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  • Analytics & Best Practice, MWM Group, Sweden

    Emma joined MWM in September 2017 where she has been working with data analytics and business intelligence. Since her very first day, she has been a part of the Stampen project, implementing the product, Media 365, where her main responsibilities have included data analysis providing the creation of our live dashboards and reports.

  • Editor, DT Next

  • Former Director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd

    Kasturi Balaji is the Former Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd., the publishers of The Hindu. Mr. Balaji has more than 30 years of experience in technology, production and ink manufacturing.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, THG, India

    Suresh Balakrishna is the Chef Revenue Officer of The Hindu Group, he has been with The Hindu since November 2018. Prior to joining the Hindu, he was the CEO, South Asia and Middle East of Kinetic Advertising India Private Limited. Kinetic is a WPP Group company and the world’s largest OOH agency. Suresh comes with 30 years of experience in the media and advertising industry. He has worked in organizations such as Lintas Media Group, India Today Group, Zee Telefilms Limited, Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He frequently addresses seminars, guest lectures at institutes such as MICA Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, Kolkata and Shillong etc. and was adjunct faculty at SIMC (SYMBIOSIS INSTITUTE OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION) for a brief period. Suresh has also developed and conducted specific training modules for media houses in India and abroad. He was the only Indian media industry representative invited to the United Nations as a part of the Leadership Council for the 4th Annual “Media for Social Impact” Summit, held at the United Nations in NYC on September 14, 2017. In 2018, he was also awarded the ‘OOH Person of the Year‘ by exchange4media at the Neon’s (Outdoor Industry awards). Happily married, with a 26-year-old bright daughter and three-year-old Luna! Suresh loves travelling, adventure holidays, watching movies and animals. Above all, has a passion for teaching and training!!
  • Chief of News, Mathrubhumi Television, India.

    Sri. Unni Balakrishnan was born in 1969 in Alappuzha district of Kerala. He started his career in 1994 as a Sub-Editor in a reputed Malayalam Socio political Weekly – Kalakaumudi. In 1996 he joined Asianet Television as Sub-Editor and played an important role in establishing the first private satellite channel in Malayalam. In 1998 he was transferred to the New Delhi Bureau of Asianet. In the years that rolled by Sri. Unni Balakrishnan worked in the New Delhi bureau of Asianet in various capacities as Bureau Chief, Regional Editor etc. He was in New Delhi from year 1998 to 2010. While working in  the Delhi Bureau, he got many opportunities to report many important incidents/ events like the Kandahar Plane hijack, Kargil war, Delhi serial bomb blasts, Mumbai terrorist attack, General elections etc. In 2002 he visited Islamabad with the then Prime Minister Sri. A B Vajpayee and reported SAARC summit. He had visited Paris and reported the Indo French nuclear summit in 2005, the USA again in 2005 and reported the UN General Council and in 2010 he reported the Indo- Arab summit all accompanying the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Sri. Unni Balakrishnan is now with the Mathrubhumi News Television channel as Chief of News and had been there since 2012.

    He hosts an interview program 'Chodyam Utharam' which is a well appreciated program among the Malayalee audience around the globe.

    He is the proud recipient of the Kerala State Award for the Best Interviewer in 2015. He has also got important recognitions like Abudabi Kala Award, Dubai Asiavision Award, Delhi Malayalee Award etc.

  • Editor, Mumbrella Asia

    Ravi Balakrishnan
    Ravi Balakrishnan has more than two decades as a journalist under his belt. Before becoming Editor for Mumbrella Asia, he was the editor of Brand Equity in India – the marketing magazine of The Economic Times, India’s most-read daily financial newspaper. He previously worked for CNBC and Starcom. Balakrishnan has an English literature degree from Mumbai University and a diploma in advertising from the K.C College of Management Studies.
  • Managing Director, Vikatan Group

    Mr B Srinivasan (Srini) is the Managing Director of the 93 year old Vikatan Group. This third- generation entrepreneur joined his family business when Vikatan Group was print-only Magazine Publisher, in 1990. Realising the significance of communities, advent of personalization, emergence of TV mediums and the surge of the Internet, Srini spearheaded Vikatan’s diversification through niche magazines, adopted internet publishing in 1997, went pay in 2005 and trending on social media since 2010 . He also entered content production for TV in 1998 and during the last 2 decades produced continuous #1 rated shows in Tamil. Since 2016, the Vikatan Group has created and curated popular event properties and client-led activations.
  • Editor-in-chief, Periodista Digital, Spain

    Luis Balcarce (Buenos Aires, 1973) is a renowned journalist and Editor in Chief of Periodista Digital, one of the top ten most read digital publications in Spain. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires and completed a Master's Degree in Political Science, awarded by the Adenauer Foundation at ESEADE. With frequent appearances on radio and television, he is a trusted expert on the media landscape. He has been deputy director of the Rojo y Negro program on Radio 4G, as well as deputy editor of Diario Exterior and columnist for Libertad Digital. He is also the author of PRISA: Liquidación de Existencias: an insightful novel about the history of El Pais, the most famous newspaper in Spain.

  • Director, Client Solutions and Custom Content, The Wall Street Journal Custom Studios

    Nicole leads the Wall Street Journal Custom Studios team in APAC to produce content marketing, creative solutions and thought leadership in digital, print, events, and research for clients. Nicole and her team work together with the Media Sales team to drive revenue through non-traditional advertising means.

    Previously, Nicole was the Head of Production for digital creative agency Razorfish in both Hong Kong and Sydney, before joining Dow Jones in 2016.

  • Editor-in-Chief, SME, Slovak Republic

    Beata Balogová is the editor-in-chief of the independent SME daily newspaper, one of the major dailies and news-sites in the Slovak Republic.

    Beata graduated with Master of Science degree in journalism from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York, USA. She was a Fulbright scholar appointed to the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1994. Beata has Master of Arts degree cum laude from the Comenius University School of Journalism, majoring in journalism.

    Beata joined the SME daily in December 2014. Prior to joining SME, between 2003 and 2014, she served as editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s English-language weekly The Slovak Spectator. In the past, she also worked for Slovakia’s first private newswire, SITA, and the state newswire, TASR. 

    Beata is one of the co-organizers of the Best Media Traditions program, which brings Pulitzer Prize winning journalists to Slovakia. Since 2016 she has been member of the International Press Institute (IPI) board. She writes political commentaries and editorials for SME and The Slovak Spectator.

  • CEO, Spinlet Group, Nigeria

    Nkiru Balonwu is CEO of the Spinlet Group. Spinlet is a digital media distribution company, focusing on Africa-centric content. It operates Africa’s leading store for legal sales of home-grown music, accessible globally through mobile apps (iOS and Android) and browsers (www.spinlet.com). Before her appointment as CEO, Nkiru worked at different times as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer within the company.

    She has more than 15 years’ experience advising on transactions spanning across technology, intellectual property and media and has taught law at the University of Lagos. Nkiru has a keen interest in development policy particularly as it relates to empowering women and girls through ICT. She is a strong believer and advocate of music and film as tools of soft power and catalysts for social change and economic development in Africa.

    She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University College London and is admitted to the bar in New York, Nigeria, and England & Wales.

  • CEO, Impresa, Portugal

    Francisco Pedro Presas Pinto de Balsemão is the CEO of Impresa, the largest media company in Portugal, since March 2016. Previously (October 2012), he acted as Impresa’s Executive Director and COO responsible for Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Sustainability. He graduated in Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon and has a Masters Degree in Law from Oxford University, UK. He also undertook business and management courses at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon), Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon), Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, USA), IMD Business School (Lausanne, Switzerland), Esade Business School (Spain), and Singularity University (Silicon Valley, USA).

    He began his career in 2003, as an Associate at Linklaters (Lisbon) and later, in 2008, as a Human Resources Consultant in Heidrick & Struggles (Lisbon). He joined Impresa in 2009, as Human Resources Director. Before, in 2007, he was an Assistant Adviser in the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations (New York), having worked in the 3rd Committee (Human Rights).

    Francisco is also the Vice-President of SIC Esperança, an NGO, since 2013, and a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, since November 2017.

  • Media Consultant, UK

    Subhajit Banerjee is a London-based journalist with over 15 years of experience as editor, reporter, producer and product manager in companies including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and Conde Nast International. He is an expert in mobile and digital journalism and was the Guardian's first Mobile Editor. He is deeply interested in the impact of technology on journalism and the way it shapes new behaviours and products. Banerjee started his career in India with the Business Today magazine and also worked in newspapers such as the Calcutta Telegraph.

  • Group Head - Communications, Reliance Industries Ltd. India

    Rohit Bansal

    Rohit Bansal is a group leader with RIL, India’s most valuable company. He is an expert at the intersect of media strategy, reputation and digital disruption. Rohit is a TEDx speaker - the talk can be accessed on the hashtag #PowerOfOneVote.

    Rohit is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (Asia’s highest rated think tank from India), a Fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness (a knot of Prof Michael E Porter’s work at Harvard) and a Mentor at JioGenNext, a startup scalerator incubated by RIL. 

    Rohit read history at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi (1988) and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School (Fall 2009, alumni status). He is a British Chevening scholar and an executive education alumna of the University of Westminster, The Times Centre for Media Studies, and the European Journalism Centre, Maastricht.

    Rohit served on the Board of News Broadcasters Association in India and is/was on some media boards like TV18, Network 18, Viacom 18, IBN Lokmat and HomeShop 18. He has been Resident Editor of The Financial Express, New Delhi; Managing Editor (and later COO) of India TV; Editor-Business, Zee News; Special Correspondent, Television 18; and Senior Business Correspondent, The Times of India. Among philanthropies and volunteering, Rohit has served on the Trust of St Stephen’s Alumni Foundation and Sankalp, dedicated to eyecare. He is connected to the cause of wildlife and livelihoods.

  • CEO & CDO, Hindustan Times Digital Streams Ltd, India

    Rajiv is a young, digital-age, leader who has built his entire career in the digital space in the US, both in B2B and B2C businesses.  He brings 17 years of rich experience in general management, product development, product management, business strategy and start-ups. Rajiv has previously worked for Microsoft, BCG, Logitech, and Samsung and also played a leadership role in successful start-ups like Coosty and Bidgely. Prior to joining HT, Rajiv was the VP Product and GM for Peel, an international, widely-used, content consumption and control application.

    An engineer in Computer Sciences, Rajiv and has done his MS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

  • Art Director, Berner Zeitung AG, Switzerland

  • Director of Newsroom Product, The Washington Post, USA

    Education: College of William & Mary, BA in English; American University, MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

    Greg Barber is the Post newsroom's director of product. He manages the newsroom's suite of software tools and leads the groups of reporters, editors, product managers and engineers who create them. He joined The Post in 2003 as one of the founding editors of Express, was managing editor of the WaPo Labs R&D group and co-founded The Coral Project.

  • President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), USA

    Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit dedicated to advancing quality journalism worldwide. She helps develop and oversee high-impact programs that combine the best professional practices with new technologies.

    Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor of BusinessWeek. Barnathan also completed a seven-year assignment as Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager for BusinessWeek. She came to BusinessWeek from Newsweek, where she served as State Department correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief and Special Projects Correspondent covering presidential elections.

  • Director of International Sales, QIPC

    Mathijs Baron is the Director of International Sales for Africa and the Asia Pacific region. He is responsible for supporting customers in South America, Africa and Asia.

    After graduating from the Marnix University in the Netherlands, he kickstarted his career in Beijing where he lived for over five years. During his time there, he launched several companies that helped him pave his way to an international career.

    With over nine years of experience in the Asian market, at QIPC, Baron leads a team of engineers and locally based agents that collaborate with clients in the region.

  • Executive Editor, The Washington Post, USA

    Martin Baron is the Executive Director of The Washington post since 2013, overseeing The Post's print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists. Newsrooms under his leadership have won a total of 14 Pulitzer Prizes, including seven at The Post. During his tenure at The Post, it won four times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, once for investigative reporting and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. His career in journalism has brought him to top editing positions at the Boston Globe, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Miami Herald, where he began his career in journalism in 1976.

  • Strategic Partner Development, Facebook

    Trushar manages Strategic Partner Development for Facebook in India, focusing on training programs for the news industry and initiatives to counter the spread of misinformation. Prior to that, he had worked in journalist for over 20 years, starting with The Sunday Times newspaper in London and later with BBC News in a variety of senior digital roles. 

  • Chief Experience Officer, Grupo Prisa, Spain

    Alberto is a digital leader with more than 20 years of experience exploring digital media from the creative, strategic and commercial perspective.

    With a background on Art and Design, Alberto´s career is built around the definition of the relation between people and brands in digital media and beyond.
    As part of Yahoo! International UED team, Alberto led the design of global media products. Experience that drove him to explore the entrepreneurial route and start his own business, Webjam, considered, at the time, one of the most promising Internet start-ups in Europe.
    After becoming part of the senior management team of the digital branch of ITV, the largest commercial broadcaster in the UK; leading the strategy of a global media start-up and establishing strategic and creative direction for advertisement and retail with Cheil/Samsung; Alberto has decided to moved back to Spain to set up Meaning, a consultancy firm devoted to the orchestration of meaningful customer experiences for brands.
    Currently Alberto is the Chief Experience Officer of Grupo Prisa, one of the largest media conglomerates in Spanish language. His mission, as part of the Digital Transformation team, is to help incepting an audience-centric culture within the organization.

  • President of Digital Media, Hearst Newspapers, USA

    Robertson Barrett is president of Hearst Newspapers Digital Media, where he is responsible for product innovation in news, information and entertainment across Hearst’s local markets. Previously, Rob ran Yahoo News, where he launched new programming featuring Katie Couric and a cross-platform integration with ABC News, and Yahoo Finance, where he created a similar partnership with CNBC. His roots are in newspapers - first as a staff writer for The Raleigh News & Observer, then as the digital leader of The Los Angeles Times and EVP of Tribune Interactive. Since he joined in 2016, Hearst Newspapers has invested in consumer data and begun a transformation into a consumer-focused media and product company.

  • Global Editor, News Media Strategy, Reuters, UK

    Jane Barrett is Reuters Global Editor for Media News Strategy, working closely with clients and other players in media and tech to explore and plan future areas of growth for the news industry. She led a mass change to build multimedia capabilities into Reuters global newsgathering and production systems and has previously worked as a business editor and reporter in London and abroad.

  • Manager IT, Gutenberg Rechenzentrum Hannover, Germany

    Holger Barthel

    Dr. Holger Barthel was born on 2. May 1963 in Jessen/Elster, Germany
    1984–1988 Studies at Technical University Dresden, Germany
    1992 PhD (Dr. Ing.) at faculty for compiuter science of Technical University Dresden, Germany 
    1991–1996 Software developer / manager software development at Delta Information Systems, Dreieich, Germany
    1996–2014 Manager IT at Märkische Verlags- und Druckgesellschaft Potsdam, Germany
    2014 Senior System Engineer at Gutenberg Rechenzentrum, Hannover, Germany

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