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  • Director of Planning, Twitter, UK

    As Director of Planning at Twitter UK my role is to help to inspire and enable planners and clients to get the most out of a product by advising them on how to embed Twitter into their marketing and communication strategies. I’ve recently joined Twitter from PHD where I spent 5 fantastic years as Head of Planning, overseeing PHD’s planning product on brands such as Sainsbury’s, Warner Bros, Mondelez, YouTube and the BHF. Before that I spent 8 years at Mindshare. I’m Module editor for the IPA’s Excellence Diploma and sit on the APG committee

  • Strategic Sales Director, The Weather Channel, UK

    Lindsay Wiles joined The Weather Company International Inc. in January 2013 as Strategic Sales Director. She is responsible for launching ‘Weather FX’ into the UK and International markets, a dynamic suite of capabilities that provides marketers with an actionable way to take advantage of the weather through the creation of predictive modelling combining sales, sentiment and historical insights with the weather data, to be fed into advertising and marketing planning. Prior to this Lindsay spent four years in the mobile arena, in Head of International roles at both the premium mobile network 4th Screen and Orange. She has also lead the Client Development Team at GCap (now Global Radio) driving multi-platform investment for clients, various Commercial Development roles with Yahoo! and Head of Retail at Mirror Group Newspapers.

  • Head of Product Development FAZ.net, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

    Nico Wilfer

    Nico Wilfer heads product development for the digital products of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany´s largest nationwide newspapers. This include the news portal faz.net as well as several mobile products. Prior to joining F.A.Z., Nico worked five years in digital product management positions at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Before that he was founder of myBlog, Germany´s once biggest weblog platform, which at the time hosted up to more than 50 % of German blogs. 

  • Head of Product, TechCrunch

    Nicole Wilke is the Head of Product at TechCrunch, where she leads product strategy and manages the engineering and design team. Before joining TechCrunch, she worked as a product manager at Wired, where she served as product lead on a relaunch of wired.com and played a key role in integrating the magazine's print and digital efforts. Prior to that, she was a producer at Disney, where she developed games and interactive strategies in support of Disney Channel properties. She has also held roles as a management consultant helping traditional media companies navigate the digital landscape, and as a web designer.

  • Chief Content Officer, Content Insights, UK

    Jon Wilks is Chief Content Officer at Content Insights, a tech company that is shaking up how we think about editorial analytics. Formerly the editor of Time Out Tokyo and Time Out Abu Dhabi, Jon worked the traditional route through print journalism to running Time Out Tokyo as a digital-only publication, before setting up one of London's first content marketing departments at Arena and Havas Media. Having spent time on both sides of the journalism/marketing divide, he brings a unique take on some of the difficulties the industry is facing.

  • Director Policy and Programmes, Free Press Unlimited, The Netherlands

    Leon Willems is Director Policy and Programmes of Free Press Unlimited. Under his guidance, Netherlands-based Free Press Unlimited has become one of the leading press freedom organisations of today, active in almost 40 countries. He believes that media are crucial tools for democracy building and contribute to the development of society as a whole.

  • Co-Founder, Institute for Media Strategies, UK

  • Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard & The Independent

    Doug Wills is Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. His role involves working closely with all editorial executives and dealing daily with circulation, advertising and production directors co-ordinating the complex operation of producing daily newspapers and their editorial digital channels.

    More than 900,000 copies of the Evening Standard are distributed every afternoon giving a daily readership in print and across its fast-expanding digital platforms of 11 million readers a month. 

    The Evening Standard is recognised as setting the agenda in politics and business, as well as being first with major news and sports stories.  In early 2009 the Evening Standard was bought from Associated Newspapers by Alexander Lebedev.  The following year the Lebedev family purchased The Independent.  The i newspaper was launched by the group later that year and became widely regarded as an outstanding success having been launched when the sales of other national newspapers were and have continued to decline.  The ESI Media group has invested in digital platforms of The Independent which now have more than 75 million unique users.

    Doug Wills began his career as a trainee reporter with Thomson Regional Newspapers.  He held a number of positions in the provincial press, including deputy editor, before moving to London in 1986 at the time Robert Maxwell was launching the short-lived London Daily News and the London newspaper market was as competitive as it is today.

  • Managing Director, Styria Print Group and Druck Carinthia

    Christian Wilms

    Christian Wilms manages the Styria Print Group Austria together with Alexander Marko and is responsible for the areas production, engineering, all key processes and sales.
    CONTACT: christian.wilms@styria.com

  • Editor, The Dallas Morning News, USA

    Mike Wilson is the editor of the Dallas Morning News, responsible for news coverage in print and online. He joined the company in February 2015. 

    Wilson began his career at the Miami Herald, where he worked for 12 years as a writer and editor. He joined the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) 1994, serving for 18 years as a writer, editor and, finally, managing editor. His staff won two Pulitzer prizes during his tenure.

    In 2013 he moved to ESPN in New York to become the founding managing editor of Nate Silver’s data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight. 

    Wilson graduated from Tufts University in 1983 with degrees in English literature and drama. He has written two books, Right on the Edge of Crazy (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team, and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison (1997), about the founder of Oracle Corporation. 

    He and his wife, Alisa Jenkins Wilson, live in Dallas and have three grown children.

  • Founder FlyingLab & former Sr. Director, Lufthansa Digital Innovations faculty futur/io, Hamburg

    Dr. Torsten Wingenter ist einer der erfahrensten internationalen Digitalexperten der Airline-Branche, nachdem er für die Lufthansa die Social Media Aktivitäten von null aufgebaut und zu einer der führenden Airlines in den sozialen Netzen gemacht hat. Als Gründer des Lufthansa FlyingLabs, einer weltweit einzigartigen fliegenden Innovationsplattform und Konferenzformat, ist er gefragter Redner und Berater zu digitalen Innovationen, die er schließlich zuletzt bei Lufthansa verantwortete, worunter auch die Digitalstrategie der Premium-Airlines Austrian, Lufthansa und SWISS fiel. Aktuell ist Dr. Wingenter u. a. Teil des futur/io-Institutes, welches sich der Idee verschrieben hat, was müssen die Entscheider von heute und morgen wissen, um in einer digitalen Welt wettbewerbsfähig zu sein und wir für Europa eine lebenswerten Zukunft kreieren in einem Umfeld von künstlicher Intelligenz und exponentiellen Technologien. Darüber hinaus ist Dr. Wingenter Mitglied der Jury des Deutschen Marketingpreis und engagiert sich beispielsweise in der Digitalen Bewegung für Deutschland.

  • South Asia Director, AFP, India

    Tim is currently the South Asia Director for AFP bureaux in Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Colombo and Kathmandu. He is responsible for AFP's editorial and commercial work in the region. Prior to this, he was International Sports Editor for AFP from 2014 until 2017, where he was organizing coverage of major events, such as Olympics and FIFA World Cup, at the time when agency was launching a strategic switch into video production with increased focus on sport. He started his career as a reporter/news desk editor of Southern Evening Echo in 1980 in Southampton.

  • COO, IBT Media, UK

    Greg Witham

    Greg Witham is COO at IBT Media in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), a fast-growing digital media company which publishes eight brands including Newsweek and International Business Times and has a readership of over 90 million monthly readers.

    Greg identifies commercial opportunities across the IBT Media EMEA portfolio, growing readership and profitability and diversifying the product so that it continues to be the definitive provider of cutting-edge news and analysis across platforms. He is leveraging new channels and platforms to distribute IBT Media’s content.

    His role was created in March 2016 in order to oversee strategy and operations during a period of rapid expansion, which looks set to continue.

    Greg joined IBT Media from Hearst Magazines UK, where he was Group Publishing Director at Hearst UK for Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy and Sugarscape. Prior to this, his previous roles included Group Publishing Director of Hearst Entertainment, as well as running the corporate trading and business development teams. He began his career at Newsquest and, after a spell at Haymarket’s MediaWeek, spent three years at Time, Inc. before joining Hearst.

    As IBT Media continues to expand its portfolio geographically, across new channels and to a wider readership, Greg will work alongside the award-winning editorial teams to spearhead growth. He is based in IBT’s newly expanded Canary Wharf office and reports to Dev Pragad, Managing Director EMEA of IBT Media.

  • Editor-in-Chief, upday, Poland

    Michał started his professional career in media with Axel Springer in 2006 and he had almost 9 years tenure in a variety of roles. Michał worked as sport journalist, sport section manager, Managing Editor of biggest Polish daily newspaper Fakt and Fakt.pl Editor in Chief.

    In March 2015 he moved to Germany where during next six months in cooperation with international team he was involved in launch of upday, the news aggregator, recently created by Axel Springer in partnership with Samsung. Currently he is Editor in Chief of upday in Poland and he heads editorial team of six people.

    Michał holds a Masters’ degree in political science from University of Warsaw. He graduated Axel Springer Top Talent management program developing young executives with leadership potential.

  • Head of Marketing – Content & Digital Media - Wijeya Newspapers Ltd – Sri Lanka

    Umair Wolid

    Umair who joined Wijeya Newspapers in 2008 was the first employee of the company who was recruited to focus the Digital Media side of the business.  He spearheaded the Digital Revenue side of the business over the past 8 years and currently Wijeya Newspapers generates 60% of Direct Digital Ad placement market share in Sri Lanka. Umair was one of the first Digital Advertising specialists in Sri Lanka who has worked with over 500 brands over the past 8 years. Further He has introduced concepts of Content Marketing and Native Advertising and played a lead role in introducing WhatsApp news alert services in Sri Lanka. He’s a Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and a MBA Holder of the Bucks New University UK.

  • Managing Editor Digital, Tiso Blackstar Group, South Africa

    Riaan Wolmarans is Managing Editor: Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group and the publisher of the Sunday Times, TimesLIVE, Sowetan, SowetanLIVE, Business Day, BusinessLIVE and Sunday World, among other titles. He previously worked for the Mail & Guardian, the Financial Times in London and MetropolitanRepublic, the Johannesburg-based advertising agency, and has experience in both print and digital publishing.

     

  • Managing Director, Europe & Asia, CoinDesk

    Joon Ian Wong

    Joon Ian Wong manages CoinDesk’s business in Europe and Asia, based in London. He joined CoinDesk as a reporter soon after it launched in 2013, then built its events business in 2015 with the Consensus conference. He recently rejoined CoinDesk after nearly three years with Quartz as its European technology correspondent, where he worked on several noteworthy Quartz projects including its subscription newsletter, its book, and its Obsessions newsletter. He has also been a reporter in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, New York City, and Singapore. 

  • Head of News Partnerships EMEA, Facebook, UK

    Nick Wrenn is head of Facebook’s News Partnerships team for EMEA, based in London. Nick and his colleagues collaborate with publishers and broadcasters across the region. Nick joined Facebook in December 2014 after 24 years in newsrooms. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in England before moving to the UK Press Association and also working for Reuters. Nick was a member of the team that launched and grew the BBC News website, then spent 14 years at CNN. During his time there he was in charge of the London bureau, overseeing CNN’s newsgathering and programming for EMEA. Then he spent six years at CNN HQ in Atlanta as the VP in charge of international digital services. Optional personal bio if needed: Nick lives in London with his wife Jill, and four children.

  • Global Managing Director, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal

    Jonny Wright was appointed Managing Director International of Dow Jones in January 2016. He previously served as Managing Director APAC and Publisher of Financial News and WSJ Pro. Mr. Wright is responsible for defining and implementing growth strategies for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones outside the United States. Mr. Wright is based in Hong Kong.

    Previously, Mr. Wright was Circulation Director in Europe for The Wall Street Journal, a role he held from January 2013. Mr. Wright first joined Dow Jones in 2010 as Advertising Sales Director for Dow Jones’ Financial News.

    Before joining the Dow Jones, he was Publisher and Group Sales Director at Euromoney Institutional Investor based in New York.

  • Senior Vice President, Subscription Acquisition & Media Management, The New York Times, USA

    Hannah Yang is the Senior Vice President of Consumer Revenue at The New York Times, leading its subscription acquisition strategy and execution. She has held a variety of positions at the Times, including in business development, advertising, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Times, Hannah was an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners LLC (now a part of Strategy &). She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

  • Founder & Director, YAP Global, London

    Samantha Yap
    Samantha Yap is the Founder & Director of YAP Global based in London. She's a fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency media specialist with past experience working as an international freelance journalist in Jakarta, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Prior to delving into fintech PR at the beginning of 2017, she worked at ChannelNews Asia in Singapore as a broadcast journalist and current affairs producer. At ChannelNews Asia, she worked on its flagship talk show programme, Perspectives, and produced several other programmes including a special documentary filmed in Jakarta. 
  • CEO, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

    Yat Chung joined SPH as a Director on 1 August 2016 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2017. He is the Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Prior to joining SPH, he was the Executive Director and Group CEO of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (2011-2016) and Senior Managing Director at Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (2007-2011). Before joining Temasek Holdings, he was the Chief of Defence Force in the Singapore Armed Forces. He also served as a Director of Fraser & Neave Limited and Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Yat Chung holds a Bachelor of Arts (Engineering Tripos) and a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Master of Military Art and Science (General Studies) from the US Army Command & General Staff College, USA, and a MBA from Stanford University.
  • News Editor - Executive Producer R.AGE, Star Media Group

    Ian Yee is a news editor, journalist and executive producer currently managing a multiple award-winning multimedia news platform based in Malaysia called R.AGE.

    Ian manages a team of journalists, video production staff, a number of news platforms, social media accounts, projects, events and campaigns all under the R.AGE umbrella.

  • Consulting and Training services, USA

    Steve Yelvington was born into the news business, the son of a newspaper editor, and has worked as a photographer, reporter, editor and executive at news companies throughout the United States. He has served as VP/Audience, VP/Content and Strategy, Director of Publishing Systems, Executive Editor and in other roles for Morris Communications, Cox Interactive Media,  and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Before moving to the digital world in 1994, he worked in print journalism in Minnesota, Missouri and Illinois. He has won both the EPPy Outstanding Individual Achievement and NAA Online Innovator award.

  • Partner, 500 Startups

    Edith Yeung

    Selected by Inc.’s Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Edith Yeung is a partner at 500 Startups. She invests in mobile, AI, and blockchain startups, including Stellar, Nebulas, Hooked, DayDayCook, Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense, Penrose, Cryworks, Piper, Apptopia, Palantir and many more.

    Before 500 Startups, Edith ran marketing for Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Edith also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, Oracle, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk. You can also find her work on the BBCBloombergCNBCCBS , NPRTechcrunchNext WebMashableRead Write WebFora, etc. She frequently speaks on China and the Silicon Valley investment landscape.

     

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