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  • Assistant Vice President, The Hindu, India

  • Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

    Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism and technology, with a particular interest in the Middle East. Dr. Radsch has spent her career developing a 360-degree perspective on how journalism and human rights can empower citizens through her work as a journalist, an academic, an international civil servant, and program manager. As Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists she frequently speaks about these issues in the media and at events such as the Internet Governance Forum. She is editor of UNESCO’s flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" and contributed to the conceptualization of the “internet universality” framework. Dr. Radsch started her career in journalism at the Daily Star in Lebanon, followed by a position with The New York Times, and then Al Arabiya in Dubai,

    Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, a master's of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She blogs at Arab Media and the Huffington Post, and has written for a range of publications. She is also the author of several book chapters and monographs. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr

  • Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland

    Stephen Rae is Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland’s largest media group. INM is the market leader in online news and in the daily, Sunday and regional newspaper sectors.

    Stephen has led the group’s online transition, building a seven-day Platform Neutral newsroom, making Independent.ie the largest and fastest growing news source in Ireland. He designed the central editorial hub which produces journalism for all of the group’s news, sport and entertainment platforms – both online and print. Previously, Stephen was editor of the Irish Independent newspaper and before that edited the Evening Herald. Stephen is a qualified barrister-at-law and criminologist.

  • CEO, Indian Express Digital Media Services, India

    Durga Raghunath is responsible for managing the business and editorial operations of all digital brands of India’s Express Group. She is the founder-CEO of Firstpost, India's first exclusively digital newsroom and was CEO of Network 18 digital, overseeing Moneycontrol, IBNLive, News18, Firstpost, Burrp!, In.com and regional media products.

    Raghunath started out in book publishing in India and with HarperCollins in New York. She co-founded and was CEO of Juggernaut Books, a digital-first publishing startup, focused on creating new genres of ebooks and a writing platform for the Indian public on their smartphones.

    She is a Facebook #SheleadsTech Mentor and has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Publishing Degree from Columbia University in New York City. 

  • Senior Producer, Al Jazeer, USA.

    Shadi Rahimi is the Senior Producer of a news gathering unit she founded at AJ+ that earns millions of views on Facebook. She was previously Acting Executive Producer of the social media team that helped AJ+ become one of the top 10 biggest video publishers on Facebook. She was one of the first journalists ever to use Facebook Live to broadcast – and did so in Europe reporting on the refugee crisis. She was awarded Al Jazeera's top honor, given once a year to only one person in each entity of the Al Jazeera Media Network, for her contribution to its winning two Webby Awards and one Shorty Award. Shadi has been working in digital media for 10 years, beginning at The New York Times.

  • Head of Development, News and Current Affairs at YLE, Helsinki

    Mika Rahkonen is responsible for the development of new services, programs and strategy for Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) News and Current Affairs. Sometimes that means re-newing things that have sort of expired, but sometimes it really is trying to re-invent the news. Big themes recently have been personalisation 3.0, automated journalism and audience insights. Mika has also led the newsroom as a managing editor in Yle News, and before that he worked 10 years in the business news department.

  • President, Moat, USA

    Aniq Rahman is president of Moat, an analytics and intelligence company focused on digital advertising. Moat develops technologies to help brand advertisers and publishers evaluate and optimize digital advertising by measuring attention. Prior to Moat, Rahman was CEO of Instinctiv (acquired by SoundCloud), a venture-backed technology company that produced desktop and mobile multimedia software. Rahman actively advises and invests in technology companies, and is a venture partner at Vast Ventures. Rahman was an early part of the team at Behance (acquired by Adobe). In 2012, Rahman was named to Business Insider's "25 Under 25 in NY."

  • Publisher, El Mostrador, Chile

    Max Raide studied law at the Los Andes University. He has been a columnist and journalist collaborator of the newspaper La Segunda, El Mercurio (Economy and Business), of the Capital Magazine, Poder Magazine,  El Mostrador Newspaper and Americas Q Magazine (New York).

    He was elected in 2006 by Caras Ego Magazine(Televisa) as the Entrepreneur or the year, in 2007 Capital Magazine made him a Profile as one of the young leaders  with more projection in Chile, and 2009 was awarded by the Investigation Police for their Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He has been a permanent guest since 2008 at theASCOA Conference in New York (United Nations) and Washington (White House) by the Council of the Americas which chairs David Rockefeller and Susan Segal.

    In 2006, founded Jóvenes Líderes, in partnership with Economy and Business (El Mercurio) with the objective of motivating young university students and secondary students to participate in public, social and entrepreneurial programs, regardless of their social, political and religious condition. Being one of the first institutions to raise the problems of high indebtedness of young people, the poor quality of social housing, among other issues, in public opinion. More than 20 thousand young people have participated actively in all Chile.

     He was invited by Agustín Edwards, President of El Mercurio to be Director from 2010 to 2013 of Corporation Mañana, focused on reinserting in the companies people with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and who have managed to be rehabilitated.

    In 2008 founded with his brothers Domingo and Juan Pablo, the company Leadership Group focused on the gastronomic area (Coffe shop Meetpoint and Restaurant Las Cujas), in the cultural area promoting emerging artists (Arts & Flavors) and in the social area through events for entrepreneurs and young executives looking to generate networking (Tardes & Noches). In total, 45 people work daily in this company and more than 100 thousand people have participated in all these instances.

     The Leadership Forum was founded in 2014 as an instance of meeting among the different sectors of society. They are held every month along with representatives from the public, business, cultural and educational world, and media.

    Since 2015, He was invited by Federico Joannon, Founder of El Mostrador to be the first “Publisher” of the newspaper El Mostrador,  consolidating it as an independent and 100% digital medium, with more than 3.0 million monthly readers, more than 1.5 followers en social network,  partnership with Financial Times, Bloomberg, BBC, and annual commercial growth of 75% (2016).

  • Deputy Chief Manager, BCCL, India

    Tonyraj Rajan started his career as an apprentice at Malayala Manorama Publications. After a short stint in commercial printing and a bachelor’s degree he joined the newspaper industry @ Times of India with whom he is associated since the past decade. He has extensive experience in press maintenance & operations and in development/management of consumables. He has led numerous projects on increasing operational efficiency and reducing wastages. At present he is leading the project on implementation of ISO 12647-3:2013 quality standards at TOI”

  • Senior VP, Khaleej Times

    Ravi Raman

    Ravi Raman is currently the Senior Vice President of Khaleej Times, one of UAE’s oldest and largest news media brands. In his current role he oversees the entire operation along with brand and business expansion. He has successfully augmented the group’s portfolio with digital assets, innovative offerings, native content solutions and events.

    Prior to joining Khaleej Times, he was Vice President and Associate Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East published out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He successfully set up the operations for the launch of the print and digital assets. Responsible for complete business planning, recruitment of talent, training and execution of the business plan, he grew the operations to 13 markets.

    He has been with media, publishing and communications industry for over two decades having worked with global brands like Bloomberg Businessweek, T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Telegraph and India Today Group.

  • Deputy National Editor - The Hindu

    Srinivasan Ramani

    Srinivasan Ramani is the deputy national editor of The Hindu. He also co-anchors the editorial and opinion pages of the newspaper and has previously worked with the Economic and Political Weekly as a senior member of the editorial team. Besides his primary interests in opinion journalism - in areas such as politics, public policy, international affairs, and analysis - Srinivasan has written a number of pieces in data journalism with focus in particular on electoral politics. He is the recipient of the Daksh-India Together fellowship on data journalism for the year 2014 to write a series of articles related to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Prior to his journalistic career, Srinivasan worked as a software consultant and analyst with Infosys Technologies Ltd. He is also trained in political science and comparative politics. 

  • Chief Digital Officer, PRISA News, Spain

    Noemí Ramírez is Chief Digital Officer at PRISA News (El País, As, among others) where she leads the Product, Analytics and Audience Development areas, accordingly to the business' strategy, objectives and digital transformation process. Previously, She was Product Director at PRISA Innovation, chief editor at El Mundo and worked at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the largest investigative journalism association in the US. She has a Master in Journalism from Missouri University, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. She is an habitual speaker at several digital media trends fora.

  • Director General Editorial, Organización Editorial Mexicana, Mexico

    Martha Ramos Sosa is the editorial director of the Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), the largest Mexican print media company and the largest newspaper company in Latin America. The company owns a large newswire service, it includes 70 Mexican daily newspapers, 24 radio stations and 44 websites.

    She serves as a member of the World Editors Forum advisory board.

    Martha is former editor, web of Publimetro Mexico and a former editorial director of Diario 24 Horas. 

  • Multimedia Reporter, Rappler

    Pia Ranada is a multimedia reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine President and Malacañang Palace. Before covering politics, she covered climate change, environment, agriculture, and disasters. She graduated magna cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication.

  • Chairperson, African Editors Forum and the Southern African Editors Forum; Group Ombudsman: Independent Media, South Africa

    Former African Independent editor Jovial Rantao was appointed as Independent Media’s press ombudsman in October 2016.

    Jovial is one of the most experienced editors in South Africa and is the chairperson of the African Editors Forum and the Southern African Editors Forum. His past editorships include African Independent, the Sunday Independent and Sunday Tribune.

  • Founder, GPR HR Consulting, India

    GP Rao is a Management Advisor and Founder of GPR HR Consulting LLP. Mr. Rao has more than 37 years of multi-business and multi- location experience in HRM. He has worked for SAIL, JK Group, SK Birla group and Reliance group in India and Malaysia.

  • Senior Global Business Correspondent, Voice TV, Thailand

    Mike Raomanachai is a Technology Anchor and Senior Technology Correspondent for Voice TV, a tv network in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Master Degree in Multimedia Communications at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, where he is inspired by technology industry in Silicon Valley. Mike is also a multimedia journalist who has been working on new reporting platforms such as live streaming and live blogging for the past 7 years

    Mike also serves as Asian American Journalists' Association, Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia)'s Vice President, representing Southeast Asia. He helps organizing the chapter's annual regional media conference "N3" as a programming co-chair. He also takes a responsibility as a board member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT), the largest press club of Southeast Asia. 

  • AI & Media Innovator & Entrepreneur, France

    Benoît is a digital & media innovator, senior advisor, keynote speaker and entrepreneur. In 2017, he launched Flint (hhtp://flint.media), a collaborative experience between humans and robots. Powered by his startup Trendsboard, Flint uses artificial intelligence to curate quality and tailored news content. As an advisor, Benoît Raphaël proposes a combination of ready-to-launch strategies based on data and creativity, and operational leadership. He has created many successful and innovative digital medias in France:

    • 2015 : he has successfully launched a new paywall model for the french local newspaper "Nice-Matin", based on crowdfunding, impact journalism and events.
    • 2012 : co-creator of a new disruptive media for the french national radio "Europe1"​ : Le Lab (lelab.europe1.fr).
    • 2011 : creator of "le Plus"​ (leplus.nouvelobs.com) a participative platform for the french news magazine "le nouvel Observateur"​.
    • 2007 : co-founder of Lepost.fr, a web-based news site launched by the french press group Le Monde.

    Benoît Raphaël is also partner and strategic advisor at Sans A_ (an impact journalism media created by millenials), content advisor at TedX Champs-Elysees (Women & Education) and co-founder of «Hub France IA»

  • Chief Operating Officer, Wijeya Newspapers Ltd, Sri Lanka

  • Senior Vice President - Strategic Planning, Brand & Business Development, Jagran Group, India.

    Basant Rathore is the Sr VP, Strategic Planning, Brand and Business Development at Jagran Group. In his earlier stint on the Media Planning side of the business, he has worked at agencies like Ogilvy, Mudra, Mindshare and Madison where he’s planned and bought media for leading brands across diverse categories ranging from Chocolates to Automobiles. An alumnus of the Shri Ram College of Commerce and a first batch pass out of MICA, he has conducted numerous workshops for working professionals and has taught Media Management at MICA for over 10 years as a visiting faculty. Has been with the Jagran group for the last 13 years. Under him, brand Dainik Jagran has emerged as the most awarded newspaper brand in India for a range of consumer engagement initiatives with several award wins at INMA, WAN IFRA, Effies, Abbys, ACEF, Golden Awards of Montreux, Echo Awards, Kyoorius, and WOW. 

  • Actor, writer, influencer, model, Vienna, Austria

    Maximiliam Ratzenböck works as a testimonial and scriptwriter for big Austrian companies. He tours the country with his own comedy programme, and does Youtube and Satire Videos for JoomBoosTV.

    Instagram: maximilian.ratzenboeck

    Snapchat: Ratzenboeck

  • Head of Marketing & Communications, APA - Austria Presse Agentur, Austria

    Barbara Rauchwarter is spokeswoman of the APA-group and since 2004 leads the Marketing and Communication Department. Rauchwarter has been in the organization since 1994 where she joined the editorial department before becoming the head of the Service-News area in the multimedia sector. She is member of the board of the Austrian Marketing Association (ÖMG) and guest speaker at FH Campus 02 in Graz. Furthermore, she is co-initiator of the event series “Digital Business Trends” (DBT), one of Austria’s leading networking-communities.

  • CTO, Postimees, Estonia

    Andrus Raudsalu has been at the forefront of the media and internet business in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) for the past 18 years. He co-founded Delfi that become the largest new media company in the Baltic States. Raudsalu served as CTO and CEO of Delfi Group. He is currently acting as CTO for Postimees - the largest daily newspaper in Estonia that operates also several popular web destinations. And also serving as CEO and producer in Nukufilm - the largest and oldest stop-motion animation studio in Northern Europe. Raudsalu has also been board member of the largest computer manufacturer in the Baltics.

  • CEO, CTO and Founder, Valossa Labs

    Mika Rautiainen, Ph.D., is the founder and chief executive officer of Valossa Labs, the deep content company. Mika has profound experience in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) for media content recognition systems and his innovations in AI have been integrated into Valossa’s content analysis engine, as well as the company’s emotion and expression recognition engine. Valossa’s AI platform can analyze videos in real-time to identify thousands of appearing concepts – including places, objects – from any video stream. Based on the latest deep learning techniques, the Valossa AI intelligence engine recognizes people, visual context, speech topics, video categories and other video entities at an unprecedented level of detail revealing higher level intelligence from deep, scene level information. Ultimately, the intelligence of the Valossa AI answers the question, "what are my videos about and how could I benefit from that information?”

    Mika is a senior research fellow at the University of Oulu, in northern Finland, which has one of the world’s most prestigious computer vision labs. His research background with media technology and systems dates back for the past 20 years. Mika has also worked as a researcher at the University of Maryland and at NEC’s C&C Central Research Labs, in Japan. His research interests are artificial intelligence and machine learning, multimedia information retrieval, computer vision and video content technologies.

    In Sept 2017, GrayMeta, a leading provider of professional media players and metadata solutions for content owners, signed a partnership with Valossa. Valossa Core API will be integrated into the GrayMeta Platform, enabling organizations to unify disparate platforms and services to quickly leverage the power of artificial intelligence via one platform and API to find and use assets. The companies will jointly deliver an enhanced experience for contextual content search for customers that own and produce large volumes of video. Valossa Core API, powered by a comprehensive video recognition engine, can simultaneously recognize people, visual concepts, audio events, spoken keywords, topic categories, and highlight explicit content, and provide market-leading utility to video management tasks. Valossa believes its video intelligence features will become standardized throughout the industry, as video-based companies seek greater monetization around content using intelligent discovery features.

  • DJ

    DJ Rita Ray is a Club DJ, broadcaster, presenter, curator, performer and compiler.  She presents the African music review for Focus On Africa on the BBC World Service.

    As a DJ, Rita plays the whole spectrum of global music, getting her start on the ‘ones and twos’ at the legendary Mambo Inn club nights in the 1990s, she was part of the exciting revitalization of the world music scene in London. As a curator she programmes international music festivals including the acclaimed refugee arts festival Celebrating Sanctuary and Amazing Africa. Rita co-presented the first two BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, compiled the annual CD and was later chair of the jury; other presentation highlights include the Festival in the Desert from Mali as well as WOMAD for BBC4. She is currently a jury member of AFRIMA The All Africa Music Awards, the exciting new initiative that in partnership with the African Union (AU), nurtures and rewards artistic excellence across the continent.

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