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  • VD/CEO, Svenska Dagbladet (Schibsted), Sweden

    Gunilla Asker, CEO of the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) since 2009, has been responsible for developing and implementing SvD's multichannel strategy, which aims to meet the new market and business needs that the digital development implies. She first entered the media sector in 2005, joining SvD as Marketing and Sales Director. 

     After graduating from Uppsala University in 1988 with an International MBA, Asker joined Unilever as a trainee and then spent 13 years with them working in the areas of strategy, branding, marketing and sales. She was later Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Communications at SJ AB (Swedish Rail) before becoming Division Manager of Custom Research at Research International.

  • CEO, Svenska Dagbaldet

  • Senior Editor - The Star Online

  • Head of Online/ VP & Chief Product Officer, Aftonbladet Online, Sweden

    Andreas Aspegren

    Educated at Stockholm University and the Academy of Journalism in Stockholm, Aspegren has a background as tv reporter, presenter and editor at SVT (Swedish Public Service TV) as well as being a news reporter and freelance reporter for Kristianstadsbladet, Sveriges Radio, Dagens Nyheter and FLT. He's held positions as editor and editor-in-chief of a number of online properties including SVT.se, Koll.se, Passagen.se and Bonnier Net. Aspegren has been with Aftonbladet, Sweden's largest online news publication, since 2007, where he's worked in various roles within business development and site management.

  • Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google, South Africa

    A digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since the days of Netscape. Her keen interest in all things digital led to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism. Atagana is currently pursuing her PHD with a focus on the impact of social media and journalism. Her research focuses on the Kenyan Westgate shootings and how Twitter was used as the primary source of news and communication. Her professional career has included her role as Editor of Burn Media, a multimedia digital publishing house which focuses on the intersection of technology and media, and entrepreneurship. An expert on Africa’s tech and startup scene, Atagana is currently the Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa.

  • Moderatorin ARD

  • Partner Solutions team leader for News Partnerships across EMEA, Facebook, UK

    Basma Atassi is EMEA’s Partner Solutions Lead for News Partnerships at Facebook, where she and her team focus on developing sustainable solutions for the news industry and help partners make the best out of the platform. Prior to Facebook, Basma was a Senior Producer at CNN. She previously worked as a news producer at Al Jazeera English. She is the recipient of several journalism awards for her coverage of human-centred stories from the Middle East. Basma holds a Master Degree in Human Rights from London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut.
  • Head of External Affairs, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation / President of United Print Media Group (UPMG) Philippines

    Barbie Atienza
    Barbie Atienza is president of the United Print Media Group in the Philippines, an association of major newspapers - broadsheets and tabloids, magazines and books in the country. He is a writer and broadcaster, hosting TV and radio programs. An accomplished professional in both fields of public relations and human resource management, Barbie has worked with three multinational companies and two major Philippine companies. He is also a much sought-after speaker, resource speaker, lecturer, consultant and host/emcee in the Philippines and various countries. He is a known socio-civic leader, having been a Barangay Chairman and volunteer for various organizations, embracing various advocacies and causes. He was president of the People Management Association of the Philippines and the Society of Fellows in People Management, and a past Vice-president of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.
  • Creator and Presenter, Outside Source, BBC, UK

     

    Ros Atkins is the creator and presenter of Outside Source on BBC World News and, in the UK, on the BBC News Channel. He’s been a lead anchor on TV and radio for BBC News for many years covering Brexit, the recent German and Dutch elections, the death of Nelson Mandela and many many other stories. Ros is also the founder of the 50:50 Project which has become the largest gender-balancing initiative that’s ever happened at the BBC and is driving an increase in women contributors across many BBC programmes.

  • CEO and founder EzyInsights, Helsinki

    Duane Atkins has 19 years experience in the IT industry. Until founding EzyInsights, over the past decade, Duane worked as an independent contractor in London and the Scandinavian region for blue-chip companies such as Nokia, Volvo, AstraZeneca, Reuters and Logica to name a few. He’s an expert in the Java and Unix technology stacks. His dream was to create a company that combines his passions and serves the community. EzyInsights builds software as a service tools for the publishing industry.

  • Head of Large Publisher Solutions for Spanish Speaking Latin America, Google, Argentina

    Matías Attwell has 21+ years of experience at Latin America's Internet industry and currently he's the Head of Large Publisher Solutions for Spanish Speaking Latin America at Google. Before joinning this company he worked for 15 years at Terra, where he was the Director for Argentina and he also lead its mobile businesses globally. He's worked as a journalist since the early beginnings of commercial websites in Latin America. In 1997 he was the Editorial Director at NewsClick, one of the pioneering services of information on the Internet across Argentina. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Editorial Director for Latin America at El Sitio, part of the team that lead the company's transformation into its IPO. He ocasionally teaches at FLACSO, where he jointly led a digital culture and intellectual property seminar, as well as in MIND/UdeSA. 
  • Executive Vice President, Invest in Finland, Helsinki

    Antti Aumo is Head of Invest In Finland. 20 years of experience in international technology business in information technology, energy management and telecommunication industries, in various marketing and product management positions.

  • 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.

  • Head of News Partnerships, UK, Ireland, France & Benelux, Google

    Bénédicte Autret is Head of Strategic Relations - News & Publishers, UK, Ireland, France & Benelux and head of EMEA Strategic Relationships. She joined the Google Syndication team in 2005 and has embraced the world of partnership with publishers for the past 11 years. First working with traditional publishers across Europe and in 2010 refocusing on the UK market, managing the relationship with publishers such as DMGT, Telegraph, Guardian and Haymarket just to name a few. Benedicte then pivoted to work closely with UK Telcos and broadcasters starting a conversation with existing partners and prospects on new platform technology such as dynamic ad insertion capability. In May 2016, Benedicte joined the newly formed team of European Strategic Relationships, engaging with the news industry in UK, Ireland, France and Benelux. Prior to joining Google, Benedicte worked for WILink Europe. Benedicte holds a degree from the EDHEC Business School Bachelor programme.
  • 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

    Santhosh Babu is a public intellect on Leadership and a coach to senior leaders and celebrities. He is the chairman of OD Alternatives, a boutique firm that help leaders in building purposeful and successful organization and he is also the founder of OrgLens, a company that maps social networks.
  • 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.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Dar Al Hayat

    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.  
  • 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.

  • 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.

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