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  • AVP & Businesss Head, The Hindu Group, India

    With over 19 yrs of rich experience, Arpan Chatterjee currently leads the digital media business for THG publishing, the publisher of The Hindu. Prior to this, Arpan has been Chief Sales and Marketing officer at Dainik Jagran newspaper, one of the largest media brand in India. Earlier, he also headed the inside sales & marketing across North America and Asian Marketings for eBay partner company. He was also part of the start up team at Webdunia.com, the first Indian language Internet portal  & technology services.

  • President Lightspeed POS

    JP Chauvet

    Jean-Paul Chauvet, President Lightspeed POS Inc, served as Chief Revenue Officer of the company from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Chauvet served as Chief Executive Officer of Europe, The Middle East and Africa at Atex Group Ltd. Mr. Chauvet served as Regional Director of South-West at Aximum S.A. Mr. Chauvet served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at IXIASOFT Technologies, Inc. He previously served as Vice President of Global Sales at Nstein Technologies Inc. He has been Director of Coveo Solutions Inc. Mr. Chauvet holds a Masters in Marketing & International Business.

  • President & CEO, The News Media Alliance, USA

    David Chavern joined the News Media Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. He established the center, which is the first U.S. Chamber office focused solely on technology and innovation, and led a research and outreach program which was dedicated to the economic power of data-driven innovation.

    A 1987 graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

     

  • Project Manager and blog editor, France Télévisions Lab, France

    Barbara joined France Télévisions in 2011. She currently works as Project Manager within the MediaLab, a team serving the newsroom through Research and Development and innovation projects. She is also the editor of Méta-Media, a blog exploring future journalism and media literacy, and gives trainings and talks on editorial innovation and media trends.

  • Group Editorial Director, India Today Group, India.

    Raj Chengappa is a veteran journalist of over 40 years’ standing.  He is currently the Group Editorial Director (Publishing) of the India Today Group, Asia’s leading media house with interests in publishing, television, radio and the web. India Today, its flagship, is Asia’s largest circulated newsmagazine.   Prior to his current assignment, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Newspapers.  

    Before joining The Tribune Chengappa was Managing Editor of India Today and worked there for 29 years. He was concurrently the Editor of the Indian edition of Scientific American and India Today Aspire, a magazine on careers and education.  He chronicled India’s nuclear weapons history in his best selling book ‘ Weapons of Peace, The Secret Story of India’s quest to be a Nuclear Power.’ 

    Raj Chengappa has varied interests and is a specialist in foreign affairs, security, nuclear weapons, the environment and development. Apart from editing publications, he has done over a hundred cover stories and exclusive reports for India Today on a range of subjects, including international affairs, defence, science, health, education and environment.  

     He has covered major international events and wars and interviewed prominent international leaders. Apart from domestic politics, he has also written extensively on environment and development and was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Climate Change Council for eight years.  He is currently the President of the Editors Guild of India, the premier body representing over 200 newspaper, magazine and television editors in the country.  

    He won the Prem Bhatia award for Excellence in Reporting in 1998. He is also the winner of the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting in 1987. He was a Stimson Fellow on Security Issues in Washington D.C. in 1995, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-91 and a Harry Britain Fellow partly at Oxford University in 1985.

  • Head of Sales, SPH Digital, Singapore

    Keith Chong

    Keith is the Head of Sales at SPH Digital, the Digital Division of Singapore Press Holdings. SPH Digital provides a suite of more than 25 news and lifestyle web-portals, engaging 23 million unique readers and generating in excess of 360 million pageviews within and outside Singapore. Responsible for driving digital revenue from domestic & international markets; including product & customer strategy, Keith heads up the Digital Sales organization and provides digital thought leadership to 7 sales teams, comprising more than 30 online sales professionals and digital strategists to lead digital transformation among brand owners, marketers & agencies.

  • Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP, France

    Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is responsible for the output of some 1,500 text, photo and video journalists and plays a major role in driving the agency's evolving multimedia strategy around the world.

    He joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

    Chetwynd was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China.

    He set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong and played a major role in launching the video service in Asia.

  • COO, South China Morning Post

    Elsie Cheung

    Elsie Cheung was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the South China Morning Post in January 2011. In this vital role, she implements strategic change to bring SCMP’s cultural and digital transformation to bear. She spearheads SCMP’s business operations, including advertising and marketing solutions, circulation and syndication, global marketing, print production, and the recruitment services business.

    Ms Cheung started her career at SCMP before broadening her experience at other well-established organisations including Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), Hong Kong Telecom, and Sunevision. Upon her return to SCMP, Ms Cheung held the senior leadership positions of Head of Sales and Director of Advertising prior to her appointment as COO; she is now a 17-year veteran of the company.

  • Managing Director, Business Insider, UK

    Julian Childs is Managing Director for UK and Europe of Business Insider, the London-based division of the popular online financial publication that was launched last November. Childs's background covers over 15 years in digital media on the publisher side, encompassing various leadership, business and commercial roles across Europe and internationally. Prior to Business Insider his more recent roles have included VP of EMEA for Business Technology sites including ZDNet and TechRepublic and VP of Partnerships for CBS Interactive where he helped build and deliver their international monetisation and data strategy.

  • Director News and Publishers - EMEA Partnerships, Google, UK

    In his role, Madhav Chinnappa works on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry.  Most recently, he launched the Digital News Initiative which in March 2018 evolved to become part of the Google News Initiative, Google's overarching global framework for engagement with the news ecosystem.  

    Madhav joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA region. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.

     

  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

  • Co-Founder of CGnet Swara , India

    Shubhranshu Choudhary

    Shubhranshu Choudhary is co-founder of CGnet Swara a Democratization of Media experiment based in Central India. They developed world's first Community Radio on Mobile Phone. He is a former BBC South Asia producer and was a Knight International Journalism fellow. He won Google Digital Activism award in 2014 and was chosen one of 100 Global leading thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He was selected as one of the Young Business Leaders by Boston Global Forum for the year 2015. 

  • Technology Editor & Product Manager, IBNLive.com, India

    Soumyadip Choudhury

    Soumyadip Choudhury is currently with Network18 as Technology Editor and Product Manager at IBNLive.com. A blogger and activist, his primary and most popular blog is Cutting the Chai. Before joining IBN he had worked with NDTV, Times Group and HT Media Ltd.

  • Chief Technical Manager, DIC India Ltd, India

  • Vice President of Sales, ComScore Inc.

    Marcos Christensen,  South Cone Vice President , joined comScore in 2012. The leading digital audience and ad-validation measurement company providing services to almost all media publishers and agencies and advertisers.

    With more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry has worked in leading companies as Carat, Ybrant Digtial and Fox Sports where he held the position of Latam Head of Sales. Prior, he worked as Latam Pre Sales and Biz Development at Ybrant Digital (Lycos) which represented media partners such as MSFT Advertising, Hotmail, Facebook, Fotolog and Ciudad.com. Also worked as Commercial Coordinator in local leading radio station Rock&Pop and Metro951. He started his career in Carat as media assistant and planner.

  • Associate Editor - Today, Mediacorp

  • Independent Media and Communications Consultant

    Khun Pichai is currently an independent media and communications consultant. He is currently working on a media project with the German development agency GIZ and ASEAN.

    He has conducted various editorial workshops and journalism training programmes for ASEAN journalists and editors as well as communications and media workshops for government officials from Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand.

    As of August-September 2016, after over three decades 34 years in journalism and 22 years as an editor, Pichai Chuensuksawadi stood down as Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and Editor of the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily and oldest Thai newspaper, which celebrates its 70th anniversary on 1 August 2016.

    Khun Pichai has worked as a journalist for 34 years, starting off as a proofreader in 1980 with the Bangkok Post, working his way up the ranks as a copy and layout editor of the Bangkok World (afternoon tabloid) before moving to the Bangkok Post assuming various positions such as feature writer, foreign affairs reporter, Op-ed pages sub-editor, Editor of Perspectives before finally becoming News Editor in 1992.

    During his career Khun Pichai represented the Bangkok Post and Thailand as an Executive Committee and Board Member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). He was also Chairman of WAN-IFRA’s Asia Pacific Committee for over a decade before stepping down in 2017.

  • Assistant Product Manager, The Indian Express Online Media (P) Ltd, India

    Renuka Chugh

    She is responsible for overseeing the integral aspects of the mobile applications including conceptualisation, strategic planning and execution of the final product.She also coordianates with vendors and other resources to develop new and exciting features to provide the best possible experience to consumers. Prior to The Indian Express she held a similar position at NDTV Convergence and played a pivotal role in developing mobile applications. 

  • Group MD & CEO, Star Media Group Berhad, Malaysia

    Chun Wai was appointed Group Managing Director & CEO of the Company on 20 November 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in  the newspaper industry.

    Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director & CEO of Star Media Group Berhad in November 2013, he was appointed the Group Chief Editor at the age of 46 in the year 2008, becoming the newspaper’s youngest top editor in its history. He was also the first Group Chief Editor to be appointed as an Executive Director in 2010.

    Chun Wai holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in political science and history. He has attended financial and leadership development programmes organised by the International Centre for Leadership in Finance at several American universities including the University of Stanford and University of Southern California. He is an advisory panel member of the UKM Graduate School of Business, an adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a Fellow at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

    He won the prestigious Best Journalist Award for news features from the National Press Institute for his investigative article on Malaysian terrorists and their arms training in Afghanistan in 2003.

    Chun Wai was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Media Industry by the World Chinese Economic Forum in Chongqing, China in 2014.

    He is the first Malaysian to be elected to the board of the Paris-based World Editors Forum. He is also a supervisory counsel of Bernama,  the national news agency and a member of the Governance Council of the National Innovation Agency in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was also a chairman of the Bangkok-based Asia News Network, an alliance of 21 media groups in Asian cities. 

    In addition to the above, Chun Wai is a board member of the Center for Mobile Studies (CMS) at the Xiamen University Malaysia. He is also an Honorary Advisor (2016-2019) of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).

    Chun Wai writes a weekly column in The Sunday Star called “on the Beat” which focuses on political and religious moderation.

    He is a strong believer who advocates commonalities and positive values.

  • Co-Founder and CEO, The News Lens, Taiwan

    Joey Chung

    Joey Chung is the Co-Founder and CEO of The News Lens, one of the fastest growing new digital news sites in Asia which was started in mid 2013. Before starting The News Lens, he was with the Japanese multinational character and media company Sanrio, first starting out in San Francisco and Los Angeles as its Business Development Manager before being sent as President of its China Operations in Shanghai between 2011-2013 after of which he left to start The News Lens. Before that, he worked for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York, the Equity Research Department of investment bank UBS, and was a reporter and columnist for The Taipei Times.

  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin

    H. Iris Chyi

    Iris Chyi (Ph.D.), author of Trial and Error: US Newspapers’ Digital Struggles toward Inferiority, is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses the economic viability of online news and identifies universal patterns of user demand for multi-platform newspapers. Her “Ramen Noodles Theory” suggests that online news, like ramen noodles, is an inferior good. Chyi has received many research and teaching awards and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. Information about her research is available at irischyi.com.

  • Manager - Printing & Logistics, Fairfax Media, Australia

    Jon Clarke is a Newspaper man. Commencing his Newspaper career at the age of 10 delivering a tri-weekly newspaper from his bicycle.  His father a Newspaper editor of note, his mother the accountant and his grandfather an advertising salesman, Jon’s career path was inevitable.

    Jon has spent the last 25 years in the industry proper.  A Hand and Machine Compositor by trade in 1993 he joined the daily national broadsheet paper The Canberra Times as a typesetter. By 1996 Jon’s role included the coordination of new commercial clients following the installation of a new press the Geoman Doublewith.

    Instrumental in the installation of CTP technology in 2000. In 2004 he was project lead on the installation of the Atex Cybergraphics Publishing system which finally linked advertising, editorial, finance and production onto one system, both projects were firsts for an Australian daily.

    Jon was appointed Manager of Fairfax Media Print & Logistics Canberra in 2013, since then the site has completed a number of upgrades including the addition of Ultra Violet technology, upgraded publishing systems and last year the addition of a Super Panorama Gluing unit. All part of Fairfax’s transition of print.

    Jon is a member of The NewsMediaWorks Environment Advisory Group and Chair of The Fairfax Foundation.

  • Co-Founder , Chairman and CEO of Ringier One Africa Media 2016

    •    Schooled at Clifton and Michaelhouse , University of KZN, Durban Institute of Technology
    •    He was a CO- Founder of Private Property in the late 90’s
    •    Took Private Property from a start-up to a leading Property Portal in South Africa
    •    Justin Co-founded One Africa Media in 2010
    •    The OAM group operates internet classifieds business in up to 10 African Countries.
    •    The OAM group concentrates on the Property, Jobs and Car space
    •    2014 Winner of E&Y World Entrepreneur Award
    •    ROAM was formed in a merger between Ringier Africa and One Africa Media earlier this year (2016)
    Additional information
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinclarke

  • Editor-in-Chief, Press Association, United Kingdom

    Pete is responsible for PA’s editorial content across all formats. He also leads the continuing transformation of the agency to a digital-focused, multi-platform business.

    Pete Clifton joined PA from MSN in 2015, after three years leading its 70-strong editorial team. Before that, he spent 15 years at the BBC in a number of senior editorial roles including, Head of Editorial Development, Head of News Interactive, Editor of the BBC News website and launch Editor of the BBC Sport website.

  • Director of Video Products, Reuters

    Nick is responsible for leading video and television products globally for Reuters, the world’s leading news agency.  Prior to joining Reuters Nick built up nearly 20 years of experience in the news and entertainment industries as an award-winning digital producer, commissioner and product development specialist. 

    He started his career in the late 90s as an online journalist and was subsequently involved in the development of pioneering digital news services for ITN, CNN and BBC News. In 2005 he was appointed the BBC’s commissioning editor for interactive television, and then in 2007 digital commissioner for BBC factual and documentaries, where his projects won a number of major industry awards including a BAFTA and two digital Emmys. In 2011 Nick moved into the world of advertising, joining WPP’s MediaCom as Managing Partner & Head of Content, where he led the agency’s strategic thinking about the role of content in brand communications and headed the 50-strong ‘Beyond Advertising’ division. He then joined the world of start-ups as VP for Content, Strategy & Partnerships at Little Dot Studios, a digital studio backed by All3 Media. Nick’s commercial work includes creating digital content and TV programming for clients including Volkswagen, Coca Cola and Samsung.  y.

     

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