, 83% of Ad Age 100 brands use Unruly’s proprietary technology to reach and engage super-sharers across the Open Web. We’ve delivered 4.69 billion views across 9,200+ campaigns to a global audience of 1.27 billion monthly unique users. Our super power is our predictive tech and unique data.
    Our secret weapon is passionate people on a mission to #DeliverWow.

  • Technical Analyst, Forum Communications, USA

    Adrian Dawson-Becker is a Technical Analyst with Forum Communications. He works with developing immersive experiences deployed on a wide variety of interactive media including desktop operating systems, websites, and mobile platforms. His primary areas of expertise are creative planning and user experience development.

  • Fundador, Sparknews, Francia

    Christian de Boisredon creó Sparknews, una organización que trabaja con los medios de comunicación más notables de más de cincuenta países para difundir periodismo basado en soluciones. En particular, esto se logra a través del Día del Periodismo de Impacto (IJD por sus siglas en inglés), un proyecto de colaboración que reúne a 55 de los periódicos más importantes de todo el mundo (Sunday Times, Times of India, Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, La Nación, Tages-Anzeiger, Le Soir, etc. ) Cada periódico escribe uno o dos artículos sobre soluciones innovadoras vinculadas a los temas más importantes de la sociedad (salud, educación, medio ambiente, etc.) que tienen un impacto social o ambiental significativo. La operación en cuestión llega a más de 120 millones de lectores y, para muchos periódicos, significa no solo retroalimentación positiva por parte de la audiencia, sino también un aumento en la distribución y la venta. Uno de los periódicos ha incluso sido capaz de vender publicidad por cinco veces su precio habitual.

    Por otra parte, Sparknews junta a redactores en jefe de periódicos asociados  cada año para un seminario centrado en el periodismo basado en soluciones.

    Un proyecto similar al IJD llamado Soluciones & Co también se ha puesto en marcha con periódicos económicos (Les Echos, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Kommersant etc.) y Sparknews está preparando otro proyecto con la prensa regional de Francia.

  • Founder, Sparknews, France

    Christian de Boisredon created Sparknews, an organisation that works with notable media sources from more than fifty countries to spread solutions-based journalism. Notably, this is achieved through Impact Journalism Day, a collaborative project that brings together more than 55 leading newspapers from around the world (Sunday Times, Times of India, Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, La Nación, Tages-Anzeiger, Le Soir etc.) Each newspaper writes one or two articles about innovative solutions linked to important societal issues (health, education, environment, etc.) that have a significant social or environmental impact. The operation then reaches more than 120 million readers and, for many newspapers, there is an increase in distribution and sales, as well as positive feedback. One of the newspapers is even able to sell advertising for five times its usual price.

    Furthermore, Sparknews brings editors-in-chief of partner newspapers together each year for a seminar focusing on solutions-based journalism.

    A similar project to IJD called Solutions&Co has also been launched with economic newspapers (Les Echos, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Kommersant etc.) and Sparknews is preparing another project with France’s regional press.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Business Unit, Vocento, Spain

    Roberto Leads the Digital Business Unit at Vocento  since 2012, where he oversees the company's Digital Business Development department: namely business, innovation, technology and new product development.
     
    Roberto has over 15 year experience in digital business, implementing diversification strategies in media with a high turnover on e-commerce. He was the brains behind successful business models such as: Oferplan, Guapabox, ticketing or LocalDigitalKit.
     
    His professional carrer has always been linked to online media within the Management team of ABC.es and Leading the Area of Internet for Vocento's Regional Newspapers.
     
    Roberto is as well specialist on startups and leads Digital Media Ventures, the first Spanish Hedge Fund in the format of media for equity, that counts with advertising assests from the main media groups in Spain.

  • General Manager, CSQ – Centro Stampa Quotidiani, Italy

    Dario De Cian graduated in 1990 in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

    From 1991 to 1996 he worked as Project Manager in a company belonging to the Mannesmann group, supplier of control systems for power and desalination plants.

    He started working in the newspaper industry in 1997 as Sales Manager for the Italian market of Muller Martini. Since September 2000 he is working at Centro Stampa Quotidiani where he served initially as Products Development Manager, since September 2001, maintaining the commercial responsibility, he is also appointed Technical Director and from  July 2009 he is the General Manager of the company.

  • News Director, ARTEAR, Argentina

    Carlos is a journalist and has been Head of News at Artear, the company that produces Canal 13, Todo Noticias among other television signals and digital content, since 1998. In 1993 he created the TN Todo Noticias channel that has since become a market leader, and is also responsible for the news at Canal 13 in Buenos Aires, as well as other news programs such as Telenoche Investiga and Periodismo Para Todos. Since 1999, Artear is the leading provider of Argentinean news worldwide. In 2008, he launched TN.COM.AR, one of the most visited news sites in Argentina with 20 million UV per month and the most successful one on social networks.

    He's currently leading the transformation of the news organization with the launching of the most modern multiplatform newsroom of Argentina.

  • Director of Global Partnerships at Google for Emerging Markets, Dubai, UAE

    Alfonso De Gaetano leads the Google Publishers business across EMEA Emerging Markets. Driven by a mandate to enable publishers to thrive in a digital future, Alfonso works closely with publisher partners to help them get started in their digital transformation. Before Google, he spent most of his career in Management Consulting at Booz & Company advising Telecom and Media companies across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

    Synopsis: In a fast moving digital age, it has never been more important for tech companies to collaborate with the news industry to have a sustainable news ecosystem. As new business models are emerging and news consumption is increasingly fragmented, there is high value for collaboration across  content creation, distribution, monetisation, data and infrastructure.

  • Vice-président Produits numériques

    Jean-Marc de Jonghe

    Vice-président, Produits numériques à La Presse depuis 2010, Jean-Marc De Jonghe est l’un des grands meneurs de l'application pour tablettes La Presse+ et de son succès à l’échelle mondiale. Innovateur, stratégique et ardent défenseur du mode de gestion «agile», il a su développer un nouveau modèle d'avenir numérique, voire économique pour La Presse. Il œuvre maintenant à la commercialisation de la plateforme numérique avec des acteurs importants de l’industrie médiatique.

  • President of Sogemedia Group, France

    Jean-Pierre de KERRAOUL, born in 1947, graduated from IEP in Paris. He holds a master's degree in economic sociology and was a journalist on Japanese television (NHK) and later in the scientific and medical press. He became active in the Regional Weekly Press by taking over or creating several securities, particularly in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region.

    Today, the SOGEMEDIA group publishes 18 regional weeklies. All are bi-media and have important Facebook communities. Their web traffic is among the best in the regional press.

    SOGEMEDIA also offers services dedicated to the press – software development, advertising management, subscription management – as well as various services: formalities, training, studies, consulting and coaching of leaders.

    The company also operated a printing press with two offset press lines until September 2015. One of them was replaced in November 2015 by a Kodak Prosper 6000C digital press, connected to a Foldline finishing system from Manroland with the WorkflowBridge integration software. Production also includes a RIMA stacking system. This was the first European installation of a printing + finishing unit for the production of variable data files.

    Jean-Pierre de Kerraoul is also editor of magazines: art press, art press2, practical garden.

    Jean-Pierre de KERRAOUL has been president of the Regional Weekly Press Syndicate (SPHR) from 1991 to 2000, and of the French National Press Federation (1996 to 1998). He continues to intervene on numerous issues concerning the “The future of the press”.

    Jean-Pierre de Kerraoul is currently vice president of SPHR and president of Espace PHR, the national advertising agency of the PHR.

  • Chief Data Scientist, Editorial Prensa Iberica, Spain

    Matías de la Barra is Chief Data Scientist at PRENSA IBÉRICA, where he oversees the Big Data department. Big Data is the unit in charge of providing in-depth corporate data in close collaboration with other departments such as publishing, advertising, commercial and business. Its main objective is to enhance business performance and spur innovation by the means of avant-garde technology, strategic thinking and decision making processes based on data.

    The department core activities are divided in three main areas: profiling and segmentation, advertising  innovation/content recommendations and outsourcing corporate optimization models.

    Matías began his career as an engineer in 2000, working as an industrial engineer for nine years. During his professional career he came to realize that data analysis, mathematical models and the Internet would provide vast source of information and opportunities at all levels, which led him to undertake a Masters Degree in Data Analysis Engineering, Optimization and Decision Making at the Maths and Stats Department of the Polytechnic University in Valencia (Spain).

  • President, TheStreet.com, USA

    Ms. de Luna is president of TheStreet.com, which is the media business of TheStreet, Inc., and includes both the news operations of the flagship site and mobile products and the premium subscription business, Real Money. De Luna has close to 20 years of experience in the media industry. She spent more than ten years at Dow Jones' MarketWatch in managerial roles, with the most recent being Interim General Manager.  Ms. de Luna recently held the position of Vice President of Product at Praetorian Digital, the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market, which provides information and resources to help first responders, government officials and military personnel better protect themselves and their communities. She also served as a board member of the Software Information & Industry Association's ABM/CISD division, now known as Connectiv. Ms. de Luna holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Head of Audience Development, Clarín, Argentina

  • Deputy Editor, EL PAIS, Spain

    Carlos de Vega is the deputy editor at EL PAIS, in charge of the Video and Photography department. He worked before in Berlin as an anchor and editor at Deutsche Welle, the international news network of German public television. Prior to that, he was the US correspondent for the Spanish network CNN+/Cuatro. He worked in Washington for seven years, where he covered three Presidential campaigns. Carlos de Vega was editor-in-chief of “Efecto Naím” the TV program directed by Moisés Naím in NTN24 and worked as reporter and anchor in CANAL+ Spain. He teaches journalism at El País and EAE University in Madrid. He completed the law degree in León, Spain and the Master of Journalism at UAM University-El País.

  • Deputy Managing Director, Condé Nast, France

    Violaine Degas joined Condé Nast France (Vogue, AD, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair) in February 2016. As Deputy Managing Director, her role is to reinforce the group's digital transformation by exploring and developing new advertising products and businesses for Condé Nast brands and advertising clients. Before joining Condé Nast, Violaine managed OgilvyOne Paris and spent 20+ years in digital agencies working on local and global clients. 

  • Editor-in-Chief, La Nación, Argentina

    José del Rio has been specialized in business and economic journalism for 23 years. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from Argentine university UBA and in 2010 he completed a postgraduate course in advanced finance at the UCA. He is currently doing a PhD in Business Administration.

    Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of Argentine daily newspaer La Nación.

    For almost eleven years he was the journalistic director of El Cronista's magazine group and the newspaper's deputy director. 

    He was editor of the newspaper El Cronista between 1999 and 2004, of magazine Negocios, Apertura, Chacra and collaborator of several foreign media.

    He was columnist specialized in economy for 10 years in the program "No somos nadie", which airs from 6 to 9 on FM Metro 95.1 until July this year and currently leads "Un tiempo más" on the same radio. 

    He was a columnist for El Cronista TV, a program that was awarded as the best journalistic program of 2010 by ATVC. He was also a radio producer of more than 12 economic and television cycles of the TV business news program on the Telefé cable signal.

    Since the creation of the signal LN +, he leads the Business Community program and Mesa Chica.

    Specialties: Creation and development of editorial products. Media Management and strategic planning. Business Development plans and Management.

  • Director Asia, WAN-IFRA

    Gilles Demptos is Director, Asia, of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. In this position, he heads WAN-IFRA's Singapore-based subsidiary activities in Asia Pacific. One of the organisation's core mission is to support traditional news media publishers in their transition from print to digital through consulting, research, publications, events and training services.

    Prior to his present position, Gilles was Director of Publications and Events at WANIFRA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He was also the Editor of the bi-monthly business magazine for the Asian news publishing industry, Asian Newspaper Focus, which is distributed in over 20 countries.

    With 14 years experience in the news media industry, Gilles started his carrier in the press department of the European Commission Representation in Madrid, Spain. He joined the IFRA organisation as Business Development Manager for Spain and Portugal in 2002 and has been since then a regular speaker at news media events in Europe, America and Asia.

  • CEO, NZZ Mediengruppe, Switzerland

    Since 2013, Veit Dengler is the CEO of NZZ-Mediengruppe, the media group built around its Swiss flagship “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”.  

    Veit has been leading the group’s transformation process from a traditional newspaper publisher to a modern media group focusing on its heritage of high-quality journalism, while also expanding its business data and conferences businesses.

    In the late 1980s, Veit worked as a stringer for TIME Magazine. He was in marketing at Procter & Gamble, spent seven years with McKinsey, and held management positions at T-Mobile and Dell, where he most recently served as General Manager and Executive Director for Eastern Europe and Russia.

    Veit holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from the Vienna Business School and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he co-founded NEOS, a liberal party in Austria which in 2013 won representation in parliament.

  • President, ADEPA, Argentina

    Daniel Dessein is the President of ADEPA (News Publishers Association of Argentina), member of the Executive Commitee of WAN-IFRA and founding member of WAN-IFRA's Executive Committee. He's also regional VP of IAPA (Interamerican Press Association). He's part of the boards of the Argentine news agency DYN (Diarios y Noticias), "Fundación Leer" and the daily "La Gaceta" (Tucumán, Argentina), where he also acts as its cultural supplement editor. He was President of DYN in from 2014 to 2016, and Vice President of AEDIA (Association of Argentinian Digital Editors) from 2012 to 2013. Daniel has collaborated in over 100 newspapers and magazines in more than 17 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has also spoken about the media and media trends at several international conferences and forums in over a dozen of countries.

    He has also authored and co-authored several books, the most recent ones being: "Nuevos desafíos del periodismo" (New challenges of Journalism),  "Tiempos turbulentos. Medios y libertad de expresión en la Argentina de hoy" (Turbulent times. Media and Freedom of speech in Argentina today) and "Periodismo argentino" (Journalism in Argentina).

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