SPEAKERS: WHO’S WHO
Taking to the stage With a roster of more than 50 experts from a multitude of
sectors across the trade, and three dedicated streams running simultaneously, FutureBook 2015 mixes familiar faces with many new voices. Tese are their own stories . . .
Dave Anderson is vice-president of merchandising and publisher relations at Kobo. He is responsible for publisher operations and publisher analytics globally, as well as merchandising and publisher relations for English-language territories.
Porter Anderson is a journalist and consultant specialising in book publishing and its digital disruption. He is an associate editor of FutureBook; programmed the Master Class events at the Frankfurt Book Fair’s inaugural Business Club in 2014; and his consultancy is a media partner with the London Book Fair.
George Burgess is the founder and c.e.o. of Gojimo, an exam-preparation mobile app for students. Labelled one of Britain’s Most Exciting Young Entrepreneurs by Forbes, George is 23 years old; he founded Gojimo when he was just 17.
Robert Caskie is chief operating officer at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop and the founder of Ipso Books. Previously he was an agent at MacFarlane Chard Associates and Capel & Land. Before becoming a literary agent, Robert lived in New York and in 1994 he was part of the team that founded the original Euphorium restaurant and bakery in Islington, north London.
Judith Curr is president and publisher of the Atria Publishing Group, a division of Simon & Schuster. She oversees the editorial, publishing and marketing activities of the group’s imprints. Judith also teaches a semester-long course at New York University called “From Writer to Reader: An Introduction to Book Publishing”.
Cameron Drew is a veteran of the publishing industry and ground floor member of Kobo, with extensive experience in online retail and B2B e-commerce publishing. His responsibilities include content acquisition, growing new and existing business models, contract negotiation, international expansion and hunting down strategic partnerships.
Abi Fenton is audio editor at HarperCollins. A Bookseller Rising Star in 2015, Abi works closely with authors to produce audiobooks across HarperCollins’ fiction and non-fiction lists, as well as helping to shape HarperAudio’s strategy. HarperAudio seeks out the best narration and production talent to match its list of authors in order to create innovative, award-winning audio content.
Richard Fisher stepped down as managing director of academic publishing at CUP at the end of 2014, and currently works in a non-executive capacity for a number of publishing organisations. In January 2015, he became the academic correspondent of the Independent Publishers Guild. As an author, he writes about the history of sport.
Tom Bonnick is Nosy Crow’s business development manager and commissioning editor. He works on all of the company’s digital publishing, and commissions fiction for Nosy Crow’s list. In 2015, he was named Young Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG Independent Publishing Awards, and a Bookseller Rising Star.
Eileen Burbidge is a partner at Passion Capital, London’s leading early-stage technology venture capital investment firm. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Board, FinTech envoy for HM Treasury and a frequent commentator for the likes of Bloomberg TV, Sky News and the BBC. Eileen was named as one of the 12 Most Influential People in Tech by the Telegraph in 2014.
Anthony Cond is managing director of Liverpool University Press, which was named The Bookseller Industry Awards’
Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2015. He is also a director of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and an honorary fellow in the School of the Arts at the University of Liverpool.
Lisa Edwards has worked for nearly 20 years across both children’s and adult publishing. While publishing and commercial director at Scholastic UK, she headed the publishing and licensing activity around Horrible Histories, Tom Gates and The Hunger Games. She is currently interim publishing director at Templar Publishing, and a consultant in brand management, list strategy and editorial training.
Molly Flatt is a tech and culture journalist and consultant who specialises in the intersection between the digital and the real in business, publishing and culture. She writes regularly for the likes of the BBC, the Guardian and The Bookseller, and has eight years’ experience of training companies such as Skype, Adobe and GoPro on how to be social without being a drone.
Gareth Cuddy is the founder and c.e.o. of Vearsa, an award-winning enterprise software company that looks to solve publishers’ most pressing issues. He is also one of the trade’s foremost experts on e-books and the digital publishing scene. Originally from Galway, Ireland, Gareth splits his time between Cork and New York.
Jo Ellis joined consultancy The Literary Platform in 2012. She works with its clients on business development and organisational change, content strategy and partnership building. Previously she was marketing director at Faber, where she played a key role in making it one of the world’s most vibrant and forward-thinking publishing companies.
Overleaf there are many more speakers who will be taking to the stage at Europe’s largest digital publishing conference on 4th December
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