Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Author, Engineer, Social Advocate

Agnes Augustin

CEO and President, Shaw Rocket Fund

Steven Bartlett

CEO, The Social Chain Group

Deirdre Brennan

General Manager, Universal Kids

Vu Bui

COO, Mojang, Creators of Minecraft

Jan-Willem Bult

Creator/producer/trainer

Michal Butel

Deputy CEO, Hop! Media Group

Nicky Campbell

Beth Carmona

General Director, comKids

President, Midiativa (Brazil)

Dave Coplin

CEO, The Envisioners Ltd

Ferne Corrigan

Nicky Cox

Editor in Chief, First New

Tim Davie

CEO, BBC WORLDWIDE

James Dean

Steven DeNure

President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX

Sangeeta Desai

COO and CEO Emerging Markets, FremantleMedia

Rhianna Dhillon

Giles Dilnot

Malik Ducard

Global Head, Family and Learning, YouTube

Olivier Dumont

Managing Director of eOne Family and eOne Licensing

Jeffrey D. Dunn

President and CEO Sesame Workshop

Bryan Elsley

Writer and Creator, Skins

David Emm

Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky Lab

CJ Fahey

Lisa Filipelli

Founder, Flip Mgmt

Lord Daniel Finklestein

Tom Fletcher

Gonzalo Frasca PhD

CDO DragonBox / Universidad ORT

Iona Gaskell

Artist, Sophiatown

Rick Glankler

President/General Manager, Kids & Family Entertainment – Fremantle Media Group

Dr Maya Göetz

International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television, Germany, and of the Prix Jeunesse Foundation

Josh Golin

Executive Director of the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC)

Gerard Grech

CEO, Tech City UK

Thomas Grond

Head of Young Audiences, EBU

Hildri Gulliksen

Head of NRK Super

Michelle Guthrie

Managing Director, ABC

Nina Hahn

 

Tony Hall

Director-General BBC

James Harding

Director of News and Current Affairs (including World Service)

Julia Hardy

Tristia Harrison

CEO, TalkTalk

Laura Haynes

Isabella Henriques

Director of Advocacy Alana Institute

Anna Home

Greg James

Andrew Kavanagh

CEO and Founder, Kavaleer Productions

Tracey Keenan

Vice President & General Manager UK & Ireland, WWE

Justina Kehinde

Writer, Performance Artist, Director

Spencer Kelly

Presenter, BBC Click

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE

Founder, 5Rights / Filmmaker

Seth Killian

Co-Founder, Evo and Lead Designer, Riot Games

Cha Kil-yong

Digital Teacher and CEO, SevenEdu and Chamath

Chester King

Founder and CEO, British ESports Association

David Kleeman

SVP, Global Trends, Dubit

Nish Kumar

Comedian, Writer, Satirist

Iris Lapinski

Founder and CEO, Apps for Good

David Levine

VP, Programming, Production & Strategic Development, The Walt Disney Company

Professor Sonia Livingstone

Department of Media and Communications, LSE

Anne Longfield OBE

Children’s Commissioner for England

James Lyne

Global Head of Security Research, Sophos

Colin McElwee

Co-Founder, Worldreader

Tim McKeon

Writer and Producer, Hundredth Town Productions

Susan McLean

Director, Cybersafety Solutions

Chris Mead

Senior Director of Partnerships, EMEA, Twitch

Willow Mellbratt

Play Director, Toca Boca

Simon Milner

Policy Director, Facebook

Professor Sugata Mitra

Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University

Maddie Moate

Presenter and EduTuber

Radha Modgil

Yemisi Mokuolu

Siyanda Mohutsiwa

Writer

Sarah Muller

Head of Children’s, Channel 5

Naga Munchetty

BBC Journalist and Broadcaster

Lucy Murphy

Head of Kids’ Content, Sky

Shannon Murray

Booker, VisABLE

Deepika Bhardwaj

Independent Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker

Sarah Newton

Teenologist

Eva O’Connor

Actress and Writer

Alex Okosi

Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa

Tessy Ojo

Adelle Onyango

Broadcaster

Natalie Osborne

Chief Strategy Officer, 9Story

Adam Pearson

Actor and Presenter

Jo Pedder

Head of Policy and Engagement, Information Commissioner’s Office

Ash Perrin

Founder, Director and CEO, The Flying Seagull Project

Cecilia Persson

Jan Pinkava

Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories

Jean-Philippe Randisi

CEO, Zodiak Kids

Aaron Haroon Rashid

CEO and Founder Unicorn Black

Mikkel Rasmussen

Co-Founder and Director of European Practice, ReD Associates

Shabnam Rezaei

Co-Founder and President, Big Bad Boo Studios

Vicky Rideout

John Robson

Managing Director, Wildbrain

Chris Rose

Director of Development & Production, Beano Studios

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, OECD

Tawny Schlieski

Founder, Oregon Story Board

Richard Scudamore

Executive Chairman of the Premier League

Jak Severson

Founder and Former CEO, Thoughtful Media Group

Baroness Joanna Shields

Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Internet Safety

Vicki Shotbolt

Founder and CEO of ParentZone

Resh Sidhu

Creative Director for Virtual Reality, Framestore

Linda Simensky

Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS

Jordan Stephens

Musician

Alison Stewart

Head of CBeebies Production, BBC

Jim Steyer

CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media

Iain Stirling

Presenter and Comedian

Ágúst Ingason

Value Creator, Vertu Ehf.

Denise G. Tayloe

Co-Founder & CEO, PRIVO

Cheryl Taylor

Controller, CBBC

Sophia Town

Obie Scott Wade

CEO, Obieco Entertainment, inc

Chie WakabayashiK

Senior Producer, NHK

Sam Walker

Michael Wamaya

Finalist of the Global Teacher Prize 2017

Alice Webb

Summit Chair and Director, BBC Children’s & BBC North

Oli White

Youtuber

Tricia Wilber

Chief Marketing Officer Emea, The Walt Disney Company

Chris Williams

Founder & CEO, pocket.watch

Stephen Youngwood

COO, Sesame Workshop

Nong Yuan

Director, Beijing Film Academy Board

Shurong Zhang

Director, Beijing International Music Festival

Xiaoqiu Zhong (Lisa)

President/CEO, UYoung Media Group

Tommy Zwicky

Journalist

Magero

We’ll bring together some of the most inspirational, influential and in-demand speakers from across media and technology sectors to be part of the Summit. Watch this space for exciting additions to the line-up.

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Andrew Kavanagh

Award-winning writer/ director / producer Andrew Kavanagh founded Kavaleer in 2001 and as CEO is passionate about shaping the company’s creative output and distinctive brand. He has enjoyed critical and commercial success over the 16 years since Kavaleer’s inception as creator / executive producer of ‘Garth & Bev’ (2011, 26 x11 preschool), ‘Wildernuts’ (2013, 52 x 7, preschool), and ‘Kiva Can Do!’ (2017, 52 x 11, preschool), which will air globally on Nick Jr from 2018. Andrew heads up Kavaleer’s development slate and is in late-stage development on a 52 x11 action-comedy for 6-9s ‘Dougie Noir’ (with WDR Media Group, Germany) and ‘Alva & the Trolls’ (52 x 11’) with RTEJr. Kavaleer’s latest preschool show ‘Neenawsaurs’ launched at Cartoon Forum in September 2017.

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Tracey Keenan

As VP and General Manager, Tracey Keenan is responsible for WWE’s UK and Ireland business in what is WWE's largest and most successful market outside of the USA. Tracey leads the effort to create and develop growth opportunities for the WWE brand and business. She provides strategic direction and leadership to drive business growth and increase revenue and awareness for all WWE brands and properties, as the company continues to set the standard for global innovation. Her role involves managing business lines including Content Distribution - TV, Digital and WWE’s highly successful OTT platform, the WWE Network; an extensive Live Event touring program, Digital and Sponsorship Sales, Consumer Product Licensing, Marketing, Communications and new Product Development.

Quote: “I’m thrilled to participate at the Children’s Global Media Summit and look forward to sharing how WWE’s PG, family-friendly programming that’s available in more than 180 countries and 20 languages, connects with audiences around the world.”

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Justina Kehinde

An award-winning poet, jazz singer, actress and director, Justina Kehinde made theatrical history in 2012 directing, acting and co-producing the first all black all female production on a Cambridge stage, Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Coloured Girls […]’, before successfully selling out the London production. In 2013 she gave a TEDx keynote and in 2014 produced and directed the classic South African political-musical ‘Sophiatown’. In 2017 she was selected out of 150 applicants for Damsel Develops directorial mentorship scheme, co-writing and directing her first original play which showcased at the Bunker Theatre in Southwark.

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Spencer Kelly

Spencer absolutely denies that he was given the job presenting Click because he hacked the BBC’s personnel records and inserted his name on the payroll. Spencer swears it was his nearly two decades of presenting experience and double first in Computer Science from Cambridge that swung the job for him. He was also recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Coventry University, which has made him even more unbearable. Away from answering awkward questions, Spencer spends his time sorting the wheat from the chaff of the technology world. After a seven-year stint as a breakfast radio host, he came home to tech. He joined the BBC as an iPresenter – as we understand it, a kind of human phone app – and since moving to Click, he has travelled the world to seek out not only the most advanced tech but simple devices which make a huge difference.

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Seth Killian

Seth Killian is lead game designer at Riot Games, and a lifelong advocate for and player of competitive games. He left a career in academic philosophy when he was recruited to join the iconic Japanese fighting game maker Capcom. He went on to work on award-winning games at Capcom, Sony PlayStation, and the independent developer Radiant Entertainment, which was acquired by Riot Games. As a competitor, he played for the first US Street Fighter National Team. He went on to cofound the Evo Championship Series, the largest fighting game competition in the world, and in 2016, hosted the first live global television broadcast of competitive fighting games on ESPN.
Quote: As competitive video games continue to grow in popularity, the Children's Media Summit provides a fantastic chance to highlight and discuss the virtues that these games share with traditional sport, as well as the unique opportunities they present for the players and fans of the future.

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Nish Kumar

Critically acclaimed comic, writer, actor and broadcaster, Nish Kumar has achieved huge success on the stand-up circuit with five rave reviewed solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two of which have been nominated for the prestigious Comedy Award for Best Show in both 2015 & 2016 and is regularly booked for gigs worldwide including festivals in Hong Kong, Montreal, Melbourne and New Zealand. Alongside stand-up Nish is a frequent voice and face across both television and radio and was the 2015/2016 host of topical comedy show, Newsjack for Radio 4 Extra and has hosted two series of his own topical show for BBC Radio 4, Spotlight Tonight.

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James Lyne

James is Head of Research and Development and CyberStart Creator at SANS Institute, Global Research Advisor at Sophos and founder of Helical Levity, a leading security research firm. He is a hands-on, technically advanced security practitioner whose commitment to educating those outside of the industry has led him to create and deliver a series of cyber security training programmes. He is also the curriculum lead for SANS and HMG Cyber Academies. His extensive technical knowledge combined with an energetic and passionate attitude has meant that he is a frequent industry advisor as well as a respected spokesperson for the industry. James has given multiple TED talks and features regularly in mainstream media, including CNN, NBC, and BBC News.

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Susan McLean

Susan is Australia’s leading expert in the area of cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. She was the first Victoria Police officer appointed to a position involving cybersafety and young people where she established and managed the Victoria Police Cybersafety Project. She has completed advanced training in the USA in 2007, 2012 & 2015 including the Protecting Children Online Certificate from Fox Valley Technical College and has successfully completed the ‘University Certificate in Child Safety on the Internet’ from the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom. She also has qualifications from Netsmartz/NCMEC (USA) and NSPCC/CEOP (UK). She has recently been appointed as a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB).

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Maddie Moate

Maddie Moate is a YouTuber and BAFTA nominated television presenter of Cbeebies' Do You Know?One of the few female “Edu-tubers” in the UK, Maddie has been hosting educational online content for the past 5 years and has amassed over 18 million views on her YouTube films across multiple science and technology channels.

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Siyanda Mohutsiwa

Siyanda Mohutsiwa is an internationally recognised satirical writer and speaker from Botswana. She describes herself as a pan-Africanist.
She delivered a TED talk titled "Is Africa's Future Online?" in November 2015, and another titled "How young Africans found a voice on Twitter" in February 2016.
In 2016 she was a UNICEF special youth reporter covering youth-led community organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Shannon Murray

Shannon has been with Louise Dyson at VisABLE People since 1994, VisABLE was the first agency established to represent artists with disabilities. As an actress and booker at VisABLE, Shannon has considerable experience of working both in the corporate world (she used to be a lawyer) and the entertainment industry. She and Louise have been outspoken about the representation of disability on screen and she has been a guest on countless television and radio programmes including Newsnight, No Tragedy, No Triumph, BBC Breakfast, How to Look Good Naked, 60 Minutes and many others.
Quote: I’m looking forward to seeing some of the fantastic speakers at the Children’s Global Media Summit and hear how we can work together with to create exciting and dynamic new content for the next generation.’

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Deepika Bhardwaj

Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj is an Independent Journalist and a Documentary Filmmaker from India. In last few years she has written and spoken extensively on gender biased laws in India, absence of laws to protect men from domestic violence and impact of false cases on men and their families. Her feature length documentary film 'Martyrs of Marriage' brings forth the issue of abuse of dowry laws , which has also concerned the highest courts in India and sheds light on lives of men who committed suicide because of this abuse. The film has received rave reviews in India and around the world and her work has been appreciated by national and international media.

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Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton understands young people in a way that no one else does. She has shared her wisdom with millions who have tuned into her TV and radio shows, followed her writing and listened to her thought-provoking talks. A thought-leader in her field, her insight has been sought by such companies as MTV, Paramount, ITV, Boots and Proctor & Gamble. She’s also brought her fresh perspective to The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Mail by writing opinion pieces that often go viral. After 26 years of collaborating with youth she is able to understand, interpret and predict their behaviour, often forecasting trends before they hit the mainstream. Trained in Cinema Therapy, Sarah is a huge advocate for the power of the media to not only entertain but to educate, inform and provoke conversations.
“I know the power that the media can have on the lives of young people and the discussions it can provoke. I am so excited to be contributing to the Children's Global Media Summit and attending as a delegate. Media allows us to inform, educate, entertain and influence young people in a way nothing else can, and it’s great to part of a bigger conversation about the future of media and its impact.”

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Eva O’Connor

Writer and performer from Ireland. Wrote and performed in BBC three series Overshadowed, which was based on Eva's play by the same name. Written extensively about mental health, based on personal experience and won various awards for her work.

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Adelle Onyango

Adelle Onyango is a Kenyan media personality who was declared one of BBC's
100 inspirational and innovative women in the world for 2017; as well as
2016’s most influential media personality in Kenya. Adelle started her radio career in 2011 at 1FM. In 2013, she moved to KISS
FM, where she currently co-hosts on one of the most famous radio shows in
Kenya, the KISS FM Breakfast Show. Adelle has also been instrumental in
pushing for African music to be played on mainstream Kenyan radio, even
launching her own show, Urban Africa, that plays African music every
Saturday night on KISS FM.

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Natalie Osborne

As Chief Strategy Officer of 9 Story Media Group, Natalie Osborne oversees strategic partnerships, worldwide sales, acquisitions, consumer products and marketing. Natalie has been a significant driver of the company’s dramatic growth over the last decade, helping transform 9 Story into one of the world’s leading independent producers and distributors of children’s content. Upon joining the company in 2006, Natalie founded the global distribution division, building it into a multi-million dollar, internationally recognized enterprise. Her executive producer credits include the Canada/U.K. coproduction Wibbly Pig, the live action film Harriet Spy: Blog Wars for Disney, and most recently, the Brown Bag Films produced holiday special, Angela’s Christmas.

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Adam Pearson

Adam Pearson is an award-winning campaigner, actor and presenter. Adam was nominated as UK Documentary Presenter of the Year at the 2016 Grierson Awards. His credits include Horizon: My Amazing Twin (BBC Two), Adam Pearson: Freak Show (BBC Three), The Ugly Face Of Disability Hate Crime (BBC Three), Tricks Of The Restaurant Trade (Channel 4) and The One Show (BBC One). Adam appeared in the BAFTA-nominated film, Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson. Adam is an ambassador for Jeans for Genes and The Childhood Tumour Trust. Adam has won a RADAR Award and a Diana Award for his campaigning work.

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Jo Pedder

Jo Pedder is Head of the ICO’s Policy and Engagement department. In her current role she is responsible for overseeing policy lines, advice and guidance related to data protection and freedom of information legislation. Jo is also responsible for the ICO’s engagement teams that focus on strategic stakeholders in the private sector and public services. Prior to taking on her current role Jo has worked in a number of policy and operational roles for the ICO since 2004. Before joining the ICO Jo worked at the Charity Commission dealing with large charities.

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Ash Perrin

Ash Perrin (clown name Bash), founder of children’s charity The Flying Seagull Project, was the subject of a short BBC3 film, Amazing Humans, which has received over 40,000,000 views on Facebook since August 2017.
Ash Perrin was playing guitar and doing magic in an orphanage in Cambodia in 2007 when it struck him that, as an entertainer, a clown who cares passionately about the health and happiness of children, he should do everything in his power to bring “love, light and laughter” to those who need it most. He wrote the idea for The Flying Seagull Project on a piece of paper that night and launched the charity three months later. Since then the Seagulls – a small, highly skilled team of around 20 professional entertainers – have used music, arts, dance and clowning to spread smiles to more than 100,000 children in hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps around the world. Over the last 18 months their main focus has been child refugees in Europe, but they also ran a successful project in India. In Idomeni, in Greece, they saw 1,000 child refugees a day, every day for seven weeks. They witnessed incredible transformations: the burden of premature adulthood lifted; children unable to engage becoming vocal, popular members of the group; frowns, fear and anxiety replaced by positivity and confidence. There is more that unites than divides us, so join “the laugh-olution” and make the world a better place.

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Chris Rose

Chris Rose leads development and production of TV, film and theatre productions for Beano Studios. Previously, he was Commissioning Editor, Children’s Television at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Other roles include Director of Development for HIT Entertainment, Content and Acquisitions Manager for CBeebies and Acquisitions Executive for BBC Children’s. Chris has overseen a number of successful series including ‘The Deep’, ‘Secret Life of Boys’ and ‘The Flamin’ Thongs’; he also developed ‘Mike the Knight’.

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Tawny Schlieski

Tawny Schlieski is a research scientist and virtual reality producer. She spent 17 years at Intel, including her most recent role as Director of Research for Client Computing. She is founder and president of the Oregon Story Board, a non-profit dedicated to building diversity and inclusion in the VR economy, and she runs Shovels and Whiskey, a VR prototyping studio in Portland, Oregon. Her work centres on new forms of communication and storytelling enabled by emergent technologies, including rethinking education and collaboration, creation and play, and immersive technology at work. Her recent partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company on The Tempest delivered record breaking audiences, and two Innovation Lions at Cannes. Tawny has a master’s degree in political science from Duke University, and has studied and worked in the theatre throughout her career.

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Baroness Joanna Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields OBE is tech industry pioneer and an impassioned advocate for the protection of children online. She was the first UK Minister for Internet Safety & Security, serving in both the Cameron and May governments. Baroness Shields founded the WeProtect Global Alliance; an international, multi-stakeholder movement working to eradicate sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of children online, and is now the PM’s Special Rep for Internet Safety. She received her OBE for her voluntary services to children and the technology industry.

"The prevalence of fake news and mass misinformation on social platforms has already had far reaching implications on democracy and cohesiveness in society. In this challenging new world, it is especially important that children's news outlets become a trusted source, helping children recognise what is accurate and reliable. We need to help our future leaders build the confidence and resilience they need to become well-rounded citizens and critical thinkers."

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Alison Stewart

Alison has worked in children’s media production for most of her career, first at the BBC and later as a freelance Producer, Director, Scriptwriter and Lyricist. She returned to the BBC in 2007 and moved to her current position seven years ago. CBeebies is the UK's most popular pre-school channel, offering mixed genre content for children from 0–6 years. She leads an in house team which creates, develops and produces TV, online, mobile and radio content for the Channel, both for the UK audience and for the international market via co-productions.

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Iain Stirling

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is best known as the brilliantly funny voice of the hit reality show Love Island (ITV2), which is now in its third series. Following his success on Love Island, he took on the role of host for ITV2's new physical comedy entertainment show, CelebAbility, adding to an extensive list of television credits, including Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and Drunk History (Comedy Central) plus an array of panel shows, such as Virtually Famous (E4), Fake Reaction and Safe Word (both ITV2).

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Ágúst Ingason

From 2001-2012, Agust served as EVP and Executive Producer for LazyTown. He was instrumental in developing and spearheading one of the most highly acclaimed, global children’s television series and franchises in contemporary broadcasting, growing the company from a small operation in Iceland into a phenomenon in over 120 countries worldwide.

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Denise G. Tayloe

Denise G. Tayloe is a recognized leader and authority in online identity and privacy management with more than a decade of experience in the online privacy industry. As co-founder and CEO of PRIVO, she helps companies navigate the opportunities and challenges of implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and other international privacy laws by providing consultation and identity management software solutions for enterprise that help companies effectively and legally interact with children.

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Tricia Wilber

Chief Marketing Officer EMEA, The Walt Disney Company

As Chief Marketing Officer for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) EMEA, Tricia Wilber is responsible for the creation, implementation and oversight of Disney’s integrated marketing organisation.In this role, Tricia is a member of the EMEA executive management team that sets the strategic direction for the company, which she translates into marketing strategies, priorities, budgets and plans to drive execution regionally and locally. This wide-ranging role also sees Tricia engaging at the micro level – examining all components of how we market Disney to the distinct and varied audiences around the region.

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Chris Williams

As pocket.watch’s CEO, Chris is responsible for setting the company’s vision as well as cultivating a strong working environment where his world class management team is driven to perform at the top of their abilities. Chris is a true pioneer of online video, with 20 years of proven success in both predicting and capitalizing upon opportunities that have dictated the future of media and entertainment. Most recently, he served as the Chief Audience Officer of Maker Studios and prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of venture backed startup, Take180. Both companies were acquired by The Walt Disney Company where Chris also launched Disney Online Originals, a division dedicated to the creation of Disney branded short form content. The earlier part of Chris’s career was spent at Yahoo, where he was one of the first 100 employees. Chris is married with two children and spends most weekends at his kids’ sporting events kicking it with other parents.

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Yuan Nong

Director, Beijing Film Academy Board

Yuannong Sun is former manager of Jackie Chan, an executive film producer and educator

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Shurong Zhang

Shurong Zhang is one of the leading figures of the Chinese entertainment industry. A former head of Beijing Music Radio, he's been producing a list of high profile events across China including the Opening and Closing Ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics. He is also chairing the Beijing International Music Festival.

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Xiaoqiu Zhong (Lisa)

Lisa Zhong is the founder, president and CEO of UYoung Media Group. She has led this leading company in children’s media and entertainment sector in China for 17 years. As one of the best content providers in the country, the total capacity created and invested by the company has reached no less than 4,500 minutes each year.

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Magero

Magero is a poet/spoken word artist, workshop facilitator and co-founder of 'The Brotherhood Creative Collective'. Based in South East London, Magero is known as a vivid storyteller who incorporates a fusion of poetry, music and acting within his artistry. He has been described by some as a 'poetic illusionist' due to his intricate writing style and ability to misdirect audiences through manipulating their perception within his narrative which often include unexpected plot twists.

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Anna Home

Anna joined BBC radio in 1960 and started in Children’s Television in 1964, where she worked as a researcher, then Director, Producer and Executive Producer, latterly specialising in Children’s Drama. She started 'Grange Hill', the controversial school series. From 1981- 86 she worked at the ITV company, TVS, where she was Deputy Director of Programmes. In 1986 she returned to the BBC as Head of Children’s programmes responsible for all children’s output. She revived the Sunday teatime classic dramas and one of her last decisions before retiring was to commission 'Teletubbies'.
After retiring from the BBC, Anna was Chief Executive of The Children's Film & Television Foundation until it merged into the Children's Media Foundation in 2012.

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Isabella Henriques

Lawyer and Master of law in Diffuse Rights from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum Foundation and Executive Leader in Early Childhood Development by the Nucleus Science for Childhood (NCPI). Advocacy Director at Alana Institute and coordinator of the Absolute Priority program. Member of the Council of the Ombudsman's Office of the Public Defender's Office of the State of São Paulo. Author of "Abuse Advertising directed to the child" and co-author of the book "Advertising of Food and Children: Regulation in Brazil and in the World", produced in partnership with ANDI and Harvard Law and International Development Society - LIDS.

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Laura Haynes

Laura is Chairman of UN Women NCUK and actively supports UN Women in its mission for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Working closely with partners in the public, private and academic sectors, Laura works to enhance understanding and awareness of the issues affecting women and girls worldwide, while supporting organisations to develop and implement gender equality solutions. Laura’s experience includes over 25 years helping organisations to embrace change, build and enhance culture and expand potential through a unique approach that fuses purpose driven strategy, inclusive change and creativity. These are the guiding principles behind the consultancy that she founded, with its unique Business Made Better initiative, an approach to building sustainability in every organisation. The results are sustainable brands that deliver their core purpose and nurture loyalty.

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Nina Hahn

As Senior Vice President, International Production & Development, Nina Hahn oversees international content development and co-production partnerships for Nickelodeon outside of the US. Based in London, Hahn coordinates and drives the development process, spearheading new production models, managing productions from pilot through to series, and working in direct partnership with Nickelodeon’s content teams around the world. In this role, Hahn oversees all internationally sourced productions, aligning Nickelodeon’s global production and development pipeline, representing Nickelodeon US’s production and development interests abroad and identifying resources and expertise to drive creative partnerships and cultivate talent.

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Rick Glankler

Rick Glankler is FremantleMedia’s President/General Manager of the Kids & Family division. Based in New York he is responsible for all areas of FremantleMedia’s kids business: production, consumer products, TV sales and brand management. He oversees all creative and commercial aspects of the business with the overall responsibility of continuing to grow FremantleMedia's outstanding portfolio of kids and family brands into successful global franchises.

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Daniel Finkelstein

Daniel Finkelstein is a columnist on The Times and a member of the House of Lords.

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Lisa Filipelli

Lisa Filipelli has been engrossed in the world of talent and Social Media for over eleven years. She founded her company Flip Management in May 2017 after spending 4 ½ years as the VP of Talent at Big Frame. Lisa’s roster includes clients such as Tyler Oakley, Ingrid Nilsen, Aspyn Ovard, Kian Lawley and Amanda Steele. She has been integral to shaping the industry of representation within the next gen talent sector.

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CJ Fahey

CJ Fahey is General Manager, VICELAND, EMEA & APAC, responsible for the TV network's creative and strategic development, as well as overseeing all output across linear, mobile and multi-platform offerings. Having joined VICE in 2014, CJ was integral to the launch of VICELAND in the US, working alongside co-Presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze, on the development and production of the channel's award-winning content slate as well as channel branding. Prior to VICE, CJ worked on corporate strategy and business development at Fox Networks Group, as well as Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels in Rome, Italy, having focused on programming and international channel launches.

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Olivier Dumont

Olivier Dumont is the Managing Director of Entertainment One, Family and Brands. He oversees all the commercial and creative activities of Entertainment One’s combined kid, family and licensing operations including development, production, sales, licensing and merchandising and is responsible for developing properties into global TV, Home Entertainment, New Media and Licensing & Merchandising brands. Key brands include hit properties “Peppa Pig”, “PJ Masks” and “Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom”.

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Giles Dilnot

Giles Dilnot was a reporter and presenter for the BBC for 20 years working mainly in politics, but making documentaries for Radio 4, presenting news programmes on BBC 5 Live and appearing regularly on BBC1 and BBC2. He left the BBC in 2016 for a brief spell in the Think-Tank world before joining the office of the Children’s Commissioner this year as Anne Longfield’s Head of Communications. He is father to two girls.

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Tim Davie

In October 2012, Tim Davie was announced as the incoming Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and took up his post in April 2013. He was made Acting BBC Director-General on 10 November 2012. 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. Tim was appointed to the role of Director, Audio & Music on 1 September 2008. Previously he was Director of the BBC's Marketing, Communications & Audiences division from April 2005 and before that Vice President, Marketing and Franchise, PepsiCo Europe. In April, 2017 Tim was appointed to the new BBC Executive Board. He read English at Cambridge University and from there joined Procter and Gamble. He is the Chairman of Comic Relief, Trustee of the Tate and Trustee of the Royal Television Society.

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Nicky Cox

Nicky Cox is editor in chief of First News, the UK’s number one publication for children with more than two million readers a week. Nearly half of schools nationwide subscribe to First News. Nicky is also CEO of Fresh Start Media, a production company making broadcast films for, and about, children around the world. Nicky was made an MBE for services to children in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2009, and in 2013, was given a Patron’s award from the NSPCC and ChildLine for dedication to children. She is passionate about giving kids a voice and a fair deal. In 2014 Nicky was one of the Women of Achievement in the Women of the Year Awards. She is often called upon to be a judge herself and has been on the panels for BAFTA, the Global Teacher Prize and the Mum of the Year Awards, as well as being a trustee of the British Plaque Trust. She is also a special adviser to UNICEF and patron of the British Citizen Youth Awards. Nicky appears often on television and radio to talk about children's issues and is a regular columnist in several national newspapers.

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Michal Butel

Michal Butel is Deputy CEO at Hop! Media Group, overseeing the content strategy and content products for the Group's TV channels and digital activities: Hop!, Luli, Wiz & Israeli Childhood. Michal is in charge of all local productions, co-productions and joint ventures of Hop! media Group, including overseeing all content interfaces of the other group's activities as well as the , programming, design of all branded products, outreach activities and promotion.

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Deirdre Brennan

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Deirdre Brennan is the General Manager, Universal Kids, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s network for kids 2-12 that represents all that is universal about being a kid. With a content mix that includes original kids unscripted series - including the debut of “Top Chef Junior,” proven international hits, shows from DreamWorks Animation Television, and a daily preschool programming block - Universal Kids is committed to entertaining kids as it widens eyes and opens minds.Brennan oversees all aspects of Universal Kids’ programming, marketing, business strategy and performance. She sets the strategy for all network and digital operations, with organisational oversight that includes programming, development, marketing, digital, finance, communications, insights and strategy.

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James Creech

James Creech is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paladin, the leading technology provider for next-generation media companies. The Paladin platform powers mission-critical functions, including creator management, royalty accounting and payments, and influencer campaigns for Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, Bell Media and dozens more across five continents.

James is also the creator and host of All Things Video, the first podcast dedicated to uncovering the past and charting the future of the online video industry. Prior to Paladin, James served as SVP, Growth for Bent Pixels and VP, Operations at Channel Factory.

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Julia Hardy

Julia Hardy is an experienced TV Presenter, writer, radio presenter and live host from London specialising in technology, video games, YouTube and pretty much anything to do with the online self.

Currently BBC Radio 1 / 1xtra’s first ever video gaming presenter producing monthly content for iPlayer, as well as hosting the first ever video game radio show last Christmas and appearing on a host of other BBC TV and radio programmes.

She has previously worked for 4Music, BAFTA, Bravo, Vice, Challenge TV, The Mirror Online, Channel 5 News, Kerrang! and Current TV as well as a host of large brands too.

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Oli White

Oli White is a 22-year-old British YouTuber creating weekly comedy and entertainment videos that appeal to a 13- to 22-year-old transatlantic audience. He started making videos in August of 2012 and his channel content varies from celebrity interviews, challenges and collaborations from the world of entertainment and comedy.

“I'm so honoured and excited to have been invited to take part in the Children's Global Media Summit. As someone who grew up online in this digital era, it is great to be invited to speak at such an important event. With online and the world of digital media playing such a big part in young people’s lives today I can't wait to share my experience and how the online world is evolving for further generations of young people.”

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Dave Coplin

“We continue to think about and raise our children with a mindset that was forged in the fires of the 19th century and as a result we are preparing our children for a world that actually no longer exists.  Unless we fundamentally change the way we think about, engage and educate our children we risk being derelict in our duty as the guardians of their future as we are sending them out into a world for which they are simply not prepared.

“The rise of the humans seeks to re-dress this balance by helping the next generation embrace the incredible opportunity technology offers us, and in so doing, enables them to live up to the potential of evolving technology rather than be constrained by it.”

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Jean-Philippe Randisi

CEO, Zodiak Kids

Jean-Philippe Randisi is CEO of Zodiak Kids, a Banijay Group company, a global independent leader in kids’ entertainment, combining dedicated kids’ production companies in France and the UK, consumer products and sales division.
Prior to joining Zodiak Kids, he was EVP and Director of Consumer Products at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. He was responsible for the division’s reboot of Thunderbirds Are Go!, its consumer products and digital strategy, and the exploitation of its in-house and third party intellectual property portfolio across DVD, publishing and licensed products.
Previous roles include Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International at Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, a division of MTV Networks International, working on properties such as SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and South Park. Prior to Viacom, he headed up Saban Consumer Products for Europe.

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Jan Pinkava

Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories

Jan Pinkava is Creative Director of Google Spotlight Stories, a group of artists and technologists, within Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects group, creating a new form of immersive, interactive storytelling for mobile and VR. His career in Computer Animation spans a quarter of a century, including 13 years as a Director at Pixar. He was the director and writer of Pixar’s Oscar-winning 1997 short film Geri's Game and the creator and co-director of Pixar's Oscar-winning 2007 feature film Ratatouille.

"We are all invested in how the world looks for our children. The digital media revolution has influenced that world profoundly, and who can tell what lies ahead with technologies like VR and AR? The Children's Global Media Summit is an important way to pay attention to that future."

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Linda Simensky

Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS

As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming.
Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows ranging from Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and Wild Kratts to Odd Squad and Nature Cat. Linda is currently working on the PBS KIDS creativity-themed series, Pinkalicious & Peterrific with WGBH, Luna Around the World with Joe Murray, and several pilots.
Before joining PBS, Linda was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw development and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, among others. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Linda also teaches Animation History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Vu Bui

COO, Mojang, Creators of Minecraft

Vu Bui is the COO of Mojang, the game studio behind the worldwide phenomenon game, Minecraft. His role at Mojang is diverse and includes managing the Minecraft brand, building new business opportunities, creating Minecraft's live event MINECON, and leading multimedia for the Minecraft brand, including producing the Minecraft movie. Vu was a pioneer of and is also the President of the Block by Block Foundation which supports a unique partnership between Mojang and UN Habitat using Minecraft in the process of urban sustainable development.

“I'm excited to be attending and participating in the Children’s Global Media Summit! Youth are always changing, the ways children learn and communicate are changing, and we as creators and curators of entertainment and platforms have the ability to facilitate and improve that change.

“In order to keep up with today's youth we need to embrace and focus on the way they want to experience stories as well as tell their own, and we can use these platforms to empower kids to share their own visions and narratives, while demonstrating core values that they will carry into the future.

“Equality of all kinds is so important, games and other online interactions are amazing equalizers when implemented and used correctly, and places like the CGMS are the right venues to facilitate these conversations.”

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Jordan Stephens

Musician, Actor and Activist

Jordan rose to prominence as one half of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks. He is currently acting (Star Wars, Catastrophe), working on solo musical material as 'Al, The Native' and engaged in activism.

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Iris Lapinski

Founder and CEO, Apps for Good

Iris is the founder and CEO of Apps for Good, overseeing the organisation’s strategic expansion. During 2009, Iris led the initial feasibility study that resulted in the creation of Apps for Good. In 2012 the Observer and Nesta named Iris as one of Britain's 50 New Radicals for her work with Apps for Good. Iris has a background in commercial digital media and telecoms consulting, and running business planning and strategy projects, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East for Ovum. She dropped out of an electronic engineering degree but then completed an undergraduate degree in cultural studies in Germany and a master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Iris has two young daughters and now lives in Berlin, Germany.

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Stephen Youngwood

COO, Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the media and education non-profit organisation behind Sesame Street. Stephen oversees the global distribution, sponsorship, product licensing, themed entertainment and education efforts. Since joining the Workshop in 2015, Youngwood has spearheaded its growth, including new partnerships with HBO, YouTube, McGraw-Hill, SeaWorld and IBM Watson, new TV productions around the world and expansion in China, Latin America, the UAE and beyond.
Prior to joining the Workshop, Stephen worked at Viacom, most recently as Executive Vice President & GM of Digital Media & Entertainment Products, Nickelodeon. He also held senior Viacom positions in consumer products for Nickelodeon, Paramount and Comedy Central, managed the Nickelodeon Magazines, and worked in Nickelodeon corporate and TV business development. Prior to Viacom, Stephen worked for McKinsey & Company in the US and Germany and at Disney in their education division.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Northside Center for Childhood Development. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Leapfrog Enterprises (NYSE), Learning Resources, and the Online Publishing Association. Youngwood graduated Cum Laude with a BA in History from Yale University and received an MBA from Stanford University. Youngwood lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

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Krissa Watry

Co-Founder and CEO, Dynepic

Dynepic is trailblazing the world’s first privacy-compliant, family network called the iOKids platform, allowing toy makers and app developers to easily create kid-safe, personalised and social experiences.
Krissa holds engineering degrees from the USAF Academy and MIT and has been recognised as a Global Entrepreneur and Innovator by President Obama. Krissa spent her early career in the aerospace industry, launching, operating and designing cutting-edge space systems for DoD, NASA and commercial space ventures. She holds five patents and is working to inspire the next generation of technologists – kids!
The iOKids platform is backed by military-grade security and partners like IBM, Chirp and ESRB to bring together services to ease the burden for brands looking to launch cutting-edge technology in the kids’ industry. The iOKids platform includes kid-safe social, video, and the Internet of Toys® in a single platform with secure API allowing brands to drive 360-degree engagement for the entire family with the highest level of COPPA verifiable parental consent and oversight.

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David Emm

Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky Lab

David Emm is Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, a provider of security and threat management solutions. David joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004. He is a member of the company's Global Research and Analysis Team and has worked in the anti-malware industry since 1990 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Technology Consultant at Dr Solomon's Software, and Systems Engineer and Product Manager at McAfee.
In his current role, David regularly delivers presentations on malware and other IT security threats at exhibitions and events, highlighting what organisations and consumers can do to stay safe online. He also provides comment to broadcast and print media on the ever-changing cyber-security and threat landscape. David has a strong interest in malware, ID theft and the human aspects of security, and is a knowledgeable advisor on all aspects of online security.

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Willow Mellbratt

Play Director, Toca Boca

Willow Mellbratt is a Play Director at Toca Boca with a passion for bringing play into the design process and always advocating the kids’ perspective. After a Masters in Experience Design, Konstfack, Sweden, she sought out how to explore design research and co-creation practices through working with IDEO, Penguin Books and Doberman. She has been working in the digital industry since 2003 with a focus on children since 2011.

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Michael Wamaya

Finalist of the Global Teacher Prize 2017

Dance teacher Michael runs a ballet classes in the heart of the notorious Kibera slum in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Home to 700,000 people, Kibera is an unlikely setting for a ballet school. With the help of Michael’s dedicated teaching, under the tin roofs of community buildings, students have become accomplished dancers, winning scholarships to further their education. With Michael’s tutoring and mentorship, this alternative arts project has provided a safe space for orphans and vulnerable children from the slums to grow, develop their skills and access opportunities. Michael’s encouragement of pride and self-awareness amongst his young students has also helped turn around school dropout rates and teenage pregnancy rates for those attending his lessons.

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Moran Lerner

CEO, Chirp

An executive business leader with global expertise in corporate strategy, technology start-ups, IoT, and advanced Behavioural Sciences, Moran has founded a number of highly successful global technology companies in IoT, Computational Intelligence, Interactive Gaming and behavioural cognitive engineering over the past 20 years. Moran is a behavioural and organisational psychologist with expertise in the fields of Cognitive Behavioural Innovation, computational intelligence and human-machine interaction.

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Bryan Elsley

Writer and Creator, Skins

Bryan Elsley is a television writer who created the Channel 4 show Dates and is best known for co-creating teen drama Skins with his son Jamie Brittain. His other writing credits include 40, Nature Boy and the award winning adaptation of Iain Banks’ novel The Crow Road.
Dates was the first production by Balloon Entertainment, the independent production company set up by Bryan and Harry Enfield in 2012. It has gone on to produce two Harry Enfield specials for BBC2, Clique in 2017 for BBC3 and upcoming E4/Netflix production Kiss Me First, made with Kindle Entertainment. Bryan is a writer, showrunner and executive producer on the show.

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Chie Wakabayashi

Senior Producer, NHK

Chie is a highly experienced producer working on a wide range of programmes such as documentaries, live shows, and educational content. She looks after kids’ and youth content as a liaison between NHK’s producers in the production department and the international market. She oversees other genres such as factual documentaries for the global market and also covers format development.

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Agnes Augustin

CEO and President, Shaw Rocket Fund

Since 2004, Agnes Augustin has proudly overseen the Shaw Rocket Fund and its commitment to be a champion of Canadian children’s programming through the Fund’s investment practices and the creation of various initiatives to support the industry, such as the much celebrated Shaw Rocket Prize. Prior to joining the Shaw Rocket Fund, Agnes was a Manager and Vice President of Business Affairs for various production and distribution companies, Head of Production for CMT, as well as an independent producer.

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Sarah Muller

Head of Children’s, Channel 5

Responsible for the commissioning and acquisition of children’s programming for Channel 5’s digital and linear platforms, Sarah oversees the channel’s popular programming strand, Milkshake! Previously, she was Creative Director - Scripted, Animation and Co-Productions for CBBC Productions, and was, prior to that, Head of CBBC Acquisitions, Animation and Drama Development for CBBC. Passionate about all kids’ content, her commissioned projects include Danger Mouse, Strange Hill High, The Worst Witch, Harriet’s Army, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, Dr Who – Dreamland, Muddle Earth and Just William.

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Shabnam Rezaei

Co-Founder, Big Bad Boo Studios

Big Bad Boo produces quality kids’ content to promote inclusion and pluralism. Based in New York and Vancouver, Big Bad Boo’s productions include 16 Hudson (TVO Kids), Babak & Friends, Mixed Nutz, Lili & Lola, and 1001 Nights, nominated for 13 Leos with 4 wins. Big Bad Boo’s shows air in 120 countries on channels such as CBC, PBS, Discovery Kids, Cartoon Network, and RTP. Big Bad Boo also produces games, comic books and curriculum materials, with distribution through partners such as UNICEF. The company has an SVOD platform Oznoz serving cartoons in 10 languages. Exclusive libraries include Sesame Street, Babar, Musti and others in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Hindi. Shabnam spent 10 years working at EXIS, Deloitte and Misys in NYC and London. She has won Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 and Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Shabnam was born in Iran and grew up in Austria. She speaks English, German, Persian, French, and Spanish. She is raising her girls trilingual and they love to watch Elmo’s World in Persian and Thomas & Friends in German on Oznoz.

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Josh Golin

Executive Director of the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC)

CCFC is a US advocacy group dedicated to countering the harmful effects of commercialism on children. CCFC advocates for policies that limit marketers’ access to children and organises highly-publicised campaigns to compel corporations to change their marketing practices. Most recently, CCFC led a successful effort to convince Mattel to shelve plans for Aristotle, a data-collecting “smart home” device designed for babies and toddlers. CCFC also works with parents and professionals to reduce the amount of time children spend with ad-supported screens. In October, CCFC launched the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, a coalition of practitioners, educators, and organizations working to promote a healthy childhood by reducing the amount of time kids spend with digital devices.

Josh Golin is Executive Director of the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). He regularly speaks to parents, policymakers and corporate leaders about the harmful effects of commercialisation on children. Josh's media appearances include Today, NPR, Fox & Friends, and NBC Nightly News and he has been quoted in hundreds of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. His writings about the commercialisation of childhood have appeared in a wide range of outlets.
Josh has been at CCFC since 2002 and led successful campaigns against major toy and media companies, including Disney, Mattel and Hasbro. He and his wife Jennifer are doing their best to raise their daughter, Clara, commercial-free.

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Jan-Willem Bult

Creator/producer/trainer

Bult’s work is known by his ‘Children in the Centre’ philosophy based on a strong belief in the autonomy of children. Since May 2014, he has worked as Head of Children, Youth & Media at Dutch non-governmental organisation Free Press Unlimited. He is responsible for media projects and productions in about 20 countries.
Bult has received numerous awards such as Prix Jeunesse International, Japan Prize, Dutch Academy Award, Dutch Golden Calf, Cinekid Kinderkast and Prix Danube. In 2007, Bult founded his own JWB Foundation to support children’s media and sports for development and peace.

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Hildri Gulliksen

Head of NRK Super

NRK Super is the Norwegian public broadcaster for children, a VOD-service, a linear TV channel, radio channel and website. NRK Super is on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. NRK Super’s vision is: the strongest community for all children in Norway.
Hildri has worked in the radio and TV business since 1993. She has a degree in journalism and sociology. She has worked a reporter, host and radio producer, and later as HR manager and Head of In-House Production for children aged 8-12. Since 2013, she has been Head of NRK Super. Hildri believes that children should be in the lead in kids' content and is inspired every day by the possibilities public broadcasting offers in contributing to building children's self-esteem.

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Gerard Grech

CEO, Tech City UK

Gerard Grech the CEO of Tech City UK, an organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK. He is also a member of the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council and Greater London Authority’s Smart London Board, both focused on economic growth through digital innovation.

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Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice

Senior Research Manager at Dubit and Senior Tutor in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice’s current work is primarily concerned with the research and development of VR content for children. She has an academic background in Childhood Education and serves as the academic-industry link for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology-funded research network DigilitEY, an EU-wide group that studies the potential of digital tech for kids.

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David Kleeman

SVP, Global Trends, Dubit

Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector — David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices for more than 30 years. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media and is now Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy/research consultancy and digital studio.
Kleeman is advisory board chair to the international children’s TV festival PRIX JEUNESSE, and on Boards of the National Association for Media Literacy Education and Children’s Media Association. He has advised most of the World Summits, and attended all.
Kleeman travels worldwide seeking best practices in children’s entertainment and learning. He has spoken (and listened!) on six continents and writes extensively for varied audiences.
He said: “I’m a great believer in the Summit movement. It strives to be respectful and relevant toward all children’s media professionals, whatever their technological, financial, social or political situation. By keeping children at the centre of our concern and creativity, we speak one language about the nature of quality and what is of benefit to young people.”

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Colin McElwee

Co-Founder, Worldreader

Before founding Worldreader in 2010, Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. He has previously acted as an invited member of the Global Agenda Council on Africa of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and in 2016 Colin was recognised as one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Schwab Foundation of the WEF.

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Chester King

CEO, British Esports Association

Chester has been involved in esports since 2015 and founded the British Esports Association in 2016, which is set up to support and promote grassroots esports, to educate parents, children, teachers, government and the media around what esports is and the benefits it offers. In August 2016 he hosted a two day esports showcase during the Rio Olympics in British House with support from the UK Government. 2018 will see the launch of the British Esports Schools League and hosting of more esports classes in libraries in the UK.

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Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE

Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sonia Livingstone OBE is a full professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Author of 20 books and many articles, Sonia researches the opportunities and risks for children and young people afforded by digital and online technologies, focusing on media literacy, social mediations and children’s rights in the digital age. Her new book is The Class: living and learning in the digital age (2016, with Julian Sefton-Green).
Recipient of many honours, Professor Livingstone has advised the UK government, European Commission, Council of Europe and others on children’s rights and safety in the digital age. A fellow of the British Psychological Society, British Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Society for the Arts, and fellow and past President of the International Communication Association, she currently leads the projects Global Kids Online and Preparing for a Digital Future and previously directed EU Kids Online.

“Media are hugely valued by children around the world, but too often provision is focused on the already-privileged. That's why this global gathering of experts and practitioners to improve children’s media everywhere is so important."

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Simon Milner

Policy Director for UK, Middle East and Africa, Facebook

Simon Milner is responsible for representing the company on issues such as terrorism and counter-speech, internet regulation, privacy, safety and security. He joined Facebook in January 2012 from BT where he was Director for Group Industry Policy. Before BT he worked for the BBC including holding the position of Secretary, responsible for the Corporation's governance and accountability. Simon is an independent board member of Good Things Foundation, a UK-based charity which collaborates with over 5,000 community organisations to help people improve essential digital skills and therefore to build digital-included communities.

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Resh Sidhu

Creative Director for Virtual Reality, Framestore

Resh is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality, driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Resh’s most recent work is the groundbreaking Fantastic Beasts VR experience launching on Google’s Daydream Headset. Resh’s influential work is recognized worldwide for its pioneering approach that continues to define and lead the Virtual industry. She continues pushes the boundaries of the medium with an imaginative application of art and technology to create beautifully crafted experiences. She was recently named as a Top 50 creative leader by Creative Review.
Her role extends well beyond the scope of creative leadership: she lectures and talks extensively all over the world on designing compelling experiences in VR. She is a motivational speaker and leader, drawing from her years of experience in advertising and digital innovation. She spoke at Cannes Lions on Harnessing the Power of VR, inspiring the next generation of creatives to think differently. More recently she gave an inspiring talk at TEDx on Navigating the Realms of Virtual Reality.
Resh has been honoured with top industry awards. She was awarded The Voice Of a Woman Award for her pioneering creative work in Virtual Reality, named as a leading female pioneer in VR by Marie Claire Magazine and featured in Campaign’s top 30 female creative trailblazers redefining ad land.

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Michelle Guthrie

Managing Director, ABC

Michelle Guthrie joined the ABC as Managing Director in May 2016. She has led the national broadcaster in a new strategic direction with a clear focus on maintaining its relevance and delivering great Australian content in a fast-changing, fragmented and increasingly global media market. In March 2017 Michelle announced a major cultural and structural transformation at the ABC to make it better equipped to meet the challenges of the digital era. Michelle brings to the ABC experience and expertise in media management, content development, and a detailed knowledge of both traditional broadcasting and the new digital media landscape. Over the last 25 years she has worked for a range of broadcasting and media organisations in Australia, Europe and Asia, including BSkyB, Star TV and Google.

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Michelle Guthrie

Managing Director, ABC

Michelle Guthrie joined the ABC as Managing Director in May 2016. She has led the national broadcaster in a new strategic direction with a clear focus on maintaining its relevance and delivering great Australian content in a fast-changing, fragmented and increasingly global media market. In March 2017 Michelle announced a major cultural and structural transformation at the ABC to make it better equipped to meet the challenges of the digital era. Michelle brings to the ABC experience and expertise in media management, content development, and a detailed knowledge of both traditional broadcasting and the new digital media landscape. Over the last 25 years she has worked for a range of broadcasting and media organisations in Australia, Europe and Asia, including BSkyB, Star TV and Google.

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Thomas Grond

Head of Young Audiences, EBU

"Everybody knows that children are the future of our society and should be treated well and with respect. Nevertheless media organisations producing content for children are very often under severe financial and political pressure. This is why it is so important to have the best informed and educated people working within children's media. And what better place to get lots of new information than the Children's Global Media Summit?"

And here a shorter version for Twitter: "Children's media suffer under financial and political pressure. This is why events like the #CGMS17 are so important to bring professionals together to exchange ideas, best practice and inspiration."

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Official Title - Author, Engineer, Social Advocate

Biography

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, award winning social advocate, author and broadcaster. A Sudanese-born Muslim woman, she was named the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year and released her memoir, Yassmin’s Story, a year later at the age of 24. Yassmin advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She founded the non-for-profit Youth Without Borders at age 16. Outside advocacy, she works as an engineer on offshore gas rigs and is an internationally accredited F1 journalist.

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Steven Graham DeNure

President and Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Steven Graham DeNure, President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX, is responsible for overseeing overall operations of DHX and its subsidiaries. Mr. DeNure also serves as Executive Producer on many of the Company’s television and interactive media projects. Mr. DeNure co-founded Decode Entertainment in 1997 and in 2006 merged the operations of Decode with Halifax Film to create DHX. Prior to founding Decode Mr. DeNure was at Alliance Communications Corporation for more than 10 years and served in a number of senior positions including President of Alliance Productions and President of Alliance Multimedia. During his tenure at Alliance Communications Corporation, he was involved in the development, financing and production of all television and feature film projects, including notable projects such as Due South, North Of 60, Eng, and Blackrobe, and was responsible for the animation division, music-publishing division (TMP), and for merchandising and licensing. Mr. DeNure is a pioneer in computer generated imagery animation, having acted as Executive Producer of the groundbreaking Reboot and Beast Wars animation series. Mr. DeNure serves on the board of the Canadian Film Centre as Vice Chair. Mr. DeNure graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Economics & Business Administration.

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Steven Bartlett

CEO, The Social Chain Group

Biography

Steven is the newly appointed 25-year-old CEO of The Social Chain Group. The Social Chain Group delivers annual revenues in excess of 100m and consists of over 20 companies within Marketing, Media, Commerce, and Technology. Steven founded two of the flagship companies within the group; Social Chain and Media Chain. Social Chain is now Europe’s leading social marketing agency working with brands such as Coca Cola, Apple, FIFA and Warner Music. Media Chain is one of the largest media owners in the world, reaching billions of people online every month. Steve is now an established speaker, investor and was recently named the most influential young entrepreneur in the industry

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Obie Scott Wade

Show Creator, SheZow!

A creator of children’s media with a passion for innovative concepts, Obie Scott Wade began his career at WQED/Pittsburgh where he was inspired by the philosophy of Mr Rogers. A believer in the power of storytelling, Obie helped pioneer the creation of original Internet content for kids and families with the award-winning web series Julius & Friends. He is the creator and executive producer of the TV series SheZow, and has written for other shows including Kuukuu Harajuku, Baby Looney Tunes and We’re Lalaloopsy. Obie is also the author of children's books The Puzzle Place, Oddry and the upcoming Super Magic! In 2017, Obie created Mythfits, the original series concept, for kids 4-6, in development with Technicolor. Obie’s professional affiliations include The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, INTER - the research-based think tank for innovation studies sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and The Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship Panel.

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Mikkel B. Rasmussen

Co-founder ReD Associates and director of its European practice

I am very excited about participating in Children’s Global Media Summit in Manchester. The timing of the theme “unlimited” couldn’t be better. I have spent the last 15 years studying the role of play and creativity in childrens' lives. The last few years I have noticed a sharp shift in what it means to play and what role it has in how children grown and learn. We live in a time with an unlimited access to media and endless possibilities for play and creativity. But we also live in a time where digital play comes with social regulation and can limit other forms of play. Social media is no longer separated from play or toys. The way children interact with social media is perhaps the biggest social experiment the world has ever seen.The summit gives us a chance to press the pause button and discuss some fundamental issues around how we want this social experiment to turn out.

Biography

Mikkel B. Rasmussen co-founded ReD Associates and serves as the director of its European practice, working closely with the top management of Europe’s most forward-looking companies. The best ideas, according to Mikkel, come from a true interest in the real world and a deep exploration into human behavior. His work as a specialist in innovation strategy for both the public and private sector has led to disruptive technologies and products in the markets for — among much else — toys, sports goods, and health care. Mikkel is also a well-known keynote speaker and provocateur — and has delivered hundreds of keynotes around the world reflecting on innovation, business creativity, and the practical use of social science. In 2014, he co-authored the book “The Moment of Clarity,” published by Harvard Business Review Press. He holds a Masters of Science in Economics from Maastricht University, as well as a Master in Public Economics from Roskilde University.

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Lucy Murphy

Head of Kids Content, Sky UK & ROI

Biography

Lucy was appointed Sky’s first Head of Kids Content in 2015. She is responsible for all of Sky’s on demand kids content, a library which recently saw the number of episodes available grow from 700 to 4,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the launch of Sky’s new kids app. At Sky Lucy has commissioned new kids shows including Aliens Love Underpants And... produced by Tiger Aspect , new episodes of Morph from Aardman and a range of games and interactive content for the Sky Kids app. Lucy has over 20 years of experience in developing and producing shows for children’s and family audiences. Lucy has worked on over 500 episodes ofchildren’s shows ranging from Horrid Henry, The Gruffalo and Aardman’s Tate Movie Project. Lucy has also provided strategic and creative consultancy for a diverse slate of clients from small indies to major international media groups. Prior to joining Sky Lucy was Creative Director and Head of Content at Azoomee, a UK video on demand platform. Lucy also worked at Acamar Films where she developed, co-wrote and exec-produced hit CBeebies show Bing Bunny.

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James Steyer

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense Media

James Steyer is the Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, America’s leading independent non-profit organisation dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Center for the Next Generation, as well as the author of Talking Back to Facebook and The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on our Children. Jim is an award-winning Consulting Professor at Stanford University, where he has taught popular courses on civil rights, civil liberties, and education for 25 years. He appears regularly on national television and radio programmes as an expert commentator and children’s advocate. Last, but most importantly, he’s a dad of four great kids.

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Gonzalo Frasca

CDO DragonBox / Universidad ORT

Gonzalo Frasca 'In education, the opposite of being bored is not to have fun but to be challenged. As game designers, we know that fun is not a goal to reach but the consequence of facing a problem that is neither too easy nor too hard. That's why at DragonBox we teach school math through storytelling and videogames. We do not aim at making math easy: we make it challenging through videogames that are not obvious and require collaboration and repeated failure. At the end of the class, most kids feel like the math lesson was easy but that's because they had active participation in figuring it out. During the Summit we will be presenting how we are teaching math in schools in Finland, Norway and France through videogames and storytelling. We start every lesson with questions – sometimes even ambiguous questions that help kids to focus more on discerning relevant data rather than
searching for a single right answer. "

Biography

Gonzalo Frasca, PhD, is Chief Design Officer at DragonBox, the Norwegian pedagogy studio that creates the acclaimed series of learning math videogames. In the last two decades, Frasca has combined academic research on games and rhetoric with professional game development for companies such as Pixar, Disney, Cartoon Network, WB and Lucasfilm. A former journalist, Frasca is also known as the creator of the newsgame genre –videogames based on current events– for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from G4C and the Knight Foundation.

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David Levine

General Manager, Disney Channels UK&I, Vice President, Programming, Production, Disney Channels EMEA

Biography

Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa, & General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland David Levine is Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA, and General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland.

As Vice President, he is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Programming across Disney Channels EMEA, including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. David is responsible for the direction of original production and overseeing the development and production slates of originally produced content, acquisitions and co-productions. He has developed and commissioned Emmy-nominated Evermoor, First Class Chefs, The Evermoor Chronicles, and The Lodge.

As General Manager of Disney Channels UK & Ireland, David leads a team that utilises theseiskey platforms to drive familiarity and awareness for the Disney brands and content, through key partnerships with Sky Broadcasting, Virgin Media and more. David joined Disney in March 2004, serving multiple roles in US Programming, Worldwide Programming and Channel GM. Prior to Disney, David worked for Ragdoll USA as Vice President Business Affairs and Development.

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Chris Mead

Senior Director of Partnerships, EMEA

Biography

Chris Mead is Twitch's Senior Director of Partnerships for EMEA, where he works with broadcasting partners from individuals to developers, publishers, and organizations. Chris’s expertise lies in digital advertising and esports, having competed professionally in Call of Duty tournaments in 2008-2012. Prior to joining Twitch, he worked for a digital agency in London, acquired an M.A. in New Media from the University of Amsterdam, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Utrecht.

Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture and the creative arts. Since its beginning, it has evolved the way in which people consume, interact with, moderate, monetise and create live video.

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Beth Carmona

Content and Development Director, comKids

Biography

Beth Carmona is an experienced and respected professional in the area of children's media in Brazil and Latin America, with more than 20 years of working in the field. Today she is leading her own company, Singular Media, offering consultancy and working with development of children’s media projects. She is also responsible for ComKids, a regular platform that promotes quality content (www.comkids.com.br) and for PJ Iberoamericano’s Festival (in its 6th edition), that celebrates the Latin Americanproduction. She is coordinator of ALA -Alianza Latin Americana and President of the Midiativa ngo that runs projects for kids. In the broadcast and media industry, she worked for TV Cultura and TVE, public channels in Brazil, and also for Discovery Kids Latin America (in Miami, US) and Disney Channel . With experience in programming and production, she has also a worldwide presence in the discussion about quality media for kids, taking part in international juries, competitions, and awards as Prix Jeunesse International, Japan Prize, Emmy International and Latin festivals in Uruguay, Cuba, Colombia,Argentina and Chile. She is member of PRIX JEUNESSE International Advisory Board.

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Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE

Founder, 5Rights / Filmmaker

“What is the point of having a technology that is so immensely powerful and pervasive if it is not put to good use? Our children should not be rats in the lab of Silicon Valley. Unless we consider their development needs, and use technology in ways that supports and enhances their ability to meet those needs, without compromise or cynicism, we will rob them of their childhood. This is an incredibly powerful time of change - it is our role to make sure that that power is harnessed in a way that empowers young people. We need to deliver on the promise that this technology would be a force for good...not commercial oppression and a loss of childhood”.

Biography

Baroness Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who has spent over 35 years working in film, television and documentary. Her films include Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and InRealLife. Kidron is the co-founder of the charity Into Film, which uses film to educate school children, with over 17,000 film clubs in UK schools. In 2012 she was appointed as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. Baroness Kidron is the Founder of 5Rights; a campaign to deliver the established rights of children in the digital world, and is working to create technological solutions to support young people to be creative and informed in the digital environment. Kidron is a member of; the Children’s Commissioner’s Taskforce Growing Up Digital, The Royal Foundation Taskforce on Cyberbullying, and a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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Alice Webb

Director, BBC Children’s & BBC North

Biography

Alice is responsible for the UK's two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC, along with their associated websites, YouTube channels, apps and radio stations. In September 2015, she launched the BBC's Big Digital Plan for Children, outlining how the corporation will keep pace with the rapidly changing way in which children consume content. This was followed by the launch of a dedicated children's iPlayer app in April 2016. The BBC is the leading children's broadcaster in the UK, investing huge amounts in home grown content that reflects all of its audience. Among its top shows are the BAFTA award-winning Katie Morag, Tilly and the Ramsay Bunch, The Dumping Ground, Justin's House, Danger Mouse, Wolfblood, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Clangers and Horrible Histories. Based in Salford since 2011, BBC Children's commissions programmes from independent producers and in-house departments. There is also a strong Children's base at BBC Scotland in Glasgow. Originally Alice was a charted civil engineer – working on large scale engineering projects in the UK and overseas.Alice supports a range of external organisations. She is a member of the Royal Foundation's Cyberbullying Taskforce and a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and the Greater Manchester Art Centre (HOME).She lives in the North West with her family.

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Andy Yeatman

“As we undergo yet another revolution in new ways that children consume content, the topics being discussed at the summit could not be more relevant and important. At Netflix we are proud to be a part of this revolution, bringing content from across the globe to children everywhere. We look forward to a great discussion.”

Biography
Andy Yeatman leads the kids & family programming team for Netflix globally, covering all original and licensed content for kids age 2-12.  Prior to this role, he acquired Major Studio film and television content for Netflix’s North America service.  Andy joined Netflix in 2011, helping to launch its service internationally. Before joining Netflix, Andy worked in Digital Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios.

In that role, he negotiated movie distribution deals with digital platforms such as iTunes, Sony Playstation Network and Microsoft Xbox for a number of territories, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Korea.

Andy holds an MBA in Strategy and Entertainment Management from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and an International Relations degree from Tufts University.

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Vicki Shotbolt

Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, an organisation that works with schools, young people and parents to ensure families are able to navigate the challenges of the online world and benefit from all the opportunities it provides.

As an executive board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and co-chair of the UKCCIS Digital Resilience working group, Vicki leads a team that reaches millions of families every year. Their Digital Schools Programme delivers an innovative resilience based digital curriculum working with schools around the world.

Parent Zone created and distributes Digital Parenting magazine, delivering 1.5 million copies a year to schools free of charge. They also deliver Parent Info – the UK’s national newsfeed service for schools delivering information for parents via school websites on all of the issues caused or amplified by the internet.

Vicki is a fellow of the RSA and regular commentator in the media.

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Richard Scudamore

“New technology allows us to create content that is relevant and accessible, from match day through to work our clubs do in their communities. The Children’s Media Summit will be a great forum, bringing global organisations together to explore what the future holds for children’s media and identifying policies that need to be developed.  I look forward to being involved in the discussion.”

Biography
Richard Scudamore is Executive Chairman of the Premier League, the most watched football league in the world. He is accountable for all elements of the league’s operations and his core responsibilities include regulatory, legal and political matters, and the sale of broadcasting and central commercial rights across 225 international markets.

Richard joined the Premier League in 1999 as Chief Executive. Under his leadership the organisation has and continues to use the strong platform provided by its 20 Member Clubs to successfully increase interest in the competition, grow revenues in the UK and internationally, and invest in and support football development at all levels of the sport.

Richard is a Founding Trustee of the Football Foundation – a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the UK Government which has built over 500 artificial grass football pitches for community use, and improved thousands of existing sports facilities across the UK.

Before joining the Premier League, Richard was Chief Executive of the Football League. Prior to that, Richard was Senior Vice-President of the Thomson Corporation, responsible for their US newspaper publishing division.

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Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a key member of the OECD’s Senior Management team, he supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. In addition to policy and country reviews, he oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Skills Strategy, the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).
Before joining the OECD, Mr Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

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Aaron Haroon Rashid

CEO, Unicorn Black, Creator of Burka Avenger

“A Summit like this is more important than ever considering the huge influence children’s shows can have.
I am very excited to attend and showcase Burka Avenger, one of Asia’s most popular indigenous superheroes. “

Biography
Haroon is an award winning director, producer, social-activist, and singer/composer. As a music star in Pakistan he has a fan following in the millions. Haroon is the creator and director of the hugely successful and internationally acclaimed multi award winning Pakistani Animated TV Series the Burka Avenger.

Burka Avenger is Pakistan’s first ever animated TV series and has won several major international awards including the following:

–   Peabody Award Winner (New York)
–   Int’l Gender Equity Prize at Prix Jeunesse (Munich)
–   Asian Media Awards: Best TV Show (Manchester)
–   Canada Int’l Film Festival:Rising Star Award (Vancouver)
–   Award of Merit – Accolades Global Film Competition

The animated TV series features Jiya as the inspirational school teacher and her alter ego, the super-heroine Burka Avenger. Her use of books and pens as projectile weapons is symbolic on many levels. The Burka Avenger fights for Justice, Peace and Education for all. Each episode focuses on a separate social message such as gender equity, free and fair elections, anti-discrimination, importance of education for girls. These messages are wrapped in action, comedy and adventure.
Throughout his successful music career Haroon has regularly produced songs and videos with socially conscious messages. He has sold over five million albums worldwide and the audience at his shows often number in the tens of thousands.
Haroon is the co-founder of Pakistan’s All Music Performers Pakistan Society (AMPPS) which focuses on rights for musicians. Haroon is also a board member of Pakistan Copyright Board, working closely with IPO Pakistan (Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) to help set up Pakistan’s first royalty collection organization. Recently Haroon launched Pakistan’s first of its kind digital content delivery platform called Taazi.com that aims to combat piracy in a country where music and movies have a piracy rate of 100%. Taazi.com.

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Prof Sugata Mitra

“We are all very nervous about children with smart phones. The Internet with social media enables them to know just about anything. We, adults, don’t like that and go into denial.
We must learn to understand that they are in their time, unlike any we have known. We cannot afford to live comfortably in our past anymore. We need to go with them. They will show us the way. This Summit is important.”

Biography
Sugata Mitra is Professor and Principal Research Investigator at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.
He conducted the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, where in 1999 a computer was embedded within a wall in an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Delhi and children were allowed to freely use it. The experiment was aimed at proving that kids could be taught computers very easily without any formal training. Sugata termed this as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE).
His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He is a PHD in Physics credited with more that 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. He was conferred the prestigious Dewang Mehta Award from the Government of India for Innovation in Information Technology in the year 2003. Amongst many other awards, he was awarded the 1 million dollar TED Prize in 2013. With this he was able to create The School in the Cloud. The School in the Cloud brings together Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLES).
The Hole in the Wall experiment has left a mark on popular culture. Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup read about Mitra’s experiment and was inspired to write his debut novel that went on to become the Oscar winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

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Peter Salmon

“The world has moved on since the days early in my career where I grappled with sticky backed plastic and eggs boxes working on Blue Peter, but the importance of the media, the power of brands and the need for well-funded, high quality content for children has not. I am excited to be part of this event in Manchester and as the BBC prepares to ramp up its investment in children’s services, the timing couldn’t be better.”
Peter Salmon is a highly experienced programme maker and commissioner, holding numerous leadership positions in broadcasting and production in a career spanning over 30 years. Peter currently leads Endemol Shine’s producers, championing ideas and programme makers, supporting the rollout of content internationally across linear and digital platforms from The USA to Israel, Australia to Scandinavia. In addition, he has overall responsibility for the UK group, which is made up of more than 20 production companies and labels ranging from Kudos to Initial, Tiger Aspect to Remarkable, Shine TV to Dragonfly.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine Peter established and ran BBC North, the 3,000 strong BBC production base near Manchester and was Director of BBC England before becoming Director of BBC Studios, responsible for establishing and managing the new production division.

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Alex Okosi

Alex Okosi is the driving force behind Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to Viacom’s powerhouse entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic‎ and BET on the African continent.
An 18-year veteran of the entertainment industry on 3 continents, with a broad background in marketing, affiliate sales, events, strategy and management, Okosi achieved a personal and industry milestone when he launched MTV Base, MTV’s 100th channel internationally, and Africa’s first bespoke MTV channel on 22 February 2005. His tenacity and belief in Africa soon paid significant dividends. VIMN Africa has become Viacom’s fastest growing international operation in terms of revenue growth – thanks to the rapid expansion of its footprint across Africa as a multi-portfolio brand distributed on multiple platforms including pay-TV, FTA, internet, SVOD and mobile platforms. Now in its thirteenth year, VIMN Africa delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network. Its collective footprint reaches 52 territories and more than 100 million viewers.
Appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of VIMN Africa in July 2007, Okosi’s association with the company goes back to 1998 when he joined the sponsorship development and trade marketing team in New York, before becoming part of the MTV Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing division in Los Angeles in 2000. By mid-2003, Okosi had transferred to MTV Networks International’s Strategy and Business Development team in London where he developed the business plan for MTV’s expansion into Africa and, in 2004, secured approval for the roll-out of Viacom’s localized play in Africa with the launch of MTV Base in 2005.
Okosi’s vision has always been to develop content and experiences for audiences that not only entertain and showcase the best of African music and entertainment, but also serve to socially empower audiences in Africa and around the world. As Africans, he believes, we have to keep living the mission of showing a “reimagined Africa” to the world. A tireless supporter of initiatives that motivate, empower and educate Africa’s youth, Okosi is recognized as an influential figure on the continent and was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Okosi managed the growth and development of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) – the largest celebration of African music and achievement on the continent. Launched in 2008, with an Africa reimagined narrative, the annual awards franchise has given top African artists a continental and international platform to raise their profiles. In 2015 he was instrumental in bringing the BET Experience to Africa for the first time. This successful BET franchise celebrates the rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience under one roof.
Born in Nigeria, at the age of 12, Okosi moved to the US where he was educated at the Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and attended St Michael’s College in Vermont on a full basketball scholarship before graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Economics.
In March 2017, Okosi was appointed to Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa. In July 2017, his role expanded to include oversight of BET in all markets outside of the US in capacity as Managing Director for BET International.
Okosi is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Tim Mckeon

Tim McKeon is a three-time Emmy winning writer. He is co-creator, head writer and showrunner for the live-action kids’ show Odd Squad, which just finished filming its eightieth half-hour. Other writing credits include Disney’s Gravity Falls, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Amazon’s Will vs. The Future. Tim received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and spent his junior year abroad at The University of Manchester. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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Anne Longfield OBE

“Digital technology and media in all its forms now play a core role in the everyday lives of children and young people across the globe and as Children’s Commissioner for England, I have made improving children’s rights in this space one of my key priorities.
In my recent report ‘Growing Up Digital’, I advocated for a shift away from a protectionist approach to one which empowers children to be active citizens in this fast developing world.
It is critical that all children, no matter what their circumstance, have equal opportunity to not only access digital media but to challenge and change it.
I want all children to be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to be creator’s not just consumers and I look forward to exploring this further at the Children’s Global Media Summit.”

Biography
As Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, is tasked in law with working on behalf of all of England’s 12.5 million children and particularly those who face the most challenges and difficulties.
Anne is a passionate champion for children and a strong advocate of early intervention with over 30 years’ experience in developing, influencing and shaping the national policy agenda for, as well as leading the delivery of services to, children and families. Prior to taking up the post of Children’s Commissioner in 2015, she was Chief Executive of a national charity which ran ground-breaking services for children and families. Anne also worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office for a period of time.
Anne launched Growing Up North, in December 2016 to examine children’s aspirations and progression in the North. Growing Up North puts children at the heart of the regeneration debate looking at the opportunities and developments needed to help children realise their potential.

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Cha Kil-yong

“The introduction of digital technology and artificial intelligence into mathematics will eliminate many of the problems that have arisen from the use of paper materials for many years. From now on, students will study less time and gain higher efficiency. I am confident that technology will almost completely solve the teacher shortage problem.”

Biography
Cha Kil-young is the CEO of both Sevenedu – a website selling mathematics lectures for middle and high school students – and Chamath – a mathematics franchise for elementary and junior high school students. He currently has about 3,500 offline students and more than 200 thousands of online students.
Cha became famous by combining lectures with entertainment elements such as cosplay so that students could learn math more enjoyably. Each year he works with renowned entertainers to support all students about to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).
He has appeared on TV and radio many times in Korea as a mathematics star instructor. He delivers talks on his own specialised teaching methods and about the Korean education system to conferences in countries such as the UK, Japan, Spain and Australia.
Cha is also developing and distributing personalised math learning applications and he is interested in smart education using PC and mobile.

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Tristia Harrison

Biography
Tristia is Chief Executive Officer of TalkTalk. Prior to this Tristia was the Managing Director of TalkTalk’s consumer business. Tristia joined The Carphone Warehouse Group in 2000 and has held a number of senior management and executive positions in The Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk Group. She joined the PLC Board in 2014. Tristia is also a Trustee at Comic Relief and national charity Ambitious about Autism.

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Tony Hall

"Nothing matters more than shaping a better, safer and more creative digital world for children. That’s why I’m really looking forward to the Summit – and all of us getting together to make a difference for generations to come"

Tony Hall – Lord Hall of Birkenhead – was appointed Director-General of the BBC on 22 November 2012. He is the 16th Director-General of the BBC.
Prior to this, Tony was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House from April 2001 until April 2013.
He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973 and during a 28 year career at the Corporation he held roles including Senior Producer at World at One, Assistant Editor of the Nine O’Clock News, Output Editor for Newsnight, culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News from 1996 to 2001.
While at the BBC he launched Radio 5 live, BBC News 24, BBC News Online and BBC Parliament. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television and he is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation Years Trust . Passionate about education and skills within the cultural industries, he was the founder Chair of Creative & Cultural Skills, Chairman of the Musical and Dance Scheme, Chair of Stratford East Theatre, and he was Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Committee and a member of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games.
He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and in 2010 was created a life peer with the title Baron Hall of Birkenhead. He sits on the Crossbenches in the House of Lords.

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Dr Maya Göetz

“As a consequence of changing media usage habits, content and the way children consume it is changing. Many problems are new, but other areas of concern like gender stereotypes are widely known and are getting worse due to the large range of devices.
There is an urgent need for action in terms of content-related orientation for media professionals and this Summit will bring us an important step further in shaping the future of quality in children’s media.”

Biography
Maya Goetz, Ph.D., is Head of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) at the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corp.) Munich, Germany, and of the Prix Jeunesse Foundation.
Her main field of work is research in the area of children/youth and television and gender-specific reception research. She conducts empirical studies such as, “Gender representation in children’s TV and its meaning for girls and boys”, “Fear and nightmares from TV” or “What’s so funny?” and over 180 studies to foster quality in current TV programmes.
She published more than 240 articles and 13 books in the field of children, young people and television. She is married and is mother of two girls age 8 and 12 years.

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Jeffrey D. Dunn

President and CEO Sesame Workshop

“At Sesame Workshop, we have always used the latest technology to advance our mission of helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. When we started out, that cutting-edge medium was television. Since then, we’ve embraced every advance in order to reach and teach children around the world in new ways – and the recent proliferation of digital platforms has brought opportunity and challenge in equal measure. I look forward to sharing Sesame stories and strategies – including lessons learned over nearly 50 years – with colleagues across the industry at the Children’s Global Media Summit. I hope that we can start a broader conversation and find ways to work together to ensure the production and protection of safe, quality children’s media in years to come.”

Jeff Dunn has spent his career leading brands and organisations through times of significant change, financial growth and societal impact. As President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, Dunn leads the non-profit educational organisation in creating content that helps children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Dunn directs Sesame Street’s global presence as well as Workshop initiatives addressing a wide range of issues for children and families alike. Dunn served as a 2014 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University. Before that, he was President and CEO of HiT Entertainment, from 2008 until 2012. Prior to leading HiT, Dunn was COO of the Nickelodeon Networks group and President of Nickelodeon Film and Enterprises. Before Nickelodeon, Dunn ran marketing for The Bank of Boston. He began his career at Time Magazine in marketing and general management positions. Dunn graduated with honours from Harvard College and received his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was named one of the top leaders of his class.

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Malik Ducard

Global Head of Family and Learning at YouTube

Malik Ducard is the Global Head of Family and Learning at YouTube, overseeing partnerships and business development efforts for the platform’s family entertainment and educational content. Previously Ducard led film and original content partnerships for the company. Prior to joining YouTube, he served as senior vice president of digital distribution for the Americas at Paramount Pictures and oversaw distribution of content to digital platforms.
A native of the Bronx, Malik earned his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management. He is on the board of the Digital Diversity Network, and is Board President of LA Makerspace, an non-profit organization that brings STEAM education to youth throughout LA.

Producer: James Bridgeman, Social Media Editor, BBC Children’s