EU Mentees and Mentors 2024

 

About the Rise Mentoring Programme

Our award-winning Rise Mentoring Programme is a coveted six month programme to support women working in, or aspiring to work in the media technology sector.

The 2024 Mentoring Programme sees a variety of experienced broadcast media technology sector industry leaders, at a diversity of levels of seniority, ready to offer expertise, knowledge and guidance to our female Mentees.

A special thank you goes to our industry sponsors as the programme is only made possible due their generous support.

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RISE MENTORING PROGRAMME 2024

EU Mentees

Mariia Lesonen

Mariia Lesonen

International Sales & Business Development Specialist focused on digital media/video entertainment industry. Having received a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and work experience in award winning SaaS companies (THEO Technologies, Bitmovin, Sceenic), I decided to pursue my further career in streaming media.

MENTOR: Michael Gamböck, Principle Partner Manager for Adobe Video, Adobe

Shorouq Mustafa

Shorouq Mustafa

Hi, I am Shorouq, an ambitious all-around IT professional and a mother of two kids (4&6 years). In addition, I am social and enjoy working in a team and achieving goals together. Properties that belong to me are accuracy, responsibility, and perseverance. Hope to be one of Raise Mentee this year and join this fantastic women community!

MENTOR: Delphine Calvini, Manager of Broadcast Technology Soultions, BeIN Sports

Eloïse Ngangura

Eloïse Ngangura

Cultural management graduate with telco industry experience. I seek to contribute to companies providing content and connecting them with their audiences. My expertise lies in managing on-demand video products, but I'm very enthusiastic about all facets of product management within the media industries.

MENTOR: Isabelle Pasquesoone, Director of business development and partnerships, Qwant

Hileny Maduro

Hileny Maduro

Dynamic Senior Product Manager with a passion for driving innovation in the media and entertainment industry by bringing immersive experiences. Skilled in leading cross-functional teams to deliver user-centric and unique features that people love. Believes in the power of creativity to change perceptions and drive growth. Co-founded a small Olive oil company to bring real Tunisian extra virgin olive oil to the world, and give value to its community.

MENTOR: Remi Beaudouin, Chief Strategy officer, Chief Strategy officer

Ecaterina Caprari

Ecaterina Caprari

Born in Moldova, I moved to Belgium at the age of 20 to pursue a bachelor's program in Social Sciences, consequently following a Digital Media master's programme. I am interested in anything creative, from video editing and interviews to painting and photography.

MENTOR: Liesbeth Wyns, Head of Sport, Proximus Media House

Isabelle Denis

Isabelle Denis

Head of sales @ DreamWall - from design to production in virtual studios/sets and AR 📺.
Padel player + Love painting too 🖌
More interested in people than sales, in building strong and reliable teams rather than focusing on numbers. I prioritize good energy and peaceful human relationships.

MENTOR: Katty Van Maele, Director of Business Development, intoPIX

Carlie Bonavia

Carlie Bonavia

Carlie has recently levelled up to Content & Communications Director at Moments Lab. She adopts the philosophy of “feel the fear and do it anyway.” Carlie’s passionate about telling good stories and driving measurable results. Based in France after a few years in the UK, Carlie’s career began as a radio journalist in Australia. She worked on programs including Fox FM’s Matt and Jo show, and was a ‘Best News Presenter’ finalist at the 2012 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

MENTOR: Claudine Cecille, General Manager - Marketing & Communications & PR Consultancy, Golden Acacia Consulting

Emilie Trémoureux

Emilie Trémoureux

I'm keen to learn about media and new tech. I enjoy meeting people and working together. Let's team up, share ideas, and grow together!

MENTOR: Noëlle Prat, MaaS Business Development & Sales Manager, BCE - Broadcasting Center Europe

Amandine Doucet-Flick

Amandine Doucet-Flick

Working for the broadcast industry on behalf of Aski-da since 2012 I’m a project manager with a solid technical background. Eager to acquire new skills, I’m aiming for an engineer degree thanks to the CNAM night classes. Loving sharing, I also give project management classes to the “Licence WAMN” students.

MENTOR: Vincent Loré, Regional Sales Manager French speaking countries, Ross Video

Suekriye Ludwig

Suekriye Ludwig

Originally from Turkey, I relocated to Germany in 2002 to pursue a degree in Computer Science Engineering at TUHH and in Valencia.
Post-graduation (2008), I worked as a software engineer at Nik Software, focusing on Photoshop plugins. In 2012, I joined Euroimmun AG, inventing a groundbreaking algorithm for scheduling robotic arms in labor automation devices.
In 2021, I began a new chapter at Adobe as a Software Development Engineer in PPRO, contributing to cutting-edge projects.
My journey embodies a fusion of academic excellence and innovative contributions in software engineering.
I am women at adobe Co-Site lead and try to implement new ways to get in touch with female developers across ADOBE to share knowledge and grow.

MENTOR: Louisa Von Lenthe, Director Inhouse Operations Sport, Sky Deutschland

Monique Woolen-Lewis

Monique Woolen-Lewis

Monique is a production manager from Los Angeles, Ca. Having worked 15 years in the creative industry, she is a dynamic and attentive professional with a huge passion for indie music and film. She has worked from the ground up, gaining invaluable skills for creative problem solving at a moment's notice-- something that comes up a lot in this industry.

MENTOR: Christel Jaekel, Senior Manager EMEA Presales, Avid Technology

Christine Resch

Christine Resch

After graduating the University of Television and Film in Munich with a degree in media business and film production, Christine stumbled into the Visual Effects industry by chance and was since involved in multiple films as a VFX Producer.

She has been with Netflix for almost 4 years, where she is currently leading Visual Effects in DACH. Managing, overseeing, and creatively reviewing this technical and creative aspect across all owned films and series. As a certified over-thinker, caffeine-addict, and problem-solver, she is happiest in agile and creative environments.

MENTOR: Stefan Heimbecher, Director Technology and Production, SWR (ARD)

Nathalie Haverland

Nathalie Haverland

I am a passionate video editor and audio visual technician with over 15 years of experience in news programmes and crisis reporting. Over six years ago I moved to Paris to cover news from France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa for the german broadcaster ZDF.

MENTOR: Michael Pfitzner, VP - Newsroom Solutions, CGI

Hélène Loubeau

Hélène Loubeau

I am Hélène Loubeau. I grew up in France and lived in Spain for many years. I speak French, English and Spanish fluently. I am a sales professional with 10 years of experience across various industries like the commercial aviation or digital marketing. I have made my 1st steps in the broadcast industry in March 2023 as I join Lawo AG as sales representative for the EMEA area.

MENTOR: Aditi Pandey, CTO Advisor, NRK

Roswitha Rothenfusser

Roswitha Rothenfusser

I’m Rosi Rothenfusser, Teamlead for Video Marketing Dynamic, focused, cooperative, passionate and perservering – at work as well as Mom and Marathon runner.

MENTOR: Verena Steib, Senior Manager Video Editor, Red Bull

Melita Halilovic

Melita Halilovic

Melita Halilovic is an experienced marketing manager at Sony Professional Europe specializing in media solutions.
She started her career in entertainment as a PR/Marketing Manager for Panini Comics, before moving to Video Games. After almost 6 years in various positions within the Gaming industry she pursued her passion of film and TV by joining Sony.

MENTOR: Alex Maier, Director of Global Marketing - Media Solutions, CGI Deutschland B.V. & Co.KG

Lauren Bellenie

Lauren Bellenie

Lauren is a 32 year-old British-American based in Berlin, Germany. She is currently an Event Streaming Manager at G&L Systemhaus, a content delivery company. The role allows her to work with her strengths: problem-solving, leadership and media technology. For her, clarity, collaboration, and hard work are the keys to success.

MENTOR: Kathleen Schröter, Co-founder and Co-CEO, ootiboo GmbH

Ophélie Boucaud

Ophélie Boucaud

Ophélie joined Dataxis at the Berlin office in 2020, after a Political Sciences degree specializing in International Business. Since then, she has been contributing to Dataxis' media, video and telecom research with a strong focus on innovations in media markets. She is now in charge of Dataxis research and data analysis related to TV, Telecommunications and OTT industries in Europe, MEA and Asia-Pacific. She regularly publishes strategic insights and participates to industry discussions.

MENTOR: Nicolas Ley, Vice Predsident / Head of Vidispine, Vidispine / Arvato Systems

Victoria Campolongo

Victoria Campolongo

I have a Bachelor's degree in Media and Entertainment Management from UADE, and a Music Business Minor from the Inholland University of Applied Sciences. My career journey has diverse roles, including Research Coordinator, Team Manager, and Senior Media Analyst. In these roles, I cultivated expertise in conducting meticulous investigations and the creation of insights, streamlining data organization, ensuring the currency of metadata for audiovisual content, and maintaining rigorous quality control standards. My experience extends to leadership, as I successfully managed a dynamic team of six individuals.
I am characterized by my strong sense of responsibility, unwavering honesty, and a natural proclivity for organization and attention to detail. My adaptable nature enables me to seamlessly collaborate within a team environment while also excelling in independent tasks. I hold a deep appreciation for open and transparent communication, which I consider foundational in fostering effective teamwork. My adept time management skills ensure efficient project execution, and my commitment to continuous learning fuels my personal and professional growth.

MENTOR: Anastasia Bournelli, Practice Manager, Bain & Company

Catherine Webb

Catherine Webb

Catherine is the Corporate Communications Lead for Vizrt. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Bergen, Norway with her family and works at the Vizrt HQ.

MENTOR: Giorgiana Verdonk-Sim, Vice President, Marketing & Human Resources, Caton Technology

Kseniya Tsyhanok

Kseniya Tsyhanok

I wrote the first newspaper article when I was 13, started to work on the national television at 17 and have been working as journalist, editor-in-chief and media manager for more then 16 years. Now I work in Grass Valley - developing the solutions I have been working with when I was a journalist.

MENTOR: Steve Russell, Vice President, Video Entertainment Solutions, Irdeto

Marta Roman Fernandez

Marta Roman Fernandez

Localization Manager with +10 years of experience. I focus in managing day to day team operations. I have also co-founded and consolidated my own company (Sublime Subtitling), before merging with one of the main LSP companies in the localization industry.

MENTOR: Diana Sanchez, Business Development, Access Services, Red Bee Media

Lina Sofie Nilsson Holmstrom

Lina Sofie Nilsson Holmstrom

My name is Lina and are born and raised in the land of the northern lights, north of Sweden in a city called Umeå. I have a masters degree in cognitive science specialized in neuroscience, which paved the way for working with user experience and service design. Since I also studied programming and IT, I started working in the IT industry after I graduated 2007. After that I have been working as support engineer, requirements management, test engineer, test leader and team leader. I have though spent most of my career working as a ux designer and since 3 years full time project manager.

I live with my husband, kids, two german shepherds and two rabbits in a house in the country. I like spending time in nature - taking a run (I do marathons), skiing both down hill and cross country, and just walking around in the forest enjoying the nature.

MENTOR: Ricki Berg, Staff Engineer at Live Technology, TV2 Denmark

Naomi Jones

Naomi Jones

Naomi Jones is a Support Engineer at Vizrt. She lives and works in Sweden and in her free time enjoys baking, playing video games and playing the piano.

MENTOR: Maria Hellstrom, CEO, Codemill

Irene Nadal

Irene Nadal

Broadcaster services and broadcast operations specialist with a large experience in football international events. 360 degrees experience: as a broadcaster, host broadcaster, account manager, provider and product/service developer. Facilitator, problem-solver and excellent planning skills with touches of innovation and creativity.

MENTOR: Elizabeth Hughes, Organisational Development, OBS

Ksenia Rabinovich

Ksenia Rabinovich

Agile and result-oriented marketer with 9+ years of experience in tech product marketing field. Equipped with a record of success in product launches and work in fast-growing products. I am a strategy thinker and detail-oriented do-er. Experienced in creating go-to-market strategies, positioning and campaigns.
A geek who loves translating complex things easily and exploring new ways to improve the world and people's lives through technology. Passionate about wakesurfing and American football (Go Pats!).

MENTOR: Larissa Görner-Meeus, CTO, Proximus Media House PMH

Alma Mudri

Alma Mudri

Hi there! I'm a driven and passionate media suppy professional with around 3 years of experience across different brands, channels and even countries. Originally from Slovenia but currently based in Amsterdam, I have lived in 4 coutries so far and bring a global perspective to my work. My experience so far has allowed me to develop a keen eye for detail, a knack for problem-solving and a passion for efficiency. In addition to my technical skills, I possess strong communication and leadership abilities, allowing me to effectively collaborate and drive projects to success. I'm so happy to be joining this amazing programme and look forward to meeting all inspiring individuals.

MENTOR: Colin Morrison, Chief Revenue Officer, Ovyo Ltd

Marta Edebol

Marta Edebol

Marta Edebol is an international sales expert with a strong passion for SaaS, AI technology, external relations, and market expansion. With over a decade of significant sales experience and expertise in global market development, executive strategy, and organizational growth, Marta has played a pivotal role in the expansion and success of various startups and established corporations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Her skills in senior communication and external relations have made her a key player in supporting advisory groups, NGOs, presidential delegations, and stakeholders in the fintech, international governance, and corporate relations sectors. Marta currently holds the position of Global Head of SaaS Business Development at the British Board of Film Classification, where she focuses on driving business growth and development within the sector.

MENTOR: Giovanni Piccirili, CTO, RTL

Azka Malik

Azka Malik

I am a strategic product leader with 20 years experience in the broadcast industry and expertise in multi-platform media technology. I have successfully managed and enabled innovative and engaging video-on-demand solutions for global companies, such as BBC, NBCU, Sky and Paramount International.

MENTOR: Paula Rigby, Founder, PG Productions (France)

RISE MENTORING PROGRAMME 2024

EU Mentors

Michael Gamböck

Michael Gamböck

Michael Gamböck works with our stragic partners and our ecosystem worldwide. He liaises directly our partners with a deep understanding of our customer and enduser to address their needs and support our partners to shape their strategies. Additionally, Michael consults closely with Adobe engineering, product management and management to grow usage of Creative Cloud Video products.
He actively worked on several released and upcoming products and services in the past and today.
He developed and is managing the worldwide Adobe Video Solution partner program, which will deliver value-added services to Adobe clients and help customers build better workflows with our partners.
Michael has been in the industry since 1994 in sales, marketing and management roles at organisations including Bavaria Film, Studio Babelsberg TMT, Annova, Getty Images, Avid, P+S Technik and others. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of the Media and Entertainment Industry, from technology and management to creative processes. He managed several big innovative projects and was a managing director for one of Germany's most significant post-production facilities before joining Adobe. He covers exciting new technologies like Adobe Firefly or initiatives like his Adobe Video Solution program in his strategic role.
As a father of a 12-year-old girl, he wants to help to change things actively. He is part of Adobe Germany's diversity team, advisory board member of Rise Women in broadcast and is passionate about diversity, inclusion and creativity. However, teams can only be successful if they make these their priorities.

MENTEE: Mariia Lesonen, Business Development Representative (Sales), Bitmovin

Delphine Calvini

Delphine Calvini

Delphine Calvini is working in the broadcast domain since 1995 and had several positions in her carrier. Starting with an technical associate degree, she later obtained in 2016 a master of science in management granted in background from professional activities. Either on the vendor side when working for AVID, Philips, CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES, EventIS or Broadpeak; either on the customer side when working CANALSATELLITE, CANAL or TV5MONDE, she has developed a wide technology knowledge but also some strong management skills. She even pursued an activity as an independent project manager for 2 years. Formerly CTO of beIN France in Paris, she moved in 2022 to the Head Quarter of the GROUP located in Qatar to participate to the Football World Cup. She is now leading the Broadcast engineering and support teams at a pivot moment when the domain is moving to cloud or hybrid architecture, and when the skills transition of the broadcast teams is crucial.

MENTEE: Shorouq Mustafa, IT System Engineer, Proximus Media House

Isabelle Pasquesoone

Isabelle Pasquesoone

I'm a mother of 3 teenagers with a great experience in the field of medias and audiovisual. I'm also a musician (harpist), a fan of sports (ski competition) and of travels !
I've worked for a wide range of media, first in press and radio for national titles, then internationally for a Pay-TV and an OTT service (FAST channel and an SVOD platform). On both the advertising and publisher side, I have acquired a complete sales expertise within the media industry: Distribution, Sales, leads generation, KPIs, ads revenus are part of my day-to-day role. Passionate about tech and the future of digital, I joined Qwant, the European search engine now part of the Symfonium project led by Octave Klaba as a director of business development and Partnerships. A dynamic, and thrilling universe!

MENTEE: Eloïse Ngangura, TVOD Manager, Proximus

Remi Beaudouin

Remi Beaudouin

Joining Ateme in 2005 as Field Application Engineer, Remi Beaudouin currently leads the corporate team’s global strategic and marketing initiatives as Chief Strategy Officer, helping to ensure Ateme keeps pace with solutions and engagement model innovations. Leveraging the company’s recognized core expertise in video compression and CDN, he develops key strategic partnerships, expands Ateme’s portfolio of video delivery solutions, and continuously disrupts the Pay-TV and media and entertainment markets with new concepts based on hybrid, on-premise, and cloud technologies.

Remi holds a Master of Science in signal processing from ENSEIRB-MATMECA, Bordeaux, and a LEAD Corporate Innovation certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

MENTEE: Hileny Maduro, Product Manager, Paramount

Liesbeth Wyns

Liesbeth Wyns

 

MENTEE: Ecaterina Caprari, Content Marketeer, TinkerList

Katty Van Maele

Katty Van Maele

Dynamic strategic & business development key executive with 30+ years of experience gained from working and living in Europe, Asia and the US. Previous to joining intoPIX and the Broadcast industry 15 years ago, Katty was already active in the world of video processing and semiconductor IP licensing for most of her career.
For the longest period, she faced the challenges of being the "first woman in business" in the companies she joined or the partners with whom she negotiated.
“I had the unique chance of working with a few very seasoned executives in different European countries when I first hit the “international sales” job market. Seasoned professionals took me by the hand and shared their experience, not minding I was the first female to dip my toes in their closely-knit all-boys world. Not a day goes by where I do not benefit from their wisdom and tutoring, allowing me to find my own passion and voice. I am excited to join the RISE Program as a Mentor, and hope to make a difference for a new generation of women in our exciting technology industry, and in turn help them to find their passion too”.

MENTEE: Isabelle Denis, Head of Sales, DREAMWALL

Claudine Cecille

Claudine Cecille

Claudine has proven experience and skills in Marketing & Communications and Public Relations across the High-Tech, broadcast, and Energy Industries.
She has a track record of over 30 years in building successful international programmes, which include media relations, corporate communication, branding, digital marketing, and event management. She has previously worked with large corporations such as Thomson, Technicolor, and GE. Since 2015, she has been serving as the General Manager at Golden Acacia Consulting, where she has developed marketing and communication activities, working for companies like IN Groupe and Tedial.

MENTEE: Carlie Bonavia, Content and Communications Director, Moments Lab

Noëlle Prat

Noëlle Prat

Noëlle PRAT is a veteran media industry professional with 20+ years’ International Technology Sales Management experience, spanning system integrators, service providers and global leading Tech brands, selling strategic solutions and services to major Broadcast, Media & Entertainment Players internationally. She co-founded France based consultancy MEDIAKERN 5 years ago, through which she supports Media Technology Solution Vendors in their growth plans and go to market activities. She also consults for End Users as they try to find their ways in the maze of changing Business Models. In an industry transforming at fast pace, she defines herself as playing a Dot Connector’s role facilitating Technical and Business Change. In 2022, she joined the RISE European initiative to broaden RISE’s spectrum in continental Europe, as one of the founding members of the European Advisory Board and as such she leads the onboarding of Technology Partners & Sponsors.

MENTEE: Emilie Trémoureux, Sales & Marketing Ops, Moments Lab

Vincent Loré

Vincent Loré

 

MENTEE: Amandine Doucet-Flick, Project Manager, Aski-da

Louisa Von Lenthe

Louisa Von Lenthe

With nearly 11 years of experience in the broadcasting industry, I've progressed from starting as an intern to currently overseeing the in-house operations of Sky Sports in Germany. Despite lacking a formal technical background, I have successfully navigated and excelled in technical environments, complementing my qualifications in project management and leadership of diverse teams.

MENTEE: Suekriye Ludwig, Software development engineer, Adobe Systems Engineering GmbH

Christel Jaekel

Christel Jaekel

My entry into the broadcast and media world was rather accidental during and after my engineering studies (Electrical and computer technology). My background is in the world of live television and editing working as freelancer before joining Avid where I started my career as individual contributor in various technical supporting and consulting roles, extending my experience in media and technology with a dedication to excellence and focus to provide innovative solutions tailored to clients' unique needs. With my commitment and ability to motivate I became a team leader in 2013 constantly developing my leadership skills before I accepted a senior management role for the wider EMEA region a few years later. Today I´m guiding a diverse team of solution specialists leveraging their expertise and creativity to craft customized solutions that address the unique needs of our clients, driving value and fostering long-term relationships ensuring team members stay abreast of the latest advancements and innovations in the industry, empowering them to deliver informed and impactful presentations. I believe in a culture of continuous learning, clear communications knowledge sharing, personal development and positive team dynamics. My passion is for people, technology and media and I´m dedicated to driving success and fostering collaboration across borders. Outside of work, I´m exploring new cultures and enjoy outdoor sports.

MENTEE: Monique Woolen-Lewis, Production Manager, Gravity Media

Stefan Heimbecher

Stefan Heimbecher

Stephan Heimbecher (born 1967) has joined SWR Südwestrundfunk in November 2021 and is leading the new ARD Competence Center Production & Infrastructure. Since June 2021 he also acts as the chairman of the EBU Strategic Programme Smart Media Production. Previously, Stephan Heimbecher was Founder & Managing Director of his own consultancy firm, Heimbecher – In media’s res. Before that he was at Imagine Communications as Senior Director Advisory Services EMEA & APAC looking after Imagine Advisory Services, which stand by broadcast clients as a partner during technical and non-technical business transitions – e.g. in the context of IP Migration. From 2002 to 2018 he was working at Sky Deutschland (formerly Premiere) as Director Innovations & Standards in Technology, where he took care of representing Sky on national and international committees, technical work with major Hollywood studios plus technical innovation management tasks within Sky Deutschland. At Sky Stephan Heimbecher has significantly been involved in the launch of some technical innovations including Sky+ (PVR), Sky HD, Sky 3D and at last Sky UHD. The electrical engineering graduate began his career as research associate at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) where he worked on audio coding. Since 1997 he has dedicated his work at IRT to the standardisation of Digital TV before joining Top5 MediaConnection in 2001 (a company of the former KirchGruppe) as manager within the consulting department. In the course of his career Stephan Heimbecher was active in different Industry Groups and Standards Bodies and also chaired various working groups, amongst others DVB (Member of the Steering Board), German TV Platform (Member of the Board, working group chairman), FAME (Co-chairman) and UHD Alliance (Chairman of the Broadcast Group).

MENTEE: Christine Resch, VFX Coordinator, Netflix

Michael Pfitzner

Michael Pfitzner

Degree of mechanical engineer, started in post-product, project management for newsroom products, team lead, then COO, now VP.

MENTEE: Nathalie Haverland, Audiovisual Technician/Video Editor, ZDF

Aditi Pandey

Aditi Pandey

 

MENTEE: Hélène Loubeau, Inside Sales Representative EMEA, Lawo AG

Verena Steib

Verena Steib

Verena Steib is a dedicated woman with 15 years experience in media business. She is passionate about future technologies and being one step ahead. Video editing is her dedication and leading is in her nature. In short, Verena is reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and eager to learn. Her motto: always run a changing system!

MENTEE: Roswitha Rothenfusser, Teamlead Video Marketing, ARRI Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

Alex Maier

Alex Maier

I am a passionate Media Tech Marketeer with 20+ years in leading roles at Avid, Adobe, Apple and Autodesk/Discreet. Now heading up global Media Solutions Marketing at CGI, one of the largest consulting firms. I recently took on the German chair of RISE. I live in Munich and call San Francisco my second home.

MENTEE: Melita Halilovic, Regional Marketing Manager DACH & NL, Sony Europe

Kathleen Schröter

Kathleen Schröters

 

MENTEE: Lauren Bellenie, Event Streaming Manager, G&L Systemhaus

Nicolas Ley

Nicolas Ley

Nicolas Ley, currently serving as Vice President at Vidispine - an Arvato Systems brand since January 2021, boasts a robust background in broadcast solutions and media asset management (MAM). With over a decade of leadership experience, he has excelled in roles including Senior Director Solutions at Arvato Systems S4M GmbH and Senior Delivery Manager at Avid Technology, managing multinational teams and pioneering enterprise-class broadcast and MAM systems. A dedicated specialist in enterprise broadcast solutions, Nicolas has a proven track record of managing large teams and delivering complex projects globally, demonstrating exceptional skills in project management, delivery, architecture, and product management.

MENTEE: Ophélie Boucaud, Principal Analyst TMT, Dataxis

Anastasia Bournelli

Anastasia Bournelli

Anastasia is a Practice Manager for Communication, Media and Entertainment at Bain & Company. Based in Brussels with a passion for technology and more than 10 years experience in several roles. Through RISE, she hopes to connect, inspire and help others to reach their full potential. Let's connect!

MENTEE: Victoria Campolongo, Business Development Manager, BB Media

Giorgiana Verdonk-Sim

Giorgiana Verdonk-Sim

As Caton Technology's VP of Marketing & HR, I use over 20 years of experience and global network to foster business growth and transformation. Certified as a coach and counsellor, I empower teams and businesses for career and business success, aiming to contribute to the Rise programme mentees.

MENTEE: Catherine Webb, Corporate Communications Lead, Vizrt

Steve Russell

Steve Russell

 

MENTEE: Kseniya Tsyhanok, Product Owner, Grass Valley

Diana Sanchez

Diana Sanchez

 

MENTEE: Marta Roman Fernandez, Production Manager (Localization, Subtitling & Accessibility), Sublime / Transperfect

Ricki Berg

Ricki Berg

 

MENTEE: Lina Sofie Nilsson Holmstrom, Project Manager, Codemill

Maria Hellstrom

Maria Hellström

What other say about me: Many people talk about the importance of leading and not "managing" but few manage to do it for real. I am impressed by Maria's ability to push important issues forward with a smile and make us feel that we are doing it together because we want to. She may have strong opinions but still listens to arguments to the contrary.

MENTEE: Naomi Jones, Support Engineer, Vizrt

Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes

 

MENTEE: Irene Nadal, Broadcaster Services Specialist, UEFA

Larissa Görner-Meeus

Larissa Görner-Meeus

Larissa Görner-Meeus is Chief Technology Officer at Proximus Media House, a 100% affiliate of Proximus group, the largest Telco in Belgium. She joined the broadcasting industry in 2001 and started her carrier as R&D engineer at IRT, the R&D institute of the public broadcasters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In this role, she was an active contributor in standardization at EBU and SMPTE and later took on the role as General Manager for contracted research. In 2014, she joined Net Insight where she has been part of the CTO team developing strategic solutions and products with a major focus on WAN applications such as remote production, distributed production and cloud production. She joined Grass Valley in 2019 as Director for Advanced Live solutions and further as Senior Director of Product Management for Grass Valley’s Cloud platform AMPP, Playout and Asset Management. For more than 18 years she has been an active freelancer in live-production and technical operation at national and international sport productions and events, like the Olympic Games or the Eurovision Song Contest. She holds a master degree in electrical engineering and a MBA and has been an active member of the board of directors of AIMS – Alliance for IP Media Services and of FKTG, has been the Co-Chair of the SMPTE Advisory Board for Media in the Cloud and became the honour of becoming a SMPTE fellow in 2022. She holds several awards, like the “ARD ZDF Award for Women in Technology” and the “Technology Women to Watch” Award. Larissa initiated the the Rise Program to Europe in 2022 and is Program Manager and Member of the European Rise board. Next to that, Larissa has contributed numerous articles and papers and is a frequent speaker at Industry Events. She is a strong advocate for diversity and rejuvenation of the broadcast sector and is proud to be mentor for the Rise Mentoring Program since 2022.

MENTEE: Ksenia Rabinovich, Product marketing manager, Unified Streaming

Colin Morrison

Colin Morrison

I am a successful and passionate Sales Leader & Mentor with broad expertise in the Media & Entertainment Industry. Experienced in developing and implementing business growth strategies in the complex and fast moving Film and Video markets. A proven leader of geographically distributed sales teams, with a track record of exceeding sales targets and goals around the world. A technical background underpins solid business acumen coupled with a drive to succeed whist having fun doing it.

Currently helping Ovyo scale as Chief Revenue Officer and Cleeng as a Supervisory Board Member

MENTEE: Alma Mudri, Multiplatform Operations Coordinator, Paramount Global

Giovanni Piccirili

Giovanni Piccirili

I am currently the CTO of RTL in The Netherlands, a role that I have been holding for almost 7 years now. Besides running the Technology organisation, I also have a secondary portfolio around the company's transformation. I have a passion for innovation, human behaviour and business transformation. I am Italian and live in The Netherlands for about 20 years now - Italy is the country that I have lived in the least in. I have lived many years in the Middle East, in Africa and in Europe and I know what it means to be the one that "is different" somehow. I have often created international teams within local organisation, pushing boundaries and driving acceptance.

MENTEE: Marta Edebol, Global Head of SaaS Business Development, the British Board of Film Classification

Paula Rigby

Paula Rigby

Extensive experience in International Sporting Events;8 Olympic Games, 2 World Cups, 2 Commonwealth Games, 1 Pan American & Asian Games to round it off. A World Cup Cricket (plus a few Domestic Cricket Series - across a range of continents), EPL, Champions League, F1 & NASCAR, AFL, NRL and a Tour de France. Several Australian Opens, a few Wimbledon's & one Roland Garros not to mention an America's Cup & a World Sailing Championships. A FIBA World Championship plus numerous consulting gigs on other events in between. I am well versed in the Global Sports Industry with a broad network of clients, contacts and friends. I initially started out as an Account Executive for an Advertising Agency in Australia with The Seven Network & Olympic Host Broadcaster for the 2000 Olympic Games. I launched their Sponsorship/Advertising & Media Campaign (highest grossing media spend in Australian history prior to the Sydney Olympic Games then went on to work directly for Manolo Romero & the IOC during the Sydney, Salt Lake & Athens Olympic Games. I have lived & worked in Australia, London, Athens, New York & Dubai. I am creative, dynamic and have a broad knowledge of the Global Sports Television Business. I have reported directly to a number of CEO's and Board of Directors on creative, strategic & business development. I have worked for Sports Agencies - Octagon Csi, IMG & Sportsbrand as well as Sporting Federations, Major Sponsors & Rights Holding Broadcasters, run crews, staff & offices simultaneously across 3 continents working in some of the most diverse cultural environments. I have been fortunate in my career;fantastic employers, brilliant clients & great staff. My specialties are;strategic negotiations, client services on both a business and creative level - building a creative or strategic plan to;an OCOG, IF, Sponsor, Broadcaster or a major sporting organisation. I am also uniquely versatile working with clients outside of Sport. I am based in France but travel frequently to the UK.

MENTEE: Azka Malik,  Contract Product Manager, Glyde Digital Ltd

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