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  • 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, 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. 

  • Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Jigsaw, USA

    Patricia Georgiou is the Head of Partnerships and Business Development for Jigsaw, an Alphabet unit that builds tools to tackle a range of global security challenges including defending against digital attacks, mitigating the rise of online hate and harassment, countering online extremism, and fighting censorship.

     

    She started her career as a lawyer advising international clients on M&A and IPOs. She then joined the French government’s strategic fund as impact investor, before moving to New York as head of international business affairs for a Sony label. She’s also done pro bono work for several associations including Human Rights Watch.

     

    Patricia graduated summa cum laude from the Paris Sorbonne University with a Masters in Law, and also holds a law degree from the University of Edinburgh. She lived in the Middle East and Europe before moving to the US and is fluent in French, Arabic and Spanish.

     

  • 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.

  • Country Lead, Code for Kenya, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Kenya

    Catherine Gicheru is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is currently serving as a Knight International Journalism Fellow with the International Center for Journalists and leader of the Code for Kenya team working to bring together data journalists and technologists to produce innovative storytelling.  She previously worked at the Nation Media Group where she rose to become the first woman news editor and investigations editor. More recently, she was founding editor of the Star newspaper in Nairobi. A Nieman Fellow and 1992 recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award winner, Catherine is co-authored of “S.M Otieno: Kenya’s Unique Burial Saga.”

  • Vice President, News, Google, USA

    For more than thirty years, Richard Gingras has led highly-regarded efforts in the development of online services, software, and new media. These endeavors range from pioneering uses of satellite networking for television, the first applications of television signals for data distribution, both pre-Web and Web-based online services, and the creation of various platform technologies. Over the last several years Gingras has focused his attention on the transformation of the media landscape.  

    He serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists. In the fall of 2012, Gingras was recognized with the Manship Prize for contributions to the evolution of digital media. The Manship Prize is awarded by the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. In May 2013, Gingras gave a commencement speech at West Virginia University. Until July, 2011, Gingras was CEO of Salon Media Group which operates the popular and acclaimed news site Salon.com, the blogging community OpenSalon.com, and the pioneering virtual community The Well. Gingras has had a long association with Salon having assembled its initial seed financing in 1995. Salon was the first web-only publication.

  • Director of Team Development and Intrapreneurship, McClatchy, USA

    Jeremy Gockel leads McClatchy’s multi-disciplinary innovation team and spearheads the coordination and delivery of the Design Thinking boot camps and Ignite accelerator program. These internal programs provide employees at all levels of the organization a meaningful hands-on experience with the design thinking process and related methodologies. He also advises fledgling entrepreneurial teams as part of McClatchy’s external investment in Matter VC, a twenty week bi-costal accelerator designed to the shape the future of media by building a more informed, connected, and empowered society. While the constituents vary across the three programs, the core mission of instilling creative confidence in insight driven change and innovation remain universal.

  • Executive Director, The Express Group

    Anant Goenka

    Anant has been passionate about Journalism since an early age. He joined the Express Group in 2012 with two clear objectives: to grow Express’ legacy of hard-hitting independent journalism and its reach in both the print and digital medium. Digital quickly emerged as his pet project and over the past four and half years, the Group has grown from 4 million unique visitors to 52 million unique visitors a month.

    Express’ history of investigative journalism continues with the Panama Papers, Isharat Jahan Witness  Tutoring Tapes, Chattisgarh Election Fixing Tapes, Essar Leaks, Dadri Lynching and many more stories that   have had a significant impact across the country. Its financial daily, The Financial Express, is also recognised for its pathbreaking reportage on the UB Holdings takeover and its consistent coverage on  banking and infrastructure.

    GQ magazine says Anant is one of India’s 50 most influential young Indians in 2016 and a 2014 profile in Forbes Magazine said Anant exudes the energy that he promises to infuse into the venerable Express brand. Over the past four and half years, indianexpress.com has emerged as India’s 2nd largest newspaper website and the Group one of the 4 largest digital news players. Even in regional media, Loksatta – one of Mumbai’s largest newspapers – has emerged the largest Marathi website in the country.

    Before joining the Express, Anant worked at Spenta Multimedia and at Bloomberg’s commercial division at their London office. During his college days, he was a recognised blogger on The Huffington Post and continues to write in The Indian Express- his recent piece on Punjab drugs was quite popular.

    He is a Dean's Scholar in print journalism from the Annenberg School of Journalism, Los Angeles, where for two years he was a teaching assistant for the course History of American News Media and for Entertainment News and Society. He is very passionate about aviation and motoring. He enjoys all kinds of live music, especially modern Jazz, and is a pretty terrible drummer himself.

  • Director - Operations. Scroll.in

    Anushree Goenka is the Director of Operations at Scroll.in. Among other things, she heads revenue generation for the company.

    She has cross-industry experience in business and growth strategy, innovation and marketing strategy through her years of strategy consulting experience with Monitor Deloitte (erstwhile Monitor Group). She brings a nuanced understanding of business operations and B2C companies. Anushree holds an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and a B. Tech. in Information and Communication Technology.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Hürriyet, Turkey

    Recognized for over twenty years as one of the leading authorities on digitalization, transformation, organic growth and customer strategies, Caglar Gogus is the Chief Executive Office at Hurriyet, Turkey’s largest and newspaper and digital publisher and classified sites.

    Caglar Gogus has been the CEO of Hurriyet since February 2016 and worked as an independent member of the Board of the company in 2015. He has been working on accelerating the digitalization and convergence efforts thus digital revenues at Hurriyet and looking for further strengthening the firms’ real estate classified business and searching for new business extensions and revenue streams.

    Before Caglar joined Hurriyet, he had an extensive international management consulting and entrepreneurial background in the areas of organic growth, financial services, customer experience management and big data technologies.

    Caglar has been a keynote speaker at various global and regional conferences and executive workshops. He speaks with authority on issues of media, digitalization, organic growth and change management.

  • Social Media Editor, Malaysiakini.com

    Norman Goh is the social media editor of Malaysiakini and takes on the responsibility to strategise, plan and 'repackage' the stories with editors and journalists on various social media platforms. He is also part of the team involved in analysing data metrics on social media trends and behaviours in Malaysia.   An avid photographer and blogger since 2006, Norman started working with Malaysiakini since 2014 and represented Malaysia at one of the panels during UNAOC summit in 2014 where he spoke on harnessing the positive power of social media in news reporting. He was also among the co-founders of Sarawak Bloggers, a community of bloggers and social media influencers set up in 2010. 

  • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • President WAN-IFRA , former Vice Chairman, The New York Times, USA

    Michael Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997. He was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in 1997. From 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Golden served as president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company Regional Media Group. Mr. Golden served as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 2003 to 2008.

    Mr. Golden is the President of WAN-IFRA. He is also chairman of the board of directors for International Center for Journalists, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organisation that raises journalism standards through hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges. Additionally, Mr. Golden serves on the boards of The Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. He also serves on the board of directors of Graham Windham.

  • SVP, Technology & Ad Operations, IAB, and General Manager, IAB Tech Lab, USA

    Before joining IAB, Gombert was CEO of Gombert Consulting, a full service digital media consulting agency and she is Founder and Co-chair for the IAB Programmatic Council.

    Prior she was Head of Digital Sales and Strategy at Conde Nast and founder of CatalystDesk, Condé Nast’s digital media trading platform. Gombert joined Condé Nast in March 2013 from Google by way of Admeld, where she ran the trading desk, agency, and demand-side platform relationships and helped grow RTB from an idea to a killer business.

    Prior to Admeld, Gombert worked at Right Media, the first online advertising exchange, where she focused on ad selection algorithms and market dynamics. Right Media was acquired by Yahoo in 2007. Her early career included stints with Nielsen, DoubleClick, and the finance world with JP Morgan Chase and Commerzbank. Advertising has allowed her to travel the world, and she has experience in international markets, including EMEA, APAC, and Latin America.

  • 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.

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