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  • CEO, S.A. La Nación, Argentina

    Guillermo is CEO of S.A. La Nación. He started his professional carreer in the telecom industry. 

    In 1994 he joined Telecom Argentina to develop and lauch its mobile operations. 

    From 2000 to 2003, he was Regional Marketing VP at AT&T Latinoamerica for Brazil and Argentina, managing many launches in the region. He then joined Telecom Personal as CEO until finally joining S.A. La Nación in 2014. He currently leads a team of journalists and business professionals seeking to transform a traditional media group into a new media company with a strong Smart & Social vision. 

  • Chairman & Director General, Grupo Expansión, México

    Manuel Rivera

    Manuel is currently the Chairman and Director General of Grupo Expansion in Mexico, a media group composed of 17 magazines and 12 websites, one of Mexico’s most influential media companies, and a reference of ethical journalism. In 2000 he joined Grupo Expansion (GEX) as Director of Sales and has participated in the development and implementation of more than 20 publications and websites ever since. In 2005, he was promoted to CEO and as part of the senior management participated in the sale of the company to Time Inc, and subsequently as Director General (since 2008) in the successful sale to Southern Cross Group. Since 2006 he has taken Expansion Group to a digital revolution, with the launch of several successful websites and the acquisition of leading platforms (Mediotiempo.com and Metroscubicos.com), which GEX has managed to take to the next level, positioning itself as a major player in the space of the digital age. Currently, GEX is one of the most succesful companies in multi-platform & digital migration, with more than 30% of its sales and 75% of its nearly 37 million-strong audience coming from its digital media platforms (web and mobile).

  • Co-Founder and Director of Business and Strategic Development, Nexo, Brazil

    Renata Rizzi is cofounder and director of Strategy & Business at Nexo, Brazil’s most successful digital news startup. Based in São Paulo, Nexo captures a national audience with its effective, engagingly rich content that offers the kind of context that informs and ultimately impacts the national debate. Less than 2 years in existence, Nexo has been earning international recognition. At the 2017 Online Journalism Awards, part of the Online News Association, Nexo won the top prize in the category of general excellence in online journalism. Rizzi holds a BA degree in Engineering and a PhD degree in Economics, both from Universidade de São Paulo. Previously, she  worked in investment banking for Citibank and Morgan Stanley and developed academic research in the field of political economy.

  • Strategic Partnership Manager, Marfeel, Spain

  • General Manager, Parque Viva, Costa Rica

    During the end of December 2015, Mariela Rodriguez was appointed as the General Manager of Parque Viva, a venue for concerts, exhibitions, conferences and sport events in which Grupo Nación invested $44 million in Costa Rica.

    This investment is part of the revenue streams diversification that the media group’s shareholders initiated a few years ago. The venue was inaugurated mid-2015 and Rodriguez is responsible for developing Parque Viva and building useful synergies with the mother media company. Before taking over this new challenge, she was the Commercial Director of Grupo Nación for 10 years.

  • VP Multimedia Sales & Integrated Marketing, APAC, Dow Jones, Hong Kong

    Mark manage a global sales force and integrated marketing team with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Bangalore, Tokyo and Beijing.

    Revenue responsibility for The Wall Street Journal franchise regional budget and regional products, including: The Wall Street Journal Asia Digital and Print, and local language sites in China, Japan, Korea, India and Indonesia.

    Content/Revenue platforms include: Global print editions of The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Digital Network, WSJ Video, MarketWatch, Barron's, WSJ Custom Studios and WSJ Executive Conferences.

  • Vice President, Multimedia Sales and Integrated Marketing Solutions, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, Asia-Pacific

    Mark Rogers

    Mark Rogers is Vice President of multimedia sales and integrated marketing for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal Asia-Pacific. Mr. Rogers assumed his role in April 2014. Leading the regional team in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing, he manages advertising sales and marketing team for the Journal’s print, digital and conference products in the region, including local language sites in China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

  • Multimedia Assistant Managing Editor, La Nación, Argentina

    Gastón Roitberg is the Multimedia Assistant Managing Editor of LA NACION (Argentina). Licensed in Sciences of the Communication of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), technical in journalism (TEA) and Master in journalism (UBA), with postgraduate in Journalism Management and planning (UBA). He has a specialization in digital business (Udesa). He was reporter and editor at Editorial Perfil (1996-2000), Content Manager from AOL Argentina (2000-2005). He's a Professor at the Master in Journalism of LA NACION and the Torcuato Di Tella University, and co-author of the books "New challenges of journalism" (Ariel, 2014) and "Disruptive journalism" (La Crujía Ediciones, 2015). He currently presides the LATAM Committee of WAN-IFRA.
  • Chief Digital Officer, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Daniel holds an executive MBA, specialized in marketing, and has over 15 years experience in management positions in marketing and sales. He counts with extensive experience in brand positioning, development and new products launching, lifecycle product management, luxury and mass marketing strategies, pricing, business plans, trademarketing, retail, business alliances and new business development, as well as in design and implementation of strategies for local and regional marketing. His background also covers digital and mobile business. He's a teacher for undergraduate and graduate university students.

    At El Tiempo, he's responsible for the business strategy's definition for the portals Eltiempo.com; Portafolio.co; Motor.com.co; futbolred.com among other premium networks with more than 22 million unique users. He's also in charge of the business unit P&L, usability and performance, brands in the digital ecosystem, audience management, social media strategy, monetization and of new products development.

  • Director of the Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations, UK/Colombia

    Maria Teresa Ronderos is the Director of the Program on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations in London. The program aims to support a free and safe environment for journalism to flourish, while seeking to strengthen investigative reporting, innovative and quality information collected under difficult conditions, and knowledge sharing in the field.

    Maria Teresa Ronderos took up her position at the PIJ in August 2015, leaving behind Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine, where she served in a range of senior editorial roles. Together with the Ideas for Peace Foundation, she created and was editor in chief at VerdadAbierta.com, a website that has covered armed conflict in Colombia since 2008. In 2014, Maria Teresa released her highly acclaimed book, 'Guerras Recicladas', a history of the paramilitary forces in Colombia.

    Maria Teresa is a member of the directive council of the García Márquez Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism and has been a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Flip, Colombia’s Foundation for Freedom of the Press, where, as chair she worked to protect the lives of journalists in danger.

    An experienced teacher, Maria Teresa has trained professional journalists from across Latin America and led workshops, online courses, and seminars on investigative journalism, politics, and social and economic issues. On account of her book “Guerras Recicladas” in 2014, Ronderos won the highest national award, Simon Bolivar National Award, “Best Journalist of the Year”. Among other awards, Ronderos has also received the King of Spain Iberoamerican Award in Madrid and the Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University in New York.

  • Creative Partner / Co-founder, POKE, UK

    Through his 20 years experience as a designer and conceptual thinker at the forefront of the digital media revolution, Nicolas has gained some incredible experiences along the way. His most potent insight is the realisation that digital - once and for all - is connecting everything, melting borders, divisions and prejudices along the way. We’re now in an age of sharing (not shoving); everything needs rethinking, reconstituting, reengineering and redesigning in order to meet rapidly rising expectations and standards of experience. It’s about time our work started to untangle some of the huge, looming problems caused by old ways of thinking applied to new problems, currently casting a dark shadow over our way of life as we gaze into the future.

  • Deputy Director, Code for Africa, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa

    Chris Roper is deputy director for Code for Africa, and a Knight Fellow for the International Center for Journalists. Roper most recently held the position of Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. He’s also worked as portal manager for two of South Africa’s biggest ISPs, Mweb and Tiscali World Online, was editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, and Editor-in-Chief at 24.com

  • Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation's array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.

  • CEO, ZEIT ONLINE, Germany

    Christian Röpke has been CEO of ZEIT ONLINE since 2009 and also of academics and ze.tt since 2015. His focus has been on growing qualified reach and significantly increasing monetarization of ZEIT ONLINE. One of his priorities was the development of new business models and innovative products, for example ZEIT digital subscriptions and numerous classified ad markets.

    Before he started working for ZEIT ONLINE in February 2009 Christian Röpke built experience in different media enterprises such as the Financial Times Deutschland. As Head of Electronic Media it was one of his core responsibilities to strengthen and further promote FTD’s digital activities.

    In 2007 he switched positions within Gruner + Jahr and moved from FTD to Gruner + Jahr New Media Ventures.

  • Editor-in-chief, Trinity Mirror South Wales, UK

    Paul is editor of WalesOnline, and editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror South Wales, taking overall responsibility for the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, South Wales Evening Post, Wales on Sunday and nine weekly titles. He has been at the company since 2005, when he joined the Western Mail as a trainee reporter, and was a news editor in various capacities from 2007. If he's not in work, he can usually be found on his bike.

  • Associate Vice President - Manufacturing, ABP Pvt Ltd., India

    Snehasis Chanda Roy is currently Associate Vice President - Technical, ABP Pvt Ltd. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Rochester  Institute of Technology, USA, and an MBA from the University of Mumbai. He acquired his skills working in various capacities the past 23 years - with Time Magazine, the Times of India Group, the DB Group and the ABP Group of publications.He has academic as well as practical exposure to the entire print manufacturing value chain and has project implementation experience in newspaper manufacturing.

  • Editorial Director, NYT Global

    Jodi Rudoren is Editorial Director of NYT Global, the companywide initiative to make The Times a truly global news organization and significantly grow its international audience. She took the position in February 2017, after a year as deputy international editor and serving on Project 2020, a seven-member team charged with drawing a blueprint for the newsroom’s future.

     

    Since joining The Times in 1998, Jodi has served as bureau chief in Jerusalem and Chicago, and as Education Editor, Deputy Metropolitan Editor and National Education Correspondent. She also covered the 2004 American presidential campaign; was the founding editor of Metropolitan, a Sunday print section that debuted in 2009; and in 2011 led the team that, in conjunction with WNYC, created SchoolBook, a news/data/community Website. 

  • Editorial Director, NYT Global, USA

    Jodi Rudoren has been appointed Editorial Director of NYT Global in February 2017. Prior to this position, she was a deputy on the NYT's International Desk. She is also a veteran national and metro correspondent and editor. 

    In her present position, Jodi oversees the NYT's efforts to expand coverage that appeals to non-American readers. She collaborates with product and the news desk to make sure the NYT's most powerful and immersive journalism reaches the right audiences.

    Jodi is a core part of the NYT's newsroom leadership team and one of the authors of the NYT's recent internal 2020 Report, Journalism that Stand Aparts.

  • CEO, Al Abkaria Holding Company and GM Nebras Films, Saudi Arabia

    Niko Ruokosuo, MSc Technology, Finland
    25 years of executive positions in Media at VP, SVP and CEO levels in Finland, Germany, California and Saudi Arabia, including 9 years at Los Angeles Times, most recently as President of their Classifieds Business. 4 years at Sanoma Corporation, one of Europe's leading media companies as CEO of one of their Business Units. Founder and CEO of Saudi Arabia's largest cars for sale website for dealers, Abi Sayara. Co-Founder and CEO of a unique polling platform startup. Shareholder and former CEO of a mobile crowdsourcing photo and video company.  Currently CEO of Al Abkaria Holding Company, a construction, interior design, Real Estate and movie production corporation based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • VP-Digital Business, Kompas Gramedia Group

    Moris has worked with Kompas Gramedia since June 2017, with the role as VP Digital Sales. He overviews Kompas Gramedia Digital Assets from Kompas, Tribunnews, Grid Networks. Previously he had worked in Digital ad networks company since 2007 from Admax, Appier, and Exponential group acting from Business Director to Country Head. He worked also previously with Fox International Channels as Director for Sales and Partnerships.

    He got his MSc from European School of Management at Cote’d Azur, France majoring Project Management, and BSc from University of Oregon Majoring Economics.


  • Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, Ireland

    Johnny Ryan
    Dr. Johnny Ryan is Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, working to sustain online publishing and respond to the growing phenomenon of adblocking. Previously he was Executive Director of The Innovation Academy, and Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, where he established a multi-million euro Big Data programme, and introduced startups inside the 154 year old newspaper. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge from 2011-14. His second book "A History of the Internet and the Digital Future" is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford.
  • AI Entrepreneur

    Parankusha is a Tech entrepreneur helping enterprises and startups adopt disruptive technologies like  AI at an early stage. Previously, he was VP-R&D focussing on AI and automation at Ninestars, a digitization company. While at Wipro Technologies, he co-conceptualized HOLMES AI platform in 2014, a pioneering initiative among the top IT services companies in India. He was the head of engineering of its flagship program - HOLMES EKYC. He also brings a wealth of experience in multiple domains across Banking, Capital Markets and Media. Parankusha has a Master’s degree in Management from I.I.M Lucknow and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from N.I.T Jamshedpur.

     

  • S.Karthik, Deputy Chief Manager, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., India.

  • Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany

    Since 2008, Dr. Sabathil has been the Managing Director at the Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg. His previous professional experience includes: From 1988 to 1989: Controller Axel Springer, Hamburg. From 1990 – 1991 he was CFO Medical Tribune International, Frankfurt before he became Managing Director at Ostsee-Zeitung, Rostock from 1992 – 2006. In 2007 he was Managing Director Leipziger Volkszeitung, Leipzig before joining Schwäbisch Media.

     

     

  • Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Jordan

    Rana Sabbagh

    Rana Sabbagh is executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005.

    She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights.

    As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. She is a former correspondent for Reuters International News Agency and The Times (London) and helped establish Jordan’s latest independent newspaper, Al-Ghad.

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