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  • Founder, Think Agency, Sweden

    Magnus Zaar

    Magnus is the founder of Think Agency, a strategic online video agency supporting international media companies and brands in the video transition. Prior to starting Think Agency he was the Director of Television at Aftonbladet, Sweden's leading news provider, with more than 3.2 million daily users (in a country of 9 million).

    Magnus is specialized in online video news and have developed online video strategies for international players such as The Telegraph Media Group, for Aftonbladet (where he previously was Director of Television) as well as for local media networks and online video news ventures. He previously had posts as the Head of Program Development at Swedish broadcaster SVT; the Director of Program Development and Sales at Swedish productions house Strix; Managing Director of production house Baluba Television; Managing Director of Kamera, one of Europe's leading online TV companies in the first round of online TV around year 2000. Read more about Zaar and Aftonbladet's commitment to TV here. Zaar also managed the Nordic launch of Joost, the online video venture started by Skype founders Friis/Zennström, and in connection to that residential entrepreneur at Atomico, the Zennström/Friis London-based investment company.

  • Head of Quality Service, Verlag Nürnberger Presse Druckhaus Nürnberg

    Zägelein Head of Quality Service at the Verlag Nürnberger Presse Druckhaus Nürnberg. Founded in 1945 Verlag Nürnberger Presse, Druckhaus Nürnberg publishes the Nürnberger Nachrichten (NN) and the Nürnberger Zeitung (NZ) newspapers which are known nationwide. Together with local titles (Erlanger Nachrichten, Fürther Nachrichten etc.) they have a daily circulation of over 260,000 copies. Online services, such as Nordbayern.de, also form a part of this prominent Bavarian media house’s portfolio. It also holds a stake in the private radio station Radio F.

  • Senior Engagement Editor, ProPublica, USA

    Amanda  has been senior engagement editor at ProPublica since July 2012. She’s been instrumental in launching several innovative journalism projects like “Get Involved”, a platform through allowing readers to provide information and stories on a specific issue, and “Free the Files”, a collaborative data project where readers crowdsourced documents to create a digital database of political ads. She defends the concept of “participation metrics”, which focuses on discussion participation, shared stories and subscriptions to their networks. Amanda will explain how ProPublica has successfully optimised the use of social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and actively involved their digital audience at the heart of their journalistic work.

    Previously, she spent more than eight years as a digital producer and editor at The Washington Post, leading the site's election coverage as national digital editor in 2012. She led digital coverage on the metro, foreign and investigative desks before serving as the Post's first social media and engagement editor from 2010 – 2011. Zamora began her journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman as an editorial aide and reporter. In 2009, she helped launch the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, a nonprofit news site based in Washington, D.C. She is also a previous Knight Digital Media Fellow with the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.

  • President, Joe Zeff Design, Inc., USA

    Joe started Joe Zeff Design as a design and illustration studio in 2000, blending storytelling techniques with realistic 3D rendering to create covers for Time, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and other magazines, as well as advertising artwork and corporate communications. 

    Before opening JZD, Joe was an editor, reporter and designer at newspapers and magazines. He worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Detroit Free Press and The New York Times, where he was the newspaper’s first Presentation Editor in the Metro and Business sections. He then went to Time magazine, where as Graphics Director he led a team that changed the way publications presented infographics, using animation software to create beautifully rendered charts and diagrams.

  • Editor in Chief, NewsMavens, Poland

    Zuzanna Ziomecka

    Zuzanna Ziomecka is an American-educated, Polish-based media maker professionally involved in print, television and internet projects. She works for Poland's largest liberal daily - Gazeta Wyborcza - where she is responsible for digital innovations for their women's brand "Wysokie Obcasy" and is Editor-in-Chief of NewsMavens.com - a news round-up curated exclusively by women from European news organisations. The project is funded by Google DNI and Gazeta Wyborcza and aims to discover whether gender has an impact on news narrative. She was awarded editor of the year for founding and editing the first Polish lifestyle magazine for parents in 2008. She was also one of the few women to ever act as chief editor for a weekly magazine (Przekrój) in Poland. 

  • CEO, AIM, USA

    Peter Zollman

    Peter has been in the news business for 35 years, and been actively involved in interactive media for more than 20 years. He is executive editor and publisher of Classified Intelligence Report, and has written many industry "white papers" and special reports about interactive media and classified ads. Zollman has consulted with media groups, trade associations, broadcasters, magazines and others to help develop successful interactive media services. He speaks often at major industry conferences.

  • Executive Director & Editor-in-Chief, Chequeado, Argentina

    Laura is Executive Director and Editor-in-chief at Chequeado, the first initiative of fact-checking and verification of public discourse in Latin America. She is Professor of Right to Information at the University of Buenos Aires and writes in national daily La Nación, where she has covered and conducted research on cases related to corruption, civil rights and justice for almost two decades. Laura has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science at University of Buenos Aires and she's also a lawyer and access to information and transparency activist. She worked at CIPPEC (2004-2012) as Director of Communications and at the Secretary of Internal Security of the Ministry of Justice (2003-2004). For her work as a journalist she received more than half a dozen awards: among them, in 2015, the Gabriel García Márquez Award from the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericana (FNPI) in the Innovation category for Chequeado and the expansion of fact-checking in the region.

  • Director, ThomsonReuters Labs - Waterloo

    Brian zubert

    Brian heads up a team of data scientists at Thomson Reuters Labs – Waterloo Region, located in Communitech, a startup accelerator that supports over 1100 startups annually. The lab shares a common workspace with the innovation labs of many other major brands including Canon, TD, Deloitte, Microsoft, and General Motors. The primary objectives are to develop customer-driven innovation projects exploring big data sets for new product offerings, services, and insights ; and work with both startups and academia to foster innovation through partnership. Brian has a long history of ecosystem building. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Brian worked as an Executive in Residence at Communitech, where he worked with over 100 startups helping them scale all aspects of their business: investment, tech, product, sales, marketing, and most importantly, staff. In his previous role as Director of Developer Relations at BlackBerry, Brian led a global team of 30+ developers through rapid expansion and managed direct technical relationships with over 600 major brands. This unique position gave Brian insights into dozens of different industries, both with major brands as well as with thousands of independent developers and small businesses with whom he’s engaged over the years.

  • Director, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), Norway

    Randi S. Øgrey is the Director of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) the leading media trade organization in Norway which counts approximately 324 member businesses, of which 172 are newspapers, 21 printing offices, 26 distribution companies, 24 TV companies, and 13 advertising groups. The Association’s objectives are to help build a diverse, independent and economically healthy industry; to secure editorial independence, and to initiate common initiatives in cases where the members deem it necessary and useful.

  • Director, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), Norway

    Randi S. Øgrey is the Director of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) the leading media trade organization in Norway which counts approximately 324 member businesses, of which 172 are newspapers, 21 printing offices, 26 distribution companies, 24 TV companies, and 13 advertising groups. The Association’s objectives are to help build a diverse, independent and economically healthy industry; to secure editorial independence, and to initiate common initiatives in cases where the members deem it necessary and useful.

  • CEO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

    Stig Kirk Ørskov is the CEO of JP/Politikens Hus, one of Denmark's leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three of Denmark’s leading national news brands; Ekstra Bladet, Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. The group’s activities also include local newspapers in Denmark and Sweden, a publishing house, operation and development of a range of digital activities and news services as well as other business areas.

    Before becoming CEO of JP/Politikens Hus Stig Kirk Ørskov was COO and member of the executive board in JP/Politikens Hus A/S with head responsible for the commercial activities in JP/Politikens Hus’ three national news brands. Previously, Stig has held different positions at Politiken throughout the years such as editor in chief, business editor, and editor of analysis.

    Prior to joining Politiken Stig co-founded the online newspaper Infopaq and worked at different newspapers and news agencies as a business reporter. In addition to this Stig has been co-author of several books, e.g. a bestselling biography of the Danish ship magnate Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.

    Stig holds a degree in Public Economics and Regulation from Roskilde University and has studied Economics at the University of Copenhagen and History at the University of Melbourne

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