Exhibitors Gate العربية

Speakers

 

Glen Gathard

Is head of Digital Recording and Mixing at the Pinewood Studios Group. Glen has been nominated for 7 prestigious awards having worked on over 200 feature films and among his credits are films such as EX Machina, Skyfall, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. Last month Glen was also nominated for his work on Wonder Woman and Baby Driver at the CAS awards.

 

 

Craig Ginger
Audiobook Producer – Craig manages the audiobook production team at Pinewood and over the last year has overseen the production of over 300 Audiobooks in multiple languages. In 2017 they were nominated for their work on Fantastic Beasts and where to find them at the Future book awards and in 2018 they are set to produce even more audio as well as their involvement with Potter more and Audible producing SFX on ‘The Quid ditch World Cup’ - Narrate by  Andrew Lincoln.

 


Jemma Riley – Tolch
Is the head of voice casting and editorial for audiobook production and has assisted in building Pinewoods 3,000 strong voice pool of talent that they have access to for casting across all projects. Most recently Jemma was also involved in the sound editorial of Tomb Raider as well as casting for audiobooks and video games dialogue.

Sara Sargent
Is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children›s Books, where she publishes platform-driven fiction and nonfiction in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories. Previously she was an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Sara has worked with New York Times bestselling authors Laurie Hernandez, Abbi Glines, Ainsley Earhardt, Rosamund Hodge, and Lisa Maxwell; internationally bestselling author Lily Collins; National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti; and social media influencers Stacy Plays, Matthew Espinosa, and Arden Rose. Sara received her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Brooklyn. 

 

 

Cristina Fuentes La Roche

Has worked at Hay Festival since 2005. She created and has directed Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, Colombia since 2006; Hay Festival Segovia, Spain (co-director) since 2006; Hay Festival in Mexico since 2010; Hay Festival Beirut since 2011 (now interrupted), and Hay Festival Arequipa, Perú since 2015.  Together with UNESCO World Book Capital, she has managed specific projects promoting young talent: Bogota39 in 2007, Beirut39 in 2010 and Africa39 in 2014, as well as the Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014, Mexico20  (celebrating the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico in 2015).  

 

Eric Huang
Is Development Director at (Made in Me), an award winning digital publisher. Starting out at Disney Publishing, Eric has lived in the US, UK, and Australia, working in a variety of publishing and children’s media roles.  He was one of the children’s publishers at Penguin Australia and Penguin UK, where, over the course of nine years, he helped kick start the company’s digital, TV production, and out  bound licensing businesses. Today Eric is one of the directors of Made in Me, an award-winning digital agency. He is also VP and Publisher at Ameet Publishing, one of LEGO’s global publishing partners.

 

Porter Anderson 
Is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing. Formerly with CNN, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and The Bookseller, he is Editor-in-Chief of (Publishing Perspectives), founded and operated by Frankfurt Book Fair New York. Publishing Perspectives is the news medium for the international publishing industry. With Jane Friedman, Anderson produces (The Hot Sheet), a private subscription newsletter of expert industry analysis written expressly for trade and independent authors. Within the past year, Anderson has spoken, covered and/or programmed events in international publishing at venues including Frankfurt Book Fair and its Business Club. 

 

Alexandra Büchler
Is director of Literature across Frontiers - European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate based in Wales, United Kingdom, and editor of the organization’s series of reports on the publishing of translated literature and related policy and financing. A member of the European Cultural Parliament, she served on the board of organizations such as Culture Action Europe and the UK Translators Association, and currently sits on several committees dealing with literary translation programs and multilingualism. An editor and translator, she has published over 20 books including anthologies of contemporary fiction and poetry in translation.  

 

Kelly Steen
As Director of Content Strategy & Operations at Wattpad Studios, Kelly builds relationships with various entertainment studios and partners by connecting them with compelling content created by the Wattpad community. She activates tracks and manages all partnerships that involve co-producing a Wattpad story into film, television and digital mediums. She also connects Wattpad’s rising stars and leverages Wattpad›s data and insights to help establish valuable partnerships for the Studios team. Before joining Wattpad, Kelly managed online sales for Scholastic Canada where she focused on helping launch Scholastic’s ebook program and expanded their digital presence. 

 

 

Juliet Mabey
Is co-founder and publisher of (One World Publications), set up in 1986 as an independent publishing house focusing on high quality, accessible narrative non-fiction across a range of subjects from popular science and history to big ideas. She launched a literary fiction list in 2009 with Marlon James’ The Book of Night Women, and her novels have won the Man Booker Prize twice, with Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2015 and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout in 2016. In 2017 Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. (One World) places a strong emphasis on fiction in translation and diversity. 

 

 

Isobel AbulHoul - OBE 
CEO & Trustee - Emirates Literature Foundation Director - Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Isobel Abulhoul came to Dubai in 1968 and co-founded Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975. In 2008 she founded and is Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. The Festival has won has won numerous awards, including the Best Festival title at the Middle East Event Awards, the Best Family Day out given by Time Out Kids Dubai and the Favorite Festival given by What’s On awards. In 2013, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also the Festival patron issued a Decree forming the Emirates Literature Foundation, naming Isobel as one of the trustees on the Board. 

 


Flora Rees
Is the Head of Education, Training and Publishing at the Emirates Literature Foundation, and has 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry in the UK. Before moving to Dubai in 2015 she was senior editor at Headline Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, publishing bestselling authors in print, digital and audio, including million-copy-seller Victoria Hislop.
Flora joined the Emirates Literature Foundation in 2016, establishing the Foundation’s new training and publishing initiatives and overseeing the education and publishing programs for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. She was also involved in setting up the first Dubai International Publishing Conference, which ran alongside the Festival in 2017. 

 

Rania Zaghir
Is a Lebanese award-wining writer and publisher of children’s books that have been translated into 20 different languages. Zaghir’s books have also earned her numerous awards, including Berlin International Literature Festival Book Award (The Extraordinary Book 2015) on her book Haltabees Haltabees, Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures Award (2010), Assabil (Friends of Public Libraries) 2009 Annual Award for Children’s Literature on her book “Sisi Malakit Talbas Kharofan wa Dodatayn” She is the co-founder and curator of the International biannual children’s literature conference known as: What a Story! In 2013, she established a national book charity: Libraries of Hope.

 


Tarek Elbolbol
Is a Dubai-based Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur with a passion for the written and spoken word. He has launched Booklava in 2016 as a holistic platform for digital content that enables the audience to listen to top quality and best-selling Arabic audiobooks and short content from their mobile on-the-go. Tarek worked for 10 years with world leading multinational corporations with several international deployments, leading projects in Marketing, Sales, Commercial Operations, and Strategy across 30+ international markets. He holds a Bachelor›s degree from the American University of Beirut and completed an Executive Business Program at the Harvard Business School.

 


Andrea Pasion-Flores
Is the general manager of Anvil Publishing. Before that, she was a literary agent for the Jacaranda Literary Agency, a Singapore-registered company, for four years. Pasion-Flores was also the executive director of the National Book Development Board, a government agency mandated to promote the development of the book publishing industry in the Philippines. She finished law at the University of the Philippines, from which she also has an MA in creative writing. She was a fellow for the Frankfurt Fellowship program in 2014. Her chosen area of practice is copyright as it pertains to publishing.

 


David López
Is the director of SINICUS, a literary consultancy based in Beijing that focuses on introducing foreign rights content into East Asian markets. López scouts for local talent and advises several literary festivals, author associations and national book institutes on their promotional strategies in Asia. As a curator, he was responsible for the Spanish programme as guest of honour of the 2018 Hyderabad Literary Festival.

 

 

Bärbel Becker
Has been the director of international projects for the Frankfurt Book Fair since 2011. For three years prior to that she acted as the director of special programs and cooperation. In these jobsshe has coordinated German collective exhibits, guest-of-honour presentations, seminars, and special programmes for book professionals at international book fairs for the Frankfurt Book Fair. She holds an MA in American studies of Frankfurt University and studied at Wellesley College in the United States. 

 


Felix Dahm
Grew up in Frankfurt/Main. He studied Comparative Literature in Berlin, Paris and Perugia. He worked for Der Audio Verlag (DAV), a publisher of audiobooks. Since 2016 he works in the Foreign Rights department of Suhrkamp Verlag in Berlin. In 2018 he participated in the Istanbul Fellowship.

 


Edmund Wee

 Is the publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, a Singaporean imprint that champions local literature and writers. The company currently publishes all manner of fiction — novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels, chapter books, picture books and non-fiction books. The company, which started in 2011, also made headlines in 2015 for initiating the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, to encourage the growth of talent in the local literary scene.

 

Claudia Kaiser

Trained as a bookseller before earning her Master’s degree in Chinese Studies. She lived in China for more than 10 years, where she worked as an editor for the China Foreign Literature Publishing House. She then started an agency and set up the German Book Information Centre by Frankfurt Book Fair in Beijing. She then moved on to United Nations Publishing in New York, where she was external publications officer in charge of rights and sales. She has been vice president of the Frankfurt Book Fair since 2003, and has held different positions including head of the international department, general manager of KITAB with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and head of Cape Town Book Fair. 

 

Kenny Okuyama
Born in Lima, Peru in 1965. Fluent in Spanish, English and Japanese. Graduated from the Universidad del Pacifico (Lima) in 1992; Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Worked at the International Rights Department of ASCII Corporation (Tokyo) from 1995 to 2005. Working as a literary agent at the Japan UNI Agency, Inc. since 2006. Currently in charge of selling rights of Japanese titles into Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

 


Rana Hayeck

Procurator of the literary releases, novels, essays and short stories at Hachette Antoine Lebanon since 2011. Responsibilities include evaluating the received manuscripts, choosing the ones to publish, and then editing it. A former journalist (2006-20011) in the cultural department at “Al-Akhbar” local newspaper. A former researcher at the Centre for Contemporary Arab World studies (Saint Joseph University- Lebanon), participated at the preparation and achievement of the second edition of the Robert Campbell encyclopedia of Arab Contemporary Writers. Translated 3 novels into Arabic: “Des inconnues” (Patrick Modiano), “La carte et le territoire” (Michel Houellebecque”, “Princess and the Foal”(Stacy Grec).

 

Mona Henning
Mona Henning has lived in Sweden for many years & established Dar Al Muna in 1984 and started to Publish Swedish Literature for children into Arabic language. Dar Al Muna brought to the Arabic language great Swedish authors as Astrid lindgren whose books are translated in 100 world languages. She also published Sofies world by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. In the past 10 years Dar Al Muna started to publish for youth and adult too. The works of notable authors such as Henning Mankell, Selma Lagerlöf, Pär Lagerqvist, Peo Enkvist Tove Jansson, Kristins Ohlsson, Martin Widmark, Jon Kalman Stefansson and many others have also been translated into Arabic. 

 

Sebastian Bond
Is the CEO of Kitab Sawti, a global Arabic audiobook company with users in over 100 countries that started as a project in Sweden to support the integration of Syrian refugees. Bond formerly served as head of business development at an ed-tech company focused on providing audiobooks for Swedish schools and refugees. He studied business at Uppsala University in Sweden and earned his Master’s degree in international business at Korea University Business School. He is currently focused on building a team with excellent people that share Kitab Sawti’s vision to make knowledge and entertainment easy accessible.

 


Manar Saud
The founder and CEO of Dar Audio Publishing, has won a number of awards and confessions in the field of publishing and entrepreneurship. She started with an idea and then launched it in 2017 with a lot of success and strategic partnerships inside and outside Saudi Arabia. Manar is an example that embodies the ambition and struggle of a number of entrepreneurial youth in her home country through her Z project, which she worked on in 2014 with determination and perseverance until she came to reality as a favorite destination for many audio books in the Arab world.

Darya Yegorina
Is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of CleverBooks and other ventures in multiple industries. Darya›s current focus is on emerging technologies for education where she has the mission to deliver the most innovative Augmented Reality technology to schools around the world and to create equal access to technology for kids globally. 

 


Inna Armstrong
Is a senior executive professional with multinational experience in different countries of the world. She has a strong understanding of different cultures and the challenges companies face emerging in the international markets. Background in the international education provides Inna with the insights of delivering high quality educational solutions with emerging technologies.

 

Samar Haddad 
She is a Palestinian – Syrian born in Damascus. Naturalized Canadian since 1995. Owner & Publisher of Atlas publishing Syria & Lebanon since 1995. Participated in and organized many workshops, round tables and conferences related to the book industry and cultural issues in Syria, Lebanon & abroad. Co – author of the book “Regards surl’editiondans le monde arab” a collective publication of researchers on .the book industry in the Arab world, Kathala – 2016. Active member of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers, Paris since 2009. 

 

Hasan Al Helwani

Is a Syrian expert in digital publishing/ book metadata management/ Ebooks production and distribution based in Frankfurt, Germany since 2015. Founder of Robook: a digital publishing project as online tools and solutions for Arabic content in Germany since 2017. Chief operating officer at Qordoba Gmbh responsible for HelloBooks and eBook store in 2015. Users growth & marketing manager in digital publishing platform for Arabic publications 2012-2014. Student at Kiron Open Higher
Education/ Business and Economics since 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/ Microbiology from Damascus University in the year 2006.

 


Mohamed Al Baghdadi
As co-founder and Vice President of Sales of ebrary (the world’s first academic ebook technology services provider) in 1998, CEO for Techknowledge (the leading specialized electronic information solutions provider in the Middle East) since 2004 and CEO for AL Manhal (the world’s largest Arabic Academic full-text database publisher, rated as one of the top Arab World Startups by The World Economic Forum) since 2010, Mohamad’s unparalleled expertise in electronic publishing could be a valuable contribution to a discussion in the field. Mohamad has over 20 years’ experience in electronic publishing and international library business. 

 


Lana Halabi
An Entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Halabi Bookshop in Beirut Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and pursuing her Master’s Degree in the same major. She gained experience while working with a leading company in Lebanon and the Middle East in Fashion Retail, Store Management and Customer Service for around 7 years. In 2015 she renovated her father’s business, an old bookshop that had been inaccessible for more than 15 years. Lana organizes numerous cultural activities at the bookshop, authors’ meet and greet, book signings and regular children readings; in addition to participating in local and international book fairs.

 

 

Sherif Ismail Bakr
Is a graduate of the faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. He is currently a board member in the Egyptian Publishing Association and head of the Development and e-publishing committee. Sherif  Bakr has been invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008 as part of the invitation program for international publishers and in 2009 as part of Fellowship program with 15 other fellows from another 14 countries, he has also been invited to FBF the following years till 2016. He has also been invited to many other book fairs and publishing events to represent Egypt and the Arab World.

 


Ornella Antar
Is a Lebanese journalist. For the last two years, she has been working for the French-language daily newspaper “L - Orient - Le Jour”, in its domestic social and political news section. During her 7 year journalistic career, Ornella has worked for the Lebanese newspaper “As Safir”. In addition, she continues to contribute articles regularly to the electronic “Al Moudoun” and “Al Arabi Al Jadid” newspapers, as well as the Arabic children›s literature review “Al Mirsal”. She also prepares reports on a variety of political and social topics for MTV Lebanon. She is pursuing her MA in FrenchLanguage at the Lebanese University.

 

 

Joanna Khoury
Is the founder of Lululittle, a platform that combines storytelling with cultural themes to create personalized books where children are the heroes. With a Bachelor’s degree in business administration earned from the American University of Beirut, Khoury has built the Lululittle business from the ground up. Having worked in communications as part of J. Walter Thompson, she has utilized this business acumen and commercial knowledge to build the storytelling, design, branding and team building facets of her business. She also holds an associate degree in graphic design from Shillington School of New York. 

 

Ammar Mardawi
Is the country manager for Storytel Arabia and has more than 18 years of experience in consumer internet applications. Before joining Storytel, Ammar has co-founded Yaqut eBookstore, which quickly became the most popular Arabic eBookstore, and Kindi Software, which helped thousands of businesses around the world to protect their Adobe’s Flash applications. Ammar holds a BSc in computer science from the Princess Sumaya University for Technology and a Master’s degree in computer information systems from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences.

 

Ali Abdel-Moneim
Is the publishing manager of Storytel Arabia and has more than 19 years of experience in the publishing industry. He has worked in different positions covering production operation and marketing and business development with major publishing houses in Egypt and the Arab world. Before joining Storytel, Abdel-moneim co-founded Sama Publishing House and Daraj Consulting. He holds a BSc in printing, publishing, and packaging from the Faculty of Applied Arts at Helwan University.

 

 

Fathi Albes
Is a Jordanian writer and publisher. He has served as vice president of the Arab Publishers’ Association, president of the Jordanian Publishers’ Association and director of the Amman International Book Fair. He participated in numerous professional conferences on the publishing industry and copyright. A Member of the Jordanian Writers’ Association and the General Union of Palestinian Writers, he has been president of the Palestine Cultural Forum since 2011. His publications include two authored books. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacology from the American University of Beirut and a postgraduate diploma in philosophy from the University of Jordan.

 


Ayman Aly
Is the senior regional marketing manager for industrial and production solutions at Canon Middle East. Until February of 2017 he was the company’s professional solutions marketing manager for five years. He joined Canon Middle East in 2008 as a professional print product manager with a mission to start up Canon’s professional print business in the Middle East. Aly also worked in service, sales and marketing in the production print arenas at Xerox in Egypt. He has a diploma in business and a BSc. in computer engineering from Egypt. 



Shadi Bakhour
Is Canon Middle East’s B2B business unit director and his team supports the company’s future business direction as it moves towards becoming a solutions and services-oriented organization.He also sits on the board of the educational sector and several printing practice operations. Bakhour has extensive experience across the region as a senior sales and marketing director. He holds an Executive Master’s degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Mustafa Al-Slaiman
Is a literary translator and conference interpreter for Arabic and German whose articles have appeared in various literary periodicals and newspapers.  Since 2009 he has worked with Kalima Abu Dhabi, where he is in charge of coordinating the German-Arabic part of the literary translation programme. Between 2004 and 2012, he served as a lecturer in in the faculty of Applied Linguistic and Cultural Sciences at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. In 2005-2006 he lectured in the faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Passau, and between 2006 and 2008, he worked as a staff translator and interpreter for the Germany Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Al-Slaiman was born in Jordan.   

 

 

Bassam Chebaro
Has been a partner and manager of various companies operating in Beirut and Saudi Arabia, including Mediterranean Press, Abjad Graphics, Arab Scientific Publishers, the Arabization andSoftware Center, and Thaqafa Publishing and Distribution. His publishing career spans 35 years with over 6000 titles published in Arabic. Chebaro was born in Beirut, where he graduated from the American University of Beirut as a business major.

 

Svetlana Nazarbayeva
Has been serving as director-general of the Dauir Printing House since November 2003. During these years the enterprise, the leading producer of domestic magazines, newspapers and white glossy paper, has been completely modernized and has been awarded numerous honorary certificates. For her work Nazarbayeva has been given the Parasat order and an honorary diploma from the Minister of Education of the USSR. She is a graduate of the Abay Kazakh National Pedagogical University.

 


 

Has been the editor of the publishing house Pallas y Pallas Míni since 2002. She works with her mother, Cristina Fernandes Warth, to publish high-quality books with an eye for innovation and a focus on Brazilian culture for children and adults. She is especially interested in affirmative action and rescuing African heritage in Brazilian culture, issues Pallas has been dedicated to for nearly 45 years. Warth has a BA in journalism and a Master’s in editorial production from the London University of Arts, and has taught post-graduate programmes. She is the director of international relations for the Brazilian Association of Independent Publishers (Libre). 

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