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Managing Director at Spring - Axel Springer Digital News Media

Stefan Betzold

Stefan is Managing Director for the digital activities of Axel Springer’s media brands in Germany, covering the leading news brands BILD and WELT, the special interest portals SportBILD.de, ComputerBILD.de, AutoBILD.de and various content verticals like stylebook, travelbook and techbook. He is responsible for product and monetization strategy across all digital platforms.

Before joining BILD in 2009, Stefan was Co-Founder and Managing Partner at a digital media agency and worked in various leading roles at AOL and Bertelsmann. Stefan has 16 years work experience indigital media and holds a master degree in Business and Marketing.

Digital Strategist, Apple, USA

Maha Al-Emam

Maha is a digital strategy consultant and former Vice President of Product and Technology at NBC Digital Entertainment. Previously she was Head of Global Product at Bloomberg, responsible for the entire product suite and strategic direction for Bloomberg.com and overseeing the product and project management teams for news, markets, digital multi-media, and publishing applications. She was instrumental in advancing Bloomberg.com's Live & Video verticals to an industry leader in streams viewed on a News and Finance site.

Before joining Bloomberg, Maha was the Director of International Markets Technology for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Asia Pacific where she played a crucial role as part of the executive team responsible for extending the Journal’s local language portfolio into larger European economies.

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.

Founder, Mic, USA

Jake Horowitz

Jake is the founder of Mic, a leading news and media company for millennials. From global affairs and politics, to arts and music, to science and technology, Mic offers compelling stories and perspectives on the issues that define the next generation. Each month, more than 30 million people rely on Mic's unique sensibility to stay informed and rethink the world. In addition to shaping Mic's overall strategy, Jake works closely with the editorial team on coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Prior to Mic, Jake lived and worked on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict, researched democracy and governance issues in Morocco, worked for the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, and helped Change.org inspire people to take action. A graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Middle East history and politics, Jake lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Head of Commercial, VGTV AS, Norway

Elnaz Esmailzadeh

Elnaz is a member of the leadership team of VGTV AS, the biggest Norwegian commercial Online Video site, where she is responsible for revenue, and leading business development and commercial strategy. She also leads Schibsteds Video products in Norway, VG Snapchat Discover and VG Podcast. Prior to that, she was Commercial Product Manager of VG.no, the largest Norwegian internet site and its niche sites. Elnaz started out her career as Nordic Brand Manager at Unilever and continued to Schibsted Media Group since 2012.

Editor-in-chief, Miss, Austria

Monika Affenzeller

Editor in chief and deputy brand manager of miss Monika Affenzeller has been working for miss and other Styria magazines more than ten years after she finished her communication sciences and Italian language studies. Since 2008 she is part of the leading team, became managing editor of miss and in April 2013 editor in chief of the new positioned crossmedia brand miss.

miss is an Austrian 360 degrees media brand focus on social media on all channels, as on miss MAGAZIN, missAT or miss APP. They target young women aged between 16 and 35 - in digital, mobile and printed forms.

Brand Manager, Miss & Head of digital product management, Styria Media Group, Austria

Jochen Hahn

For two years Jochen Hahn has been working as brandmanager of the lifestyle media brand miss as well as head of digital product management at Styria Media Group. Four years ago he was called to be portal manager at Verlagsgruppe News for the economy titles Format and Trend. Before that he was working as a finance journalist at the newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt at Styria.

miss is an Austrian 360 degrees media brand focus on social media on all channels, as on miss MAGAZIN, missAT or miss APP. They target young women aged between 16 and 35 - in digital, mobile and printed forms.

CEO, dmg media, United Kingdom, and First Vice-President WAN-IFRA

Kevin Beatty

Kevin joined DMGT in 1996 from the Mirror Group, where he had been Managing Director of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Having previously served as Managing Director of The Mail on Sunday, Managing Director of the Evening Standard and Metro, Chief Operating Officer of Associated New Media and Managing Director of Northcliffe Media, he is now Chief Executive of dmg media and a Director of DMGT. Kevin is a board member of the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) and represents the UK publishing industry on the Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN -IFRA). He is also a non-executive director of Press Association (PA Media), where he chairs the nominations committee and is a member of the remuneration committee.

Member of the Chief Editorial Team at Tages-Anzeiger, SonntagsZeitung, Head of Digital and Newsnet, Switzerland

Michael is a member of the chief editorial team at Tages-Anzeiger, one of the best known daily newspapers in Switzerland, and also leads the departments Digital and Newsnet which is a coalition of Swiss newspaper websites. Michael holds this role since 2013. He is responsible for the online content of the Newsnet sites, digital developments and the innovation team. From 1993 to 2002, Marti was a journalist at SonntagsZeitung, Das Magazin and Facts. In 2002, he became a member of the founding team of NZZ am Sonntag. In 2004, Marti joined the weekly published and politics and economics oriented magazine Facts as a member of the chief editorial team, where he managed the culture and society department. Four years later, in 2008, he was appointed deputy chief editor of Tages-Anzeiger Online and Newsnet.

Vice President, News, Google, USA

For more than thirty years, Richard Gingras has led highly-regarded efforts in the development of online services, software, and new media. These endeavors range from pioneering uses of satellite networking for television, the first applications of television signals for data distribution, both pre-Web and Web-based online services, and the creation of various platform technologies. Over the last several years Gingras has focused his attention on the transformation of the media landscape.  

He serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists. In the fall of 2012, Gingras was recognized with the Manship Prize for contributions to the evolution of digital media. The Manship Prize is awarded by the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. In May 2013, Gingras gave a commencement speech at West Virginia University. Until July, 2011, Gingras was CEO of Salon Media Group which operates the popular and acclaimed news site Salon.com, the blogging community OpenSalon.com, and the pioneering virtual community The Well. Gingras has had a long association with Salon having assembled its initial seed financing in 1995. Salon was the first web-only publication.

Branded content strategist, USA

Melanie Deziel

Melanie Deziel is an award-winning branded-content strategist, consultant, and speaker who travels the world educating marketing, sales, and editorial teams on branded-content best practices.

Deziel started The Overlap League native ad newsletter, writes the New Media Navigator column for Inc, teaches social media for Syracuse University’s online Master’s program, and is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute. She is the former director of creative strategy for Time Inc. and was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she wrote the sponsored content pieces that won the 2014 and 2015 Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award, including the acclaimed “Women Inmates” piece for Netflix.


International Partnerships Director, Maker Studios, France

Chantal Ferraro

Chantal is the International Talent Partnerships Director at Maker Studios (Disney Group), the global leader in online short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube. A French-German bi-national with over 12 years of digital experience, Chantal began her career as Music Marketing Manager for mobile operator SFR. Since, she worked in the content business leading various international roles in the media and entertainment industry.

From 2007 to 2013, she has launched and developed AFP's news agency video business as Global Marketing Manager. Following this experience, she has been in charge of the international expansion of two European YouTube networks (MCNs): first Believe Digital, the leader of independent music distribution, then Wizdeo owning one of the most advanced YouTube big data platforms Wiztracker.

CEO, GroupM Austria & Chairman of the Board GroupM, Switzerland

Peter Lammerhuber

Peter is CEO of GroupM Austria since 2007 and also Chairman of the Board of GroupM Switzerland since 2011. The GroupM is the parent company of the media agencies Maxus, MEC, MediaCom, Mindshare.

Moreover, he is vicepresident of AGMA, an association of approximately 230 of the most important companies in the advertising and media industry with the aim of exploring mass communication. He is also president of IGMA, an interest group of media agencies. Peter found MediaCom in 1987 and he was managing director of MediaCom until 2006.

Managing Director APA-IT Informations Technologie, Austria

Alexander Falchetto

Following his education at an upper secondary technical and vocational school, Alexander managed a variety of industrial projects and worked in CAD development. In 1995 he joined APA – Austria Press Agency, where he took over the biggest APA-IT business segment, planning and operations. In 2012 he completed his MBA in general management and was appointed managing director of APA-IT GmbH. Since then he has been the chief technology officer and authorised signatory for APA. Falchetto has long been a member of APA's senior management team and has helped the subsidiary APA-IT achieve steady economic growth. He is also an essential driver behind the transformation of APA-IT from an IT service provider into an a system partner for media in the digital age.

CEO, Neva Labs, Ireland

Mark Little is CEO of Neva Labs, a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want a more productive news routine. Mark spent 20 years in broadcast news, as a foreign correspondent and TV anchor for RTE. In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, and was most recently Twitter's VP of media partnerships in Europe.

Founder, Think Agency, Sweden

Magnus Zaar

Magnus is the founder of Think Agency, a strategic online video agency supporting international media companies and brands in the video transition. Prior to starting Think Agency he was the Director of Television at Aftonbladet, Sweden's leading news provider, with more than 3.2 million daily users (in a country of 9 million).

Magnus is specialized in online video news and have developed online video strategies for international players such as The Telegraph Media Group, for Aftonbladet (where he previously was Director of Television) as well as for local media networks and online video news ventures. He previously had posts as the Head of Program Development at Swedish broadcaster SVT; the Director of Program Development and Sales at Swedish productions house Strix; Managing Director of production house Baluba Television; Managing Director of Kamera, one of Europe's leading online TV companies in the first round of online TV around year 2000. Read more about Zaar and Aftonbladet's commitment to TV here. Zaar also managed the Nordic launch of Joost, the online video venture started by Skype founders Friis/Zennström, and in connection to that residential entrepreneur at Atomico, the Zennström/Friis London-based investment company.

Editorial Director, Pfeiffer Report, France

After 10 years at the helm of a leading European technology magazine, Andreas founded Pfeiffer Consulting in 1998, with the aim to provide market-specific research and consulting to media producers and technology providers. Through his site Pfeiffer Report he offers in-depth analysis of emerging media, publishing and technology trends. Pfeiffer is a frequent speaker at international events for the publishing and media community, and his insights have been quoted in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Wired.

Director of Marketing and Revenue Products, Quartz, USA

Mia Mabantais Quartz’s director of marketing and revenue products, leading cross-functional efforts to develop the company’s growing suite of bold, differentiated advertising offerings. Mia has spent her career bringing innovative business strategies to different industries, first at the Brookings Institution, where she advised private and public sector leaders on underserved markets, and later by helping to start HelloWallet, an award-winning financial guidance service that was acquired by Morningstar. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and others. Mia has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Director of Video Content, Telegraph Media Group, UK

Ben Sinden

In May, Ben led the launch of 'Telegraph Video', a portal that will produce more than 30 news videos each day. He started out as a national magazine journalist before moving into television. Having worked for companies including ITV, BBC and The Shine Group, Ben moved into the digital world of video, working as Executive Producer for ITV’s Multiplatform Video team. Joining Videojug Networks in 2012 as Content Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2014, Ben has delivered online video strategies for agencies such as Carat, JWT and ZenithOptimedia as well as brands including John Lewis, Diageo and Haymarket, whilst monetising and building a distribution network for owned video content. Ben joined the Telegraph Media Group in Spring 2015 as Director of Video Content.

Digital Director, Groupe Rossel, Belgium

Bruno Durdu

Bruno is active in the digital and media sectors for over 15 years and in the newspaper industry for 11 years. Passionate about business and technical topics, Bruno is comfortable to talk about network improvements or setting up a business model canvas for a new opportunity. After working for Cisco, Microsoft and the Canal + Group, he has worked to develop brands of Press Publishers in the field of digital.
The Rossel group is the first group of Belgian francophone press. It has always been a family group that has kept its financial and editorial independence. With over one hundred companies, it is present mainly in Belgium and northern France. Decentralized and diversified, the Rossel Group is active in newspapers, whether national or regional, paid or free, daily or periodic. The Rossel Group holds trademarks and press titles that are characterized by a leadership in their markets. It is also an industrial group with four printing including two newspaper printing.

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, PRISA, Spain

Noella Fernández Arroyo

Noelia is a digital professional native, active with Internet since 1994, when she created one of the first consulting and development companies in Spain. In 1998 she launched Yahoo in Spain and she ended as VP, running all International Editorial and Media Teams and Operations. Since April 2015, she joined Prisa as their Chief Digital Transformation Officer. Her key focus is to drive the digital transformation of the group, focusing on technology, digital business and culture as they key enablers. She has a Journalism (Navarra) and MBA (Chicago Booth) Degrees, is co-founder of ISDI and very active in Digital Entrepreneurship.

Exec. VP Communications & CSR, Schibsted Media Group, Norway

Lena K. Samuelsson

Lena K. Samuelsson joined the group management team of Schibsted Media Group in September 2013. Samuelsson is a journalist and was during the 12 years prior to joining the group management team the editor-in-cheif of Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, a leading quality and business daily. 
She also worked at Aftonbladet for many years and serves on several boards such as Schibsted Norway, Hitta.se and 20 Minutos in Spain.

CEO & Founder, NIMEH & Partners, Austria

George Nimeh ist Gründer und CEO von NIMEH & Partners. Gegründet im Jahr 2016 verbindet NIMEH & Partners Strategie, Innovation, Content Marketing, Forschung und Produktentwicklung für Unternehmen, die in der heutigen Zeit erfolgreich sein wollen. George Nimeh ist ein digitaler Unternehmer mit über 20 Jahren Erfahrung in der Medien-, Marketing- und Kommunikationsbranche sowohl in Europa als auch in den USA. Sein TEDx Gespräch “What if there was no advertising” in Wien in 2015 wurde sehr gut angenommen. Im selben Jahr gewann er das erste INMA Stipendium an der Berlin School of Creative Leadership und ist dort derzeit in einem eMBA-Programm eingeschrieben.
George Nimeh diente vier Jahre als Chief Digital Officer bei KURIER, einem der führenden österreichischen Medienunternehmen. Dort leitete er die Strategie und Teams, die das gesamte digitale Geschäft umbauten. Er und sein Team belegten den zweiten Platz (hinter The Guardian) bei WAN-IFRA’s European Digital Media Awards für die “Best News Website” im Jahr 2014. In 2015 gewann KURIER den ersten Platz bei WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards für "Best Digital Advertising Campaign 2015".

General Partner / Founder, Speedinvest, Austria

Daniel started his professional career in investment banking with ErsteBank in Vienna and later Credit Suisse in Zurich. He then became a startup entrepreneur and founder of several companies in the media space. Throughout his entire career Daniel took customer facing roles in sales andbBusiness development.
Within Erste Bank Daniel was responsible for customer relationship and order execution on the Vienna Stock exchange for institutional investors. Later Daniel joined CreditSuisse’s Private Banking Team serving wealthy private clients with a 360 degree approach (investments, financing, family office matters).
In 2000 Daniel joined SYSIS which later merged into 3united. In 2001 Daniel helped restructuring Sysis after the burst of the dotcom bubble in becoming a shareholder and took care of Business Development and Sales. Daniel overlooked 3united’s business with brand companies, retailers, telecoms and media companies in central Europe. During that time 3united became number one supplier of mobile value added services in its region. This growth contributed to the successful sale of the company to VeriSign in 2006. 2007 Daniel started angel investing and always took active management roles alongside the founders in business development and sales.
In 2011 Daniel founded SpeedInvest together with his former partners in 3united Oliver Holle, Werner Zahnt and Erik Bovee.

Expert Advisor, WAN-IFRA & Senior Advisor, Schibsted, Sweden

Beginning in the mid-90s, Kalle was one of the key designers of the strategy and success of Aftonbladet’s digital business development. The strategy and its implementation have deeply influenced the Schibsted corporate strategy.
Driving Aftonbladet to be one of the first digital news media in the world to ask users to pay for digital content, Kalle was also instrumental in developing its mobile strategy. He has over 35 years in media and is Senior Advisor to Schibsted Sweden as well as WAN-IFRA. Kalle is also a Board Member of Svenska Dagbladet.

Founder of Dig Deeper Media and WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, United Kingdom

Fergus Bell

Fergus Bell is an experienced digital journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content by news media. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media.
Fergus has experience in both the business and editorial sides of the industry, most recently heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms. Fergus joined SAM from the Associated Press where, as international social media and UGC editor, he led the global operation to source and verify user-generated content for all of the AP’s platforms.
In October 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

CEO & Managing Partner, Fehradvice, Switzerland

Gerhard Fehr is a graduate of the University of Vienna with a degree in business administration and a trained journalist, and has more than ten years of management experience in investment banking, journalism, and in the Swiss credit card industry.
His in-depth knowledge of market mechanisms, organizational structure, hierarchies, and processes, as well as his theoretical knowledge in the area of behavioral economics predestined him to be the driving force behind the development and usage of the behavioral economics approach BEA™.
As CEO and founding partner, he bears the primary responsibility for realizing the objectives of FehrAdvice & Partners AG and is responsible for the entire operative development of the company.

Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism, Australia

Julie Posetti is a multi award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She has recently been appointed Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism where she will lead the Institute’s new Journalism Innovation Project. Posetti is author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age, a major UN study covering 121 countries, published by UNESCO in 2017. Among other projects, she is currently collaborating on the production of a model curriculum on journalism and disinformation for UNESCO. In 2016/2017 she was Head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media (publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review) in Australia. A former editor, presenter and political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti was based in Paris as Research Fellow and Editor with the World Editors Forum in 2014/2015, where she edited the flagship annual Trends in Newsrooms report. She is currently a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is completing her PhD.

Director, Strategy, EMEA, IBT Media, UK

Justin has over two decades of experience in content operations and a huge understanding of both traditional and digital channels. Previously European Director (Operations) for AOL Europe he has a track record of success in leading global product launches and business transformation.

Justin began his career as a journalist with roles across publishers as diverse as The New York Times, Conde Nast and News UK. He later spent five years agency-side leading the team which took BMW GB’s CRM and eCRm to award-winning heights. He helped direct the integration of Rover’s customer marketing programme into BMW AG and then consulted across a wide number of brands including RBS, Nat West, Mercedes and SKY.

Justin describes himself as a news junky and digital obsessive and prides himself on establishing and building teams focussed on growth. At IBT Media he is putting his substantial international experience and extensive knowledge of digital and traditional media to building and managing the fast-growing publisher’s eight core brands.

Director and Head of Big Data, Polaris Media, Norway


Håvard Kvalheim is the Director and Head of Big Data at Polaris Media ASA, a leading Norwegian media group owning thirty-five newspapers. Major newspapers owned by the group include Adresseavisen, Harstad Tidende,Troms Folkeblad, Sunnmørsposten and Romsdals Budstikke. Kvalheim is a digital media expert and in charge of Polaris Media’s Big Data strategy and projects across the group.
Prior to joining Polaris Media, Kvalheim worked for Ernst & Young, and he holds a degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Lecturer and Researcher, Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Based at the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), John’s research interests span journalism, the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented paper, mobile journalism, wearables, HCI, drone journalism and innovation theory.    In recent years his research has focussed on the Internet of Things, and how news organisations could utilise physical platforms and experiences. This work includes the Google-funded NewsThings project, an IoT content management system and conductive ink and web-connected print. He has also taught courses on innovation and multimedia journalism techniques and theory at UCLan.   Commercially, he has established business-to-business editorial operations in Manchester and Leeds, and managed large teams of online correspondents both in the UK and further afield.    

CEO, Kurier Digital, Austria

Martin Gaiger

Since the 90s' I enjoy building up media and online businesses. I have a proven track record in successfully developing sales as well as establishing reach through content and marketing. I advise many media enterprises and startups and I am experienced in (re)structuring small to large companies to optimize efficiency.
Today I am responsible for one of the most acknowledged online networks of Austria - Kurier Digital - consisting of kurier.at, futurezone.at, film.at and events.at.
kurier.at is a leading news portal with a focus on news, lifestyle and entertainment. kurier.at offers quality journalism for a large and rapidly growing audience. futurezone.at is Austrias largest tech-info-portal, film.at is the most popular movie and cinema offering and events.at well known for its overview of the best events.

Research Associate, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, UCLan, UK

Richard is a research associate for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He is currently involved in a number of projects, most of which involve the use of drones for purposes such as public health, land surveying, and structural inspection. He has previously provided support on a project with NASA, and spent a summer intern at UCLan's Civic Drone Centre, following graduation.

Research Associate, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, UCLan, UK

Ben has recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a Masters Degree in Robotics Engineering. Since then he has been employed as a Research ascociate and has worked on a number of projects, many of which involve drones. These projects have a wide range of applications such as pollution monitering, structural inspection and drone security. in the past he has provided software support for a sounding rocket team at NASA.

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