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  • Founder & CEO, Coconuts Media

    Byron Perry is the Founder and CEO of Coconuts Media, an online news publisher reaching up to 26 million people per month.     The Coconuts.co network of city news websites was launched in 2011 and now runs in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, KL, Jakarta, Bali and Yangon, receiving up to 4.2 million monthly unique visitors.    Under the Coconuts TV brand, the company produces original documentaries exploring the weird and wondrous stories of Asia, which have been sold to Netflix, iflix, Fusion (USA), RTL (Germany), and ABS-CBN (Philippines).   Byron previously worked at Variety magazine in Los Angeles and attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is a board member of the Society of Publishers in Asia.  
  • Product Marketing, Media Monetization, Facebook, USA

    Ben leads product marketing for Facebook’s portfolio of news monetization products, working with both publishers and engineering teams to design and build products that drive publishers’ businesses forward. His work has ranged from Instant Articles to ad tech, with a current focus on products supporting subscriptions businesses. Prior to joining Facebook, Ben worked in the strategy group at The New York Times, where he worked on the Times’ digital subscription model and new product strategy. Ben received a MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Williams College. He lives in San Francisco.

  • Deputy Head of Digital, The Times & Sunday Times, UK

    Nick helps leads the Times and Sunday Times digital strategy team who cover a range of specialist output for the two titles. From multimedia and podcasts through to audience development, an award winning computational data investigations team and a newsroom based development team they guide the titles forward as they expand their digital operation.    He was previously at The Telegraph and the Guardian and co-founded WannabeHacks.co.uk
  • SVP of Product Development and Operations, RBS Group, Brazil

    Andiara Petterle is an entrepreneur and executive of the digital market since 1998. Currently, she is senior vice-president of Product Development and Operations at Grupo RBS. Previously she was vice president Newspapers and Digital Media for the same group. Before joining RBS, Petterle was the Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at e.Bricks, RBS’s investment company focused on the digital industry. At e.Bricks, she acted as an advisor to several technology, e-commerce and media companies. She founded Grupo Bolsa de Mulher, one of the largest women's digital media companies in Latin America, and was CEO of Predicta and other digital companies in the country. Petterle has a bachelor and a master’s degree in Social Communications from PUC-RJ, was an invited researcher at Brown University, and has participated in business training programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • Associate Professor at Kristiania University College

    Dr. Lene Pettersen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Innovation, marketing and economics at Kristiania University College, in Oslo, Norway. Pettersen researches, publishes and lectures about strategy, digital economy, digitalization, social media, social enterprise media, business models in the new media landscape, privacy, collaboration, the sharing economy, interaction design, artificial intelligence, amongst others.

  • CEO, WAN-IFRA, France

    Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1 October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite,” the French government’s response to the economic difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research.

  • 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.

  • Photojournalist, AFP, Brazil

    Agence France-Presse (AFP) photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Assignments abroad in Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, United States, Panama and Cuba. Worked as a staff photographer (2012-2014) to the Latin American news website Terra Networks. Between 2014 and mid-2017, freelancer photojournalist of Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, ESPN, El País, Folha de São Paulo, Estadão, Vozerio, Deutsche Welle, Transparency International, Veja, Uol and El Mundo.

  • Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, UK

    Nick Pimm is the Vice President Commercial Partnerships at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, based in London. His team is focused on creating mutually profitable and sustainable commercial partnerships across all of the elite Dow Jones brands to grow the Dow Jones franchise while giving customers an excellent experience.

  • 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.

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