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  • 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.

     

  • Editor of Metro UK

    Ted Young

    Ted became Metro’s fourth Editor in the summer of 2014 and has recently overseen a widely acclaimed redesign of the newspaper.

    Prior to joining Metro, Ted has enjoyed enormous success as an Editor in print and online, in the UK and US. He was previously Editor of the London Lite, DMG Media’s free London evening newspaper, as well as Editor of MailOnline – now the largest news website in the world.

    Most recently, Ted spent two years in the US as Editor of New York Daily News Online, where he succeeded in more than doubling the number of unique visitors to over 50 million.

    After graduating Cambridge University in 1983, Ted’s first job in newspapers was at the Harrow Observer. His extensive news career includes senior positions at The Sun and Daily Express as well as roles at The Northern Echo, Daily Mail and Today.

    Outside of his passion for news, Ted is also a keen rugby fan and long-suffering supporter of Newcastle United.

  • CEO, Mediahuis, Belgium

    As a media professional, Gert Ysebaert (54), has spent his entire life working in the media industry, combining his passion with a professional career. After obtaining his master’s degree in Communication and completing it with an Executive MBA, Gert held various management positions, mainly within the Corelio publishing group. He was publisher of De Standaard, Belgium’s largest quality newspaper, and Het Nieuwsblad, the second largest popular newspaper in Belgium.

    When Corelio and Concentra joined forces in 2013 to form the new company Mediahuis, Gert Ysebaert was appointed CEO.  Over the past years he has led the Mediahuis organization on its path to further digital growth of its services and brands. Under his leadership and with the acquisition of NRC Media and Telegraaf Media Groep, Mediahuis evolved into a leading Belgian-Dutch multimedia company with more than 3.200 employees, an annual turnover of 800 MIO EUR and a daily sale of 1.4 million newspapers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • Founder, Think Agency, Sweden

    Magnus Zaar

    Magnus is the founder of Think Agency, a strategic online video agency supporting international media companies and brands in the video transition. Prior to starting Think Agency he was the Director of Television at Aftonbladet, Sweden's leading news provider, with more than 3.2 million daily users (in a country of 9 million).

    Magnus is specialized in online video news and have developed online video strategies for international players such as The Telegraph Media Group, for Aftonbladet (where he previously was Director of Television) as well as for local media networks and online video news ventures. He previously had posts as the Head of Program Development at Swedish broadcaster SVT; the Director of Program Development and Sales at Swedish productions house Strix; Managing Director of production house Baluba Television; Managing Director of Kamera, one of Europe's leading online TV companies in the first round of online TV around year 2000. Read more about Zaar and Aftonbladet's commitment to TV here. Zaar also managed the Nordic launch of Joost, the online video venture started by Skype founders Friis/Zennström, and in connection to that residential entrepreneur at Atomico, the Zennström/Friis London-based investment company.

  • Head of Quality Service, Verlag Nürnberger Presse Druckhaus Nürnberg

    Zägelein Head of Quality Service at the Verlag Nürnberger Presse Druckhaus Nürnberg. Founded in 1945 Verlag Nürnberger Presse, Druckhaus Nürnberg publishes the Nürnberger Nachrichten (NN) and the Nürnberger Zeitung (NZ) newspapers which are known nationwide. Together with local titles (Erlanger Nachrichten, Fürther Nachrichten etc.) they have a daily circulation of over 260,000 copies. Online services, such as Nordbayern.de, also form a part of this prominent Bavarian media house’s portfolio. It also holds a stake in the private radio station Radio F.

  • Senior Engagement Editor, ProPublica, USA

    Amanda  has been senior engagement editor at ProPublica since July 2012. She’s been instrumental in launching several innovative journalism projects like “Get Involved”, a platform through allowing readers to provide information and stories on a specific issue, and “Free the Files”, a collaborative data project where readers crowdsourced documents to create a digital database of political ads. She defends the concept of “participation metrics”, which focuses on discussion participation, shared stories and subscriptions to their networks. Amanda will explain how ProPublica has successfully optimised the use of social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and actively involved their digital audience at the heart of their journalistic work.

    Previously, she spent more than eight years as a digital producer and editor at The Washington Post, leading the site's election coverage as national digital editor in 2012. She led digital coverage on the metro, foreign and investigative desks before serving as the Post's first social media and engagement editor from 2010 – 2011. Zamora began her journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman as an editorial aide and reporter. In 2009, she helped launch the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, a nonprofit news site based in Washington, D.C. She is also a previous Knight Digital Media Fellow with the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.

  • Head of Large Publisher Account Management and Acquisition, Google, Brazil

    Career developed in the Technology, Media and Digital Education areas at market-leading companies in their segments, such as Google, Grupo Abril, Pearson and Yunus Social Business.

  • President, Joe Zeff Design, Inc., USA

    Joe started Joe Zeff Design as a design and illustration studio in 2000, blending storytelling techniques with realistic 3D rendering to create covers for Time, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and other magazines, as well as advertising artwork and corporate communications. 

    Before opening JZD, Joe was an editor, reporter and designer at newspapers and magazines. He worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Detroit Free Press and The New York Times, where he was the newspaper’s first Presentation Editor in the Metro and Business sections. He then went to Time magazine, where as Graphics Director he led a team that changed the way publications presented infographics, using animation software to create beautifully rendered charts and diagrams.

  • Founder & CEO, Matters.News

    Annie Jieping Zhang

    Annie Jieping Zhang is the Founder of Matters.News, the new decentralised content platform based on blockchain technology. She once served as Editor-in-Chief of Initium Media, the Executive Editor-in-Chief for iSun Affairs, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for City Magazine, and the writer for the New York Times Chinese website and reporter for Asia Week. She wrote extensively about the governance, politics, and social movements in mainland China and Hong Kong between 2006 and 2015. As a journalist, She has received 13 journalism awards in nine years, including “Journalist of the Year (2010)” from the Society of Publishers in Asia.

  • Director of Innovation & Leadership, Craig Newmark J-School/CUNY, USA

    Anita Zielina is leading a new programme at CUNY to train the next generation of news executives to address the demand for innovation and leadership in the industry. Previous roles include visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, researching the role of leadership in times of transition and Chief Product Officer and member of the executive management team at NZZ media group in Switzerland, leading their digital operations. Before joining NZZ Anita held roles as digital editor and deputy Editor-in-Chief at Stern, the German weekly news magazine published by Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg, and the newspaper Der Standard in Vienna, Austria. In 2012, Anita was the first Austrian journalist selected for the one-year Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, dedicated to entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership in journalism. There her research focused on innovation management in the media and on audience engagement. Anita holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a Master in Law from Vienna University. 
  • Editor in Chief, NewsMavens, Poland

    Zuzanna Ziomecka is an American-educated, Polish-based media maker professionally involved in print, television and internet projects. She works for Poland's largest liberal daily - Gazeta Wyborcza - where she is responsible for digital innovations for their women's brand "Wysokie Obcasy" and is Editor-in-Chief of NewsMavens.com - a news round-up curated exclusively by women from European news organisations. The project is funded by Google DNI and Gazeta Wyborcza and aims to discover whether gender has an impact on news narrative. She was awarded editor of the year for founding and editing the first Polish lifestyle magazine for parents in 2008. She was also one of the few women to ever act as chief editor for a weekly magazine (Przekrój) in Poland. 

  • CEO, AIM, USA

    Peter Zollman

    Peter has been in the news business for 35 years, and been actively involved in interactive media for more than 20 years. He is executive editor and publisher of Classified Intelligence Report, and has written many industry "white papers" and special reports about interactive media and classified ads. Zollman has consulted with media groups, trade associations, broadcasters, magazines and others to help develop successful interactive media services. He speaks often at major industry conferences.

  • Executive Director & Editor-in-Chief, Chequeado, Argentina

    Laura is Executive Director and Editor-in-chief at Chequeado, the first initiative of fact-checking and verification of public discourse in Latin America. She is Professor of Right to Information at the University of Buenos Aires and writes in national daily La Nación, where she has covered and conducted research on cases related to corruption, civil rights and justice for almost two decades. Laura has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science at University of Buenos Aires and she's also a lawyer and access to information and transparency activist. She worked at CIPPEC (2004-2012) as Director of Communications and at the Secretary of Internal Security of the Ministry of Justice (2003-2004). For her work as a journalist she received more than half a dozen awards: among them, in 2015, the Gabriel García Márquez Award from the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericana (FNPI) in the Innovation category for Chequeado and the expansion of fact-checking in the region.

  • Director, ThomsonReuters Labs - Waterloo

    Brian zubert

    Brian heads up a team of data scientists at Thomson Reuters Labs – Waterloo Region, located in Communitech, a startup accelerator that supports over 1100 startups annually. The lab shares a common workspace with the innovation labs of many other major brands including Canon, TD, Deloitte, Microsoft, and General Motors. The primary objectives are to develop customer-driven innovation projects exploring big data sets for new product offerings, services, and insights ; and work with both startups and academia to foster innovation through partnership. Brian has a long history of ecosystem building. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Brian worked as an Executive in Residence at Communitech, where he worked with over 100 startups helping them scale all aspects of their business: investment, tech, product, sales, marketing, and most importantly, staff. In his previous role as Director of Developer Relations at BlackBerry, Brian led a global team of 30+ developers through rapid expansion and managed direct technical relationships with over 600 major brands. This unique position gave Brian insights into dozens of different industries, both with major brands as well as with thousands of independent developers and small businesses with whom he’s engaged over the years.

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