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  • 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

  • Director of Audio, The Washington Post, USA

    Jessica Stahl is the director of audio at The Washington Post, where she oversees a team developing popular podcasts like “Can He Do That?” and “Constitutional,” and experimenting in audio storytelling with programs like “Letters From War” and “Retropolis.” The Washington Post was also one of the first news organisations to produce audio specifically for smart speakers with “The Daily 202’s Big Idea,” and continues to pioneer around audio programming, as well as delivery and monetization strategies.   

    Jessica previously was The Post’s deputy editor for audience, focusing on community-building and digital-first storytelling, as well as the implementation of smart digital strategy. Prior to joining The Post, she was the social media editor at the Voice of America. Jessica has an MA from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and an AB from Princeton University.

  • CEO, Tinius Trust, Norway

    Kjersti Løken Stavrum is CEO of the Tinius Trust, which is the largest shareholder in the Schibsted Group. The trust's main role is to ensure that Schibsted remains a media group characterised by free, independent, quality journalism. 

    A former Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, Stavrum began her journalism career with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 1994. She left, to edit the weekly women's magazine Kvinner og Klær, but returned to Aftenposten in 2005 as feature editor of the paper's revamped weekly magazine A-magasinet where she remained until 2012. Thereafter, for a short period, she was head of the communications department of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

    In April 2013, she was appointed Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, replacing Per Edgar Kokkvold who had occupied the post since 1966.

    In 2003, Stavrum was named Norway's Female Media Leader of the Year in recognition for her success in making KK (Kvinner og Klær) Norway's most popular women's magazine.

  • Editorial Director, Vox Media, USA

    Lockhart Steele is the editorial director of Vox Media, overseeing editorial content across all seven brands published by Vox Media: The Verge, Vox.com, SB Nation, Curbed, Eater, Racked, and Polygon. In 2004, Steele founded the Curbed Network, the publisher of three sites -- Curbed, Eater, and Racked -- which was purchased by Vox Media in 2013. Prior to founding the Curbed network, Steele served as the managing editor of Gawker Media, where he oversaw company-wide editorial operations and expansions.

  • Growth Manager, Facebook, South Africa

    As Growth Manager for Facebook products in South Africa, Sebastian’s role is to accelerate the adoption of mobile and internet technologies across southern Africa. This allows millions of Africans with no internet access to benefit from all the educational, social and economic advantages that being connected brings.

  • Director Media Programme Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

    Torben Stephan has studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and worked many years as a journalist, editor and correspondent for different newspapers in Germany.
    Following journalism he held different positions in several election campaigns on regional and national level for the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Germany. In 2009, he was part of Angela Merkel’s campaigning team being responsible for content marketing, concepts and her Facebook page.

  • Editor in Chief and CEO, VG - Verdens Gang AS

    Gard Steiro is a Norwegian journalist and editor. In 2016 Steiro was appointed editor-in-chief and CEO of VG, Norway´s leading digital media house. With 2.5 million daily users cross platforms VG reaches half of the population in Norway.  Steiro started as a reporter. The last ten years he has held several leader positions in different media companies. From 2011 to 2015 Steiro was chief editor of Bergens Tidende, the largest regional newspaper in Norway.  Steiro is a member of the management team in Schibsted Media that owns and runs a large number of newspapers and digital startups in ScandinaviaGard sterio is currently the Editor in chief and CEO of VG - Verdens Gang AS

  • EVP People and Strategy, Schibsted Media Group, Norway

    Tina Stiegler became part of group management team of Schibsted Media Group in November 2015. Tina started in Schibsted as a management trainee in 2002, and has since held positions as organizational director in Verdens Gang (VG), as well as different positions in Bergens Tidende and VG. Tina was COO/CFO in Schibsted Norway from 2012, and took on the role as project lead for the reorganization project in 2015.

    Tina holds a degree in economics and business administration (“siviløkonom”) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)/Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as studies in literature and French from the University of Bergen/Université de Nice-Sofia Antipolis.

     

  • Senior Duty Editor Technology, DIE WELT, Germany

    Torsten has been with Axel Springer for more than 30 years in various management roles of IT and technology. Torsten has been leading all the major projects in the newsroom at DIE WELT. Projects of implementing new technology and workflows for print, online and digital and the transformation process of changing the newsroom from a print-focus to a story-centric and digital-first focus.

  • Director, International News Safety Institute (INSI), UK

    Hannah Storm is Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a UK-registered charity, which provides safety advice and training to journalists working in difficult and dangerous situations, from conflict to disasters, civil unrest to online harassment.   Its members include many of the world’s leading news organisations including the BBC, CNN, Reuters, Globo, AFP and NHK.   Storm is the co-author of ‘The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High Risk Conflict Zones’ and ‘No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters’, which explores the unique safety issues for women working in the media.   She also works as a freelance media consultant and trainer for different UN agencies with a specific focus on gender and the media.   Before joining INSI, Storm spent more than a decade working mainly overseas as a journalist for outlets including the BBC, The Times, Reuters and ITN, as well as a media officer for Oxfam.
  • General Manager Global Markets, ZINIO, Spain

    Raul Suarez is General Manager Global Markets for ZINIO. He started the European operations in 2005 to continue afterwards expanding into all international markets. Raul has worked in the travel industry business in the early internet years (1994-2002) where he had international management positions with specific focus to developing online commerce. He also was Director at ACCESOGROUP, a leading Media Intelligence and Communications Management Systems company based in Spain.

  • Leonor oversees the digital video production for Univision news network website, including live video coverage for and social media platforms coordinating with the editorial team the coverage of breaking news in video.

  • Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia, Reuters

    Jason Subler is Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia for Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. Prior to taking up this Singapore-based role in 2017, Jason spent over a decade as a reporter and bureau chief for Reuters in China, running award-winning reporting teams whose work has been recognized by accolades including an Overseas Press Club award and multiple Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Jason was Reuters Greater China Bureau Chief from 2012 through 2016, leading the bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. He ran Reuters’ Shanghai bureau from 2010 to mid-2012, and prior to that reported from Beijing and around the country on China’s economic boom and policymaking, and the ensuing frictions with its trading partners. Jason also speaks fluent German and has a working knowledge of French.

  • CEO, Republik, Switzerland

    After a chemist apprenticeship, Susanne Sugimoto obtained her Matura (high school degree) and went on to university to study geography and business information technology. Shortly after, she joined the Zürich local council and became secretary for the Swiss Commercial Employees Association where she represented the ground crew of Swissair after the grounding of the company. Out of curiosity, she then moved to the side she used to negotiate wages with: the corporations. She first became head of media relations and then head of communications for supermarket chain Coop. After five years spent at Coop, she worked for the multinational cement company Holcim where she was appointed head of communications for Central Europe. Today, she runs a consulting firm. As managing director of Project R, her job is to keep track of the budget and day-to-day business.
  • VP Product Management, Schibsted, Norway

    Espen Sundve, VP Product Management, is leading product development for all Schibsted's media houses and the build up of "Next Gen" publishing products. He has been with Schibsted since 2008 and led product & technology initiatives in both marketplaces and publishing (lastly as Chief Product & Technology Officer in VG). He's passionate about the opportunities Internet gives in terms of disrupting established models, but stresses that this is as much about a radical change in mindset and how we work together across functions as it is about deep understanding of tech.

     

  • Executive Chairman, Independent Media, and Founder & Chairman, Sekunjalo Group, South Africa

    Dr. Iqbal Survé

    President Nelson Mandela in 1997 made an impassioned plea for black professionals to enter the mainstream economy of South Africa to bring about meaningful transformation of the social and economic landscape in order to redress the economic legacy of apartheid. This resulted in Dr. Survé leaving his first love medicine, and founding the Sekunjalo Group, which is today wholly owned by the Survé family. Today Sekunjalo is one of Africa’s most successful Investment Holding Groups with a portfolio of 176 investments and a net asset value exceeding $3.5 billion.

    Sekunjalo’s investment portfolio includes Oil and Gas, Food, Fishing, Aquaculture, Power, Resources, Transport and Mobility, Telecoms, Civil Security and Defense, Media, Technology, Bio-technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Asset Management. Sekunjalo pioneers many social impact investment initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The story of Africa’s rising is an important narrative that The Survé family and Sekunjalo have committed to by investing in media on the African continent. In South Africa, Sekunjalo has acquired Independent Media (20 major titles, more than 6 million daily print readers and 3 million online viewers).

    Two important initiatives which the Survé family and Sekunjalo has funded and committed to are: the launch of The African Independent (AI), the first continent wide print newspaper (distributed to 40 countries in Africa) which is also accompanied by the online website

    The second major initiative is the launch of The African News Agency (ANA) to provide the first news and content syndication service by Africans for an African and global audience. ANA’s success is unprecedented in African media in that it recently placed a minority shareholding of 10% with international investors at a company valuation of a billion dollars (six months after its launch).

    Dr. Iqbal Survé is a medical doctor born and educated in South Africa. He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality including those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island such as Nelson Mandela on his release from Robben Island in February 1990.

  • Editor of Muda of KOMPAS, Indonesia

    Budi is a journalist for Kompas since 2002, to cover mainly in social, cultural, and lifestyle issues. On February 2016, he assigned as Head of Muda Desk, a youth section in Kompas Daily. Graduated from Journalism Department of Communication Faculty of University of Padjadjaran, Bandung in 1999. Attended domestic and international trainings/seminars in journalism

  • PhD student, the School of informatics and member of the research group MTEC, Media, Technology and Culture, University of Skövde, Sweden

    Torbjörn Svensson is a PhD student at the School of informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden, and a member of the research group MTEC, Media, Technology and Culture. He is currently doing his PhD studies in a research project called Level Up, focusing on the use of gamification and game technology to increase young citizens (16-39) consumption and re-distribution of news.

     

  • Managing Editor, VGTV, Norway

    Rolf Sønstelie is the managing director at VGTV and former managing editor of VG. 

    Rolf started his career as a political reporter at VG.  

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