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WAN-IFRA is calling on its supporters around the globe to nominate great speakers for our events.

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  • Teaching Fellow, Google News Initiative

    Samya Ayish is a Google News Initiative teaching fellow in the MENA region. Before joining Google, Samya worked as an online video and social media producer at CNN Arabic in Dubai, covering entertainment and cinema, and specializing in the Arab film industry. Samya focuses on visual storytelling in her work, creating ways to promote news stories across different digital platforms.
  • Dr. rer. nat., Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at NTNU, Norway

    Kerstin Bach (Dr. rer. nat. from University of Hildesheim, Germany) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at NTNU. Her research interests are intelligent decision support systems, data analysis and knowledge-based systems, particularly case-based reasoning.  She teaches machine learning and advanced knowledge-based methods at NTNU and supervises students in the field since 2007. Her genuine interest in machine learning techniques and their application lead into participation in various EU and industry funded projects at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence as well as NTNU. Currently, among other research activities, she is the project manager of the selfBACK EU project that develops an eHealth application for low back pain patients. She enjoys discussing AI methodologies and applications with fellow researchers, but more importantly teaching it to students and bringing it into multidisciplinary projects and thereby shaping the new digital world.

  • Academic Coordinator of IDEAR - Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship Laboratory, PUCRS, Brazil

    Ana Cecília Bisso Nunes is an assistant professor of entrepreneurial journalism and media innovation at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Brazil, where she also plays a role as academic coordinator of the entrepreneurship lab Idear. For the past four years, she has been researching media labs as part of her PhD, a joint degree between PUCRS and University of Beira Interior (UBI). Her thesis counts with a partnership with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) through the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) and was partially funded by a Brazilian scholarship (CAPES/PDSE 2018-01). She has previous academic experiences in Portugal, the UK, Germany and Norway. In a commercial setting, she has experience as a media product manager for web and mobile products. She was distinguished two times in Brazilian educational awards for her work on interdisciplinary entrepreneurship in higher education.
  • Coordenadora Acadêmica do Laboratório Interdisciplinar de Inovação e Empreendedorismo, PUCRS, Brasil

    Ana Cecília Bisso Nunes é professora assistente de jornalismo empreendedor e inovação em mídia na Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) no Brasil, onde também atua como coordenadora acadêmica do laboratório de empreendedorismo Idear. Nos últimos quatro anos, pesquisa laboratórios de mídia como parte de seu doutorado, um diploma conjunto entre a PUCRS e a Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI). Sua tese conta com uma parceria com a Associação Mundial de Editores de Notícias (WAN-IFRA) através da Aliança Global para Inovação em Mídia (GAMI) e foi parcialmente financiada por uma bolsa de estudos brasileira (CAPES / PDSE 2018-01). Ana já teve experiências acadêmicas anteriores em Portugal, Reino Unido, Alemanha e Noruega. Em um ambiente comercial, ela tem experiência como líder de produtos de mídia para produtos da web e móveis. Foi distinguida duas vezes em prêmios educacionais brasileiros por seu trabalho em empreendedorismo interdisciplinar no ensino superior.
  • Open Innovation Director, MEC, UK

    Hannah is Open Innovation Director for the media agency MEC. Here she is responsible for helping the agency and its clients to collaborate and partner with start-ups and early stage technology in addition to harnessing a more entrepreneurial culture within the organisation. Prior to this she ran BBC Worldwide Labs, BBC Worldwide’s award winning start-up accelerator. Hannah is experienced in identifying and forging commercial partnerships for a number of large organisations and digital media start-ups, which means she has insider knowledge of how young companies can scale and grow through a networked model and how established organisations can adopt new, innovative ways of working. Hannah has a unique ability to quickly understand start-up business models and translate them for the corporate world, enabling two very different companies to work closely together and collaborate on profitable, long-term partnerships.

  • Partner, Davis consulting

    A partner in Davis, Cooke Media, Murdoch has worked in news media for 40 years, in roles from reporter, feature writer up to editor-in-chief, editorial VP and President & Publisher of large media houses. Most recently he was Executive Editor of the Toronto Star for five years until relocating to the USA for personal reasons. From there he has worked as a consultant and contractor for media in Canada and USA.
  • EVP, Customer Experience and Communications, OP Financial Group

    Carina Geber-Teir (née en 1972) est depuis 2009, Senior Vice President Corporate Communication et membre du directoire d'OP Banking. Elle est à ce titre responsable de l'identité et de la communication, à savoir la marque, le marketing, les communications externes et internes et la responsabilité sociale du groupe. Elle a été membre du conseil d'administration de la société finlandaise de radiodiffusion, membre de son comité de vérification et président de la Fédération des communications du Comité financier finlandais. Diplômée en sciences politiques de l'Université d'Helsinki en 1997, elle a commencé sa carrière au Ministère des affaires étrangères. De 1999 à 2001, elle a été porte-parole du ministère des Affaires sociales et de la Santé et vice-président de la société d'assurance Varma de 2002 à 2009.

  • Managing Director, & Genesis Interactive, Kenya

    Valentine Gichau is the founding partner of Genesis Interactive Africa, and the founding director of the leading digital portal in Kenya - Tuko Media Ltd. 

    She has over 11 years experience in the world of strategic creative media and marketing both traditionally and digitally. Adding on her 4 years spent in consumer/ market research across local and international markets. 

    Having shaped the brands of some of the world's leading international brands in the market, she has accrued vital insights that have moulded her analytical and strategic perception, and her creative strengths. Her portfolio includes digital marketing solutions that increased clients’ revenue by 1400%.

    She is passionate about Africa’s fast-evolving creative development, and consistently driven to enable this progressive evolution in the region. 

  • VP Marketing, CCI Europe, Germany

    With 16+ years of experience in strategic marketing planning, Jacob Gjørtz is an expert in converting market and consumer insights into concrete, actionable strategies for brands and media businesses. Jacob is committed to sharing the experience and thought leadership that CCI has built over the years to help brands and publishers adapt and innovate in today’s rapidly evolving media market.
  • Co-founder / Editor in Chief at Omni, Sweden

    Omni is a news curation service owned by Schibsted, available originally as an app and now also as a website. Omni is a mixed tech and media company, based on a home-built Tweetdeck like CMS and with editors working in a flat team. The editors, working in shifts 24/7, pick stories from hundreds of news sources, writing short summaries and publishing with a link to the original source.

  • Head of Marketing Digital Products of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

    Johannes Hauner, born 1983, is Head of Marketing Digital Products of Germany’s biggest quality newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Before, he served as Assistant to SZ’s Publishing Director (trainee) and studied Economics.


  • CTO, Stampen Media, Sweden

    Andreas Klarén

    Digital media expert and ”intrapreneur” with 15+ years building and managing products and new business within the media, internet and the telecom industries.

    Expertise in strategy creation, business and product development, turn-around projects or creating new business in upcoming areas. Strong background in scaling and streamlining efficient set-ups in terms of organisation, solutions and product portfolios and delivering despite very limited resources.

    For the last 9+ years I have also had an international focus managing global teams and projects, driving change and digital transformation in very demanding environments with both cultural layers and complex matrix organisations. 

    My main focus in recent years has been on digital media in Latin America, as well as the Nordics, Europe and Russia. I have experience establishing off-shore development and support teams in India, and long experience from global partnerships and contracts covering everything from content rights/services to tech infrastructure.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Zetland, Denmark

    Lea Korsgaard is Editor In Chief at Zetland. Zetland is a Danish journalistic startup that was established in 2012 by some experienced journalists from the traditional Danish news media companies to give their version of what the future news media could look like. Zetland is a membership based brand. It was relaunched in 2016 as Denmark’s slowest news media that cuts through the news noise with few, in depth stories about the most important events. As they say: All you need to know. No more than you can make.She has worked for major Danish newspapers like Politiken and Berlingske.

  • Vice President of Digital, Independent Media, South Africa

    Has been responsible for building new digital platforms that speak to our audiences.

  • Social Media Editor, Agence France Presse (AFP)

    Sophie Nicholson joined AFP in 2006 and has worked as Social Media Editor at the Paris headquarters for the past two and a half years. Previously, Sophie worked as a correspondent in Mexico City, where she covered news from the US border to southern Chile. She started her career in radio and television at the BBC in London.

  • Head of Digital Product, Prisa Radio, Spain

    Ana is Head of Digital Product at Prisa Radio, where she leads all digital product development in Spain and Latin America. She co-founded two start-ups: Cuonda and Tablet Army. Cuonda is a podcast platform for the Spanish speaking community, an initiative that has been awarded with GNI funding. One of Cuonda's productions, The Three Deaths of my father, received in 2018 an "Ondas" Award and on the same year it was regarded the Best podcast of the year by Apple. Ana has been also a Partner at Prodigioso Volcan, a consulting firm focused on communication strategies where she has led Digital Transformation projects for clients such as El País, Diario de Cuba or El Universal (Mexico). Ana obtained a BA at University of Navarra, and has been a Visiting Scholar for the Science Technolgy and Society Programme at Stanford University, and a Fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism (CUNY). She is also an Associate professor for Entrepreneurial journalism at the University of San Pablo CEU (Madrid) while leads the Spanish chapter of Hacks & Hackers in Madrid.

  • Diretora de Produto Digital, Prisa Radio, Espanha

    Ana é diretora de produtos digitais da Prisa Radio, onde lidera todo o desenvolvimento de produtos digitais na Espanha e na América Latina. Ela cofundou duas empresas iniciantes: Cuonda e Tablet Army. Cuonda é uma plataforma de podcast para a comunidade de língua espanhola, uma iniciativa que foi premiada com financiamento do RNB. Uma das produções de Cuonda, The Three Deaths of my father, recebeu em 2018 o prêmio "Ondas" e, no mesmo ano, foi considerado o melhor podcast do ano pela Apple. Ana também foi sócia da Prodigioso Volcan, uma empresa de consultoria focada em estratégias de comunicação, onde liderou projetos de transformação digital para clientes como El País, Diario de Cuba ou El Universal (México). Ana obteve um bacharelado na Universidade de Navarra e foi pesquisadora visitante do Programa de Tecnologia e Sociedade Científica da Universidade de Stanford e pesquisadora do Centro Tow-Knight de Jornalismo Empresarial (CUNY). Ela também é professora associada de jornalismo empreendedor na Universidade de San Pablo CEU (Madri), enquanto lidera o capítulo espanhol de Hacks & Hackers em Madri.


    Industrial Exposure:

    • 23 years of work experience with BCCL since 1997

    • Worked in Pre-press section with Camera, Scanner, Image setter, CtP etc.

    • Worked in Press Colourman, Cromoman

    • Worked extensively with SAP, Data handling & visualization including Tableau & Power BI

  • Branded Content Director, South China Morning Post


    Michala is tasked with creating engaging content that communicates a brand’s campaign while up-keeping SCMP’s tone and values. 


    Prior to joining SCMP, she spent more than eight years creating video and sponsored content for CNN International.


  • Gerente de Operações de Podcasts, Slate, EUA

    Asha é especialista em estratégia e operações de negócios que vive no Brooklyn e originalmente de Miami, Flórida. Em sua função atual como gerente de Operações para Slate Podcasts, ela supervisiona as operações editoriais de uma rede de mais de 25 shows. Antes de ingressar na Slate, ela ocupou cargos financeiros e operacionais em várias empresas de mídia B2B e focadas no consumidor, trabalhando mais recentemente no planejamento e estratégia de receita de publicidade na Pandora Radio. Ela também atua no Conselho de Administração da Radio Free Brooklyn, uma estação de rádio sem fins lucrativos. Tem um B.A. em economia da NYU, com especialização em mídia, cultura e comunicação.

  • Podcast Operation Manager, Slate, USA

    Asha is a business strategy and operations specialist living in Brooklyn and originally from Miami, Florida. In her current role as the Operations Manager for Slate Podcasts, she oversees editorial operations for a network of 25+ shows. Prior to joining Slate, she’s held financial and operational roles at various consumer-focused and B2B media companies, most recently working on advertising revenue planning and strategy at Pandora Radio. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Radio Free Brooklyn, a non-profit streaming radio station. She has a B.A. in economics from NYU with a specialization in Media, Culture, and Communications.
  • General Manager-Quality and Prepress, Jagati Publications Ltd, India.

    Mr.B.Gouri Sankar  working as General Manager-Quality and Prepress in Jagati Publications Ltd having 23yrs of experience in Newspaper  Quality and Prepress.

    He is looking after all Quality and Prepress departments in Jagati. He started his career as Electronics engineer and mastered in Quality. He previously associated with Dinamalar and other Publications 

  • Customer Success Manager, Chartbeat

    Alisa Schaefer is a Customer Success Manager at Chartbeat, overseeing strategic partnerships with industry-leading publishers to help optimize their analytics efforts, and providing customized insights and specialized training to client teams and leadership. Based in New York, she is a native of Cologne, Germany.

  • General Manager of Swiss Ringier Africa AG

    Leonard Stiegeler has been the General Manager of Swiss Ringier Africa AG since 2016 - leading the company's operations in classifieds, e-commerce, content and its digital agency on the continent. Brands belonging to the company and/or the operating groups it is setting up are among others Pulse, Jobberman, Cheki, DealDey, Brighter Monday, Private Property and Rupu and it is active in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
    Prior to his work with Ringier since 2013, Leo helped to establish Rocket Internet and other German investors in Africa.  
  • Founding editor,, Belgium

    Robin Wauters is the founding editor of With a background in online marketing for technology companies, he has been an entrepreneur, startup advisor but primarily a tech journalist for many years, most recently as the European Editor of global technology news site The Next Web and previously senior reporter at TechCrunch, a Silicon Valley-based tech blog and event organiser.