Speakers | World News Media Congress 2017

World News Media Congress 2017

07 Jun 2017 to 09 Jun 2017
Durban
South Africa

World Editors Forum

Speakers | World News Media Congress 2017

Speakers

Founder & Director of the Knight Center for Journalism, University of Texas, USA

Rosental Calmon Alves is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication and is also the founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Created in 2002, the center has benefited thousands of journalists around the world with training programs. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the center has helped journalists to create a new generation of organizations dedicated to elevating the professional and ethical standards of journalism in their countries. In 2016 was awarded with the Maria Moors Cabot Prize.

Founder Code4Africa, impactAfrica Fund, Tanzania

Justin Arenstein is a veteran South African investigative journalist and media entrepreneur. He is founder of Code4Africa and is behind impactAFRICA, the continent’s largest fund for data-driven storytelling.

He is an internationally recognised expert in data-driven journalism and related new media technologies. Arenstein co-founded the pioneering independent news wire agency African Eye News Service (AENS). AENS and Arenstein have received a string of international awards for their investigative exposés into government corruption and social justice issues. This includes the Knight International Journalism Award in 2000. Arenstein was also a 2009-2010 Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where he explored social network analysis strategies for investigative journalism, as well as strategies to help independent grassroots media in Africa exploit the mobile web.

He serves as a consulting strategist on journalistic innovation for Google, and on the boards of a number of media industry entities and related press freedom bodies. He is a former member of the Press Council of South Africa, where he helped reform the Press Code and its press oversight mechanisms.

 

Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Paris, France

Guy has many years of experience in the African media and headed the School of Journalism & Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and was recently appointed Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO.

In the past, he has worked in both press and television and had a long-running column on the The Mail & Guardian website. He holds a doctorate from Rhodes University and was the deputy chair of the South African National Editor’s Forum.

Deputy CEO Group Figaro – CCM Benchmark, France

Jean-Luc Breysse is the Deputy CEO of Groupe Figaro (including CCM Benchmark) in France. He joined the group in 2012 from the position of President of Mondadori Magazine France. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of EMAP France and the Finance Director for the financial newspaper Les Echos.

Group MD & CEO, Star Media Group Berhad, Malaysia

Chun Wai was appointed Group Managing Director & CEO of the Company on 20 November 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in  the newspaper industry.

Prior to his appointment as Group Managing Director & CEO of Star Media Group Berhad in November 2013, he was appointed the Group Chief Editor at the age of 46 in the year 2008, becoming the newspaper’s youngest top editor in its history. He was also the first Group Chief Editor to be appointed as an Executive Director in 2010.

Chun Wai holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in political science and history. He has attended financial and leadership development programmes organised by the International Centre for Leadership in Finance at several American universities including the University of Stanford and University of Southern California. He is an advisory panel member of the UKM Graduate School of Business, an adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a Fellow at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

He won the prestigious Best Journalist Award for news features from the National Press Institute for his investigative article on Malaysian terrorists and their arms training in Afghanistan in 2003.

Chun Wai was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Media Industry by the World Chinese Economic Forum in Chongqing, China in 2014.

He is the first Malaysian to be elected to the board of the Paris-based World Editors Forum. He is also a supervisory counsel of Bernama,  the national news agency and a member of the Governance Council of the National Innovation Agency in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was also a chairman of the Bangkok-based Asia News Network, an alliance of 21 media groups in Asian cities. 

In addition to the above, Chun Wai is a board member of the Center for Mobile Studies (CMS) at the Xiamen University Malaysia. He is also an Honorary Advisor (2016-2019) of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).

Chun Wai writes a weekly column in The Sunday Star called “on the Beat” which focuses on political and religious moderation.

He is a strong believer who advocates commonalities and positive values.

Senior Manager, Accountability Journalism Program, American Press Institute

Jane Elizabeth is a senior manager at the American Press Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that focuses on helping the news media advance and improve. A former Washington Post editor, Jane joined API in 2014 to lead its program on accountability journalism. She has worked as an editor and reporter at four other U.S. newspapers; and has taught journalism at the University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University and Point Park University. She holds a master’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and has just been named as a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Founder & Deputy Chairman, Al Huffington Post Maghreb, France

Alix Etournaud co-founded Al Huffington Post Maghreb in 2013. It now has operations in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Last year, she also co-founded La Tribune Afrique, based in Morocco and focused on Economy. Etournaud is a journalist and writer. She holds an Executive Master in Media Management from Sciences Po Paris and studied at the CFPJ journalism school.

Founder and Director, Welad Elbalad Media Services LTD, Egypt

Fatemah Farag is the Founder and Director of Welad Elbalad Media Services LTD, a company dedicated to community media development and media excellence in Egypt. She is also currently a Nieman Fellow, the MENA Director for WAN IFRA’s Women in News Program and a WEF Board Member.

Before establishing Welad Elbalad Media Services, Ms. Farag was the founding chief editor of the English Edition of Al Masry Al Youm. Before 2009, she divided her professional time between the newsroom and journalism training and education. She was Assistant Chief Editor, responsible for the features and life-style sections and senior staff reporter at Al-Ahram Weekly, the English language newspaper issued by Al-Ahram, before which she worked for the Regional Bureau of the Washington Post, was a full time staff reporter for the Middle East Times – Egypt, and has freelanced for a host of local and international news organizations. 

As an educator she has held the position of Training Consultant for the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism and has also consulted and trained for various organizations including the European Union, the British Council, Free Voice and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She also taught journalism at the American University in Cairo (AUC) for two years and continues to dedicate time to journalism training.
Ms Farag began her career specializing in development issues with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and as a reporter and newspaper editor she has dedicated much of her work to the coverage of social issues. She is a graduate of the American University in Cairo, from which she also received a Masters degree in political science.

Founder & Managing Director, FrayIntermedia, South Africa

Paula Fray has worked in media for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. She is currently the managing director of the pan-African media training organisation frayintermedia which she founded in 2005.  A former regional director for Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, Fray has a strategic focus on deepening media skills with programmes ranging from specialist reporting, investigative journalism to newsroom and media leadership. frayintermedia’s training ranges from the highly-regarded Narrative Journalism Conference in South Africa, to long-term training programmes focusing on raising women’s profiles in critical media coverage such as Health and Agriculture, to annual fellowships and short, targeted skills workshops. She has wide-ranging consultancy and project management experience for corporate, government and non-government organisations. She has served as a mentor for organisations such as e-Health and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). She mentors Aspen Leadership Fellows as well as African Women’s Development Fund leaders. Fray graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Woman and Law Certificate from UNISA.  She is a trustee of Media Monitoring Africa and previously served on the board of Brand south Africa. A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she served on the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board from 2009 - 2013.

Chairperson SANEF

Mahlatse Gallens is chairperson of the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and political editor of News24. Mahlatse is has a long career in broadcasting in Africa, most recently at the SABC where she was deputy political editor for radio news.

After obtaining her diploma in journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 1999, Gallens joined SAfm’s PM Live as a producer in 2000. She has worked as a senior reporter at the SABC as well as a stint as BBC’s South African correspondent in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009 Gallens worked as foreign correspondent for the SABC in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.

Country Lead, Code for Kenya, Knight International Journalism Fellowship, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Kenya

Vice President, News, Google, USA

Richard Gingras

For more than thirty years, Richard Gingras has led highly-regarded efforts in the development of online services, software, and new media. These endeavors range from pioneering uses of satellite networking for television, the first applications of television signals for data distribution, both pre-Web and Web-based online services, and the creation of various platform technologies. Over the last several years Gingras has focused his attention on the transformation of the media landscape.  

He serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists. In the fall of 2012, Gingras was recognized with the Manship Prize for contributions to the evolution of digital media. The Manship Prize is awarded by the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. In May 2013, Gingras gave a commencement speech at West Virginia University. Until July, 2011, Gingras was CEO of Salon Media Group which operates the popular and acclaimed news site Salon.com, the blogging community OpenSalon.com, and the pioneering virtual community The Well. Gingras has had a long association with Salon having assembled its initial seed financing in 1995. Salon was the first web-only publication.

CEO, Scroll, USA

Haile is the founder of Scroll, the company dedicated to solving the problem of how to have sustainable quality journalism on a free and open web.

In 2009 Haile founded Chartbeat, a company he left in 2016 but where he keeps an advisory role. Haile is also an adjunct Professor of media and technology at Stanford University since May 2016. He created the course “Disrupting the News: How Technology is Transforming the Media” with Prof Bill Grueskin and is now teaching it.

Haile was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2012, one of Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2014.

Editor in Chief, Aftenposten, Norway

Espen Egil Hansen is the Editor-in-Chief of Aftenposten, Norway’s most esteemed and influential newspaper. Hansen joined Aftenposten after more than 20 years at VG, Norway’s most-read newspaper. His final job at VG was heading VG Nett, the newspaper’s online arm, Norway’s most-visited news destination.

In September, 2016, Hansen made worldwide headlines when he openly challenged Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the issue of censorship. Facebook had taken the controversial decision to remove Nick Ut’s iconic photograph, “The Terror of War”, which depicts a naked and burning Kim Phuc fleeing her firebombed village. Hansen’s, and Aftenposten’s principled stand led Facebook to relent and allow the photo, and contributed to an ongoing discussion of their role as an editor of information.

Hansen began his career as a journalist in 1985, working for seven years as a photojournalist. He correctly understood that the Internet would reshape the media business, which led him to be one of the founding employees in VG’s digital departments.

As and editor for more then 15 years Hansen has marked himself as a strong advocate for journalistic innovation – working across traditional silos to renew editorial working methods, storytelling and business models.

Editor-at-large, The Huffington Post SA, South Africa

Ferial is editor-at-large of Huffington Post South Africa and editor in chief of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), a coalition of the continent's best muckraking newsrooms and centres. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of City Press Newspaper and edited the Mail & Guardian from 2004 to 2009. She is former Chairperson of the South African National Editor's Forum and sits on the boards of the International Womens Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service.

Director, EPFL+ECAL Lab, Switzerland

Nicolas Henchoz is the Founder and Director of the EPFL+ECAL Lab in Switzerland. The EPFL+ECAL Lab is a unit of the EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in cooperation with ECAL (University of art and design Lausanne). Its mission is to foster innovation at the crossroads between technology, design and architecture.

The Lab bases its activities along three axes: giving new meaning to technologies developed in the scientific labs, fuelling innovation by widening the scope of designers’ work and forming new links between research and applications for society.

CEO, 24.com, Group CIO, Media24, South Africa

Andreij Horn was appointed CEO of 24.com on July 2016. Horn is also the Chief Information Officer at Media24. He started his career as a journalist at Volksblad in 1982. He subsequently pioneered the TopAd Shop, the country’s first online advertising booking platform, and CommerceZone, the central procurement platform used in Naspers’ South African companies.

Horn has a MA degree from the University of the Free State and obtained his MBA from the University of Cape Town in 1999, where he was honoured with the Bain Prize for ecommerce.

Principal Consultant, WAN-IFRA & Senior Advisor, Schibsted, Sweden

Beginning in the mid-90s, Kalle was one of the key designers of the strategy and success of Aftonbladet’s digital business development. The strategy and its implementation have deeply influenced the Schibsted corporate strategy.
Driving Aftonbladet to be one of the first digital news media in the world to implement a number of paid content services. Kalle was also instrumental in developing its mobile strategy. He has over 35 years in media and is Senior Advisor to Schibsted Sweden. Kalle is also a Board Member of Svenska Dagbladet.

CEO Ringier Africa & Asia, Switzerland

Robin William Lingg was appointed CEO of Ringier Africa and Asia, and a member of the group executive board of Ringier AG, in July 2014. He had served as head of business development and head of Ringier Africa AG since May 2013 and had been a member of the board of directors of Ringier AG since July 2011. He is the son of Evelyn Lingg-Ringier, who is the owner of Ringier AG together with her brother Michael Ringier and her sister Annette Ringier. Robin Lingg studied languages, economics and cultural science at the University of Passau in Germany. He worked in different positions for the international pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH from 2006, including several years in Mexico.

Head of Digital, Times Media Group, South Africa

Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Times Media Group in South Africa. She was previously GM of Digital for Media24.com. A former head of operations for ft.com and Managing Editor of the Financial Times, she now oversees the operational aspects of moving Times Media to a true digital first environment.

As Managing Editor, she managed the staffing, strategic planning and budgetary functions for the FT’s editorial department globally.

MacLeod joined the FT in 2003 during which time she has worked on various strategic newsroom integration and reorganisation projects. Prior to becoming managing editor, she was chief production editor, running the editorial development, support and training functions of the FT as well as overseeing the daily publishing requirements of both the website and newspaper. MacLeod was also a production editor and a commissioning editor on the special reports sections.

President, Lamb Consulting, USA

Peter Lamb

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Lamb is a Strategy Consultant, now living in Miami, Florida, and specialising in media companies. "The goal of my consulting practice is to utilise the sophisticated strategic marketing principles and techniques, learned while doing my MBA at Harvard Business School, meshing them with a hands-on sales approach, to generate new revenue streams for publications and websites. ROI is achieved by focusing on NEW-NEW revenue ... from customers that have never used our products before: print or online."

Managing Director, Strategy & Insights, The New York Times, USA

Liz McDonnell is Managing Director, Strategy & Insights at The New York Times since July 2016. Previously Liz Worked as Director of marketing  overseeing everything from marketing new mobile ad products and branded content partnerships to leading more consumer-focused efforts like @MyNYTimes on Instagram and has been of the spearheads behind the success of the native ad unit, T Brand Studio. The T Brand Studio is a result of the massive interest from advertisers looking to market their brands through the NYT platform. She never thought that her after-hours gig in improv comedy and performances in New York theaters would be her secret weapon for success in facing challenges in leadership and innovation.

Journalist, Bloomberg News, South Africa

Sam Mkokeli, an award-winning journalist and columnist, chairs the South African National Editors’ Forum’s media freedom sub-committee. He has been a journalist for almost two decades and has worked for South Africa’s leading newspaper brands, including Business Day and Sunday Times, where he held editorial executive roles. Those include the roles of News Editor/Assistant Editor and later Political Editor at Business Day – South Africa’s leading financial daily, and Cape Town Bureau Chief for the Sunday Times. He is now a specialist politics journalist for Bloomberg News, based in Johannesburg and covers mainly government affairs, political power and public policy.

Group CEO, The Nation Media Group, Kenya

Joe Muganda is the Group CEO for The Nation Media Group (NMG). NMG founded in 1959 by His Highness The Aga Khan, is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa and has operations in print, electronic and digital media and attracts unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. The company is a publicly listed company on the Nairobi, Rwanda, Uganda and Dar-es-Salaam bourses and aspires to be the Media of Africa for Africa.

Muganda holds an MBA from University of Leicester and a Bsc (Econ) Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Buckingham. He previously worked with British American Tobacco in various countries and capacities for 17 years, where he rose to become the Business Unit Head (Southern Africa Markets) and Area Head of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs (East & Central Africa).

CEO, Gizmodo Media Group, USA

Raju Narisetti is CEO of the Gizmodo Media Group.

He was until October 2016 Senior Vice President, Strategy, for News Corp where he was primarily involved in new ventures and acquisitions.

Prior to News Corp, Mr. Narisetti served as a Deputy Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. In this role, he headed editorial teams and content strategy for WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com, WSJ Live video platforms, and Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch Radio Networks.

Mr. Narisetti also served as Managing Editor of Washington Post Co. 2009-2011, overseeing digital content, news products and new businesses, as well as its editing, design, photo, video, engagement and social media teams. Teams he oversaw won three Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure.

Prior to joining the Post, Mr. Narisetti served as Founder/Editor of India's Mint newspaper, which is now India's second-largest business newspaper, by circulation.

Executive Director, Plataforma de Media Privados, Portugal

Luís Nazaré was appointed as the Executive Director of Plataforma de Media Privados (PMP) on February 2015. PMP brings together the five private media groups (Cofina, Global Media, Impresa, Media Capital and Renascença) in Portugal and aims to “coordinate strategic issues for the media sector in the country”. Luis oversees the strategy and interests of these companies across the Media sector in Portugal and at a European level.

He teaches Strategic Management and Marketing at ISEG (Lisbon’s School of Economics and Management).

Nazaré is the former Partner of Gestíssimo Consulting and the former president of CTT and Anacom. Additionally he has been the non-executive President of Airplus TV Portugal and served in several Boards as Chairman, like the Board of Directors of Correios de Portugal or the Board of Directors of ICP-ANACOM (National Communications Regulator). From 2002 to 2005 was a Member of the Advisory Board Telecom in Portugal and earlier in his career worked as an Advisor to the Prime Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Programme Director, MA in Media Management, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Dr. Mats Nylund is Programme Director of MA in Media Management at Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki. His main research area is interaction and networks in media production. He is currently doing research on the social implications of blockchain technology and sharing economy.

Head of publishing, Schibsted Norway

Torry Pedersen

Torry Pedersen has been assigned responsibility for Schibsted's Norwegian media houses in January 2017. Prior to that he was the CEO/Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS, Norway’s most read news-site/newspaper. He started his career as a journalist in Fredrikstad Blad 1981, and has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and publishing. Pedersen has been Managing Editor in VG, Editor in Chief/Publisher in VG Multimedia AS, CEO of Verdens Gang AS and from 2011 both CEO and Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS. He is currently a member of the board in Schibsted ASA. Pedersen was educated at the Norwegian School of Management (former Bedriftsøkonomisk Institutt), Oslo 1979 and he holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. He has been awarded the "Chief Editor of the Year Award" in Norway, and during his time as Editor in Chief and CEO, Verdens Gangs has won several prices.

VGs news-sites on desktop, mobile, tablet and traditional paper, has coverage of nearly 2, 4 million daily readers, and VGs is among the most profitable news organisations in Europe.

Chief Data Officer (Global), The Economist, France

Stephane Pere is Chief Data Officer (Global) for The Economist businesses. Since october 2013, his mission is to Elevate & Protect Data as a corporate asset, Leverage Data as revenue driver for the Circulation and Media Businesses as well as Explore the potential unlocked by Big Data.

He joined The Economist Paris office in 2007 to manage online advertising sales for Continental Europe, Middle-East & Africa. In 2010 he moved to New York to launch Ideas People Media (a vertical digital ad network that enables marketers to reach Thought leaders at scale trough an alliance of +60 high quality news publications). Additionally from 2012, he was the Head of Digital Advertising Sales and Agency Solutions for Americas.

Prior to joining The Economist, Stephane Pere had a diverse career within the advertising industry, which included managing online display advertising for Yahoo!, heading a TV and Print network for Canal+, and working with Bloomberg Television in international ad sales.

He holds a Masters in Management Science from E.M. Lyon Business School, as well as a Post Graduate Master in Intellectual Property Law and a Masters in Contract and Business Law both from Pantheon-Assas University in Paris.

Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Andrew Perkis received his Siv.Ing and Dr. Techn. Degrees in 1985 and 1994, respectively. In 2008 he received an executive Master of Technology Management in cooperation from NTNU, NHH and NUS (Singapore). He has been with NTNU since 1993 and currently holds a chair within Media Technology. His current research focus is within methods and functionality of content representation, quality assessment and its use within the media value chain in a variety of applications and change management, business modelling for the media sector and Digital Storytelling and the associate tools for this. He was one of the founding authors of the concept of Universal Multimedia Access (UMA) and Quality of Experience (QoE). He is also involved in setting up directions and visions for new research within media technology and entertainment as well as directions for innovations in Immersive Media Technology Experiences. He is member of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), senior member of the IEEE, member of ACM, member of The Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers, Board member of WAN-IFRA Global Alianace for Media innovation (GAMI) and member of the New European Media (NEM) executive committee.

CEO, WAN-IFRA, France

Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1 October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite,” the French government’s response to the economic difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research.

Former Editor-in Chief, Huffington Post South Africa

Verashni Pillay was appointed the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post South Africa but quit in April 2017 after Huffington Post published a provocative blog by a fake contributor.  She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mail & Guardian. She has worked at various periods as senior reporter covering politics and general news, specialises in media management and relishes the task of putting together the right team to create compelling and principled journalism across multiple platforms.

Editorial Vice-President, RBS Group, Brazil

Marcelo Rech, is the editorial Vice-President RBS Group, one of the leading media groups in Brazil. With its HQ in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, the group owns 18 TV stations, 2 community TV stations, 25 radio stations, 8 newspapers and internet portals, among other media businesses.

Marcelo was a former reporter, specialized in internal and international conflicts. Among his coverages are five expeditions to Antarctica, the fall of the Soviet Union and the economic transition in Russia, the Gulf War, the war in the Balkans, the UN intervention in Mozambique, the crisis in Cuba and several coup d'etats and military risings in Latin America, besides many investigative pieces and extensive stories in Brazil.

In 1993, he became managing editor of Zero Hora, the main newspaper of RBS. Between 1997 and 2008, he was the editor of Zero Hora and the other seven newspapers of the group. From 2008 to 2011, Marcelo was appointed the first Content Director of RBS, in charge of media operations in four media platforms, which involved about 1,100 journalists and 800 people from different sectors and regions.

In 2012, he became general director of the four RBS newspapers situated in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and in 2013 Marcelo was assigned executive director of Journalism, a position that includes the editorial ethics guidelines within the Group.

Since January 2016, he's RBS's first-ever Editorial Vice-President.

Since 2008, he has been a member of the board of the World Editors Forum and in 2013 he became the first chairman of the board of WAN-IFRA Latin America. He is also director of the Interamerican Press Association (IAPAS) and a member of the editorial committee of the Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ). He also integrates the superior councils of Palavra Aberta ("Open Word"), an institution in defense of freedom of expression in Brazil, and CONAR, the Brazilian self-regulatory system for advertising. In 2015, he was appointed by ANJ as a member of the Communication Council of the Brazilian Senate.

CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines

Maria A. Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator. Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing.

Ms. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” (Free Press, 2003).

In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook” as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK

Juan Señor
Juan Señor is a Partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

As a Partner at Innovation he has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent.

His projects with Innovation have won numerous accolades, in particular Best Newspaper Concept and Design in the World and/or in Europe continuously from 2004 to 2011.

CEO/Editor, VGTV, Norway

Helje Solberg is CEO/Editor of VGTV. For eight years she was the Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily on paper and internet combined. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994 and later took up positions as Editorial Department Manager, Sub Manager and Managing Editor. In 1995 she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud).She is on the board of World Editors Forum (WEF), the head of the organizing committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards. She is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association), a member of Oslo Editor Association and a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and political science at the University of Oslo, and international relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. Solberg is the author of “Karen ­ a history about” (1996).

Director, Global Advisory - WAN-IFRA, Germany

Ben Shaw ist ein führender Experte für digitale Medien und berät für WAN-IFRA Medienunternehmen bezüglich digitaler Strategien und organisatorischem Wandel. Er leitet auch diverse WAN-IFRA-Initiativen, um die Medienbranche bei ihrer Transformation zu unterstützen.
Zuvor war er der Chief Digital Officer bei Shaw Media, wo er den digitalen Umsatz und das Publikum für Shaw Medias digitale Produkte in den Vereinigten Staaten steigerte. Ben Shaw war ebenfalls CTO des Unternehmens und zuvor IT Director. Er überwachte Umsatzwachstumsstrategien und die Angleichung aller Technologien an Shaw Medias Zielpublikum. Er war auch aktiv an der Optimierung von Shaw Medias ca. 100 Print- und Digital Publishing-Produkten und Workflows beteiligt. Er ist ein lizenzierter Apple iOS-Entwickler und ein Apple Certified Help Desk Spezialist.

Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa

Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma.

Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal.

Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.

CEO, Tinius Trust, Norway

Kjersti Løken Stavrum is CEO of the Tinius Trust, which is the largest shareholder in the Schibsted Group. The trust's main role is to ensure that Schibsted remains a media group characterised by free, independent, quality journalism. 

A former Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, Stavrum began her journalism career with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 1994. She left, to edit the weekly women's magazine Kvinner og Klær, but returned to Aftenposten in 2005 as feature editor of the paper's revamped weekly magazine A-magasinet where she remained until 2012. Thereafter, for a short period, she was head of the communications department of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

In April 2013, she was appointed Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association, replacing Per Edgar Kokkvold who had occupied the post since 1966.

In 2003, Stavrum was named Norway's Female Media Leader of the Year in recognition for her success in making KK (Kvinner og Klær) Norway's most popular women's magazine.

Commercial Manager, Schibsted Content Studio, Sweden

Lotta has been working for Schibsted since 2006, starting off as an Key Account Manager at Aftonbladet – Swedens largest newspaper – and has since worked as a Sales Manager, Creative Business Developer and for the last 2 years focused on sponsoring, branded content and native advertising. Currently in the role of Commercial Manager at Schibsted Content Studio her work consists of ensuring Schibsted’s content portfolio stays the best on the Swedish market, and educating the internal sales organisation, advertisers and agencies in strategies for content marketing.

Deputy Director, Global Advisory, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Nick runs our most advanced digital programmes, travelling the world to stay updated on tech trends and new funding models, from VR to crowdfunded news.

He started his career in London and has over ten years experience in innovative digital projects and collaborative working.

Before joining WAN-IFRA, he managed IT projects for ExxonMobil, Deutsche Bank and the European Patent Office, and facilitated the exec forums and conferences for the e-gov agency London Connects. He has a Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Change from the Open University Business School.

Research Director, First Draft News, USA

Claire Wardle leads strategy and research at First Draft News, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and director of news services for Storyful.

She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.

Claire is also the co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub, which is a member of the First Draft Coalition. Her research and teaching focuses on eyewitness media (otherwise known as UGC), and how can journalists find it, verify it, and use it ethically.

She has worked with newsrooms and humanitarian organisations around the world, providing training and consultancy on digital transformation.

Director, Ethical Journalism Network, UK

Aidan White is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethical Journalism Network. He worked as a journalist with newspapers in the United Kingdom, including the Birmingham Evening Mail, the Financial Times and The Guardian, before taking up his post as General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists from 1987-2011 based in Brussels.

He founded the EJN in 2012. He has written extensively on human rights, ethics and journalism issues and played a leading role in establishing the International News Safety Institute, the global campaign for news safety, as well as the creation of IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global network of free expression campaigners.

In 2014 Aidan served on the appointments panel of IMPRESS, the Leveson-compliant alternative press regulator in the UK.

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