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  • Managing Director of Digital News Media Germany , Axel Springer, Germany

    Dr. Stephanie Caspar is Managing Director of Digital News Media Germany at Axel Springer. She is responsible for the management of Axel Springer’s digital media assets in Germany (e.g. BILD and WELT) and heads up all relating business, marketing and technology functions.

    Stephanie started her professional career at McKinsey & Company. After that she held various management positions at Ebay and Immobilienscout24 before she founded an e-commerce company, Mirapodo, with the Otto Group. In May 2013 she left Mirapodo to head up the WELT Group at Axel Springer and later WeltN24 after the acquisition of N24 early in 2014.

  • Managing Director, Vanguardia, México

    Armando Castilla Galindo, Managing Director for Vanguardia,  grew from within the newspaper company to reach his current position. He studied Economics and Finance at ITESM in 1999, and a MBA at IPADE in 2006. He is a passionate journalist renowned for his innovative and ground-breaking work in the digital media.

    His vision for storytelling has positioned Vanguardia among the best publications worldwide.  In 2014, he received the honor of being mentioned by the King of Spain at the "Don Quijote" Awards, in addition to numerous other national awards in human rights, science, technology and health.

    With him at the forefront, Vanguardia has survived a series of attacks that sought to silence it. In 2012, he was elected Vice President Of the Mexican Press Freedom Committee (IAPA), where his work focused on highlighting the risks journalist face when reporting in Mexico.

    Armando is also an active citizen in his community and a Board Member of the Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey that was created to spur innovation in education in Mexico.

    Armando Castilla is a bold leader in the bid to take editorial and advertising initiatives to the next level. His philosophy lies in the belief that it is better to undo wrongs than never taking a life changing decision. He has earned worldwide recognition for his avant-garde thinking regarding social media strategies, and currently is working on a project on custom, printed editions for potential commercial purposes.

    Armando is a Board Member of the WAN-IFRA Latin American Committee.

  • Publisher, Vanguardia, México

    Armando Castilla Galindo, Managing Director for Vanguardia,  grew from within the newspaper company to reach his current position. He studied Economics and Finance at ITESM in 1999, and a MBA at IPADE in 2006. He is a passionate journalist renowned for his innovative and ground-breaking work in the digital media.

    His vision for storytelling has positioned Vanguardia among the best publications worldwide.  In 2014, he received the honor of being mentioned by the King of Spain at the "Don Quijote" Awards, in addition to numerous other national awards in human rights, science, technology and health.

    With him at the forefront, Vanguardia has survived a series of attacks that sought to silence it. In 2012, he was elected Vice President Of the Mexican Press Freedom Committee (IAPA), where his work focused on highlighting the risks journalist face when reporting in Mexico.

    Armando is also an active citizen in his community and a Board Member of the Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey that was created to spur innovation in education in Mexico.

    Armando Castilla is a bold leader in the bid to take editorial and advertising initiatives to the next level. His philosophy lies in the belief that it is better to undo wrongs than never taking a life changing decision. He has earned worldwide recognition for his avant-garde thinking regarding social media strategies, and currently is working on a project on custom, printed editions for potential commercial purposes.

    Armando is a Board Member of the WAN-IFRA Latin American Committee.

  • VP of Product Management, Facebook

    Will Cathcart is a VP of Product Management at Facebook, and oversees product development for Facebook’s Video and News products, Facebook’s core sharing products, Facebook Groups and Facebook at Work. Will joined Facebook in 2010, and also led product development on News Feed for several years, including Facebook’s introduction of advertising into News Feed and on mobile.  Prior to joining Facebook, Will worked at Google for four years, and was responsible for product development of anti-spam technologies for Google’s products, including Gmail.  Will graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics.

  • Product Manager, EidosMedia, Italy

    Marco Cetola

    Marco Cetola is the Product Manager of EidosMedia's Méthode, the market leader for enterprise CMS solutions. A careful observer of the content industry, his role’s focus is to drive the product’s evolution conjugating the traditional content outlets with the opportunities of the new digital landscape. His latest products comprise a Digital Editing and Delivery platform, a Social and Analytics tools, a Business Intelligence solution and an advanced Image/Multimedia management software. Active in the publishing industry since more than fifteen years now, Marco contributed to many large editorial projects – The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post among them- designing both convergent and best-of-breed solutions.

  • Managing Editor, The Straits Times

    Fiona Chan is Managing Editor of The Straits Times, responsible for newsroom operations, talent management and business development. Her previous roles at the newspaper included deputy political editor and assistant business editor, where she helped to oversee political and business coverage.
    In her decade at The Straits Times, she has also co-authored, as well as contributed to, books about Singapore’s economic policy, future development, national identity and cafe lifestyle.
    A graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, she was formerly an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

  • Varghese Chandy, Vice President, Marketing, Ad Sales, Malayala Manorama, India

    Vice President of Marketing, Ad sales at Malayala Manorama.

    With over 2.4million copies and over 15 million  readers, Malayala Manorama is the largest circulated regional language Daily in India.

    Credited with the founding of  Junction K, the integrated Media solutions Platform of the group.

    Also served as The Chairman, coordination committee of National Readership Survey

    Awards Won:

    Media Marketer of the Year 2003 at ‘Emvies’, Mumbai Ad Club.

    Best Research Paper award at Worldwide Readership Research Symposium 2009 held in Spain.

  • Chief Operating Officer, JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea

    Changhee PARK has been the COO at JoongAng Ilbo since 2014. He has been in charge of the Corporate Strategy Team at JoongAng Media Network (JMnet) which is the holding company of the JoongAng Media Group. The JMnet is the largest media group in Korea managing 25 subsidiaries such as JTBC (Broadcasting Network), J Contentree (Entertainment Company), etc. JoongAng Ilbo is one of the major newspaper companies with over 1.3m circulation.
    Prior to taking his position as the CFO, Park was in charge of M&A and business development regarding new business of the group. He led the acquisition of the sports newspaper company ‘Ilgan Sports’, a public corporation, and the expansion of its business portfolio into cable TV channels, multiplex theaters, and magazine business over the following four years. After changing its name to J Contentree, the company has become an entertainment company renowned for its diverse portfolio.
    Park has started his career at JoongAng Ilbo as a reporter in 1992. He mainly worked as a business journalist prior to 2000 when he went to the States for an MBA degree at Wharton School. When Park joined the Corporate Strategy Team at JoongAng Ilbo, the very first business project he participated was about launching the Forbes in Korea.  The first CEO of the Forbes Korea at that time, Sohn, Byung-soo, and Park visited the Headquarter to meet with Mr. Steve Forbes and other key persons.

  • Sr. Vice President Brand - Languages & Mirror, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd., India

  • AVP & Businesss Head, The Hindu Group, India

    With over 19 yrs of rich experience, Arpan Chatterjee currently leads the digital media business for THG publishing, the publisher of The Hindu. Prior to this, Arpan has been Chief Sales and Marketing officer at Dainik Jagran newspaper, one of the largest media brand in India. Earlier, he also headed the inside sales & marketing across North America and Asian Marketings for eBay partner company. He was also part of the start up team at Webdunia.com, the first Indian language Internet portal  & technology services.

  • President Lightspeed POS

    JP Chauvet

    Jean-Paul Chauvet, President Lightspeed POS Inc, served as Chief Revenue Officer of the company from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Chauvet served as Chief Executive Officer of Europe, The Middle East and Africa at Atex Group Ltd. Mr. Chauvet served as Regional Director of South-West at Aximum S.A. Mr. Chauvet served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at IXIASOFT Technologies, Inc. He previously served as Vice President of Global Sales at Nstein Technologies Inc. He has been Director of Coveo Solutions Inc. Mr. Chauvet holds a Masters in Marketing & International Business.

  • Deputy Director - Technical, Bennet, Coleman & Company Ltd., India

    Shashank Chavan

    Shashank Chavan is currently holding the Deputy Director - Technical position in Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd. He has been with BCCL for 24 years. He hold bachelors degree in Computer Science Engineering from Mumbai University and Management certification from Indian School of Business (ISB).  

  • President & CEO, The News Media Alliance, USA

    David Chavern joined the News Media Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. He established the center, which is the first U.S. Chamber office focused solely on technology and innovation, and led a research and outreach program which was dedicated to the economic power of data-driven innovation.

    A 1987 graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

     

  • Project Manager and blog editor, France Télévisions Lab, France

    Barbara joined France Télévisions in 2011. She currently works as Project Manager within the MediaLab, a team serving the newsroom through Research and Development and innovation projects. She is also the editor of Méta-Media, a blog exploring future journalism and media literacy, and gives trainings and talks on editorial innovation and media trends.

  • Group Editorial Director, India Today Group, India.

    Raj Chengappa is a veteran journalist of over 40 years’ standing.  He is currently the Group Editorial Director (Publishing) of the India Today Group, Asia’s leading media house with interests in publishing, television, radio and the web. India Today, its flagship, is Asia’s largest circulated newsmagazine.   Prior to his current assignment, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Newspapers.  

    Before joining The Tribune Chengappa was Managing Editor of India Today and worked there for 29 years. He was concurrently the Editor of the Indian edition of Scientific American and India Today Aspire, a magazine on careers and education.  He chronicled India’s nuclear weapons history in his best selling book ‘ Weapons of Peace, The Secret Story of India’s quest to be a Nuclear Power.’ 

    Raj Chengappa has varied interests and is a specialist in foreign affairs, security, nuclear weapons, the environment and development. Apart from editing publications, he has done over a hundred cover stories and exclusive reports for India Today on a range of subjects, including international affairs, defence, science, health, education and environment.  

     He has covered major international events and wars and interviewed prominent international leaders. Apart from domestic politics, he has also written extensively on environment and development and was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Climate Change Council for eight years.  He is currently the President of the Editors Guild of India, the premier body representing over 200 newspaper, magazine and television editors in the country.  

    He won the Prem Bhatia award for Excellence in Reporting in 1998. He is also the winner of the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting in 1987. He was a Stimson Fellow on Security Issues in Washington D.C. in 1995, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-91 and a Harry Britain Fellow partly at Oxford University in 1985.

  • Head of Sales, SPH Digital, Singapore

    Keith Chong

    Keith is the Head of Sales at SPH Digital, the Digital Division of Singapore Press Holdings. SPH Digital provides a suite of more than 25 news and lifestyle web-portals, engaging 23 million unique readers and generating in excess of 360 million pageviews within and outside Singapore. Responsible for driving digital revenue from domestic & international markets; including product & customer strategy, Keith heads up the Digital Sales organization and provides digital thought leadership to 7 sales teams, comprising more than 30 online sales professionals and digital strategists to lead digital transformation among brand owners, marketers & agencies.

  • Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP, France

    Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is responsible for the output of some 1,500 text, photo and video journalists and plays a major role in driving the agency's evolving multimedia strategy around the world.

    He joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

    Chetwynd was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China.

    He set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong and played a major role in launching the video service in Asia.

  • COO, South China Morning Post

    Elsie Cheung

    Elsie Cheung was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the South China Morning Post in January 2011. In this vital role, she implements strategic change to bring SCMP’s cultural and digital transformation to bear. She spearheads SCMP’s business operations, including advertising and marketing solutions, circulation and syndication, global marketing, print production, and the recruitment services business.

    Ms Cheung started her career at SCMP before broadening her experience at other well-established organisations including Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), Hong Kong Telecom, and Sunevision. Upon her return to SCMP, Ms Cheung held the senior leadership positions of Head of Sales and Director of Advertising prior to her appointment as COO; she is now a 17-year veteran of the company.

  • Managing Director, Business Insider, UK

    Julian Childs is Managing Director for UK and Europe of Business Insider, the London-based division of the popular online financial publication that was launched last November. Childs's background covers over 15 years in digital media on the publisher side, encompassing various leadership, business and commercial roles across Europe and internationally. Prior to Business Insider his more recent roles have included VP of EMEA for Business Technology sites including ZDNet and TechRepublic and VP of Partnerships for CBS Interactive where he helped build and deliver their international monetisation and data strategy.

  • Director News and Publishers - EMEA Partnerships, Google, UK

    In his role, Madhav Chinnappa works on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry.  Most recently, he launched the Digital News Initiative which in March 2018 evolved to become part of the Google News Initiative, Google's overarching global framework for engagement with the news ecosystem.  

    Madhav joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA region. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.

     

  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

  • Co-Founder of CGnet Swara , India

    Shubhranshu Choudhary

    Shubhranshu Choudhary is co-founder of CGnet Swara a Democratization of Media experiment based in Central India. They developed world's first Community Radio on Mobile Phone. He is a former BBC South Asia producer and was a Knight International Journalism fellow. He won Google Digital Activism award in 2014 and was chosen one of 100 Global leading thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He was selected as one of the Young Business Leaders by Boston Global Forum for the year 2015. 

  • Technology Editor & Product Manager, IBNLive.com, India

    Soumyadip Choudhury

    Soumyadip Choudhury is currently with Network18 as Technology Editor and Product Manager at IBNLive.com. A blogger and activist, his primary and most popular blog is Cutting the Chai. Before joining IBN he had worked with NDTV, Times Group and HT Media Ltd.

  • Chief Technical Manager, DIC India Ltd, India

  • Vice President of Sales, ComScore Inc.

    Marcos Christensen,  South Cone Vice President , joined comScore in 2012. The leading digital audience and ad-validation measurement company providing services to almost all media publishers and agencies and advertisers.

    With more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry has worked in leading companies as Carat, Ybrant Digtial and Fox Sports where he held the position of Latam Head of Sales. Prior, he worked as Latam Pre Sales and Biz Development at Ybrant Digital (Lycos) which represented media partners such as MSFT Advertising, Hotmail, Facebook, Fotolog and Ciudad.com. Also worked as Commercial Coordinator in local leading radio station Rock&Pop and Metro951. He started his career in Carat as media assistant and planner.

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