Kimmo Alaniska is the CEO of Spinfy Oy. He is enthusiastic about how new technologies can enhance the reading experience for children and their parents.
The company focuses on creating fascinating, interactive eBooks and apps for touch screen devices.
Spinfy has been responsible of designing interactions, animations and technology for the first Moomin interactive eBook production.
Charles Beckett has worked in the Literature department at Arts Council England since 2003. In 2005 he spent six months on secondment at the Poetry Translation Centre during their World Poets Tour. He has worked with many writers, translators, publishers and other literature organisations. Since January he has taken up the post of Senior Officer, Digital and now works on the Arts Councils overall digital and creative media policy.
Warren Buckleitner has been reviewing children’s technology products since the 1980s. He is the editor of Children’s Technology Review (childrenstech.com) and creator of the Dust or Magic Institute (www.dustormagic.com) and the Mediatech Foundation (www.mediatech.org). He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine. He is a former preschool and elementary school classroom teacher who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
As co-founder and Creative Director of narrative app publishing company Persian Cat Press, Jos Carlyle is responsible for the core creative content of the company and determines the company’s strategic direction.
A writer for several years with a particular interest in visual writing, Jos has written successfully for both the children’s picture book and adult graphic novel markets. In 2010 she began to develop the skills and processes required to take these traditional visual narratives further, and turn them into truly interactive multi-sensory reader experiences.
Believing that technology should be used to enhance, not detract from a narrative, Jos is committed to helping digital publishing move forward in a healthy literary way.
Rana DiOrio has written her way through life—as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an award-winning author and publisher of children’s media. In 2009, Rana founded Little Pickle Press, a 21st century publisher of high quality, high impact media for children. Little Pickle Press is dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques.
Little Pickle Press extrapolates its award-winning content across all mediums in a manner that takes full advantage of the latest technological innovation to foster a multi-modal and enriched learning experience for children. Follow the Company on Twitter @LPP_Media and Rana DiOrio @ranadiorio.
Christian runs Publishing, Licensing, and Marketing at Mindshapes. He is one of the original co-creators of Mindshapes’ Magic Town, the first virtual world of picture books and stories for young children. Before co-founding Mindshapes, Christian spent 15 years advising media and technology companies on branding, marketing and business and product innovation. He previously served as SVP in WPP, running Millward Brown Optimor in Europe. Prior to this Christian led consultancy projects around the world for Prophet Brand Strategy, CVA and PwC. Christian holds a Master’s degree in Economics from CBS and has completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University.
Julia Eccleshare is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer, and the Guardian’s children’s books editor. She is a judge of the Branford Boase first novel prize and was a judge for the Whitbread Children’s Book prize in 2001. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children’s books. In addition to numerous anthologies her books include, Treasure Islands: The Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Reading (BBC Books, 1987), A Guide to the Harry Potter Novels (Continuum, 2002), Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children’s Writers (National Portrait Gallery, 2002) and, with Nicholas Tucker, The Rough Guide to Teenage Books, (Rough Guides, October, 2003). She is married with four children and lives in London.
Omer is CEO and co-founder of Touchoo, which specializes in creating simple and comprehensive solutions for interactive children’s books for tablets and smartphones. In the past 18 months he led Touchoo to collaborations with Orange, Motorola and several major publishers and to be awarded the title of ‘Most Promising Israeli Startup in Internet and Mobile’ (TWS / Oracle competition, 2010). Omer is currently overseeing the launch of Touchoo’s children books distribution channel. He is a guest lecturer on interactive books in Tel Aviv University and Design academies. Before Touchoo, Omer was a senior management consultant and led projects in the fields of high-tech and finance. In his little free time, Omer spends time with his son, plays volleyball and is an avid snowboarder.
Jérémie GISSEROT is Walrus Books Creative Manager.
After studying cinema in a movie directing school in Paris, Jérémie made his own way into the internet by creating Labubulle, a digital studio specialized in webdesign which has now celebrated its 5th birthday.
Fond of photography, movies, art, HTML and design, he’s also a power-geek and the Walrus best pal. If you’re looking for him, search the huge-3-screens-computer: he shouldn’t be that far. If he’s not, daddy’s probably telling a story to his daughter.
In January 2008, Matthew founded Isabella Products, one of the industry’s first mobile Internet device and services companies focused on creating a full-circle experience for consumers. Through its global portfolio of mobile devices like VizitÒ, Mini™, Fable™, and VizitMe.com, Isabella has created one of the first mobile content management platforms designed for delivering digital content and Internet services to consumers of all ages over the mobile broadband network. Also in 2008, Matthew launched Rudyard Partners, his family investment office, focused on creating and investing in early-stage consumer technology companies (hardware, software, Cloud) for both mass market and specialized verticals.
Matthew was Co-founder & Managing Director of Motorola Ventures (MV), the corporate venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc. He has also served on both the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors for Shanghai NewMargin Ventures, one of the leading domestic venture capital firms in China.
Matthew serves on the Board of Advisors for Sigma Capital Partners and served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship in New England. He is also involved with the Ad Hoc Technology Committee for the Boston Children’s Museum. Matthew graduated from Michigan State University (BA), where he serves on the Board of the Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity, & Entrepreneurial Finance at the Broad School of Business, and the New England Law School in Boston (JD).
R. Russell Hampton, Jr. was named President of Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) in May 2006. In this role, he is responsible for worldwide operations and strategic direction for DPW’s publishing businesses around the world, including books, magazines, digital and Disney English.
Under Hampton’s leadership, DPW has maintained its position as the world’s largest children’s publisher. Hampton was instrumental in the creation of Disney English, an English language learning initiative which now encompasses 20 learning centers throughout China as well as a global retail licensing program. Hampton oversees DPW’s digital businesses, including eBooks and mobile apps, and also provides leadership for DPW’s core business of vertical and licensed books and magazines.
Previously, Hampton served as executive vice president of DCP’s global Home and Infant business. Prior to that, Hampton was named SVP & GM of The Baby Einstein Company, where he spearheaded the growth of the infant developmental brand into one of the world’s leading infant product companies, growing the business by triple digits year over year.
Hampton has also served as vice president of strategic planning and corporate development for The Walt Disney Company. Hampton joined The Walt Disney Company in 1996 as manager of strategic planning where he played a lead role in the divestiture of ABC publishing, the launch of Radio Disney Argentina and the sale of The Disney Store Japan.
Before joining Disney, Hampton was vice president of J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York. Hampton graduated from Colgate University with bachelor’s degrees in English and Economics. He also holds a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University.
Judith Haut, 43, is Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing and Director of Digital Publishing at Random House Children’s Books, the children’s book publishing division of Random House, Inc. Haut began her career in children’s publishing at Bantam Doubleday Dell and when the company merged with Random House in 1998, Haut became the Director of Publicity for the newly formed children’s division.
She was named Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity, Random House Children’s Books in 2001 and continued in that capacity until 2006, when she was named Vice President, Communications. In 2007, Haut was named Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing, taking responsibility for the division’s digital and educational marketing in addition to publicity. Since the fall of 2010, she has spearheaded the division’s digital publishing initiatives.
Haut serves on numerous boards that promote literacy for young people, including Every Child a Reader, The Children’s Book Council Foundation, and the National Advisory Council of First Book. Haut is also the current president of the Publishers’ Publicity Association.
Judith Haut lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their 4 year-old daughter.
In January 2011 Erik and co-founder Bendik Stang made a gamble with their recent startup, the game development studio SnowCastle Interactive.
They had for some time believed that game developers had superior tools as well as an intimate understanding of the psychology and mechanics of interactivity on digital platforms, and they were certain that they could offer an alternate approach to interactive storytelling. To prove their point they decided to create their own interactive story. In October Hogworld: Gnart’s Adventure was released in the Norwegian iPad App store.
It quickly climbed to the top-grossing spot, in spite of a higher than average price, and was named best Norwegian App in 2011. In December it launched in English and even quicker reached #7 on the top-grossing list in the US iOS app store without any marketing effort. Apple included it on their best of 2011 list, and Wired wrote that ”…big developers of eBooks should take a look and see what they can learn from this story — it is more than touch points. The inter- activity is woven into the plot, making it a real adventure.” USA Today hailed it as “…one of the most sophisticated yet accessible book apps published so far.”
The Norwegian Research Council later approved a development grant to take the project the next step, and today SnowCastle is developing the follow-up to Hogworld as well as a number of stories for other clients.
Neal Hoskins – worker bee
at wingedchariot and
consumer insight consultant for others.
Part of the TOC Bologna team.
About to launch StoryCloud this summer
for London 2012 Olympics…..
Josh Koppel is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ScrollMotion, a media and technology company that develops electronic platforms for the world’s leading text book, children’s book and magazine publishers. He is responsible for the creative direction of the company, as well as the driver behind ScrollMotion’s technology development. Prior to ScrollMotion, Koppel was founder and executive producer at Josh Koppel Productions/Spaceman Media, a full service branding and production firm specializing in creating broadband video for media companies. He has produced work for AMC, Adult Swim, Comedy Central and MTV, among others. Koppel received a bachelor of arts in English and fine arts from Amherst College.
Valentine is product manager of Fundels, a platform which releases a library of digitalized existing picture books. Fundels is a product by PLAYLANE. Every Fundel incorporates more than six activities all relating to the existing picture books. The Fundels-catalogue is a collection of Dutch and Belgian picture book publishers and is spread nationally and internationally in different markets such as libraries, schools, home environment.Valentine coordinates the creation of the Fundels, looks for new ideas and concepts to be spread,
items and content to be added. Before she became part of the PLAYLANE team, she gained experience as a scientific user reasercher in the field of (mobile) media experience in everyday life.
Publisher, Children´s books and juvenile literature since 2008, WSOY, Finland
Legal counsel for WSOY, 2001-2007 Master of Law, Helsinki University
Biggest publishing company in Finland a Bonnier company founded 1878
Original publisher for Tove Jansson´s moomin books in finnish since 1952
David Maybury is co-editor of Inís magazine, the Oddbally nose-picking champion 2011 and former judge for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards.
I’ve worked as chief tea-maker for Business World, The Irish Writers Centre, Sunday Tribune, RTÉ, GCN Magazine, Inis, Verbal Arts Magazine, Musgraves and Poetry Ireland among others. Oh and the nice people at The Lisa Richards Agency look after things when I’m not paying attention.
Having graduated at Università Statale, Milan, specialising in graphic design and copywriting, Claudia Mazzucco started her career in two advertising agencies and then became Head of the Direct Mail Division for the company Bottega Verde, a leader in sales of direct cosmetics by mail. Hired in 1994 as Direct Mail Manager of the book club by Edizioni Piemme, from 1995 to 2007, Ms Mazzucco was the Managing Director of Edizioni Piemme which is the second largest publishing house in Italy after Mondadori, but ranks first on the list of publishing houses for children aged 4-13.
Since 1 March 2007, she has been the CEO of Atlantyca Entertainment S.p.A., a company founded in September 2006 by Pietro Marietti, founder of Edizioni Piemme and rights holder of the famous Geronimo Stilton character (60 million copies sold to children worldwide), with the objective of exploiting the rights pertaining to the Character not used by the Italian publisher Edizioni Piemme.
She personally supervises all the activities of the company, defining objectives, processes and procedures, selecting the internal and external resources necessary for guaranteeing efficiency, and she is now following its rapid development. In her role she directs both the staff that guarantee the efficient running of the “company machine”, and looks after the commercial development of the business units attending more than 20 trade fairs a year all over the world (New York, London, Cannes, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Beijing, Tokyo) that have generated commercial relationships with major Publishers, Production Houses and Licensing Companies all over the world.
In 2009 she personally oversaw the start up of the new Chinese office in Beijing that officially opened 1 January 2010.
In 2010, Atlantyca Entertainment CEO Claudia Mazzucco was recognized for her dedication to creating and implementing a stream of new ideas for the expansion of children’s literacy between China and Italy with the 2010 Manager Woman Award.
Is the founder and CEO of Bookigee, an innovative Miami-based startup that develops smart products and deep analytics to help the Publishing Industry innovate.
The company’s first product WriterCube–a DIY Marketing and Analytics app for Authors–releases in beta April 1st. Before founding Bookigee, Kristen spent five years as the executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a non-profit trade association founded in 1984 that networks the US children’s book industry. Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues.
Prior to joining ABC in 2005, Kristen spent twelve years in the US book and toy industry in a wide variety of roles including frontline retailing, buying, field sales, and major marketing. As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen lectures nationally and internationally on issues facing the publishing world at venues such as Book Expo America (BEA), Digital Book World (DBW), The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The American Library Association (ALA), Tools of Change (TOC) and The Digital Publishing Conference of the City College of London, UK. Kristen is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, and publishing in the 21st Century. Find out more at www.kristenmclean.org
Chris Meade is Director of if:book, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book in the digital age. He was previously Director of Booktrust and the Poetry Society, ran ‘Imagination Services’ for Birmingham libraries, devising innovative projects to promote creative reading and writing. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing & New Media and is author of articles, plays and www.insearchoflosttim.net, a digital novella. More at www.futureofthebook.org.uk and my blog www.bookfutures.com
Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group.
Prior to joining O’Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media!
Térence Mosca is an expert in children interactive content. He has been previously working for Disney Interactive Studios Europe, on Disney key releases. He then worked for Paris based book publisher Gallimard Jeunesse, in audiovisual developments and digital distribution.Térence has also been in charge of the Tom Clancy’s brand management at Ubisoft.
Térence created T M Consulting in 2009, developing interactive content for the actors of the children entertainment industry, working with leaders in the book industry, Gallimard Jeunesse, in the audiovisual production, Mondo TV, and in the game industry.
With Gallimard Jeunesse, Térence has been working on the release of digital interactive fiction and non-fiction titles, such as the My first discoveries The Ladybug or The Forest.
Cristina Mussinelli is the LIA project coordinator as she has been focused on the issue of accessibility in publishing since 2007, when she coordinated the Pro-Access Project, funded by the European Commission within the eLearning Program, participated by the Italian Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and Dedicon.
Since 1992, she has been involved in the digital and multimedia market. Since 1988 she has been responsible for the technological innovation and digital publishing areas within the Italian Publishers Association, the trade association representing more than the 90% of the Italian book publishing market, where she manages European and international projects, the digital publishing professional training course program, the Editech conference www.editech.info and the Permanent Observatory on Digital Content.
Furthermore, since 2010 she has been a member of the Board of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), the global trade and standards association for electronic publishing, that develops and maintains the EPUB® standard.
With almost twenty years of experience in kids’ media, Kevin O’Connor has worked virtually every aspect of the biz – research, TV production, toy development, licensing, touring, promotions, music and now eBooks.
Kevin joined Barnes & Noble in 2010 to head of Content Acquisition and Publisher Relations for Kids’ eBooks. So he’s can finally discuss the finer points of Richard Scarry and Huckle the Cat vis a vis Anglo-American conceptions of village life with the average four-year-old. An alum of Sesame Workshop, Kevin has hilarious stories about the Muppets which can’t be told in mixed company. But he’ll hint at ‘em.
And although he’s earned 9 Gold records in his position in charge of business development at Kidz Bop… you don’t want to hear him sing. Seriously.
Chintu Parikh is the CEO & Founder of SachManya, the creators of Kite Readers—interactive children’s eBooks and apps creation and distribution platform. SachManya has developed a set of proprietary technologies that make the creation and distribution of mobile apps and eBooks faster and cost-effective for the publishers.
Previously at Yahoo as the business lead for emerging advertising businesses, Chintu led successful launches of a niche publisher ad-network and a mobile advertising platform globally. He brings ten plus years of professional experience backed by an MBA, Enterprise Award with Distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University and graduate and undergraduate degrees with high honors in engineering.
At Sesame Workshop, Jennifer A. Perry is the Vice President of Worldwide Publishing.
She manages all editorial content and business initiatives for both print and digital publishing. In 2006, she established the Sesame Street Publishing Archives, which contains original illustrations of more than 550 Sesame Street book titles from 1970 to the early 2000s, many of which provide inspiration for 21st-century digital applications!
Hermés is a software engineer and children’s book author. His company Robot Media empowers authors and publishers to create interactive
picture books for tablets and mobiles. Through Robot Media he has overseen the production of hundreds of book apps, with more than 3
million combined downloads and 2 Publishing Innovation Awards.
Currently he works on Storybuilder, the premier children’s book
authoring tool (www.littlerobot.com).
Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides, eleven New York Times Bestsellers and more than twenty national bestsellers. Sourcebooks today has over 70 employees, publishes over 300 new titles each year and is proud to be the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the country. Sourcebooks is a company that has grown through small and large innovations, pioneering a line of cutting edge bestselling mixed-media titles that led to an early involvement in digital book project. More recently Sourcebooks launched PoetrySpeaks.com which Huffington Post called “a new business model for an old art form, and any lover of poetry should be interested.” Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.
Joe Schick has been involved in digital publishing for nearly a decade.
His resume includes positions at Pearson, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor,
where he currently works as the Director of Global Digital Content acquiring ebooks from publishers around the world.
Joe is also a member of the Tools Of Change Vendor Advisory Board. He lives in Boston.
Woody’s knowledge of the consumer and mobile technology industries has proven essential to the growth of the company’s digital publishing platform. After cofounding FrogDogMedia with fellow entrepreneur Graham Farrar, the company’s iStoryTime digital publishing grew tremendously leading to a merger with Germany-based zuuka GmbH, resulting in the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s books. Under the name zuuka, the newly formed company utilizes the largely successful iStoryTime name as its flagship label and joint brand.
Prior to zuuka, Woody Sears served as an experienced and entrepreneurial technology sales and marketing executive. He worked as a successful regional sales manager for Vettro Corp. where he was responsible for selling a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) based integrated suite of mobile enterprise applications to Global 2000 companies. Previously, Woody was a Global Account Manager and top performer with AT&T Mobility where he was responsible for consultative sales of wireless solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Woody earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from the University of Colorado. Woody spends his weekends playing with his three kids on the playground, sand or snow… and changing diapers.
Paul is the Business Development Manager for Easypress Technologies; he has been involved in the conception and delivery of the EasyEPUB service for the company since its introduction to the eBook market in 2008. Easypress built the first cloud-based, automated eBook/EPUB conversion platform allowing publishers to directly convert their print titles from Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress directly to EPUB 2 & EPUB 3(including Fixed Layout), AZW and other XML formats in minutes. Paul has been developing and selling content publishing software for over 20 years including the first cloud based SaaS Document Management service available in the UK and XML based Content Management Systems into Europe. Paul works with Easypress’s publisher customers in the UK and US in continuing to develop leading edge solutions to significantly reduce production costs and times, whilst improving the quality of their eBooks.
is group rights and digital director
at Hachette Children’s Books
where he helps coordinate digital publishing
Julien SIMON is Walrus Books Founder and Editorial Manager. Jérémie and he met at the movie school 12 years ago. Mesmerized by books since his childhood, Julien worked for ten years into the book industry – publishing, writing and in bookstores as well – before getting astonished by the iPad last year. Deciding it was the best way to create great enhanced ebooks and to (in a very modest way) revolutionize storytelling, he made a call to Jérémie. They had some wine, talked geekie things, laughed a lot, then created Walrus Books. That was a pretty nice evening.
Nat Sims is the CEO and cofounder of Night & Day Studios. The company develops arts, education, and entertainment apps for Apple, Android, Nook, and the Kindle Fire.He has been a content developer and interface designer for over 20 years, creating educational software, interpretive plans and exhibits, curricula, graphics, music, and games.
Nat has designed over 50 iPhone and iPad applications in the last three years including the best-selling Peekaboo Barn, Eric Carle’s My Very First App, and Caillou’s World. Night & Day Studios has international licenses for many major children’s brands including The World of Eric Carle, Richard Scarry, and Yo Gabba Gabba!, and is currently collaborating on projects with publishers HarperCollins and Penguin Young Readers.
After completing a B.A. in interface design at Hampshire College, Nat earned his master’s degree in Communication at the University of California San Diego, studying educational software design and developmental psychology. Nat then worked for 10 years developing educational media for museums, including a multimillion-dollar visitor center for the City of Tucson and exhibits such as The Life & Times of Woody Guthrie for the Smithsonian Institution. Nat has presented at over a dozen conferences on education and technology, including the White House Internet Summit, Mobile Portland, and the Institute for the Future.
Mirjana Spasojevic is Director of Exploratory Research at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, where she leads multidisciplinary IDEA (Innovate Design Experience Animate) team in development of novel mobile interfaces. In her role as a user research evangelist and a passionate advocate for very human mobile experiences, she has been focusing on family communication needs, information overload on small devices, use of camera phones and international studies of mobile web services. Most recently, in collaboration with the Sesame Workshop and JGC, the IDEA team has released Rich Reading ebooks for mobile devices and has piloted Story Visit service for reading with young children over a distance (www.storyvisit.org).
Prior to Nokia, Dr. Spasojevic has worked as a senior design researcher at Yahoo! Mobile business unit, and a senior research scientist and project manager at HP Labs. She also has experience from the startup world, as a technical member of Transarc Corp. and academia as an assistant professor at Washington State University.
Michael Tamblyn is Executive Vice President, Content, Sales and Merchandising at Kobo, Inc. He is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Kobo’s web and mobile services. He co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, which was purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he served as vice president of online operations. Most recently, Tamblyn was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada. He also works as an adjunct professor in publishing, sat as a board member of the Book Industry Study Group and currently sits on the board of directors of House of Anansi Press, Canada’s most prestigious literary publisher.
Jelle is co-founder of PLAYLANE, a company specialized in digital content creation. Within the company Jelle focusses on sales and marketing. His commercial insight is interwoven with a lot of refreshing digital ideas. These insights are translated into well thought out business models, which guarantee a successfull and profitable positioning of (digital) products in different markets. One of these business model is used to translate the business of paper based picture books into a new profitable digital. Jelle seeks for new adventures which can be brought to life by the company. He combines his job as managing partner with teaching students in higher education on business trends and digital development.
Staci van Schagen-Toback – Online & Business Technology @ WPG Publishers
In my current position I head the ICT and Online Services departments as well as being responsible for many companywide digital and new media publishing projects. WPG Publishers is one of the largest Dutch language publishing companies in the Netherlands and Belgium. WPG is an independent publishing group that operates in three main markets: education, books and magazines. WPG prides itself on creating high quality products and services that convey beauty and insight for our customers. Our children’s book publishers include Leopold, Ploegsma, Querido Kinder & Jeugd and our educational publisher Zwijsen.
Agnes Vogt is the childrens book specialist at the Dutch Foundation for Literature. She has worked in childrens books publishing and marketing since 1995, in the UK and in The Netherlands.
The Foundation supports Dutch publishers to create high quality childrens literature and promotes the translation of Dutch literature. In the last 2 years the support has, modestly, broadened to digital publications.
Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20 years of industry experience. He is General Manager & Publisher at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Joe also serves as co-chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change (TOC) conference. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on his Publishing 2020 blog. He is also the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle and blogs about that experience on his Kindleville blog.
Kate Wilson started her publishing career in the UK after studying English at Oxford University by selling rights for Faber and Faber. She was Publisher and Managing Director of Macmillan Children’s Books from 1994 to 2004, and then she ran Scholastic in the UK between 2004 and 2009. After a (very!) brief period in adult publishing as CEO of Headline, part of the Hachette Group, she founded Nosy Crow, an independent publisher of children’s books and children’s apps, in February 2010. As a parent and a publisher, she is interested in literacy on the page and on screen and in how generations of digital natives may choose to consume text.
Elizabeth Wood is director of digital publishing for Worldreader. With an undergraduate degree in journalism and communication from the University of Florida and an MBA from INSEAD, her multinational career has included gigs with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in Paris, DDB Needham in Hamburg, and Accenture consulting group in London. A storytelling enthusiast, Elizabeth currently directs and produces short documentaries that have aired nationally on US television. As mother of three, Elizabeth has seen first-hand that finding the right book can ignite a child’s passion for reading… but knows that to fuel that passion it’s just as important to find the right next book, and the one after that. Follow her on Twitter @lizzywood.
Wandy Yeap Hoh, co-founder of MeeGenius!, is a “mompreneur” with a mission to entertain and educate. She and co-founder, David Park, created MeeGenius! with a view to make reading more engaging and interactive and as a way to share their love of reading children everywhere. Yeap Hoh has a distinguished business background, with 15 years as an executive with some of the world’s leading corporations, including Credit Suisse First Boston. She left her role as Vice President of Pomona Capital, New York City, in 2007 to pursue her dream of starting her own business. Yeap Hoh did not see a product on the market that was suitable to her children’s needs, as well as her own as a parent, so she was inspired to create MeeGenius! After 16 months of research and development, MeeGenius launched to rave reviews in April 2010. Yeap Hoh says, “My previous experience as part of a new business in a large investment bank and my experience as an investor in companies and funds have certainly helped me establish best practices at MeeGenius! and form our strategy, which evolves as we grow. The biggest learning curve is doing everything yourself. As a start-up where we had zero employees for the first year, you have to learn to roll your sleeves up quickly. A far cry from being at a large company where there are amazing resources available at all times.” Yeap Hoh is an active philanthropist; she is on the Friends Committee of Baby Buggy charity, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children. Yeap Hoh holds a BA cum laude in Business Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghai dialects of Chinese and resides in New York City with her husband and three young children.
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Junko Yokota is Professor of Reading and Language at National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. Her work focuses on issues of culture, picture books and digital formats of children’s literature. She is coauthor of 5 editions of the college textbook, Children’s Books in Children’s Hands, served as editor of two children’s literature review columns, and authored numerous journal articles and chapters in edited books. She is past president of USBBY, the U.S. national section of the IBBY. She served on ALA Caldecott and Newbery Committees, chaired the Batchelder Committee, and served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award jury.