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  • CEO, Thirdpresence

    Valtteri, CEO at Thirdpresence (a video advertising company founded in 2007), is a seasoned ad tech and technology leader with deep roots in the mobile applications industry. Prior to Thirdpresence Valtteri led a multinational growth organization of 200 people in the mobile marketing industry (Zed), managing an annual revenue of $150 million. Valtteri has a keen interest in building the digital video advertising market and has contributed to the IAB Digital Video Advertising Guide.

    Thirdpresence provides AI-powered programmatic video advertising with industry-leading MOAT viewability rates in brand advertising. Thirdpresence creates the best in-app brand environment and user experience for video advertising. Match your branding objectives with a large-scale video audience and get results. The company has offices in Helsinki, New York, and London.

  • Vice President, Research and innovation at Aalto University

    Tuija I. Pulkkinen is Vice President for Research and Innovations and Professor of Space Science and Technology at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. Prof. Pulkkinen is a recognized space scientist working in the field of solar influence on the Earth’s space environment. Prof. Pulkkinen graduated from the University of Helsinki in Finland with a PhD in theoretical physics (space physics) in 1992. She joined the Finnish Meteorological Institute in 1988 and led the space research group there from 2003 until leaving for Aalto University in 2011. Her international experience includes two extended visits to U. Colorado in Boulder in 1996-1997 and to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2006-2007. Prof. Pulkkinen has held numerous positions in international and national scientific organizations, including presidency of the European Geosciences Union. She is a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Royal Astronomical Society, Academia Europea, and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2017, The European Geosciences Union EGU awarded her the Julius Bartels Medal triennially in recognition of outstanding research in solar-terrestrial sciences.

  • Global Editor of Video and Pictures, Reuters, UK

    John Pullman

    John Pullman is Global Head of Video, Pictures, Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment for Reuters. His role spans visuals and text as the company focuses increasingly on multimedia news for digital markets. John started his career in newspapers in the UK, and worked at senior level for Independent Television News in London and Al Jazeera English in Qatar before joining Reuters in 2010.

  • Managing Director & CEO, ABP, India

    D. D. Purkayastha is the Managing Director & CEO of ABP. He oversees strategy and operations of the ABP Group.  He is a Cost and Management Accountant.   Mr. Purkayastha has spent 37 years in the Media Industry.

    Under Mr. Purkayastha’s leadership ABP has grown to be the largest reached News Media of the country. ABP’s TV News Bouquet has the highest viewership among all Indian News Channels.  He has also led ABP to be the most diversified Media Company of the country. Mr. Purkayastha is regarded as a veteran in the IT Industry in India.

    He is the Chairman of INFOCOM, the country's largest ICT exhibition and he is on the Board of ANN (ABP News Network Private Ltd), WAN-IFRA and INMA.  He is also the Special Advisor to the President of WAN-IFRA.

  • Executive Director at Photonics Finland

    Juha Purmonen is currently executive director at Photonics Finland. Juha works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure an innovative and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. 

    Photonics Finland is a technology cluster that drives the photonics industry in Finland. It connects Finnish photonics companies, research centres, and public authorities.
    Photonics Finland supports the development of the photonics field from basic research through to the deployment and market launch of products. Photonics Finland develops new business and research opportunities, and helps realize the full potential of the photonics industry in Finland in sectors like health care, energy efficiency, safety, manufacturing, and sustainability.

  • Senior Vice President, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki

    Pettri joined Helsingin Sanomat in 2008 as VP Digital from Nokia where he was Director Video Services in Nokia Services Business Unit since 1989.

  • Head of Digital, The Wall Street Journal, Asia – Pacific

    Meraj Qazi is the Head of Digital for The Wall Street Journal Asia-Pacific, leading commercial sales & strategy for the Journal’s digital products. Prior to Hong Kong, Meraj held a series of strategy & operations roles in NY, launching new products and leading the integration of print & digital commercial teams. Meraj began his career at Dow Jones in Dallas, TX and received a Bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey.

  • Director – Creative, Strategy, Hot Salsa Media

    After working for 10 years for the Home Office in London, Viv changed career direction from British Civil Servant to agency owner. Educated in London with a BA (Hons) Marketing & Advertising, and a more recent CAM Dip(CIM), Viv lifted her new advertising career in London on a few big brands, which she won on strategy prowess.

    After a few years, which included a couple years in New York and San Francisco, she returned to SA and joined a communications agency to head up their new advertising and design division. Viv built up a spread of local and international accounts, and developed and implemented, global strategies for their agencies in UK, USA and India.

    In 2002, Viv launched Hot Salsa Media. She is hands-on every day working on carefully-selected brands, chosen predominantly because she does her best work on brands she loves and believes in. Hot Salsa Media is also responsible for the strategy, creative and event management of their own brand, the Soweto Wine Festival, which celebrates 12 years in Soweto this year.

  • Digital Lead, BBC Africa, UK

    In her role as the Digital Lead for BBC World Service’s Africa Hub, Miriam Quansah oversees all the digital output from BBC Afrique (French for Africa), Pidgin, Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya  BBC Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi), BBC Hausa, BBC Somali, BBC Swahili as well as BBC World Service’s English-language output for Africa.  She is also responsible for ensuring the hub’s digital platform strategy and ensuring that BBC Africa is keeping pace with the rapidly evolving virtual world.

    As part of the BBC World Service expansion, which will see an addition of six new languages to the existing six, Miriam leads on this regional development's digital strategy, which will see the establishment of two digital innovation hubs in Lagos and Nairobi.

    Miriam is also in charge of BBC Africa’s ‘Mobile First’ initiative that seeks to make sure that BBC World Service is making the most of Africa’s mobile revolution. Against this backdrop, she works to ensure that the BBC is giving audiences in Africa the news and information they need, where they need it and when they need it.

    Before being appointed to her current position, Miriam was BBC Africa Social Media Producer, leading social-media products and engagement for BBC Africa and driving social-media content creation and social-media strategy across BBC Africa platforms. 

    Miriam joined BBC World Service in 2008 as a radio producer.

    Ghanaian-born Miriam graduated from the London School of Oriental and African Studies in Anthropology of Media. 

  • Deputy Executive Editor, Publico, Portugal

    Diogo is helping the legacy title transition to a digital-first media operation with a renewed focus on multimedia and storytelling. Before that he was the creative director who launched Observador.pt in 2014, and a creative consultant for the launch of Eco.pt in 2016. Diogo is also the organizer of the Portuguese group of the Online News Association and the author of Manual de Jornalismo Digital, a guidebook for digital journalists (in Portuguese). He has over twenty years of experience as a journalist, a multimedia producer and a documentary director - and he is also a PhD Student in Digital Media.

  • Foreign Editor, The Straits Times

    Audrey Quek started her career in journalism as a sub-editor before taking up a Singapore Press Holdings scholarship to further her studies at the National University of Singapore.
    After completing her degree in political science, she joined the newspaper’s Foreign Desk and was initially tasked with editing its regional pages.
    She has also helped edit the Comment and Analysis and Forum pages in The Straits Times. In 2015, she became Foreign Editor. She and her team in the newsroom and a network of correspondents in key cities around the globe are responsible for the coverage of world news in The Straits Times.

  • Senior Librarian, National Library

    Barbara is from the National Library Advocacy & Statutory Functions team that oversees the compliance of Legal Deposit in Singapore. Her work also covers the selection of donation, gifts and exchange materials for Lee Kong Chian Reference Library (LKCRL). In research and writing, she had co-authored a paper on “The value of print literacy in the education of young children in Singapore” which was published in The international journal of the book, volume 1 (2003). Internally, she had contributed a story on her alma mater in NLB’s flagship publication BiblioAsia titled “MGS memories at 11 Mount Sophia”. Prior to joining the library profession, she was in the editorial team of the Pioneer magazine and Pointer journal at the Ministry of Defence.

  • CEO & co-founder, NewsWhip, Dublin

    Paul is CEO and co-founder of NewsWhip, a technology company based in Dublin and New York. NewsWhip tracks the stories, videos and other content getting engagement online each day. Their technology is used by publishers including BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, Die Welt, Bild, The Guardian, and Expressen. Before founding NewsWhip, Paul worked as a lawyer in New York, but asks that you not hold that against him.

     

  • CEO & co-founder, NewsWhip, Dublin

    Paul is CEO and co-founder of NewsWhip, a technology company based in Dublin and New York. NewsWhip tracks the stories, videos and other content getting engagement online each day. Their technology is used by publishers including BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, Die Welt, Bild, The Guardian, and Expressen. Before founding NewsWhip, Paul worked as a lawyer in New York, but asks that you not hold that against him.

     

  • President, Society of News Design

    A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. She is an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. She is vice president for the Society for News Design and director of large-scale eyetracking research for Poynter on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits which has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world. Follow @saraquinn

  • Assistant Vice President, The Hindu, India

  • Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

    Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism and technology, with a particular interest in the Middle East. Dr. Radsch has spent her career developing a 360-degree perspective on how journalism and human rights can empower citizens through her work as a journalist, an academic, an international civil servant, and program manager. As Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists she frequently speaks about these issues in the media and at events such as the Internet Governance Forum. She is editor of UNESCO’s flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" and contributed to the conceptualization of the “internet universality” framework. Dr. Radsch started her career in journalism at the Daily Star in Lebanon, followed by a position with The New York Times, and then Al Arabiya in Dubai,

    Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, a master's of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She blogs at Arab Media and the Huffington Post, and has written for a range of publications. She is also the author of several book chapters and monographs. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr

  • Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland

    Stephen Rae is Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland’s largest media group. INM is the market leader in online news and in the daily, Sunday and regional newspaper sectors.

    Stephen has led the group’s online transition, building a seven-day Platform Neutral newsroom, making Independent.ie the largest and fastest growing news source in Ireland. He designed the central editorial hub which produces journalism for all of the group’s news, sport and entertainment platforms – both online and print. Previously, Stephen was editor of the Irish Independent newspaper and before that edited the Evening Herald. Stephen is a qualified barrister-at-law and criminologist.

  • CEO, Indian Express Digital Media Services, India

    Durga Raghunath is responsible for managing the business and editorial operations of all digital brands of India’s Express Group. She is the founder-CEO of Firstpost, India's first exclusively digital newsroom and was CEO of Network 18 digital, overseeing Moneycontrol, IBNLive, News18, Firstpost, Burrp!, In.com and regional media products.

    Raghunath started out in book publishing in India and with HarperCollins in New York. She co-founded and was CEO of Juggernaut Books, a digital-first publishing startup, focused on creating new genres of ebooks and a writing platform for the Indian public on their smartphones.

    She is a Facebook #SheleadsTech Mentor and has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Publishing Degree from Columbia University in New York City. 

  • Senior Producer, Al Jazeer, USA.

    Shadi Rahimi is the Senior Producer of a news gathering unit she founded at AJ+ that earns millions of views on Facebook. She was previously Acting Executive Producer of the social media team that helped AJ+ become one of the top 10 biggest video publishers on Facebook. She was one of the first journalists ever to use Facebook Live to broadcast – and did so in Europe reporting on the refugee crisis. She was awarded Al Jazeera's top honor, given once a year to only one person in each entity of the Al Jazeera Media Network, for her contribution to its winning two Webby Awards and one Shorty Award. Shadi has been working in digital media for 10 years, beginning at The New York Times.

  • Head of Development, News and Current Affairs at YLE, Helsinki

    Mika Rahkonen is responsible for the development of new services, programs and strategy for Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) News and Current Affairs. Sometimes that means re-newing things that have sort of expired, but sometimes it really is trying to re-invent the news. Big themes recently have been personalisation 3.0, automated journalism and audience insights. Mika has also led the newsroom as a managing editor in Yle News, and before that he worked 10 years in the business news department.

  • President, Moat, USA

    Aniq Rahman is president of Moat, an analytics and intelligence company focused on digital advertising. Moat develops technologies to help brand advertisers and publishers evaluate and optimize digital advertising by measuring attention. Prior to Moat, Rahman was CEO of Instinctiv (acquired by SoundCloud), a venture-backed technology company that produced desktop and mobile multimedia software. Rahman actively advises and invests in technology companies, and is a venture partner at Vast Ventures. Rahman was an early part of the team at Behance (acquired by Adobe). In 2012, Rahman was named to Business Insider's "25 Under 25 in NY."

  • Publisher, El Mostrador, Chile

    Max Raide studied law at the Los Andes University. He has been a columnist and journalist collaborator of the newspaper La Segunda, El Mercurio (Economy and Business), of the Capital Magazine, Poder Magazine,  El Mostrador Newspaper and Americas Q Magazine (New York).

    He was elected in 2006 by Caras Ego Magazine(Televisa) as the Entrepreneur or the year, in 2007 Capital Magazine made him a Profile as one of the young leaders  with more projection in Chile, and 2009 was awarded by the Investigation Police for their Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He has been a permanent guest since 2008 at theASCOA Conference in New York (United Nations) and Washington (White House) by the Council of the Americas which chairs David Rockefeller and Susan Segal.

    In 2006, founded Jóvenes Líderes, in partnership with Economy and Business (El Mercurio) with the objective of motivating young university students and secondary students to participate in public, social and entrepreneurial programs, regardless of their social, political and religious condition. Being one of the first institutions to raise the problems of high indebtedness of young people, the poor quality of social housing, among other issues, in public opinion. More than 20 thousand young people have participated actively in all Chile.

     He was invited by Agustín Edwards, President of El Mercurio to be Director from 2010 to 2013 of Corporation Mañana, focused on reinserting in the companies people with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and who have managed to be rehabilitated.

    In 2008 founded with his brothers Domingo and Juan Pablo, the company Leadership Group focused on the gastronomic area (Coffe shop Meetpoint and Restaurant Las Cujas), in the cultural area promoting emerging artists (Arts & Flavors) and in the social area through events for entrepreneurs and young executives looking to generate networking (Tardes & Noches). In total, 45 people work daily in this company and more than 100 thousand people have participated in all these instances.

     The Leadership Forum was founded in 2014 as an instance of meeting among the different sectors of society. They are held every month along with representatives from the public, business, cultural and educational world, and media.

    Since 2015, He was invited by Federico Joannon, Founder of El Mostrador to be the first “Publisher” of the newspaper El Mostrador,  consolidating it as an independent and 100% digital medium, with more than 3.0 million monthly readers, more than 1.5 followers en social network,  partnership with Financial Times, Bloomberg, BBC, and annual commercial growth of 75% (2016).

  • Deputy Chief Manager, BCCL, India

    Tonyraj Rajan started his career as an apprentice at Malayala Manorama Publications. After a short stint in commercial printing and a bachelor’s degree he joined the newspaper industry @ Times of India with whom he is associated since the past decade. He has extensive experience in press maintenance & operations and in development/management of consumables. He has led numerous projects on increasing operational efficiency and reducing wastages. At present he is leading the project on implementation of ISO 12647-3:2013 quality standards at TOI”

  • Senior VP, Khaleej Times

    Ravi Raman

    Ravi Raman is currently the Senior Vice President of Khaleej Times, one of UAE’s oldest and largest news media brands. In his current role he oversees the entire operation along with brand and business expansion. He has successfully augmented the group’s portfolio with digital assets, innovative offerings, native content solutions and events.

    Prior to joining Khaleej Times, he was Vice President and Associate Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East published out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He successfully set up the operations for the launch of the print and digital assets. Responsible for complete business planning, recruitment of talent, training and execution of the business plan, he grew the operations to 13 markets.

    He has been with media, publishing and communications industry for over two decades having worked with global brands like Bloomberg Businessweek, T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Telegraph and India Today Group.

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