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Research Manager, NDP Nieuwsmedia

After a career as marketer at media sales houses, Erik Grimm joined NDP Nieuwsmedia as research manager. Until 2014 he was promoting news media by conducting dedicated advertising research – Impact, ROI and effect studies. The last few years he has been in charge of audience measurement for both print and online on behalf of NDP Nieuwsmedia, the organization for newsmedia in The Netherlands.

Leader of Marketing and Data, Telegraaf Media Groep NV

Xavier van Leeuwe (1975) has over ten years of experience as a marketing executive in media companies Telegraaf Media Groep, de Persgroep and NRC Media in the Netherlands. At NRC Media, Xavier has successfully lead his team from decline to growth by building a customer-centric and data-rich culture at a news organisation with 189 years of heritage in Amsterdam. Prior to being a media executive, Xavier worked several years as a financial and political journalist in the Netherlands. He started his career as a researcher for The United Nations in Geneva. Xavier has helped media companies with actionable insights and has been speaker at newspaper conferences in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Cologne and Atlanta. He is an active blogger for INMA.org and publishes a frequent and free newsletter Changemediaforgood.com. Xavier is a cum laude Master in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a Post-Master degree in Journalism from that same university.

Directeur Video & Platforms at Telegraaf Media Groep NV

Mandy started working for Joop van den Ende TV Productions in 1998 as a project manager for Call TV. She then joined Endemol International as Senior Project Consultant for Interactive Television. She was involved in setting up 2waytraffic, a production company that in a later stage was acquired by Sony Pictures Television (2008). Hereafter she decided to move on working for broadcasters as their Creative Director, SBS (2009) and RTL (2012). She joined Talpa to take their digital department (Talpa Global Connect) to a higher level before becoming Director OTT at TMG in 2016.

CEO and Co Founder, Froomle

Koen Verstrepen performed scientific research on recommendations systems as a Ph.D. and Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, at the Department of Mathematics and Information Science. Since his Ph.D. he works on artificial intelligence and machine learning for boosting conversion with the best in the world. Working closely with scientists from Netflix and Apple, he learned that true personalization can be achieved with artificial intelligence. 

During his scientific research, he recognized the need to bring state-of-the-art technology from a few top tech players, like Netflix, Apple, and Spotify, to the rest of the world. He made it his mission to help companies create a better user experience, by recommending the right content to the right user at the right time. Therefore, Koen together with Bart Goethals, a Vice-Chair Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at the University of Antwerp, founded Froomle.

 Froomle is the leading provider of artificial intelligence for boosting sales. Based on its self-learning technology, Froomle enables companies to automatically offer the right content for every consumer, using the most suitable channel, in real-time.

General Director, Dutch Journalism Fund, The Netherlands

René van Zanten is the General Director of the Dutch Journalism Fund.
After a few years of studying Economics, he started (1980) working as a journalist for one of the most prestigious regional newspapers in the Netherlands (Haagsche Courant). He worked as a roving reporter, covering international issues with emphasis on East-West relations. He is a German Marshall Fund alumni as well as an Atlantic Exchange alumni.

In 1995, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the big regional newspaper Utrechts Nieuwsblad and in 2003 he became the publisher/director of the biggest regional newspaper in the Netherlands, De Gelderlander. He started at the Dutch Journalism Fund in 2011.

The Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek, or Dutch Journalism Fund, supports the quality, diversity and independence of journalism in The Netherlands by promoting innovation. To achieve this goal, the fund provides grants to innovative journalism projects, conducts research and stimulates knowledge sharing across the industry.

He is the co-founder of an annual lecture on Europe and is passionate about finding ways to connect journalism to all new, current, accelerating challenges.

CEO and Co Founder, Zetland

Jakob Moll is the founding partner (in 2012) and CEO of Danish media company Zetland. Zetland is a leading innovator of digital and analogue journalism in Europe. It was the first European publisher to market original longform journalism in the e-single-format. Furthermore, it has been at the forefront of the live-journalism-movement, filling major venues in Denmark (including The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen). Prior to founding Zetland Jakob worked in Danish mainstream media.

Head of Business Development, Blendle

Head of Partner Management, Newsadoo

Johannes Knierzinger is the Head of Communications and Partner Management at Newsadoo. His focus is on setting up and supporting the Europe-wide publishing network. Newsadoo is a European project for the creation of a secure and functioning digital news market in the sense of the European publishers and quality media with the main location Linz. The father of two children studied at Kepler University Linz, initially working in strategy and marketing, and then spent years as a media manager, consultant and media activist. Through his work for various Austrian media companies, he is familiar with the processes, ways of thinking and, above all, the challenges of publishers and brings a lot of experience to the ambitious startup project newsadoo.

Managing Director, Handelsblatt Media Group

After studying computer science, Gerrit Schumann founded the Cologne-based company element 5 in 1996 together with three partners. The start-up provided a platform to computer programs over the Internetto send. A market gap with potential, recognized in 2004 by the US group Digital River and bought the company. Schumann joined the board after the acquisition and expanded the European business. In 2007 he founded his second start-up with Music Networx. The company produced live recordings of concerts and distributed them digitally. Music Networxs went into the company Simfy in 2009 and brought the first advertising-financed music streaming service for the German-speaking countries on the market. In 2013, Schumann moved to the streaming provider and Spotify competitor Deezer. He was previously responsible there as Chief International Officer for the worldwide expansion of the operative business before becoming CDO of Handelsblatt in 2017.  

Head of Handelsblatt 360

Managing Director, Euroforum Deutschland GmbH

In 2017, Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt acquired a majority interest of 81 percent in Euroforum, the market leader for conferences, seminars and annual conferences in the German-speaking area. With the transaction, the Handelsblatt publishing group intends to strengthen its "live journalism" third business pillar - in addition to Print and Digita, and to develop the streaming of journalistic content as a new business area.

Managing Director, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures

Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures GmbH, doing business as DvH Ventures, operates as a venture capital firm. The Firm provides media services and primarily invests in seed and early-stage companies in the field of innovative financial technology. With access to the media companies Handelsblatt Media Group, Der Tagesspiegel & DIE ZEIT. With focus on fintech and insurtech and special interest in artificial intelligence, cyber security, mobile...

Since 2012, Fabian leads the investment portfolio development of the Handelsblatt Group. Previously responsible for M & A, extensive transaction experience at home and abroad. Fabian studied in Paris, London and Berlin.

Teamleader membership acquisition & retention, 1.FC Köln

1. FC Köln came across more than 150 potentials and a total of 18 action areas in our process, which we subdivide into the four areas of Fan Engagement, Smart Stadium, Business Operations and Team / Player Performance. We believe we need to lay the foundation for a successful digital transformation in the organization and work on our way of working, the infrastructure, and the corporate culture before engaging in operational issues such as ticketing, e-commerce or sponsorship.

Head of the reader market / e-commerce, DuMont Rheinland

Carsten Groß is DuMont Rheinland's Head of Sales, Marketing and E-Commerce. Carsten studied Political and Historical Sciences (MA) and Marketing and Sales (M.Sc.). He has held various positions at Funke Mediengruppe starting 2005 before joining DuMont in 2013. After the trainee program with a focus on marketing and communication, he worked at Funke Mediengruppe in the reader service and project management. As of 2008, Gross managed the direct marketing of subscription sales for the Funke Mediengruppe NRW for almost three years. Since October 2011 he has been Head of Digital and Print Subscription Sales. He has bee appointed to the executive boards of the daily papers in the Rhineland area (Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Express and the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung) on January 2019.

Co-Founder & Head of Publishers, Opinary

Pia works on the publisher side to improve the relationship between users and newsrooms and enable publishers to engage, understand and monetize their audiences.

Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT ONLINE

Jochen Wegner is the Editor-in-chief of ZEIT ONLINE, Germany's most popular premium news site, and editorial board member of DIE ZEIT, Germany's most widely read weekly newspaper. The ZEIT ONLINE newsroom with its 90 editors is based in Berlin. Prior to his position with ZEIT ONLINE, Jochen spent five years as Editor-in-Chief at focus.de, which he developed into one of the largest and fastest-growing digital news outlets in Germany. As Managing Director of TOMORROW FOCUS Media, he was responsible for innovative media projects including the news aggregator nachrichten.de. He is the founder of mag10, an ecosystem for the creation, distribution and marketing of tablet media. Jochen also worked as a strategic consultant for leading publishing houses. Jochen started off his journalism career as a science and technology editor at Focus News Magazine. He graduated from the Cologne School of Journalism, went on to study Physics and Philosophy and wrote his master’s thesis about the chaos theory of the human brain. Jochen is the author of several books. In 1994 he founded jonet, the largest German-speaking journalism community.

Winner of the "Digital Leader 2018" award from the German Lead Awards, the "Grimme Online Award" for the democracy project "Germany Talks," and the 2018 "Scoop Award" for digital journalism. Named German "editor-in-chief of the year" in 2016.

Deputy Editor In Chief, ZEIT ONLINE

Sebastian Horn is deputy editor-in-chief at ZEIT ONLINE. He previously launched ze.tt, a German media start-up for young audiences.

Editor in Chief, Die Welt

Ulf Oliver Poschardt is a German journalist and book author. Since September 6, 2016, he is the editor-in-chief of the „Welt-Gruppe" from Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag. From 1987 to 1991 Poschardt studied journalism at the University of Munich and the German School of Journalism, as well as philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy. In 1995, he received his doctorate from Friedrich Kittler on DJ Culture at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 1996 to 2000 he worked as editor-in-chief of the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.  From 2005 to 2008, Poschardt was the founding editor of the German edition of Vanity Fair. Poschardt returned as deputy editor of Welt am Sonntag for at the Axel Springer group. In 2009 Poschardt was named deputy editor of the music magazines Rolling Stone, Musikexpress and Metal Hammer.

Founder and Managing Director, Steady Media, Germany

Sebastian Esser is a co-founder of Krautreporter (KR), a digital magazine, and Steady, a membership platform that helps your audience become paying members. KR was crowdfunded in 2014 by more than 17.000 people. It has been publishing stories on politics and social issues and specializes in ad-free, independent, collaborative journalism.

Since 2016, Sebastian is a co-founder of Steady, a membership platform, providing tools for people powered media businesses all over Europe. Sebastian has been a reporter on national politics for Vanity Fair Germany and on the German media industry for V.i.S.d.P. magazine.

Managing Director at Spring - Axel Springer Digital News Media

Stefan Betzold

Stefan is Managing Director for the digital activities of Axel Springer’s media brands in Germany, covering the leading news brands BILD and WELT, the special interest portals SportBILD.de, ComputerBILD.de, AutoBILD.de and various content verticals like stylebook, travelbook and techbook. He is responsible for product and monetization strategy across all digital platforms.

Before joining BILD in 2009, Stefan was Co-Founder and Managing Partner at a digital media agency and worked in various leading roles at AOL and Bertelsmann. Stefan has 16 years work experience indigital media and holds a master degree in Business and Marketing.

Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at Spring, Axel Springer Digital News Media

Samir Fadlallah has been the CTO of SPRING Axel Springer's Digital News Media GmbH & Co. KG since February 2018, managing software development for the digital products of the BILD and WELT Group (including www.bild.de, www.welt.de) and other verticals. In addition, he has been CIO of Axel Springer SE since May 2015 and is responsible for Group IT business in this position. Samir Fadlallah has been with Axel Springer since 2008. Previously, he held executive positions at various software companies.

Managing Director and Chief Product Officer, Funke Digital

Jens Doka, with Stephan Thurm and Tobias Oswald is one of the three Managing Directors of FUNKE Digital in Berlin. In his capacity of Chief Product Officer, he is responsible for Product and Software Development and Audience Development. Most recently, Jens Doka led the digital business of TV stations at ProSiebenSat.1 Digital for five years and has made a significant contribution to the digital success of the company. Previously, he was responsible for several digital start-ups at Holtzbrinck Verlag.

Partner Media practice, Simon-Kucher and Partners

Lisa Jäger is responsible for Simon-Kucher and Partners’ Media practice and is based in Frankfurt, Germany. For her clients in newspaper and magazine publishing from Latin America to Southeast Asia, she has developed print and cross-media strategies, pricing strategies, and promotions, and improved the efficiency of marketing campaigns to acquire new readers. She has also helped numerous media houses improve their topline by optimizing advertising revenues. Besides publishers, her clients include radio and TV stations, online classified platforms, advertising publishers, and online gaming publishers.

Partner responsible for Software & Internet practice, Simon-Kucher & Partners France

Alix Nepveux is responsible for Simon-Kucher and Partners’ Software & Internet practice in France. She is based in Paris. An expert in revenue model optimization, she has developed winning packaging & pricing strategies for subscription and platform businesses, from Tech consumer apps to online real-estate or social media listening platforms. Her clients are both French and global players. She helps clients tackle acquisition, monetization and retention trade-offs in a profit-optimal way, in line with their overarching strategic goals.

Sales Director France & Benelux, Piano

Vincent is a software sales specialist with over 7 years of experience, He established Magento, the e-commerce platform in Southern Europe from niche player in its early eBay days to market leader in their latest acquisition by Adobe. More recently he joined Piano as their first French employee to accelerate the adoption of the solution in France and Benelux.

Founder, Christian Hasselbring Consulting

Christian Hasselbring is working at the heart of digital media and transformation since 1997. Following management positions at AOL, Burda, Axel Springer, Tomorrow Internet, Heinrich Bauer Verlag and Gruner + Jahr, he has worked for six years as a freelancer for companies such as LaterPay, 1&1, FAZ, Lumina Learning, the Styria Media Group and more. Hasselbring focuses on strategy and product development with special emphazise on maximizing reach and revenue for publishers via paid content.

Editor in Chief, Het Nieuwsblad / De Gentenaar

In 1996 Pascal started working at De Standaard as a freelance cultural worker, then he became regional journalist for De Nieuwe Gazet . After a short period at the national editorial staff of Het Laatste Nieuws , he started working for Het Nieuwsblad where he was appointed chief of news.

In November 2011, he was appointed as "editor-in-chief news" of Het Nieuwsblad and in November 2013, together with Liesbeth Van Impe, he was appointed chief editor, succeeding Guy Fransen .

Deputy Editor, Het Nieuwsblad

Johan Vercammen has over 15 years of experience in news and organizing newsrooms. He started his career as a regional journalist, and after three years became editor. In 2007 he started to work for Het Nieuwsblad as chief of the local news section. Some years later, he became chief of the national section. In 2018 he made the shift from daily newspaper production to transformation manager, aiming to reorganize the newsroom in order to tackle digital challenges.

Founder, CCS New media

Senior Vice President Sales, Piano

As Senior Vice President of Sales, Bas is responsible for leading Piano's growing European business, building on its position as the preeminent digital content monetisation and audience intelligence platform used by the world’s leading content companies –– including The Economist, Axel Springer, Egmont Publishing, and The Spectator. Based in Amsterdam, he works closely Piano's London and Bratislava teams to build out the company’s European sales and service offerings.

Bas joined Piano in 2018 with a proven track record, having previously been the Director of Sales for the EMEA region at Magento Commerce, a leading provider of cloud commerce solutions. As a member of this company's key leadership team, he grew the Sales team significantly across EMEA during his tenure at Magento

Chief Product Officer, Stepstone

Christophe is responsible for leading StepStone’s regional product organizations to excellence ensuring that local roadmaps support the group strategy. He also leads the portfolio of group practices that deploy a set of products and best practices to accelerate product market fit across StepStone’s regions. The portfolio includes state-of-the-art technology to increase candidate delivery as well as innovative products to secure StepStone’s long term success. Before his current role, Christophe served as VP Product and Traffic for StepStone Continental Europe. As a digital veteran, Christophe joined StepStone in 2009 to build the product organization from scratch. Prior to joining StepStone Christophe was platform director at Wolters Kluwer Europe, supporting the digitalization strategy. He gained extensive digital experience in the early days of the internet in a leading web agency and telecom operator. Christophe holds a degree in Business administration from the ICHEC Brussels Management School.

Verlagsleiter, Tagesspiegel Berlin

Dominik Thesing works as Publishing Director at the Berlin based media house „Der Tagesspiegel“. Before that he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Quadriga, an educational and publishing company directed towards senior professionals. As the responsible board member, Dominik was in charge of finance, IT, structures, and workflows. From 2014 to 2016 Dominik was managing director and COO at WPP owned digital agency KKLD*, based in Berlin and New York City. Dominik started his career at Thesing in 2000 at Deutsche Lufthansa AG, afterwards he joined advertising agency Scholz & Friends as consultant, becoming managing director and member oft he partner board later. Dominik holds a master in economics and political science.

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