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Sandy Romualdez

Chairperson, Inquirer Group of Companies

Ms. Alexandra “Sandy” P. Romualdez is the Chairperson of the Inquirer Group of Companies (IGC).  She currently oversees strategic planning and provides management direction to IG companies, namely the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer.net, Megamobile and Inquirer Academy.

Prior to her appointment as Chairperson, she was the Group Chief Executive Officer of IGC for 25 years.   She was also the President and CEO of the Philippine Daily Inquirer .  As President and CEO, Sandy was instrumental to the Inquirer’s growth as the Philippines’ number one broadsheet.  She was responsible for corporate strategic planning, management development, succession planning, performance management, organizational design, corporate policy-making and organizational development.  She also played a key role in network building particularly with regard to the business community and non-government sector.

She currently maintains the position of Committee Member of WAN-IFRA Asia-Pacific.  In 2019, she was elected to the Supervisory Board of WAN-IFRA.

Phillip Crawley

Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail, Canada

Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.  He worked in England, Hong Kong and New Zealand before he joined The Globe and Mail in October 1998. In print for 178 years, The Globe and Mail has consistently delivered Canada’s best and deepest coverage of national, international and business news.  It has a cumulative digital and print readership of 5.9M weekly.

Andrea Tan

Asia Pacific Team Leader, Daybreak Bloomberg News

Andrea Tan is the Asia-Pacific team leader for Daybreak, Bloomberg’s flagship morning news product. She was previously a market structure and regulatory reporter covering the inner workings of exchanges and financial shenanigans such as the 1MDB scandal.

In over two decades as a journalist, with Bloomberg and Business Times previously, she has covered law, technology, real estate and financial trading. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Economic Times of India. She’s a graduate of Nanyang Technological University, and holds a Master’s Degree from Singapore Management University.

Andy Budiman

CEO, KG Media

Andy is the Chief Executive Officer of KG Media, a media group consisting of print, broadcast, and digital platforms.  As CEO, Andy is responsible to lead KG Media through a dual-transformation process: increasing the resilience of the media core and creating new growth engines in digital.  Andy is a technology and gadget enthusiast.  Previously, he worked in the fields of research and development, print production management, and business development.

Aya Uryu

Co-Founder & COO, Nordot
Aya Uryu is the Co-Founder and COO of Nordot and is based in New York City. After spending 10+ years with a leading broadcast network, she made a transition to the publisher technology side, and within a few years, succeeded in launching Japanese pubtech start-up Nordot in the US and expanding it globally.
She’s an advocate of sustainable journalism, and is on a mission to help publishers increase their readership and earn more from their content. As a woman start-up leader from Japan, which is a rarity, she is responsible for partnering with with some of the largest firms in the digital publishing industry and delivering value.

Bhanupriya Rao

Founder of BehanBox

Bhanupriya Rao is the founder and editor-in-chief of Behanbox, a digital media platform for gender journalism in India. Behanbox centers the voices of women and gender diverse persons through in-depth and evidence based storytelling. She also trains journalists and civil society activists on gender issue and data journalism. Behanbox is one of the ten startups in the first cohort of Google News Initiative Startups Lab India program.

Brenda Goh

Shanghai Bureau Chief and China Tech Team Leader, Reuters

Brenda Goh is Reuters’ Chief Correspondent in Shanghai where she runs corporate coverage in China, including that of technology.. Her team covers China’s largest technology companies like Alibaba and Tencent, topics such as the US-China tech race, as well as how emerging tech trends such as the metaverse are playing out in China. Brenda has worked for Reuters for 12 years and has reported stories from a dozen countries.

Chen May Yee

APAC Director of WT Intelligence

Chen May Yee is APAC Director of WT Intelligence, the global trend forecasting and market research arm for Wunderman Thompson.

May Yee started the APAC unit of WT Intelligence  in 2017 and has since led consumer research on female Muslim millennials, health and wellness around Asia, the globalization of Chinese brands, and Gen Z in APAC.

She draws on two decades’ experience as a journalist, including at Agence France-Presse, the Wall Street Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Chen has a B.Sc. in Economics & Sociology from Bristol University in the U.K. and a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.  She is based in Kuala Lumpur.

Chia Lun Huang

Transformation & Learning Director, CommonWealth Magazine

Chia Lun is responsible for business operations in CommonWealth Magazine, overseeing internal operations and communications, external branding and strategic initiatives. She was previously a journalist and had worked as a producer with WAN-IFRA’s Media Management Accelerator Program.

Chris Janz

Media Adviser, Australia

Chris Janz has worked in the industry for 25 years, with roles spanning mature and growth businesses and advertising and subscription-funded products.  Most recently, he reshaped Australia’s oldest but most commercially challenged mastheads from a reliance on declining revenues to true digital leadership, delivering a 42 per cent earnings CAGR and AUD1.5bn in enterprise value while maintaining the country’s most awarded journalism.  He presently advises a number of media organisations,

Chris Pfaff

CEO, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC

Chris Pfaff is a leading new media and technology producer and strategist. He is renowned for integrating leading-edge technology into the media and entertainment community.

His company, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC, provides strategy and marketing services for leading technology service providers, technology firms, and new media companies worldwide. Since founding Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC in 2002, Chris has represented a wide range of clients, including strategic ventures from Eastman Kodak, PRIMEDIA, Cantor Telecom, and ASCAP, and firms ranging from mobile content distributor Thumbplay, video encoding firm On2 Technologies (sold to Google), and 3D face and body animation production studio face2face animation. He leads a global team that works with a large, and growing, number of North American and European ventures.

Prior to launching Chris Pfaff Tech/Media, Chris was involved with the early-stage ventures GeoVideo Networks and MobileQ, and previously had helped launch more than 16 ventures with the Lucent New Ventures Group and Bell Labs, including Lucent Digital Radio (later iBiquity Digital, sold to Xperi), SyChip (sold to Murata), e-Ink, Flarion (sold to Qualcomm), and savaJe (sold to Sun Microsystems), among many others.

Chris Waiting

Chief Executive, The Conversation
Chris Waiting is Chief Executive of The Conversation, a non-profit news publisher that works with academics to share their research, expertise and insight in an accessible way with a mass audience. It operates a network of 8 editions around the world with a combined monthly readership of more than 70 million.
Chris joined The Conversation in May 2018. He previously worked for the Associated Press as Director of Strategy & Development and for the BBC as Chief of Staff where he advised the COO and Director-General. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School.

David Wightman

Global Head of Advertising, South China Morning Post

David Wightman is the Global Head of Advertising of the South China Morning Post, a global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. He is an Executive Committee member of the IAB Hong Kong.

David spearheads the growth and international expansion of SCMP’s global advertising business spanning across Hong Kong, mainland China, Asia, USA and Europe. He oversees global media sales, marketing and creative solutions, branded content, events, custom publishing, advertising technology, and sales operations.

With more than two decades of industry experience across media, data and technology. David has built and led local and international commercial, operations and technology teams within digital and traditional media companies.

Prior to joining the SCMP, David was based in London as the Group Director of Business Operations for Ebiquity. Before that, he was based in Singapore as the regional Managing Director of [M]Platform, where he launched and scaled the regional programmatic, data and technology division of GroupM Asia Pacific..

Dean Roper

Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation’s array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.

Derl McCrudden

VP and Head of Global News Production, Associated Press, London

Derl McCrudden is vice president and head of global news production at The Associated Press, overseeing the output and production of AP’s daily news report across all formats. McCrudden is responsible for modernizing AP’s global news production arm, with a focus on speed and the changing demands of a digital audience.

Previously he was deputy managing editor for visual and digital journalism, directing AP’s video, photo and digital output. McCrudden joined AP in 2010 and has held a variety of roles including head of international video. Prior to AP, he worked in broadcast news for 18 years at various organizations including ITN and Al Jazeera English.

Dmitry Shishkin

Digital transformation, content strategy and innovation consultant, WEF Board Member, UK

Dmitry Shishkin is an expert in digital transformation, content strategy, and innovation in publishing; he’s been consulting media and tech companies on how to do digital better, since late 2020. Prior to that, he was Chief Content Officer at Culture Trip, a content-first travel tech startup. Before that, he worked for 21 years at the BBC News in London where he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 41 non-English foreign language news services. Dmitry’s main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy, Data and Product disciplines.

Federica Cherubini

Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Federica Cherubini is Head of Leadership Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

She is an expert in newsroom operations and organisational change, with ten years experience spanning major publishers, research institutes and editorial networks around the world. Federica specialises in devising and implementing new and improved ways of working, bridging people, disciplines, departments, projects and cultures.

Before joining the Reuters Institute, she was Engagement Manager at Hearken, an audience consulting company that helps newsrooms better listen to and engage with their stakeholders in order to build sustainability.

Prior to joining Hearken she was Audience Projects Editor at Condé Nast International, working on audience growth, best practice and knowledge sharing. She is an expert on newsletter strategies and editorial initiatives that drive audience loyalty. She was a coach with the Membership Puzzle Project.

Federica is a director at Hacks/Hackers London, a community of 4,000+ members at the intersection of journalism and technology who meet to discuss and rethink the future of news. She is returning to the Reuters Institute, where she previously worked as a researcher on the Digital News Project team, publishing reports on editorial analytics, online video strategies and fact checking in Europe. She participated in the Online News Association’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator and is a mentor with the Digital Women Leaders initiative.

Filip Shen 

APAC News Startups & Programs Lead, Google

Filip Shen is part of the APAC News Partnerships team at Google and leads programs & strategic partnerships (through the Google News Initiative) for news startups and early-stage publishers across the Asia Pacific region. He is passionate about turbocharging the digital future of the next generation of news publishers.

Filip has been at Google for over 9 years and is based in Singapore.

Gabey Goh

Associate Director, Innovation Content, TBWA\ Asia

At TBWA\ Gabey leads the brand experience agency’s innovation content strategy, tasked with deepening thought leadership and stimulating innovative ideas across Asia. She has reported on the marketing and technology sectors for over ten years, with experience in online media, magazines, newspapers and radio. Outside of journalism, Gabey has also served as a marketer in the ad-tech industry and led content and education initiatives at a leading trade body.

Gary Liu

Founder, Artifact Labs, Hong Kong

Gary Liu is the Founder of Artifact Labs, a company leading the development of historical NFTs, to preserve and connect history on the blockchain. In his previous role as CEO of the South China Morning Post, Gary oversaw an extensive transformation of the publishing group, expanding its global audience reach and influence, establishing new revenue and commercialization channels, and cementing SCMP as Asia’s leading digital media company. Previously as CEO of Digg, Gary spearheaded the New York startup’s reinvention as a data-powered news platform. He was also Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.

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Irene Jay Liu

News Lab Lead, APAC Google

Irene Jay Liu leads Google News Lab in the Asia-Pacific region. She was previously an investigative reporter and data editor at Reuters, where she was a 2017 Pulitzer finalist in the national reporting category. Earlier, she worked at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and as a political reporter with the Times Union in Albany, New York.  Before moving to Singapore, she taught data-driven investigative journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Igor Pipkin

Chief Data Scientist, Amedia, Norway
Igor holds a PhD in Economics with specialisation in Energy Economics. His areas of expertise are mainly Research, Data Science, Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning. At Amedia, he works on optimising the subscription and advertising business via data and data products. His focus is on the fundamental drivers of supply and demand and how data can contribute to a better understanding and more insights into Amedia’s business.

James Chessell

Managing Director, Publishing, Nine, Australia

James Chessell was appointed Nine’s Managing Director, Publishing in 2021 with responsibility for The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WAToday.

He formerly worked on the editorial side of the Publishing business where he was Group Executive Editor – Australian Metro Publishing for three-and-a-half years and National Editor of The Herald and The Age with responsibility for federal politics, business and world coverage.

James is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who began his career as a reporter at The Age before working at The Herald, The Australian and The Financial Review where his roles included Business Editor and Europe Correspondent.

Jeff Myers

Co Founder, Factinate.com

Co Founder at Factinate.com previously head of marketing at tickld.com and gatewaymedia. Jeff now runs the marketing teams at Factinate where he develops new techniques and tools to distribute Factinate’s content across the web.

Kapil Chhabra

Founder, Silver Wings XR

An engineer by degree, Kapil started his career in the year 1990. Entrepreneurship came as a natural progression to his career and he started his own venture within three years of his corporate stint, running a successful venture for 20 years in Computer Graphics in India. A keen technology enthusiast and, as a successful entrepreneur, Kapil believes in keeping up with the changing trends and dived into the space of Immersive Technologies.

The opportunities in Singapore made him decide to move and start a company in the prosperous city-state. In 2015 Silver Wings was founded. Initially focusing on Virtual Reality, the company now has broadened its scope to 3D visualization, including VR, AR, MR and Holographics as well as enterprise Metaverse solutions and a number of related technologies. Over the past 6 years many successful projects were launched in a wide range of industries.

Kathy McLeish

Senior Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation & Co-Chair, Women in Media Australia

Kathy is a media industry leader who has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience as a senior ABC journalist to advance gender equity in the role of Co-Chair, Women in Media Australia.

A multi-award winning journalist and producer, she’s reported for 7.30, Landline, Australian Story, ABC news and current affairs and executive produced Stateline and 7.30 Qld and is currently working with the ABC’s top-rating TV program ‘Back Roads’. As a reporter, she’s covered assignments ranging from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Nauru detention centre riots, the last Mentoring Taskforce handover in Afghanistan to Queensland’s major natural disasters. In 2015, her investigative series into youth mental health led to a $16m Commission of Inquiry and a $60m overhaul of critical care youth mental health services in Queensland. She was named Queensland Journalist of the Year.

As Co-Chair of Women in Media Australia and the founding convenor of Women in Media, Queensland she led the establishment of the organisation as an independent company and built a national network with chapters in every state and territory and more than 6000 members nationally.

Her favourite and most important role is as a mother of 4.

Keiko Yamamoto

Senior Commentor and Senior Manager of News Division, Nagoya Station, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Keiko Yamamoto is a journalist at NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). She is a senior commentator for NHK on gender equality and a senior manager of News Division of Nagoya Station. Keiko has covered social issues with a focus on gender, empowerment of women such as #MeToo movement, children’s rights and education. In 2001, she founded a network for women journalists, connecting people in order to promote new social values and concepts to Japanese society. The association has grown and now has more than 900 members that include women from other professional fields. In 2009, the Asia Society named her as an Asia21 Fellow, a young leader of Asia. Keiko received her MA in International Development from Nagoya University. She is the mother of a 14-year-old daughter.

Koreel Lahiri

Director, South Asia, MDIF

Koreel is responsible for MDIF’s investment mandate in South Asia, he brings over 20 years of experience. Before MDIF, he was the founding COO of India’s 1st funding organization for independent media – IPS Media Foundation. His VC experience includes a successful stint at Springboard, the VC arm of India’s largest media house, Bennett, Coleman & Co (BCCL). Prior to that he led financial markets coverage and equity research at Bloomberg TV India & CNBC-TV18. He started his career at India’s first internet radio, Musicurry.com, back in the days of Web 1.0.

Lisa Davies

CEO, Australian Associated Press

Lisa returns to AAP as CEO having started her media career at the national newswire in 2000 – first as an editorial assistant in the Brisbane bureau, then in 2001 as cadet journalist in Sydney. She became a police reporter and undertook a three-month exchange program with the UK’s Press Association.

She then joined The Daily Telegraph in 2004, working there for seven years, primarily as Chief Court Reporter. In 2012, she was appointed to lead The Sydney Morning Herald’s crime and courts coverage as Crime Editor. She covered the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa for the masthead among other major news events, also serving as Deputy News Director, Investigations editor and Deputy Editor.

Lisa was appointed editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in February 2017. She resigned in November 2021.

Mark Stenberg

Senior Media Reporter, Adweek

Mark Stenberg is the senior media reporter at Adweek, where he covers the advertising and monetization strategies of news publishers. His reporting focuses on privacy in digital advertising, consumer subscription efforts and emerging products and concepts shaping the industry.

María Ramírez

Deputy Managing Editor, elDiario.es

María Ramírez is Deputy Managing Editor at the Spanish news outlet elDiario.es and she is in charge of the International and Human Rights desks. As a cofounder of several news startups in Spain and as a leader in newsrooms in Europe and the U.S., she has worked over the years on innovation and strategy too. She was a long time correspondent of the daily newspaper El Mundo in New York and Brussels and a senior political reporter for Univision in the U.S. Her upcoming book, ‘El periódico’ (June 2022), focuses on the digital revolution in journalism in the last 25 years.

Murali Subramaniam

Managing Editor of English/Malay/Tamil Media, SPH Media Trust

Murali Subramaniam is Managing Editor of English/Malay/Tamil Media in SPH Media Trust.

He started his career as a journalist in The Straits Times in 1995, after graduating from the National University of Singapore with majors in Political Science and Sociology. He left the paper in 1999 to help start the Today newspaper at MediaCorp, where he helmed
various desks including Sports, Backbench and News, rising to become its Day Editor and No 2. In 2007, he was asked to return to the SPH family as Associate Editor at The New Paper, where he also took on various roles including Sports and News, before becoming Deputy Editor. In 2018, he moved to a managing role for the EMTM Group where he has led various projects including the revamp of the newsroom as well as the redesign of all of The Straits Times products in 2020.

Murali is also the head of its SPH Media’s book publishing arm, Straits Times Press. A keen golfer and former sportsman, he is married and has two children.

Olaf Kwakman

Managing Partner, Silver Wings XR
As founder/co-founder and partner in multiple start-ups, Olaf leverages his finance and business development experience to build companies, relationships and people.
Guiding clients of Silver Wings XR with their digital transformation through the creation and use of 3D visualisation. Working on enterprise solutions across a diverse variety of business sectors, including media, manufacturing, hotels, real estate, entertainment, medical and others.
Having lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Australia, he has extensive and varied experience as a strategic business partner to C-suites in different multicultural environments.

Paulo Armi

Design Lead, Echos Innovation Lab

Paulo is a Design Lead at Echos Innovation Lab in Sydney (AU) working on innovation initiatives with startups, large organisations and Governments. He is a certified Design Thinker by IDEO, and a postgraduate student of the Master of Strategic Design & Innovation at The University of Sydney where he explores the application of emerging technologies to create a more transparent and inclusive web.

Phil Chetwynd

Global News Director, Agence France-Presse (AFP), France

Phil leads the global AFP newsroom of 1,700 journalists based in some 150 countries. Responsible for implementing the agency’s visual-first multimedia strategy and driving the digital transformation of the company. Built AFP’s leading position in the battle against misinformation. On advisory boards of First Draft News, Reporters Without Borders, World Editors Forum and the NewsXchange.

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Sandeep Rai

Group Account Director, Digital Media Solutions, Mediacorp Pte Ltd

Sandeep is Digital Media Solutions professional at Mediacorp, where he works with advertisers to plan an execute effective digital and integrated media campaigns.

Over a 14 year career running digital media strategy and campaigns across multiple regions and industry sectors, Sandeep work spans across media buying/planning, social media, content marketing and integrated media solutioning.

As a programmatic native who has always been interest in audience data, he leads 1st  party data conversations with commercial clients who wish to leverage on Mediacorp’s proprietary audience data solutions.

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