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  • Media researcher and consultant

    Greg Piechota is an academic researcher, a media consultant and a writer. As a researcher and an ex-fellow at Harvard and Oxford universities, he studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, with a focus on business model innovation in news media. Mr Piechota is a former media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. The book, Unlocking the Customer Value Chain, which he wrote together with Professor Thales Teixeira of Harvard Business School was released in 2019 by Currency, a brand of Penguin Random House. Mr Piechota lives in Oxford, England.

  • Media researcher and consultant

    Greg Piechota is an academic researcher, a media consultant and a writer. As a researcher and an ex-fellow at Harvard and Oxford universities, he studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, with a focus on business model innovation in news media. Mr Piechota is a former media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. The book, Unlocking the Customer Value Chain, which he wrote together with Professor Thales Teixeira of Harvard Business School was released in 2019 by Currency, a brand of Penguin Random House. Mr Piechota lives in Oxford, England.

  • Managing Editor, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

    Kimmo Pietinen is managing editor of Helsingin Sanomat responsible for strategy. Helsingin Sanomat is the national newspaper of Finland with a strong digital presence. Kimmo has held various posts in Sanoma corp. since 1986 and has been managing editor since 2001.

  • CEO, The Star Publications, Kenya

    William Pike was editor and managing director of the New Vision in Uganda for 21 years. With very little investment, he turned it into a highly profitable newspaper company.

    In 2007 he moved to Kenya to start the Star which is now the recognised No 3 newspaper in a very competitive market. The Star moved into profit in 2011. The Star is a subsidiary of the Radio Africa Group which operates radio and TV stations in Kenya and grew out of Capital Radio which started in Uganda in 1994.

  • Reporter, Bhekisisa, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

    Pontsho Pilane is a multi-award winning reporter at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's center for health journalism. She debuted as a journalist at The Daily Vox, where she mostly wrote  about gender, race, class and how they intersect. Pilane holds two degrees in media studies from Wits University and is currently reading for her her masters degree.

  • Active Editor-in Chief, HuffPost SA, South Africa

    Verashni Pillay is the former editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and Huffington Post South Africa. She has worked at various periods as a senior reporter covering politics and general news, specialises in media management and relishes the task of putting together the right team to create compelling and principled journalism across multiple platforms. Verashni is a recipient of the CNN African Journalism Award, several Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards and an Open Society Foundation journalism fellowship.

  • Photojournalist, AFP, Brazil

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Assignments abroad in Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, United States, Panama and Cuba. Worked as a staff photographer (2012-2014) to the Latin American news website Terra Networks. Between 2014 and mid-2017, freelancer photojournalist of Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, ESPN, El País, Folha de São Paulo, Estadão, Vozerio, Deutsche Welle, Transparency International, Veja, Uol and El Mundo.

  • Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, UK

    Nick Pimm is the Vice President Commercial Partnerships at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, based in London. His team is focused on creating mutually profitable and sustainable commercial partnerships across all of the elite Dow Jones brands to grow the Dow Jones franchise while giving customers an excellent experience.

  • Directeur principal, Amélioration continue, la Presse

    Yann Pineau

    Yann Pineau est responsable de l’organisation de la salle de rédaction et de la production de La Presse+, lapresse.ca et de l'édition imprimée de La Presse. Membre de la direction de l’information de La Presse depuis 2000, Yann Pineau a notamment fait partie de l’équipe qui a géré la sous-traitance de l’impression et la refonte du journal en 2002-2003. Il a par la suite été directeur de l’information de cyberpresse.ca de 2004 à 2007. Après avoir travaillé sur la fusion des salles de rédaction papier et web de La Presse, Yann Pineau a fait partie de l’équipe qui a mis La Presse+ au monde en avril 2013. Yann Pineau a commencé sa carrière comme reporter à La Presse en 1994. Il est diplômé de l’Université de Montréal et de l’École supérieure de journalisme de Lille.

  • Executive Director, the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland, Helsinki

    An expert at Finnmedia and executive director at the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland. She was a researcher and PhD candidate at Aalto University and visiting scholar at University of Berkeley, California during 2014-2017. Public defense of doctoral dissertation in February 2018

  • Google News Lab Leader for Brazil, Google, Brazil

    Marco Túlio Pires is the Google News Lab Lead for Brazil. He studied Electrical Engineering and Journalism in Brazil, and Computer Science and Business in the US. He worked as News Program Coordinator for Globo TV, and as Science News Reporter for VEJA, Brazil's biggest weekly publication. In the State Government of São Paulo, he was the Transparency, Technology and Innovation adviser to the Secretary of Social Development. He's the founder of Journalism++ São Paulo, the first data journalism agency in Brazil. He also launched School of Data in the country and became the Global Manager of the program overseeing its network in 14 countries.

  • News Editor, VG, Norway

    Niklas Plikk is the News Editor for Norway's largest consumer technology site, Tek.no. Tek.no  consists of an editorial team of journalists and technology experts testing and evaluating all things tech. The site was bought by VG in 2017 and has since then been part of the verticals strategy of that Schibsted title. In 2019, Plikk was appointed head of VG's first robot journalism project, the goal of which is to identify areas where automating text and content can work as a supplement to the journalism produced every day by the VG newsroom.
  • Creative Director, C3, Slovenia/ Editorial Director, Hanza Media , Croatia

    Ana Plisic has launched the first creative agency and brand consultancy within legacy media publisher in Croatia in order to introduce premium native advertising to the market and deliver customer-focused instead of product-focused brand communication. She has been recognized as the world marketer of the year 2018 (Berlin, 2017). Today she is creative director in C3/PM Ljubljana and co-founder of C3 Croatia, a part of German-based C3 Group, leading european content and digital technology agency.

    She was editorial director of the award winning Native Ad Studio and Design Thinking Studio, a subdivision within Hanza Media, the leading media publisher in South East Europe, from 2015 until the February 2019.

    Previously she was deputy editor in chief, politics and business editor of the #1 premium daily newspapers. After post-graduate studies in Digital Media Management at Swedish design school Hyper Island in the UK, she has helped to build new revenue streams within the legacy media publisher and her work resulted in several native advertising awards at Native Advertising Days in Berlin: for the best omni-channel integration in the world (2017).; the best use of online media and the best use of video, (2016.) 

     

  • Digital Editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

    Stefan Plöchinger, born 1976, ist Digital Editor of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Editor in-Chief of its news website SZ.de. Before, he served as Managing Editor and Copy Chief of Spiegel Online, as one of the Production Editors of Financial Times Deutschland and one of the Political Editors for Munich’s Abendzeitung.

  • Digital Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Editor in-Chief, SZ.de, Germany

    Stefan Plöchinger, born 1976, ist Digital Editor of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Editor in-Chief of its news website SZ.de. Before, he served as Managing Editor and Copy Chief of Spiegel Online, as one of the Production Editors of Financial Times Deutschland and one of the Political Editors for Munich’s Abendzeitung.
  • Director of Enterprise Sales, comScore, Inc.

    Ramanujam is Sales Director, India at Comscore, a leading cross-platform measurement company that precisely measures audiences, brands and consumer behaviour everywhere. Ramanujam is engaged in new business development and sales expansion for Comscore’s suite of products and services in India. As a member of the Comscore India office, he has been focused on expanding the publisher ecosystem for Comscore. With more than 15 years of experience across media, technology and real estate, Ramanujam has built new & established brands. Prior to Comscore, he was with Microsoft. He also served as a Brand Manager for The Telegraph & the Head of Marketing for an emerging real estate company. He began his career at DaimlerChrysler. Ramanujam holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.
  • Managing Director, La Gaceta de Tucumán, Argentina

    Born in Buenos Aires, Jose Antonio is a graduate in Law at the Catholic University in Argentina. Until March 1997, he worked as a managing director for El Cronista Comercial, and Radio América Cablevisión Noticias. From that date onwards he has led the operations of La Gaceta as its Managing Director. He is also chair of the society that publishes the Sunday magazine  NUEVA.

  • Digital Journalism Consultant and Lecturer

    Corinne Podger is the Director of the Digital Skills Agency, which provides training and consultancy to newsrooms globally in mobile journalism, social media, multimedia, and digital-first strategy. Her clients include WAN-IFRA, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung Media Programme Asia, Skillnet Ireland, Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action. Corinne is a sessional journalism lecturer at the University of Melbourne and has guest-lectured at universities in Australia, Europe and the United States. Prior to moving into journalism training, Corinne worked as a print, radio, online, social media and television journalist for over 20 years, primarily for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC World Service. She continues to write for the International Journalists’ Network and Digital Content Next, and speaks regularly at international conferences.
  • Digital Multimedia Consultant

  • Président, Co-fondateur AdGear

    Yves Poiré

    Seasoned entrepreneur, Yves is a co-founder of president AdGear. The company was sold to Samsung in June 2016. His vision, experience and his ability to assemble and lead great teams are among his biggest strengths. Prior to AdGear, Yves Poiré has been Executive Vice-President at Fjord Interactive Marketing + Technology, Cossette's digital marketing business unit in Canada. He also was the President of Proximi-T, an information technology company specialized in e-business solutions. In 2000, Cossette acquired equity in Proximi-T, which eventually led to its merger in 2003.  Yves's humanitarian interests took him to Rwanda, India and Ecuador for three years of his career, where he worked on various development projects.

  • Editor in Chief HuffPost

    Lydia Polgreen

    Lydia Polgreen is pioneering the globe and representing the newsroom in a company-wide initiative to engage readers in languages other than English. Previously, Ms. Polgreen was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before that, Ms. Polgreen was a metro reporter for The Times, beginning in 2002. In April 2016, she became Editorial Director & Associate Masthead Editor for the NYT Global and is architecting the company's global expansion strategy.

    Ms. Polgreen was a staff writer for the Orlando Sentinel from February to June of 2002. From July 2000 to January 2002 she was a staff writer for the Albany Times Union, covering city hall, police investigations and other local issues. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington (D.C.) Monthly from August 1998 to August 1999.

    She received her B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in 1997. In 2000 she graduated, with honors, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with her M.S. in journalism.

    Ms. Polgreen was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur. She received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting, for her series, "The Spoils", a riveting account of how mineral wealth has brought misery and exploitation to much of Africa. In 2007, she was honored as a young global leader by The World Economic Forum.

    Ms. Polgreen currently resides in New York.

  • Managing Director, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Roberto is one of the most respected journalists and media executives in Colombia. He studied law at the University of the Andes and he's been working for thirty-five year career in journalism. He started in 1979 as editor of 'Alternativa' magazine, he was a reporter for 'El Heraldo' de Barranquilla and editor-in-chief of daily 'Diario del Caribe' in the same city; he was reporter and political editor of El Tiempo, director of 'Noticiero TV Hoy" and "Viva FM" of Caracol Radio, director and columnist at Semana weekly magazine, editor and columnist of 'Cambio' magazine and director of the Mexico edition of that same publication for three years. In 2003 he served as General Editor of El Tiempo, where he is now the Managing Director . He has won several journalism awards amongst which the Simon Bolivar and CPB in Colombia, and the Ortega y Gasset prize, awarded by the daily El Pais of Spain.

  • Founding Director, Handshakes

    Charles has been involved in various parts of the Singapore capital market for the last 20 years. He started his career with Singapore Exchange Ltd (“SGX”) in 2000 and had been involved in all facets of the business from listing promotion to issuer regulation. In 2011, Charles left SGX to start DC Frontiers with fellow SGX-colleague, Daryl Neo.

    At DC Frontiers, you can find Charles experimenting with novel approaches to understanding Handshakes data and taking its innovation to the next level. Charles is an intellectual who can’t resist a new challenge. He enjoys solving difficult problems.

    Charles is currently also a member of the Catalist Approval Committee of SAC Capital Private Limited.

  • Editor in Chief, Die Welt

    Ulf Oliver Poschardt is a German journalist and book author. Since September 6, 2016, he is the editor-in-chief of the „Welt-Gruppe" from Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag. From 1987 to 1991 Poschardt studied journalism at the University of Munich and the German School of Journalism, as well as philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy. In 1995, he received his doctorate from Friedrich Kittler on DJ Culture at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 1996 to 2000 he worked as editor-in-chief of the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.  From 2005 to 2008, Poschardt was the founding editor of the German edition of Vanity Fair. Poschardt returned as deputy editor of Welt am Sonntag for at the Axel Springer group. In 2009 Poschardt was named deputy editor of the music magazines Rolling Stone, Musikexpress and Metal Hammer.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism, Australia

    Julie Posetti is a multi award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She has recently been appointed Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism where she will lead the Institute’s new Journalism Innovation Project. Posetti is author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age, a major UN study covering 121 countries, published by UNESCO in 2017. Among other projects, she is currently collaborating on the production of a model curriculum on journalism and disinformation for UNESCO. In 2016/2017 she was Head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media (publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review) in Australia. A former editor, presenter and political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti was based in Paris as Research Fellow and Editor with the World Editors Forum in 2014/2015, where she edited the flagship annual Trends in Newsrooms report. She is currently a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is completing her PhD.

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