Deep Bagchee

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SVP, Product and Technology
Deep Bagchee is Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at CNBC. Previously, he was the VP of Product at CNBC Digital, and before that, the Managing Digital Editor and Head of Digital for CNBC International, overseeing digital teams in London and Singapore.
From 2010 to 2012 he was Supervising Digital Editor for CNBC Asia based in Singapore. Before joining CNBC, he worked as a producer for Bloomberg TV in New York and as an anchor and reporter for CNBC's affiliate CNBC-TV18 in India. He holds an MBA from INSEAD business school in France and an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University, UK.

Federico Benincasa

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SVP, Product for Publisher Solutions
Federico Benincasa is SVP Product for Publisher Solutions at Teads leading the Teads Publisher Suite initiative, a ground-breaking full-stack solution leveraging all the company’s proprietary technological assets. Former adtech entrepreneur, Federico is a recognised industry veteran and recently led the Product team for the StickyAds video SSP before becoming SVP of Product for Freewheel’s Digital Video full stack.

Lauren Bertolini

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Chief Product Officer
The Daily Beast
Lauren Bertolini is the Chief Product Officer for The Daily Beast, where she oversees the technology and data teams. Previously, Lauren led the technology group for Kinja, the publishing and community platform that hosted the Gizmodo Media Group (now G/O Media) portfolio of sites, and later The Onion Inc., Fusion and The Root.

Mike Bittner

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Associate Director of Digital Security & Operations
The Media Trust
As the Digital Security & Operations Manager at The Media Trust, Mike leads malware investigations affecting the digital properties of media, retail, travel and automotive enterprise clients. In this role, he helps clients with limited technical background understand how malware infects their websites and mobile apps, corresponding impact to user experience, regulatory requirements and industry standards, and strategies to remediate and prevent. Mike’s insight into the complexity of securing the digital environment have been solicited by several industry publications including InfoSecurity Magazine, SC Magazine, Search Security, ZDNet and more. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University.

Trei Brundrett

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Vox Media
Trei Brundrett is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Vox Media, overseeing the highest priority cross-company initiatives and leading the Design, Technology, Product, Partnerships and Video Operation groups. He leads the group responsible for developing Chorus, Vox Media’s platform purpose-built to launch premium digital media brands and deliver content and community for a global audience of over 150 million. Trei has been instrumental in growing Vox Media from a collection of sports blogs to a ground-breaking media organization with leading brands in eight categories: SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon, Eater, Racked, Curbed, Recode and Vox.
Previously, as the co-founder of the boutique digital strategy firm Handwire Trei led large scale internet strategy, advertising and development projects for Fortune 500 companies, national non-profits and media clients. Trei also led the digital technology and strategy efforts for Senator Mark Warner’s 2008 presidential bid and currently sits on the board of directors for The Texas Tribune.

Till Daldrup

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Research Fellow and Training & Outreach Programming Coordinator
The Wall Street Journal
Till Daldrup is the Training & Outreach Programming Coordinator at the Wall Street Journal and responsible for all internal newsroom training. Before that, he was a fellow on the Journal’s R&D team, where he researched ways to analyze algorithms and their social impact and wrote a reporter handbook about deepfake detection.
Till is a graduate of New York University's Studio 20, a Master’s program focusing on innovation in journalism. Before moving to the U.S. in 2017, he was a freelance business journalist in Germany for newspapers and magazines, such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Stern.

John C. Havens

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Executive Director
IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
John C. Havens is Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems that has two primary outputs – the creation and iteration of a body of work known as Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the recommendation of ideas for Standards Projects focused on prioritizing ethical considerations in A/IS.  Currently there are fourteen approved Standards Working Groups in the IEEE P7000™ series.
John is also the Executive Director of The Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI), a program created by The IEEE Standards Association and The MIT Media lab to proliferate the ideals of responsible participant design, data agency and metrics of economic prosperity prioritizing people and the planet over profit and productivity.
Previously, John was an EVP of Social Media at PR Firm, Porter Novelli and a professional actor for over 15 years. John has written for Mashable and The Guardian and is author of the books, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.

Noelle Lacharite

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Principal PM Manager, Microsoft Search, Assistant, and Intelligence
Noelle LaCharite is Principal PM Manager, Microsoft Search, Assistant, and Intelligence at Microsoft. She helps developers envision, build, deploy and operate intelligent apps using Azure Cognitive services. She is passionate about Mindful Leadership, work-life harmony and helping everyone achieve more. She also specializes in helping organizations develop intelligent apps and agents, delighting customers along the way. She has spent many years as an architect and evangelist for IBM, RedHat, EMC, and Amazon Alexa.  She has taught thousands of people the value and importance of using Conversational AI, Machine Learning, and mindful leadership and has delivered keynotes, workshops, and conferences around the world.

Joelle A. Mefford

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Director of Innovation
Meredith Corp.
Joelle Mefford (Zerillo) believes that impossible only means that it hasn’t been done yet. A true innovator at heart, she pushes traditional media beyond spots and dots by leading VR, AR, Voice, Podcast, Chatbot, Connected Device, and Immersive Content Solutions for Meredith Corp.’s 43 brands. In 2016, she co-led the re-launch of iconic photojournalism brand, LIFE, into the Emmy-Award Winning, LIFE VR; and expanded into augmented reality storytelling in 2017. Ahead of the Voice boom, she recognized the power brandscan have through voice assistants and launched Meredith’s Voice Network and Content-to-Audio solution in 2018; followed by a Web-based Augmented Reality solution in early-2019. Joelle is a champion of partners who revolutionize media with their technology because together we can make a difference in consumers lives.

Jan Neumann

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Sr. Director of Applied Artificial Intelligence Research
Jan Neumann leads the Comcast Applied Artificial Intelligence Research group with team members in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver and Silicon Valley. His team combines large-scale machine learning, deep learning, NLP and computer vision to develop novel algorithms and product concepts that improve the experience of Comcast's customers such as the X1 voice remote and personalization features, virtual assistants and predictive intelligence for customer service, as well as smart video and sensor analytics. Before he joined Comcast in 2009, he worked for Siemens Corporate Research on various computer vision related projects such as driver assistance systems and video surveillance. He has published over 20 papers in scientific conferences and journals, and is a frequent speaker on machine learning and data science. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Chris Olson

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The Media Trust
Chris Olson founded The Media Trust with a goal to transform the internet experience by creating better digital ecosystems to govern assets, connect partners and enable Digital Risk Management. As CEO, Olson drives the company's vision, direction and growth plans. He has more than 15 years of experience leading high tech and ad technology start-ups and managing international software development, product and sales teams. Prior to The Media Trust, Olson created an Internet-based transaction system to research, buy and sell media for TV, radio, cable, and online channels. He started his career managing equity and fixed income electronic trading desks for Salomon Brothers, Citibank and Commerzbank AG. Olson currently serves on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau's Advertising Technology Council. He regularly speaks about cybersecurity trends and best practices at industry events, including events hosted by the Financial, Media, and Retail & Commercial ISACs. He earned his B.S. degree in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University and Executive MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Michael Spann

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Sr. Support Engineer for Display Advertising
Michael Spann is the Senior Support Engineer for Display Advertising at Microsoft (MSN). In 12 years at Microsoft, he has worked to provide technical advertising solutions across MSN, Outlook, Xbox, Skype, and Windows Apps. He is responsible for creative policy management and enforcement, new ad product implementations and process management. Michael is also an IAB Digital Ad Operations certified professional.

Jeff Turner

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Head of Ad Product for RED
The Washington Post
Jeff Turner is the Head of The Washington Post's RED team, an in-house advertising Research, Experimentation and Development team laser-focused on building the most innovating web and mobile advertising in digital publishing.  Prior to joining The Post, Turner served in several leadership positions at Aol/Oath, including The Head of Ad Product and Monetization for HuffPost, and most recently Senior Director of Product at Oath responsible for advertising innovation.  Turner lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Lauren and their blind cocker spaniel named Moose.  In his spare time Turner rock climbs, snowboards, sails, and occasionally crashes his electric skateboard.

Grant Whitmore

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SVP, Chief Digital Operations Officer
Tribune Publishing
Grant Whitmore is SVP, Chief Digital Operations Officer at Tribune Publishing where he is responsible for Tribune’s digital operation strategy and execution. Grant’s focus includes improving monetization and revenue delivery across all Tribune properties, generating corporate-wide advertising growth, strengthening local and national sales efforts, and improving overall digital operations. Prior to his tenure at Tribune, Grant held a variety of digital leadership positions at companies ranging from startups to global media properties.