Thank you for making Buying & Selling eContent 2007 a huge success!
Rafat Ali
Editor, Publisher,
Rafat Ali is Editor and Publisher of ContentNext media, including, the award-winning digital media business news and analysis site, which he founded. He is also editor of, a news site devoted to mobile content. Both sites form part of ContentNext, an independent media and information company covering the business of digital media. Previously, Ali was the managing editor of the Silicon Alley Reporter, where he wrote and edited daily news and feature stories on online media, technology and high-tech finance that were sent out as part of a daily e-mail newsletter to 50,000 subscribers. He was also a section editor for Venture Reporter magazine, a bimonthly publication on venture capital business, and wrote features on the online media/entertainment industry and allied technologies, analyzed startups and interviewed venture capitalists. In addition, he worked as a digital media reporter at Ali earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering in India and a master's degree in journalism at Indiana University, where he was a Knight Foundation Fellow.


Adam Ayer
President, License Logic
John Blossom
President, Shore Communications
Joe Bremner
CEO, Kennedy Information, Inc.
Michael Cheveldave
VP, Business Development, Cognitive Edge
Corilee Christou
President, C2 Consulting
Corilee Christou is President, C2 Consulting, a firm that specialises in leveraging and licensing digital content of all types to traditional and internet based companies using new and innovative business models. Corilee was previously Vice President, Affiliate Marketing, Cygnus Business Media and has been directly involved in the information industry for close to twenty years. Prior to working at Cygnus, Corilee was Vice President of Business Media at Reed Business Information.  She spent seventeen years at Lexis-Nexis, where she held positions in the Content Acquisition area for both United States and Non-US markets. She also directed the product and marketing support for the corporate library sector and was responsible for establishing the Information Professional Support Team for the Nexis division.

Tom Cintorino
Senior V.P., Digital Media, PennWell
Ed Colleran
Director, Publisher Relations, Copyright Clearance Center
Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of Rightsholder Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives focused on CCC's publisher constituency and manages the development of content licensing solutions and new revenue-generating initiatives for CCC's participating publishers. Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC's digital rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term strategic issues facing the information industry. An industry veteran, Ed is a two-term member of the board of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). Ed is also a member of the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) board and has served on SSP's Education Committee for more than five years. He is a featured speaker and editorial contributor on issues such as navigating copyright requirements and the challenges and opportunities of managing content in a digital environment. A regular speaker at industry events, Ed has recently presented at the annual conferences of SSP, Association of American Publishers (AAP) and SIIA as well as London Online.

Jane Dysart
Principal, Dysart & Jones Associates
Prior to founding Dysart & Jones in 1992, Jane spent seventeen years as Manager, Information Resources with Royal Bank of Canada.  Thanks in part to her work as head of its state-of-the-art information resources department, the company entered a decade of profound and rapid technologies change well positioned to take advantage of the changes that were to come.  Her extensive experience makes Jane a frequently requested speaker on topics ranging from vision and leadership to information technology and change management strategies at conferences and industry events.  She teaches continuing education and professional development courses with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies. Jane is former President of Special Libraries Association, and recipient of that organization's John Cotton Dana Award.  Jane spends many of her days planning conferences for Information Today (Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian, KMWorld), for the Special Libraries Association KM Division (2010 & 2011), for webcom (Toronto Apr 7 event), for IFLA KM Section (Gothesburg 2010 & Puerto Rico 2011).  So if you have suggestions for topics or speakers, she is always listening!

Hal Espo
President, Contextual Connections LLC
Corey Ferengul
SVP, Product & Solutions Management, Macrovision Corporation
Tolman Geffs
Managing Director, The Jordan, Edmiston Group
Tolman, a Managing Director with The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI), represents online media, services and technology companies, as well as broader media firms seeking to expand in the marketing and interactive sectors. Notable engagements include: PointRoll, in its sale to Gannett; Bitpipe, in its sale to TechTarget; and Moreover Technologies, in its sale to VeriSign.

Tolman brings a unique combination of experience as a CEO and business builder in both traditional and new media companies, as well as in corporate finance and M&A. Prior to joining JEGI, Mr. Geffs was CEO of Internet Broadcasting Systems, a national network of 70 local television Web sites operated in partnership with NBC, Hearst, The Washington Post Company and other major broadcasters. With a staff of 250 and $60 million in advertising volume, IBS remains one of the earliest old/new media platforms to reach both scale and profit.

Previously, Mr. Geffs held a series of senior executive positions in media. He began his career in the M&A department of Lehman Brothers, and also consulted for media companies with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. Mr. Geffs earned an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar and a BA in English and a BS in Engineering Physics with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

Roberta (Bobbie) Goering
, Corporate Library, Exelon
Barry Graubart
VP, Product Development, Alacra, Inc.
Barry Graubart is Vice President, Product Management, Alacra. He has spent the past 20 years applying technology to content to develop high value business-to-business information products. Before joining Alacra, Mr. Graubart served as EVP & Chief Marketing Officer for Leadership Directories, a leading provider of biographical and organizational data for the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Leadership Directories, he spent four years in various roles with ClearForest, an emerging leader in the text analytics market. At ClearForest, he helped open the publishing and federal intelligence markets.

David Gurteen
Director, Gurteen Knowledge
An independent knowledge consultant, educator, and coach, David Gurteen helps people share their knowledge, learn from each other, innovate, and work together effectively to make a difference in each other’s understanding of complex situations. Buying & Selling eContent 2007 will be punctuated with Gurteen-inspired conversation opportunities, led by industry experts, each of whom will host a focused conversation in a “Knowledge Café” format on Monday afternoon.

Daniel Harrison
Senior Research Associate, Consumer Reports
Clare Hart
Executive Vice President, Dow Jones & Company
Clare Hart is executive vice president, Dow Jones & Company, and president, Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group, a principal business unit with $657 million of revenue. She is responsible for the Company’s media portfolio serving businesses, including Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Licensing Services, Factiva, Dow Jones Indexes, Dow Jones Financial Information Services, Dow Jones Reprints and Permissions, as well as the Company’s enterprise-facing joint venture, STOXX.

Cynthia Hill
Consultant and Past-president, Special Libraries Association
Tom Hogan Sr.
President & CEO, Information Today, Inc.
Thomas H. Hogan, Sr., is the Co-Founder, CEO, and President of Information Today, Inc., (ITI), based in Medford, NJ.  ITI is a leading publisher of trade periodicals, directories, and books about and for the information industry.  ITI is also a major organizer of conferences about the application of information technology by users and enterprises. Visit our web site at

Jonathan Hoy
Strategic Alliance Manager, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Nikolai S. Kopelev
Director, Vendor Relations, GlaxoSmithKline

Nik Kopelev is Director, R&D IT Vendor Relations at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  In this role he leads the company-wide information acquisition function and manages the R&D IT software portfolio.  Nik’s group is responsible for working with almost 300 publishers and software vendors.

In addition to license development and negotiations he is actively involved in identifying new information products to be licensed at GSK to cover emerging business needs, as well as in joint development initiatives with major information publishers.


Prior to joining SmithKline Beecham, Nik held various positions at ISI (Thomson Reuters), which spanned from indexing of chemical information to market, business and new product development.   Before then, he taught Inorganic Chemistry at several universities in the US and Russia.


Nik holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Moscow State University and an M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University.


Michelle Manafy
Editorial Director, Online Publishers Association
Ken Marlin
Managing Partner, Marlin & Associates
Ken Marlin is Managing Partner and Founder of Marlin & Associates New York LLC ("M&A"), a boutique investment banking and strategic consulting firm focused on advising companies that provide eContent and related technology.  Ken has spent the past 20+ years leading and advising firms that provide technology and data base informationa nd services. He has been CEO of four different eContent and technology firms and has bought, sold and raised growth capital for his own companies, as well as advising dozens of others.

Ken started his business career as Senior Vice President for mergers and acquisitions at Dun & Bradstreet where he led over 60 transactions involving US and non-US firms. Later, he assumed a group operating role, with responsibility for about $350 million of global revenue.

After leaving D&B, Ken became President and CEO of Telekurs (NA) a technology and online data firm owned by Swiss banks. Later, with venture backing, he acquired a large portion of Telekurs NA and used that base to form Telesphere Corporation, where he was President and CEO. Ken and his partners grew Telesphere, in part, by raising growth capital and acquiring complementary businesses in Europe and Asia and by joint venturing. In 1997, Ken and his partners sold Telesphere to Bridge Information Systems, where he became Executive Vice President. Before founding M&A, Ken led the Business Information and Internet practice at the media merchant bank and private equity fund Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

Ken is quoted regularly in publications ranging from Business Week and Forbes, to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and other major publications worldwide. He has been the subject of interviews on business-radio and television programs including the CBS MarketWatch, BBC-Worldwide and CNBC.

Ken earned a BA from the University of California (Irvine), an MBA from UCLA, and a post-MBA Advanced Professional Certificate in Corporate Strategy from New York University. He is a former Captain and infantry company commander in the US Marine Corps, and an active member of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.


John McDonald
, Library, CalTech
Jim McGinty
Vice Chairman, Cambridge Information Group
David Meerman Scott
Evangelist, The New Rules of Marketing and PR
David Meerman Scott is a writer, consultant, conference speaker and seminar leader. His book Cashing In With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers Into Buyers (Information Today Books 2005) is a riff on using Web content to drive revenue and other action from Web site visitors. He is currently at work on a new book The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to use news releases, blogs, viral marketing and online media to reach buyers directly to be published by Wiley in June 2007. In his consulting work, Scott specializes in using online content to market products to demanding customers worldwide. He is an instructor for the Pragmatic Marketing Effective Product Marketing™ seminar, which helps technology companies become market-driven and is a contributing editor at EContent Magazine. Prior to starting his own business, Scott was vice president of marketing at NewsEdge and earlier in his career he was Asia Marketing Director at Knight-Ridder. He has lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, Boston, and Hong Kong and has presented at industry conferences and events in over twenty countries on four continents.

Bill Noorlander
Principal, BST America
Willem (Bill) Noorlander has served in domestic and international positions with several global banks and consulting firms and has a wide range of experience in the Financial and Information industries. His long term experience and background includes finance/accounting, operational management, risk management and general management. During the last 15 years he has focused on information management, including in-depth knowledge of usage requirements, information sourcing and contract negotiations. Bill is a Principal in BST America, a Market Data Consulting and Outsourcing firm, located in New York city. In his current role he is the Partner in charge of BST's Market Data consultancy practice.

Marydee Ojala
Editor-in-Chief, Online Searcher magazine, USA
Marydee Ojala is Editor-in-Chief of Online Searcher (the successor journal to ONLINE) and writes its business research column ("The Dollar Sign"). She has contributed feature articles and news stories to Information Today, Searcher, EContent, Computers in Libraries, Intranets, Cyber Skeptic's Guide to the Internet, Business Information Review, and Information Today's NewsBreaks. A long-time observer of the information industry, she speaks frequently at conferences, such as WebSearch University, Internet Librarian, INFORUM (Prague), Internet Librarian International, and national library meetings outside the U.S. She has adjunct faculty status at the School of Library and Information Science at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis). Her professional career began at BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, directing a worldwide program of research and information services. She established her independent information research business in 1987. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and her MLS was earned at the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul Pellman
President, Hoovers
Patrick Spain
Chairman & CEO, Newser, LLC.
Patrick Spain is the co-founder, Chairman & CEO of Newser. He was formerly the CEO of HighBeam Research, a rapidly growing online research company based in Chicago, which he founded in 2002 and sold to Cengage Learning in December 2008. Spain was also the co-founder and long-time chairman and CEO of Hoover’s, Inc., leading it from a small book publisher when he became CEO in 1992 to a profitable, publicly traded company with $31 million in revenue in 2001. He remained on the Board until Hoover’s was sold to Dun & Bradstreet in 2003. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Spain worked as a consultant, lawyer, and executive in the telecommunications industry, and as a real estate developer. He has a B.A. in Ancient History from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Boston University. He sits on the boards of several public, private, and not-for-profit organizations.

Mike Stelzer
Director, Global Vendor Management, EY
Mr Martin White
Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd
Martin White is managing director of Intranet Focus, Ltd., based in Horsham, U.K. An information scientist by profession, White consults on intranet and information management strategy, technology and governance issues, and on the specification, selection and management of enterprise search applications. He is the author of books on content management, enterprise search and intranet management. His new book, Enterprise Search, was published by O'Reilly Media in November 2012. He has been visiting professor in the iSchool, University of Sheffield since 2002 and is Chair of the eScience Advisory Board of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has business experience in over 30 countries.