Kevin Bakhurst, Deputy Director General, RTÉ, Ireland
kevin bakhurst signedKevin Bakhurst was appointed Deputy Director General of RTÉ in January 2014. In addition to this role he is Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs, joining the organisation in August 2012. 
Prior to joining RTÉ, Mr Bakhurst had been Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom from 2010, overseeing BBC TV News, Radio News and the BBC News website. Kevin has also played a lead role in creating the BBC Multimedia newsroom and is currently involved in delivering the BBC News move to central London.
He has been Controller of the BBC News Channel since December 2005. Before that, during his time as Editor of the BBC Ten O’Clock News between 2003 and 2005, the programme won several awards. In 2004, it received a BAFTA for its coverage of the Madrid bombing, and a Royal Television Society Award for News Programme of the Year. The programme also won an RTS News Event award for its coverage of the Darfur crisis in 2004 and a second BAFTA in 2005 for coverage of the July 7 bombings in London. 
Kevin worked on a number of major stories in the field for BBC News, including the 9/11 attack, the Inauguration of President Obama, many US Presidential elections, the Paris Concorde crash and the 1997 Hong Kong handover. He was also a member of the BBC’s London 2012 Olympics management team and on the BBC Director General’s leadership group. Kevin was born in Barnet in North London and went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s in Elstree and studied Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge.


Goran Radman, Director General, HRT Croatia
goran-radman-signedSince 2012 Goran Radman is the Director General of HRT, Croatian Radio Television, the public service broadcaster in Croatia. His academic background is in the graduate and postgraduate studies of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he's currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theories of international integration. He was awarded an MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has refined his management and leadership skills through various executive programs, including the ones at INSEAD and London School of Economics. Goran was the Dean of the VERN' University of Applied Sciences (2009 – 2012) where he still serves as a guest lecturer.
He started his professional career in 1984 as an International Relations Advisor to the President of Croatia and continued as General Manager of Croatian Television (1987). In 1992 he moved on to the private sector to manage MicroLAB, a computer engineering and consultancy company. He joined Microsoft Corporation in 1996 to start up Microsoft Croatia and expanded his responsibilities in 2000 as a General Manager of the Adriatic and later on South Eastern European region. He was appointed Microsoft Chairman SEE in 2004 and Chairman ECEE in 2007. He left Microsoft in late 2008 to start up his own consultancy business with NAUTAR Ltd. and join SenseConsulting, a global consultancy firm, as the Chairman and a partner.


Anders Erlandsson, Senior Advisor, Consumer Insights, Ericsson ConsumerLab
andres-erlandsson-signedAs Senior Advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab, Anders Erlandsson is responsible for analyzing consumer behaviour, attitudes and trends to provide valuable and actionable consumer insights and forecasts and thereby develop strategies that generate revenue and improve the customer experience.
Anders joined Ericsson in 1991. He has been a frequent speaker and panelist at numerous industry conferences and customer events. He has worked extensively with consumer insights is areas such as social media, privacy & integrity, mobile commerce and last but not least TV & media. In his TV & Media research, some 70,000 consumers have been interviewed since 2010, in no less than 28 markets globally. The 2014 edition represented the views of more than 620 million consumers. Anders Erlandsson is based in Stockholm, Sweden and has previously held various Product Management, Business Development, Sales and Marketing positions in Sweden and in the UK. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden. He has been a frequent speaker and panellist.


Glen Mulcahy, Innovation Lead, RTÉ, Ireland
glen-mulcahy-signedGlen Mulcahy is Innovation Lead with RTÉ, Ireland's national public broadcaster, and over the last three years he has inspired and driven the growth of mobile journalism within RTÉ's newsroom and across other European broadcasters. Glen leads RTÉ's mobile journalism project ("mojo") and RTÉ is successfully using mobile devices and apps to create finished news stories for broadcast and online.
Glen has trained in excess of 500 journalists in Europe and the Middle East, across television, radio, print and online and his specialities are Mobile Journalism, Video Journalism, DSLR Film-Making and Photography. He is at the forefront of engaging with new technologies and working up solutions for how such technologies can transform the way traditional media organisations work. Glen is currently working on wearables and immersive storytelling.


Dite Dinesz, TVR Timisoara, Romania
dite-dinesz-signedDite Dinesz has worked as a journalist for TVR Timisoara since 1995. She studied Journalism at the West University of Timisoara and took her MA degree in European Culture and Civilization with "Television for Ethnic Minorities in Europe" diploma paper. She was the Coordinator of the Department for Ethnic Minorities Programs of TVR Timisoara for 7 years, from 2003 to 2010. TVR Timisoara broadcasts weekly programmes in 8 minority languages. Dite Dinesz is the initiator of the seminar "Ethnic minorities and the audiovisual press", which was organized for the first time in 2011 by TVR Timisoara.
Her journalistic career includes documentaries, live broadcasts and reports. She was awarded 4 prizes by the Romanian Television Professionals Association. At present she coordinates the regional station TVR Timisoara.


Philip King, music producer, presenter and singer, Ireland
philip-king-signed Philip King is a curator and producer of bespoke cultural events, film director, writer, musician, broadcaster, commentator and contributor to national and international forums. He has directed and produced numerous series and events exploring Irish music international influence including the Emmy Award-winning 'Bringing It All Back Home' along with music documentaries for TG4 and Gradam Ceoil - the traditional music awards.
His TV series 'Other Voices' now in its 13th year is hosted by Aidan Gillen (The Wire and Game of Thrones). The series, set in the town of Dingle in the southwest of Ireland has captured remarkable performances from acts such as Amy Winehouse, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Snow Patrol and many many more.
Philip presents the music programme South Wind Blows on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday nights.


Ola Helness, DroJo NRK Nordland, Norway
ola-helness-signed Ola Helness is a multi skilled, working as a VJ, journalist, cameraman, MoJo, DroJo, technical operation manager for the TV news and IT support.
Ola has experience in most distribution ways of live TV, both terrestrial and satellite. He's been working at NRK Nordland since 2006 and started off as a video journalist for TV making stories on his own. Since then he has regularly taken up new skills, both from training and personal interest.
In recent years he has been given time to play around with technical equipment like drones carrying cameras and various steady cams to be used to tell stories, and has made a lot of drone footage for TV and web.


Christina Ågren, Head of Regions and Minorities, Swedish Television, SVT.
christina-agren-signed2015 is the year when Swedish regional television will undergo the biggest change so far. While commercial regional television has closed all their stations SVT is going in the total opposite way. Several new stations will start broadcasting and some newsrooms have moved out in the suburbs. Technical staff have developed into journalists with more journalists than ever covering the regions. Internet is the first priority, broadcast news is recorded and remote controlled from technical hubs around the country.
The change is the result of almost two years of socio-demographic analysis, planning and training of all staff in VJ and Mojo and the final roll out. Christina Ågren will share success factors, what went wrong and what works. The session is a must for all interested in change and the development of journalism.


mark-little-signedMark Little, Founder and Director of Editorial Innovation at Storyful-the Social News Service
Mark Little is a former RTÉ journalist, television presenter, author and "social media visionary". He presented 'PrimeTime', RTÉ's flagship Current Affairs programme until December 2009.
At that point he took a year of leave of absence from RTÉ to pursue a project centred on digital media and global journalism – that project was the foundation of Storyful – a Social News gathering and verification start-up which he sold to News Corp in Dec 2013 for €18million.
Mark is also a social media and real-time news evangelist and is a prolific public speaker.


Willem de Vries, Presenter/Producer, Noardewyn, Omroep Fryslân
It all started decades ago when Willem organised concerts in his hometown of Burgum, in the North of The Netherlands. To promote the festivals, Willem was invited to produce and present a radio show at the local station. After some time, national radio invited Willem do interviews for a rock show; one was with Black Sabbath in London and Ray Charles in Hamburg. Eight years ago he started the music show 'Noardewyn'. From day one, musicians were welcome to play live in studio. With more and more acts appearing, the show became a huge radio success and Omrop Fryslân decided to create a live three hour long TV show, delivered by a team of six people.


Annewil Neervens, Social Media Strategist and Coordinator Social Media for RTL Netherlands
Annewil Neervens is a 'digital native', journalist and online specialist. Having completed a Master's degree in New Media and Digital Culture, Annewil started at one of the Dutch regional stations, Omroep Brabant, as a project manager for New Media and Innovation. She was involved in the project Online First; a key project for Omroep Brabant to transform from a traditional broadcaster to a new school multimedia communicator. The social media strategy of Omroep Brabant resulted in many new fans on social media platforms, with excellent results for the website; especially in terms of traffic. Nowadays, more than 30% of the online visitors of are referrals from social media. Annewil has since worked as an online consultant, with regional and local stations RTV NH and AT5 as two of her clients where she trained the staff in social media strategy. She currently works as the Coördinator Social Media for RTL Netherlands, one of the Netherlands' largest national broadcasting stations.


Loredana Cornero (RAI), Former president COPEAM Gender Equality Commission, Italy
Loredana Cornero works at the RAI International Relations Department having previously held roles such as Director and Head of RAI Studies Office, Secretary General of the Italian-speaking Broadcasting Community and President of COPEAM Gender Equality Commission,
Main writings: 
- “Una, nessuna… a quando centomila. La rappresentazione della donna in televisione” (On Female Representation in TV)
- “L’11 settembre: i nuovi media nelle emergenze” – (9/11: New Media and Breaking News) 
- “La tigre e il violino”, 
- “Noi e gli altri. Lingua italiana e minoranze: quale ruolo per i media?” (On Minority Languages and Media) 
- “L’italiano di fronte” (Italian in front…)
The last two books are about the diffusion of the Italian language in the neighbouring countries and also considers the relations with minority languages on Italian territory, that link and contaminate the Italian language.