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  • Editor in Chief and CEO, VG - Verdens Gang AS, Norway

    Gard Steiro is a Norwegian journalist and editor. In 2016 Steiro was appointed editor-in-chief and CEO of VG, Norway´s leading digital media house. With 2.5 million daily users cross platforms VG reaches half of the population in Norway.  Steiro started as a reporter. The last ten years he has held several leader positions in different media companies. From 2011 to 2015 Steiro was chief editor of Bergens Tidende, the largest regional newspaper in Norway.  Steiro is a member of the management team in Schibsted Media that owns and runs a large number of newspapers and digital startups in ScandinaviaGard sterio is currently the Editor in chief and CEO of VG - Verdens Gang AS

  • Digital Director, SVP, OP Financial Group

    Anders has a long experience in digital services from companies such as If and Sanoma. Recently he started at OP where he is heading their digital business concepts in banking, insurance and wealth management. Anders is also an experienced board member professional. As Finland’s largest financial services group, OP provides its customers with the best loyalty benefits and the most extensive and diversified range of banking, wealth management, and insurance services. The company transforming from traditional finance services provider to customer-centric services provider with financial services at the core.

  • Growth Manager, Facebook, South Africa

    As Growth Manager for Facebook products in South Africa, Sebastian’s role is to accelerate the adoption of mobile and internet technologies across southern Africa. This allows millions of Africans with no internet access to benefit from all the educational, social and economic advantages that being connected brings.

  • Director Media Programme Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

    Torben Stephan has studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and worked many years as a journalist, editor and correspondent for different newspapers in Germany.
    Following journalism he held different positions in several election campaigns on regional and national level for the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Germany. In 2009, he was part of Angela Merkel’s campaigning team being responsible for content marketing, concepts and her Facebook page.

  • Director of SME Solutions, Newsquest Media, UK

    Morgan Stevenson is the Director of SME Solutions at Newsquest Media since December 2016.  He is responsible for the delivery of best in class Digital Marketing solutions for local businesses in Newsquest markets.  He leads the development of the Newsquest Sales Academy and is responsible for driving revenues via Newsquest Medias part in the UK media -first publisher partnership,  1XL.

    Morgan joined Newsquest from Trinity Mirror where he was Digital Innovation Director, and he has previously held positions as Commercial Development Director, Local World and Head of Display at Johnston Press. He started his career in advertising sales and has a degree in Engineering from the University of Leeds.

  • Executive in residence, StartupLab, Norway

    Since March 2019, Tina Stiegler is mentoring new tech companies in growth strategies and go-to-market at StartUp Lab in Oslo. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in Schibsted Media Group. Her last position was Head of Next Media. Tina started in Schibsted as a management trainee in 2002, and has since held positions as organizational director in Verdens Gang (VG), as well as different positions in Bergens Tidende and VG. Tina was COO/CFO in Schibsted Norway from 2012, and took on the role as project lead for the reorganization project in 2015 when she became part of the group management team of Schibsted Media Group. Tina holds a degree in economics and business administration (“siviløkonom”) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)/Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as studies in literature and French from the University of Bergen/Université de Nice-Sofia Antipolis.

     

  • Senior Duty Editor Technology, DIE WELT, Germany

    Torsten has been with Axel Springer for more than 30 years in various management roles of IT and technology. Torsten has been leading all the major projects in the newsroom at DIE WELT. Projects of implementing new technology and workflows for print, online and digital and the transformation process of changing the newsroom from a print-focus to a story-centric and digital-first focus.

  • Director, International News Safety Institute (INSI), UK

    Hannah Storm is Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a UK-registered charity, which provides safety advice and training to journalists working in difficult and dangerous situations, from conflict to disasters, civil unrest to online harassment.   Its members include many of the world’s leading news organisations including the BBC, CNN, Reuters, Globo, AFP and NHK.   Storm is the co-author of ‘The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High Risk Conflict Zones’ and ‘No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters’, which explores the unique safety issues for women working in the media.   She also works as a freelance media consultant and trainer for different UN agencies with a specific focus on gender and the media.   Before joining INSI, Storm spent more than a decade working mainly overseas as a journalist for outlets including the BBC, The Times, Reuters and ITN, as well as a media officer for Oxfam.
  • Partner Operations Lead, News and Search, Google, US

    Valerie Streit leads partner and product operations at Google where she assures high-quality, diverse news content in Search, Google News, YouTube and Assistant. Previously at YouTube, she cultivated platform growth strategies and audience insights with a focus on the news vertical. She has also led publisher outreach to help drive adoption to the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project. A graduate of NYU Steinhardt’s media ecology program, Valerie launched her career as a local news producer in San Diego and San Francisco before joining CNN to freelance as a writer/segment producer. She then turned her freelancing gig into a full-time job at CNN in Atlanta, where she piloted new editorial products and launched original content for CNN.com, iReport, CNN Video, and CNN Live. At CNN, Valerie trained colleagues on how to leverage nascent social media and video for storytelling and interaction, and managed global social media and audience participation platforms.
  • Partner, PWC, South Africa

    Charles has been with PwC for 15 years. He is a director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications division. He has experience locally and abroad, having spent 2 years in Vancouver, Canada and has worked across a range of clients, both private and listed. Passionate about the entertainment and media industry, Charles has been a member of the E&M Outlook editorial team since the inception of the South Africa publication 9 years ago. As a father of five, Charles’ family life brings with it much entertainment and an increasing amount of media consumption.
  • First Minister of Scotland

    Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first woman leader and has led the Scottish National Party since 2014. She is the fifth leader since the Scottish Parliament and government were established in 1999.

  • Researcher, Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Kirsty has almost a decade of journalism and campaigning experience focused on creating projects that help get information to people that need it.

    This includes five years working as a technology journalist covering mobile, startups and tech giants, which led to the production of a standup show about this work.

    Alongside this, in 2015, she launched a jargon-busting, award-winning podcast on economics for the New Economics Foundation think tank, the Weekly Economics Podcast.

    In 2016, working for government-backed Tech North, she launched a public speaker programme for women in tech, to change the conversation about digital jobs. In 2017, she helped the Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Bureau Local understand, for the first time, public sector cuts through collaborative investigative journalism.

    She's now back at university interrogating 'public' 'journalism' - again through comedy - borrowing from public engagement activity done by the universities sector.

  • General Manager Global Markets, ZINIO, Spain

    Raul Suarez is General Manager Global Markets for ZINIO. He started the European operations in 2005 to continue afterwards expanding into all international markets. Raul has worked in the travel industry business in the early internet years (1994-2002) where he had international management positions with specific focus to developing online commerce. He also was Director at ACCESOGROUP, a leading Media Intelligence and Communications Management Systems company based in Spain.

  • Leonor oversees the digital video production for Univision news network website, including live video coverage for and social media platforms coordinating with the editorial team the coverage of breaking news in video.

  • Chief Product Officer, Xperian

    65000+ hours of experience design, 150+ products and 400 master classes. Karthi is a Chief Product Officer in Xperian, an ecosystem for creative problem solvers. A technologist turned into a multidisciplinary product designer and design educator focused on human cognition and behaviors. Her work focuses on designing meaningful systems with an emphasis on experience design. Before starting out into products world, Karthi designed printers for Hewlett Packard, Payment systems for State farm Insurance, Dashboards for World Bank, Pocket PC applications for Microsoft and many more. Karthi had a 7-year stint of entrepreneurship by running a premium design consulting agency called Oghma. Karthi earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and also an Executive MBA from Product Leadership.

  • Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia, Reuters

    Jason Subler is Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia for Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. Prior to taking up this Singapore-based role in 2017, Jason spent over a decade as a reporter and bureau chief for Reuters in China, running award-winning reporting teams whose work has been recognized by accolades including an Overseas Press Club award and multiple Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Jason was Reuters Greater China Bureau Chief from 2012 through 2016, leading the bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. He ran Reuters’ Shanghai bureau from 2010 to mid-2012, and prior to that reported from Beijing and around the country on China’s economic boom and policymaking, and the ensuing frictions with its trading partners. Jason also speaks fluent German and has a working knowledge of French.

  • Head, IDN Creative, Indonesia

    Sylvia Alexandra Sudradjat

    Sylvia Alexandra Sudradjat heads IDN Creative, after eight years in multinational and local digital agencies in Indonesia handling everything from account management to user experience (UX) design, strategy and content. IDN Creative is the brand studio of fast-growing IDN Media, Indonesia’s leading multi-platform media company for Millennials and Gen Z. 

    IDN Media operates IDN Times (news), Popbela.com (fashion, beauty, lifestyle), Popmama.com (Millennial parents), Yummy (food), IDN Creative (branded content), IDN Event, and IDN Creator Network (data-driven influencer network). IDN Media wants to bring positive impact to society and aims to demoratise access to accurate, balanced, useful and positive information and ultimately become the voice of Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia.

  • CEO, Republik, Switzerland

    After a chemist apprenticeship, Susanne Sugimoto obtained her Matura (high school degree) and went on to university to study geography and business information technology. Shortly after, she joined the Zürich local council and became secretary for the Swiss Commercial Employees Association where she represented the ground crew of Swissair after the grounding of the company. Out of curiosity, she then moved to the side she used to negotiate wages with: the corporations. She first became head of media relations and then head of communications for supermarket chain Coop. After five years spent at Coop, she worked for the multinational cement company Holcim where she was appointed head of communications for Central Europe. Today, she runs a consulting firm. As managing director of Project R, her job is to keep track of the budget and day-to-day business.
  • Head of Video, News24, South Africa

    Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath leads a cross-country team of talented video journalists, who have created award-winning documentaries and special projects. In 2018, she was one of 28 women selected internationally for the Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Jerusha holds an MBA from Wits Business School and has a particular interest in sustainable commercial solutions for the future of digital journalism.
  • Product Lead, Google News, USA

    Google News uses artificial intelligence to find the best of human intelligence: the great reporting done by journalists around the globe.

    Previously, Ziad was the founder of Nextly, a venture-backed curation platform used by top publishers around the world. He was also an Entrepreneur in Residence, and Venture Investor with Longworth Venture Partners.

    Prior to his work as an entrepreneur and VC, Ziad worked as a Management Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he advised clients on a wide range of strategic and operational challenges.

    Ziad holds a B.S. and an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

  • Digital Business Manager, Prothom Alo, Bangladesh

    Jabed is a growth hacking marketing communication professional with 11 years of experience in the field of Communications, Brand Management & Digital Business in International and local organizations. He currently heads Prothom Alo Digital Business Unit, the largest digital media portfolio of Bangladesh which enjoys over 45% local revenue market share alone. He is a digital marketing strategist, mentor and trainer. Currently Jabed focuses on bringing alternative revenue streams in digital business. He earned double MBA and BBA with marketing and technology operations from the top business schools of Bangladesh. Throughout the way he has been leading numerous community and voluntary platforms in both local and international level. He is also the Community Manager for Google Developer’s Group Bangla. He represented Bangladesh in the world’s top leadership & knowledge sharing conference in Silicon Valley where his leadership model was instigated globally after it was showcased in front of Google’s Developer community leaders from 110 countries.
  • Head of platforms and strategic partnerships, MittMedia, Sweden

    Thomas coordinates the overall development of the digital content platforms of Sweden's largest local media company. He is also responsible for all strategical and operative cooperations and partnerships between MittMedia and other companies in Sweden and internationally.
  • VP Product Management, Schibsted, Norway

    Espen Sundve, VP Product Management, is leading product development for all Schibsted's media houses and the build up of "Next Gen" publishing products. He has been with Schibsted since 2008 and led product & technology initiatives in both marketplaces and publishing (lastly as Chief Product & Technology Officer in VG). He's passionate about the opportunities Internet gives in terms of disrupting established models, but stresses that this is as much about a radical change in mindset and how we work together across functions as it is about deep understanding of tech.

     

  • Chefredateurin Digitale Transformation und Innovation im Regionalen, MADSACK Mediengruppe

  • Director, Consumer Strategy, Guardian News & Media, USA

    Megha has worked across multiple verticals on the commercial part of the business. She currently leads US reader revenue strategy by collaborating with editorial leadership and her counterparts in London to help realize the global strategy and implement new innovative ideas and projects. Megha is a former journalist and is originally from Mumbai, India.

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