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2015 Speakers

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Bob Hoffman
Author
The Ad Contrarian

Author, speaker, partner in Type A Group and author of "The Ad Contrarian" blog, which was named one of the world's most influential advertising and marketing blogs by Business Insider. Bio »

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Rob Norman
Chief Digital Officer
GroupM

After leaving school Simon decided that University was not for him and joined the army. Bio »

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Jamie West
Deputy Managing Director
Sky Media

With over 20 years of TV and Online sales experience, Jamie now heads-up the team responsible for the development of emerging advertising opportunities at Sky Media. Bio »

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Virginie Dremeaux
Digital Marketing Director
CANAL+REGIE

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Jonathan Lewis
Head of Digital and Partnership Innovation
Channel 4

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Caspar Schlickum
CEO
Xaxis EMEA

Caspar Schlickum is CEO of Xaxis EMEA, responsible for managing the operations and leading the development of the Xaxis business across the 20 countries that make up the region. Bio »

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Roi Carthy
CMO
Shine

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Rags Gupta
General Manager, EMEA
Ooyala

Rags Gupta is Ooyala’s General Manager for EMEA. He came to Ooyala from Videoplaza, where as Chief Commercial Officer he built out the company’s sales, marketing and client relations teams. Bio »

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Irfon Watkins
Founder & CEO
Coull

Irfon co-founded Coull in 2008 and has led its growth from a small office in Bristol, UK, to a global data-driven video advertising platform with offices in London, New York and San Francisco. Bio »

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Kevin Flood
Co-Founder & CEO
Powerlinks

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Nick Reid
Managing Director, UK
TubeMogul

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Nigel Walley
Managing Director
Decipher

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Tess Alps
Chair
Thinkbox

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Yoav Arnstein
Head of EMEA
LiveRail

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Jochen Witte
COO, Media and Data Exchange
Stailamedia

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Samantha Merlivat
Researcher
Forrester

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Tom Curtis
Head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK
MediaCom

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Dr Richard Tynan
Technologist
Privacy International

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Amir Malik
Head of Programmatic
Local World

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Owen Hanks
General Manager, Europe
YuMe

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Chris Gorell Barnes
Founder & CEO
Adjust Your Set

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Shane Shevlin
Commercial Director
IPONWEB

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James Grant
PARTNER MANAGEMENT & FOURFRONTS
FREEWHEEL

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Charlie Johnson
VP, UK and Ireland
Digital Element

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Mary Keane-Dawson
Digital Business Consultant

Mary is a digital maven, entrepreneur and business mentor. In 2013, after c-suite roles at WPP, Steak, Reform and Collective, she co-founded medical technology startup MyHealthPal as well as the women's networking franchise How She Made It. Bio »

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Danielle Bennison-Brown
Director of Video Content
Condé Nast Britain

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Ed Couchman
Head of Agency Relations
Facebook

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Conor Mullen
Commercial Director
RTÉ Media Sales-Digital

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Barbara Agus
Global Programmatic & Yield Director
The Weather Channel

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Paolo Pironi
VP Revenue EMEA & APAC
Adbrain

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Jide Sobo
Head of Mobile
MEC UK

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Matt O'Neill
Founder
Teemo

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Christoph Henning
Head of Video Advertising
SPIEGEL

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Mimi Turner
Marketing Director
TheLADbible

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Jon Watts
Managing Partner
MTM

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Lucinda Southern
Senior Reporter
Digiday

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Brian Fitzpatrick
Investor

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Hossein Houssaini
Global Head of Programmatic Solutions, Havas Media Group

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Daniel Knapp
Senior Director
IHS Screen Digest

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Rhys Noelke
Senior VP Strategy
RTL Group

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Bhav Patel
Head of AV
Amplifi UK

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Barney Farmer
Commercial Director
Nielsen Marketing Effectiveness

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Matt Dailey
Head of Performance Planning
ZenithOptimedia

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Stephen Upstone
Chair
MMA UK

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Lina Angelides
Programmatic Director
Blue 449

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New Video Frontiers Awards Judges
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Eleni Marouli
Senior Analyst
IHS

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Matt O'Neill
Founder
Teemo

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Samantha Merlivat
Researcher
Forrester

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Ian Nock
Technical Strategy & Digital Lead
Fairmile West

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Kenneth Kulbok
Independent Consultant

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Schedule


 


LDN
Kings Place


October 20-21
2015

Venue


  • Kings Place
  • 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, United Kingdom
  • 020 7520 1440

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Bob Hoffman
Author, The Ad Contrarian

Bob is an author, speaker, and partner in Type A Group, LLC, a company that consults to marketers, advertisers and media. He is author of "Marketers Are From Mars, Consumers Are From New Jersey"​, selected as #1 advertising "Hot Prospect Release"​ at Amazon. He is also author of "101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising,"The Ad Contrarian,"​ and "The Ad Contrarian"​ blog, which was named one of the world's most influential advertising and marketing blogs by Business Insider. In 2012, Bob was selected "Ad Person of the Year"​ by the San Francisco Advertising Club.

Bob founded and was chairman/ceo of Hoffman/Lewis advertising, one of the West's largest independent advertising agencies. He retired from Hoffman/Lewis in 2013. Previously, Bob was ceo of Mojo USA and president and creative director of Allen & Dorward. Bob has created advertising for McDonald's, Toyota, Shell, Nestle, Blue Cross, Chevrolet, Pepsico, Bank of America, AT&T, and more companies than he cares to think about. He has served on several boards including the Advertising and Marketing International Network, the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education, and spent one year as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences. Bob is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, business meetings, advertising events and long liquid lunches.

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Mary Keane-Dawson
Digital Business Consultant

Mary is a digital maven, entrepreneur and business mentor. In 2013, after c-suite roles at WPP, Steak, Reform and Collective, she co-founded medical technology startup MyHealthPal as well as the women's networking franchise How She Made It. Both enterprises started in London, but have expanded to the US and Canada.

Mary started in advertising sales on Fleet Street in the late 80's and she has been part of the digital revolution ever since. She has helped guide several of the world’s largest brands’ entry to the disruptive and evolving landscape of digital, including Mazda, Ford, American Airlines, John Lewis, BUPA and British Gas. She is chair of The Guardian Changing Advertising Summit, a speaker, writer and business mentor and coach. She is Global Ambassador for the British Interactive Media Association, on the Board of London Tech Advocates and NED to The Smalls as well as advisor to investors and entrepreneurs.

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Jamie West
Deputy Managing Director, Sky Media

With over 20 years of TV and Online sales experience, Jamie now heads-up the team responsible for the development of emerging advertising opportunities at Sky Media.
Central to this role was the creation of AdSmart – Sky’s much celebrated addressable advertising capability.
At Sky Media, Jamie leads the sales and commercial teams for online, mobile, video and of course Sky AdSmart.
His career path has taken him from ITV to Channel 5 to Viacom Brand Solutions and now to the world’s largest multi-channel sales house – Sky Media.

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Rob Norman
Chief Digital Officer, GroupM

Rob is Global Chief Digital officer of GroupM, a Director of WPP Digital and the BBC Global News. In addition, Rob is a Governor of The Center for the Digital Future at USC and of the Future of Advertising Project at Wharton and a member of the Facebook Client Council.

Rob’s job is to lead the Group’s understanding of the disruptors and the disrupted and promote scalable innovation for clients.

In social media, Rob has a large footprint including over 20,000 followers on LinkedIn, a platform which he uses to promote the integrity of digital marketplaces as a mechanism to ensure the industry knows what GroupM and its clients expect from the vendor community.

Rob is widely published and works with a wide portfolio of our clients from AT&T to Chanel, Citi, Nestle, NBC Universal and many others.

A 28-year veteran, Rob’s personal goal is to remain relevant and to use the experience of the old and combine it with knowledge of the new to create value for clients.

Rob lives in New York and is beloved by the airline industry for his carbon footprint.

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Caspar Schlickum
CEO, Xaxis EMEA

Caspar Schlickum is CEO of Xaxis EMEA, responsible for managing the operations and leading the development of the Xaxis business across the 20 countries that make up the region.

Caspar has extensive experience in digital media and audience insight driven marketing, having spent four years at Mindshare as a global client lead, and one year within Kantar, the holding company for WPP’s research and insight businesses.

Prior to joining WPP, Caspar was Commercial Development Director at Fairfax Digital, one of Australia’s largest publishing houses. Before commencing his career in marketing, Caspar spent six years in investment banking advising on technology, communications and infrastructure projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Caspar holds an Economics degree (with first class honors) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a MBA from London Business School and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Caspar is a member of the WPP European Digital Advisory Board.

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Rags Gupta
General Manager, EMEA, Ooyala

Rags Gupta is Ooyala’s General Manager for EMEA. He came to Ooyala from Videoplaza, where as Chief Commercial Officer he built out the company’s sales, marketing and client relations teams. Rags has been in digital media since 1999; he was part of Brightcove’s founding management team and earlier was COO for the internet radio network, Live 365.

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Irfon Watkins
Founder and CEO, Coull

Irfon co-founded Coull in 2008 and has led its growth from a small office in Bristol, UK, to a global data-driven video advertising platform with offices in London, New York and San Francisco.

Earlier in his career, Irfon worked as Sales Director at Dell, before moving to Florida, where he led the acquisition and running of six software companies across Africa and Europe. Following this stint Irfon decided to set up his own company. Realizing online video was the next great medium, and recognising its potential as a platform for brand engagement and publisher revenue, he founded Coull with Aden Forshaw, CTO.

Coull’s platform, which processes 15bn+ video ad requests every month, dynamically validates inventory against brand safety, viewability and fraud metrics and enriches it with IAB-standard content categories. This inventory is made available to the programmatic video marketplace via a variety of ad formats across desktop, mobile and in-app environments, giving advertisers access to validated, highly-targetable audiences and enabling media partners to realize the full value of their inventory.

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Kevin Flood
Co-Founder & CEO, PowerLinks

Kevin is Co-Founder and CEO of PowerLinks, the leading global platform for Programmatic Native Advertising. The platform connects buyers and sellers of Native and In-Content Advertisements, powering exchanges, marketplaces and Real Time Ad Serving. Kevin was named among the top 30 UK entrepreneurs under 35 in the " Young Guns awards 2011" compiled by Startups.co.uk and was amongst the Top 10 UK Young Entrepreneurs collated by The Telegraph. Kevin co-founded PowerLinks in February 2012 and is now based in PowerLinks’ New York office.

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Virginie Dremeaux
Digital Marketing Director, CANAL+REGIE

Since 2007, Virginie is head of Digital Marketing and Development in CANAL+REGIE, CANAL+ Group saleshouse. She has taken an active participation in the launch and expansion of the Digital sales activities and especially in the setup of many business development projects. In 2009 she has driven the launch of the viewability guarantees for display and video ads, emphasizing the importance of completion rates and making the first move to raise the bar for measurement quality in the French market. She’s now in charge of identifying opportunities and managing advertising projects directed towards TV digitalization, Programmatic and Data. Virginie has run several scientific researches with Mediamento Institute (specialized in neuroscience), Temporis digital #1 and #2, aimed at measuring branding campaigns efficiency keys on the internet (impact and memorization).

Virginie is graduated of EDHEC Business School.

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Jonathan Lewis
Head of Digital and Partnership Innovation, Channel 4

Jonathan is responsible for driving Channel 4's industry leading commercial innovation agenda and digital revenue growth through data, sponsorship, product placement, advertiser funded long and digital short form programming, integrated marketing solutions for advertisers – and this year’s launch of Europe’s first programmatic buying option for VOD on All 4.

Previously Jonathan was Managing Director at Vevo (UK) and Head of Digital Media and Commercial Development at Five and the Northern & Shell Group’s digital assets (OK!, Star, New, Express Group Newspapers) growing revenues, page impressions and video views.

Jonathan also represented Five on the YouView shareholder board and pioneered new strategic partnerships with companies including Google, Facebook, Sony and Samsung..

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Nick Reid
Managing Director, UK, TubeMogul

TubeMogul’s UK Managing Director, Nick Reid, boasts almost two decades of experience in the UK media industry, having started his career at DoubleClick in 1999 when it was still just an ad sales house. Since that time, his career has taken him to some of the hottest brands and agencies in Europe, including four years at Mindshare as an Account Director working on accounts such as Volvo, Nike and Three mobile, four years at Emap, where he became Sales Director on their digital team and three years as Head of Sales for MySpace, where he established the sales team in the UK and was one of the first ten employees this side of the Atlantic. Prior to joining TubeMogul in 2013, Nick was VP Advertising at Adjug when it was purchased by IgnitionOne – and where he subsequently became Managing Director. Nick is a graduate of Leeds University where he read Philosophy.

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Nigel Walley
Managing Director, Decipher

Nigel is Managing Director of Decipher the media strategy consultancy, and Chairman of the Decipher Group of companies, which includes iBurbia Studios, the interactive media research lab. Founded in 1998, Decipher works with large media companies in the UK and Europe to understand the commercial implications of new consumer technologies.

Nigel is a marketer at heart, but with an intuitive sense of the potential of digital technologies. His particular focus is the evolution of commercial advertising models in media markets affected by the advent of new consumer technology.

Founded in 1998, Decipher has worked on interactive media and technology projects for a wide range of media clients. Since 2002 Decipher has pioneered research into the impact of convergent media, PVRs, VOD and connected devices on the TV advertising markets.

Previously Marketing Director of the Internet Division of NTL, he holds an MBA from Cornell University in the USA. He is widely published in trade and national press and has appeared on the Today Programme, BBC Business Breakfast, The Money Programme and Bloomberg TV commenting on digital issues. He is a regular speaker at conferences organised by the UK trade body for TV advertising, Thinkbox.

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Yoav Arnstein
Head of EMEA, LiveRail

Yoav Arnstein leads LiveRail’s EMEA business from our office in London, where he oversees all commercial operations, including sales and services. Yoav joins LiveRail from Legolas Media where he was CEO and grew the company to a multi-million dollar revenue business. Prior to Legolas, Yoav was at Eyeblaster (now MediaMind) where he was GM International, and then GM North American operations. At Eyeblaster, Yoav oversaw revenue growth of more than 5x, opened multiple international offices and helped build Eyeblaster into the world’s leading rich media ad platform. Yoav holds a B.Sc in Computer Science and Statistics from Tel-Aviv University and an M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Denmark’s Technical University.

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Jochen Witte
COO, Media and Data Exchange, Stailamedia

Jochen Witte has been working at the interface between technology, media and data for 14 years. He is COO of the media and data exchange at Stailamedia and an industry expert in the fields of online video, ad tech, programmatic media and data-driven marketing. In his previous role as founder and CTO at Online Advertising Solutions, Jochen was responsible for the development of one of the first video ad servers and video networks in Germany.

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Tom Curtis
Head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK, MediaCom

Tom heads up MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK, the content marketing arm of MediaCom, one the world’s largest media planning and buying agencies. He runs a team of around 100 content specialists, overseeing content strategy, creation and distribution for the local and international clients that are serviced out of MediaCom's London office.

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Dr Richard Tynan
Technologist, Privacy International

Richard is a Technologist at Privacy International, with a specific focus on the area of surveillance technologies. He focuses on wired and wireless surveillance mechanisms and the strategies employed by cyber-criminals to harvest valuable private information from a wide range of ubiquitous devices such as cell phones and personal computers. Richard holds a first class honours BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD in Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Sensor Networks from University College Dublin, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.

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Amir Malik
Head of Programmatic, Local World

I worked for Google in Brand Safety and real time advertising after the acquisition of Admeld where I learnt a lot about Search Engine optimisation. I then worked for Microsoft’s Bing looking at Search response optimisation on a contract basis. After working for these two technologies, I joined the Daily Mail and worked on their aggressive programmatic strategy focusing on Data and RTB yield optimisation. I moved into Local World in the Daily Mail group to develop their programmatic strategy from scratch. I have since built a self-contained programmatic team within the business that is now responsible for over 40% of the digital advertising revenue. I also have created a Programmatic Trading Desk capable of managing response budgets with programmatic traders buying inventory off our site.

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Owen Hanks
General Manager, Europe, YuMe

Owen Hanks joined YuMe as its General Manager, Europe via YuMe’s acquisition of Appealing Media, a London-based company that Owen founded and was CEO of and successfully built into Europe’s largest mobile video advertising network. Owen has 20 years of senior management experience in digital media and advertising in the UK and European markets. Previously, he held senior management roles at large corporate organizations (BskyB, News Corp and BBC) and also early stage start-up businesses (Rhythm New Media and Open TV), working across all digital platforms: mobile, interactive TV, content and advertising.

Owen is married with identical twin daughters and enjoys participating in triathlons. He holds a Media and Production Degree from Farmborough College of Technology in the UK.

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Chris Gorell Barnes
Founder & CEO, Adjust Your Set

Chris is the Founder & CEO of Adjust Your Set – a content agency founded in 2008 to help brands adjust to accelerating changes in the marketing landscape. Today the agency specialises in helping businesses scale their content marketing, building and monetising audiences over time. Clients include HSBC, M&S, E.ON, Bacardi, Barclaycard and Mondelez.

Chris cares passionately about oceans and was the executive producer of the award-winning film The End of the Line, which has been heralded as one of the most successful documentaries at bringing about social and behavioural change. On the back of the success of the film he co-Founded the Blue Marine Foundation, a charity funding private sector solutions for the sea and the creation of a global network of marine reserves, which since 2010 has doubled the size of the marine reserves in existence in the world.

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Martin Van Der Meij
Co-Founder, Ancora Media Solutions

Martin founded Publisher Market after having years of experience in the development and implementation of automated trading within TMG. His work is described as ground breaking and the force behind automated trading. Loved for his passion for news organizations and feared by those who might want to run/ruin the position of publishers in the marketplace. Before TMG Martin worked in the internet industry for over 10 years, launching one of the first local online newspapers in 1995 and one of the most controversial social networks in the Netherlands in 2002.

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Shane Shevlin
Commercial Director, IPONWEB

Shane Shevlin leads commercial activities for IPONWEB in the EMEA region. Having begun his career delivering a variety of digital marketing solutions at DoubleClick to global marketers, he was later responsible at Google for brokering technology partnerships with large European brands and publishers, until joining IPONWEB in 2012.

As a key enabler of the RTB ecosystem, IPONWEB specialises in the customised development of media trading platforms, specifically tailored around a client’s unique business goals. With their BidSwitch offering, IPONWEB also offer transparent and equitable access to RTB supply and demand at global scale.

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Roi Carthy
CMO, Shine

As CMO of Shine, Roi focuses on Product Strategy and Communications. Previously, Roi was ​Managing Partner at Initial Capital, and Head of Products at Soluto.

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Danielle Bennison-Brown
Director of Video Content, Condé Nast Britain

Danielle Bennison-Brown is Director of Video Content of Condé Nast Britain. Heading up a dedicated central video team, she works alongside the editorial and commercial teams of leading media brands including Vogue, GQ, Wired and Glamour to create high quality video content for a combination of digital platforms. In addition to her remit for Condé Nast Britain, Danielle provides input for key Condé Nast International markets. Formerly i-D's Global Head of Video, she founded and directed the media brand's video content strategy whilst overseeing production and commissioning. Danielle carved a unique and instantly recognisable style for i-D's visual output, and the video platform generated 20+ million views in under 12 months, helped in part by the pioneered trend for ‘edutainment’ videos, with strands such as the A-Z and Model Mother Tongue series.

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Ed Couchman
Head of Agency Relations, Facebook

Ed is responsible for building meaningful and sustainable relationships within the media and advertising community and for ensuring Facebook and Instagram deliver best-in-class service levels and ideas to our clients. Ed joined Facebook from Channel 4 where his five year tenure was marked by incredible growth and innovation. His responsibilities including driving commercialization of C4’s VoD service 4oD across multiple platforms and devices. This included being part of the team that secured the landmark deal to broadcast all of C4’s output on You Tube. He also led the display sales team, responsible for revenues across C4, the youth orientated E4 and 10 lifestyle UKTV websites. He began his career at Reed Business Information and has also been part of Ad2-one, Ad Link, and Associated New Media where he headed the display sales team across The Daily Mail, This is London and Metro.co.uk. Ed has two young daughters and suffers the pain and anguish of supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Conor Mullen
Commercial Director, RTÉ Media Sales-Digital

Conor Mullen is Commercial Director, RTÉ Media Sales-Digital, the division responsible for the delivery of on-demand and non-linear content to audiences of Radio Teilfis Eireann, the Irish national broadcaster.

He has commercial responsibility for the development of new revenue channels as well as RTÉ.ie, RTÉ Player and RTÉ mobile services .

Conor has been in sales and marketing for over twenty years and has most recently worked in the mobile and media sectors. He was a founding member of the Association of Online Publishers in Ireland and has been involved in the digital advertising marketplace for over 10 years , regularly speaking on developments in the programmatic arena.

He is a graduate of economics and international marketing from Trinity College, Dublin and joined RTÉ in 2005, having previously worked for Independent News and Media, Vodafone and Xerox and is a Fellow of the Sales Institute of Ireland and a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

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Paolo Pironi
VP Revenue EMEA & APAC, Adbrain

Paolo oversees EMEA business development at Adbrain. He previously worked as the Director of Business Development at Videoplaza (now an Ooyala company), where he helped build and commercialise their programmatic publisher platform. He previously spent 5 years in media and ad tech sales at Google and Doubleclick.

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Jide Sobo
Head of Mobile, MEC UK

Jide is responsible for driving the growth of the mobile channel at MEC. He brings rich experience in mobile with over twelve years of direct industry experience.

In his role as head of Mobile at MEC, Jide is responsible for increasing spend in mobile media, as well as integrating mobile into the wider communications activity within the agency.

Jide started working for mobile operators in 1999 and developed the mobile advertising proposition for 3 UK in 2005. Since that time, he has worked for mobile ad network AdMob and IPG’s full service mobile agency Ansible. He has worked with Webber Shandwick on their Cannes Lions winning work for GSK, as well as with Microsoft, Burberry, Tiffany, MasterCard, Paramount and many others.

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Matt O'Neill
Founder, Teemo

Since his early days at Yahoo! In the 1990s, Matt has been working on the front line of digital advertising in an industry-facing capacity. Matt strives to generate industry consensus from senior leaders and drive innovation through collaboration. A frequent speaker, panellist, and chair at conferences and other events including Digiday, IAB, dmexco, AOP (UK), Monetising Media, ad:tech, AdMonsters and corporate-hosted events, Matt serves as an advisor and investor for media technology firms and is an active partner at AtlanticLeap and Prohaska Consulting. Most recently Matt has taken the position of General Manager for The Media Trust in Europe.

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Christoph Henning
Head of Video Advertising, SPIEGEL

Christoph Henning is Head of Video Advertising at SPIEGEL Group and is therefore responsible for SPIEGEL ONLINE, SPIEGEL TV, manager magazin and Harvard Business Manager.

Before that he was working for Vibrant Media as a Sales Manager, responsible for the Mediacom Germany.

Furthermore Christoph Henning is chairman of the Digital Video counsel of the BVDW Bundesverband der Digitalen Wirtschaft e.V. (like the 'german' IAB)

He worked as scientific associate in the Marketing departement after his diploma of business administration at the University of Göttingen.

Besides these activities he is a lecturer for the DDA (German Dialog Marketing Academy) and the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences.

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Mimi Turner
Marketing Director, TheLADbible

Mimi Turner is Marketing Director of TheLADbible, the social and mobile publisher followed by 49% of the entire UK 18-24 male population. Described by the Financial Times as “a journalistic Jagerbomb,” TheLADbible has set about redefining the way young people consume content in the digital age. Prior to TheLADbible, Mimi worked for Richard Desmond as Group Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Northern & Shell, looking after Desmond, Channel 5, Express Newspapers, The Health Lottery and OK! Magazine. Until October 2014 she was Director of Sales and Marketing at The Health Lottery. Mimi began her career as science writer for Sunday Times and then was European Editor of The Hollywood Reporter for a decade. She is a believer in simplicity, inclusivity and generosity, and most of all in the idea that 'lads' are good men.

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Samantha Merlivat
Researcher, Forrester

Samantha Merlivat is a researcher at Forrester serving B2C Marketing professionals, where she covers current and future trends in the media industry. Her research focuses on how changes in media consumption are transforming consumers' path to purchase and their relationship with brands. She helps Forrester clients understand what strategies, technologies, and processes they need to implement to keep pace with these changes and meet customers' expectations across multiple touchpoints. Her research topics include the digitalization of TV advertising, online video advertising, as well as programmatic buying for display, including video and expanding into TV.

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Tess Alps
Chair, Thinkbox

Prior to setting up Thinkbox, Tess was Chairman of the PHD Group in the UK. Over 13 years with PHD she played a variety of roles and contributed to the expansion of its specialist services which helped it become media agency of the year several times. She founded Drum PHD, the first brand content specialist within a media agency, and worked on many successful projects including Sainsbury’s, BT and HSBC. She left in 2006 to set up Thinkbox as its first CEO.

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Eleni Marouli
Senior Analyst, IHS

Eleni Marouli is a Senior Analyst in the Technology department at IHS and a thought leader for the global media advertising research team. Her research focuses on emerging advertising formats such as online video, programmatic buying, advertising technology, and branded content.

Eleni works closely with commercial broadcasters, publishers, financial companies and government organisations to provide expertise, advise,  and help to form their digital media and advertising strategies. She is the author of the annual IAB Europe Adex Benchmark and a leading figure in shaping the research agenda for online advertising in Europe.

She is regularly quoted in the press and frequently appears on business programmes for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Sky News.

Eleni holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE)

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Jon Watts
Managing Partner, MTM

Jon is a co-founder at MTM, a leading research and strategy consultancy focused on the media, technology and communications industries. MTM helps clients understand and anticipate future developments in fast-changing, digitally-driven markets, developing practical strategies for growing and developing their businesses. MTM’s team of expert industry researchers and analysts, award-winning consumer-insight specialists, and experienced strategy consultants has worked with many of the world’s leading firms, including Sky, Google/YouTube, Facebook, the BBC, ITV, Discovery, Comcast, Time Warner, Viacom, BT, and many others.

Jon has 20 years of professional experience, working with clients in the UK and internationally. He leads many of MTM’s largest engagements, advising senior executives about market developments, growth and organisational change and development. Prior to co-founding MTM, he worked at Spectrum Strategy Consultants and co-founded another successful consultancy, fathom.

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Ian Nock
Technical Strategy & Digital Lead, Fairmile West

Ian Nock is the Managing Director of Fairmile West Consulting, and has over 25 years experience in high technology research, development and deployment. He has worked in the setup and launch of many services across Europe on Satellite, Cable and IP in diverse roles from Interactive Services Design to Programme Scheduling. Ian moved into consulting in 2004 working for a variety of clients on both vendor and operator sides. He founded Fairmile West Consulting (www.fairmilewest.com) in 2012 as a multi-national, high expertise Digital TV and Media consulting and professional services company, working with large/small operators and technology vendors on product/technology strategy, architecture, and delivery.

Ian graduated with a First Class Bachelors Degree in Engineering Technology in 1992 from Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University), undertaking research into flexible packaging dynamics  and post graduate research into artificial intelligence based control systems. He jumped  into the nascent Internet and Networking industry before moving into TV in the late 1990s and being instrumental in the launch of one of the first UK based Satellite DTH platforms in 1998.

He is a member of the IET and IEEE and Fellow of the UK SCTE. He can be found on Twitter at

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Kenneth Kulbok
Independent Consultant

Kenneth is an internet and ad technology veteran who has been involved in a number startup success stories over the past 20 years.  He has served in roles ranging from business development to engineering and was one of the co- founders of the Avocet DSP.  Kenneth was also one of the first AppNexus employees in Europe, where he spent two years working in consulting and sales.  He is now working as a freelance consultant, supporting the programmatic specialists Intrinsic Europe on a number of projects including the launch of the AOP’s publisher alliance.

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Lucinda Southern
Senior Reporter, Digiday

Lucinda Southern joined the London Digiday editorial team earlier this year to build coverage and brand awareness in the U.K. market. Lucinda began reporting on the media and communications industry in 2011 for 12ahead, the editorial arm of Knowledge Engineers, part-owned by Haymarket. During her time at 12ahead, she covered emerging digital trends and how they affected the media and creative industries.

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James Grant
PARTNER MANAGEMENT & FOURFRONTS, FREEWHEEL

James manages FreeWheel Partnerships and FourFronts Premium Marketplace offerings across the European client base. He is tasked with helping connect premium buyers and sellers, through access to safe supply and demand, providing expert guidance and support from pitch to pay. James was previously FreeWheel’s Commercial Director for the UK and Ireland. James is an expert in the broadcast and digital ad-tech space having held various sales, commercial and managerial positions within agency, publishers and technology providers including Vindico, Microsoft and MediaCom. James holds a Bsc in Politics and Social Policy from Loughborough University. He is based in FreeWheel's European headquarters in London’s soho.

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Charlie Johnson
VP, UK and Ireland, Digital Element

Charlie Johnson is Digital Element’s Vice President, UK and Ireland. Charlie brings over ten years’ worth of digital expertise to the team including specialization in the areas of eCommerce and Geographic Rights Management, and has experience working with clients in both the United Kingdom and throughout Continental Europe. Prior to joining Digital Element, Charlie served as Head of Sales EMEA for RealNetworks in the consumer division, focusing on the publishing, subscription and media player business. Charlie holds a BA in Business and outside of office hours enjoys spending time with her horse Josie. The pair can be seen regularly entering competitions around the United Kingdom, with a focus on endurance racing — sometimes clocking as much as 45 kilometres in a single day.

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Brian Fitzpatrick
Investor

Brian has been involved in the development of Internet technologies since 1995 beginning his career as an online planner / buyer at Mediacom moving on to high street video game retailer, GAME Group UK, Lycos Europe, WPP’s technology arm “The MIG” and in his last role as European MD for Adap.tv. Now, Brian works as a private investor, consultant and board member for a number of start-ups across Europe.

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Barbara Agus
Global Programmatic and Yield Director, The Weather Channel

With her deep understanding of supply-side-platforms and performance marketing, Agus enhances the programmatic offering of The Weather Channel throughout international markets including Europe, Mexico, Canada and Latin America, building on the U.S. expertise with local focus. She is responsible for ensuring the company has the right products to take to market, with a particular focus on video and mobile app inventory, whilst developing existing and new relationships with trading desks, agencies, advertisers and demand partners.

Agus has seven years of experience in ad network, sales and operations positions and joins The Weather Channel from Rubicon Project where she was account director and yield manager. Throughout her role, she led the strategic optimisation of client inventory in Italy and Turkey across real-time bidding (RTB) networks. Prior to her position at Rubicon Project, Agus held senior digital and consultancy roles at Whisbi Technologies, Clickpoint, Intela and Aedgency.

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Daniel Knapp
Senior Director, IHS Screen Digest

With her deep understanding of supply-side-platforms and performance marketing, Agus enhances the programmatic offering of The Weather Channel throughout international markets including Europe, Mexico, Canada and Latin America, building on the U.S. expertise with local focus. She is responsible for ensuring the company has the right products to take to market, with a particular focus on video and mobile app inventory, whilst developing existing and new relationships with trading desks, agencies, advertisers and demand partners.

Agus has seven years of experience in ad network, sales and operations positions and joins The Weather Channel from Rubicon Project where she was account director and yield manager. Throughout her role, she led the strategic optimisation of client inventory in Italy and Turkey across real-time bidding (RTB) networks. Prior to her position at Rubicon Project, Agus held senior digital and consultancy roles at Whisbi Technologies, Clickpoint, Intela and Aedgency.

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Hossein Houssaini
Global Head of Programmatic Solutions, Havas Media Group

Hossein Houssaini leads Programmatic Solutions for Havas Media Group globally across all channels, supporting the commercial, data and product teams within the group.

With his former experience at IPG Mediabrands as Director Technology building “Mediabrands Audience Platform” for DACH, he works additionally on the Global Music Data Alliance between Havas and Universal Music.

Prior to IPG Mediabrands, Hossein grew the Rich Media business for DoubleClick & Google successfully for DACH & the Nordics.

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Rhys Noelke
Senior VP Strategy, RTL Group

Rhys Noelke is Senior Vice President Strategy at RTL Group’s Corporate Center in Luxembourg. RTL Group is leading European entertainment network with 54 TV channels, 29 radio stations across Europe and South-East Asia, the worldwide production company FremantleMedia. With 36 billion video views in 2014 and counting, RTL Group is the leading European media company in online video, holding majority stakes in the multi-platform networks BroadbandTV, Stylehaul, Divimove as well as the video advertising market place SpotXchange. These assets were recently bundled into the RTL Digital Hub.

Rhys joined RTL Group in Luxembourg as Executive Assistant to CEO Gerhard Zeiler in 2007. Previously he worked at RTL Interactive in various positions, e.g. building the video-on-demand platform RTL Now. Rhys studied Political Science and History at the University of Cologne and started his work in media as freelance journalist.

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Bhav Patel
Head of AV, Amplifi UK

Bhav is the Head of AV at Amplifi UK, the media investment division for Dentsu Aegis . He has 10+ years of AV experience working across a number of GroupM agencies such as Mindshare and MEC, he joined the Dentsu Aegis Network 18 months ago as part of the Carat AV team before moving on to head up the AV at Amplifi UK. Bhav believes that the new world of data and the fragmentation of AV brings with it a wealth of opportunities for our clients, and is focused on how we can use these opportunities to make better informed media investment decisions across the whole of AV for our clients. Bhav is a proud Dad to two young children, is a passionate Arsenal supporter and has admitted to being a budding novelist.

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Barney Farmer
Commercial Director, Nielsen Marketing Effectiveness

Barney Farmer is Commercial Director at Nielsen Marketing Effectiveness, the division responsible for media advertising measurement, through services such as Digital Ad Ratings, formerly called OCR, Digital Brand Effect, and Nielsen AdDynamix, that provides multimedia Ad Spend Monitoring. Barney has been working within the Media Industry for nearly 20 years in various commercial roles, and prior to Nielsen worked for NetRatings, Lemonad, VNU, Ziff Davis Publications, VNU, and EMAP Enterprise Events.

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Matt Dailey
Head of Performance Planning, ZenithOptimedia

Matt has been working in Performance media for 16 years across clients from RBS to Disney World Florida and across channels from Door Drops to SEO and everything in between. He is passionate about evidence based planning and ensuring that every pound spent by a client has some sort of measureable impact on their business success. Although predominantly working across digital channels, which now dominate the Performance landscape, he has never forgotten his offline roots and can still give you an estimated average response rate for a 20x3 mono in the Daily Mail, should you need it.

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Stephen Upstone
Chair, MMA UK

Stephen is the Chair of MMA and serves as member of the MMA EMEA Board. He has worked in mobile advertising since 2006 as Managing Director Europe for Ad Infuse (sold to Velti) and then VP Sales and Business Development Europe for Velti after the acquisition. He is now also CEO of LoopMe.

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Lina Angelides
Programmatic Director, Blue 449

Lina is responsible for driving programmatic strategy and adoption at Blue 449 and is also in charge of client programmatic education. Having started her ad tech career at MediaMind, Lina moved to VivaKi in 2012 to work on Audience On Demand (AOD). As Account Director, Lina helped build the activation team for Publicis Groupe agencies and developed AOD’s programmatic strategy as well as oversaw the account activation for clients such as Honda, Heineken and Samsung.

In April 2015, Vivaki restructured and moved its programmatic operations teams into the agencies in line with the rapid adoption of programmatic and the need and desire for that knowledge to sit within the agencies. Since moving to Blue 449 as Programmatic Director, Lina has been focussing on the programmatic strategies for clients such as DixonsCarphone, KFC and Mandarin Oriental and developing the agency’s programmatic video offering.