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  • Chief Product Officer, USA Today, USA

    Kris was named Chief Product Officer in November 2017. He previously served as ReachLocal's Chief Product Officer since February 2012, overseeing product and technology. During his tenure at ReachLocal, the company grew from two to fifteen products and expanded from three to fifteen international markets, as well as received numerous industry awards for its products. Kris served in a variety of executive roles at Nero, including Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Nero, Kris served in leadership roles at Microsoft Corporation, Omniture (later acquired by Adobe) and Novell Corporation. Gannett acquired ReachLocal in 2016.
  • Editor-in-chief, News24, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Adriaan Basson is editor-in-chief of News24, South Africa’s largest website with an average monthly audience of 8 million people across mobile, app and desktop. An experienced investigative journalist and author, Basson leads a team of journalists, content producers and video journalists who lead coverage of news, business, sports and entertainment in South Africa.

  • Chief Marketing Officer, SVP - Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc, Philippines

    Charmaine has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising and Business Development and has worked for the Philippines' top companies.  From FMCG where she handled flagship brands and was part of the team to set up business operations in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, South China and Hongkong,  she moved to B2B heading the Marketing team for the Enterprise Group of one of the major telco companies in the Philippines.     Charmaine, a 2015 Awardee of the Golden Globe Tigers for Excellence in Marketing and Leadership  head of all the Inquirer platforms finding marketing synergies and providing marketing solutions for their clients.  The Inquirer Group has a reach of more than 20 Million and has transitioned from a single-medium platform to a multimedia organization on print, digital, social, broadcast, video-on-demand, outdoor advertising, printing and learning.  .   Recently, she spearheaded the Marketing campaign for the re-think of the Inquirer launching  "My Inquirer" and the tactical campaign- "Experience the most engaging Inquirer yet" putting into life the media quintet innovation of the Inquirer Group.
  • Councilman of the City of Vienna

  • Chief Editor, The Jakarta Post, Indonesia

    Endy M. Bayuni is chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading independent English language newspaper. 

    He has held his current position since August 2004, having worked his way up the newspaper’s career ladder since 1991. His previous stints in the newspaper included production manager/night editor, national editor, managing editor and deputy chief editor.

    Mr. Bayuni writes regular and widely read columns in the newspaper commenting on the Indonesian domestic politics, including political Islam and foreign policy conduct. The Jakarta Post is part of a small circle of critical but constructive media in Indonesia. The unprecedented freedom of speech and freedom of the media that came after the downfall of President Soeharto’s regime in 1998 has allowed the press in Indonesia to play its role as the fourth estate, providing democratic checks and balances on the government. Mr. Bayuni and his editorial team have been pushing the envelope through the newspaper’s vigorous reporting. He began his career as a cub reporter for The Jakarta Post in 1983, and between 1984 and 1991 worked as the Indonesian correspondent, initially for Reuters and later for Agence France Presse (AFP).

    Mr. Bayuni was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003/4 where he spent a considerable time attending classes at the Kennedy School of Government. He was a Jefferson Fellow at the East West Center in the fall of 1999. He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics which he received in 1981 from Kingston University in Surrey, UK. He is an expert of Global Expert Finder, a project of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

  • Head of Digital Content, Seven West Media, Australia

    Michael Beach is an innovative media executive well-versed in driving multi-media strategy and operations. His journalism career includes winning a Walkley Award for Australia’s best news story. And he currently sits on the Walkley Advisory Board.

    He is also former New York Bureau Chief for News Corp who covered the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. He edited The Saturday Daily Telegraph in Sydney before moving to Perth to play a key role in transforming of two of Australian best media brands – The West Australian and 7 News.

    Michael is both the Deputy Editor of The West Australian and head of Digital Content for Seven West Media (WA).

  • Global Head of Subscriptions Marketing, The Economist, UK

    Mark Beard
  • CEO, dmg media, United Kingdom, and First Vice-President WAN-IFRA

    Kevin Beatty

    Kevin joined DMGT in 1996 from the Mirror Group, where he had been Managing Director of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Having previously served as Managing Director of The Mail on Sunday, Managing Director of the Evening Standard and Metro, Chief Operating Officer of Associated New Media and Managing Director of Northcliffe Media, he is now Chief Executive of dmg media and a Director of DMGT. Kevin is a board member of the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) and represents the UK publishing industry on the Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN -IFRA). He is also a non-executive director of Press Association (PA Media), where he chairs the nominations committee and is a member of the remuneration committee.

  • Co-fondateur et Vice Président Recherche, Element AI

    Philippe Beaudoins

    Philippe has twenty years of professional experience as a software team manager, academic researcher and software developer, including 5 years at Google. He holds M. Sc., Ph. D. and followed Postdoc studies in Computer Science, with research focusing on bipedal control, machine learning and physics simulation. Philippe published 20 significant scientific papers, patents or book chapters, and leads communities of 3 open source projects and of a world-wide academic workgroup. He is a founder of three corporations, including Element AI and ArcBees Consulting, and is regularly invited as speaker in many public events. His specialties: Machine Learning, Physics-Based Systems, Control, Data Compression.

  • Head of News & Publishing Partnerships, APAC, Google

    Kate Beddoe

    Kate Beddoe is the head of news and publishing partnerships in APAC. Prior to joining Google in July 2015 she had been working in the Australian media industry for over 20 years, the last 15 in digital roles in both pure digital business and traditional media companies.

    Her focus is on bringing the best of Google to news and publishing partners in the region and making sure that the unique needs of the region are well reflected in Google’s approach to the news ecosystem.

    As a former journalist in magazine and digital newsrooms Kate is committed to using storytelling to drive real business outcomes, for Google and it’s news partners in APAC. In her time she's created new teams, walked in to manage old ones, owned P&Ls and operated in environments where she had influence but no control. All of which makes her excited and empathic to the challenges faced in the modern news ecosystem.

    When not working, Kate enjoys to spend time with her husband and two amusing children; travelling and perfecting the mix of a good espresso martini.

  • Chief Technology Officer, NDTV convergence

    Kawaljit Singh Bedi is the Chief Technology Officer at NDTV Convergence (NDTV’s Digital Media Division) and Senior Vice President, Strategy for the NDTV group. Kawaljit has been with the NDTV Group for over 17 years and oversees technology, user-experience and product road-map for NDTV's websites and apps. He is also the Managing Director of Gadgets 360, India's largest technology and gadgets website.

    Kawaljit has won several international awards in the field of innovation including Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award for Innovative engineering and NAB International Broadcasting Excellence award. He and his team have also filed for multiple patents in the fields of digital media and broadcast engineering. He has been trained in digital journalism from the Thomson Foundation in Cardiff, UK. 

  • Deputy Editor, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Jineth is currently Deputy Editor for EL TIEMPO newspaper. She's a journalist and international speaker about topics such as armed conflict, drug traffic and gender issues. She has published seven books. Her work has made her the recipient of several international awards such as the Premio Mundial al Coraje Periodístico and the Premio Internacional a la Mujer de Coraje.

    Jineth is a nominee the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in defense of womens rights as a result of her broad campaign against gender violence and impunity in Colombia, called 'No Es Hora De Callar' (It's not time to be silent), launched in 2009. That same year, her case went public: she had been kidnapped, tortured and abused because of her work as a reporter during Colombia's armed conflict.

    This campaign has helped many other women victims of violence. In 2013, Jineth was ackowledged as one of the 100 most influential journalists in the world covering war and violence, and the following year was amongst Colombia's most important leaders, selected by the prestigious Colombian Semana magazine and the Fundación Liderazgo y Democracia.

    She was part of the group of victims that participated in the current peace process taking place in Havana among the Colombian government and the FARC Armed Guerrilla. Last February, she received the Premio Nacional al Mérito Periodístico (National Award to the Journalistic Merit) for her more than 20 years of profesional trajectory.

  • Digital Director, Politiken, Denmark

    Troels Behrendt Jørgensen is Digital Director at the Danish newspaper Politiken. Troels has more than 20 years of experience working in topics like online journalism, content management, online news, new media management, design, social media, politics, radio journalism, digital advertising, storytelling for web and usability.

  • Chief Product Officer, Bloomberg Media Group, USA

    Julia Beizer is the chief product officer of Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg L.P.'s global multi-platform media organization, shaping the company's consumer-facing experiences across all platforms and devices. She is responsible for overseeing Bloomberg Media's digital product portfolio of web, mobile, video, over-the-top platforms and distributed content partnerships, working across the newsroom, design, engineering, media distribution, and commercial organization. Prior to taking on this role, she was head of product, design and engineering for HuffPost, driving its first-ever redesign. Before that, she spent a decade at The Washington Post, working on both the news and product sides of the company. She currently serves on the board of Questback, an insights company, and Boolean Girl, a nonprofit that teaches girls how to code. Julia is a thought leader in digital media and is passionate about engaging user experiences and building innovative products. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
  • Chief Creative Officer, Courageous, USA

    Otto Bell is chief creative officer of Courageous, Turner’s first-ever brand studio with global capabilities for marketers across CNN, HLN and Great Big Story. In this role, he leads a self-sufficient, full-time team of award-winning brand journalists, filmmakers, designers and producers dedicated to the creation of compelling brand storytelling. Based in New York, Bell reports to Michal Shapira, senior vice president of news content partnerships, Turner Ignite.

    Under Bell’s leadership, the Courageous team has been honored with notable recognition, including Turner Ignite and CNN’s first Cannes Lions, Adweek’s “Grand Arc Award” and Digiday Content Marketing Awards’ “Best Use of Native Advertising” in 2017. In addition to his industry accomplishments, Bell debuted his first documentary, “The Eagle Huntress,” to wide acclaim at Sundance in 2016, and was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch.”

  • Co-founder, fathm, London, UK

    Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. He is also a strong advocate for higher ethical standards in digital journalism.
    Fergus’ experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He spent eight years at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor. He then headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk. Fergus founded Dig Deeper Media in 2015 and advises broadcasters, publishers and start-ups on social and digital newsgathering, newsroom transformation and innovation. In 2017 he launched Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has already seen success in the US, UK, Sweden and won an Online Journalism Award in 2018 for "Verificado" - an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections. Fergus was named as a 2019 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow. He is a faculty member of the European Broadcast Union’s Academy. He serves on the board of the Online News Association. He is the co-founder and CEO of fathm a media consultancy and news lab.

  • Founder of Dig Deeper Media and WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, United Kingdom

    Fergus Bell

    Fergus Bell is an experienced digital journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content by news media. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media.
    Fergus has experience in both the business and editorial sides of the industry, most recently heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms. Fergus joined SAM from the Associated Press where, as international social media and UGC editor, he led the global operation to source and verify user-generated content for all of the AP’s platforms.
    In October 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

  • Publisher, Vox Media, USA

    Melissa Bell is Publisher at Vox Media. Together with Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein, Bell cofounded Vox.com in the spring of 2014. Previously, Bell was the Director of Platforms at the Washington Post and a columnist for the paper. Bell is a journalist turned technologist, an unusual breed in news organizations today.

  • Director, The Enemy, Belgium

    Karim Ben Khelifa, 46, is an award-winning photojournalist who has freelanced regularly for Time, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, The New York Times Magazine and dozens of others.

    Karim is widely known for his coverage of the Middle East conflicts and troubles, especially the Iraq and Afghan wars, where he covered the insurgent sides. He has worked in more than 80 countries and territories and has held exhibitions in four continents.

    He is is a board member of the American Documentary Innovation at PBS in New York City and serve the advisory board at the Center for Advanced Virtuality at MIT.

    Ben Khelifa was in 2012 the Carroll Binder Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism where he has given talks and lectures in different schools of Harvard University. In 2013/2014 he has been a fellow and Artist-in-Residence at the Open Documentary Lab at MIT. In the academic years of 2015/2017, he was a visiting Artist at the Center for Art, Science and Technology as well as a fellow at the Imagination, Computation and Expression Lab, both at MIT in Cambridge.

    He is the creator of the award-winning Virtual Reality installation The Enemy which has premiered at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, then went on to tour in Tel Aviv, at the MIT Museum in Boston in 2017 and in Montreal and Geneva in 2018.

  • Diretor, "The Enemy", Bélgica

    Karim Ben Khelifa é um fotojornalista premiado que trabalha regularmente para a Time, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Stern, The New York Times Magazine e dezenas de outros.
    Karim é conhecido mundialmente por sua cobertura de conflitos no Oriente Médio, especialmente as guerras no Iraque e no Afeganistão, onde ele cobria os lados insurgentes. Já trabalhou em mais de 80 países e territórios e expôs em quatro continentes.
    É membro do Conselho de Diretores do American Documentary Innovation da PBS em Nova York e membro do Conselho Consultivo do "Center for Advanced Virtuality" do MIT.
    Em 2012, Karim foi indicado ao programa Carroll Binder na Nieman Foundation for Journalism, onde ministrou palestras e conferências em diferentes escolas da Universidade de Harvard.
    Entre 2013 e 2014, foi nomeado "artista em residência" no Open Documentary Lab do MIT, para se tornar, um ano depois, "artista visitante" do Centro de Arte, Ciência e Tecnologia e membro do Laboratório de Imaginação, Computação e Expressão do MIT em Cambridge.
    Karim é o criador da mundialmente famosa instalação de realidade virtual The Enemy, que estreou no Institut du Monde Arabe em Paris, e foi exibida em Tel Aviv, no MIT Museum em Boston, em Montreal e, mais recentemente, em Genebra em 2018.

  • Head of Digital Video, TV 2, Denmark

    Jacob Bendixen Andersen is Head of Digital Video at TV 2 Denmark, where he also serves as Head of Digital Lifestyle and Entertainment. Digital Video at TV 2 grew 1,750 percent between June 2013 through January 2017. Last year, it grew by 45 percent at TV 2. Andersen joined TV 2 in June 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he was Head of Video at Jyllands-Posten – the largest paper in Denmark at that time. He shot his first digital video in 2004 when Bill Gates visited the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
  • CEO - HT English, HT Media Ltd, India

    Rajeev has over 24 years of rich working experience, across various industries and geographies. Rajeev has returned to HT Media after spending a little over three years with Star India Pvt. Ltd where he was President, Ad Sales across the Sports and Entertainment businesses. He also managed the Digital Revenues for Hotstar for Sports properties. Additionally, Rajeev spearheaded the creation of the revenue model for new domestic leagues such as Indian Super League and Pro Kabaddi League, and the IPL Digital revenue model, and led the Sales Organisation restructuring across the sports and entertainment organisations, as well as the sales automation initiative. Before joining Star, Rajeev was National Head of Revenue and Circulation at HT Media. He has also worked in FMCG companies, including AVON, Whirlpool, Coca Cola and Asian paints where he led diverse portfolios in Sales, Operations, Strategy, Commercial, and Trade Marketing. Rajeev holds an MBA in Marketing from Punjab University.
  • Vocento S.A, Spain

  • Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Paris, France

    Guy has many years of experience in the African media and headed the School of Journalism & Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and was recently appointed Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO.

    In the past, he has worked in both press and television and had a long-running column on the The Mail & Guardian website. He holds a doctorate from Rhodes University and was the deputy chair of the South African National Editor’s Forum.

  • Executive Editor, STAT, USA

    Rick Berke is the founding Executive Editor of STAT, which was launched in November 2015 and now has a staff of more than 50. The aim has been to build a world-class news organization based in Boston -- the epicenter of medicine, health and biotech -- but with reporters nationwide. STAT was created as a separate company by Boston Globe Media, the parent company of The Boston Globe, which was bought by businessman John Henry in 2013. Already, STAT has won numerous national awards for it investigative work and for its innovations in digital storytelling.
    Berke was previously a longtime reporter and editor at The New York Times, where he served as White House correspondent, chief political correspondent, Washington editor, national editor, video content editor, and assistant managing editor. More recently, Rick was executive editor at Politico.

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