Carla Buzasi, the Huffington Post UK’s founding editor-in-chief and now global chief content officer on trends business WGSN, is the third keynote speaker at FutureBook 2014, joining digital entrepreneur George Berkowski, and Penguin Random House UK chief executive Tom Weldon, at Europe’s largest publishing conference.
Buzasi will share her experiences as the founding editor of the Huffington Post UK reflecting on what it takes to build a digital business using traditional content. She will also offer insights into emerging trends as forecasted by WGSN, where she leads an international team of journalists, trend forecasters and designers. WGSN provides market intelligence and trends analysis for the fast-moving clothes sector, making Buzasi’s insights particularly relevant to the publishing sector. Buzasi was awarded the Media Innovator of the Year award in 2012 and has won editor of the year at the Online Media Awards for the past two years. She was also named as one of the top 50 female Innovators in Digital Journalism in 2013. In addition to her day job, she is a regular commentator on the media, appearing on "Newsnight", "The Andrew Marr Show", "Daily Politics", Sky News and "Lorraine".
Alice Ryan, conference and community manager of The Bookseller, said: ““We are delighted to announce that Carla Buzasi will join George Berkowski and Tom Weldon to keynote this year’s Futurebook conference on November 14th. Carla is one of the UK’s top digital innovators leading digital teams at Conde Nast, Glamour and Marie Claire before becoming the founding editor of The Huffington post and now Global CCO at WGSN. She has a unique understanding of what it takes to build a digital first business and how content can find its audience online, while at WGSN her role in analysing future consumer trends is of vital importance to publishers. Carla joins a stellar line up of over 40 speakers, 10 sessions and 500 of the industry’s leaders.”
More than 500 delegates are expected to attend Europe’s largest digital publishing conference to be held on 14th November at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, with speakers from Penguin Random House, Touchpress, Profile, Tumblr, Movellas, Unbound, Safari, and Kobo. Speakers added this week include Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer & digital development at Penguin Random House, Henrik Berggren, product manager at Dropbox, Henry Volans, recently appointed director of Faber Press, Sam Aspinall, chief executive of Touchpress; and Marissa Hussey, digital marketing director at Orion.