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  • UK Editor, Mashable, United Kingdom

    Anne-Marie Tomchak is the UK Editor of Mashable, a media and entertainment company at the forefront of tech, science and digital culture. Heading up Mashable's UK operations from London, Anne-Marie is an innovative journalist and filmmaker with a track record of producing original storytelling on digital and broadcast media. Before joining Mashable, she was a reporter and presenter for the BBC, where she launched the social media investigative unit BBC Trending and developed the corporation’s mobile video offering on the BBC News app. In 2014 Anne-Marie was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for Innovation after breaking a story about the ‘offer’ of illegal drugs on Instagram, which led to a change in policy by the platform. She also broke the world exclusive revealing that the viral video ‘Syria Hero Boy’ was faked. Having spent the past 15 years reporting for national and international broadcasters (including Deutsche Welle, American Public Media, NPR and RTE) Anne-Marie has become one of the leading digital media voices contextualizing the role of technology and social media in modern life. In November 2016 she fronted the RTE documentary ‘Cloud Control: Who Owns Your Data?’ which explored big data and digital fingerprints for RTE Science Week. She was recently listed in The Irish Times '30 Irish Women You Need to Know' for International Women's Day and is one of Silicon Republic's '30 Incredible Irish people leading a European invasion' as part of their Sci-Tech 100.

  • Vice president and managing editor of The Dallas Morning News

    Robyn Tomlin is vice president and managing editor of The Dallas Morning News. Before joining The News in 2015, she served as the chief digital officer and VP for communications at the Pew Research Center, where she was responsible for the center’s overall research dissemination, communications strategy and digital operations. Tomlin was the founding editor of Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, a national digital news hub in New York City that produced content, news applications and interactives for more than 75 daily newspapers. She also served as the top editor of three daily news operations: the StarNews in Wilmington, N.C., the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner and the TimesDaily in Florence, Ala. During part of that time, she was also the director of editorial innovation for The New York Times Regional Media Group, leading digital innovation and audience growth strategies for 16 daily news operations located in six states. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Tomlin started her career as a reporter in suburban Pittsburgh and later at the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times before moving into editing roles. She sits on the board of directors for the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Foundation.

  • CEO, Tamedia, Switzerland

    Christoph Tonini (CH/I/1969) has been Chief Executive Officer of Tamedia since January 2013. He joined Tamedia in April 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board. In recent years he has headed, among others, the Services, Newspapers Switzerland, Media Switzerland and most recently the Digital & 20 Minuten Division. He was also Deputy CEO from 2007. Before joining Tamedia, Christoph Tonini held various positions for Ringier between 1998 and 2003. Ultimately, he held the position of Head of Ringier Hungary and Romania. Christoph Tonini completed an MBA at St. Gallen University from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, he completed an apprenticeship in offset printing and studied at the Swiss Engineering School for Printing and Packaging (esig) in Lausanne from 1990 to 1993.

  • Innovation Editor, Correio*, Brazil

    Juan Torres is a (data) journalist. Works as Innovation Editor at Correio* (Salvador, Brazil) and also as project manager at School of Data in Brazil, giving trainings on data journalism around Brazil. In 2016, was an ICFJ fellow for the Digital Path for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Latin America program and worked at The Texas Tribune. Some of his works have been recognized in several awards, such as Latam Digital Media Awards (2015, 2016 and 2017), INMA Global Media Awards (2016 and 2017), Vladimir Herzog for Amnesty and Human Rights (2016), Tim Lopes for Investigative Journalism (2015), Data Journalism Awards (2012), Kurt Schork Awards (2012) and Esso Awards (2011). Has also worked at Marca (Spain), Globoesporte.com (Rio de Janeiro), Extra (Rio de Janeiro), EFE agency (Rio de Janeiro), and Pan-American Games (Rio de Janeiro).

  • Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo News Singapore

    Elena Torrijos is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience working in the Philippines and Singapore. She is currently Yahoo News and Finance editor-in-chief for Verizon Media in Southeast Asia, managing a team of content producers, reporters and editors based in Singapore. She is a former managing editor for The Asian Banker, a regional financial publication. She won the “Local Journalist Award” in the 2006 SOPA Awards in the category for regional newspapers, large magazines and wire services published in English. She is also founder of a personal finance magazine in the Philippines called MoneySense. She was a business reporter for The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s leading broadsheet, for more than five years before she moved to Singapore in 2004. She was a finalist three times for the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Before Inquirer, she was a reporter for The Business Daily, a business paper, for several years.
  • Editor-in-chief, Yahoo News and Finance, Verizon Media Southeast Asia

    Elena Torrijos is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience working in the Philippines and Singapore. She is currently Yahoo News and Finance editor-in-chief for Verizon Media in Southeast Asia, managing a team of content producers, reporters and editors based in Singapore. She is a former managing editor for The Asian Banker, a regional financial publication. She won the “Local Journalist Award” in the 2006 SOPA Awards in the category for regional newspapers, large magazines and wire services published in English. She is also founder of a personal finance magazine in the Philippines called MoneySense. She was a business reporter for The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s leading broadsheet, for more than five years before she moved to Singapore in 2004. She was a finalist three times for the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Before Inquirer, she was a reporter for The Business Daily, a business paper, for several years.

  • Senior Vice President, Teads Latin America, USA

    Eric Tourtel has more than 15 years of industry experience in a variety of sectors, bringing expertise in international sales, operations and business strategy to his current role as Managing Director of Teads in Latin America. Teads, previously known as Ebuzzing, is a leading global technology company on a mission to reinvent video advertising. Based in Miami, Eric joined Ebuzzing in 2013 as Vice President of International Business, prior to the company’s rebranding and merger in 2014.

  • Business Head- Digital Content & Syndication, HT Media Ltd., India

    Sanjay Trehan

    Sanjay is a new media professional with experience across Advertising, Print, Web, TV and Mobile and with strong exposure to the Converging Ecosystem from within. At HT Media, he is responsible for creating strategic alliances and partnership ecosystem with major worldwide technology and content companies to expand business through joint ventures, acquisitions and partnerships. 

    Before joining HT Media, he was the head of MSN and MSN Apps India. Prior to that he was the CEO of NDTV Convergence.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Tagesspiegel.de, Germany

  • News Partnerships India, Twitter, India

    A writer and journalist with about 15 years of experience, Amrita Tripathi is presently working as Acting Manager, News Partnerships at Twitter India. 

    Amrita was formerly senior news anchor at CNN-IBN, special correspondent, foreign affairs, Health Editor and Books Editor, foreign correspondent, and magazine columnist. She has hosted and produced several half-hour shows, anchored live news for close to a decade.

  • General Manager for Croatia, Styria Media Group, Croatia

    Boris Trupčević

    Media expert with strong editorial background, both in print and digital. In recent years fully dedicated to management roles. 

    He became General manager for Styria Media Gruop in Croatia in January 2011. In the past five years he centralised media business of Styria in Croatia into a one organisational structure.

    Since January 2008 till present day he is also a CEO at 24sata, the biggest newspaper and digital publisher in Croatia and the most profitabile media house in the region. He was also Editor-in-Chief of 24sata newspapers from 2005 till 2009, making a threefold growth of circulation and growing digital media to market leadership.

  • CMO, Next Digital Limited - Next Mobile, Hong Kong

    Vincent Tsui
  • Lead on 360 video and live-action experiences at Emblematic Group

    Kevin is the lead on 360 video and live-action experiences at Emblematic Group, a studio founded by VR pioneer and journalist Nonny de la Peña. Before that he worked on VR projects at the Los Angeles Times Visuals and designed motion graphics for Al Jazeera America. He's a graduate of both the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and the Media Arts + Practice Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

     
  • Lead on 360 video and live-action experiences at Emblematic Group

    Kevin es el líder de vídeo en 360 y experiencia "live-action" en Emblematic Group, un estudio formado por el pionero en realidad virtual y periodista Nonny de la Peña. Antes de esto, trabajó en proyectos de realidad virtual en Los Angeles Times Visuals y diseñó gráficos para Al Jazeera América. Se graduó en USC Annenberg School of Journalism y en Media Arts+ Practice Division  de USC School of Cinematic Arts.

  • Co-Founder and CEO, MioTech

    Jianyu (Jason) Tu, Stanford MBA, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Co-Founder and CEO of MioTech. Jason’s career spans across banking and tech startups around the globe. He kicked off his career at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong and has since then worked at a number of startups such as WeLab and Robinhood in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

  • ICFJ​ ​Knight​ ​Fellow

    Nasr ul Hadi leads the Int'l Center for Journalists' (ICFJ) Knight Fellows in India.  This team — editorial, multimedia, product, technology and strategy consultants with diverse experience across print, broadcast and digital news media​ ​— drives innovation experiments​ in newsrooms' story, product, workflow and/or business models, by developing and expanding the use of new technologies and digital-led best practices that improve access to quality information and journalism.

    ICFJ Knight's hosts/partners in India have included established legacy brands and journalism startups, publishers in both English and local languages, mostly in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, but also in smaller cities deeper in the subcontinent — Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Dainik Jagran, Deccan Herald, IndiaSpend, among others.

    Hadi's own focus is “culture hacking” in editorial teams to encourage sustainability, scalability and replicability of data-led news workflows. He has been a regular speaker and trainer on digital-led newsroom innovation at leading industry conferences, bootcamps and leadership roundtables worldwide, including those organised by the Online News Association (ONA), World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA), Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), and Int'l Journalists Network (IJNet).

    Beyond work, he co-manages local chapters of the global Hacks/Hackers community, and has occasionally taught digital storytelling in postgraduate and mid-career classrooms. Hadi studied engineering and digital media at the Aligarh and Columbia universities, respectively. 

  • Independent consultant, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

    A veteran digital leader in local media, Eric works as a consultant and trainer to news organizations navigating change. He was most recently managing editor for digital operations at the Philadelphia Media Network, the publisher of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, where he oversaw visual journalism, content management tools and training and helped lead a top-to-bottom reorganization of the newsroom last year. He joined the company in 2014 as executive director of digital strategy before moving into the newly unified newsroom in 2016 to oversee digital efforts. He previously led digital news and product development at The Seattle Times and held a number of digital roles at the Los Angeles Times, where he co-founded the paper's award-winning Data Desk. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of British Columbia and was a 2013 fellow in the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

  • Coach, Meikirch, Switzerland

    Haeme Ulrich is part of the family business “haemeulrich.com”. His focus is on digital culture (digital transformation) and multi-channel publishing. He is also a trainer for InDesign and WordPress. He is the founder of the well-known “Publishingblog.ch” and can be found internationally as a speaker at industry events.

  • CEO & Editor-in-Chief, IDN Media, Indonesia

    Winston Utomo is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief at IDN Media, a multi-platform digital media company for Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia. IDN Times, Popbela.com, IDN TV, Yummy and NOW are some of the digital assets that IDN Media owns and operates. With over 40 million unique audiences every month, IDN Media aims to become the voice of Millennials and Gen Z and to bring positive impact to the society.   Prior joining IDN Media, Winston worked at Google in Singapore and St. John Capital in San Francisco. He graduated from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, for his Bachelor degree and Columbia University, New York, for his Master degree.
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  • Editorial Content Manager, Grupo GRANASA, Ecuador

    Marcos is the Editorial Content Manager in GRANASA, and has lead the digital renovation project of EXTRA newspaper, one of the most read newspaper in Ecuador. Marcos is also a journalist with digital experience (websites and social media), and a consultant for media companies and journalists interested in evolving towards multi-platform and multi-disciplinary newsrooms.

  • Associate Vice President - Marketing and Communication, Franklin Templeton Investment India Pvt. Ltd., India

  • CEO, NRC Media, Netherlands

    Rien van Beemen

    Rien van Beemen is CEO of NRC Media, a leading Dutch quality newspaper. NRC has migrated in a few years from a classic newspaper business to a mainly digital player. 80% of readers have a digital component included in their subscription. NRC has now been able to grow its number of subscribers for four years in a row. Before entering the media world, Rien had extensive experience in two other disruptive industries: travel and online entertainment.

  • CEO, Escenic, Norway

    Mark van de Kamp heads up Escenic, a CCI-owned media tech company specializing in CMS platforms. Mark’s mission is to make digital storytelling more intuitive for the creators and more engaging for the audiences. He is one of the driving forces behind the development of CUE, the new cutting-edge digital publishing platform from CCI and Escenic.

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  • Manager Data Intelligence & CRM, NRC Media, The Netherlands

    Matthijs van de Peppel has been working in the newspaper industry for over ten years. Starting his career as a circulation marketer, he quickly developed as a online shop manager, online marketer, and project manager. Now, as the manager of the data intelligence and customer relationship management team at NRC Media, a quality Dutch news organisation, Matthijs is responsible for bringing data insights into decision making and amplifying the voice of the customer. Together with two coauthors he just published the book How to Succeed in The Relationship Economy.

     

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