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  • Editor-in-Chief, El País, Spain

    Antonio Caño

    Antonio Caño graduated in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He worked for Efe News Agency and joined EL PAÍS in 1982. He was foreign correspondent for the newspaper in Mexico and Central America and U.S. Bureau Chief in Washington, where he was stationed for over 10 years, until his designation as editor. He has also been Foreign Desk chief, deputy editor in charge of the Sunday paper and magazine, and responsible of the Investigative Reporting and Analysis section. During his career he has covered, among other events, the Gulf, Falklands, Chad and El Salvador wars, the revolts against Pinochet in Chile, the fall of the Sandinist government in Nicaragua and four presidential elections in the United States. He has interviewed many presidents, chiefs of State and public figures, most recently U.S. president Barack Obama. During the last years, while in Washington, he launched the America edition of EL PAÍS, that has become a journalistic reference in the Spanish-speaking world. In May 2014 he took over as editor of EL PAÍS.

  • CCO & Founder, Cultura Colectiva, México

    Adolfo Cano has a B.A. in Marketing and is one of the founding partners of a project that started as a website to later become an international technology and entertainment development company: Cultura Colectiva. As a young visionary, he gave life to one of the most important digital media project for his generation through the creation of quality content for millions of readers. He has left his mark in a new international cultural industry that grows exponentially. Currently he manages the business development area of the company.

    One of the keys elements of the development of Cultura Colectiva has been the ability to analyse the market, meet the needs of the hypermedia user and finding inspiration in creativity and change. The motto of Cultura Colectiva is to Create, Innovate and Entertain, since all of these are elements necessary to build a true cultural industry. With more than 21 million followers this digital media is considered the best valued digital native project in Mexico.

  • Managing Director, Liquid Media, Greece

    Yannis Capodistrias is Managing Director at Liquid Media, a leading Greek publisher. He was born in Athens and studied Economics and Computing Science in Manchester. He started working in the Advertising Sector and then joined easyJet Airline as Marketing Manager for Greece, Italy and Eastern Europe. He has served as Managing Director Europe at Sportingbet and is currently also Managing Director of Zatrix, a marketing services company. He is the Vice Chairman of IAB Hellas.

  • VP, Product, Univision Communications, USA

    Diego Carvajal

    Digital communication's expert with vast experience in designing, structuring and leading digital content and operations teams with a proven track record in strategic redefinitions that resulted in tangible audience and income growth at 2 of LATAM´s most influential media powerhouses and one digital Marketing pioneer for Spanish speakers. In the media industry, he led the convergence and product development processes and management of the Digital Content and Operations (Tech, PD & UX) teams behind Grupo Santo Domingo's Information properties (El Espectador, Caracol TV, Blu Radio, Gol Caracol, CineColombia, Cromos, Shock...) Previously, he also played a key role in the consolidation of El Tiempo Casa Editorial as a regional digital reference in terms of innovative digital experiences (El Tiempo, Portafolio, CityTV...) He is also Chairman of the Board at IAB Colombia, Coordinator of the Digital Committee of the Colombian Publishers Association (ANDIARIOS) & member of ASOMEDIOS Digital Council.

  • co-Director, InternetLab, Brazil

    Francisco holds a master’s degree in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law from the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where he also earned his bachelor of laws degree (LL.B., 2011). He is a member of Brazil’s Empirical Legal Research Network \ (REED) and winner of the “Brazil’s Internet Framework Bill & Development Award” (Google/FGV-SP). In 2013, Francisco was a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Law and Society from the University of California at Berkeley. He was also a teaching assistant at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School. Between 2012 and 2014, he acted as the coordinator of the Internet, Law & Society Nucleus at the University of São Paulo (NDIS-USP). Currently Francisco works with Internet policy monitoring and analysis-production. 

  • Managing Director, WELT Gruppe, Germany

    Stephanie Caspar

    Stephanie Caspar is currently the Managing Director of WELT Gruppe in Germany. Prior to this, she managed the e-commerce company Mirapodo, which she founded and which was part of the Otto Group, and was also employed with ImmobilienScout24, eBay and McKinsey. Caspar has over 12 years of solid e-commerce experience, her area of focus within the parameters of her remit on the Advisory Board being retention marketing, CRM, shop management and optimisation.

  • Managing Director of Digital News Media Germany , Axel Springer, Germany

    Dr. Stephanie Caspar is Managing Director of Digital News Media Germany at Axel Springer. She is responsible for the management of Axel Springer’s digital media assets in Germany (e.g. BILD and WELT) and heads up all relating business, marketing and technology functions.

    Stephanie started her professional career at McKinsey & Company. After that she held various management positions at Ebay and Immobilienscout24 before she founded an e-commerce company, Mirapodo, with the Otto Group. In May 2013 she left Mirapodo to head up the WELT Group at Axel Springer and later WeltN24 after the acquisition of N24 early in 2014.

  • Managing Director, Vanguardia, México

    Armando Castilla Galindo, Managing Director for Vanguardia,  grew from within the newspaper company to reach his current position. He studied Economics and Finance at ITESM in 1999, and a MBA at IPADE in 2006. He is a passionate journalist renowned for his innovative and ground-breaking work in the digital media.

    His vision for storytelling has positioned Vanguardia among the best publications worldwide.  In 2014, he received the honor of being mentioned by the King of Spain at the "Don Quijote" Awards, in addition to numerous other national awards in human rights, science, technology and health.

    With him at the forefront, Vanguardia has survived a series of attacks that sought to silence it. In 2012, he was elected Vice President Of the Mexican Press Freedom Committee (IAPA), where his work focused on highlighting the risks journalist face when reporting in Mexico.

    Armando is also an active citizen in his community and a Board Member of the Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey that was created to spur innovation in education in Mexico.

    Armando Castilla is a bold leader in the bid to take editorial and advertising initiatives to the next level. His philosophy lies in the belief that it is better to undo wrongs than never taking a life changing decision. He has earned worldwide recognition for his avant-garde thinking regarding social media strategies, and currently is working on a project on custom, printed editions for potential commercial purposes.

    Armando is a Board Member of the WAN-IFRA Latin American Committee.

  • Publisher, Vanguardia, México

    Armando Castilla Galindo, Managing Director for Vanguardia,  grew from within the newspaper company to reach his current position. He studied Economics and Finance at ITESM in 1999, and a MBA at IPADE in 2006. He is a passionate journalist renowned for his innovative and ground-breaking work in the digital media.

    His vision for storytelling has positioned Vanguardia among the best publications worldwide.  In 2014, he received the honor of being mentioned by the King of Spain at the "Don Quijote" Awards, in addition to numerous other national awards in human rights, science, technology and health.

    With him at the forefront, Vanguardia has survived a series of attacks that sought to silence it. In 2012, he was elected Vice President Of the Mexican Press Freedom Committee (IAPA), where his work focused on highlighting the risks journalist face when reporting in Mexico.

    Armando is also an active citizen in his community and a Board Member of the Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey that was created to spur innovation in education in Mexico.

    Armando Castilla is a bold leader in the bid to take editorial and advertising initiatives to the next level. His philosophy lies in the belief that it is better to undo wrongs than never taking a life changing decision. He has earned worldwide recognition for his avant-garde thinking regarding social media strategies, and currently is working on a project on custom, printed editions for potential commercial purposes.

    Armando is a Board Member of the WAN-IFRA Latin American Committee.

  • VP of Product Management, Facebook

    Will Cathcart is a VP of Product Management at Facebook, and oversees product development for Facebook’s Video and News products, Facebook’s core sharing products, Facebook Groups and Facebook at Work. Will joined Facebook in 2010, and also led product development on News Feed for several years, including Facebook’s introduction of advertising into News Feed and on mobile.  Prior to joining Facebook, Will worked at Google for four years, and was responsible for product development of anti-spam technologies for Google’s products, including Gmail.  Will graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics.

  • Product Manager, EidosMedia, Italy

    Marco Cetola

    Marco Cetola is the Product Manager of EidosMedia's Méthode, the market leader for enterprise CMS solutions. A careful observer of the content industry, his role’s focus is to drive the product’s evolution conjugating the traditional content outlets with the opportunities of the new digital landscape. His latest products comprise a Digital Editing and Delivery platform, a Social and Analytics tools, a Business Intelligence solution and an advanced Image/Multimedia management software. Active in the publishing industry since more than fifteen years now, Marco contributed to many large editorial projects – The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post among them- designing both convergent and best-of-breed solutions.

  • Managing Editor, The Straits Times

    Fiona Chan is Managing Editor of The Straits Times, responsible for newsroom operations, talent management and business development. Her previous roles at the newspaper included deputy political editor and assistant business editor, where she helped to oversee political and business coverage.
    In her decade at The Straits Times, she has also co-authored, as well as contributed to, books about Singapore’s economic policy, future development, national identity and cafe lifestyle.
    A graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, she was formerly an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

  • Chief Operating Officer, JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea

    Changhee PARK has been the COO at JoongAng Ilbo since 2014. He has been in charge of the Corporate Strategy Team at JoongAng Media Network (JMnet) which is the holding company of the JoongAng Media Group. The JMnet is the largest media group in Korea managing 25 subsidiaries such as JTBC (Broadcasting Network), J Contentree (Entertainment Company), etc. JoongAng Ilbo is one of the major newspaper companies with over 1.3m circulation.
    Prior to taking his position as the CFO, Park was in charge of M&A and business development regarding new business of the group. He led the acquisition of the sports newspaper company ‘Ilgan Sports’, a public corporation, and the expansion of its business portfolio into cable TV channels, multiplex theaters, and magazine business over the following four years. After changing its name to J Contentree, the company has become an entertainment company renowned for its diverse portfolio.
    Park has started his career at JoongAng Ilbo as a reporter in 1992. He mainly worked as a business journalist prior to 2000 when he went to the States for an MBA degree at Wharton School. When Park joined the Corporate Strategy Team at JoongAng Ilbo, the very first business project he participated was about launching the Forbes in Korea.  The first CEO of the Forbes Korea at that time, Sohn, Byung-soo, and Park visited the Headquarter to meet with Mr. Steve Forbes and other key persons.

  • Sr. Vice President Brand - Languages & Mirror, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd., India

  • President Lightspeed POS

    JP Chauvet

    Jean-Paul Chauvet, President Lightspeed POS Inc, served as Chief Revenue Officer of the company from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Chauvet served as Chief Executive Officer of Europe, The Middle East and Africa at Atex Group Ltd. Mr. Chauvet served as Regional Director of South-West at Aximum S.A. Mr. Chauvet served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at IXIASOFT Technologies, Inc. He previously served as Vice President of Global Sales at Nstein Technologies Inc. He has been Director of Coveo Solutions Inc. Mr. Chauvet holds a Masters in Marketing & International Business.

  • President & CEO, The News Media Alliance, USA

    David Chavern joined the News Media Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. He established the center, which is the first U.S. Chamber office focused solely on technology and innovation, and led a research and outreach program which was dedicated to the economic power of data-driven innovation.

    A 1987 graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

     

  • Group Editorial Director, India Today Group, India.

    Raj Chengappa is a veteran journalist of over 40 years’ standing.  He is currently the Group Editorial Director (Publishing) of the India Today Group, Asia’s leading media house with interests in publishing, television, radio and the web. India Today, its flagship, is Asia’s largest circulated newsmagazine.   Prior to his current assignment, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Newspapers.  

    Before joining The Tribune Chengappa was Managing Editor of India Today and worked there for 29 years. He was concurrently the Editor of the Indian edition of Scientific American and India Today Aspire, a magazine on careers and education.  He chronicled India’s nuclear weapons history in his best selling book ‘ Weapons of Peace, The Secret Story of India’s quest to be a Nuclear Power.’ 

    Raj Chengappa has varied interests and is a specialist in foreign affairs, security, nuclear weapons, the environment and development. Apart from editing publications, he has done over a hundred cover stories and exclusive reports for India Today on a range of subjects, including international affairs, defence, science, health, education and environment.  

     He has covered major international events and wars and interviewed prominent international leaders. Apart from domestic politics, he has also written extensively on environment and development and was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Climate Change Council for eight years.  He is currently the President of the Editors Guild of India, the premier body representing over 200 newspaper, magazine and television editors in the country.  

    He won the Prem Bhatia award for Excellence in Reporting in 1998. He is also the winner of the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting in 1987. He was a Stimson Fellow on Security Issues in Washington D.C. in 1995, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-91 and a Harry Britain Fellow partly at Oxford University in 1985.

  • Head of Sales, SPH Digital, Singapore

    Keith Chong

    Keith is the Head of Sales at SPH Digital, the Digital Division of Singapore Press Holdings. SPH Digital provides a suite of more than 25 news and lifestyle web-portals, engaging 23 million unique readers and generating in excess of 360 million pageviews within and outside Singapore. Responsible for driving digital revenue from domestic & international markets; including product & customer strategy, Keith heads up the Digital Sales organization and provides digital thought leadership to 7 sales teams, comprising more than 30 online sales professionals and digital strategists to lead digital transformation among brand owners, marketers & agencies.

  • Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP, France

    Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is responsible for the output of some 1,500 text, photo and video journalists and plays a major role in driving the agency's evolving multimedia strategy around the world.

    He joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

    Chetwynd was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China.

    He set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong and played a major role in launching the video service in Asia.

  • Managing Director, Business Insider, UK

    Julian Childs is Managing Director for UK and Europe of Business Insider, the London-based division of the popular online financial publication that was launched last November. Childs's background covers over 15 years in digital media on the publisher side, encompassing various leadership, business and commercial roles across Europe and internationally. Prior to Business Insider his more recent roles have included VP of EMEA for Business Technology sites including ZDNet and TechRepublic and VP of Partnerships for CBS Interactive where he helped build and deliver their international monetisation and data strategy.

  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

  • Co-Founder of CGnet Swara , India

    Shubhranshu Choudhary

    Shubhranshu Choudhary is co-founder of CGnet Swara a Democratization of Media experiment based in Central India. They developed world's first Community Radio on Mobile Phone. He is a former BBC South Asia producer and was a Knight International Journalism fellow. He won Google Digital Activism award in 2014 and was chosen one of 100 Global leading thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He was selected as one of the Young Business Leaders by Boston Global Forum for the year 2015. 

  • Chief Technical Manager, DIC India Ltd, India

  • Technology Editor & Product Manager, IBNLive.com, India

    Soumyadip Choudhury

    Soumyadip Choudhury is currently with Network18 as Technology Editor and Product Manager at IBNLive.com. A blogger and activist, his primary and most popular blog is Cutting the Chai. Before joining IBN he had worked with NDTV, Times Group and HT Media Ltd.

  • Vice President of Sales, ComScore Inc.

    Marcos Christensen,  South Cone Vice President , joined comScore in 2012. The leading digital audience and ad-validation measurement company providing services to almost all media publishers and agencies and advertisers.

    With more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry has worked in leading companies as Carat, Ybrant Digtial and Fox Sports where he held the position of Latam Head of Sales. Prior, he worked as Latam Pre Sales and Biz Development at Ybrant Digital (Lycos) which represented media partners such as MSFT Advertising, Hotmail, Facebook, Fotolog and Ciudad.com. Also worked as Commercial Coordinator in local leading radio station Rock&Pop and Metro951. He started his career in Carat as media assistant and planner.

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