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  • CEO & Founder, NIMEH & Partners, Austria

    George is the founder and CEO of NIMEH & Partners, the agency for changing times.
    Founded in 2016, NIMEH & Partners combines strategy, innovation, content marketing,
    research and product development for businesses seeking to succeed in modern times.
    George Nimeh is a proven digital entrepreneur with over 20 years experience within the
    media, marketing and communication industries both in Europe and in the USA.
    His 2015 TEDx Vienna talk “What if there was no advertising” has been very well received.
    In 2015, George won the first INMA Scholarship at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership
    and is currently enrolled in the school’s eMBA program. In September, he resigned from his
    role as Chief Digital Officer at KURIER to found Nimeh & Partners GmbH. In February,
    Google announced that NewsGenie, a millennial media project from NIMEH & Partners,
    would received funding as part of the European-wide Digital News Initiative.
    George served 4 years as the Chief Digital Officer at KURIER, a leading Austrian media
    company. There, he led the strategy and directed teams that successfully redesigned the
    entire digital business. He and his team finished in second place (behind the Guardian) at
    WAN-IFRA’s European Digital Media Awards for the “Best News Website” in 2014. In 2015,
    KURIER won first place in the WAN-IFRA World Digital Media Awards for "Best Digital
    Advertising Campaign 2015".
    Earlier in his career, George helped to market and launch NYTimes.com and Chase
    Manhattan Bank's first online banking service. He was the first employee at iwon.com, a
    highly successful CBS-backed startup which sold to Ask.com for $480M. As Digital Director
    and Editor-in-Chief at Red Bull, he created event and athlete sites whilst working on the
    brand’s first dotcom and social networking projects. As founder of iris Digital and a partner
    of iris Worldwide, he grew the business from nought to over £10M/year and 120 people in
    offices around the world.
    George writes for “Horizont” and “Werbeplanung Magazine” and is a sought-after speaker
    at events including TEDx, WAN-IFRA, INMA, Werbeplanung Summit, Google Think
    Publishing, and many others. George lectures at the University of Vienna’s and at the
    FHWien University of Applied Sciences. He is happily married, the proud father of two lovely
    girls, skis deep powder, and tweets a lot, too

  • Head of Business Development & Innovation, Nettavisen, Norway

    Pål Nisja-Wilhelmsen is Nettavisen’s head of business development and innovation. Nettavisen is Norways only digital-first national news source with visitors across all of Norway. Pål is a true digital pioneer with experience starting a dotcom-company, working in the advertising industry and over 20 years kickstarting everything from the first online classified in Norway, the first dating site and community, online magazines and working with the first norwegian blogs. Påls session will center around Netavisen’s innovative approach to utilize cross-market collaboration to battle the duopoly dependency.

  • Head of Yle News Lab; Yle News, Sports & Current Affairs at Finnish Broadcasting Company

    Jukka Niva is the Head of Media Lab at Yle News & Current Affairs. He is responsible for the unit that develops new forms of journalism, new services and programs at Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company). Jukka will be a three-month visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in summer 2018, focusing on how political power is used in the digital society and how that affects news media.He served previously as the Yle News Acting Editor-in-chief, Head of Business News Desk, TV1 Business News host, TV1 morning show host, and foreign news reporter covering all topics and especially Iran.

  • Audience Editor, Clarín, Argentina

  • Media Account Manager, Chile & Brazil, Reuters, Brazil

  • Consultant and Media Strategist, Sweden

    Anette Novak is the former CEO of Rise Interactive, a Swedish ICT and design research institute focusing on interaction design and UX. Novak is also a member of the Tinius Trust Board of Directors since April 2017, vice president of Fojo Media institute and former board member of the World Editors Forum. In 2015-2016 she led a Media Policy Inquiry on behalf of the Swedish Government. She has a solid background from different managerial positions within the media sector. Until 2012, she was editor-in-chief of the regional media house Norran, where she attracted global attention for having launched collaborative journalism.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Austria

    Rainer Nowak is editor-in-chief and publisher of Die Presse, a daily quality newspaper of Styria Media Group. In 2013 Die Presse was voted Austria’s top journalism team of the year.

    With roughly 3.000 employees, Styria is one of the leading Media Groups in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia and owns 8 daily and over 130 weekly newspapers, numerous magazine and 6 book publishers, 2 radio stations and a share of a TV broadcaster. With over 34 Mio. Unique Clients per month, more than 30 portals in a wide range of areas, number 1 ranking in numerous topics and markets, Styria Media Group is also one of the most successful digital enterprises in the marketplace. The digital-portfolio of this Graz-based media group includes top-reach players such as Austria’s largest portal willhaben.at, njuskalo.hr in Croatia and bolha.com in Slovenia. Also included are top quality news sites on the inter-/national and regional level (e.g. diepresse.com, wirtschaftsblatt.at, vecernji.hr, 24sata.hr and kleinezeitung.at) along with community services such as ichkoche.at and klokanica.hr. Styria’s digital activities range from the incubation of proprietary business models on through the acquisition of existing portals to technical product development and marketing of its own IT-units in Vienna and Zagreb. It has also been very successful in developing and marketing mobile offers and business models.

     

  • Design Editor, JP/Politikens Hus A/S, Denmark

  • Programme Director, MA in Media Management, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Dr. Mats Nylund is Programme Director of MA in Media Management at Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki. His main research area is interaction and networks in media production. He is currently doing research on the social implications of blockchain technology and sharing economy.

  • Digital Director, Accenture Argentina

  • Group Digital Editor, Independent News & Media, Ireland

    Fionnuala O'Leary is the Group Digital Editor for Independent News & Media. She was previously a news executive with the company. For the past five years she has spearheaded INM’s digital success, growing its flagship digital title, Independent.ie to become Ireland's biggest news website.

    Fionnuala is also the CEO of a Hubble, a MarTech consultancy that uses computer science, artificial intelligence and authorship tracking to transfer audience and commissioning insights into other industries.

  • Director, Nordbayern Infonet

    Since 2008, Oberth has been director of online newsroom at nordbayern.de, the joint online platform of the Nürnberger Nachrichten and Nürnberger Zeitung. While working in the press department of the City of Nürnberg, he was involved in creating their first online offering. After he joined the newspaper group in 1996, he used this experience to build their online presence, including several websites for major events in the region. 

  • Gründerin & Beraterin für Automatisierung & Datenverarbeitung, Hamburg

    Freya Oehle studierte Finance & Accounting bevor sie 2013 zusammen mit einem Schulfreund aus dem Studium heraus spottster.com gründete. Innerhalb von 3 Jahren wuchs spottster zu einer europäischen Shoppingplattform heran, die die Preise und Produkte aus über 6000 Online Shops bündelte und den Shops dynamische Preissetzung ermöglichte. Nachdem die Gründer spottster 2017 zunächst eingestellt hatten, verkauften sie die Technologie Ende 2017 an ein Marketingunternehmen.Seither befinden sich Freya Oehle und ihr Mitgründer in der Neugründung und beraten internationale Unternehmen in Sachen Automatisierung & Datenverarbeitung.

  • Head of West Africa, BBC

    Toyosi Ogunseye Head of West Africa BBC

    Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC. She manages the operations and the five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. She has over 14 years experience as an investigative journalist on different beats like politics, crime, business, health and environment. Ogunseye was the first female editor in the 41-year history of Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper. She is the winner of the Presidential Precinct Inaugural Young Leader Award in the United States which she received alongside Secretary Madeline Albright. She also received the University of Ibadan’s Distinguished Award for Journalism Excellence in 2016.

    Ogunseye is a 2015 Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship Programme and a 2014 Laureate of the African Women in News Leadership Award given by the World Association of Newspapers. In 2014, she won journalism’s premier prize: The Knight International Journalism Award, making her the first Nigerian journalist to win the global award. 

    Ogunseye sits on the board of the World Editor’s Forum.  

  • Executive Director, Digital Business/ International Affairs, The Asahi Shimbun, Japan

    Executive Director of Digital Business/International Affairs at The Asahi Shimbun. An eminent journalist graduated from the faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tokyo University. Visiting Scientist at the Center for Civic Media at MIT Media Lab from 2013 to 2014 . She developed her career in the digital media at The Asahi Shimbun since 1999.

  • Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, BET International

    Alex Okosi is the driving force behind Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to Viacom’s powerhouse entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic and BET on the African continent.

    An 18-year veteran of the entertainment industry on 3 continents, with a broad background in marketing, affiliate sales, events, strategy and management, Okosi achieved a personal and industry milestone when he launched MTV Base, MTV’s 100th channel internationally, and Africa’s first bespoke MTV channel on 22 February 2005. His tenacity and belief in Africa soon paid significant dividends. VIMN Africa has become Viacom’s fastest growing international operation in terms of revenue growth - thanks to the rapid expansion of its footprint across Africa as a multi-portfolio brand distributed on multiple platforms including pay-TV, FTA, internet, SVOD and mobile platforms. Now in its thirteenth year, VIMN Africa delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network. Its collective footprint reaches 52 territories and more than 100 million viewers.

  • Head of Media Partnerships LATAM, Facebook, Brazil

    Head of LATAM Media Partnerships Facebook. Twenty years of expertise in telecommunications (TV and Radio) and digital properties. Worked in companies like Motorola, Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicação and ESPN. Is responsible for partnerships development in LATAM region with media groups, events and public figures with the objective to increase content distribution and discoverability over the platform, connecting audiences and generate conversations around the most important topics for each region.

  • Head of Latam PR & Corporate Communications, Accenture, Argentina

  • Consultant, Reader Revenue and Editorial, Sweden

    Sofia was previously CEO, editor-in-chief and publisher of Aftonbladet, the biggest news brand in Sweden. She has an extensive background in journalism and media, starting in her early twenties as a reporter at the local Swedish newspaper Borlänge Tidning. She has also been the sub-editor, entertainments editor and night manager at the regional newspaper Arbetarbladet. Between 1998 and 2006 she was the editor-in-chief and publisher at Dala-Demokraten and editor-in-chief and publisher of Norran. Between 2007 and 2018 she held various positions at Aftonbladet including administrative managing editor, HR manager, Head of Aftonbladet Online Academy, Head of the paid content department Plus and managing editor.

  • Editor in Chief, Schibsted Media Group

    Bernt Olufsen is a norwegian journalist, editor and media commentator, living in Oslo, Norway. Ha started his career as a reporter for regional newspaper Adresseavisen in 1975. Editor-in-Chief of Norway´s leading daily newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) 1994 – 2011.

    President of Schibsted Editors Forum 2007 – 2016. Various board asignments within media companies in Spain, France, Estonia and Norway 2011 – 2016. Trustee and board member of Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), London, 2015 -. Mentor for WAN IFRA in Myanmar and Vietnam since 2016. Head of Jury Investigative Journalism Awards in Norway. Media blog: berntoluf.wordpress.com/.

  • Founder, #HashtagOurStories, South Africa

    Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world, creating shows in every language.

  • Social Media Consultant and Founder of Social Video Company, HashtagOurStories, UK

    Sumaiya Omar is a social media consultant and founder of social video company HashtagOurStories. She specializes in outsourcing video post-production services to emerging markets, reducing costs for media houses and easing digital workflows so creatives can focus on telling better stories.

    Sumaiya has spent the last five years experimenting with emerging news platforms like Snapchat and Instagram in South Africa, India and the UK and has conducted mobile journalism workshops with broadcasters across Europe.

  • Head of Business Development, Zilliqa

    En Hui heads up business development at Zilliqa. She has extensive sales and distribution experience in financial services. Her prior roles include sales and distribution of ETFs and investment funds at BlackRock where she worked with asset managers and banks in the Southeast Asian market, and subsequently at JPMorgan Asset Management working with pension funds, insurance companies and banks in the region. En Hui is a CAIA charterholder.

  • CEO, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

    Peter Ong is a newspaper consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has redesigned newspapers and magazines in 12 countries from Samoa in the Pacific to Saudi Arabia. He was, until recently, the long-serving regional director for the Society for News Design. Peter has been a regular speaker at international newspaper conferences all over the world. He also conducts training programmes for media organisations. Peter is passionate about content development and new technologies and how both can work together for the betterment of the media.

  • Principal Consultant, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

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