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    Essential networking events for publishers across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and North America. 

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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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  • Head of Sales, SPH Digital, Singapore

    Keith Chong

    Keith is the Head of Sales at SPH Digital, the Digital Division of Singapore Press Holdings. SPH Digital provides a suite of more than 25 news and lifestyle web-portals, engaging 23 million unique readers and generating in excess of 360 million pageviews within and outside Singapore. Responsible for driving digital revenue from domestic & international markets; including product & customer strategy, Keith heads up the Digital Sales organization and provides digital thought leadership to 7 sales teams, comprising more than 30 online sales professionals and digital strategists to lead digital transformation among brand owners, marketers & agencies.

  • Engagement Manager, Hearken, Inc, UK

    Federica has spent the past decade exploring, learning and working in the news industry, on a global scale. Her career has been focused on understanding the processes and dynamics of journalism, connecting the dots between people, disciplines, departments, projects, cultures, and figuring out new ways of working. Prior to joining Hearken, Federica was Audience Projects Editor at Condé Nast International, working on audience growth, best practice and knowledge sharing between editorial, data, product and commercial teams of the CNI's global portfolio. Specifically, she has worked on newsletter strategies and editorial initiatives that drive audience loyalty. Previously, she was part of the Digital News Project team at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford and worked on several projects, exploring the future of journalism and newsrooms around the world the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
  • Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP, France

    Phil Chetwynd was appointed AFP's Paris-based Global Editor-in-Chief in October 2012. He is responsible for the output of some 1,500 text, photo and video journalists and plays a major role in driving the agency's evolving multimedia strategy around the world.

    He joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British regional newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

    Chetwynd was also AFP's Deputy Bureau Chief in China for two years. Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong as first News Editor and then Chief Editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he gained widespread experience managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the rise of China.

    He set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong and played a major role in launching the video service in Asia.

  • COO, South China Morning Post

    Elsie Cheung

    Elsie Cheung was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the South China Morning Post in January 2011. In this vital role, she implements strategic change to bring SCMP’s cultural and digital transformation to bear. She spearheads SCMP’s business operations, including advertising and marketing solutions, circulation and syndication, global marketing, print production, and the recruitment services business.

    Ms Cheung started her career at SCMP before broadening her experience at other well-established organisations including Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), Hong Kong Telecom, and Sunevision. Upon her return to SCMP, Ms Cheung held the senior leadership positions of Head of Sales and Director of Advertising prior to her appointment as COO; she is now a 17-year veteran of the company.

  • Senior Product Manager, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore

    As product manager, V'Ming is driving the strategy, design, development and monetisation of The Straits Times' digital products and content. Backed with 15+ years of experience in media and communications industry, V'Ming was previously deputy head of digital strategy and production editor in SPH, driving product and content strategies, while steering digital transformation efforts within the newsrooms and The Straits Times' paid content journey.

  • Africa Director, WAN-IFRA Women in News Programme, Malawi

    Tikhala Chibwana has over 20 years’ experience in media and media development. He worked for 10 years as general manager for a media house with interests in newspapers, television, radio and online. He has previously worked as Features Editor and Assistant Editor. Besides his media experience, he has worked in marketing, training and development as well as human resource management. He also has hands on experience in project management, advocacy and organizational development. He holds an MBA, post graduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM) and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA) among other qualifications. For the past three years he has been working as Africa Director for WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) programme.
  • Managing Director, Business Insider, UK

    Julian Childs is Managing Director for UK and Europe of Business Insider, the London-based division of the popular online financial publication that was launched last November. Childs's background covers over 15 years in digital media on the publisher side, encompassing various leadership, business and commercial roles across Europe and internationally. Prior to Business Insider his more recent roles have included VP of EMEA for Business Technology sites including ZDNet and TechRepublic and VP of Partnerships for CBS Interactive where he helped build and deliver their international monetisation and data strategy.

  • Principal Reporter, Pearl Magazine, TVB Hong Kong

    The emcee of Digital Media Asia 2018's Asian Digital Media Awards ceremony is award-winning journalist, Zela Chin, principal reporter for the weekly, prime-time feature programme “Pearl Magazine” on TVB, Hong Kong's largest broadcaster. TVB shows reach 2.3 million households in the city, and over 300 million households worldwide. She has reported from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, mainland China, Macau, among other places.

    Zela started her career at CNN headquarters in the U.S. and later joined CNN in Hong Kong to produce "Talk Asia". Highlights include interviews with Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, scientist Stephen Hawking and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. She is also a Board Member of the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and president of the Duke Alumni Association in Hong Kong. Zela has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s in Slavic languages from Duke University.

  • Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google, UK

    In his role, Madhav Chinnappa works on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry.  Most recently, he launched the Digital News Initiative which in March 2018 evolved to become part of the Google News Initiative, Google's overarching global framework for engagement with the news ecosystem.  

    Madhav joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA region. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.


  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

  • Co-Founder of CGnet Swara , India

    Shubhranshu Choudhary

    Shubhranshu Choudhary is co-founder of CGnet Swara a Democratization of Media experiment based in Central India. They developed world's first Community Radio on Mobile Phone. He is a former BBC South Asia producer and was a Knight International Journalism fellow. He won Google Digital Activism award in 2014 and was chosen one of 100 Global leading thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He was selected as one of the Young Business Leaders by Boston Global Forum for the year 2015. 

  • Technology Editor & Product Manager,, India

    Soumyadip Choudhury

    Soumyadip Choudhury is currently with Network18 as Technology Editor and Product Manager at A blogger and activist, his primary and most popular blog is Cutting the Chai. Before joining IBN he had worked with NDTV, Times Group and HT Media Ltd.

  • Chief Technical Manager, DIC India Ltd, India

  • Executive Editor, South China Morning Post

    Chung Yan Chow

    Chow Chung Yan

    Executive Editor, South China Morning Post

    Chung Yan CHOW is the Executive Editor of the South China Morning Post, overseeing coverage of key Hong Kong, China, and international stories for both the print and digital platforms. He also manages the photo and graphics departments. As a reporter, Mr Chow covered many landmark events, such as the 2003 SARS outbreak, bird flu, and the Chinese top leadership change in 2007. He was previously the SCMP’s Chief News Editor and China Editor before being promoted to his current position.

  • Vice President of Sales, ComScore Inc.

    Marcos Christensen,  South Cone Vice President , joined comScore in 2012. The leading digital audience and ad-validation measurement company providing services to almost all media publishers and agencies and advertisers.

    With more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry has worked in leading companies as Carat, Ybrant Digtial and Fox Sports where he held the position of Latam Head of Sales. Prior, he worked as Latam Pre Sales and Biz Development at Ybrant Digital (Lycos) which represented media partners such as MSFT Advertising, Hotmail, Facebook, Fotolog and Also worked as Commercial Coordinator in local leading radio station Rock&Pop and Metro951. He started his career in Carat as media assistant and planner.

  • Associate Editor - Today, Mediacorp

  • Technology Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

    Kong Ho is the Technology Editor at the South China Morning Post, leading a team of reporters and editors dedicated to covering technology in Asia, with a particular focus on China.

    In his previous positions at Bloomberg News, he reported and edited out of Shanghai and Singapore for over a decade. One of his last roles at Bloomberg News was leading coverage of the automotive industry in Asia.

    Prior to Bloomberg, Kong Ho wrote for The Asian Banker and Singapore Press Holdings' publications - The Straits Times, The Sunday Times and Streats.

  • Independent Media and Communications Consultant

    Khun Pichai is currently an independent media and communications consultant. He is currently working on a media project with the German development agency GIZ and ASEAN.

    He has conducted various editorial workshops and journalism training programmes for ASEAN journalists and editors as well as communications and media workshops for government officials from Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand.

    As of August-September 2016, after over three decades 34 years in journalism and 22 years as an editor, Pichai Chuensuksawadi stood down as Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and Editor of the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily and oldest Thai newspaper, which celebrates its 70th anniversary on 1 August 2016.

    Khun Pichai has worked as a journalist for 34 years, starting off as a proofreader in 1980 with the Bangkok Post, working his way up the ranks as a copy and layout editor of the Bangkok World (afternoon tabloid) before moving to the Bangkok Post assuming various positions such as feature writer, foreign affairs reporter, Op-ed pages sub-editor, Editor of Perspectives before finally becoming News Editor in 1992.

    During his career Khun Pichai represented the Bangkok Post and Thailand as an Executive Committee and Board Member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). He was also Chairman of WAN-IFRA’s Asia Pacific Committee for over a decade before stepping down in 2017.

  • Assistant Product Manager, The Indian Express Online Media (P) Ltd, India

    Renuka Chugh

    She is responsible for overseeing the integral aspects of the mobile applications including conceptualisation, strategic planning and execution of the final product.She also coordianates with vendors and other resources to develop new and exciting features to provide the best possible experience to consumers. Prior to The Indian Express she held a similar position at NDTV Convergence and played a pivotal role in developing mobile applications. 

  • 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.

  • Co-Founder and CEO, The News Lens, Taiwan

    Joey Chung

    Joey Chung is the Co-Founder and CEO of The News Lens, one of the fastest growing new digital news sites in Asia which was started in mid 2013. Before starting The News Lens, he was with the Japanese multinational character and media company Sanrio, first starting out in San Francisco and Los Angeles as its Business Development Manager before being sent as President of its China Operations in Shanghai between 2011-2013 after of which he left to start The News Lens. Before that, he worked for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York, the Equity Research Department of investment bank UBS, and was a reporter and columnist for The Taipei Times.

  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin

    H. Iris Chyi

    Iris Chyi (Ph.D.), author of Trial and Error: US Newspapers’ Digital Struggles toward Inferiority, is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses the economic viability of online news and identifies universal patterns of user demand for multi-platform newspapers. Her “Ramen Noodles Theory” suggests that online news, like ramen noodles, is an inferior good. Chyi has received many research and teaching awards and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. Information about her research is available at

  • Co-Founder , Chairman and CEO of Ringier One Africa Media 2016

    •    Schooled at Clifton and Michaelhouse , University of KZN, Durban Institute of Technology
    •    He was a CO- Founder of Private Property in the late 90’s
    •    Took Private Property from a start-up to a leading Property Portal in South Africa
    •    Justin Co-founded One Africa Media in 2010
    •    The OAM group operates internet classifieds business in up to 10 African Countries.
    •    The OAM group concentrates on the Property, Jobs and Car space
    •    2014 Winner of E&Y World Entrepreneur Award
    •    ROAM was formed in a merger between Ringier Africa and One Africa Media earlier this year (2016)
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  • Manager - Printing & Logistics, Fairfax Media, Australia

    Jon Clarke is a Newspaper man. Commencing his Newspaper career at the age of 10 delivering a tri-weekly newspaper from his bicycle.  His father a Newspaper editor of note, his mother the accountant and his grandfather an advertising salesman, Jon’s career path was inevitable.

    Jon has spent the last 25 years in the industry proper.  A Hand and Machine Compositor by trade in 1993 he joined the daily national broadsheet paper The Canberra Times as a typesetter. By 1996 Jon’s role included the coordination of new commercial clients following the installation of a new press the Geoman Doublewith.

    Instrumental in the installation of CTP technology in 2000. In 2004 he was project lead on the installation of the Atex Cybergraphics Publishing system which finally linked advertising, editorial, finance and production onto one system, both projects were firsts for an Australian daily.

    Jon was appointed Manager of Fairfax Media Print & Logistics Canberra in 2013, since then the site has completed a number of upgrades including the addition of Ultra Violet technology, upgraded publishing systems and last year the addition of a Super Panorama Gluing unit. All part of Fairfax’s transition of print.

    Jon is a member of The NewsMediaWorks Environment Advisory Group and Chair of The Fairfax Foundation.

  • Chief Executive, Newsworks, UK

    Vanessa was appointed chief executive of Newsworks – the marketing body for UK national newsbrands – in November 2016, having joined as head of client services and strategy in 2012. She has worked in the media and marketing industry for over 25 years in a variety of roles. From a media trainee working on Farley’s and Wrigley, and via client side at British Rail, before returning to the world of media agencies. Her last agency role was head of publishing at Mindshare, leading the press exchange team. She was a core member of the trading team, which was responsible for negotiating GroupM’s annual £490 million spend across publisher platforms. Vanessa is a senior figure in the media industry, regularly championing and commenting on newsbrands in the national media and trade press, as well as speaking at industry, client and media owner events.