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  • CEO, VICE Media Scandinavia, Denmark

    Frederik is an executive level director with 15 years of International experience as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Creative Director. He's now Chief Executive Officer of VICE Scandinavia headquartered in Copenhagen and with offices in Stockholm and Oslo. VICE Scandinavia is part of VICE, the world’s leading next-generation youth-media company, with offices and operations in 30+ countries across every continent influencing what a whole generation of young people see, hear, wear, think, eat, dream.


    Frederik Andersen works cross media, cross industry in the junction between branding, design, product innovation and marketing. 

    Managing teams in Copenhagen, London and New York, Frederik prefer working with successful growth companies where creativity and branding plays a key role in facilitating or transforming a business. Thorough experience with setting up, merging and turning around creative organisations and building next-gen creative teams.

    Frederik has led creative organisations to go from good to great, which have allowed him to develop big ideas and implement creative strategies for ambitious clients like Lexus, Clinique, Finlandia, Johnson & Johnson, Faberge, JoMalone, Unilever, Google and Cisco, always centered around growth, creativity and branding.

    International awards for marketing, communication, visual design, product design and innovation.
  • Journalism and Communications Consultant

    Kevin Anderson is an international journalism and communications consultant with more than 15 years of global digital journalism experience. His clients have included Al Jazeera, India's Network18, Reed Business Information, CNN International and Trinity-Mirror. From 2014 to 2015, he was a regional executive editor with Gannett, the larger newspaper publisher in the US. From 2006 to 2010, he held a number of digital leadership positions with The Guardian, and from 1998 to 2006, he worked for the BBC, including more than six years as the BBC’s first online correspondent outside of the U.K.

  • Editorial Development, Aftonbladet, Sweden

    Mattias Andersson has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. Since joining Sweden's leading newspaper Aftonbladet in 1998 Mattias has worked mainly for the sports department but also for the news desk and the travel section – for the print edition as well as the digital version. His focus recently has been on digital storytelling and heading up projects for the sports desk. Mattias has been involved with Aftonbladet’s first project with content automation since inception a few years ago. After initially launching in sports the project has expanded to cover several topics and includes a mission to look into what automation can do for all news titles within the Schibsted group.
  • Human Resources Director, MittMedia Förvaltnings AB, Sweden

    Carin has been working in different industries as Human Resources Director over the last 20 years. In 2013 she joined MittMedia and before that she used to work in a company with staffing and recruitment for media. She has also worked in manufacturing industries and heal funds industry and chemical processing industry. Today she holds the position of Human Resources Director at Mittmedia, the biggest local media company in Sweden with 1400 employees. Carin also holds have a BSC in Behavioral Science and have studied business economy.

  • Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, TUI Deutschland

  • Chief Strategy Officer, Independent Media, South Africa

    Vasantha Angamuthu has 30 years experience in media and communications and is the Chief Strategy Officer at Independent Media South Africa. Her role includes organisational development, product development across print, digital and onground and supporting the leadership team in the development of audience, product and revenue strategies. She also launched and heads up Studio Independent, a branded content agency within Independent Media.

    She started her professional life as a political journalist and covered South Africa's transition to democracy including the country's first democratic elections; the constitution-writing process and President Nelson Mandela's time in office.   She left journalism to head the communications unit of the City of Durban, elevating the unit from a PR and media buying unit to a strategic communications unit with a Paid, Owned and Earned (PEO) developmental marketing strategy. In 2007 Vasantha joined Hindustan Times Media in New Delhi as Vice President: Content and Product Development, a role that bridged marketing and editorial. In her five years at HT Media, she launched or redesigned a number of print products, drove the implementation of community and niche print products and conceptualised and launched a number of events.
  • Country Manager for Colombia & Digital Operations Director for Latin America, Discovery Inc., Colombia

    Carolina Angarita Barrientos is Country Manager for Colombia and Digital Operations Director for Latin America at Discovery Inc. Among her roles, she is responsible for shaping a strategy that may allow the channels of the Company to go beyond the screen, for creating new ecosystems to boost the brand and for collaborating in the production of top-quality content, always under the premise of making the most out of real life as an entertainment input.

  • Space and aerospace lead, School of Engineering, Computing and Technology, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Darren Ansell

    Darren Ansell has been the Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire since September 2012. At UCLAN Darren is leading a number of collaborative research projects with industry partners, including the 'GAMMA' Growing Autonomous Mission Management Applications programme, developing autonomous, intelligent software for the aerospace and nuclear industries.

    His research interests include autonomous and intelligent systems and he previously worked in industry at BAE Systems in research management and research and development roles, specialising in Mission Systems and Autonomy. At BAE Systems he was the Engineering lead for the ASTRAEA programme which developed UAV technology to support the integration of unmanned platforms into UK airspace, where he led the development of 'Sense and Avoid' collision avoidance technology, autonomy and decision making software and image processing research.

  • Managing Partner, Innosight

    Scott D. Anthony is the Managing Partner of Innosight. Based in the firm’s Singapore offices since 2010, he has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures).

    In his decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Singtel, Kraft, General Electric, LG, the Ayala Group, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, particularly in India, China, and the Philippines.
    Scott is one of Harvard Business Review’s most prolific contributors and is the coauthor of the book Dual Transformation (Spring 2017). He was the co-author of the HBR  article “Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days” as well as dozens of digital articles for the magazine.

    Scott’s previous books are The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market. Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change (with Innosight co-founder and Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen); The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work; The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times; The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It; and Building a Growth Factory. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles on innovation and strategy for a variety of publications. He was a finalist for the 2015 Thinkers50 Innovation Award.

    Scott is a featured speaker on topics of innovation and growth. He has delivered keynote addresses on five continents, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Channel News Asia, CNBC, and FOX Business.

  • Senior Manager - Services

    Vinosh Antony
  • Manager, Manorama Online, India

    He provides strategic leadership on digital marketing campaigns, new product development, overseas inventory monetization and also dabbles in ad operations consistently with an eye on the growth of his products. With more than 12 years of experience leading engagements in digital marketing, project management, customer research, software development & online user experience management Tijo brings a diverse background and varied range of experience to the team. Prior to joining Malayala Manorama, he was heading the digital operations at ECONZ IT Services handling clients such as Caterpillar, Quest Global, Microland, Harley Davidson & ANSRsource

  • Deputy Design Director, Houston Chronicle

    Charles Apple is a longtime news artist, graphics reporter, designer, editor and blogger. The former Focus page editor of the Orange County Register and graphics director of the Virginian-Pilot and the Des Moines Register, he spent five years as an international consultant and instructor. Currently, he’s deputy design director for the Houston Chronicle.

  • Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

    Anna-Maria has over 20 years’ experience in the science sector and is an experienced Chief Executive currently leading the Australian Academy of Science, an independent not for profit organisation that provides authoritative and influential scientific advice, represents Australia on key international scientific bodies, builds public awareness and understanding of science, and champions and supports excellence in Australian science. 

    In this role Anna-Maria has led significant reform in global science engagement, in science policy matters; and in addressing gender equity in science.

    Starting her career as a neuroscientist, Anna-Maria undertook medical research in Australia and abroad, before applying her skills to policy development both in the Australian public service and in politics where she has provided policy advice across many social and economic portfolios.

    She has held several senior executive positions in the science sector as CEO of Science  and Technology Australia and Deputy Director at Questacon. In these roles, Anna-Maria has worked extensively with parliamentarians, the business and community sectors, and the media.

    She is a strategic and dispassionate advocate for science, social justice, diversity and inclusion.

  • Vice President - Sales and Distribution, The Hindu Group of Publishing, India

    A progressive leader with a career spanning around 2 .5 decades of experience in sales & service operations across key industries impacting daily lives of people with skills to drive business growth, capitalize on new revenue potential, and manage all aspects of daily business operations. Currently at a capacity of Vice President – Sales and Distribution & part of the Executive Management Committee at the THG Publishing Pvt Ltd. Exposure with Madura Coats, Gillette, Hindustan Lever, Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications and with “The Hindu Group” . Industries worked: FMCG, Telecom, Media His roles and exposures include Consumer Sales, Brand Activation, CRM, Product Launches, Marketing of new products; Circulation Sales with a focus on Customers, P & L Management, Planning & Executing Annual Operating Plans, and many more.
  • CEO, Clarín AGEA, Argentina

    Héctor M. Aranda is Vice President of Grupo Clarín and CEO of AGEA S.A., Diario Clarín's publishing house.
    Grupo Clarín has among its main assets ARTEAR S.A, responsible for the television signal Canal 13 and TN, Radio Mitre S.A, leading radio in Argentina and AGEA S.A, responsible for Diario Clarín and Diario Deportivo Olé; in addition, among its assets, is the CIMECO Society, owner of the newspapers "La Voz del Interior" (from Córdoba) and "Los Andes" (from Mendoza).
    Héctor Aranda is a public accountant graduated from the National University of La Plata. He joined Arte Gráfico Editorial Argentino in 1983 and became responsible for the administrative and financial divisions of that company. Since 1998 he has been General Manager of AGEA.
    He is also currently Director of the following companies: Grupo Clarín, Agea, Papel Prensa, AGL, Tinta Fresca, Cúspide, Cimeco, Fairs and Exhibitions, Opportunities, Unir, and Impripost.

  • Managing Director, Kiosko y más, Spain

    Ramón Alonso Aranegui is Managing Director of “Kiosko y más”, the largest online newsstand alliance in Europe. Led by the Spanish media groups of Vocento and Prisa, the platform has now 95 editorial groups and 450 publications. With a graduate degree in Information Science, he worked for 5 years as Director of Digital at Nueva Rioja S.A and was involved in the Internet committee of Vocento. He has worked in the Internet sector since 1998.

  • President & CEO, Philippine Daily Inquirer

    Rudyard Arbolado

    Rudyard Arbolado is the President and CEO of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the leading broadsheet in the Philippines. PDI also publishes Inquirer PLUS, the digital version of the broadsheet. Some of PDI's key projects for 2021 include The Inquirer Project Rebound, an advocacy campaign that brings together government, private sector, and civil society to help Filipinos overcome the COVID-19 crisis through relevant and timely information they can use to make informed decisions, and The Inquirer News Initiative, an effort to collaborate with nine local newspapers all over the Philippines to help journalism, especially local journalism, flourish in the multimedia age.

    Before his appointment as President and CEO on January 1, 2021, Rudyard successively held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Finance Officer, and General Counsel. Prior to joining PDI, he was an associate lawyer specialising in corporate law and taxation at ACCRALAW.

    Rudyard is a certified public accountant and a member of the Philippine Bar having received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

  • Associate Consultant, WAN-IFRA, Mexico

    Ezequiel Arbusti is a specialist in online audience development, digital content creation and planning for websites and Social Media for media and brands. He is a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Content Management System (CMS) consultant, with a focus on entertainment. He has helped various digital mediums, such as TKM and Terra, to grow their operations in Latin America. Arbusti holds a degree in Industrial Engineering, a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Corporate Finance. He currently works as a consultant and speaker on Digital Media topics.

  • Consultor Associado, WAN-IFRA, México

    Ezequiel Arbusti é especialista em desenvolvimento de público online, planejamento e criação de conteúdo digital para sites e Mídias Sociais para mídia e marcas. Ele é otimizador de web (SEO) e gerente de conteúdo (CMS), com foco na área de entretenimento. Ajudou várias mídias digitais, como a TKM e a Terra, a expandir suas operações na América Latina. Arbusti possui estudos de engenharia industrial, é formado em economia e possui mestrado em finanças corporativas. Atualmente, atua como consultor associado da WAN-IFRA e como instrutor em questões de mídia digital.

     

  • Associated Consultant, WAN-IFRA, Mexico

    Ezequiel Arbusti is a specialist in digital audience development, planning and creation of digital content for websites and social media platforms for media outlets and brands. He is a web optimizer (SEO) and content manager (CMS), with a focus on the entertainment area. He has helped several digital media outlets, such as TKM and Terra, to grow their operations in Latin America. Arbusti studied Industrial Engineering, a degree in Economics and a Master in Corporate Finance. He currently serves as an associate consultant for WAN-IFRA and a trainer in digital media topics. 

  • Online Editor, Primera Hora, Puerto Rico

    Milvia Archilla is a journalist, editor and coordinator of coverages for the written and digital press. She has over 25 years of journalistic experience in print and digital media and more than 10 years of experience in supervising journalists in news writing, breaking news, videos and social media management. Throughout her career, she has directed special coverages on a large scale such as general elections, sporting events and entertainment. She was one of the editores in charge of covering the passage of hurricanes Irma and María through Puerto Rico in September 2017.

  • Chief Marketing Officer, Protecmedia, Spain

    María Arenas, Protecmedia CMO´s has recently joined the company that has been transforming the media industry for the last 40 years. As an international expert in Communications and Digital Marketing she has large experience in asessing different kinds of company´s in their digital transformation and, as former journalist, has a deep understanding of media needs.

  • Founder Code4Africa, impactAfrica Fund, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Tanzania

    Justin Arenstein is a veteran South African investigative journalist and media entrepreneur. He is founder of Code4Africa and is behind impactAFRICA, the continent’s largest fund for data-driven storytelling.

    He is an internationally recognised expert in data-driven journalism and related new media technologies. Arenstein co-founded the pioneering independent news wire agency African Eye News Service (AENS). AENS and Arenstein have received a string of international awards for their investigative exposés into government corruption and social justice issues. This includes the Knight International Journalism Award in 2000. Arenstein was also a 2009-2010 ICFJ Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where he explored social network analysis strategies for investigative journalism, as well as strategies to help independent grassroots media in Africa exploit the mobile web.

    He serves as a consulting strategist on journalistic innovation for Google, and on the boards of a number of media industry entities and related press freedom bodies. He is a former member of the Press Council of South Africa, where he helped reform the Press Code and its press oversight mechanisms.

     

  • ‎Head of Data and Privacy, Schibsted Media Group, Sweden

    When Atelach Alemu Argaw arrived in Schibsted, in early 2016, she started from scratch, building a team working with natural languages processing (NLP) and image recognition. Now they’re part of realizing Schibsted as a tech-based company. Her team builds state-of-the-art models and services, using data from users, and makes them available within Schibsted. NLP is an AI-based technology aiming to get computers to understand how humans speak, or write. Atelach’s team has built a model for labeling the intent of a message. This means that you can understand when buyers at a marketplace are interested in an item that already has been sold, and assist the seller in answering them. When it comes to image processing the team has, for instance, made it possible to show similar items to buyers. 

    Atelach holds a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Gothenburgh and she has collaborated extensively at the Laboratory for Data Mining and Decision Analysis (DMDA) part of the Department of Computer and System Sciences at Stockholm University

  • Editor-in-Chief, Arabian Business Dubai, UAE

    Scott Armstrong is an Editor-in-Chief, Arabian Business Dubai, UAE. Prior to that, he was a Chief Executive Editor for Times of Oman (Print and Online titles) since 2014. A journalist with 26 years of experience, Scott has evolved from a traditional print journalist/editor to embrace digital delivery of content on multimedia platforms to maximise audience, global reach and engagement..  

    For growing Oman's largest and most successful daily English language news channel in print and on digital, Scott has refocused its print edition on relevant content. Times of Oman is now widely acknowledged as the market leader for journalism in the Sultanate, and the most effective for advertising revenue generation. 

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