Managing Director, Guardian Professional
Colin Hughes is Managing Director of Guardian Professional, the B2B division of Guardian News and Media that focuses on services to the media, education and public service professionals, as well as syndication and content rights, the Guardian's digital archive, and Guardian Books. He is also an Associate Editor of The Guardian. Having started his career as a journalist at the Sheffield Star in 1979, he worked at the Press Association and The Times before joining the Independent in 1986 as a Political Correspondent. He went on to become Policy Editor, Education Editor, and US Correspondent, and spent his final six years at the Independent as Managing Editor of the Independent and Independent on Sunday, and Deputy Editor of the Independent. He joined the Guardian in 1998, and founded Learnthings Ltd, the Guardian's digital learning business, in February 2000. He was appointed MD of Guardian Professional in March 2006. Colin attended Bulmershe Comprehensive school in Reading, Berkshire, and read English Literature and Language at Hertford College, Oxford. He is a governor of Middlesex University, and author of Labour Rebuilt: the New Model Party.
Editor-in-Chief and Chairman, Breakingviews.com
Hugo Dixon founded breakingviews in 1999. He is editor-in-chief and chairman. Before founding breakingviews, Hugo spent 13 years at the Financial Times, the last five as head of Lex. He began his journalistic career at the Economist. Hugo was a Brackenbury Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, where he gained a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Before that, he was a King’s Scholar at Eton College. He is the author of the Penguin Guide to Finance and Finance Just in Time. He was named Business Journalist of the Year 2000 in the British Press Awards. In 2008, he won the Decade of Excellence Award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards. He is a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation.
CEO Agence France Presse
Born in 1962, Pierre Louette studied political sciences and law and is a graduate of the National School of Administration (ENA), France's senior civil service academy. While a student, he spent a year in Jakarta and in Tokyo. From 1989 to 1993 he worked in the French General Accounting Office, and in that position he acted as rapporteur for the committee that oversees the finances of Agence France-Presse and also as an auditor in Germany and in Hong Kong. From 1993 to 1995, Pierre Louette was adviser for communication, youth and sports to Edouard Balladur, then French prime minister. He helped launch the national Information Highways project - a precursor of the Internet - with Thierry Breton, then minister of economy and finance, and with Gérard Théry, France's top telecommunications engineer. In 1995, Pierre Louette was appointed secretary general and director for communications to the group France Televisions and in that capacity he helped launch its Television By Satellite network.
He was also founder and CEO from 1996 to 1999 of Connect World, an Internet communications agency within Havas Advertising and from 2000 to 2003 vice-president of Europatweb, the Internet investment fund set up by Bernard Arnault. In November 2003, Pierre Louette was appointed deputy CEO of Agence France-Presse. He was elected CEO on December 13, 2005. He is the co-author of a book published in 1990, "The return of capital", dedicated to M & A.
Magazine Publisher and BBC Broadcaster
Andrew Neil is a newspaper editor, publisher, broadcaster and business consultant on media matters working out of London, New York, Edinburgh and France. He has presented both The Daily Politics on BBC Two and This Week on BBC One since January 2003. In November 2004 he became Chief Executive of The Spectator. A former Editor of The Economist and The Sunday Times he was also Executive Chairman of Sky Television. His projects include anchoring The Midnight Hour, a political show for the BBC, Is This Your Life? an interview series for Channel 4 and hosting The Andrew Neil Show, a chat-show broadcast simultaneously on BBC2 and BBC World-Wide.
SPEAKERS, MODORATORS & PANELISTS
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
Dow Jones & Company
As Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Simon Alterman is responsible for strategy development in the Enterprise Media Group - the business to business arm of Dow Jones - and for finding business opportunities and acquisitions that offer the best potential for profitable growth. His global team also provides research and market intelligence to support the group’s current and future markets and manages EMG planning.
Prior to this, Mr. Alterman was Vice President, Content, for Factiva, the former joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters which was purchased by Dow Jones in late 2006. In this position, he was responsible for content strategy in Factiva’s offerings, including the acquisition of rights from publishers, the development and application of Factiva Intelligent Indexing™, the company’s proprietary coding scheme, and for the consultancy work of Factiva’s Taxonomy Services Group. A member of the executive team since the formation of Factiva in 1999, he also held responsibility at different times for content operations, product development, business development, and consultancy operations.
Editor, UK - ContentNext
Robert Andrews has reported on digital media and technology for 13 years. A former BBC News journalist, he has been a regular contributor to Wired News, Journalism.co.uk, Blogging4Business and E-consultancy. He has also written for titles including Digital Home, New Media Investor and PC Plus and has appeared in Time, Los Angeles Business Journal, Media Life and on BBC Radio. Robert taught university online journalism and worked to develop social media strategies for marketing and communication before joining ContentNext as paidContent:UK editor in early 2007, covering the European digital content space and growing a line of new media events.
Chairman, Intrepid Explorers, Inc.
Joachim C. Bartels is an information specialist with over 40 years of global business experience (operations, planning, M&A, divestitures, market & key account development); of which 35 years were in business-to-business, direct marketing and business information services environments. He pioneered new information concepts, new business models and set up businesses in emerging markets with continually changing political and economic environments. Bartels held line and staff management positions at the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B) in the USA and Europe. As senior vice president, Bartels managed D&B's business development program that spanned the globe with a particular emphasis on China, Eastern Europe, India and South East Asia. Bartels debates on a regular basis with political and industry leaders around the world about the role of information content in national economies and business decisions. He is a regular participant in information and credit management forums working on issues concerned with the value of information in trade credit decisions.
Managing Director, Washington Office, Marlin & Associates
George Beckerman provides strategic consulting and investment banking services, world-wide, to senior executives and shareholders in the Digital Information Economy – companies that create, provide and support need-to-know, must-have information products and services in financial, legal and regulatory, business intelligence/research, educational, STM, health care, and governmental sectors.
George is a co-founder of industry-leader MarketResearch.com, Inc., and of Federal Marketplace Services and held senior positions in the Washington Post Company and Thomson Financial. He served on the board of the International Small Business Association.
While in government service, George sponsored the first International Entrepreneurship Institute, directed the US Commerce Department’s task force advising US business on counter-terrorism, and managed several business lending and development programs. George was a National Defense Fellow in Development Administration at New York University.
Industry Specialist, Nstein Technologies
Diane Burley is an online publishing specialist who knows how to transition print-centric business structures and brands into multi-channel successes. Fluent in advantages and disadvantages of media delivery channels, she is a rare combination of technologist and journalist -- which means Burley understand the workflow, the cultural speed bumps, and a multitude of ways to leverage great content! A strategic visionary and online pioneer Burley has put numerous media companies online including daily metros, radio stations and her own site, PureContemporary.com -- a global, "prosumer"-based, web-only luxury vertical media site that offers a compelling mix of highly regarded editorial and monetized content. For the e-publishing software company, Nstein Technologies, Burley provides strategic marketing direction and business development. With vast experience in online publishing, workflow, and ROI, responsible for targeting and reaching out to C-level executives at the world's leading online media companies.
Principal Consultant, Media & Entertainment Consulting Group, Satyam Computer Services
Stephen Cohen is Principal Consultant in the Media and Entertainment Practice of Satyam Computer Services. With over 20 years experience in information media and publishing he has worked with broadcasters, commercial and not-for-profit publishers of scholarly journals, K-12 and higher education textbooks, as well as business and consumer publications. Throughout his career, he has led or been involved with initiatives and projects delivering innovative solutions to business needs by utilizing new and emerging technologies and services. He has also worked extensively with companies to define and implement strategies to expand their publishing operations to support content distribution through multiple print and electronic channels. Prior to joining Satyam Stephen held positions at IEEE, Elsevier Science, and CBS News.
Senior Director, Rightsholder Relations, Copyright Clearance Center
Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of Rightsholder Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives focused on CCC's publisher constituency and manages the development of content licensing solutions and new revenue-generating initiatives for CCC's participating publishers. Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC's digital rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term strategic issues facing the information industry. An industry veteran, Ed is a two-term member of the board of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). Ed is also a member of the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) board and has served on SSP's Education Committee for more than five years. He is a featured speaker and editorial contributor on issues such as navigating copyright requirements and the challenges and opportunities of managing content in a digital environment. A regular speaker at industry events, Ed has recently presented at the annual conferences of SSP, Association of American Publishers (AAP) and SIIA as well as London Online.
Chief Strategy Officer, Thomson Reuters
David is the Chief Strategy Officer of Thomson Reuters and reports to Tom Glocer, CEO. David has almost 20 years experience in technology and information services across many industry sectors. After graduating with a degree in electronic and communications engineering David worked for American Management Systems developing software in the Telecoms, Banking and Healthcare businesses in Europe and the US. Subsequently David was a partner at McKinsey, leading the global IT strategy practice and IT services and outsourcing practice. In addition to Chief Strategy Officer, David is also on the Board of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. David has lived and worked in Europe, US and Asia and is now based in London with his wife and two children.
CEO, Wolters Kluwer Legal, Tax & Regulatory Europe
Rolv Eide has been CEO of Wolters Kluwer Legal, Tax & Regulatory Europe since November 2003. He joined Wolters Kluwer from Tele Atlas Europe, where he was Chief Operating Officer. From 1985 to 2001, he worked with Dun & Bradstreet.
Head of TESconnect, TSL Education
Edward Griffith has just launched the world’s largest professional network and resource sharing platform for teachers TESconnect. Building on the terrific heritage of the Times Educational Supplement, the new site provides a combination of a social network with the best web 2.0 tools that allows educational professionals with common interests to connect and share teaching materials. Edward has been working with leading internet technologies for over 15 years. He lead research as an graduate at Cambridge University in 1995 examining how the internet would change democracy, followed this interest as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and then led a series of new web ventures. Joining the three founders of global sports fashion retailer boo.com pre-funding, Edward was involved in building the organisation, logistics and technology platform before leaving to start Silver, another e-retail business. Subsequently Edward led the growth of Impower – a technology strategy business offering service to the public sector and followed this interest in how the technology can shape our public sphere to work with TSL Education on the launch of its new web platform for teachers TESconnect.
Managing Director, FT.com
Rob Grimshaw was appointed Managing Director of FT.com in June 2008. As the FT board representative for FT.com he is responsible for website’s commercial performance and overall strategy. Prior to this, Grimshaw was a member of the FT.com Executive leadership team and was Advertising Strategy and Global Online Director.
Grimshaw joined the Financial Times in 1998 and has held a series of commercial roles within the business, including Head of Global Key Accounts & Clients Sales and Head of Global Advertising Strategy & Operations.
Grimshaw holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Warwick.
Vice President, Publishing Practice, Innodata Isogen
Vincent Henderson was elected a Vice President for Innodata Isogen's Publishing Practice in late 2006. Mr. Henderson will lead the company's efforts in Europe to align company capabilities to meet customer requirements and drive the company's growth by leveraging its expertise in foreign language capabilities, business consulting and knowledge process outsourcing.
Prior to joining Innodata Isogen, Mr. Henderson was Director of Consumer Products, Worldwide, for Bowne Global Solutions, now Lionbridge, where he owned production and most sales on his segments, with revenue and EBITDA accountability and strategic autonomy. Prior to that, Mr. Henderson gained deep experience in the language services industry, delivering services and content to global corporations for nearly 15 years.
Executive Vice President/ GM Life Sciences, Collexis Holdings, Inc.
Christian Herzog is a medical doctor by training and studied economics as well at the Private University Witten/Herdecke in Germany. After finishing studies Christian worked for the GTZ GmbH, the German agency for international development on the implementation of health insurance schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa. During this assignment Christian was responsible for large software implementations. In this project context he first met Mario Diwersy and Martin Schmidt, the founders of SyynX Solutions GmbH, a German based software company which was acquired by Collexis in 2007. After holding various managerial positions in different consulting companies focused on health care and the life science industry, Christian joined SyynX as a shareholder and CEO in 2005 to built up product lines and sales organization for life science related text mining solutions. Beside running Collexis’ life science division Christian is still the CEO of the Collexis subsidiary SyynX Solutions GmbH. Christian Herzog has (co-)authored three books and several scientific papers.
Marjorie M.K. Hlava
President & Chairman, Access Innovations Inc.
Marjorie M.K. Hlava is President, Chairman, and founder of Access Innovations, Inc. She founded the company in 1978 and it is now in its 30th year. The company provides information management services such as metatagging, thesaurus and taxonomy creation workflow consulting. In short, all services to create and maintain a digital information collection. The company owns the Data Harmony software for Content creation, taxonomy management, metadata and entity extraction, automatic summarization, and automatic indexing for portals and data collections. In creating well formed data we can significantly enhance search results.
She is very well known in the international information arena. She is past president of NFAIS (2002-2003), the organization of those who create, organize and distribute information. Ms. Hlava is past president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - 1993 (ASIST) and the 1996 recipient of ASIST's prestigious Watson Davis Award, twice a member of the Board of Directors of SLA (formerly known as the Special Libraries Association), 5 year member of the Board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), past President of the Board of Documentation Abstracts, and has held numerous committee and other positions in these and other organizations. She has published more than two hundred articles and books on information science topics.
Managing Director, London, Nature Publishing Group
Steven Inchcoombe was appointed Managing Director of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) In October 2007 and Chairman of Macmillan India Limited having joined the Macmillan Publishers and Macmillan India’s Boards a year before. During his first year with Macmillan Steven had responsibility for Macmillan Education’s businesses in Africa, Asia, and Middle East and for Macmillan Production (Asia) Ltd (MPAL) in Hong-Kong with a keen focus on growth, profitability and the development of the digital strategy for these businesses. Prior to that Steven was UK Publisher at The Financial Times newspaper having already held board positions at The Financial Times Group, and FT.com between 2000-2006. From 1990-2000 he was with Interactive Data Corporation, a specialist in digital and online services for financial institutions where he held commercial, development and general management positions. Steven studied physics at Merton College, Oxford and qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC.
Head - Alliances, HT Media Ltd.
Seeraj Katoch, Head-Alliances at HT Media Ltd., is responsible for International alliances with publications, databases and technology partners. Post his MBA from Indian Institute of Management he joined HT Media Ltd. with an objective to grow the business of HT syndication. Today, HT Media Ltd., is the largest content aggregator of news for Indian Sub-Continent and wish to cover entire South East Asia by the end of this year.
CEO, Mark Logic Corporation
Dave has worked in the database and applications software industry for over 20 years, and has strong experience in marketing, operations, strategy, and product lifecycle management. Prior to joining Mark Logic, Kellogg served as senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Business Objects, a leading business intelligence software company. Kellogg was a key member of the executive team that grew Business Objects from $30M in revenues and 250 people to over $850M in revenues and over 4,000 people during his nine years there. Before Business Objects, Kellogg was vice president of marketing at Versant Object Technology, a provider of object database management systems. Prior to that, he held a number of technical and marketing positions with Ingres Corporation, a maker of relational database systems and tools.
Global Business Director, Satyam School of Leadership
Abhi has over 28 years of experience, having worked with HMT, Narne Tulaman, Elecon Engineering Group of Companies, NIIT and ROCSYS Technologies. His last assignment at ROCSYS was as President and COO. He has a rich Sales, Operational, Training, and Development background.
Abhi received the “Most Distinguished Alumnus of REC Warangal-2001" and is a B.Tech (Mech) from Regional Engineering College, Warangal and did his Post Graduation in Business Management from IIM Bangalore.
Currently, Abhi is a Global Business Director, leading the Strategic Business Leadership Full Life Cycle Business, at the Satyam School of Leadership.
Director of New Media Strategies, Blue Moon Works, Inc.
Cindy Krum is the Director of New Media Strategies for Blue Moon Works, Inc. She brings fresh and creative ideas to the Blue Moon Works team, speaking at national and international trade events about mobile web marketing, social network marketing and international SEO. Cindy also writes for industry publications, and has been published in Website Magazine, Advertising & Marketing Review, Search Engine Land, ODG Intelligence, and quoted by many respected publications including PC World, Internet Retailer, TechWorld, Direct Magazine and Search Marketing Standard. Cindy also currently serves as the co-chair of the SEMPO Mobile Search Committee, and is an active member of the search community. Cindy is passionate about bringing creative online marketing solutions to clients, and working with clients to develop high level mobile and international marketing strategies.
Group Publisher, Haymarket Media Group
Managing Director, Reuters Market Light, Thomson Reuters
Amit Mehra joined Reuters in Nov 2001 in the London office. Since then, Amit has led and managed a range of business development, new venture development, growth strategy and operational effectiveness initiatives. This included offshoring of content operations, a global content quality transformation program, and setting up a television JV. Amit started building Reuters Market Light in January 2006 and has been running it from London and Mumbai.
Prior to Reuters, Amit worked with a German government program in New Delhi, and helped develop Indian businesses in Germany, Malaysia, and South Africa in industries ranging from handicrafts to engineering goods.
Amit sits on Reuters Advisory Board for Corporate Responsibility, is a founding member of Pratham, Germany, and a member of the London Cartoon Art Trust. He has lectured in business schools on corporate finance, international business and strategic innovation. He studied commerce and international marketing at Shri Ram College of Commerce and Delhi School of Economics respectively, and holds an MBA from London Business School.
VP, Creative Director, Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group
As Vice President and Creative Director at Dow Jones, Greg Merkle is responsible for overseeing the user experience design of the Content Technology Solutions within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle Greg has both the big picture vision of where and how information is being used as well as the implementation expertise to bring goal and task oriented products and solutions to market.
Previously, he was Associate Vice President, Product Design at Factiva and was responsible for user experience design for all products and services of Factiva. This included working strategically with the Factiva product organization and customers to prototype business ideas and build innovative products and solutions to meet their needs. The design group disciplines include: Information Architecture, Market Validation, Interface/Interaction Design, Human Factors/Usability and Data visualization.
Partner, Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein
David Mirchin is a partner at the Israeli law firm of Meitar, Liquornik, Geva & Leshem Brandwein, and Chairs the firm’s Information Technology and Licensing Group. In this capacity, he represents many content creators, as well as websites based on other people’s content. He is an Adjunct Professor of Internet and e-Commerce Law at the Interdisciplinary Center Law School in Herzliya. Prior to moving to Israel in 2001, he was Vice President of SilverPlatter Information, a worldwide electronic publisher of reference databases based in London and Boston. In that capacity, he testified before the US Copyright Office in connection with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Federal Trade Commission on its High-Tech Warranty Project and participated in President Clinton’s roundtable White House meeting on Database Protection. He also taught Internet Law at Boston College Law School, and chaired SIIA’s IP Committee.
Director, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies and University College London
Professor David Nicholas is the Director of the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies (SLAIS) at University College London. He is also the Director of the UCL Centre for Publishing and the CIBER research group. Previously, Head of Department, Department of Information Science, City University. Research interests largely concern mapping behavior in virtual spaces, the virtual scholar, and the health information consumer. Currently engaged in investigations of: the use and impact of e-journals (for the Research Information Network), open access publishing (OUP), e-books (for JISC) and scholarly researcher behavior (T&F).
Ms. Noerr has extensive experience in the library and information industries, as well as broad business experience in bringing new technology products to market. Ms. Noerr has taught in the library schools of the University of Maryland and University of California Los Angeles, has run a European information network and was co-founder of the library automation company, IME Group, maker of TINLIB and The Information Navigator products. Based in London, IME became a global library automation leader with over 5,000 customer installations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, & Australia. After the sale of IME to Dawsons Group in 1996, Ms. Noerr spent some time as a consultant before co-founding MuseGlobal, Inc. in 2001. Ms. Noerr is co-founder of MuseGlobal, Inc. and serves as the company's Chairman & CEO.
VP, Technology, Thomson Reuters
Elizabeth Psihos, Vice President, Technology, Thomson Reuters, provides senior leadership for several major initiatives for West. One involves moving significant infrastructure off legacy platforms. She also leads the creation of products relating to Business, Information, News and Public Records as well as products for Government Agencies and Compliance professionals. Most recently, she has been spearheading an effort to implement Agile methodologies across West Technology, a division of nearly a thousand developers.
Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in technology with a wide variety of industries including banking, insurance, advertising, software solutions and online services. She has been with Thomson Reuters West for 7 years in various leadership roles. Elizabeth holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of St. Thomas.
Vice President, Technology, BusinessWeek.com
Isaac Sacolick is Vice President of Technology for BusinessWeek, a McGraw-Hill company. In this role, Isaac serves as principal technologist, directing architecture development and process improvement to deliver current and future products. Isaac is a specialist in media and publishing technologies, social networking, search, and agile management practices. Isaac is also a Founder of TripConnect, a travel website where you can share advice on destinations and hotels with friends and family. Previously, Isaac was a founder and CTO of PowerOne Media and AdOne LLC, companies that provided online application services to newspaper companies.
Head of Online, BDO Stoy Hayward LLP
In the last twenty years Iain has worked for some of the biggest brands in their respective sectors (Shell, KPMG, MTV, Save the Children, BDO) and has developed a broad understanding of the issues and challenges facing knowledge-centric organizations. As a self-confessed digital evangelist he has challenged traditional thinking in the professional services sector, most recently by opening up an island and offices in Second Life.
Managing Director, BlueInsights
Ammy Vogtlander is Managing Director at BlueInsights, an internet venture and consulting practice. BlueInsights contributes to and participates in initiatives that aim to improve customer interaction through social communities and other emerging web concepts and technologies. Previously, Ammy worked as Director of Search within Elsevier’s corporate strategy group, where she was responsible for identifying opportunities presented by new technologies which may influence the scholarly communication process, with a particular emphasis on search. Before, Ammy was General Manager of Scirus, Elsevier’s free science-specific search engine and led its development into the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet, having won multiple industry awards. Prior to joining Elsevier, Ammy worked as a senior strategy consultant at a Dutch consulting firm, Boer & Croon, where she assisted clients in developing and executing Internet strategies. Ammy started her career at AMS, an American IT consultancy. Ammy holds a MSc in Physics from the University of Groningen
Chief Research Fellow, Outsell Inc.
As Chief Research Fellow, David Worlock is a member of Outsell’s leadership team and uses his extensive information industry experience to support Outsell’s strategy and business objectives worldwide. David chairs Outsell’s Europe-based Executive Leadership Councils, a member-service for CEOs and senior executives of media publishing and information-provider firms. A respected thought leader, he frequently speaks at industry conferences and advises clients worldwide. David founded Electronic Publishing Services Ltd. (EPS) in 1985, a research and consultancy company working with the digital content industry in developing strategies for products and markets in consumer and business sectors. Outsell acquired EPS in 2006.
VP, Content Division, SIIA
Ed Keating is Vice President of the Content Division for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Keating has over 15 years of experience in the information industry as both an internal manager and a consultant. He has led marketing, product management and sales organizations at both startup and established information companies. His work to enhance product processes and organizational effectiveness has helped numerous companies enter unfamiliar markets and launch new products.
Wasch's involvement in SIIA is based on both personal and professional interests. His long-standing interest in computers and software, coupled with the industry's need for a central trade association, led him to establish the Software Publishers Association (SPA) in 1984 with an initial group of 25 software firms. Wasch has led the association from its infancy to its merger with the Information Industry Association in January 1999, resulting in the formation of SIIA.