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  • CEO, NDTV Group, India

    Suparna has been with NDTV for 25 years and has the highest-level experience in all aspects of NDTV functions: editorial in both broadcast TV and internet, revenue and cost management.

    She has helped NDTV create and run a major new property in NDTV Convergence, which is internationally recognised. It is and has always been a profitable venture (almost unheard of among similar internet news properties).

  • Co-Founder and Editor, THE KEN, India

    Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. She is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.
  • Vice President - Anandabazar Patrika and Ebela, ABP Group, India

  • CEO, Times Internet Ltd

    As a business leader, Gautam Sinha began his Times Internet journey over eight years back as the Chief Technology Officer and was elevated as the Chief Executive Officer at Times Internet; under his leadership Times Internet has become a strong contender in the pragmatic advertising space, filling the gap between search and networking by providing context to these digital interactions. Sinha’s experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive, building digital businesses has helped Times Internet move away from being a digital facilitator to one of the biggest media conglomerates in India, to become a conglomerate in-itself with diverse digital products and properties. As a technologist, Gautam Sinha has more than 30 years of global experience; beginning his career in 1986 as a defense scientist working on Dr Kalam's IGMDP program for DRDO, followed by his entrepreneurial journey, as chief operating officer and chief technology officer of CashEdge, a company based out of New York and California, which was acquired in 2011 for $465 million.

    Gautam holds a Bachelors’ degree in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Masters in Computer Science from University of Iowa.

  • Altnews, Co-Founder

    Pratik sinha is a co-founder of AltNews.in. Alt news is an Indian fact checking website. The website was launched on 9 February 2017 to combat the phenomenon of fake news. Sinha has compiled a list of more than 40 of what he describes as fake news sources, most of which he says support right wing views. Pratik Sinha was invited to the Google NewsLab Asia-Pacific Summit to discuss potential solutions to fake news. Since launching the website, he has received threats to his life, demanding that he stop producing content.
  • Deputy Director World Printers Forum, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Responsible for WAN-IFRA’s World Printers Forum and IFRA/DCX Expo, Sabine is a marketing and media expert, especially in the newspaper industry, with a focus on applications, innovations and creativity in the printed product. She studied marketing and psychology. At manroland press manufacturer, she was responsible for marketing newspaper and digital presses for many years. She has been consulting the newspaper and publishing industry worldwide, also as a freelance consultant, and earned an excellent reputation.

  • Director of Development, Groupe Challenges, France

    Frédéric Sitterlé is a pioneer in digital media development and entrepreneurship. He’s the founder of Sport24.com (acquired by Le Figaro in 2005), Vodeo.tv (acquired by Le Figaro in 2011), myskreen (acquired by Première in 2014). He was also, as New Media General Manager (2005-2008), at the origin of the digital transformation of french leading publishing group Le Figaro. After few years of producing and distributing movies, he managed the rescue and re-launch of Racing Club de Strasbourg Football Club (Premiere League). He is now Head of Development at Groupe Challenges (Challenges magazine, Sciences et Avenir, La Recherche, L’Histoire, Historia), in charge of the operations with Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, who owns 40% of the publishing house, building the future of mobility and onboard entertainment, in an era when cars will be connected and autonomous.

  • Virtual Reality Evangelist, NextVR, USA

    Helen Situ

    Helen Situ is the Virtual Reality Evangelist at NextVR, the leader in live virtual reality entertainment. Helen is driven by passion to connect the world through VR shared experiences. Helen believes that virtual reality is the ultimate empathy machine, and Virtual Reality will completely change how we explore, experience, and share. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and she was hired as the 4th employee at NextVR. Helen is a reoccurring judge with the annual innovation contest: Big Ideas at Berkeley. In early 2016, Helen launched SH//FT, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in emerging technology. Follow Helen on Twitter and Medium @HelenSitu.

  • Director, Digitalization Strategy and Programs at Business Finland

    At Business Finland, Pekka Sivonen defines strategies for Digitalization Programs such as Artificial Intelligence, Platform Economy, 5G, Industrial Internet and Augmented Reality (AR/VR), and prepares a new program in the area of Smart Mobility covering all present and future forms of transportation.

  • Director Consumer Business - Schibsted Media

    Bård Skaar Viken is Director Consumer Business in Schibsted Media. In his position Bård is responsible for all user revenues across four major Norwegian news media brands: Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad and Fædrelandsvennen. He also oversees a portfolio of magazines, niche services and junior products.

    He joined Schibsted in August 2012 and has been in his current role since January 2017. Prior to his current role Bård has been Director Product and Consumer Business in Stavanger Aftenblad (2014-2015) and Director Digital User Revenues Schibsted Norway Subscription Media (2016)


    Since 2014 he has worked primarily on growing Schibsteds subscription business with a special focus on increasing the number of paying digital subscribers, refining paid content models, drive conversion/sales and improving the overall customer journey.


    He is a board member in the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association.

    Bård graduated from the University of Oslo in 2009 with a Master in Political Science and International Political Economy. He also has a Bachelor in International Studies.

  • Political Editor, VG, Norway

    Hanne Skartveit is a Political Editor at VG in Norway. She has a law degree from the University of Oslo and Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) from Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. Hanne is hosting the weekly podcast "Skartveit" where she talks to people in power.

  • Senior fact checker, Faktisk.no, Norway

    Silje S. Skiphamn is a senior fact checker and investigative reporter at Faktisk.no, Norway´s new groundbreaking fact-checking organization. She has worked as a news journalist and political reporter in several newspapers since 2008, among them VG, the largest Norwegian daily on paper and internet combined. Skiphamn is also chair woman of the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP). She holds a Bachelor´s degree in political science from the University of Oslo and has also studied journalism. 
  • Journaliste, ex rédacteur en chef associé et directeur de la stratégie éditoriale des plateformes et produits numériques du Toronto Star

    DAVID SKOK

    Skok has had a distinguished career in journalism both in Canada and the United States. Mostly recently he served as Associate Editor of Toronto Star. Before joining teh Toronto Star, he was Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital at the Boston Globe, where he oversaw all digital business and editorial groups. Before moving to Boston, Mr. Skok worked for Global News in Toronto where he was instrumental in launching Globalnews.ca, a site that grew rapidly in audience and journalistic quality, recording triple-digit annual growth. He also was a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012, the first Canadian digital journalist selected for this honor. He is the co-author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruption in Journalism, a Nieman Reports e-book he co-wrote with Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Forum for Growth and Innovation Fellow James Allworth. David Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current affairs program in Washington, D.C. He was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University’s journalism program and is a regular commentator on the future of media and journalism. David is a member of teh Board of Directors of the Online News Associations (ONA).

  • Co-Founder, Table Stakes, USA

    Douglas K. Smith is the architect and co-founder of the “Table Stakes” movement in the U.S. and the lead author of Table Stakes: A Manual for Getting in the Game of News.  Table Stakes programs use Doug’s challenge-centric, performance-and-accountability driven change management methodologyÔ -- the methodology Doug also used to build the globally-recognized program that operated as the Sulzberger Leadership program at Columbia from 2007 to 2018 and now as the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard.

    Over the past several decades, Doug has done work with leading organizations in more than sixty industries across the private, non-profit and government sectors.  He is an innovator, author, teacher, advisor, lawyer and inventor concerned with competitive performance, innovation, strategy, and change. A former co-leader of McKinsey & Company’s worldwide organization performance practice, Doug’s books include On Value and Values: Thinking Differently About We In An Age Of Me; Fumbling The Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, The First Personal Computer; The Wisdom of Teams; Taking Charge of Change; Make Success Measurable; The Discipline of Teams; and, Sources Of The African Past.  Doug’s work was cited in the book High Impact Consulting for having the highest impact of all consultants reviewed.  He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • COO & President, Some Spider, USA

    Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating multiple identity-based digital brands each anchored by relevant content, community and soon commerce. 

    Smurl spent the last ten years at The New York Times in digital product development, paid content, advertising sales, strategic planning and business development roles. The latest is as general manager, core digital products, managing the performance and product evolution of core web and mobile products. 

  • COO, Público Comunicação Social, Portugal

    Since 2009, as an executive board member, Cristina Soares manages the transformation of Público, aiming at a sustainable business model based on digital, as this Portuguese Newspaper remains a national reference for journalism quality, innovative company and corporative efficiency. She runs also other companies in the group, in radio, printing and distribution.
    Previously, Cristina worked with Bonança Assurance, ELF OIL Portugal, HCB - Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Mozambique and Siderurgia Nacional Portugal, as controller, organizational advisor and corporate conversion process. Cristina joined the Board of WAN-IFFRA in 2017. She has a Master and MBA from ISCTE Lisbon.

  • Head - Russmedia Solutions, Austria

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Russia

    Sergei Sokolov was born in 1967 in Moscow and graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University in 1993 with a degree in International Journalism. He started working as a freelance correspondent with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in 1983 and became a correspondent in 1990. He became the head of the education section in 1993 and at the same time worked as a columnist and editor of the investigations desk. He was Deputy Chief Editor of the weekly Moscow News during 1994-1995 and has worked as a correspondent for the television programme 'The View'. Sergei specialises in military reporting, investigations into state corruption and other high-profile crimes. He taught at the Russian State Humanitarian University during between 1995-2005, where he led a course on investigative journalism. He currently works as the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief and Chief-Editor of the web portal at Novaya Gazeta.

  • CEO/Editor, VGTV; Chair Faktisk.no, Norway

    Helje Solberg is CEO/Editor of VGTV and chair of Faktisk.no, Norway's collaborative fact-checking initiative. She is on the advisory board of the World Editors Forum, is the head of the organising committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards and is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association). She is a member of the Oslo Editor Association and is a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and politics. Before becoming editor of VGTV she served as Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994. The following year she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud). 
  • Digital Editor, DB Medialab AS, Norway

  • Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa

    Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma.

    Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

    Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.

  • Head of Multimedia, Independent Media, South Africa

    Journalist and mobile journalism pioneer. Currently charged with driving multimedia content across all Independent Media platforms.

  • Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom, Singapore

    Alan Soon co-founded The Splice Newsroom, a business intelligence service covering the transformation of media in Asia. Splice delivers insights into the shifting media trends through its reporting, newsletters, research and events.

    Alan is Asia’s leading expert on newsroom operations, digital transformation, and building the new business of media. He also advises early-stage media-tech startups.

    For more than twenty years, Alan has worked in radio, television, news wires, magazine, and online across Asia, giving him unique insight into how various newsrooms get things done—and where they get stuck. He started his career as a reporter and grew into other operational roles — producer, editor, newsroom manager — and eventually led one of the largest digital news teams in the industry as Yahoo’s Managing Editor for India and Southeast Asia.

  • Head of Digital, Danske Medier & COO, IAB Denmark

    Allan Sorensen

    Allan Sorensen is Head of Digital at Danish Media representing more than 90 pct of private media in Denmark, COO of IAB Denmark, Board Member of IAB Europe and Chair of IAB Europe’s Policy Committee. For the last two decades he has been involved in public affairs and analytics in the digital media and advertising industry.

  • Vice President of Advertising in the Americas, Financial Times, USA

    Brendan Spain

    Previously, Spain was Account Director for Financial Markets, responsible for US investment banking clients including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citigroup across print and digital FT properties.

    Spain has played a vital role at the FT for over seven years. As an original member of the FT's "Digital Development Group", he has worked extensively with the FT's key clients in developing marketing solutions that leverage audience, platforms, creative executions, and metrics.

    In March 2011 Spain moved to London to become senior account manager, educating the FT’s highest revenue client line in their digital proposition, niche financial offerings (FT Trading Room, FTfm, Alphaville), and tablet and mobile innovations.

    In October 2012, Spain was appointed Digital Development Manager for financial products in London. His position focused on product development and sales strategy across all of FT’s digital Financial Publishing products.

    Aside from geeking out in spirited digital conversations and being close enough to the business to understand the particular challenges and problems faced by organizations attempting to navigate the evolving digital landscape.

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