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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.

  • Researcher, Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Kirsty has almost a decade of journalism and campaigning experience focused on creating projects that help get information to people that need it.

    This includes five years working as a technology journalist covering mobile, startups and tech giants, which led to the production of a standup show about this work.

    Alongside this, in 2015, she launched a jargon-busting, award-winning podcast on economics for the New Economics Foundation think tank, the Weekly Economics Podcast.

    In 2016, working for government-backed Tech North, she launched a public speaker programme for women in tech, to change the conversation about digital jobs. In 2017, she helped the Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Bureau Local understand, for the first time, public sector cuts through collaborative investigative journalism.

    She's now back at university interrogating 'public' 'journalism' - again through comedy - borrowing from public engagement activity done by the universities sector.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia, Reuters

    Jason Subler is Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia for Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. Prior to taking up this Singapore-based role in 2017, Jason spent over a decade as a reporter and bureau chief for Reuters in China, running award-winning reporting teams whose work has been recognized by accolades including an Overseas Press Club award and multiple Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Jason was Reuters Greater China Bureau Chief from 2012 through 2016, leading the bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. He ran Reuters’ Shanghai bureau from 2010 to mid-2012, and prior to that reported from Beijing and around the country on China’s economic boom and policymaking, and the ensuing frictions with its trading partners. Jason also speaks fluent German and has a working knowledge of French.

  • CEO, Republik, Switzerland

    After a chemist apprenticeship, Susanne Sugimoto obtained her Matura (high school degree) and went on to university to study geography and business information technology. Shortly after, she joined the Zürich local council and became secretary for the Swiss Commercial Employees Association where she represented the ground crew of Swissair after the grounding of the company. Out of curiosity, she then moved to the side she used to negotiate wages with: the corporations. She first became head of media relations and then head of communications for supermarket chain Coop. After five years spent at Coop, she worked for the multinational cement company Holcim where she was appointed head of communications for Central Europe. Today, she runs a consulting firm. As managing director of Project R, her job is to keep track of the budget and day-to-day business.
  • Digital Business Manager, Prothom Alo, Bangladesh

    Jabed is a growth hacking marketing communication professional with 11 years of experience in the field of Communications, Brand Management & Digital Business in International and local organizations. He currently heads Prothom Alo Digital Business Unit, the largest digital media portfolio of Bangladesh which enjoys over 45% local revenue market share alone. He is a digital marketing strategist, mentor and trainer. Currently Jabed focuses on bringing alternative revenue streams in digital business. He earned double MBA and BBA with marketing and technology operations from the top business schools of Bangladesh. Throughout the way he has been leading numerous community and voluntary platforms in both local and international level. He is also the Community Manager for Google Developer’s Group Bangla. He represented Bangladesh in the world’s top leadership & knowledge sharing conference in Silicon Valley where his leadership model was instigated globally after it was showcased in front of Google’s Developer community leaders from 110 countries.
  • Product Lead, Google News, USA

    Google News uses artificial intelligence to find the best of human intelligence: the great reporting done by journalists around the globe.

    Previously, Ziad was the founder of Nextly, a venture-backed curation platform used by top publishers around the world. He was also an Entrepreneur in Residence, and Venture Investor with Longworth Venture Partners.

    Prior to his work as an entrepreneur and VC, Ziad worked as a Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he advised clients on a wide range of strategic and operational challenges.

    Ziad holds a B.S. and an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

  • Head of platforms and strategic partnerships, MittMedia, Sweden

    Thomas coordinates the overall development of the digital content platforms of Sweden's largest local media company. He is also responsible for all strategical and operative cooperations and partnerships between MittMedia and other companies in Sweden and internationally.
  • VP Product Management, Schibsted, Norway

    Espen Sundve, VP Product Management, is leading product development for all Schibsted's media houses and the build up of "Next Gen" publishing products. He has been with Schibsted since 2008 and led product & technology initiatives in both marketplaces and publishing (lastly as Chief Product & Technology Officer in VG). He's passionate about the opportunities Internet gives in terms of disrupting established models, but stresses that this is as much about a radical change in mindset and how we work together across functions as it is about deep understanding of tech.

     

  • Chefredateurin Digitale Transformation und Innovation im Regionalen, MADSACK Mediengruppe

  • Director, Consumer Strategy, Guardian News & Media, USA

    Megha has worked across multiple verticals on the commercial part of the business. She currently leads US reader revenue strategy by collaborating with editorial leadership and her counterparts in London to help realize the global strategy and implement new innovative ideas and projects. Megha is a former journalist and is originally from Mumbai, India.

  • Chief General Manager-Operations, Jagati Publications Ltd, India

    T.K.Suresh  working as Chief General Manager-Operations in  Jagati Publications Ltd, India  having   26 yrs of experience in  news paper printing.

     He is looking after all Production operations in Jagati.

    He started his career as a Mechanical Engineer and he mastered in printing. He previously associated with Dinamalar , Singapore Press Holdings and many other publications.

  • Executive Chairman, Independent Media, and Founder & Chairman, Sekunjalo Group, South Africa

    Dr. Iqbal Survé

    President Nelson Mandela in 1997 made an impassioned plea for black professionals to enter the mainstream economy of South Africa to bring about meaningful transformation of the social and economic landscape in order to redress the economic legacy of apartheid. This resulted in Dr. Survé leaving his first love medicine, and founding the Sekunjalo Group, which is today wholly owned by the Survé family. Today Sekunjalo is one of Africa’s most successful Investment Holding Groups with a portfolio of 176 investments and a net asset value exceeding $3.5 billion.

    Sekunjalo’s investment portfolio includes Oil and Gas, Food, Fishing, Aquaculture, Power, Resources, Transport and Mobility, Telecoms, Civil Security and Defense, Media, Technology, Bio-technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Asset Management. Sekunjalo pioneers many social impact investment initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The story of Africa’s rising is an important narrative that The Survé family and Sekunjalo have committed to by investing in media on the African continent. In South Africa, Sekunjalo has acquired Independent Media (20 major titles, more than 6 million daily print readers and 3 million online viewers).

    Two important initiatives which the Survé family and Sekunjalo has funded and committed to are: the launch of The African Independent (AI), the first continent wide print newspaper (distributed to 40 countries in Africa) which is also accompanied by the online website

    The second major initiative is the launch of The African News Agency (ANA) to provide the first news and content syndication service by Africans for an African and global audience. ANA’s success is unprecedented in African media in that it recently placed a minority shareholding of 10% with international investors at a company valuation of a billion dollars (six months after its launch).

    Dr. Iqbal Survé is a medical doctor born and educated in South Africa. He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality including those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island such as Nelson Mandela on his release from Robben Island in February 1990.

  • President Director, Antara, Indonesia

    Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

    Meidyatama Suryodiningrat was appointed by President Joko Widodo as head of the national news agency, LKBN Antara, in January 2016. In its eighth decade of service, LKBN Antara is not only one of the main arms of government public communications with a network of over 34 bureaus across the archipelago, but also the largest content distributor of news content in the country to over 250 media and other government and private offices in Indonesia and abroad.

    As president director of LKBN Antara, he also serves as chairman of the board of commissioners of PT IMQ Multimedia Utama, and PT ANPA International. 

    With a background in journalism spanning 18 years, Mr Suryodiningrat, who is also known as Dymas, was previously the Editor-in- Chief of The Jakarta Post. He also worked for two-years outside of journalism as an analyst for a Jakarta-based strategic consulting firm engaged in government and community relations.

    He is a former research fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a bachelors degree (majoring in Political Science and History) from Carleton University in Ottawa, and attended graduate school at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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