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FT Future of News Europe

Trust, Disruption and Growth in a Shifting Political Landscape

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Sir Julian King

Sir Julian King

European Commission

Janine Gibson

Janine Gibson

BuzzFeed UK

Madhav Chinnappa

Madhav Chinnappa



Europe’s rich and varied media industry is at a crossroads, fighting harder than ever for an audience amid threats from political extremism, fake news, digital giants and innovative start-ups.

While the proliferation of alternative news on digital platforms has led to a fact-based renaissance for some traditional media, the extension of populism across the region is posing a new challenge, with recent research showing that a growing proportion of citizens distrust mainstream news reporting on key political and economic issues.

Meanwhile, business models are changing rapidly, with print and television forced to compete ever more intensively with social media and other digital sources -- both established platforms and new start-ups -- with significant implications for advertisers and audiences.

Where does the news industry go next? How can print, television and advertising fight back? Which segments are best prepared for growth? And what role should governments play in overseeing the media, given the impact of fake news, while also protecting against market dominance? How can independent media remain viable in countries that become hostile, or even dangerous, for journalists?

Building on the success of the inaugural event in New York, FT Future of News Europe will gather top media executives, editors, academics and business leaders from across the region to discuss the opportunities for growth in an increasingly disruptive technological, political and social landscape.

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/29/2018 08:00:0011/29/2018 17:30:00trueFT Future of News EuropeEurope’s rich and varied media industry is at a crossroads, fighting harder than ever for an audience amid threats from political extremism, fake news, digital giants and innovative start-ups.While the proliferation of alternative news on digital platforms has led to a fact-based renaissance for some traditional media, the extension of populism across the region is posing a new challenge, with recent research showing that a growing proportion of citizens distrust mainstream news reporting on key political and economic issues.Meanwhile, business models are changing rapidly, with print and television forced to compete ever more intensively with social media and other digital sources -- both established platforms and new start-ups -- with significant implications for advertisers and audiences.Where does the news industry go next? How can print, television and advertising fight back? Which segments are best prepared for growth? And what role should governments play in overseeing the media, given the impact of fake news, while also protecting against market dominance? How can independent media remain viable in countries that become hostile, or even dangerous, for journalists?Building on the success of the inaugural event in New York, FT Future of News Europe will gather top media executives, editors, academics and business leaders from across the region to discuss the opportunities for growth in an increasingly disruptive technological, political and social landscape.FT-Future-of-News-Europe1f051030805e0d9f2110252656f5ce2aMM/DD/YYYY

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Agenda - 29th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcome Remarks

    Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Panel: Holding power to account

    How is European media reporting on unprecedented political change, and challenging alternative facts? How are the continent’s populist movements using the media to further their aims? What happens when the journalist becomes the story?

    Madeleine de Cock Buning, Professor, Faculty of Law, Economy and Governance, Utrecht University; Chair, Dutch Media Authority; Chair, European Commission High-Level Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation

    Christophe Deloire, Secretary General and Executive Director, Reporters Without Borders

    Antonio di Bella, Editor-in-Chief, RAInews24

    Martin Saballs Pons, Deputy Chief Editor, Expansión

    Moderator: Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    Panel: A compass for Europe

    How are Europe’s leading newspaper editors innovating in response to digital and political challenges? Should traditional media try to move faster than digital competitors, or is more in-depth reporting the way forward? What do new publications need to do to be taken seriously?

    Nicolas Beytout, Founder and CEO, L’Opinion 

    Jan Bonjer, Editor-in-Chief, Het Financieele Dagblad

    Lotta Edling, Editorial Director, Bonnier News Group

    Moderator: Ken Fisher, Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fisher Investments

  • 10:50am
    Keynote Address: Digital media -- creating a modern, value-based framework for trust and security

    To what extent should policymakers engage with digital media in the face of domestic and overseas security threats? Is it in policymakers’ interest to safeguard the public from fake news?

    Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission

  • 11:10am
    Networking Break
  • 11:30am
    Panel: Going the distance - remaining competitive in a cut-throat industry

    What tools are disruptors and the disrupted using to ensure they can outrun - or at least keep up with - the competition? How can news providers harness from both emerging and existing tech like AI bots, podcasting and analytics to retain and grow their audiences? Which new roles in data and innovation are key to staying ahead? What can media learn from other industries that have been upended by the digital revolution?

    Olivier De Raeymaeker, CEO, Le Soir

    Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecom Network Operators Association (ETNO)

    James Hammersley, CEO, Good Growth

    Nishant Lalwani, Director, Luminate

    Francis Morel, former CEO, Le Figaro and Groupe Les Echos-Le Parisien

    Moderator: John Gapper, Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Dialogue: The power of tangibility in an intangible world

    The enduring value of print, digital prospects and the value of engagement.

    John Ridding, CEO, Financial Times

    Ken Fisher, Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fisher Investments

  • 12:40pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:40pm
    Keynote Interview

    Janine Gibson, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed UK

    Interviewed by Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:10pm
    Panel: Report card – Tracking advertising’s push into digital

    The old advertising model has been and gone, with Mad Men giving way to digital prowess. Should brands leverage digital to launch do-it-yourself campaigns? Which agencies have been best at incorporating new ways of doing business? Who will be the next new entrants, and which unusual partnerships will counter Facebook and Google’s platform dominance? How are advertisers responding to the changes in the news industry?

    Sanjay Nazerali, Global Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Dentsu X

    Marina Specht, Regional Director Europe and CEO Spain, MRM//McCann

    Olivier Vigneaux, CEO, BETC Digital

    Moderator: John Gapper, Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    Panel: Progress & policy – building a better media landscape for everyone

    How can officials in Europe and beyond help bolster the homegrown news industry, while encouraging innovation? Is it possible to balance consumer access and consumer protection? What will be the impact of the recently adopted EU copyright law on the distribution of news? Will the world follow Europe’s lead, as it appears to be doing with GDPR?

    Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV, Non-Executive Chairman, Association of Commercial Television in Europe

    Joanna Krawczyk, Head of Partnerships, Gazeta Wyborcza

    Susan Ness, Distinguished Fellow, Annenberg Policy Center and German Marshall Fund; former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Marietje Schaake, MEP, European Parliament

    Moderator: Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Panel: Making friends with the FAANGs – Mutually beneficial partnerships in a digital age

    Can Big Tech help news prosper or is it a hindrance? How can technology providers work with the news industry to improve quality and financial returns for both sides? To what extent are the key platforms able to control fake news? 

    Patrick Béhar, Partner and Head of European Consumer Technology and Media Practice, McKinsey & Company

    Madhav Chinnappa, Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google

    Alessandra Galloni, Global News Editor, Reuters

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 4:15pm
    Networking Drinks Reception

Speakers (25)

Sir Julian King

Sir Julian King

European Commissioner for the Security Union
European Commission

Sir Julian King was appointed European Commissioner for the Security Union in September 2016. Previously, he held various positions after joining the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1985, including as UK Ambassador to France, Director General of the Northern Ireland Office, UK Ambassador to Ireland, Chef de Cabinet to the Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission and UK Representative on the EU Political and Security Committee. He was awarded the CMG in 2006, CVO in 2011 and KCVO in 2014. He is a graduate of Oxford University.

Janine Gibson

Janine Gibson

BuzzFeed UK

Janine Gibson is the Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed UK, running the news team in London and overseeing all editorial content since September 2015. Under her editorship the team won News Website of the Year at the 2017 Press Awards. Ms Gibson is on the Advisory Board at the Open Society Foundation. Prior to BuzzFeed, she worked at The Guardian for 17 years, most notably launching The Guardian US in 2013 and overseeing its Pulitzer Prize–winning reporting of the Edward Snowden leaks. Her other roles at The Guardian included Media Editor, launching and editing the website and editor of 

Madhav Chinnappa

Madhav Chinnappa

Director of News Ecosystem Development

Madhav Chinnappa is the Director of News Ecosystem Development at Google, working on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry as part of the Google News Initiative (GNI). 

Prior to his current role, he had launched the precursor to GNI: the Digital News Initiative (DNI), an overarching framework for engagement with the European news ecosystem. 

Mr Chinnappa joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA regions. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and during nine years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.

Patrick Béhar

Patrick Béhar

Partner, Head of European Consumer Technology and Media Practice
McKinsey & Company

Patrick Béhar leads McKinsey & Company’s Consumer Technology and Media Practice in Europe. He has spent over 20 years serving the transatlantic sector including broadcasters, content producers, consumer and professional publishers, music majors, movie studios, and new media.

Prior to joining McKinsey in 2013, he headed the European Media and Digital Practice at Bain & Company for nearly five years, and spent 16 years at Booz & Company.

Mr Béhar’s experience in consumer published media includes business model reconfiguration as well as performance improvement and organisational transformation across Europe, the US and Latin America.

He holds a dual MA in statistics and economics from Ensae, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr Béhar is a member of the French Society of Actuaries.

Nicolas Beytout

Nicolas Beytout

Founder and CEO

Nicolas Beytout is the Founder and CEO of L’Opinion, a daily multi-platform (Web–print–video–app) media company. He joined Les Echos, the main business daily in France, in 1981. From 1984 to 2004, he was Editor of Les Echos, and then Editor of all the publications in Groupe Les Echos. From 2004 to 2007, he was Editor and Director of all publications of Le Figaro, before re-joining Groupe Les Echos in October 2007 as Chairman and CEO. He established L’Opinion in May 2013.

Mr Beytout is also active as a commentator on radio (Europe 1) and television (LCI, France 5 - C dans l’Air) . He was a member of the National Committee on the euro (1997-2002). He has been a member of different boards, including Musée d’Orsay, Fondation de France, Agence France-Presse and OJD (the official certification board for newspapers).

Mr Beytout graduated with a degree in Law and a BA from Sciences Po, where he is a professor. He has won a number of awards for his professional contribution. He is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. 

Jan Bonjer

Jan Bonjer

Het Financieele Dagblad

Jan Bonjer has served as Editor-in-Chief of a range of Dutch regional and national newspapers over the past 17 years. He took the lead in managing mergers that led to the creation of the Dagblad van het Noorden, in the north of the country, and AD NieuwsMedia in Rotterdam. The financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad, where Mr Bonjer became Editor-in-Chief in 2011, became the first national title to switch from a ‘web follows newspaper’ to a ‘newspaper follows web’ approach. This approach lies at the heart of the transformation process that has brought momentous changes to the media company’s content, platforms, editorial practice and business model.

Mr Bonjer started out as a reporter at the Leidsch Dagblad before becoming a reporter-at-large for NRC Handelsblad and a scientific journalist at various newspapers. At mid-career he made a seven-year foray into the world of private-sector nature conservation, serving as director of the bird protection society Vogelbescherming Nederland and as communications director for the historic building association Vereniging Natuurmonumenten. In his spare time Mr Bonjer co-founded two animal-welfare pressure groups, Lekker Dier and Wakker Dier.

Magnus Brooke

Magnus Brooke

Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Magnus Brooke is Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at ITV plc, reporting to the Group Chief Executive, with overall responsibility for policy and regulatory strategy and the company’s interaction with UK and European regulators and government.  

Prior to joining ITV in July 2006, he was Head of the BBC Director General’s Office for three years first for Greg Dyke and subsequently for Mark Thompson.  

Mr Brooke is chairman of the board of the Brussels-based Association of Commercial Television (ACT) in Europe and a non-executive director of multiple ITV subsidiaries and joint venture companies including SDN, Freesat and Digital UK.

He also a non-executive director of the Broadcast Advertising Board of Finance, which raises the funds for the self-regulation of broadcast advertising by the ASA.

Mr Brooke began his career as a solicitor specialising in regulatory and competition law for media companies and investors at Ashursts, where he also trained.

Antonio  Di Bella

Antonio Di Bella

RAI News 24

Antonio Di Bella is Editor-in-Chief of RAI News 24, the Italian state-owned broadcaster’s all-news channel, and, RAI’s news website.

He started working for RAI in the late 1970s, first as an intern and later as a fully-fledged journalist. From his start on the Milan regional desk, he moved to New York as a correspondent in 1991.

In 1996 he returned to Italy to become co-Editor of TG3, RAI’s third news channel and TGR, which covers regional news. Besides directing the news programs, he also coordinated the work of deputy editors throughout Italy. In 2000, he became Editor of TG3 and in 2009 Editor of RAI’s third channel. In 2010, he returned to New York, working directly for RAI’s General Director. In 2013 he was transferred to Paris, from where he oversaw all French television and radio reporting.

Madeleine de Cock Buning

Madeleine de Cock Buning

Professor, Faculty of Law, Economy and Governance
University of Utrecht

Madeleine de Cock Buning's research and lectures focus on the regulation and governance of digital disruptive technology in the media.

In her work on topics such as the amplification of disinformation through digital platforms, she aims for future-proof and – given the fundamental rights at stake - well balanced multi-dimensional approaches. Since 2007 Dr Professor de Cock Buning has been chaired professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy, and Governance at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and a chair in Intellectual Property. In 2018 she was also appointed as part-time professor of Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance (STG) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

Dr De Cock Buning was chair of the EU High-Level Expert Group on fake news and disinformation established by the European Commission in 2018. She is arbitrator at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO/UN), Honorary Justice to the Court of Appeal in The Hague, and chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Regulatory Authority to the Media in the Netherlands.

Olivier De Raeymaeker

Olivier De Raeymaeker

Le Soir

Olivier De Raeymaeker has been the CEO of Le Soir, which is part of media house Rossel Group, since September 2017. He joined the French-speaking Belgian newspaper as COO in May 2016.

Mr De Raeymaeker joined Belgian mobile operator BASE Company in 2009, going on to become Chief Marketing Officer in 2012. During this period, he developed and managed branded reseller partnerships with domestic media groups including Medialaan – Persgroep, RTL Belgium and Rossel.

Prior to that, he was director of business strategy at telecom equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.

He started his career as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Paris, spending five years mainly focused on strategy and marketing assignments within consumer sectors such as telecom, utilities, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), and luxury.

Mr De Raeymaeker holds a Master of Science in Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels Schools (ULB).

Christophe Deloire

Christophe Deloire

Secretary General and Executive Director
Reporters Without Borders

Christophe Deloire is a French journalist who has been Secretary General and Executive Director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) since 2012. He ran one of the leading French journalism schools, the CFPJ, from 2008 to 2012, and was an investigative reporter for the politics and society sections of the French news magazine Le Point from 1998 to 2007. He has also worked for the TV channels ARTE and TF1, made documentary films, edited several authors and written several bestsellers including Les islamistes sont déjà là (2004), Sexus Politicus (2006) and Circus Politicus (2012). 

Lotta Edling

Lotta Edling

Editorial Director
Bonnier News Group

Lotta Edling is the Editorial Director of Bonnier News Group, owned by Swedish media family Bonnier and gathering four of Sweden’s strongest media brands -- business daily Dagens industri (Di); Expressen, a national evening newspaper; Dagens Nyheter, a daily morning newspaper; and HD/Sydsvenskan, a local newspaper for the south of Sweden.

Before taking up her current role in 2018, Ms Edling worked in business journalism for more than 20 years, first as a reporter and then in top executive positions. She was most recently Editor-in-Chief of Dagens industri, Sweden’s largest business daily with 328,000 readers, website with 1.1 million unique visitors per week, lifestyle magazine Di Weekend and tech magazine Di Dimension. In 2017 she initiated the launch of Di TV, Sweden’s first and only business TV channel, in collaboration with Expressen TV (the exclusive CNN affiliate in Sweden).

Ms Edling is also on the board of Danish business daily Dagbladet Börsen and Sweden’s national news agency TT (Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå).

James Hammersley

James Hammersley

Good Growth

James is co-author of the book ‘Leading Digital Strategy’ and founder of Good Growth. James is responsible for ensuring all clients grow their businesses through working with Good Growth.  James has had the privilege of working with some of the largest and most successful UK and global brands ranging from FTSE PLC retailers through to The Economist, Telefonica, Regus and Virgin.  

In January 2019, the next book, ‘Optimizing Digital Strategy’ will be published by KoganPage.

Ken Fisher

Ken Fisher

Founder, Executive Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment Officer
Fisher Investments

Ken Fisher is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, an $107+ billion money management firm serving large institutions and high net worth individuals globally. With more than 3,000 employees, the firm has offices in Washington, California, Texas, the UK, Germany, Dubai, Australia, Japan and Ireland, with further global expansion under way.

Mr Fisher’s Forbes “Portfolio Strategy” column ran for 32 ½ years into 2017, making him the longest continuously running columnist in its history. He now writes regular columns for the Financial Times, USA Today, Germany’s Handelsblatt and Focus Money, France’s L’Opinion, Italy’s Il Sole 25 Ore, the Netherlands’ De Telegraaf, Denmark’s Borsen, Spain’s El Economista, Switzerland’s Handelszeitung, and Austria’s Trend. He has authored 11 books, including four New York Times bestsellers -- and has been published, interviewed and written about in publications globally.

His 1970s theoretical work pioneered an investment tool called the Price-to-Sales Ratio, now a core element of modern financial curricula. A prize-winning researcher, Mr Fisher’s credits span a multitude of professional and scholarly journals in addition to his firm’s output -- both in traditional and behavioral finance. In 2010, Investment Advisor recognized him on its “Thirty for Thirty” list as among the industry’s 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades. In 2017, Investment News named Mr Fisher to its inaugural list of “Icons & Innovators” who have shaped and transformed the financial advice profession. He is ranked #200 on the 2018 Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, where he has appeared since 2005.

Joanna Krawczyk

Joanna Krawczyk

Head of Partnerships
Gazeta Wyborcza

Joanna Krawczyk has been Head of Partnerships at leading Polish quality newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza since October 2017. In her role she is responsible for designing and enabling cross-border newsroom and business projects and community building through revenue partnerships and creative collaborations with European institutions and international organisations.

She is also the President of the Board of the newly founded Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that aims to develop independent, quality media, civil society and media literacy in Poland. Prior to her current role, she spent 13 years in philanthropy and international relations, leading collaborative projects focused on media, European citizenship and education with European institutions and major civil society players, including the European Commission, Evens Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Media & Learning Association and European Cultural Foundation.

Ms Krawczyk has an MA in English from the University of Warsaw, as well as an MA in American Studies from Jagiellonian University.

Lise  Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)

Lise Fuhr has been ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. She has recently been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term starting in July 2016.

Ms Fuhr has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.

Ms Fuhr is a Danish national.

Alessandra Galloni

Alessandra Galloni

Global News Editor

Alessandra Galloni has been Reuters Global News Editor, based in London, since January 2016. She joined Reuters in September 2013 as Editor of the Southern Europe bureau, after spending 13 years at The Wall Street Journal in various positions as correspondent, economics and business writer and editor in New York, London, Paris and Rome. Alessandra is the recipient of several awards, including an Overseas Press Club Award in the US and a UK Business Journalist of the Year Award. She is co-author of From the End of the Earth to Rome, an e-book on Pope Francis. Alessandra, an Italian national, is a graduate of Harvard University and has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Nishant Lalwani

Nishant Lalwani


Nishant Lalwani leads Luminate’s global strategy for investing in independent media. This includes its work in investigative journalism, press freedom, combating misinformation, and innovative financial models for editorial independence. Nishant also leads Luminate’s emergent work in storytelling across all its impact areas.

Prior to joining Luminate, part of the Omidyar Group, Nishant co-founded the non-profit Global Innovation Fund (GIF). As COO, he led GIF’s investment process and venture support team, making investments and grants across the world, including Burkina Faso, Pakistan and the Philippines, as well as funding the first Social Impact Bond in Mexico.

Nishant was also on the founding team of the Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM) group in India, which sought to drive scale among market-based solutions to poverty. He previously worked at the UN Development Programme in Zambia, developing new financing products for supply chains that engaged small businesses.

In a non-executive capacity, Nishant sits on the advisory board of The Correspondent and the boards of Year Here and Shivia.

Sanjay Nazerali

Sanjay Nazerali

Global Chief Strategy and Development Officer
Dentsu X

Sanjay Nazerali is Global Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Dentsu X. In 2017, he took the new role, which included responsibility for building the network out of Asia. As part of his remit, he represents the group at the World Economic Forum’s network of strategists. In 2018, WEF appointed Mr Nazerali to its Global Future Council on Information & Entertainment.

Mr Nazerali joined Dentsu Aegis Network in 2013 as Global Chief Strategist at Carat. Prior to that he was BBC News’s first Global Director of Marketing, Communications & Audience Insight. During his tenure at the BBC, he oversaw the launch of BBC Arabic TV, BBC Persian TV, and BBC World Service’s mobile activity. He was previously Senior VP of Marketing at MTV Europe, part of the team which grew the network from 17m to 70m homes across the continent.

Before his move into media, he worked in political communications for Peter Mandelson and Philip Gould, where he was part of the team that redefined the British Labour Party, culminating in New Labour.

Mr Nazerali has an MA from Oxford in Philosophy and an MBA from INSEAD.

Francis Morel

Francis Morel

Former CEO
Le Figaro and Groupe Les Échos-Le Parisien

Francis Morel has worked in the publishing business since 1974, most recently as CEO of Groupe Les Échos-Le Parisien (2011-2018) and before that at Le Figaro (2004-2011).

He turned both profitable by investing in digital and diversification while closing or selling their traditional printing activities.

Other CEO roles have been at Axel Springer France (2000-2004) and Editions Mondiales, now known as Mondadori France (1985-1995).

Mr Morel started his career at Hachette as Chief Marketing Manager at France Soir, going on to become Executive Vice President of the Press Group in 1981.

He holds a BA from Sciences Po and an MBA from Insead.

Susan Ness

Susan Ness

Distinguished Fellow
Annenberg Public Policy Center, and German Marshall Fund

Susan Ness is a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and the founder of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm. She heads a transatlantic high level working group for the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC, University of Pennsylvania), to identify laws, bills and public/private initiatives that reduce hate speech, violent extremism and viral deception online while protecting freedom of expression. Ms Ness is a distinguished fellow at both APPC and the German Marshall Fund, where she works on transatlantic digital policy issues.  

Previously, she was a senior fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (Johns Hopkins University). Ms Ness served on the US Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 2001, playing a leading role on spectrum policy, competition and new technologies. After the FCC, she taught international and domestic communications policy at the Annenberg School for Communication. She was founder and CEO of GreenStone Media, which produced talk radio programming for women. Ms Ness currently serves on the board of TEGNA Inc, an NYSE-listed media company, and on the board of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an NGO that invests in women’s leadership worldwide.

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.

Martín Saballs Pons

Martín Saballs Pons

Deputy Chief Editor

Martín Saballs Pons is Deputy Chief Editor at Expansión, based in Barcelona. Before joining Expansión at the end of 2004, he worked from 2002 as content manager at El Cronista, Buenos Aires. During 2001 he was part of the general management team at media group Recoletos, working in different projects in Lisbon, Buenos Aires and Madrid. From May 1997 to 2000, Mr Saballs was Assistant Chief Editor at Actualidad Económica, Madrid. From May 1992 to May 1997, he was Expansión’s US Correspondent in New York, working in the Financial Times’ newsroom. Before that he worked as a reporter in Barcelona and Madrid. Mr Saballs has a degree in Journalism from Universidad de Navarra and an EMBA from IESE Business School. He is the author of three books: Historias de un corresponsal económico, ¿Qué hacer con mi dinero? and Inteligencia Empresarial.

Marina Specht

Marina Specht

Regional Director Europe and CEO Spain

Marina Specht is Regional Director Europe and CEO Spain for MRM//McCann, a marketing agency with operations in 30+ markets and a staff of 1,000 in Europe and 3,500 globally. It is part of McCann Worldgroup, in turn owned by Interpublic (IPG). She is also a Director on the McCann Worldgroup Europe Board.

Ms Specht has over 20 years’ experience in strategic marketing and corporate communication, specialising in digital and data-driven marketing, ecommerce and in digital business transformation. One of the global clients she personally advises and oversees is Zurich Insurance Group. She leads a team based in London, New York, Zurich and Madrid that runs the brand’s digital strategy, customer experience, brand marketing, CRM and data analytics services. Other global clients include L’Oréal, MasterCard, PSA Group and Santander Bank. In 1988 she founded Reporter, a branded content agency that grew to become a market leader in Spain, before selling a majority stake to IPG in 2000.

Ms Specht is an Executive Board member of ADigital, Spain’s leading industry organisation for digital marketing and e-business and a founding member of International Women’s Forum (IWF) in Spain. She was named an AdAge Woman to Watch Europe in 2016.

Olivier Vigneaux

Olivier Vigneaux

BETC Digital (Havas)

Olivier Vigneaux is President of BETC Digital, a division of Havas. He is also co-Founder of BETC Start-Up Lab and professor at Sciences Po in Paris.

He is passionate about the transformation of companies and brands in a digital world.

Since joining BETC in 2001, he has helped create campaigns for his clients, notably through CRM programs for Danone (DanOn), Sephora, Schneider-Electric, Savencia, ClubMed or by building mobile apps like the CityGuide for Louis Vuitton. 

Mr Vigneaux was named Managing Director of EURORSCG  4D in 2009, and then became President of BETC Digital in 2013, continuing to work on digital strategy for the majority of the agency’s big clients, from Air France and Lacoste to Evian and the Accor group. He started his career in 1995 with Young and Rubicam as a young graduate from business school EDHEC.


FT Chair/Moderators (3)

Matthew Garrahan

Matthew Garrahan

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’ Global Media Editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He recently returned to London after 11 years in the US, working first as Los Angeles correspondent before moving to New York to cover media in 2014.

He has a track record breaking news and landed big scoops on Donald Trump’s ties with Rupert Murdoch -- including the revelation that Ivanka Trump was a trustee of Murdoch’s young children -- while his exclusive story on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world. He has written extensively on the disruptive impact of technology on the media, covering the rise of Netflix and Spotify, as well as the emergence of Google and Facebook as digital advertising powerhouses. He reported on three US elections and dug deep into the demographic changes that are reshaping the US electoral map. He regularly writes for FT Weekend and has written Lunch with the FT interviews with, among others, Angelina Jolie, Larry David and Sean Penn.

After joining the FT in 1998 he worked as a corporate reporter, then sports business correspondent, reporting from the Sydney Olympics and World Cup in Japan, before taking on the leisure beat covering gaming, hotels and travel.

He regularly appears on CNN, BBC and MSNBC and has been recognised for his work by the Society of Business Editors and Writers, winning the breaking news prize for his Apple-Beats scoop. He won two Los Angeles Press Club prizes for his reporting on Hollywood and was a Mirror Awards finalist for excellence in media coverage.

A graduate of the University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature, he can be found on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.

Roula  Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. An award-winning journalist, she also writes a weekly column on international affairs. Prior to this role, she served as the FT’s Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the management of the FT’s international network. Her promotion to Foreign Editor came after she served for more than a decade as the FT's Middle East Editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading coverage of the financial crisis in the Gulf and later the Arab spring. Ms Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York, where she focused on corporate reporting accounting. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Ms Khalaf's series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013 and she was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio.

John Gapper

John Gapper

Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor
Financial Times

John Gapper is the Financial Times’ Chief Business Commentator and an Associate Editor. He writes a weekly column on business and finance, focusing on the media and technology industries and innovation. He has written extensively on Wall Street and the financial crisis; the troubles of the US auto industry; the future of digital news and entertainment; innovation and venture capital; corporate PR crises such as the BP oil spill; and software and open source. As well as traveling widely to cover business topics in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, his experience of both Wall Street and the City of London give him a wide and global perspective on many industries.

John is one of the most senior and experienced FT writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Before that he was in charge of the FT’s award-winning op-ed page. His awards include Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Wincott Journalism Awards. He was named business commentator of the year at the 2014 UK Comment Awards and won the Gerald Loeb award for commentary in the US in 2013. He was also named best columnist in the 2011 and 2012 Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards. He was named one of the 100 most influential men in Britain by GQ magazine in 2009.

John won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the FT, he trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers before working titles, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. He is co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters, the definitive account of the collapse of Barings Bank, and has written a financial novel, A Fatal Debt. He has also authored How to be a rogue trader, an eSpecial from Penguin books. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, including on the BBC, CNBC and CNN.

Who attends

The FT Future of News will be attended by C-Suite executives from;

  • Traditional and new media companies
  • TV/Cable companies
  • PR and Advertising agencies
  • Technology Platforms
  • Regulators and Politicians 
  • Private equity investors 
  • Consultants and Legal firms 

Job Titles Include:

  • Board Director
  • CEO
  • Chairman
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Content Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Chief Revenue Officer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Managing Editor

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Lead sponsor (1)

Founded in 1979, Fisher Investments is an independent, fee-only investment adviser. As of 9/30/2018, the firm and its subsidiaries manage over $105bn in assets – over $58bn for North American private investors, over $37bn for institutional investors and over $8bn for European private investors. Fisher Investments has four principal business units: US Private Client, Institutional, International and 401(k) Solutions, which collectively serve over 175 large institutions and 50,000 high net worth individuals worldwide. The firm and its subsidiaries have over 3,000 employees located in offices in California, Texas, Washington, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Dubai and Japan.
Founder and Executive Chairman Ken Fisher wrote the Forbes "'Portfolio Strategy" column for 32½ years through 2016, making him the longest continuously running columnist in its history. Mr Fisher’s columns are currently featured in the UK’s Financial Times, USA Today, Germany’s Focus Money and Handelsblaat, Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore, Denmark’s Børsen, the Netherlands’ De Telegraaf, Spain’s elEconomista, Sweden’s Dagens Industri, Switzerland’s Handelszeitung, Austria’s Trend, France’s L’Opinion and Norway’s Dagens Naeringsliv. He authored 11 books, including four New York Times bestsellers – and has been published, interviewed and written about in publications globally.

Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

Associate Sponsor (1)

Good Growth wrote a best selling book on eCommerce and are the leading media e-commerce agency based in the UK and now in New York who work globally to drive improvement in online revenues and margins.  Clients include the The Economist, The Telegraph, Time Inc. and Channel 4, alongside a range of consumer, hobby and trade periodicals.  Our success in the shaping of digital strategies and the delivery of online subscription transformation on global platforms is achieved through addressing the organisation barriers that stop the customer being placed at the heart of online engagement.  We offer a very distinctive customer-led approach that builds deep insight on which transformational change can be delivered. 

Supporting Organisations (2)

ETNO represents Europe’s leading telecommunications network operators, who provide European citizens with innovative digital communication and services. ETNO, founded in 1992, is the principal policy group for European network operators and it aims at supporting a positive policy environment to deliver the best quality services to consumers and businesses. ETNO brings together the major investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing over 70% of the total sector investment in Europe’s main markets.

For more information, see or follow us on Twitter: @ETNOAssociation

Founded in March 2003 by some of Europe’s leading content brands, OPA Europe is the only pan-European Publishers association totally focused on digital strategies with the single purpose of helping media companies build profitable online businesses.

The Online Publishers Association Europe provides the best forum for the real exchange of best-practices on media innovation and digital transformation to its premium members, such as The New York Times Global, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, El Pais, The Telegraph, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, Grupo Espresso, El Mundo or Ringier/Axel Springer. OPA Europe is affiliated with the U.S.-based Digital Content Next.

Through closed-door meetings for the sharing of experiences/best practices, exclusive research and ongoing communications/networking, OPA Europe seeks to establish and promote the Internet as a sustainable business for publishers, and a valuable proposition for consumers and marketers. Members of OPA Europe ascribe to the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability.


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