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  • IAB SA Head of Education & Transformation, South Africa

    Astrid Ascar has 25 years’ experience working in the media industry across radio, television, print and digital platforms. She began her career as a journalist, working as a reporter, producer and presenter in current affairs, news and entertainment. In 1999 Astrid made the transition to management, and has over the years launched two TV channels, as well as radio and digital content businesses for some of South Africa’s leading media groups.

    Astrid has held editorial and operational management positions and has worked with a range of SA-based media brands including Times Media Limited, BDFM, Naspers, Multichoice, CNBC Africa, and the SABC.

    She has been running her own media, marketing and content consultancy for the past seven years, and regularly gives talks and facilitates workshops, conferences and training sessions for her clients – these range from digital media integration strategy sessions to media skills.

    The core focus of her current work is to assist her clients in getting to grips with how to leverage digital media and marketing platforms, and how to integrate these into traditional businesses, practises and approaches. She crafts digital strategies, and assists with implementation, including the conceptualisation, production and distribution of content.

    Astrid is particularly passionate about training and education, and volunteers as the Head of Education for the IAB SA (Interactive Advertising Bureau SA), the organisation that represents the digital marketing, advertising and media industry in South Africa.

  • CEO, Svenska Dagbaldet

  • VD/CEO, Svenska Dagbladet (Schibsted), Sweden

    Gunilla Asker, CEO of the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) since 2009, has been responsible for developing and implementing SvD's multichannel strategy, which aims to meet the new market and business needs that the digital development implies. She first entered the media sector in 2005, joining SvD as Marketing and Sales Director. 

     After graduating from Uppsala University in 1988 with an International MBA, Asker joined Unilever as a trainee and then spent 13 years with them working in the areas of strategy, branding, marketing and sales. She was later Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Communications at SJ AB (Swedish Rail) before becoming Division Manager of Custom Research at Research International.

  • Senior Editor - The Star Online

  • Head of Online/ VP & Chief Product Officer, Aftonbladet Online, Sweden

    Andreas Aspegren

    Educated at Stockholm University and the Academy of Journalism in Stockholm, Aspegren has a background as tv reporter, presenter and editor at SVT (Swedish Public Service TV) as well as being a news reporter and freelance reporter for Kristianstadsbladet, Sveriges Radio, Dagens Nyheter and FLT. He's held positions as editor and editor-in-chief of a number of online properties including SVT.se, Koll.se, Passagen.se and Bonnier Net. Aspegren has been with Aftonbladet, Sweden's largest online news publication, since 2007, where he's worked in various roles within business development and site management.

  • Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google, South Africa

    A digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since the days of Netscape. Her keen interest in all things digital led to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism. Atagana is currently pursuing her PHD with a focus on the impact of social media and journalism. Her research focuses on the Kenyan Westgate shootings and how Twitter was used as the primary source of news and communication. Her professional career has included her role as Editor of Burn Media, a multimedia digital publishing house which focuses on the intersection of technology and media, and entrepreneurship. An expert on Africa’s tech and startup scene, Atagana is currently the Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa.

  • Head of External Affairs, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation

  • CEO and founder EzyInsights, Helsinki

    Duane Atkins has 19 years experience in the IT industry. Until founding EzyInsights, over the past decade, Duane worked as an independent contractor in London and the Scandinavian region for blue-chip companies such as Nokia, Volvo, AstraZeneca, Reuters and Logica to name a few. He’s an expert in the Java and Unix technology stacks. His dream was to create a company that combines his passions and serves the community. EzyInsights builds software as a service tools for the publishing industry.

  • Executive Vice President, Invest in Finland, Helsinki

    Antti Aumo is Head of Invest In Finland. 20 years of experience in international technology business in information technology, energy management and telecommunication industries, in various marketing and product management positions.

  • Founder & CEO, Lighthouse8 - Business Engineering, Norway

    Freddy has +15 years’ experience in the marketing & technology industry, working as a strategic advisor for some of the worlds leading companies such as Radisson, IKEA, eBay, hotels.com and GE Money.  He is currently CEO at Lighthouse8, leading the strategic direction and operation of their teams in the European and APAC market. Before Lighthouse8, he was the Media Director, Asia Pacific for Digitas LBI, and before Digitas LBI he held the position as Managing Director for the Nordic countries at Europes leading search marketing company, Bigmouthmedia. 
    Freddy is an active blogger at The Lighthouse8 Blog (available at: http://www.http://lighthouse8.com/blog/ and provide insight to some of the worlds leading industry websites, including Social Media Today. All updates posted to 
    Specialties: Digital Marketing, Digital Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Digital Media, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Commerce, E-commerce, Mobile Marketing, Media Planning, Media Buying, Search Marketing, SEO, Website Development, Sales Management, UX, Online PR, Business Intelligence
  • Mobile Editor, BBC World Service, United Kingdom

    Now at the forefront of the BBC News’ mobile video output, Sarah Austin has a career that has spanned radio, TV and digital.

    As mobile editor for the BBC World Service, Sarah is leading the strategic direction for video across 40 language services.  The World Service is undergoing a huge expansion and transformation as it adapts to the digital news habits of younger consumers in emerging markets, and mobile video is central to the ambition.

    Previously, Sarah has worked as a video journalist, commissioner and output editor and in the last year played a leading role on the team that launched the new BBC News video app, which revolutionised the look and feel of BBC News’ digital offerings.

  • Digital & Social Media Consultant/Trainer, Jordan

    Lara Ayoub is a Digital & Social Media Consultant/Trainer with over 13 years experience in the field. Her current and most recent consultancies include the International Centre for Migration Policy Development(ICMPD), International Labour Organization (ILO) , the American Embassy In Jordan, GIZ ,Image Nation and Ro’ya TV.

    Lara is also the Co-Founder of SADAQA, a Jordanian NGO established in 2011 with the main objective of increasing the economic participation of Jordanian women in the work force by advocating for nationwide compliance with Article 72 of the Labour Law which calls for the provision of daycare at the work place.

    In 2013 she completed the Harvard executive leadership course: “Leading, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” which lead her to adopt this as SADAQA’s methodology. She went on to becoming a Harvard Teaching Fellow for the LOALC 2015 online course as part of Professor Marshall Ganz ’s teaching team.

    Between 2013 -2016, Lara established Ro’ya TV’s digital and social media department as well as the digital news department which included an Arabic news website ( royanews.tv) and a dedicated app. She also designed a “Four Pillar Consortium” consisting of a creative lab, content/production distribution center, academy and talent management department which aims at cultivating new talents and content in MENA. She is also a certified TV producer from the London School of Media, Film and TV.

    For nearly 10 years, Lara was the Digital Media Director of Jordan’s first Arabic independent daily newspaper Alghad (www.alghad.com) an award winning news portal in Asia and Middle East. In parallel to Alghad , she also managed the digital auction/classified website of Al-Waseet. In 2011, she introduced video journalism to Alghad’s electronic news outlet where she produced over 300 videos working together with it print journalists.

    She is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA), Vital Voices, Leading Change Network, Business Professional Women Association and an Alumni of the FORTUNE/ Vital Voices Global Women Mentoring program. She was recently selected as one of the top 100 strategic global women leaders by Vital Voices. Today she continues to serve as a mentor and coach to young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.

  • Managing Director, OD Alternatives, India

  • Senior Vice President Strategy Millton, Helsinki

    Miltton is an ambitious, forward-­looking consulting group that produces, develops and improves the efficiency of leadership, communications, marketing and networks across society.  Miltton Labs, an integrated part of Miltton's service portfolio, is an innovative product development laboratory, developing digital, scalable tools that help great ideas to reach the right audiences. With a team of more coders than consultants, Miltton Labs is on a quest to change the world of marketing and communications by being born digital, born global and born design.

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Dar Al Hayat, UAE

    Bachelor of Computer Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 2003.
    Trainee in Al Hayat School 2004 program.
    Managing Editor of the weekly pages and Head of Investigative Department – Al Hayat newspaper 2004 until 2007.
    Director of Communication and spokesman - Rotana media Group 2007 until 2010.
    Content and Communication Manager (Saudi television channels development project in collaboration with the English company ITN) - a very creative company 2010 until 2011.
    Editor in chief of e-publishing – Dar Al Hayat from 2012 till date.
    Member of the Board of directors-Dar Al Hayat from 2014 till date.
    Al Hayat School Director – Dar Al Hayat from 2014 so till date.

  • Executive Director, IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau), Austria

    Since 2015 Dr. Felix Badura is member of the board of IAB Austria, where he chairs the "Advertising quality" working group. He is working in the online industry since 2008, where he has co-founded Meetrics GmbH, a company that focuses on ad verification as well as the algorithmic detection of reading behaviour on online news portals such as Spiegel Online. Prior to his time at Meetrics Mr. Badura worked as a researcher in the field of Yield Management at WU Vienna.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor, Dow Jones, USA

    Gerard Baker is Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor of Dow Jones, roles he assumed on January 1, 2013. Mr. Baker is responsible for all global newsgathering and editorial operations for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Mr. Baker previously served as Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary. He also oversaw U.S. coverage for both the print and online editions.

    From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau Chief. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor.

    Prior to the FT, Mr. Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, and finally as Economics Correspondent for TV and radio.

    Mr. Baker’s work has appeared in several other publications, and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor around the world. He started his career in the financial sector, first as an analyst at the Bank of England, then as an economist at Lloyds Bank in the City of London.

    Mr. Baker holds a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

  • Biophysicist, University of New South Wales, Australia

    Dr Matt Baker is a biophysicist in Sydney at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Matt completed his DPhil at Oxford University as a John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes nearly all bacteria swim and now investigates the origins and self assembly of complex molecular machines.   Matt is a former Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where he has produced and presented content for Radio National's Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot, and he is the regular science correspondent for ABC Nightlife broadcast throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio.    In 2016 Matt was embedded as Australia's inaugural Google Newslabs Fellow at Fairfax Media, home of the Sydney Morning Herald. There he successfully built a recommendation engine for similar content to increase reader on-site time, and analysed changes in Sydney's nightlife using transport data.
  • Chief of News, Mathrubhumi Television, India.

    Sri. Unni Balakrishnan was born in 1969 in Alappuzha district of Kerala. He started his career in 1994 as a Sub-Editor in a reputed Malayalam Socio political Weekly – Kalakaumudi. In 1996 he joined Asianet Television as Sub-Editor and played an important role in establishing the first private satellite channel in Malayalam. In 1998 he was transferred to the New Delhi Bureau of Asianet. In the years that rolled by Sri. Unni Balakrishnan worked in the New Delhi bureau of Asianet in various capacities as Bureau Chief, Regional Editor etc. He was in New Delhi from year 1998 to 2010. While working in  the Delhi Bureau, he got many opportunities to report many important incidents/ events like the Kandahar Plane hijack, Kargil war, Delhi serial bomb blasts, Mumbai terrorist attack, General elections etc. In 2002 he visited Islamabad with the then Prime Minister Sri. A B Vajpayee and reported SAARC summit. He had visited Paris and reported the Indo French nuclear summit in 2005, the USA again in 2005 and reported the UN General Council and in 2010 he reported the Indo- Arab summit all accompanying the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Sri. Unni Balakrishnan is now with the Mathrubhumi News Television channel as Chief of News and had been there since 2012.

    He hosts an interview program 'Chodyam Utharam' which is a well appreciated program among the Malayalee audience around the globe.

    He is the proud recipient of the Kerala State Award for the Best Interviewer in 2015. He has also got important recognitions like Abudabi Kala Award, Dubai Asiavision Award, Delhi Malayalee Award etc.

  • CEO, Spinlet Group, Nigeria

    Nkiru Balonwu is CEO of the Spinlet Group. Spinlet is a digital media distribution company, focusing on Africa-centric content. It operates Africa’s leading store for legal sales of home-grown music, accessible globally through mobile apps (iOS and Android) and browsers (www.spinlet.com). Before her appointment as CEO, Nkiru worked at different times as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer within the company.

    She has more than 15 years’ experience advising on transactions spanning across technology, intellectual property and media and has taught law at the University of Lagos. Nkiru has a keen interest in development policy particularly as it relates to empowering women and girls through ICT. She is a strong believer and advocate of music and film as tools of soft power and catalysts for social change and economic development in Africa.

    She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University College London and is admitted to the bar in New York, Nigeria, and England & Wales.

  • Media Consultant, UK

    Subhajit Banerjee is a London-based journalist with over 15 years of experience as editor, reporter, producer and product manager in companies including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and Conde Nast International. He is an expert in mobile and digital journalism and was the Guardian's first Mobile Editor. He is deeply interested in the impact of technology on journalism and the way it shapes new behaviours and products. Banerjee started his career in India with the Business Today magazine and also worked in newspapers such as the Calcutta Telegraph.

  • Art Director, Berner Zeitung AG, Switzerland

  • Director Digital News Projects, Washington Post, USA

    Greg Barber has made a career of startups within news organizations.

    After a stint growing the digital side of the PBS NewsHour, he’s spent 11 years at The Washington Post, helping to create and develop products including the Express newspaper as its deputy editor, Trove and Washington Post Social Reader as managing editor of WaPo Labs, and now the new digital community partnership with The New York Times and Mozilla as The Post’s director of digital news projects.

    Email him at greg.barber@washpost.com or find him on Twitter as @gjbarb.

  • Digital Launch Editor, Indian Languages, BBC World Service

    Trushar Barot is the Digital Launch Editor, Indian Languages, for BBC World Service.
    He oversaw the digital launches of the BBC’s new services in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu
    and Punjabi earlier this year and developing their content and growth strategies since
    launch. He is a recent Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard, researching the use of Voice
    AI in newsrooms and the potential implementation of the technology for news discovery in
    emerging markets. He has over 20 years of experience in the British media, working across
    newspapers, radio, TV, online, social and digital.

  • Chief Experience Officer, Grupo Prisa, Spain

    Alberto is a digital leader with more than 20 years of experience exploring digital media from the creative, strategic and commercial perspective.

    With a background on Art and Design, Alberto´s career is built around the definition of the relation between people and brands in digital media and beyond.
    As part of Yahoo! International UED team, Alberto led the design of global media products. Experience that drove him to explore the entrepreneurial route and start his own business, Webjam, considered, at the time, one of the most promising Internet start-ups in Europe.
    After becoming part of the senior management team of the digital branch of ITV, the largest commercial broadcaster in the UK; leading the strategy of a global media start-up and establishing strategic and creative direction for advertisement and retail with Cheil/Samsung; Alberto has decided to moved back to Spain to set up Meaning, a consultancy firm devoted to the orchestration of meaningful customer experiences for brands.
    Currently Alberto is the Chief Experience Officer of Grupo Prisa, one of the largest media conglomerates in Spanish language. His mission, as part of the Digital Transformation team, is to help incepting an audience-centric culture within the organization.

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