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  • Founder & CEO, Lighthouse8 - Business Engineering, Norway

    Freddy has +15 years’ experience in the marketing & technology industry, working as a strategic advisor for some of the worlds leading companies such as Radisson, IKEA, eBay, hotels.com and GE Money.  He is currently CEO at Lighthouse8, leading the strategic direction and operation of their teams in the European and APAC market. Before Lighthouse8, he was the Media Director, Asia Pacific for Digitas LBI, and before Digitas LBI he held the position as Managing Director for the Nordic countries at Europes leading search marketing company, Bigmouthmedia. 
    Freddy is an active blogger at The Lighthouse8 Blog (available at: http://www.http://lighthouse8.com/blog/ and provide insight to some of the worlds leading industry websites, including Social Media Today. All updates posted to 
    Specialties: Digital Marketing, Digital Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Digital Media, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Commerce, E-commerce, Mobile Marketing, Media Planning, Media Buying, Search Marketing, SEO, Website Development, Sales Management, UX, Online PR, Business Intelligence
  • Mobile Editor, BBC World Service, United Kingdom

    Now at the forefront of the BBC News’ mobile video output, Sarah Austin has a career that has spanned radio, TV and digital.

    As mobile editor for the BBC World Service, Sarah is leading the strategic direction for video across 40 language services.  The World Service is undergoing a huge expansion and transformation as it adapts to the digital news habits of younger consumers in emerging markets, and mobile video is central to the ambition.

    Previously, Sarah has worked as a video journalist, commissioner and output editor and in the last year played a leading role on the team that launched the new BBC News video app, which revolutionised the look and feel of BBC News’ digital offerings.

  • Vice President, Innovation and Internationalization at Data Refinery, Helsinki

    As Vice President, Innovation and Internationalization at Data Refinery, her responsibility is to ensure the competitiveness of the platform by focusing on AI development, and international expansion to 3-5 new markets. Laura has three big passions: data driven digital business and product innovations, leading people and music. She is on her best when there is a need to create new innovations from existing assets, with limited resources. Especially if the assets are related to data. Data Refinery is a tech start-up and a data monetization platform, owned by Aller Media, and a leader in the Finnish data business. It is a spin off from Nordic publisher Aller Media (established 1873). The platform was originally developed and launched in 2016 for Aller Media Finland in order to commercialize consumer data. Its revenues growing rapidly, currently operating in Finland and the other Nordic countries, Data Refinery will enter the US market in September 2017.

  • Digital & Social Media Consultant/Trainer, Jordan

    Lara Ayoub is a Digital & Social Media Consultant/Trainer with over 13 years experience in the field. Her current and most recent consultancies include the International Centre for Migration Policy Development(ICMPD), International Labour Organization (ILO) , the American Embassy In Jordan, GIZ ,Image Nation and Ro’ya TV.

    Lara is also the Co-Founder of SADAQA, a Jordanian NGO established in 2011 with the main objective of increasing the economic participation of Jordanian women in the work force by advocating for nationwide compliance with Article 72 of the Labour Law which calls for the provision of daycare at the work place.

    In 2013 she completed the Harvard executive leadership course: “Leading, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” which lead her to adopt this as SADAQA’s methodology. She went on to becoming a Harvard Teaching Fellow for the LOALC 2015 online course as part of Professor Marshall Ganz ’s teaching team.

    Between 2013 -2016, Lara established Ro’ya TV’s digital and social media department as well as the digital news department which included an Arabic news website ( royanews.tv) and a dedicated app. She also designed a “Four Pillar Consortium” consisting of a creative lab, content/production distribution center, academy and talent management department which aims at cultivating new talents and content in MENA. She is also a certified TV producer from the London School of Media, Film and TV.

    For nearly 10 years, Lara was the Digital Media Director of Jordan’s first Arabic independent daily newspaper Alghad (www.alghad.com) an award winning news portal in Asia and Middle East. In parallel to Alghad , she also managed the digital auction/classified website of Al-Waseet. In 2011, she introduced video journalism to Alghad’s electronic news outlet where she produced over 300 videos working together with it print journalists.

    She is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA), Vital Voices, Leading Change Network, Business Professional Women Association and an Alumni of the FORTUNE/ Vital Voices Global Women Mentoring program. She was recently selected as one of the top 100 strategic global women leaders by Vital Voices. Today she continues to serve as a mentor and coach to young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.

  • Head of Technology, Redhill Asia

    Kent Babin

    Kent is the Head of Technology for REDHILL in Singapore, where he works with a portfolio of blockchain and cryptocurrency clients across Asia.

    Kent was born in British Columbia, Canada. He attended the University of Calgary and in 2006 received a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Business and a minor in History, leading to his first job at SilverKey Technologies as product manager in Cairo, Egypt for 1 year. His job was to manage the development of an enterprise solution for the US branch of AIESEC.

    After finishing up in Egypt, he was offered a job as the Chief Technology Officer with GoldenPay in Baku, Azerbaijan in October 2007. GoldenPay’s main focus was to implement the first online payment system in the country.

  • Managing Director, OD Alternatives, India

  • Senior Vice President Strategy Millton, Helsinki

    Miltton is an ambitious, forward-­looking consulting group that produces, develops and improves the efficiency of leadership, communications, marketing and networks across society.  Miltton Labs, an integrated part of Miltton's service portfolio, is an innovative product development laboratory, developing digital, scalable tools that help great ideas to reach the right audiences. With a team of more coders than consultants, Miltton Labs is on a quest to change the world of marketing and communications by being born digital, born global and born design.

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Dar Al Hayat, UAE

    Bachelor of Computer Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 2003.
    Trainee in Al Hayat School 2004 program.
    Managing Editor of the weekly pages and Head of Investigative Department – Al Hayat newspaper 2004 until 2007.
    Director of Communication and spokesman - Rotana media Group 2007 until 2010.
    Content and Communication Manager (Saudi television channels development project in collaboration with the English company ITN) - a very creative company 2010 until 2011.
    Editor in chief of e-publishing – Dar Al Hayat from 2012 till date.
    Member of the Board of directors-Dar Al Hayat from 2014 till date.
    Al Hayat School Director – Dar Al Hayat from 2014 so till date.

  • Executive Director, IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau), Austria

    Since 2015 Dr. Felix Badura is member of the board of IAB Austria, where he chairs the "Advertising quality" working group. He is working in the online industry since 2008, where he has co-founded Meetrics GmbH, a company that focuses on ad verification as well as the algorithmic detection of reading behaviour on online news portals such as Spiegel Online. Prior to his time at Meetrics Mr. Badura worked as a researcher in the field of Yield Management at WU Vienna.

  • Technical Advisor, bitgrit

    Gautam Bajaj
    Gautam is an experienced software engineer at Square Enix, Fandom, and Softbank Mobile, with Data Science experience at [24]7.  
  • Biophysicist, University of New South Wales, Australia

    Dr Matt Baker is a biophysicist in Sydney at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Matt completed his DPhil at Oxford University as a John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes nearly all bacteria swim and now investigates the origins and self assembly of complex molecular machines.   Matt is a former Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where he has produced and presented content for Radio National's Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot, and he is the regular science correspondent for ABC Nightlife broadcast throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio.    In 2016 Matt was embedded as Australia's inaugural Google Newslabs Fellow at Fairfax Media, home of the Sydney Morning Herald. There he successfully built a recommendation engine for similar content to increase reader on-site time, and analysed changes in Sydney's nightlife using transport data.
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor, Dow Jones, USA

    Gerard Baker is Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor of Dow Jones, roles he assumed on January 1, 2013. Mr. Baker is responsible for all global newsgathering and editorial operations for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Mr. Baker previously served as Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary. He also oversaw U.S. coverage for both the print and online editions.

    From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau Chief. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor.

    Prior to the FT, Mr. Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, and finally as Economics Correspondent for TV and radio.

    Mr. Baker’s work has appeared in several other publications, and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor around the world. He started his career in the financial sector, first as an analyst at the Bank of England, then as an economist at Lloyds Bank in the City of London.

    Mr. Baker holds a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

  • Analytics & Best Practice, MWM Group, Sweden

    Emma joined MWM in September 2017 where she has been working with data analytics and business intelligence. Since her very first day, she has been a part of the Stampen project, implementing the product, Media 365, where her main responsibilities have included data analysis providing the creation of our live dashboards and reports.

  • Chief of News, Mathrubhumi Television, India.

    Sri. Unni Balakrishnan was born in 1969 in Alappuzha district of Kerala. He started his career in 1994 as a Sub-Editor in a reputed Malayalam Socio political Weekly – Kalakaumudi. In 1996 he joined Asianet Television as Sub-Editor and played an important role in establishing the first private satellite channel in Malayalam. In 1998 he was transferred to the New Delhi Bureau of Asianet. In the years that rolled by Sri. Unni Balakrishnan worked in the New Delhi bureau of Asianet in various capacities as Bureau Chief, Regional Editor etc. He was in New Delhi from year 1998 to 2010. While working in  the Delhi Bureau, he got many opportunities to report many important incidents/ events like the Kandahar Plane hijack, Kargil war, Delhi serial bomb blasts, Mumbai terrorist attack, General elections etc. In 2002 he visited Islamabad with the then Prime Minister Sri. A B Vajpayee and reported SAARC summit. He had visited Paris and reported the Indo French nuclear summit in 2005, the USA again in 2005 and reported the UN General Council and in 2010 he reported the Indo- Arab summit all accompanying the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Sri. Unni Balakrishnan is now with the Mathrubhumi News Television channel as Chief of News and had been there since 2012.

    He hosts an interview program 'Chodyam Utharam' which is a well appreciated program among the Malayalee audience around the globe.

    He is the proud recipient of the Kerala State Award for the Best Interviewer in 2015. He has also got important recognitions like Abudabi Kala Award, Dubai Asiavision Award, Delhi Malayalee Award etc.

  • Editor-in-chief, Periodista Digital, Spain

    Luis Balcarce (Buenos Aires, 1973) is a renowned journalist and Editor in Chief of Periodista Digital, one of the top ten most read digital publications in Spain. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires and completed a Master's Degree in Political Science, awarded by the Adenauer Foundation at ESEADE. With frequent appearances on radio and television, he is a trusted expert on the media landscape. He has been deputy director of the Rojo y Negro program on Radio 4G, as well as deputy editor of Diario Exterior and columnist for Libertad Digital. He is also the author of PRISA: Liquidación de Existencias: an insightful novel about the history of El Pais, the most famous newspaper in Spain.

  • Director, Client Solutions and Custom Content, The Wall Street Journal Custom Studios

    Nicole leads the Wall Street Journal Custom Studios team in APAC to produce content marketing, creative solutions and thought leadership in digital, print, events, and research for clients. Nicole and her team work together with the Media Sales team to drive revenue through non-traditional advertising means.

    Previously, Nicole was the Head of Production for digital creative agency Razorfish in both Hong Kong and Sydney, before joining Dow Jones in 2016.

  • Editor-in-Chief, SME, Slovak Republic

    Beata Balogová is the editor-in-chief of the independent SME daily newspaper, one of the major dailies and news-sites in the Slovak Republic.

    Beata graduated with Master of Science degree in journalism from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York, USA. She was a Fulbright scholar appointed to the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1994. Beata has Master of Arts degree cum laude from the Comenius University School of Journalism, majoring in journalism.

    Beata joined the SME daily in December 2014. Prior to joining SME, between 2003 and 2014, she served as editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s English-language weekly The Slovak Spectator. In the past, she also worked for Slovakia’s first private newswire, SITA, and the state newswire, TASR. 

    Beata is one of the co-organizers of the Best Media Traditions program, which brings Pulitzer Prize winning journalists to Slovakia. Since 2016 she has been member of the International Press Institute (IPI) board. She writes political commentaries and editorials for SME and The Slovak Spectator.

  • CEO, Spinlet Group, Nigeria

    Nkiru Balonwu is CEO of the Spinlet Group. Spinlet is a digital media distribution company, focusing on Africa-centric content. It operates Africa’s leading store for legal sales of home-grown music, accessible globally through mobile apps (iOS and Android) and browsers (www.spinlet.com). Before her appointment as CEO, Nkiru worked at different times as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer within the company.

    She has more than 15 years’ experience advising on transactions spanning across technology, intellectual property and media and has taught law at the University of Lagos. Nkiru has a keen interest in development policy particularly as it relates to empowering women and girls through ICT. She is a strong believer and advocate of music and film as tools of soft power and catalysts for social change and economic development in Africa.

    She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University College London and is admitted to the bar in New York, Nigeria, and England & Wales.

  • CEO, Impresa, Portugal

    Francisco Pedro Presas Pinto de Balsemão is the CEO of Impresa, the largest media company in Portugal, since March 2016. Previously (October 2012), he acted as Impresa’s Executive Director and COO responsible for Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Sustainability. He graduated in Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon and has a Masters Degree in Law from Oxford University, UK. He also undertook business and management courses at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon), Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon), Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, USA), IMD Business School (Lausanne, Switzerland), Esade Business School (Spain), and Singularity University (Silicon Valley, USA).

    He began his career in 2003, as an Associate at Linklaters (Lisbon) and later, in 2008, as a Human Resources Consultant in Heidrick & Struggles (Lisbon). He joined Impresa in 2009, as Human Resources Director. Before, in 2007, he was an Assistant Adviser in the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations (New York), having worked in the 3rd Committee (Human Rights).

    Francisco is also the Vice-President of SIC Esperança, an NGO, since 2013, and a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, since November 2017.

  • Media Consultant, UK

    Subhajit Banerjee is a London-based journalist with over 15 years of experience as editor, reporter, producer and product manager in companies including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and Conde Nast International. He is an expert in mobile and digital journalism and was the Guardian's first Mobile Editor. He is deeply interested in the impact of technology on journalism and the way it shapes new behaviours and products. Banerjee started his career in India with the Business Today magazine and also worked in newspapers such as the Calcutta Telegraph.

  • CEO & CDO, Hindustan Times Digital Streams, India

  • Group Head - Communications, Reliance Industries Ltd. India

    Rohit Bansal

    Rohit Bansal is a group leader with RIL, India’s most valuable company. He is an expert at the intersect of media strategy, reputation and digital disruption. Rohit is a TEDx speaker - the talk can be accessed on the hashtag #PowerOfOneVote.

    Rohit is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (Asia’s highest rated think tank from India), a Fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness (a knot of Prof Michael E Porter’s work at Harvard) and a Mentor at JioGenNext, a startup scalerator incubated by RIL. 

    Rohit read history at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi (1988) and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School (Fall 2009, alumni status). He is a British Chevening scholar and an executive education alumna of the University of Westminster, The Times Centre for Media Studies, and the European Journalism Centre, Maastricht.

    Rohit served on the Board of News Broadcasters Association in India and is/was on some media boards like TV18, Network 18, Viacom 18, IBN Lokmat and HomeShop 18. He has been Resident Editor of The Financial Express, New Delhi; Managing Editor (and later COO) of India TV; Editor-Business, Zee News; Special Correspondent, Television 18; and Senior Business Correspondent, The Times of India. Among philanthropies and volunteering, Rohit has served on the Trust of St Stephen’s Alumni Foundation and Sankalp, dedicated to eyecare. He is connected to the cause of wildlife and livelihoods.

  • Art Director, Berner Zeitung AG, Switzerland

  • Director of Newsroom Product, Washington Post, USA

    Education: College of William & Mary, BA in English; American University, MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

    Greg Barber is the Post newsroom's director of product. He manages the newsroom's suite of software tools and leads the groups of reporters, editors, product managers and engineers who create them. He joined The Post in 2003 as one of the founding editors of Express, was managing editor of the WaPo Labs R&D group and co-founded The Coral Project.

  • President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), USA

    Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit dedicated to advancing quality journalism worldwide. She helps develop and oversee high-impact programs that combine the best professional practices with new technologies.

    Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor of BusinessWeek. Barnathan also completed a seven-year assignment as Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager for BusinessWeek. She came to BusinessWeek from Newsweek, where she served as State Department correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief and Special Projects Correspondent covering presidential elections.

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