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  • Co-Founder and CEO, MioTech

    Jianyu (Jason) Tu, Stanford MBA, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Co-Founder and CEO of MioTech. Jason’s career spans across banking and tech startups around the globe. He kicked off his career at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong and has since then worked at a number of startups such as WeLab and Robinhood in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

  • ICFJ​ ​Knight​ ​Fellow

    Nasr ul Hadi leads the Int'l Center for Journalists' (ICFJ) Knight Fellows in India.  This team — editorial, multimedia, product, technology and strategy consultants with diverse experience across print, broadcast and digital news media​ ​— drives innovation experiments​ in newsrooms' story, product, workflow and/or business models, by developing and expanding the use of new technologies and digital-led best practices that improve access to quality information and journalism.

    ICFJ Knight's hosts/partners in India have included established legacy brands and journalism startups, publishers in both English and local languages, mostly in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, but also in smaller cities deeper in the subcontinent — Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Dainik Jagran, Deccan Herald, IndiaSpend, among others.

    Hadi's own focus is “culture hacking” in editorial teams to encourage sustainability, scalability and replicability of data-led news workflows. He has been a regular speaker and trainer on digital-led newsroom innovation at leading industry conferences, bootcamps and leadership roundtables worldwide, including those organised by the Online News Association (ONA), World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA), Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), and Int'l Journalists Network (IJNet).

    Beyond work, he co-manages local chapters of the global Hacks/Hackers community, and has occasionally taught digital storytelling in postgraduate and mid-career classrooms. Hadi studied engineering and digital media at the Aligarh and Columbia universities, respectively. 

  • Independent consultant, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

    A veteran digital leader in local media, Eric works as a consultant and trainer to news organizations navigating change. He was most recently managing editor for digital operations at the Philadelphia Media Network, the publisher of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, where he oversaw visual journalism, content management tools and training and helped lead a top-to-bottom reorganization of the newsroom last year. He joined the company in 2014 as executive director of digital strategy before moving into the newly unified newsroom in 2016 to oversee digital efforts. He previously led digital news and product development at The Seattle Times and held a number of digital roles at the Los Angeles Times, where he co-founded the paper's award-winning Data Desk. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of British Columbia and was a 2013 fellow in the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

  • CEO & Editor-in-Chief, IDN Media, Indonesia

    Winston Utomo is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief at IDN Media, a multi-platform digital media company for Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia. IDN Times, Popbela.com, IDN TV, Yummy and NOW are some of the digital assets that IDN Media owns and operates. With over 40 million unique audiences every month, IDN Media aims to become the voice of Millennials and Gen Z and to bring positive impact to the society.   Prior joining IDN Media, Winston worked at Google in Singapore and St. John Capital in San Francisco. He graduated from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, for his Bachelor degree and Columbia University, New York, for his Master degree.
  • General Manager - Technical

  • Editorial Content Manager, Grupo GRANASA, Ecuador

    Marcos is the Editorial Content Manager in GRANASA, and has lead the digital renovation project of EXTRA newspaper, one of the most read newspaper in Ecuador. Marcos is also a journalist with digital experience (websites and social media), and a consultant for media companies and journalists interested in evolving towards multi-platform and multi-disciplinary newsrooms.

  • Associate Vice President - Marketing and Communication, Franklin Templeton Investment India Pvt. Ltd., India

  • CEO, NRC Media, Netherlands

    Rien van Beemen

    Rien van Beemen is CEO of NRC Media, a leading Dutch quality newspaper. NRC has migrated in a few years from a classic newspaper business to a mainly digital player. 80% of readers have a digital component included in their subscription. NRC has now been able to grow its number of subscribers for four years in a row. Before entering the media world, Rien had extensive experience in two other disruptive industries: travel and online entertainment.

  • CEO, Escenic, Norway

    Mark van de Kamp heads up Escenic, a CCI-owned media tech company specializing in CMS platforms. Mark’s mission is to make digital storytelling more intuitive for the creators and more engaging for the audiences. He is one of the driving forces behind the development of CUE, the new cutting-edge digital publishing platform from CCI and Escenic.

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  • Manager Data Intelligence & CRM, NRC Media, The Netherlands

    Matthijs van de Peppel has been working in the newspaper industry for over ten years. Starting his career as a circulation marketer, he quickly developed as a online shop manager, online marketer, and project manager. Now, as the manager of the data intelligence and customer relationship management team at NRC Media, a quality Dutch news organisation, Matthijs is responsible for bringing data insights into decision making and amplifying the voice of the customer. Together with two coauthors he just published the book How to Succeed in The Relationship Economy.

     

  • Art Director, NRC Media, Netherlands

    Jan paul van der Wijk is currently the Art-director for NRC Weekend (The main Newspaper of NRC Media). Jan paul previously worked as chief design and photography in NRC for more than 13 years. He developed several magazines and newspapers, such as NRC DeLuxe, NRC Focus, next.one and the newspaper nrc.next.

    With his wealth of experience, Jan paul commisioned the yearly Photography Exhibition by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Dokument Nederland. He also teaches photography and design as guest at universities in Amsterdam, Antwerp (Belgium), Paris (France) and Leipzig (Germany), where he teached a great amount of young Dutch photographers.

  • Founder, VersPers, The Netherlands

    Geesje van Haren established Verspers.nl in 2005. VersPers is a training and publication platform for investigative journalists, with a large network of publication partners and extensive experience in training creative investigative journalism skills. Geesje van Haren initiated and produced books, video-productions, journalistic events and exchange programs. In addition, she is the chief editor at Small Stream Media. As part of this cross-local platform, she travelled to OESO-DAC countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Malaysia, South Africa, The Philippines and other countries, where she trained young talents how to move around to find cross-local stories.

  • Director of Marketing and Data at NRC Media, The Netherlands

    Xavier van Leeuwe (1975) has over ten years of experience as a marketing executive in media companies Telegraaf Media Groep, de Persgroep and NRC Media in the Netherlands. Xavier has successfully lead his team from decline to growth by building a customer-centric and data rich culture at a news organisation with 189 years of heritage in Amsterdam. Prior to being a media executive Xavier worked several years as a financial and political journalist in the Netherlands. He started his career as a researcher for The United Nations in Geneva. Xavier has helped media companies with actionable insights and has been speaker at newspaper conferences in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Cologne and Atlanta. He is an active blogger for INMA.org and publishes a frequent and free newsletter Changemediaforgood.com. Xavier is a cum laude Master in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a Post-Master degree in Journalism from that same university.

  • General Director, Dutch Journalism Fund, The Netherlands

    René van Zanten (1955) is the General Director of the Dutch Journalism Fund.
    After a few years of studying Economics, he started (1980) working as a journalist for one of the most prestigious regional newspapers in the Netherlands (Haagsche Courant). He worked as a roving reporter, covering international issues with emphasis on East-West relations. He is a German Marshall Fund alumni as well as an Atlantic Exchange alumni.

    In 1995, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the big regional newspaper Utrechts Nieuwsblad and in 2003 he became the publisher/director of the biggest regional newspaper in the Netherlands, De Gelderlander. He started at the Dutch Journalism Fund in 2011.

    The Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek, or Dutch Journalism Fund, supports the quality, diversity and independence of journalism in The Netherlands by promoting innovation. To achieve this goal, the fund provides grants to innovative journalism projects, conducts research and stimulates knowledge sharing across the industry.

    He is the co-founder of an annual lecture on Europe and is passionate about finding ways to connect journalism to all new, current, accelerating challenges.

  • Founder, VanMedia Group

    Glenn van Zutphen

    In 29 years as a professional journalist, Glenn van Zutphen worked in print, radio, television and online news while based in the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore as Regional News Editor for CNBC Asia/Pacific, Anchor, Producer & Reporter at CNN International, reporter and anchor for Hong Kong’s Wharf Cable Television, and a TV and radio broadcaster for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp).

    Glenn is a past-President of The Atlanta Press Club, Singapore’s Foreign Correspondents Association as well as a member of the Singapore Press Club and the Asian American Journalists Association.

    A career international journalist and a frequent TV, radio and podcast commentator, Glenn is the founder of VanMedia Group Pte Ltd, an international media consultancy coaching high-performing C-Suite and D-Suite leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs. He is an accomplished global keynote speaker, meeting facilitator, and event host.

    Glenn holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Management from Hyper Island Singapore/Teesside University (UK) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

  • Google Product Partnerships, APAC

    Monisha is part of the Product Partnerships team in APAC and helps the teams that make Google's products launch, scale and internationalize their products. Monisha worked with publishers across Asia during the launch of AMP in APAC earlier this year and her current work revolves around Search, the Assistant and tools to make the mobile Web great.    
  • Founding Editor, The Wire

    Siddharth Varadarajan

    Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He was earlier the Editor of The Hindu and is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year. He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, besides working at the Times of India and the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University.

  • Digital Analytics Manager, Lagardère Active, France

    Dilson Varela Ribeiro

    Lagardère Active is a major player in television and radio, with 23 radio stations worldwide, 17 TV channels and France's number one production company. France's premier mainstream magazine publishing group, with 27 press titles on the domestic market and a further 84 under licence worldwide, Lagardère Active is also the largest media group in terms of audience on the mobile web in France.

  • Director of Digital Ad Operations and Development, Alma Media Corporation , Finland

    Johanna Vartiainen has been with Alma Media since 2005, holding different positions of Sales, Digital Advertising and Development. Vartiainen is responsible for digital ad operations, ad technology and digital advertising development at Alma Media. Alma Media is a media company focusing on service business and journalistic content, with the mission of boosting the sustainable growth of individuals, companies and society. In addition to journalistic content, the company provides services related to lifestyle, career, competence and business development. Alma Media has been a pioneer in digital advertising in recent years and overall the company’s transformation into a provider of digital services began already in the mid-1990s. In 2016, digital business accounted for 40 per cent of our revenue. Vartiainen is also a member of Member of the Board at IAB Finland.

  • CDO/CMO, Groupe Sud Ouest, France

    Guillaume Vasse is the CDO and CMO of Groupe Sud Ouest, one of the major French Regional Media Groups. Group Sud Ouest encompasses 6 dailies, 4 weeklies, 2 magazines, a local TV, an event agency, and a book publishing activity. As CDO, Vasse oversees the digital strategy and operations of Group Sud Ouest. Two years ago, he founded Theophraste, a corporate startup accelerator which has proved to be a major transformation and innovation vehicle for GSO. Prior to GSO, Vasse has built his career in media monetization. He has served as Head of Marketing and Revenue Management of Altice Media (then known as NextradioTV) and he has run the marketing of the saleshouse major french radio stations such as Skyrock and Nostalgie (NRJ Group).

  • Tech Editor, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Social communicator and journalist with 20 years of experience both in print and electronic media. After working with Vanguardia Liberal and PFM magazine, he joined EL TIEMPO, the main national newspaper in Colombia, where he has been International deputy editor, Social Media Chief and Technology Editor.

  • Founder / Creative Director, 5W Infographics LLC, USA

    Juan Velasco is the Founder and Creative Director of 5W Infographics. He was Art Director of National Geographic magazine from 2008 to 2014. Previously, he was Graphics Art Director for The New York Times, and a graphics reporter for El Mundo (Spain).

    Juan has won over a hundred awards from the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Design and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of a team at The New York Times.

  • Senior Dy. General Manager, THG Publishing, India

    Venkatesan currently holds Senior Deputy General Manager position in THG Publishing, publisher of The Hindu newspaper in India. He is having nearly 25 years of industrial experience and worked in various levels at supply chain management, commercial & administration.

    Venkatesan holds a degree in mechanical engineering.

     

  • Chief Executive Officer – ABP News Network

    Ashok Venkatramani

    Ashok started his career with Unilever, having been with them for 19 years, before moving into his current role of the CEO of ABP News Network – an ABP Group company (formerly a News Corp International and ABP joint venture) which runs India’s largest news TV network.

    He is currently the Vice President and Director on the Board of the News Broadcasters Association of India and chairs their HR and Sales sub-committees. 

    Ashok was featured twice in the World CMO Council‘s list of India’s 75 top marketers and was awarded as ‘CEO with best HR Orientation’ in 2010. 

    He is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Harvard Business School.

  • Président co-fondateur, SlimCut Media

    Damien Veran

    Damien Véran is the president and co-founder of SlimCut Media, a global leader in Outstream Native video advertising innovation.  SlimCut Media helps media companies to deploy video advertising within their online content. Current clients include Vice, Rogers, Warner, DailyMail, PostMedia, Quebecor, Toronto Star or Globe & Mail. Passionate about media, Damien has co-founded SlimCut Media in 2011 with the goal of helping traditional publishers thrive in the booming digital environment. Damien was invited to speak at the 2014 Advertising Week in NYC and was part of the panel for the 2015 PwC Global Media Outlook.  Damien sits on the jury of the Ryerson University's Master of Journalism entrepreneurship project. In 2016, Damien was appointed Foreign Trade Advisor by the French government. Damien holds a master’s degree in engineering specialized in telecommunications and a master’s degree specialized in marketing from HEC Paris.

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