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  • Co-Director of Virtual Reality and Deputy Director of Video, The New York Times, USA

    Marcelle Hopkins is the deputy editor of video and co-director of VR at The New York Times. She oversees the production of the Times’s innovative immersive journalism, including NYT VR and The Daily 360, as well as video news stories, documentaries and series. She serves on the advisory board for Journalism 360, an initiative of thought leaders, practitioners, and journalists dedicated to accelerating immersive storytelling in news. Before joining The Times, Marcelle produced and directed virtual reality documentaries for FRONTLINE, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Emblematic Group. Marcelle has received a reporting fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation, a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and a fellowship at the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Made in NY Media Center. She holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • CEO, 24.com, South Africa

    Andreij Horn was appointed CEO of 24.com on July 2016. Horn was until recently the Chief Information Officer at Media24. He started his career as a journalist at Volksblad in 1982. He subsequently pioneered the TopAd Shop, the country’s first online advertising booking platform, and CommerceZone, the central procurement platform used in Naspers’ South African companies.

    Horn has a MA degree from the University of the Free State and obtained his MBA from the University of Cape Town in 1999, where he was honoured with the Bain Prize for ecommerce.

  • Founder, Mic, USA

    Jake Horowitz

    Jake is the founder of Mic, a leading news and media company for millennials. From global affairs and politics, to arts and music, to science and technology, Mic offers compelling stories and perspectives on the issues that define the next generation. Each month, more than 30 million people rely on Mic's unique sensibility to stay informed and rethink the world. In addition to shaping Mic's overall strategy, Jake works closely with the editorial team on coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Prior to Mic, Jake lived and worked on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict, researched democracy and governance issues in Morocco, worked for the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, and helped Change.org inspire people to take action. A graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Middle East history and politics, Jake lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Newsletters Editor, The Economist

    Sunnie Huang is the newsletters editor at The Economist. Prior to this, she spent a year with the social media team to promote the newspaper's science and technology coverage. Before joining The Economist, she worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for three years as a multimedia reporter, covering domestic and international news. Sunnie studied journalism at the University of Toronto and environmental economics at University College London.

  • CEO, Telegraph Media Group, UK

    Nick Hugh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Telegraph in June 2017. Prior to this he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer, a role he held for six months having joined the company in January 2017. Nick is charged with continuing to grow the reach of The Telegraph’s quality journalism and diversifying revenue across the group, whilst ensuring the company maintains its rightful place as one of the UK’s leading media brands.

    Nick has almost 20 years digital experience with companies that range from global media players to innovative start ups. Before joining The Telegraph he was Yahoo’s Vice President for EMEA where he was responsible for all business and operations in EMEA markets, a role which he was promoted to in 2015 having previously worked as Yahoo’s EMEA vice president of audience network and programmatic platforms. He previously spent more than 15 years at various internet companies, including BT and ad tech specialist, Phorm.

    Nick has an MBA from INSEAD France, one of the leading business schools in the world and a BA Hons degree from Manchester, England.

  • Assistant Editor, BBC News, UK.

    Bella Hurrell is deputy editor of the BBC News Visual and Data Journalism team. Her focus is the team’s online output and she works creatively with designers, developers and journalists to produce cross-platform story-telling and compelling digital content.  

    She has held a number of posts with the BBC news website prior to her current role including news writer, editorial development lead and head of specials.

    Bella has also co-written chapters for several publications on the field of data journalism.

  • Founder and COO of Express KCS

    Tariq Husain

    “Tariq is Founder and COO of Express KCS, a global, independent provider of creative production solutions across print, online, mobile and video platforms. He began his career working in Chicago for a leading production technology supplier, before returning to India to re-engineer Express KCS' operations in 2002 to allow it to become a leader in the provision of outsourcing creative production. Tariq has also led various innovations for Express KCS including StudioOnline and MediaFerry, a state of the art digital asset management and workflow management software. The company’s ability to deliver high quality creative production and digital marketing solutions across different platforms and fast turn-around time has helped it earn relationships with global brands and publishers across North America, Australia and Europe. Additionally, Tariq is also the founder of experiences.digital, a new age digital marketing firm engaged in providing innovative digital experiences on screen or via connected digital activations. Tariq holds Bachelors in Electronics from Delhi University and Bachelors in Science – Printing Technology and Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.”

  • Head of Sales, South East Asia, Google Cloud, Google

    Inam joined Google in February 2011, and is currently Head of Sales, South East Asia at Google Cloud.  He is responsible for growing market share and revenue across Google Cloud solutions for Enterprise and Government customers.

    Prior to joining Google in February 2011, Inam spent seventeen years working across multiple diverse geographic markets and industries; Telecommunications - SingTel Optus in Australia; Banking & Finance - Citibank in Singapore, HSBC in Hong Kong; and Retail - Walmart in USA. In that time, Inam held a variety of roles encompassing Sales, Business Development, Product Marketing, Product Management, General Management, Corporate Strategy, and Business Manager to Chief Operating Officer.

    Inam graduated with a Masters Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia; and also graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Business Management and Finance from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Indiana, U.S.A.

  • Political Editor, The Straits Times

    Zakir Hussain joined The Straits Times' Political Desk in 2005 and has reported on local and regional political developments as well as security issues, terrorism and community relations. He was based in Jakarta as the newspaper's Indonesia bureau chief from 2011 to 2014, before returning to Singapore as deputy political editor. He was appointed Political Editor in September 2016. He has a bachelor's degree in history and politics, and a master's degree in journalism.

  • CEO Next Games, Helsinki

    Teemu Huuhtanen is the CEO of Next Games, the Finnish mobile game developer and publisher behind the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land. Teemu is an experienced games industry leader with 20 years of experience in leading teams and companies. Teemu is a firm believer in open work culture and is determined to lead Next Games to become the #1 company that redefines how franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based games. In 2017, Teemu led Next Games through a successful initial public offering, the first games company IPO in Finland. Prior to Next Games he worked at Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds and Sulake, the makers of Habbo Hotel. Teemu is also a Board member at MAG Interactive, a highly successful swedish casual mobile game developer and Rabbit Films, an established TV production company.

  • CEO, Co-founder & President, Rigor, USA

    Craig Hyde

    Craig co-founded Rigor, LLC in 2010 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President. He is responsible for product management, marketing, sales, and operations. He is an entrepreneur with a decade of experience in Application Performance Management. He served as a Solutions Consultant for Compuware/Gomez where he designed and implemented application performance solutions for the Fortune 100. Before that, he provided the Fortune 1000 and government agencies with systems to test and manage their networks while at Network Orange. He is active in the ATDC at Georgia Tech and can be found on the pitch with Atlanta Old White Rugby Football Club.

  • Lead Data Analyst, Audience Engagement at Financial Times

    McKinley Hyden is the Lead Data Analyst for Audience Engagement and works on strategic projects that support Editorial and engagement goals such as attracting new loyal users, improving the engagement of our current audience and being an audience-first newsroom. A key component of these goals has been the introduction of Lantern, an editorial analytics tool that McKinley has helped create and shape. Her key skills include addressing complex problems with robust data insight and clearly communicating findings to a variety of stakeholders.

  • Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA

    Cherilyn Ireton heads up the World Editors Forum, the global network for editors within WAN-IFRA. She is a seasoned newspaper professional, having spent more than 20 years on South African newspapers, as journalist and editorial manger on the country's leading titles, the Sunday Times and Business Day. She rose to be Chief Operating Officer of BDFM Publishers, the business media joint venture between Pearson, owners of the Financial Times, and Times Media in South Africa which published Business Day newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and Summit TV. She relocated to the UK in 2005 and owned an ran a London-based media consultancy, Presslinks, which advised a variety of international organizations and foreign governments.

  • CEO, Procurement Association of the Danish Press, Denmark

    Thomas Isaksen is a board member of the WAN-IFRA World Printers Forum. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics, an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Negotiation.

  • Senior Manager, The Quint, India

    Avinash Iyer is Senior Manager, Content Marketing at The Quint. He has nearly 10 years experience in the digital space. While at The Quint, he has worked with brands across categories from tourism to retail to create compelling native content. He has previously worked with prominent companies such as moneycontrol, a part of the Network 18 group and midday, that’s a part of the Jagran group.

  • Group Strategy and Analytics Division, Singapore Press Holdings

    Daniel is deputy head of Group Strategy and Analytics at Singapore Press Holdings. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the group’s internal consulting, analytics and data science teams. His work involves strategy and analytics projects such as digital transformation, process optimisation and building a data-driven organisational culture. Daniel began his career as a business journalist before moving to corporate planning and business development roles. Daniel holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and management, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

  • Digital News Editor, The Wall Street Journal, USA

    Jennifer J. Hicks is digital news editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she manages global publishing across its native, social and distributed platforms. Previously, she oversaw the Journal's product team, leading the effort to integrate product, design and engineering deeper into the newsroom and working closely with senior editors and commercial colleagues to shape the Journal’s digital product and membership strategy. Jennifer joined the Journal in 2004 and has held a number of editing roles. She served as deputy editor of real-time news from 2012-2015 and before that oversaw WSJ.com’s European edition during a three-year assignment in London.

    Jennifer graduated from the University of Oklahoma and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Jennifer is a native of Norman, Okla., and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Visiting Fellow Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and London School of Economics, Oxford - Helsinki

    Atte Jääskeläinen started at Yle as its first Editor-in-Chief having the task of integrating radio and tv newsrooms in 2007. He was promoted to Director of News & Sport later the same year. In Yle's major change program two totally separate news organisations started to work together as an integrated, digital-first, multi-platform news organisation innovating also for younger audiences and social media.

    Yle News and Current Affairs was considered as the leading news organisation by 60 per cent of Finns in 2016. Its tv news was still the most important news source for 39 per cent of the population, while at the same time Yle online news services had reached the position of third most important news source in the country.

    Yle's transformation process received international attention for being among the most ambitious in traditional media. The European Broadcasting Union regarded it as an avant-garde and an example for other members in their peer review, 2015 and the Reuters Institute study in 2016 found it to be a leading innovator in public service media. Atte Jääskeläinen was also responsible for Yle's regional operations and Sport, bringing the total number of personnel in the division close to one thousand. Before Yle he was CEO and Editor-in-chief of the Finnish News Agency, before that Business Editor and later Politics Editor of Helsingin Sanomat, the leading Finnish quality newspaper.

    Atte Jääskeläinen's work at the Reuters Institute focuses on the consequences of digital disruption for business models for news, behavioral incentives for audiences, and the democratic role of media - all with a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities that exist in small highly developed markets such as those found across much of Europe.

    Atte Jääskeläinen holds a LL.M. with distinction in European law from University of Helsinki, and is trained on the bench at Helsinki City Court.

  • Professor and Department Head, the Department of Computer Science, NTNU, Norway

    Letizia Jaccheri (Ph.D. from Politecnico di Torino, Italy) is Professor and Department Head at the Department of Computer Science at NTNU. She has published more than 100 papers in International conferences and journals and two books, available at her website.  Jaccheri teaches IT courses and supervises students at various levels since 1994.  As department head she has overall responsibility of all research and innovation activities at the department with several NFR, EU and Industry funded projects. She is independent director of Reply with 6000 employees worldwide. Letizia is thankful to be able to work for recruiting and retaining diverse people to IT. IT is so important for the future and as many as possible must contribute to shape the new digital world.
  • Head of Curated Content at the Financial Times, UK

    Andrew Jack, is head of curated content at the Financial Times and a visiting fellow at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He currently runs the curated content team, a global group of journalists which guides busy readers through the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, using email, onsite posts, apps, multimedia and social. He was previously deputy editor of the analysis section, pharmaceuticals correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, Paris correspondent, financial correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

    He led the FT’s coverage that won the communications award of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2011. He received the 2013 media award of the European Organisation for Rare Diseases; First Prize in the Stop TB Award for excellence in reporting for 2010; and a Kaiser Family Foundation mini-fellowship in global health reporting in 2008. He was twice Accountancy Correspondent of the year, and part of the FT team that won the British Press Awards for its coverage of the Maxwell affair.

    He is a trustee of SciDev.net, a non-profit media group covering science and technology for global development. He graduated in geography from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, was the Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow at Harvard University and a New York City urban fellow.

  • Chief Operating Officer, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Thomas Jacob was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. In this role, he has responsibilities for developing and implementing the organizations strategy to be the platform for exchange of ideas, information and experiences among the global news publishing industry. Prior to that he was the Deputy CEO, taking care of the regional operations.

    Before WAN-IFRA, he worked for DMG Media, publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in UK. As the International Development Director, he identified and evaluated digital media companies in Asia for potential acquisition. He also conceptualized and launched a compact midmarket newspaper, Mail Today for the Indian market as a JV with the India Today Group.

    Thomas Jacob is an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. As a summa cum laude, he is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for management in the United States. 

    He is a trained engineer in electronics and telecommunications, having graduated with distinction from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, in India. He also underwent advanced studies in computer networking at ICIS, Singapore.

  • Head - Content, Manorama Online, India

  • SVP Consumer Marketing and Revenue, Schibsted Media, Norway

    Tor is now SVP Consumer Marketing and Revenue at Schibsted Media, with responsibility for subscription revenue across Schibsted´s publishing brands. Tor has previosly had different positions at VG, VG Mobile, Aftenposten, and Schibsted Norway´s 4 subscriptions newspapers. Tor also has experience from Telenor, Deloitte and Nielsen. 

  • Head of Business Development, BBC Global News, UK

    Gail Jammy

    Gail is Head of Business Development for BBC Global News Ltd, the division that manages the BBC News digital and TV business outside of the United Kingdom. This includes bbc.com and BBC World News TV. She is responsible for setting the BBC News digital partnership strategy internationally, as well as for directly managing a number of key strategic and commercial relationships, including with social media platforms. In her previous role at the BBC she was Head of Mobile and Emerging Platforms, working with news teams to innovate around emerging devices with a focus on mobile and smart TVs. She has also worked in the BBC World Service where she was responsible for delivering reach, brand awareness and revenue for BBC’s multi-lingual news services via off-platform distribution. Prior to joining the BBC, Gail spend many years working in book and magazine publishing.

  • Design Consultant

    Hans Peter Janisch has been working as a newspaper designer and consultant for the past 20 years. During this time, he has redesigned numerous papers in various countries. He was one of the founders of the German branch of the Society for News Design and served as SND International Director for more than 10 years

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