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  • Publisher & CEO, El Nacional, Venezuela

    Miguel Henrique is the President and CEO of El Nacional, one of Venezuela's last standing critical media voices to the current regime. Since 2015, runs his newspaper in exile from Madrid. Venezuela's government is pursuing him for several politically motivated lawsuits and has publically threatened to jail him in case he returns to his country.

    Miguel Henrique Otero was born in 1947 and holds a Mathematics degree from the Central University of Venezuela. After doing a postgraduate degree in Business Administration, in the university, he traveled to England where he studied Economics at Churchill College, Cambridge University. On his return to the country, he began the extensive activity, both in the private and public sectors, which has continued until today.

    In what regards daily ​​El Nacional, Otero has been Managing Director of the newspaper, CEO and Chairman of the Board. He has also been vice president of the Bloque de Prensa, the main press association in Venezuela. He has been author and promoter of successive innovations: creation of sections and media outlets, who have always had the novelty category. In Venezuela he's recognized as the pioneer of the professional use of new technologies both in the journalism profession and in the management of media companies. 

    His experience and wide knowledge of institutions have been applied not only in his national daily, but also in business schools (IESA), not-for-profit organizations (Red Cross of Venezuela, Artisan Foundation Colonia Tovar ), human rights organizations (SIP/IAPA), cultural organizations (Ateneo de Caracas), international business associations (he's former President of Grupo de Diarios America, member of the Board of the Inter American Press Association and of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA).

  • Managing Editor for Digital at Nation Media Group

    CHURCHILL OTIENO, a pioneer in online journalism in Kenya with more than 15 year’s experience in digital media, is the MANAGING EDITOR FOR DIGITAL at Nation Media Group. Secondly, he is a professional leader serving as the Secretary for Digital Media at the Kenya Editors Guild. He is also a scholar with several peer-reviewed articles on social media and digital journalism published in academic journals and professional publications. [Twitter: @OtienoC]

  • Principal Director, Accenture Research, United Kingdom

    Armen Ovanessoff is Principal Director at Accenture Research. His focus is on global economic and business trends and he leads the firm’s research activities in Latin America. 

    Armen's opinions and research insights are regularly featured in economics and business journals and publications. His consulting has supported the development of international business strategies and operating models for Accenture and its multinational clients across industries. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events on issues related to competitiveness and growth, with a regular presence in the media. His recent research topics include artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, productivity, collaborative innovation and economic nationalism.

    Formally based in London, Armen established Accenture’s research bureau in India which he ran from New Delhi; he also helped build the bureau in China and is currently living in Latin America, having set up the bureau in São Paulo, Brazil. His research often involves collaboration with academics and business practitioners around the world.

    Armen also helps manage Accenture's strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum, representing Accenture's point of view on global issues among leaders from business, policy and society. This covers a wide range of topics, including global trends in consumption, the digital economy, sustainable growth and innovation.

    This covers a wide range of topics, including global trends in consumption, the digital economy,
    sustainable growth and innovation.

  • Managing Editor, The Local Europe, Sweden

    Paul O'Mahony is managing editor of The Local Europe, a network of nine sites covering the continent's news in English. He has lived in Sweden for almost 20 years and previously worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief of thelocal.se, the network's first national edition. Paul joined the digital-only publication as its first full-time employee in 2006. He is currently overseeing a shift to a membership model.

  • Associate Editor. Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), USA

    Daniel O'Maley, Ph.D., is the Associate Editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA). In this capacity he conducts research on changes in the global media environment, curates CIMA's blog, and manages the organization's social media presence. His policy portfolio includes Internet policy, Internet governance, and the implications of new digital technologies on media systems worldwide.

  • Chief General Manager - Works, Malayala Manorama Company Ltd

  • General Manager - Production, The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing, India

    Bhasi PT
  • Advisor, Eenadu, India

    Associated with Eenadu in the capacity of Advisor, I am part of the leadership team working on various business initiatives and oversee the Ad Marketing function. Prior to this I was Director in Management Consulting Division of A.F. Ferguson & Co., (A member firm of Deloitte)

  • Editor, The Hindu, THG Publishing, India

    Mukund Padmanabhan is the Editor of The Hindu. He was previously Editor of The Hindu Businessline. He has a Masters in Philosophy and worked briefly as a lecturer at the University of Delhi before switching to journalism. He worked for the magazine Sunday in Kolkata and the Indian Express before joining The Hindu in 1997. He is interested in and has written about politics, legal affairs, and literature. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he teaches law and advanced writing to post-graduate students. He curates two festivals of theatre and music — The Hindu Theatre Fest, and The Hindu November Fest — on behalf his newspaper group.

  • Loyalty Manager, Aftonbladet Plus, Sweden

    As early as 1998, she convinced the Swedish Stock Exchange CEOs to participate in Internet-based stock lists to evolve their IR strategy. In 2004 she took on the challenge to convert the food and wine advertisers' market budgets to Internet as sales manager at Tasteline until she took over as PM for Viktklubb.se to help the Swedish people to lose weight using Internet. Today Carina Pahl Skärlind is loyalty manager for Aftonbladet Plus that celebrated its 15th anniversary this august with over 250.000 subscribers.

  • Group Managing Director, The Manipal Group

    Gautham Pai

    Gautham Pai leads The Manipal Group (TMG) as its Promoter & Group Managing Director. The group publishes the Kannada language daily, Udayavani. Being the third-generation of the renowned ‘Pai family’ of Manipal, India, he took on the reins of business during his engineering education and believed in a well-charted course of modernisation, expansions, joint ventures and acquisitions in diverse segments. Leveraging on the Group’s Core Values, Gautham’s strategy is oriented towards building a sustainable high-growth, value creating & profitable organization.

  • Promotion manager for Marketing Communication, KOMPAS

    Tarrence has been Promotion Manager for Marketing Communication since 2012 at Kompas Daily in Indonesia, which she joined in 2002 as a Promotion officer. She has a master degree in Marketing Communication from London School of Public Relations, Jakarta. And now she is also a lecturer in Faculty of Communication, Multimedia Nusantara University, Tangerang, Indonesia.

  • Senior Editor, Bali Post and GM, Bali Travel News

    I Gde Palgunadi is a Senior Editor at Bali Post and the General Manager of Bali Travel News.
    Since joining Bali Post in 1993, he has covered the culture and tourism beat extensively, traveling abroad regularly on assignments.
    A Social and Political Science graduate of Airlangga University, Mr Palgunadi is a regular face at WAN-IFRA events, having attended those in Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
  • Head of Business Development and Internationalization at Global Media Group, Portugal

    Own words: With more than 15 years of experience in the Media, Communication and Advertising market(s), I always worked in the areas of New Business and Partnerships, Marketing Management, Project Management, in close contact with IT/IS and Sales. Before my corporate / executive career, I have also successfully launched two start-ups. In my latest roles, as Deputy Director New Business / Innovation, I have developed, implemented and successfully managed short and long-term projects, most of them complex and with high impact on P&L, leading multidisciplinary teams. On top and beyond my very effective track record, these functions allowed me to have a strategic vision of business and an international network connected to different business areas, of which I highlight in particular the Portuguese and International Media, Internet and Technology companies.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Star, Philippines

    Ana Marie Pamintuan is the editor-in-chief of The Philippine Star, a Manila-based English daily broadsheet with the largest print circulation nationwide. Ms. Pamintuan also writes a column three times a week in the main opinion section of the newspaper. Her columns tackle a wide range of issues.

    Ms. Pamintuan has been with The Star since it was launched in 1986. She started as a reporter, briefly covering the judiciary before covering the presidency of Corazon Aquino. In 1992 she joined the desk as news editor. She was promoted to associate editor, and then to managing editor before being named executive editor in 2002. She has served in her current post since Jan. 16, 2012.

    She received the “Print Journalist of the Year” award in 2012 from the Rotary Club of Manila. The club, the oldest of its kind in Asia, has been handing out the award since 1966.

    Ms. Pamintuan finished AB Journalism with honors at the University of the Philippines, where the College of Mass Communications picked her as Outstanding Alumna for Journalism during UP’s centennial celebration in 2008.

    On April 10, 2015, she received an award as an outstanding native of Pangasinan, the province of her paternal grandmother, on its 435th founding anniversary. The Asna award (asna means salt, referring to “salt of the Earth”) recognized her for journalism.

    Ms. Pamintuan has covered various beats from security, local government and national politics. She was a Jefferson Fellow and Senior Journalism Fellow at the East West Center in Hawaii, and has participated in several other journalism fellowships in the United States. She has also been a speaker at various forums in the Philippines and overseas.

    In March 2011, she was the lone participant from the Philippines invited to the first International Conference of WomenMedia Leaders, organized in Washington by the International Women’s Media Foundation together with George Washington University to discuss gender equity in media around the world.

  • Partnership Strategist, Newsela, USA

    Mark Pan is Newsela’s Partnership Strategist, focused on developing and scaling partnerships that transform the way students develop nonfiction fluency and critical thinking skills: through the news.

    Launched in June 2013, Newsela strives toward its mission of unlocking the written word for everyone by publishing high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using Newsela’s proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. News articles are adapted from partners such as AP, Washington Post, and The Guardian. Now, the news is becoming an integral piece to students and teachers across the country— 75% of all schools in the U.S. use Newsela.

    Prior to Newsela, Pan was an early employee at Coursera, leading their Partnerships team in new revenue generation and partner satisfaction.

    His interest for scaling education through technology stems from his experience teaching ESL in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

  • National Editor, DB Corp., India

  • Executive Editor VR, The Guardian, UK

    Francesca Panetta is Executive editor, VR at the Guardian. She leads the Guardian’s virtual reality studio. 6x9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement was the Guardian’s first VR piece and won plaudits from sources as diverse as the Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro and, most recently, The White House. The studio are now working on a slate of piece for release over the next year. Francesca’s work at the Guardian has focused on innovation and storytelling. She has commissioned and directed flagship pieces such as Firestorm, The Shirt on Your Back, the View from the Shard, The First World War.

  • Editorial Director, Pulzo.com, Colombia

    Hernando Paniagua is a Colombian journalist with 18 years of experience in the digital world and important performance in several of the most important media in Latin America: he was general editor of the online version of El Tiempo and director of digital portals in Caracol Television. He directed the multimedia table of the Spanish Agency EFE in America and was managing editor of Univision Deportes Digital. Today he is at the forefront of the editorial strategy in Pulzo, the largest digital native media company in Colombia.

  • President of ASIG (Associazione Stampatori Italiana Giornali)

    Gianni Paolucci

    President ASIG
    April 2012 - Present

    International Key Project at EmmeGI Group
    September 2015 – Present
    Study and development of international projects (business plan assessment and development possibilities per country)

    Freelance Professional
    May 2015 – Present
    Business consulting and management

    Director of Daily Operations at RCS MediaGroup
    April 1999 – January 2015

    Education
    Univesity: Sociology and Economics , Multiple Management and Specialist Courses, 1978–1982
    Activities and Societies: RSPP Certificate

  • Founder, Brand-Building.com, India

  • CEO, vPhrase

    Neerav Parekh is the founder and CEO of vPhrase. Neerav has more than a decade's experience working in different roles and setting up businesses in Technology, Marketing and Finance. After completing his MBA from NMIMS, Neerav worked at Citibank and then co-founded startups in technology and marketing space before founding vPhrase. Neerav has received the prestigious Leader in Innovation Fellowship from Royal Academy of Engineering UK. He is a thought leader in the areas of business intelligence and data science, is an advisor to institutes teaching data science and regularly speaks at events including those by the Government of India, CII, NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM and more.
  • Founder and CEO, vPhrase, India

    Neerav Parekh

    Neerav is the founder and CEO of vPhrase, an Artificial Intelligence and Natural Langugage Generation company, that helps it's clients communicate insights from data, in a personalised way, at scale. Neerav has more than a decade's experience working in different roles and setting up businesses in Technology, Marketing and Finance. After completing his MBA from NMIMS, Neerav worked at Citibank before co-founding a fully online payroll application, eVetan. He then co-founded a digital marketing agency focussed on ecommerce before starting vPhrase.

  • Content Strategist, Mediati

    Simon Park works as a content strategist for Mediati, a Seoul-based media startup accelerator. He helps young media companies plan, test, publish, examine their content. 

    At Mediati, Park also works as a consultant for legacy media companies which are having problems in creating mobile and digital content. After decades of near market domination, most Korean newspapers and television networks are facing steep challenges from big digital platform companies. Mediati is helping the media scene evolve in South Korea. 

    Park has an eclectic range of interests and writes regularly for various media outlets on media, technology, design, and American politics.

  • Nanyang Technology University

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