Every fall, The Webby Awards Executive Team takes Webby Talks on the road to meet the people making the Internet all over the world. Each speaker has presented to hundreds of groups from as small as 10 and as large as 200.


David-Michel Davies

Executive Director | @DMDlikes

David-Michel Davies is President of Webby Media Group, which owns and produces The Webby Awards, The Lovie Awards in Europe and Netted by the Webbys.

Since taking over The Webby Awards as Executive Director in 2005, DMD and team have grown the award to be what The New York Times calls “the Internet’s highest honor.” In 2016, The Webbys received a record 13,000 entries from more than 65 countries globally making it the most sought after award for digital work on the planet.

In 2008, DMD teamed up with long time business partners—current CEO, Neil Vogel; Rachel Zoe President, Rodger Berman; and New York City Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver—to co-found Internet Week New York, now a top gathering for Internet leaders. Under the Internet Week banner, DMD subsequently launched Internet Week Europe in London in 2010 and the Made in NY Digital Map ( in 2012. Crain Communications acquired a majority interest in the global Internet Week properties in August of 2012.

A proud alumni of the University of Pennsylvania, DMD lives with his wife Stella Lee and sons Louis and August in Brooklyn, NY.


Steve Marchese

Executive Producer | @SteveMarchese

As Executive Producer at Webby Media Group, Steve has led production duties on eleven Webby Awards cycles, and he has also been fortunate to lead a number of initiatives including Internet Week New York, Internet Week Europe, The Lovie Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Netted by the Webbys and a collaboration with NYC Digital, the Made in New York Digital Jobs Map. He oversees production on new digital builds, content creation and sponsorship executions.

For five years prior to joining Webby Media Group in 2006, Steve served as the Senior Producer and Manager at The One Club, where his main responsibility involved overseeing the production of The One Show, One Show Interactive and the growth of the then brand new One Show Design and One Show China. In the late 90s as a journalist (Flavorpill, XLR8R and Stash) and as a first-wave music blogger with his long-running blog, Steve’s columns and features identified the burgeoning nexus between motion graphics, Web design and electronic music.


Claire Graves

Managing Director | @ClaireGraves

As Managing Director of The Webby Awards Claire leads a team dedicated to celebrating the very best of Internet culture each year. Prior to joining the Webbys, Claire was a Client Lead at one of the UK’s most celebrated interactive advertising agencies, Poke London. There she managed the strategic design and build of brand Websites and communications for The Guardian, The BBC, Skype, Orange, Topshop and the children’s charity Barnardos. Her work at Poke includes several Webby Award winning projects.

A History graduate from Edinburgh University, Claire hails from Adelaide, South Australia. Her favorite yoga pose is Shavasana.


Emily Warren

Managing Director – The Lovie Awards | @emilyhonora

Emily leads the charge for The Lovie Awards, the only pan-European award for excellence on the Internet. Now in it’s sixth year, The Lovies recognizes the best from across the region, from major advertising campaigns to NetArt projects.

Before The Lovies, Emily spent six years working on The Webby Awards with particular focus on international development and the Webby Ambassador Program. Prior to Webby Media Group, Emily directed the ADC Awards program and served as Editor for three volumes of the Art Directors Annual, for which she won awards in One Show Design and The American In House Design Awards.

A native of Boston, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters (and one rescue dog). She holds a degree in English from Wesleyan University and speaks decent Italian.


Angela Carola

Managing Director, Business Insights | @angcarola

Angela Carola leads the Webby Insights division of Webby Media Group, charged with developing new products to offer clients that are designed to give unparalleled access to some of the most creative and sophisticated industry data and intelligence available, based on 20+ years of honoring the best work on the Internet.

Angela joined WMG in 2015 after serving in a variety of roles at Advertising Age over her 14-year career there. Most recently, she oversaw marketing, events and integrated sales projects. During her tenure, Angela worked on the Ad Age leadership team to create new and exciting ways to bring the 86-year old brand to market, and expand its global presence through events and partnerships.

Angela is a member of Advertising Women of New York and on the Executive Leadership Committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. She is relentless about making her co-workers sign up to attend, run and pitch-in at various events and activities to support these organizations. A native of the tri-state, Angela resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Elsa.


Jeff Zemetis

Director of Creative Content | @JZems

As Director of Creative Content at The Webby Awards, Jeff is responsible for all the breadth of creative produced by The Webby Awards, from the annual ceremony campaign, to the videos featured on stage, to the Call for Entries poster and The Webby People’s Voice campaign.


Seth Callaway

Academy Director | @NothingSethual

Seth Callaway oversees judging at The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), which includes evaluating entries into The Webby Awards as well as The Lovie Awards. Seth also leads thought-leadership activities at The Webbys, such as Webby Sessions at Internet Week NY and Webby Awards white paper publications.

Before joining Webby Media Group, Seth acted as a Producer for The One Show and Creative Week NYC, where he led the organization’s design and branded content programs. Seth originally hails from the green acres of Oregon where he studied consumer decision-making at the Decision Science Research Institute while earning his degrees in psychology and business administration at The University of Oregon.

Seth loves Chrome extensions, data and occasionally pretending he can dance.


Olyvia Salyer

Director of Marketing & Partnerships | @olyviasalyer

Olyvia oversees Marketing and Partnerships for The Webby Awards, ensuring the promotion and celebration of all-things-Internet as well as the Internet’s Biggest Night. Prior to joining the Webbys, Olyvia lead marketing for VICE’s digital properties including VICE, Noisey, VICE News, Motherboard, Munchies, Broadly, Creators Project, VICE Sports, i-D, THUMP and Fightland, which included several Webby Winning videos and websites.

A Psychology graduate from The College of William and Mary, Olyvia’s hobbies include music production, crate-digging and writing humorous reviews of NYC’s numerous amazing food trucks.


 Gianfranco Chicco

European Marketing Director | @gchicco

Gianfranco is the European Marketing Director for The Lovie Awards, the only truly pan-European award for excellence on the Internet. Now in its sixth year, The Lovies recognizes the best online work from across the region, from major advertising campaigns to NetArt projects.

Gian is passionate about innovative technology and design applied to brands, products, services and cities, and how tech can provide value to users. Over the last 15 years, he has been involved in building human-centered experiences that bring people together by bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds, including conferences such as the World Business Forum, Social Media Week, the Picnic Festival and Frontiers of Interaction. An Industrial Engineer by training, Gian acts as a cultural translator between different worlds.

Originally from Argentina, Gian is also Italian and has lived in Buenos Aires, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Madrid and now London. He enjoys making pasta at home for his friends, running and yoga to keep aging at bay, ballroom dancing to challenge his comfort zone and learning new languages to better connect with the people around the world.


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