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  • Digital Lead, BBC Africa, UK

    In her role as the Digital Lead for BBC World Service’s Africa Hub, Miriam Quansah oversees all the digital output from BBC Afrique (French for Africa), Pidgin, Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya  BBC Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi), BBC Hausa, BBC Somali, BBC Swahili as well as BBC World Service’s English-language output for Africa.  She is also responsible for ensuring the hub’s digital platform strategy and ensuring that BBC Africa is keeping pace with the rapidly evolving virtual world.

    As part of the BBC World Service expansion, which will see an addition of six new languages to the existing six, Miriam leads on this regional development's digital strategy, which will see the establishment of two digital innovation hubs in Lagos and Nairobi.

    Miriam is also in charge of BBC Africa’s ‘Mobile First’ initiative that seeks to make sure that BBC World Service is making the most of Africa’s mobile revolution. Against this backdrop, she works to ensure that the BBC is giving audiences in Africa the news and information they need, where they need it and when they need it.

    Before being appointed to her current position, Miriam was BBC Africa Social Media Producer, leading social-media products and engagement for BBC Africa and driving social-media content creation and social-media strategy across BBC Africa platforms. 

    Miriam joined BBC World Service in 2008 as a radio producer.

    Ghanaian-born Miriam graduated from the London School of Oriental and African Studies in Anthropology of Media. 

  • Deputy Executive Editor, Publico, Portugal

    Diogo is helping the legacy title transition to a digital-first media operation with a renewed focus on multimedia and storytelling. Before that he was the creative director who launched Observador.pt in 2014, and a creative consultant for the launch of Eco.pt in 2016. Diogo is also the organizer of the Portuguese group of the Online News Association and the author of Manual de Jornalismo Digital, a guidebook for digital journalists (in Portuguese). He has over twenty years of experience as a journalist, a multimedia producer and a documentary director - and he is also a PhD Student in Digital Media.

  • Senior Librarian, National Library

    Barbara is from the National Library Advocacy & Statutory Functions team that oversees the compliance of Legal Deposit in Singapore. Her work also covers the selection of donation, gifts and exchange materials for Lee Kong Chian Reference Library (LKCRL). In research and writing, she had co-authored a paper on “The value of print literacy in the education of young children in Singapore” which was published in The international journal of the book, volume 1 (2003). Internally, she had contributed a story on her alma mater in NLB’s flagship publication BiblioAsia titled “MGS memories at 11 Mount Sophia”. Prior to joining the library profession, she was in the editorial team of the Pioneer magazine and Pointer journal at the Ministry of Defence.

  • Foreign Editor, The Straits Times

    Audrey Quek started her career in journalism as a sub-editor before taking up a Singapore Press Holdings scholarship to further her studies at the National University of Singapore.
    After completing her degree in political science, she joined the newspaper’s Foreign Desk and was initially tasked with editing its regional pages.
    She has also helped edit the Comment and Analysis and Forum pages in The Straits Times. In 2015, she became Foreign Editor. She and her team in the newsroom and a network of correspondents in key cities around the globe are responsible for the coverage of world news in The Straits Times.

  • CEO & co-founder, NewsWhip, Dublin

    Paul is CEO and co-founder of NewsWhip, a technology company based in Dublin and New York. NewsWhip tracks the stories, videos and other content getting engagement online each day. Their technology is used by publishers including BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, Die Welt, Bild, The Guardian, and Expressen. Before founding NewsWhip, Paul worked as a lawyer in New York, but asks that you not hold that against him.

     

  • CEO & co-founder, NewsWhip, Dublin

    Paul is CEO and co-founder of NewsWhip, a technology company based in Dublin and New York. NewsWhip tracks the stories, videos and other content getting engagement online each day. Their technology is used by publishers including BuzzFeed, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, BBC, Yahoo!, Die Welt, Bild, The Guardian, and Expressen. Before founding NewsWhip, Paul worked as a lawyer in New York, but asks that you not hold that against him.

     

  • Director, La República, Colombia

    Doctor in Political Studies and Public Opinion, Director of the newspaper La República since 2009 and Radio commentator.

    University professor and journalist specialized in economics, finance and business.

    He has an extensive professional career: he worked at El País (Cali) El Tiempo and El Mundo, Madrid and for 10 years he was general editor of El Colombiano.

    He studied journalism at the Autonomous University of the West; he or she specialized in economics at the University of La Sabana; Studied in the University of Navarra and in the Advanced Executive Program of the Northwestern University.

    He is also a specialist in Senior Management at the University of Los Andes and author of the book "La Identidad y la Estructura del Diario Económico" (1996) and has written over three thousand editorials during his long career as a publishing house exec.

  • President, Society of News Design

    A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. She is an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. She is vice president for the Society for News Design and director of large-scale eyetracking research for Poynter on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits which has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world. Follow @saraquinn

  • 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.

  • Africa Director of the Media Development Investment Fund

    Bilal Randeree is Africa Director of Media Development Investment Fund, a mission-driven investment fund for independent news businesses in countries with a history of media oppression.

    MDIF provides affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news and information businesses in challenging environments, helping them to become financially sustainable. We invest in media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    MDIF has provided more than $164 million in affordable financing to over 113 businesses in 39 countries, media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. Our clients range from small local newspapers to national multi-platform broadcasters, in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Nepal.

  • 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.

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