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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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  • President and Co-Founder, World VR Forum (WVRF)

    Clayton Doherty is President and Co-Founder of the World VR Forum (WVRF). Clayton has worked in professional and educational theatre for the last 35 years. He has been a Producer/Consultant and an Actor-Director for Simon & Schuster – Paramount Pictures where his ESL project won “Top Honors in Education” at the San Jose Film Festival. His CV includes work in Education, Development and as an Artistic Director: from directing Inupik Eskimo’s in the Arctic Circle or the Yupik Indians in Alaska, to producing the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Nevada. 

    He has produced theatre festivals from 4 plays in repertory to 17 plays in Australia, England, New Zealand, and the USA (California, Nevada, and Alaska). He has presented panels for TCG – Theatre Communications GroupASSITEJ/USA International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, American Theatre Association, Theatre Bay Area, AATE – American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and the National Chamber of Commerce Association. Most recently Clayton was producing, directing and teaching for Simply Theater Geneva (Switzerland’s premier English speaking performing arts training school with more than 700 students attending weekly programs throughout Switzerland).

    Since moving to Switzerland 6 years ago, he has also presented workshops for Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum ; opened a new Performing Arts program in Zurich; participated in the planning of the 20th anniversary of President Gorbachev’s founding of Green Cross International at the UN ; starred in the French-Swiss film The Bakery.

  • Director, Gender Initiative, The New York Times, US

    Francesca Donner is director of the newly-launched Gender Initiative at The New York Times. The initiative elevates gender as a lens through which we view the world; and aims to amplify diverse women’s voices, lead the public conversation around women’s and gender issues globally, and engage female readers with The New York Times. In its first few months, the Gender Initiative focused on the sexual harassment scandals breaking across the world and launched The #MeToo Moment newsletter.

    Previously, Francesca was the director of Times Insider, a New York Times initiative designed to take readers behind the scenes of Times journalism while elevating a culture of candour and transparency. Before she joined The Times, Francesca was a deputy editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered the business of management and worked on digital newsroom strategy. Francesca grew up in the UK, is a graduate of Stanford and Brown universities in the U.S. and lives in New York City.

  • Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, and President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers

    Mathias Döpfner

    Mathias Döpfner is Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer SE in Berlin. He is also the President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers. Mathias began his career in 1982 as a music critic of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). He joined Gruner + Jahr in 1992, initially as an employee of board member Axel Ganz in Paris. Later he became assistant to the CEO Gerd Schulte-Hillen. In April 1994, Mathias became editor-in-chief of the weekly Wochenpost. And in 1996, he became editor-in-chief of the Hamburger Morgenpost. In March 1998 he switched to the daily newspaper Die Welt as editor-in-chief.

    In July 2000 Mathias became a member of the Board of Axel Springer. Since January 2002 Mathias is Axel Springer’s Chairman and CEO. After he became CEO, sales of digital activities rose from 117 to 2.2 billion euros. The EBIDTA from digital activities increased from -12 million to 472 million euros.

    Mathias is a member of the Board of Directors of Time Warner, Inc., Warner Music Group, and Vodafone Group, too. Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe and is active in more than 40 countries. Publishing brands include BILD, DIE WELT and BUSINESS INSIDER.

  • VP of Innovation and Planning, Austin American-Statesman (Cox Media Group), USA

    Austin American-Statesman (@Statesman) vice president of innovation. New dad! Recent Texan, relocated Detroiter. Designer, editor and convener. Formers: @freep, @heraldleader, @ydrcom, @dailyorange. Past president of the international Society for News Design, (@SND), co-director SND-Charlotte #SNDCLT. INMA North American board member. Syracuse grad, beleaguered Tigers fan. And sadly, @dorsey ≠ @jack

  • Co-Founder, Scroll, USA

    Sachin Doshi is the Co-Founder of Scroll.com, a startup that wants to roll up a selection of stories from a wide variety of publishers and sell monthly subscriptions. Their mission is to enable frictionless access to a thriving free press. 

    Before Scroll, Sachin was VP of Content and Distribution at Spotify. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Computer Science and Economics. 

  • Chief Digital Officer, The Globe and Mail

    Greg Doufas

    Greg Doufas is the Chief Digital Officer at the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He has spent his career building and leading high performance software and analytics teams – turning ideas and data science into products and meaningful experiences. Before joining The Globe and Mail, Greg spent most of his career leading analytics teams at Rogers Communications and Research in Motion (Blackberry) where he was the Global Director of Advanced Analytics. He also has provided professional services in the areas of advanced data analytics and related advisory boards. Under Greg’s leadership his teams have been accredited with numerous patent filings in the areas of pattern recognition, machine learning and mobile advertising. Greg resides in Toronto, Canada

  • Director, General Manager Printing Plant, Axel Springer Offsetdruckerei Ahrensburg GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

    Thomas Drensek was born 1960 in Germany. After having finished grammar school he did an apprenticeship in business management. Afterwards he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Aachen (Germany) where he graduated as an engineer. During that time he worked in Columbia (South America) for 6 months.

    He started his professional career at Axel Springer SE as an assistant to the technical board member in 1989. After that he was General Manager in Spain, where Axel Springer established up two printing plants in Madrid and Barcelona.

    Then he started as the production manager in the Offset printing plant Ahrensburg close to Hamburg. After taking on additional responsibilities of prepress and mailroom departments he was appointed General Manager in July 2003.

    Since May 2009 he is also responsible for the Axel Springer corporate group project Customer Relationship. In 2013 he went to the Silicon Valley for several months to develop new technologies in the Axel Springer program „Visiting Fellowship“.

    Since January 2015 he is COO of the three Axel Springer printing plants in Hamburg/Ahrensburg, Essen-Kettwig und Berlin-Spandau.

    Ahrensburg, 26th January 2017

  • President, Groupe Le Monde, France

    Louis Dreyfus

    Louis Dreyfus is the President and Publisher of the French Groupe Le Monde. He is also President of Huffington Post France and leads the board of directors of weekly magazines Télérama and Courrier International. He is a board member of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Vice-President of the supervisory board of news publisher Groupe Nouvel Observateur.

    Dreyfus graduated from the HEC Business School and London School of Economics (LSE). He held executive positions at Hachette Filipacchi Médias (HFM) in the U.S. and France, and at the French daily newspaper Libération.

  • Senior Analyst, BIA-Kelsey, USA

    Rick leads BIA/Kelsey’s strategy consulting practice and serves as an advisor to an affiliated investment banking group BIA Capital Strategies. Rick works with media, adtech and martech companies to see and evaluate opportunities and strategies in the market to achieve corporate goals. He helps client with strategic planning, developing  partnership strategies, product planning, and achieving revenue growth and diversification. He helps marketers including brands and agencies with effective planning and use of digital media platforms. He also works on investment banking projects assisting buy-side and sell-side clients.

    Rick co-cofounded SpectraRep in 2000, a technology company that specializes in emergency alert and warning solutions. Prior to joining BIA/Kelsey, Rick headed the National Association of Broadcaster’s Research and Information Group overseeing all research and information technology initiatives. Rick is an adjunct professor at George Washington University where he teaches classes in digital media entrepreneurship.

    Rick earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his M.S. from Syracuse University and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

  • Digital Director, Groupe Rossel, Belgium

    Bruno Durdu

    Bruno is active in the digital and media sectors for over 15 years and in the newspaper industry for 11 years. Passionate about business and technical topics, Bruno is comfortable to talk about network improvements or setting up a business model canvas for a new opportunity. After working for Cisco, Microsoft and the Canal + Group, he has worked to develop brands of Press Publishers in the field of digital.
    The Rossel group is the first group of Belgian francophone press. It has always been a family group that has kept its financial and editorial independence. With over one hundred companies, it is present mainly in Belgium and northern France. Decentralized and diversified, the Rossel Group is active in newspapers, whether national or regional, paid or free, daily or periodic. The Rossel Group holds trademarks and press titles that are characterized by a leadership in their markets. It is also an industrial group with four printing including two newspaper printing.

  • Public Policy Manager, Regional Policy Strategy & Operations for Google APAC, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Google, Hong Kong

  • CEO, SoBazaar, Norway

    Jeanette got her Admission to the Bar as a lawyer in the Norwegian law firm BA-HR in 2004. She went from law to 2 years as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company andcontinued as an advisor for CEOs of Scandinavian & US companies in the PR firm Burson-Marsteller in New York until 2008. From ‘08 she was the founder and CEO of the mobile marketing company Liquid Barcodes which was acquired by Telenor in 2013. In 2012, she co-founded eCommerce company sixbondstreet.com. Jeanette is today the CEO of SOBAZAAR a Telenor and Schibsted owned Social eCommerce venture with global ambitions. As a lawyer-turned entrepreneur, Jeanette is an evangelist for innovation & entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI)

    Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) founded in January 2015 by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers. He is Editor of Adresseavisen, Norway’s fifth largest news- and advertising mediahouse. With ten additonal local newspapers situated in the mid-Norway, Adresseavisen is by far the largest compamy and the digital powerhouse of Polaris Media Group. Rolf is also Editor/director at the Polaris Media Lab. The Medialab, located in Trondheim, is supporting more than 30 newspapers in the Polaris Media Group, providing software development and maintainence for editorial and commercial purposes. The Medialab works closely with Schibsted’s digital development units with co-location of development teams at Schibsted Tech Polska’s Krakow operations. Rolf is also Chairman of the board of NxtMedia since 2011. Nxtmedia is an innovation cluster for the media industry in Middle Norway including newspapers, broadcast and web industry, universities and media software industry aiming to promote innovation and future media technology. Leading companies member of NxtMedia include Polaris Media, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MKTMedia in swedish Stampen Group, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) and New Media Network.

  • Publisher, Victoria Advocate, Victoria, Texas, USA

    Dan Easton currently serves as Publisher of the Victoria Advocate and President of Advocate Digital Media. He represents the third generation of ownership of the newspaper, and has led much of transition to a multimedia organisation. Dan has formerly served as IT Director, Digital Director, VP/Interactive, and Board Member for Victoria Advocate Publishing Company. Prior to his role at the Advocate, Dan was VP of Operations for Inquisite, Inc, an Austin-based software startup of parent Catapult Systems Corp. After a year consulting for Catapult, Dan was instrumental in launching the software company, including releasing the first Internet-enabled version in 1997, launching the Application Service Provider model (now known as Software as a Service or “Cloud” service) in 1998, and rapidly growing the company through penetration of Fortune 500 accounts. Prior to joining Catapult, Dan was a consultant and software developer for the Information Technology division of Wright Killen, a petrochemical consulting company, where he developed and implemented simulation and optimisation software for the petrochemical industry.
    During Dan’s tenure, the Victoria Advocate has been recognised for their excellence by numerous media organisations. Recent notable recognition includes the 2014 Newspaper of the Year award by the Local Media Association, the 2016 Spirit of Freedom award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and First Place at the 2016 Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Dan was also recently awarded the Innovator of the Year award by the Local Media Association.
    Dan is a native Texan, born in Houston and graduating high school in Corpus Christi. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is currently an active board member for the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Media Association. He has also served the board of the Victoria Fine Arts Association, and Habitat for Humanity – Victoria and Victoria Business and Education Coalition. Dan has been married to Camille for 19 years and has two children – James (16) and Elaine (13).

  • COO, austria.com/plus, Austria

    André Eckert is COO at austria.com/plus, a Russmedia Company and Austria´s largest premium ad network and general manager of vienna.at. Previously, Eckert worked as a general manager of a radio station and a national magazine. He graduated from the University of Innsbruck  with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

  • Director, Globe Labs & Corporate Security Officer

    Gordon Edall

    Gordon is responsible for driving a joint mandate to accelerate innovation by enabling entrepreneurial Globe employees to do what they think needs done and to explore the start-up ecosystem to find up and coming companies that The Globe can work with for the mutual benefit of both organizations. The goal is to enable the development of new intellectual property on top of the foundation provided by The Globe and Mail in areas including data science and natural language processing, predictive and advanced analytics, AdTech, FinTech and security. Prior to his current position, he was Senior Manager Intelligence Systems from 2012 to 2016. At this position, with a new team of data scientists, he led the effort to implement a set of ETL processes that pushed The Globe and Mail's data into a data lake sitting on a hybrid cloud architecture where traditional BI tools could coexist with Big Data tools like Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Impala/Redshift and Mahout. Over time, the company migrated to a real-time stack featuring Kafka/Kinesis and Spark Streaming with SparkML. In addition to the work on the core ETL processes, his responsibilities included exploratory data analysis, feature engineering for predictive modelling and a privacy oversight function to ensure that all of The Globe's data was handled in a responsible manner. Starting at The Globe and Mail in 2006, he was previously Manager Mobile Media, Deputy Investment Editor, and Online Business Editor.

  • Director of Globe Labs, The Globe and Mail, Canada

    Gordon Edall is currently the Director of Globe Labs at The Globe and Mail as well as the Corporate Security Officer for Canada's national newspaper.

    In his innovation role, he heads up a program with a joint mandate to accelerate innovation by enabling entrepreneurial employees to do what they think needs done while also tapping into the start-up ecosystem to find up and coming companies to partner with. In building out the incubation program now called Lab351, an identity for the Lab has emerged centred around the intersection of User Experience and Machine Learning.

    Prior to his work developing Lab351, Gordon worked in the data science group at The Globe And Mail and managed the build out of an advanced analytic stack including the predictive modeling and recommendation systems the company relies on today. Earlier in his career, he used to write a column in the investing section called Number Cruncher.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Dagens industri, Sweden

    Lotta Edling is Editor-in-Chief of Dagens industri, a leading business newspaper in Sweden. Dagens industri is part of the business area Bonnier News along with Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Sydsvenskan/Helsingborgs Dagblad and Bold Printing.

    Lotta has been head of the news desk for Dagens industri since 2009 and has extensive experience as a journalist and editorial leader from business publications such as Affärsvärlden, Ekonomi24 and Veckans Affärer.

  • General Manager, Europe - Reuters

    Sarah Edmonds is a veteran journalist and manager with more than 25 years in the news industry. She is currently the Reuters General Manager for Europe, responsible for ensuring journalists have the tools, equipment and support they need, as well as for delivering on budget, staffing and safety and security objectives. Sarah has worked variously in London, Toronto, Washington DC, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Singapore. She is now based in Switzerland.

  • Former BBC video journalist & Mobile Video Expert

  • Director of Research and Innovation, College of Culture and Creative Industries, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Professor Paul Egglestone is Director of Research and Innovation in the College of Culture and Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire. He holds the chair in Creative and Digital Technologies.  

    A former independent television producer working for BBC, ITV and Sky in Regional and network programming, he established the University of Central Lancashire’s international research centre, the Media Innovation Studio, (www.mediainnovationstudio.org) in 2012. The Studio’s remit is to inhabit ‘liminal spaces’ between disciplines. It aims to explore, research and innovate within the digital ecosystem evolving around us.

    Paul is a founder member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Global Alliance for Media Innovation. He is co-founder of the Civic Drone Centre whose mission is to develop drone technologies for humanitarian aid, media and search and rescue operations.
     

  • CEO and Founder, Newstag, Sweden

    Henrik Eklund

    CEO and Founder, Henrik Eklund, was AP’s Director of Digital Partnerships and Distribution in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia. Before joining AP, Henrik was the founder and CEO of Kamera – one of the world's leading mobile and online distributors. Prior to Kamera, Eklund founded PAN Interactive, one of Europe’s leading game publishers and distributors.

  • Head of Innovation at EzyInsights, Helsinki

    Steve has spent the last twelve years using data to help understand, explain and predict people’s behaviour. As a Media Data Analyst at EzyInsights, he examines the effects of Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm on news publishers across the world. He works with publishers and broadcasters across the Nordics and Europe, guest lectures at the Swedish School of Social Science (Sockom) and gives various talks and interviews focused on Facebook’s influence on how we see the world. Originally from London, Steve is based in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Managing Editor of Multimedia, USA TODAY, USA

    Steve Elfers is the Managing Editor of Multimedia for USA TODAY where he helps lead the Video and Photo visual storytelling operations. USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company that includes the largest newspaper in the United States with a daily readership of 3 million and a cross-platform digital presence with over 38 million unique visitors daily.

  • 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.

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