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  • Head of Industry - Media & Entertainment, Google India

  • Director of Video Content, Telegraph Media Group, UK

    Ben Sinden

    In May, Ben led the launch of 'Telegraph Video', a portal that will produce more than 30 news videos each day. He started out as a national magazine journalist before moving into television. Having worked for companies including ITV, BBC and The Shine Group, Ben moved into the digital world of video, working as Executive Producer for ITV’s Multiplatform Video team. Joining Videojug Networks in 2012 as Content Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2014, Ben has delivered online video strategies for agencies such as Carat, JWT and ZenithOptimedia as well as brands including John Lewis, Diageo and Haymarket, whilst monetising and building a distribution network for owned video content. Ben joined the Telegraph Media Group in Spring 2015 as Director of Video Content.

  • CEO, NDTV Group, India

    Suparna has been with NDTV for 25 years and has the highest-level experience in all aspects of NDTV functions: editorial in both broadcast TV and internet, revenue and cost management.

    She has helped NDTV create and run a major new property in NDTV Convergence, which is internationally recognised. It is and has always been a profitable venture (almost unheard of among similar internet news properties).

  • Chief Commercial & Digital Officer, Mediacorp, Singapore

     

     Parminder joined Mediacorp in March 2017 as the Chief Commercial and Digital Officer, driving commercialisation and digital efforts in the company. 

    As a seasoned business leader with top management experience across Asia Pacific & Middle East in organisations such as Twitter, Google, Apple and IBM, Parminder has an established track record of growing businesses by combining expertise in internet technologies with deep consumer insights. 

    On the humanitarian front, Parminder is a founding member of @incrisisrelief, one of the largest citizen-led disaster relief technology initiatives.

  • Vice President - Anandabazar Patrika and Ebela, ABP Group, India

  • CEO, Times Internet Ltd

    As a business leader, Gautam Sinha began his Times Internet journey over eight years back as the Chief Technology Officer and was elevated as the Chief Executive Officer at Times Internet; under his leadership Times Internet has become a strong contender in the pragmatic advertising space, filling the gap between search and networking by providing context to these digital interactions. Sinha’s experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive, building digital businesses has helped Times Internet move away from being a digital facilitator to one of the biggest media conglomerates in India, to become a conglomerate in-itself with diverse digital products and properties. As a technologist, Gautam Sinha has more than 30 years of global experience; beginning his career in 1986 as a defense scientist working on Dr Kalam's IGMDP program for DRDO, followed by his entrepreneurial journey, as chief operating officer and chief technology officer of CashEdge, a company based out of New York and California, which was acquired in 2011 for $465 million.

    Gautam holds a Bachelors’ degree in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Masters in Computer Science from University of Iowa.

  • Founder, Sirach Consulting, Germany

    Sabine Sirach consults for the newspaper industry: creativity, trends and innovations in newspaper production and cross-media. She was formerly Head of Product Marketing Newspaper at manroland web systems GmbH involved in product planning, market research, and strategic customer consulting. Sirach also was Editor-in-chief of customer newspaper "manroland Messenger".

  • Virtual Reality Evangelist, NextVR, USA

    Helen Situ

    Helen Situ is the Virtual Reality Evangelist at NextVR, the leader in live virtual reality entertainment. Helen is driven by passion to connect the world through VR shared experiences. Helen believes that virtual reality is the ultimate empathy machine, and Virtual Reality will completely change how we explore, experience, and share. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and she was hired as the 4th employee at NextVR. Helen is a reoccurring judge with the annual innovation contest: Big Ideas at Berkeley. In early 2016, Helen launched SH//FT, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in emerging technology. Follow Helen on Twitter and Medium @HelenSitu.

  • Director, Digitalization Strategy and Programs at Business Finland

    At Business Finland, Pekka Sivonen defines strategies for Digitalization Programs such as Artificial Intelligence, Platform Economy, 5G, Industrial Internet and Augmented Reality (AR/VR), and prepares a new program in the area of Smart Mobility covering all present and future forms of transportation.

  • Director Consumer Business - Schibsted Media

    Bård Skaar Viken is Director Consumer Business in Schibsted Media. In his position Bård is responsible for all user revenues across four major Norwegian news media brands: Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad and Fædrelandsvennen. He also oversees a portfolio of magazines, niche services and junior products.

    He joined Schibsted in August 2012 and has been in his current role since January 2017. Prior to his current role Bård has been Director Product and Consumer Business in Stavanger Aftenblad (2014-2015) and Director Digital User Revenues Schibsted Norway Subscription Media (2016)


    Since 2014 he has worked primarily on growing Schibsteds subscription business with a special focus on increasing the number of paying digital subscribers, refining paid content models, drive conversion/sales and improving the overall customer journey.


    He is a board member in the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association.

    Bård graduated from the University of Oslo in 2009 with a Master in Political Science and International Political Economy. He also has a Bachelor in International Studies.

  • Journaliste, ex rédacteur en chef associé et directeur de la stratégie éditoriale des plateformes et produits numériques du Toronto Star

    DAVID SKOK

    Skok has had a distinguished career in journalism both in Canada and the United States. Mostly recently he served as Associate Editor of Toronto Star. Before joining teh Toronto Star, he was Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital at the Boston Globe, where he oversaw all digital business and editorial groups. Before moving to Boston, Mr. Skok worked for Global News in Toronto where he was instrumental in launching Globalnews.ca, a site that grew rapidly in audience and journalistic quality, recording triple-digit annual growth. He also was a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012, the first Canadian digital journalist selected for this honor. He is the co-author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruption in Journalism, a Nieman Reports e-book he co-wrote with Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Forum for Growth and Innovation Fellow James Allworth. David Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current affairs program in Washington, D.C. He was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University’s journalism program and is a regular commentator on the future of media and journalism. David is a member of teh Board of Directors of the Online News Associations (ONA).

  • COO & President, Some Spider, USA

    Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating multiple identity-based digital brands each anchored by relevant content, community and soon commerce. 

    Smurl spent the last ten years at The New York Times in digital product development, paid content, advertising sales, strategic planning and business development roles. The latest is as general manager, core digital products, managing the performance and product evolution of core web and mobile products. 

  • Head - Russmedia Solutions, Austria

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Russia

    Sergei Sokolov was born in 1967 in Moscow and graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University in 1993 with a degree in International Journalism. He started working as a freelance correspondent with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in 1983 and became a correspondent in 1990. He became the head of the education section in 1993 and at the same time worked as a columnist and editor of the investigations desk. He was Deputy Chief Editor of the weekly Moscow News during 1994-1995 and has worked as a correspondent for the television programme 'The View'. Sergei specialises in military reporting, investigations into state corruption and other high-profile crimes. He taught at the Russian State Humanitarian University during between 1995-2005, where he led a course on investigative journalism. He currently works as the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief and Chief-Editor of the web portal at Novaya Gazeta.

  • CEO/Editor, VGTV, Norway

    Helje Solberg is CEO/Editor of VGTV. For eight years she was the Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily on paper and internet combined. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994 and later took up positions as Editorial Department Manager, Sub Manager and Managing Editor. In 1995 she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud).She is on the board of World Editors Forum (WEF), the head of the organizing committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards. She is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association), a member of Oslo Editor Association and a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and political science at the University of Oslo, and international relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. Solberg is the author of “Karen ­ a history about” (1996).
  • Digital Editor, DB Medialab AS, Norway

  • Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa

    Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma.

    Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

    Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.

  • Head of Multimedia, Independent Media, South Africa

    Journalist and mobile journalism pioneer. Currently charged with driving multimedia content across all Independent Media platforms.

  • Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom, Singapore

    Alan Soon co-founded The Splice Newsroom, a business intelligence service covering the transformation of media in Asia. Splice delivers insights into the shifting media trends through its reporting, newsletters, research and events.

    Alan is Asia’s leading expert on newsroom operations, digital transformation, and building the new business of media. He also advises early-stage media-tech startups.

    For more than twenty years, Alan has worked in radio, television, news wires, magazine, and online across Asia, giving him unique insight into how various newsrooms get things done—and where they get stuck. He started his career as a reporter and grew into other operational roles — producer, editor, newsroom manager — and eventually led one of the largest digital news teams in the industry as Yahoo’s Managing Editor for India and Southeast Asia.

  • Vice President of Advertising in the Americas, Financial Times, USA

    Brendan Spain

    Previously, Spain was Account Director for Financial Markets, responsible for US investment banking clients including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citigroup across print and digital FT properties.

    Spain has played a vital role at the FT for over seven years. As an original member of the FT's "Digital Development Group", he has worked extensively with the FT's key clients in developing marketing solutions that leverage audience, platforms, creative executions, and metrics.

    In March 2011 Spain moved to London to become senior account manager, educating the FT’s highest revenue client line in their digital proposition, niche financial offerings (FT Trading Room, FTfm, Alphaville), and tablet and mobile innovations.

    In October 2012, Spain was appointed Digital Development Manager for financial products in London. His position focused on product development and sales strategy across all of FT’s digital Financial Publishing products.

    Aside from geeking out in spirited digital conversations and being close enough to the business to understand the particular challenges and problems faced by organizations attempting to navigate the evolving digital landscape.

  • VP of Online Advertising & Head of Ideas People Media, The Economist Group, UK

    Ashwin Sridhar is responsible for global revenue from advertising on Economist.com and is the head of business for Ideas People Media - The Economist's publisher network. Ashwin's focus is ensuring The Economist's advertising offering remains competitive and in tune with the changing needs of clients.

  • Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India

    Education: Bachelor of Engineering. Specialisation: Printing Technology

    Role at WAN-IFRA: Anand is responsible for the activities at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, Chennai which offers newsprint and newsink testing, print quality evaluation, research and training on various newspaper production topics. In the last five years with WAN-IFRA, he has published several research reports on the topics of materials and colour reproduction. He was one of the members of the Jury that judged the general print quality of newspapers in INCQC 2010-12. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Printing Technology, Anna University.

    Previous work experience: The Hindu, a leading English daily in India – Engineer in the Graphics department and a member of the QC team, responsible for colour correction, colour management and conformance of all the printing centres of The Hindu to ISO 12647-3.

  • Head of Strategy, The Hindu Group

    Sathya Sriram heads the Strategy and Marketing functions at The Hindu Group, a leading media house in India. She is spearheading the company’s thrust in digital subscriptions through a portfolio of products targeting different user segments – YoungWorldClub.com for children, BusinessLineOnCampus for MBA students and aspirants as well as the e-Papers of the daily newspapers.

    She was formerly with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and worked with governments, non-profits, and healthcare companies on improving operations, strategic thinking, and organisational transformation. She also helped set up the McKinsey Centre for Government in Singapore in 2011, an entity focused on connecting governments across Asia and supporting their services to the public.

  • Director New Ventures, Telenor Digital, Norway

    Johanna Staaf is responsible for identifying tech startups and early stage businesses that have potential to fuel growth for Telenor Digital. Over the years she has gained significant experience in this field having identified and successfully forged strategic and commercial partnerships with digital startups for Telenor’s business units in Sweden and Malaysia. Johanna started out her career in in the media industry in business development positions for MTG, Modern Times Group. Being passionate about the growing opportunities for digital advertising, Johanna took part in the establishment of the Swedish chapter of the IAB where she served as the Board Chairman for IAB Sweden 2008-2010.

  • Picture Editor-in-Chief

    Joakim Stahl studied at Lunds University and at International Center of Photography in New York  in the 80´s. He started as a freelance photographer and has been working in the news industry since then, both as an editor and as a photographer.  For the last 15 years he´s been picture editor-in-chief at Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, Sweden

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