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  • 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.

  • Editor in Chief HuffPost

    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.

    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.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism, Australia

    Julie Posetti is a multi award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She has recently been appointed Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Centre for the Study of Journalism where she will lead the Institute’s new Journalism Innovation Project. Posetti is author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age, a major UN study covering 121 countries, published by UNESCO in 2017. Among other projects, she is currently collaborating on the production of a model curriculum on journalism and disinformation for UNESCO. In 2016/2017 she was Head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media (publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review) in Australia. A former editor, presenter and political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti was based in Paris as Research Fellow and Editor with the World Editors Forum in 2014/2015, where she edited the flagship annual Trends in Newsrooms report. She is currently a Journalism Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is completing her PhD.

  • 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. 

  • Producting Marketing Manager, Kompas Daily

    Eko Prabowo

    Eko Prabowo is Product Marketing Manager at Kompas Daily. He has 14 years’ experience in media research, print circulation, advertising, and innovation, especially in digital media products.

  • 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, USA

    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.

  • Founder, Culture Machine

    Venkat Prasad

    Venkat has had a remarkable career spanning over almost two decades working with moguls of the digital world including YouTube, Google, and Yahoo, Intuit where his vision to create a pioneer digital video company was born. With the massive on-going shift in India  from traditional medium to online content, Venkat saw an opportunity to create Culture Machine a company imbibed with the philosophy of making cutting edge video content to cater to the highly volatile digital market. Thus Culture Machine was co-founded to bridge this gap, manage and sustain online consumption of entertainment content and also provide a platform for young talents across the country to create, nurture and exemplify themselves across digital video avenues. His vision for Culture Machine is to set a precedent for digital video media formats in India and grow to become the largest youth focused digital entertainment network in South Asia.

  • Former Editor - In-Chief, Outlook, India

    Krishna Prasad is former Editor-in-Chief of 'Outlook', and a former member of the Press Council of India.

    In a 32-year career, Krishna Prasad has worked in four cities and six publications, and taught journalism on three continents. 

    He has edited three books and publishes two globally recognised blogs, and appears regularly on news TV.

  • VP of Product, Chartbeat, USA

  • CEO of YehBaby Digital Creatives and Media Consultants

    Ivor Price is one of South Africa's most celebrated journalists. His illustrious career in print media includes international experience as a foreign correspondent for Media24, as well as media training for WAN-IFRA. Furthermore, he is a multi award winning television and radio presenter.

  • Founder, FayerWayer, Betazeta Networks, Aardvark Labs, and ImageMaker Studios, Chile

    Leo Prieto pioneered the internet industry in Latin America with ImageMaker, a company he founded in 1996 at age 16, that later became an award-winning web development agency working with some of the biggest clients in the region. He sold this company in 2004.

    In 2005 he developed a blogging addiction and founded FayerWayer, which since 2011 is the #1 Spanish-language blog in the world.

    With FayerWayer as the cornerstone he co-founded Betazeta to realize the dream of revolutionizing the way mass media works, by disrupting the editorial process, developing unique technology and creating new ways of monetizing beyond advertising.

    Today Betazeta is largest network of independent content communities in Latin America, gathering over 10 million users each month.

    He has been selected an Endeavor Global Entrepreneur (2009), Latin Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Chilean Entrepreneur of the Year (2011), The GOOD 100 (2013), 30 under 30 (2008), 100 Young Leaders (2006), Top 100 International Web Developers (2001), amongst other recognitions, and has been invited to speak at major events including SXSW (Austin, TX), Campus Party (Brazil), La Red Innova (Spain), OMExpo (Brazil and Spain), FiiS (Chile), and WebCongress (Miami).

  • VP, Digital Business Development, La Presse+ Platform

    Chris Prinos is VP, Digital Business Development of La Presse+ Platform. He spent over 15 years as a leader across multiple disciplines including marketing, pre-sales, business development, and project management. During his tenure, Christopher developed a commanding knowledge of the media software landscape and worked actively to both promote and implement editorial, advertising, customer relationship management, production, self-service, mobile, and tablet platforms.

    As Director of Business Development, Christopher was responsible for the successful sale and implementation of cloud-based solutions for thousands of users across hundreds of newspapers including enterprise contracts with Gannett Co., Tribune Publishing, News Corporation, Hearst Newspapers, The Washington Post, and dozens of others.

  • Digital Editor - BBC Hindi

    Rajesh Priyadarshi

    As Digital Editor, Rajesh leads digital journalism to expand the BBC’s reach in India’s Hindi digital market.  Rajesh, who has over 22 years’ experience of print, radio, online and TV journalism, focuses on bringing together the best of all mobile and social platforms. In last 18 months, in his leadership BBC Hindi has launched LINE, Audioboom and Instagram official accounts and revamped the Youtube channel. He was the leading member of the team that launched the BBC Hindi website, bbchindi.com. 

  • Program Director, Element AI

    Sébastien Provencher

     

    Sébastien Provencher is Director, Strategy & Solutions, and one of the early employees at Element AI (Twitter: @element_ai). Serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience successfully building digital products and services, Sébastien’s recent roles include Vice-President stints at HomeAdvisor and Acquisio. He co-founded two startups, including VC-funded Needium, where he worked as Vice President, Product Management and Business Development between 2007 and 2012. From 1999 to 2007 he played an instrumental role in formulating Yellow Pages Group’s online strategy in Canada. Sébastien is also mentor in the startup accelerator FounderFuel and adviser to several young tech companies. He can be found on Twitter at @sebprovencher.

  • CEO, Thirdpresence

    Valtteri, CEO at Thirdpresence (a video advertising company founded in 2007), is a seasoned ad tech and technology leader with deep roots in the mobile applications industry. Prior to Thirdpresence Valtteri led a multinational growth organization of 200 people in the mobile marketing industry (Zed), managing an annual revenue of $150 million. Valtteri has a keen interest in building the digital video advertising market and has contributed to the IAB Digital Video Advertising Guide.

    Thirdpresence provides AI-powered programmatic video advertising with industry-leading MOAT viewability rates in brand advertising. Thirdpresence creates the best in-app brand environment and user experience for video advertising. Match your branding objectives with a large-scale video audience and get results. The company has offices in Helsinki, New York, and London.

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