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  • Managing Director, Syno Int Asia

    Soji Nagano, with over 10 years of experience in three start-up marketing research companies, is currently the managing director and cofounder of Syno International Asia, with locations in Singapore and Tokyo. Working very closely with publishers and marketing research companies across the APAC region, Soji strongly believes in the power of data to help people connect to the unknown and make better decisions. While frequent travel keeps him busy, he enjoys in his free time surfing, cycling, craft beer, and spending time with his family.

  • National Director - Content & Social Media at GroupM

    Karthik Nagarajan

    Karthik Nagarajan leads the content and social media practice at GroupM. In this role, he helps brands create and execute purposeful content strategies across multiple media platforms, guided by insights and data. He is also creating a sustainable ecosystem where content owners, agencies and brands can thrive together. 

    Prior to this, Karthik was leading The Nielsen Company’s online division in India, which he helped set up. He also led NM Incite, the joint venture between Nielsen and McKinsey for social media consulting, in India. 

    Karthik started his career in Internet cryptography in India and later took on leadership roles in the RFID market in the United States. When he is not on his day job, he is a screenwriter and an independent filmmaker for his production outfit ‘Filter Coffee Talkies’, which is into short, feature and documentary films.

    Karthik also is a visiting faculty in institutions like MICA and IIM A.

  • Founder, gsport4girls, South Africa

    Kass Naidoo is the founder of gsport4girls - South Africa's first ever online initiative focussed entirely on promoting women's sport. The initiative runs a 24/7 news service on gsport.co.za and @gsport4girls across social media platforms. The gsport Awards takes place yearly to unearth icons and role models who raise the profile of South African women's sport. Kass is South Africa's first female cricket commentator with over 15 years' experience in cricket broadcasting. She also spent four years at Cricket South Africa, shaping the brands of Cricket South Africa and the Proteas. She was recently onboarded as a Play Your Part ambassador by Brand South Africa to fly the flag for South African sport. Kass is a mom of three who spends her remaining time empowering women through her involvement as MC and Speaker.
  • Director, Write India, Times of India, India.

    Vinita Dawra Nangia is an Associate Editor, Author and Columnist with The Times of India. She is also the Director of Write India, the world’s biggest movement for crowd-sourced writing in association with established authors. With over two decades of experience in Lifestyle & Features Journalism, Vinita specialises in society, relationships and life commentary. Vinita launched Page 3 and has also been a pioneering fashion journalist and a regular on talk circuits. She writes a weekly column in The Times of India, O-zone, on Contemporary Living & Relationships. She has authored three books – ‘It's Your Life -- Reflections on Contemporary Living & Relationships’, ‘Love is Always Right & Other Musings’ and a coffee table book on fashion – ‘Fashion Fair -The Journey of 13 Contemporary Designers’. Vinita conceptualised and launched Write India, the country's biggest and first-ever platform for crowd-sourcing writing. 

  • Editor, Salt Lake Tribune, USA

    Jennifer Napier-Pearce is editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s largest daily newspaper which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 and is the first legacy daily newspaper in the U.S. to transition from a for-profit company to a nonprofit. She joined The Tribune as a reporter in 2013; in 2016, she was named editor, becoming the first Pacific Islander and the second woman to lead the newsroom. Prior to her work at The Tribune, Jennifer worked in public radio as news director, anchor and reporter. Jennifer regularly moderates community events, has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and has guest lectured at numerous universities including the University of Pennsylvania and USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and a master's degree from Stanford University. 

  • Rotating Equipment Performance Specialist, SKF, India

    • 41 years of experience in the field of Maintenance. An Employee of Madras Fertilizers from 1978 till 1990.
    • 21 years of practical hands-on experience with the majority of equipment covering Fertilizer, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Chemicals, pulp and paper, Steel melting and hot rolling, Iron ore processing, copper smelting, traditional power, nuclear power, and Ceramics.
    • 20 Years of consulting experiences in implementing RCM, Maintenance strategy review, criticality Analysis, Asset structuring in ERPs, spare parts optimization, Bill of material preparations, CBM implementation and RCA.
    • Conducting Plant performance assessments, Gap analysis and suggesting Improvement plans
    • Project Management for Implementing SAP PM module, Maximo, Oracle EAM and data structuring and migration support from Ellipse, Aventis and other CMMS.
    • 8 Years in SKF Indonesia as a Reliability Services Manager at National level and followed by REP core team member for SKF Asia for the past two years.
  • CFO & Company secretary, Kasturi and Sons ltd, India.

    Nambi joined Kasturi & Sons Ltd in Aug 2015.He has experience in all gamuts of finance functions comprising budgeting,MIS, treasury, business strategy, internal audit, taxation, legal and compliances.Nambi has a total work experience of more than 25 years.He has been a member of the expert committee of taxation in Madras Chamber of Commerce. He has served in TVS Group, Sanmar Group and few MNCs in Chennai. Prior to joining the Hindu Group, he was the CFO of M/s Thirumalai Chemicals Limited.

    He is Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Associate member of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants & Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

  • Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics & Business Journalism, Columbia University, USA

    Raju Narisetti is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and also Director of Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

    Previously, he was CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, a group  of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and The Root.

    A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations  in North America, Europe and Asia, Raju was previously Senior Vice-President of Strategy at News Corp.

    Prior to that, he was Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he is responsible for WSJ's digital / mobile content strategy and execution;  the Managing Editor of The Washington Post, where he led the integration of its digital and print businesses; the Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe; and is the Founder of Mint, the second-largest business newspaper in India.

    Raju is a Board Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia. His home is in New York City though he is often found, rather plainspoken, @raju

  • Lead Business Development, Twipe

    Dana Nastase ist eine Media-Innovation Enthusiastin mit einer großen Leidenschaft für die heutigen Transformationsprozesse in der Medienindustrie. Dana leitet die Business Development Aktivitäten bei Twipe.

  • Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, South Asia.

    Prabhu Natrajan is a Printing Technologist, with a graduate degree from Chennai’s Anna University. His area of expertise is Newspaper Production and holds 10 years’ technical experience with The Times of India.

    Natrajan is currently working with WAN-IFRA where he is a project manager for the International Color Quality Competition. He is also responsible Research and Material Testing Center (RMTC) activities. RMTC, owned by WAN-IFRA, offers newsprint and news ink testing, print quality evaluation, press simulator training and ISO 12647-3 certification. 

  • Director - Response, Times of India, India

    Ms. Sudha Natrajan, Director, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited, one of the premier and most diversified media companies in India. Sudha has done her MBA from University of Mumbai and has over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising, and Media. Unlike popular career paths, she swam upstream like a salmon, when she began her career as a Product Manager with Parle. Thereafter, she switched her industry to become an advertising and media veteran by working in Lintas for 18 years, from where she bid adieu as a CEO of the group. Sudha joined BCCL nearly 3 years ago, after a stint as Revenue Head in HT Group. She has been invited for various award juries, from the Advertising, Media, OOH, and Digital fraternities, she served as a juror for the Festival of Media, Asia, and was also invited for the Media Jury at Cannes Advertising Festival. Sudha was also Voted as a ‘Woman Icon’, of the advertising industry, Ranked the 14th most influential advertising person (by Brand Equity), Ranked by a popular women magazine as one of the 27 most successful women in India, nominated for the Woman of the year - for Bangalore City, Ranked the 38th amongst the top 50 women leaders in the Marketing, Advertising and Media industry, by Impact.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Monrif Net, Italy

    After graduating as a telecom engineer, Navarotto started his work career in Norway in 1997 as a software consultant for Ericsson. He then moved back to Italy in 2000 in order to startup the italian branch of the consultancy company he was working for at that time. From 2002 to 2006 he has worked for the DADA internet group as product manager of the b2b mobile services area. Finally in 2006 he entered the Poligrafici Group as business development manager of their web company Monrif Net and since 2009 he has assumed the role of COO for the online operations of the group.

  • Senior Vice President Sales, Piano

    As Senior Vice President of Sales, Bas is responsible for leading Piano's growing European business, building on its position as the preeminent digital content monetisation and audience intelligence platform used by the world’s leading content companies –– including The Economist, Axel Springer, Egmont Publishing, and The Spectator. Based in Amsterdam, he works closely Piano's London and Bratislava teams to build out the company’s European sales and service offerings.

    Bas joined Piano in 2018 with a proven track record, having previously been the Director of Sales for the EMEA region at Magento Commerce, a leading provider of cloud commerce solutions. As a member of this company's key leadership team, he grew the Sales team significantly across EMEA during his tenure at Magento

  • CEO India & South East Asia, Havas Media Group

    Anita Nayyar is a veteran of Indian media being an integral part of its growth. As CEO she took on the mandate to expand the Havas Media Group footprint in these lucrative emerging markets in 2006. Under her leadership, Havas Media Group in India has grown exponentially. It has expanded its offerings as an integrated communications group for traditional, digital, mobile, performance marketing, out-of-home, and sports. The agency has grown 10 times in 8 years. She started and went on to lead leading agencies in India including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Initiative Media, MediaCom, and Starcom Worldwide. Anita was voted the 2nd most influential media person in India by The Brand Equity Survey in 2006 and has always been in the top list of the most influential media personalities ever since. She holds a Bachelors degree in Microbiology and has done her Post Graduation in Advertising and Marketing.
  • CEO - Havas Media Group, India & South Asia

    Anita Nayyar

    Anita Nayyar is a veteran of Indian media being an integral part of its growth. As CEO she took on the mandate to expand the Havas Media Group footprint in these lucrative emerging markets in 2006. Under her leadership Havas Media Group in India has grown exponentially. It has expanded its offerings as an integrated communications group for traditional, digital, mobile, performance marketing, out-of-home and sports. The agency has grown 10 times in 8 years. She started and went on to lead leading agencies in India including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Initiative Media, MediaCom and Starcom Worldwide. 

    Anita was voted the 2nd most influential media person in India by The Brand Equity Survey in 2006 and has always been in the top list of the most influential media personalities ever since. 

  • Founder & Editor-In-Chief, DataLEADS / CIJ, India

    Syed Nazakat is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and Editor-In-Chief of DataLEADS, which is a data-driven Indian initiative aimed to create new platforms of data research and storytelling. Syed Nazakat leads DataLEADS in New Delhi, as well as overseeing its outreach across Asia with different partners including with Asia News Network (Thailand), a network of 22 leading Asian daily newspapers in 20 Asian countries, with a combined circulation of 14 million and a readership of more than 50 million.

    He is also founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit organization he founded to promote the cause of watchdog journalism in India. He has worked in senior positions at different media organisations and has over 18 years of experience as broadcast, print and online journalist. He has reported on wars, armed conflicts, human rights issues & security and developmental issues from more than 30 countries and has covered the war in Afghanistan, political turmoil in Nepal, developmental issues in Laos and Cambodia, unrest in Thailand, the conflict in India’s Kashmir region, the civil war in South Sudan, defence industry in Germany and Australia, unrest in Myanmar and political instability in Bangladesh. He was the first Indian journalist to report from an Al-Qaeda rehabilitation camp in Saudi Arabia and in 2013 he was given unprecedented access by the USA to the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to report about prison abuse cases.

    Nazakat has been the recipient of several national and international journalism awards he has been judge for the Global Shining Light Award, a unique global award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country.

    Syed Nazakat is also President of Society of Asian Journalists (SAJ), an independent organisation of 400+ editors and journalists in 27+ Asian countries. He is member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (Washington) and represents Asia Pacific Region at Global Investigative Journalism Network, leading the GIJN’s mandate and media activities across Asia which include facilitating Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, recommending and short-listing panellists, identifying potential sponsors and participants and conducting training sessions.

    He holds B.Sc degree from India and Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass communication from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

  • Executive Director, Plataforma de Media Privados, Portugal

    Luís Nazaré was appointed as the Executive Director of Plataforma de Media Privados (PMP) on February 2015. PMP brings together the five private media groups (Cofina, Global Media, Impresa, Media Capital and Renascença) in Portugal and aims to “coordinate strategic issues for the media sector in the country”. Luis oversees the strategy and interests of these companies across the Media sector in Portugal and at a European level.

    He teaches Strategic Management and Marketing at ISEG (Lisbon’s School of Economics and Management).

    Nazaré is the former Partner of Gestíssimo Consulting and the former president of CTT and Anacom. Additionally he has been the non-executive President of Airplus TV Portugal and served in several Boards as Chairman, like the Board of Directors of Correios de Portugal or the Board of Directors of ICP-ANACOM (National Communications Regulator). From 2002 to 2005 was a Member of the Advisory Board Telecom in Portugal and earlier in his career worked as an Advisor to the Prime Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism.

  • Executive Vice President, Amedia AS, Norway

    Pål Nedregotten is Executive Vice President in charge of Business development, Data/insight and Innovation at Amedia, which is with its 62 newspapers Norway’s largest local media publisher. He’s previously held various leading positions at the company at the crossroads between technology, product development and journalism.   At Amedia, he has for the last three years been central in developing and rolling out the company’s centralised login solution, digital subscription strategy and data strategy, which he currently spearheads.    A veteran in the Norwegian online journalism field, he’s been working in the intersection between online development and journalism since 1994.  He was instrumental in spearheading some of the earliest examples of Norwegian online publications, experimenting with, among other things, live online chats/interviews between editors, panellists and interviewees as early as 1996 - as well as working closely with the editorial interfaces of home-grown publishing systems since 1997.   
  • Teamleader membership acquisition & retention, 1.FC Köln

    1. FC Köln came across more than 150 potentials and a total of 18 action areas in our process, which we subdivide into the four areas of Fan Engagement, Smart Stadium, Business Operations and Team / Player Performance. We believe we need to lay the foundation for a successful digital transformation in the organization and work on our way of working, the infrastructure, and the corporate culture before engaging in operational issues such as ticketing, e-commerce or sponsorship.

  • Director, Journalism Leaders Programme | Co-convenor: Digital Editors Network, UK

    Dr François Nel and Dr Coral Millburn-Curtis lead the Innovation Research Group which is a partnership between applied researchers from Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford and the University of Central Lancashire, where François is the founding director of the pioneering Journalism Leaders Programme. He has worked with WAN-IFRA since 2009 to research the priorities of news executives worldwide and is the editor of the association's World Press Trends initiative. François is the first academic to become an executive member of the World Editors Forum and works to support entrepreneurial individuals and forward-thinking organisations worldwide, including News UK, Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, CN Group and Times Media Ltd (South Africa).

  • Global Head of Brand Strategy, Vox Media, USA

    Lindsay Nelson is the Global Head of Brand Strategy for Vox Media, leading strategy and business operations across advertising, marketing, Vox Creative (the branded content and native advertising group), research and events. Lindsay and her team work side-by-side with Vox Media editorial, sales, and product to deliver data-informed, technology-driven and creatively-inspired brand advertising solutions for Vox Media's eight award-winning properties -- SB Nation, The Verge, Re/code, Curbed, Eater, Racked, Polygon and Vox.com. A resident of New York, in 2015 Lindsay was named to Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising.”

  • Partner responsible for Software & Internet practice, Simon-Kucher & Partners France

    Alix Nepveux is responsible for Simon-Kucher and Partners’ Software & Internet practice in France. She is based in Paris. An expert in revenue model optimization, she has developed winning packaging & pricing strategies for subscription and platform businesses, from Tech consumer apps to online real-estate or social media listening platforms. Her clients are both French and global players. She helps clients tackle acquisition, monetization and retention trade-offs in a profit-optimal way, in line with their overarching strategic goals.

  • Former Managing Director, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

    Steven was a member of NZZ-Mediengruppe’s executive management board from February 2014 to September 2018 and managing director of the business unit NZZ Medien from January 2015. He led the business along with the editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Eric Gujer.

    Previously, he was an associate partner in the Zurich office of McKinsey & Company and member of the leadership of the firm’s European media practice. He has extensive experience in advising media, sports and telecommunications companies.

    Steven studied business administration (marketing, finance, computer science) at the University of Bayreuth and earned his doctorate in innovation management at the University of Aachen in 2008. Steven is married and is father to three children.

  • Researcher at the Computational Propaganda Project, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK

    Selected as a Fulbright Scholar, Lisa-Maria studied Communication Technologies & Diplomacy at the Georgetown University, Washington DC, holds a B.A. in Communication Science from the Ludwig-Maxmilians-University, Munich, and a Master degree in Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute.

    Lisa-Maria has worked in various fields in the (digital) communications sector including radio & broadcast news journalism (ARD), communication consulting (Allianz Singapore) and Marketing (Coca-Cola, BBDO). She has conducted research at SDA Bocconi, Milan, the National University of Singapore and Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

  • Creator Development Expert, United Kingdom

    Abba is an independent consultant, with clients like YouTube where she helps creators make successful brand partnerships and Google, where she mentors early stage start ups in brand and marketing strategy and investor pitches. Prior to that she was Marketing Director at Lumen Research, Director of Advertising Strategy at News UK, and a Managing partner at Media agency Universal McCann.

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