Chris Anderson

Director of Content/Editorial at Pixable

Chris C. Anderson is the Director of Content and Editorial at Pixable. His background in media includes a stint as Senior Editor at Business Insider, two years at Huffington Post where he worked first as Senior Travel Editor during the Great AOL merge of 2011 and as Senior Editor thereafter. Chris was Associate Editor of CNNGo (now CNN Travel) where he worked from Hong Kong for two years as part of the core team to build the platform. Going back into the deep past (2006 - 2008) Chris lived and worked - and played - in Shanghai where he established his editorial roots. Before discovering his true career calling Chris worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer for LeapFrog.

He's been published on all of the above platforms including Travel & Leisure, Upwave and The Daily Dot. He believes variety in content is the spice of life and the key to a successful story is through compelling and visual content, social media, a killer CMS and smart use of analytics.

Dachen Chu

VP of Corporate Strategy at Sina dachenchu

Dachen,Chu, graduated from Stanford University in 2004, with PhD in Physics. Then he joined McKinsey & Company , focusing on business strategy consulting and management ; In 2009 he joined Baidu first as General Manager of Business Analysis, and then became General Manager of Baidu Alliance;In May 2012, he joined Sina as VP of Corporate Strategy, responsible for corporate strategy of Sina and operation management of Weibo Open Platform.

Damon Cortesi

CTO & Co-Founder at Simply Measured

Damon is CTO and co-founder of Simply Measured. Passionate about building great teams and great technology, Damon is two-time entrepreneur and has a love affair with pulling in increasingly larger amounts of data. Before Simply Measured, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Madrona Venture Group, built several apps on the Twitter platform (including one of the first Twitter statistics sites, TweetStats), and spent ten years as an Information Security and PCI consultant.

Justin De Graaf

Senior Manager at The Coca-Cola Company

Justin is the Global Social Analytics Lead for The Coca-Cola Company and sits within the Knowledge & Insights team. He supports the marketing organization through his role on Coca-Cola’s social connections team as the analytics lead. It’s in this role where Justin focuses on developing and deploying the social analytics solution throughout the Coca-Cola system.

Before making the move to The Real Thing, Justin was responsible for Global Media Insights at Unilever. It’s here where he began diving into social media insights while leading research for Unilever’s key global media partnerships with companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Viacom. In addition to his insights capabilities, Justin has accurately been described by many as “tall” and “very thin”. Although Justin now resides in Atlanta, he is a native Michigander and a graduate of the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

Kevin Driscoll

Researcher at University of Southern California

Kevin Driscoll is a PhD candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California. His research examines the media infrastructures that undergird popular culture and political communication. He is currently completing a dissertation detailing the origins of social computing in the dial-up bulletin-board systems of the 1980s and 1990s. Previously, he earned an MS in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and taught computer science at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School.

Susan Etlinger

Analyst at Altimeter Group

Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst at Altimeter Group, where she works with global companies to develop both social data intelligence strategies that support their business objectives. Susan has a diverse background in marketing and strategic planning within both corporations and agencies. She’s a frequent speaker on social media and analytics and has been extensively quoted in outlets including Fast Company, BBC, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Sam Flemming

Founder and CEO at CIC samflemming

Sam Flemming is CEO of CIC, China’s first and foremost provider of social business intelligence which he founded in 2004. Sam logged on the Chinese Internet in 1996 and has been at the forefront of China's digital (r)evolution ever since.

For over 10 years CIC has been collecting data from China’s unique, fragmented and dynamic social media landscape as the foundation of its tools and professional services which help businesses convert the social media ‘chatter’ into superior business performance. From this experience, Sam has developed a keen understanding of China’s leading social media players, of brands and how they are leveraging social data as well as the overall complex market dynamics of the China social media landscape. Extensively referenced and interviewed by media sources worldwide, Sam is highly respected amongst industry experts. CIC is part of Kantar Media, a WPP company.

Jason Gowans

Director, Data Lab at Nordstrom

Jason Gowans is the Director of the Nordstrom Data Lab, where the team is responsible for creating Nordstrom's personalized customer experiences. Previously, Jason served as the VP of Business Development at DS-IQ, a startup that worked with major retailers to monetize their targeted digital media networks. Additionally, he is the founder of Harnu, a global discussion platform that was named one of the most Innovative Companies of 2012 by Business Insider. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Nicholls State University, and is originally from Scotland where he studied Computer Science at the University of Abertay.

Zach Hofer-Shall

Senior Program Manager at Twitter

Zach is the Senior Manager of Twitter's Ecosystem. In this role he works on the business strategy behind Twitter's APIs, data, and platform products and works with BD and partnerships to ensure growth and health of Twitter's ecosystem. Zach reviews hundreds of social technology companies and helps them build leading businesses focusing on Twitter functionality.

Previously, Zach was a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research writing and consulting on social technology platforms and how social data informs business decisions. This role enabled him to help companies better understand how the rapidly evolving web changes the way businesses learn from customers' online interactions. Zach focused his research on “Social Intelligence” – using social data to activate and recalibrate business strategies.

Megan Kelley

Senior Director, Center for Social Media at Fidelity Investments

Megan Kelley leads the Center for Social Media within Fidelity Investments’ Center for Applied Technology (FCAT). FCAT is an idea and innovation catalyst group that helps Fidelity’s businesses and clients imagine the possibilities and realize the benefits of new ideas and emerging technologies. At Fidelity, Megan drives research on emerging social media platforms, social business strategies, and social data infrastructure. She runs proofs of concept and pilots with business and technology partners across the firm and leads Fidelity’s Social Media Community of Practice.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Megan worked in editorial and content analytics for startups and publishing companies. She received her BA in English from Williams College and her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She is fascinated by new ways for people, information, and context to connect.

Brian Melinat

Social Media Analytics and Listening Sr. Mgr at Dell

Brian Melinat manages the Social Media Analytics and Listening team within Dell’s Global Marketing Decision Sciences group. The social media team analyzes and reports on activities across Dell’s “owned” social media properties and also uses the broader social media environment to listen for customer “Hot Issues” as well as perform more in-depth market research using social media as the data source. During 7 years at Dell, Brian has managed Media Mix Modeling as well as worked in Marketing Operations Sales Planning and Supply Chain Optimization which has given him a perspective that spans the value chain. He has undergraduate degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (BS) and Economics (BA) from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Chris Moody

CEO at Gnip

Chris Moody is the CEO of Gnip, the world's largest and most trusted provider of social data. Gnip delivers more than 4 billion realtime social data activities per day to customers in more than 30 countries. Gnip's data distribution network includes 95% of the Fortune 500.

Moody is considered a pioneer in the social data industry and has worked closely with leading social platforms such as Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare to formulate their data strategies. As a result, he has played a critical role in the first commercial availability of data from Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare. WordPress, Disqus, GetGlue, StockTwits and more.

Prior to joining Gnip, Moody served as Founder and President of Aquent On Demand, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative and marketing organizations. Prior to his responsibilities with Aquent On Demand, Moody served as Aquent’s Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the day-to-day management of more than 700 employees across 70 offices in 17 countries.

T.R. Newcomb

VP & Head of Business Development at Tumblr

T.R. joined Tumblr in October 2013 after leading Yahoo's East Coast M&A team in NYC.

Chad Parizman

Director, Convergent Media at Scripps Networks Interactive

As the Director, Convergent Media Scripps Networks Interactive I provide leadership on mobile and social media trends and strategies for the website, ad sales, marketing and on-air teams at Scripps, as well as social media guidelines to be adopted by the company’s top senior executives. Prior to my current role, I served as director of innovation for Scripps’ business development emerging ventures team, a group focused on evaluation, creation and management of the disruptive innovation process. Utilizing innovations I've made throughout my career in information technology and online analytics, I trained Scripps employees on disruptive innovation principles, and researched new interactive opportunities for the company in both the Food and Lifestyle categories. I began at Scripps in 2005 as Director of Online Analytics after leaving Healthology, Inc. as the IT Director.

Stu Shulman

CEO at Texifter

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is the founder and CEO of Texifter, LLC and a Research Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Shulman is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Stu is a former Oregon Tilth certified organic farmer and garlic enthusiast who taught courses on American national government, environmental policy, sprawl, information technology, qualitative research methods, digital citizenship, governance, and service-learning. In the fall of 2009, he founded a software start-up, Texifter, LLC, which aims to help individuals, organizations, and crowds when they are archiving, filtering, searching, classifying, and analyzing large numbers of documents. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston University (Political Science and English) and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (Political Science).

Carmen Sutter

Product Manager at Adobe

Carmen is a Product Manager for Adobe Social, focusing on data collection and campaigns.

In her role, Carmen is responsible for the social monitoring functionality as well as the integration of Adobe Analytics and Adobe Social.

Prior to joining Adobe, Carmen led the digital analytics teams at Warner Music Group and Scholastic in New York City. A native of Germany, Carmen moved to Salt Lake City from New York City for her position at Adobe and is trying to take full advantage of the great Utah outdoors.

Jason Thomas

Manager of Innovation at Thomson Reuters Special Services

Jason is Chief, Innovation for Thomson Reuters Special Services. He likes to solve problems through gaming, collective intelligence, social data, virtual environments, and mobile applications.

Prior to coming to Thomson Reuters Special Services, Jason was faculty at West Virginia University in the International Studies department. Jason was also the Director of the Open Source Intelligence Exchange and Fusion Center (OSIX) and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Analysis (CINSA). Prior, while employed at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), Jason provided leadership and subject matter expertise in the area of intelligence collection. Previously, Jason served as the Associate Deputy Director, Operations for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). Lastly, Jason was the creator and founding director of the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

He is the recipient of a number of awards including the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, the Thomson Reuters Standing Ovation Award, the Thomson Reuters Oval Office Award for Innovation, the NW3C Cynthia Kay Hipsman Award, and was a nominee for the US Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service.

Farida Vis

Faculty Research Fellow at University of Sheffield

Farida is a Research Fellow based in the Information School at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her Fellowship is on ‘Big Data and Social Change’, focusing on social media, data journalism and citizen engagement. Her social media research centers on developing critical methods and tools for better understanding social media and data, Big Data and algorithms. She has widely published in this area. She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media and is a regular public speaker. She grows her own food and is training to be a horse whisperer.

Tom Watson

Consultant at Watsonian Institute

Tom Watson is a data consultant, focusing on financial market data and helping financial services firms implement the use of social media data. Tom recently left New York Stock Exchange where he ran the derivatives market data business. He also managed NYSE’s data partner business, which included partnerships with GNIP and Social Market Analytics. Tom has spent his entire 20+ year career in financial services. Tom has Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wabash College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Rui Zhang

CEO at Social Touch zhangruimosh

Social Touch is the leading and the largest social media management SaaS and integrated service company in China. Social Touch helps hundreds of brands from Fortune 500 to small café shops manage their social presence on Chinese local social networks including Weibo, Wechat, Qzone and etc. Rui Zhang is the CEO and founder of Social Touch. He is an expert on China’s social media, social marketing, social listening and social CRM. Before Social Touch, Rui Zhang has founded and operated one of the earliest social network platforms in China.