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  • Senior fact checker, Faktisk.no, Norway

    Silje S. Skiphamn is a senior fact checker and investigative reporter at Faktisk.no, Norway´s new groundbreaking fact-checking organization. She has worked as a news journalist and political reporter in several newspapers since 2008, among them VG, the largest Norwegian daily on paper and internet combined. Skiphamn is also chair woman of the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP). She holds a Bachelor´s degree in political science from the University of Oslo and has also studied journalism. 
  • Journaliste, ex rédacteur en chef associé et directeur de la stratégie éditoriale des plateformes et produits numériques du Toronto Star

    DAVID SKOK

    Skok has had a distinguished career in journalism both in Canada and the United States. Mostly recently he served as Associate Editor of Toronto Star. Before joining teh Toronto Star, he was Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital at the Boston Globe, where he oversaw all digital business and editorial groups. Before moving to Boston, Mr. Skok worked for Global News in Toronto where he was instrumental in launching Globalnews.ca, a site that grew rapidly in audience and journalistic quality, recording triple-digit annual growth. He also was a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012, the first Canadian digital journalist selected for this honor. He is the co-author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruption in Journalism, a Nieman Reports e-book he co-wrote with Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Forum for Growth and Innovation Fellow James Allworth. David Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current affairs program in Washington, D.C. He was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University’s journalism program and is a regular commentator on the future of media and journalism. David is a member of teh Board of Directors of the Online News Associations (ONA).

  • Co-Founder, Table Stakes, USA

    Douglas K. Smith is the architect and co-founder of the “Table Stakes” movement in the U.S. and the lead author of Table Stakes: A Manual for Getting in the Game of News.  Table Stakes programs use Doug’s challenge-centric, performance-and-accountability driven change management methodologyÔ -- the methodology Doug also used to build the globally-recognized program that operated as the Sulzberger Leadership program at Columbia from 2007 to 2018 and now as the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard.

    Over the past several decades, Doug has done work with leading organizations in more than sixty industries across the private, non-profit and government sectors.  He is an innovator, author, teacher, advisor, lawyer and inventor concerned with competitive performance, innovation, strategy, and change. A former co-leader of McKinsey & Company’s worldwide organization performance practice, Doug’s books include On Value and Values: Thinking Differently About We In An Age Of Me; Fumbling The Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, The First Personal Computer; The Wisdom of Teams; Taking Charge of Change; Make Success Measurable; The Discipline of Teams; and, Sources Of The African Past.  Doug’s work was cited in the book High Impact Consulting for having the highest impact of all consultants reviewed.  He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • COO & President, Some Spider, USA

    Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating multiple identity-based digital brands each anchored by relevant content, community and soon commerce. 

    Smurl spent the last ten years at The New York Times in digital product development, paid content, advertising sales, strategic planning and business development roles. The latest is as general manager, core digital products, managing the performance and product evolution of core web and mobile products. 

  • COO, Público Comunicação Social, Portugal

    Since 2009, as an executive board member, Cristina Soares manages the transformation of Público, aiming at a sustainable business model based on digital, as this Portuguese Newspaper remains a national reference for journalism quality, innovative company and corporative efficiency. She runs also other companies in the group, in radio, printing and distribution.
    Previously, Cristina worked with Bonança Assurance, ELF OIL Portugal, HCB - Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Mozambique and Siderurgia Nacional Portugal, as controller, organizational advisor and corporate conversion process. Cristina joined the Board of WAN-IFFRA in 2017. She has a Master and MBA from ISCTE Lisbon.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Mediahuis Group, Belgium

    Peter Soetens’ career is all about the digital transition of organisations. Peter started his career at the VRT, the Flemish Radio and Television Broadcasting organisation, where, as a programme manager, he launched the first fully digital production platform and later held several management positions. In 2011, Peter joined Corelio, which later became Mediahuis, and, since then, as Director Digital News Media, has been working on the digital growth of all brands within the Mediahuis group. From 2017, Peter has been combining his role within the Belgian organisation with the position of Director Digital Innovation & Development at Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG), where he is responsible for the successful digital transformation of the company.

  • Head - Russmedia Solutions, Austria

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Russia

    Sergei Sokolov was born in 1967 in Moscow and graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University in 1993 with a degree in International Journalism. He started working as a freelance correspondent with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in 1983 and became a correspondent in 1990. He became the head of the education section in 1993 and at the same time worked as a columnist and editor of the investigations desk. He was Deputy Chief Editor of the weekly Moscow News during 1994-1995 and has worked as a correspondent for the television programme 'The View'. Sergei specialises in military reporting, investigations into state corruption and other high-profile crimes. He taught at the Russian State Humanitarian University during between 1995-2005, where he led a course on investigative journalism. He currently works as the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief and Chief-Editor of the web portal at Novaya Gazeta.

  • News Director, NRK (Norwegian public service broadcaster), Norway

    Helje Solberg is News Director of NRK, the Norwegian public service broadcaster. Prior to joining NRK, she was CEO/Editor of VGTV and Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian media house on paper and internet combined. Helje is chair of Faktisk.no, Norway's collaborative fact-checking initiative. She is on the advisory board of the World Editors Forum, is the head of the organising committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards and is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association). She is a member of the Oslo Editor Association and is a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and politics. Before becoming editor of VGTV she served as Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994. The following year she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud).
  • Digital Editor, DB Medialab AS, Norway

  • Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa

    Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma.

    Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

    Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.

  • Senior news anchor, DW News (Deutsche Welle), Germany

    Sumi is a freelance reporter, writer, editor, and news anchor living and working in Berlin for more than a decade. She covers politics, breaking news, immigration, and economics. Her reporting has taken her across Germany and Europe. Sumi is currently a senior news anchor at DW News (Deutsche Welle), Germany's international broadcaster. Sumi reports on Germany for various international publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Global Post, Newsweek, PRI, and USA Today. She served as an editor at the Berlin Policy Journal, Germany's premiere English-language foreign affairs magazine.
  • Head of Multimedia, Independent Media, South Africa

    Journalist and mobile journalism pioneer. Currently charged with driving multimedia content across all Independent Media platforms.

  • Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom, Singapore

    Alan Soon co-founded The Splice Newsroom, a business intelligence service covering the transformation of media in Asia. Splice delivers insights into the shifting media trends through its reporting, newsletters, research and events.

    Alan is Asia’s leading expert on newsroom operations, digital transformation, and building the new business of media. He also advises early-stage media-tech startups.

    For more than twenty years, Alan has worked in radio, television, news wires, magazine, and online across Asia, giving him unique insight into how various newsrooms get things done—and where they get stuck. He started his career as a reporter and grew into other operational roles — producer, editor, newsroom manager — and eventually led one of the largest digital news teams in the industry as Yahoo’s Managing Editor for India and Southeast Asia.

  • Head of Digital, Danske Medier & COO, IAB Denmark

    Allan Sorensen

    Allan Sorensen is Head of Digital at Danish Media representing more than 90 pct of private media in Denmark, COO of IAB Denmark, Board Member of IAB Europe and Chair of IAB Europe’s Policy Committee. For the last two decades he has been involved in public affairs and analytics in the digital media and advertising industry.

  • Vice President of Advertising in the Americas, Financial Times, USA

    Brendan Spain

    Previously, Spain was Account Director for Financial Markets, responsible for US investment banking clients including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citigroup across print and digital FT properties.

    Spain has played a vital role at the FT for over seven years. As an original member of the FT's "Digital Development Group", he has worked extensively with the FT's key clients in developing marketing solutions that leverage audience, platforms, creative executions, and metrics.

    In March 2011 Spain moved to London to become senior account manager, educating the FT’s highest revenue client line in their digital proposition, niche financial offerings (FT Trading Room, FTfm, Alphaville), and tablet and mobile innovations.

    In October 2012, Spain was appointed Digital Development Manager for financial products in London. His position focused on product development and sales strategy across all of FT’s digital Financial Publishing products.

    Aside from geeking out in spirited digital conversations and being close enough to the business to understand the particular challenges and problems faced by organizations attempting to navigate the evolving digital landscape.

  • Commercial & Operations Director, Ozone Platform, Ozone Project, UK

    Danny Spears is Commercial & Operations Director of Ozone Platform at The Ozone Project.

    Danny’s mission is to help publishers’ create incremental value in their digital advertising businesses by understanding the challenges they face, and by delivering the capability that they need. He leads the commercial, product and analytics functions of Ozone’s Publisher Platform.

    Prior to joining The Ozone Project, Danny was Programmatic Director at Guardian News & Media where he was responsible for global leadership of advertising technology and data strategy as well as UK & ROW programmatic revenue.

  • Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, Associated Press, USA

    Robyn Spector is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at the Associated Press. She is responsible for the implementation of the strategic planning process and key initiatives across the AP, tapping into the major forces affecting the news industry and aligning corporate goals with these insights. In her role, she leverages media and technology partnerships with academic institutions, business ventures and research centers to identify and expand revenue opportunities. She leads the company’s cross-functional AI working group to build and develop the pipeline for emerging technology applications in journalism. Prior to the AP, Robyn worked at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, first as a senior strategy analyst in advertising and later overseeing large-scale strategic projects on behalf of the Chief Transformation Officer, Office of the President, and Chief Strategy Officer. Robyn started her career in product development and campaign management at Cablevision Media Sales and was a reporter on the breaking news beat in New York. She completed Columbia University’s Lede Program in computer science and data journalism and earned her B.A. from Brandeis University where she received the Sorensen Fellowship to study media ethics in post-genocide Rwanda.

  • VP of Sales

    Steven is VP of Sales at Piano, overseeing new markets in EMEA. His proven tenure inside both services and platform industries provide a valuable perspective on accelerating digital businesses through technology and customer experience. Prior to joining Piano, Steven managed global business development for iCrossing, a digital agency at Hearst Corporation. He’s also held leadership positions at Method, Schematic (POSSIBLE, a unit of WPP), Capgemini, and the pioneering internet consultancy, Viant.

    Of particular focus for Steven has been the Media & Entertainment market, where the need for new business models, enabled through digital technology, content and user experience, demands deep expertise across multiple skill sets. Before working in technology, Steven was a producer of broadcast commercials and music videos.

  • Resident Editor, Times of India, India

    K R Sreenivas has the habit of turning around newspapers. In his 21-month stint as Resident Editor of TOI, Hyderabad, he has rejigged the Hyderabad, Vizag and Vijayawada editions to make it more impactful, brought in a qualitative change in content, layouts and design of the newspaper, and made the editions more impactful. Under his stewardship, The Times of India recently launched Times Connect, the first of which was conducted at Marredpally, which brought residents and authorities face-to-face to deal with citizen issues. Apart from making the newspaper snippety and news-centric, Sreenivas has brought in interactive initiatives, making TOI most readable. Focussed coverage, carpet bombing of issues, detailed infographics have all become part of parcel of the coverage.

    Prior to this stint, Sreenivas was Resident Editor of TOI, Goa, packing in soulful stories in the edition that hit national headlines. Goa was a different market from his previous experiences, but he brought around a change that made TOI the most loved newspaper in the market.

    Sreenivas has also the distinction of being the launch editor of Bangalore Mirror, a compact newspaper of the Times Group. During his three-and-a-half year stint as the young newspaper’s editor, he made it such a habit for Bangaloreans that they got addicted to the style and play of stories.

    Sreenivas joined The Times of India at Bangalore in 2000 and as Bureau Chief, brought in content that made local coverage interesting and would make people sit up and notice.

    His career started with The Indian Express at Chennai where he rose to be its Chief Reporter, and in 1997 the youngest in the country holding the sensitive post. As a reporter in his formative years in journalism, he broke the big stories of the 1990s – that of Jayalalithaa’s corruption, non-filing of income Tax returns, and Hyderabad’s grape gardens which she owned, and many more. Then Railway Minister C K Jaffer Sharief had to quit as Railway Minister following Sreenivas’s story on misuse of Ircon aircraft and the furore that followed in parliament.

    Sreenivas was educated in Chennai, went to Loyola College and Kendriya Vidyalaya in IIT campus, Madras.

    He loves sports, listens to music and loves his friends he has cultivated over a period of time.

  • VP of Online Advertising & Head of Ideas People Media, The Economist Group, UK

    Ashwin Sridhar is responsible for global revenue from advertising on Economist.com and is the head of business for Ideas People Media - The Economist's publisher network. Ashwin's focus is ensuring The Economist's advertising offering remains competitive and in tune with the changing needs of clients.

  • Chief General Manager - Operations, Telangana Publications Pvt Ltd

    Ch. Srinivas

    Srinivas Ch is General Manager-Operations of Telangana Publications Group. 

    He primarily heads the Operations of the Group, which publish NAMASTHE TELANGANA Telugu and TELANGANA TODAY English dailies. The Group recently owned ManRoland’s Double-width Press Cromoman and Ferag’s Mailroom system under Srinivas’s leadership. In this role, he oversees Company’s Production, Prepress and IT departments includes QC at various stages. 

    Srinivas is also a Journalist, who writes about Scientific and Technological developments across the Globe. He also serves as Content Editor for the Group’s Telugu Portal NTNEWS.COM 

    Prior to Telangana Group, Mr. Srinivas served as DGM-Technical of Telugu Daily SURYA. At this position, he headed IT, Prepress and Digital Edition departments. Started his career with Eenadu as an Engineer, Srinivas is one of the few Onlookers who experienced various generations in Offset Printing Technology since 1990.

  • Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India

    Education: Bachelor of Engineering. Specialisation: Printing Technology

    Role at WAN-IFRA: Anand is responsible for the activities at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, Chennai which offers newsprint and newsink testing, print quality evaluation, research and training on various newspaper production topics. In the last five years with WAN-IFRA, he has published several research reports on the topics of materials and colour reproduction. He was one of the members of the Jury that judged the general print quality of newspapers in INCQC 2010-12. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Printing Technology, Anna University.

    Previous work experience: The Hindu, a leading English daily in India – Engineer in the Graphics department and a member of the QC team, responsible for colour correction, colour management and conformance of all the printing centres of The Hindu to ISO 12647-3.

  • Head of Strategy, The Hindu Group

    Sathya Sriram heads the Strategy and Marketing functions at The Hindu Group, a leading media house in India. She is spearheading the company’s thrust in digital subscriptions through a portfolio of products targeting different user segments – YoungWorldClub.com for children, BusinessLineOnCampus for MBA students and aspirants as well as the e-Papers of the daily newspapers.

    She was formerly with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and worked with governments, non-profits, and healthcare companies on improving operations, strategic thinking, and organisational transformation. She also helped set up the McKinsey Centre for Government in Singapore in 2011, an entity focused on connecting governments across Asia and supporting their services to the public.

  • Director New Ventures, Telenor Digital, Norway

    Johanna Staaf is responsible for identifying tech startups and early stage businesses that have potential to fuel growth for Telenor Digital. Over the years she has gained significant experience in this field having identified and successfully forged strategic and commercial partnerships with digital startups for Telenor’s business units in Sweden and Malaysia. Johanna started out her career in in the media industry in business development positions for MTG, Modern Times Group. Being passionate about the growing opportunities for digital advertising, Johanna took part in the establishment of the Swedish chapter of the IAB where she served as the Board Chairman for IAB Sweden 2008-2010.

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