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  • Publisher, De Correspondent, The Netherlands

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor-in-Chief of Internet at NRC Media, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. In 2008, he co-founded The Next Web blog, which is now amongst the 10 most-visited blogs in the world. At De Correspondent, he serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

  • 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, CrowdTangle Asia Pacific

    Asha Phillips leads partnerships for CrowdTangle in Asia Pacific and India, based in Singapore. CrowdTangle was acquired by Facebook in late 2016 and is a leading social analytics and discovery platform used by hundreds of newsrooms around the world. Asha has spent the past decade working in news and media throughout Asia – she started her career in broadcast news in Australia before becoming one of the pioneering editors at Storyful, the first global social media news wire, which was acquired by News Corporation in 2014.

  • Managing Director, APL Media Group, Croatia

  • Editor-in-Chief, Fanpage.it, Italy

    Francesco Piccinini is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Fanpage.it. He started his professional career as director of AgoraVox Italia and served as digital manager at Caltagirone Editore. Born in 1981, Piccinini studied communication and information sciences and obtained a doctorate from the University of Paris VIII. He lectured in brand strategy and communication at the Ecole Superieure de Gestion in Paris.      
  • Research Associate, Harvard Business School and Oxford University, United Kingdom

    As a Research Associate at Harvard Business School in the United States, he studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, including news media.  A 2016 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Piechota explored the transformation of the media business and the future of work in creative industries.
    In addition, Piechota serves as a digital strategy adviser for Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora) and consults with media companies worldwide. He is a member of the INMA Board of Directors and is a past president of INMA’s Europe Division.
    Piechota is an editor and news media executive with 20 years of experience. He began his career at Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza (Agora) as a reporter rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation.
    Piechota graduated in law. He is married with two small children. He is based in Warsaw and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Researcher at University of Oxford and Harvard Business School

    As a researcher at University of Oxford (UK) and Harvard Business School (USA), Grzegorz Piechota studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, including news media. His research work at the HBS focuses on digital business model innovations. His project at Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism examines the impact of digital platforms on paid content models of news organisations. Piechota is an editor and news media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. His recently published research reports include "Evaluating Distributed Content in the News Media Ecosystem” (INMA, April 2016), "The Facebook-Media Relationship Status: It's Complicated" (INMA, October 2016), and “Reality check: making money with Facebook. The digital business strategy of news publishers” (WAN-IFRA, September 2017). Piechota graduated in law and lives in England.

  • Managing Editor, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

    Kimmo Pietinen is managing editor of Helsingin Sanomat responsible for strategy. Helsingin Sanomat is the national newspaper of Finland with a strong digital presence. Kimmo has held various posts in Sanoma corp. since 1986 and has been managing editor since 2001.

  • CEO, The Star Publications, Kenya

    William Pike was editor and managing director of the New Vision in Uganda for 21 years. With very little investment, he turned it into a highly profitable newspaper company.

    In 2007 he moved to Kenya to start the Star which is now the recognised No 3 newspaper in a very competitive market. The Star moved into profit in 2011. The Star is a subsidiary of the Radio Africa Group which operates radio and TV stations in Kenya and grew out of Capital Radio which started in Uganda in 1994.

  • Reporter, Bhekisisa, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

    Pontsho Pilane is a multi-award winning reporter at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's center for health journalism. She debuted as a journalist at The Daily Vox, where she mostly wrote  about gender, race, class and how they intersect. Pilane holds two degrees in media studies from Wits University and is currently reading for her her masters degree.

  • Active Editor-in Chief, HuffPost SA, South Africa

    Verashni Pillay is the former editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and Huffington Post South Africa. She has worked at various periods as a senior reporter covering politics and general news, specialises in media management and relishes the task of putting together the right team to create compelling and principled journalism across multiple platforms. Verashni is a recipient of the CNN African Journalism Award, several Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards and an Open Society Foundation journalism fellowship.

  • Directeur principal, Amélioration continue, la Presse

    Yann Pineau

    Yann Pineau est responsable de l’organisation de la salle de rédaction et de la production de La Presse+, lapresse.ca et de l'édition imprimée de La Presse. Membre de la direction de l’information de La Presse depuis 2000, Yann Pineau a notamment fait partie de l’équipe qui a géré la sous-traitance de l’impression et la refonte du journal en 2002-2003. Il a par la suite été directeur de l’information de cyberpresse.ca de 2004 à 2007. Après avoir travaillé sur la fusion des salles de rédaction papier et web de La Presse, Yann Pineau a fait partie de l’équipe qui a mis La Presse+ au monde en avril 2013. Yann Pineau a commencé sa carrière comme reporter à La Presse en 1994. Il est diplômé de l’Université de Montréal et de l’École supérieure de journalisme de Lille.

  • Executive Director, the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland, Helsinki

    An expert at Finnmedia and executive director at the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland. She was a researcher and PhD candidate at Aalto University and visiting scholar at University of Berkeley, California during 2014-2017. Public defense of doctoral dissertation in February 2018

  • Google News Lab Leader for Brazil, Google, Brazil

    Marco Túlio Pires is the Google News Lab Lead for Brazil. He studied Electrical Engineering and Journalism in Brazil, and Computer Science and Business in the US. He worked as News Program Coordinator for Globo TV, and as Science News Reporter for VEJA, Brazil's biggest weekly publication. In the State Government of São Paulo, he was the Transparency, Technology and Innovation adviser to the Secretary of Social Development. He's the founder of Journalism++ São Paulo, the first data journalism agency in Brazil. He also launched School of Data in the country and became the Global Manager of the program overseeing its network in 14 countries.

  • Digital Editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

    Stefan Plöchinger, born 1976, ist Digital Editor of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Editor in-Chief of its news website SZ.de. Before, he served as Managing Editor and Copy Chief of Spiegel Online, as one of the Production Editors of Financial Times Deutschland and one of the Political Editors for Munich’s Abendzeitung.

  • Digital Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Editor in-Chief, SZ.de, Germany

    Stefan Plöchinger, born 1976, ist Digital Editor of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Editor in-Chief of its news website SZ.de. Before, he served as Managing Editor and Copy Chief of Spiegel Online, as one of the Production Editors of Financial Times Deutschland and one of the Political Editors for Munich’s Abendzeitung.
  • Managing Director, La Gaceta de Tucumán, Argentina

    Born in Buenos Aires, Jose Antonio is a graduate in Law at the Catholic University in Argentina. Until March 1997, he worked as a managing director for El Cronista Comercial, and Radio América Cablevisión Noticias. From that date onwards he has led the operations of La Gaceta as its Managing Director. He is also chair of the society that publishes the Sunday magazine  NUEVA.

  • Président, Co-fondateur AdGear

    Yves Poiré

    Seasoned entrepreneur, Yves is a co-founder of president AdGear. The company was sold to Samsung in June 2016. His vision, experience and his ability to assemble and lead great teams are among his biggest strengths. Prior to AdGear, Yves Poiré has been Executive Vice-President at Fjord Interactive Marketing + Technology, Cossette's digital marketing business unit in Canada. He also was the President of Proximi-T, an information technology company specialized in e-business solutions. In 2000, Cossette acquired equity in Proximi-T, which eventually led to its merger in 2003.  Yves's humanitarian interests took him to Rwanda, India and Ecuador for three years of his career, where he worked on various development projects.

  • Editorial Director & Associate Masthead Editor, NYT Global at The New York Times, USA

    Lydia Polgreen

    Lydia Polgreen is pioneering the globe and representing the newsroom in a company-wide initiative to engage readers in languages other than English. Previously, Ms. Polgreen was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before that, Ms. Polgreen was a metro reporter for The Times, beginning in 2002. In April 2016, she became Editorial Director & Associate Masthead Editor for the NYT Global and is architecting the company's global expansion strategy.

    Before joining The Times, Ms. Polgreen was a staff writer for the Orlando Sentinel from February to June of 2002. From July 2000 to January 2002 she was a staff writer for the Albany Times Union, covering city hall, police investigations and other local issues. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington (D.C.) Monthly from August 1998 to August 1999.

    She received her B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in 1997. In 2000 she graduated, with honors, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with her M.S. in journalism.

    Ms. Polgreen was a 2006 recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur. She received the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting, for her series, "The Spoils", a riveting account of how mineral wealth has brought misery and exploitation to much of Africa. In 2007, she was honored as a young global leader by The World Economic Forum.

    Ms. Polgreen currently resides in New York.

  • Managing Director, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Roberto is one of the most respected journalists and media executives in Colombia. He studied law at the University of the Andes and he's been working for thirty-five year career in journalism. He started in 1979 as editor of 'Alternativa' magazine, he was a reporter for 'El Heraldo' de Barranquilla and editor-in-chief of daily 'Diario del Caribe' in the same city; he was reporter and political editor of El Tiempo, director of 'Noticiero TV Hoy" and "Viva FM" of Caracol Radio, director and columnist at Semana weekly magazine, editor and columnist of 'Cambio' magazine and director of the Mexico edition of that same publication for three years. In 2003 he served as General Editor of El Tiempo, where he is now the Managing Director . He has won several journalism awards amongst which the Simon Bolivar and CPB in Colombia, and the Ortega y Gasset prize, awarded by the daily El Pais of Spain.

  • Head of Digital Editorial Capability, Fairfax Media, Australia

    Julie Posetti is an award-winning Australian journalist and academic. Posetti is the author of a major UNESCO study, Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age, just published in affiliation with WAN-IFRA. She is the Head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media (publisher of Australia’s oldest newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age). A former editor, presenter and reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti was based in Paris as Research Fellow and Editor with the World Editors Forum and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in 2014/2015. Previously an Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Journalism at two Australian universities, she is currently a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Posetti has consulted widely to media organisations on the digital transformation of journalism, and delivered extensive social media training. Her primary research interests are source protection and freedom of expression, social journalism, newsroom transformation, and reportage of refugees and asylum seekers. Follow her on Twitter: @JuliePosetti

  • SVP Revenue, Hearst Newspapers Digital, USA

    As the SVP of Revenue at Hearst Newspapers, Pourmand owns and is responsible for the expansion of all digital subscription efforts, development of new revenue-focused products, and leads Hearst Newspapers data-driven product development and digital marketing efforts. Prior to his appointment at Hearst, Pourmand served as vice president of product management, consumer revenue for Tribune Publishing. Previously he worked at The New York Times as executive director, head of project management, and program director, subscription revenue/NYT beta/continuous delivery. He received a bachelor’s of science from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a master’s of science, information systems, from Long Island University. 

  • Vice President - Materials, Malayala Manorama, India

    P P Prakash currently holding the position, Vice President – Materials at Malayala Manorama, Kerala. He is a Chemical Engineer from Trichur Engineering College, Kerala. Before joining at Manorama he worked in Steel Authority of India, Rourkela where he started his career as a Graduate Engineer and reached top position as Chief Materials Manager. After his service at Steel Authority of India Ltd he had joined Malayala Manorama in 1999.

    Besides he is life-time Member of IIMM and member of Institution of Chemical Engineers, India.

  • Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development,The Washington Post

    Shailesh Prakash is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development at The Washington Post. He is responsible for all aspects of Product Development and Technology, including web, mobile, video, print and advertising. Under his leadership, and in close partnership with the newsroom, The Post has seen tremendous digital growth. The Post’s digital audience hit an all-time high in November 2016, reaching 107 million unique visitors in the U.S. alone. The Post also had the largest mobile audience of any individual news/information site in the US in October 2016.

    AdWeek named The Washington Post the “Hottest Digital Publication” in 2016. In 2015, Fast Company magazine named The Washington Post “The World’s Most Innovative Media Company” and Digiday recognized The Post as “Most Innovative Publisher.”

    Prakash has also spearheaded the development of Arc Publishing, The Post’s rapidly growing softwareas-as-service business. This state-of-the-art digital platform and suite of tools is engineered to meet the needs of modern publishers and currently serves more than a dozen clients in the U.S. and around the world.

    Shailesh has an extensive track record in senior positions spanning multiple industries. He began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley moving to positions of increasing responsibility at Sun Microsystems and Netscape and Microsoft where he was a key member of the Bing search engine.

    Before coming to The Washington Post in August 2011, he was the Vice President in charge of Technology for Sears Holdings, where he oversaw end-to-end technology functions for sears.com, kmart.com, craftsman.com and kenmore.com, which collectively generate more than $3 billion in annual e-Commerce revenue.

    An engineer at heart and by training, Shailesh holds a BS in Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai, a MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an MBA from Georgia State University.

  • Audience Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien GmbH, Germany

    Christopher Pramstaller, Audience Editor at SZ.de, the news website of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. As a member of the Audience Analytics Team he works at the interface between editorial staff and product management – always trying to enable both sides to learn and benefit from each other.

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