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  • Vice President, Innovation and Internationalization at Data Refinery, Helsinki

    As Vice President, Innovation and Internationalization at Data Refinery, her responsibility is to ensure the competitiveness of the platform by focusing on AI development, and international expansion to 3-5 new markets. Laura has three big passions: data driven digital business and product innovations, leading people and music. She is on her best when there is a need to create new innovations from existing assets, with limited resources. Especially if the assets are related to data. Data Refinery is a tech start-up and a data monetization platform, owned by Aller Media, and a leader in the Finnish data business. It is a spin off from Nordic publisher Aller Media (established 1873). The platform was originally developed and launched in 2016 for Aller Media Finland in order to commercialize consumer data. Its revenues growing rapidly, currently operating in Finland and the other Nordic countries, Data Refinery will enter the US market in September 2017.

  • Digital & Social Media Consultant/Trainer, Jordan

    Lara Ayoub is a Digital & Social Media Consultant/Trainer with over 13 years experience in the field. Her current and most recent consultancies include the International Centre for Migration Policy Development(ICMPD), International Labour Organization (ILO) , the American Embassy In Jordan, GIZ ,Image Nation and Ro’ya TV.

    Lara is also the Co-Founder of SADAQA, a Jordanian NGO established in 2011 with the main objective of increasing the economic participation of Jordanian women in the work force by advocating for nationwide compliance with Article 72 of the Labour Law which calls for the provision of daycare at the work place.

    In 2013 she completed the Harvard executive leadership course: “Leading, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” which lead her to adopt this as SADAQA’s methodology. She went on to becoming a Harvard Teaching Fellow for the LOALC 2015 online course as part of Professor Marshall Ganz ’s teaching team.

    Between 2013 -2016, Lara established Ro’ya TV’s digital and social media department as well as the digital news department which included an Arabic news website ( royanews.tv) and a dedicated app. She also designed a “Four Pillar Consortium” consisting of a creative lab, content/production distribution center, academy and talent management department which aims at cultivating new talents and content in MENA. She is also a certified TV producer from the London School of Media, Film and TV.

    For nearly 10 years, Lara was the Digital Media Director of Jordan’s first Arabic independent daily newspaper Alghad (www.alghad.com) an award winning news portal in Asia and Middle East. In parallel to Alghad , she also managed the digital auction/classified website of Al-Waseet. In 2011, she introduced video journalism to Alghad’s electronic news outlet where she produced over 300 videos working together with it print journalists.

    She is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA), Vital Voices, Leading Change Network, Business Professional Women Association and an Alumni of the FORTUNE/ Vital Voices Global Women Mentoring program. She was recently selected as one of the top 100 strategic global women leaders by Vital Voices. Today she continues to serve as a mentor and coach to young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.

  • Head of Technology, Redhill Asia

    Kent Babin

    Kent is the Head of Technology for REDHILL in Singapore, where he works with a portfolio of blockchain and cryptocurrency clients across Asia.

    Kent was born in British Columbia, Canada. He attended the University of Calgary and in 2006 received a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Business and a minor in History, leading to his first job at SilverKey Technologies as product manager in Cairo, Egypt for 1 year. His job was to manage the development of an enterprise solution for the US branch of AIESEC.

    After finishing up in Egypt, he was offered a job as the Chief Technology Officer with GoldenPay in Baku, Azerbaijan in October 2007. GoldenPay’s main focus was to implement the first online payment system in the country.

  • Managing Director, OD Alternatives, India

  • Senior Vice President Strategy Millton, Helsinki

    Miltton is an ambitious, forward-­looking consulting group that produces, develops and improves the efficiency of leadership, communications, marketing and networks across society.  Miltton Labs, an integrated part of Miltton's service portfolio, is an innovative product development laboratory, developing digital, scalable tools that help great ideas to reach the right audiences. With a team of more coders than consultants, Miltton Labs is on a quest to change the world of marketing and communications by being born digital, born global and born design.

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Dar Al Hayat, UAE

    Bachelor of Computer Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 2003.
    Trainee in Al Hayat School 2004 program.
    Managing Editor of the weekly pages and Head of Investigative Department – Al Hayat newspaper 2004 until 2007.
    Director of Communication and spokesman - Rotana media Group 2007 until 2010.
    Content and Communication Manager (Saudi television channels development project in collaboration with the English company ITN) - a very creative company 2010 until 2011.
    Editor in chief of e-publishing – Dar Al Hayat from 2012 till date.
    Member of the Board of directors-Dar Al Hayat from 2014 till date.
    Al Hayat School Director – Dar Al Hayat from 2014 so till date.

  • Executive Director, IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau), Austria

    Since 2015 Dr. Felix Badura is member of the board of IAB Austria, where he chairs the "Advertising quality" working group. He is working in the online industry since 2008, where he has co-founded Meetrics GmbH, a company that focuses on ad verification as well as the algorithmic detection of reading behaviour on online news portals such as Spiegel Online. Prior to his time at Meetrics Mr. Badura worked as a researcher in the field of Yield Management at WU Vienna.

  • Technical Advisor, bitgrit

    Gautam Bajaj
    Gautam is an experienced software engineer at Square Enix, Fandom, and Softbank Mobile, with Data Science experience at [24]7.  
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor, Dow Jones, USA

    Gerard Baker is Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor of Dow Jones, roles he assumed on January 1, 2013. Mr. Baker is responsible for all global newsgathering and editorial operations for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Mr. Baker previously served as Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary. He also oversaw U.S. coverage for both the print and online editions.

    From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau Chief. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor.

    Prior to the FT, Mr. Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, and finally as Economics Correspondent for TV and radio.

    Mr. Baker’s work has appeared in several other publications, and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor around the world. He started his career in the financial sector, first as an analyst at the Bank of England, then as an economist at Lloyds Bank in the City of London.

    Mr. Baker holds a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

  • Biophysicist, University of New South Wales, Australia

    Dr Matt Baker is a biophysicist in Sydney at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Matt completed his DPhil at Oxford University as a John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes nearly all bacteria swim and now investigates the origins and self assembly of complex molecular machines.   Matt is a former Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where he has produced and presented content for Radio National's Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot, and he is the regular science correspondent for ABC Nightlife broadcast throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio.    In 2016 Matt was embedded as Australia's inaugural Google Newslabs Fellow at Fairfax Media, home of the Sydney Morning Herald. There he successfully built a recommendation engine for similar content to increase reader on-site time, and analysed changes in Sydney's nightlife using transport data.
  • Analytics & Best Practice, MWM Group, Sweden

    Emma joined MWM in September 2017 where she has been working with data analytics and business intelligence. Since her very first day, she has been a part of the Stampen project, implementing the product, Media 365, where her main responsibilities have included data analysis providing the creation of our live dashboards and reports.

  • Chief of News, Mathrubhumi Television, India.

    Sri. Unni Balakrishnan was born in 1969 in Alappuzha district of Kerala. He started his career in 1994 as a Sub-Editor in a reputed Malayalam Socio political Weekly – Kalakaumudi. In 1996 he joined Asianet Television as Sub-Editor and played an important role in establishing the first private satellite channel in Malayalam. In 1998 he was transferred to the New Delhi Bureau of Asianet. In the years that rolled by Sri. Unni Balakrishnan worked in the New Delhi bureau of Asianet in various capacities as Bureau Chief, Regional Editor etc. He was in New Delhi from year 1998 to 2010. While working in  the Delhi Bureau, he got many opportunities to report many important incidents/ events like the Kandahar Plane hijack, Kargil war, Delhi serial bomb blasts, Mumbai terrorist attack, General elections etc. In 2002 he visited Islamabad with the then Prime Minister Sri. A B Vajpayee and reported SAARC summit. He had visited Paris and reported the Indo French nuclear summit in 2005, the USA again in 2005 and reported the UN General Council and in 2010 he reported the Indo- Arab summit all accompanying the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Sri. Unni Balakrishnan is now with the Mathrubhumi News Television channel as Chief of News and had been there since 2012.

    He hosts an interview program 'Chodyam Utharam' which is a well appreciated program among the Malayalee audience around the globe.

    He is the proud recipient of the Kerala State Award for the Best Interviewer in 2015. He has also got important recognitions like Abudabi Kala Award, Dubai Asiavision Award, Delhi Malayalee Award etc.

  • Editor-in-chief, Periodista Digital, Spain

    Luis Balcarce (Buenos Aires, 1973) is a renowned journalist and Editor in Chief of Periodista Digital, one of the top ten most read digital publications in Spain. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires and completed a Master's Degree in Political Science, awarded by the Adenauer Foundation at ESEADE. With frequent appearances on radio and television, he is a trusted expert on the media landscape. He has been deputy director of the Rojo y Negro program on Radio 4G, as well as deputy editor of Diario Exterior and columnist for Libertad Digital. He is also the author of PRISA: Liquidación de Existencias: an insightful novel about the history of El Pais, the most famous newspaper in Spain.

  • Director, Client Solutions and Custom Content, The Wall Street Journal Custom Studios

    Nicole leads the Wall Street Journal Custom Studios team in APAC to produce content marketing, creative solutions and thought leadership in digital, print, events, and research for clients. Nicole and her team work together with the Media Sales team to drive revenue through non-traditional advertising means.

    Previously, Nicole was the Head of Production for digital creative agency Razorfish in both Hong Kong and Sydney, before joining Dow Jones in 2016.

  • 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.

  • Group Head - Communications, Reliance Industries Ltd. India

    Rohit Bansal

    Rohit Bansal is a group leader with RIL, India’s most valuable company. He is an expert at the intersect of media strategy, reputation and digital disruption. Rohit is a TEDx speaker - the talk can be accessed on the hashtag #PowerOfOneVote.

    Rohit is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (Asia’s highest rated think tank from India), a Fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness (a knot of Prof Michael E Porter’s work at Harvard) and a Mentor at JioGenNext, a startup scalerator incubated by RIL. 

    Rohit read history at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi (1988) and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School (Fall 2009, alumni status). He is a British Chevening scholar and an executive education alumna of the University of Westminster, The Times Centre for Media Studies, and the European Journalism Centre, Maastricht.

    Rohit served on the Board of News Broadcasters Association in India and is/was on some media boards like TV18, Network 18, Viacom 18, IBN Lokmat and HomeShop 18. He has been Resident Editor of The Financial Express, New Delhi; Managing Editor (and later COO) of India TV; Editor-Business, Zee News; Special Correspondent, Television 18; and Senior Business Correspondent, The Times of India. Among philanthropies and volunteering, Rohit has served on the Trust of St Stephen’s Alumni Foundation and Sankalp, dedicated to eyecare. He is connected to the cause of wildlife and livelihoods.

  • 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

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