After he received his D.phil in Molecular Biology from the University of York, David decided to join scholarly publishing. Currently, he is a technology strategist with strong background in developing profitable digital products for research and academic markets. He has more than 15 years of experience in leveraging technology, project management, strategic thinking, relationship building innovations and profitability.
Sarah is Senior Product Manager with responsibility for Emerald Publishing’s Platform. Her most recent project has been the product delivery of Emerald’s recent migration from a third party content delivery platform to their proprietary architecture. Previous roles have covered the full ecosystem of the scholarly publishing experience, from commissioning and peer review, content management and more recently content delivery, both at Emerald and Thomson Reuters. Sarah is passionate about creating business value through best in class user experience, and utilising digital innovations to best solve real-world customer problems.
As Business Strategist at IOS Press, Astrid combines her background in publishing, marketing, journalism, and strategic thinking to find solutions to break through the status quo in academic publishing and contribute to benefiting science in a meaningful way. Astrid focuses on defining, communicating and implementing the company’s vision and mission to address contemporary needs and standards to contribute to the advancement of science and unsiloing of information.
Heather St. Pierre has been in Product Management for almost 20 years, serving both the UK and International markets. Her focus has been on shaping software product portfolios and digital strategy to deliver customer needs and market success. In the past, her primary focus has been within the Education and Assessment Technology sector. Heather joined Taylor & Francis in 2016 and is currently Product Director.
Sharon Cooper is Chief Digital Officer of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the consulting and research arm of The Economist Group. Relatively new in the post she is working both on how technology will enable the company to deliver their expertise in new ways and what opportunities AI, ML and new data services and sources will bring to the core business in the near and medium-term future.
In previous roles, Sharon led digital change as the Chief Digital Officer at the BMJ Publishing Group, where she ran both product teams and the technology/IT function. She has a career background in information companies as well as the public sector at Government Digital Service (GDS).
Christian is an Independent Consultant and Project Manager for Digital Publishing and IT, helping publishers and technology companies around the world to define and implement innovative products and processes. He has successfully completed large and small projects for STM, HSS, educational, newspaper, and special interest publishing companies as well as for software companies. Currently, his projects are focussed around digital content and e-commerce solutions, content management, online dissemination of knowledge, and the application of methods from artificial intelligence to various stages of the publishing process.
Christian has worked extensively with service providers all around the world, leading many RFP processes, system migrations, system implementations, and consolidations as well as defining and implementing the digital strategies for various publishing houses. Christian holds a masters degree in Computational Linguistics and has worked as a project manager, software developer, server administrator, event manager, and researcher in previous lives.
An active participant in the scholarly publishing community, Tasha is a member of the COUNTER Executive and organises the annual Digital Publishing conference for STM. Her industry expertise stretches from publishing operations and project management to policy setting, via technology management and business analysis. Tasha is the Director of Publishing at the Microbiology Society.
Chelsey is relatively new to product management but has been working in Open Access publishing since 2016. Having come from a sales role previously has given her the ability to speak to real authors and librarians. This has given her a unique view of what is needed in their workflows, which has been a huge asset to the transition to the product.
Andrew Vorster prides himself on being a catalyst for disruptive thinking and innovation that inspires organisations and individuals to realise the potential of the near future of technology by influencing strategic direction and future vision.
With a background in research and widely recognised as a thought leader in the technology space, he provides rich insights gained through global scanning and identification of technology trends, helping clients to gain an understanding of the potential implications to society, industry and individuals.
His work takes him across the globe in search of the current uses and the latest developments in technology, gathering information and case studies to share through scenarios and storytelling via keynote presentations, boardroom briefings, advisory services and workshop facilitation.
Phill Jones is the owner and principal consultant at Double L Digital which is a research, technology and management consultancy. He works with publishers, startups, institutions and funders, bringing an analytical and data-driven approach to a broad range of strategic and operational challenges. He’s worked in a variety of senior and governance roles in editorial, outreach, scientometrics, product and technology at such places as JoVE, Digital Science, and Emerald. He’s a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen industry blog and an active conference speaker. In a former life, he was a cross-disciplinary research scientist at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Harvard Medical School.
Paul is Services Director at Digirati, with the main focus of his role on providing strategic input, direction, and oversight on major projects that the company delivers. In this role, he has been involved in close collaborative engagements with cultural heritage, scientific, academic and professional researchers and publishers focusing on solutions to improve preservation, management, publishing and discovery of digital content and data.
He also retains a focus on continually improving Digirati’s project practises, the skills within our teams and the outcomes we deliver for customers. In previous roles at Digirati, he has provided solution architecture and technical direction for digital transformation programs with a variety of publishing organisations.
Paul Broome is the Chief Technology Officer for Northgate Public Services. Paul is responsible for digital innovation, development, and delivery. Paul joined NPS in January 2017, bringing with him 40 years of digital experience. Paul has previously worked in senior digital roles in a number of companies, including Trust International, Oracle Retail, Torex, Guardian and Observer Newspaper Group and Barclays Bank.
Ove Kähler is Vice President Operations at Brill. In this role, he and the teams in his department oversee the entire production process – from manuscript to publication. This includes the development of online products and their distribution on Brill’s online platforms. Other areas of responsibility concern Brill’s data & applications team as well as the production and supply chain of print products. Before moving to operations, Ove was heading Brill’s marketing & sales support department. Prior to joining Brill in 2011, he served in a variety of positions in marketing, sales, and product management at Elsevier, Springer and Dow Jones in Germany and The Netherlands. Ove holds a Master’s degree in Eastern-European History from the University of Mainz (Germany) and an MBA from Nyenrode University (The Netherlands).
Stewart has been at the IET for over 13 years. He has worked as a Web Analyst, Team Leader/Manager of Digital Services and is now Head of Digital Services.
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We live in a time of change. At the publishing conference, you will get an opportunity to discover the most pressing trends the publishers are experiencing.
This year more than 100 delegates will join in London to be part of the conference. An excellent networking opportunity to meet senior publishing stakeholders.
A one day conference with more than 8 inspiring presentations. The event will engage you with thought-provoking sessions, Nibbles and drinks.
We are expecting more than 100 delegates from publishing companies.