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  • 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.

  • Senior Vice President, Data & Insights, The New York Times Company, USA

    Laura Evans joined The New York Times Company in 2016 as senior vice president, Data & Insights. In this role, Evans oversees data science, analytics and data operations across the organization. Prior to The Times, Evans served as vice president of audience development and data science at the Scripps Networks Interactive, a position she held since 2013. Evans has also held leadership positions at major media organizations including The Washington Post and Dow Jones. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in quantitative methods from George Washington University.

  • APAC News Product Lead, Google

    Agnes Eymery

    Agnes Eymery is APAC News Product Lead at Google, working closely with news organizations across the region to help them make their content searchable on Search and Google Play. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the news and publishing industry, a decade at Google in three continents. Before moving to Australia five years ago, she was based in London, working with publishers across Southern Europe. Prior to Google, she worked in the magazine industry with a focus on editorial and audience engagement strategy.

  • 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

  • Editor and Project Leader, Kruschel, VRM, Germany

    Eva Fauth, is an editor at the German regional publishing group VRM. Since 2012 she has been project leader of the children's newspaper, Kruschel.

  • 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.

  • Head of Live Desk, Data and Client Communications, Reuters

    Marie-Claire Fennessy is the Head of the Live Desk at Reuters, leading LIVE editorial coverage across the globe and the development of the service. During her 12 years at Reuters, she has been based across two main hubs in London and Singapore, and has travelled the globe as a field journalist on high profile assignments including the G8 summit, protests in Germany and in Thailand, and Pope Francis’ trip to the Philippines. Since assuming the role of Live Editor, Marie-Claire has become the editorial lead in expanding the Reuters Live service which, under her guidance, now provides up to six concurrent live streaming channels, offering a huge variety of content for Broadcasters, and online / digital media sites.

  • 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.

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