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  • Founder & Managing Director, FrayIntermedia, South Africa

    Paula Fray has worked in media for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. She is currently the managing director of the pan-African media training organisation frayintermedia which she founded in 2005.  A former regional director for Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, Fray has a strategic focus on deepening media skills with programmes ranging from specialist reporting, investigative journalism to newsroom and media leadership. frayintermedia’s training ranges from the highly-regarded Narrative Journalism Conference in South Africa, to long-term training programmes focusing on raising women’s profiles in critical media coverage such as Health and Agriculture, to annual fellowships and short, targeted skills workshops. She has wide-ranging consultancy and project management experience for corporate, government and non-government organisations. She has served as a mentor for organisations such as e-Health and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). She mentors Aspen Leadership Fellows as well as African Women’s Development Fund leaders. Fray graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Woman and Law Certificate from UNISA.  She is a trustee of Media Monitoring Africa and previously served on the board of Brand south Africa. A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she served on the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board from 2009 - 2013.
  • Founder & CEO, Mexico MediaLab 21, Mexico

    Rossana Fuentes Berain

    Since September 2014, she has been the founding CEO of Mexico Media Lab S21, which is a think tank that specializes in doing research about the use of ICTs and using it to imagine and implement disruptive projects that provoke innovation in both the public and private sector in Mexico. From this space she hopes to pick up the link with access to information and transparency in Mexico that she established in 2001 when she helped articulate the “Oaxaca Group”, a team of academics and journalists that promoted the first Federal Law of access to public information.
    As part of the research activity of the Mexico Media Lab, Rossana published in 2015 the book “México 2020: dale click a tu futuro” (Mexico 2020: click on your future), in which she explores future scenarios for Mexico and emphasizes the necessary bet on digital revolution in the country. From 2009 to 2014 she was Editorial VP in Grupo Expansión, being responsible for the content of the 17 magazines and 11 websites that the firm manages, as well as the editorial content of the brand extensions.

    Rossana was the first woman to be the editor of the business section in “El Financiero” newspaper. She has been deputy director of special affairs and investigation in “Reforma” newspaper, and director of opinion pages in “El Universal” newspaper. All of this three are among the most important newspapers in Mexico. She hosted the TV show “Contrapunto” in Televisa and has collaborated in international publications like “The New York Times”, “The Washington Post” and other syndicated media in the United States.

  • PDG, Element AI

    Jean-françois gagné

    Jean-François Gagné is a serial entrepreneur in the software industry. Until August 2015, he was was Chief Innovation Officer at JDA and Head of JDA Labs, a position he assumed after being Chief Product Officer at JDA, Vice President for the Center of Excellence, Advanced Analytics & Optimization at Red Prairie Corporation after leading, as CEO, the successful sale of Planora in July of 2012. As CEO at Planora, Jean-François has lead the company efforts to bring to market a highly disruptive SAAS solution in the extremely competitive Workforce Management Space, by combining a unique blend of user experience, A.I. / machine learning and operation research. Prior to joining Planora in 2007, he co-founded and served as the Director of Products of Logiweb, a leading custom Web Development firm in Quebec from 2002-2007, focusing on web-based analytics and decision support tools.

  • Vice-président Revenus et gestion de la marque, La Presse

    Michel Gagnon

    Depuis son arrivée en 2011, Michel a joué un rôle clé dans la transformation du modèle d’affaires de La Presse. Il a notamment été au cœur de la stratégie marketing entourant le lancement de La Presse+ et a, par la suite, contribué à sa croissance remarquable et à son positionnement dans l’industrie. Il possède une vaste expérience des médias, où il a occupé des postes d’envergure en ventes et en marketing, notamment au Réseau des sports (RDS).

  • président et éditeur du Soleil, il occupe le poste de président-directeur général du Groupe Capitales Médias.

    Claude Gagnon

    Suite à des études complétées en Sciences économiques et administratives à l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi en 1978, il a amorcé sa carrière à titre de directeur des ventes, avant de se voir confier, quelques années plus tard, la direction générale des compagnies Drainbec et Drainbec Gaz ltée. C’est en 1983 qu’il accède au domaine de l’édition en occupant successivement les postes de directeur de la publicité de l’hebdomadaire Progrès-Dimanche et du journal Le Quotidien du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. En 1990, il s’associe à Groupe Concept CFO inc., une firme de consultants en gestion des organisations oeuvrant dans le développement organisationnel, la gestion des changements et le développement international. Il y occupe le poste de vice-président responsable du développement. Il y œuvre comme consultant et chef de projet auprès de plusieurs organisations au Québec et à l’étranger.

    Claude Gagnon retourne au domaine de l’édition en 1994. Il accepte le poste de président du Progrès du Saguenay et éditeur des journaux Le Quotidien du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean et Progrès-Dimanche, poste qu’il occupera jusqu’en 2001. En 1996, parallèlement à ses fonctions de président et éditeur, il fonde et préside la firme Unimarketing inc. spécialisée en marketing relationnel, de même qu’en cueillette et analyse d’informations. À son départ, 120 employés y travaillent et offrent leurs services à travers tout le Canada. En 2001, Claude Gagnon se voit confier la double fonction de président des Imprimeries Gesca (Imprimerie Canada à Québec, Imprimerie Le Progrès du Saguenay à Chicoutimi, Imprimerie Qualimax à Hull, imprimerie T.R. Offset à Trois-Rivières et Imprimerie La Tribune à Sherbrooke) et de vice-président exécutif du journal Le Soleil de Québec. 

    De 2002 à 2007, il poursuit sa carrière en tant que président et éditeur du quotidien Le Droit à Ottawa. Depuis mars 2007 il occupe les fonctions de président et éditeur du quotidien Le Soleil auxquelles s’est ajouté, en mars 2009, celle de vice-président exécutif, journaux régionaux Gesca. Depuis le 16 mars 2015, en plus de ses fonctions de président et éditeur du Soleil, il occupe le poste de président-directeur général du Groupe Capitales Médias.

  • CEO, Kurier Digital, Austria

    Martin Gaiger

    Since the 90s' I enjoy building up media and online businesses. I have a proven track record in successfully developing sales as well as establishing reach through content and marketing. I advise many media enterprises and startups and I am experienced in (re)structuring small to large companies to optimize efficiency.
    Today I am responsible for one of the most acknowledged online networks of Austria - Kurier Digital - consisting of kurier.at, futurezone.at, film.at and events.at.
    kurier.at is a leading news portal with a focus on news, lifestyle and entertainment. kurier.at offers quality journalism for a large and rapidly growing audience. futurezone.at is Austrias largest tech-info-portal, film.at is the most popular movie and cinema offering and events.at well known for its overview of the best events.

  • Chairperson SANEF

    Mahlatse Gallens is chairperson of the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and political editor of News24. Mahlatse is has a long career in broadcasting in Africa, most recently at the SABC where she was deputy political editor for radio news.

    After obtaining her diploma in journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 1999, Gallens joined SAfm’s PM Live as a producer in 2000. She has worked as a senior reporter at the SABC as well as a stint as BBC’s South African correspondent in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009 Gallens worked as foreign correspondent for the SABC in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.

  • CEO, Bitbol.la, Argentina

    Julián is the director of content and social media strategy of the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. He's also the Director of Bitbol, social media consultant for La Nación , creative director of the Mendoza Post, consultant of Bodegas Nieto Senetiner, columnist for La Nación and member of the National Journalism Academy of Argentina.

  • Entepreneur & Expert on Digital, Mexico

    Arturo Galván

    Arturo Galván has spent his entire career establishing and cultivating the online industry in Latin America, working in corporate environments as well as a serial entrepreneur. For these efforts, the Wall Street Journal named him "Apostle of the Internet" for the region in 2000 and Bill Gates twice awarded him the Microsoft Award of Excellence (95-96). He was the CTO & VP of Business Development for the leading newspaper group in Mexico, Grupo Reforma for 16 years. In 2002, Arturo launched Naranya, a Mobile Commerce & Marketing company focused on the Latin American markets that provides a very unique platform to distribute and monetize digital services and content in the region. Ever since, Arturo has been recognized for different important achievements, such as "Endeavor Entrepreneur" in 2011, and he was a "E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year" nominee in 2012. He's a member of different Boards in organizations focused to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America.

  • Editor in Chief, Malaysiakini

    Steven Gan is the  co-founder and editor in chief of the political news website Malaysiakini, Malaysia's "first and only" independent news source. In 2000, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

    Gan received a degree in political economy from an Australian university in 1989. He began his journalistic career in print, as a freelancer for a Hong Kong-based newspaper. In 1991, he covered the Gulf War from Baghdad. In 1994, he returned to Malaysia, where he became a reporter for the new Malaysian daily The Sun. There he struggled against both government regulation and the self-censorship of The Sun's editors.

    Though Malaysian law had provided for strict government controls on print media since 1984, the Malaysia Multimedia Super Corridor, an initiative to encourage technological development in Malaysia, was launched in 1995. A founding principle of the project was that government censorship of the Internet would not be permitted. Seeing a loophole, Gan and colleague Premesh Chandran decided to found an online news resource that would be free of the controls placed on print media. The pair founded Malaysiakini.com in November 1999.

    Malaysiakini is now published in four languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil – reaching over 2.5 million readers every month with independent coverage of political and current affairs.

  • Director, Estado Group, Brazil

    Ricardo Gandour

    Ricardo is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Director at Estado Group in Brazil. Previously he was responsible for the content and journalism production of the whole group, which flagship is the daily and 137-years-old newspaper "O Estado de S.Paulo".

    After having worked as a engineer (1985-1987) and business consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (1987-1989), he started his career as a journalist at Folha de S.Paulo, where he worked as a economic and business reporter, editor, deputy director and founded PubliFolha, a publishing house. At Editora Globo, he managed the book division (2000) and the weekly magazine Época (2001). From 2002 to 2006 he was the general director of Diário de S.Paulo, a metropolitan newspaper.

  • SVP & Global Head : Brand & Field Marketing, Tech Mahindra, India

    Tech Mahindra offers innovative and customer-centric information technology services and solutions. It is a USD 4 billion company with 107,200+ professionals across 90 countries, helping over 818 global customers including Fortune 500 companies.

    As member of the Company’s Leadership Council and Head – Brand, Indraneel Ganguli (known as "IG") essays a dual charter to influence revenue generation and establish the brand across key stakeholders, globally.

    Prior to his present position, IG was Chief Marketing Officer at Tata Technologies.

  • Business Head, The Quint

    Partho has over 20 years of experience across Media and Telecom in sales & product marketing. Prior to joining The Quint as its business head, he has worked in Reliance and Tata Communications. Partho was part of Reliance’s 3G Launch Team, and headed its Mobile Data and VAS / OTT Businesses. He has also built and managed partnerships with many domestic & international corporates and institutions.  
  • CEO, El Espectador, Cromos and Vea

    Eduardo is currently CEO of two companies that publish three of the top editorial products in Colombia, the daily newspaper EL ESPECTADOR  and two bi weekly magazines CROMOS and VEA. Prior to that,  he was General Manager of EL TIEMPO, and had top executive positions at HUNTER DOUGLAS, NESTLE and J.WALTER THOMPSON. This experience in the triangle of marketing between consumer product companies, advertising agencies and media conglomerates has given Eduardo a broad and deep knowledge of the evolution of media consumption and its capacity to connect consumers and brands. Responsible for all platforms of his content generating  brands, he is facing the challenges of transition from traditional to digital platforms and adapting his companies to face the future, at the same time he makes the most of the present.

    Eduardo is principle board member of INMA (International News media Association), ANDIARIOS (Colombian National Association of Newspapers) and ACIM (Colombian Association of Media Researchers).

  • CEO and Founder of García Media, USA

     Dr. Mario Garcia

    Mario Garcia is CEO/Founder of Garcia Media, a global consulting firm. He is known worldwide as one of the premiere media designers, having completed over  700 projects in 120 countries, including TheThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), New Straits Times (Malaysia),  Aftenposten (Norway), The Philadelphia Inquirer, Die Zeit and Handelsblatt (Germany), all the McClatchy newspapers in the US, 8 Postmedia newspapers in Canada,  Goteborts Posten (Sweden), Il Secolo XIX (Italy), The Citizen (South Africa).

    Mario is also the Senior Adviser for News Design/Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which he joined in 2013 as the Hearst Digital Media Professor in Residence.Mario founded the Graphics & Design program at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he serves as a member of the Poynter Foundation.  He has been involved with the Institute's EyeTrack studies since the 1980s, including the most recent EyeTrack for the Tablet in 2012.

    Mario has received over 300 SND Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award.  People Magazine selected Mario among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. The University of Missouri awarded Mario its Medal of Honor in Journalism.

  • Co-founder and Creative Director, Orbitalab, Brazil

    Adriana is a high-caliber journalist, transformed into a promoter of innovation in the media industry. Adriana's goal is to promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit within the media and she does it through Design Thinking.

    She was born in Uruguay, grew up in Brazil and began his career as a journalist in 1993 with an internship in the publishing group Abril, working in the magazines VejaSP and Exame. In 1997, she was the winner of Abril Jornalismo.

    In 1999, Adriana created the Reuters online news service in Portuguese. Three years later she was appointed director of this service in São Paulo, coordinating national coverage in Brazil. In 2006, she moved to Washington D.C., and worked as a Reuters correspondent on Latin American Affairs, covering news in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

    In 2013, she won a Knight Scholarship from Stanford University and studied at the Hasso Plattner Design Institute. She met a number of start-ups and innovators in Palo Alto and co-founded OrbitalLAB, a digital innovation laboratory in Brazil, which works on the application of Design Thinking for the transformation of digital businesses and publishing operations.

    Between 2015 and 2016, Adriana served as Communication Director of the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Managing Editor for Digital, The Washington Post, USA

    As the Managing Editor for Digital at The Washington Post, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz drives innovation at one of the world’s greatest newsrooms. Digital video, virtual reality and drones are his current fascinations, working to combine the latest story-telling technology and platforms with The Post’s awe-inspiring journalism. When not looking for Unity developers or getting his folks flying lessons, he also oversees digital initiatives and operations, the 40-person video team, the photo, graphics and design departments and the multiplatform editing desk.

  • Journalist, World Editors Forum Safety Advisor

    Javier Garza is a journalist based in Torreón, Mexico. As editorial director of El Siglo de Torreón he developed safety protocols for covering a wave of violence unleashed by organized crime groups in the city, which included armed attacks and kidnappings against the newspaper. He is recipient of the Dart Ochberg fellowship (2013). In 2014-15 he was a Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists focused on digital security and documenting attacks against the press in Mexico. Garza has a bachelor's degree in communications from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a master's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He has lectured on violence against the media at universities and press organizations in Mexico, the United States, Europe and South America and serves as an adviser on Newsroom Safety for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

  • Head – Digital Business, Amar Ujala, India

    Himanshu Gautam works as Head of Digital Business at Amar Ujala, he is a management graduate from Symbiosis, Pune and has been working at Amar Ujala since Jan 2015, he has been instrumental in growing and turning around this business to be a profitable one, prior to this he was Chief Commercial Officer for GMobi India and South Asia markets and worked closely with all Mobile OEM’s and Telcos in the region.

    Earlier, Himanshu was VP of Sales & Business Development for Lumata Digital India. He has been in the Telecom media business for more than last 16 years, with many firsts to his credit. He founded and set up the Mobile Marketing Joint Venture “HT Mobile Solutions Ltd” with global Mobile Marketing player Velti PLC for HT Media and was the person who started the trend of music and television on mobile during his stint with Indiatimes. A great believer in Mobile as the next ‘Media’ platform, he has been an Evangelist of this in all his previous stints from Reliance Telecom to Times of India Group and Hindustan Times group.

  • GM Marketing, Group of Digital, PT Kompas Cyber Media

    Gemi is an all-round marketing professional with more than 13 years experience in advertising/marketing area. He have worked at MEC Indonesia as Director of Strategy & Innovations then moved to brand side at FWD Indonesia where he led its Digital Marketing unit and E-Commerce. Expanding his experience, he then moved to publishing business by joining Kompas Cyber Media (Digital Group of Kompas Gramedia) as GM Marketing. 

    Recently, Gemi was appointed as Head of Marketing & Product for KG Media where he’s overseeing all media platforms (Broadcast, Print & Digital) in Kompas Gramedia Group which give him better understanding of the industry's ecosystem. 

  • YouTuber and influencer, Croatia

    Davor Gerbus is one of the Croatia’s most popular youtuber and influencers with more than 540k followers. He’s only 19 years old and already made a living out of his hobby. After one year doing youtube he catched Matej Lončarić’s eye and started working with Joomboos. In just two years he worked with many big brands , hosted an award winning online talent show “Videostar” , had the leading role on the first regional youtube series “Isti san” and also recorded the series anthem “Isti san” that was listened over 1 million times in just few months. With Joomboos, he grew a serious career as online creator but he’s only just starting! 

    Instagram: davorgerbus

  • Chairman Managing Director, Bandhan Bank

  • Director, InferStrat Pvt Ltd, India

  • Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Times

    Bobby Ghosh is Hindustan Times’ new Editor-in-Chief, based in New Delhi. He arrives at HT from New York, where he was a Global News Analyst on CNN, and Managing Editor of Quartz. Before moving to Quartz in 2014, he was Editor of TIME International.

    In a 16-year career at TIME, Ghosh was an award-winning war correspondent, having covered conflicts in Baghdad, Palestine-Israel and Kashmir. He has also written extensively about Afghanistan, Pakistan, India -- and more generally about foreign policy issues. He has also written about sports, business, culture and food.

    His postings included a five-year stint in Baghdad, two years in London, seven years in Hong Kong and a year in Washington DC.

    His journalistic career has taken him to much of the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

    Born and raised in India, Ghosh also worked as a journalist in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, for Indian publications like Deccan Chronicle newspaper, Business Standard newspaper and Business World magazine.

    Before joining TIME in Hong Kong in 1998, he was an editor and writer at the Far Eastern Economic Review.

    Ghosh is frequently seen on TV, as an expert on issues pertaining to Islam, the Middle East, Afghanistan-Pakistan, the Indian subcontinent and U.S. foreign policy.

    Before he joined the CNN, he appeared frequently on such shows as CBS’ Face the Nation, Charlie Rose, BBC World News America, Good Morning America, Hardball and many other news broadcasts.

    His TED talk on ‘The End of Global Jihad’ has been viewed by more than half a million people.

    Ghosh’s other public speaking engagements have included a talk on “The Rise and Inevitable Fall of ISIS,” to the Houston World Affairs Council, and on “India’s Soft Power in the World,” to the National Association of Software Companies. 

  • Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed, UK

    Janine Gibson is the Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed UK. She joined BuzzFeed after serving in many top roles at The Guardian. As editor-in-chief of Guardian US, Janine oversaw the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Edward Snowden leaks. At BuzzFeed UK, Janine manages a team of reporters, writers, and producers, and oversees all editorial content, including News and Entertainment.

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