Digital Strategy & Product Development

Stewart Mader is a leading expert on digital media, with fifteen years of experience defining digital strategy, and building the products to deliver it.

He is currently Global Head of Digital Media at Fitch Ratings, where he is leading the design and development of digital products to package, present, and promote the output of a global financial media company.

Before that, he served as Director of Digital & Social Media at CFA Institute. There, he established the Enterprising Investor and @MarketIntegrity to help the firm reach new audiences with its campaign for ethics in finance. He also helped the World Bank-International Finance Corporation develop a digital hub for donors, investors, and NGOs to document and evaluate business models in developing countries.

Stewart guided product development for Atlassian’s popular Confluence collaboration platform as the company expanded from its roots in Australia to a global software powerhouse. He also led digital media for Brown University, where his team was selected by Apple to pilot iTunes U. He holds an MS, Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology from University at Albany, and a BS, Chemistry magna cum laude from University of Hartford. He is the author of Wikipatterns (Wiley, 2008), a practical guide to improving productivity and collaboration using digital tools.

Stewart is also an advocate for public transit. He developed Subway NY NJ, a proposal to use empty space on the left edge of the current NYC Subway Map to display the PATH subway to New Jersey, which improves visibility of cross-Hudson rapid transit for 1.8 billion annual transit riders. He also worked with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to found the PATH Riders Council (PRC), an advisory group chartered by PATH to ensure riders have a voice in system design, customer service communications and operations decision-making. He currently serves as Chair.