Announcing the Digital Book World Fellowship Program 2014

We are delighted to announce the launch of the International Fellowship Program, to run alongside the Digital Book World Conference from January 13-15 2014.

Six publishing professionals from around the world have been nominated to be part of this inaugural program. They will benefit not only from the education and insight derived from the conference itself but also the opportunity to network with and meet a group of like minded peers.

For more information about the Digital Book World Fellowship program and how your organization’s members can participate, please contact gary.lynch@fwmedia.com (in the US) or james.woollam@fwmedia.com (in the UK).

The 2014 fellowship group is:

Cristina Mussinelli
Responsible for Digital Publishing
The Italian Publishers Association
Nominated by: The Italian Publishers Association

About Cristina: Cristina Mussinelli is responsible for the technological innovation and digital publishing areas within the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) where she manages European and international projects, the digital publishing professional training course program and the Editech conference. She is the project manager of LIA (Italian Accessible Books), an initiative funded by the Ministry of Culture to create a service for visual impaired people to make available accessible versions of books in digital format through a dedicated platform www.libriitalianiaccessibili.it.

Cristina is a member of the Board of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), the global trade and standards association for electronic publishing, that develops and maintains the EPUB®.

About The Italian Publishers Association:

The Italian Publishers Association represents Italian book, magazine and digital publishers at a national and international level. They seek to campaign on key issues, promote initiatives, assist on tackling copyright issues and provide research and training services for members.

Find out more: www.aie.it

Ahmed Bedeir
General Manager
Dar El Shorouk
Nominated by: Editeur

About Ahmed: Ahmed Bedeir is the General Manager of Dar El Shorouk, one of the leading publishing and media groups in the Middle East. He is an active member in several committees in local, regional and international organizations and frequently represents the Egyptian and Arab Publishing Industries internationally. In 1998, He co-founded and managed CLIP Solutions, a pioneer in digital media, later acquired by Dar El Shorouk and became its digital media arm.

Ahmed is the Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation committee at the American Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with entrepreneurship and its ecosystem in Egypt.

About Editeur:

EditEUR is an international group coordinating development of infrastructure standards for electronic commerce in books, ebooks and serials. It provides members with research, standards and guidance on a wide range of areas from EDI to bibliographic data, global standards infrastructure to rights management

Find out more: http://www.editeur.org/

Justine Solomons
Founder, Byte the Book
Nominated by: Byte the Book

About Justine:
Justine is the founder of Byte the Book and Publisher in Residence at the Kingston Writing School (part of Kingston University). Justine's background is in business development and for nine years she ran the sales and marketing team for a bespoke software house, Softwire, where clients included Penguin Books, Cambridge University Press and the BBC. She is a published author and was a founding partner of the short fiction publisher Apis Books.

About Byte the Book:

Byte the Book is a membership organisation that aims to educate, assist and connect writers, publishers and agents as they navigate the changes in the business of writing and publishing. Discussion is facilitated through monthly membership meetings with guest speakers and panellists sharing insights and ideas in a dialogue with members.

 Find out more: http://www.bytethebook.com/

Suzanne Wilson-Higgins
Deputy Managing Director / EU Sales & Marketing Director, Lion Hudson
Nominated by: BIC

About Suzanne:
Suzanne has 25 years' experience in publishing, bookselling, print-on-demand and digital media. Since January 2011 she has been a director at Lion-Hudson plc. a publisher of quality books true to the Christian faith for adults and children. Currently she is Acting Deputy Managing Director and EU Sales & Marketing Director at Lion Hudson.

Previously Suzanne was Commercial Director at Lightning Source UK Ltd. (now Ingram Content Group) for nearly 10 years. There she launched print on-demand and e-book distribution services to the UK market and developed the business from start-up to a thriving business with publisher customers from across Europe.

About BIC:

BIC is the book industry’s independent supply chain organisation, committed to improving the efficiency of trade and library supply chains, reducing cost and automating processes. The BIC focus is on ‘book economics’ for print and digital business.

Find out more: http://www.bic.org.uk/

Rebecca Smart
CEO, Osprey Group
Nominated by: The IPG

About Rebecca:
Rebecca Smart is CEO of Osprey Group, a UK-based international publishing company focused on producing the best content for enthusiasts via branded imprints for niche markets. Osprey Group publishes in four divisions: Osprey (military history), Shire (history), Angry Robot (genre fiction) and Watkins (wellbeing). What defines us is not what we create but for whom we create – enthusiast readers are at the heart of everything we do. Rebecca speaks at conferences around the world on the subject of change in publishing.

About The IPG:

The IPG (Independent Publishers Guild) sets out to celebrate and encourage the creativity, enthusiasm and contribution to the UK publishing industry by independent publishers. It is a community for publishers to find advice, benefits and information to support business and growth.

Find out more: http://www.ipg.uk.com

Sam Missingham
Head of Events, Harper Collins Publishing
Nominated by: Digital Book World

About Sam:
Sam Missingham recently joined HarperCollins UK as head of events. Before this, she worked on the UK’s trade magazine The Bookseller running their conferences and awards program. She is most proud of her work on FutureBook, which she co-founded. She is very excited about the transformation of the book business and tweets far too frequently about Jeff Bezos.

About Digital Book World:

Starting with the only conference designed to address the radically changing commercial publishing environment, Digital Book World has evolved into a year-round platform offering educational and networking resources for consumer publishing professionals and their partners — including agents, booksellers and technology vendors — online and in person.