In Alphabetical Company Order
Jaeson Ma is chairman and co-founder of 88rising, a multiplatform digital media company dedicated to celebrating global Asian culture. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in New York, 88rising aims to be the leading global destination for Asia-related content though its original, curated and licensed videos and editorial blog. Prior to 88 Rising Jaeson founded East West Artists (EWA), an international talent management and production company that focuses on developing and catalyzing premier global talent between the East and the West across film, television and new media.
Jaeson is also an international speaker, artist, consultant, author, and active investor in media, tech and entertainment.
Edward Sabin is the executive MD of international at A+E Networks. He manages all aspects of the company’s rapid growth activities in Latin America, Canada, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand, and leads business operations for A+E Networks’ international channels globally. In addition, he is responsible for leading a range of global strategic and operational initiatives and teams, managing commercial policy and coordination on global ad sales and distribution and evaluating and enhancing A+E’s global and local approaches to business functions. Before joining A+E, Edward was the group COO for Discovery and TLC Networks, as well Science Channel and Velocity.
Prior to joining Discovery in 2007, he was with Fox Television Studios for seven years, where his roles included SVP of business development and operations and VP of business and legal affairs. Edward received his juris doctor and bachelor of arts degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Giles Trendle is the acting MD and director of programs at Al Jazeera English where he oversees an editorial staff of over 400 people based in its centers of Doha, London, Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur, as well as in over 70 bureaus around the world. Giles first joined Al Jazeera in 2004 to work on the Arabic channel's flagship investigative documentary show before moving to Al Jazeera English ahead of its launch in 2006. He began his career in the mid 1980’s as a freelance print journalist based in Lebanon covering that country’s civil war.
Giles resides in Qatar where the Al Jazeera Media Network is headquartered. Al Jazeera produces 24/7 news and current affairs programming for a worldwide TV audience of over 280 million households and mobile content for global digital consumers.
As head of content for APAC, James Farrell is in charge of all acquisitions for Prime Video and productions under the Amazon Studios banner in the region. James joined Amazon in April 2015 to lead the content strategy for Prime Video Japan prior to the launch of the service in September 2015. Local content has been a key driver for Prime Video’s success, and James is working with content creators throughout the region to deliver a high-quality customer experience to Prime Video members.
Prior to Amazon, James spent 10 years at Sony Pictures Television with executive roles in Los Angeles, Toronto and Tokyo during that time. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Middlebury College. He and his wife and son live together in Tokyo.
Nitesh Kripalani is the director and country head of Amazon Prime Video in India, leading the India Amazon teams deliver thousands of movies and TV shows to Prime members, including Indian and global Amazon Original series. Before moving to Amazon, Nitesh spent five years at Sony Pictures Networks India, where he led the new media/digital video business after building it from scratch, built the sports channel and also led corporate development. Prior roles have included stints at British Telecom in London and AT Kearney in Singapore.
Before going to business school, Nitesh worked at start-ups in the knowledge process outsourcing industry and led large 24x7 operational teams in servicing clients worldwide.
Richard WP Shim is the CXO of Astory Co. Ltd, a leading TV drama production house in Korea, a post he assumed in December 2016. Richard brings more than 25 years of professional media experience in Korean media, particularly in content creation and channel operation.
His previous posts include co-CEO of E-Channel and SEVP of T-Cast Inc., Arirang TV and CJ Media.
Rohana Rozhan, a pioneer member of the Astro Group, is a principal architect of the company’s growth strategies. She has led the company in achieving many breakthroughs and firsts, underpinning a long-term brand and stakeholder value-creation story. Rohana is passionate about transforming Astro into a cloud, mobile-first and analytics-driven digital content organization, building on its customer relationships, differentiated IPs, reach, relevance and experiences.
Rohana holds an honors bachelor of arts degree in accounting and economics from University of Kent, Canterbury. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and is a member of the World Economic Forum. She serves as an independent director of DTV Haber Ve Gösel Yayincilik A. Ş., owned by Dogan TV, a leading media group in Turkey.
Sameer Nair is group CEO of Balaji Telefilms, one of India’s largest television production studios for Hindi and regional content. Sameer oversees strategy, operations and expansion at the company, driving growth in television production, building the movie studio and preparing the launch of ALT Balaji, a new OTT-SVOD platform. Sameer’s began in the early 1990s with the Star TV Network, taking charge of Star Movies. Over the next 12 years at Star, he headed a variety of portfolios, eventually being named CEO in 2006. In 2007, Sameer was named CEO of Hindi channel NDTV Imagine, which was acquired by Turner in 2010. Sameer went on to become the CEO of Turner General Entertainment Networks. He was named group CEO of Balaji Telefilms in July 2014.
Through his company Constellation Media Group, Sameer also explores entrepreneurial opportunities in online video, e-commerce, film and television production, gaming and hospitality.
Based in Singapore, Beatrice Lee has over 16 years’ experience in the sports marketing industry. She joined the Aser Group in October 2016 as the CEO of Baofeng Sports International (BSI) VR, a JV between Aser and Baofeng China. She manages the company’s business expansion and operations globally. Beatrice was with MP & Silva for seven years since October 2009 as the MD for Asia Pacific, excluding Japan and Korea. Previously, she was the commercial director at Infront Sports & Media’s Beijing office, where she was in charge of the commercial rights for the Chinese national football and basketball teams and assisted in the sale of FIFA archive rights across Asia.
Prior to Infront, Beatrice spent five years at the Total Sports Asia agency, at first in regional sales and later as the senior manager for business development.
Tim Davie has been the CEO of BBC Worldwide and director of global since April 2013. BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Tim was made acting BBC director-general from November 2012 until April 2013. Prior to this, Tim was director of BBC Audio & 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. Previously, he was director of the BBC's marketing, communications and audiences division.
Before joining the BBC, he was VP of marketing and franchise at PepsiCo Europe. He read English at Cambridge University and from there joined Procter and Gamble.
Jonathan Munro is head of newsgathering at BBC, which is one of the world's largest broadcast newsgathering operations with more than 60 international bureaus. Jonathan is in charge of the day-to-day activity and deployments of all journalists working for BBC’s network news based in the UK and abroad. His department provides live coverage and reports to all English language radio, television and multimedia platforms across BBC News. He also deputizes for the director of news, and is regularly in charge of the BBC News division. He was previously at ITN for 26 years, joining as an editorial trainee and going on to work as a correspondent in the UK, Europe and around the world.
Among other major stories, Jonathan covered the Balkans war, both Gulf wars and the Beijing and London Olympics. He has worked extensively in the United States, Russia and Africa, and was Europe correspondent for three years and political news editor for two.
Mike Kerr joined beIN Asia Pacific at its inception in May 2016. As MD, Mike is tasked with shaping beIN’s business model and operations in the region while identifying new customer experiences and revenue opportunities. Since joining beIN, Mike has expanded the beIN Sports brand in Asia and doubled the number of beIN Sports feeds to ensure wide coverage of its live events. Mike is also responsible for the rollout of beIN’s first multi-device player in Asia, beIN Sports Connect. Prior to joining beIN, Mike was CEO of Asian Tour, the body for professional golf and the premier circuit in the region, for four years. Mike also spent 12 years at ESPN Star Sports as VP for affiliate and multimedia sales.
Mike holds an honors degree in civil engineering from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in applied environmental science from Queens University, Belfast.
Justin B. Smith is CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg LP's global multiplatform media organization that comprises digital, mobile, television, digital video, radio, print magazines and live events platforms. Since joining Bloomberg in September 2013, Justin has developed a portfolio of digitally led, multiplatform brands: Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg Politics, Bloomberg Pursuits and Bloomberg Opinion. He was in The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media in 2014.
Prior to Bloomberg, Justin was president of Atlantic Media where he launched award-winning digital brands such as Quartz, The Atlantic Wire and Defense One. Previously, Justin served as president and publisher of The Week magazine. He came to The Week from The Economist Group, where he led corporate strategy in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Jane Jimenez-Basas is the president and CEO of Cignal TV, the biggest and fastest-growing pay-TV network in the Philippines. In the space of one year, Jane has led the company to industry leadership in market share and brand presence, and continues to introduce innovations particularly on media-telco convergence services. Before heading Cignal, Jane was group head for Smart Telecommunications’ prepaid business, managing PLDT’s mobile brands Smart and Talk N’ Text. She has also held various leadership roles in Media5, ABS-CBN Hong Kong, Globe Telecom, Bayan Telecommunications and Citibank.
Launched in 2009, Cignal TV uses both DTH and IPTV broadcast technologies. Cignal TV is a subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, the media arm of the PLDT group of companies.
Sang Gill Lee is CJ E&M’s EVP and chief strategy officer, in charge of the company’s global business and operations, integrated marketing and digital business. CJ E&M is Korea’s leading entertainment and media content company.
Prior to CJ, Mr Lee was with Cheil Worldwide, where he became the company’s global VP and head of digital marketing in 2012. His other senior posts at Cheil have included COO and VP of Cheil Americas Inc. in New York and executive director of the global interactive team at Cheil Worldwide in Seoul, where he began his career at the company as a senior manager in 1993. He holds a BA journalism degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, US.
Based in CNN’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong, Ellana Lee is CNN’s most senior executive outside of the US. As head of the Asia Pacific network and its editorial output, Ellana manages CNN’s on-air news programming produced throughout the region, including the correspondents and newsgathering teams across 10 operations from Kabul to Seoul. Ellana is also head of CNN Vision, a creative team that produces almost 1,000 hours of premium original programming for CNN International every year, delivering long-form series, documentaries and specials for TV, digital and social platforms.
Under CNN Vision, Ellana manages an additional 60 staff across eight production hubs in Hong Kong, London, Abu Dhabi, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Miami. Through CNN Vision, she works closely with colleagues at CNN International Commercial and Turner International to develop CNN’s business operations worldwide.
Janine Stein is Editorial Director for ContentAsia's information platforms, including print, multimedia, online and mobile. She has covered the Asian television and media business since 1989 and has worked for, among others, The Hollywood Reporter, the South China Morning Post/Television & Entertainment Times, Cable & Satellite Asia, Television Business International and Electronic Media.
Before 1989, Janine covered the African television industry for five years. Among other roles, she was TV Editor for an English-language national daily based in Johannesburg and a correspondent for Southern African media industry magazine Southern Screen & Stage.
Shavkat Berdiev is the Southeast Asia VP and GM of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, a division of Discovery Communications. Shavkat is charged with leading the strategic direction, growth and management of Discovery’s businesses within Southeast Asia. He oversees all aspects of business development and operational performance across the brand portfolio. Shavkat joined Discovery from Millicom International Cellular, where he led their largest operation as COO and deputy GM of Tigo Tanzania. He steered the company to market leadership by revamping their product portfolio and launching several digital products in partnership with Facebook and Google. Prior to Millicom, he held senior marketing roles with Vimplecom group in Cambodia and Uzbekistan.
Shavkat graduated from the Uzbek State WL University and is currently pursuing a MBA in marketing from Edinburgh Business School in the UK.
Based in London, Michael Lang manages Discovery Networks International (DNI) in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, in addition to overseeing digital strategies for DNI, working closely with local management to accelerate strategic efforts such as Dplay and Dkids. He is focused on new digital businesses that will extend the worldwide availability of Discovery’s content across multiple genres including factual, lifestyle, kids and sports. Michael also leads business development efforts for Discovery’s international division, with direct responsibility for both the strategy and execution of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures as well as third-party strategic transactions. He led the formulation and negotiations for Discovery’s partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media to launch BAMTech Europe.
DNI is a global leader in entertainment with worldwide distribution in both television and emerging digital platforms.
Hyun Park oversees DramaFever’s content acquisition, co-production and original production efforts. DramaFever is a leading VOD streaming site for Asian content in North, Central and South America. Founded in 2009, DramaFever has a library of over 16,000 hours of content from over 12 different countries. The company was acquired by Warner Bros. in 2016.
Hyun has over 20 years of Media and M&A experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including Grupo Prisa, StarMedia Networks and Morgan Stanley. Hyun holds bachelor of arts degrees in economics and East Asian studies from Yale University. He grew up in the Canary Islands, Spain.
Amit Goenka is the CEO of international broadcast business at the Essel Group, responsible for spearheading the company’s global ambitions, set to launch in 2020. Prior to this role, Amit headed the technology business of the Essel Group and played a vital role in the setting up state-of-the-art processes in all the group companies.
The Essel Group is among India’s leading companies, with a diverse portfolio of assets in media, packaging, entertainment, technology-enabled services, infrastructure development and education.
Nick Grudin is vice president of media partnerships at Facebook, where for more than six years he has focused on the company's growth as a platform for media. Nick leads a global team with the goal of connecting publishers and creators across news, sports, entertainment and causes with people on Facebook and Instagram. Prior to Facebook, Nick was VP of business development at Newsweek (Washington Post Co.) where he was on the management team tasked with transitioning the business from print to digital, leading the company's work with digital platforms and managing new editorial product initiatives. Before Newsweek, Nick was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on media and technology focused on digital and mobile businesses.
Nick received his BA in Cognitive Science at Pomona College, and a master's at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jeongdo Hong is the president and CEO of JoongAng Media Network (JMnet), one of Korea’s largest media groups. Jeongdo is also the president and CEO of JTBC, a general programming channel in Korea. JTBC was formerly known as TBC, one of Korea’s most popular channels in the 1960s and 70s, which was confiscated from the JoongAng media group by the military government in 1980. Jeongdo was instrumental in regaining the broadcast rights for TBC, which JMnet rebranded and relaunched as JTBC in December 2011. Jeongdo is also president and CEO of the JoongAng Ilbo, a major national newspaper.
Jeongdo is a member of the WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Committee and was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2010. He studied history at Yonsei University in Seoul before earning his BA in economics from Wesleyan University and his MBA from Stanford University.
Brian Sullivan joined 21st Century Fox in June 2015 and currently serves as president and COO of Fox Network Group’s (FNG's) digital consumer group, where is responsible for coordinating digital strategy and growth initiatives across FNG’s portfolio of networks and products. Brian is also a member of the Hulu board of directors, which includes working closely with the Hulu team and JV partners in the creation of their upcoming DMVPD service.
Brian’s team focuses on further enhancing the company’s TV Everywhere services, as well as developing underlying technology and capabilities for the future. This includes the expansion of live network streaming across the full portfolio and the continued rollout of digital ad insertion and true[X] engagement ad integrations.
Peter Tonagh is the CEO of Foxtel, one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, delivering a diverse subscription television service over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Foxtel, Peter held positions at News Corporation Australia as CEO and COO. Peter was also interim CEO of the REA Group as the board completed its search and appointment of its permanent CEO, Tracey Fellows.
Peter had previously worked with Foxtel for nine years, during which he held the roles of COO and CFO, responsible for overall strategy, including the acquisition and integration of Austar and channel negotiations and relationships. He oversaw a significant increase in Foxtel’s expenditure on content, including original local production.
Ernest Cu is the president and CEO of Globe Telecom, a leading telecom operator in the Philippines. Ernest has also served as a director at the company since April 2009. He joined Globe in October 2008 as deputy CEO. Ernest has led the modernization of Globe’s network and IT infrastructure, as well as the product innovations in its mobile business. In 2016, Ernest was named best CEO by Finance Asia for the third time. Moreover, for the fourth year in a row, he was recognized as one of the 100 most influential telecom leaders worldwide by London-based Global Telecoms Business Magazine Power 100.
In 2014, Ernest was named telecommunications executive of the year by the International Business Awards (Stevies). He has also named CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific in 2012.
Peter Bithos is the CEO of HOOQ, a premium video-on-demand service in Asia established by Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Prior to HOOQ, Peter was the COO at Singtel-invested Globe Telecom, leading all consumer telco, digital and financial technology efforts. During his tenure at Globe, the company was one of the best performing telco stocks in the world, nearly quadrupling its market capitalization, doubling its customer base and adding more than US$6 billion in market value. Peter engineered Globe’s digital strategy, crafting globally leading partnerships with Google, Facebook, Spotify, Viber, the NBA and The Walt Disney Company among others. Before Globe Telecom, Peter was the CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia from 2007 to 2010.
Peter graduated with a BS economics degree from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he finished as a dean’s list student.
As the founding leader of Hotstar, Ajit Mohan launched and built the service into India's leading streaming platform that brings together TV shows, movies and live sports. Since launching the service in February 2015, Ajit has led its growth to 175 million downloads and 60 million monthly users (as of January 2017).
Ajit is a graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an alumni of McKinsey and Company's New York office and a fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute. He is a member of the Mobile Marketing Association's India board.
Mark Britt is an experienced leader of technology, content and marketing led businesses. Prior to founding iflix, Mark served as CEO of Nine Entertainment’s digital arm Mi9, where he was responsible for the company’s SVOD investments and portfolio of start-up ventures. He was formerly also, GM of Microsoft’s consumer and online business for Asia Pacific. During his tenure with the company, Mark was instrumental in expanding Microsoft’s consumer and internet business into Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan and Korea.
iflix is a leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands TV shows, movies and more.
Anuj Gandhi is the Group CEO of IndiaCast, a joint venture between TV18 and Viacom. Anuj and his team aim to expand the group’s bouquet of channels across distribution platforms and to monetize content assets. Anuj’s expertise includes linear (traditional TV channels) and non-linear (VOD, syndication, etc.) content monetization.
In addition to Anuj’s responsibilities at IndiaCast, he is also head of content acquisition at Reliance Jio for all Jio video and audio apps. Reliance is India’s fastest-growing 4G network.
Alexander Rusli is the president director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo. Prior to his current role, Alexander was an MD in Northstar Pacific, a private equity fund that focuses on Indonesian and Southeast Asian opportunities. Before his stint in Northstar Pacific, he served the Government of Indonesia for nine years. The first six years was as an expert advisor to the minister of communications and information technology, where he was involved in the formulation of policy and regulation in the telecommunication, media and postal industries. In his last three years of government service, he was an expert staff to the minister of state-owned enterprises, overseeing approximately 140 state-owned enterprises with more than 500 subsidiaries. Alexander was once principal consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting in Indonesia.
Indosat Ooredoo, a member of the Ooredoo Group, aims to build Indonesia's leading digital telco.
Prashant Gokarn is the chief new business and innovation officer at Indosat, where he has been since July 2011. Prashant drives strategy formulation, planning, KPI and performance management and subsidiary management. As head of new business, he leads the fiber-to-the-home residential broadband and pay‐TV business. As the head of the digital business, Prashant established and leads the mobile financial services, mobile advertising and e‐commerce businesses. He is also responsible for Indosat’s venture initiatives, including the accelerator, IdeaBox, and the Softbank‐Alibaba‐Indosat venture capital fund. Prior to Indosat, Prashant was head of 3G business at Reliance Communications in India, where he joined as head of corporate strategy. Prashant holds an MBA from the India Institute Management (IIM) and a bachelor of technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (ITT).
Indosat Ooredoo, a member of the Ooredoo Group, aims to build Indonesia's leading digital telco.
Kamal Khalid is the CEO of television networks at Media Prima, Malaysia’s leading free-to-air TV operator. He joined the company in May 2009 as the COO for group shared services, a post he held until December 2015. Prior to that, he served as head of the communications unit for the prime minister’s office from 2003 to April 2009. Kamal also sits in the advisory board of the Asian Television Awards. His work experience also includes a stint in Kuala Lumpur’s financial services sector, in particular banking and private equity financing. He also spent three and a half years in the policy and development division at the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia), where he eventually became manager of international affairs.
Kamal received his secondary education in MRSM Muar, Johor and graduated with a bachelor of laws with honors degree from the University of Nottingham, England in 1994.
Jeffrey Seah is the founder and CEO of Mettle & Salt Partners, a consultancy that specializes in the data, technology, media and content sectors. His current projects cover industry development facilitation, go-to-market advisory and corporate (digital) reorganization implementation in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Jeffrey also serves as a board member, management advisor and investor to businesses: three of which have been courted by CVCs in the last six months, one invested in by Sequoia and all of them going concerns.
Jeffrey was formerly CEO of Southeast Asia at Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG), which he launched in 1999 and where he worked for 15 years. At Starcom, he oversaw the digital businesses across Asia Pacific, as well as the digital, data and tech mergers and acquisitions corporate strategy for SMG and Vivaki across the region.
Hary Tanoesoedibjo has served as president commissioner of Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) since September 2016. Hary also holds a number of senior positions within the MNC Group, such as president director of Global Mediacom, president director of Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI) and president commissioner of MNC Sky Vision. As the founder of MNC Group, he is responsible for transforming Global Mediacom/MNC into one of Indonesia’s leading media companies, directly overseeing and developing strategies of the holding company and its subsidiaries.
Hary holds an honors bachelor’s degree in commerce from Carleton University and an MBA from Ottawa University, both in Canada. He has regularly served as a speaker at various national and international media events, as well as lecturing in several university post-graduate programs in corporate finance, investment and strategic management.
Wu Swee Sin is MP & Silva’s MD for Asia Pacific, responsible for overseeing company operations across the region, excluding China, Japan and Korea. He joined MP & Silva in February 2017 and is an accomplished sports executive with over 25 years of international management experience in the sports and entertainment industry in Asia. His extensive experience spans across developing and leading commercial strategies across sponsorship, media and licensing rights brand management, research, digital, social media, client servicing as well as sponsorship activation. Before joining MP & Silva, Swee Sin held joint roles at Lagardere Sports Asia as SVP of Commercial Football Asia, and country manager for Greater China.
MP & Silva owns, manages and distributes television and media rights to some of the most prestigious sports events around the world, with a portfolio that provides over 10,000 hours of programming annually to over 200 broadcasters in 215 countries.
Kevin MacLellan is chairman of global distribution and international at NBCUniversal (NBCU). Based in London, Kevin is responsible for day-to-day operations and international expansion for NBCUniversal businesses outside of North America, including theatrical, home entertainment and television (distribution, networks and production) with a focus on increasing non-US revenues and driving business growth. In September 2016, he added oversight of domestic television and new media sales to his remit. His expanded leadership role allows NBCUniversal to take a more globally strategic approach and to nimbly respond to the changing trends of the media landscape around the world, with increased synergies across the broad NBCU portfolio.
Kevin also works collaboratively with the company’s international leaders to drive the growth agenda for CNBC International, Telemundo International, Parks & Resorts and NBC News. Additionally, he supports Comcast’s overseas expansion strategy and serves on NBCUniversal’s executive committee.
Ted Sarandos has led content acquisition for Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network with over 93 million members in more than 190 countries, since 2000. With more than 20 years' experience in home entertainment, Ted is recognized in the industry as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution. Before Netflix, Ted was an executive at video distributor ETD and Video City/West Coast Video.
Ted is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of Exploring The Arts, a non-profit focused on arts in schools. He also serves on the Film Advisory Board for Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival, is an American Cinematheque board member, an executive committee member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and is a trustee of the American Film Institute.
Adil Zainulbhai is chairman of Network18, a media and entertainment company with interests in television, internet, films, e-commerce, magazines, mobile content and allied businesses. Concurrently, Adil is also chairman of the Quality Council of India (QCI) and sits on the boards of Reliance Industries Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd and Cipla. As QCI chairman, Adil is involved in many government committees and major projects, such as Make in India, Startup India, Swachh Bhara and many others. Adil retired as Chairman of McKinsey India after 34 years at McKinsey, spending the last 10 years in India. Prior to returning to India, he led its Washington office and founded the Minneapolis office. Over the last 10 years, he has worked directly with the CEOs and promoters of major companies in India and abroad.
Adil is a mechanical engineering graduate from IIT and holds an MBA from Harvard.
Chatri Sityodtong is the founder and chairman of One Championship, Asia’s largest MMA sports media property, which broadcasts to over 1 billion homes across 118 countries. Chatri was recently named the Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports and International Business Times. His other business holdings include, Evolve MMA, Evolve University, Evolve Vacation, Evolve Fight Gear and several other companies across the sports, media, retail, real estate, technology and beverage industries. A motivational speaker and guest lecturer, Chatri is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Insead.
Chatri is also a certified senior Muay Thai instructor and holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Allen Lew was appointed CEO of Optus and of Singtel’s consumer group for Australia in October 2014, responsible for the day-to-day operations of Optus’ mobile and fixed businesses, as well as the wholesale and satellite division. Allen began his career with the Singtel Group in 1980 where he has held various positions over the years, including COO of Singapore Telecom International Pty Ltd and MD of Optus Consumer. More recently, Allen was CEO of Singtel’s global Group Digital Life division and country chief officer for Singapore. Allen was also Singtel’s CEO for Singapore from February 2006 to March 2012.
He is also currently a board member of the Energy Market Authority in Singapore and chairman of AIS’ executive committee in Thailand. Optus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singtel, one of Asia’s leading communications groups.
Mr. Regan is the Founder and CEO of Pacific Compass Ventures (PCV), a strategic advice and investment firm specializing in commerce between the U.S. and the Asia Pacific. With particular emphasis on advising and counseling Asia Pacific based companies, PCV focuses on the U.S. marketplace for strategic investment opportunities. PCV provides expert strategic and regulatory risk analysis about the U.S. telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) marketplace. With thirty years of government and private sector experience in the TMT sector, Mr. Regan is a globally recognized expert on U.S. policy and business trend lines in this space. Having spent significant time during the last fifteen years in the Asia Pacific policymaking and business arenas, he has unique insights into both region’s views of the U.S. and Asia Pacific relationship. PCV is committed to building the strongest possible relations between the U.S. and Asia Pacific, both on behalf of its clients and as a matter of sound public policy.
From 2001 to 2016, Mr. Regan served as the Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy for News Corp./21st Century Fox. In this capacity, he directly advised Mr. Rupert Murdoch and the senior management team and helped advance the business objectives for a leading global media and entertainment company operating on six continents and reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in 50 local languages. Anchored by his Asia team and office in Hong Kong, he supported the Asia Pacific distribution and commercial success of the company’s broadcast and cable assets including STAR, Fox, FX, Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Sports, National Geographic and film studios Twentieth Century Fox Film and Blue Sky. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Regan served as the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for NextWave Telecom Inc., a U.S. based and partly Asian funded national mobile provider of CDMA standard service. Mr. Regan ran the corporate communications, advocacy and investor relations teams, including close coordination with the company’s Asian investors. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Regan served as Senior Media and Telecommunications Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. Congress. He led the House of Representatives body of the Congress in the negotiation of the landmark 1992 Cable Regulation Act, the 1993 Spectrum Allocation Act and the seminal 1996 Telecommunications Act, the only rewrite of the original 1934 law.
Janice Lee is MD of PCCW’s Media Group, in charge of the company’s media businesses including Hong Kong’s leading pay TV service Now TV, the group’s OTT video entertainment services, the digital music service (Moov) and Viu, a global OTT video service. Janice joined PCCW in January 2003 and was appointed EVP of TV and New Media in April 2006.
Janice has over 20 years of experience in media and consumer businesses, including Star TV, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Citibank and Hong Kong Telecom. She was appointed MD in 2010.
Unmish Parthasarathi specializes in combining creativity, content and commerce with digital technology. His career began in sports media as the first employee of IMG's India office in 1994, before moving to the London headquarters where he worked in production, content rights licensing and digital product development. Unmish left IMG to attend business school. In 2008, Unmish moved to ESPN Star Sports in Singapore to lead strategy and business development in ASEAN and North Asia. He moved to Fox in 2012 and then to News Corporation in a year later to launch BallBall – a European football OTT offering. Since 2015, Unmish led the ICC's big push into digital monetization, and is now expanding the digital rights portfolio into next-generation technologies such as virtual reality.
Educated at St. Stephen's, Cambridge and London Business School, Unmish advises and invests via Picture Board, his private vehicle, and mentors startups in Singapore and India.
Adnan Shahid is the CCO of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL), the country’s largest ICT service provider. Adnan is responsible for the voice, broadband and multimedia segment, including product development, brand management, customer care and experience management. Over the span of his 20-year career, Adnan has held technology, marketing, and strategy leadership positions in several different industries. At PTCL, he has helped incubate the broadband and IPTV businesses into mature revenue-generating engines. Adnan spearheaded PTCL’s partnerships with OTT platforms such Netflix and iflix, the introduction of Pakistan’s LTE WiFi zones on the metro bus mass transit system and the launch of the PTCL Smart TV app.
Adnan is an Electrical Engineer from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan and holds an MBA in innovation and global leadership from MIT.
Sam Li is the head of content acquisition and strategic partnerships for Sina Sports, where he is responsible for domestic and international sports rights acquisition, strategic partnerships with rights holders, teams and individual athletes and international sponsorships and marketing. He was previously an AVP with the NBA. Sam has a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School and dual bachelor degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sina Sports licenses and partners with over 90 sports properties and its business encompasses event operation and licensing, player representation and original content.
Andrew Griffith was appointed group COO of Sky in March 2016 and is a board director of the Sky Group. In addition to his role as CFO, he is responsible for the group’s overall future growth plans as well as the group’s advertising businesses across Europe including AdSmart. Andrew joined the Company in 1999 from Rothschild, where he provided financial and strategic advice to corporate clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. He held a number of senior finance roles prior to his appointment as CFO in 2008, has a Law degree from Nottingham University and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 22 million customers across five countries: UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.
Mike Sneesby is the CEO of Stan Entertainment, an SVOD service for Australian consumers that he established in 2013. Stan Entertainment is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media. Mike was formerly the CEO of Cudo, the Microsoft/Nine Entertainment e-commerce joint venture, up until its sale in 2013. Prior to that, Mike set up the Invision IPTV service in Dubai as VP of IPTV for the Saudi Telecom/Astro Malaysia joint venture Intigral. Before joining Intigral, he headed corporate strategy and business development at ninemsn (Nine Digital), where he established and developed a portfolio of the company’s high-growth digital media businesses including MSN New Zealand and management of the EPG and listings business HWW. Prior to nineMSN, Mike led the rollout of Optus’ national ADSL network, Bigfoot.
Mike holds an honors degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Mirwan Suwarso has been with Super Soccer since its inception in 2010 and has watched the brand grow from being a surrogate for a cigarette brand into a standalone business venture. It is now Indonesia’s first soccer-focused OTT platform. As its business development director, Mirwan is tasked to develop the brand’s content, marketing and distribution strategy. Mirwan is also a known film director with three feature films and seven musicals to his name, and he is uses his experience in the entertainment industry to lead Super Soccer’s foray into original content production. To date, Super Soccer has entered into production and global distribution agreements with two European clubs and a number of international soccer stars to develop original programs and features for the platform.
Mirwan holds a Consumer Science degree from Purdue University of West Lafayette, Indiana.
Donald Tang is founder and managing partner of Tang Media Partners (TMP), which focuses on the global entertainment and media business with particular emphasis on transactions between China and the US. Previously, Donald was vice chairman of Bear Stearns & Co., chairman and president of Bear Stearns International Holdings and Chairman and CEO of Bear Stearns Asia. A veteran investment banker, Donald has been instrumental in numerous deals in China, including the US$2.6 billion Wanda/AMC transaction in 2012 and most recently the US$50 million slate financing transaction between STX and Huayi Brothers.
TMP’s assets include the majority ownership of IM Global, a leading global entertainment company with its core business in film and television international licensing, distribution and financing.
Ririek Adriansyah was appointed president director and CEO of Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest mobile operator and subsidiary of Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), in January 2015. Ririek has held various positions at the Telkom Group since 1990. Prior to heading Telkomsel, he was director of wholesale and international service, and before that, director of compliance and risk management. He also served at Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), another Telkom subsidiary, from 2008 to 2012. In his five years at Telin, his roles included director of international carrier service, director of marketing and sales and finally president director. He was also deputy executive GM of the Infratel division at Telkom from 2004 to 2008.
Ririek holds an electronics engineering degree from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).
Jeff Han is VP of Tencent Online Media Group (OMG), which supervises Tencent Video, a leading online video platform in China. He is also VP of Tencent Penguin Pictures. He oversees Tencent Penguin Pictures’ TV drama series production, Tencent Video’s content copyright cooperation and management and the overall marketing and branding of Tencent OMG. Jeff joined Tencent in Apr 2012. He also drives Tencent Video’s content partnerships. The platform’s exclusive content portfolio includes HBO, Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures and National Geographic.
Tencent launched Penguin Pictures in September 2015. As head of the company’s TV drama series production business, Jeff leads the team toward building an extensive library of IPs while advancing the in-depth cooperation with top-tier production companies, leading producers, screenwriters and directors.
Based in Singapore, Robert Gilby is responsible for leading all Disney business divisions across the Southeast Asia region with a focus on Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, expanding Disney's portfolio of leading brands such as Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. Robert joined The Walt Disney Company in January 2006, based in London, as MD of Disney channels in the UK, Scandinavia and emerging markets. In January 2008, he relocated to Hong Kong as MD for Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific. In this role, he collaborated with broadcast, platform and digital partners throughout the region to develop new, innovative business models and delivery methods across the Disney and ABC Studio content portfolio.
Prior to Disney, Robert worked at Turner Broadcasting Systems Asia Pacific, where he was VP of network development and strategic marketing.
Olivier Laouchez has more than 25 years of experience in the TV and music industry. After graduating from Paris Business School, he spent two years working in Southeast Asia and launched his FTA TV channel in Martinique at 25. In 1998, Olivier was appointed CEO of Secteur Ä, a leading independent hip-hop and R&B record label in France, where he designed an audiovisual project dedicated to the fans of urban music and culture the urban youth. In 2003, Olivier got funding from Goldman Sachs to launch this project. He acquired MCM Africa, a music channel owned by Lagardère, which he re-branded to Trace.
Today, Trace is active in 160 countries, with 60 million pay-TV subscribers, 22 localized TV channels, 30 FM and digital radio stations and several mobile services and digital platforms that engage with 200 million fans of urban music and culture.
Gerhard Zeiler is president of Turner International, which operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He is also a director of the board at media and entertainment company CME.
Gerhard started his career as a journalist and later spokesman for two Austrian chancellors. After serving as secretary general of Austria’s public broadcaster, ORF, he became CEO of Tele 5 and then RTL II in Germany. He returned to his native Austria to lead the ORF as director general. In 1998 Zeiler was named CEO of RTL, Germany’s biggest TV channel, and from March 2003 until April 2012, he was CEO of Europe’s largest television production and broadcast company RTL Group.
David Lynn is president and chief executive officer of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), with oversight of Viacom's media networks and related businesses outside the US. Prior to assuming his current role in January 2017, David was president of VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe from 2014, having been EVP and MD of the group since March 2007. In this role, he was responsible for the largest of Viacom’s geographic divisions outside the US, encompassing 33 European countries including the UK, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Scandinavia. The group has grown profitability under David’s management, driven by increased share of viewing in the UK plus the first launch of Spike outside the US. David led the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014 and its integration into Viacom.
David is a member of Viacom’s Global Inclusion Advisory Committee and has championed the company’s diversity strategy in the UK.
Gaurav Gandhi is the COO of Viacom18 Digital Ventures – a division set up to drive the consumer facing digital initiatives for the company. He has recently launched VOOT (Vaicom18’s OTT video platform), which has become one of the frontrunners in the Indian online video space. Gaurav is also responsible for the overall digital strategy for the company, besides leading all licensing and partnerships in this space. Prior to this role, Gaurav was the group COO of IndiaCast Media Distribution, a joint venture between TV18 and Viacom18 created to monetize all channel and content assets across media, platforms and geographies.
At Gaurav’s mandate was to maximize revenues and reach for content and services from the group – both domestically and overseas. In addition, he was responsible for building the group’s international business, which included ad sales, distribution and licensing.
Hosi Simon is the global GM of Vice Media. Hosi oversees the strategy, growth and operations of Vice Digital globally, which includes Vice Media’s suite of owned and operated channels, publishing partnerships (YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, Apple, Twitch, etc.) as well as mobile and OTT platforms. Under his guidance, Vice has expanded and diversified to include a growing network of digital channels, a television and feature film production studio, a magazine, in-house creative services agencies, and a newly launched international television network, Viceland, which has already received two Emmy nominations.
Hosi joined Vice in 2007 after five years at Rockstar Games where he served as a senior executive and managed brand development globally. Prior to working at Rockstar, he was publisher and editor-in-chief of Flyer, and oversaw the publishing company globally.
James (Jay) Rosenstock is the president of Viceland International and chief corporate development officer of Vice Media. In these roles, Jay is primarily responsible for Vice's international expansion. Since joining Vice in 2015, he has overseen the expansion of Vice into India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia (among other markets) and the launch of Vice's Viceland TV network in 50+ international markets. Prior to joining Vice, Jay was EVP of corporate development at Discovery Communications where he oversaw more than $3 billion of international M&A, including transformative acquisitions such as SBS Nordic and Eurosport. Rosenstock was previously an executive at Sony, where he worked across the company's entertainment and electronics businesses. Rosenstock began his career as a media and entertainment investment banker, most recently at Credit Suisse.
Since launching in 1994 as a punk magazine, Vice has expanded and diversified to become a leading youth media company, including a 24- hour TV network called Viceland.
Fabian Birgfeld is the CEO and co-founder of the digital design agency W12 Studios. Prior to founding W12, Fabian built up over 20 years of experience working with the likes of Bertelsmann, Viant, Frog Design, Method and the BBC among others. Fabian’s accolades include the D&AD Yellow Pencil and the TV of Tomorrow’s individual leadership award. He is also an Intel Capital mentor. Fabian holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and a graduate degree in architecture from Princeton University.
With offices in London and New York, W12 Studios designs experiences that integrate brand, product and services for leading media companies around the globe.
Andy Bird is responsible for Disney’s businesses outside of the US. Reporting to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Andy and his global team develop and implement strategies to increase Disney brand affinity and awareness in key international markets, introduce new customers and guests to Disney’s unique storytelling legacy and iconic characters and invest in and maximize opportunities in emerging markets. Since joining The Walt Disney Company in 2004, Andy has greatly expanded Disney’s presence around the world. With a substantial global footprint across six regions, Andy leads an organization of over 11,000 cast members with operations in 45 countries throughout the world.
During Andy’s tenure, Disney has implemented integrated structures in international markets, which have greatly accelerated revenue in China, produced growth across Japan and Europe and provided unparalleled access to emerging markets throughout Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Scott Spirit has a dual role as the chief strategy officer and chief digital officer at WPP, one of the world's largest communications services groups, employing 200,000 people in 3,000 offices across 113 countries. Scott was appointed chief digital officer in March 2015. His focus is strengthening the Group's digital capabilities across all WPP's operating companies, developing its technology capabilities, managing its digital investments and building strong relationships with key partners in the digital media and technology industries. Scott was appointed Chief Strategy Officer in 2010. He is based in Singapore after spending seven years in Shanghai where he moved in November 2006 to become WPP's Asia Strategy Director. Previously Scott spent three years working in WPP’s London office in the corporate strategy department.
Scott has a BA degree with honors in French with management from King’s College, London and an MBA from Chicago Booth Business School.
Robert Kyncl is the chief business officer at YouTube, where he oversees content, marketing, sales, strategy and distribution partnerships. Previously, Robert was VP of content at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company’s content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the internet. Robert has been listed in Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report as one of their disruptors, Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, Billboard’s Power 100 List and AdWeek’s 50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media and Marketing.
Launched in May 2005, YouTube is a video sharing website that provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe. YouTube is a Google company.
Uday Reddy is the Founder and CEO of YuppTV, an internet-based TV and on-demand service provider for South Asian content with presence in more than 50 countries. With over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, Uday was Nortel’s sales director for Caribbean and Latin American markets before delving into entrepreneurship in 2006 with YuppTV. He came up with the idea for YuppTV after observing how Indians abroad had little access to Indian entertainment content, and established the platform to bridge this gap. Uday is also an ardent philanthropist. Through his foundation modernvillagevision2020.com, he aims to reduce social and economic disparity by developing technological infrastructure in the rural sector.
Uday is an electronics and communications engineering graduate from Delhi University, and has completed an executive management program with the Kellogg School of Management.