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  • Head of platforms and strategic partnerships, MittMedia, Sweden

    Thomas coordinates the overall development of the digital content platforms of Sweden's largest local media company. He is also responsible for all strategical and operative cooperations and partnerships between MittMedia and other companies in Sweden and internationally.
  • VP Product Management, Schibsted, Norway

    Espen Sundve, VP Product Management, is leading product development for all Schibsted's media houses and the build up of "Next Gen" publishing products. He has been with Schibsted since 2008 and led product & technology initiatives in both marketplaces and publishing (lastly as Chief Product & Technology Officer in VG). He's passionate about the opportunities Internet gives in terms of disrupting established models, but stresses that this is as much about a radical change in mindset and how we work together across functions as it is about deep understanding of tech.

     

  • Chefredateurin Digitale Transformation und Innovation im Regionalen, MADSACK Mediengruppe

  • Director, Consumer Strategy, Guardian News & Media, USA

    Megha has worked across multiple verticals on the commercial part of the business. She currently leads US reader revenue strategy by collaborating with editorial leadership and her counterparts in London to help realize the global strategy and implement new innovative ideas and projects. Megha is a former journalist and is originally from Mumbai, India.

  • Chief General Manager-Operations, Jagati Publications Ltd, India

    T.K.Suresh  working as Chief General Manager-Operations in  Jagati Publications Ltd, India  having   26 yrs of experience in  news paper printing.

     He is looking after all Production operations in Jagati.

    He started his career as a Mechanical Engineer and he mastered in printing. He previously associated with Dinamalar , Singapore Press Holdings and many other publications.

  • Executive Chairman, Independent Media, and Founder & Chairman, Sekunjalo Group, South Africa

    Dr. Iqbal Survé

    President Nelson Mandela in 1997 made an impassioned plea for black professionals to enter the mainstream economy of South Africa to bring about meaningful transformation of the social and economic landscape in order to redress the economic legacy of apartheid. This resulted in Dr. Survé leaving his first love medicine, and founding the Sekunjalo Group, which is today wholly owned by the Survé family. Today Sekunjalo is one of Africa’s most successful Investment Holding Groups with a portfolio of 176 investments and a net asset value exceeding $3.5 billion.

    Sekunjalo’s investment portfolio includes Oil and Gas, Food, Fishing, Aquaculture, Power, Resources, Transport and Mobility, Telecoms, Civil Security and Defense, Media, Technology, Bio-technology, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals and Asset Management. Sekunjalo pioneers many social impact investment initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The story of Africa’s rising is an important narrative that The Survé family and Sekunjalo have committed to by investing in media on the African continent. In South Africa, Sekunjalo has acquired Independent Media (20 major titles, more than 6 million daily print readers and 3 million online viewers).

    Two important initiatives which the Survé family and Sekunjalo has funded and committed to are: the launch of The African Independent (AI), the first continent wide print newspaper (distributed to 40 countries in Africa) which is also accompanied by the online website

    The second major initiative is the launch of The African News Agency (ANA) to provide the first news and content syndication service by Africans for an African and global audience. ANA’s success is unprecedented in African media in that it recently placed a minority shareholding of 10% with international investors at a company valuation of a billion dollars (six months after its launch).

    Dr. Iqbal Survé is a medical doctor born and educated in South Africa. He was affectionately known as the “Struggle Doctor” because of his provision of medical care towards victims of apartheid brutality including those imprisoned on the infamous Robben Island such as Nelson Mandela on his release from Robben Island in February 1990.

  • President Director, Antara, Indonesia

    Meidyatama Suryodiningrat

    Meidyatama Suryodiningrat was appointed by President Joko Widodo as head of the national news agency, LKBN Antara, in January 2016. In its eighth decade of service, LKBN Antara is not only one of the main arms of government public communications with a network of over 34 bureaus across the archipelago, but also the largest content distributor of news content in the country to over 250 media and other government and private offices in Indonesia and abroad.

    As president director of LKBN Antara, he also serves as chairman of the board of commissioners of PT IMQ Multimedia Utama, and PT ANPA International. 

    With a background in journalism spanning 18 years, Mr Suryodiningrat, who is also known as Dymas, was previously the Editor-in- Chief of The Jakarta Post. He also worked for two-years outside of journalism as an analyst for a Jakarta-based strategic consulting firm engaged in government and community relations.

    He is a former research fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a bachelors degree (majoring in Political Science and History) from Carleton University in Ottawa, and attended graduate school at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Freelance Media Journalist, UK

    Chris is a freelance journalist whose work includes a weekly media-focused column in UK-based national newspaper The New European, features in the Guardian and What's New In Publishing, and articles published for a variety of other publications. He is the host and producer of the weekly Media Voices podcast and has spoken on the changing dynamics of digital publishing at conferences worldwide. He can be found @chrismsutcliffe on Twitter or at chrismsutcliffe.com

  • Editor of Muda of KOMPAS, Indonesia

    Budi is a journalist for Kompas since 2002, to cover mainly in social, cultural, and lifestyle issues. On February 2016, he assigned as Head of Muda Desk, a youth section in Kompas Daily. Graduated from Journalism Department of Communication Faculty of University of Padjadjaran, Bandung in 1999. Attended domestic and international trainings/seminars in journalism

  • PhD student, the School of informatics and member of the research group MTEC, Media, Technology and Culture, University of Skövde, Sweden

    Torbjörn Svensson is a PhD student at the School of informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden, and a member of the research group MTEC, Media, Technology and Culture. He is currently doing his PhD studies in a research project called Level Up, focusing on the use of gamification and game technology to increase young citizens (16-39) consumption and re-distribution of news.

     

  • Managing Editor, VGTV, Norway

    Rolf Sønstelie is the managing director at VGTV and former managing editor of VG. 

    Rolf started his career as a political reporter at VG.  
  • Managing Director, Tata Steel, India

  • Senior Editor, L'Orient du Jour, Lebanon

    Acil Tabbara is a Senior Editor at the French-language Lebanese daily L'Orient du Jour.

    Tabbara, an experienced Lebanese journalist, started her career in journalism in Beirut when she first joined Agence France Presse (AFP) in 1986 at the height of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war. At that time, she was completing her MA in Political Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Covering the last years of the bloody and destructive war in her home country, the western hostage crisis and the Palestinian camps war was just the beginning of a long journey that made her a witness to the human tragedies resulting from numerous other wars that broke out in the region.

    Tabbara has covered some of the main events that shaped the Middle East, including specifically the Arab-Israeli conflict, the wars in Iraq and the Arab regimes changes in 2011. From 2009 to 2014, she served as head of AFP Gulf and Yemen bureau where she managed a large multimedia team to produce stories from the GCC countries and Yemen in three languages (Arabic, French and English). Her special coverage included the Yemen uprising that developed later into a war, as well as the demonstrations in Bahrain that were harshly suppressed.

    Before that, she managed in AFP’s regional headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus the Arabic desk and its 30 journalists and correspondents who were reporting from the different offices in the MENA region. She also supervised the translation into Arabic of the AFP international service. Tabbara also worked as a reporter in Cairo, covering Egypt and the Sudan and as an editor for the Nicosia-based French desk for the Middle East. Her numerous special assignments included the Arab-Israeli peace talks in Washington, the return of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to Gaza and Iraq under sanctions. She also traveled for special coverage to Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and many other countries in the Arab world.

    In 2011, she spent one year in Syria as correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI), covering the crackdown and trials of opposition figures during what was called “the Damascus Spring”. After serving as copy editor at AFP international desk in Paris from 2014 to 2017, she took a sabbatical leave and moved back to Beirut where she joined the L’Orient Le Jour, the leading French speaking newspaper in the Middle East, as senior editor.

    Despite being a general news journalist, she always tried to shed light on the situation of Arab women as part of her reporting.

  • APAC Head of News & Publishing Product Partnerships, Google

    Michael Takeuchi is APAC Head of News & Publishing Product Partnerships at Google, based in Tokyo, where he is responsible for enabling publishers and users to engage with Books and News in a locally relevant way through scaled, collaborative and innovative products and partnerships to drive exciting growth for these industries. He has worked in law and technology for over 20 years. Before moving to product partnerships, Michael was Head of Legal at Google Japan and then Google Australia, where he covered a wide range of issues from litigation and transactional matters, advisory work, risk mitigation and strategic legal policy matters and, importantly, grappling with the legal challenges and issues related to online content, copyright, and defamation within the media and news industries. Before his Google life, Michael was the Asia Pacific General Counsel for Bloomberg L.P. where he was responsible for all of Bloomberg’s legal matters in the region.

  • Chief Commercial Officer, New Straits Times Press Malaysia

    Alfian Talib

    Alfian Talib is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the New Straits Times Press Malaysia. As the CCO of NSTP, Alfian oversees the Marketing, Advertising Sales and Newspaper Sales & Distribution (NSD) departments, ensuring growth in all three commercial sections of the company. He reports to the CEO of NSTP.

    Alfian holds a Master’s in Marketing Management from New York University (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from King’s College London, UK. He brings 20 years of experience in strategy, marketing planning and operational improvements primarily in the service and technology industries.

    Over the course of his career, Alfian has also been able to develop a specialisation and understanding of the SME industry with more than 10 years in serving the sector’s growth. Before NSTP, Alfian was CEO of TM Info-Media Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad).

  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore

    Anthony joined SPH as Executive Vice-President, Chinese Media Group in February 2015. Anthony was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2016. He oversees the media businesses of SPH, which includes titles such as Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, as well as radio stations under SPH Radio.

    Anthony also manages the Group’s Healthcare business.

    Prior to joining SPH, Anthony was Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health and concurrently Special Assistant to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (2011-2014). During his career with the Singapore Public Service spanning more than 15 years, he served in various organisations including the Ministry of Finance, Home Affairs, Manpower as well as the People’s Association.

    Anthony currently serves on the boards of Singapore Power Limited and several SPH subsidiaries. He also serves on private/non-profit organisations.

    Anthony graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science. He also has a Master of Science (Management) degree from the Stanford Business School.

  • Assistant Archivist, National Archives Singapore

    Fiona Tan is from the National Archives of Singapore, where she currently oversees the Archives Reading Room. She provides reference services and promotes interest in the archive’s rich documentary collections. She was previously involved in the curation of the two exhibitions organised by the National Archives of Singapore, Law of the Land: Highlights of Singapore’s Constitutional Documents and Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies, an exhibition at the Former Ford Factory.

  • Managing Director, Market Development, SPH Magazines

    As the Managing Director, Geoff Tan oversees an extensive portfolio that includes partnerships and strategy, insights and intelligence, activations and sponsorships. His team is responsible for a host of deliverables such as engaging specific consumer segments via targeted database strategies, curated content syndication, channel partnerships, bespoke event activations, international licensing amongst other things.

    Prior to joining SPH Magazines, Tan was heading the strategic marketing portfolio in SPH’s marketing division. He was also a mentor to start-ups housed within the SPH Plug and Play media accelerator initiative.

    Tan was conferred the PANPA 2011 Marketer of the Year accolade by the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association for outstanding performance in marketing for a publishing company.

     

  • Head, Sales Strategy & Operations, SPH, Singapore

    Ms. Su Lin Tan has been Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Singapore Press Holdings Limited since September 5, 2016. Ms. Tan served as Deputy Head of New Digital Division at Singapore Press Holdings Limited from January 2014 to September 5, 2016. Previously, she served as the Head of Cats Classified. 

  • Journalism Lecturer at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore

    Jessica Tan is a journalism lecturer at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. A seasoned journalist with 15 years of industry experience, she has worked for The Straits Times, Channel i News, Dow Jones Newswires and Forbes Asia. She has been contributing to Forbes Asia since 2006.

  • CNN Freelance News Anchor

    Manisha Kumar is an award winning journalist , news anchor and TV presenter who has worked for the biggest names in international news media over the last 20 years.  At Thomson Reuters, The BBC and CNN International she’s had the privilege to anchor flagship shows, including the award-winning,  ‘News Stream’ on CNN. Aside from presenting many feature shows such as  CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’, Manisha has taken live news to air on many occasions, watching history unfold,   “When news first breaks, we sometimes have nothing but a few facts and our sense of sheer responsibility to the world to add order,  context  and meaning to the conversation, to get us through.  I’m serious about doing my best by our audiences and honoured by every journalist, technician and contributor who supports these efforts.”   Aside from her work, Manisha loves spending time with her husband and three young children.  Having moved to Singapore in 2016, she continues her work with CNN International and and has set up her own media services business, ‘HoneyGinger Presentation & Coaching’.

  • Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS News Digital, USA

    Christy Tanner is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Digital. In this role, she oversees CBS News on all digital platforms, including CBSN, CBS News’ digital streaming news network featuring live, anchored coverage across platforms, as well as CBSNews.com, mobile apps and OTT apps. 

    Under Tanner’s leadership, CBSN has delivered tremendous year-over-year growth. Drawing an audience with an average age of 38, CBSN delivered more than 280 million live streams in 2017 to grow viewership 17% from 2016. During the 2016 Election year, CBSN set groundbreaking records and significantly drove viewership up 232% from 2015. In addition, CBSNews.com continues to reach an even greater audience, with unique visitors up 20% year-over-year. 

    During her tenure at CBS News Digital, Tanner has spearheaded the growth of the CBSN Originals documentary series and continually expanded distribution to make CBSN available on every major platform. 

    Formerly, Tanner was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive Media, a group of premier  entertainment brands. Tanner joined CBS Interactive through the company’s acquisition of TV Guide Digital, where as CEO she transformed the business for an on-demand, streaming audience. She previously held executive positions with The Washington Post Company, Wolters Kluwer and Reed Elsevier. 

    Tanner currently is a board member and special advisor to the executive committee of Digital Content Next, the leading trade organization serving premium digital content companies, where she previously served as co-chair from 2015-2017. She is also chair of the Groton Women’s Network. 

    Tanner holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

  • Senior Manager, Business Development, Reuters News Agency

    Erika Tapalla

    Erika Tapalla is a media professional with extensive experience in news content creation and delivery platforms. At Reuters News Agency, she leads business development initiatives, develops meaningful partnerships and brings content services to market in Asia Pacific.

    Erika was an investigative TV reporter and news journalist covering natural disasters and national security in the Philippines. Holding a Journalism degree from Ateneo de Manila University, she was the first multimedia reporter in the Philippines breaking news and producing short-form video content for the web and mobile in 2008.

  • Founder, Agência Lupa & Associate Director of International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), Brazil & USA.

    Cristina Tardáguila is the founder and director of Agência Lupa, the first fact-checking newswire service in Brazil. She graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 2002, got her master’s degree in Journalism in Madrid in 2004 and her MBA degree on digital marketing in 2017, from Fundação Getulio Vargas, in Rio. Cristina in 38 year old and has worked at the two major daily newspapers in Brazil - O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo -, besides revista piauí and Agencia EFE. Cris is the author of two books by Intrinseca: "A Arte do Descaso" (about the biggest Brazilian art heist) and "Você foi Enganado" (about presidential lies). In 2017 she gave two TEDx talks on false news.  
  • Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media Inc.

    Guy Tasaka is a veteran of both traditional and digital publishing. He spent 17 years in magazine and newspapers including 4 years at Ziff-Davis and 11 years at The New York Times. He’s spent the past 4 years at NewsStand/LibreDigital and Page Foundry creating digital publishing solutions for the media industry. Self proclaimed the “Forrest Gump” of digital publishing he worked on the early stage launch of nytimes.com in 1995 and was the product manager for The New York Times Electronic Edition, one of the first e-editions in the US. He launched LibreDigital’s ereader program delivering newspapers and magazines to BN Nook and other ereaders. Guy has started TasakaDigital, a digital publishing strategy and product development consulting company, in an effort to help publishers understand how to best use the emerging technologies and prepare for the future. He also consults with technology companies to create solutions for the publishing industry.

    A great case for TasakaDigital’s work with publishers can be seen on The Commercial Appeal's mobile/tablet ecosystem where he developed the digital strategy and designed the product suite to support that strategy. He worked with development partners Whiz Technologies and Syncronex on the execution.

    Specialties: Mobile publishing strategies and product development.

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