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  • 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 Product 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.

  • President, WAN-IFRA, Sweden

    Tomas Brunegård

    Tomas Brunegård is the President of WAN-IFRA and former Chairman of the Board of Sweden's Stampen Group. From 2004 to 2012 he was CEO of Stampen. Previously, he was CEO of Göteborgs-Posten from 1996-2004. Before that, he was Deputy COO of Burger King Sweden from 1993-1996. From 1987-1993, he was Management Consultant for Ingemar Claesson Konsult AB. Brunegård is a Board Member for several organisations, including:

    • Skäreleja AB (Majority owner Stampen Group)
    • Stena Line BV (Holland)
    • Mentor Medier AS (Norway)
    • Fojo Media Institute
    • Swedish Radio AB
    • University of Gothenburg
    • Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
  • Editor and Director, Kvinnheringen, Norway

    Tomas Bruvik, Editor and Director - Twice nominated as best newspaper in Norway. European Newspaper of the year 2016, categorie local newspaper. The last four years won the competion best localpage in competion with other local newspapers.

  • Director, Digital Subscriber Acquisition & Media, The Wall Street Journal, USA

    Jon Buckley leads subscription acquisition and the in-house media buying teams at Dow Jones, working across The Wall Street Journal and Barron's. Today, Dow Jones has the largest subscriber base in its history. Prior to this, Jon spent four years at News UK (also part of News Corp) in London, working at The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling newspaper. He is based in New York.
  • Chief Executive Officer, KG Media

    KG Media is the media group of Kompas Gramedia consisting of print, broadcast, and digital platforms. As CEO, Andy Budiman is responsible for leading KG Media through a dual-transformation process of increasing resilience of media core businesses and creating new growth engines. 

  • Manager, News Partnerships, Facebook, Indonesia

    Alice Budisatrijo

    Alice Budisatrijo oversees Facebook’s partnerships with news media in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. In her role, she trains journalists and social media teams to leverage Facebook and Instagram as creative storytelling platforms and to increase engagement and distribution. She works with major Indonesian publishers such as Kompas and Liputan6, as well as digital natives and high-potential newcomers including Tirto.id and Narasi.tv. She is also involved in News Feed integrity efforts to support quality news on the platform.

    Prior to joining Facebook, she spent seven years with BBC News, most recently as Indonesia correspondent, covering breaking news around South East Asia. She was part of the BBC’s Typhoon Haiyan: Destruction in the Philippines team that was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a regularly scheduled newscast.

    Alice holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington.

  • Former-President, Elite Daily, USA

    Miguel was until a few weeks ago President of Elite Daily, a Millennial-focused online destination providing engaging, entertaining and enriching content. 

    At Elite Daily, Miguel was responsible for handling the company's revenue partnerships. His ability to find innovative and unique strategic brand partnerships and scaling a business with little funding was crucial in helping Elite Daily become a premier online destination for Millennials and as result being acquired by DMGT in 2015.    

    Previously, Miguel worked in Investment Banking as a member of Credit Suisse’s Corporate M&A team. There he quickly found his passion for technology and digital media that lead him to MESA, an Investment Bank specialized in digital media and entertainment.

    Today, Elite Daily has grown to reach up to 75 million monthly readers.

  • Managing Director, Russmedia Digital, Austria

    Georg Burtscher

    Georg is Managing Director of Russmedia Digital, the digital Unit of Russmedia, one of the most progressive media companies in Europe. He started at Russmedia in 2006 and prior to his change to the digital site of the company he was the Managing Director of the radio station „Antenne Vorarlberg“.

    Russmedia Digital is one of the leading portal operators in Austria. The portfolio include vol.at, Austria's largest regional news portal with an regional reach of 70%, as well as more than 24 other internet portals and online-agencies. They operate with austria.com/plus, one of the largest online networks for premium portals in Austria.

  • MD, Partner Business Solutions - APAC, Google, Singapore

    Jeremy Butteriss

    Jeremy Butteriss is the Managing Director at Google for APAC, based in Singapore. He joined Google with 15 years of experience in media, e-commerce, strategic partnerships, venture development and mergers & acquisitions. The role includes facilitating strategic partnerships for publishers across Google's businesses, in addition to managing day to day operations of Google's monetization solutions. Previously, he served as Director, Partnerships for Google Canada, where his experience included leading partnerships across Google's monetization solutions, YouTube and Marketing solutions.

  • CEO, IAB (International Advertising Bureau), South Africa

    Media and marketing pioneer Josephine Buys is CEO for IAB (International Advertising Bureau) South Africa.

    Her diverse career has placed her at the forefront of embracing digital in a variety of industries and platforms, from publishing and entertainment, to agencies and the public sector. Her experience spans sales, marketing, brand development and E-commerce. In each instance of her career she has set herself apart with her strategic intuition and infectious energy, helping organisations to affect real and lasting change in the booming digital space.

    Her role at IAB sees her building awareness of the organisation’s core purpose, instilling confidence, and ultimately increasing revenue for the South African digital industry as a whole. Central to this is the core strategy of promoting standards and accelerating the growth of digital media.

    On a practical level this involves planning and managing IAB’s South African operations; member and industry relations (i.e. protect the interests of publishers, advertisers and brands in the online space); engaging with strong industry contributors to lead and participate in the various councils; and identifying new areas of opportunity for the IAB. She strongly believes in the IAB’s philosophy that online can and should be used in conjunction with other media to amplify reach and effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

    Buys co-founded and hosted a monthly networking FUNdraiser called The Thursday Club from 2003-2013, which raised much needed awareness and over R2.5million for orphaned and vulnerable South African children. Her passion for empowering others manifests IAB role, as she fulfils the promise of the IAB’s Education and Transformation Council to address the shortage of digital professionals in the current workforce through education and transformation.

    She is inspired by the abundance of original thinking in South African media, with the constant flow of digital firsts and world-class start-ups coming out of the country. It is a turning point for harnessing the power of digital and, with the IAB currently representing over 200 members including online publishers, brands, educational institutions, creative, media and digital agencies, Josephine believes this chapter of the global IAB organisation, is well-positioned to lead this transition into a new age for media in South Africa.

     

  • Designer/Developer/Journalist, Verdens Gang AS, Norway

  • Business Director, The Byrne Partnership Ltd, UK

    Eamonn Byrne progressed through the advertising & commercial departments of prestigious regional newspaper groups to become Commercial Director and MD of newspaper titles. He has been Deputy Director General & Business Director of the World Association of Newspapers for 7 years and speaks regularly at major international events on newspaper strategy and was for 10 years until 2010, the responsible consultant/partner for research, business and content strategy for the World Association of Newspapers. Eamonn continues his association with WAN-IFRA as special Advisor and consultant on Media Development Projects to the WAN-IFRA Press Freedom and Media Development Board.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Sun Star Network Exchange

    Maria Lourdes (Nini) Cabaero is a pioneer of new media in Philippine community journalism. She is editor-in-chief of the Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), new media department of the Cebu-based Sun.Star Publishing Inc. Her office runs www.sunstar.com.ph and other digital journalism products of the media group.

    Before making the transition to online, Cabaero was news editor of the Sun.Star Cebu, flagship publication of the Sun.Star network of community newspapers in the Philippines. In addition to running Sunnex, Cabaero writes a column “Beyond 30” every Tuesday and Sunday in Sun.Star. The term “30” refers to the proofreader’s mark to signify the end of the news report. “Beyond 30” tries to see beyond the news.

    Cabaero holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines - Diliman, and a master’s degree in journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University. Cabaero was a Sandra Burton–Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2013 to 2014.

  • Chair of Court, Heriot-Watt University, UK

    Dame Frances Cairncross, is a British economist, respected journalist and academic.
    She is Chair of the UK’s independent review into the future of quality journalism.
    She is Chair of the Court of Heriot Watt University and a former Rector of Exeter College, Oxford.
    She spent 13 years as an economic columnist for the Guardian and 20 years as a senior editor at The Economist.
    She is the author of a number of books, including "The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution is Changing our Lives".

  • Editor-in-Chief, La Repubblica, Italy

    Mario Calabresi, has been Editor-in-Chief of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica since January 2016. He moved there from La Stampa, where he had been Editor-in-Chief from 2009.

    An award-winning journalist, and published author, Calabresi has worked for print and broadcast news outlets. He covered parliament for the Ansa news agency and La Stampa, and was News Editor at La Repubblica. The paper sent him to New York as their correspondent from 2007 to 2008, following the electoral campaign that saw Barack Obama elected. In 2011 he presented the RAI 3 television production entitled Hotel Patria.

    His published books include Spingendo la notte più in là. Storia della mia famiglia e di altre vittime del terrorismo (Pushing back the night. Stories of my family and other victims of terrorism) (2007) and La fortuna non esiste. Storie di uomini e donne che hanno avuto il coraggio di rialzarsi(Fortune doesn’t exist. Stories of men and women who were brave enough to stand up again) (2009), published by Mondadori.

    He has also written A Occhi Aperti (With eyes wide open) (2013),  a collection of his interviews with ten leading photographers who recount the moments in which history was frozen by a photograph. His most recent book is called Non temete per noi, la nostra vita sarà meravigliosa (Don’t fear for us, our lives will be wonderful) which seeks to address the feeling of hopelessness amongst many of today’s youth.

  • President, World Editors Forum, USA

    David was Chief Executive Officer of TheStreet, Inc., a New York-based financial news and information company, from mid-2016 until February, 2019. TheStreet was comprised of five businesses based in the U.S., the UK and India, with more than 600 employees, and including its flagship website, TheStreet.com. Most of the businesses were sold in late 2018 and David left to devote his energies to fighting for journalism through WEF.

    Before joining TheStreet as CEO in 2016, David was Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, responsible for news coverage on America’s largest newspaper and fifth-largest digital news portfolio. David directed more than 400 journalists and worked with another 3,000 tied to 100 newspapers owned by USA Today parent company Gannett Inc.

     David joined USA Today in mid-2012 from MarketWatch, where he was also Editor-in-Chief. David ran MarketWatch through eight years of ownership by Dow Jones Co. and subsequently, News Corp., and four years before that as a public company which owned the website CBS MarketWatch. Dave also wrote a weekly column for MarketWatch, and was twice honored by the Society of American Editors and Writers for his commentary.

    Before joining MarketWatch, Dave spent five years working for Bloomberg, almost all of it in London, where he ran a team that covered the financial services industry throughout Europe. Before Bloomberg, he spent six years as a reporter and columnist for The Boston Herald. He’s a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and currently splits his time between New York City and Corte Madera, Ca.

    David Callaway is president of the World Editor’s Forum, a unit of WAN-IFRA, and a board member for the International Center for Journalists.

  • Gerente de Inteligencia de Datos, La Nación, Argentina

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