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  • 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.

  • Technology Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

    Kong Ho is the Technology Editor at the South China Morning Post, leading a team of reporters and editors dedicated to covering technology in Asia, with a particular focus on China.

    In his previous positions at Bloomberg News, he reported and edited out of Shanghai and Singapore for over a decade. One of his last roles at Bloomberg News was leading coverage of the automotive industry in Asia.

    Prior to Bloomberg, Kong Ho wrote for The Asian Banker and Singapore Press Holdings' publications - The Straits Times, The Sunday Times and Streats.

  • Associate Editor - Today, Mediacorp

  • Independent Media and Communications Consultant

    Khun Pichai is currently an independent media and communications consultant. He is currently working on a media project with the German development agency GIZ and ASEAN.

    He has conducted various editorial workshops and journalism training programmes for ASEAN journalists and editors as well as communications and media workshops for government officials from Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand.

    As of August-September 2016, after over three decades 34 years in journalism and 22 years as an editor, Pichai Chuensuksawadi stood down as Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and Editor of the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily and oldest Thai newspaper, which celebrates its 70th anniversary on 1 August 2016.

    Khun Pichai has worked as a journalist for 34 years, starting off as a proofreader in 1980 with the Bangkok Post, working his way up the ranks as a copy and layout editor of the Bangkok World (afternoon tabloid) before moving to the Bangkok Post assuming various positions such as feature writer, foreign affairs reporter, Op-ed pages sub-editor, Editor of Perspectives before finally becoming News Editor in 1992.

    During his career Khun Pichai represented the Bangkok Post and Thailand as an Executive Committee and Board Member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). He was also Chairman of WAN-IFRA’s Asia Pacific Committee for over a decade before stepping down in 2017.

  • Assistant Product Manager, The Indian Express Online Media (P) Ltd, India

    Renuka Chugh

    She is responsible for overseeing the integral aspects of the mobile applications including conceptualisation, strategic planning and execution of the final product.She also coordianates with vendors and other resources to develop new and exciting features to provide the best possible experience to consumers. Prior to The Indian Express she held a similar position at NDTV Convergence and played a pivotal role in developing mobile applications. 

  • Group MD & CEO, Star Media Group Berhad, Malaysia

    Chun Wai was appointed Group Managing Director & CEO of the Company on 20 November 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in  the newspaper industry.

    Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director & CEO of Star Media Group Berhad in November 2013, he was appointed the Group Chief Editor at the age of 46 in the year 2008, becoming the newspaper’s youngest top editor in its history. He was also the first Group Chief Editor to be appointed as an Executive Director in 2010.

    Chun Wai holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in political science and history. He has attended financial and leadership development programmes organised by the International Centre for Leadership in Finance at several American universities including the University of Stanford and University of Southern California. He is an advisory panel member of the UKM Graduate School of Business, an adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a Fellow at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

    He won the prestigious Best Journalist Award for news features from the National Press Institute for his investigative article on Malaysian terrorists and their arms training in Afghanistan in 2003.

    Chun Wai was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Media Industry by the World Chinese Economic Forum in Chongqing, China in 2014.

    He is the first Malaysian to be elected to the board of the Paris-based World Editors Forum. He is also a supervisory counsel of Bernama,  the national news agency and a member of the Governance Council of the National Innovation Agency in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was also a chairman of the Bangkok-based Asia News Network, an alliance of 21 media groups in Asian cities. 

    In addition to the above, Chun Wai is a board member of the Center for Mobile Studies (CMS) at the Xiamen University Malaysia. He is also an Honorary Advisor (2016-2019) of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).

    Chun Wai writes a weekly column in The Sunday Star called “on the Beat” which focuses on political and religious moderation.

    He is a strong believer who advocates commonalities and positive values.

  • Co-Founder and CEO, The News Lens, Taiwan

    Joey Chung

    Joey Chung is the Co-Founder and CEO of The News Lens, one of the fastest growing new digital news sites in Asia which was started in mid 2013. Before starting The News Lens, he was with the Japanese multinational character and media company Sanrio, first starting out in San Francisco and Los Angeles as its Business Development Manager before being sent as President of its China Operations in Shanghai between 2011-2013 after of which he left to start The News Lens. Before that, he worked for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York, the Equity Research Department of investment bank UBS, and was a reporter and columnist for The Taipei Times.

  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin

    H. Iris Chyi

    Iris Chyi (Ph.D.), author of Trial and Error: US Newspapers’ Digital Struggles toward Inferiority, is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses the economic viability of online news and identifies universal patterns of user demand for multi-platform newspapers. Her “Ramen Noodles Theory” suggests that online news, like ramen noodles, is an inferior good. Chyi has received many research and teaching awards and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. Information about her research is available at irischyi.com.

  • Manager - Printing & Logistics, Fairfax Media, Australia

    Jon Clarke is a Newspaper man. Commencing his Newspaper career at the age of 10 delivering a tri-weekly newspaper from his bicycle.  His father a Newspaper editor of note, his mother the accountant and his grandfather an advertising salesman, Jon’s career path was inevitable.

    Jon has spent the last 25 years in the industry proper.  A Hand and Machine Compositor by trade in 1993 he joined the daily national broadsheet paper The Canberra Times as a typesetter. By 1996 Jon’s role included the coordination of new commercial clients following the installation of a new press the Geoman Doublewith.

    Instrumental in the installation of CTP technology in 2000. In 2004 he was project lead on the installation of the Atex Cybergraphics Publishing system which finally linked advertising, editorial, finance and production onto one system, both projects were firsts for an Australian daily.

    Jon was appointed Manager of Fairfax Media Print & Logistics Canberra in 2013, since then the site has completed a number of upgrades including the addition of Ultra Violet technology, upgraded publishing systems and last year the addition of a Super Panorama Gluing unit. All part of Fairfax’s transition of print.

    Jon is a member of The NewsMediaWorks Environment Advisory Group and Chair of The Fairfax Foundation.

  • Co-Founder , Chairman and CEO of Ringier One Africa Media 2016

    •    Schooled at Clifton and Michaelhouse , University of KZN, Durban Institute of Technology
    •    He was a CO- Founder of Private Property in the late 90’s
    •    Took Private Property from a start-up to a leading Property Portal in South Africa
    •    Justin Co-founded One Africa Media in 2010
    •    The OAM group operates internet classifieds business in up to 10 African Countries.
    •    The OAM group concentrates on the Property, Jobs and Car space
    •    2014 Winner of E&Y World Entrepreneur Award
    •    ROAM was formed in a merger between Ringier Africa and One Africa Media earlier this year (2016)
    Additional information
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinclarke

  • Editor-in-Chief, Press Association, United Kingdom

    Pete is responsible for PA’s editorial content across all formats. He also leads the continuing transformation of the agency to a digital-focused, multi-platform business.

    Pete Clifton joined PA from MSN in 2015, after three years leading its 70-strong editorial team. Before that, he spent 15 years at the BBC in a number of senior editorial roles including, Head of Editorial Development, Head of News Interactive, Editor of the BBC News website and launch Editor of the BBC Sport website.

  • Director of Video Products, Reuters

    Nick is responsible for leading video and television products globally for Reuters, the world’s leading news agency.  Prior to joining Reuters Nick built up nearly 20 years of experience in the news and entertainment industries as an award-winning digital producer, commissioner and product development specialist. 

    He started his career in the late 90s as an online journalist and was subsequently involved in the development of pioneering digital news services for ITN, CNN and BBC News. In 2005 he was appointed the BBC’s commissioning editor for interactive television, and then in 2007 digital commissioner for BBC factual and documentaries, where his projects won a number of major industry awards including a BAFTA and two digital Emmys. In 2011 Nick moved into the world of advertising, joining WPP’s MediaCom as Managing Partner & Head of Content, where he led the agency’s strategic thinking about the role of content in brand communications and headed the 50-strong ‘Beyond Advertising’ division. He then joined the world of start-ups as VP for Content, Strategy & Partnerships at Little Dot Studios, a digital studio backed by All3 Media. Nick’s commercial work includes creating digital content and TV programming for clients including Volkswagen, Coca Cola and Samsung.  y.

     

  • Marketing Director Digital Product and Video, CorrieredellaSera.it, Italy

    In her position, Colamussi is responsible for development of digital product at Corriere della Sera: website, mobile and video. She also develops online communication strategy to help the site reach a far greater audience, to identify and implement new business strategy with the aim of monetising content and audience for the news. In addition, she develops social communication activities to spread the brand and its content, to meet followers, fans and other online communities. She also produces new video formats for online audience, as well as manages mobile strategy to develop new formats, applications, commercial initiative. Colamussi is also responsible for managing all media partnerships and events dedicated to the Corriere della Sera digital product.

  • Director of Digital Media, Telegraph Media Group, UK

    Malcolm Coles is the Digital Media Director at Telegraph.co.uk, responsible for growing audience and ensuring the highest quality of digital publishing. He joined The Telegraph in January 2015. Mr Coles started his career at Which?, where he launched Computing Which? before becoming editor of Which? magazine and Which? Online, then the UK's most successful pay walled site. Before joining the Telegraph, Mr Coles worked at Trinity Mirror and helped launch the award-winning UsVsTh3m site, aimed at a social audience.

  • Managing Editor, Vídeo and Social, Univision Noticias, USA

    She has been with Univision since 2006 working across various roles and going up the ranks as producer for Sunday show, Al Punto, hosted by Jorge Ramos. A digital pioneer, Colón championed the use of social media in the newsroom and created a team of multimedia producers to produce digital only videos in her role as director of digital integration.

    Colón has produced the coverage of the Haiti earthquake and World Cup in 2010, President Obama’s second inauguration, one of the first interviews with the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, digital special “The Hispanics of the President” and Spanish-language network exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton in 2015. Univision News the first to Periscope an interview with a presidential candidate. Her efforts contributed to Univision News winning awards for Children of the Border online coverage of the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border and TV news special “Meet the Candidates.”

    Named a 40 under 40 : Latinos in American Politics by the Huffington Post, Colón holds an M.S.  in Investigative Journalism from Florida International University and a B.A. in Communications and Business from Lynn University.

  • Outgoing Editor, Toronto Star, Canada

    Michael Cooke is the outgoing Editor of the Toronto Star, a position he has held for the past nine years. Raised near Lancaster in Northern England, Michael worked on London’s Fleet Street, and at Bristol’s Western Daily Press before emigrating to Canada. There he joined The Star, Canada's largest newspaper, before moving to The Gazette in Montreal and The Edmonton Journal. He became editor in chief of The Vancouver Province in 1995.

    Michael was one of a team of founding editors of Canada’s new national newspaper, The National Post.  And, for the summer of 1998, Michael served as the last editor of The Financial Post, supervising the paper’s merger with the new national newspaper.  During both periods, Michael continued to edit The Province.  He was named editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000.

    He was appointed editor in chief of the New York Daily News in 2005, returning to Chicago as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times news Group (100 titles) in 2006 and re-appointed editor in chief of the Sun-Times that same year.

    Michael has travelled extensively in Africa in the last five years, most notable doing pro-bono work for the Canadian-based Journalists For Human Rights foundation. He has given journalism seminars in many countries, with longer stays in Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has recently become a videographer.

     

  • Head of International, Google News Lab, UK

    Matt Cooke is Head of International at the Google News Lab, a team dedicated to working with publishers to provide training, discuss innovative partnerships and experiments. Matt has been at Google for 5 years, and recently led Google's UK election and EU referendum projects - he also launched Europe’s first News Lab Fellowship scheme. Before that he was a television reporter and producer at BBC News for 8 years. Whilst at BBC News, Matt reported on a range of stories including London's preparations for the Olympics, the Royal wedding and multiple elections. He started his career as a student journalist for The Guardian. twitter.com/MattCooke_UK

  • Director, E-Business and digital subscriptions, Le Figaro, France

    Since 2015, Gilles Corbineau is Director of e-business and digital subscriptions at Le Figaro. He participated in launching and developing Le Figaro Premium.  Previously, Corbineau was head of CRM and Data for the group.  

    Prior to Le Figaro, he contributed in developing Firstream, a start-up specialized in commercializing paid subscriptions, and he was a consultant at Andersen Business Consulting. 

    Corbineau began his career in the U.K. and the U.S. in the media industry, after earning his business degree in France at ESC Rouen and his MBA in the U.K. at the University of Hull.

  • Managing Director of Global Partnerships, News and Publishing, Google, USA

    As Managing Director of Global Partnerships, News and Publishing at Google, Laurent is in charge of defining and implementing Google solutions for the News and Magazines industry. Laurent and his team are working with the largest news and magazine companies helping them to develop successful digital strategies. Laurent has over fifteen years of experience in the technology and media space. He joined Google nine years ago and has held several positions within Google’s display organization in Europe and in the US. This includes Head of Operations for Display Sales in Europe, where he launched DoubleClick Ad Exchange and drove the adoption of programmatic opportunities by media agencies and publishers. Prior to joining Google, Laurent led the public segment for Dell Computers in Western Europe, and spent ten years in management consulting focusing on high tech and media sectors. Laurent holds an engineering degree in telecommunications and has a postgraduate degree in finance.

  • VP of Product Management, Brightcove

    Phil currently lead product management and strategy for Brightcove. He previously led teams of product managers at Bullhorn Inc., Adobe Systems, Macromedia and Allaire, including launching 1.0 products like Bullhorn Reach and Adobe Flex as well as mature product such as ColdFusion. In his previous role as Sr. Industry Analyst at Giga Information Group (now part of Forrester), he provided strategic advice to startups and end users on emerging technologies such as application servers and XML.

    Specialties: Company and product positioning, competitive analysis, evaluating new business opportunities.

  • Partner, Caeté Communication, Brazil

    Caio Túlio Costa

    Caio Túlio Costa was one of the founders of UOL, Latin America's largest internet portal, and is an Internet pioneer in Brazil, expert in digital media, journalist, teacher of journalism and Ph.D. in Communication by the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

    Professor at Escola de Propaganda e Marketing in São Paulo, Costa was Visiting Research Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
    At Columbia University, Costa conducted a research to map the possible business models for the communications industry in the digital age. Costa wrote a report about the research: “A Business Model for Digital Journalism: How Newspapers should Embrace Technology, Social and Value Added Services”.

    Costa is also partner of Caeté Communication and integrates the boards of Fundação Padre Anchieta (TV Cultura), Transparency Brazil, Revista Pesquisa FAPESP and Revista de Jornalismo ESPM.

    He worked for 21 years at the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo where he was editor, managing editor, foreign correspondent in Paris (France) and creator of Revista da Folha (a newspaper magazine). He was also appointed to be the first ombudsman of the Brazilian press.

    Within the same communication group, Costa was one of the founders in 1996 of Universe Online (UOL), the foremost portal and Internet Service Provider in Latin America, of which he was Chief Operating Officer for seven years.

    In 2006 he assumed the presidency of Internet Group, Internet arm of Brasil Telecom, a big Brazilian telco, consolidating the portals and internet service providers’ iG, iBest and BrTurbo. In 2009 he consulted for Oi (another large Brazilian telco) about digital convergent media platforms.

  • Managing Director, Product Marketing, The New York Times, USA

    Ben Cotton has worked as Managing Director, Product Marketing at The New York Times since September 2016. In his role, he manages a team responsible for product bundling and merchandising for Times digital subscription products. He has been at The Times since 2014, working previously as a member of the Corporate Strategy group. Prior to The Times, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He graduated from Columbia, and is on the board of trustees of the Columbia Spectator.

  • Group Executive for Sport and Motoring at the Independent Media Group, South Africa

    Jermaine Craig is the Group Executive for Sport and Motoring at the Independent Media group, South Africa. Craig has over 20 years experience in the media industry, starting as an intern at the Cape Argus newspaper before rejoining Independent in 2013 as the Editor of the Argus.

    As a Senior Football Writer at The Star, Craig covered the local football Premiership and the national team Bafana Bafana, while also covering events such as the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2006 Fifa World Cup™ in Germany for Independent. Craig also worked at The Star in Johannesburg as Night Editor and ultimately as an Executive Editor.

    In 2007, Craig was appointed as Media Manager of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ Organising Committee South Africa, where he handled the media relations management for Africa’s first FIFA World Cup and also acted as a spokesperson for the historic event.

    At the end of 2010 Craig joined South African Tourism as its Global Communications Manager, where his responsibilities included leveraging global media advertising deals, formulation of in-country brand communication strategies and assisting business units, country offices and other units to amplify their work globally.

    In his role as head of Independent Media’s Sport and Motoring business units, Craig is responsible for the group’s editorial content and for the commercialisation of these important areas of the business.

  • Solution Strategist, CCI

    Ulrik is the Solution Strategist and VP of Sales at CCI Europe.

    He has 30+ years of experience working with editorial and advertising solutions for the media-industry.

    Ha also has been involved in a large number of newsroom transformation projects, in the role of advisor for strategy and change management as well as solution design and process-coaching.

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