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  • PhD student, the School of informatics and member of the research group MTEC, Media, Technology and Culture, University of Skövde, Sweden

    Torbjörn Svensson is a PhD student at the School of informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden, and a member of the research group MTEC, Media, Technology and Culture. He is currently doing his PhD studies in a research project called Level Up, focusing on the use of gamification and game technology to increase young citizens (16-39) consumption and re-distribution of news.


  • Managing Editor, VGTV, Norway

    Rolf Sønstelie is the managing director at VGTV and former managing editor of VG. 

    Rolf started his career as a political reporter at VG.  
  • Managing Director, Tata Steel, India

  • Senior Editor, L'Orient du Jour, Lebanon

    Acil Tabbara is a Senior Editor at the French-language Lebanese daily L'Orient du Jour.

    Tabbara, an experienced Lebanese journalist, started her career in journalism in Beirut when she first joined Agence France Presse (AFP) in 1986 at the height of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war. At that time, she was completing her MA in Political Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Covering the last years of the bloody and destructive war in her home country, the western hostage crisis and the Palestinian camps war was just the beginning of a long journey that made her a witness to the human tragedies resulting from numerous other wars that broke out in the region.

    Tabbara has covered some of the main events that shaped the Middle East, including specifically the Arab-Israeli conflict, the wars in Iraq and the Arab regimes changes in 2011. From 2009 to 2014, she served as head of AFP Gulf and Yemen bureau where she managed a large multimedia team to produce stories from the GCC countries and Yemen in three languages (Arabic, French and English). Her special coverage included the Yemen uprising that developed later into a war, as well as the demonstrations in Bahrain that were harshly suppressed.

    Before that, she managed in AFP’s regional headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus the Arabic desk and its 30 journalists and correspondents who were reporting from the different offices in the MENA region. She also supervised the translation into Arabic of the AFP international service. Tabbara also worked as a reporter in Cairo, covering Egypt and the Sudan and as an editor for the Nicosia-based French desk for the Middle East. Her numerous special assignments included the Arab-Israeli peace talks in Washington, the return of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to Gaza and Iraq under sanctions. She also traveled for special coverage to Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and many other countries in the Arab world.

    In 2011, she spent one year in Syria as correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI), covering the crackdown and trials of opposition figures during what was called “the Damascus Spring”. After serving as copy editor at AFP international desk in Paris from 2014 to 2017, she took a sabbatical leave and moved back to Beirut where she joined the L’Orient Le Jour, the leading French speaking newspaper in the Middle East, as senior editor.

    Despite being a general news journalist, she always tried to shed light on the situation of Arab women as part of her reporting.

  • APAC Head of News & Publishing Product Partnerships, Google

    Michael Takeuchi is APAC Head of News & Publishing Product Partnerships at Google, based in Tokyo, where he is responsible for enabling publishers and users to engage with Books and News in a locally relevant way through scaled, collaborative and innovative products and partnerships to drive exciting growth for these industries. He has worked in law and technology for over 20 years. Before moving to product partnerships, Michael was Head of Legal at Google Japan and then Google Australia, where he covered a wide range of issues from litigation and transactional matters, advisory work, risk mitigation and strategic legal policy matters and, importantly, grappling with the legal challenges and issues related to online content, copyright, and defamation within the media and news industries. Before his Google life, Michael was the Asia Pacific General Counsel for Bloomberg L.P. where he was responsible for all of Bloomberg’s legal matters in the region.

  • Chief Commercial Officer, New Straits Times Press Malaysia

    Alfian Talib

    Alfian Talib is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the New Straits Times Press Malaysia. As the CCO of NSTP, Alfian oversees the Marketing, Advertising Sales and Newspaper Sales & Distribution (NSD) departments, ensuring growth in all three commercial sections of the company. He reports to the CEO of NSTP.

    Alfian holds a Master’s in Marketing Management from New York University (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from King’s College London, UK. He brings 20 years of experience in strategy, marketing planning and operational improvements primarily in the service and technology industries.

    Over the course of his career, Alfian has also been able to develop a specialisation and understanding of the SME industry with more than 10 years in serving the sector’s growth. Before NSTP, Alfian was CEO of TM Info-Media Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad).

  • Head, Sales Strategy & Operations, SPH, Singapore

    Ms. Su Lin Tan has been Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Singapore Press Holdings Limited since September 5, 2016. Ms. Tan served as Deputy Head of New Digital Division at Singapore Press Holdings Limited from January 2014 to September 5, 2016. Previously, she served as the Head of Cats Classified. 

  • Managing Director, Market Development, SPH Magazines

    As Managing Director, Market Development, Geoff is in charge of an extensive portfolio which includes partnerships & strategy, insights & intelligence, activations & sponsorships.  His team is responsible across a host of deliverables - from engaging specific consumer segments via targeted database strategies, through to curated content syndication, channel partnerships, bespoke event activations, international licensing - and more! 

    Prior to joining SPH Magazines, Geoff was heading the strategic marketing portfolio in SPH’s Marketing Division, overseeing Business Development, Research & Analytics, Content Marketing, Product Branding & Promotions, and a Creative Lab.  Geoff was also a mentor to start-up companies housed within the SPH Plug and Play media accelerator initiative.

    Geoff was conferred the PANPA 2011 MARKETER OF THE YEAR accolade by the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association for outstanding performance in marketing for a newspaper publishing company

  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore

    Anthony joined SPH as Executive Vice-President, Chinese Media Group in February 2015. Anthony was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2016. He oversees the media businesses of SPH, which includes titles such as Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, as well as radio stations under SPH Radio.

    Anthony also manages the Group’s Healthcare business.

    Prior to joining SPH, Anthony was Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health and concurrently Special Assistant to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (2011-2014). During his career with the Singapore Public Service spanning more than 15 years, he served in various organisations including the Ministry of Finance, Home Affairs, Manpower as well as the People’s Association.

    Anthony currently serves on the boards of Singapore Power Limited and several SPH subsidiaries. He also serves on private/non-profit organisations.

    Anthony graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science. He also has a Master of Science (Management) degree from the Stanford Business School.

  • Journalism Lecturer at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore

    Jessica Tan is a journalism lecturer at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. A seasoned journalist with 15 years of industry experience, she has worked for The Straits Times, Channel i News, Dow Jones Newswires and Forbes Asia. She has been contributing to Forbes Asia since 2006.

  • Assistant Archivist, National Archives Singapore

    Fiona Tan is from the National Archives of Singapore, where she currently oversees the Archives Reading Room. She provides reference services and promotes interest in the archive’s rich documentary collections. She was previously involved in the curation of the two exhibitions organised by the National Archives of Singapore, Law of the Land: Highlights of Singapore’s Constitutional Documents and Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies, an exhibition at the Former Ford Factory.

  • CNN Freelance News Anchor

    Manisha Kumar is an award winning journalist , news anchor and TV presenter who has worked for the biggest names in international news media over the last 20 years.  At Thomson Reuters, The BBC and CNN International she’s had the privilege to anchor flagship shows, including the award-winning,  ‘News Stream’ on CNN. Aside from presenting many feature shows such as  CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’, Manisha has taken live news to air on many occasions, watching history unfold,   “When news first breaks, we sometimes have nothing but a few facts and our sense of sheer responsibility to the world to add order,  context  and meaning to the conversation, to get us through.  I’m serious about doing my best by our audiences and honoured by every journalist, technician and contributor who supports these efforts.”   Aside from her work, Manisha loves spending time with her husband and three young children.  Having moved to Singapore in 2016, she continues her work with CNN International and and has set up her own media services business, ‘HoneyGinger Presentation & Coaching’.

  • 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, 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, 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, Agência Lupa & Associate Director of International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), Brazil & USA.

    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 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.

  • ‎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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Senior Strategy Consultant, Kenya

    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.