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  • 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.

  • CEO and Publisher, The Globe and Mail

    Phillip Crawley

    Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. He oversees the strategy and operations of The Globe and Mail newspaper, web sites including globeandmail.com, reportonbusiness.com and globeinvestor.com, and magazines including Report on Business. During his tenure, The Globe and Mail and its staff have won 58 National Newspaper Awards, and been honoured by many organizations. Prior to joining The Globe and Mail, Crawley held a variety of senior executive positions with some of the world's leading media companies in Europe, Asia and New Zealand. From 1997 to 1998 he was the Managing Director of The New Zealand Herald, and later the C.E.O. Designate of Wilson & Horton, New Zealand's largest media group. Between 1993 and 1997 he was Managing Director, The Times Supplements, London. From 1988 to 1993 he was Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and Editorial Director of Asia Magazine.

    Between 1987 and 1988 he was Northern Editor, The Daily Telegraph, London, and between 1979 and 1987 he was Editor of The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to 1979, Crawley worked in various editorial roles for Thomson Regional Newspapers. He is chairman of The Canadian Press, a board member of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a governor of the Charter for Business which raises funds for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Canada. He is also a board member of The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), The Canadian Newspaper Association, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation and the World Association of Newspapers/IFRA. He serves as Honorary Consul for New Zealand in Toronto.

  • Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail, Canada

    Phillip Crawley

    Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. He worked in Europe, Asia and New Zealand before he joined The Globe and Mail in October 1998 as President and COO. He was appointed Publisher and CEO in June 1999. In print for 165 years, The Globe and Mail has consistently delivered Canada's best and deepest coverage of national, international and business news. With a cumulative six-day readership total of over 2.4 million, The Globe and Mail has a wide and a highly loyal readership.

  • President and Publisher of La Presse, Canada

    Guy Crevier has been President of Gesca and Publisher of La Presse, a multiplatform French-language news medium of record in Canada, since 2000. In recent years, Mr. Crevier has led the company’s transition to a new digital business model with the launch of La Presse+, a digital edition for tablet that blends the best of print media, the Web, mobile applications and video. The enormous success of La Presse+ with readers and advertisers led to his decision to cease publication of the weekday print edition of La Presse on January 1, 2016, and to replace it with La Presse+. At the same time, he began commercializing the La Presse+ digital platform to other publishers. Prior to this major digital shift, Mr. Crevier had already outsourced the printing of La Presse and expanded the company’s publishing platforms. He also oversaw diversification of the company’s operations into many areas, including the development of digital businesses, television production and book publishing. A veteran of more than 30 years in the communications field, Mr. Crevier has held executive positions in several major companies. Prior to becoming President of Gesca and Publisher of La Presse in 2000, he served as, among others, President of Canada’s largest French-language television network (TVA) and of a cable company (Vidéotron), as well as being a member of the executive team of Telesystem and President of the film and television producer and distributor Motion International.

  • New Subscription-based Economy Consultant

    Joss is a subscription and membership-marketing consultant with over 20 years’ experience of acquiring and retaining customers in the media and e-commerce sectors.

    During the course of her career, Cripps has developed hundreds of marketing programmes designed to reach, acquire and engage audiences, and has worked for several blue-chip brands including Amazon, the Financial Times (FT), News UK and Sky.

     At the FT, in the role of EVP, B2C Global Marketing, she was responsible for print and digital subscriptions revenue growth. During her tenure, she commercialised the FT digital subs paywall globally, conducted testing and analysis that led the publisher to make its successful transition from metred access to paid access and

    Whilst at the FT, over the course of a decade, Joss undertook several global assignments taking her to Asia and North America. Joss returned to the UK in 2015 and joined Amazon to run their loyalty engagement programme ‘Subscribe and Save’ with a pan-EMEA remit. 

    In 2017, recognising the emergence of a new subscriptions-based economy, Joss established a consultancy business which helps brands optimise their recurring revenues.  Given her background, not surprisingly, much of her focus has been on servicing clients in the publishing sector - devising paywall strategy and how to efficiently acquire and retain digital audiences. 

    When she’s not consulting, Joss lectures on digital marketing strategy and customer insight for the Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM) and enjoys mentoring and guiding the pivotal career decision points for professional women.

  • Editor-in-Chief of International Business Times UK

    John Crowley took up the position as Editor-in-Chief of International Business Times UK in March 2016. He was previously digital editor at The Wall Street Journal for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has worked as a reporter and an editor for The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Irish Post.
  • Deputy Managing Editor, Folha de S.Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

    Leonardo is deputy managing editor at Folha de S.Paulo, the newspaper with the largest digital readership in Brazil. Founded 95 years ago, Folha reaches 40 million readers per month and is part of Grupo Folha, one of the largest media groups in Brazil, which includes UOL, the main internet portal. Folha was the first newspaper in Brazil to publish online content in real time and also the first to implement the paywall system on its website.   Leonardo is currently responsible for Folha's digital strategy. During his 19 years with the publication, he has also held a variety of management roles, including Home Page editor, Front Page editor, Technology editor, London correspondent and deputy editor for politics, international, culture and sports.
  • Director & Founder, Iconosur.com, Argentina

    Guido Culasso Moore

    Digital Creative Director, Consultant and Producer, with broad experience in creating digital editorial products aiming at creating large audiences in LATAM. Guido was one of the founders of Grupo Clarín Digital Unit in Argentina back in 1994. He actively participated to the development of Clarin.com, its vertical and classifieds online portals. Since 2004, he works in the region for media companies and brands such as Fox Sports Latam, CNN en Español, Clarín, TN y Canal 13 de Argentina, El Comercio de Perú, El Debate de México, El Universo de Ecuador, Canal 13 de Chile, Intel, Philip Morris and Coca Cola.

  • Director & Founder, Iconosur.com, Argentina

    Digital Creative Director, Consultant and Producer, with broad experience in creating digital editorial products aiming at creating large audiences in LATAM. Guido was one of the founders of Grupo Clarín Digital Unit in Argentina back in 1994. He actively participated to the development of Clarin.com, its vertical and classifieds online portals. Since 2004, he works in the region for media companies and brands such as Fox Sports Latam, Clarín, TN y Canal 13 de Argentina, El Comercio de Perú, El Debate de México, El Universo de Ecuador, Canal 13 de Chile, Intel, Philip Morris y Coca Cola.

  • CEO, Gazeta do Povo, Brazil

    Guilherme Döring Cunha Pereira is the Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Paranaense de Comunicação (GRPCOM), the largest communication group of the State of Paraná and one of the foremost media companies in Brazil. It administers newspapers such as Gazeta do Povo and Tribuna, three radio stations, eight regional TV stations affiliated to Rede Globo, and the Instituto GRPCOM, which has a strong participation in education and the third sector.

    Mr. Cunha Pereira holds LLM and JD degrees from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), where he was also a Business Law professor for three years (1996-1998). He is the founder, the coordinator and one of the professors at the master’s program in Journalism for Editors, a course dedicated to capacitate leaders in Brazilian and Latin American media companies.

    As the CEO of GRPCOM, Mr. Cunha Pereira has had prominence in the Brazilian communication industry for his strong positioning in the defense of democracy and of the freedom of speech. He recently concluded the transitioning of Gazeta do Povo from a traditional print newspaper to a modern digital vehicle.

  • Managing Editor, Thought Leadership, Asia, The Economist

    Rashmi Dalai joined the Economist Group in June 2017 as a Managing Editor for Asia. Her work focuses on thought leadership programmes for the financial services and healthcare sectors.

    Rashmi started her career on Wall Street with time spent in both convertible bonds sales and trading at Goldman Sachs and structured derivative products at Lehman Brothers. She left to form her own healthcare consulting practice, and spent over a decade advising a wide range of clients from large university hospitals to start-ups on business and financial strategies. Her role included taking interim COO and CFO positions for clients managing periods of high growth or other business transitions.

    In 2007, she began splitting her time between the US and Asia (China, Indonesia, and Singapore) and expanded her consulting business to include advisory on business communications strategies and global thought leadership. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was Head of Strategic Planning at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and PR firm, in Singapore.

    Rashmi holds a Bachelors in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration in International Finance and Banking.

  • Head - Communications, Facebook

  • Expert Advisor, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory

    Steffen Damborg (MBA) is a digital transformation specialist with over 10 years of experience in all aspects of running an online business in the media industry. 

    He is a former Digital Director and Chief Development Officer at the leading Danish Publisher, JP/Politikens Hus, and is currently focusing on Digital Transformation for global media organisations accrued from his knowledge of working extensively in the Scandinavian market. 

  • Chairman, WAN-IFRA Asia-Pacific Committee

    Patrick Daniel is a consultant with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), managing several SPH subsidiaries and projects. From  1 July 2016 to 31 August 2017, he served as SPH's Deputy Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the English/Malay/Tamil Media group as well as SPH’s Integrated Marketing Division, Information Technology, Legal/Secretariat, Corporate Communications & CSR, and Risk Management functions.

    Patrick was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the English & Malay Newspapers Division of SPH in January 2007. The division was renamed English/Malay/Tamil Media group in January 2015, incorporating both the print and digital operations, as well as business adjacencies. Prior to being Editor-in-Chief, he was Managing Editor of the division from September 2002, and Editor of The Business Times from May 1992. He joined The Straits Times in October 1986 from the Singapore Government’s Administrative Service where his last position was Director in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

    Patrick graduated from University College, Oxford, in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Engineering Sciences and Economics. He also has a Masters in Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

  • Chairman, SOICO Group, Mozambique

    Dr. Daniel David, Mozambican, Chairman of Group SOICO – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, Limited,  the unique media group in the country that brings the TV channel (“STV” in 2002), STV News that broadcast 24 hours a day for Mozambique  and abroad (STV Notícias 2014), Radio station (“SFM” in 2004) and daily Newspaper (“O País” in 2005) and O País Digital, a digital version that allows the paper to be read anywhere in the world.

    He is CEO of  DHD – Consulting & Holding, Limited, a holding company with investments on media, IT, Real Estates, Banking and is the President of the Chamber of Commerce Mozambique-Portugal.

    In 1998, was elected Vice-President of URTNA (Union of the Radios and Televisions of Africa) and he had special appearances in  United Nations Forum on TV and Radio – New York; Common Wealth Broadcast Convention – Cape Town; SABA – Southern African Broadcast Association.

    He holds a degree in Administration and Management of Companies by Universidade Politécnica and attended the Management course at UNISA University in South Africa (Advanced Executive Programmer).

     

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