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  • 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 Infobae.com 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.

  • Sales Director SEA, UPM

    Ian Hamilton is UPM`S Area Sales Director for South East Asia and is responsible for all UPM paper sales from newsprint to coated to label papers. Ian is a 30yr veteran of the paper industry and all within UPM. He started on the production side of UPM Caledonian Paper in Scotland and held various positions before heading up sales. In 2004 he moved to Tokyo as Sales Manager looking after printers and publishers all over Japan. In 2007 he moved again to the USA and became UPM`s North American Technical Sales Director.

    Ian had started travelling on business to Asia in 1997 and loved the region so when he was offered the post in Singapore in 2015 he couldn`t turn it down. Since his wife is Singaporean and he had been a PR from 2005 this made it an even easier decision ! In the past two years UPM sales in SEA have grown by over 10% per annum and UPM remains committed to Asia for the long term.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Head of News, JAPAC, Twitter

    Jonathan Harley has 25 years media and journalism experience as an executive, journalist and digital leader. Passionate about the future of news and journalism in Asia, Jonathan has led digital transformation for some of Australia's largest news brands. As Supervising Producer with 60 Minutes Australia, he oversaw the iconic current affairs programme's transition to digital production and the launch of its social accounts. As South Asia Bureau Chief for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Jonathan pioneered digital news gathering, specialising in remote and hostile environments such as Kashmir and Afghanistan. Also a social impact leader, Harley is the founding chair of The Alumni Scholarship, supporting outstanding global non-profit leaders to attend the Stanford University Executive Programme. Jonathan lives in Sydney with his wife, their two kids and a neurotic dog.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Head of Marketing, The Daily Star, Bangladesh.

    Tajdin is a passionate, creative and result driven leader with strong understanding of marketing technologies and trends, data analytics and business strategy. He possesses extensive marketing, strategic planning, project management and business development experience across media, telecoms, Oil & gas, courier & logistics and fast moving consumer goods industries. He has also worked for flagship brands like BAT, Chevron, Robi Axiata ltd and DHL Express ltd. As a marketing head of the leading English Daily, The Daily Star (www.tahedailystar.net), currently he is responsible for managing the portfolio of advertisement, digital media, circulation and brand marketing.

     

    He represented The Daily Star in World News Congress in Washington DC and Digital Media Congress in Hong Kong. Apart from that he attended number of training programs and workshops in Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Bangkok and Srilanka. Tajdin is also a successful Google Squared (The digital marketing leadership course 
    developed with Google) online graduate. He is also passionate about writing articles on his blog (www.tajdinhassan.com) and sharing those on various social networking sites. He has done his executive MBA from the top business school, IBA- University of Dhaka and currently he is also the President of Alumni Association of Brac University, one of the leading private universities of the country.

     

  • Head of Marketing, The Daily Star

    Winner of South Asia Digital Media Awards 2017 by Google and WAN-IFRA, "South Asian Business Excellence award by HRD Congress and The Most Influential global marketers by World Marketing Congress, Tajdin is a bold but a thoughtful leader who has brought a vision of change, far broader than " a tweak here and a tweak there". Currently working as "Head of Marketing" in The Daily Star, the leading English daily of the country. He is a passionate, creative and result driven leader with strong understanding of Business strategy and transformation. He has revamped the business model of The Daily Star and created alternative channels to ensure business growth. He has recently launched Messenger BoT, kind of first for a media house in South Asia and this achievement has been highlighted in INMA, the International News Media Association and GXpress, an Australia based technology newspaper. He has also been invited to Chennai, India as a speaker to present case study on Artificial Intelligence based digital product along with BBC UK and other renowned
    brands.

    He possesses extensive knowledge in marketing, strategic planning, project management and business development experience across media, telecoms, Oil & gas, courier & logistics and fast moving consumer goods industries. He has also worked for flagship brands like BAT, Chevron, Robi Axiata ltd and DHL Express ltd.

    He represented The Daily Star in World News Congress in Washington DC and Digital Media Congress
    in Hong Kong. Apart from that he attended number of training programs and workshops in Germany,
    Switzerland, Singapore, Bangkok and Srilanka. Tajdin is also a successful Google Squared (The digital
    marketing leadership course developed with Google) online graduate. He is also passionate about writing articles on his blog (www.tajdinhassan.com) and sharing those on various social networking sites. He has done his executive MBA from IBA and currently he is also the President of Alumni Association of Brac University.

  • Business Development Manager, Germany

    Christian Hasselbring has over 16 years of experience on the digital side of the publishing industry. Until 2013 he was part of the management of German and international media-houses. Amongst others, as managing director of stern.de GmbH for Gruner + Jahr, Head of Product and Program for Welt Online / Berliner Morgenpost Online at Axel Springer and as Director of Information & Community for AOL Germany. Today Christian Hasselbring is business consultant for digital markets and Head of Business Development for the Munich-based micropayment enabler LaterPay.

  • Global Director of Content Partnerships, Guardian News and Media, UK

    Suzy Hay

    Suzy joined Guardian News and Media two years ago as Global Director of Content Partnerships. She is responsible for leading the partnerships, content syndication and distribution teams; with an emphasis on managing the global partnerships with leading digital platforms. Prior to the Guardian, Suzy gained over 15 years experience in business development and partnership roles at Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo, along with a number of key start ups including Overture and OpenX.

  • Executive Director, Startups, Business Finland, Helsinki

    Jukka joined Tekes in 2012. He has held several CEO and director positions as well as being co-founder of his own company. Jukka holds both an MBA and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from TKK. In 2015, Tekes (now Business Finland) funded about 700 startups. Its funding for all startups under six years has reached €140 million in total.

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