Conor White-Sullivan is the Director of HuffPost Labs, where he leads a small group of designers and developers dedicated to building tools that engage readers and members of the HuffPost blogging network in new ways and continue to disrupt the news environment. Previously he was the co-founder of Localocracy.com, which helped news organizations build communities of contributors and source high quality user generated content. He lead the company as CEO from its origin in 2008 until it was acquired by the Aol in 2011. Conor has been named a Champion of Change by the Barack Obama Administration, was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 for Media in 2011 and has spoken about the role of technology in democracy and journalism at events such as the Personal Democracy Forum, the Aspen Institute, TED, SXSW, and the New York Tech Meetup.
Originally from Colorado, and currently living in New York City, Dance worked for nearly five years at The New York Times finishing as Chief Multimedia Producer. After leaving the Times, Dance briefly joined the iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, as the Art Director for News, before becoming the Interactive Editor for The Guardian in New York City. He has also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Dance graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in computer science and journalism, and completed a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Having both print and online experience, Dance specializes in multimedia interactives and graphics, but also enjoys photography.
Davor Hebel is a Partner in the London office of Fidelity Growth Partners and focuses on internet, software and digital media. He is on the Board of Asset Control, Innogames, Seatwave, Wahanda, Stylistpick, Not on the High Street and Amantys. Davor spent several years at McKinsey and Company, where he advised companies worldwide on issues in strategy and technology. He was also an entrepreneur in Croatia and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MSIM from Carnegie Mellon University and a tech degree from ASU.
Nenad Čanak is a Serbian politician who started his career by founding The Social democratic League of Vojvodina in 1990. He was elected for parliament of the Republic of Serbia in 1997.
In the period from 2000-2004 he was chairman of the Vojvodina parliament. In year 2005. he founded the movement “5. oktobar“ with Vesna Pešić and Vladan Batić, who closely cooperated with the Liberal Democratic Party. In 2002. he published his book „Kao i sva ravnica“. The series „Sva ta ravnica“ was filmed by that book.
Johann Wachs is the Planning Director for Central & Eastern Europe at Grey. He spent 15 years of his career living in New York City, where he held senior strategy positions in creative agencies like Saatchi and Ogilvy, media agencies like Carat, and also worked in psychological brand and consumer research. He is convinced there has never been a better time to be in marketing, as the industry reinvents itself for the digital age.
Aleksandar Tijanić, from 2004. General Director of Serbian National TV(RTS), the most viewed television in Serbia. Editor at NIN, general editor of „Intervju“, a by-monthly newspaper, Editor in-Chief at the daily newspaper „Žurnal“, Editor in-Chief of the radio-television channel „Politika“, during the eighties he wrote political comentaries for: „Danas“ and „Start“(Zagreb), „Oslobođenje“(Sarajevo), „Nezavisne novine“(Banja Luka), „Slobodna Dalmacija“ and „Nedeljna Dalmacija“(Split), „Mladina“(Ljubljana), „Duga“ (Belgrade). He published three books: „Šta će biti s nama“, „Kako se raspao boljševizam“ and „Ispod koša“, worked as Editor-in Chief at BK television, after the Deyton peace-treaty he was minister of information at the Government of Serbia, founder and director of „Građanin“ newspaper, columnist for „Dnevni telegraf“ newspaper, political emigrant after the murder of journalist Slavko Ćuruvija, media advisor of president Vojislav Koštunica, led about ten political campaigns (Đinđić, Čović, Tadić...), author of many political and other slogans: „Pošteno“, „Samo napred“, „Kad je teško, Čović“, „Dobro za sve“, „Nije srpski ćutati“, „Budućnost, odmah“, „U centar, Srbijo“, „Vaše pravo da znate sve“...
Arno Laeven has been working for Sanoma Media for almost 7 years and was one of the architects of Adria Media, the Joint Venture of Sanoma, G+J and Styria in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Today Mr. Laeven is an independent consultant on Innovation and Strategy in media. He is an associate consultant at Innovation Media Consulting and works for clients like Le Monde, Condé Nast, Parship and is still closely involved with developments in Adria Media.
At Sanoma Media, Mr. Laeven was responsible for Strategy and Innovation in Central and Eastern Europe. He has a clear vision on where media is going and how media companies can develop through innovation.
Emil Tedeschi is the founder and mayority shareholder of Atlantic Grupa. Previous to founding Atlantic Trade, the company on whose grounds Atlantic Grupa developed into one of the largest and most dynamic companies in Croatia, he was director of Meteor Paper Milan, Italian subsidiary of Meteor Holding London.
During his carreer Emil Tedeschi received several esteemed awards for his professional achievements - Manager of the Year by CROMA in 2002; CEO of the Year by Poslovni vjesnik in 2005; Businessman of the Year by the Kapital Network, in 2006 and 2008; “The Seal of Večernji list daily paper” as Businessman of the Year in the region of SEE in 2010; as well as the state medal for extraordinary contribution to economy by the President of the Republic of Croatia. Through his participation in the work of crucial political bodies, he was engaged in the process of Croatian moving closer to the membership in the EU. He was a member of the Parliamentary Committee overseeing Croatian negotiating proces with the EU, and is a member of the Croatian Social and Economic Council. From 2005 to 2007 he was the President of HUP, where he has been an active member since its founding. He is the Vice President of the Supervisory Board of RTL Hrvatska, and a honorary consul of Ireland in the Republic of Croatia. From 2010 he has been the member of the Economic Advisory Council to the President of the State.
Goran Milić is the News and Programme Director at Al Jazeera Balkans, famous editor, reporter, journalist and producer of over 100 travelogue shows filmed on five continents. He was the editor and host of HTV’s evening news, editor and host of HTV’s political magazine „Brisani prostor“ from 2001.-2009., as well as editor and host of the following shows: „Dobar dan“, „Pravo i pravda“, „HTV Tjednik“, „Knjiga snimanja“ etc.
He began his career as a war-time reporter and foreign affairs reporter covering international conferences and president Josip Broz Tito on his journeys. Later, he became the Head of JRT’s correspondence in USA and UN (interviews with Jimmy Carter, George Bush sr., Perez de Cuellar). He also worked as an editor and host of the saturday TV news at TV Beograd.
He received many awards for his work as a journalist in the region. In 1987. he received the award „Svetozar Marković“ in Serbia, the „Oslobođenje grada Sarajeva“ award in 1992., and he was awarded Journalist of the Year in Croatia in 2007. He also received five „Ekran“ awards from Večernji List in the category „Face of the year“.The same newspaper also awarded him for the documentary series „Idemo u Ameriku“, and for hosting and editing the most viewed news programme (HRT’s TV Dnevnik), for best idea and best reportage.
He wrote a book on Argentina (1973.), two monographies: „Hrvatska, ono najbolje“ (2001.) and „Croatia, One and Only“ (2007.). PREDAVANJE
As Executive Vice President and General Manager, Noah ran Live Nation’s global digital business. He is also a successful entrepreneur who has built and advised several companies in the digital media and Ecommerce space. Noah has also worked at the board level at companies ranging from start ups to fortune 500 public companies. He travels frequently to speak, and lives in Los Angeles and Martha’s Vineyard.
Born in 1968. in Bač, Vojvodina. Started his journalist career 1990. as a correspondent to Belgrade’s „Večernje novosti“ from Novi Sad. In those years he was also writing for many newspapers from the region: “Arena“from Zagreb, „Naši dani “from Sarajevo, „Vreme“ from Belgrade and „Stav“ from Novi Sad. In 1992. he is relaunching the issuing of the student paper „Index“ in Novi Sad. After firing the papers whole editorial board he starts „Nezavisni Index“(independent Index) which later becomes magazine „Svet“. Today he is the CEO of „Color Press Grupa“, which is the biggest magazine publisher in the Region with 77 magazines (Svet, Hello, Grazia, The Economist, Brava Casa, Bravo, Star, Lepota i zdravlje, JOY, CKM, Pošalji recept etc.) and 9 web portals. „Color Press Grupa“ employs 350 people in the publishing and printing industry in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Average monthly circulation of the group’s magazines amounts two million copies while portals of the group have 5, 6 million unique visits per month. He is married and has two daughters.
Matija Babić was born in 1978. When turning 19 he starts the first Croatian politically related websites Izbori.net and Vijesti.net. In 2002. he starts Index. hr, which after the first few months of operating is pronounced the best portal by all computer magazines in Croatia. In 2004. he develops a concept for the daily newspapers 24sata, and becomes their first Editor in Chief. After his replacement which was caused by the news title “Everyone hates Sanader” he continues to work exclusively on Index, which is up until today the most awarded and most visited Croatian portal according to Google.