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  • Operations General Manager, Protecmedia LATAM

    José Jorge Gómez has a long professional career in the sector, with 30 years dedicated to the media. In the last decade he has participated in the direction and execution of numerous digital editorial projects in newsrooms throughout Latin America. The accumulated experience with clients of very varied idiosyncrasy make him one of the greatest experts in the detection of those "little things" that are necessary to ensure that a digital migration achieves its objectives. This graduate in Chemical Sciences is Galician by birth, Argentinian of heart and Chilean of adoption. He is currently General Manager of Operations of Protecmedia Latam.

  • Global Advertising Strategy and Sales Director, The Financial Times, UK

    Dominic Good is the Financial Times’ global advertising strategy and sales director, appointed in November 2013. He is responsible for the FT’s global advertising sales across print, digital and content marketing as well as overseeing the research and insight teams in Europe and the USA.

    Good was previously EMEA publisher for the Financial Times, overseeing advertising sales and circulation in the region.

    Good rejoined the Financial Times in 2004 after 5 years during which he was a founding partner of Adforum.com a web based creative monitoring and intelligence service for marketing professionals, founded in 1999.

    He first joined the Financial Times in 1989 in the UK, later transferring to Europe as manager of the Paris office and commercial manager of the FT's first foray into the Russian market, Financial Izvestia.

    Good was educated at London University, the University of Aix en Provence and gained an MBA in 1999 from City University Business School.

  • Global Advertising Strategy and Sales Director, The Financial Times, UK

    Dominic Good is the Financial Times’ global advertising strategy and sales director, appointed in November 2013. He is responsible for the FT’s global advertising sales across print, digital and content marketing as well as overseeing the research and insight teams in Europe and the USA.

    Good was previously EMEA publisher for the Financial Times, overseeing advertising sales and circulation in the region.

    Good rejoined the Financial Times in 2004 after 5 years during which he was a founding partner of Adforum.com a web based creative monitoring and intelligence service for marketing professionals, founded in 1999.

    He first joined the Financial Times in 1989 in the UK, later transferring to Europe as manager of the Paris office and commercial manager of the FT's first foray into the Russian market, Financial Izvestia.

    Good was educated at London University, the University of Aix en Provence and gained an MBA in 1999 from City University Business School.

  • CEO, Moat, USA

    Jonah Goodhart is the CEO and Co-Founder of Moat, a New York based Analytics company focused on driving success for marketers and publishers. Moat is at the forefront of helping shift digital advertising away from impressions and clicks and toward new models of attention. Jonah was also the Founding Investor and Board Member of Right Media (acquired by Yahoo!), Founding Partner of WGI Group, and Co-Founder of Billions.org. Jonah was a member of Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation and is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors Commission on Innovation.

  • VP of Business Development EMEA, Wochit, UK

    Garrett Goodman is VP of Business Development for EMEA at Wochit, the video creation platform used by media leaders including Bauer, Financial Times, and France24 to make engaging video for social and mobile audiences. He has worked for The New York Times and a series of cutting-edge tech and media startups across Europe, and blogs for The Media Briefing and INMA on innovations in the media.

  • Chief Operating Officer, Digital, Star Media Group & SVP Digital Ventures, Torstar Corporation

    Chris Goodridge

    Chris Goodridge has been with Torstar Corporation since 2004. During that time he has held a number of positions with both Torstar Corporation and Torstar Digital. His most recent role, prior to being appointed Acting President of Torstar Digital in April 2012, was as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Torstar Digital where he was responsible for leading the Finance function, partnering with the business leaders on digital strategy & operations as well as leading the M&A and partnership activities for Torstar Digital. Prior to assuming the Finance role at Torstar Digital, Chris was the Director of Corporate Development for Torstar. Christopher Goodridge holds an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto and a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

  • Managing Director - Publisher, Le Parisien - Aujourd’hui en France, France

    Sophie Gourmelen is Managing Director and Publisher of newsbrand Le Parisien - Aujourd’hui en France (a division of LVMH Group). She is a former Head of Sales and Circulation, Digital Marketing and Communication at Groupe Les Echos (business news) where she contributed to the digital transformation of the business and developed its digital subscriptions. Prior to Groupe Les Echos, she was Marketing Director at Prisma Media (the magazine’s subsidiary of Grüner and Jahr in France), contributing to the active development of digital sales and the implementation of their CRM strategy. She worked for IMP direct marketing for 15 years as the senior manager for the south of Europe.

  • Chief Digital Officer Mittmedia, Göteborg

     Robin Govik, 36, is the Chief Digital Officer of MittMedia.

    After 12 years with Schibsted and Sweden's leading national news source Aftonbladet, Robin left for Sweden's leading local news source – MittMedia. MittMedia is known for its digital strategy and have invested a lot in its own platforms and systems. MittMedia has managed to build a strong digital subscription business with journalism – and data in focus.

  • Editor In Chief (Digital), Trinity Mirror, United Kingdom

    Alison Gow is Editor In Chief (Digital) with Trinity Mirror. She has experience implementing and assessing new ways of engaging audiences across the newsrooms, working with external partners to bring new ideas and technology to their journalism. This includes working with editors to champion exciting new ways of telling stories across multiple platforms, promoting a strong editorial culture of storytelling, reader awareness and collaboration across Trinity Mirror Regionals' brands.

    A journalist and blogger who has worked in the UK regional press for more than 20 years, she is a former editor of the Daily Post and Wales on Sunday.

  • Founder & CEO, GP Rao Consulting LLP, Malaysia

    GP Rao is a Management Advisor and Founder of GRP HR Consulting LLP. Mr. Rao has more than 36 years of multi-business and multi- location experience in HRM. He has worked for SAIL, JK Group, SK Birla group and Reliance group in India and Malaysia.

  • Head of Digital/CTO, Libération, France

    Xavier is the Head of Digital at Libération, 4th largest circulated news daily in France, leading an eleven-person team composed by marketing and technical profiles such as : data analyst, business developer, client support, Web developers and designers... Liberation.fr has a global audience of 25 milion visitors and serves nerly 80 milion pages views across Web, Mobile and Applications.

    Xavier is responsible for all digital operations, facilitating decision making and improving business opportunities. He also provides technical vision and expertise to ensure innovation and meet business & editorial needs. 

  • Executive Vice President Digital, Aller Media AS, Norway

    Stephan Granhaug (born 1972) was assigned his current role in 2015, after being CEO and Editor in Chief at Scandinavia Online AS where he had run a major turn around case since 2012. At Aller Media he has P/L responsibility for all digital media outlets, including tech and product development, as well as maintaining major partnerships with external players such as Google’s Digital News Initiative and various social media.

    Aller Media’s Norwegian operations has managed to drive a digital growth case along the print decline that has led the company to a state where more than 70% of its advertising revenue stems from digital, while delivering a healthy profit margin from its digital activities.   

    Stephan’s professional carrier started in Schibsted ASA in 2000, where he worked with corporate and business development within digital media. After covering several roles accross Schibsted’s operations, he left the media conglomerate after 7 years, to become CEO at DB Medialab in 2007. From 2009 to 2012 he was VP of digital business, product and tech development at A-pressen (today Amedia), the largest local and regional news publisher in Norway.  

    Stephan has a keen strategic eye and draws his energy at the intersection of technology, editorial and commercial.

  • Vice President, APAC, Vindicia

    Michael Greco

    Michael Greco is Vice President of Asia Pacific, for Vindicia and is responsible for leading Vindicia’s initiatives and expansion in the region. Michael brings more than twenty years of experience in Asia Pacific leading sales organizations at Lucent, Lenovo, Juniper Networks and NTT. Michael has led these organizations to penetrate new markets and introduce new products. Vindicia brings enterprise-class innovation to consumer-facing subscription billing to help digital companies acquire and retain more customers by making payments seamless, secure and easy using Vindicia® CashBox® SaaS-based subscription billing and recurring payment solution.

  • Executive Vice President Publisher Management EMEA, Teads, Germany

    Christian Griesbach is one of the key figures in the German online advertising market. His many years of experience and his charismatic personality make him a welcome guest at industry events. Through leading positions in the digital marketing of Axel Springer as well as mediasquares or 24/7 Real Media, Christian Griesbach played a key role in shaping the German online ecosystem.

    In his role as Executive Vice President Publisher Management EMEA at Teads, Christian Griesbach is responsible for the further extension of Outstream Video Advertising across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Previously, he was Managing Director DACH & Eastern Europe. The industry expert was General Manager Digital Marketing at Axel Springer and co-founder and Managing Director of mediasports Digital, which he established in the German market and sold in November 2012 to the British Perform Group. 

  • Interactive Editor, Associated Press, USA

    Nathan Griffiths, Interactive Editor at the Associated Press, builds interactive data visualizations and news applications and is now focused on developing alternative digital formats for storytelling, including 3-D, 360 video and virtual reality. Prior to working for the AP, he worked for a decade in the technology industry. He has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

  • Editor in chief, O Globo, Brazil

    Graduated in journalism from UFF and postgraduate in Public Policy by Iuperj, he worked as a reporter for O GLOBO and Folha de S.Paulo, in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. He won the Embratel, Rey de España and two Esso Prizes for Journalism in the main category, among others. In Folha de São Paulo, he worked as Deputy Editor of Politics, and Editor of the section "Cotidiano" and Editor od the First Page. At GLOBO, he served as Editor of Politics and Executive Editor until he was promoted to Editor-in-chief.

  • CEO and co-owner, 07 Media AS, Norway

    Havard Grjotheim is the CEO and part owner  of 07 Media AS. 07 Media is a major cross-media information service provider based in Norway. Havard is educated from the University of Oslo. His background is from the research sector, but for the last 25 years he has been involved in the media industry as a CEO. He has served, and is still serving, as a board member/President for several companies in Europe within and outside the media industry. Havard  has served as President for INTERGRAF in Brussel for 6 years from 2008 until 2014, and he has been at the Board of Directors for Print Power for the last six years.

  • 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 DainikBhaksar.com 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.

  • Head of Facebook News Partnerships, Facebook, Latin America

    Cláudia Gurfinkel is the Head of Facebook News Partnerships for Latin America. She is responsible for leading the work developed with media outlets and journalists across the region, supporting them to reach new audiences and grow their businesses in the platform. With almost 20 years of experience in editorial projects and digital content, Cláudia has worked in companies such as BBC Brasil in London, Folha de S.Paulo, Microsoft and the news portal Terra.

  • CEO and Publisher, RED/ACCIÓN, Argentina

    Chani Guyot is a journalist, designer and the CEO and Publisher of RED/ACCIÓN, an Argentinian news startup. He is the founder of Next Idea Lab and the former Editor-in-Chief of Argentina's La Nación. He relinquished this role in 2017 to feed his entrepreneurial and innovative spirit with the startup of Next Idea Lab. Guyot began his career at La Nación's Sunday magazine in 1996, working as journalist and designer. He was appointed Design Director and in 2009, the company's first Innovation Director. He led the newspaper's modernisation process and move into television. Guyot studied Journalism at the University of Buenos Aires and Social Communication at Austral University, where he taught for 10 years. He holds a Media MBA from Navarra University in Spain and 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.  

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