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  • Founder, Sparknews, France

    Christian de Boisredon created Sparknews, an organisation that works with notable media sources from more than fifty countries to spread solutions-based journalism. Notably, this is achieved through Impact Journalism Day, a collaborative project that brings together more than 55 leading newspapers from around the world (Sunday Times, Times of India, Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, La Nación, Tages-Anzeiger, Le Soir etc.) Each newspaper writes one or two articles about innovative solutions linked to important societal issues (health, education, environment, etc.) that have a significant social or environmental impact. The operation then reaches more than 120 million readers and, for many newspapers, there is an increase in distribution and sales, as well as positive feedback. One of the newspapers is even able to sell advertising for five times its usual price.

    Furthermore, Sparknews brings editors-in-chief of partner newspapers together each year for a seminar focusing on solutions-based journalism.

    A similar project to IJD called Solutions&Co has also been launched with economic newspapers (Les Echos, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Kommersant etc.) and Sparknews is preparing another project with France’s regional press.

  • Fundador, Sparknews, Francia

    Christian de Boisredon creó Sparknews, una organización que trabaja con los medios de comunicación más notables de más de cincuenta países para difundir periodismo basado en soluciones. En particular, esto se logra a través del Día del Periodismo de Impacto (IJD por sus siglas en inglés), un proyecto de colaboración que reúne a 55 de los periódicos más importantes de todo el mundo (Sunday Times, Times of India, Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, La Nación, Tages-Anzeiger, Le Soir, etc. ) Cada periódico escribe uno o dos artículos sobre soluciones innovadoras vinculadas a los temas más importantes de la sociedad (salud, educación, medio ambiente, etc.) que tienen un impacto social o ambiental significativo. La operación en cuestión llega a más de 120 millones de lectores y, para muchos periódicos, significa no solo retroalimentación positiva por parte de la audiencia, sino también un aumento en la distribución y la venta. Uno de los periódicos ha incluso sido capaz de vender publicidad por cinco veces su precio habitual.

    Por otra parte, Sparknews junta a redactores en jefe de periódicos asociados  cada año para un seminario centrado en el periodismo basado en soluciones.

    Un proyecto similar al IJD llamado Soluciones & Co también se ha puesto en marcha con periódicos económicos (Les Echos, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Kommersant etc.) y Sparknews está preparando otro proyecto con la prensa regional de Francia.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Business Unit, Vocento, Spain

    Roberto Leads the Digital Business Unit at Vocento  since 2012, where he oversees the company's Digital Business Development department: namely business, innovation, technology and new product development.
     
    Roberto has over 15 year experience in digital business, implementing diversification strategies in media with a high turnover on e-commerce. He was the brains behind successful business models such as: Oferplan, Guapabox, ticketing or LocalDigitalKit.
     
    His professional carrer has always been linked to online media within the Management team of ABC.es and Leading the Area of Internet for Vocento's Regional Newspapers.
     
    Roberto is as well specialist on startups and leads Digital Media Ventures, the first Spanish Hedge Fund in the format of media for equity, that counts with advertising assests from the main media groups in Spain.

  • General Manager, CSQ – Centro Stampa Quotidiani, Italy

    Dario De Cian graduated in 1990 in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

    From 1991 to 1996 he worked as Project Manager in a company belonging to the Mannesmann group, supplier of control systems for power and desalination plants.

    He started working in the newspaper industry in 1997 as Sales Manager for the Italian market of Muller Martini. Since September 2000 he is working at Centro Stampa Quotidiani where he served initially as Products Development Manager, since September 2001, maintaining the commercial responsibility, he is also appointed Technical Director and from  July 2009 he is the General Manager of the company.

  • News Director, ARTEAR, Argentina

    Carlos is a journalist and has been Head of News at Artear, the company that produces Canal 13, Todo Noticias among other television signals and digital content, since 1998. In 1993 he created the TN Todo Noticias channel that has since become a market leader, and is also responsible for the news at Canal 13 in Buenos Aires, as well as other news programs such as Telenoche Investiga and Periodismo Para Todos. Since 1999, Artear is the leading provider of Argentinean news worldwide. In 2008, he launched TN.COM.AR, one of the most visited news sites in Argentina with 20 million UV per month and the most successful one on social networks.

    He's currently leading the transformation of the news organization with the launching of the most modern multiplatform newsroom of Argentina.

  • Director of Global Partnerships at Google for Emerging Markets, Dubai, UAE

    Alfonso De Gaetano leads the Google Publishers business across EMEA Emerging Markets. Driven by a mandate to enable publishers to thrive in a digital future, Alfonso works closely with publisher partners to help them get started in their digital transformation. Before Google, he spent most of his career in Management Consulting at Booz & Company advising Telecom and Media companies across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

    Synopsis: In a fast moving digital age, it has never been more important for tech companies to collaborate with the news industry to have a sustainable news ecosystem. As new business models are emerging and news consumption is increasingly fragmented, there is high value for collaboration across  content creation, distribution, monetisation, data and infrastructure.

  • Vice-président Produits numériques

    Jean-Marc de Jonghe

    Vice-président, Produits numériques à La Presse depuis 2010, Jean-Marc De Jonghe est l’un des grands meneurs de l'application pour tablettes La Presse+ et de son succès à l’échelle mondiale. Innovateur, stratégique et ardent défenseur du mode de gestion «agile», il a su développer un nouveau modèle d'avenir numérique, voire économique pour La Presse. Il œuvre maintenant à la commercialisation de la plateforme numérique avec des acteurs importants de l’industrie médiatique.

  • President of Sogemedia Group, France

    Jean-Pierre de KERRAOUL, born in 1947, graduated from IEP in Paris. He holds a master's degree in economic sociology and was a journalist on Japanese television (NHK) and later in the scientific and medical press. He became active in the Regional Weekly Press by taking over or creating several securities, particularly in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region.

    Today, the SOGEMEDIA group publishes 18 regional weeklies. All are bi-media and have important Facebook communities. Their web traffic is among the best in the regional press.

    SOGEMEDIA also offers services dedicated to the press – software development, advertising management, subscription management – as well as various services: formalities, training, studies, consulting and coaching of leaders.

    The company also operated a printing press with two offset press lines until September 2015. One of them was replaced in November 2015 by a Kodak Prosper 6000C digital press, connected to a Foldline finishing system from Manroland with the WorkflowBridge integration software. Production also includes a RIMA stacking system. This was the first European installation of a printing + finishing unit for the production of variable data files.

    Jean-Pierre de Kerraoul is also editor of magazines: art press, art press2, practical garden.

    Jean-Pierre de KERRAOUL has been president of the Regional Weekly Press Syndicate (SPHR) from 1991 to 2000, and of the French National Press Federation (1996 to 1998). He continues to intervene on numerous issues concerning the “The future of the press”.

    Jean-Pierre de Kerraoul is currently vice president of SPHR and president of Espace PHR, the national advertising agency of the PHR.

  • Chief Data Scientist, Editorial Prensa Iberica, Spain

    Matías de la Barra is Chief Data Scientist at PRENSA IBÉRICA, where he oversees the Big Data department. Big Data is the unit in charge of providing in-depth corporate data in close collaboration with other departments such as publishing, advertising, commercial and business. Its main objective is to enhance business performance and spur innovation by the means of avant-garde technology, strategic thinking and decision making processes based on data.

    The department core activities are divided in three main areas: profiling and segmentation, advertising  innovation/content recommendations and outsourcing corporate optimization models.

    Matías began his career as an engineer in 2000, working as an industrial engineer for nine years. During his professional career he came to realize that data analysis, mathematical models and the Internet would provide vast source of information and opportunities at all levels, which led him to undertake a Masters Degree in Data Analysis Engineering, Optimization and Decision Making at the Maths and Stats Department of the Polytechnic University in Valencia (Spain).

  • President, TheStreet.com, USA

    Ms. de Luna is president of TheStreet.com, which is the media business of TheStreet, Inc., and includes both the news operations of the flagship site and mobile products and the premium subscription business, Real Money. De Luna has close to 20 years of experience in the media industry. She spent more than ten years at Dow Jones' MarketWatch in managerial roles, with the most recent being Interim General Manager.  Ms. de Luna recently held the position of Vice President of Product at Praetorian Digital, the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market, which provides information and resources to help first responders, government officials and military personnel better protect themselves and their communities. She also served as a board member of the Software Information & Industry Association's ABM/CISD division, now known as Connectiv. Ms. de Luna holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Head of Audience Development, Clarín, Argentina

  • Deputy Editor, EL PAIS, Spain

    Carlos de Vega is the deputy editor at EL PAIS, in charge of the Video and Photography department. He worked before in Berlin as an anchor and editor at Deutsche Welle, the international news network of German public television. Prior to that, he was the US correspondent for the Spanish network CNN+/Cuatro. He worked in Washington for seven years, where he covered three Presidential campaigns. Carlos de Vega was editor-in-chief of “Efecto Naím” the TV program directed by Moisés Naím in NTN24 and worked as reporter and anchor in CANAL+ Spain. He teaches journalism at El País and EAE University in Madrid. He completed the law degree in León, Spain and the Master of Journalism at UAM University-El País.

  • Deputy Managing Director, Condé Nast, France

    Violaine Degas joined Condé Nast France (Vogue, AD, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair) in February 2016. As Deputy Managing Director, her role is to reinforce the group's digital transformation by exploring and developing new advertising products and businesses for Condé Nast brands and advertising clients. Before joining Condé Nast, Violaine managed OgilvyOne Paris and spent 20+ years in digital agencies working on local and global clients. 

  • Director Asia, WAN-IFRA

    Gilles Demptos is Director, Asia, of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. In this position, he heads WAN-IFRA's Singapore-based subsidiary activities in Asia Pacific. One of the organisation's core mission is to support traditional news media publishers in their transition from print to digital through consulting, research, publications, events and training services.

    Prior to his present position, Gilles was Director of Publications and Events at WANIFRA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He was also the Editor of the bi-monthly business magazine for the Asian news publishing industry, Asian Newspaper Focus, which is distributed in over 20 countries.

    With 14 years experience in the news media industry, Gilles started his carrier in the press department of the European Commission Representation in Madrid, Spain. He joined the IFRA organisation as Business Development Manager for Spain and Portugal in 2002 and has been since then a regular speaker at news media events in Europe, America and Asia.

  • CEO, NZZ Mediengruppe, Switzerland

    Since 2013, Veit Dengler is the CEO of NZZ-Mediengruppe, the media group built around its Swiss flagship “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”.  

    Veit has been leading the group’s transformation process from a traditional newspaper publisher to a modern media group focusing on its heritage of high-quality journalism, while also expanding its business data and conferences businesses.

    In the late 1980s, Veit worked as a stringer for TIME Magazine. He was in marketing at Procter & Gamble, spent seven years with McKinsey, and held management positions at T-Mobile and Dell, where he most recently served as General Manager and Executive Director for Eastern Europe and Russia.

    Veit holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from the Vienna Business School and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he co-founded NEOS, a liberal party in Austria which in 2013 won representation in parliament.

  • President, ADEPA, Argentina

    Daniel Dessein is the President of ADEPA (News Publishers Association of Argentina), member of the Executive Commitee of WAN-IFRA and founding member of WAN-IFRA's Executive Committee. He's also regional VP of IAPA (Interamerican Press Association). He's part of the boards of the Argentine news agency DYN (Diarios y Noticias), "Fundación Leer" and the daily "La Gaceta" (Tucumán, Argentina), where he also acts as its cultural supplement editor. He was President of DYN in from 2014 to 2016, and Vice President of AEDIA (Association of Argentinian Digital Editors) from 2012 to 2013. Daniel has collaborated in over 100 newspapers and magazines in more than 17 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has also spoken about the media and media trends at several international conferences and forums in over a dozen of countries.

    He has also authored and co-authored several books, the most recent ones being: "Nuevos desafíos del periodismo" (New challenges of Journalism),  "Tiempos turbulentos. Medios y libertad de expresión en la Argentina de hoy" (Turbulent times. Media and Freedom of speech in Argentina today) and "Periodismo argentino" (Journalism in Argentina).

  • Vice President, Mather Economics, USA

    As a vice president, Shawn DeWeese has over 20 years of experience and is instrumental in building Mather Economics’ new business relationships in the newspaper and magazine industries. He works closely with clients to develop and implement price optimization strategies, interpret results and maintain client engagements. Prior to joining Mather Economics, Shawn worked as the business development director for Qbase, where he built and marketed advanced analytic solutions for enterprises.

    Shawn has held positions with Knight-Ridder, Harte-Hanks, E.W. Scripps and Cox Enterprises. He has leadership experience in a variety of business disciplines including advertising sales, media buying, circulation sales and marketing, business development, client relations and retention, operations and logistics. In 2006, Shawn presided over the Board of Trustees for the North American Division of the International Newspaper Marketing Association (INMA). He has also served as a board member and President of the Board of Trustees for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley for eight years. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands.

  • 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.

     

  • Investigative Reporter and Editor, Tempo Media Group

    Wahyu Dhyatmika, Indonesia, is an investigative reporter and an editor for Tempo Media Group, an independent news organization based in Jakarta.

    In 2010, Wahyu and his colleagues investigated suspicious bank accounts that belonged to prominent police generals in Indonesia. After publishing their findings, unidentified men threw a molotov cocktail bomb into Tempo's office. His investigation into fraud and corruption within the government-backed insurance scheme for Indonesian migrant workers in 2012 won an award from The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta.

    With his team, he also won the prestigious Mochtar Lubis Award for best investigative reporting in 2011, for a story about match-fixing in the Indonesian soccer league. Wahyu initiated a collaborative reporting project between Tempo, The Reporter (Taiwan) and MalaysiaKini (Malaysia) to investigate human trafficking in the region in 2016. 

    Wahyu was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a board member for The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Indonesia.

  • Head of Innovation & Platforms, Ringier, Switzerland

    As Head of Innovations & Platforms, Marco Di Bernardo is leading multiple teams, developers, data scientists and more at Ringier. He provides technologies across the group and supports business units with data insights that improve their products. Marco has been with Ringier for 3 years and will share insights into one of the key projects he’s currently running. 

    Ringier is a diversified media enterprise operating in 19 countries and employing some 7,300 people. Established in 1833, Ringier operates media brands in the print, TV, radio, online and mobile arenas. The company also runs successful publishing, entertainment and internet businesses. Now in operation for more than 180 years, Ringier is noted for its pioneering spirit and individuality and is committed to independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. In the middle of digitalization, technology and data has become a key success in the company’s strategy.

  • Head Americas, Enreach, Miami

    Guillermo Diaz de Leon

    Passion for monetisation and profit, working with cross-functional teams, transfer corporate objectives into market and customer actions, command of international business protocols and experience conducting business with foreign partners, customers, governments and executives across the globe.

    Former employee of Apple, Adobe, Quark, Founder of One Latam, a consulting firm offering products and services to a vast array of companies and organisations with publishing needs. Always looking into the future, they are constantly searching for advances in technology that will push their clients to be leaders and innovators in their field.

  • CEO, Po.et, USA

    Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Po.et, a platform for a new decentralized media economy. Prior to Po.et, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations and strategy across the entire business.
    Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc. and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

  • CEO at Po.et, USA

    Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Po.et, a platform for a new decentralized media economy.

    Prior to Po.et, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations and strategy across the entire business.

    Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc. and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

    Dicker's writing and work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, AdAge, AdWeek, Digiday, Axios, AdExchanger, Poynter and more.

  • A broadcaster, designer and technologist; advisor to AlphaCode and Owner of Phantom Design

    Simon is a broadcaster, designer and technologist who believes we're doing money wrong, and is trying to fix it. He hosts a weekly radio show on 5FM and previously directed product design at Curve (London), BitX (Singapore), and 22seven (Cape Town). He is an advisor to AlphaCode and a small group of clients through his company Phantom Design.

    He'd rather be playing board games or surfing, but has been informed that the world is not going to change itself, and so spends his time attempting to move money out of the dark ages and the clutches of the evil forces that currently mismanage it. Simon actively invests in Blockchain technologies as founder of Inv.es, with a particular focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

    He believes that most of the world’s problems can be solved with design and critical thinking. As Simon is fond of saying, "Smart is not something you are, it's something you do."

  • Senior Editor, Digital, DW – Deutsche Welle, Germany

    Esra Dogramaci is Senior Editor, Digital at Deutsche Welle. Formerly she worked as a digital consultant at BBC World Service where she worked with BBC Arabic on a digital transformation across online, video, radio and social media. Previously, she led a team that looked after 20 languages YouTube channel’s with results stretching to 550% growth in just a year, then leveraging that growth in experimental formats for social and mobile video. Esra joined the BBC from Al Jazeera in Qatar and Turkey and prior to that was at UNICEF and UN headquarters working in communications throughout. Esra has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs, particularly in social video and off platform growth and development. She’s also a former national team athlete, representing Australia in Ice Hockey.

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