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14-15 MAY 2012

The Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire

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Sean Gallagher

Former Irish Presidential Candidate

Former Irish Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher will speak at the Media Future conference on May 15th, 2012. It will be the first time Mr Gallagher has publicly addressed his experiences in the recent presidential election and the circumstances surrounding what happened on RTE’s Frontline programme. ‘Twittergate’ is one of the biggest media stories of the last year and at Media Future, Sean Gallagher will speak for the first time about what happened on the night of the last presidential debate in October 2011. Mr Gallagher’s appearance will be by way of an interview that will take a unique look at his presidential election campaign and, in particular, will focus on the dramatic role social media and the Frontline debate played in the final result. Tweet him at @seangallagher1

Conor White-Sullivan

Director of Editorial Technology for Huffington Post Media Group

Conor White-Sullivan is the Director of Editorial Technology for Huffington Post Media Group, where he leads a technical team focused on novel ways of delivering news and engaging readers. Previously he was the co-founder of Localocracy.com, an online town common for local civic engagement. Under his leadership, Localocracy became one of the first for-profit companies to receive investment from the John F. and James L. Knight Foundation, and were the winners of the Poynter Promise Prize in Entrepreneurial Journalism. Conor has been named a Champion of Change by the Barack Obama Administration, and has spoken about the role of technology and democracy at events such as the Personal Democracy Forum, the Aspen Institute, TED, and the New York Tech Meetup. Tweet him at @conaw

Josh Macht

Group Publisher, Harvard Business Review

As Group Publisher, Josh Macht leads the commercial activities of Harvard Business Review magazine, its web sites hbr.org and harvardbusiness.org, and Harvard Business Press books. Before his current role he was executive director of Harvard Business Digital, responsible for the growth of the company’s web efforts. He was also Editor and General Manager of TIME.com, TIME magazine’s online home. In the early 1990s he was a founding editor of Inc.com, which was among the first national magazines to create a substantial online presence for small business owners and entrepreneurs. He has also written extensively about Internet media and the high-tech industry for a number of publications, including the National Law Journal and Harvard’s International Journal of Press and Politics. Tweet him at @macshua

Raju Narisetti

Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal Digital Network

Raju Narisetti has been a journalist, editor and news executive for 22 years, 13 of which he spent at the Wall Street Journal in the U.S. and Europe. In January 2009, Narisetti was named a managing editor of The Washington Post, the first outsider to be hired in that role at the Post. Raju was responsible for overseeing the Post's 2009 print redesign and the 2011 rollout of the Post's new print and web publishing system. He has recently returned to the Wall Street Journal in the role of Managing Editor of the Digital Network, which includes various editions of WSJ.com, SmartMoney.com and MarketWatch. He is also the founding editor of India's only Berliner format newspaper and website, Mint. Tweet him at @rajunarisetti

Bilal Randeree

Online and Social Media Producer, Al Jazeera English

Bilal Randeree is Online & Social Media producer for Al Jazeera English (AJE) based in Doha, Qatar. He works in the newsroom, using online tools and platforms for news-gathering stories from around the world. He was one of the first journalists to get in touch online with Tunisian protesters and activists during December 2010 events, and since then the use of social media and online platforms has become even more vital to his work, and to Al Jazeera's coverage. He is also responsible for improving and developing new platforms and strategies for AJE's coverage, most notably the popular live blogs. He spends his free time maintaining Al Jazeera's Creative Commons Repository (a bank of news broadcast footage released free of charge for commercial and non-commercial use). Tweet him at @bilalr

Matt Locke

Founder, StoryThings

Matt Locke is the founder of Storythings, a company dedicated to exploring new ways of telling stories through commissioning and delivering cross-platform and transmedia projects. Before establishing Storythings in April 2011 Matt was head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4, where he was responsible for the multi-platform projects around such brands as Million Pound Drop, Misfits, Embarrassing Bodies and Big Brother. Prior to this he held the position of Head of Innovation for BBC New Media, where he was the co-creator on projects like the Creative Archive, BBC Backstage and the BBC's Innovation Labs. In 2010 he founded The Story, and annual one-day event about new ways of storytelling. He regularly writes for a number of publications, including Wired UK. Tweet him at @matlock

Mariann Hardey

Associate Director for the Centre for Communication, Durham University

Dr Mariann Hardey is Associate Director for the Centre for Communication and a Lecturer at the University of Durham. Mariann's presence is 'old' in technology terms to the digital scene with activities at various events including TEDx, O'Reilly and Ignite. Her academic quality springs from her role at Durham, as the BBC North East commentator on social media and as consumer correspondent for BBC Radio York, as well as her belief that social media provides a minimal idealism for interaction. Mariann gets her best ideas from her up and coming students and leads courses at both Undergraduate and Masters levels at Durham University. Many of her debates become popular commentary on her website soseriouslysocial.com. She also blogs at properfacebooketiquette.com. Tweet her at @thatdrmaz

Laura Evans

Chief Experience Officer, Washington Post

Laura Evans is Washington Post Media’s Chief Experience Officer and Vice President of Research. Having started out in the Research Department of the paper in 2002, she now leads a highly specialized group focusing on audiences and advertisers through strategic research, product development and data analysis for all digital, mobile and offline properties of Washington Post Media. She is responsible for driving alignment between the publications’ readers and its products. Prior to joining The Washington Post, Laura worked as an analyst in the research division of Weber Shandwick and before then as an analyst for a nonprofit association focusing on women owned businesses (WBENC). She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Political Science at George Washington University. Tweet her at @evanslaurah

Ian Wharton

Creative Partner, Zolmo

Ian Wharton is an award-winning designer and creative. After graduating best-of-show from university with an acclaimed short animated film he has since gone on to work with some of the world’s top brands and creative teams. At 22 Ian joined leading visual effects company The Mill as an art director, designing commercials for EA, Audi, Nokia and game trailers for Sony. One year on he was appointed associate creative director and led the company’s global digital rebrand across London, New York and LA. In early 2010 Ian joined software start-up Zolmo as creative partner, forming part of the team that designed and developed the top-grossing, Apple Design Award-winning iPhone app for Jamie Oliver. Tweet him at @ianwharton

Antony Mayfield

Digital media and marketing consultant

Antony Mayfield is a consultant, author and commentator on the web in business, society and culture. In 2006 he founded the content and social media teams at iCrossing, which became the largest independent digital marketing firm in the world before being sold to Hearst Media in 2010. Prior to iCrossing, Antony spent a decade in journalism and corporate communications, most recently as a director in the Bell Pottinger Group. He is the author of the best-selling book, ‘Me and My Web Shadow’. Antony is a committed advocate of spreading digital literacy in businesses and in wider society. He also serves a Trustee of Citizens Online, a UK charity which campaigns for internet access as a fundamental human right. Tweet him at @amayfield

Will McInnes

Founder, Nixon Mcinnes

Will McInnes is a passionate voice on how the internet is radically changing our personal behaviour, our organizations and our society. He has particular expertise in the social web, and is part of the movement to harness and understand the cultural impact of online social networks like Twitter and Facebook. The specialist consultancy Will founded, NixonMcInnes, is one of only two UK organisations to have made the WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces. Will is a non-executive director of Wired Sussex, which supports the development of the digital business community in Brighton. He has just written a book entitled ‘Culture Shock’ about the movement of revolutionary businesses emerging into the 21st century. Tweet him at @willmcinnes

John Sharry

Therapist and Trainer, Solution Talk

Dr John Sharry is the best selling author of ten positive psychology and self-help books. He is a weekly health columnist for The Irish Times and a regular contributor to the national media. A mental health professional with over 20 years experience, he is co-developer of the award winning Parents Plus and Working Things Out Programmes and a leading researcher in the application of technology to mental health services. A renowned teacher, trainer and workshop presenter nationally and internationally, John has trained thousands of professionals in the last decade and delivered hundreds of courses and workshops. John is well known for his engaging, inspirational yet informative and practical presentation style. His practice website is www.solutiontalk.ie.

Olivia Solon

Associate Editor , Wired.co.uk

Olivia Solon is an associate Editor at Wired.co.uk. She is a writer and editor specialising in technology, science, startups and digital culture. She has also had work published in Metro, The Telegraph, Marketing Week, GQ, Music Week, and Frukt Source. Prior to working at Wired, she spent five years as a business journalist focusing on the media and marketing industries, with roles at Media Week, Media & Marketing and Cream. Tweet her at @olivia_solon

Hugh Garry

Senior Interactive Producer, BBC Radio

Hugh Garry is a digital creative with 15 years experience of creating content for young audiences at BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. With a remit to experiment with new technology at the organisation Hugh's understanding of how young people interact with music content in the digital world is exemplary. Hugh is currently taking a sabbatical, writing a book, travelling and mucking around in the field of digital storytelling. Tweet him at @huey

Kevin O'Sullivan

Editor, Irish Times

Kevin O’Sullivan is the Editor of The Irish Times. He has served a variety of roles within the newspaper since 1997 including Special Projects Editor, Environment and Food Science Correspondent and News Editor before taking on the role of Editor in June 2011. Prior to The Irish Times Kevin was a journalist at the Connacht Tribune, the Tuam Herald, and briefly his own news agency, Copywrite. In 1991 he directed a theatre production in Galway to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. He holds a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from University College Dublin and a graduate diploma in Journalism from Dublin City University