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  • Active Editor-in Chief, HuffPost SA, South Africa

    Verashni Pillay is the former editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and Huffington Post South Africa. She has worked at various periods as a senior reporter covering politics and general news, specialises in media management and relishes the task of putting together the right team to create compelling and principled journalism across multiple platforms. Verashni is a recipient of the CNN African Journalism Award, several Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards and an Open Society Foundation journalism fellowship.

  • Photojournalist, AFP, Brazil

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Assignments abroad in Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, United States, Panama and Cuba. Worked as a staff photographer (2012-2014) to the Latin American news website Terra Networks. Between 2014 and mid-2017, freelancer photojournalist of Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, ESPN, El País, Folha de São Paulo, Estadão, Vozerio, Deutsche Welle, Transparency International, Veja, Uol and El Mundo.

  • Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, UK

    Nick Pimm is the Vice President Commercial Partnerships at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, based in London. His team is focused on creating mutually profitable and sustainable commercial partnerships across all of the elite Dow Jones brands to grow the Dow Jones franchise while giving customers an excellent experience.

  • Directeur principal, Amélioration continue, la Presse

    Yann Pineau

    Yann Pineau est responsable de l’organisation de la salle de rédaction et de la production de La Presse+, lapresse.ca et de l'édition imprimée de La Presse. Membre de la direction de l’information de La Presse depuis 2000, Yann Pineau a notamment fait partie de l’équipe qui a géré la sous-traitance de l’impression et la refonte du journal en 2002-2003. Il a par la suite été directeur de l’information de cyberpresse.ca de 2004 à 2007. Après avoir travaillé sur la fusion des salles de rédaction papier et web de La Presse, Yann Pineau a fait partie de l’équipe qui a mis La Presse+ au monde en avril 2013. Yann Pineau a commencé sa carrière comme reporter à La Presse en 1994. Il est diplômé de l’Université de Montréal et de l’École supérieure de journalisme de Lille.

  • Executive Director, the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland, Helsinki

    An expert at Finnmedia and executive director at the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland. She was a researcher and PhD candidate at Aalto University and visiting scholar at University of Berkeley, California during 2014-2017. Public defense of doctoral dissertation in February 2018

  • Google News Lab Leader for Brazil, Google, Brazil

    Marco Túlio Pires is the Google News Lab Lead for Brazil. He studied Electrical Engineering and Journalism in Brazil, and Computer Science and Business in the US. He worked as News Program Coordinator for Globo TV, and as Science News Reporter for VEJA, Brazil's biggest weekly publication. In the State Government of São Paulo, he was the Transparency, Technology and Innovation adviser to the Secretary of Social Development. He's the founder of Journalism++ São Paulo, the first data journalism agency in Brazil. He also launched School of Data in the country and became the Global Manager of the program overseeing its network in 14 countries.

  • Creative Director, C3, Slovenia/ Editorial Director, Hanza Media , Croatia

    Ana Plisic has launched the first creative agency and brand consultancy within legacy media publisher in Croatia in order to introduce premium native advertising to the market and deliver customer-focused instead of product-focused brand communication. She has been recognized as the world marketer of the year 2018 (Berlin, 2017). Today she is creative director in C3/PM Ljubljana and co-founder of C3 Croatia, a part of German-based C3 Group, leading european content and digital technology agency.

    She was editorial director of the award winning Native Ad Studio and Design Thinking Studio, a subdivision within Hanza Media, the leading media publisher in South East Europe, from 2015 until the February 2019.

    Previously she was deputy editor in chief, politics and business editor of the #1 premium daily newspapers. After post-graduate studies in Digital Media Management at Swedish design school Hyper Island in the UK, she has helped to build new revenue streams within the legacy media publisher and her work resulted in several native advertising awards at Native Advertising Days in Berlin: for the best omni-channel integration in the world (2017).; the best use of online media and the best use of video, (2016.) 

     

  • Digital Editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

    Stefan Plöchinger, born 1976, ist Digital Editor of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Editor in-Chief of its news website SZ.de. Before, he served as Managing Editor and Copy Chief of Spiegel Online, as one of the Production Editors of Financial Times Deutschland and one of the Political Editors for Munich’s Abendzeitung.

  • Digital Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Editor in-Chief, SZ.de, Germany

    Stefan Plöchinger, born 1976, ist Digital Editor of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Editor in-Chief of its news website SZ.de. Before, he served as Managing Editor and Copy Chief of Spiegel Online, as one of the Production Editors of Financial Times Deutschland and one of the Political Editors for Munich’s Abendzeitung.
  • Director of Enterprise Sales, comScore, Inc.

    Ramanujam is Sales Director, India at Comscore, a leading cross-platform measurement company that precisely measures audiences, brands and consumer behaviour everywhere. Ramanujam is engaged in new business development and sales expansion for Comscore’s suite of products and services in India. As a member of the Comscore India office, he has been focused on expanding the publisher ecosystem for Comscore. With more than 15 years of experience across media, technology and real estate, Ramanujam has built new & established brands. Prior to Comscore, he was with Microsoft. He also served as a Brand Manager for The Telegraph & the Head of Marketing for an emerging real estate company. He began his career at DaimlerChrysler. Ramanujam holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.
  • Managing Director, La Gaceta de Tucumán, Argentina

    Born in Buenos Aires, Jose Antonio is a graduate in Law at the Catholic University in Argentina. Until March 1997, he worked as a managing director for El Cronista Comercial, and Radio América Cablevisión Noticias. From that date onwards he has led the operations of La Gaceta as its Managing Director. He is also chair of the society that publishes the Sunday magazine  NUEVA.

  • Digital Multimedia Consultant

  • Digital Journalism Consultant and Lecturer

    Corinne Podger is a digital journalism educator and international media consultant. She provides training consultancies on digital strategy and multimedia skills direct into newsrooms and via media development agencies worldwide, including WAN-IFRA South Asia, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung Media Programme Asia, Skillnet Ireland, Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action. Corinne also lectures in Digital and Mobile Journalism at the University of Melbourne and has guest-lectured on digital storytelling and mobile journalism at universities in Australia, Europe and the United States. Prior to moving into journalism education, Corinne worked as a print, radio, online, social media and television journalist for over 20 years, primarily for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC World Service. She continues to write for Journalism.Co.Uk, the International Journalists’ Network and the European Journalism Observatory, and speaks regularly at conferences.
  • Président, Co-fondateur AdGear

    Yves Poiré

    Seasoned entrepreneur, Yves is a co-founder of president AdGear. The company was sold to Samsung in June 2016. His vision, experience and his ability to assemble and lead great teams are among his biggest strengths. Prior to AdGear, Yves Poiré has been Executive Vice-President at Fjord Interactive Marketing + Technology, Cossette's digital marketing business unit in Canada. He also was the President of Proximi-T, an information technology company specialized in e-business solutions. In 2000, Cossette acquired equity in Proximi-T, which eventually led to its merger in 2003.  Yves's humanitarian interests took him to Rwanda, India and Ecuador for three years of his career, where he worked on various development projects.

  • Editor in Chief HuffPost

    Lydia Polgreen

    Lydia Polgreen is pioneering the globe and representing the newsroom in a company-wide initiative to engage readers in languages other than English. Previously, Ms. Polgreen was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before that, Ms. Polgreen was a metro reporter for The Times, beginning in 2002. In April 2016, she became Editorial Director & Associate Masthead Editor for the NYT Global and is architecting the company's global expansion strategy.

    Ms. Polgreen was a staff writer for the Orlando Sentinel from February to June of 2002. From July 2000 to January 2002 she was a staff writer for the Albany Times Union, covering city hall, police investigations and other local issues. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington (D.C.) Monthly from August 1998 to August 1999.

    She received her B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in 1997. In 2000 she graduated, with honors, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with her M.S. in journalism.

    Ms. Polgreen was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur. She received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting, for her series, "The Spoils", a riveting account of how mineral wealth has brought misery and exploitation to much of Africa. In 2007, she was honored as a young global leader by The World Economic Forum.

    Ms. Polgreen currently resides in New York.

  • Managing Director, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Roberto is one of the most respected journalists and media executives in Colombia. He studied law at the University of the Andes and he's been working for thirty-five year career in journalism. He started in 1979 as editor of 'Alternativa' magazine, he was a reporter for 'El Heraldo' de Barranquilla and editor-in-chief of daily 'Diario del Caribe' in the same city; he was reporter and political editor of El Tiempo, director of 'Noticiero TV Hoy" and "Viva FM" of Caracol Radio, director and columnist at Semana weekly magazine, editor and columnist of 'Cambio' magazine and director of the Mexico edition of that same publication for three years. In 2003 he served as General Editor of El Tiempo, where he is now the Managing Director . He has won several journalism awards amongst which the Simon Bolivar and CPB in Colombia, and the Ortega y Gasset prize, awarded by the daily El Pais of Spain.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism, Australia

    Julie Posetti is a multi award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She has recently been appointed Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism where she will lead the Institute’s new Journalism Innovation Project. Posetti is author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age, a major UN study covering 121 countries, published by UNESCO in 2017. Among other projects, she is currently collaborating on the production of a model curriculum on journalism and disinformation for UNESCO. In 2016/2017 she was Head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media (publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review) in Australia. A former editor, presenter and political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti was based in Paris as Research Fellow and Editor with the World Editors Forum in 2014/2015, where she edited the flagship annual Trends in Newsrooms report. She is currently a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is completing her PhD.

  • Chief Product Officer at The Boston Globe, USA

    Esfand Pourmand is the Chief Product Officer of the Boston Globe Media. Esfand is a data-driven product leader who has been at the center of transformation and innovation with the goal of delivering the maximum value not only to the businesses he's been involved in but also to readers/customers. Prior to his appointment at the Globe, Esfand served as SVP of Revenue at Hearst and notably was the Executive Director at The New York Times leading Subscription Revenue/NYT New Products/Continuous Delivery initiatives. 

  • Founder at Huxley Hub | Advisory Board Member | former Managing Director at Handelsblatt

    Justine Powel is working with a talented team to build the digital newswire Huxley Hub, investigating and reporting climate change news and crimes.

    Prior to founding Huxley Hub, she worked at the crossroads of media and technology for more than two decades at the BBC, CNBC, AP and Handelsblatt with a focus on news content. She started out as a journalist before moving into commercial roles.

    Expertise in: Content (IP) financing including licensing and acquisition, developing brands and products, customer acquisition and marketing across broadcast, digital, print, merchandising and events.

    Justine Powel lives and works in Berlin, she’s a native English speaker and fluent in German.

  • Producting Marketing Manager, Kompas Daily

    Eko Prabowo

    Eko Prabowo is Product Marketing Manager at Kompas Daily. He has 14 years’ experience in media research, print circulation, advertising, and innovation, especially in digital media products.

  • Vice President - Materials, Malayala Manorama, India

    P P Prakash currently holding the position, Vice President – Materials at Malayala Manorama, Kerala. He is a Chemical Engineer from Trichur Engineering College, Kerala. Before joining at Manorama he worked in Steel Authority of India, Rourkela where he started his career as a Graduate Engineer and reached top position as Chief Materials Manager. After his service at Steel Authority of India Ltd he had joined Malayala Manorama in 1999.

    Besides he is life-time Member of IIMM and member of Institution of Chemical Engineers, India.

  • Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development, The Washington Post, USA

    Shailesh Prakash is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development at The Washington Post. He is responsible for all aspects of Product Development and Technology, including web, mobile, video, print and advertising. Under his leadership, and in close partnership with the newsroom, The Post has seen tremendous digital growth. The Post’s digital audience hit an all-time high in November 2016, reaching 107 million unique visitors in the U.S. alone. The Post also had the largest mobile audience of any individual news/information site in the US in October 2016.

    AdWeek named The Washington Post the “Hottest Digital Publication” in 2016. In 2015, Fast Company magazine named The Washington Post “The World’s Most Innovative Media Company” and Digiday recognized The Post as “Most Innovative Publisher.”

    Prakash has also spearheaded the development of Arc Publishing, The Post’s rapidly growing softwareas-as-service business. This state-of-the-art digital platform and suite of tools is engineered to meet the needs of modern publishers and currently serves more than a dozen clients in the U.S. and around the world.

    Shailesh has an extensive track record in senior positions spanning multiple industries. He began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley moving to positions of increasing responsibility at Sun Microsystems and Netscape and Microsoft where he was a key member of the Bing search engine.

    Before coming to The Washington Post in August 2011, he was the Vice President in charge of Technology for Sears Holdings, where he oversaw end-to-end technology functions for sears.com, kmart.com, craftsman.com and kenmore.com, which collectively generate more than $3 billion in annual e-Commerce revenue.

    An engineer at heart and by training, Shailesh holds a BS in Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai, a MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an MBA from Georgia State University.

  • Audience Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien GmbH, Germany

    Christopher Pramstaller is working as an Analyst and Audience Development Editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien. He works closely with the editorial staff to help make sense of user data and research. Having a background in journalism, he knows what tightrope walk it can be for journalists and editors to employ the readers' voice in workflows and reporting. Yet, he is convinced that data-informed journalists are better journalists - and that a publication which knows its readers will be a better one.

  • Former Editor - In-Chief, Outlook, India

    Krishna Prasad is former Editor-in-Chief of 'Outlook', and a former member of the Press Council of India.

    In a 32-year career, Krishna Prasad has worked in four cities and six publications, and taught journalism on three continents. 

    He has edited three books and publishes two globally recognised blogs, and appears regularly on news TV.

  • Founder, Culture Machine

    Venkat Prasad

    Venkat has had a remarkable career spanning over almost two decades working with moguls of the digital world including YouTube, Google, and Yahoo, Intuit where his vision to create a pioneer digital video company was born. With the massive on-going shift in India  from traditional medium to online content, Venkat saw an opportunity to create Culture Machine a company imbibed with the philosophy of making cutting edge video content to cater to the highly volatile digital market. Thus Culture Machine was co-founded to bridge this gap, manage and sustain online consumption of entertainment content and also provide a platform for young talents across the country to create, nurture and exemplify themselves across digital video avenues. His vision for Culture Machine is to set a precedent for digital video media formats in India and grow to become the largest youth focused digital entertainment network in South Asia.

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