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  • Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS News Digital, USA

    Christy Tanner is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Digital. In this role, she oversees CBS News on all digital platforms, including CBSN, CBS News’ digital streaming news network featuring live, anchored coverage across platforms, as well as CBSNews.com, mobile apps and OTT apps. 

    Under Tanner’s leadership, CBSN has delivered tremendous year-over-year growth. Drawing an audience with an average age of 38, CBSN delivered more than 280 million live streams in 2017 to grow viewership 17% from 2016. During the 2016 Election year, CBSN set groundbreaking records and significantly drove viewership up 232% from 2015. In addition, CBSNews.com continues to reach an even greater audience, with unique visitors up 20% year-over-year. 

    During her tenure at CBS News Digital, Tanner has spearheaded the growth of the CBSN Originals documentary series and continually expanded distribution to make CBSN available on every major platform. 

    Formerly, Tanner was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive Media, a group of premier  entertainment brands. Tanner joined CBS Interactive through the company’s acquisition of TV Guide Digital, where as CEO she transformed the business for an on-demand, streaming audience. She previously held executive positions with The Washington Post Company, Wolters Kluwer and Reed Elsevier. 

    Tanner currently is a board member and special advisor to the executive committee of Digital Content Next, the leading trade organization serving premium digital content companies, where she previously served as co-chair from 2015-2017. She is also chair of the Groton Women’s Network. 

    Tanner holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

  • Senior Manager, Business Development, Reuters News Agency

    Erika Tapalla

    Erika Tapalla is a media professional with extensive experience in news content creation and delivery platforms. At Reuters News Agency, she leads business development initiatives, develops meaningful partnerships and brings content services to market in Asia Pacific.

    Erika was an investigative TV reporter and news journalist covering natural disasters and national security in the Philippines. Holding a Journalism degree from Ateneo de Manila University, she was the first multimedia reporter in the Philippines breaking news and producing short-form video content for the web and mobile in 2008.

  • Founder and Director, Agência Lupa, Brazil

    Cristina Tardáguila is the founder and director of Agência Lupa, the first fact-checking newswire service in Brazil. She graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 2002, got her master’s degree in Journalism in Madrid in 2004 and her MBA degree on digital marketing in 2017, from Fundação Getulio Vargas, in Rio. Cristina in 38 year old and has worked at the two major daily newspapers in Brazil - O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo -, besides revista piauí and Agencia EFE. Cris is the author of two books by Intrinseca: "A Arte do Descaso" (about the biggest Brazilian art heist) and "Você foi Enganado" (about presidential lies). In 2017 she gave two TEDx talks on false news.  
  • Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media Inc.

    Guy Tasaka is a veteran of both traditional and digital publishing. He spent 17 years in magazine and newspapers including 4 years at Ziff-Davis and 11 years at The New York Times. He’s spent the past 4 years at NewsStand/LibreDigital and Page Foundry creating digital publishing solutions for the media industry. Self proclaimed the “Forrest Gump” of digital publishing he worked on the early stage launch of nytimes.com in 1995 and was the product manager for The New York Times Electronic Edition, one of the first e-editions in the US. He launched LibreDigital’s ereader program delivering newspapers and magazines to BN Nook and other ereaders. Guy has started TasakaDigital, a digital publishing strategy and product development consulting company, in an effort to help publishers understand how to best use the emerging technologies and prepare for the future. He also consults with technology companies to create solutions for the publishing industry.

    A great case for TasakaDigital’s work with publishers can be seen on The Commercial Appeal's mobile/tablet ecosystem where he developed the digital strategy and designed the product suite to support that strategy. He worked with development partners Whiz Technologies and Syncronex on the execution.

    Specialties: Mobile publishing strategies and product development.

  • Director Brazil, CCi, Brazil

    Michael considers himself, first and foremost, a journalist. He started his career at The Dallas Morning News and moved to The Washington Post, where he was newsroom technology editor. Nowadays he works with media companies throughout the Americas as Director, Brasil, CCI.

  • Sales Director, CCi, USA

    Spending much of his career employed by media companies, including The Washington Post and The Dallas Morning News, Michael Taylor considers himself a journalist first. Now working for CCI, he focuses on technology needs of media companies throughout the Americas. He loves digging into analytics, concepts around new digital story forms, as well as emerging content distribution possibilities.

  • ‎Digital Production Editor, The Times and The Sunday Times, UK

    Matt Taylor, 25, has been working in The Times and Sunday Times newsrooms for three years on their digital strategy teams. Alongside working on widely successful news products, Matt has also worked to transform newsroom culture and workflow through the use of new tools and techniques.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

    Taylor’s professional’s recognitions include National Photographer of the Year, Northern Photographer of the Year, New England Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice). His coverage the Afghanistan trauma hospital won numerous international and national awards, and his work has appeared on the cover of the Best of Photojournalism Magazine (twice).

    Taylor was recently hired as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Senior Strategy Consultant

    Nomusa Taylor-Dube is one part South African, one part Canadian, and all Afracanah podcast. She is diaspora many times over and now calls Nairobi, Kenya home. During the day, she runs an agriculture and digital consultancy. The rest of the time she is engaged in all things podcasting, women in business, and tacos. She is the co-host and co-founder of the Afracanah podcast which provides a platform to amplify the work and voices of young women across Africa and the diaspora. There are also a lot of jokes. Nomusa is wildly passionate about podcasting as a medium and shares what she has learnt with new and older podcasters alike. She has a TED Talk on podcasting, is the author of “Podcasting 101: A How to Guide”, has taught podcasting at the International Women in Media Foundation and Aga Khan University, and is an advisor for the upcoming Nairobi Podcast Festival.
  • Country Head, Malaysia, CtrlShift

    Serm Teck Choon is Malaysia Country Head/Head of Product at CtrlShift, a global audience solutions company. Serm is also President of Malaysian Digital Association (MDA).

    Serm oversees CtrlShift Malaysia's operation, leads product initiatives and drives strategic partnership regionally. His recent projects includes launching the 1st regional private marketplace partnering with 7 leading publishers (including The Star, Media Prima, SinChew etc) in Malaysia.

    Prior to joining CtrlShift, Serm was Digital Products Head leading the digital product development, management and marketing for Star Media Group Berhad. With 17 years of experience with the media group, he played a key role in driving The Star Online to become the leading news portal in Malaysia.

    As one of the founding members of MDA, Serm is actively involved in industry initiatives. He launched the Malaysian audience measurement currency in 2010 while he served as Measurement & Audit head at MDA. He also sat on the board of Audit Bureau of Circulations Malaysia (ABC Malaysia). His ePaper auditing framework was incorporated in 2013 ABC Audit Guideline which pushed print media to aggressively launch their digital editions.

    Serm was appointed by MDA as its representative/advisor to ABC Malaysia in Sep 2015, and was elected as President of MDA in March 2016.

    Serm is regularly invited by Malaysia's TV/radio stations (NTV7, TV3, TV2, 8TV, 988, Ai FM, CityPlus FM), local and regional print and online media to comment on digital and technology-related matters.

  • Strategic Partnerships, Facebook

    Ken Teh leads news and publisher partnerships for Facebook in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Ken has spent 15 years in the news and TV business and took on various editorial and business roles at The Associated Press, CNN and MediaCorp. As a foreign correspondent he spent time embedded with the US Marines in Afghanistan and reported from North Korea during Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch. Ken was also anexecutive editor at Channel NewsAsia where he led efforts to drive digital innovation in the newsroom.

  • News & Search Technical Integration Lead, Google APAC

    Swit Tei

    Swit Tei is APAC News & Search Technical Integration Lead at Google, providing technical consultations to news organizations and data providers in making their content searchable on the web.

     

    Since joining Google in 2011, Swit has held various positions, including being part of the Trust & Safety team where he advises webmasters on user experience and how to build high-quality content. His work at Google includes the launching of movie and restaurant reviews with leading publishers globally, Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Experience and Google Crisis Response in Southeast Asia.

     

    Prior to joining Google, Swit was a solutions architect for the airline industry at Accenture. Swit holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is fluent in English, Thai and Japanese.

  • CEO at Alma Media, Helsinki

    Kai Telanne, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Alma Media Oyj since April 1, 2005. Mr. Telanne serves as Chairman of the Group Executive Committee of Alma Media Oyj. Mr. Telanne served as the President of the publishing company Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 2001 to 2005. He served as Managing Director at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 2001 to 2005.; Managing Director at Kustannus Oy Otsikko from 2000 to 2005; Deputy Managing Director at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 2000 to 2001; Marketing Director at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1999 to 2000; Marketing Director at Suomen Paikallissanomat Oy from 1996 to 1999; Marketing Manager at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1993 to 1996; Sales Manager at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1991 to 1993; Research Manager at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1990 to 1991; Product Manager of Nokian Paperi Oy from 1989 to 1990. He has been the Chairperson of Talentum Oyj since 2010 and served as its Deputy Chairperson until 2010. He serves as the Chairman of The Finnish News Agency (STT), and Federation of the Finnish Media Industry. He served as Chairman of Talentum Corporation. He has been an Independent Director at Altia Oyj since April 23, 2016. He has been an Independent Director of Teleste Corporation since April 01, 2008. He serves as a Board Member of The Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland. He serves as Advisory Board Member of Ministry of Transport and Communications, Communications Administration He served as Board member of Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

  • PR Strategist, Swedish Green Party. Former Head of Social Media, Metro Sweden

    Pontus Tengby is a journalist and former head of social media and acting managing editor of Swedish free daily Metro. He now works with PR and communication for the Swedish Green Party.
  • President Director, Bisnis Indonesia Group

    Lulu Terianto has spent over 20 years in the Bisnis Indonesia Group, which publishes Bisnis Indonesia Daily, the largest business and economic newspaper in Indonesia. Bisnis Indonesia Group’s primary business interests span media, printing, book publishing, event management, data and research services, media services, and IT solutions. Lulu is also a member of the audit committee in a property developer and on the board of commissioners of an IT company. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and has a Masters degree in Management from Pelita Harapan University in Jakarta.
  • Director of Subscriptions & Paid Content, L‘Equipe, France

    Christina has more than 14 years of experience in Customer Marketing (CRM, acquisition strategies, loyalty) and management of digital business. She is currently the Marketing Director of the digital paying offer at L'Équipe having gained extensive experience working at a variety of prior publishers.

  • Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Youth Ki Awaaz

    Anshul Tewari

    Anshul Tewari is an Ashoka Fellow and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Youth Ki Awaaz, an award-winning and India's largest online platform for young people to speak up on issues of importance, through a critical approach to journalism and crowd-sourcing. Anshul is also a United Nations ITU Fellow for youth innovation and a World Summit Youth Award laureate. His expertise lies in building sustainable, democratic and people driven media platforms. He also serves on the board of Collectively, a nonprofit focused towards engaging the current generation over sustainable development issues.

  • Editorial Manager, AFP Medialab, France

    Denis Teyssou is the editorial manager of Agence France-Presse (AFP) Medialab, a team dedicated to Research and Development and innovation projects. Being a journalist and an open source geek, Denis has led AFP’s participation in three European funded projects, two FP7 (Papyrus, GLOCAL), and a running innovation action Horizon2020 InVID, on user-generated video content verification. 

    He has also led for AFP seven French funded R&D projects : five from the National Research Agency (RMM2, EDyLex, OTMedia, ChronoLines and the running ASRAEL) and two from the French government fund FUI (SCRIBO, SAMAR).

  • Head of AFP Medialab R&D, France

    Denis Teyssou

    Denis Teyssou is the head of AFP Medialab R&D since June 2007. Denis is a journalist with a background in informatics and innovation management (from CNAM institute in Paris). He has been participating in several FP7 and H2020 EU funded projects as well as French funded R&D projects, mainly from the National Research Agency (ANR). He is currently the innovation manager of the InVID European project about video verification on social networks. He is a member of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation launched by the World association of newspapers and publishers (WAN-IFRA).

  • Manager - Technical Services, Star Media Group, Malaysia

    Anandan Thangasamy joined Star Media Group in year 2000 as Maintenance Engineer. Anandan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA (Strategic Management) from University of Technology, Malaysia.

    His area of expertise in newspaper production process includes technical and operational aspects of modern mailroom. Possessing a solid track record by succeeds numerous technical projects and team development initiatives including the organizational transformation from traditional to modernized mailroom.

    Anandan currently plays hybrid roles and has broad experience embracing product innovation, implementation of breakthrough creative advertising campaigns; value added services and strategic operations management.

  • Chief Strategy Officer, Choueiri Group, UAE

    Based in Dubai, Patrick is the Chief Strategy Officer of Choueiri Group, a leading player in the MENA media landscape. He is in charge of developing the investment arm of the Group. Prior to joining Choueiri in 2014, Patrick spent 20 years in banking: from 1994 until 2008, he worked for Societe Generale Private Banking, where he steered various acquisitions and organic development projects between Europe, Asia and North America, before opening the bank’s subsidiary in Dubai in 2007. In 2009, Patrick joined BNP Paribas Wealth Management, where he was promoted Head of Middle East and North Africa in 2011. Patrick graduated from EDHEC (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales Lille) in 1993, and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

  • Director, European Journalism Centre, Belgium

    Adam Thomas is the Director of the European Journalism Centre, an independent European non-profit connecting journalists with new ideas. He is an award-winning journalism and technology leader. In his previous role as Chief Product Officer at Storyful, he was responsible for the vision and delivery of over 20 innovative journalism products to 150 of the world’s biggest media organisations. Adam joined Storyful in July 2013 as director of Business Development. The company was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, and has grown from 27 people to over 120 in New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Dublin. Previously, he was Head of Communications at the international nonprofit Sourcefabric, where he managed communications strategy and community growth. Adam has worked on media development projects in over 50 countries worldwide.

  • President and CEO, The New York Times Company, USA

    Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on November 12, 2012. He is responsible for leading the company’s strategy, operations and business units. Mr. Thompson has been instrumental in accelerating the pace of The Times’s digital transformation. Under his leadership, The Times became the first news organization in the world to pass the one million digital-only subscription mark. Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as director-general of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign. Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch “Watchdog” and “Breakfast Time,” was an output editor on “Newsnight,” and was appointed editor of the “Nine O’Clock News” in 1988 and of “Panorama” in 1990. He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and director of television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become C.E.O. of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the United Kingdom.
  • Senior Market Consultant, EMGE & Co, UK

    Gary Thomson, BA (Hons), has been analysing paper markets for 25 years. He is a leading market research consultant in the Paper Industry, specialising in Printing & Writing Paper and Newsprint markets for the consulting firm, EMGE & Co.

    EMGE produces forecasts and research information in the form of multi-client reports, individual market sector research projects and commissioned market surveys. For over quarter of a century, EMGE has been publishing a regular series of market reports and forecasts, focusing on the global graphic paper sector, including the EMGE World Newsprint Markets Report.

    Gary started his career in 1993, working for Pulp & Paper International (PPI) as a paper market reporter, focusing on packaging and wastepaper markets. In 1997, he joined International Papermaker magazine, where he continued reporting on the world’s paper business. In 2001, he moved to Germany to become Editor-in-Chief of International Paper World magazine.

    He was recruited by EMGE in 2004, and has since become one of the firm’s leading consultants, as well as the chief writer of its forecast reports. He regularly makes presentations on EMGE forecasts at events and conferences around the world.

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