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Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa
CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler

Maria A. Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator.  Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing.

Ms. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” (Free Press, 2003).

In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook” as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Rene Van Der Laan
Integrated Marketing Management Center of Excellence, EMEA & AP
Director, Business Advisory, SAS

Rene is an experienced people Manager, working in the software industry since 1997. He has a background as a financial controller, but that is a station passed. Rene likes to work with people, especially motivating a team of professionals to take their roles and initiatives to the next level.
 Rene started working as a consultant in a professional services team, so he knows what it takes to make projects successful. He has a hands-on mentality and is at his best in front of a customer or prospective audience presenting vision and solutions rather than products.

Prior to joining SAS in 2010, Rene worked for Hyperion, E.piphany and Unica.

In his role in SAS, he runs a team of highly motivated and experienced Marketing Business Advisors, all members of the Center of Excellence for Integrated Marketing Management (IMM). In this role, he is  responsible for EMEA&AP area, being Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.


May 21, 2015 (Thursday)


08:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Rizal Ballroom A,
Makati Shangri-la Hotel,
Makati City


Feel free to contact the following:

Jade Regaliza or Issa Patindol
Marketing Department


Tel. No.: (+632) 792-2200



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