Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen

Chairman of the Advisory Board | Norway

Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) founded in January 2015 by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers.

Rolf is general manager and Chairman of the Board of NxtMedia network in Norway. The network is a one-stop shop for media innovation based in Norway’s tech capital Trondheim connecting newspapers, broadcast and web industry, universities and the media software industry. Leading partners of the NxtMedia cluster include the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation (NRK), Polaris Media, regional newspapers Adresseavisen and Troender-Avisa and more than 50 members and associates in Norway and Sweden.

NxtMedia organises media conferences and seminars in Norway and the Nordic countries, topic driven business networks in both sport tech and VR/AR, initiates consortiums and development programs in research and cross-profession projects, organises a mentor service for students, and tutors dissemination in innovation.

Rolf is the former Editor of Adresseavisen, Norway’s fifth largest news- and advertising media house. Adresseavisen is the digital powerhouse of Polars Media organizing 36 local newspapers in western, mid- and north of Norway. Rolf held multiple editorial and commercial positions including heading the Polaris Media Lab providing software development and maintenance for editorial and commercial purposes in closely connected to main owner Schibsted’s digital development units.

Noora Alanne


Noora Alanne is the executive director of the media industry research foundation of Finland and an expert on growth areas at Finnmedia. The foundation provides funding for academic research and R&D projects both in universities and media companies. Previously Noora worked for several years at Aller Media and Bonnier Publications in various positions such as project manager and digital marketing specialist. She has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and holds a PhD degree in science from Aalto University. Her research focuses on social media platforms and how they transform the media industry.

Gordon Edall


Gordon Edall is currently the Director of Globe Labs at The Globe and Mail as well as the Corporate Security Officer for Canada’s national newspaper.

In his innovation role, he heads up a program with a joint mandate to accelerate innovation by enabling entrepreneurial employees to do what they think needs done while also tapping into the start-up ecosystem to find up and coming companies to partner with. In building out the incubation program now called Lab351, an identity for the Lab has emerged centred around the intersection of User Experience and Machine Learning.

Prior to his work developing Lab351, Gordon worked in the data science group at The Globe And Mail and managed the build out of an advanced analytic stack including the predictive modeling and recommendation systems the company relies on today. Earlier in his career, he used to write a column in the investing section called Number Cruncher.

Jens Grund


Jens Grund is an experienced media chief working effectively and result
oriented with all kinds of media channels and news production
at Denmark’s strongest media brands: As editor in chief of BT,
Metroxpress and Berlingske, head of national news at DR and head
of reportage and editorial education at Jyllands-Posten. Grund’s strategic
focus is on strong and trustworthy storytelling, on developing,
communicating and leading digital transformation, organisational and
workflow changes. He can also build new media and platforms. Grund has
an in-depth knowledge of the media industry’s means and thinking,
and communicates internally and externally clearly in speech and
writing. Graduated from Aarhus University (Nordic language and
litterature) and Denmarks School of Journalism.

Nicolas Henchoz


Nicolas Henchoz is the Founder and Director of the EPFL+ECAL Lab in Switzerland. The EPFL+ECAL Lab is a unit of the EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in cooperation with ECAL (University of art and design Lausanne). Its mission is to foster innovation at the crossroads between technology, design and architecture.
The Lab bases its activities along three axes: giving new meaning to technologies developed in the scientific labs, fuelling innovation by widening the scope of designers’ work and forming new links between research and applications for society.

Andrew Perkis


Andrew Perkis holds a chair within Media Technology at NTNU. His current research focus is within Immersive Media Technology Experiences with a special focus on sensor based digital storytelling. The use cases are within the media value chain in a variety of applications and change management, business modeling for the media sector and Digital Storytelling and digital storytelling tools.

Kim Svendsen


Kim Svendsen is the Director of the Stibo Accelerator, an initiative launched in 2014 to support talented young students and relevant startup companies and connecting them with research project parthers, industry insight and mentors from the vast Stibo network. Stibo is the sole owner of news industry technology solution providers CCI Europe and Escenic with customers all across the globe. Kim has worked on the technology side of the news industry for 13 years, recently as Vice President Marketing for CCI.

Denis Teyssou


Denis Teyssou is the editorial manager of Agence France-Presse (AFP) Medialab, a team dedicated to Research and Development and innovation projects. Being a journalist and an open source geek, Denis has led AFP’s participation in three European funded projects, two FP7 (Papyrus, GLOCAL), and a running innovation action Horizon2020 InVID, on user-generated video content verification. He has also led for AFP seven French funded R&D projects : five from the National Research Agency (RMM2, EDyLex, OTMedia, ChronoLines and the running ASRAEL) and two from the French government fund FUI (SCRIBO, SAMAR).

Lina Timm


Lina Timm is founder and Program Manager of Media Lab Bayern, an incubator for new ideas in digital journalism. The Media Lab Bayern supports talents and teams in founding media startups with mentoring programs and financial support. Previous to this, Lina wrote for outlets like Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung or ZEIT and worked as video journalist for formats that screened on ARTE or Prosieben. She studied German studies, media sciences and sociology in Hamburg and attended the German School of Journalism in Munich. As a side project she founded the Slack community, which is a place to share best practices and expertise from now over 1000 digital journalists.

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