Media Roundtable

Over the past 12 months a lot has happened in the European Union or even globally that affected Europe, its politics and of course you – the people. Join Oliver Herrgesell, SVP of Communications, Turner International and representatives from BBC, DER SPIEGEL, KATHIMERINI Daily Newspaper and POLITICO for thought-provoking discussion.

Oliver Herrgesell

Oliver Herrgesell

SVP Communications, International
Turner International

Oliver Herrgesell is in charge of international communications for Turner, a global leader in media and entertainment. Until 2012 he was responsible for communications, public affairs & marketing for the broadcaster and content producer RTL Group; before joining the group in Luxembourg in February 2006, he served for six years as deputy head of corporate communications at Europe's leading media company Bertelsmann. Prior to that, he worked in Austria and Germany as a journalist for TV broadcasters (ORF, Premiere/Sky Deutschland), magazines (Wiener, Tempo, Stern) and newspapers (Die Woche, Berliner Zeitung). In addition to his paid job, Herrgesell coordinates the working group “Future of Media” for the European Association of Communications Directors, and is a member of the board, Save the Children in Germany since January 2010.
Matthew Karnitschnig

Matthew Karnitschnig

Chief Europe Correspondent

Matthew Karnitschnig is POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, based in Berlin. He joined the publication in 2015 from the Wall Street Journal, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the U.S. and Europe. In a career spanning two decades, Karnitschnig has been on the front lines of some of the defining political and economic stories of our time. He spearheaded the WSJ’s coverage of the eurozone debt crisis as the paper’s Germany bureau chief and European economics editor. He led the team that was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2011 and won an Overseas Press Club award in 2012.
Peter Müller

Peter Müller

EU Correspondent

Peter Müller is SPIEGEL's Brussels correspondent. He joined the newsmagazine in 2010 from the Handelsblatt, where he worked as Senior Political Correspondent. He worked for the Welt am Sonntag in the past as well.
Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Tech Reporter

Kate Russell is an internationally renowned journalist, reporter and author, who has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. A regular commentator on the BBC’s technology programme “Click” for over a decade, Kate also has monthly technology focused columns in National Geographic Traveller magazine and BBC Focus magazine. She won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and in June 2015 she was voted the 25th most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine. Her first book “Working the Cloud” (2013) delivered a collection of online tips, tricks and resources for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Her second published book,”Elite: Mostly Harmless” (2014), is a crowd funded science fiction novel based on a remake of the computer game that first inspired her love of technology.
Eleni Varvitsioti

Eleni Varvitsioti

EU Correspondent

As the EU correspondent for the Greek TV station “SKAI” and the newspaper “KATHIMERINI” and a contributor to major international publications such as the New York Times I have been covering Greece’s negotiations with its Eurozone partners, the immigration crisis, Russia - Ukraine crisis, Brexit and all major EU stories daily for the past two years. Before arriving in Brussels I have covered the US presidential elections (2008, 2012), the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, but also the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt where I was reporting for weeks from Tahrir Square in Cairo. I have interviewed various personalities of the international political scene such as the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, his predecessor Heman Van Rompoy, and the Vice President of the EU Commission Valdis Dobrovskis among others. One of my most acclaimed reports has been in Argentina, where my rare interview with the finance minister at the time Hernan Lorenzino, who rarely created national outcry due to his inability to answer my questions, ultimately leading to his resignation.


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Social Media

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Inspiring startups

Impraise, jovoto and Pridiktiv provide tools, which shape the future and promote good collaboration.
Discover our startups:

Jeroen de Backer

Jeroen de Backer

CEO & Founder

Jeroen De Backer is currently working as CEO and Founder of Pridiktiv,
Before Pridiktiv, Jeroen held various business development and management positions at various national and international Telecom and ICT companies.
Jeroen is a Belgian and holds a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from HONIM, member of the Leuven University, campus Brussels - ODISEE. (BE).
If you're into MBTI: he’s a true ESTJ-A.
Steffen Maier

Steffen Maier


Steffen Maier is an expert in the field of HR tech & performance management, a recognized thought leader in HR innovation & a regular contributor to many publications, including CMS Wire & Entrepreneur. As the CMO of the New York based HR tech company Impraise, he helps companies with the transition to a feedback culture by providing them with a real-time feedback tool that improves the communication between co-workers at work.
Bastian Unterberg

Bastian Unterberg

Founder & CEO

Bastian started his first company at the age of 16. In 2007, he founded the open innovation platform jovoto to empower creative talent and shape the future of work. Bastian is the author of “Crowdstorm: The Future of Innovation, Ideas and Problem Solving” and his work has been featured in various press outlets, such as The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Die Zeit, and Der Spiegel. He discusses mass collaboration and digital innovation as an active speaker at international conferences.

Field Trips

In its 11th edition the European Communication Summit invites you to visit various locations throughout the city.
Join one of our tours:

The BarCamp

Are you facing challenges that you cannot overcome? Are collaboration and digitalisation inevitable to your department (or even your organization?) but you do not find a way to implement them? Use this opportunity to exchange with like-minded people and find solutions. Imagine what an open format and open mind enable you and others to come up with!