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Join the Industry's Leading Strategists and Top Achievers!

Listen to award winning digital journalists as they present new perspectives and share insights on their latest achievements.

Ashley Codianni, Director of Social Publishing, CNN
Ashley Codianni is the Director of Social Publishing for CNN Worldwide. In this role she oversees the publishing of social content across CNN’s social platforms around the globe. A social force, Codianni has earned attention for publishing the first-ever Snapchat interview with a U.S. Senator, playing Cards Against Humanity with U.S. Members of Congress, and re-purposing Jimmy Kimmel’s series of celebrities reading critical tweets of themselves for U.S. politicians among other so-called ‘viral’ hits.
She will discuss social publishing and CNN’s Snapchat Discover Strategy and how this visually compelling style is set to transform the “traditional” news experience. View her recent Snapchat interview with a US Senator (click on link below).
Hannah Ray, Producer & Visual Storyteller
Formerly of Instagram Community, Instagram
Hannah Ray, née Waldram, is a creative producer and visual storyteller. A journalist by training, she has more than six years’ experience working in the news and tech industry as reporter, producer, community manager, editor and creative lead. Hannah was Instagram’s first international hire and worked on the flagship editorial team for the last three years. She was also production lead for new in-app editorial experiences on Explore, Instagram Stories, and six in-language Instagram channels. Before Instagram, Hannah worked in the Guardian’s UK newsroom, experimenting with new media to engage audiences. 

She specialises in creating and producing short-form online storytelling experiences. Her passion is finding new ways of telling stories to connect people online.

Hannah is based in London, UK, where she lives with her husband and freelances for a range of clients on visual storytelling and engaging online communities. 

Robert Bole, General Manager of CityLab
(& Director of Global Strategy of The Atlantic Media)
Robert Bole is the General Manager of CityLab, a global site dedicated to covering the growth and evolution of cities. He has been an adviser and consultant to media publishers and media technology companies seeking growth in global markets. He has been a Senior Adviser to the New York Times co-leading their planned growth in international markets; and currently serves as the Director of Global Strategy at The Atlantic, U.S.-based news and commentary magazine and as a Senior Advisor at Byline Me, a Norwegian technology company offering platform services to journalists, publishers and brands.
(Formerly Director of Innovation and Global Strategy of BBG, Broadcasting Board of Governors).
Rob delivered an inspiring Keynote Address on – Golden Age of Journalism – New Tools, Old Values – Journalism in the Digital Age at the 1st edition of this Summit on Digital Journalism World 2013. Rob was then the Director of Innovation and Global Strategy at BBG, the Broadcasting Bureau of Governors, where he oversaw the formation and execution of BBG’s global growth and development strategy encompassing its television, radio, digital and mobile platforms.

Anjali Kapoor, Head of Digital, Asia Pacific, Bloomberg LP

Anjali Kapoor is Head of Digital, Asia for Bloomberg Media, where she is responsible for overseeing the execution of Bloomberg’s digital strategy in the region. Her team of digital editors based in Hong Kong work to unify Bloomberg’s powerful existing media assets – including Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets and Pursuits magazines, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and original digital video – to deliver relevant stories for

Previously, Anjali was Director, Digital News Strategy at The Globe and Mail in Canada where she oversaw the digital editorial strategy from Singapore for more than three years. Before moving to Singapore, she was the Managing Editor, Digital for the publication in Canada, where she worked with senior management to shift the traditional newsroom into a digital culture. For more than two years, she oversaw a team of digital editors responsible for the running of The Globe and Mail on multiple platforms. 

Prior to The Globe and Mail, Anjali was Director of Product & Editorial at Yahoo! Canada where she was responsible for overseeing the overall content strategy and business goals of core digital products like Front Page, News, Finance, Lifestyle, Sports, Community and Video. 


Jan-Keno Janssen, Senior Editor, c’t Magazin & heise online
Jan-Keno Janssen works as a senior editor for renowned German c’t Magazin and news website heise online, where he is responsible for Virtual Reality and Wearables. Janssen has 20 years of experience in media and holds a degree in Media studies from Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum.

He believes devoutly that Virtual Reality will be the biggest revolution in tech since the iPhone. Janssen once fell asleep with VR goggles on.

About Heise – Founded in 1949 as an address and telephone directory publisher, Heise today is one of the biggest technology oriented publishing houses in Germany. The most important publications are c’t, iX and heise online. c’t has a sold circulation of about 270,000. heise online ranks among the most successful German language tech news portals with around 15 Million unique visitors per month.

Renée Kaplan, Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times
Renée Kaplan is the Head of Audience Engagement at the Financial Times, where she leads a team that helps grow the reach and impact of FT journalism and pilots innovation in the newsroom. Previously Deputy Editorial Director of news network France 24, and Chief Content Officer at Havas, she has also worked as a journalist on staff at numerous U.S. media including CNN, CBS and the New York Observer. She is Franco-American and lives in London. 

Wahyu Dhyatmika, Editor for Tempo Media Group Indonesia, Jakarta/Board member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI)

Wahyu is the lead editor for the Panama Papers project in Tempo Magazine, Indonesia. He organized the reporting that manage to expose links between several prominent names in Indonesian business and political landscape with the Panama Papers. Now he is developing collaborative investigative projects with local media in Papua to strengthen independent journalism in that restive part of the country. He is also preparing a fellowship program for student journalists across Indonesia so they can learn and work as investigative reporters in Tempo’s newsroom.

Wahyu is also a board member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia where he develop training modules and conduct workshops on data journalism and data driven investigative reporting. He is experimenting with different form of citizen reporting in various digital platforms to find a better way for journalism to serve the public interest in the digital age.

Irene Jay Liu, APAC News Lab Lead, Google News Lab

Irene Jay Liu is a media training specialist with the Google News Lab, based in Hong Kong. She also teaches data-driven investigative journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously, she was an investigative reporter and data editor at Thomson Reuters and a senior reporter at the South China Morning Post. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.



Zach Seward, VP of Product and Executive Editor, Quartz Media
Zach is the vice president of product and executive editor of Quartz. He leads the teams responsible for product development, audience growth, and data visualization, and also writes about the future of TV and other topics. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the newspaper’s first social media editor. Before that, he helped launch the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, covering the media industry.

Tammy Gur, Head of User Experience & Design, BBC News

Tammy is the Head of User Experience and Design for BBC News. In this role she is responsible for the design of the digital news services on web and apps, for BBC News in English and 31 additional languages that are the BBC World Service.

For over 15 years Tammy’s specialism has been in the development of content rich sites. Some of her recent projects include – a mobile video lead news proposition as an extension to the BBC News app, the design of topics into the news to pave the way for personalization, and the development of brand personality for the BBC News brand experience. Tammy also lectures in higher education design institutes. She develops and runs workshops and courses in the fields of user experience, UCD, usability, and interaction design.

Hamish Boland-Rudder, Online Editor, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Hamish Boland-Rudder is online editor for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Before joining ICIJ, he spent two years running the breaking news website for The Canberra Times in Australia, which included coordinating digital coverage of elections, major sporting events, and live coverage of breaking news events. Hamish also established new digital reporting rounds for the daily newsroom, and has spent time as a reporter writing for The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Korea Herald, and other publications.

Hamish also spoke at the 2015 DJW summit. He presented on this exciting topic – The role of leaks in data journalism. What did data journalism informed us about these cases? Join us at DJW 2017 for more exciting updates. 

Sandeep Amar, CEO, Indian Express Digital

Sandeep Amar is the CEO of Indian Express Digital, one of India’s number 2 digital group with an audience of 80 million unique users per month. Indian Express Digital has been the fastest growing digital publisher in India in last 8 months, moving from number 7th to number 2 position in India – since Sandeep joined as the CEO. A former CEO at, a Zee media entity, Sandeep grew their audiences from 25 million unique users to 75 million unique users a month and moved the publication from digital publisher’s rank 8 to 2. In addition to this, the revenues generated by grew fivefold from $2 million to $10 million in just three years of his leadership. became a profitable business under his guidance and it is a published fact, under the annual report of ZEEL. He was earlier the Head – Marketing, Audience, and Sales Strategy at Times Internet, where he moved Times Internet from rank 3 to undisputed number one position in terms of audiences and contributed to significant revenue growth of the company. Sandeep has also worked at Citigroup and The Hindustan Times. He is an MBA from FMS, Delhi and a six sigma black belt. 

Sandeep is an industry veteran with experience of over 20 years. Sandeep has been a regular blogger and speaker in the internet ecosystem in India and abroad. 

Rakhmadi Afif Kusumo, Co Founder,

Rakhmadi Afif Kusumo has spent some years working with traditional and digital media. Rakhmadi is a graduate of School of Business Management, Bandung Institute of Technology with cum laude. Starting career in banking, he has managed financial relationships with multinational corporates. After working with Citibank, he pursued Masters degree in Energy Trade and Finance in Cass Business School, City University London United Kingdom. Coming back to Indonesia and working for energy company that invests in renewable energy and do coal trading. Apart from that, his family have a mining industry magazine called Majalah Tambang, which is a traditional magazine media, that published monthly. He’s been helping and nurturing it since inception. In 2013, he become external relation consultant for a big mining group in Indonesia.

Then in 2015, he co-founded of a digital media online. In addition to growing the media business, Adi is also likes to give seminar and discussion in universties such ash Mercu Buana University and Bandung Institute of Technology. He believes digital media is the only thing that will survive and news consumptions in this era will be very dynamic.

Dandy Koswaraputra, Managing Editor, The Jakarta Post Digital


Dandy Koswaraputra is Managing Editor of The Jakarta Post for online version. Before joining the Post, he spent three years with Bloomberg TV Indonesia and 10 years with Aljazeera Network. Dandy started working in journalism with Bisnis Indonesia daily in 1995 as banking and financial reporter. After two years with the Indonesian business newspaper, he joined Reuters and Bloomberg as general news and commodity reporter. In 2003, as earlier stated, Dandy entered TV journalism arena with the Qatar-based television Aljazeera, and then joined Bloomberg TV Indonesia a decade later. Besides, Dandy is also committee member of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia.

Christina Lo, CEO, Stakk Factory, Hong Kong

Christina has a unique blend of multi-disciplinary experiences in the field of digital media development, user experience design, documentary production, urban planning and e-commerce. 

The digital world is spinning fast. The diversity of experiences helps her navigate paths in different and innovative ways. Adventures still go on! She is leading a digital media start-up creating the mobile social news network bringing awe inspiring content that blends fun experience with meaning.

Chris C. Anderson, VP Content, Stakk Factory
(LinkedIn Top 10 Voices/Media 2016)
Chris is passionate about digital media and all that the term “digital media” encompasses. From editing an intern’s work to evaluating a new mobile product or tool, to working on and leading major editorial projects to breaking news and everything else below, above and between.
He leads a team of 25 content creators, social media managers and freelancers to create the most compelling videos and multimedia geared towards millennials in Hong Kong and the Asia region. His focus is on reaching this target demo on social media and Stakk had quickly grown their Facebook audience to over 450,000 highly engaged fans since launch last April.

Chris also implemented internal organizational processes and procedures geared to spark creativity and streamline production and workflow. He works as a part of Stakk leadership on high level, long term goals and strategies based around KPIs for the best possible ROI for the company and investors. He was recently selected by LinkedIn as the Top voices 2016 in the media space.

Kuang Keng Kuek Ser, Founder of DataN

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng is an award-winning digital journalist. He is also the founder of DataN, a training program that lowers the barrier for newsrooms and journalists with limited resources to integrate data journalism into daily reporting. DataN has helped publications like Foreign Policy, NK News and Malaysiakini to strengthen their storytelling with data, visual and interactive components.

Keng has more than 10 years of experience in digital journalism. He was a journalist with Malaysiakini for 8 years specializing in investigative and political reporting. He produced over 3,500 news reports during the period.  In 2013, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to further his studies at New York University’s Studio 20, a journalism M.A. program that focuses on new media and digital innovation. In 2015, Keng was selected as a Google Journalism Fellow and a Tow-Knight Fellow. He has worked in several US newsrooms including NBC, Foreign Policy, and the International Business Times.
​In addition, he has extensive experience in social media management, research, election monitoring and translation. Keng produces data and interactive data visualization and is involved in many projects. ​Keng’s skills and experience include – effectively using data journalism tools and processes, consulting on data-driven projects and data visualizations. He has also developed innovative solutions to address and solve problems faced by digital newsrooms. In addition, he is experienced in breaking news, live coverage of news, investigative reporting, citizen journalism and research. His passion is in combining his experience in reporting and storytelling with technology to produce sustainable and better journalism products.

Victoria Ho, Asia Editor, Mashable
Victoria Ho is Mashable’s Asia Editor, based in Singapore. A business and technology reporter for over a decade, she’s worked for The Business Times, TechCrunch and ZDNet, and had bylines published in the Nikkei Asian Review and Women’s Wear Daily. When she isn’t writing, she’s making music with her band.
Ben Kreimer, Journalism Technologist
As a journalism technologist, Ben Kreimer specializes in storytelling with drones, virtual reality, 360° video, 3D reconstructions, and open source hardware sensor platforms. He focuses on helping storytellers and mission-driven organizations leverage these emerging technologies for telling immersive stories and amplifying their work. Ben brought 360° video to BuzzFeed as the first fellow in their San Francisco based Open Lab, a media R&D space. He has co-produced many of BuzzFeed’s 360° videos, including their first, which has received over six million views. He is also an adviser for the Drone Journalism Lab and African skyCAM, and has worked with academic institutions and organizations including Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Times of India, CCTV Africa, VICE News, African Wildlife Foundation, SecondMuse, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project in Turkey.
Alan Soon, Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom
Alan Soon is the Founder & CEO of The Splice Newsroom, an editorial consultancy that helps transform and modernize newsrooms. The Splice Newsroom is a method that looks at four key areas: people, culture, tools and workflow. The first two are focused on soft skills — values and behaviours needed to help teams innovate and evolve. The second two deal with getting the right tools and operational workflow in place so that teams can do their jobs.
For more than 20 years, Alan has worked in radio, TV, news wires, magazine and online across the region. This gives him a 360 view on how various newsrooms get things done — and where things get stuck. He started out as a reporter and grew into producer, editor, newsroom manager and eventually business leadership roles. In his last position, Alan led one of the largest digital news teams in the industry as Yahoo’s Managing Editor for India and Southeast Asia. He also worked at esteemed Newsrooms such as CNBC and Bloomberg across Asia. Alan is a regular speaker at media conferences in the region where he discusses the changing newsroom and the evolving business of journalism, including content marketing and social distribution.

Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business

Jessica is the Managing Editor of Eco-Business, an award-winning journalist, TV presenter and a social entrepreneur. She has a decade of experience in journalism with a particular expertise in sustainable development, and is also a columnist for The Straits Times and an adjunct research associate for the Centre for Liveable Cities.

Jessica won a global journalism award at the Earth Journalism Awards, which was held in Copenhagen in December 2009 by Internews and the World Bank. In March 2010, she was named Young Journalist of the Year by Singapore Press Holdings. In February 2011, her stories on sustainability won her the first Asean Green Technology Journalism Award by Siemens.

She founded Eco-Business in 2009 with a vision to provide a platform for the region to discuss and advance sustainability issues. It is today the leading news site in Asia Pacific dedicated to reporting sustainable development and responsible business stories. It also offers custom publishing, multimedia production, research and bespoke events. Under her leadership, Eco-Business beat other media giants to clinch the Lee Foundation Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation Merit Award at the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) 2013. In 2015, Jessica was given the AEJA’s Sustained Environmental Reporting by a Journalist Award for her efforts in contributing to environmental journalism over the last decade.

She is the published author of ‘Forging a Greener Tomorrow: Singapore’s journey from slum to eco-city’, and is also the presenter of a climate change documentary for Channel NewsAsia, a Singapore-headquartered English language Asian TV News channel, called ‘Challenge Tomorrow’ which will be aired in the first quarter of 2017. Jessica’s passion is in advocating sustainable development and gender equality. She is frequently invited to speak at events and moderate discussions across the globe on her areas of expertise.


Dmitry Dumik, Founder & CEO, Chatfuel

With a passion for technology and computer science, Dmitry jumpstarted his career full force with spending a few years working as an IT Product Manager at Procter & Gamble. After deciding to let his entrepreneurial spirit flourish, he founded a series of startups which he sold in 2015. 

Since 2015, Dmitry has been channeling his expertise in the and chatbot space through Chatfuel, which received funding from Y Combinator, Greylock, Yandex, The Knight Foundation and 500 Startups. 

To date, over 360K bots have been created on Chatfuel, serving 17+ million of users globally. Brands like Forbes, TechCrunch, Uber, National Geographic, NBA and NFL teams and many others have used Chatfuel to create their bots. 

With such a considerable progress, Dmitrii plans to continue to lead the charge in the chatbot space and provide advanced chatbot solutions for leading brands, publishers, and businesses

Carrie Brown Director, Social Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Carrie Brown is the director of the social journalism Master’s program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Launched in 2015, this program prepares students to engage and serve communities with social media and other digital technologies. Her research and upcoming book centres on how news organizations can adapt to the changing media landscape. Brown was previously an associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis, where she also served as the director of the city-wide high school journalism program and founded a graduate certificate program in entrepreneurial journalism in partnership with a local accelerator. She has also worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor as well as serving as the traveling curriculum manager for the Committee of Concerned Journalists before receiving her PhD in journalism at the University of Missouri in 2008. She has a Master’s degree in communication from the Annenberg School at Penn and an undergraduate degree in journalism and conservation biology from the University of Wisconsin.

Villie Tsang, Chief Design Officer (Design & Innovation), Stakk Factory
Villie designs digital video content for millennials in Asia. She helped develop the STAKK brand identity and brand strategies for local and regional expansion. Also, Villie designed and managed collaborative organizational structure and workflow to promote creativity and innovation capacity. As part of her portflio, she has adopted Lean UX methodology into new content creation process for millennial target audience. In her current capacity as Chief Design Officer, Villie oversees the Digital Innovation Team (STAKKlab) with the Technology Team: Product, Innovation, R&D.

Joshua Wilwohl, Producer, Automotive Events

Joshua Wilwohl has more than eight years’ experience planning, creating and managing digital content for companies in the U.S. and Asia. He is a producer at Automotive Events, Inc., a full service event and content generation company serving the automotive industry, where he develops press events globally and manages the company’s emerging content creation network. He is also the founder of Simplify Ink, a copywriting agency for digital platforms and products that was created as part of his postgraduate work in online journalism at the Birmingham School of Media in the U.K. Previously, he was a senior editor at Quantum Communications, where he helped implement digital content strategies for businesses in Cambodia, China, Thailand, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. He also was the digital manager at The Cambodia Daily and a professor at Pannasastra University of Cambodia. At The Daily, he led the newspaper’s digital team, managing web updates, social media, brand engagement, subscriptions, advertisements, design and development. At Pannasastra, his courses included Media in the Digital Age, Digital Technologies and Media, and Introduction to Journalism. Wilwohl also worked as an editor and reporter at, when it was part of The Huffington Post Media Group; as an editor and writer at The Star-Ledger; and as a copy editor at The New Jersey Herald. He is the author of All the News that Fits in Your Pocket, an eBook about technology’s disruption of the news industry and the emergence of mobile journalism.

Our Past Speakers - DJW 2013 & DJW 2015

Creative Director, News Online
BBC News

Senior Mobile Editor
CNN Digital

Director of Media Innovation & Senior Correspondent

Founder & CEO

Associate Director, Audience Development
The New York Times

Director of Digital News Projects
The Washington Post

Head, Interactive News
Financial Times

Executive Editor & Chief Content Officer

News Editor, Data & Interactives
Helsingin Sanomat

Managing Editor, SEA, Yahoo! News Digest
Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo! Singapore

Online Editor
International Consortium of Investigate Journalists

South-East Asia Correspondent
The Economist

Profesor, Future Media
Fontys School of Applied Sciences

Senior Editor
Quantum Media

Asia Digital Editor
The Wall Street Journal

Communications Manager

Global Social Media Editor
The Huffington Post

CEO, Visual Editors
Founder, Smart Film School

Director of Innovation
Broadcasting Board of Governors

Data Journalist, Financial Times

Head of Operations, Financial Times

CEO & Co-Founder

CEO & Executive Editor

Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom
Formerly Country Manager, Yahoo! Singapore
Head of Audience & Managing Editor, Yahoo! South East Asia

Chief Marketing Officer

Global Interactive Editor,
Associated Press & President and Advisory Board Member
Asian American Journalists Association

Local Principal
Baker & McKenzie

Visiting Professor
Nanyang Technological University

President, AAJA-Asia
Host & Producer, WSJ Digital Network

Multimedia Analyst and Writer

Business Development,
Online Product Line,
APAC, Vizrt


Asia Reporter
The Next Web