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  • Editor-in-Chief, SME, Slovak Republic

    Beata Balogová is the editor-in-chief of the independent SME daily newspaper, one of the major dailies and news-sites in the Slovak Republic.

    Beata graduated with Master of Science degree in journalism from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York, USA. She was a Fulbright scholar appointed to the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1994. Beata has Master of Arts degree cum laude from the Comenius University School of Journalism, majoring in journalism.

    Beata joined the SME daily in December 2014. Prior to joining SME, between 2003 and 2014, she served as editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s English-language weekly The Slovak Spectator. In the past, she also worked for Slovakia’s first private newswire, SITA, and the state newswire, TASR. 

    Beata is one of the co-organizers of the Best Media Traditions program, which brings Pulitzer Prize winning journalists to Slovakia. Since 2016 she has been member of the International Press Institute (IPI) board. She writes political commentaries and editorials for SME and The Slovak Spectator.

  • CEO, Spinlet Group, Nigeria

    Nkiru Balonwu is CEO of the Spinlet Group. Spinlet is a digital media distribution company, focusing on Africa-centric content. It operates Africa’s leading store for legal sales of home-grown music, accessible globally through mobile apps (iOS and Android) and browsers (www.spinlet.com). Before her appointment as CEO, Nkiru worked at different times as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer within the company.

    She has more than 15 years’ experience advising on transactions spanning across technology, intellectual property and media and has taught law at the University of Lagos. Nkiru has a keen interest in development policy particularly as it relates to empowering women and girls through ICT. She is a strong believer and advocate of music and film as tools of soft power and catalysts for social change and economic development in Africa.

    She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University College London and is admitted to the bar in New York, Nigeria, and England & Wales.

  • CEO, Impresa, Portugal

    Francisco Pedro Presas Pinto de Balsemão is the CEO of Impresa, the largest media company in Portugal, since March 2016. Previously (October 2012), he acted as Impresa’s Executive Director and COO responsible for Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Sustainability. He graduated in Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon and has a Masters Degree in Law from Oxford University, UK. He also undertook business and management courses at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon), Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon), Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, USA), IMD Business School (Lausanne, Switzerland), Esade Business School (Spain), and Singularity University (Silicon Valley, USA).

    He began his career in 2003, as an Associate at Linklaters (Lisbon) and later, in 2008, as a Human Resources Consultant in Heidrick & Struggles (Lisbon). He joined Impresa in 2009, as Human Resources Director. Before, in 2007, he was an Assistant Adviser in the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations (New York), having worked in the 3rd Committee (Human Rights).

    Francisco is also the Vice-President of SIC Esperança, an NGO, since 2013, and a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, since November 2017.

  • Media Consultant, UK

    Subhajit Banerjee is a London-based journalist with over 15 years of experience as editor, reporter, producer and product manager in companies including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and Conde Nast International. He is an expert in mobile and digital journalism and was the Guardian's first Mobile Editor. He is deeply interested in the impact of technology on journalism and the way it shapes new behaviours and products. Banerjee started his career in India with the Business Today magazine and also worked in newspapers such as the Calcutta Telegraph.

  • Art Director, Berner Zeitung AG, Switzerland

  • Director Digital News Projects, Washington Post, USA

    Greg Barber has made a career of startups within news organizations.

    After a stint growing the digital side of the PBS NewsHour, he’s spent 11 years at The Washington Post, helping to create and develop products including the Express newspaper as its deputy editor, Trove and Washington Post Social Reader as managing editor of WaPo Labs, and now the new digital community partnership with The New York Times and Mozilla as The Post’s director of digital news projects.

    Email him at greg.barber@washpost.com or find him on Twitter as @gjbarb.

  • President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), USA

    Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit dedicated to advancing quality journalism worldwide. She helps develop and oversee high-impact programs that combine the best professional practices with new technologies.

    Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor of BusinessWeek. Barnathan also completed a seven-year assignment as Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager for BusinessWeek. She came to BusinessWeek from Newsweek, where she served as State Department correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief and Special Projects Correspondent covering presidential elections.

  • Digital Launch Editor, Indian Languages, BBC World Service

    Trushar Barot is the Digital Launch Editor, Indian Languages, for BBC World Service.
    He oversaw the digital launches of the BBC’s new services in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu
    and Punjabi earlier this year and developing their content and growth strategies since
    launch. He is a recent Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard, researching the use of Voice
    AI in newsrooms and the potential implementation of the technology for news discovery in
    emerging markets. He has over 20 years of experience in the British media, working across
    newspapers, radio, TV, online, social and digital.

  • Chief Experience Officer, Grupo Prisa, Spain

    Alberto is a digital leader with more than 20 years of experience exploring digital media from the creative, strategic and commercial perspective.

    With a background on Art and Design, Alberto´s career is built around the definition of the relation between people and brands in digital media and beyond.
    As part of Yahoo! International UED team, Alberto led the design of global media products. Experience that drove him to explore the entrepreneurial route and start his own business, Webjam, considered, at the time, one of the most promising Internet start-ups in Europe.
    After becoming part of the senior management team of the digital branch of ITV, the largest commercial broadcaster in the UK; leading the strategy of a global media start-up and establishing strategic and creative direction for advertisement and retail with Cheil/Samsung; Alberto has decided to moved back to Spain to set up Meaning, a consultancy firm devoted to the orchestration of meaningful customer experiences for brands.
    Currently Alberto is the Chief Experience Officer of Grupo Prisa, one of the largest media conglomerates in Spanish language. His mission, as part of the Digital Transformation team, is to help incepting an audience-centric culture within the organization.

  • Manager IT, Gutenberg Rechenzentrum Hannover, Germany

    Holger Barthel

    Dr. Holger Barthel was born on 2. May 1963 in Jessen/Elster, Germany
    1984–1988 Studies at Technical University Dresden, Germany
    1992 PhD (Dr. Ing.) at faculty for compiuter science of Technical University Dresden, Germany 
    1991–1996 Software developer / manager software development at Delta Information Systems, Dreieich, Germany
    1996–2014 Manager IT at Märkische Verlags- und Druckgesellschaft Potsdam, Germany
    2014 Senior System Engineer at Gutenberg Rechenzentrum, Hannover, Germany

  • Chief Marketing Officer, SVP - Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc, Philippines

    Charmaine has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising and Business Development and has worked for the Philippines' top companies.  From FMCG where she handled flagship brands and was part of the team to set up business operations in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, South China and Hongkong,  she moved to B2B heading the Marketing team for the Enterprise Group of one of the major telco companies in the Philippines.     Charmaine, a 2015 Awardee of the Golden Globe Tigers for Excellence in Marketing and Leadership  head of all the Inquirer platforms finding marketing synergies and providing marketing solutions for their clients.  The Inquirer Group has a reach of more than 20 Million and has transitioned from a single-medium platform to a multimedia organization on print, digital, social, broadcast, video-on-demand, outdoor advertising, printing and learning.  .   Recently, she spearheaded the Marketing campaign for the re-think of the Inquirer launching  "My Inquirer" and the tactical campaign- "Experience the most engaging Inquirer yet" putting into life the media quintet innovation of the Inquirer Group.
  • Councilman of the City of Vienna

  • Chief Editor, The Jakarta Post, Indonesia

    Endy M. Bayuni is chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading independent English language newspaper. 

    He has held his current position since August 2004, having worked his way up the newspaper’s career ladder since 1991. His previous stints in the newspaper included production manager/night editor, national editor, managing editor and deputy chief editor.

    Mr. Bayuni writes regular and widely read columns in the newspaper commenting on the Indonesian domestic politics, including political Islam and foreign policy conduct. The Jakarta Post is part of a small circle of critical but constructive media in Indonesia. The unprecedented freedom of speech and freedom of the media that came after the downfall of President Soeharto’s regime in 1998 has allowed the press in Indonesia to play its role as the fourth estate, providing democratic checks and balances on the government. Mr. Bayuni and his editorial team have been pushing the envelope through the newspaper’s vigorous reporting. He began his career as a cub reporter for The Jakarta Post in 1983, and between 1984 and 1991 worked as the Indonesian correspondent, initially for Reuters and later for Agence France Presse (AFP).

    Mr. Bayuni was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003/4 where he spent a considerable time attending classes at the Kennedy School of Government. He was a Jefferson Fellow at the East West Center in the fall of 1999. He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics which he received in 1981 from Kingston University in Surrey, UK. He is an expert of Global Expert Finder, a project of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

  • Head of Digital Content, Seven West Media, Australia

    Michael Beach is an innovative media executive well-versed in driving multi-media strategy and operations. His journalism career includes winning a Walkley Award for Australia’s best news story. And he currently sits on the Walkley Advisory Board.

    He is also former New York Bureau Chief for News Corp who covered the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. He edited The Saturday Daily Telegraph in Sydney before moving to Perth to play a key role in transforming of two of Australian best media brands – The West Australian and 7 News.

    Michael is both the Deputy Editor of The West Australian and head of Digital Content for Seven West Media (WA).

  • CEO, dmg media, United Kingdom, and First Vice-President WAN-IFRA

    Kevin Beatty

    Kevin was appointed to the Board of DMGT plc in 2004, having joined the Group in 1996. Prior to this, Kevin was managing director of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd, which at that time was part of Mirror Group plc.

    With the Group for 20 years, Kevin has been managing director of The Mail on Sunday; managing director of the Evening Standard and London Metro; chief operating officer of Associated New Media; and managing director of Northcliffe Newspapers.

    Kevin is now Chief Executive of dmg media, the consumer media operation of DMGT plc, which publishes the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Metro, Mail Online, Mail Plus, Metro digital editions and Elite Daily. dmg media also has minority interests in the London Evening Standard, Wowcher, a daily deals business and a number of e-commerce business.

    He is a board member of the NMA and represents the UK publishing industry on the executive council of WAN-IFRA; he is a non-executive director of the PA Group where he chairs the nominations committee and is a member of the remuneration committee. Recently he has been appointed Chairman of the RFC, the body that funds IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation).

  • Co-fondateur et Vice Président Recherche, Element AI

    Philippe Beaudoins

    Philippe has twenty years of professional experience as a software team manager, academic researcher and software developer, including 5 years at Google. He holds M. Sc., Ph. D. and followed Postdoc studies in Computer Science, with research focusing on bipedal control, machine learning and physics simulation. Philippe published 20 significant scientific papers, patents or book chapters, and leads communities of 3 open source projects and of a world-wide academic workgroup. He is a founder of three corporations, including Element AI and ArcBees Consulting, and is regularly invited as speaker in many public events. His specialties: Machine Learning, Physics-Based Systems, Control, Data Compression.

  • Head of News & Publishing Partnerships, APAC, Google

    Kate Beddoe

    Kate Beddoe is the head of news and publishing partnerships in APAC. Prior to joining Google in July 2015 she had been working in the Australian media industry for over 20 years, the last 15 in digital roles in both pure digital business and traditional media companies.

    Her focus is on bringing the best of Google to news and publishing partners in the region and making sure that the unique needs of the region are well reflected in Google’s approach to the news ecosystem.

    As a former journalist in magazine and digital newsrooms Kate is committed to using storytelling to drive real business outcomes, for Google and it’s news partners in APAC. In her time she's created new teams, walked in to manage old ones, owned P&Ls and operated in environments where she had influence but no control. All of which makes her excited and empathic to the challenges faced in the modern news ecosystem.

    When not working, Kate enjoys to spend time with her husband and two amusing children; travelling and perfecting the mix of a good espresso martini.

  • Chief Technology Officer, NDTV convergence

    Kawaljit Singh Bedi is the Chief Technology Officer at NDTV Convergence (NDTV’s Digital Media Division) and Senior Vice President, Strategy for the NDTV group. Kawaljit has been with the NDTV Group for over 17 years and oversees technology, user-experience and product road-map for NDTV's websites and apps. He is also the Managing Director of Gadgets 360, India's largest technology and gadgets website.

    Kawaljit has won several international awards in the field of innovation including Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award for Innovative engineering and NAB International Broadcasting Excellence award. He and his team have also filed for multiple patents in the fields of digital media and broadcast engineering. He has been trained in digital journalism from the Thomson Foundation in Cardiff, UK. 

  • Deputy Editor, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Jineth is currently Deputy Editor for EL TIEMPO newspaper. She's a journalist and international speaker about topics such as armed conflict, drug traffic and gender issues. She has published seven books. Her work has made her the recipient of several international awards such as the Premio Mundial al Coraje Periodístico and the Premio Internacional a la Mujer de Coraje.

    Jineth is a nominee the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in defense of womens rights as a result of her broad campaign against gender violence and impunity in Colombia, called 'No Es Hora De Callar' (It's not time to be silent), launched in 2009. That same year, her case went public: she had been kidnapped, tortured and abused because of her work as a reporter during Colombia's armed conflict.

    This campaign has helped many other women victims of violence. In 2013, Jineth was ackowledged as one of the 100 most influential journalists in the world covering war and violence, and the following year was amongst Colombia's most important leaders, selected by the prestigious Colombian Semana magazine and the Fundación Liderazgo y Democracia.

    She was part of the group of victims that participated in the current peace process taking place in Havana among the Colombian government and the FARC Armed Guerrilla. Last February, she received the Premio Nacional al Mérito Periodístico (National Award to the Journalistic Merit) for her more than 20 years of profesional trajectory.

  • Founder of Dig Deeper Media and WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, United Kingdom

    Fergus Bell

    Fergus Bell is an experienced digital journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content by news media. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media.
    Fergus has experience in both the business and editorial sides of the industry, most recently heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms. Fergus joined SAM from the Associated Press where, as international social media and UGC editor, he led the global operation to source and verify user-generated content for all of the AP’s platforms.
    In October 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

  • Founder, Global Council to Build Trust in Media and Fight Misinformation, UK

    Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content. He is the founder of the recently established  Global Council to Build Trust in Media and Fight Misinformation and is also the founder of news consultancy Dig Deeper Media.

    Fergus has worked across the business and editorial sides of the news industry, previously heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk, and before that as International Social Media and UGC Editor for the Associated Press.

    Fergus is a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media. In October 2013 he co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also a founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

  • Publisher, Vox Media, USA

    Melissa Bell is Publisher at Vox Media. Together with Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein, Bell cofounded Vox.com in the spring of 2014. Previously, Bell was the Director of Platforms at the Washington Post and a columnist for the paper. Bell is a journalist turned technologist, an unusual breed in news organizations today.

  • Chief Creative Officer, Courageous, USA

    Otto Bell is chief creative officer of Courageous, Turner’s first-ever brand studio with global capabilities for marketers across CNN, HLN and Great Big Story. In this role, he leads a self-sufficient, full-time team of award-winning brand journalists, filmmakers, designers and producers dedicated to the creation of compelling brand storytelling. Based in New York, Bell reports to Michal Shapira, senior vice president of news content partnerships, Turner Ignite.

    Under Bell’s leadership, the Courageous team has been honored with notable recognition, including Turner Ignite and CNN’s first Cannes Lions, Adweek’s “Grand Arc Award” and Digiday Content Marketing Awards’ “Best Use of Native Advertising” in 2017. In addition to his industry accomplishments, Bell debuted his first documentary, “The Eagle Huntress,” to wide acclaim at Sundance in 2016, and was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch.”

  • Head of Digital Video, TV 2, Denmark

    Jacob Bendixen Andersen is Head of Digital Video at TV 2 Denmark, where he also serves as Head of Digital Lifestyle and Entertainment. Digital Video at TV 2 grew 1,750 percent between June 2013 through January 2017. Last year, it grew by 45 percent at TV 2. Andersen joined TV 2 in June 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he was Head of Video at Jyllands-Posten – the largest paper in Denmark at that time. He shot his first digital video in 2004 when Bill Gates visited the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
  • Vocento S.A, Spain

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