Speakers at the PBI Seoul Conference

The list is in alphabetical order by last name.

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Murat Akgüç
Managing Director, TRT World and TRT Al Arabia, TRT World (Turkey)
Session
Session 2: Content Strategies for the Evolving Media Ecosystem
Wednesday 24 October (15:20-16:30)
Murat Akgüç is the Managing Director of TRT World and TRT Al Arabia the internationl broadcasting news channels headquarted in İstanbul as a part of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. Previously, he launched TRT World across digital platforms as the Director of Digital and Strategy.
Murat has an Executive MBA from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering. He has more than 20 years of work experience with delivered projects in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Russia and Turkey. He uses diverse background to set up new ideas into the organisation, talent and business development.
As a managing director of international news channels, Akgüç believes that explaining the news, humanizing stories and connecting with people on issues are the ways to reach the audience who are losing trust in the mainstream with unprecedented access to information now days.
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Sudarat D. Chantrawatanakul
Deputy Director General, Thai PBS (Thailand)
Session
Session 4: Connected Platforms and PSM's Raison D'etre
Thursday 25 October (09:00-10:30)
Presentation Title
Engaging Audience with Integrated Platforms
Dr. Sudarat Disayawattana Chantrawatanakul was appointed as Director of Academic Institute of Public Media since January 2017 and later as Deputy Director General of Thai PBS in August 2017 until currently.
With 36 years of experience in Communication & Journalism Education, she was one of the pioneers in this field of Education in Thailand. She served as Dean of the Bangkok University Communication Arts School in 1994-2004. Prior to that, she worked there as chairperson of Journalism Department; overseeing the curriculum administration and continuously lectured Communication Arts courses. She set up a School of Communication Arts and became Faculty Dean at Panyapiwat Institute of Management; Thailand’s first Communication Arts work-based learning educational program.
She became an advisor to Thai Journalism Association’s Academic Affairs and initiated Strategic Seminar on Future Journalism facilitating change management for media professionals and supervises various media training programs. She often represents Thai Journalism Association internationally.
She joined Press Council of Thailand since 2015 and is still a member of Ethics Committee and Academic Committee in the Press Council. She also became the Editor in Chief of Isra Media Review, a Journal of Isra News Agency.
Before coming to Thai PBS, Dr. Sudarat was a Board of Director member at MCOT; acted as an Audit Committee member and Corporate Governance Committee member, she also supervises the revitalizing process of Thai News Agency.
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Akihiko Chigono
Executive Director & Chief of Engineering, NHK (Japan)
Session
Session 3: UHD TV for the Benefit of the Public
Thursday 25 October (16:50-18:00)
Presentation Title
Mission of 4K 8K ”SUPER Hi-VISION"
Mr. Chigono joined NHK in 1977. After working for the Program Engineering Division, he became the Head of the Engineering Administration Department in 2006. Then he became the Director of Engineering Administration Department in 2010. He played a key role in the immediate recovery of the broadcasting network after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In the same year, he led and managed the digitalization of terrestrial television network in Japan, and successfully supervised the completion of the analog switch-off in March 2012. He transferred to the NHK Media Technology and became the President/CEO in 2013. Since 25, April 2017, he is the Executive Director, Chief of Engineering of NHK. He is currently responsible for engineering and information systems & security including the development and implementation of next-generation television services.
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Choi Sun-wook
Executive Director, Strategy & Planning, KBS (Korea)
Session
Session 3: UHD TV for the Benefit of the Public
Thursday 25 October (16:50-18:00)
Presentation Title
Lessons and Challenges of UHD Deployment in Public Television
Dr. Choi Sunwook serves as Executive Director of Strategy & Planning at KBS. He and his team are responsible for KBS’ thinking on the evolution of audiences, organization, technologies and markets. His group also develops practical ideas on how KBS should respond to these changes. He began his career at KBS in 1993 as a broadcasting engineer and worked in a variety of roles including new media, public policy and research before moving into strategy development across KBS. He was a board member of the Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies and was a visiting researcher of communication studies at the Hans-Bredow Institute in Hamburg, Germany. He also led DTV Korea, a non-profit company that developed the policy for South Korea’s digital TV transition, until 2009.
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Carmen Gavrila
Foreign & European Affairs Correspondent, ROR (Romania)
Session
Special Session: Role of PSM on Social Integration in Conflict Zones
Wednesday 24 October (11:20-12:30)
Presentation Title
Balanced Reporting in Conflict Areas:Why We Need Public Service Media in the Field
WORK EXPERIENCE June 1999 – present – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Forreign&European Affairs Correspondent – News and Current Affairs Department

October 2017 - present – “Accente Europene”/ “European Highlights” radio-show on European affairs - Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Senior editor

July – October 2017 – “Europa Incotro”/ “Europe –Where to?” radio-show on European affairs - Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Senior editor

September 2017 – Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Germany

May 2017 – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent - Iran

February 2016 - Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent - Iran

October 2011 - Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Kosovo

February – March 2011 - Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Egypt

August – September 2009 - Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – South Korea

July 2009 – Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Iran

April 2008 – present 2017 – contributor Foreign Policy Romania, Digi24TV, TVR , Dilema Veche magazine, Curierul National and Adevarul (dailies), Curs de Guvernare (online)
Foreign&European Affairs analyst

January 2008 – Radio Romania -The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
War Correspondent – Afghanistan

October 2008 - Radio Romania – The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Iran

July 2006 – July 2009 – contributor Cotidianul daily
Foreign&European Affairs Analyst

September 2006 – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
War Correspondent – Gaza Strip

October – November 2006 – Radio Romania -The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Lebanon

July 2006 – August 2006 – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
War Correspondent – Lebanon

May 2006 – June 2006 – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Iran

June 2005 – August 2005 – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent – Iran

April 2004 – May 2004 – Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Correspondent - Iran

May 2002 – September 2002 - freelance for Realitatea TV
News editor - foreign affairs

June 1998 – June 1999 –Radio Romania - The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company
Reporter – Social Affairs Department
BOOKS/PUBLICATIONS The Uprising of the Middle East / Revolta Orientului Carmen Gavrila; pref. by Bogdan Aurescu. – Iaşi : Polirom, 2013
EDUCATION 1995 - 1999 University of Bucharest – Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (Farsi-English)
1991 – 1995 Unirea High school – Foreign Languages specialization (English-French)
AWARDS 2017-present – member of „Club Europa” group of european affairs experts, endorsed by the European Comission
2013 – Vasile Voiculescu Literary Prize for „ The Uprising of the Middle East”, pref. by Bogdan Aurescu. – Iaşi : Polirom, 2013
2012 – Romania nomination for UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
2012 - “Exceptional Professional” title awarded by the BD of the Romanian Broadcasting Company
2011 – Foreign Policy Romania Top 10 Best Romanian Foreign Affairs Journalists
2010 – Foreign Policy Romania Top 10 Best Romanian Foreign Affairs Journalists
2010 – Best Young Journalist - Foreign and European Affairs Award – Freedom House Romania
2010 – Honorary Medal of the Romanian Army’s General Staff for journalistic reporting from war operations areas
2009 “Exceptional Professional” title awarded by the BD of the Romanian Broadcasting Company
2008 “Exceptional Professional” title awarded by the BD of the Romanian Broadcasting Company
2007 The Romanian Press Club Award for Best Interview (with the president of Lebanon Emile Lahoud in 2006)
2007 “Media-e-Europa” Prize for contribution to news reporting from the Middle East – Salerno Italy
2005 Ojgorod prize for radio documentary for the piece “The Romanians of Iran”
LANGUAGES English, French – high proficiency
Farsi, Dari – medium proficiency
Italian – low proficiency
Spanish, Arabic - beginner
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Tony Hall
Director-General, BBC (United Kingdom)
Session
PBI Seoul 2018 Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 24 October (10:00-11:00)
PBI Seoul 2018 Keynote
Public Service Media: For Everyone
Biography Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead – is one of the key figures in the United Kingdom’s media and arts industry.

As Director-General, Tony Hall is the editorial, operational and creative leader of the BBC. He oversees all the Corporation’s services within the UK and around the world, both public service and commercial.

He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1973, and after a 20-year career as a senior journalist and editor, he became Chief Executive of BBC News and Current Affairs. He was responsible for all of BBC News’ output across the UK and the world.

In 2001 he left the Corporation and, for more than a decade, was in charge of the Royal Opera House which incorporates the Royal Opera, one of the world’s leading opera companies, and the Royal Ballet, the UK’s largest ballet company.

He re-joined the BBC in 2013 as its 16th Director-General.

He was previously a non-executive director, and Deputy Chairman, of Channel 4. In 2009 he was asked by the Government and the Mayor of London to join the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and chair the Cultural Olympiad Board.

In 2006 Tony Hall was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Opera and Ballet. In 2010 it was announced that Hall was to become a life peer, sitting in the House of Lords on the Crossbenches. He is a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.
Career History 2013 – present - Director-General, British Broadcasting Corporation
2001 –2013 - Chief Executive, Royal Opera House
2009 – 2013 - Board Member, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Chair of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad
2005 – 2013 - Board Member, Channel 4 Television; appointed Deputy Chair in 2012
1996 – 2001 - Chief Executive, BBC News and Current Affairs
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David Jordan
Director, Editorial Policy & Standards, BBC (United Kingdom)
Session
Special Session: Role of PSM on Social Integration in Conflict Zones
Wednesday 24 October (11:20-12:30)
David Jordan became the BBC’s Director, Editorial Policy & Standards, in October 2007. Before that he had been Controller of Editorial Policy since December 2005 and the BBC’s Chief Adviser Politics for the two previous years. David, and the Editorial Policy team he manages, gives pre-broadcast advice. The BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, for which he is responsible, set out the BBC’s approach to impartiality and the conduct of elections and the reporting of opinion polls. On 3rd April 2017, David was given responsibility for overseeing the BBC’s complaints processes. He also manages the BBC’s Pronunciation Unit and its Charity Adviser.
David became a journalist on London Weekend Television’s current affairs programme Weekend World, in 1984. In 1988, he joined the BBC to help set up its flagship political programme, On The Record. He became its Deputy Editor in 1989 and then Deputy Editor of the renowned current affairs programme Panorama in 1990, where he edited the RTS Best Domestic Documentary two years in a row, and acted as Editor for 6 months before returning to On The Record as Editor in 1992. He remained its Editor until 2003, interrupted only by a period on attachment as the BBC’s Chief Political Adviser. He also founded The Westminster Hour on Radio Four and was the Executive Editor of Radio Four’s The Week in Westminster and the World Service’s People and Politics, as well as creating and editing a range of other political programmes for BBC television and radio.
David is a member of the BBC’s Executive Committee. He is on the Steering Group of Public Broadcasters International (PBI), the Executive Board of the Organisation of News Ombudsmen and Standards Editors (ONO) and the Board of the International Press Institute (IPI).
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Jung Yun-joo
Former KBS President (Korea)
Session
Special Session: Role of PSM on Social Integration in Conflict Zones
Wednesday 24 October (11:20-12:30)
Presentation Title
Public Broadcasting: An Incubator for Recovering Trust
Education Ph.D in Economics, University of Houston. May 1989
BA in Economics, Seoul National University. March 1970
Professional Experience President of Konyang University. Sep 2017 – Aug 2018
President & CEO, KBS. March 2003 – Aug 2008
Chief Editorial Writer of The Hankyoreh Daily Newspaper. June 2000 – April 2003
Washington correspondent of The Hankyoreh Daily Newspaper Aug 1989 – June 2000
Editor-in-chief of the Voice of the People, Monthly. Aug 1977 – Aug 1978
Reporter of the Dong-A Daily Newspaper. Dec 1970 – March 1975
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Kim Jin-pil
Research Fellow (Executive), ABM (Advanced Broadcast & Media Team), LG Electronics Inc. (Korea)
Session
Session 3: UHD TV for the Benefit of the Public
Thursday 25 October (16:50-18:00)
Presentation Title
"Big Change in Broadcasting Media Consumption, ATSC3.0 and Future"
After joining LGE in 1991, he has developed a lot of products as a Software Programmer in CTO R&D Lab. At the first period of Digital TV in the world, he has made the first DTV by using a PSIP(Program and System Information Protocol) of ATSC, and has been involved with the standardization in Korea and USA. After those time, he has been working for various standard technologies such as IPTV, 3DTV and UHDTV as a Leader of Standard Team in CTO R&D Lab. Specially, He led the standardization and commercialization of ATSC 3.0 as a representative of LGE in North America and in Korea.
He is currently conducting research on future broadcast media technologies, such as Convergence of broadcasting and communication, recommendation and consumption of contents through artificial intelligence, consumption of mega-level immersive video.
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Lee Nak-yon
Prime Minister (Korea)
Session
PBI Seoul 2018 Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 24 October (10:00-11:00)
Career 1979 Political Journalist of Donga Ilbo
1990 Tokyo Correspondent of Donga Ilbo
1994 Deputy Head of Political Desk at Donga lbo
1997 Editorialist of Donga Ilbo
1999 Head of the International Department at Donga Ilbo
2000-2004 16th National Assembly Member
2000-2001 Chairman of the 1st Policy Adjustment Committee of the Democratic Party
2000-2001 Assistant Administrator of the Special Committee for the Inter-Korean Reconciliation, Cooperation, and Exchanges of the Democratic Party
2001-2002 Spokesman of the Democratic Party
2002 Spokesman of the 16th Presidential Election Task Force of the Democratic Party
2002-2003 Spokesman of Roh Moo-hyun, the President-Elect
2003 Representative Chief Secretary of the Democratic Party
2004-2006 Floor Leader of the Democratic Party
2007 Deputy Party Leader of the Democratic Party
2007 Supreme Member of the Moderate United Democratic Party
2007-2008 Spokesman of the United New Democratic Party
2004-2008 17th National Assembly Member
2008-2012 18th National Assembly Member
2008-2010 Chairman of the National Assembly’s Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Committee
2010-2011 Secretary General of the Democratic Party
2010-2012 Chairman of Committee at the Democratic Party in Jeollanam-do
2012-2014 19th National Assembly Member
2014-2017 Governor of Jeollanam-do
May 2017 - Present 45th Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
Education 1974 LL.B., College of Law, Seoul National University
1970 Jeil High School in Gwangju
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Lee Hyo-seong
Chairman, Korea Communications Commission, KCC (Korea)
Session
Special Session: Role of PSM on Social Integration in Conflict Zones Wednesday 24 October (11:20-12:30)
Career 1979 Political Journalist of Donga Ilbo
2017.08~ Chairman, Korea Communications Commission (Minister-level)
2016 ~ Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sungkyunkwan University
2012 ~ Chairman, Reviewing Committee for the Korean Journalist Prize, Journalists Association of Korea
2007 ~ 2011 President, Graduate School of Journalism and Media, Sungkyunkwan University
2003 ~ 2006 Vice Chairman, Korea Broadcasting Commission
2002 ~ 2003 Head, Korea Association for Broadcasting & Telecommunications Studies
1998 ~ 2000 Commissioner, Korea Cable Broadcasting Commission
1998 ~ 2000 Co-Chair, People‘s Coalition for Media Reform
1998 ~ 2003 Chairman and Policy Director, Citizens Coalition for Democratic Media
1998 ~ 2000 President, Korean Association for Communication and Information Studies
1991 ~ 1993 Head, Korea Research Society for Journalism
1990 ~ 2016 Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sungkyunkwan University
1978 ~ 1979 Reporter, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and Kyunghyang Newspaper
Education 1987 Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Northwestern University
1979 Ph.D course in Journalism completed, Seoul National University
1975 M.A. in Journalism and Information Studies, Seoul National University
1973 B.A. in Geology, Seoul National University
1969 Namsung High School
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Lee Chang-hyun
Chairman, Audience Advisory Council, KBS (Korea)
Session
Special Session: Role of PSM on Social Integration in Conflict Zones
Wednesday 24 October (11:20-12:30)
Lee Chang-hyun Professor, School of Communications, Kookmin University
Professor Lee has interest in social communication and has an interest in public broadcasting in Korea. He served as President of the Seoul Institute and the Board of Committee member of KBS. He is concerned about the role of social communication in addressing urban and environmental issues. Recently, he is interested in what public broadcasting will do for reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas.
Present President, Inter-Korea Broadcasting Communication Division (Korean Broadcasting Academic Society)
Former President of the Seoul Institute
Former Board of Committee member of KBS
Former KBS Research Fellow
Senior Researcher, Broadcasting Development Institute
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Lim Byung-kul
Executive Managing Director, Future Business, KBS (Korea)
Session
Session 5: Young Audience Research 1.0
Thursday 25 October (10:50-11:50)
Presentation Title
The Platform and Content Strategy of PSM for the Young Audience
Mr Lim Byung-kul is Executive Managing Director of Future Business. He oversees business aspects of KBS ranging from content sales, broadcast right management to distribution of KBS programs on digital platforms and development of broadcast technology. He joined KBS as a journalist in 1987. Since then he took up various responsibilities as Director of Social Affairs and of Economy. From 1999 to 2002 he was dispatched to Tokyo, Japan as correspondent. He was a front man of Sunday Analysis, one of the main KBS current affairs programs, leading debates on issues of national importance in 2007. He was honored with Journalism Award by Kwanhum Club, an influential organization of journalists and reporters, in 1998. Mr. Lim gruaduated Korea University with BA in Law and Sogang Uuniversity with MA in Communication Studies.
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Lo Song Man
Director & Member, Executive Committee, TDM (Macau)
Session
Session 5: Young Audience Research 1.0
Thursday 25 October (10:50-11:50)
Born in China, Ms LO Song Man holds a Bachelor Degree in International News & Communications, a Master Degree in Management and a PhD Degree in Literature.
Ms LO started her career as a journalist in TDM – Teledifusão de Macau, S. A. since 1990, and from there she moved on to other management positions in TDM, Chief Editor of Chinese News & Informative Programmes Department(2000), Controller of Chinese News & Informative Programmes Division(2011), and from August of 2012 she was appointed as Director and Member of Executive Committee of TDM.
Besides the career in TDM, Ms LO holds several positions as Chairperson of General Assembly of Journalists Club in Macau, Vice-President of Journalists Association in Macau, Vice-President of Guangdong TV Artists' Association, and Council Member of China TV Artists’ Association.
Ms LO is also a Member of Consultative Committee of Culture of the Macau Government.
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Gilles Marchand
Director General, SRG SSR (Switzerland)
Session
Session 4: Connected Platforms and PSM's Raison D'etre
Thursday 25 October (09:00-10:30)
Presentation Title
The “No Billag” Saga, Public Service Media Face to Face with Universal Suffrage
Gilles Marchand was named Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) in November 2016. He took up his role as head of the Corporation on 1 October 2017. Prior to that he was Director of TSR (Télévision Suisse Romande), which became RTS (Radiotélévision Suisse) in 2010 following the merger of radio and television into a single broadcasting entity.
The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation is made up of five enterprise units and General Management. It also holds a majority stake in four subsidiaries. With headcount of close to 6,000, or 4,900 FTEs (excluding subsidiaries), turnover of 1.6 billion Swiss francs, 17 radio stations and 7 TV channels, as well as websites and teletext services, it is Switzerland’s largest electronic media company.
In addition, Gilles Marchand has seats on various corporate and institution boards: Admeira SA (board member), TV5 Monde (board member), European Broadcasting Union (member of the Executive Board and Personnel Committee) and the University of Geneva (member of the strategy committee).
Gilles Marchand started his career in 1985 in publishing (guidebooks, books about art), before joining the Tribune de Genève (daily newspaper), where he was responsible for readership analysis, among other things. Following a brief two-year stint working as a consultant at Concept Media, a consulting firm specialising in media, Gilles Marchand joined Ringier in French-speaking Switzerland in 1992, where he headed up the research and marketing department, before taking over as director from 1998 to 2001.
Between 1990 and 2000, Gilles Marchand played a very active role at the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) in Paris and was responsible for numerous training programmes for independent publishers in Africa and Eastern Europe. He continued his commitment in the field of professional audiovisual cooperation by opening a television production centre in Niamey (Niger) in collaboration with the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and CIRTEF (French-Speaking Radio And Television International Council).
He has been representing the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation on the bodies of the European Broadcasting Union for a number of years, including on the Executive Board and the Personnel Committee since 2017.
Gilles Marchand was born in Lausanne in 1962. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Geneva, lives in Bern and is married with two children.
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Javad Mottaghi
Secretary-General, ABU
Session
Session 5: Young Audience Research 1.0
Thursday 25 October (10:50-11:50)
Dr Javad Mottaghi is the Secretary-General of the ABU. Before taking up the position in 2010, he was Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for 12 years, where he received “Special Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his contribution towards the AIBD.
He has 37 years of national and international broadcasting experience in sports, news and programming. Dr Mottaghi holds a PhD Degree from the University of Teesside in England and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran Sharif University of Technology. Dr Mottaghi won the Elizabeth R Award for Exceptional Contribution to Public Service Broadcasting. He is Associate Member of “The International Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences in New York” and a Member of the Standardization Committee for ISAS BC 9001 and ISO 9001.
He hold several high-ranking positions in Iran during 1980th including Vice Minister of Sports, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Technical Swimming Committee for the Asian Swimming Federation and Secretary-General of Iran National Swimming Federation. During 1990th, Dr Mottaghi holds other positions including: Advisor to the Chairman of Tehran Metro, Advisor to Minister of Culture in Tourism and Executive Commissioner for Qeshm Free Zone. Launching the first IRIB Sports and Youth TV Channel in 1993 and establishment of social and cultural TV departments are also in his dossier.
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Noh Woongrae
Chairman, Science, ICT, Broadcasting, and Communications Committee, National Assembly (Korea)
Session
PBI Seoul 2018 Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 24 October (10:00-11:00)
Chairman of the National Assembly's Science and Technology Broadcasting and Communications Commission
Education Chung-Ang University (1982.2)
Dongguk University, Graduate School of Media Information (2005.2)
Experience Members of the National Assembly (17, 19, 20)
Chairman of the National Assembly's Science and Technology Broadcasting and Communications Commission (as of 2018)
Chairman of the Education, Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee of the National Assembly (2016.4-2018.6)
President of the Korea-Kazakhstan Friendship Association (as of 2018)
Korea-Japan Parliamentary Union Steering Committee Chairman (currently 2018)
Democratic Party of Korea (2018)
Democratic Party Election Commission Chairman (August 2008)
Co-chairman of the National Association for Reconciliation and Cooperation (as of 2018)
New Politics Alliance for Democracy (former) secretary general
Chairman of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (former)
MBC union leader and broadcast reporter
Daily economic newspaper reporter (former)
Member of the National Assembly's Future Planning, Science and Communications Commission (former)
Member of the National Assembly's Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Commission (former)
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Park Yun-sang
Head of New Business, Network Business, Samsung Electronics (Korea)
Session
Session 1: Connected Platforms and Media's Next Big Bang Platform Era, Should We Get Connected
Wednesday 24 October (14:00-15:00)
Presentation Title
Samsung's 5G Vision and Use Cases
Senior Vice President, Head of New Business at Networks Business, Samsung Electronics
Earned a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York in NY, United States. Dr. Park is currently serving as the head of the New Business in Networks Business, Samsung Electronics.
He joined the company back in 2002 from Hughes Networks Systems, where he worked as a modem architect. During his time of career at Samsung's Digital Media Communications R&D Center, he developed the world's first WiMAX modem in 2006, and first LTE Modem in 2009. Then, he was promoted to a senior vice president (SVP) at Communications Processor System SW R&D Group in Samsung, actively serving the group from 2013 until 2016.
Dr. Park served as a SVP of Innovation Business Group till August 2018. Based on his competent skills from his deep career experience, which go through the heart of mobile communications and networks technologies, Dr. Park is expected to lead the revolutionary development of the new business in Networks Business in Samsung Electronics.
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Jean-Paul Philippot
President, EBU General Administrator, RTBF (Belgium)
Session
Session 1: Connected Platforms and Media's Next Big Bang Platform Era, Should We Get Connected
Wednesday 24 October (14:00-15:00)
A graduate of the Solvay Business School (Université libre de Bruxelles), Jean-Paul Philippot is the General Administrator of the Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF.be). He entered the audiovisual world in 2002, after holding the position of Managing Director of Brussels Public Hospitals (IRIS). Jean-Paul Philippot initiated three strategic reorganisation plans at RTBF (in 2002, 2007 and 2012), and is now implementing a multiannual strategic plan (called Vision 2022) aimed at adapting the company to digitalization and new consumption patterns. He has served as President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 2009.
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Shaun Poulter
Executive Director, Strategy and Public Affairs, CBC/Radio-Canada (Canada)
Session
Session 4: Connected Platforms and PSM's Raison D'etre Thursday 25 October (09:00-10:30)
Session 5: Young Audience Research 1.0 Thursday 25 October (10:50-11:50)
Presentation Title
Public Media's "Responsibility to Protect"
Shaun Poulter has been working for Canada’s public broadcaster since 2001. He is here representing Catherine Tait, the new President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, who was unable to attend PBI this year.
Shaun is responsible for the Corporation’s relationship with the Canadian Government as well as issues management, media relations, and strategic messaging, all with a mind to safeguarding the Corporation’s independence and ensuring Canadians appreciate the value of public broadcasting.
Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Poulter was a senior advisor providing strategic and communications advice to Ministers and Government Departments. He is a recovering television journalist with a fifteen year career with a number of Canadian private broadcasters including as a National Affairs Correspondent on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
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Gonçalo Reis
CEO, RTP (Portugal)
Session
Session 2: Content Strategies for the Evolving Media Ecosystem
Wednesday 24 October (15:20-16:30)
Presentation Title
Keep Calm and Carry On: Staying Competitive in a Fast-Changing World
CEO at RTP – Portugal’s public service broadcaster.
MBA, University of Chicago and B.A. in Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Manager with a significant and diversified experience in industries such as advertising, consulting, infra-structures and private equity, having held relevant executive board member positions in reference companies.
Gonçalo Reis has a strong management and media experience, having been RTP´s executive board member from 2002 to 2007; and RTP´s CEO since 2015, having started his second mandate as CEO in June 2018 to execute a strategic plan until 2021, with a focus on developing RTP´s digital presence, on becoming an operator with an enhanced local and global leverage, and a truly innovative and sustainable organization. In recent years, RTP has executed a bold strategy leading to significant milestones: bringing its historical archives online, organizing the Eurovision in Lisbon in 2018 and investing in new fiction and documentaries, including through international co-productions.
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Georgică Severin
President Director General, ROR (Romania)
Session
Session 4: Connected Platforms and PSM's Raison D'etre
Thursday 25 October (09:00-10:30)
Presentation Title
Spotify: A Chance for the Public Radio
On September 27, 2017, Georgică Severin has been appointed by the Romanian Parliament as President Director General for Radio Romania, the Romanian Radio Public Broadcaster. Since April 2017 Georgică Severin was the Interim President Director General for Radio Romania. He has previously served as a Senator in the Romanian Parliament from 2008 to 2016. During his mandate he has held the position of President of Culture and Media Committee (from 2012 to 2016) and he has been a member of the Special Committee for the Evaluation of Democracy and Rule of Law (from 2015 to 2016). He has equally been a member of the Culture, Arts and Mass Information Means (from 2008 to 2012), of the Foreign Policy Committee (from 2008 to 2012) and of the Legal Matters, Appointments, Discipline, Immunities and Validations Committee (in 2012).
From 2009 to 2012 he has been a member of the Romanian Delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie. He has also been president of Romania – Switzerland Parliamentary Friendship Group. From 1999 to 2008 he has been Owner of the QED Written Press and Media Group.
Georgică Severin has graduated from the Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Bucharest, in 1984. He has earned two postgraduate specializations: in Security and Good Governance from the National Defence College, in 2014, and in Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, in 2016.
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Renata Shimabukuro
Communication and Digital Media Manager, TV Cultura (Brazil)
Session
Session 5: Young Audience Research 1.0
Thursday 25 October (10:50-11:50)
Renata is Communication and Digital Manager at TV Cultura, the most important public television in Brazil. She holds a M.Sc. in Digital Television Management and Production awarded by the University of Brighton, UK, and a B.A. in Communication, Radio and Television from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
She has been working in the public service media since 2000. Renata worked in the production of educational and children’s programmes until 2007, where she coordinated the Vila Sésamo show, an international co-production with Sesame Workshop. Afterwards, she dedicated herself to preschool children’s user experience research and interactive studies, there she wrote research papers and articles published in industry recognized publications.
In 2015 Renata coordinated, "Include by Playing", an educational transmedia project that was nominated for the 10th International Digital Emmy Awards in the category of "Digital Program: Children and Young People" in partnership with Unicef and other important institutions. She was also juror of the International Emmy Awards in the kids category in 2016.
Renata has been working with Acquisitions & Content Partnerships since 2010 and has been managing the Licensing, Digital Media and Communication departments as well since 2016.
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Brian Suh
Director, YouTube Partnership in GCN and Korea, Google Korea (Korea)
Session
Session 1: Connected Platforms and Media's Next Big Bang ""Platform Era, Should We Get Connected
Wednesday 24 October (14:00-15:00)
Presentation Title
Change in Media, the Previous 5 Years and the Next 5 Years
After starting the career as a journalist in a Korean newspaper, Brian has been working in media, content and internet industries for the past years at major IT companies like Samsung SDS, Microsoft and Google. His focus has been developing new online media businesses, working with major media companies, content rights holder and online portals as partners and clients, and managing business functions. He is currently heading up YouTube Partnership for Greater China and Korea.
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Paul Thompson
CEO & Editor-in-Chief, RNZ (New Zealand)
Session
Session 2: Content Strategies for the Evolving Media Ecosystem
Wednesday 24 October (15:20-16:30)
Presentation Title
Radical Sharing
Paul Thompson has been the chief executive and editor-in-chief of public broadcaster RNZ since 2013. His background is in journalism, editorial leadership and digital media strategy. He is the president of the Public Media Alliance, the largest global body representing public media organisations.
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Tsao Wen Chieh
President & CEO, PTS (Taiwan)
Session
Session 2: Content Strategies for the Evolving Media Ecosystem
Wednesday 24 October (15:20-16:30)
Presentation Title
Optimizing Content Strategy in the Digital Era: The Case of Taiwan PTS
TSAO has devoted her career to documentary filmmaking for more than 2 decades. She got her BA from Chinese Cultural University in 1986 and then earned her Master of Science in Psychology from National Fu Jen Catholic University in 2012. She is also director and scriptwriter in Public Television Preparatory Committee before PTS’s formal launch in 1998.
As an experienced producer and director, TSAO has produced various documentaries such as “A Random Life” (1998, First Prize of Cultural of Locality Festival, being invited to Margaret Mead Festival), “Please Come Home My Boy”(1998, Merit Prize in TIDF), “Heavenly Peace in Small Town” (2001, Opening Film in Taiwan
International Ethnographic Film Festival), “Dreaming of Home〜Marginal Tribe of the City” (2003, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival), “Song Way Back When”(2015, Chiayi City International Art Documentary Film Festival) ,“The Eyes of Nan Guang Deng” (2015, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2016 New Narratives Film Festival) and “Art Duet—Voice of Two Generations (Visual Arts)” (2016, Chiayi City International Art Documentary Film Festival).
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Ryoichi Ueda
President, NHK (Japan)
Session
PBI Seoul 2018 Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 24 October (10:00-11:00)

Session 1: Connected Platforms and Media's Next Big Bang Platform Era, Should We Get Connected
Wednesday 24 October (14:00-15:00)
Ryoichi Ueda assumed his post as president of NHK on January 25th, 2017, after serving as NHK’s member of the Board of Governors and the Audit Committee for 4 years since 2013.
In 1973 Ueda started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation (MC). From 2008 he served as Executive Vice President of MC for the Americas, then in 2009 appointed as CFO and Representative Director of the Board of Directors of MC. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Senior Executive Vice President. In 2013 he resigned from MC to join NHK.
Born in 1949, he graduated from Hitotsubashi University’s Faculty of Law, and holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is married and has three daughters.
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Sally-Ann Wilson
CEO, PMA (United Kingdom)
Session
Session 4: Connected Platforms and PSM's Raison D'etre
Thursday 25 October (09:00-10:30)
Presentation Title
Building Consensus, Standing Together: Why Public Media Needs a United Global Voice
Sally-Ann Wilson M.Phil. is CEO of the Public Media Alliance [PMA], http://publicmediaalliance.org the largest global association of public broadcasters. PMA provides support and advocacy for public media worldwide. Sally-Ann holds a degree in Development Studies and an MPhil in Cultural Ecology. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate for services to international broadcasting.
Sally-Ann began her media career with BBC Radio [news and documentary] prior to becoming a TV documentary Producer/Director. She produced numerous award winning documentaries for the BBC and independent sector in the UK and USA, going on to become a Broadcast Executive in various management roles. In 2001 she set up WorldView a documentary scheme providing seed funding and support for more than 500 international documentaries, including 3 Oscar nominated films.
In 2010 she was appointed Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. In 2014 she led the organisation through a period of transformation to become the globally focused Public Media Alliance. She writes and speaks passionately about the role of public media in society. Sally-Ann is also course founder of the Masters programme in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, where she continues to teach.
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Eric Wolf
Vice President, Technology Strategy & Planning, PBS (United States)
Session
Session 3: UHD TV for the Benefit of the Public
Thursday 25 October (16:50-18:00)
Presentation Title
Next Generation Television in the U.S.: A Public Television Perspective
Eric Wolf is PBS’ Vice President for Technology Strategy & Planning. He is currently working on issues as varied as the impact of the FCC spectrum incentive auction, potential for Next Gen TV (ATSC 3), and PBS’s future internal media infrastructure.
Prior to PBS, Eric spent 9 years with America Online leading teams that built products (search, email, news, and social media services; and one of the first internet appliances) used by tens of millions of people around the globe. Earlier in his career Eric held technology and organizational leadership roles at Peter D. Hart Research, a public opinion research boutique, and Symbolics, Inc, an MIT spinoff in the advanced software-development and artificial intelligence domains.
Eric sits on the Steering Committee of Public Broadcasting International. He holds 3 U.S. patents in the realm of interactive communications and received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Political Science from Brown University
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Yang Sung-dong
President & CEO, KBS (Korea)
Session
PBI Seoul 2018 Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 24 October (10:00-11:00)
Mr. Yang Sung-dong, the 23rd President and CEO of the Korean Broadcasting System, took office and began his term on April 6, 2018. President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea appointed him as chief of the nation’s leading public service broadcaster. Mr. Yang, for the first time in the history of KBS, was recommended by an Ad Hoc Public Advisory Group, created as part of the selection process of new KBS President and CEO. The Group, consisting of 142 members of the general public, thoroughly reviewed his views on public broadcasting. His future strategies and plans for KBS were also examined through a series of presentation, panel discussion and question and answer session by the group.
At the inauguration ceremony on April 9, 2018, Mr. Yang emphasized his commitment to recreating KBS as the most trusted media organization in the country. Mr. Yang also pledged that he would bring capable young staff members of KBS to get involved in the decision making process. He added, “We must continue to maintain KBS’ reputation which is based on its full editorial independence, and remain free from political power as well as influence over the power of capital.”
Mr. Yang has an extensive background in documentary production and investigative journalism since he joined KBS as a television producer in 1989. He has directed and produced numerous quality factual programming for KBS including KBS Special, In-depth 60 Minutes, The Insight, and World Today. Also, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Yang led the Korean Producers and Directors’ Association as the 21st President of the association. In 2006, he served as President of the KBS Producers and Directors’ Association. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as Executive Director Programming and Production of KBS Busan. Born in 1961, Mr. Yang studied political science at Korea University.
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Michele Zatta
Commissioning Editor in charge of international coproductions Rai Fiction, Italy
Session
Head, International Coproduction, Rai (Italy)
Presentation Title
Public Service Media Are Major Drivers for the Content Industry
Former travel-guide, copywriter and lawyer, I started my career in television as an editor of tv-movies and series.
The turn in life happened in 1994, when I developed together with the Australian writer Wayne Doyle the first italian soap (‘Un posto al sole’), which started in october 1996 and is still on air. I worked 12 years as co-headwriter and producer and in the meanwhile I dealt with a prime-time cop-series (‘La squadra’) that lasted 8 seasons (221 episodes of 100’ each), another soap (‘Cuori rubati’) and a couple of tv-movies.
Soon after Rai offered me an employment as an executive in the fiction department
In this position I deal with the editorial and productive process of various projects (tv-movies, mini-series, long running series), keeping a strong focus on the narrative development.
The most recent series I’ve worked on are ‘La porta rossa’ (‘The red door’), a paranormal thriller in which the protagonist has to find out who killed him, ‘Di padre in figlia’ (‘From father to daughter’), an intense family saga that takes place in Italy and Brazil, the second season of ‘Non uccidere’ (‘Close murders’), the first Italian ‘Nordic-noir’ and ‘Il cacciatore’ (‘The hunter’), that won the price for the best actor at the recent Canneseries.
Now I’m in charge of international coproductions and in this position I worked on the series ‘The name of the rose’, that will premiere next February.