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  • Commercial & Operations Director, Ozone Platform, Ozone Project, UK

    Danny Spears is Commercial & Operations Director of Ozone Platform at The Ozone Project.

    Danny’s mission is to help publishers’ create incremental value in their digital advertising businesses by understanding the challenges they face, and by delivering the capability that they need. He leads the commercial, product and analytics functions of Ozone’s Publisher Platform.

    Prior to joining The Ozone Project, Danny was Programmatic Director at Guardian News & Media where he was responsible for global leadership of advertising technology and data strategy as well as UK & ROW programmatic revenue.

  • Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, Associated Press, USA

    Robyn Spector is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at the Associated Press. She is responsible for the implementation of the strategic planning process and key initiatives across the AP, tapping into the major forces affecting the news industry and aligning corporate goals with these insights. In her role, she leverages media and technology partnerships with academic institutions, business ventures and research centers to identify and expand revenue opportunities. She leads the company’s cross-functional AI working group to build and develop the pipeline for emerging technology applications in journalism. Prior to the AP, Robyn worked at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, first as a senior strategy analyst in advertising and later overseeing large-scale strategic projects on behalf of the Chief Transformation Officer, Office of the President, and Chief Strategy Officer. Robyn started her career in product development and campaign management at Cablevision Media Sales and was a reporter on the breaking news beat in New York. She completed Columbia University’s Lede Program in computer science and data journalism and earned her B.A. from Brandeis University where she received the Sorensen Fellowship to study media ethics in post-genocide Rwanda.

  • VP of Sales

    Steven is VP of Sales at Piano, overseeing new markets in EMEA. His proven tenure inside both services and platform industries provide a valuable perspective on accelerating digital businesses through technology and customer experience. Prior to joining Piano, Steven managed global business development for iCrossing, a digital agency at Hearst Corporation. He’s also held leadership positions at Method, Schematic (POSSIBLE, a unit of WPP), Capgemini, and the pioneering internet consultancy, Viant.

    Of particular focus for Steven has been the Media & Entertainment market, where the need for new business models, enabled through digital technology, content and user experience, demands deep expertise across multiple skill sets. Before working in technology, Steven was a producer of broadcast commercials and music videos.

  • Resident Editor, Times of India, India

    K R Sreenivas has the habit of turning around newspapers. In his 21-month stint as Resident Editor of TOI, Hyderabad, he has rejigged the Hyderabad, Vizag and Vijayawada editions to make it more impactful, brought in a qualitative change in content, layouts and design of the newspaper, and made the editions more impactful. Under his stewardship, The Times of India recently launched Times Connect, the first of which was conducted at Marredpally, which brought residents and authorities face-to-face to deal with citizen issues. Apart from making the newspaper snippety and news-centric, Sreenivas has brought in interactive initiatives, making TOI most readable. Focussed coverage, carpet bombing of issues, detailed infographics have all become part of parcel of the coverage.

    Prior to this stint, Sreenivas was Resident Editor of TOI, Goa, packing in soulful stories in the edition that hit national headlines. Goa was a different market from his previous experiences, but he brought around a change that made TOI the most loved newspaper in the market.

    Sreenivas has also the distinction of being the launch editor of Bangalore Mirror, a compact newspaper of the Times Group. During his three-and-a-half year stint as the young newspaper’s editor, he made it such a habit for Bangaloreans that they got addicted to the style and play of stories.

    Sreenivas joined The Times of India at Bangalore in 2000 and as Bureau Chief, brought in content that made local coverage interesting and would make people sit up and notice.

    His career started with The Indian Express at Chennai where he rose to be its Chief Reporter, and in 1997 the youngest in the country holding the sensitive post. As a reporter in his formative years in journalism, he broke the big stories of the 1990s – that of Jayalalithaa’s corruption, non-filing of income Tax returns, and Hyderabad’s grape gardens which she owned, and many more. Then Railway Minister C K Jaffer Sharief had to quit as Railway Minister following Sreenivas’s story on misuse of Ircon aircraft and the furore that followed in parliament.

    Sreenivas was educated in Chennai, went to Loyola College and Kendriya Vidyalaya in IIT campus, Madras.

    He loves sports, listens to music and loves his friends he has cultivated over a period of time.

  • VP of Online Advertising & Head of Ideas People Media, The Economist Group, UK

    Ashwin Sridhar is responsible for global revenue from advertising on Economist.com and is the head of business for Ideas People Media - The Economist's publisher network. Ashwin's focus is ensuring The Economist's advertising offering remains competitive and in tune with the changing needs of clients.

  • Chief General Manager - Operations, Telangana Publications Pvt Ltd

    Ch. Srinivas

    Srinivas Ch is General Manager-Operations of Telangana Publications Group. 

    He primarily heads the Operations of the Group, which publish NAMASTHE TELANGANA Telugu and TELANGANA TODAY English dailies. The Group recently owned ManRoland’s Double-width Press Cromoman and Ferag’s Mailroom system under Srinivas’s leadership. In this role, he oversees Company’s Production, Prepress and IT departments includes QC at various stages. 

    Srinivas is also a Journalist, who writes about Scientific and Technological developments across the Globe. He also serves as Content Editor for the Group’s Telugu Portal NTNEWS.COM 

    Prior to Telangana Group, Mr. Srinivas served as DGM-Technical of Telugu Daily SURYA. At this position, he headed IT, Prepress and Digital Edition departments. Started his career with Eenadu as an Engineer, Srinivas is one of the few Onlookers who experienced various generations in Offset Printing Technology since 1990.

  • Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India

    Education: Bachelor of Engineering. Specialisation: Printing Technology

    Role at WAN-IFRA: Anand is responsible for the activities at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, Chennai which offers newsprint and newsink testing, print quality evaluation, research and training on various newspaper production topics. In the last five years with WAN-IFRA, he has published several research reports on the topics of materials and colour reproduction. He was one of the members of the Jury that judged the general print quality of newspapers in INCQC 2010-12. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Printing Technology, Anna University.

    Previous work experience: The Hindu, a leading English daily in India – Engineer in the Graphics department and a member of the QC team, responsible for colour correction, colour management and conformance of all the printing centres of The Hindu to ISO 12647-3.

  • Head of Strategy, The Hindu Group

    Sathya Sriram heads the Strategy and Marketing functions at The Hindu Group, a leading media house in India. She is spearheading the company’s thrust in digital subscriptions through a portfolio of products targeting different user segments – YoungWorldClub.com for children, BusinessLineOnCampus for MBA students and aspirants as well as the e-Papers of the daily newspapers.

    She was formerly with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and worked with governments, non-profits, and healthcare companies on improving operations, strategic thinking, and organisational transformation. She also helped set up the McKinsey Centre for Government in Singapore in 2011, an entity focused on connecting governments across Asia and supporting their services to the public.

  • Director New Ventures, Telenor Digital, Norway

    Johanna Staaf is responsible for identifying tech startups and early stage businesses that have potential to fuel growth for Telenor Digital. Over the years she has gained significant experience in this field having identified and successfully forged strategic and commercial partnerships with digital startups for Telenor’s business units in Sweden and Malaysia. Johanna started out her career in in the media industry in business development positions for MTG, Modern Times Group. Being passionate about the growing opportunities for digital advertising, Johanna took part in the establishment of the Swedish chapter of the IAB where she served as the Board Chairman for IAB Sweden 2008-2010.

  • Picture Editor-in-Chief, Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

    Joakim Stahl studied at Lunds University and at International Center of Photography in New York  in the 80´s. He started as a freelance photographer and has been working in the news industry since then, both as an editor and as a photographer.  For the last 15 years he´s been picture editor-in-chief at Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Director of Audio, The Washington Post, USA

    Jessica Stahl is the director of audio at The Washington Post, where she oversees a team developing popular podcasts like “Can He Do That?” and “Constitutional,” and experimenting in audio storytelling with programs like “Letters From War” and “Retropolis.” The Washington Post was also one of the first news organisations to produce audio specifically for smart speakers with “The Daily 202’s Big Idea,” and continues to pioneer around audio programming, as well as delivery and monetization strategies.   

    Jessica previously was The Post’s deputy editor for audience, focusing on community-building and digital-first storytelling, as well as the implementation of smart digital strategy. Prior to joining The Post, she was the social media editor at the Voice of America. Jessica has an MA from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and an AB from Princeton University.

  • CEO & Founder, KickBack AS (Part of Schibsted Media Group)

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  • CEO, Tinius Trust, Norway

    Kjersti Løken Stavrum is CEO of the Tinius Trust, which is the largest shareholder in the Schibsted Group. The trust's main role is to ensure that Schibsted remains a media group characterised by free, independent, quality journalism. 

    A former Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, Stavrum began her journalism career with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 1994. She left, to edit the weekly women's magazine Kvinner og Klær, but returned to Aftenposten in 2005 as feature editor of the paper's revamped weekly magazine A-magasinet where she remained until 2012. Thereafter, for a short period, she was head of the communications department of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

    In April 2013, she was appointed Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, replacing Per Edgar Kokkvold who had occupied the post since 1966.

    In 2003, Stavrum was named Norway's Female Media Leader of the Year in recognition for her success in making KK (Kvinner og Klær) Norway's most popular women's magazine.

  • Editorial Director, Vox Media, USA

    Lockhart Steele is the editorial director of Vox Media, overseeing editorial content across all seven brands published by Vox Media: The Verge, Vox.com, SB Nation, Curbed, Eater, Racked, and Polygon. In 2004, Steele founded the Curbed Network, the publisher of three sites -- Curbed, Eater, and Racked -- which was purchased by Vox Media in 2013. Prior to founding the Curbed network, Steele served as the managing editor of Gawker Media, where he oversaw company-wide editorial operations and expansions.

  • Editor in Chief and CEO, VG - Verdens Gang AS, Norway

    Gard Steiro is a Norwegian journalist and editor. In 2016 Steiro was appointed editor-in-chief and CEO of VG, Norway´s leading digital media house. With 2.5 million daily users cross platforms VG reaches half of the population in Norway.  Steiro started as a reporter. The last ten years he has held several leader positions in different media companies. From 2011 to 2015 Steiro was chief editor of Bergens Tidende, the largest regional newspaper in Norway.  Steiro is a member of the management team in Schibsted Media that owns and runs a large number of newspapers and digital startups in ScandinaviaGard sterio is currently the Editor in chief and CEO of VG - Verdens Gang AS

  • Digital Director, SVP, OP Financial Group

    Anders has a long experience in digital services from companies such as If and Sanoma. Recently he started at OP where he is heading their digital business concepts in banking, insurance and wealth management. Anders is also an experienced board member professional. As Finland’s largest financial services group, OP provides its customers with the best loyalty benefits and the most extensive and diversified range of banking, wealth management, and insurance services. The company transforming from traditional finance services provider to customer-centric services provider with financial services at the core.

  • Growth Manager, Facebook, South Africa

    As Growth Manager for Facebook products in South Africa, Sebastian’s role is to accelerate the adoption of mobile and internet technologies across southern Africa. This allows millions of Africans with no internet access to benefit from all the educational, social and economic advantages that being connected brings.

  • Director Media Programme Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

    Torben Stephan has studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and worked many years as a journalist, editor and correspondent for different newspapers in Germany.
    Following journalism he held different positions in several election campaigns on regional and national level for the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Germany. In 2009, he was part of Angela Merkel’s campaigning team being responsible for content marketing, concepts and her Facebook page.

  • Director of SME Solutions, Newsquest Media, UK

    Morgan Stevenson is the Director of SME Solutions at Newsquest Media since December 2016.  He is responsible for the delivery of best in class Digital Marketing solutions for local businesses in Newsquest markets.  He leads the development of the Newsquest Sales Academy and is responsible for driving revenues via Newsquest Medias part in the UK media -first publisher partnership,  1XL.

    Morgan joined Newsquest from Trinity Mirror where he was Digital Innovation Director, and he has previously held positions as Commercial Development Director, Local World and Head of Display at Johnston Press. He started his career in advertising sales and has a degree in Engineering from the University of Leeds.

  • Executive in residence, StartupLab, Norway

    Since March 2019, Tina Stiegler is mentoring new tech companies in growth strategies and go-to-market at StartUp Lab in Oslo. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in Schibsted Media Group. Her last position was Head of Next Media. Tina started in Schibsted as a management trainee in 2002, and has since held positions as organizational director in Verdens Gang (VG), as well as different positions in Bergens Tidende and VG. Tina was COO/CFO in Schibsted Norway from 2012, and took on the role as project lead for the reorganization project in 2015 when she became part of the group management team of Schibsted Media Group. Tina holds a degree in economics and business administration (“siviløkonom”) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)/Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as studies in literature and French from the University of Bergen/Université de Nice-Sofia Antipolis.

     

  • Senior Duty Editor Technology, DIE WELT, Germany

    Torsten has been with Axel Springer for more than 30 years in various management roles of IT and technology. Torsten has been leading all the major projects in the newsroom at DIE WELT. Projects of implementing new technology and workflows for print, online and digital and the transformation process of changing the newsroom from a print-focus to a story-centric and digital-first focus.

  • Director, International News Safety Institute (INSI), UK

    Hannah Storm is Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a UK-registered charity, which provides safety advice and training to journalists working in difficult and dangerous situations, from conflict to disasters, civil unrest to online harassment.   Its members include many of the world’s leading news organisations including the BBC, CNN, Reuters, Globo, AFP and NHK.   Storm is the co-author of ‘The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High Risk Conflict Zones’ and ‘No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters’, which explores the unique safety issues for women working in the media.   She also works as a freelance media consultant and trainer for different UN agencies with a specific focus on gender and the media.   Before joining INSI, Storm spent more than a decade working mainly overseas as a journalist for outlets including the BBC, The Times, Reuters and ITN, as well as a media officer for Oxfam.
  • First Minister of Scotland

    Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first woman leader and has led the Scottish National Party since 2014. She is the fifth leader since the Scottish Parliament and government were established in 1999.

  • General Manager Global Markets, ZINIO, Spain

    Raul Suarez is General Manager Global Markets for ZINIO. He started the European operations in 2005 to continue afterwards expanding into all international markets. Raul has worked in the travel industry business in the early internet years (1994-2002) where he had international management positions with specific focus to developing online commerce. He also was Director at ACCESOGROUP, a leading Media Intelligence and Communications Management Systems company based in Spain.

  • Leonor oversees the digital video production for Univision news network website, including live video coverage for and social media platforms coordinating with the editorial team the coverage of breaking news in video.

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