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  • Executive Director at Photonics Finland

    Juha Purmonen is currently executive director at Photonics Finland. Juha works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure an innovative and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. 

    Photonics Finland is a technology cluster that drives the photonics industry in Finland. It connects Finnish photonics companies, research centres, and public authorities.
    Photonics Finland supports the development of the photonics field from basic research through to the deployment and market launch of products. Photonics Finland develops new business and research opportunities, and helps realize the full potential of the photonics industry in Finland in sectors like health care, energy efficiency, safety, manufacturing, and sustainability.

  • Chief Scientist of Text Analytics,

    Ayu Purwarianti

    Ayu Purwarianti is co-founder of, a start-up working on natural language processing, speech processing and vision. She has 20 years of experience in natural language processing, especially in Indonesian language processing.

    As an associate professor at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, she has written more than 100 scientific paper on the subject. At ITB, she is now the head of the Artificial Intelligence Center and the head of the Doctoral program for Electrical Engineering and Informatics. She is a past chairwoman of Indonesian Association for Computational Linguistics.

  • Senior Vice President, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki

    Pettri joined Helsingin Sanomat in 2008 as VP Digital from Nokia where he was Director Video Services in Nokia Services Business Unit since 1989.

  • Head of Digital, The Wall Street Journal, Asia – Pacific

    Meraj Qazi is the Head of Digital for The Wall Street Journal Asia-Pacific, leading commercial sales & strategy for the Journal’s digital products. Prior to Hong Kong, Meraj held a series of strategy & operations roles in NY, launching new products and leading the integration of print & digital commercial teams. Meraj began his career at Dow Jones in Dallas, TX and received a Bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey.

  • Director – Creative, Strategy, Hot Salsa Media

    After working for 10 years for the Home Office in London, Viv changed career direction from British Civil Servant to agency owner. Educated in London with a BA (Hons) Marketing & Advertising, and a more recent CAM Dip(CIM), Viv lifted her new advertising career in London on a few big brands, which she won on strategy prowess.

    After a few years, which included a couple years in New York and San Francisco, she returned to SA and joined a communications agency to head up their new advertising and design division. Viv built up a spread of local and international accounts, and developed and implemented, global strategies for their agencies in UK, USA and India.

    In 2002, Viv launched Hot Salsa Media. She is hands-on every day working on carefully-selected brands, chosen predominantly because she does her best work on brands she loves and believes in. Hot Salsa Media is also responsible for the strategy, creative and event management of their own brand, the Soweto Wine Festival, which celebrates 12 years in Soweto this year.

  • Digital Lead, BBC Africa, UK

    In her role as the Digital Lead for BBC World Service’s Africa Hub, Miriam Quansah oversees all the digital output from BBC Afrique (French for Africa), Pidgin, Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya  BBC Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi), BBC Hausa, BBC Somali, BBC Swahili as well as BBC World Service’s English-language output for Africa.  She is also responsible for ensuring the hub’s digital platform strategy and ensuring that BBC Africa is keeping pace with the rapidly evolving virtual world.

    As part of the BBC World Service expansion, which will see an addition of six new languages to the existing six, Miriam leads on this regional development's digital strategy, which will see the establishment of two digital innovation hubs in Lagos and Nairobi.

    Miriam is also in charge of BBC Africa’s ‘Mobile First’ initiative that seeks to make sure that BBC World Service is making the most of Africa’s mobile revolution. Against this backdrop, she works to ensure that the BBC is giving audiences in Africa the news and information they need, where they need it and when they need it.

    Before being appointed to her current position, Miriam was BBC Africa Social Media Producer, leading social-media products and engagement for BBC Africa and driving social-media content creation and social-media strategy across BBC Africa platforms. 

    Miriam joined BBC World Service in 2008 as a radio producer.

    Ghanaian-born Miriam graduated from the London School of Oriental and African Studies in Anthropology of Media. 

  • Deputy Executive Editor, Publico, Portugal

    Diogo is helping the legacy title transition to a digital-first media operation with a renewed focus on multimedia and storytelling. Before that he was the creative director who launched in 2014, and a creative consultant for the launch of in 2016. Diogo is also the organizer of the Portuguese group of the Online News Association and the author of Manual de Jornalismo Digital, a guidebook for digital journalists (in Portuguese). He has over twenty years of experience as a journalist, a multimedia producer and a documentary director - and he is also a PhD Student in Digital Media.

  • Foreign Editor, The Straits Times

    Audrey Quek started her career in journalism as a sub-editor before taking up a Singapore Press Holdings scholarship to further her studies at the National University of Singapore.
    After completing her degree in political science, she joined the newspaper’s Foreign Desk and was initially tasked with editing its regional pages.
    She has also helped edit the Comment and Analysis and Forum pages in The Straits Times. In 2015, she became Foreign Editor. She and her team in the newsroom and a network of correspondents in key cities around the globe are responsible for the coverage of world news in The Straits Times.

  • Senior Librarian, National Library

    Barbara is from the National Library Advocacy & Statutory Functions team that oversees the compliance of Legal Deposit in Singapore. Her work also covers the selection of donation, gifts and exchange materials for Lee Kong Chian Reference Library (LKCRL). In research and writing, she had co-authored a paper on “The value of print literacy in the education of young children in Singapore” which was published in The international journal of the book, volume 1 (2003). Internally, she had contributed a story on her alma mater in NLB’s flagship publication BiblioAsia titled “MGS memories at 11 Mount Sophia”. Prior to joining the library profession, she was in the editorial team of the Pioneer magazine and Pointer journal at the Ministry of Defence.

  • CEO & co-founder, NewsWhip, Dublin

    Paul is CEO and co-founder of NewsWhip, a technology company based in Dublin and New York. NewsWhip tracks the stories, videos and other content getting engagement online each day. Their technology is used by publishers including BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, Die Welt, Bild, The Guardian, and Expressen. Before founding NewsWhip, Paul worked as a lawyer in New York, but asks that you not hold that against him.


  • CEO & co-founder, NewsWhip, Dublin

    Paul is CEO and co-founder of NewsWhip, a technology company based in Dublin and New York. NewsWhip tracks the stories, videos and other content getting engagement online each day. Their technology is used by publishers including BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, Die Welt, Bild, The Guardian, and Expressen. Before founding NewsWhip, Paul worked as a lawyer in New York, but asks that you not hold that against him.


  • Director, La República, Colombia

    Doctor in Political Studies and Public Opinion, Director of the newspaper La República since 2009 and Radio commentator.

    University professor and journalist specialized in economics, finance and business.

    He has an extensive professional career: he worked at El País (Cali) El Tiempo and El Mundo, Madrid and for 10 years he was general editor of El Colombiano.

    He studied journalism at the Autonomous University of the West; he or she specialized in economics at the University of La Sabana; Studied in the University of Navarra and in the Advanced Executive Program of the Northwestern University.

    He is also a specialist in Senior Management at the University of Los Andes and author of the book "La Identidad y la Estructura del Diario Económico" (1996) and has written over three thousand editorials during his long career as a publishing house exec.

  • President, Society of News Design

    A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. She is an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. She is vice president for the Society for News Design and director of large-scale eyetracking research for Poynter on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits which has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world. Follow @saraquinn

  • Committee to Protect Journalists Africa Program Coordinator, USA

    Before joining CPJ in 2016, Angela Quintal worked as an editor and journalist for more than two decades in South Africa. She was the editor of Mail and Guardian, one of South Africa's leading investigative newspapers. She also edited The Witness and The Mercury newspapers and held several senior positions in South African newsrooms, including group political editor at the Independent Newspaper Group and parliamentary editor for the then-national news agency, the SA Press Association. Quintal changed direction from a career in human rights and constitutional law to become a journalist in 1992 during South Africa's transition to democracy. She was presidential correspondent during Nelson Mandela's term as South Africa's first democratically elected president and travelled extensively. She has served as the secretary-general and treasurer of the SA National Editors' Forum and before joining CPJ was media freedom committee chair in South Africa for Wan-Ifra's program on strengthening media and society. Quintal holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Laws from Rhodes University.
  • Editor-in-Chief central editorial office, Funke Mediengruppe

    Since 2015, Jörg Quoos has been editor-in-chief of the "Funke Zentralredaktion Berlin" of the Funke Mediengruppe, for which he was responsible since 15 February. Before he came to Berlin for Funke Zentralredaktion he was, among other things, editor-in-chief of the FOCUS magazine, member of the editorial office BILD and BILD am SONNTAG, as well as deputy editor-in-chief BILD and department head of politics BILD. Jörg Quoos is member of the board of trustees of Reporters Without Borders.

    Jörg Quoos has been editor-in-chief at the Funke Mediengruppe's central editorial office in Berlin since 2015, which he helped establish since 15 February. BILD and BILD am SONNTAG editorship and worked as deputy editor-in-chief of BILD as well as the head of BILD's politics department. Jörg Quoos is a member of the curatorship of Reporters Without Borders.

  • Editorial Director, Swarajya, India

    Journalist with over 42 years’ experience in business and general journalism. Has been part of many launch teams, including Business Today, DNA and Has also helped revamp many business publications as Editor of Financial Express, Indian Management, and BusinessWorld. Started career with Financial Express as reporter/sub-editor in 1976 in Mumbai. Recent focus has been on digital commentary and journalism, having been associated with, Moneycontrol,com,, and Was awarded the Shriram Sanlam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Currently Editorial Director of Swarajya magazine.

  • Assistant Vice President, The Hindu, India

  • Owner, Gerhard Raab International Consulting, Germany

    Consulting for Media and other business, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Consulting in India and for Indian companies in Europe

  • Director of Instagram, National Geographic, USA

    Josh Raab is Director of Instagram at National Geographic. He oversees editorial as well as sponsored projects across @natgeo, @natgeotravel, @natgeoadventure, and @natgeoyourshot. The Nat Geo account became the first non-celebrity account to pass the 100 million follower mark. He was formerly a Senior Multimedia Editor at TIME Leading visual coverage for national and technology stories, he was also a regular contributor to their photo site Lightbox. With a focus on emerging technology from VR to Instagram, he developed an obsession with drones - leading to an issue of the magazine focused solely on the drone space with a cover that recreated TIME’s red border using almost 1000 colored drones. For the past few years, he has also been an adjunct professor at the International Center of Photography. Josh started out as a photographer covering the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Sandy, then transitioned into editing by founding Jay Peg’s Photo Pub., an online and print publication for emerging photographers.

  • Diretor do Instagram, National Geographic, EUA

    Josh Raab é diretor de Instagram da National Geographic. Ele supervisiona projetos editoriais e patrocinados em @natgeo, @natgeotravel, @natgeoadventure e @natgeoyourshot. A conta Nat Geo se tornou a primeira conta de não celebridade a ultrapassar a marca de 100 milhões de seguidores. Anteriormente, foi editor sênior de multimídia da TIME. Liderando a cobertura visual de histórias nacionais e de tecnologia, ele também colaborava regularmente no site de fotos Lightbox. Com foco na tecnologia emergente do VR ao Instagram, ele desenvolveu uma obsessão por drones - levando a uma edição da revista focada exclusivamente no espaço do drone, com uma capa que recriou a borda vermelha da TIME usando quase 1000 drones coloridos. Nos últimos anos, foi professor adjunto no Centro Internacional de Fotografia. Josh começou como fotógrafo, cobrindo as consequências dos atentados à Maratona de Boston e do furacão Sandy, depois, passou para a edição fundando o Photo Pub. De Jay Peg, uma publicação online e impressa para fotógrafos emergentes.

  • Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

    Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism and technology, with a particular interest in the Middle East. Dr. Radsch has spent her career developing a 360-degree perspective on how journalism and human rights can empower citizens through her work as a journalist, an academic, an international civil servant, and program manager. As Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists she frequently speaks about these issues in the media and at events such as the Internet Governance Forum. She is editor of UNESCO’s flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" and contributed to the conceptualization of the “internet universality” framework. Dr. Radsch started her career in journalism at the Daily Star in Lebanon, followed by a position with The New York Times, and then Al Arabiya in Dubai,

    Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, a master's of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She blogs at Arab Media and the Huffington Post, and has written for a range of publications. She is also the author of several book chapters and monographs. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr

  • Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland

    Stephen Rae is Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland’s largest media group. INM is the market leader in online news and in the daily, Sunday and regional newspaper sectors.

    Stephen has led the group’s online transition, building a seven-day Platform Neutral newsroom, making the largest and fastest growing news source in Ireland. He designed the central editorial hub which produces journalism for all of the group’s news, sport and entertainment platforms – both online and print. Previously, Stephen was editor of the Irish Independent newspaper and before that edited the Evening Herald. Stephen is a qualified barrister-at-law and criminologist.

  • CEO, Indian Express Digital Media Services, India

    Durga Raghunath is responsible for managing the business and editorial operations of all digital brands of India’s Express Group. She is the founder-CEO of Firstpost, India's first exclusively digital newsroom and was CEO of Network 18 digital, overseeing Moneycontrol, IBNLive, News18, Firstpost, Burrp!, and regional media products.

    Raghunath started out in book publishing in India and with HarperCollins in New York. She co-founded and was CEO of Juggernaut Books, a digital-first publishing startup, focused on creating new genres of ebooks and a writing platform for the Indian public on their smartphones.

    She is a Facebook #SheleadsTech Mentor and has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Publishing Degree from Columbia University in New York City. 

  • Senior Producer, Al Jazeer, USA.

    Shadi Rahimi is the Senior Producer of a news gathering unit she founded at AJ+ that earns millions of views on Facebook. She was previously Acting Executive Producer of the social media team that helped AJ+ become one of the top 10 biggest video publishers on Facebook. She was one of the first journalists ever to use Facebook Live to broadcast – and did so in Europe reporting on the refugee crisis. She was awarded Al Jazeera's top honor, given once a year to only one person in each entity of the Al Jazeera Media Network, for her contribution to its winning two Webby Awards and one Shorty Award. Shadi has been working in digital media for 10 years, beginning at The New York Times.

  • Head of Development, News and Current Affairs at YLE, Helsinki

    Mika Rahkonen is responsible for the development of new services, programs and strategy for Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) News and Current Affairs. Sometimes that means re-newing things that have sort of expired, but sometimes it really is trying to re-invent the news. Big themes recently have been personalisation 3.0, automated journalism and audience insights. Mika has also led the newsroom as a managing editor in Yle News, and before that he worked 10 years in the business news department.