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  • Product Manager, Newsletters and Messaging, Los Angeles Times, USA

    Kim Bode is passionate about user-centred journalism and newsroom innovation, putting community building and engagement front and centre. In her role as community and product operations manager at News Deeply, she’s responsible for implementing and evaluating new tools and workflows to advance community-centred journalism. She also developed a master’s level course for NYU’s Journalism Institute on reporting with, rather than on, a community. Originally from Berlin, Kim had been working as a business correspondent in New York for several years before completing NYU’s Studio 20 program, focused on innovation in journalism. 

  • Chief Technology Officer, Axios, USA

    Matt Boggie is the Chief Technology Officer for Axios. Matt was most recently executive director of the R&D Lab at The New York Times. His work was covered in Wired, Gizmodo, Columbia Journalism Review and others. The first of its kind, the Lab's process and inventions inspired similar programs around the world.
 He has a 17-year career focused on making media work better, from strategic futures to new inventions. He has worked with leading companies like Verizon, the Washington Post, PBS and Discovery. Among his many awards, Matt was named the distinguished Alumnus from Boston University's computer science department in 2010, and is the author of 3 patent applications for innovations in advertising, information presentation, and audience analysis.
  • Managing Director, News Scotland & News Ireland, UK

    In June 2018 Richard was appointed as Managing Director of News Scotland and News Ireland.

    Richard joined News Scotland in April 2015 as General Manager. Richard has built up the commercial and corporate elements of News Scotland as General Manager, creating a well-recognised media brand with key commercial relationships, complementing the three Scottish titles, which are all leading their markets.

    Previous roles in the news media industry included Group Sales Director at Johnston Press, a similar role at Express Newspapers, Assistant Managing Director at The Scotsman Publications and other commercial roles at The Independent and IPC magazines.

    He has worked for all his career in the news media sector after graduating in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex.

    Richard is married with two boys and lives outside Edinburgh.

  • Digital Manager, El Espectador, Colombia

  • Director, Americas, WAN-IFRA

    Rodrigo Bonilla is Director, Americas, at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He heads WAN-IFRA’s operations for North and Latin America based out of Mexico City. Rodrigo joined WAN-IFRA as Manager of Press Freedom Missions in January 2010, leading the organisation’s advocacy missions worldwide. In 2013, he went on to manage WAN-IFRA’s overall activities in Latin America and launched the LATAM edition of WAN-IFRA’s prestigious Digital Media Conferences, which has since become the go-to event for the region’s most innovative media leaders. The Americas office monitors industry’s trends and offers services to the organization's members and partners across the continent. 

    Rodrigo is Uruguayan-Mexican and studied in France and Canada. He graduated in both History and Political Science from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, and holds a Master Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the same institution. 

  • CEO and co-founder, KIT, Sweden

    CEO and co-founder of KIT, a digital media startup focused on high-quality journalism. Prior to that, most recently he ran the digital business division at Bonnier Tidskrifter. He has held marketing and digital media roles at Unilever and NBC Universal, among others. He currently serves on the board of Bonnier Corporation in the U.S., Mediafy, Beckmans College of Design and IAB Sweden. He has a B.S. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

  • Director of Leadership Programmes, Reuters Institute, UK

    Alexandra Borchardt is Director of Leadership Programmes at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. There she develops and leads on courses that target senior journalists and media managers, like the “Oxford Perspectives” series. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily.

    Alexandra teaches “Leadership and Strategy in the 21st Century” at TU Munich, gives lectures and keynotes on digitisation and the media and regularly publishes commentaries with Project Syndicate, NewsMavens and European Journalism Observatory. She is the author of Mensch 4.0 – Frei bleiben in einer digitalen Welt (Freedom in a digital world), Guetersloher Verlagshaus/Random House, 2018. She serves as vice chair on the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age.

    At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award-winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on internet and democracy and the future of work. In 2015 she published Das Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt (The Internet between Dictatorship and Anarchy: Ten Assertions about Democracy in the Digital World), Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition Streitschrift. Before joining SZ she worked for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

    Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. She lives in Oxford and outside of Munich with her husband and two children.

  • Assistant Professor and Researcher in Information Design, University of Bolzano, Italy

    Lisa Borgenheimer is an Assistant Professor and Researcher in Information Design at the Free University of Bolzano (IT). She is specialized on information graphics for analogue and digital media. She worked for serval newspapers and magazines, like Süddeutsche Zeitung, ZEIT Online, magazine 137.5, etc.  Her main research field is the methodology and process of Information Design on various media and she is an expert in conception, designing and developing static and interactive information graphics. She is currently doing her PhD in the field of Information Design, at the Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE) and is working on various projects, like a multimedial toolset for the „participatory budgeting in Mals“ (unibz) and „Visual Storytelling for education“ (unibz).

  • Deputy Chief Editor, CNA Digital News

    David Bottomley is the Deputy Chief Editor of CNA’s digital newsroom, where he oversees a team of around 60 editors, journalists and producers. Part of his role involves liaising with the TV newsroom to ensure material it generates can be used for an online audience. He also has editorial control of the original material produced by the digital news team, including written content, graphics and videos.

  • CEO, Stuff, Fairfax Media New Zealand

    Sinead Boucher

    Sinead was appointed Stuff CEO in August 2017, following a career of more than two decades in media in New Zealand and abroad. Prior to becoming CEO, Sinead was New Zealand Group Executive Editor for four years, responsible for New Zealand’s largest newsroom. Under Sinead’s guise, Stuff’s stable of newspapers, magazines and number one news site, Stuff.co.nz, grew to record audience numbers and was named New Zealand’s most influential publishing brand.

    Sinead started her career as a reporter for The Press and gained international experience in London working as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site and as a general correspondent for Reuters’ London bureau. She was Stuff’s first digital editor, leading the growth of the young Stuff site into the largest digital brand in New Zealand.

    In 2015, Sinead won Fairfax’s internal Woman of Influence Award recognising the special role she has had in advancing gender diversity, at Fairfax and beyond.

    Sinead was also awarded the 2012 Wolfson Fellowship prize, the highest personal accolade in New Zealand journalism.

    Sinead is a strong leader with a passion for inclusive and diverse workplaces and digitally-advanced business.

  • Executive Creative Director, Culture Trip, UK

    Focusing on creative and strategic direction, Anne Bourgeois-Vignon's interests lie at the intersection of innovation, media, news, arts & culture. Currently Executive Creative Director of Culture Trip, a travel, culture and media platform, she spearheads content strategy and development. She previously held the role of Global Digital Director at Magnum Photos where she launched magnumphotos.com as a new platform for visual storytelling and photojournalism. Anne has also held roles as Creative Content Director of NOWNESS and Photography Director of Forward Publishing (WPP Group). 

  • Editor, Sunday Independent, Ireland

    Cormac Bourke is the editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland's best-selling newspaper, which is published by Independent News & Media, the largest media group in Ireland. He has a wealth of experience as a news executive having led the newsroom of Ireland's leading quality newspaper the Irish Independent for a number of years. During Cormac's tenure as News Editor and then Executive Editor with the Irish Independent he oversaw major exclusive investigations including The Anglo Tapes - a cross platform, multi-award winning probe into Ireland's banking collapse.

    As the editor of Ireland's biggest selling newspaper, Bourke is focused on maintaining the market share of his title in print while evolving the news brand under a group digital strategy. Cormac was a central force in joining the print and digital news function within Independent News and Media to grow Independent.ie to become Ireland's biggest news website.  Sunday Sport, the Sunday Independent’s Sport section, continues to be the nation’s most widely read sporting publication, with a team of high-profile writers and analysts who are now making their presence felt on new digital INM digital products, as well as in print.

    Over the past two years, the Sunday Independent has also run a series of innovative print supplements focussed on participation in sport – including on running, cycling, golf and Ireland’s traditional Gaelic Games - with the backing of commercial and state partners. A married father-of-four, he holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University.

  • Founder, Rezonence, UK

    Rowly Bourne is a founder at Rezonence, an award-winning Ad Tech company that created FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers effectively monetise digital content while keeping it free and accessible. FreeWall® combines the best of free access and a paywall. It hides part of the content behind an ad which the user can unlock by answering a simple question – in other words, by engaging with the brand.

  • Founder, Rezonence, UK

    Rowly Bourne is a founder at Rezonence, an award-winning Ad Tech company that created FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers effectively monetise digital content while keeping it free and accessible. FreeWall® combines the best of free access and a paywall. It hides part of the content behind an ad which the user can unlock by answering a simple question – in other words, by engaging with the brand.

  • Mobile Editor, Clarín, Argentina

    Mobile Editor at Clarín and Journalism Professor at USAL. Formerly, was head of Research at USAL's School of Communication, executive editor at Perfil Digital, copy-editor at Thomson Reuters and reporter at LatinSpots.

  • Media Account Manager Latin America North, Reuters, Mexico

  • Founder and CEO, Brand New Media

    The CEO of Brand New Media Asia, an Asia Pacific content marketing company, Damien is an industry leader and pioneer with 25 years experience in content marketing for hundreds of brands in multiple global markets. He has managed activations for over $200 million of investment into TV programs, brand-owned media platforms, digital and social content, sales promotions and live events. Innovative and creative with strong track record in delivering impressive ROI, the former professional AFL player is an experienced enabler in brand marketing transformation.

  • Director of Online Strategy & Business Development, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

    Danuta Bregula photo

    Danuta Breguła is Head of Online Strategy at Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest Polish opinion-making newspaper. Recently, she was also appointed manager of Gazeta Wyborcza's marketing communications in digital.

    She is responsible for the paid content and social media strategy of Gazeta, which reached 133,000 paying digital subscribers in 2017. Bregula is also in charge of Gazeta Wyborcza's Google activities and audience engagement.

  • Deputy CEO Group Figaro – CCM Benchmark, France

    Jean-Luc Breysse is the Deputy CEO of Groupe Figaro (including CCM Benchmark) in France. He joined the group in 2012 from the position of President of Mondadori Magazine France. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of EMAP France and the Finance Director for the financial newspaper Les Echos.

  • President & CEO Central Europe UNIVERSAL MUSIC und Deutsche Grammophon

    Frank Briegmann, 1967 im westfälischen Rietberg geboren, ist CEO von UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland und President Central Europe der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP sowie President der Deutschen Grammophon.

    Nach erfolgreichem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster startete Frank Briegmann seine Karriere als Referent Strategie bei der in München ansässigen Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), wo er nach mehreren Stationen 2002 zum Senior Vice President International aufstieg. 2004 wechselte Frank Briegmann als President & CEO nach Berlin an die Spitze von UNIVERSAL MUSIC und wurde damit zum jüngsten Chef in der Geschichte der Major-Labels in Deutschland. Seit 2010 lenkte Frank Briegmann zusätzlich die Geschicke der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP in Österreich und der Schweiz sowie des weltweit bedeutendsten Klassik-Labels Deutsche Grammophon. 2013 wurde er zum President Central Europe ernannt und übernahm damit zusätzlich die Leitung der Ländergesellschaften in Nord- und Osteuropa. 2016 wurden seinem Bereich zusätzlich die UMG Unternehmungen in Italien und den Benelux-Staaten zugeordnet. Als Mitglied des Executive Management Board, des globalen Führungszirkels der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, gehört Frank Briegmann zur obersten Managementebene des internationalen Marktführers im Musikgeschäft.

    Frank Briegmann ist Vorstandsmitglied des Bundesverbandes Musikindustrie, der Deutschen Phono-Akademie und des media.net berlinbrandenburg. Darüber hinaus hat er einen Sitz im Beirat Ost der Deutschen Bank und im Kuratorium der C/O Berlin Foundation. Als Mitinitiator der gemeinnützigen Stiftung „Musik Bewegt“ hat er eine Spendenplattform ins Leben gerufen, über die Musiker und ihre Fans gemeinsam soziale Projekte unterstützen können.

  • Executive Director, Interactive Advertising Bureau - IAB, Colombia

    For 9 years, she has been the Executive Director of the Interactive Advertising Bureau - IAB Colombia, an international organization that promotes the development of the Digital Marketing and Advertising industry. As director of this organization, she has managed to significantly increase the number of associated companies and has carried out different academic and research activities to promote the evolution of the industry. She has supported the creation of  Marketing and Digital Advertising certifications with some of the best universities in the country (CESA, Jorge Tadeo Lozano, EAFIT, ICESI, University of Caldas, among others).For 10 years, she served as Executive Director for Colombia of the Effie Awards, one of the most important awards in the advertising industry with 45 years of effective advertising promotion. Olga has worked for important companies such as Banco Davivienda, McCann-Erickson, El Espectador and ANDA (National Advertisers Association) in her 24 years of work experience.

  • Visiting Professor of Practice Cass Business School City, University of London

    George Brock is a journalist, consultant and Visiting Professor at City, University of London, where he directed the journalism school 2009-14.

    He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was subsequently foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, European Editor, Managing Editor and Saturday Editor.

    He advises the INJECT and DMINR journalism research projects and startups in news. He is on the board of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Gresham College. He was on the board of the World Editors Forum 2001-14 and WEF’s president 2004-08. He was a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute.

    He broadcasts, lectures and is the author of Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age (2013). His study of the ‘right to be forgotten’ was published in 2016. He blogs at http://georgebrock.net

  • Global Head of Product, Reuters

    Sue Brooks has worked with editorial content her entire career and reported for newspapers, radio and TV in the UK before putting her knowledge to use as a product expert.  She has held editorial roles at the BBC, Associated Press, Channel 4 and ITN where she edited the flagship News at Ten.  She joined Reuters in 2015 as Global Head of Product.  

    She is a Columbia School of Journalism Sulzberger Fellow.  

  • Strategic Partnerships Manager for news, EMEA region, Facebook, United Kingdom

    Sarah Brown is strategic partnerships manager for news, EMEA region for Facebook. She has 15 years of experience working in digital and social media for newsrooms around the world such as the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN. She is based in London.

  • Chief Operating Officer, Vox Media, USA

    Trei serves as the Chief Product Officer at Vox Media, Inc. He leads the highly talented team responsible for SB Nation's cutting edge publishing and community platform. Trei served as the Chief Product Officer at The Verge. He has been designing and building web applications for engaged audiences for over 12 years. As a founder of the highly regarded software development consultancy, Handwire, Trei developed enterprise internet solutions for Fortune 500 companies and large public institutions such as Microsoft, Royal Dutch Shell, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Working with Microsoft's Xbox division, he led efforts to design, build, and scale the first web application empowering sports gamers to organize leagues and tournaments, track scores, and calculate standings. Before joining Vox media, Trei ran the internet efforts for former tech Chief Executive Officer and Virginia Governor Mark Warner in the 2008 presidential primaries. Using innovative techniques to organize and connect supporters, raise online contributions, and reach out to the political blogosphere, he helped make Gov. Warner's organization the most tech-savvy in the race before the governor bowed out to run for US Senate. His other achievements include creating a ground-breaking platform for Texas Monthly, "the national magazine of Texas," connecting Texans across the world, as well as developing technology for OzSearch, the first and largest online portal dedicated to delivering Australian web content.

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