PBI Session

The Speakers

The programme for PBI 2015 is in development. PBI will feature experts from public service media from all corners of the world. Further speakers will be announced here as the programme evolves.

Sanjeevan Bala, United Kingdom

Sanjeevan Bala
Sanjeevan Bala
Head of Data Planning & Analytics, Channel 4

Channel 4 is the only publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster in the UK. Its state defined remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive, combined with not-for-profit status, ensures that all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of public service content across its network of channels.

This means it must be forward thinking, risk-taking, provocative and experimental in the execution of its commercial and editorial ventures alike, which has earned the broadcaster a reputation as one of the strongest and most differentiated collection of brands in the UK.

Sanjeevan Bala is Channel 4’s Head of Data Planning and Analytics and is responsible for transforming the broadcaster by leveraging the value of big (and small) data combined with advanced analytics to deliver benefits across Marketing, Online, Viewer Relationship Management, Ad Sales, Commercial, Scheduling and Commissioning Teams.

Under Sanjeevan’s leadership, Channel 4 is the first UK broadcaster to harness viewer data for commercial and creative benefit. Deeply understanding the behaviour of our 10m viewers allows the commercial and creative sides of the business to develop innovative new propositions. His work so far has won industry recognition by Marketing Week (Grand Prix award in 2014) and acknowledged as being responsible for putting the data strategy at the centrepiece of its commercial model and future strategy.

Prior to this he was Group Account Director at Dunnhumby (the company that leveraged Tesco club card data) where he established data driven strategies and customer centric change for clients such as BskyB, eBay, Citibank, Centrica and Sobeys.

Prior to Dunnhumby, he spent time in Silicon Valley where he built a number of start-ups in the data and analytics space.

Dr. André Barbosa Filho, Brazil

Dr. André Barbosa Filho
Dr. André Barbosa Filho
Relationship Executive Superintendent
EBC - Brazilian Communication Company

Mr. Barbosa holds a degree in Law from the University of São Paulo (USP), is a Master from the Methodist University of São Paulo (UMESP) and PhD in Communication Sciences and Technology and Aesthetics of Communication, from USP. He is author and co-author of five books published.

He has a long career as a radio broadcaster and was a Social Communication Professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo (UMESP) and the University of São Paulo (USP).

He was an Advisor for Public Policy in Communication for the President’s Chief of Staff, especially for issues relating to digital broadcasting, community radio and National Broadband Plan in Schools.

He joined EBC in 2012. Mr. Barbosa coordinates the Brasil 4D Project (digital, interactive and public TV,) and was also responsible for the issues of the project “National Public Operator of Digital TV” that proposes to congregate public TV stations, Senate, House, of Justice, EBC, and Education Channel Culture and Citizenship.

Cilla Benkö, Sweden

Cilla Benkö
Cilla Benkö, Director General & CEO, Swedish Radio
Cilla Benkö was appointed Director General & CEO of Swedish Radio October 1, 2012. Since 2009 she held the position of Deputy Director General of Swedish Radio.

Cilla Benkö has been working for Swedish Radio for more than 30 years and during this period she has had several management positions. She started her work at the Sports Department and from there she went on to the news department, as a business journalist. Her journalistic career has not only involved assignments within public broadcasting. She has also worked as a freelance in New York for the Swedish commercial television and was Head of the News Department “Aktuellt”, Swedish Television.

Since 2010 Cilla Benkö is one of eleven members of the EBU Executive Board and currently a member of the EBU Personnel Committee. She is since 2014 Vice President of Prix Europa and Jury member of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

1986 she graduated in Journalism and Media at Stockholm University. She has then added more studies in Economy, at Stockholm School of Economics, and in Communication and Marketing at The New York University. She has also concluded the course High Performance Leadership at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

About Swedish Radio:
Swedish Radio has approximately 5 million listeners every day and broadcasts 270 000 hours radio per year in 42 channels with 400 program. We broadcast around the clock over four nationwide domestic FM channels: P1, P2, P3 and P4; 25 local channels and more than ten digital channels on the web. Swedish Radio is ranked as number one on the list of the most trusted companies in Sweden with a result of 76%.

Ruurd Bierman, the Netherlands

Ruurd Bierman
Ruurd Bierman
Ruurd is a long term professional in the Dutch and European media world, keeping senior management positions and delivering strategic projects and key note speeches. Currently he divides his time between 2 activities:
  • Executive Director of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.
  • Consultant, project manager and key note speaker for the company Media Futures, with assignments mainly for European public broadcasters and the EBU.
Between 2012 and 2014 Ruurd was Project Manager of EBU VISION 2020, defining future strategies for European public service media.

Before that Ruurd held senior management positions in Dutch public service broadcasting NPO, like:
  • Member of the Executive Board, responsible for programming TV, Radio and Online (2003-2012)
  • CEO of the company NOS, responsible for the production of news and sports for NPO (1995-2003)
  • Channel Manager of NPO’s 3rd TV Channel

Mark Cummins, Australia

Mark Cummins
Mark Cummins
Content Manager
Audio and Language Content

Mark's role in Audio and Language Content (ALC) at SBS is to manage and develop content to cater for, reflect and encourage SBS audiences to explore the diversity of cultures in Australia and around the world. This includes setting the day to day editorial direction for SBS Radio’s 74 language programs across AM, FM, digital radio and online – and to identify new content opportunities.

Mark joined SBS as Content Manager in 2007, and has played a leading role in the development of SBS Radio’s new program formats and schedule, Australia’s first Mandarin language television news program, Mandarin News Australia and SBS Radio’s digital Pop music brand SBSPopAsia – Australia’s first music video program which engages young Australians in tjahe pop culture and music of East Asia.

Prior to joining SBS, Mark had an extensive and successful track record in media in Japan, the UK and Sweden. Mark was the Head of English language programming at the international and multicultural arm of Swedish Broadcasting in Stockholm where he oversaw the move from broadcast centric to online formats for radio. He has worked as a producer of news and documentaries for public and commercial broadcasters in Japan, Sweden and the UK.

Mark's first job in broadcasting was as television news reporter - in Japanese - for Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Japan, after completing a Masters in Asian Studies at the University of Osaka. He holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Business, Handelhøgskolan in Olso, Norway.

Ingrid Deltenre, EBU

Ingrid Deltenre
Ingrid Deltenre
Ingrid Deltenre took up the position of EBU Director General on 1 January 2010. The European Broadcasting Union is an association of 74 primarily public service radio and TV broadcasters in 56 countries. Acting on behalf of its Members, the EBU, more widely known as EUROVISION, acquires sports and music rights, produces sports and news programmes, coproduces entertainment formats and documentary films, and runs a worldwide satellite and cable network for transmitting live coverage of sports and new events. As an influential professional association at both national and international levels, the EBU strives to achieve the best legal and technical conditions for electronic media. It employs about 400 staff from 44 different countries in its headquarters and subsidiaries.

Prior to joining the EBU, Ingrid Deltenre was CEO of Schweizer Fernsehen (SF), the leading public TV broadcaster in the German-speaking region of Switzerland. During her tenure there she successfully redefined the broadcaster's profile, realigned it with its audience, and launched an editorial presence for the internet and mobile platforms. Production facilities were also modernized during this time with the introduction of high definition and file-based production. All sports production was converted to high definition in time for Euro 2008.

From 1999 to 2004 she was CEO of Publisuisse, the commercial unit of SRG SSR and the leading marketer of television in Switzerland.

Previously Ingrid Deltenre held a variety of executive positions, including at Swisscard AECS and as managing director at CASH, which at the time was Switzerland's leading business weekly.

Ingrid Deltenre is a Dutch and Swiss National and speaks Dutch, German, English, French and Italian.

Petr Dvořák, Czech Republic

Petr Dvořák
Petr Dvořák
Director General of Czech Television and Member of Executive Board EBU.

Since his appointment in 2011 as Director General of Czech Television, a public service broadcaster of the Czech Republic, Petr Dvořák has restructured the organization to strengthen production, launched two new channels, CT :D (children’s programming ) and CT art (cultural programming) and consequently boosted market share to 30%. A further priority has been to expand international cooperation within the EBU and beyond.

Prior to joining CT, Mr Dvořák served as a senior vice president for Central European Media Enterprises (CME) with responsibility for all CME broadcasting activities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Croatia. During the period from 2002 to 2011, Mr Dvořák was Director General of TV Nova - CET21, leading the most successful commercial television group in the Czech Republic with a market share of 45%. Since 1999 he also served for two years as a member of the Executive Board of PPF, the largest privately owned investment group in the Czech Republic.

Mr Dvořák graduated from the Czech Technical University Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical Cybernetics, and received his MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, Barcelona/Chicago. He speaks English, German and Russian and has a keen interest in photography and sports.

He is currently a Member of European Broadcasting Union /EBU/ Executive Board, responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EBU’s strategy and policies as put into action by the Management of the EBU.

Maya Goetz, Germany

Maya Goetz
Maya Goetz, Ph.D.
She graduated from the Pädagogische Hochschule in Kiel, Germany, with the first state examination in education for elementary schools and the upper division of elementary schools as well as with a Master of Arts degree in education. Subsequently she acquired a Ph.D. degree at the University Kassel, Germany in 1998. Theme of her thesis was "Television in everyday life of girls: facets of media appropriation in female adolescence".

1999 - 2002 Scientific Editor at the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) at the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

From 2003 onwards Head of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) at the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Since 2006, she is the managing director of the Prix Jeunesse International.

Her main field of work is research in the area of "children/youth and television". In addition to that she works and publishes in the field of gender-specific reception research. Empirical studies among others on:"The concept of girls in children's television" (1999), "Teletubbies in children's everyday life" (1999), "The significance of Daily Soaps for children and young people" (2000/2001), "Children's fantasy and television" (2001/2002), "What are children laughing about on television?" (2002/2003; 2005), "Learning with television" (2002/2003), "Children watching war" (2003) and "Journalism with young people for young people" (from 2003 onwards), "The significance of TV-characters for a cultural Identity“ (from 2004 onwards), "Television for TV beginners“ (2006), "What makes a TV character the favourite character “ (from 2004 onwards), Children’s Television Worldwide: Gender Representation (2007 -2008). "From Top Model over Hannah Montana to Avatar – Modern heroes and heroines" (2009-2010), Documentaries, Casting shows and Scripted Reality through children’s and young people’ eyes (2011-2012).

Member of: GMK, DGPuk, ICA, IAMCR
New: Relaunch the IZI’s empirical research

Ulrik Haagerup, Denmark

Ulrik Haagerup
Ulrik Haagerup
Born in 1963, Ulrik Haagerup is the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Winning the Cavling Prize in 1990 and awarded The Order of the Dannebrog in 2012, Ulrik stays first of all a passionate journalist.

He is an international public speaker on leadership and the author of the books A Good Idea – Did You Get It? (2004) and Constructive News A Confrontation with the Negative Worldview of the Press (in Danish, English and in Summer2015 also in German):. In 2008 he was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism, and from 1994 – 2007 he was the Editor-in-Chief at Jyllands-Posten and NORDJYSKE Media. Prior to that, he was an investigative reporter and the Senior Managing Editor at Jyllands- Posten from 1986 – 1994.

His education as a journalist includes being a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, in addition to furthering his education at INSEAD, IMD, the Stanford Research Institute, and Wharton.

Florian Hager, Germany

Florian Hager
Florian Hager
Managing Director for Young Audiences at ARD/ZDF

After completing his degrees in Media Technology, IT and Multimedia (HDM Stuttgart), Journalism and Film Studies (Paris/Mainz), Florian Hager first worked as an editor and later as an advisor to the president of ARTE. In July 2009, he took over the project management to set up the Internet platform "ARTE Creative". On January 1 2011, he was appointed head of ARTE’s New Media department. In September 2012 he became ARTE’s Deputy Programme Director and director of the TV/Web Programme Planning department. From June 1 2015, Florian Hager will hold his new position as Managing Director for Young Audiences at ARD/ZDF.

Cory Haik, United States

Cory Haik
Cory Haik
Executive Producer and Senior Editor for Digital News at the Washington Post

With a journalism career solely in digital, Cory has a passion for the creative development of cutting-edge storytelling. She has been at the Post for the last four years, leading innovative initiatives -- such as the new Kindle Fire app -- and pushing the envelope on mobile and places to grow new audiences.

Cory cut her teeth following the storms of the Gulf Coast at NOLA.com, site of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where she was the Managing Editor. She shared in two Pulitzer Prizes with The Times-Picayune for the staff coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for breaking news and public service in 2006. She also shared in a staff Pulitzer in 2010 for the coverage of police officer shootings with the staff of The Seattle Times.

Cory holds a Masters of Arts in Communication Theory from the University of New Orleans and lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Moneeza Hashmi, Pakistan

Moneeza Hashmi
Moneeza Hashmi
President, Public Media Alliance and General Manager, International Relations, Hum TV, Pakistan

Moneeza Hashmi is President of the Public Media Alliance, the largest global association of public broadcasters, formerly known as the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Moneeza is also General Manager, International Relations, of Hum TV, one of the largest private TV channels in Pakistan. Her TV career began in 1974 as Programme Manager of Pakistan Television in Lahore, the country’s cultural capital. She went on to hold numerous management roles at PTV until 2004, retiring from the broadcaster as Director of Programmes. During her tenure at PTV she also led a joint project with UNDP called Portrayal of Women in Media, from 1999 to 2002. Moneeza has a solid track record in building the capacity of women in the media, particularly in developing countries. Her work includes setting up committees in all PTV centres in Pakistan that allowed staff to report any gender-related concerns. She also launched a TV series, Khawateen Time (Women’s Hour), promoting awareness of issues such as reproductive health, education and economic empowerment for women, and promoting the need to end domestic violence. Moneeza has also produced documentaries for UNICEF, GIZ, Aga Khan University and Action Aid Pakistan. She has led training for media professionals on gender issues outside of Pakistan, including in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia, regularly collaborating with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Moneeza is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the President of Pakistan’s Pride of Performance Award in 2002 for her contributions to the positive portrayal of women in the electronic media of Pakistan. In 2013 she was appointed Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace and Reconciliation, Lahore College for Women –the largest women’s university in south Asia.

Thomas Hinrichs, Germany

Thomas Hinrichs
Thomas Hinrichs
Thomas Hinrichs, born in 1968 in Aurich (Germany/ Lower Saxony), studied History, German philology, Journalism and Law in Goettingen, at Amherst College (Mass., USA) and in Munich.

He worked for various local newspapers and magazines in East Friesland (Northern Germany). In 1994/95 he joined the ZDF regional office in Bremen, in 1995 Deutsche Welle TV in Washington, D.C.

In 1995/1996 he became a freelancer for the editorial department of “Domestic Politics and Affairs of the Day” at Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) in Munich, with a main focus on taxes, finance and domestic politics.

In November 1997 he changed to the ARD studio in Bonn as a TV correspondent, from 1999 he worked as a TV correspondent at the ARD Studio in Berlin.

From July 2004 to December 2005 he managed the editorial office of the ARD-Mittagsmagazin (profound news show at noon).

In January 2006 he became second editor-in-chief of ARD-aktuell and head of the “Tagesthemen” (daily evening news show). In 2007 he was rewarded with the Grimme-Online-Award for his authorship of the tagesschau-news-blog.

On May, 1st 2014 he assumed office as Director of Information at Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting).

Mustafa Isik, Germany

Mustafa Isik
Mustafa Isik
Mustafa Isik is the head of software product development at Bayerischer Rundfunk. Starting in April 2013, Mustafa and his team grew from humble beginnings as a small software innovations lab called “digital garage” into a full department: Software Development & Platforms (SEP).

He built BR’s first dedicated software and digital product development team which is responsible for all audience-facing mobile and web applications. In addition, the department devises, implements and operates all soft- and hardware-systems used to create, manage and distribute content via the Internet.

In 2014 and 2015 Mustafa’s teams have paved the way for Bayerischer Rundfunk to win national awards for original digital products. Under his leadership, BR has started strong collaborations with technology and computer science focused university faculties and local developer communities, hosting the largest German JavaScript meetup, for instance.

Mustafa has worked at BMW Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum1 (FIZ), Avid Technology and Google among other high tech companies. He has served as engineering manager and CTO to venture-backed startups. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from Munich University of Applied Sciences and Technische Universität München (TUM) respectively.

Mr. Chuloong Jung, Korea

Mr. Chuloong Jung
Mr. Chuloong Jung
KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)

Chuloong Jung is Head & Executive Director of Media Policy Department in KBS. He is in charge of development of KBS' overall media portfolio strategy. His responsibilities also cover areas such as building online video service platform and supervising transition of video production into full-blown file-based workflow. For more than 10 years he has been involved in KBS' initiatives on new media services and content distribution, as well as deployment of KBS' television network in foreign market. He joined KBS in 1994 as a news reporter. He studied French Language and Business Administration in Seoul National University.

Christoph Keese, Germany

Christoph Keese
Christoph Keese
Christoph Keese is Executive Vice President of Axel Springer SE. He is deeply involved in the company’s transformation from print to digital with a strong focus on content business. In 2013 he spent six months as Visit-ing Fellow in Silicon Valley to explore digital innovation and investment opportunities.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Keese was Editor in Chief of Axel Springer’s WELT am SONNTAG, Germany’s leading Sunday paper, and WELT ONLINE, a leading news portal.

His new book “Silicon Valley – what to expect from the most powerful region in the world” was published in September 2014.

Paula Kerger, United States

Paula Kerger
Paula Kerger
Paula Kerger is president and CEO of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations. Since her arrival in 2006, Ms. Kerger has made particularly strong commitments to education, the arts, news and public affairs, and the use of new technology to reach all Americans.

Under Ms. Kerger’s leadership, PBS has been growing its audiences across platforms. In the course of a year, nearly ninety percent of all television households in America watch PBS. And online, viewers stream over 520 million videos per month on PBS platforms.

Among her accomplishments are the pop-culture phenomenon “Downton Abbey;” Ken Burns’s “The Roosevelts”; acclaimed children’s programs such as “Peg+Cat,” and “Curious George”; and award-winning apps and online sites. PBS has also developed the new PBS LearningMedia, which provides educators with digital resources for the classroom.

In addition to leading PBS, Ms. Kerger is president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding for PBS, and has become a significant source of revenue for new projects at PBS. Ms. Kerger is regularly included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” an annual survey of the nation’s top women executives in media. In 2005, she was named to the Women’s Forum, an organization of 300 leading women in New York’s arts and business scenes. And in 2008, Ms. Kerger received the Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Development, New York.

Ms. Kerger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and serves on the Merrick School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. She is also a director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a member of the board of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Henrik Kervall, Sweden

Henrik Kervall
Henrik Kervall
Program manager for P3 Star and creative director at Sveriges Radio

Also a lecturer at Luleå Technical University, previously music director for P3 & P4 and program director with SBS Radio (now Bauer Media)

Lauri Kivinen, Finland

Lauri Kivinen
Lauri Kivinen
Lauri Kivinen is the CEO of Yleisradio Oy (Finnish Broadcasting Company), a media company engaged in public service television and radio broadcasting. The company´s tasks, operation and financing are defined by law. Yle has four national television channels, six radio channels with 25 regional radio stations as well as a diverse output of internet services.

Before moving to Yle Mr. Kivinen was the global Head of Corporate Affairs at Nokia Siemens Networks. He held various senior roles within the Nokia Group between 1988 and 2010 in Finland, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

Lauri Kivinen was born in 1961 in Vaasa, Finland, and holds a Master of Business Sciences from the Turku School of Economics after studies in Finland and Switzerland.

Guillaume Klossa, France

Guillaume Klossa
Guillaume Klossa
Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Guillaume Klossa is also responsible for digital strategy, media research, knowledge management, strategic events at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). He launched in 2013 the EBU media strategy group, which identifies future key media trends and is now working on the EBU Big data initiative. Before joining the EBU in 2013,  his career combined business and media experience included editorialist for the European daily Metro, programme-maker/presenter for several TV channels in France, Bureau Veritas group digital director, and Vice President and executive committee member of McDonald’s France.

Additionally, he was special adviser to the secretary of state for the French presidency of the EU in the area of audiovisual and communication, adviser to the European Council's Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, and director of the ‘Innovation & Production in Europe Mission’ for the French Ministry of Economy & Finance. A writer, Guillaume published ‘Une jeunesse Européenne’ in 2014. He also created the EuropaNova think tank, and the EU 40under40 young European leader programme. He is an alumnus of HEC Paris (MBA), the London School of Economics (CEMS MIM Master) and Sciences Po Paris (Master in Public administration). He taught at HEC, ENA, College of Europe and spke at many international conferences worldwide.

Lucy Küng, Switzerland

Lucy Küng
Lucy Küng
Lucy Küng splits her time between researching, advising and lecturing on strategy, innovation and leadership in the media, with particular emphasis on mastering technology shifts. She is based in Zurich and Oxford.

She is Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, Visiting Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo. She is also Non-Executive Board Member of SRG SSR and of Vizrt. She holds a PhD and Habilitation from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland and an MBA from City University London/Ashridge.

Lucy Küng keynotes frequently at international conferences. She was Swiss Representative for the EU COST Action 20 on 'The impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe', Member of UK Government Foresight Taskforce 'The Future and Development of Information Relationships' and President of the European Media Management Association from 2008 to 2010.

She is author of numerous books, including Innovators in Digital News (2015), Strategic Management in the Media- From Theory to Practice (winner of the AEMJM Media Management Book Award), Inside the BBC and CNN – Managing Media Organizations, and When Innovation Fails to Disrupt, the Case of BBC News Online.

Hubert T. Lacroix, Canada

Hubert Lacroix
Hubert T. Lacroix
President and CEO

Hubert T. Lacroix was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on November 5, 2007, for a five-year term. He began his mandate on January 1, 2008. On October 5, 2012, he was reappointed for a second five-year term.

As President and CEO, Mr. Lacroix is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada in order to ensure that Canada’s national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Just prior thereto, Mr. Lacroix held the position of Senior Advisor with the Montréal office of Stikeman Elliott, a law firm recognized nationally and internationally for its business law practice. From 2000 to 2005, he acted as Executive Chairman of Telemedia Corporation and of the other boards of directors of the various companies in the Telemedia corporate structure.

Before joining Telemedia Corporation, Mr. Lacroix was a Senior Partner at McCarthy Tétrault, another major Canadian law firm, for 20 years. His practice was concentrated in business law, mostly in mergers and acquisitions of public companies, and securities.

Mr. Lacroix received his Bachelor of Civil Law (1976) and his Master's degree in Business Administration (1981) from McGill University. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1977.

Over the years, Mr. Lacroix also sat on the boards of directors of companies like Adventure Electronics, Cambior, Circo Craft, Donohue, Fibrek, ITS Limited Partnership, Michelin Canada, Secor, Transcontinental and Zarlink Semiconductors and of non-profit organizations like l’Accueil Bonneau, the Fonds de développement du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Martlet Foundation of McGill University and was a Trustee of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation. He still is director of Sojecci, the private holding company of the Chagnon Family.

Just before he started at CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Lacroix was included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers of Canada. He also spent five years as an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal where he taught securities, mergers and acquisitions. He also taught the business law module at the Quebec Bar School for many years. Finally, he was among the first in Canada to complete the ICD Corporate Governance College program, and holds the certified designation of ICD.D.

Juliane Leopold, Germany

Juliane Leopold
Juliane Leopold
Juliane Leopold is the Founding Editor of BuzzFeed Deutschland, which launched in 2014. Prior to BuzzFeed, she worked as Social Media editor of Germany's biggest weekly newspaper Die ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE.

She has also worked at Neue Zürcher Zeitung and der Freitag. Juliane's journalism background and experience has always been closely related to her love of social media and blogging. Juliane studied Media and Communication Studies and Film Studies in Berlin and earned her degree with a dissertation on User generated content in German media in 2010.

Bill Malone, Ireland

Bill Malone
Bill Malone
Bill Malone was appointed Channel Controller RTÉ2 two years ago and has overseen a very successful rebranding and repositioning of the channel, specifically targeting 15 – 34 year olds. RTÉ2 has continued to grow younger demographics for the past 18 months and has overtaken its competitors to become Ireland’s no 2 channel for 15 – 34 years olds (after RTÉ One).

Bill is a highly experienced TV executive and was previously Head of Entertainment at RTÉ and an award winning programme maker.

Lutz Marmor, Germany

Lutz Marmor
Lutz Marmor
Head of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Chairman of ARD

Lutz Marmor (61) studied business administration and started his career in the financial department of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in 1983.

In 1986, he took over management of the WDR accounting department. In 1991, Marmor became director of administration at Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB, today's rbb), where he was also managing director of ORB Werbung GmbH.

In 1995, Marmor moved to the position of administrative director of NDR. He was also managing director of the advertising subsidiary NDR Media GmbH. Over the course of the years, Marmor held several important posts within the ARD network.

In 2006, he was named director of administration and deputy director of WDR. As head of Digitaler WDR, Marmor was also crucial in the development of the broadcaster's digital strategy. He was a member of ARD's strategy group from 2006 to 2008. On July 13, 2007, Marmor was unanimously elected general director of NDR. He assumed this office on January 13, 2008. From 2013-2015 Lutz Marmor is Chairman of ARD, according to rotating term schedule of ARD.

Katsuto Momii, Japan

Katsuto Momii
CV-NHK President Katsuto Momii


March 1965
Bachelor of Economics, Kyushu University

Career History

April 1965
Joined Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.

January 1969
Australian National University

August 1975
London Branch

April 1998
Managing Director and General Manager,Iron & Steel Raw Materials and Non-Ferrous Metals Business Unit of Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.

April 2000
President & CEO of Mitsui & Co., (U.S.A.), Inc.

May 2003
Senior Executive Managing Director of Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.

April 2004
Executive Vice President of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

June 2005
President & CEO of Nihon Unisys, Ltd.

June 2011
Corporate Advisor

June 2013
Senior Corporate Advisor

January 2014
President of NHK

Momii was born on 4th May, 1943 in Fukuoka Prefecture. He is married and has two daughters.

Thomas Müller, Germany

Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller is heading PULS. the department for young formats at the Bavarian Broadcasting (Munich) since November 2012.

PULS is aiming for a core audience group of 19 to 29years, focusing on topics such as music, pop and web culture plus current affairs; the team is producing a 24h radio programme, several TV and web formats and a broad online service including various social media offerings.

Thomas has learned journalism from scratch, was working for Universal Music as director radio promotion and as marketing manager. He co-founded the private alternative radio station MotorFM in Berlin (today FluxFM) and was setting up the music part of iTunes in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and was part of the launch team for iTunes Asia in 2012.

Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Germany

Mathias Müller von Blumencron
Mathias Müller von Blumencron
Mathias Müller von Blumencron is the Editor-in-Chief for Digital Products at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) and in charge of all digital F.A.Z.-products including online, mobile and tablet applications.

Before joining the newspaper in October 2013, he worked as co-editor-in chief of the news magazine DER SPIEGEL. In his previous position, he was responsible for the strategic development and rapid growth of what became Germany’s leading news site, SPIEGEL ONLINE, which he led as editor-in-chief since the year 2001. He and his team won numerous awards.

Mathias Müller von Blumencron was born July 23 1960 in Hamburg, Germany.

Günther Oettinger, EU

Günther Oettinger
Günther Oettinger
Oettinger is European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since 1st November 2014. On 10 February 2010 he became European Commissioner for Energy and from 1st July – 31st October 2014, he was Vice-president of the European Commission. From 2005-2010, he was Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and, since 1984, a member of the regional Parliament ("Landtag"). He was the leader of the CDU Landtag group from January 1991 to April 2005. A lawyer by training, Günther H. Oettinger became actively involved in politics during his adolescence. He is a member of the Federal Executive Committee and of the Steering Committee of the CDU Deutschlands.

Dr. Bruno Patino, France

Dr. Bruno Patino
Dr. Bruno Patino
Dr. Bruno Patino is Dean of the School of Journalism of Sciences-Po.

Patino began his journalist career as a foreign correspondent for Le Monde in Chile in 1991. Since then, he has occupied numerous positions in the French media sector (InfoMatin, Canal plus) such as chairman and editor of LeMonde.fr (2000-2008), chairman and Publisher of Télérama (2003-2008), director of the French public radio France Culture (2008-2010) and Director Digital at France Télevisions (2010-2015).

He has published several books such as “Une Presse sans Gutenberg” (2005) and “La Condition Numérique” (2012).

Jean-Paul Philippot, Belgium

Jean-Paul Philippot
Jean-Paul Philippot
President EBU

Jean-Paul Philippot is the General Administrator of the Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) since February 2002.

He is a graduate of Solvay Business School (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and served as a consultant within the health care sector until joining the office of Charles Picqué, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region in 1989.

In 1996, he became Managing Director of Brussels’ public hospitals (IRIS). He held this position for six years until then entering the audiovisual world and taking up his post at RTBF in 2002. During his tenure at RTBF, he has overseen three successive reviews of the organisation and its strategy in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

He has served as President of the EBU since 2009 and began his third term in this post since 1 January 2013. He is also the President of Régie Media Belge (RMB)

Gonçalo Reis, Portugal

Gonçalo Reis
Gonçalo Reis
Gonçalo Reis was appointed CEO of RTP-Portuguese Public Service Broadcaster in February 2015. Previously he was a board member of RTP from 2002 to 2007 and a member of the EBU Board.

He also has worked as Manager, Consultant Manager and VP for different companies such as Millenium Bank, Gemini Consulting, Havas Worldwide and as a board member of Estradas de Portugal (National Public Roads Company).

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is head of the University of Chicago Alumni Association in Portugal.

Ralph Rivera, Great Britain

Ralph Rivera
Ralph Rivera
Ralph Rivera is the Director of BBC Digital. Ralph is responsible for the development of the BBC's interactive and distribution services, BBC Online and BBC Red Button and oversees the development of the BBC's digital products, including BBC iPlayer and a range of BBC apps.

The division also includes the BBC's world-renowned R&D department, whose collaborative pan-industry work over the past 60 years has delivered innovations that have transformed the broadcast industry.

An executive with extensive experience in global digital media, Ralph originally joined the BBC as Director of Digital Media in November 2010.

Ralph came from Major League Gaming in New York, where he was responsible for product development for the largest professional video game league in the world. Prior to that, he ran AOL's Games and Latino businesses, oversaw the expansion of AOL's international web presence and launched the social gaming platform games.com.

Before his time at AOL, Rivera worked for publishing company Pearson Education, Simon & Schuster, Deloitte & Touche, IBM and earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Wilfried Runde, Germany

Wilfried Runde
Wilfried Runde
Head of Innovation Projects

Wilfried Runde has worked as a freelance music writer, information specialist, researcher, online editor and TV journalist for several media outlets, in particular German broadcaster WDR and ARD studios in Brussels, New York and Washington. After joining Deutsche Welle(DW), Germany's International Public Broadcaster, he acquired funding for and led a number of international multimedia R&D projects covering a wide range of topics like Interactive TV, Mobile Video and Data Journalism.

Since 2010, when he was appointed Head of Innovation Projects, Runde has been leading "a skilled mix of open minds" working on R&D and Innovation management assignments dealing with "technologies to tell big stories better" (Twitter: @dw_innovation, @RundDe_W).

Eric Scherer, France

Eric Scherer
Eric Scherer
Director of Future Media
France Télévisions

Eric Scherer was Director of Strategy for Agence France-Presse before becoming Director of Future Media at France Televisions. 

For 25 years he has spent his career working for AFP, Reuters and AFX News in a wide range of functions spanning journalism, management, and business development, professor in strategy and new media, evangelist of the Internet in locations across the globe including Japan, North America and the UK.

He blogs at meta-media.fr about his favourite subject: all aspects of the digital revolution and how media industries should adapt and surf the accelerating pace of change. He teaches Entrepreneurial Journalism, is a regular speaker at conferences in Europe.

Paul Thompson, New Zealand

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
CEO Radio New Zealand

Paul Thompson is CEO and Editor in Chief of Radio New Zealand. He was formerly Group Executive Editor of Fairfax Media in New Zealand and an award winning editor of the Christchurch Press and the Nelson Mail.

Since joining Radio New Zealand Paul has led a strategic review that has changed the operational focus of the public broadcaster – maintaining strong traditional radio programming, while also developing a range of multi-media platforms to meet changing audience expectations in a rapidly evolving media environment.

Dr. Christian Vogg, Germany

Dr. Christian Vogg
Dr. Christian Vogg
Dr. Christian Vogg, Head of Radio, Media Department, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Prior to joining EBU, Christian Vogg worked with EBU German Member WDR, where he was an editor, reporter and presenter, being engaged mainly with radio but also with TV and deployed as a Foreign Correspondent in the Arab World.

He then became Senior Advisor for the Director General, and was involved also in developing the organisation's digital strategy. Christian led the project to create the new online audio and video portal WDR Mediathek.

Afterwards he coordinated WDR's metadata strategy. At EBU he is responsible for the world's largest music exchange and the strategic development of radio in the converging digital media world.

Michael Wegener, Germany

Michael Wegener
Michael Wegener
Michael Wegener is head of content center at ARD News, Germany´s leading news broadcaster and one of the two public TV channels in Germany. The content center supplies ARD News with all international videos from around the world - from TV news agencies, international broadcasters or social media communities and the internet, including the verification of this material. Michael is also responible for contacts and video exchanges with foreign broadcasters.

Michael joined ARD in 2005 as head of ARD´s Eurovision office after having worked as a news editor for the Eurovision News Exchange in the EBU offices in Geneva and New York (2000 - 2005). Until 1999, Michael worked as a bulletin editor and reporter for Ostdeutsche Rundfunk Brandenburg, a regional affiliate of ARD in Eastern Germany. Michael is a political science graduate of the Free University Berlin and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA).

Ulrich Wilhelm, Germany

Ulrich Wilhelm
Ulrich Wilhelm
Director General, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich / Germany

Ulrich Wilhelm is the Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, Germany. Mr. Wilhelm was born in Munich in 1961. Upon receiving an editor’s diploma from the German School of Journalism (Deutsche Journalistenschule) in 1983, he worked as a freelance journalist for Bayerischer Rundfunk radio broadcasts, television shows and a newspaper.

Wilhelm studied law in Passau and Munich. From 1987 to 1990 he was a trainee lawyer, including a Fellowship in the United States Congress in Washington, D.C., prior to completing his Second State Examination in Law in 1990.

From 1991 to 2005, he held positions within various Bavarian ministries as well as within the State Chancellery of the German Federal State of Bavaria. In November 2005, Wilhelm assumed responsibility for the German Federal Government’s Press and Information Office and became the Government Spokesman in his new capacity as a Permanent State Secretary.

Ulrich Wilhelm was elected Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk on 6 May 2010 and took office in February 2011. He has served as the representative of Germany’s ARD and ZDF public broadcasting services on the Executive Board of the EBU since 2013.

Waithaka Waihenya, Kenya

Waithaka Waihenya
Waithaka Waihenya
Journalist / Administrator

Worked at Standard Newspapers as Senior Associate Editor.

Editor in Chief at KBC. Managing Director KBC. Chairman, Multi Choice (K) Ltd.

Author of 14 publications. Married, two children.