Speakers | The Newsroom Summit 2020

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The Newsroom Summit 2020

20 Oct 2020 to 21 Oct 2020

Speakers | The Newsroom Summit 2020


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President and CEO, Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh, USA

Jennifer Bertetto began as a stringer for the sports department at the Valley News Dispatch, while still in high school. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, she became a sales rep for the Tribune-Review’s burgeoning expansion into the Pittsburgh market in 1997. Jennifer’s dedication took her upward — from sales manager to majors accounts director, then advertising director, then Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, she became President and CEO of Trib Total Media. Yet, with every goal she completes, Jennifer continues to look ahead — and in 2016, she helped launch 535media.

As a board member for the News Media Alliance, representing over 2,000 news organizations
and their multiplatform businesses around the world, Jennifer has her finger on the pulse of the digital evolution of the news industry — from finding ways clients can gain online revenue to developing alternative revenue streams and engaging audiences.

CEO, eldiario.es, Spain

Rosalía Lloret became the new CEO of eldiario.es in January 2020. Before that, she was the Director of Institutional and Member Relations of the Online Publishers Association in Europe. Her other previous positions include: Chief Digital Officer at Prisa News, where she lead the digital strategy and business development of El País, AS, Cinco Días and PRISA Magazines; and Chief Digital Officer of El Mundo, Marca, Expansión at Unidad Editorial. Earlier in her career, Lloret co-founded two of the largest internet projects in Spain: Terra.es and Ya.com. She also set up the internet division of RTVE, and served as the first director of RTVE.es as well as being a member of the Management Committee of RTVE. In addition to a degree in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense, she holds a master’s degree in Journalism from El País, and a master’s degree in Politics and Global Economy from the London School of Economics.

Digital Editor, Corriere della Sera, Italy

Davide Casati is Digital Editor at Corriere della Sera, whose main work focuses on maximizing reader engagement and increase subcriptions. He graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City with a Business Journalism degree.

Founded in 1876, the Corriere della Sera is Italy’s most widely-read daily newspaper and an international reference point and is seen as Italy’s most authoritative daily, given the breadth, depth and quality of the information it provides. Through its website, digital editions, magazines, vertical channels, local publications and presence on social networks, the Corriere della Sera provides a complete and continually evolving information.

Executive Editor, The Globe and Mail, Canada

Angela Pacienza is the Executive Editor at The Globe and Mail. The role includes oversight of the programming, editing and visual journalism teams. From breaking stories as a beat reporter at The Canadian Press to launching Canada’s first video wire service and overseeing a massive newsroom re-org at The Globe and Mail, Angela’s speciality is driving culture change to create more nimble, inclusive and forward-thinking newsrooms. Angela is a graduate of the Online News Association’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator program and a mentor with Digital Women Leaders.  

Editor in Chief, Aachener Zeitung, Germany

Thomas Thelen has been Editor-in-Chief of Aachener Zeitung and Aachener Nachrichten since August 1, 2018. He was responsible for the digital versions of both daily newspapers. Thelen studied sports science and sports journalism at the German Sports University in Cologne. He was employed as a permanent editor at the Aachen newspaper publishing house in 1998 and since then held various positions, including leading the technical processes team.

Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times, United Kingdom

Hannah Sarney works as both an editor and advocate for the future of newsrooms, pushing for innovations that will improve reach, relevance and genuine engagement with readers. She helps lead a newsroom team that is focused on creating and implementing audience-first strategies. Her projects aim to drive editorial analytics ever deeper into newsroom practice and bring stakeholders together from the newsroom, product, analytics, marketing and events.


Co-founder of FoodForMzansi.co.za, South Africa

Ivor Price is a well-loved name in Afrikaans media. He is a TV and Radio presenter, communist and co-founder of FoodForMzansi.co.za. The former SABC2 news anchor also presented the first four seasons of Landbouweekliks, a DStv show, in which he crisscrossed the country to interview the movers and shakers of Mansi’s agriculture industry. Other career highlights include a stint in London as a Foreign Correspondent and publishing leading community newspapers in Stellenbosch.

CEO & Co-founder, Synthesia, UK

Synthesia is a start-up founded by a team of researchers and entrepreneurs from UCL, Stanford, TUM and Cambridge. Their mission is to take the lead in using artificial intelligence and video synthesis to create a new generation of content creation tools — tools that are empowering, effective and ethical, for everyone.

Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore

Warren Fernandez joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become a News Editor. He went on to serve as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor.

Fernandez then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy Project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its Editor. He assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) from July 2016.

Fernandez graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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