Organized by Asher Russell

Speakers Bio

Conference Chairman & Moderator:
Joshua Wilwohl, Senior Editor, Quantum Media

Josh is a senior editor at Quantum Media, where he helps develop digital content strategies and public relations campaigns for Asian, European and American brands.

He is also a professor at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, where he teaches communications and journalism students about digital media, technology, innovation and ethics. His courses include Media in the Digital Age, Digital Technologies and Media and Introduction to Journalism.

Previously, he was the digital manager at The Cambodia Daily, where he led the newspaper’s digital team, managing web updates, social media, brand engagement, subscriptions, advertisements, design and development. He also managed the creation of The Daily’s paywall and moved its editorial workflow to the cloud.

He is a postgraduate student studying online journalism at the Birmingham School of Media and is the author of “All the News that Fits in Your Pocket,” an eBook about technology’s disruption of the news industry and the emergence of mobile journalism.

Before moving to Cambodia, Josh worked as an editor and reporter at in Newark, N.J.; as an editor and writer at New Jersey Local News Service, part of The Star-Ledger Special Sections; as a copy editor at The New Jersey Herald; and as an intern at The Erie Times-News and The Citizen in Pittsburgh.

He has presented his work and ideas at the Digital Journalism World summit, the Interactive Digital News Design conference, Princeton University and Caldwell College.

Day 1 - Keynote Speakers

Day One – Industry Keynote 1 Speaker              
Leslie Wood, Chief Research Officer, Nielsen Catalina Solutions
A pioneer and innovator in advertising analytics with more than 30 years of experience, Leslie Wood is responsible for the overall research function at Nielsen Catalina Solutions. This includes shaping the methodologies that keep the firm on the leading edge of marketing and advertising performance analytics, and playing a key role in envisioning future products.  Leslie has a long history with deep involvement in single-source methodologies including BehaviorScan, Scan America and Project Apollo.
Leslie is an expert not only of single-source analytics, but of long term effects of advertising, reach and frequency research, optimizers, data integration, big data and return-path data. All of this feeds Leslie’s passion for building support tools for the advertising industry.
Leslie is president of the Market Research Council, chair of the Advertising Research Council and Nielsen’s liaison to the Center for Research Excellence’s ROI Committee.  She is also the recipient of the ARF’s 2015 Great Minds Award: President’s Award for Measurement Leadership. Leslie Wood has a BS in mathematics from Hunter College and a PhD from The University at Albany in Information Science with a specialization in Expert Systems and Data Mining. Leslie is based in Copake, NY, and also has a presence in New York City.
Day One – Industry Keynote 2 Speaker
Maya Hari, Director, Product Strategy & Sales of Asia Pacific, Americas & Emerging Markets, Twitter

Maya Hari is the Director, Product Strategy & Sales of Asia Pacific, Americas & Emerging Markets, Twitter.  Maya’s  focus  within  Twitter  is  to  drive  leadership and  adoption  of  Twitter’s  new  technologies  and  products  among  brands, advertiser and agencies. She brings diverse business experience having led functions in Marketing, Sales, Business Development & Product Management. Prior  to  Twitter,  Maya  spent  over  15  years  in  the  digital  media,  mobile  and eCommerce industries across the US and in Asia Pacific region for brands such Samsung,  Google,  Microsoft  &  Cisco.  She  was  also  responsible  for  launching and  bringing  Internet  and  mobile  offerings  for  top  tier  publication  titles  such  as Vogue, GQ and Condé Nast Traveller in Asia. Maya  has  an  MBA  from  INSEAD  and  an  MS  in  Engineering  from  Utah  State University.

Day 2 Keynote Speakers

Day Two – Industry Keynote 1 Speaker
Greg Gordon, Executive Director of Video, Vox Creative
Greg T. Gordon is the Executive Director of Video for Vox Creative, Vox Media’s creative agency.  In this role, he leads development, production, and creative direction for all custom video content across Vox Media’s eight award-winning properties —, SBNation, The Verge, Eater, Curbed, Polygon, Racked, and Re/Code.  He’s conceived and built video-driven campaigns for brands including Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Ford, Chase, American Express, Jaguar, Sony, Lenovo, Comcast, Goldman Sachs, and Samsung.  He brings to Vox Media a wide breadth of filmmaking experience across narrative, documentary, music, and commercial fields.  Prior to his tenure at Vox Media, Greg produced feature films, directed and produced shorts at CollegeHumor, Open Road Media, and is a founding director for the award-winning comedic web series, SRSLY.
Day Two – Keynote 2 Speaker
Drea Bernardi, Video Strategist, (Native Ad Studios) The Huffington Post Partner Studio
Drea Bernardi is the Video Strategist for the Huffington Post Partner Studio. Prior to working at the Huffington Post, Drea worked at Magnet Media, a strategic studio in New York, as the Head of Originals. Her work includes original web content for PBS Digital Studios, Scripps Ulive network, National Geographic Kids, Starz, Food Network and Martha Stewart Living. 
Prior to working at Magnet Media Drea worked for celebrity Chef Mario Batali developing his YouTube strategy and the Webby award winning series; “How to Tuesday.”

Day One Speakers

Pavel Rebrov ,Technical Consultant, Brightcove
Pavel Rebrov is Technical Consultant for Brightcove, bringing over 15 years of experience in both engineering and entrepreneurial fields. A frequent speaker in online video solutions for media broadcasters, online publishers and digital marketers, Pavel is passionate about the customer experience. A proponent of digital and social, Pavel specialises in UX design, social media and marketing automation. Through his extensive work with customers, Pavel has helped optimise the OTT delivery and publishing strategies of leading media companies like KOMPAS, Siam Sports and TheSTARTV.
Lance C. Lambert, Director of Digital Ad Operations, 
The Denver Post | Digital First Media
Lance’s experience in the digital space dates back to 2005. This was when he began working for the leading online auto inventory site; Here he quickly learned all aspects of online advertising. Lance’s career then shifted gears to ‘’ advertising after being recruited by the new business manager of the Ventura County Star in Southern California (a Scripps entity). Lance was fortunate enough to be a part of the evolution of newspaper transitioning to online. In early 2009, he approached his director with a business plan and job description framing out a retention strategy for the online industry. This strategy was a success and later became adopted by Scripps in late 2009. Scripps promoted him to corporate so as to continue with this strategy across the entire company. Lance managed a corporate team of sales analysts, and worked with 26 local campaign specialists to retain advertising dollars. The position required full knowledge of the company’s entire product portfolio including, but not limited to; online display, SEM, SEO, Facebook/social, e-mail marketing, mobile advertising, and analytic reporting. He also managed several programs in this position including; Click Fuel, Who’s Calling, IfByPhone, and Liquidus.
The start of 2014 Lance was again approached by a leader in the ‘new media’ arena, Digital First Media. Lance is currently the Digital Director of Ad Operations at The Denver Post. To accomplish the above he has three independent teams that report to him. These groups include; a digital support team, an ‘ops’ team, and a group of retention experts. While the digital support team maintains a strong focus on help with digital pre-sale and sales needs, the ops team is responsible for flighting all sold digital assets. The retention team work hand in hand with the above teams, as well as sales teams, in the retention and growth of revenue within the digital space. This role allows Lance to be a resource, and communicate the current industry trends and changes. With the overall team he is able to maintain the structure, process, and support needed for a healthy digital book currently averaging over two million dollars billed per month.
Dino Markus, Director of Video & Head of Branded Content, USA Today Sports
Dino Markus leads the video business for USA Today Sports Media Group.  An in-house full service video team that provides branded content and serves as the creative agency, production arm and core workflow foundation, overseeing the ideation of video content, social strategy, syndication, 3rd party partnerships, distribution, and monetization.
He has spearheaded the creation of multi-million dollar video businesses for 2 national brands (USA Today Sports, Bleacher Report), building audience and content roadmaps, and has sold web series and sponsored video series to brands such as YouTube, AT&T, Starbucks, DirecTV, NBA, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has created cross-platform content for large-scale audiences: long form, short-form, digital, mobile, TV, print and radio.  A long time writer and producer who has worked with celebrities, influencers, notable personalities, athletes and business execs, his work appearing on CBS, ESPN, Maxim, ForTheWin, USA Today, Bleacher Report, and Clear Channel. 
Dino has created television programming and digital video content across video platforms, multiple verticals, daily news, social video, programmatic, and in-depth storytelling.  His work has been nominated for a Webby, and he oversees an award-winning team of producers and post-production staff. A Detroit native, after graduating from University of Michigan, Dino has lived in Seattle, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, and currently resides in New York.
Micah Gelman, Director of Video & Senior Editor, The Washington Post (presentation via video)
Micah Gelman is the director of video and senior editor at The Washington Post. Micah manages The Post’s video business operation while also overseeing the editorial production and distribution of original videos and the editing and curating of partner videos.
Before joining The  Post in April, Micah led the digital video strategy and managed the development of TV Everywhere products at Discovery Communications. Micah has also served as Executive Producer, U.S. Video at The Associated Press where he oversaw all domestic online video production and US-based content creation for AP Television News. Under Micah’s leadership his teams have won a combined 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 5 Emmys and a Webby Award. 
Matt Harty, Senior VP, Asia Pacific, The Trade Desk
Matt Harty represents The Trade Desk as senior vice president of Asia Pacific. Harty has worked in online advertising in Asia since 1997, co-founding the first pan-Asian Ad Network, SpaceAsia Media, which was sold to CMGi in 2000.
Matt then co-founded Activ8, a Yield Management company (precursor to SSPs) as a JV with OutBlaze,  handling global media sales for 400 websites including and HelloKitty.
His next position was managing News Corp’s .FOX Networks for APAC and MENA. From FOX, Matt moved to Omnicom’s Accuen as the GM of the first APAC regional ATD. Before joining The Trade Desk, he ran the Audience Solutions business for Experian Asia. Harty is based in Singapore.
Rohan Philips , Vice President, Products & Strategy Asia Pacific, Xaxis
Rohan Philips is the Asia Pacific Vice President of Products and Strategy at Xaxis. As VP, Rohan is responsible for developing Xaxis capabilities across the region.   This includes defining  the  strategy  for the  various  Xaxis  business  units,  developing  proprietary technology  and  establishing strategic  partnerships  to ultimately  deliver  best  in  class  programmatic  products. Since  joining  Xaxis  in  2012,  Rohan  was  responsible  in launching  13  markets  across  Asia  Pacific  along  with  setting up the regional operational hubs. Prior  to Xaxis,  Rohan  played  key  roles  in  data  and technology  teams across Europe  and  Asia.  At Mediacom he was responsible  for  launching  and  managing  P&G’s programmatic  initiative  across  the  region.  Rohan’s programmatic journey started in London where he was part of the digital performance team that  managed campaign performance  across  traditional  display,  programmatic, affiliates and aggregators at Vivaki.
Day 1 – Panelist
Julian Rake, Managing Director, Quantum Media
Julian Rake, Managing Director of Quantum Media, covered top world news stories from over 65 countries during an award-winning, 25-year career at Reuters, which he joined in 1989 after a two-year stint at CNN in New York. He was Reuters Deputy Bureau Chief in Jerusalem and Reuters Asia TV Editor based in Singapore, among many other assignments during his time with the world’s largest news organization. He led the Reuters team that won the UK’s Royal Television Society Award for International News Coverage in 2007 for its coverage of the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip. He is a specialist in TV news but has broad experience in all news formats including digital and social media. Since joining Quantum at the beginning of 2014, Rake has taken on overall responsibility for running the agency and charting its creative and organisational direction. Quantum recently received a Campaign Asia Agency of the Year 2015 Award as one of the top Independent Agencies in the Indochina region.
Day 1 – Panelist
Antoine Bouchacourt, Regional Sales Manager, Asia, Brightcove
Antoine is Regional Sales Manager for Brightcove, focused on growing the digital marketing and media publishing business in Asia. With more than 5 years of experience in the industry, Antoine is deeply passionate about all things digital and video. He believes we live in truly exciting times as media publishers and brands are embracing the power of video to move businesses, audiences and revenue.

Day 2 Speakers

Fred Chong, Group CEO, Prodigee Media Sdn. Bhd
Fred Chong is founder and Group CEO of Prodigee Media, Asia’s leading media entertainment group with integrated businesses in film & music production, artiste & event management and digital media, spanning offices in Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei. He has been recognized internationally as an awardwinning musician and filmmaker since 2000 in the Asian entertainment industry. Fred now spearheads two core businesses: regional film ventures and WebTVAsia, a digital multiplatform video network with over 3 billion views since 2014. WebTVAsia has recently been awarded PMAA Dragons of Malaysia Best Marketing Discipline Gold Award for its megahit 500-million-view global viral video campaign Little Apple.
Patrick Schult, Director, Business Development, Imagine Group Entertainment
Patrick is the Director of Business Development at Imagine Group Entertainment. Prior to joining Imagine Group, Schult spent over 25 years building an international career in the media industry working across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia in a variety of senior roles.  With his television shows acquiring numerous awards for production excellence, Schult played an instrumental role in FremantleMedia where he oversaw production operations in Southern Europe and more recently held the role of CEO of FremantleMedia Asia. Under his leadership the company expanded into the key markets of India and China and grew to produce and air more than 40 programmes a year.
Schult’s knowledge of the business of content stems from his in-depth understanding of the creative aspects of production. From initiating a successful start-up in India to establishing a joint venture in China, Schult was instrumental in driving key market entry strategy for FremantleMedia in Asia.  As CEO, Patrick launched some of the world’s largest media brands throughout Asia including ‘Idols’, ‘Got Talent’ and ‘X Factor’.
Schult comes to Imagine Group most recently from Media-Stable, where he served as the Founder and CEO. It was established with the support of Japanese partners to create, identify and distribute Asia originated content internationally.

Joy Robins, Senior VP of Global Revenue and Strategy, Quartz

Joy Robins is the Senior Vice President of Global Advertising and Strategy at Quartz where she is responsible for revenue across Quartz’s global advertising and events businesses as well as off-channel monetization strategy. Launched three years ago, Quartz exclusively operates in the native advertising space through non-standard display formats as well as content creation so Joy and her team have helped their clients understand the impact of user-focused advertising solutions. Under this user-first approach, Quartz has publicly opted out of video pre-roll in favor of other creative options on-site.
Prior to Quartz, Joy ran digital advertising sales for the BBC in the United States and was responsible for launching advertising on as well as for introducing the BBC brand to the U.S. advertising market. Most recently, she was on the leadership team at NBC Universal, tasked with monetizing NBC’s digital news properties following the conclusion of the Microsoft joint venture.  Joy began her career on the ad agency side at OMD New York.
Jim Spencer, Founder, Newsy
Jim Spencer has helped lead several start-up and established Internet and mobile content companies. In 2008, Jim founded Newsy, an early online, mobile and OTTV video news service that was acquired by the E.W. Scripps Company in 2014. Jim was VP of Content at Ask Jeeves ( where he was responsible for all search queries and helped guide the company to the be the 15th most trafficked website and through a successful IPO.
Prior to Ask Jeeves, Jim was the GM of News and Information Programming at AOL (news, sports, health, research and international) – advancing the content, business and partnership operations for one of AOL’s major business units. Jim has also served as executive director of partnerships for NBC based at NBC’s NYC headquarters and Microsoft’s Redmond campus and as the GM of new media at Multimedia, Inc. prior to its sale to Gannett. Jim has a bachelor’s degree in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. 
Byron Perry, Founder, Coconuts Media
Byron Perry is the founder of Coconuts Media, a local news and online video network reaching an audience of 20 million per month. Coconuts TV releases weird and wondrous documentary videos from Asia every week, and makes money with sponsorships and pre-roll ads. Byron previously worked at Variety magazine in Los Angeles and attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. 
The network of city news websites was launched in 2013 and now runs in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, KL, Jakarta, Bali and Yangon, receiving over 4 million monthly unique visitors. Coconuts has become known for its humorous and fast-paced local coverage and their stories have been picked up by The Wall Street Journal, Gawker, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Time, The Huffington Post, and Channel News Asia.
Maria A. Ressa, CEO & Executive Editor, Rappler
Maria A. Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator.  Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing.
Ms. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest
Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” (Free Press, 2003).
In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines.  Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook” as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore.  She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Henry Stokes, Vice President of Client Development, Asia Pacific, Xaxis
Henry is currently Vice President of Client Development at Xaxis, Asia Pacific.
He has 17 years experience in the digital advertising and search marketing arena. Henry’s career began in digital media at MediaVest in 1998. From there, in 2003, henry moved up to Group Account Director at Mindshare running the IBM and Nike digital accounts. 
In 2005 Henry saw an opportunity and left Mindshare to set up Circus Street, a consultancy business managing digital change within the traditional publisher sector tackling issues like website monetisation, digital product development and digital sales strategy for the likes of ITV, Guardian and Bauer. He returned to the Mindshare in 2009 as Head of Online Display and Mobile at before spotting the future trend towards automation and programmatic, moving to GroupM to help launch Xaxis UK in 2011. After two years of rapid growth he decided to take on the challenge to evangelise programmatic media and help build the Xaxis product in the developing markets of Asia.

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