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  • 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.

  • Chief Content Officer, The Athletic, USA

    Paul Fichtenbaum is the chief content officer of The Athletic. From 2012-2016, Paul was the editor-in-chief of the Sports Illustrated Group, overseeing all of Time Inc.'s sports properties across digital and print. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of SI.com and a senior editor at the magazine. Over the course of his 25-year career at SI, Paul has won numerous awards, including an Ellie, Emmy and Webby. In 2014 he was named Editor of the Year by Ad Age.

  • 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.

  • Strategic Data & CRM, Amaury Group, France

    Pablo Fourcat is the responsible for Strategic Data and CRM at the French media group, Amaury. Amaury Group publishes le Parisien, a local newspaper in greater Paris, as well as its national edition, Aujourd'hui en France. In partnership with SNC L'Equipe, the group also publishes the sports journals l'Équipe, l'Équipe Magazine, France Football and Vélo Magazine. He has extensive experience as a senior consultant for clients like Le Figaro, Ouest-France, Le Journal des Finances, Lextenso, Bayard Presse and Prisma Presse.

  • Project Director, Global Alliance for Media Innovation, WAN-IFRA

  • 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.

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