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  • Chefredakteur Gründerszene, Berlin

    Frank Schmiechen ist Chefredakteur von Gründerszene. Er begann seine journalistische Laufbahn als freier Sportreporter und Musikkritiker, arbeitete dann als Produktionschef und Chef vom Dienst bei Bild und leitete als stellvertretender Chefredakteur Welt Kompakt und die Welt am Sonntag.

  • Publisher, pv digest (paid content newsletter)

    Markus is editor&publisher of pv digest, a paid-for trade publication on the reader revenue side of journalism. Before starting as self-publishing expert for paid content and press distribution, Markus was C-level exec at a national press distribution service provider and a subscription marketing company, both subsidiaries of Axel Springer. He started his career as direct marketing manager at world’s (then) biggest distance retailing company Otto Versand (times are changing!).

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  • Head of Business Development, Blendle

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, NRC, The Netherlands

    Elske Schouten is deputy editor-in-chief of NRC, a quality newspaper in The Netherlands. Together with the rest of the team she is responsible for the editorial coverage and implementation of digital strategy. NRC has been focussing on digital first publishing, newsletters and has launched three successful podcasts. Prior to this, Elske was the editor of the Foreign Desk, responsible for international coverage and NRC’s network of 22 foreign correspondents. She has worked in Jakarta for five years as NRC’s correspondent for Southeast Asia. Educated as a biologist, Elske started at NRC in 2005 as a business reporter. She lives in Amsterdam, has two daughters and is an enthusiastic amateur pianist.

  • Publisher CORRECTIV

    David Schraven is head of the research center correctiv.org as publisher and content manager.
    After working for the “Tageszeitung” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, he was initially a freelance journalist for the “Welt” group in the business desk and in NRW desk. As a guest journalist in the “Time” magazine, David was in New York on September 11, when the towers collapsed. He was also one of the founders of the political blog “Ruhrbarone”. From 2010 to 2014, David was responsible for the “Research” department at the Content Desk of the Funke Media Group (WAZ / NRZ / WR / WP).
    For his research on the PFT toxin affair at the Ruhr, David received a watchdog award from the daily press. He was awarded the research prize of the Swiss Wolfgang Fichtner Foundation for his work on the social fraud of the former State Secretary, Zülfiye Kaykin from Duisburg. His graphic report on the Afghanistan operation of the German army “Kriegszeiten” was nominated for the German Youth Literary Prize. His graphic report on the legal terrorism “WEISSE WÖLFE” received the German Reporter Prize.
    Contact: david.schraven (at) correctiv.org

  • Director - Media Business, Aller Media

    Elina Schüller works as a Director of Media Business in Aller Media Finland. The company is a modern media-, marketing- and data company which publishes Finland´s biggest magazine Seiska, runs country´s biggest discussion forum Suomi24 and has been a pioneer in building and commercializing it´s data capability. Elina is focused on developing media products and modernizing ways of work in newsrooms.

    Elina has 20 years´ experience in news and magazine media. Prior to Aller Media she worked as a Managing Editor in Ilta-Sanomat, the biggest media in Finland. She has also worked for Iltalehti.

  • Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, Amedia, Norway

    Victoria C. Schultz is an executive vice president for advertising sales, and has been with Amedia since 2011. Prior to joining the top management team, she was the CEO of one of the largest newspapers in the group and a regional director. She has been in the media industry since 1999 and has various commercial and financial roles all related to the digital development of the media business. She has experience from several media houses in Norway and Denmark.

    Prior to joining the media industry she spent five years in finance, at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London and DnB Markets in Oslo. She is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association), head of the consumer and advertising group at MBL and has board experience from several digital startups and growth companies. Schultz is participating in WAN-IFRA’s Media Professionals Programme (MPP) as mentor for media companies and professionals in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Victoria C. Schultz holds a Bachelor of commerce with honours from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is a Certified European Financial Analyst.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

    Before joining FAZ as their Head of Electronic Media, Thomas headed up the Online Business department at DD+V Media Group in Dresden - a group that includes the Sächsische Zeitung in Dresden, pioneers in introducing paid content to Germany.

    Educated at the Axel Springer School Of Journalism, Hamburg, previous roles include Editor, Sächsiche Zeitung am Sonntag and Managing Director, Dresdner Magazin Verlag.

  • Leiter Vermarktung Print und Digitale Medien, kicker sportmagazin

  • Managing Director, Handelsblatt Media Group

    After studying computer science, Gerrit Schumann founded the Cologne-based company element 5 in 1996 together with three partners. The start-up provided a platform to computer programs over the Internetto send. A market gap with potential, recognized in 2004 by the US group Digital River and bought the company. Schumann joined the board after the acquisition and expanded the European business. In 2007 he founded his second start-up with Music Networx. The company produced live recordings of concerts and distributed them digitally. Music Networxs went into the company Simfy in 2009 and brought the first advertising-financed music streaming service for the German-speaking countries on the market. In 2013, Schumann moved to the streaming provider and Spotify competitor Deezer. He was previously responsible there as Chief International Officer for the worldwide expansion of the operative business before becoming CDO of Handelsblatt in 2017.  

  • Chief of Engineering, Product and Data Science, Chartbeat, USA

    Josh Schwartz is Chief of Engineering, Product and Data Science at Chartbeat, where he develops infrastructure and algorithms for our next generation of products. In a prior life, he researched machine learning, optimization, and computer vision at MIT, Cornell, and the University of Chicago. In another prior life, he was a moderately successful coffee entrepreneur and a slightly less successful bicycle racer.
  • Chefe de Engenharia, Produto e Ciência de Dados, Chartbeat, EUA

    Josh Schwartz é Chefe de Engenharia, Produto e Ciência de Dados da Chartbeat, onde desenvolve infraestrutura e algoritmos para a próxima geração de produtos. Anteriormente, ele pesquisou aprendizado de máquina, otimização e visão computacional no MIT, Cornell e na Universidade de Chicago. Foi um empresário de café moderadamente bem-sucedido e um corredor de bicicleta um pouco menos bem-sucedido.
  • Editor-in-Chief, 4c, Vienna, Austria

    Schwarz is the editor in chief of 4c, a trade magazine for print, design & digital media. 4c is being published in an edition for Austria and since 2013 also in an edition for Germany. The circulation for both editions: 11.000 copies. 4c is very much interested in involving its readers not only through surveys, but also with regular discussions with its readers on Twitter (called: #4ctalk), mainly on business topics, or workshops and conferences. Some of the exclusive stories 4c has published about the print media business were quoted in newspapers and magazines in the German speaking region.
    Martin Schwarz was awarded „Specialized Journalist of the Year 2016“ by the „German Association of Trade Press“ (Verband der Deutschen Fachpresse) for outstanding journalistic achievements.

  • Founder, Hoaxmap.org and fact-checker at Correctiv

    Karolin Schwarz is a fact-checker at correctiv.org, an investigative nonprofit medium. CORRECT!V's team of four aims to debunk rumours circulating on Facebook as well as false claims in general. In 2016, she founded Hoaxmap.org, a platform dedicated to refutiating false news about refugees and migrants in German speaking countries.

  • Senior Consultant, Kirchner + Robrecht, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, Germany

    Moritz holds a Diploma degree in Print Plant Management from Munich University of applied sciences and a Master of Science degree in Graphic Arts Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology (NY, USA). He started his career at Fraunhofer IGD working on projects for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and was involved specifying the CIP4 JDF format. As Chief Operating Officer he worked for the Bauer media group subsidiary in Magdeburg being responsible for the daily production of the large regional newspaper in a highly automated print plant. Since 2004, Moritz Schwarz has executed more than 200 production related consulting projects globally for WAN-IFRA.

  • Board Member, Styria Media Group, Austria

    Born in Graz in 1966 he studied Jurisprudence (his dissertation was on the subject of ‘Media Law') at the Karl-Franzens University Graz. During his time studying he was able to gather experiences as a journalist at various daily and weekly newspapers from 1986 onwards and was appointed to Chief Editor in 1991 at the weekly newspaper "der neue Grazer/der neue Steirer". Simultaneously he was substantially involved in the establishment of the first Grazer Stadtradios (town radio) 107, 5 (1997/98). In 2002 Klaus Schweighofer moved to Equity and Finance Management at "Styria Medien AG" and since then has been responsible, besides radio and television participation at home, above all, for the expansion of "Styria" in Slovenia and Croatia. Amongst other things, the newly founded daily newspapers "24sata" (Croatia) and "zurnal24" (Slovenia) came under his area of responsibility. With the foundation of "Styria Media International AG" 2005 he was appointed to the Board and additionally held a series of Executive and Board of Directors´ seats. On 3rd March 2008 Klaus Schweighofer was appointed to the Board at "Styria Media Group AG". He continues to belong on the Board of "Styria Media International AG". Klaus Schweighofer is married and father of two children.

  • Chief Technical Officer, M1

    Mr Seek has over 25 years of work experience in the telecommunications industry and he is currently the Chief Technical Officer of M1. He is accountable for the planning, implementation, operations and maintenance of M1’s mobile and fixed network. In the past one year, he leads a team of in-house engineers to co-develop and showcase diverse 5G use cases in collaboration with government agencies, M1’s shareholders, institutes of higher learning and various industry partners.

    Prior to joining M1, Mr Seek was with Maxis Berhad and was based in Malaysia for more than eight years. His last held position there was Head of Technology, Strategy and Network Planning.

    Mr Seek started his career with Singapore Telecommunications Limited where he was involved in the planning and implementation of the initial mobile network in the Philippines. Thereafter, he was with M1 as Head of Radio Planning and Technology Development for more than 10 years before joining Maxis Berhad.

    Mr Seek holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore, a “Diplôme d’ingénieur” (equivalent to a Master’s degree) in Telecommunications from the “Institut National des Telecommunications”, France and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the Warwick University in the UK.

  • Deputy Chief Manager - Engineering, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, India

    Rajiv Sen

    Rajiv Sen has more than 19 years of experience in the Printing Industry with extensive exposure to latest maintenance practices, preventive & predictive maintenance approach & “Hands-On” maintenance methods for effective trouble shooting of plant assets.He started his career with BCCL as a trainee engineer in Kolkata branch & is currently heading the asset management function under Mechanical Engineering Department at Kolkata. 

    He is Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. 

  • Digital Media Consultant

    Saurav Sen is a senior journalist-turned digital media consultant based in New Delhi. He has worked for major media brands like The Times of India, India Today, The Telegraph, The Asian Age etc, apart from Khaleej times, Dubai and The Guardian, London in more than 23 years of journalistic and stellar media management experience. He has been at the forefront of India’s digital media evolution ever since the internet came to India in 1995.

    He became a full-time digital media consultant since 2007, running his boutique consultancy firm, Sidnet Digitalia, and advising clients both in India and abroad. Saurav is a noted public speaker, a sworn internet evangelist and an empanelled digital media expert trainer for WAN-IFRA.

  • President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK

    As a Partner at Innovation, Juan Senor has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world. 

    He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK Site.

    Mr Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. 

    He is also the co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in NewsMedia and Innovation in MagazineMedia, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

    He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS's NewsHour, EBN-Wall Street Journal TV, CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an Emmy Award and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

  • Head of Digital Platforms, Editora CARAS, Brazil

    Nicholas is responsible for Perfil’s digital platforms in Argentina and Brazil, which count with approximately 30 million unique visitors spread across 34 different properties. From Sao Paulo, Nicholas leads a highly creative team which is in charge of the digital evolution of the 18 sites that, along with the renown title CARAS, form part of Perfil Brasil’s ecosystem. He also coordinates tech development, content management, and Perfil’s proprietary publishing technology in both countries.

    Before joining CARAS Nicholas served as the Digital Strategy Director and Digital Platforms Director at Grupo Estado (Brazil) during 8 years, leading technical and product teams and coordinating digitalization projects for Estadão newspaper, Jornal da Tarde newspaper, Eldorado radio and other Estadão's brands.

    He has been designing and building internet and mobile applications for digital publishing for over 20 years. As a software engineer of the highly regarded Brazilian portal (UOL), Nicholas designed and developed the first brazilian e-commerce website (Pão de Açúcar Delivery) and the Content Management Systems and Subscription Systems used in beginning of UOL and after years.

    Nicholas founded E-systems Solutions, a Brazilian pioneer company in e-commerce and internet applications, acquired by LuminaAmericas Inc, and helped north-american companies like Nike, Carrier, MSN, to launch websites in Brazil with huge impact and success. At LuminaAmericas he helped also important Brazilian companies as AES, Eletropaulo, Unibanco, Somlivre/Globo, Americanas.com and Telefónica.

  • Senior Advisor for Digital Media, Media Development Investment Fund MDIF, USA

  • VP of Product & Executive Editor, Quartz, USA

    Zach Seward

    Zach is the vice president of product and executive editor of Quartz. He leads the teams responsible for product development, audience growth, and data visualization, and also writes about the future of TV and other topics. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the newspaper's first social media editor. Before that, he helped launch the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, covering the media industry.

  • Director of Real Estate Products, The New York Times, USA

    Matthew Shadbolt

    Matthew Shadbolt is currently the Director of Real Estate Products at The New York Times, where he is focused on the strategic and tactical value of the real estate vertical. He works closely with the newsroom, sales, design, engineering, mobile, video and business development teams to bring real estate editorial and search experiences to an audience of over 2 million readers every month. Prior to his current role, Matthew was the Director of Interactive Product and Marketing for The Corcoran Group, Manhattan’s largest residential real estate brokerage, where he was responsible for all of Corcoran’s interactive output, product development, social growth and advertising.

  • CEO, Singapore Media Exchange

    Hari Shankar

    Hari is a seasoned digital media veteran with two decades of experience spanning the agency land, client side and the publisher eco-system. As the CEO of Singapore Media Exchange, a premium programmatic exchange in the market born out of the partnership between the media giants Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp in 2018, he is on his way to creating a strong alternative marketplace for programmatic buyers in Singapore and beyond within 12 months of inception.

    Previous stints include Regional Managing Director for Havas Media’s Digital & performance marketing arm Ecselis, heading digital acquisition for PayPal APAC and Integrated Media Director - Dell at MPG.

    Hari has successfully set up many digital / performance marketing units in addition to turning around flagging digital departments within multiple media agency groups. His core competencies lie in driving digital marketing strategy & innovation, digital media planning, cross-channel attribution & measurement, digital marketing optimization & analytics, digital tracking & measurement technology platforms and digital performance marketing.

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