March Edition 2022
Dominic P Arena – Executive Director Strategy, Planning & Commercial – Telstra
Dominic is an international senior executive and non-executive director having served as a Group Executive and Executive Director in strategy, commercial, marketing, product and corporate development roles, and as a non-executive director serving on several listed and non-listed telecom & media operator company Boards. His experience in media spans Pay TV, streaming aggregation, content rights & production and DTT/FTA TV.
Shani Kugenthiran – Digital Advertising Strategy & Product Director – Paramount ANZ
Alex Spurzem – General Manager – Samsung Ads Australia
Boniswa Sidwaba – Content Programming Manager – TikTok Africa
Julian Clover – Journalist and Broadcaster
Julian Clover is a Media and Technology journalist based in Cambridge, UK. He is the editor of Broadband TV News, an online business-to-business publication and is a presenter on Cambridge 105 Radio. An accomplished conference moderator, Julian is a regular chairman at Cable Congress, ANGA COM and the Broadband TV News Business Breakfasts. He has also chaired election hustings for the 2017 and 2019 General Elections and the 2019 European Election.
Melanie Starling – Product Lead – Sky New Zealand
Melanie Starling is a Product Lead at Sky TV New Zealand, where she leads product strategy and delivery for Neon. She has over 10 years experience in video streaming and content delivery, previously working in product roles for both TVNZ OnDemand and Lightbox where she delivered customer-focused digital solutions including live streaming major sporting events, content discovery & personalisation and commercial VOD solutions
Tamima Ibrahim – Business Development Manager – PANG Africa
Tamima is a forward-thinking media professional with extensive experience in; brand strategy, positioning, sales, marketing, channel & content management excellence. In her current role she is responsible in assiting platforms to access affordable DTT/DTH TV services to promote the growth of locally relevant video and audio content. She oversees over 90+ DTT TV channel portfolio, customer engagement and business relationships across East Africa.
Thijs Bijleveld – Executive Director – Head of Sales and Business Development EMEA
Thijs is a senior leader with more than 25 years of experience in sales, commercial operations and customer relationship management in the digital media and broadcast industry. He joined Metrological in 2014, initiating and leading Metrological’s commercial expansion with MVPDs in the EMEA and APAC region.
Rhys Torrington – CEO – 2Gwana Media
Rhys has been a pivotal figure in establishing affordable DTH TV services across Africa over the past 13 years, leading start-up operations at GTV, AzamTV out of Dar es Salaam and KweséTV based in Johannesburg. He concentrates on commercialising start-up companies with a strong emphasis on sales and marketing excellence. Prior to moving into Media, Rhys held executive positions across Europe with renowned IT companies such as IBM and Groupe Bull, and also established his own international Go-To-Market advisory company with clients from the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, South America and Africa. He is a prominent speaker at Media conferences across the globe.