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  • Senior Dy. General Manager, THG Publishing, India

    Venkatesan currently holds Senior Deputy General Manager position in THG Publishing, publisher of The Hindu newspaper in India. He is having nearly 25 years of industrial experience and worked in various levels at supply chain management, commercial & administration.

    Venkatesan holds a degree in mechanical engineering.

     

  • Chief Executive Officer – ABP News Network

    Ashok Venkatramani

    Ashok started his career with Unilever, having been with them for 19 years, before moving into his current role of the CEO of ABP News Network – an ABP Group company (formerly a News Corp International and ABP joint venture) which runs India’s largest news TV network.

    He is currently the Vice President and Director on the Board of the News Broadcasters Association of India and chairs their HR and Sales sub-committees. 

    Ashok was featured twice in the World CMO Council‘s list of India’s 75 top marketers and was awarded as ‘CEO with best HR Orientation’ in 2010. 

    He is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Harvard Business School.

  • Président co-fondateur, SlimCut Media

    Damien Veran

    Damien Véran is the president and co-founder of SlimCut Media, a global leader in Outstream Native video advertising innovation.  SlimCut Media helps media companies to deploy video advertising within their online content. Current clients include Vice, Rogers, Warner, DailyMail, PostMedia, Quebecor, Toronto Star or Globe & Mail. Passionate about media, Damien has co-founded SlimCut Media in 2011 with the goal of helping traditional publishers thrive in the booming digital environment. Damien was invited to speak at the 2014 Advertising Week in NYC and was part of the panel for the 2015 PwC Global Media Outlook.  Damien sits on the jury of the Ryerson University's Master of Journalism entrepreneurship project. In 2016, Damien was appointed Foreign Trade Advisor by the French government. Damien holds a master’s degree in engineering specialized in telecommunications and a master’s degree specialized in marketing from HEC Paris.

  • CEO and Founder, Verto Analytics

    Hannu Verkasalo serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Verto Analytics Inc. Dr. Verkasalo is a successful digital entrepreneur and executive, founding Arbitron Mobile Oy in 2007 where he served as its Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President. He has a background in consultation with global telecom operators and technology vendors. He headed up the analytics and sales activities. He founded and successfully built several companies in the digital and online space, Zokem, the first and foremost player in the mobile analytics sector, acquired in 2011 by Arbitron Inc. (now Nielsen Audio), where he led the mobile and Internet business expanding it across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Dr. Verkasalo serves as a Director of Ceruus Oy. He holds several board roles in startups, and he as invested in high growth companies, such as Bitbar and BetterDoctor. He ran venture investments for Radar Capital. He has a Ph.D. in Mobile Analytics.

  • CEO, HT Media, India.

    Rajiv Verma is the Chief Executive Officer of HT Media Limited, one of India’s largest and oldest print media companies since October, 2004.  He is also on the  Board of Governors of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India.

     He has over 30 years of cross-sector experience with reputed companies like Hindustan Lever, Nestle and Whirlpool. His international experience spans South East Asia and European geographies, having worked with Whirlpool in Thailand and with Nestle in Philippines and Switzerland. 

  • Chief Revenue Officer, Times Internet Ltd.

    Gulshan Verma is the Chief Revenue Officer at Times Internet Limited – India’s largest Internet Network and the digital venture of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited, India's largest media conglomerate. He will be leading the charge for TIL and its variety of businesses in the online and mobile space.

    Gulshan has 16 years of experience in the digital media industry, having worked in Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to joining TIL, Gulshan has enjoyed successful stints as the General Manager SEA and India Outbrain, Chief Revenue Officer, Komli Media, Director of Sales Strategy for Yahoo! India, and Director of Product Marketing for Yahoo! Search Marketing in the United States across the years.

    He has also worked for Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Co and IMG.

    Gulshan has a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters in Political Economy and a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics, and holds two patents in search monetization.

  • Leiterin „QA Robotertexte“, DFB

  • Project Director at CityDog.by, Belarus

  • Chief Digital Officer, UI/UX Designer, Head of Product Development, Jaime Câmara Group, Brazil

    At JCG – largest media group in the Brazilian Mid-North, with 26 media companies spanning television, newspaper, radio and internet – I oversee the sales, marketing, planning, design, and execution of the digital products strategy.

    As Chief Digital Officer, I'm charged with identifying the opportunities that will foster growth in web, mobile devices and social media, with focus on digital revenue, viewership, performance, and user experience. These responsibilities include the creation and maintenance of strategic partnerships, nurturing of cross-disciplinary teams, designing of new information architectures, content modelling, user interface and experience standards, product lifecycle management, channel sales development, marketing and deep data applications.

    I walk a thin line between art, tech, and business. I go to work on my passion with an award winning team of misfits. Artists, nerds, intellectuals, evangelists, number crunchers, cool hunters and intrapreneurs who prove, time and again, that great work can – and should – be done anywhere in the planet, not just in Silicon Valley. This attitude has reaped us consistent growth in viewership and revenue, as well as awards and critical acclaim.

    I also represent the group in trade associations such as INMA, Wan-Ifra and ANJ (Nacional Association of Newspapers) and speak at industry events.

    Prior to joining JCG, I worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks supervising pipeline research and development, bidding, execution and final content delivery. Past film credits include Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, The Watchmen, and all three Spider-Man films. My contributions featured in Superman Returns, The Aviator, and Spider-Man 2 were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in a Motion Picture, with Spider-Man 2 taking the prestigious award.

  • VP Sales, Marfeel, Spain

  • Director of Audience Engagement, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

    Ingeborg Volan (39) is the director of audience engagement at Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s most prominent business newspaper. She’s an online news veteran who early saw the possibilities of reaching audiences better online. She’s very passionate about understanding news users and letting their needs shape journalism. Among other roles, Ingeborg has previously worked as the first head of social media at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and lead the NRKbeta innovation crew. She’s also taught digital journalism at the Norwegian Institute for Journalism, been head of newsroom innovation at Adresseavisen and president of the Norwegian Online News Organization.

  • Managing Director RADP (Ringier Africa Digital Publishing) East-Africa, Kenya

     

    Leonie von Elverfeldt, Managing Director RADP (Ringier Africa Digital Publishing) East-Africa, manages www.pulselive.co.ke (est. 2017), Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa, the Marketing Agency RDM and Play Studio their Native Advertising Studio. Leonie entered the media-landscape in 2012, by launching and subsequently managing BILD's (Germanys biggest news title) paid content scheme BILDplus for almost 5 years. Before that she built up the Full-Service Agency blumberry.de and another Start-up in Berlin.

  • Diplom Kaufmann, Executive, Berater, Business Angel

    Malte von Trotha

    07/1993-12/2000 verschiedene Positionen innerhalb der deutschen Unilever-Gruppe;
    01/2001-10/2001 Leiter Unternehmensentwicklung der Verlagsgruppe Milchstrasse (VGM);
    11/2001 Geschäftsführer zuständig für Controlling, Buchhaltung, Finanzen, Verwaltung und IT der VGM;
    01/2004 zusätzlich zuständig für Personal und Recht;
    10/2005 Mitglied der Geschäftsführung der dpa;
    01/2006 bis 12/2010 Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der dpa;
    12/2011 Vorstand/CFO der Styria Media Group AG, Graz

  • Manager Printing, Pressedruck Potsdam GmbH, Germany

    Matthias Voß was born on 3. April 1956 in Greifswald, Germany
    1976–1980 Studies at University of Leipzig, Germany, diploma in journalism (Diplomjournalist)
    Since 1990 he has been working in newspaper production 
    1992–2006 shift supervisor in the printing department, since then manager printing at Pressedruck Potsdam GmbH, Potsdam, Germany

  • Social Media Writer and Managing Editor of The Economist on Medium, The Economist, UK

    At The Economist, James is tasked with helping a 173-year old newspaper make its voice heard on the social platforms where new, young audiences spend their time. As Managing Editor of The Economist on Medium, James curates and oversees the content strategy and delivery of one of the most-followed publications on the platform. 

  • INJECT Project Coordinator, WAN-IFRA, France

    Andrea joined the Global Media Alliance for Innovation as the INJECT Project Coordinator in 2017. However, in her spare time, she is happy to dive into media innovation labs, journalism startups and other new initiaves to understand how media innovation works exactly and how it could be stimulated. This is also the focus of her ongoing PhD-research at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. At the same time she's been working as a freelance journalist since she obtained her Master's degree in Audiovisual Journalism from the University of Amsterdam. With one foot in academic research and one foot in journalism practice, she's determined to create a bridge between two worlds that could learn a lot from each other.

  • Project Coordinator, WAN-IFRA, France

    Andrea Wagemans photo

    Andrea joined WAN-IFRA's Global Alliance for Media Innovation as Project Coordinator in 2017, and is mainly responsible for the Research & Innovation Projects that GAMI participates in (INJECT, CPN, Media Innovation Mapping). She gets most energy from projects like these that bridge research and practice, applying new insights about media innovation to real-life situations. This is also the focus of her ongoing PhD-research and research projects at the University of Groningen. Before joining GAMI, she worked as a (freelance) journalist and researcher.

  • Innovation Manager, DW Research & Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle, Germany

    Tilman Wagner
    Tilman Wagner is a researcher, journalists and curious open mind with the Innovation Team at Deutsche Welle. With one background in digital media production and another one in media sciences, he focuses on the intersection of journalism and technology - always with the aim to improve the user experience. With a personal interest in digital storytelling, Tilman has worked on projects around social media analysis and data-driven-approaches, and is currently all-in for drone journalism, digital verification and transparent algorithmic news offerings. Before joining DW, he worked as a UX specialist at the United Nations media department and as a Concept Designer for Accenture, an international technology consulting company.
  • Head of Content, Mamamia

    Holly Wainwright
    Holly is the Head Of Content at Mamamia, which means she oversees the written, video and podcast teams. She's also a writer and editor and the host of two Mamamia podcasts, Mamamia Out Loud and This Glorious Mess. In 2017, Holly published her first novel, The Mummy Bloggers, and its sequel, How To Be Perfect, in September 2018. She's also got two small kids and eye-bags for days. Follow her on Instagram at @wainwrightholly
  • Editor (Digital), Trinity Mirror Regionals, UK.

    Ed Walker is Editor (Digital) across the Trinity Mirror Regionals portfolio, working as part of a central editorial team who have helped regional brands such as the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Birmingham Mail to industry-leading growth. The Trinity Mirror Group is now the sixth largest digital media platform in the UK - with more daily unique browsers than eBay, Yahoo or Sky.

    Ed has held a number of senior editorial positions across the regionals portfolio, most recently as Associate Editor at the Liverpool Echo working with the sports team covering Liverpool FC and Everton FC to grow audience rapidly.

    In his spare time he also founded and edits a hyperlocal news site for the city of Preston, Lancashire, where he lives. Blog Preston, started in 2009, has a loyal monthly readership of 188,000 unique users with 70 per cent coming from within the postcode footprint area.

  • Director of Media Partnerships, Facebook

  • Director of Media Development and Head of Women in News, Canada

    Melanie is a gender and media development expert with more than 10 years’ experience leading capacity building and advocacy initiatives which place gender equality at their core. As director of Media Development for WAN-IFRA, Melanie oversees the organisation’s media development portfolio, which includes management of a multi-million euro budget to support media in 25 countries around the globe.  Melanie is a creator of WAN-IFRA’s sector-leading Women in News programme, an ambitious multi-year initiative to promote women’s leadership and voices in the news with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Melanie has previously held various leadership, programme development and social investment strategy positions in North America and Europe, including four years with the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network, where as Vice President International, she led the company’s expansion to its first international market with the launch of WXN Ireland. Melanie has a BA (Hons) from Kings College, Dalhousie University, and holds an Msc from the London School of Economics, University of London.

  • Principal Consultant, WAN-IFRA Consulting, Germany

    Gregor Waller provides consulting services to international media businesses for developing their digital strategy and transforming their business models for the digital era. Before this, he worked for more than six years in various management functions for Germany's Axel Springer publishing corporation. Most recently, up to February 2011, as a member of the management team of the WELT group, Berliner Morgenpost, Hamburger Abendblatt, he was responsible for strategy & innovation and commercial management of the Zeitungsgruppe Hamburg. After testing a "prototype tablet" with his core newspaper readers – one year before the iPad – he focused on the topics of digital strategy, digital business models and paid content, bringing his experience in these areas to bear also in strategic group projects.

    From 1998-2004 he worked for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH in positions such as commercial manager for publishing houses Prestel and Xenos Verlag. Waller has a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the Munich School of Philosophy.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail, Canada

    David Walmsley

    David Walmsley has held leadership positions at four major Canadian news organizations. After working for newspapers across Britain, including the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, he moved to Canada for the launch of the National Post in 1998 and worked at CBC News and the Toronto Star before joining The Globe in 2006. He is editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail since March 2014.

  • Research Director, First Draft News, USA

    Claire Wardle works for First Draft News, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, was the Senior Social Media Strategist at the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

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