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.

Greg Doufas


Greg Doufas is the Chief Digital Officer at the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He has spent his career building and leading high performance software and analytics teams – turning ideas and data science into products and meaningful experiences.
Before joining The Globe and Mail, Greg spent most of his career leading analytics teams at Rogers Communications and Research in Motion (Blackberry) where he was the Global Director of Advanced Analytics. He also has provided professional services in the areas of advanced data analytics and related advisory boards. Under Greg’s leadership his teams have been accredited with numerous patent filings in the areas of pattern recognition, machine learning and mobile advertising. Greg resides in Toronto, Canada

Yoel Esteron


Yoel Esteron is the founder and publisher at Calcalist, Israel’s leading business newspaper (Est. 2008). In recent years Calcalist has been also leader in national conferences, among them the prestigious “Israel forecasts” and the innovative start-ups competitions.
For 10 years, 1994 to 2004, he served as Managing Editor at Haaretz. In the years 2005-2007 he served as Managing Editor at Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest circulation newspaper in Israel.

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).

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