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  • Schools Editor, The Straits Times & Correspondent at Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Singapore

    Serene got her first taste of journalism as a 10-year-old, creating a newsletter for her class in school, typing out stories on a typewriter in the teachers’ common room. Today, she is still creating and directing content for young people,  in her role as Schools Editor of The Straits Times in Singapore.

    One of her most treasured experiences of journalism was being the Singapore representative of the Asia Journalism Fellowship (2011), which brings seasoned journalists from all over Asia to learn more from one another over three months. It gave her renewed perspective on journalism, and made her firm friends with other journalists particularly from Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan.

    Serene has been a journalist for 14 years, of which the last 10 years have been working on The Straits Times’ News In Education programme. She was deputy editor for several years before becoming editor in 2016.

  • Unternehmer & Lead Mentor German Accelerator Mountain View

    Dr. Dirk Lüth hat bereits mit 15 Jahren sein erstes Computerspiel programmiert. Er hat in Deutschland und Frankreich Betriebswirtschaft studiert und in Volkswirtschaft über private und staatliche Papier-Währungen promoviert. Nach dem Studium war er einer der Mitbegründer der Financial Times Deutschland. Später gründete er mit einem Jugendfreund eine Softwarefirma, die sie an das Großunternehmen SunGard verkauft haben. In 2009 zog Dr. Lüth auf eigenes Risiko mit seiner Familie ins Silicon Valley und gründete dort zwei Firmen. Seine letzte im Jahr 2012 gegründete Firma OnCircle hat sich bereits stark mit dem Thema dezentralisierte Verteilung und Monetarisierung von Medieninhalten beschäftigt. Seit 2012 ist er Lead Mentor im German Silicon Valley Accelerator und hat dort und über andere Beziehungen mehr als 30 Startups betreut. Dr. Lüth ist erreichbar bei LinkedIn unter http://www.linkedin.com/in/dirklueth/ als auch unter der email-Adresse info@globalcontent.network.

  • Journalist, BuzzFeed, Canada

    Jane Lytvynenko is a journalist with BuzzFeed News, where she investigates online misinformation. Her work focuses on analyzing the spread of fake news and the rise of hyperpartisanship though online platforms using digital tools. Besides English, she speaks Russian and Ukrainian.  Her work has also appeared in Maclean’s, CBC News, and Canadaland, where she was a media reporter and editor. She lives in Toronto.

  • Director – Marketing & Electronic Media, The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Company Limited, India

    Shreyams Kumar M V

    Joined The Mathrubhumi group in the year 2000, and have lent a dynamic orientation to this traditional institution. New editions were started from cities in India and abroad. After re-orienting the management outlook of the organisation, he has revamped the marketing activities and launched new verticals like fm radio, news and youth television and events and exhibitions. A crusader for green initiatives, he envisioned the award winning SEED program which is now active in 7000 schools in his home state. 

  • Media executive, artist & serial entrepreneur

    Jaeson Ma
    Jaeson Ma is a media executive, artist, and serial entrepreneur. He co-founded premium production studio Stampede Ventures, digital music label 88rising, and east-west talent, brand strategy & investment firm East West Ventures. Jaeson is a Senior Advisor to Tencent Music Entertainment & KKBox fund KKFarm and a Network Partner for consumer tech fund GoodWater Capital. Jaeson is considered one of the leading financiers to companies, institutions, and individuals investing in Asian media, entertainment & tech. Investments include Musical.ly (TikTok), Grab, Slock.it, Brain, Oursong, Triller, Kind Heaven & MAUM.
  • Director of Marketing and Revenue Products, Quartz, USA

    Mia Mabantais Quartz’s director of marketing and revenue products, leading cross-functional efforts to develop the company’s growing suite of bold, differentiated advertising offerings. Mia has spent her career bringing innovative business strategies to different industries, first at the Brookings Institution, where she advised private and public sector leaders on underserved markets, and later by helping to start HelloWallet, an award-winning financial guidance service that was acquired by Morningstar. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and others. Mia has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Head of Customer Experience, Sky, Spain

    Nick started as a customer service advisor before building a career in Customer Experience over the last 15 years at leading global brands. His approach is to keep Customer Experience simple and human and leverage the contact centre as a key source of insight. He is currently Head of Customer Experience at Sky España, where his end to end customer experience remit stretches across all areas of Sky’s first ever organic launch in a new country.

  • General Manager for News, UOL, Brasil

  • Deputy Chairman, The Telegraph Media Group, United Kingdom

    Murdoch MacLennan is Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and was previously CEO of the company for thirteen years.

    Before joining the Telegraph he was Group Managing Director of Associated Newspapers and prior to that Managing Director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

    Born and educated in Scotland he began his career as a graduate trainee at Thompson Regional Newspapers working in a number of their offices.

    He is the Chairman of the Press Association Group and Chairman of the Scottish Professional Football League.

    From 1997-2003 he was President of IFRA (the global association for Newspapers).  He was Chairman of the Newspapers Publishing Association and is a member of Google DNI Council (Digital News Initiatives).

    He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paisley, now the University of the West of Scotland and he is an Honorary Professor at the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University and is the Chancellor’s Assessor on the Court of the ​Glasgow ​University.

    In 2008-9 he was a member of the Calman Commission, reporting on the future of Scottish devolution and ​is​involved in a number of industry charities.

    October 2017

  • WAN-IFRA Vice President & Head of Digital, The Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa

    Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa’s largest English-language publisher, and owner of 8 newspapers, 15 websites, music, film and radio businesses across the continent.  Her role is to lead digital strategy and innovation, and manage Tiso Blackstar’s online properties with 6-million unique browsers monthly on titles such as TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and BusinessLIVE, as well as implement sustainable digital monetisation streams.

    Lisa was previously General Manager of Digital for Media24’s 24.com in Cape Town, and prior to that spent 12 years in London at the Financial Times, helping to drive their print to digital integration. She served as Head of Operations for FT.com, widely thought to be the most successful paid website in the media industry, and FT Managing Editor, overseeing staffing, strategic planning and budgets for the FT globally.

    She has been on the board of the World Editors Forum for many years, and has taught and spoken at numerous international conferences and training events for WAN-IFRA and the WEF.

  • Vice-President, WAN-IFRA l Head of Digital, The Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa

    Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa’s largest English-language publisher, and owner of 8 newspapers, 15 websites, music, film and radio businesses across the continent.  Her role is to lead digital strategy and innovation, and manage Tiso Blackstar’s online properties with 6-million unique browsers monthly on titles such as TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and BusinessLIVE, as well as implement sustainable digital monetisation streams.

    Lisa was previously General Manager of Digital for Media24’s 24.com in Cape Town, and prior to that spent 12 years in London at the Financial Times, helping to drive their print to digital integration. She served as Head of Operations for FT.com, widely thought to be the most successful paid website in the media industry, and FT Managing Editor, overseeing staffing, strategic planning and budgets for the FT globally.

    During the 70th WAN-IFRA’s annual congress in Estoril, Portugal, Lisa MacLeod was elected Vice-President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. She has been on the board of the World Editors Forum for many years, and has taught and spoken at numerous international conferences and training events for WAN-IFRA and the WEF.

  • Head of Digital, The Tiso Blackstar Group (former: Times Media Group), South Africa & Vice-President, WAN-IFRA

    Lisa MacLeod is the digital head at Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa’s largest English-language publisher and owner of eight newspapers, 15 websites, music, film and radio businesses across the continent.

    MacLeod leads digital strategy and innovation, manages Tiso Blackstar’s online properties with 6-million unique browsers monthly on titles such as TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and BusinessLIVE, along with implementing sustainable digital monetisation streams.

    MacLeod’s previous stints include 12 years at the Financial Times in London, where she helped drive the print to digital integration. She served as Head of Operations for FT.com, widely thought to be the most successful paid website in the media industry, and FT Managing Editor, overseeing staffing, strategic planning and budgets for the FT globally.

    She has been on the board of the World Editors Forum for years and has taught and spoken at numerous international conferences and training events for WAN-IFRA and the WEF.

  • Independent Media Production Professional, USA

    Matt MacVey

    Matt MacVey is developing immersive journalism curriculum and workshops at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Matt has worked with interactive storytelling in the exhibitions department at AMNH and worked on a report about VR for the NYC Media Lab.

  • Founder and CEO, Xifrat Daten AG, Switzerland

    Robert Madge is the founder and CEO of Xifrat Daten AG, of Switzerland, a supplier of data-centric services and IT solutions that enhance the relationships between businesses and consumers.

    Since 2016, Xifrat has been developing a new set of service offerings that make privacy management a marketing asset and that unlock the use of personal data in ways that are positive both for individuals and for businesses that use the data.

    Previously Robert was President of the European Association for Secure Identification, based in Barcelona, Spain, supporting industry users of tracking and traceability.

     

     

  • Executive Editor-in-Chief, Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

    Poul Madsen

    Poul Madsen is a Danish journalist, currently Executive Editor-in-Chief of Ekstra Bladet, Denmark's leading online media. Immediately after graduating from the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, he got a job as a reporter at the Danish public television, TV2. In 1996 he became chief editor of the main editorial office in Odense and in 1999 head of TV2 News based in Copenhagen. In 2001, Madsen joined the tabloid Ekstra Bladet.

  • Technical Director, Eco Print Center N.V., Belgium

    Started in 1990 at Roularta Media Group, taking on the following positions:

    1990-1992: responsibility for technical services and implemented a preventive maintenance system; 1992-1994: R&D responsible for the Printing and finishing department; 1995-2000: Production manager for the printing and finishing department (total 220 people); Jan 2000-sept 2002: Industrial manager for the Mercator printing group.

    Maes was also responsible for the production and technical operations of 4 printing plants: Concentra Grafic (KBA C215/C418/C818); Georges Frère in Neuville-en ferrain France (Harris 16 pages/MAN Lithoman 32 pages shortgrain); Mercator Press at Jabbeke Belgium (MAN Lithoman 48 pages : 2*, Rotoman 16 pages: 5*); Roularta Media Group at Roeselare Belgium (3 Newspaper hybride machines: Mitsubishi Euro-M: 2* and Harris N1600 / 4 Commercial presses: M4000 / M850 / BT1-S / Octoman).

    From Sept 2002 to July 2004 he was Business Unit Manager at Promatic group: A company which develops industrial software , automatisation, ... with Siemens and Rockwell PLC.

    From August 2004 –to present time, Maes is Technical Director of the Persgroep/ Aurex / EPC. De Persgroep Publishing is editor of Newspapers (4 titles) and magazines (8-10 Titles) together 75.000 ton of paper a year. Aurex is the old coldest plant at Brussels with 4 Colorman presses (conventional). EPC (daughter of De Persgroep Publishing) is the new printing hall at Lokeren (40 km north of Brussels) with "new dimensions" such as waterless newspaper printing and also a first step into "semi-commercial printing" with newspaper press during the day.

     

  • Group Executive, News and Current Affairs, SABC, South Africa

    Phathiswa Magopeni is a journalist and academic who currently serves as the Group Executive of News and Current Affairs at the South African Public Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She is a well-rounded management professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the news sector. She began her career as a lecturer at the University of the Western in 1995 and joined the University of Cape Town’s Southern African Languages and Literatures department in 1997. Her journalism career began as an SABC freelancer in Cape Town. She was as part of the production team of the public broadcaster’s regional programme, Cape-at-Six. She later joined etv as a writer and presenter for isiXhosa news bulletins. From there, moved to produce the channel’s breakfast show, Morning News Edition. In 2005 she rejoined SABC news as a bulletin writer but left for eNCA in 2008, a month before its launch as South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel. At eNCA she started out as a senior desk producer and later became an output editor. In 2010 she was appointed as etv’s prime time news editor responsible for the English flagship free-to-air news service. In 2013 she became eNCA’s Head of Terrestrial News Services responsible for all news content on terrestrial channels including launching an IsiZulu news bulletin on OpenView. In 2017 this role got expanded with added responsibility as Business and Economics Editor. She left the channel in February 2018, to lead the news division at SABC. Magopeni has an Honours degree, a Master of Philosophy in Education (University of the Western Cape), an Integrated Marketing Communications Diploma (AAA School of Advertising) and a Master of Business Administration (Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria). Currently she is reading for her PhD in Business Administration at GIBS. Her business training and extensive experience in the field of journalism have provided her with a solid understanding of strategic, technological and operational demands of today’s rapidly changing news environment. She is passionate about education and research. As part of her academic engagements, Magopeni delivers master classes on reporting financial and economic issues, with a specific focus on what it means to be ‘universally-equipped’ journalist in the age of technology and shrinking newsrooms, at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Journalism Department. She is a Duke University Menell fellow and an African Leadership Initiative/Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa fellow.
  • Founder, Editor-in-Chief & CEO, MxMIndia

    Pradyuman Maheshwari is a senior editor and media commentator having worked with a variety of media entities for over 30 years. He has worked with The Indian Express, Mid-Day (where he was Editor and also Head of Interactive Services), the Sakal group in Pune, the now-defunct DNA where he was on the Editorial Board  and Senior Editor and Group Chief Editor, exchange4media.com. Since nine years, he turned entrepreneur with MxMIndia, a web-based publication tracking the media and advertising. He is also a serial entrepreneur, and in addition to various other things is also editing an online magazine for senior citizens.

    His first tryst with the digital media was in 1996 when he set up the website for Mid-Day’s coverage of the World Cup. Since then he has been active on the internet space having set up Mid-Day Interactive and then with the leadership team of Aptech Internet. He has been on the jury of the Advertising Club Bombay’s interactive categories for over a decade and is an academic associated with many educational institutes. He is on the Consumer Complaints Council of the Advertising Standards Council of India and is one of the early evangelists of the internet and convergence. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, daughter and many digital devices.

  • Executive Director & CEO,Sakshi Media Group, India

    Vinay Maheshwari

    Vinay Maheshwari, Sr. VP (SMD & Brand Marketing), DB Corp Ltd.
    Seasoned professional with over 22 years of diverse industry experience in the field of Strategy, Sales, Market Development & Brand Management with Global and Indian Firms

    Led businesses, large-scale operations, successfully managed P&Ls and Brands of different sizes, different audiences, and at different stages in their life cycle.

    Strategizing and developing new Revenue Streams, Incubating new business models

    Managing Channel and Retail Sales, Led Strategic Alliances, Re- designing business processes and building consumer connect. Top Strengths – Learner, Focused, Strategic, Achiever & Relator

  • Managing Director Auto, Computer, Sport, Axel Springer SE, Berlin, Germany

    Frank Mahlberg, born in 1967, has been Managing Director Print for BILD and Managing Director of B.Z. Frank Mahlberg joined Axel Springer in 1994 and, alongside other positions, worked as an assistant to the Finance Board and as the publishing coordinator of the BILD Group.

    Between 2001 and 2007 he worked first as general manager BILD am SONNTAG and since 2005 as publishing manager for BILD am SONNTAG and SPORTBILD. In 2007, the native of Düsseldorf took over the management of the Office of the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Mathias Döpfner.

    From 2008, Mahlberg was responsible for the regional media “Berliner Morgenpost” and “Hamburger Abendblatt” within the WELT Group. In 2014 he switched to the Funke Media Group in the course of the sale of these titles. Frank Mahlberg holds a diploma in economics from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

  • Professor of Digital Creativity, Cass Business School, City University London, UK

    Neil Maiden is Professor of Digital Creativity at the Cass Business School of City University London. His current research interests include uses of artificial intelligence to augment human creativity and enhancing design methods and tools to generate more creative solutions. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of £35million. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshops proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004, and Editor of the IEEE Software’s Requirements column from 2005-2013. His details are available at https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/neil-maiden. He is current a principal investigator of the EU-funded QUEST project, leading the work package to design, implement and evaluate new interventions to improve science journalism and communication.

  • Chairman of the board, Styria Media Group, Austria

    Markus Mair, born 1964, studied law at the University of Graz. After that he gained professional experience, including serving as a parliamentary assistant with a focus on public relations in the fields of foreign affairs, social and agricultural policies, as well as through comprehensive training as a bank official at Raiffeisen-Landesbank Styria AG. From 1996 until 2003 he was head of the management secretariat, responsible for project management and media assistance. This was followed by appointment to head of Euro project, promotion to director in 2002 and, one year later, to management board director for sales, marketing, bonds, building saving and insurance, organisational consulting as well as training. In 2006 Markus Mair was appointed general manager of Raiffeisen-Landesbank bank.

    In addition to numerous management, executive and supervisory board functions in various different companies, Mair has been associated with Styria Media Group AG since 2009 as a member of the supervisory board. As executive chairman since October 1st 2013 he forms, together with board members Kurt Kribitz and Bernhard Kiener, the SMG-group top management. 

  • Senior Vice President, Head of Alma Markets at Alma Media

    Raimo Mäkilä (born in 1958) works for Alma Media since 1998 (in Aamulehti-yhtymä since 1997), and is in his current position since 1999. Raimo is a member of the Executive Management Team since 1999. he was previously President of Alma Media Net Ventures Oy, worked as President of Alexpress Oy in 1998, and was Director of Services at Helsingin Sanomat from 1994 to 1997.

  • VP of Advertising Sales, IBT Media, UK

    Jeremy Makin is VP of Advertising Sales for IBT Media across (EMEA), a fast-growing digital media company which has a portfolio of eight brands including Newsweek and International Business Times.

    Jeremy has two decades of experience in global advertising sales and marketing and a huge understanding of both traditional and digital channels. He has a track record of success in monetization and sales, having built and managed multi-million pound revenue streams at Economist.com and Vodafone.

    Jeremy began his career in the national newspaper classified ad industry with the Daily Telegraph, before moving into display magazine sales management with the Daily Express/United Magazines, and then Dennis Publishing.

    He later spent eight years as International Sales Director as part of a launch team which took Economist.com from its conception to profitable digital corner-stone of The Economist Group. He oversaw triple digit growth in revenue, whilst developing an array of new products and services such as the Economist.com’s mobile edition.

    From there Jeremy set up and rolled out Vodafone Group’s first venture in the field of mobile advertising. As Head of International Sales and Business Development, he was part of a small and highly innovative central team which successfully launched and rolled out an international mobile advertising business worth approximately 30m Euros in 18 operating company markets.

    This was followed by the founding of the mobile marketing consultancy, Catch 33, which in turn brought him to the attention of Alcatel-Lucent where Jeremy assumed the role of Global Monetisation Director. In 2014 this division was acquired by Sofialys, a French mobile marketing and technology company based in Paris and Singapore.

    Jeremy describes himself as a serial corporate entrepreneur and prides himself on establishing and building successful start-ups within corporates. At IBT Media he is putting his substantial international experience and extensive knowledge of digital and traditional media to building and managing the fast-growing publisher’s eight core brands.

  • Managing Editor, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki

    Esa est Managing Editor au Helsingin Sanomat. Précédcemement directeur du développement, il était en particulier en charge en charge de la gestion des données des services en ligne du plus grand quotidien scandinave. Esa est journaliste, codeur, et a fondé le Data Desk de Helsingin Sanomat en 2011.

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