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  • VP, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network, USA

    Since July 2014 Grossman-Cohen has served in a number of roles at The New York Times. She started out at NYT as a Managing Director, Marketing New Digital Products and Mobile. Before this position, she was employed by News Corporation as the Vice President, Partner Relations. Currently, she is both the Vice President, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network. 

    Grossman-Cohen holds a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and received her Master's of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. 

  • VP Client Services at AdGear

    Alexandre Guertin

    Alexandre Guertin-Aird dirige les services professionnels, le support technique et l’équipe de formation chez AdGear. Son équipe et lui travaillent en collaboration avec les clients dans le but de bâtir des relations d’affaires basées sur une compréhension approfondie des objectifs et des besoins technologiques des clients.

  • Associate Vice President - Engineering, ABP Pvt Ltd., India

  • Head - News and Influencer partnerships, Facebook India

    Varun leads the News and Influencer partnerships in India and is responsible for developing strategic relationships with news publishers and broadcasters in India and helping them meet their publishing and business objectives on Facebook. Varun  joined Facebook India in 2012 and focused on building the small and medium business ecosystem in India, since 2014 he has shaped the News charter in India in his role as a partnership lead.

    Varun has a rich media background having served a variety of roles on editorial and business side across geographies. He started his career as a journalist with The Pioneer and Hindustan Times and prior to joining Facebook, was working as a Product Strategy Manager with CNN Digital in Atlanta, managing the company’s monetization product suite. Before CNN, he was working with News Corp in a marketing role in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

    Varun’s role is to work with publishers, journalists and influencers to leverage the Facebook family of apps and News Feed to maximize reach, distribution and monetization for their content. This includes traditional companies like Hindustan Times, India Today Group, Network18, media disruptors including The Quint, Scroll India etc and journalists such as Shekhar Gupta, Rahul Kanwal and Barkha Dutt etc

    He holds an MBA from Emory University on a full-merit scholarship where he graduated with top honors in Strategy and Marketing. He is also a BA in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

  • CEO, DB Digital, India

    Gyan Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of DB Digital, the digital arm of Dainik Bhaskar Group.In less than 10 years of its inception, DB Digital has become the 2nd Largest Digital Group in the country with more than 101 Million Unique Users and an expanded portfolio from News to Business, Entertainment, Fashion & Lifestyle, Sports, Food and Gadgets. The flagship website is the World’s Largest Hindi News Site and the Second Largest News Site in India, while the other properties by DB Digital like Divya Bhaskar, Money Bhaskar, Bollywood Bhaskar and Divya Marathi are leaders in their respective genres. He comes with 18 years of exhaustive experience in media, digital content and technology; handling multiple profiles including Business Development, Marketing & Pre-Sales, Delivery & Operations. He has been instrumental in conceptualizing multiple unique features and properties and introducing many path-breaking initiatives for the brand.

  • Editor-in-Chief, La Nación, Argentina

    Carlos Guyot

    Carlos Guyot was born in Buenos Aires in 1969. He's a journalist and designer and, since early 2014, is the Editor-in-Chief of Argentine daily La Nación. He started his carreer in the Sunday magazine of the company in 1996, working as journalist and designer. He then became Design Director and in 2009, the company's first Innovation Director.

    In the most recent years, he led the teams responsible for the newspaper's modernisation process. He studied Journalism in the University of Buenos Aires and Social Communication in Austral University, where he was a teacher for 10 years. He holds a Media MBA from Navarra University in Spain. He is a founding member of FOPEA (Argentine Journalism Forum) and the Society for News Design, SND.

  • Founder and CEO, Constructive Institute, Denmark

    Ulrik Haagerup, Founder & CEO of Constructive Institute is a  former Executive Director of News at the Danish Public Broadcasting Corporation. 

    He is an award-winning journalist and international public speaker on leadership and strategy and the author of the books A Good Idea – Did You Get It? (2004) and Constructive News: A Confrontation with the Negative Worldview of the Press (2012, 2014 and 2017). 

    In 2008, he was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. 

    From 1994 to 2002 he was editor-in-chief at Danish broadsheet Jyllands-Posten. From 2002 to 2007 he headed the first full-scale multimedia newsroom at NORDJYSKE. 

    He is Knight of Dannebrog and was awarded the Danish Pulitzer for investigative reporting The Cavling Prize 1990.  

  • Founder & Owner, Infobae & Infobae América, Argentina

    Daniel is a lawyer graduated from Universidad Católica in Argentina, where he also graduated as journalist. He holds a Post-degree in Information Science at the University of Navarra in Spain, and was granted a scholarship in the US by the “Fundación Universitaria del Río de la Plata”. In 1992, he was received the "Outstanding young men of the year" Award granted by “Camara Junior”.

    Daniel is one of Argentina's media most prominent business men. He is the founder of Radio 10, Mega, Vale, TKM, Pop and Amadeus, as well as of C5N news channel. He's currently owner and founder of and Infobae America, one of LATAM's most succesfull pure-player media outlets.

  • Editor-at-large, HuffPost SA, South Africa

    Ferial is editor-at-large of Huffington Post South Africa and editor in chief of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), a coalition of the continent's best muckraking newsrooms and centres. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of City Press Newspaper and edited the Mail & Guardian from 2004 to 2009. She is former Chairperson of the South African National Editor's Forum and sits on the boards of the International Womens Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service.

  • Brand Manager, Miss & Head of digital product management, Styria Media Group, Austria

    Jochen Hahn

    For two years Jochen Hahn has been working as brandmanager of the lifestyle media brand miss as well as head of digital product management at Styria Media Group. Four years ago he was called to be portal manager at Verlagsgruppe News for the economy titles Format and Trend. Before that he was working as a finance journalist at the newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt at Styria.

    miss is an Austrian 360 degrees media brand focus on social media on all channels, as on miss MAGAZIN, missAT or miss APP. They target young women aged between 16 and 35 - in digital, mobile and printed forms.

  • CEO, Scroll, USA

    Haile is the founder of Scroll, the company dedicated to solving the problem of how to have sustainable quality journalism on a free and open web.

    In 2009 Haile founded Chartbeat, a company he left in 2016 but where he keeps an advisory role. Haile is also an adjunct Professor of media and technology at Stanford University since May 2016. He created the course “Disrupting the News: How Technology is Transforming the Media” with Prof Bill Grueskin and is now teaching it.

    Haile was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2012, one of Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2014.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, The Outline, USA

    Amanda Hale is Chief Revenue Officer of The Outline, the new publication founded by Joshua Topolsky, founder of The Verge co-founder of Vox Media. At The Outline, Hale oversees all monetization -- including sales, ad product, creative marketing. She is previously associate publisher of the political news site Talking Polnts Memo. She was named one of  Digiday’s 2017 Media “Changemakers” and was featured by Glamour as one of 20 female startup executives to watch. 




  • Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Deputy Dean at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business

    Dr. Gregor Halff is Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Deputy Dean at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business (Singapore) as well as Visiting Faculty at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT, Berlin) where he was previously director of executive development programmes. He is the Chair of the worldwide professional body of the communication industry, the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management. Before joining academia, Gregor was managing partner at Publicis, the world’s third largest communication agency where he co-founded Publicis Public Relations, today part of MSLGroup.

  • Executive Project Director, Schur Packaging, Sweden.

    Mr. Per Hallendorff, works as Executive Project Manager at Schur Packaging Systems AB, Sweden.

    He has a Master of Science from Linköping University in Sweden and has, since 1986, worked in the newspaper industry at different levels. His longest roll in the industry has been as an Executive Project Manager. He has led many projects over his career, one of the biggest in the Indian market being for Times of India.   


  • Principal, Jonathan Halls & Associate, USA

  • CEO, The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd

    Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Hamid was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad effective March 2017.

    Jalil was the Group Managing Editor of NSTP since October 2011. At the NSTP, he is in charge of the overall content policy and management of the print division of the Media Prima group. He runs the editorial department of the NSTP group and oversees the print and digital content of the three newspapers of the group.  

    Prior to this, he set up and headed the National Communications Team, a special unit under the Prime Minister’s Office. The Unit was set up to help spearhead strategic communications advice and planning for the government.

  • Editor, New Naratif

    Kirsten Han is a Singaporean freelance journalist whose work often revolves around the themes of social justice, human rights, politics and democracy. Her bylines have appeared in publications like The Guardian, Asia Times, Southeast Asia Globe and Waging Nonviolence, covering a range of stories such as labour exploitation, LGBT equality and free speech. As an activist, Kirsten advocates for an end to the death penalty in Singapore, and is a founding member of abolitionist group We Believe in Second Chances.

  • Chairman of the Media Literacy Council

    Mr Lock Wai Han is the Chairman of the Media Literacy Council. He is the CEO of SGX-listed company OKH Global Ltd. Mr Lock also holds directorships on the Boards of Catalyst-listed Secura Group and the Singapore Sports School, and advises several technology start-ups. He served in the Singapore public sector for more than 20 years, during which he held various leadership roles in the Singapore Police Force and the Administrative Service, including Commissioner of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority; Director of the Criminal Investigations Department and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts.

  • Founder & CEO, Think Privacy, Poland

    Alexander Hanff

    Alexander Hanff is a globally respected privacy expert and advocate with a background in computer science, pyschology, sociology and law. For over twenty years Alexander has worked in the field of technology, specifically online technologies and has had a diverse career from technical management roles to training and teaching. In 2005 Alexander decided to investigate the impact of technology on society and returned to University to study these issues as a sociologist, then in 2008 moved into privacy advocacy full time.

    In April 2009, Alexander joined Privacy International to manage their online privacy portfolio. During his time at Privacy International, he spoke at dozens of conferences around the world on issues of privacy, identity and the impact of technology on human rights – giving speeches from Brazil to Beijing. Furthermore, Alexander filed complaints with regulators on issues regarding online privacy and engaged in stakeholder consultations with a number of public sector bodies including the FTC, European Commission, UK Home Office and various other public and private sector organisations on issues ranging from Online Behavioural Advertising, ePrivacy, Surveillance and Identity.

    Alexander has given hundreds of press and media interviews on privacy issues and is regularly quoted in mainstream media. He left Privacy International in January 2012 after nearly three years to pursue his interests in privacy enhancing solutions and technologies and currently advises organisations focused on these issues across the globe.

  • Editor in Chief, Aftenposten, Norway

    Espen Egil Hansen is the Editor-in-Chief of Aftenposten, Norway’s most esteemed and influential newspaper. Hansen joined Aftenposten after more than 20 years at VG, Norway’s most-read newspaper. His final job at VG was heading VG Nett, the newspaper’s online arm, Norway’s most-visited news destination.

    In September, 2016, Hansen made worldwide headlines when he openly challenged Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the issue of censorship. Facebook had taken the controversial decision to remove Nick Ut’s iconic photograph, “The Terror of War”, which depicts a naked and burning Kim Phuc fleeing her firebombed village. Hansen’s, and Aftenposten’s principled stand led Facebook to relent and allow the photo, and contributed to an ongoing discussion of their role as an editor of information.

    Hansen began his career as a journalist in 1985, working for seven years as a photojournalist. He correctly understood that the Internet would reshape the media business, which led him to be one of the founding employees in VG’s digital departments.

    As and editor for more then 15 years Hansen has marked himself as a strong advocate for journalistic innovation – working across traditional silos to renew editorial working methods, storytelling and business models.

  • International media consultant, coach and trainer

    Henrik Keith Hansen has worked with editorial leadership, management, strategy and organisational development primarily in public broadcasting for almost ten years at mid-management and top-management level at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation: Head of TV News, managing editor of the integrated TV, radio and on-line desks for Business, Politics and International Affairs, domestic editor of Radio News etc.

    Altogether he has 20 years of experience from inside the media industry and 7.5 years as an independent management-, strategy- and digital media consultant.

    He is part of the faculty of trainers at the European Broadcasting Union and their lead expert on integrated newsrooms and also a key figure in digital innovation and strategies. He has worked as a management consultant and trainer for a number of big international, national and regional European broadcasters, just as he has 7.5 years of experience from media development work primarily for International Media Support in The Middle East and North Africa, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union.

    His leadership and management specialities are: Processes of creating and implementing visions and strategies, digital media trends, digital innovation and strategies, creating and leading the fully integrated newsroom, organizational development, change management, workflow and editorial procedures, editorial ethics.

  • Head of News Asia-Pacific, Twitter, Australia

    With 25 years experience across broadcast, digital, journalism and production, Jonathan brings his breadth of knowledge to driving audience reach and revenue through innovation.

    His previous roles include as Supervising Producer with 60 Minutes, Australia, Series Producer with Shine Australia and South Asia Correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    His proven expertise in acclaimed and commercially successful content creation provides unique insights for broadcasters and publishers undergoing digital transformation. Last year, he led Twitter’s first LIVE stream outside of the US, with the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Jonathan is based in Sydney, Australia.

  • Chief Digital Officer at Finnair, Helsinki

     Harra-Salonen has conducted a long career in digital transformation positions. Katri is now responsible for the Transformation and IT team at Finnair as part of the Executive Board, building the future travel experience and serving over 11 million passengers annually. She is also Board Member at Veho.  Her previous company was Umbrella Strategic Advisory Oy, where she consulted top management in both large corporations as start-ups in strategic questions around our digital age. Before that she worked at Fjord Sweden (CEO), where she established and led the company on this competitive market. Prior to Fjord she worked as a management team member at Satama Interactive Group and was responsible for the Nordic business (Director Nordics) stationed in Stockholm Sweden. She started her career in management consultancy at SIAR-Bossard/Gemini Consulting. 

  • Executive Vice President, UPM, Helsinki

    Pirkko Harrela est membre du Groupe Exécutif d'UPM depuis 20014. Elle y a commencé sa carrière en 1985 où elle a occupé de nombreuses responsabilités commerciales. 
  • Chief Executive Officer and Group Editor in Chief, Tempo Inti Media

    Mr. Bambang Harymurti serves as CEO of PT Tempo Inti Media Tbk since May 29, 2007. He also serves as Company’s Corporate Chief Editor. He was Company's Director from 1999 to 2006 and Vice President Director from 2006 to May 29, 2007.

    He attended the Friendly Free Press Fellow internship course of Time magazine. In 1987, he was the Bureau Chief of Tempo Magazine in Bandung and became the Bureau Chief in Jakarta from 1987 to 1989. He became the Bureau Head of Tempo in Washington, USA, until 1994.

    When Tempo was republished in 1998, he was appointed as Deputy Editor in Chief and a year later, he was appointed as the Chief Editor of Tempo Magazine. He was the Chief Editor of Koran Tempo in 2001. He was Editor of Harian Media Indonesia and Member of the Press Council.

    HArymurti graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1984 and from J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1991.