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Andrew Akeye, Director of Finance & Strategy

Reelforge Media Intelligence

Andrew Akeye is a master of many crafts and has over 24 years experience in both public and private sectors. He is one of the founders of Reelforge and has been instrumental in designing and implementing the strategies that have translated into its growth into the largest media monitoring firm in Kenya. His ample cross-sectoral experience, most notably in public sector reform, project design, strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, information management, research, among others has been essential in helping Reelforge service its diverse range of clients.

Abderrahim Ait Ben Moh, CEO

Zoom Media

Under my lead Zoom Media has evolved to the #1 search engine for audiovisual content in the Netherlands. Using state-of-the art Artificial Intelligence techniques we index and produce in-depth analyses of AV-content and provide contextual metadata to a wide range of governmental and private organizations. As the founder and CEO of Zoom Media, I am challenged with the technological innovations and developments within the field of journalism, media and big data on a daily basis. Therefore I am deeply interested in constructing sustainable paid content models and strongly believe that disruptive innovation, co-creation and customization lead to added value.

Gerhard Backfried, Co-Founder and Head of Research

SAIL LABS Technology GmbH

Gerhard Backfried is one of the founders and currently holds the position of Head of Research at SAIL LABS Technology. Prior to joining SAIL LABS, Gerhard worked in the fields of expert systems for the finance sector and personal dictation systems (IBM's ViaVoice). His technical expertise includes acoustic and language modelling as well as speech recognition algorithms. More recently he has been focussing on the combination of traditional and social media, particularly in the context of multilingual and multimedia disaster-communication. He holds a degree in computer science (M.Sc.) from the Technical University of Vienna with specialty in Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vienna. He holds a number of patents, has authored several papers and book chapters, regularly participates in conference program committees and has been contributing to national and international research projects, such as KIRAS/MDL, KIRAS/QuOIMA, FP6/M-ECO, FP6/VIRTUOSO, FP7/iTalk2Learn or FP7/SIIP.

Johna Burke, CMO


During her almost 30 year career, Johna Burke has experience in PR, communications, and marketing.  Leading the PR and investor relations efforts at a Fortune 500 company provided first-hand experience in the challenges and trials of PR practitioners. She joined BurrellesLuce in 2000, managing the regional business which included responsibility for production, sales, HR, finance, and the overall client experience, which further developed her understanding of the P&L and the impact of communications. Her success and expertise give her unique experience and perspective making her a tireless advocate of tying communication efforts to business results. 

Currently CMO at BurrellesLuce, Johna consults with a range of organizations from Fortune 100 to regional businesses on how they can leverage media relations within their industry. As a result, she is an in-demand international speaker often invited to talk about marketing, media, measurement, PR, communications, and social media. Johna was inducted into the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame in 2015, received the AI Global Most Influential Woman in PR 2016-USA and in 2017 became an AMEC Lifetime Fellow.

Patrick Bunk, CEO and Founder

Ubermetrics Technologies

Patrick Bunk studied macroeconomics in Berlin and Chicago. Afterwards, he has been doing research about the effects of information on markets at the Humboldt University in Berlin for two years. In order to counter the identified lack of structured information, he founded Ubermetrics Technologies in 2011 with the goal of being able to analyze all publicly accessible information streams worldwide. As the CEO he is responsible for product and strategy and a team of 32 employees in Berlin. Ubermetrics’ solution has already helped more than 150 customers, such as DHL, TÜV Rheinland, Deloitte and Activision.

Craig Carroll, Director

OCR Network

Craig Carroll is Director of the OCR Network, a research network that provides media and communication research on corporate reputation and provides forums for senior corporate affairs and chief communication officers. Craig is an adjunct faculty member at several world-renowned universities, including New York University, IE University in Madrid, Copenhagen Business School, and Singapore Management University on topics related to corporate reputation, corporate social responsibility, and corporate communication research methods. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. Craig is the author/editor of three anthologies on corporate reputation: Corporate Reputation and the News Media (Routledge, 2010), the Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and the SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation. His book Corporate Reputation and the News Media examined the news media’s influence on corporate reputation in over 20 countries around the world. He is a past recipient of PR News’ Educator of the Year. His phd is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Alessandro Cederle, Director Monitoring and Analysis

L'Eco della Stampa

Alessandro is contributing to this new company deal leveraging on his 30 (almost) years long career. He has covered MD and CEO positions in publishing and business information companies such as Reed Elsevier, Dun & Bradstreet and the Yellow Pages. He holds a distinguished track record for turnaround cases and has a wide experience in start-up and acquisitions; he definitely has a weakness for technology and a passion for innovation.

He is past president of ANES and a professor of Management Information Systems at the Università Cattolica in Milano. A Juventus fan, him and his family hold base in Milano, although he has traveled to more than 30 countries in 5 continents.

L'Eco della Stampa is the #1 media intelligence company in Italy and one of the longest standing MMOs in the world, with continuous ownership since 1901. Despite its age and tradition, or thanks to it, Ecostampa is investing dramatically in business innovation, with a formula based on the combination of soft human skills (derived from more than one hundredyears of competence and experience), and best of-the-breed technologies.

Christophe Dickès, Global Copyright Director

Kantar Media

Christophe Dickès is Global Copyright Director at Kantar Media since 2013. Christophe works directly with the publishers and the Reproduction Right Organisations in Europe. He is co-chair of the AMEC & FIBEP joint Copyright Committee and one of the FIBEP Vice Presidents. Today, he is also EMEA Communication Leader for Kantar Media. Christophe collaborates with the Global Direction and the Marketing team in developing a vision of the Data & Business Intelligence. Christophe holds a doctorate in Contemporary history and a master degree in Politic Sciences & Media.

Ove Dirdal, CEO & Co-Founder


Ove Dirdal is the CEO and co-founder of Zissor. Ove has been working with Media Monitoring clients all over the world for the last 20 years. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementation of the Zissor Media System that is the unique, complete and highly automated production system for the media monitoring industry. 

His focus is to continuously look for new emerging technology and to develop innovative solutions to optimize and challenge existing technology and processes with the purpose of giving the best and most efficient solutions for the clients.   

Ove is also working as a professional project manager with designing, developing, and implementing technical IT-solutions and processes with focus on digitalization and efficiency within several branches, among telecom, insurance and banking.

Alexis Donot, Secretary General

L'Argus de la Presse / Cision France

Alexis Donot began his career in the communication and advertising sector. He started in 1993 at Publicis (Paris & Madrid). In 1995 he joined l’Argus de la presse, a family business founded in 1879 where he represents the 4th generation.

He created the radio & Tv monitoring department that he held for 12 years. In 1995 it was probably the first fully digital monitoring system in the world. The service started with 20 channels and covers now 270 channels.

In 2007 he joined the board of the company as General Secretary where he was in charge of the support functions such as the human resources and the financial controlling. In 2009 he took the position of General Manager. Under his leadership the company has taken a turn to develop a new positioning.

In 2017 Argus was bought by the American group Cision and Alexis Donot has now the position of General Secretary. 

Joost Drieman, Vice President Intelligence Best Practices


Joost Drieman has over 30 years of international experience in strategy and business development, and he is a subject matter expert in Market/Competitive Intelligence, corporate strategy and management.

Joost is Vice President Intelligence Best Practices at M-Brain. Besides that he is the owner of Marix International NV and on the board of Viadesk BV in the Netherlands.

During his career, Joost served as director market & business intelligence at Cisco, as vice president and board member of Telindus, director business development at Tandem Computers and was appointed as subject matter expert at the European Community, DGXIII.

He studied microelectronics in the Netherlands and graduated magna cum laude in business administration (MBA) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has also studied corporate strategy at the Harvard Business School and Market Intelligence at the Wisconsin University, Madison, USA. He is currently completing his MSc in coaching and personal development at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Joost is visiting lecturer in strategic intelligence at two international business schools and a regular keynote speaker at business conferences. A dynamic and engaging workshop leader that explains complex topics in an approachable way, with a touch of humor.

Celal Ergün, Chief Software Architect


Celal Ergün is working as Chief Software Architect at Interpress and coordinating Big Data based reporting systems, recognition systems and user interfaces. Interpress is the leading media monitoring agency in Turkey, serving its customers since 1940.

Robert Fischer, CEO

DataScan Computersysteme

Robert Fischer is General Manager of DataScan Computersysteme GmbH which he founded in 1992 together with Peter Schneider in Königstein nearby Frankfurt am Main, Germany. They started the company with the idea of providing scanning and OCR solutions. In 1995 DataScan integrated forms reading and press clipping into its portfolio. More and more specializing into that market segment DataScan is now one of the leading companies in developing technologies for pressclipping, press archives and press review production solutions.

In 1985 Robert received his Masters degree in Business Administrations at Technische Universität Berlin. His first job lead him to A.C.Nielsen Marketing Research where he developed test market systems, later on in the early 90's he worked as product manager and sales director in the upcoming IT industry.

Christophe Folschette, Partner and Co-Founder


Christophe Folschette is partner and co-founder at Talkwalker. He left business consulting at Accenture to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and firm belief in the value of social media intelligence for businesses. From years of meeting with clients and developing Talkwalker, Christophe has become a cross-functional specialist in understanding the data and analytics requirements for clients’ business needs. Christophe holds an MSc degree in computer science and economics from the Munich University of Technology. During this time he created two tech startups and won an innovation and entrepreneurship competition. 

Guilhem Fouetillou, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist Officer


Guilhem Fouetillou is cofounder and Chief Evangelist Officer at Linkfluence, a global leader in Social Intelligence working for major brands such as Danone, LVMH, Sanofi or McDonald. 

He's also an associate professor at Sciences Po Paris. He's an expert at digital marketing, social intelligence, big data and information visualization. He's a regular keynote speaker and a social media expert recognised by his peers and by journalists.

Corinne Franz-Luther, Strategic Consultant

Oliver Schrott Kommunikation GmbH

Corinne is a part of the team at Oliver Schrott Kommunikation, one of the largest owner-operated PR agencies in Germany. She works as a strategic consultant for media analysis and its effect on PR, Social Media and Communication. Through her experience in global media analysis for international clients, she acquired a wide-range skill set in the monitoring of traditional and social media. Corinne has in-depth knowledge of social networks as well as the development of methods for measuring the success of media campaigns. Her current focuses are data-driven and research-based campaigns, PR programs and Influencer Relations. 

Karolina Fursewicz, Manager International Cooperation & Sales

PRESS-SERVICE Monitoring Mediów Sp. z o.o.

Karolina Fursewicz is responsible for international sales at PRESS-SERVICE Monitoring Mediów, a leading media intelligence agency in Poland. She also works closely with international media monitoring companies and she was involved in several projects as FIBEP's former Business Development Commissioner.

In 2010 she initiated and coordinated the CEE Media Monitoring Group, established by eight media monitoring companies from the region. After 7 years, she is still focused on the CEE region, providing centralised media intelligence support to major corporate customers as well as CEE media support to FIBEP fellows.

Karolina has graduated from cultural studies and international relations at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She is a passionate traveller, riding a family multivan from Africa up to the Arctic Circle.

María Laura García, President and Founder

GlobalNews Group

President and founder of GlobalNews® Group, created to meet the actual market demands for reliable and instant information from international media for multi market activity to provide services such as digital clipping, corporate intelligence and media evaluation of print media and radio and TV broadcasts. Since 1998, GlobalNews® Group has grown to become the premier source of media monitoring in Latin-America, covering 18 countries from its network of subsidiaries with local offices in: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, the United States of America, Uruguay and its representatives in Guatemala and Panama.

Laura is an entrepreneur committed to innovation, communication and the development of women. She works hard for the professionalization of the audit of the communication and the analysis of contents in Latin America. She incubates projects within its company linked to technology. 

Prior to founding GlobalNews® Group, Laura was an International Press Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Press Coordinator of the International Negotiation and Integration processes such as Mercosur, FTTA and the WTO. She was media analyst and foreign press coordinator for private companies and international corporations; And Journalist on Radio El mundo, Diario La Nación, among others.

Florence Gaullier, Partner

Vercken & Gaullier Law Firm

Florence Gaullier, partner at Vercken & Gaullier Law Firm since April 2009, is specialised in copyright in all traditional sectors (Press and book publishing, Radio, TV, Music, etc.) but also in the digital sector and in IT law (e-commerce, data protection, etc.) at French and European level. She has a very specific knowledge in the collective management of rights and in the media monitoring sector. She is also in particular in charge of data protection compliance audits and assists clients during audits of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL). She advises and assists several clients in their lobbying actions in France and in the EU, especially AMEC and FIBEP, in all these fields. Her Firm is ranked in the most recognised international law firms rankings for more than ten years (Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Managing IP, Media Law International, etc.). In 2017, the Firm won the award of “French Copyright Firm of the Year” by Managing IP.

Simon Gebauer, Head of Marketing and Sales


Simon joined »OBSERVER« in 2009. Pursuing his professional career he started as an account manager before being promoted to lead the international department. For two years he is Head of the Marketing & Sales team. 

The media professional holds master’s degree in political science from the University of Vienna as well as certificates in project management and international negotiations.

Clemens Hammacher, Sales Director Germany


Clemens Hammacher has been in the PR software industry for 13 years. He has joined Cision in December 2015 after working before for Media-Database company Zimpel and NewsAktuell. He very much enjoys working in a growing, dynamic and international company like Cision where he heads the German office. Cision has launched its new Cision Communication Cloud in Germany this spring and has got enthusiastic response from the German PR industry. Clemens believes strongly in bringing all aspects of PR into one software that enables PR professionals to provide data and judge their success. Before working in the PR software industry Clemens has spent 8 years in the publishing industry and spend part of his career abroard.  

Ben Andre Heyerdahl, Worldwide Business Development Executive Commerce & Watson Cognitive and Internet of Things Europe

IBM Watson

With over 20 years working in the IT business (growing up into IT), Heyerdahl has been able to experience all sectors of work life linked to IT. He has had roles in sales (B2B and B2C), marketing, product marketing, management, and with international experience in UK, US, France and Luxembourg. He is seen as a person who delivers on the targets set. His colleagues regard him as positive, engaging, loyal, cooperative, creative and focused. I also enjoy challenges and hard work. I also enjoy continues learning and have done multiple trainings while working, such as an MBA in International Business. With the different roles and countries that I worked in, it has brought me good leadership skills and experience across different skill sets and cultures that can be utilized well in several types of businesses.

Magdalena Horánska, CEO


Magdalena is a sales and marketing professional with 15 years experience in media monitoring and measurement industry. Currently, she is CEO of NEWTON Media SEE, a group of media monitoring and measurement companies across the Adriatic region and a FIBEP vice president. In the past, Magdalena was responsible for managing companies of NEWTON Media Group in Poland and Slovakia. Her experience also includes automatic speech recognition of Slavic languages mainly focused on dictation into computer and TV and radio automatic transcription. She has a university degree in Business administration, marketing and management.

Elisabeth Hödl, Lawyer


Lawyer (public law, data protection, information technology), specialist for future questions in the network society and author of science fiction novels. Her working focus is the question of how digitalization and technical innovations affect law, science, politics, economy and society. Reputation as symbolic capital in distributed networks could be the new medium of authenticity.

Roxana Hughes, Customer Engagement Manager

Monster Worldwide

Roxana Hughes is the Customer Engagement Manager for the DACH region at Monster Worldwide, Deutschland GmbH, where she is responsible for business to consumer marketing activities. Roxana studied International Business in Germany, France and England, where latterly she remained to complete her Chartered Institute of Marketing Level 6 Diploma in Marketing. After her career moved her from London and then to Amsterdam, she is now in Germany focusing on her mission to help companies attract and hire the right talent.


With broad experience and study in the field of marketing she is helping and encouraging companies, small and big, to be bold and help lead the change in the field of recruitment. As technology is trending talent acquisition into the territory of online marketing, she regularly holds talks at industry events for Monster to showcase this development. Roxana helps bring to life and demonstrate the changing nature of recruitment based on her experiences coupled with the Recruiting Trends Study, which is conducted in conjunction with Bamberg University. Now in its 15th year, the study's results give employers and recruiters powerful insights into employer branding, social and mobile recruiting, active sourcing and "Generation Y".

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dietmar Janetzko

Cologne Business School

Dietmar Janetzko studied psychology, philosophy and computer science and holds a PhD in psychology and a PhD in learning sciences. He is a professor of business computing and business process management at Cologne Business School in Germany. His research interests are in the range of quantitative analysis of data sourced from the Internet and social media, the global communications eco-system and the role of bots in it.

Jan Janzen, COO Analysis & Consulting

Argus Data Insights Germany

Jan Janzen, Ph. D.: COO Analysis & Consulting, Member of the Management Board, Argus Data Insights D

-  Studies in Mathematics and Philosophy

-  Ph.D. in Logic and Theory of Science

-  Six years professional experience in the fields of marketing and strategic consultancy (e.g. for the Berlin based agencies diffferent and aperto)

- Working for AUSSCHNITT / Argus Data Insights D since 2012: First years as Head of Digital Media, since 2016 as part of the Management Board and Head of the integrated unit Analysis & Consulting.

Sophia Karakeva, Communications and Marketing Executive


Sophia Karakeva has been active in the media industry for over 20 years and she currently holds the position of Communications and Marketing Executive at DataScouting, a leading software research and development company in Greece. Sophia is also a news correspondent for the Czech TV, while in the past she worked as a journalist at the Czech News Agency. She has a PhD in Mass Communication and Journalism from the Charles University in Prague. Sophia is currently a FIBEP Vice President and AMEC European Chapter Co-Chair. Sophia is a conceptual media thinker, communication believer, marketing digger and analysis enthusiast.

Michael Kennedy, Senior Director of Media Operations


Versed in product management, operations and monetization, Michael Kennedy has helped startups and publicly held corporations improve operational efficacy, build transformative products, generate revenue and cultivate talent.


Serving as Veritone’s Senior Director of Media Operations, Michael is instrumentally involved in the strategic planning and operational execution of signed advertisers and agencies. His work enables marketers to holistically track and contextualize native and traditional media spend across mediums such as broadcast radio, podcast, Youtube and television in near real-time. Prior to Veritone, Michael oversaw product management and operations at Local Corporation where he developed web-based monetization solutions for local search and mobile and was responsible for significant revenue growth.

Gopal Krishnan, Founder and Chairman

Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Gopal is a visionary and an entrepreneur with an insatiable drive to facilitate disruptive innovation. He has more than three decades of experience in the media industry and in building, managing & leading multiple organizations including start-ups.


In 1999, he founded Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a technology-driven digital content transformation company. In 2006, Gopal founded Ad2pro Media Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a Graphic Design Services Hub. He is also the Founder of Ninestarter, a Premium Accelerator Fund.

Gopal’s unflinching desire to create employment opportunities and his charitable affiliations fuel his desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Gopal has a Master’s Degree, Human Resources Development from the University of Madras and has a certification from MIT Sloan DSI (Driving Strategic Innovation) certified ‘C’ level.

Filip Lau, Partner

ReD Associates

Filip Lau has spent his career helping media and consumer goods companies define new innovation strategies and business models. A recent paper for the American Anthropological Association’s EPIC conference Asurveyed how companies perceive and exploit “insights” derived from ethnographic research. Filip’s book, The Globalists, is a reported and sociological take on globalization through the lens of industries as diverse as container shipping, haute couture, and renewable energy. Filip was previously a partner at two of Copenhagen’s largest design consultancies and has written on design’s role in contemporary society for Surface, Wallpaper, Review, and Idea. Filip has a Masters in Sociology from The University of Copenhagen and has taught politics there as a visiting professor at the Institute for Political Science. He is also on the board of the Danish Architectural Press.

Mario Leo, Founder


Enable Digital potential in Sports is what strives my activities! All my life Sports played a major role. Being very active on the pitch in the beginning, after a crucial ligament injury more in coaching and supporting roles. I enable my career through the passion of sports. Communications Engineering Degree, with a focus on satellite and mobile communications I had the opportunity to experience business and personal life in Germany, the United Kingdom, U.S.A., Australia, Malaysia. After almost twelve years abroad, I returned to Germany in 2004. Working in Mobile Value Added Services industry until 2006, followed by a spell in the educational industry from 2006 to 2008 until founding RESULT. The platform “RESULT Sports” has its sole dedication to the evolution and service demand of Digital Media in Sports. Publisher of magazine “Digital Sports Media” and host of several events, including the annual “Digital Sports & Entertainment” Conference held in Berlin. Speaker at events, conferences and author of educational course books for Digital Media in Sports.

Rainer Maassen, CEO

Convento GmbH

Rainer Maassen first studied General Business Administration in Cologne and finished as a business graduate. After studying, he became self-employed with Convento GmbH. The goal: to develop powerful software for public relations. In 1994, the first version of "Convento pr-contact" was ready. Key features were contact and dispatch management and the organisation of events. By 2010, Rainer Maassen and his team were able to convince around 5,000 users in 750 companies. In 2011, he began to develop a new, modern cloud solution. The system should be user-friendly and functional. Customers should be able to obtain it directly via the Internet from our servers in Germany. In 2013, the first generation of this cloud solution was ready for the market. Rainer Maassen called it myconvento, and the website was called Today, there already exists a second generation of myconvento, one of the leading PR management systems in the German-speaking market.

David Mikkelson, CEO and Founder

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as back in 1994 as a creative outgrowth of his wide-ranging interests in a variety of subjects (particularly folklore) and his professional expertise in the computer industry. Handling everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to managing the site’s technical infrastructure, David saw (which antedated the development of automated search engines) quickly become the go-to place for Internet users to query about anything questionable they encountered online, establishing it as the oldest and best known online fact-checking outlet operating today.

In additional to his 20+ years experience researching and writing about the facts behind a multitude of topics, David’s educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas (San Antonio) and about a zillion course hours of post-graduate classes at California State University, Northridge taken with no particular degree program in mind. His previous employment encompassed stints with the News-Chronicle (newspaper), Teledyne Electronics, the U.S. Postal Service, JPL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Rocketdyne, and Health Net (HMO).

In his ever-dwindling moments of free time away from, David can be spotted at board gaming events and conventions.

Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director

European Publishers Council

Since 1991, Angela Mills Wade has been the Executive Director of the European Publishers' Council (EPC), a high level lobby group of Chairmen and CEOs of leading European media groups. EPC companies are delivering a diverse range of independent, professionally produced journalistically driven content across all platforms and devices bringing print or digital newspapers, magazines, journals, eLearning solutions, books and broadcasting to citizens across the EU and globally. Angela holds a number of industry positions including the Chair of the UK’s Publishers’ Content Forum, Joint-chair (with the British Library) of the Joint Committee on Legal Deposit and Chair of the EU industry steering group for Online Behavioural Advertising. She is a member of the Boards of EASA (European Advertising Standards Alliance) and the EDAA (European Digital Advertising Alliance). Angela is also the Chairman of Europe Analytica, an independent consultancy company based in Brussels and a non-executive Director of EurActiv plc.​

Todd Murphy, Vice President

Universal Information Services

At the age of 13 Todd developed the broadcast monitoring services for Universal Information Services, his father’s company. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991, Todd joined Universal to develop innovative services that deliver media monitoring and measurement tools. Since 1991 Universal has enjoyed continued growth in revenue and client base, becoming the only company in the United States to monitor and evaluate all media types within the company.

Universal focuses on news monitoring, tracking media relations efforts, business intelligence, and consulting on issues management programs that use media monitoring. Their PR measurement services represent the best-in-class for competitive and business intelligence, showing the impact from messaging and the return on effort.

Universal has expanded their digital information services to include the digitization and restoration of historical documents and assets. Serving libraries, universities, historical societies, corporations, and other institutions, Universal now assists institutions in preserving their history while making historical assets relevant again.

Todd Murphy completed the full acquisition of Universal Information Services in 2015, after integrating other monitoring services he had acquired over the prior 10 years. Universal continues to focus on innovation by most recently adding artificial intelligence to their media monitoring, broader application of higher quality voice-to-text technology, and cutting edge media contacts software. Currently, Todd manages strategic innovation for Universal while continuing to build a very unique company culture.

Mazen Nahawi, Group CEO


Mazen Nahawi is the Group CEO of CARMA, a global media intelligence provider which serves over 1,200 clients in 43 countries. The company forms a major component of News Group International, a global company which focuses on insights and stakeholder engagement through media intelligence, eGovernment solutions, content curation and digital engagement. Mazen began his career as a journalist before working in senior positions in PR and management consulting. He lives in Dubai with his wife and children.

Thomas Netousek, CEO

eMedia Monitor

Thomas Netousek is the CEO and founder of eMedia Monitor, aleading provider of international real-time Radio and TV monitoring services. For the last 20 years Thomas Netousek has been working in the the field of speech and language technology on hidden markov models, Neural Networks and "Deep Learning". After working for international companies like Hewlett Packard and IBM and establishing  SAIL LABS Technology in 1999 he founded eMedia Monitor to provide automated monitoring of Radio and TV.
Thomas Netousek holds PhD in information management from Vienna University of Economics

François Nicolon, Chief Marketing Officer EMEA

Kantar Media

Chief Marketing Officer EMEA at Kantar Media, François leads the marketing & communications strategy for all Kantar Media services and solutions in the region, including brand reputation analyses, advertising monitoring, audience measurement and consumer target profiling.

François has been instrumental in developing traditional media monitoring into the media intelligence and insight area for Kantar Media, where he joint as Global Marketing Director for the Reputation business after senior international roles at media giant RTL Group and leading newswire AFP.

His extensive knowledge of the media business has been forged from more than 15 years of experience in the global media & communications industry. He is a member of AMEC, EACD and FIBEP trade associations.

Kristina Fritsvold Nilsen, Vice President


Kristina Fritsvold Nilsen started off her career in the media and communications field at the early age of 15, when she had her first written article published for the Norwegian newspaper Varden.

After several years of working as a journalist, including in the public service broadcaster NRK as a TV and radio reporter, she moved on to being a communication advisor for Norwegian companies and organizations, before starting as the very first media analyst in Retriever in 2008. From there she started up media analysis as a business area within Retriever, establishing and building a department that now counts more than 50 analysts in four countries. As part of the top management in the Retriever group, she functioned as the Nordic Client and Analysis Director, before stepping in to the role as the Vice President earlier this year. She is an experienced spokesperson and has been interviewed and quoted numerous times as an expert in media analysis in Norwegian media.

Kristina holds a degree in journalism specialised in TV, and a Master of Management from BI Norwegian Business School, from which she was rewarded with the title "Best student" at the Master of Management program in 2014. 

In 2009 she published a book with a humorous view on quotes from Norwegian politicians.

Frans Olsthoorn, COO

Zoom Media

Frans Olsthoorn is an expert in creating high-performing teams. As COO of Zoom Media, he is responsible for daily operations, key accounts and strategy development. He runs different innovation-, research-, and IT-projects within the company. What started out as a passion for politics and media turned out to be a challenging adventure. Frans has been part of the Zoom Media team from the start and as such, he saw the media industry changing. He believes in the combination of Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence for the best results. At the FIBEP congress he will share his best practices of the media-analyses we did (during) the Dutch elections this year.

Oresti Patricios, CEO


Avid entrepreneur Oresti Patricios has long been a media and advertising industry insider - as a teenager he pioneered wedding videos in the 1970s and started his first media business in 1979. Self-described as an “entrepreneur, visionary and risk taker” Patricios pushes boundaries, challenges existing ideas and inspires his peers and colleagues to embrace growth in Africa, and to use entrepreneurial thinking to solve corporate problems.


Patricios heads Ornico – a company he founded in South Africa in 1984 – which has become a leading Pan-African provider of reputation, media, advertising and brand research. Launching operations in Nigeria in 2010 was a particular milestone for him and the start of a major African expansion plan for Ornico which aims to standardise media and brand measurement across the continent. More countries soon followed. Patricios has an MBA in Social Media from the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and also completed a Bachelor’s degree in accounting,

Tony Prime, Principle Consultant

Ninestars Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Tony is a visionary and ambitious thought leader with over 20 years' global experience in Technology, Business transformation and Operational excellence. He has a proven track record in delivery of credible commercial success being instrumental in both back office automation and client driven product initiatives with deep domain knowledge in the market data and media sectors. 

Tony started his career in the financial market data world where he worked for Dow Jones, Bridge Information Systems and Reuters. The transition to the media space came with the appointment as CTO for PR Newswire where he led the IT operational and development activities as a full board member.

Tony has spent the past 12 years working as a senior board member and equity holder in PE-backed media organisations, where he has successfully led IT and operations strategy through with two MBOs and a trade sale.

Arno Scharl, MODUL University Vienna, Professor of New Media Technology & webLyzard technology, Managing Director

Arno Scharl heads the Department of New Media Technology at MODUL University Vienna and is the Managing Director of webLyzard technology. Prior to his current appointments, he held professorships at the University of Western Australia and Graz University of Technology, and was a Visiting Fellow at Curtin University of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Scharl completed his doctoral research and habilitation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Additionally, he holds a PhD from the University of Vienna, Department of Sports Physiology. He has authored more than 160 refereed publications and edited two books in Springer‘s Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing Series. Currently, he serves as the Scientific Coordinator of the DecarboNet  and uComp  research projects. His research interests focus on Web intelligence and big data analytics, human-computer interaction, and the integration of semantic and geospatial Web technology.

Andreas Schietz, Co-Founder


Andreas Schietz has over 20 years experience in strategy and business development. He studied electrical engineering and economics in Austria and Spain and holds an international MBA at University of Linz, Atlanta and Hong Kong. He worked in several management position in the public and private sector. In 2014 he co-founded Updatemi and addressing the information overload problem. Based on Artificial Intelligence, Updatemi provides technology for the media, media monitoring and business intelligence market. 

Christiane Schulz, President GPRA & CEO Weber Shandwick Germany

Christiane joined the Weber Shandwick leadership team as CEO of the German operation in 2013. With almost 20 years’ experience, Christiane’s specialisms and expertise cover all aspects of the industry, from consumer marketing through corporate affairs. During her career, Christiane has held a number of key positions, including head of external communications for Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, and was a  member of the German Executive Board at Ketchum Pleon.

Weber Shandwick Germany and its Content Creation Centre is fully focused, under the management of Christiane, on digital engagement for a broad range of national and international clients. Christiane and her team help brands and organisations build engaging, shareable content and, as a result, become their own media publishing house. Her client experience portfolio includes Aral, Bayer, Deutsche Bahn, Iglo, Mars, Mercedes Benz Sales, Merck, Pfizer, RWE and Wrigley.

A forward thinker, in 2015 Christiane was named ‘Manager of the year in PR, Media & Marketing’ by the German Stevie Awards. Three years prior, she was named ‘Maverick of the Year for Women in Business’ at International Business Awards.

Since June 2016, Christiane has been a member of GPRA‘s Executive Board (German Public Relations Association). In May 2017, she was elected president and will now and for the next 4 years push topics like Fake News education and employer branding for PR agencies.

Patrick Seitter, Project Manager

ESB Marketing Network

Patrick Seitter coaches each year around 500 professionals with different backgrounds in sponsorship management. Acquisition, measurement and activation as well as professional management of sponsorships and events are his topics. He works for ESB Marketing Network since 2008 in different positions. As a freelance marketing consultant Patrick Seitter is experienced in strategic sponsorship consulting, brand development as well as organizing small and big events.

Sean Smith, Chief Executive - Media Intelligence


As Chief Executive - Media Intelligence, Sean is responsible for overseeing the delivery of media intelligence services to 5,000 clients across APAC. With 15 years’ experience in the media intelligence industry, Sean has extensive client knowledge across the corporate, government and public relations sectors. He has previously held roles as the Country Manager for New Zealand, Sales Director at Asia Media Monitors in South East Asia and State Manager in New South Wales. Prior to working in the media intelligence industry Sean worked for the Australian Sports Commission and Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee (SOCOG). Sean is the current Vice President and Board Member for FIBEP (global association for media intelligence) and has completed Executive Education in International Business Management with Stanford University.

Aseem Sood, CEO

Impact Research & Measurement Pvt. Ltd

Aseem Sood is a technology enthusiast. He loves to evaluate and apply technology solutions to solve business problems. He believes that companies offering news analysis services can help PR professionals demonstrate the importance/ attention that communication, as a function, deserves in the corporate boardroom. 


Aseem is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Impact Research & Measurement Pvt. Ltd. He is also a Director at The International Association of Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, UK (AMEC). He also plays the role of Vice President in the Executive Committee of the International Association - FIBEP.


Prior to Impact, Aseem worked with McKinsey & Co. as an analyst. At McKinsey he worked with clients in Europe, US and China, helping them improve their operations' effectiveness in the domain of purchasing and supply management. He also worked in McKinsey & Co.'s Business Technology Office (BTO) practice, a special initiative of McKinsey & Co. that offers technology consulting services.

Aseem holds a Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration from International Management Institute, India and a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies from University of Delhi, India.

Aseem spends his free time playing with new electronic gadgets/ softwares; helping friends choose the right gadgets; listening to music; or connecting with old friends. 

Lars Stegelmann, Executive Vice President Commercial Operations

Nielsen Sports

Mr. Stegelmann, who has two degrees in business management and social economics, is responsible for all commercial activities of Nielsen Sports in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Northern / Central / Eastern Europe including Russia since the beginning of 2015. He can rely on more than 10 years of experience as a sales, marketing & communication expert with a focus on sports and entertainment. Amongst others, he worked for the FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa in 2010 (MATCH Hospitality), for UEFA linked to EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine as well as the UEFA Champions League final 2012 in Munich. He also developed the commercial concept for the new Formula E series of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), headquartered in London before he joined Nielsen Sports.

In addition, Mr. Stegelmann worked for more than seven years for the international consulting companies PricewaterhouseCoopers and Roland Berger Strategy, where he gained valuable experience and expertise in strategic management. He has worked and lived in Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Great Britain, Belgium, South Africa and Germany. Mr. Stegelmann has extensive knowledge and understanding of brands, rights holders, federations, Media companies and agencies.

Arnaud Steinkuhler, Head of Solutions Europe


Arnaud Steinkuhler is Head of Solutions Europe at Talkwalker. Since 20 years, Arnaud helps communication and marketing professionals take data driven decisions. He previously was Head of Media & Publics Insights at Argus de la presse, working with a team of 70 people transforming data into Insights to provide 500 communication managers with relevant data, indicators and reports such as : PR evaluation, Media Analysis, Datavisualisation, Opinion surveys, Social listening, Media & market Intelligence. During his 15 years at Argus de la presse, he extended his expertise : designing full range of services dedicated to Communication Managers, implementing team, tools, partners and processes, launching new and innovative products and approaches on the market (marketing, training, pre-sales). Before joining Argus de la presse, Arnaud worked as a Journalist, Market Research Analyst and Project manager for Medias and PR Service providers.


He graduated from U.L.B. (University of Brussels) with a Master of Science in Information and Communication in 1998 and is involved in focus groups and books dedicated to communication activities:

• Member of the Digital Committee  of SyntecRP, the French public relations trade body 

• Co-author of "Guideline for the measurement of Public Relations" published by the SyntecRP in France in 2014,

• On the initiative of the study "Creative PR: be original to become visible? Argus de la presse in 2011,

• Co-author of the White Paper "Monitoring and measuring the medias : at the heart of communication strategies" Argus de la presse in 2006,

• Co-author of the study "The Market of Professional Electronic Information Content for Intranets" conducted by Bureau Van Dijk in 2002.

Thomas Stoeckle, Head of Strategic Business Development

LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions

Thomas Stoeckle leads strategic business development at LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions (BIS), where he explores innovative and intuitive paths to improve client value through richer insights from content and information aggregation and analytics. Prior to joining LexisNexis, he was group director and global analytics lead at W2O Group, and managing director at Report International (now CARMA). He is also the co-chair of the Institute for Public Relations Measurement Commission.


Thomas believes passionately in story-telling through robust data evidence and compelling visualization. Forever a digital Neanderthal among digital natives, he is keenly aware that today's constantly evolving challenges demand fluency in the three languages of business, technology, and of course humans.


He is originally from Germany, and has been living and working in London for the past 17 years, working with clients all over the globe. A regular speaker at conferences and industry events, he is endlessly curious about the disruptive and transformative power of Big and small data. He hosts the Small Data Forum podcast, where recent discussion points with his collaborators Sam Knowles and Neville Hobson include the growing role of data analytics in political marketing, and the phenomena of fake news and the loss of trust in factual information.

Seyithan Teymur, Head of Product Design and Co-founder


Seyithan Teymur is the co- founder of Newsmeter and of Habermetre Online Media Monitoring Services.  He works on smart algorithms, image processing and Smart Reports of Newsmeter. He manages the design product development, especially the “Read Counting” calculations, these are making Newsmeter a great media monitoring service.

In addition to his co-founder tasks, he manages R&D researches on media monitoring system. Seyithan gave talks at “Think with Google” Conference held by Google Turkey in 2015, at the annual African Public Relations Association (APRA) conference themed “Competitive Africa: Effective Positioning through Integrated Communications” in May 2017 and at many universities about News on Online Media.

Inna Tokarev Sela, Director, Head of Business Development Leonardo Machine Learning Center of Excellence for Computer Vision

SAP Innovation Center Israel

Inna Tokarev Sela is a Hi-Tech Executive with more than dozen years of experience in software strategy, development, delivery and partner management. Inna joined SAP in 2007, and SAP Innovation Center Israel in late 2014. SAP IC IL team is a part of SAP Innovation Centers Network and Machine Learning organization. The team in Israel is focusing on applied computer vision. In April 2017, the team released its first commercial solution, SAP Brand Impact, based on the proprietary computer vision engine. SAP Brand Impact was introduced to the market during major events like NAB, NVidia GTC, SAPPHIRE and IBC. The first paying customers were on-boarded shortly after the release. Prior to her current role, Inna was with SAP CTO office, focusing on technology due-diligence, and execution of special projects for SAP CTO.

Thomas Vejlemand, CEO


Thomas Vejlemand, CEO of Infomedia, is a digital front runner in the Nordics. With more than 15 years of CEO-experience from digital agencies and tech-companies, he is now leading Infomedia into a new era of media intelligence through technology and performance culture as driver for digital transformation. In addition to the role of CEO in Infomedia, Thomas is an active board member in several digital/tech-companies and has lately been appoint to the board of the newly established Danish FinTech organization.

Stavros Vologiannidis, Phd, Assistant Professor, Dpt of Informatics, Technological and Educational Institute of Central Macedonia; DataScouting Founder

Prof. Stavros Vologiannidis studied Mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he also finished his PhD thesis in 2005. He has co-authored 28 research papers in peer reviewed international journals and conferences and his work has been cited more than 200 times. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Technical Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece and his research interests include control theory, artificial intelligence and robotics. Professor Vologiannidis is the founder of DataScouting, a software research and development company committed in helping media monitoring organizations become more productive and efficient. 

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