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  • Leitung Produktmanagement/Sales Marketing, sh:z Schleswig-Holsteinischer

    Seit August 2015 hat Nadine Rosenkranz die Position Leitung Produktmanagement/Sales Marketing beim sh:z Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag inne. Sie ist verantwortlich für agiles Produkt- & Projektmanagement Print, Digital & Crossmedia, Vermarktungskonzeptionen für klassische Lokalvermarktung, Coaching & Schulung sowie zielgruppenzentrierte Kundenkonzeptionen (Agenturgeschäft). Von Juli 2014 bis Juli 2015 hatte sie die stellvertretende Geschäftsleitung der medienholding:nord sowie die Leitung Digitale Vermarktung bei mh:n digital inne. Zuvor war Rosenkranz über 10 Jahre bei der Mediengruppe Ippen bei unterschiedlichen, regionalen Tageszeitungen für den digitalen Auf- und Ausbau zuständig. Die letzte Verantwortung lag im Fachbereich Crossmedia/Business Development Sales für die Mediengruppe Münchner Merkur tz.

  • Editorial Director, Asia, Thought Leadership, The Economist

    Charles is currently director of thought leadership research for Asia, where he covers a territory spanning from Australia to India. His team works with many Western multinationals from the Fortune 500 but increasingly with Asian multinationals, governments, SMEs and high-growth technology firms as well.

    A native Australian, Charles is currently based in Singapore and has most recently managed the regions technology research practice. Leading a number of projects analysing the implication for business of new technology trends such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, big data, cloud computing, entrepreneurship and the internet of things, for Hitachi, Cisco, Telstra, Microsoft, Wipro, Akamai and the Singapore government. He is a frequent speaker at technology events, recently giving keynote presentations at events in Singapore, Australia, Jakarta  and Kuala Lumpur.

    Prior to joining the Economist Group, Charles ran an investor communications consultancy where he managed stakeholder research projects and developed an index which tracked the corporate governance practices of emerging markets companies. Prior to that he founded a firm which manages initial public offerings across Europe, North America and Asia.

  • Chief Product Officer, Fairfax Media, Australia

    Tasked with leading the re-engineering of its metro publishing portfolio, Jess joined Fairfax Media in October 2016, following a 20 year career in media and digital consultancy in both Australia and abroad. Prior to joining Fairfax, she established digital studio, Wilson Fletcher in Australia and New Zealand, where she specialised in early-stage product development and led strategic digital programmes for some of the region’s most recognised media brands including The Australian, ABC, NZ Herald and Sky TV. A paid content specialist, Jess pioneered digital subscription and membership models at British Consumer Organisation, Which?, where she helped grow its online services into the largest consumer subscription website in Europe. She is a passionate digital leader and was last year named Innovation Champion in Fairfax’s Women of Influence Awards recognising the role she has played driving the digital transformation of the business. 

  • Editor-in-chief, Trinity Mirror South Wales, UK

    Paul is editor of WalesOnline, and editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror South Wales, taking overall responsibility for the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, South Wales Evening Post, Wales on Sunday and nine weekly titles. He has been at the company since 2005, when he joined the Western Mail as a trainee reporter, and was a news editor in various capacities from 2007. If he's not in work, he can usually be found on his bike.

  • Editorial Director, NYT Global

    Jodi Rudoren is Editorial Director of NYT Global, the companywide initiative to make The Times a truly global news organization and significantly grow its international audience. She took the position in February 2017, after a year as deputy international editor and serving on Project 2020, a seven-member team charged with drawing a blueprint for the newsroom’s future.

     

    Since joining The Times in 1998, Jodi has served as bureau chief in Jerusalem and Chicago, and as Education Editor, Deputy Metropolitan Editor and National Education Correspondent. She also covered the 2004 American presidential campaign; was the founding editor of Metropolitan, a Sunday print section that debuted in 2009; and in 2011 led the team that, in conjunction with WNYC, created SchoolBook, a news/data/community Website. 

  • Editorial Director, NYT Global, USA

    Jodi Rudoren has been appointed Editorial Director of NYT Global in February 2017. Prior to this position, she was a deputy on the NYT's International Desk. She is also a veteran national and metro correspondent and editor. 

    In her present position, Jodi oversees the NYT's efforts to expand coverage that appeals to non-American readers. She collaborates with product and the news desk to make sure the NYT's most powerful and immersive journalism reaches the right audiences.

    Jodi is a core part of the NYT's newsroom leadership team and one of the authors of the NYT's recent internal 2020 Report, Journalism that Stand Aparts.

  • Head of Research and Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle

    Wilfried Runde

    Wilfried Runde has worked as a freelance music writer, information specialist, researcher, online editor and TV journalist for several media outlets. In 2010, he was appointed Head of Innovation Projects for Germany’s international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Since then, Wilfried has been leading “a skilled mix of open minds” working on Research & Development and Innovation management-related projects, publications and events dealing with “technologies to tell big stories better.” He is also a member of the European Broadcasting Union’s Digital Steering Committee.

  • CEO, Al Abkaria Holding Company and GM Nebras Films, Saudi Arabia

    Niko Ruokosuo, MSc Technology, Finland
    25 years of executive positions in Media at VP, SVP and CEO levels in Finland, Germany, California and Saudi Arabia, including 9 years at Los Angeles Times, most recently as President of their Classifieds Business. 4 years at Sanoma Corporation, one of Europe's leading media companies as CEO of one of their Business Units. Founder and CEO of Saudi Arabia's largest cars for sale website for dealers, Abi Sayara. Co-Founder and CEO of a unique polling platform startup. Shareholder and former CEO of a mobile crowdsourcing photo and video company.  Currently CEO of Al Abkaria Holding Company, a construction, interior design, Real Estate and movie production corporation based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • VP-Digital Business, Kompas Gramedia Group

    Moris has worked with Kompas Gramedia since June 2017, with the role as VP Digital Sales. He overviews Kompas Gramedia Digital Assets from Kompas, Tribunnews, Grid Networks. Previously he had worked in Digital ad networks company since 2007 from Admax, Appier, and Exponential group acting from Business Director to Country Head. He worked also previously with Fox International Channels as Director for Sales and Partnerships.

    He got his MSc from European School of Management at Cote’d Azur, France majoring Project Management, and BSc from University of Oregon Majoring Economics.


  • Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, Ireland

    Johnny Ryan
    Dr. Johnny Ryan is Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, working to sustain online publishing and respond to the growing phenomenon of adblocking. Previously he was Executive Director of The Innovation Academy, and Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, where he established a multi-million euro Big Data programme, and introduced startups inside the 154 year old newspaper. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge from 2011-14. His second book "A History of the Internet and the Digital Future" is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford.
  • CEO, Schibsted Media Group, Norway

    Rolv-Erik Ryssdal joined the Schibsted Group in 1991 and has held several management positions including CEO of Aftonbladet (1999-2005), CEO of VG (2005-2008) and CEO of Schibsted Classified Media, the holding company for our international online classifieds operations (2008-2009). Rolv Erik Ryssdal holds an MA in Business and Economics from the BI Norwegian School of Management and an MBA in Business and Administration from INSEAD, France.

  • AI Entrepreneur

    Parankusha is a Tech entrepreneur helping enterprises and startups adopt disruptive technologies like  AI at an early stage. Previously, he was VP-R&D focussing on AI and automation at Ninestars, a digitization company. While at Wipro Technologies, he co-conceptualized HOLMES AI platform in 2014, a pioneering initiative among the top IT services companies in India. He was the head of engineering of its flagship program - HOLMES EKYC. He also brings a wealth of experience in multiple domains across Banking, Capital Markets and Media. Parankusha has a Master’s degree in Management from I.I.M Lucknow and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from N.I.T Jamshedpur.

     

  • S.Karthik, Deputy Chief Manager, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., India.

  • Editorial Manager, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

    Michael Sabath is editorial manager at Kleine Zeitung. This is a new function created in 2014, when the the regional Austrian newspaper with a circulation of 250,000 copies a day integrated their print and online newsrooms. He is in charge of personnel, infrastructure and related editorial change management. Prior to this position he was sports editor and managing editor. Sabath has been at Kleine Zeitung since 1984. 
  • Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany

    Since 2008, Dr. Sabathil has been the Managing Director at the Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg. His previous professional experience includes: From 1988 to 1989: Controller Axel Springer, Hamburg. From 1990 – 1991 he was CFO Medical Tribune International, Frankfurt before he became Managing Director at Ostsee-Zeitung, Rostock from 1992 – 2006. In 2007 he was Managing Director Leipziger Volkszeitung, Leipzig before joining Schwäbisch Media.

     

     

  • Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Jordan

    Rana Sabbagh is executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005.

    She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights.

    As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. She is a former correspondent for Reuters International News Agency and The Times (London) and helped establish Jordan’s latest independent newspaper, Al-Ghad.

  • Chief Product Officer, Singapore Press Holdings

    Gaurav Sachdeva

    As Chief Product Officer, Gaurav is driving the vision, strategy, design, development and monetization of Singapore Press Holding’s digital media content and products. Backed with 15+ years of experience in technology, business strategy and product management, Gaurav was Head of Product for Growth team at Grab, Product Leader at Autodesk & Adobe driving their respective products portfolios, whilst defining the next generation strategy and steering core thinking for these products through business model transformation. Gaurav has an MBA from Indian School of Business (India), and has a background in computer science and engineering from Cambridge University (UK) and Delhi College of Engineering (India). Outside of work he dwells in photography and music, and was the lead singer of two Indian rock bands, which he co-founded. 

  • Head, Strategic Planning, MediaCorp

    Guillaume Sachet is the Head of Strategic Planning at MediaCorp, where he drives group strategy, corporate development and innovation including mentoring startups in MediaCorp’s Mediapreneur incubator program. Currently, he sits on the board of Cubinet Interactive, a Malaysian digital games publisher, in which MediaCorp has a majority stake.

    He has 20 years of experience in the media and telecom industry. Prior to joining MediaCorp in May 2012, Guillaume was a Partner with the strategy practice of the consulting firm, Accenture, responsible for Communications, Media and Technology strategy clients across Southeast Asia. Over the years, he has developed deep media and telecom industry knowledge and expertise across the APAC region.

  • Ravi Saini, Deputy Chief Manager - Production, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, India

    Ravi Saini has more than 18 years of Industrial experience. He started his career with Web Machine Manufacturing Industry and has been working with BCCL for past 16 years in production department. He joined BCCL as a Production Officer in its New Delhi branch and is currently heading the Pre-press Department in its Sahibabad branch. He is also associated with Central Quality Group and led his team to won QCI National D L Shah Quality Award 2016. 

    He is a Printing Technologist & Graduate from University of Delhi.

  • Director of Digital Innovation, WELT, Germany

    Niddal Salah-Eldin is Director of Digital Innovation at Axel Springer’s WELT.  In this newly created function, she is part of the chief editorial staff and works on all matters relating to editorial development, partnerships, distribution, paid content and innovation at the intersection between editorial, product and tech.

    Prior to this position, Niddal was Head of Social Media. She studied communications, political science and journalism in Mainz and Washington, D.C. and holds a Magister/ Master’s degree. During her studies she gained practical experience working for ZDF German television, RTL and CNN in Germany and in the U.S., among others. After a stint working in a communications agency she is now following her passion for social media and journalism at “WELT”. In 2015 Niddal has been named one of the year’s top 30 under 30 in journalism (“medium magazin”).

  • Editor de Contenidos y Proyectos Digitales, Grupo El Comercio, Peru

    Carlos Salas

    Carlos is a journalist graduated in the Peruvian University of Applied Science. He started working in El Comercio in 1997, first in the area of Community Expansion and then in Sports. Since 2006 it was editor and in 2014 took over the responsibility of this section both for digital and print.

    In 2009 was founder professor of the first Degree in Sport Journalism in Peru, in the San Ignacio de Loyola Institute. He has been teaching for more than 7 years.

  • Co-Founder & Director, Pictoline, Mexico

    Eduardo Salles (Mexico, 1987) is a graphics designer, ilustrator, writer and cultural hacker. Co-Founder of Pictoline. Creator of the Enlightened cynicism (illustrated cynism). Ex-Creative VP and other positions or certain relevance. Has published 2 books. Won several advertising / journalistic / literary awards and worked with several reknown brands (Nike, Google, El País, The New York Times, etc). He aimed to maintain his bio as short as possible. He believes he managed to do so.
  • Manager, Comercial Division, Clarín Group, Argentina

  • Product Manager for strategic partnerships, Google News Lab, Brazil

    Barbara Salvoni Sarti has worked at Google since 2012 and is currently Product Manager for strategic partnerships. Formed in social communication by FAAP.

  • Exec. VP Communications & CSR, Schibsted Media Group, Norway

    Lena K. Samuelsson

    Lena K. Samuelsson joined the group management team of Schibsted Media Group in September 2013. Samuelsson is a journalist and was during the 12 years prior to joining the group management team the editor-in-cheif of Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, a leading quality and business daily. 
    She also worked at Aftonbladet for many years and serves on several boards such as Schibsted Norway, Hitta.se and 20 Minutos in Spain.

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