Director-owner of family business Paagman bookshops: 4 stores in The Hague and surroundings (Netherlands). A fifth store will be added in April 2022. Together with his sister, he is the third generation to manage this completely independent family business with approximately 130 employees.
In addition, since 2012 Fabian is executive-commmittee member of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and since 2014 involved in the position of co-president. Through its member associations, EIBF speaks on behalf of more than 25,000 individual booksellers. In this capacity, EIBF is the legitimate voice of booksellers in Europe and worldwide.

Master’s Degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Diploma in Business Administration from the Universidad CEU San Pablo.

He has developed his entire professional career in Marcial Pons, where he has held different positions until he became the current Director of Bookstores and Counselor of the publishing houses of Law and History.

He is currently the President of the Madrid Booksellers Guild and the Madrid Book Fair.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Madrid Publishers Association for seven years, where he has coordinated the Scientific, Technical and Academic Publishers Commission.

Professor of the Master of Cultural Management at the Universidad Carlos III.

Professor of the UNED Expert Course on the Creation and Management of Bookstores.

Professor of the Master of Editing and Publishing Management at the Universidad Internacional de Valencia.

Author of different articles for Trama y Texturas magazine and the book Fidelizar through the trade, published by Lectyo.

Maurizio Mattioli is the Director of Educational Digital Products at Zanichelli Editore S.p.A. He is responsible for the design and development of the publishing house’s digital offer, made up of various types of products, such as assessment platforms or tools to view content or to create lessons.

Graduated in Management Engineering at Polytechnic of Milan, he began his career as a strategic management consultant, achieving top positions within the board and management team.

He has led complex projects for important companies in the publishing, media, insurance and asset management industries, as an expert in strategy, start-ups and change management.

In January 2015 he joined Feltrinelli Group, with the aim to develop and manage all business activities of the Group, above all in the the Retail Business Unit, where he starts and leads a digital transformation and omnichannel strategy path with LaFeltrinelli, and brands.

Fabrice Piault, born 1959, is the Editor in Chief of the French Book Trade media Livres Hebdo, and a co-founder of the international Book Trade magazines network PubMagNet.
Graduated in History and Political Sciences from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and in Journalism from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes (Paris), he started his carreer as a journalist at the Agence France Presse (AFP). Since he joined in 1987 Livres Hebdo, where he has been successively editor, Chief of Informations, Deputy Editor in Chief and, from 2015, Editor in Chief, he has been particularly committed to the economic and international challenges  in the Book Industry, initiating in 2007 the « Global 50 », the Annual World Ranking of the Publishing Industry researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting. In 2019-2020, he has achieved a full transformation of Livres Hebdo to a global online and offline media producing news, charts and datas, a large selection of features and many sorts of digital and physical events and services, including successful Trade Awards for Publishers, Booksellers and Librarians.

Javier Celaya is the CEO and founder of For the last 15 years, Javier has been leading the set-up and launch in Spain and Latin America of very innovative digital platforms such as Bookwire, Storytel and Podimo, among other start-ups and platforms. Throughout the years, has published more than 150 studies and reports on the use of new technologies in different areas of the publishing sector (content creation, business models, distribution strategies, marketing campaigns, pricing, etc.)

Jörg founded the Canon Future Book Forum with the vision of driving innovation and change in the publishing industry by connecting book printers and stakeholders in the book publishing industry from all over the world. As a thought leader, keen networker and believer in state-of-the-art digital technologies he and the team developed the Future Book Forum into a leading networking and innovation event of this industry. With his 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, his passion for printed books and profound insights into international markets Joerg supports publishers and  book printers alike to jointly generate ideas, share best practises and shape the future of the publishing industry

Miha Kovač is professor at the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the University of Ljubljana. In his publishing career in late eighties and nineties, he worked as editorial director in the two largest Slovene publishing houses, DZS and Mladinska knjiga and as an editorial director of Slovene edition of National Geographic Magazine. He is the author of more than fifty articles and four books on reading and book publishing. His main research interest is publishing and reading statistics. In 2020, he published his first mass-market book Read to Breathe that will be also published in Spanish in early 2022 by editorial Dalya as Leer es respirar.

Christoph Bläsi (born 1960) is professor for book studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany (since 2009); before coming back to academia he had held senior positions in digital publishing and strategic information management of various major German publishing houses (1992-2004).


Christoph Bläsi´s current research areas include artificial intelligence applications in publishing, (particularly economic aspects of) educational publishing as well as cookbooks (following an approach including Digital Humanities); at the moment, he is involved in two collaborative research projects, Aldus Up, the Creative Europe-funded European Network of Bookfairs, and AuROA, a project funded by the German government on aspects of the Open Access book in the humanities and social science.

Simone Lippold is working as Head of Corporate Development and Consultant Funding Strategy for the CEO of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. She studied business administration in Kempten and Oviedo (Spain).  She started working at Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH in 2012. At the end of 2019 she transferred to the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. Simone contributes significantly to the establishment and expansion of the EU network of the Börsenverein Group and initiates numerous projects. She is also one of the driving forces behind the pilot project creativeSHIFT which is set to hack the biggest tech-triggered challenges facing Europe’s content sectors and to shape the future landscape of content innovation.