19 - 20 October 2023
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Digital Media Asia 2023

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Agnes Stenbom

Head of IN/LAB, Schibsted, Sweden

Agnes Stenbom is the Head of IN/LAB, a joint venture between Schibsted and the Tinius Trust. IN/LAB (“Inclusion Lab) explores futures at the intersection of journalism, technology and democracy. Agnes is an Industrial PhD candidate in AI journalism at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ahmed Assar

Video Editor for Asia, Reuters

Ahmed Assar is the Reuters Video Editor for Asia and is based in Singapore. His journey with Reuters started in Cairo as a television producer in 1994 and has been responsible for covering everything from conflicts to peace talks to archaeological discoveries. During his time in the middle east he covered Turkey’s battle with the Kurds, the Balkans war, the Iraq war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A few months before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Ahmed moved to Dubai to establish Reuters Television’s first office in the Gulf region. Later in 2006, Ahmed moved to Singapore to head the Asia TV desk, and he also led the global TV team covering the Beijing Olympics. Ahmed became Asia Video Editor in 2014 and has since anchored several major stories across the region and beyond, including the disappearance and search of MH370, the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya, the Trump-Kim Summits, the coronavirus pandemic and the Myanmar coup, to name a few.

Bharat Gupta

CEO, Jagran New Media, India

Bharat Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of Jagran New Media, the digital wing of India’s largest print and radio publisher group, Jagran Prakashan Ltd. With more than 22 years of stellar experience to his credit, Bharat has been at the helm of managing and turning around diverse media businesses across print, radio, ground activation & digital. With over 100 million users, JNM is amongst the Top Internet Media Groups in India.

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Brett Johnson

Sales Director, APAC, Naviga

Brett Johnson joined Naviga in 2021 and is responsible for sales and partner development for Asia Pacific. Based out of Sydney, Australia, Brett has worked in Europe, North America, Singapore in the past & held previous roles in the technology & ICT industry for large multinational organisations. He brings expertise in business development, channel management, project management & customer service. Brett has an Masters of International Business degree from Macquarie University in Australia.

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Charlie Ang

Head, Strategic Futures and Innovation, SPH Media

Charlie Ang is a Digital Futurist and Corporate Innovator. In his role as Head, Strategic Futures and Innovation at SPH Media, he is futuring, strategising and innovating its next lap of digital transformation. Charlie plays at the crucial intersection of futures, strategy, innovation, technology, and corporate culture, preparing organizations and leaders to win in the 4th Industrial Revolution, Metaverse and Web 3.0 era. He has been featured in international and Asian media such as BBC, National Geographic, The Straits Times, The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, Asian Scientist, and others.

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Chris Janz

Media Advisor, Australia / Member of WAN-IFRA Expert Panel

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.

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Chrystelle Widjaja

Privacy Partnerships Manager, SEA, Google

Chrystelle leads the Google Privacy partnerships across the Southeast Asia region and is based in Singapore. Her efforts are focused around the Privacy Sandbox initiative for Web and Android, engaging with key stakeholders to advance privacy-preserving technologies and collaborating with the industry to build new internet privacy standards.

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Darryl Choo

International Business Director, South China Morning Post

Darryl Choo is the International Business Director of the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Based out of Singapore, he heads the sales and commercial strategy for Singapore, Asia and international markets. He is also part of SCMP’s leadership unit.

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Elicia Wee

Senior General Manager, SMG Brand Studio

Elicia Wee, Senior General Manager at SMG Brand Studio (powered by Star Media Group), spearheads a dynamic team offering a comprehensive suite of marketing services, spanning editorial content creation, integrated marketing solutions, and video production expertise.

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Emmy Abdul Alim

Journalism & Media Trainer

Emmy is a news and content professional with more than 14 years of experience as a reporter, journalist, writer and editor. Emmy uses her B2B editorial skills to also create and edit B2C content, including for major daily newspapers, corporates, government agencies and non-profit organisations operating both at home (Singapore) and across Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Fergus Bell

Founder and CEO, Fathm, UK

Fergus Bell is the founder & CEO at Fathm, a multi-award winning independent news lab, agency and consultancy. Fathm has a mission of working with people who are trying to spark creative change and drive sustainability in media by improving newsroom processes and efficiency, making use of emerging technologies, and tackling the ever increasing problems of mis and disinformation.

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Geoff Tan

Director, Events & Partnerships, Association of Advertising & Marketing, Singapore

Geoff is Director, Events & Partnerships at the Association of Advertising & Marketing Singapore.

Before taking up his role at the AAMS, he was Chief Marketing Officer at OIO Singapore, Singapore’s first listed company (KUX:SGX) specialising in blockchain where he was responsible for branding, public relations, event management, CRM, social media & content marketing.

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Irene Jay Liu

Regional Director, Asia & the Pacific, International Fund for Public Interest Media, Singapore

Irene Jay Liu is Regional Director, Asia & the Pacific at the International Fund for Public Interest Media. She previously led the Google News Lab in the Asia-Pacific region and was 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.

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Jaime Ho

Editor, The Straits Times, SPH Media

Jaime is the Editor of The Straits Times, where he is responsible for all aspects of the newsroom’s operations and growth.

Before joining SPH Media Group in October 2022, Jaime’s career had spanned more than 25 years across journalism and the Singapore civil service.

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Jeremy Au Yong

Editor, Newsroom Strategy, The Straits Times, SPH Media

Jeremy Au Yong oversees newsroom strategy in The Straits Times, which includes working on planning, innovation as well as workflow improvement across the different parts of the publication. He has been a journalist for 20 years and has worked across the various sections of the newsroom. His previous roles include foreign editor, lifestyle editor, mobile editor and US bureau chief.

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Joshua Campanella

Client & Programmatic Director, International, South China Morning Post

Joshua is the Client & Programmatic Director at the South China Morning Post and is responsible for handling strategic partnerships, growing key accounts and driving knowledge of SCMP’s footprint on an international scale.

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Jonathan Ng

Deputy Editor, Newsroom Strategy, The Straits Times, SPH Media

Jonathan is currently the Deputy Editor of Newsroom Strategy for The Straits Times, SPH Media’s flagship publication. Prior to SPH, he was with BBC Asia Bureau, producing breaking news, business content and live disaster coverage.

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Kane Raynard Goh

Social Media Lead, Mothership, Singapore

Kane is the Social Media Lead at Mothership, Singapore’s leading youth-focused digital news media outlet. At Mothership, he leads the Instagram team, which is the most-followed Singapore news account. Prior to this role, Kane was responsible for overseeing content direction for feature videos, as well as the growth strategy for Mothership’s YouTube channel. Fun fact: Kane is a freelance fashion stylist!

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Karin Söderlund

President and General Manager, Content, Naviga

Karin Söderlund joined Naviga from the Infomaker acquisition, where she was CEO. She started her first company, Camedia, at the age of 28. It became a trusted partner for the publishing and media industry in the Nordic region. In 2004, Karin founded Onmedia, which provided online training for the media industry. In 2010, Karin joined Infomaker as a partner and Director of Professional Services. She became COO in 2014 and CEO in 2017. Karin has a master’s degree in graphic engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and studied leadership at Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education.

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Kunal Guha

Director, Privacy and Chrome, Asia Pacific, Google

Kunal Guha is Director, Privacy and Chrome for Asia Pacific at Google, responsible for leading the Privacy Sandbox partnerships for web and mobile apps across the region. The Privacy Sandbox initiative is responsible for building new technologies that keep user information private across the web and app ecosystems, whilst providing companies the tools they require to successfully operate in a free and open internet. We are building a better internet for all!

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Laura Maxwell

Chief Executive Officer, Stuff New Zealand

Lee Chein Inn

Deputy Director, Development of Data Driven Tech Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Ms Lee Chein Inn is the Deputy Director, Development of Data Driven Tech of IMDA. Ms Lee and her team focus on leveraging emergent data-driven tech to enable data flow amongst businesses in Singapore. Some of the efforts include PET Sandbox, Policy Prototyping, Data Regulatory Sandbox, Trusted Data Sharing Framework to support businesses in their data innovation journey and growing the data innovation ecosystem.

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Lin Yi Chun

Senior Curator, vip.udn.com , TAIWAN

Lin Yi Chun is a seasoned curator at the United Daily News with over 30 years of dedicated service. He brings a unique perspective, having been stationed in Singapore and Bangkok, which provided him firsthand insights into the transformative changes in Southeast Asia.

Lin Yi Chun’s role extends beyond traditional editorial responsibilities. He serves as a crucial link between the News Department and the Data Development Department (DDD), playing a pivotal role in the smooth operation of the UDN Curate X Program.

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Lin Yi Lin

Data Development Dept. Manager, United Daily News Group, Taiwan

Lin Yi Lin has been a manager in the Data Development Department at United Daily News Group in Taiwan for 7 years. She focuses on using data to drive diverse projects and unlocking its potential value. Currently, she is leading the UDN Curate X Program with the editorial team at the United Daily News.

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Lyn-Yi Chung

Deputy Chief Editor, CNA Digital, Singapore

Lyn-Yi oversees three teams at CNA’s digital arm: The Growth team, the Visuals team and the Lifestyle team. The Growth team sets publishing and social media strategy for CNA with an eye to growing the brand in terms of audience reach, traffic and sophistication of product. Alongside the Visuals team, it looks at different storytelling formats such as interactives and special projects.

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Marion Wyss

Editor-in-Chief, The Audiencers, France

Marion is Editor-in-Chief of The Audiencers, a B2B media focused on digital reader revenue and digital strategy. She is also CMO at Poool, The Membership & Subscription Suite, and lecturer at various journalism schools in France and Switzerland. Digital publishing professional since 2006, Marion started by working for pure-player medias before larger national titles in France including ELLE Magazine, L’OBS and Challenges where she was Chief Digital Officer until 2017. Following this, Marion founded Underlines, a consultancy agency for digital publishers, later working more closely with Poool who acquired the company in 2021.

Marit Tronier Halvorsen

Head of Target Groups at DN Media Group, Norway

Dagens Naeringsliv is Norway’s largest business newspaper, with a history that goes back to 1890. Marit has been with DN for the past ten years where she started off as a journalist in the newsroom and has since held different editorial positions. Today she is Head of Target Group, a role where she uses insights to identify and act on growth opportunities. Marit is highly passionate about editorial innovation.

Marium Chaudhry

Founder, The Current, Pakistan

Marium Chaudhry is a journalist based in Pakistan for the past 14 years. She has been affiliated with Pakistan’s biggest news network Geo News as a senior executive producer, launching and producing

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Martino Tan

Managing Editor, Mothership, Singapore

Martino Tan is the Managing Editor, overseeing the Mothership editorial team. Mothership is Singapore’s leading youth-focused digital news platform and is the most frequently used news source in Singapore, according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2022.

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Mehdi Lebouachera

Editor-in-Chief, AFP APAC

Mehdi Lebouachera is the Editor-in-Chief of Agence France-Presse’s Asia-Pacific region and leads more than 250 journalists based in 26 countries. He is in charge of the multimedia editorial operations from the Pacific islands to Kabul.

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Mio Kataoka

Product Manager, Deputy Manager, Nikkei

Mio Kataoka is a Product Manager with a focus on the digital subscriber journey, including acquisition, conversion, and retention strategies. With 15 years of experience at Nikkei, she worked as a software engineer, contributing to the development of the digital subscriber management system, and as a marketing specialist dedicated to enhancing customer acquisition efforts.

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Nicholas Sagau Tony Ngimat

Chief Operating Officer at REV Media Group & Technology Transformation Officer at Media Prima Berhad

Nicholas Sagau Tony is the COO of REV Media Group – a digital media expert and leader from Malaysia. He speaks & moderates conferences about digital products, content, data, marketing and innovation, transformation, corporate innovation and OTT.

He is one of the key members of the digital team at REV Media Group, responsible for developing and expanding the digital business of Media Prima Berhad, the largest media conglomerate in Malaysia. REV’s digital content network reaches 11.5 million Malaysians monthly through 38 authoritative digital brands.

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Raj Parekh

Head, Digital Sales, Mediacorp, Singapore

Raj heads the Digital Sales team at Mediacorp in Singapore. Being the largest Premium Digital Publisher in this market, he focuses on giving Brands and Advertisers bespoke and innovative Digital Solutions.

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Rokk-Vincelli Williams

Director of Product, Subscription Growth, The New York Times

Rokk-Vincelli Williams is a Director of Product Management at The New York Times where he leads their Subscription Conversion Group. Prior to the Times, Rokk served as a Product Manager at American Express and Performance Logic.

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Sabrina Daryanani

Principal and Head of APAC, FT Strategies
Sabrina is a Principal Consultant and heads up FT Strategies’ growth into APAC. She has over 10 years in digital transformation and strategic guidance across different industries such as media, e-commerce and financial services. Prior to joining FT Strategies, she worked in global roles for publishers such as The Economist, Condé Nast and The Wall Street Journal, driving revenue growth through improved customer experience, retention strategies and audience insight.
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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.

Sandy is also the Chairperson of  WAN-IFRA Asia-Pacific Committee.

Sinead Boucher

Executive Chair, Stuff Ltd, New Zealand

Sinead Boucher is the owner of Stuff Ltd, one of New Zealand’s largest media companies. Prior to buying the company in an MBO three years ago, she was CEO and has had a long career as a digital leader, editor and journalist.

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Sree Sreenivasan

NYC-based Expert and Scholar in Digital Communications

Sree Sreenivasan is a NYC-based expert and scholar in digital communications. He is CEO and co-founder of Digimentors, a digital, social, events and training consultancy  & brochure.

He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years).

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Stephanie Park

Strategy and Operations, YouTube, APAC

Stephanie Park is responsible for go-to-market strategy and partnerships with news and health organisations for YouTube across Asia Pacific. She executes on YouTube’s efforts to elevate authoritative information-based sources in the region and is passionate about initiatives that help provide all users access to credible and helpful content.

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Thomas Schultz-Homberg

CEO, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Medien, Germany

Thomas Schultz-Homberg works as CEO of Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Medien. The journalist came to Cologne October 2020 after a long career at different news outlets, serving in various editorial and management roles. For the past seven and a half years Thomas was Chief Digital Officer at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He works in digital business since 2001, currently focused on AI, Machine Learning and development of audio products.

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Timi Siytangco

Key Account Director, International (Asia), Acast

Timi Siytangco is Key Account Director, International for Acast. She is based in Singapore and is responsible for commercial growth in the region and establishing Acast’s on-the-ground presence in Asia. Timi has 20+ years of creative and commercial experience in digital media in APAC, with a track record of building and growing media brands large and small in the region, including building out the B2B business at CNET Networks Asia-Pacific and the Southeast Asia business at Outbrain. She is an alumni of the Newmark J-School Entrepreneurial Journalism Program and a podcast addict, so let her know what she should listen to next.

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Uma Patel

News Lab Lead, Australia & New Zealand, Google

Uma Patel is News Lab Lead, Australia & New Zealand, Google. Prior to joining Google, she was a Senior Consultant at FT Strategies (Financial Times) and also worked at the Associated Press in London and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a journalist.

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Vidya Ranganathan

Breaking News Editor, Reuters

Vidya is the head of Breaking News, Financial Industry and Financial Markets, at Reuters. She leads the coverage of spot news on financial markets as part of the Reuters wire service, working with market reporters around the world to deliver updates and insights on markets for the wire and a broader professional audience. She is based in Singapore and works with teams in China, New York, London and all other markets.

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Wang Yin

Assistant Lead, AI Strategy and Solutions, Mediacorp

Wang Yin is the Assistant Lead from the AI Strategy and Solutions team of Mediacorp News, Singapore. He specialises in Artificial Intelligence & Cloud solutions. His career at Mediacorp spans over 20 years covering such roles as cybersecurity, project management and planning. He also served as Asst Vice President of Engineering.

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