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  • Managing Director, Reuters Consumer, USA

    Isaac Showman leads Reuters consumer business, which includes Reuters TV, Reuters.com and Reuters mobile apps.

    Reuters TV a disruptive video news service that was launched by Isaac in February 2015. It creates a new category of “mid-form video” by offering an individually personalized news program that is simultaneously on-demand and up-to-date. The service reaches over 2M monthly active users and leads the industry for engagement.

    Reuters.com is one of the world’s largest news websites. With a focus on global breaking news it is evolving to become the leading source of global news for professionals.

    An innovator, Isaac joined Reuters, believing that the organization’s history and reach provided it a unique opportunity to reshape the future of journalism. He has responsibility for all aspects of Reuters consumer business, which has operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

    Previously he was a Vice President at The Economist Group, working in London and New York where he launched and and ran a number of online businesses. Prior to that he led the magazine’s marketing and subscription strategy.

  • Vice President, Ad Tech - Times Internet Limited, India

    Swapnil Shrivastav

    Swapnil is currently Heading AdTech for Times Internet. At Times internet Swapnil is responsible for building world class Adtech strategy. Prior to joining Times he had started 2 ventures of his own. One was sold to Exponential / Tribal fusion, the other was backed by Intel Capital. 

  • Country Director (India), NewsRepublic

    Radhika Shukla

    Radhika Shukla heads the Country Operations for News Republic in India. She is responsible for driving the revenue, marketing and growth of News Republic in India.  She has worked in Indian Mobile & Internet space for more than 11 years. Prior to joining News Republic, she was the Product Head- Digital at The Hindu Group of Publications where she was leading the digital initiatives and was responsible for Hindu’s product launches & revenue on mobile.

    Radhika has worked in New Product Development teams at Aircel and Airtel. She loves heights and depths- when not working you can find her trekking in Himalayas or scuba diving.  Radhika is an MBA from FMS, Delhi and Bachelors in Technology from IIT BHU.

  • Executive Director - International Relations, Guangzhou Daily Press Group, China

  • Journalist and Professor, University of Peace, San José, Costa Rica

  • Secretary of Public Media, Argentina

    Jorge Luis Sigal is a journalist and editor. He was designated by President Mauricio as Secretary of Public Media on December of 2015. He's in charge of Radio Televisión Argentina and Télam SE, the national state news agency.

    Born in the city of San Juan, Argentina, on August 5, 1953, Sigal was editor in several national media outlets, editor-in-chief of weeklies Somos and Gente (Editorial Atlántida) and Sunday editor of newspaper Página 12; he participated in the foundation - as editor-in-chief - of the newspaper Perfil in 1998 and was editor-in-chief of weekly magazine 3 Puntos until 2003. He also served as columnist for the newspaper Crítica, collaborated in the Focus and Opinion sections of La Nación newspaper, in the cultural weekly newspaper ADN and in Noticias magazine. Until March 2013 he was director of the publishing house Capital Intellectual SA.

    Previous to his current role in Macri's governmnet, he was a political analyst in Radio Continental, one of the most popular radio programs in Argentina. He was also a political analyst at newspaper Perfil and was part of the Executive Commission of the Club Político Argentino, a civil association composed of prestigious Argentina intellectuals and politicians.

  • Head of Industry - Media & Entertainment, Google India

  • Director of Video Content, Telegraph Media Group, UK

    Ben Sinden

    In May, Ben led the launch of 'Telegraph Video', a portal that will produce more than 30 news videos each day. He started out as a national magazine journalist before moving into television. Having worked for companies including ITV, BBC and The Shine Group, Ben moved into the digital world of video, working as Executive Producer for ITV’s Multiplatform Video team. Joining Videojug Networks in 2012 as Content Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2014, Ben has delivered online video strategies for agencies such as Carat, JWT and ZenithOptimedia as well as brands including John Lewis, Diageo and Haymarket, whilst monetising and building a distribution network for owned video content. Ben joined the Telegraph Media Group in Spring 2015 as Director of Video Content.

  • CEO, NDTV Group, India

    Suparna has been with NDTV for 25 years and has the highest-level experience in all aspects of NDTV functions: editorial in both broadcast TV and internet, revenue and cost management.

    She has helped NDTV create and run a major new property in NDTV Convergence, which is internationally recognised. It is and has always been a profitable venture (almost unheard of among similar internet news properties).

  • Chief Commercial & Digital Officer, Mediacorp, Singapore

     

     Parminder joined Mediacorp in March 2017 as the Chief Commercial and Digital Officer, driving commercialisation and digital efforts in the company. 

    As a seasoned business leader with top management experience across Asia Pacific & Middle East in organisations such as Twitter, Google, Apple and IBM, Parminder has an established track record of growing businesses by combining expertise in internet technologies with deep consumer insights. 

    On the humanitarian front, Parminder is a founding member of @incrisisrelief, one of the largest citizen-led disaster relief technology initiatives.

  • Vice President - Anandabazar Patrika and Ebela, ABP Group, India

  • CEO, Times Internet Ltd

    As a business leader, Gautam Sinha began his Times Internet journey over eight years back as the Chief Technology Officer and was elevated as the Chief Executive Officer at Times Internet; under his leadership Times Internet has become a strong contender in the pragmatic advertising space, filling the gap between search and networking by providing context to these digital interactions. Sinha’s experience as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive, building digital businesses has helped Times Internet move away from being a digital facilitator to one of the biggest media conglomerates in India, to become a conglomerate in-itself with diverse digital products and properties. As a technologist, Gautam Sinha has more than 30 years of global experience; beginning his career in 1986 as a defense scientist working on Dr Kalam's IGMDP program for DRDO, followed by his entrepreneurial journey, as chief operating officer and chief technology officer of CashEdge, a company based out of New York and California, which was acquired in 2011 for $465 million.

    Gautam holds a Bachelors’ degree in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Masters in Computer Science from University of Iowa.

  • Founder, Sirach Consulting, Germany

    Sabine Sirach consults for the newspaper industry: creativity, trends and innovations in newspaper production and cross-media. She was formerly Head of Product Marketing Newspaper at manroland web systems GmbH involved in product planning, market research, and strategic customer consulting. Sirach also was Editor-in-chief of customer newspaper "manroland Messenger".

  • Virtual Reality Evangelist, NextVR, USA

    Helen Situ

    Helen Situ is the Virtual Reality Evangelist at NextVR, the leader in live virtual reality entertainment. Helen is driven by passion to connect the world through VR shared experiences. Helen believes that virtual reality is the ultimate empathy machine, and Virtual Reality will completely change how we explore, experience, and share. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and she was hired as the 4th employee at NextVR. Helen is a reoccurring judge with the annual innovation contest: Big Ideas at Berkeley. In early 2016, Helen launched SH//FT, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for underrepresented groups in emerging technology. Follow Helen on Twitter and Medium @HelenSitu.

  • Director, Digitalization Strategy and Programs at Business Finland

    At Business Finland, Pekka Sivonen defines strategies for Digitalization Programs such as Artificial Intelligence, Platform Economy, 5G, Industrial Internet and Augmented Reality (AR/VR), and prepares a new program in the area of Smart Mobility covering all present and future forms of transportation.

  • Director Consumer Business - Schibsted Media

    Bård Skaar Viken is Director Consumer Business in Schibsted Media. In his position Bård is responsible for all user revenues across four major Norwegian news media brands: Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad and Fædrelandsvennen. He also oversees a portfolio of magazines, niche services and junior products.

    He joined Schibsted in August 2012 and has been in his current role since January 2017. Prior to his current role Bård has been Director Product and Consumer Business in Stavanger Aftenblad (2014-2015) and Director Digital User Revenues Schibsted Norway Subscription Media (2016)


    Since 2014 he has worked primarily on growing Schibsteds subscription business with a special focus on increasing the number of paying digital subscribers, refining paid content models, drive conversion/sales and improving the overall customer journey.


    He is a board member in the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association.

    Bård graduated from the University of Oslo in 2009 with a Master in Political Science and International Political Economy. He also has a Bachelor in International Studies.

  • Senior fact checker, Faktisk.no, Norway

    Silje S. Skiphamn is a senior fact checker and investigative reporter at Faktisk.no, Norway´s new groundbreaking fact-checking organization. She has worked as a news journalist and political reporter in several newspapers since 2008, among them VG, the largest Norwegian daily on paper and internet combined. Skiphamn is also chair woman of the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP). She holds a Bachelor´s degree in political science from the University of Oslo and has also studied journalism. 
  • Journaliste, ex rédacteur en chef associé et directeur de la stratégie éditoriale des plateformes et produits numériques du Toronto Star

    DAVID SKOK

    Skok has had a distinguished career in journalism both in Canada and the United States. Mostly recently he served as Associate Editor of Toronto Star. Before joining teh Toronto Star, he was Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital at the Boston Globe, where he oversaw all digital business and editorial groups. Before moving to Boston, Mr. Skok worked for Global News in Toronto where he was instrumental in launching Globalnews.ca, a site that grew rapidly in audience and journalistic quality, recording triple-digit annual growth. He also was a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012, the first Canadian digital journalist selected for this honor. He is the co-author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruption in Journalism, a Nieman Reports e-book he co-wrote with Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Forum for Growth and Innovation Fellow James Allworth. David Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current affairs program in Washington, D.C. He was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University’s journalism program and is a regular commentator on the future of media and journalism. David is a member of teh Board of Directors of the Online News Associations (ONA).

  • COO & President, Some Spider, USA

    Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating multiple identity-based digital brands each anchored by relevant content, community and soon commerce. 

    Smurl spent the last ten years at The New York Times in digital product development, paid content, advertising sales, strategic planning and business development roles. The latest is as general manager, core digital products, managing the performance and product evolution of core web and mobile products. 

  • Head - Russmedia Solutions, Austria

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Russia

    Sergei Sokolov was born in 1967 in Moscow and graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University in 1993 with a degree in International Journalism. He started working as a freelance correspondent with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in 1983 and became a correspondent in 1990. He became the head of the education section in 1993 and at the same time worked as a columnist and editor of the investigations desk. He was Deputy Chief Editor of the weekly Moscow News during 1994-1995 and has worked as a correspondent for the television programme 'The View'. Sergei specialises in military reporting, investigations into state corruption and other high-profile crimes. He taught at the Russian State Humanitarian University during between 1995-2005, where he led a course on investigative journalism. He currently works as the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief and Chief-Editor of the web portal at Novaya Gazeta.

  • CEO/Editor, VGTV, Norway

    Helje Solberg is CEO/Editor of VGTV. For eight years she was the Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily on paper and internet combined. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994 and later took up positions as Editorial Department Manager, Sub Manager and Managing Editor. In 1995 she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud).She is on the board of World Editors Forum (WEF), the head of the organizing committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards. She is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association), a member of Oslo Editor Association and a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and political science at the University of Oslo, and international relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. Solberg is the author of “Karen ­ a history about” (1996).
  • Digital Editor, DB Medialab AS, Norway

  • Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa

    Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma.

    Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

    Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.

  • Head of Multimedia, Independent Media, South Africa

    Journalist and mobile journalism pioneer. Currently charged with driving multimedia content across all Independent Media platforms.

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