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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT Future of Media and Telecoms

Deal-making and Disruption in Uncertain Times

London |
Speakers include:
Adam Crozier

Adam Crozier


Vittorio Colao

Vittorio Colao

Vodafone Group

Dominique  Delport

Dominique Delport



Convergence between global telecoms and media is finally becoming a reality, as evidenced by AT&T’s blockbuster $108bn agreement to buy Time Warner. This comes some 15 years after telecom operators placed ruinous bets on 3G licences in the hopes of becoming media giants; and as media and entertainment groups suffer continued falls in both subscriptions and advertising revenue.

The two industries face unstoppable competition from technology giants, as well as deep regulatory scrutiny of in-sector M&A.

With similar constraints on expansion, will telecoms and media truly come together at last – combining their respective state of the art networks and compelling content? Or is the disconnect between the two distinct cultures a barrier to meaningful partnerships?  

How can companies prove industrial logic to investors? And are politicians sufficiently worried about the dominance of Google, Facebook, Amazon et al to back a real alternative?

The FT Future of Media and Telecoms: Deal-making and Disruption in Uncertain Times will bring together senior leaders from content owners, advertising, network players and telecom operators to debate the opportunities and challenges in a rapidly developing global market, exploring key themes such as consumer drivers, the creative view, regional spotlights, investor insights and regulatory round-ups.

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/08/2017 08:00:0006/08/2017 16:30:00trueFT Future of Media and TelecomsConvergence between global telecoms and media is finally becoming a reality, as evidenced by AT&T’s blockbuster $108bn agreement to buy Time Warner. This comes some 15 years after telecom operators placed ruinous bets on 3G licences in the hopes of becoming media giants; and as media and entertainment groups suffer continued falls in both subscriptions and advertising revenue.The two industries face unstoppable competition from technology giants, as well as deep regulatory scrutiny of in-sector M&A.With similar constraints on expansion, will telecoms and media truly come together at last – combining their respective state of the art networks and compelling content? Or is the disconnect between the two distinct cultures a barrier to meaningful partnerships?  How can companies prove industrial logic to investors? And are politicians sufficiently worried about the dominance of Google, Facebook, Amazon et al to back a real alternative?The FT Future of Media and Telecoms: Deal-making and Disruption in Uncertain Times will bring together senior leaders from content owners, advertising, network players and telecom operators to debate the opportunities and challenges in a rapidly developing global market, exploring key themes such as consumer drivers, the creative view, regional spotlights, investor insights and regulatory round-ups.FT-Future-of-Media-and-Telecomsb91b85da695855c7dc3787d35f3d6c2fMM/DD/YYYY

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Adam Crozier

Adam Crozier


Adam Crozier joined ITV as CEO in April 2010. He moved from Royal Mail Group, where he had been CEO since 2003, leading the modernisation of the group, transforming it from a heavily loss making position to profitability and reducing the cost base by £1.5 billion.

From 2000 to 2002, Mr Crozier was CEO at The Football Association. During his time at the FA, turnover doubled and financing for the new Wembley Stadium was secured. Between 1995 and 1999, Adam was joint CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, which he joined in 1988.

Vittorio Colao

Vittorio Colao

Vodafone Group

Vittorio Colao was appointed CEO Vodafone Group in July 2008, having been CEO of Vodafone Europe since 2006. Previously, he was Group CEO of RCS Media Group, Italy from 2004 to 2006. Mr Colao joined Omnitel Pronto Italia, a start-up mobile operator, as Chief Operating Officer in 1996.  He was appointed CEO in 1999 and become an international senior executive when Omnitel was acquired by Vodafone in 2001. He spent the early part of his career working for Morgan Stanley in London, for Mondadori, the Italian publisher, and for McKinsey in Italy. Currently he is on the advisory boards of Oxford Martin School, McKinsey, Bocconi University, as well as Fondazione CAF and Cometa Onlus (charities active with children under legal protection). Mr Colao holds a business degree cum Laude from Bocconi University and an MBA with honours from Harvard Business School.

Dominique  Delport

Dominique Delport

Global Managing Director

Dominique Delport is Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer for Havas Group where he oversees global client relationships, marketing initiatives and new business across both media and creative teams. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi SA and in September 2015, he was named President of Vivendi Content. In 2016 Dominique launched STUDIO+, the first global premium short series app.

Former TV journalist, broadcaster and web entrepreneur, Mr Delport is an Emmy award winner (2007), an accredited Facebook Influencer (2016) and was named Creativepool Influencer of the year (2017).

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell


Sir Martin Sorrell is the entrepreneurial founder/CEO of WPP plc, the world’s largest provider of advertising and marketing communications services.  A FTSE 100 company, WPP currently has a market capitalisation of £20.5 billion.

WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising; media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity, healthcare; direct, digital, promotional & relationship marketing and specialist communications.

Collectively, WPP employs over 190,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries.  The Group’s worldwide companies include J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R, Grey, GroupM, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, Kantar (including  Millward Brown and TNS), OgilvyOne Worldwide, Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, AKQA and WPP Digital (including POSSIBLE). Clients include 344 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 69 of the NASDAQ 100.  In 2014, WPP had revenues of $19 billion and billings of $76 billion.

Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools, advising Harvard, IESE, the London Business School, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil. In 2007 he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.  He was awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications. In October 2015, Sir Martin was named the fifth best-performing CEO by Harvard Business Review.   

John Ridding

John Ridding

Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.

He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.

During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.

Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.

Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both editorial and business departments, including deputy editor, managing editor, Asia editor, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.

Sir Julian Horn-Smith

Sir Julian Horn-Smith


Sir Julian Horn-Smith is a businessman. He was a member of the founding management team of Vodafone Group Plc and is considered to be one of the principal architects in the development of Vodafone’s international strategy. He retired from the Vodafone Board in July 2006, having held the title Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Group Chief Operating Officer.

Sir Julian remains in the global telecom sector as a Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank, in London, Senior Advisor to CVC (Telecoms and Media), a Member of the Board of Digicel (the leading Caribbean and Pacific Operator), a Director on the Advisory Board of Veon Limited (a Public Company quoted in Amsterdam), a Member of the Advisory Board of LetterOne Technology and a Senior Advisor to AlixPartners

He is a Pro Chancellor at Bath University and chairs the University’s School of Management Advisory Board.  He is the founder and co-Chair of The TATLIDiL Conference (British and Turkish Conference), with the RT HON Jack Straw.

In 2004 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to international telecommunications.  

During his career in international telecommunications Sir Julian has served as a Director on a number of well known company boards, including; Lloyds Banking Group plc, Smiths Group, China Mobile, eAccess in Japan, Acer Inc, De la Rue plc, Verizon Wireless, SFR in France and Chairman of the Mannesmann management board and subsequently, the Mannesmann supervisory board.

Emilio  Azcárraga Jean

Emilio Azcárraga Jean

Chairman and CEO
Prashant Gokarn

Prashant Gokarn

Chief Digital Officer
Indosat Ooredoo

Prashant is the Chief Digital Officer at Indosat Ooredoo.  Having joined as Chief Strategy Officer, he began running digital services and transformation in early 2014.

As the head of the digital business, Mr Gokarn has set up and now leads the mobile financial services, mobile advertising and e‐commerce businesses.  He is also responsible for Indosat’s venturing initiatives – including the accelerator, IdeaBox, and the Softbank‐Alibaba‐Indosat Venture Capital (VC) Fund. As head of new business, he leads the fibre to the home residential broadband and pay‐TV business.

In his previous role, he ran strategy formulation, planning, KPI and performance management and subsidiary management.

Mr Gokarn was previously the president of 3G/GSM business at Reliance in India from 2008 to 2011; prior to which he was a partner in Spectrum Value Partners in London.  

He has an MBA from the India Institute Management (IIM) and a Bachelor of Technology from  the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Priya Dogra

Priya Dogra

Senior Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions
Time Warner

Priya Dogra oversees Time Warner’s global mergers and acquisitions efforts. In this role, she supports the company’s long-term corporate strategies by identifying and developing growth opportunities as well as defining capital allocation priorities.

Ms Dogra joined the company's mergers & acquisitions group in 2009. Over the past eight years she has helped to originate, evaluate and execute critically important transactions across the company. These have included corporate-level transactions such as the recent merger of Time Warner with AT&T as well as divisional acquisitions and investments in production assets, television networks, digital media and over-the-top assets globally.

Ms Dogra was previously a Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking Group at Citigroup, where she spent seven years based out of the New York, London and Toronto offices.

She has a B.Sc. (honors) degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Commerce and Computer Science.

Wim Ponnet

Wim Ponnet

Group Director of Strategy and Commercial Development
Endemol Shine

Wim Ponnet is Group Director of Strategy & Commercial Development at Endemol Shine.

He joined from Yahoo EMEA, where he had been Senior Director, Strategy and Operations since 2011, overseeing the company’s strategic planning and business development across the region. This has included identifying and pursuing opportunities for M&A, commercial partnerships and expansion into new markets, whilst evaluating and exploiting trends in the marketplace.

In his current role, Mr Ponnet is responsible for defining and implementing Endemol Shine Group’s global strategy, working closely with the company’s local leaders and partners around the world. This includes identifying and pursuing new business opportunities, including acquisitions and expansion into new markets, while tracking and leveraging market trends as well as driving the groups digital endeavours.

Mauricio  Ramos

Mauricio Ramos

Chief Executive Officer

Mauricio Ramos became Chief Executive Officer of Millicom in 2015. He moved from Liberty Global, where he had been President of its Latin American division from 2006 until February 2015.

He held several leadership roles at Liberty Global, including positions as Chairman and CEO of VTR in Chile, Chief Financial Officer of its Latin American division and President of Liberty Puerto Rico.

Mr Ramos is also Chairman of TEPAL, the Latin American Association of Cable Broadband Operators; Member of the Board of Directors of Charter Communications (US); and Member of the Board of Directors of the GSMA.

He is a dual Colombian and US citizen who received a degree in Economics, a degree in Law, and a postgraduate degree in Financial Law from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota.

Sébastien Soriano

Sébastien Soriano


Sébastien Soriano was appointed Chairman of ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) in January 2015, for a six-year term. In 2017, he will hold the rotating Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Prior to his appointment as President of ARCEP, he was Special Adviser to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.

In 2012, he was Head of Cabinet for Fleur Pellerin, the then French Minister for SMEs, innovation and digital economy.
He has spent most of his career in competition and telecoms regulation. He started his career at the French Competition Authority (2001-2004) as a case handler and then returned as Deputy General Rapporteur from 2009 to 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at ARCEP as head of unit for mobile markets and then director of broadband markets.

Mr Soriano trained as an Engineer in Telecoms and graduated from École Polytechnique.

Bessie Lee

Bessie Lee

Founder and CEO

Bessie Lee is Founder and CEO of Withinlink, a China-based startup incubator and early-stage venture fund focused on marketing technology that supports China’s media communications industry.

With more than 27 years of experience in the media communications industry in Greater China, exclusively across a number of WPP companies, Ms Lee draws upon an extensive network of thought leaders as well as a team of C-suite media and marketing executives, investment professionals and entrepreneurs, to offer extensive experience in business management and networks to fund and mentor startups.

Prior to founding her own company, she in 2013 became CEO of WPP China, where she was responsible for 14,000 employees and more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

She also served as the CEO of GroupM China. During her seven-year tenure, GroupM’s media billings in the country tripled, and the company was named the number one media holding group in China in terms of billings for five consecutive years from 2007 to 2012, according to RECMA.

Ms Lee is a frequent media commentator, blogger and international public speaker, having presented at Cannes Lions’ International Festival of Creativity, FT Future of Marketing, and RISE.

She is a co-founder of the Mobile Marketing Association in China and in 2017, she was elected co-chair to lead the association on key industry issues in a market with the highest mobile internet population in the world.

Eric Benedict

Eric Benedict

Co-Head, Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Eric Benedict co-leads the Global Technology, Media and Telco practice for AlixPartners.  

He is an experienced turnaround and performance improvement professional with more than 25 years of both advisory and line management experience. Clients benefit from Mr Benedict's work with the financial sponsors, boards of directors, and managements of their companies because he can quickly diagnose opportunities to improve performance and then work hands-on to rapidly improve operating and financial results.

Mr Benedict has been involved extensively across such business sectors as telco, technology, and business services. His clients include public limited companies and leading private-equity firms, and he has also chaired a number of private-equity-backed technology businesses. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was with Alvarez & Marsal, Ernst & Young, and RSM Rhodes.

Daniel Bailey

Daniel Bailey

Global Head of TMT

Daniel Bailey is Global Head of TMT, Global Banking and Markets at HSBC. He assumed this role in April 2013. Mr Bailey has over 20 years of investment banking experience, with the last 15 years focused on TMT. During this period, he has advised on over €300bn of transactions in the TMT sector, including the following key transactions: the merger of Vodafone and Mannesmann (€210bn); the acquisition of Orange by France Telecom for over €50bn; the sale of a 35% stake in Oger Telecom by Saudi Oger to STC for nearly $3bn and the buy out of the minority shareholders of Equant by France Telecom. Previously, Mr Bailey was Head of EMEA TMT at Citi and a Managing Director in the European Media and Communications team at Morgan Stanley. Mr Bailey received a BSC Hons in Mathematics from The University of Bristol.

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

Chief Strategy Officer
BT Group

Sean is Chief Strategy Officer of BT Group. He is a member of the Operating Committee, responsible for BT’s overall strategy, its positions with respect to regulators (particularly Ofcom) and governments in the UK and around the world and for aligning BT’s key investments in its product portfolio across the. Sean led BT’s acquisition of EE, including its engagement with the CMA and its settlement of the functional separation of Openreach.

Before joining BT in 2008, Sean was an executive director on the board of Ofcom from 2003 to 2007, responsible for economic regulation and competition policy in telecoms and broadcasting in the UK.  He led Ofcom’s work on broadband and LLU, the Telecoms Strategic Review and the new regulatory settlement under BT’s Undertakings, which created openreach. He was executive director on the board at the Office of Fair Trading from 2007-2008, responsible for competition law and consumer law enforcement in the UK, including merger control and anti-cartel investigations.  

Before Ofcom Sean was a Partner of LEK Consulting LLP, an international strategy consulting firm originating in the UK, from 1997 to 2003. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street.  From 1990 to 2008 he was a Board Director of Williams Lea Group, a private business services company employing about 10,000 people worldwide.

Sean has degrees in economics from Oxford and public policy from Harvard.

Enrique Medina Malo

Enrique Medina Malo

Chief Policy Officer

Enrique Medina Malo is Chief Policy Officer at Telefónica S.A. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Telefónica Deutschland Holding.

Having joined Telefónica’s legal department in 2006 as Head of Public Law, he has held roles in Regulation and Competition legal affairs.

In 2008 he became Chief Legal Officer, reporting to the Group´s General Counsel and in September 2011, General Counsel of Telefónica Europe, reporting to the regional CEO.

Before joining Telefónica, Mr Medina Malo served as in the Spanish Government Legal Service within the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Energy and the High Court of Cataluña.

From 2002 to 2004 he served as General Director for Legislation (Secretario General Técnico) of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

He has been Chief Legal Officer at Spanish Broadcasting Corporation RTVE (2004-2006).

He holds a law degree from Carlos III University of Madrid (1994) and was admitted to the Spanish Government Legal Services in 1997 (Abogado del Estado).

Enrique Medina Malo was born in Madrid in 1972, is married with three children.

Tim Davie

Tim Davie

BBC Worldwide

In October 2012, Tim Davie was announced as the incoming Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and Director of Global, and took up his post in April 2013. He was made Acting BBC Director-General on 10 November 2012. Prior to this Mr Davie was Director of BBC Audio and Music where he had overall responsibility for the BBC’s national radio services including Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and its digital services as well as music output and performing groups. Mr Davie was appointed to the role of Director, Audio & Music on 1 September 2008. Previously he was Director of the BBC's Marketing, Communications and Audiences division from April 2005 and before that Vice President, Marketing and Franchise, PepsiCo Europe. Mr Davie read English at Cambridge University and from there joined Procter and Gamble. He is the Chairman of Comic Relief,  Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society and a Non-executive Director of WorkAngel.   Prior to joining Comic Relief, he was a trustee and Vice-Chair of Children In Need.

Alexey Reznikovich

Alexey Reznikovich


Alexey Reznikovich is Chief Executive at LetterOne, and Managing Partner at L1 Technology. He is also Chairman of the supervisory board at VimpelCom.

Prior to this, he was CEO of Altimo, and a Partner at McKinsey & Co.

Mr Reznikovich graduated from the Moscow State University and obtained an MBA from Georgetown University (USA) and INSEAD (France).

David Goldstein

David Goldstein

Head of Asia

David L Goldstein is the Head of Asia at iFlix, a leading subscription video on demand operator in emerging markets. Mr Goldstein is responsible for iFlix's operations across Asia including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Mr Goldstein has worked across Asia for the past 20 years with a focus on Telecommunications, Media and Technology including telecommunications operators such as Swisscom, DiGi, TIW, New World Mobility, Telstra and Axiata, and Indonesian media company EMTEK. He has also worked for financial investors including Chase Capital Partners, JP Morgan Partners, Khazanah and the Ashmore Group.

Tracey Follows

Tracey Follows

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
The Future Laboratory

Tracey is a strategist and marketer, with over 20 years’ experience working in agencies and as a client. Her work in telecoms, technology, retail and media has helped to shape the future strategies of brands such as T-Mobile, BT, O2, easyJet and John Lewis. While chief strategy officer at JWT, Tracey established planning foresight as a new discipline.

Before joining JWT Ms Follows was executive planning director at VCCP, planning director at Lowe, head of consumer marketing at BT, and international advertising manager at T-Mobile.

She left advertising to retrain as a futurist at the University of Houston and now works with clients such as Google, Telefonica, Unmade and several major advertising agencies.

Ms Follows is Marketing magazine’s resident futures columnist, and writes and speaks extensively on the need for long-term strategies for business. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society. She was also chair of the Account Planning Group in 2014 and 2015, and is the co-author of 98% Pure Potato, a book about the origins of advertising account planning.

Vivek Couto

Vivek Couto

Media Partners Asia

Vivek Couto is the executive director and co-founder of Media Partners Asia (MPA).

MPA is a consulting and research service, focusing on media, telecoms and entertainment in Asia Pacific. MPA has advised companies on M&A, equity and debt transactions for 15 years. It also works with companies to benchmark competition and industry performance, optimize synergies, and launch new services and products across new markets.

Mr Couto leads teams to offer clients corporate strategy, market research, asset appraisal and M&A-related due diligence.

He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a BA in economics and an MA in international political economy.


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Matthew Garrahan

Matthew Garrahan

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’s Global Media Editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He is based in New York. He has a track record breaking news – his recent scoop on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world – and also specialises in long-form pieces, features and interviews. Mr Garrahan was previously the FT’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering Hollywood, digital media and the California economy. He has written extensively on the convergence of media and the web and has also covered the growth of companies such as Netflix and YouTube. He joined the FT in 1998, first working for, then as a sports business correspondent for the newspaper, reporting from the World Cup and Olympics, before taking on the leisure industries beat, reporting on gaming, hotels, restaurants and travel.

He won the Los Angeles Press Club prize for best news story in 2008 for a scoop on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and reached the finals of the 2010 Mirror Awards for excellence in media reporting for a piece on MySpace. In 2011, he won a Los Angeles Press Club prize for another feature on MGM, “Who killed James Bond?” and picked up another in 2013 for an investigation into the fall-out from Disney’s $4bn purchase of Marvel. Mr Garrahan is a graduate of University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature.  Find him on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.

Nic  Fildes

Nic Fildes

Telecoms correspondent
Financial Times

Nic Fildes is the FT’s Telecoms Correspondent in London. Originally from Australia, he previously worked at The Times, where he spent seven years as Technology & Communications Editor. He has also worked for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires, mostly covering telecoms, technology and media, and the music industry. He has also been published in The Spectator and various specialist music blogs writing about culture. 

Mr Fildes has won the UK Tech (previously TechMARK) journalist of the year award three times.

Agenda - 8th Jun

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast and registration
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Visionary opening keynote interview: A view from the top

    The case for convergence, for consumers and industry

    Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone


    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Interview: News Media - Survival and success in a time of disruption and fake news

    The changing landscape of information

    John Ridding, CEO, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Panel discussion: The art of the possible

    Asia is ahead of Europe and the US in incorporating telecoms and content. By distributing content through mobile, regional technology companies have emerged as cross-sector leaders.

    Telecom and media experts shed light on how Asia is pioneering convergence.

    • How has Asian convergence gotten ahead?
    • To what extent has content been localised?
    • Who are the winners and losers?

    Vivek Couto, Founder, MPC Media

    Prashant Gokarn, Chief Digital Officer, Ooredoo Indosat

    David Goldstein, Head of Asia, iFlix

    Bessie Lee, Founder and CEO, Withinlink

    Moderator: Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Interview: Leader in advertising

    An industry veteran in conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing advertising.

    Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP

  • 10:50am
    Interview: Advertising's new wave

    The next generation eyes the future

    Dominique Delport, Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer, Havas


    Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:10am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Panel discussion: The enemy of my enemy is my friend: how to fight a common foe

    Telcos and media companies around the world are pursuing partnerships in a bid to remain relevant in an age of rapid technology developments. Are the industries – and their very different cultures - really ready to work together?

    • ‘Walled garden’ versus free choice
    • When does it make sense to own content exclusively?
    • Do legacy cultures kill innovation?

    Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide

    Priya Dogra, Head of M&A, Time Warner

    Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom

    Moderator: Daniel Bailey, Global Head of TMT, Global Banking and Markets, HSBC 

  • 12:10pm
    Interview: Taking the upper hand

    Televisa is a rare example of a media company that has bought into telecoms, in a bid to expand both its distribution platforms and geographic footprint.

    Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Chairman and CEO, Televisa

  • 12:30pm
    Interview: A premium transformation

    How an advertising-reliant broadcaster became a producer of premium content

    Adam Crozier, CEO, ITV


    Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Reality check: The value of convergence

    Despite the trend towards partnerships between telecom and media, investors could do well to remember the last attempt to create communications giants, in the early 2000s.

    • What has changed in the last 15 years?
    • Must telcos converge with media to grow? If so, should they stick to networks and distribution, or also venture into content?
    • How can investors help companies partner well?
    • The pragmatic way forward, towards the future of communications

    Alexey Reznikovich, CEO, LetterOne

    Sébastien Soriano, Chairman, ARCEP and Chairman, BEREC

    Sean Williams, Chief Strategy Officer, BT

    Moderator: Eric Benedict, Managing Director, AlixPartners

  • 2:40pm
    Panel discussion: A practical guide to working together

    In both media and telecom, fears of domination and displacement by tech giants are abating as companies take the more pragmatic route of partnerships that could benefit both sides. Global telecom and media executives come together to give a frank view on what works for each side.

    • How well are all sides monetising these new relationships?
    • Is it possible for partners to cooperate while competing on innovation?
    • Which content is premium?
    • How to manage culture clash

    Tracey Follows, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, The Future Laboratory

    Enrique Medina Malo, Chief Policy Officer, Telefonica

    Wim Ponnet, Group Director of Strategy and Commercial Development, Endemol Shine Group

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Closing keynote interview: Looking forward

    A 30-year industry veteran looks forward towards the future of communications. 

    Sir Julian Horn-Smith, co-Founder, Vodafone


    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Chair’s Closing remarks, followed by drinks reception

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:35pm
    Drinks reception

Who attends

  • Broadcasters 
  • Telecom operators
  • Content producers
  • Advertising agencies
  • Digital publishers
  • Cable operators
  • Film and TV studios
  • Regulatory authorities 
  • Politicians
  • Investors
  • Law Firms
  • Financial advisers
  • Consultants
  • Analysts 


21st Century Fox, Amazon, AOL, Atlantic Productions, BBC, BBC Global News, BBC Worldwide, BlackBerry, Bloomberg, BT, C N B C, Cable Europe, Channel 4, CNN International, Cullen International, Deutsche Telekom AG Innovation Labs, Digital UK, DMSL, EE, EndemolShine, Enders Analysis, European Commission, European Parliament, European Policy Centre, GoogleGuardian Media Group, Hammer Films, Havas Media Group, IBM GBS, Inmarsat, ITV, Lattelecom, MediaCom, Mergermarket, Netflix, New Europe Newspaper, Nokia, NOW That's What I Call Music, Orange, Panasonic, Quiptel, Racecourse Media Group, Rapid TV News, RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, Samaa TV, Samsung Electronics, Sky, Sony Europe, Sony Pictures Entertainment, SyQic, Telefonica, Telenor, The Irish Times, The Telegraph, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Music, Viacom International Media Networks, Virgin Media, Vivendi, Vodafone, Warner Bros. Pictures International...and many more


Why Attend?

  • Meet counterparts in the telecom and media industries
  • Learn which partnerships between telecom & media work best
  • Gain perspectives from the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia
  • Navigate new opportunities in partnerships and M&A
  • Benefit from speaker expertise across both sectors

Associate Sponsor (2)

HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. With around 4,000 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We serve more than 37 million customers worldwide through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 70 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.

Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by more than 204,000 shareholders in 133 countries and territories.

Everything is becoming mobile and digitized. The amount and usage of data continues to increase exponentially—as does the need to use it to make decisions and act quickly. Content is becoming more and more important. And security is paramount. The volume and pace of change in the technology, software, media, and telecommunications industries threatens to leave unprepared and slow-moving companies on the sidelines. 

At AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm founded in 1981, we offer clients small teams of highly qualified experts with profound sector and operational insight. Our clients include corporate boards and management, law firms, investment banks, investors, and others who appreciate the candor, dedication, and transformative expertise of our teams. We’ll help get you—and your operating model—up to speed and ready to compete in an industry where the only constant is change. When it really matters.


FIPP, the network for global media, was formed in Paris in 1925 when it held its very first FIPP World Congress. In decades since then, FIPP’s consistent objective has been to help the media industry to share knowledge and experiences, and to create and develop industry connections across borders. As a membership network, FIPP’s membership includes more than 700 leading media companies operating in more than 60 markets around the world and representing some 6,000 of the world’s best-known media brands. For more about FIPP, its membership and its products and services to members, visit: 

ETNO has been the voice of Europe’s telecommunication network operators since 1992 and has become the principal policy group for European electronic communications network operators. Its 39 members and observers from Europe and beyond are the backbone of Europe’s digital progress. They are the main drivers of broadband and are committed to its continual growth in Europe.

ETNO members are pan-European operators that also hold new entrant positions outside their national markets. ETNO brings together the main investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing 70% of total sector investment.

ETNO closely contributes to shaping the best regulatory and commercial environment for its members to continue rolling out innovative and high quality services and platforms for the benefit of European consumers and businesses.

MLex Market Insight is an independent media organization providing exclusive market insight, analysis and commentary on regulatory risk. Our customers, the world’s leading law firms, corporations, advisory firms and regulators, rely on our reporting to ensure they are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities posed by regulatory change as well as to mitigate the risks.

We have a track record of uncovering regulatory risk before it breaks in other news outlets. Offering up-to-the-minute coverage of regulatory threats and opportunities from the perspectives of M&A, antitrust and trade defense, as well as data privacy and security, we also specialize in sector-specific regulation across TMT, energy and financial services.

MLex’s coverage spans the world’s foremost regulators in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Gibson Hall
13 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QB

United Kingdom



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