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  • Journaliste, ex rédacteur en chef associé et directeur de la stratégie éditoriale des plateformes et produits numériques du Toronto Star

    DAVID SKOK

    Skok has had a distinguished career in journalism both in Canada and the United States. Mostly recently he served as Associate Editor of Toronto Star. Before joining teh Toronto Star, he was Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital at the Boston Globe, where he oversaw all digital business and editorial groups. Before moving to Boston, Mr. Skok worked for Global News in Toronto where he was instrumental in launching Globalnews.ca, a site that grew rapidly in audience and journalistic quality, recording triple-digit annual growth. He also was a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012, the first Canadian digital journalist selected for this honor. He is the co-author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruption in Journalism, a Nieman Reports e-book he co-wrote with Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Forum for Growth and Innovation Fellow James Allworth. David Skok began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current affairs program in Washington, D.C. He was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University’s journalism program and is a regular commentator on the future of media and journalism. David is a member of teh Board of Directors of the Online News Associations (ONA).

  • COO & President, Some Spider, USA

    Paul Smurl joined Some Spider in May 2015. The Start-Up is launching and operating multiple identity-based digital brands each anchored by relevant content, community and soon commerce. 

    Smurl spent the last ten years at The New York Times in digital product development, paid content, advertising sales, strategic planning and business development roles. The latest is as general manager, core digital products, managing the performance and product evolution of core web and mobile products. 

  • COO, Público Comunicação Social, Portugal

    Since 2009, as an executive board member, Cristina Soares manages the transformation of Público, aiming at a sustainable business model based on digital, as this Portuguese Newspaper remains a national reference for journalism quality, innovative company and corporative efficiency. She runs also other companies in the group, in radio, printing and distribution.
    Previously, Cristina worked with Bonança Assurance, ELF OIL Portugal, HCB - Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Mozambique and Siderurgia Nacional Portugal, as controller, organizational advisor and corporate conversion process. Cristina joined the Board of WAN-IFFRA in 2017. She has a Master and MBA from ISCTE Lisbon.

  • Head - Russmedia Solutions, Austria

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Novaya Gazeta, Russia

    Sergei Sokolov was born in 1967 in Moscow and graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University in 1993 with a degree in International Journalism. He started working as a freelance correspondent with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in 1983 and became a correspondent in 1990. He became the head of the education section in 1993 and at the same time worked as a columnist and editor of the investigations desk. He was Deputy Chief Editor of the weekly Moscow News during 1994-1995 and has worked as a correspondent for the television programme 'The View'. Sergei specialises in military reporting, investigations into state corruption and other high-profile crimes. He taught at the Russian State Humanitarian University during between 1995-2005, where he led a course on investigative journalism. He currently works as the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief and Chief-Editor of the web portal at Novaya Gazeta.

  • CEO/Editor, VGTV; Chair Faktisk.no, Norway

    Helje Solberg is CEO/Editor of VGTV and chair of Faktisk.no, Norway's collaborative fact-checking initiative. She is on the advisory board of the World Editors Forum, is the head of the organising committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards and is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association). She is a member of the Oslo Editor Association and is a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and politics. Before becoming editor of VGTV she served as Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994. The following year she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud). 
  • Digital Editor, DB Medialab AS, Norway

  • Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa

    Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma.

    Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

    Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.

  • Head of Multimedia, Independent Media, South Africa

    Journalist and mobile journalism pioneer. Currently charged with driving multimedia content across all Independent Media platforms.

  • Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom, Singapore

    Alan Soon co-founded The Splice Newsroom, a business intelligence service covering the transformation of media in Asia. Splice delivers insights into the shifting media trends through its reporting, newsletters, research and events.

    Alan is Asia’s leading expert on newsroom operations, digital transformation, and building the new business of media. He also advises early-stage media-tech startups.

    For more than twenty years, Alan has worked in radio, television, news wires, magazine, and online across Asia, giving him unique insight into how various newsrooms get things done—and where they get stuck. He started his career as a reporter and grew into other operational roles — producer, editor, newsroom manager — and eventually led one of the largest digital news teams in the industry as Yahoo’s Managing Editor for India and Southeast Asia.

  • Head of Digital, Danske Medier & COO, IAB Denmark

    Allan Sorensen

    Allan Sorensen is Head of Digital at Danish Media representing more than 90 pct of private media in Denmark, COO of IAB Denmark, Board Member of IAB Europe and Chair of IAB Europe’s Policy Committee. For the last two decades he has been involved in public affairs and analytics in the digital media and advertising industry.

  • Vice President of Advertising in the Americas, Financial Times, USA

    Brendan Spain

    Previously, Spain was Account Director for Financial Markets, responsible for US investment banking clients including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citigroup across print and digital FT properties.

    Spain has played a vital role at the FT for over seven years. As an original member of the FT's "Digital Development Group", he has worked extensively with the FT's key clients in developing marketing solutions that leverage audience, platforms, creative executions, and metrics.

    In March 2011 Spain moved to London to become senior account manager, educating the FT’s highest revenue client line in their digital proposition, niche financial offerings (FT Trading Room, FTfm, Alphaville), and tablet and mobile innovations.

    In October 2012, Spain was appointed Digital Development Manager for financial products in London. His position focused on product development and sales strategy across all of FT’s digital Financial Publishing products.

    Aside from geeking out in spirited digital conversations and being close enough to the business to understand the particular challenges and problems faced by organizations attempting to navigate the evolving digital landscape.

  • Resident Editor, Times of India, India

    K R Sreenivas has the habit of turning around newspapers. In his 21-month stint as Resident Editor of TOI, Hyderabad, he has rejigged the Hyderabad, Vizag and Vijayawada editions to make it more impactful, brought in a qualitative change in content, layouts and design of the newspaper, and made the editions more impactful. Under his stewardship, The Times of India recently launched Times Connect, the first of which was conducted at Marredpally, which brought residents and authorities face-to-face to deal with citizen issues. Apart from making the newspaper snippety and news-centric, Sreenivas has brought in interactive initiatives, making TOI most readable. Focussed coverage, carpet bombing of issues, detailed infographics have all become part of parcel of the coverage.

    Prior to this stint, Sreenivas was Resident Editor of TOI, Goa, packing in soulful stories in the edition that hit national headlines. Goa was a different market from his previous experiences, but he brought around a change that made TOI the most loved newspaper in the market.

    Sreenivas has also the distinction of being the launch editor of Bangalore Mirror, a compact newspaper of the Times Group. During his three-and-a-half year stint as the young newspaper’s editor, he made it such a habit for Bangaloreans that they got addicted to the style and play of stories.

    Sreenivas joined The Times of India at Bangalore in 2000 and as Bureau Chief, brought in content that made local coverage interesting and would make people sit up and notice.

    His career started with The Indian Express at Chennai where he rose to be its Chief Reporter, and in 1997 the youngest in the country holding the sensitive post. As a reporter in his formative years in journalism, he broke the big stories of the 1990s – that of Jayalalithaa’s corruption, non-filing of income Tax returns, and Hyderabad’s grape gardens which she owned, and many more. Then Railway Minister C K Jaffer Sharief had to quit as Railway Minister following Sreenivas’s story on misuse of Ircon aircraft and the furore that followed in parliament.

    Sreenivas was educated in Chennai, went to Loyola College and Kendriya Vidyalaya in IIT campus, Madras.

    He loves sports, listens to music and loves his friends he has cultivated over a period of time.

  • VP of Online Advertising & Head of Ideas People Media, The Economist Group, UK

    Ashwin Sridhar is responsible for global revenue from advertising on Economist.com and is the head of business for Ideas People Media - The Economist's publisher network. Ashwin's focus is ensuring The Economist's advertising offering remains competitive and in tune with the changing needs of clients.

  • Chief General Manager - Operations, Telangana Publications Pvt Ltd

    Ch. Srinivas

    Srinivas Ch is General Manager-Operations of Telangana Publications Group. 

    He primarily heads the Operations of the Group, which publish NAMASTHE TELANGANA Telugu and TELANGANA TODAY English dailies. The Group recently owned ManRoland’s Double-width Press Cromoman and Ferag’s Mailroom system under Srinivas’s leadership. In this role, he oversees Company’s Production, Prepress and IT departments includes QC at various stages. 

    Srinivas is also a Journalist, who writes about Scientific and Technological developments across the Globe. He also serves as Content Editor for the Group’s Telugu Portal NTNEWS.COM 

    Prior to Telangana Group, Mr. Srinivas served as DGM-Technical of Telugu Daily SURYA. At this position, he headed IT, Prepress and Digital Edition departments. Started his career with Eenadu as an Engineer, Srinivas is one of the few Onlookers who experienced various generations in Offset Printing Technology since 1990.

  • Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India

    Education: Bachelor of Engineering. Specialisation: Printing Technology

    Role at WAN-IFRA: Anand is responsible for the activities at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre, Chennai which offers newsprint and newsink testing, print quality evaluation, research and training on various newspaper production topics. In the last five years with WAN-IFRA, he has published several research reports on the topics of materials and colour reproduction. He was one of the members of the Jury that judged the general print quality of newspapers in INCQC 2010-12. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Printing Technology, Anna University.

    Previous work experience: The Hindu, a leading English daily in India – Engineer in the Graphics department and a member of the QC team, responsible for colour correction, colour management and conformance of all the printing centres of The Hindu to ISO 12647-3.

  • Head of Strategy, The Hindu Group

    Sathya Sriram heads the Strategy and Marketing functions at The Hindu Group, a leading media house in India. She is spearheading the company’s thrust in digital subscriptions through a portfolio of products targeting different user segments – YoungWorldClub.com for children, BusinessLineOnCampus for MBA students and aspirants as well as the e-Papers of the daily newspapers.

    She was formerly with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and worked with governments, non-profits, and healthcare companies on improving operations, strategic thinking, and organisational transformation. She also helped set up the McKinsey Centre for Government in Singapore in 2011, an entity focused on connecting governments across Asia and supporting their services to the public.

  • Director New Ventures, Telenor Digital, Norway

    Johanna Staaf is responsible for identifying tech startups and early stage businesses that have potential to fuel growth for Telenor Digital. Over the years she has gained significant experience in this field having identified and successfully forged strategic and commercial partnerships with digital startups for Telenor’s business units in Sweden and Malaysia. Johanna started out her career in in the media industry in business development positions for MTG, Modern Times Group. Being passionate about the growing opportunities for digital advertising, Johanna took part in the establishment of the Swedish chapter of the IAB where she served as the Board Chairman for IAB Sweden 2008-2010.

  • Picture Editor-in-Chief, Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

    Joakim Stahl studied at Lunds University and at International Center of Photography in New York  in the 80´s. He started as a freelance photographer and has been working in the news industry since then, both as an editor and as a photographer.  For the last 15 years he´s been picture editor-in-chief at Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Director of Audio, The Washington Post, USA

    Jessica Stahl is the director of audio at The Washington Post, where she oversees a team developing popular podcasts like “Can He Do That?” and “Constitutional,” and experimenting in audio storytelling with programs like “Letters From War” and “Retropolis.” The Washington Post was also one of the first news organisations to produce audio specifically for smart speakers with “The Daily 202’s Big Idea,” and continues to pioneer around audio programming, as well as delivery and monetization strategies.   

    Jessica previously was The Post’s deputy editor for audience, focusing on community-building and digital-first storytelling, as well as the implementation of smart digital strategy. Prior to joining The Post, she was the social media editor at the Voice of America. Jessica has an MA from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and an AB from Princeton University.

  • CEO, Tinius Trust, Norway

    Kjersti Løken Stavrum is CEO of the Tinius Trust, which is the largest shareholder in the Schibsted Group. The trust's main role is to ensure that Schibsted remains a media group characterised by free, independent, quality journalism. 

    A former Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, Stavrum began her journalism career with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 1994. She left, to edit the weekly women's magazine Kvinner og Klær, but returned to Aftenposten in 2005 as feature editor of the paper's revamped weekly magazine A-magasinet where she remained until 2012. Thereafter, for a short period, she was head of the communications department of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

    In April 2013, she was appointed Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, replacing Per Edgar Kokkvold who had occupied the post since 1966.

    In 2003, Stavrum was named Norway's Female Media Leader of the Year in recognition for her success in making KK (Kvinner og Klær) Norway's most popular women's magazine.

  • Editorial Director, Vox Media, USA

    Lockhart Steele is the editorial director of Vox Media, overseeing editorial content across all seven brands published by Vox Media: The Verge, Vox.com, SB Nation, Curbed, Eater, Racked, and Polygon. In 2004, Steele founded the Curbed Network, the publisher of three sites -- Curbed, Eater, and Racked -- which was purchased by Vox Media in 2013. Prior to founding the Curbed network, Steele served as the managing editor of Gawker Media, where he oversaw company-wide editorial operations and expansions.

  • Editor in Chief and CEO, VG - Verdens Gang AS, Norway

    Gard Steiro is a Norwegian journalist and editor. In 2016 Steiro was appointed editor-in-chief and CEO of VG, Norway´s leading digital media house. With 2.5 million daily users cross platforms VG reaches half of the population in Norway.  Steiro started as a reporter. The last ten years he has held several leader positions in different media companies. From 2011 to 2015 Steiro was chief editor of Bergens Tidende, the largest regional newspaper in Norway.  Steiro is a member of the management team in Schibsted Media that owns and runs a large number of newspapers and digital startups in ScandinaviaGard sterio is currently the Editor in chief and CEO of VG - Verdens Gang AS

  • Digital Director, SVP, OP Financial Group

    Anders has a long experience in digital services from companies such as If and Sanoma. Recently he started at OP where he is heading their digital business concepts in banking, insurance and wealth management. Anders is also an experienced board member professional. As Finland’s largest financial services group, OP provides its customers with the best loyalty benefits and the most extensive and diversified range of banking, wealth management, and insurance services. The company transforming from traditional finance services provider to customer-centric services provider with financial services at the core.

  • Growth Manager, Facebook, South Africa

    As Growth Manager for Facebook products in South Africa, Sebastian’s role is to accelerate the adoption of mobile and internet technologies across southern Africa. This allows millions of Africans with no internet access to benefit from all the educational, social and economic advantages that being connected brings.

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