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  • 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”).

  • Product Manager, News Monetization, Facebook, USA

    Sameera Salari is a Product Manager on Facebook’s News Monetization team, focused on User Pay Products and working to build products that empower publishers as they develop their paid audiences. She leads product teams focused on building acquisition and retention solutions aimed at supporting publishers across their Subscriptions, Memberships and Donations models. Before this, she worked on Suicide Prevention and Memorialization Products at Facebook, where she built products that helped to connect mental health resources to the people who need them and protect and respect the online profiles of those who have passed away. Sameera has a Bachelor of Arts in City and Regional Planning, and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • 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.

  • Digital Content Manager, El Tiempo

    In 2011 José Sánchez started at EL TIEMPO.COM as Digital Editor. He and his multimedia team have won four international journalism awards in the last five years, including Spain King, GDA, Interamerican Press Society and Ortega Gasset’s. He is currently developing a new strategy to expand EL TIEMPO’s audience and create a new workflow in the newsroom.

  • Cofounder & Deputy Director, eldiario.es, Spain

    Juan Luis Sánchez

    Juan Luis Sánchez is a journalist specialised in new media and digital content. He is cofounder and deputy director of eldiario.es, an independent digital news site financed by an innovative system of members and donors. Founded in 2012, eldiario.es has became a key news site with high influence in Spain. He masters multimedia skills that has used as a reporter in India, Kosovo, Sahara or Turkey. He is also cofounder of another innovative digital media outlet in Spanish “Periodismo Humano”.

  • Digital Content Manager, ElTiempo.com, Colombia

    Digital editor at El Tiempo.com. Masters in Digital Communication at Barcelona University and Carlos III University. Former professor at Javeriana University. Multimedia content expert. Architecture Business and IT strategy course at Los Andes University. Interests include: Data Journalism, corporate reputation, and STEM and STEAM educational models. Currently completing a masters in Strategic Communication at Sabana University.

  • CEO, El Economista, Mexico

  • Senior Director, Deseret Digital Media, USA

    Matthew Sanders

    Matt is Senior Director at Deseret Digital Media and General Manager of Publisher Solutions, where he oversees BrandForge syndicated and native ad content studio, Deseret Connect contributor service, and DDM Academy digital transformation training services. His organization develops technology, and delivers news media and advertising for Deseret Digital Media group websites in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian languages. A mix of full-time employees, contractors and developers numbering more than 6500 combined, delivers more than 50 million page views to the media group per month, as well as content studio syndication and branded content services to more than 450 publishers worldwide. 

    Mr. Sanders joined Deseret Digital Media in June of 2010. DDM is the largest media enterprise in the U.S. intermountain west and one of the fastest growing globally.

    Matt serves on the board of directors, and as Vice President of the Inter-American Press Association, which involves the owners and leaders of major news media organizations throughout Latin America.

  • Director of Video Production, Adria Media Group, Serbia

    Igor Sanjevic has journalistic experience as reporter in the Serbian Broadcasting Network (RTS), as news producer at Fox TV (Newscorp) in Serbia, and at Prva TV. He has wide-ranging connections with professionals in public and government sectors in Serbia, and is a proficient user of communication systems.

    In 2006, Igor Sanjevic began working as the editor-in-chief at Fox News television in Serbia, and then at Prva TV. He has also been working as the CEO Adviser for the news programs at B92. In N1 TV (CNN affiliate), he has worked as executive producer of program content. Igor Sanjevic is a producer of numerous promotional campaigns: for Ministry of Labor in 2013, for scientific center in Svilajnac, and Dino Park in Belgrade. Currently he is the Director of Video Production in Adria Media Group.

  • Founder and CEO, Chicas Poderosas, Portugal

    Mariana Santos founded Chicas Poderosas, a non-profit organization that aims to bring more women into technology, started in Latin America, back in 2013. Today she runs it full time with her co-director Vicki Hammarstedt and a board of directors, experts in the different areas of journalism, entrepreneurship, business, innovation and design thinking. Former infographics editor at Olympic Committee Rio 2016, former director of Interactive and animation at Fusion Media. Knight Innovation Chair at Florida International University in 2015-16. JSK Knight fellow at Stanford 2015 and Knight International Journalism Fellow 2013-14 working all across Latin America in major newsrooms and with independent journalists. Mariana Santos is a visual storyteller, who did groundbreaking work as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London. A trained animator, she pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling. She leads design thinking workshops to increase multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, and she is a leader in community transformation via digital training.

     

  • President of the Republic of Colombia

    Born in Bogota on August 10, 1951. He was a cadet at the Navy Academy in Cartagena; he studied Economics and Business Administration and carried out graduate studies at the London School of Economics, Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

    He was Chief of the Colombian delegation before the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in London; he was the most recent Designate to the Presidency and Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister. He has also been Finance Minister and National Defense Minister. During this last position, he was in charge of leading the implementation of the government’s Democratic Security Policy.

    He created the Good Government Foundation (Fundación Buen Gobierno) and founded the political party Partido de la U in the year 2005, currently Colombia’s largest political party.

    As a journalist he was a columnist and Deputy Director of the newspaper El Tiempo, he was awarded the King of Spain Prize and was president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). He has published several books, among which the most significant are The Third Way, co-written with the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Check on Terror (Jaque al Terror), where he describes the most important actions against the Farc terrorist group during his tenure as head of the Ministry of Defense.

    On June 20, 2010, (after obtaining the largest vote during the first round of the presidential elections which took place on May 30 of the same year) at the second round of the presidential elections, he was elected President of the Republic of Colombia for the four year period between August 7th, 2010 and August 7th, 2014. He obtained more than 9 million votes, the highest amount obtained by any candidate in the history of Colombian democracy.

    During his campaign, he promised to lead a government of national unity that would carry out the transition from Democratic Security to Democratic Prosperity.

    On June 15, 2014, in the second round and with more than 7.8 million votes, he was reelected as President of the Republic for the 2014 - 2018 constitutional term with a government plan based on three pillars: Peace, Equity and Education.
    President Santos is married to María Clemencia Rodríguez, with whom he has three children: Martín, María Antonia and Esteban.

  • COO, Dainik Jagran-inext

    Alok Sanwal is the COO of Dainik Jagran I-Next, a broadsheet daily newspaper published by Jagran Prakashan, one of the largest media companies in India with the highest print circulation. He is a media professional with experience in the fields of sales, services, brand management, media services and running a print media set up.

    Mr Sanwal is a Communication postgraduate from MICA (formerly known as the Mudra Institute of Communications) and an Engineering graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He started his career in 1993.

    He was previously COO and Editor of I-Next, the bilingual compact-sized daily from Jagran Prakashan Ltd and was managing content and the business of the publication. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Jagran Prakashan Ltd.

  • Editor, timesofIndia.com

    Prasad Sanyal

    Prasad started with TV, went digital after a decade and is now trying to make sense of the biggest newsroom in the world's most dynamic news environment. Currently he is The Editor of times of india.com. Previously he was with NDTV Convergence handling their newsroom, resources and handling big news day coverage. Prasad’s special interests are technology and cricket. 

  • Business Development Director for Australia, India & SEA, Criteo

    Dushyant Sapre is Criteo’s Acting Commercial Director for India and the Business Development Director for Australia, India and Southeast Asia. As the Commercial Director for India, he advises large ecommerce and online travel firms on how to drive more sales using the predictive engine technology of Criteo. As Business Development Director, Dushyant advises leading digital publishers on ways to navigate through the fast changing digital landscape and keep the content free for users via digital advertising.

  • Managing Director of First Draft News, United Kingdom

    Jenni Sargent is the Managing Director of First Draft News  an organisation set up in 2015 to provide guidance and training for journalists in social newsgathering and verification. In September 2016, she coordinated and launched the First Draft Partner Network, the first initiative of its kind to bring together global newsrooms and social networks to collaborate on tackling common issues relating to sourcing and reporting online information. Jenni is also a director of Eyewitness Media Hub and part of a research team responsible for exploring the impact of media attention on eyewitnesses who have shared their images online. Previously she founded Digital Skills Network, a digital training company that developed resources for newsrooms and NGOs.
  • Deputy Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times, United Kingdom

    Hannah Sarney works as both an editor and advocate for the future of newsrooms, pushing for innovations that will improve reach, relevance and genuine engagement with readers. She helps lead a newsroom team that is focused on creating and implementing audience-first strategies. Her projects aim to drive editorial analytics ever deeper into newsroom practice and bring stakeholders together from the newsroom, product, analytics, marketing and events.

     

  • CEO, Chartbeat, USA

    John is Chief Executive Officer of Chartbeat. He has worked on the cutting-edge of media and technology for 17+ years, setting the daily operations and business development agendas of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal and vente-privee. John received his undergraduate degree in History from Haverford College and a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Chartbeat, USA

    John Saroff is Chief Executive Officer of Chartbeat, the leading content intelligence platform used by more than 50,000 of the world's top media properties in over 60 countries. Chartbeat believes that meaningful stories matter wherever they live, and that in an increasingly mobile, social world, Chartbeat is the only analytics solution newsrooms rely on to understand consumer attention and make the most of their quality content on site and offsite. John has worked on the cutting-edge of media and technology for 17+ years, setting the daily operations and business development agendas of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal and vente-privee. John received his undergraduate degree in History from Haverford College and a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University.

  • Head of the ATC Innovation Lab, ATC, Greece

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    Nikos Sarris is the Head of the ATC Innovation Lab, working on new technologies with a focus on the media sector. For the last 20 years he has been working in R&D projects as a researcher, project manager and coordinator of large multinational consortia. Lately he has mainly been involved in projects focusing on the semantic 'understanding' of news content and the assessment of its trustworthiness. He is currently managing two related products on behalf of ATC: TruthNest and TrulyMedia.

  • Community Editor, The Economist, UK

    Adnan Sarwar is the Community Editor for The Economist. He manages a team of writers and producers to serve social media channels with the newspaper's words, charts, images, films and audio.

    The Economist has a global digital audience of over 50 million people and this is served daily across all time zones. The Economist has made a significant and long term commitment to social media and Adnan has been with the team since its inception.

    Previously he was a freelance writer for the Financial Times after winning the Financial Times Essay Prize in 2013 for an essay about his time in the British military. After leaving the army, where he had served in the Iraq War, Adnan worked for the BBC and ITV in production. Most recently he presented Dangerous Borders, where he travelled the whole of Pakistan to show the country 70 years after its partition from India.

  • CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Mittelbayerischer Verlag KG, Germany

    After his academic high school diploma at the Goethe-Gymnasium Regensburg Manfred Sauerer started in 1977 its studies of chemistry at the University of Regensburg. Also in 1977 - parallel to his studies - he made his first work experiences at the Mittelbayerische Verlag. Later on he became trainee journalist and after that editor. In the following years he held the positions as Head of the sports-department, Managing Chief, Head of the interregional resort and as Co-Editor in Chief. Since January, 17th, 2007 he is Editor in Chief of the Mittelbayerische Zeitung. In 2008 Manfred Sauerer became Member of the Managing Board of the Mittelbayerischer Verlag KG ansd 2014 he became Co-CEO.

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