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  • 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.

  • Deputy Editor & Editor-in-Chief of the Magazine Area, Clarín, Argentina

    Silvia is Deputy editor at Clarín and Editor in chief of the Magazine Area (Viva, Elle, Shop, Casa FOA, Genios, Garden of Geniuses, My first steps, Clarín Mujer). She is the President and founding member of the Argentine chapter of IWF (International Women's Forum). She is also a member of IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) and the Marianne Association. He has been a regular panelist at "Tiene la palabra", a journalism porgramme broadcasted on TN (Todo Noticias). She has participated and spoken in congresses and seminars, both in Argentina and in Europe, the United States and Latin America, organized by Freedom Forum, Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), UN Women, American Network of Leadership, Vital Voices, Foundation More Peace less AIDS, AMJA (Association of Women Judges of Argentina), Professional Council of Economic Sciences of the City of Buenos Aires.

  • 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.

  • MD, WoodWing APAC & Digital Services

    John Fong is the Managing Director at WoodWing Digital Services and Asia Pacific.

    WoodWing Software is a global market leader in everything to do with multichannel publishing and digital asset management software. WoodWing enables brands, marketers, creative agencies and publishers to increase quality, reduce costs, shorten time-to-market and develop new revenue streams and to realize the full potential of their content.

    Our Digital Services division specialises in consultancy for newsroom editorial workflow, multi-channel publishing solution and templates design for both print and digital publications. He has implemented various newsroom projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong. 

  • 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

  • Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Press Holdings

    Glen Francis

    Glen Francis has over 20 years of technology experience and has served on a number of executive boards and forums.

    Prior to SPH, he was the President and founder of CIO Academy Asia, Vice President for the IT Management Association, and President and founder of IDeationEdgeAsia. He continues to serve on the Singapore University of Social Sciences as its technology board chair. 

    As Group CIO for Global Logistic Properties Limited (“GLP”), Glen was responsible for Technology across the organization’s global operations across 110 cities. He joined GLP, which has a market capitalization of approximately US$10 billion, shortly after its listing in Singapore and helped set up its technology platforms, security framework, data center, organizational, project management office, IT management office and mergers & acquisitions requirements for expansion and joint ventures.

  • Founder & Managing Director, frayintermedia, South Africa

    Paula Fray has worked in media for more than two decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager.  Paula was the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper then left to start her own company in 2005.

     She is a trustee of Brand SA and Media Monitoring Africa and has wide-ranging consultancy and project management experience.

    ​Paula graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Woman and Law Certificate from UNISA. A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she is a former member of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board at Harvard.

  • CEO & Co-Founder, The Buzzard, Esslingen

    Felix Friedrich, 27 Jahre alt, geboren und aufgewachsen in Berlin, studierter Politikwissenschaftler und Politischer Philosoph. Gründer und Geschäftsführer des preisgekrönten Journalismus-Startups The Buzzard. Unter anderem ausgezeichnet als Kultur- und Kreativpilot 2016, Media Lab Fellow, VOCER Innovation Lab Fellow, Gewinner des Creative Business Cup Deutschland 2017 und ausgezeichnet mit The Buzzard von der Google Digital News Initiative (Round 3).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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