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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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  • Deputy Managing Editor, Folha de S.Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

    Leonardo is deputy managing editor at Folha de S.Paulo, the newspaper with the largest digital readership in Brazil. Founded 95 years ago, Folha reaches 40 million readers per month and is part of Grupo Folha, one of the largest media groups in Brazil, which includes UOL, the main internet portal. Folha was the first newspaper in Brazil to publish online content in real time and also the first to implement the paywall system on its website.   Leonardo is currently responsible for Folha's digital strategy. During his 19 years with the publication, he has also held a variety of management roles, including Home Page editor, Front Page editor, Technology editor, London correspondent and deputy editor for politics, international, culture and sports.
  • Director & Founder,, Argentina

    Guido Culasso Moore

    Digital Creative Director, Consultant and Producer, with broad experience in creating digital editorial products aiming at creating large audiences in LATAM. Guido was one of the founders of Grupo Clarín Digital Unit in Argentina back in 1994. He actively participated to the development of, its vertical and classifieds online portals. Since 2004, he works in the region for media companies and brands such as Fox Sports Latam, CNN en Español, Clarín, TN y Canal 13 de Argentina, El Comercio de Perú, El Debate de México, El Universo de Ecuador, Canal 13 de Chile, Intel, Philip Morris and Coca Cola.

  • Director & Founder,, Argentina

    Digital Creative Director, Consultant and Producer, with broad experience in creating digital editorial products aiming at creating large audiences in LATAM. Guido was one of the founders of Grupo Clarín Digital Unit in Argentina back in 1994. He actively participated to the development of, its vertical and classifieds online portals. Since 2004, he works in the region for media companies and brands such as Fox Sports Latam, Clarín, TN y Canal 13 de Argentina, El Comercio de Perú, El Debate de México, El Universo de Ecuador, Canal 13 de Chile, Intel, Philip Morris y Coca Cola.

  • CEO, Gazeta do Povo, Brazil

    Guilherme Döring Cunha Pereira is the Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Paranaense de Comunicação (GRPCOM), the largest communication group of the State of Paraná and one of the foremost media companies in Brazil. It administers newspapers such as Gazeta do Povo and Tribuna, three radio stations, eight regional TV stations affiliated to Rede Globo, and the Instituto GRPCOM, which has a strong participation in education and the third sector.

    Mr. Cunha Pereira holds LLM and JD degrees from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), where he was also a Business Law professor for three years (1996-1998). He is the founder, the coordinator and one of the professors at the master’s program in Journalism for Editors, a course dedicated to capacitate leaders in Brazilian and Latin American media companies.

    As the CEO of GRPCOM, Mr. Cunha Pereira has had prominence in the Brazilian communication industry for his strong positioning in the defense of democracy and of the freedom of speech. He recently concluded the transitioning of Gazeta do Povo from a traditional print newspaper to a modern digital vehicle.

  • Director, & VP, Entertainment News, Kompas Gramedia

    Dahlan Dahi

    Dahlan Dahi has been a journalist for 24 years. He is co-founder of and is currently serving as Director of and VP of Entertainment News at Kompas Gramedia.

  • Managing Editor, Thought Leadership, Asia, The Economist

    Rashmi Dalai joined the Economist Group in June 2017 as a Managing Editor for Asia. Her work focuses on thought leadership programmes for the financial services and healthcare sectors.

    Rashmi started her career on Wall Street with time spent in both convertible bonds sales and trading at Goldman Sachs and structured derivative products at Lehman Brothers. She left to form her own healthcare consulting practice, and spent over a decade advising a wide range of clients from large university hospitals to start-ups on business and financial strategies. Her role included taking interim COO and CFO positions for clients managing periods of high growth or other business transitions.

    In 2007, she began splitting her time between the US and Asia (China, Indonesia, and Singapore) and expanded her consulting business to include advisory on business communications strategies and global thought leadership. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was Head of Strategic Planning at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and PR firm, in Singapore.

    Rashmi holds a Bachelors in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration in International Finance and Banking.

  • Head - Communications, Facebook

  • Expert Advisor, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory

    Steffen Damborg (MBA) is a digital transformation specialist with over 10 years of experience in all aspects of running an online business in the media industry. 

    He is a former Digital Director and Chief Development Officer at the leading Danish Publisher, JP/Politikens Hus, and is currently focusing on Digital Transformation for global media organisations accrued from his knowledge of working extensively in the Scandinavian market. 

  • Chairman, WAN-IFRA Asia-Pacific Committee

    Patrick Daniel is a consultant with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), managing several SPH subsidiaries and projects. From  1 July 2016 to 31 August 2017, he served as SPH's Deputy Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the English/Malay/Tamil Media group as well as SPH’s Integrated Marketing Division, Information Technology, Legal/Secretariat, Corporate Communications & CSR, and Risk Management functions.

    Patrick was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the English & Malay Newspapers Division of SPH in January 2007. The division was renamed English/Malay/Tamil Media group in January 2015, incorporating both the print and digital operations, as well as business adjacencies. Prior to being Editor-in-Chief, he was Managing Editor of the division from September 2002, and Editor of The Business Times from May 1992. He joined The Straits Times in October 1986 from the Singapore Government’s Administrative Service where his last position was Director in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

    Patrick graduated from University College, Oxford, in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Engineering Sciences and Economics. He also has a Masters in Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

  • Editorial & Jt. Managing Director, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd., India

    Rishi Darda currently holds the position Editorial & Jt. Managing Director of Lokmat Media Pvt. Ltd.
    Mr. Rishi Darda is a young and dynamic business leader & well known media personality in India. He has been on the board of Lokmat Media since November 2001 and is involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. He is also the brain behind the business expansion strategies of the print media division of the group and especially market success in Pune for Lokmat.
    Rishi has been instrumental in creating a convergence with print and digital for Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd. He has played a pivotal role in improving the daily online views of and re-launching the CNX news destination as and under the aegis of Clickstart - digital arm of Lokmat Media Group. He is involved in content creation and setting up newer verticals at Lokmat.
    He is the founder member of Intellectual properties as - Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year & Lokmat Maharashtra's Most Stylish. As a Digital evangelist, Rishi Darda is working to expand the same for Lokmat media online news in languages beyond Marathi.
    He is a key contributor of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. He was part of the Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s delegation to Japan for the ‘Indo-Japan Economic Ties’ in 2001.
    Rishi holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from H. R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, a Post Graduate degree in journalism from Aurangabad University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in General Management from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA.

  • Managing Director, styria digital one, Austria

  • Chairman, SOICO Group, Mozambique

    Dr. Daniel David, Mozambican, Chairman of Group SOICO – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, Limited,  the unique media group in the country that brings the TV channel (“STV” in 2002), STV News that broadcast 24 hours a day for Mozambique  and abroad (STV Notícias 2014), Radio station (“SFM” in 2004) and daily Newspaper (“O País” in 2005) and O País Digital, a digital version that allows the paper to be read anywhere in the world.

    He is CEO of  DHD – Consulting & Holding, Limited, a holding company with investments on media, IT, Real Estates, Banking and is the President of the Chamber of Commerce Mozambique-Portugal.

    In 1998, was elected Vice-President of URTNA (Union of the Radios and Televisions of Africa) and he had special appearances in  United Nations Forum on TV and Radio – New York; Common Wealth Broadcast Convention – Cape Town; SABA – Southern African Broadcast Association.

    He holds a degree in Administration and Management of Companies by Universidade Politécnica and attended the Management course at UNISA University in South Africa (Advanced Executive Programmer).

  • CEO, RGB Media

    Grig Davidovitz is the CEO of RGB Media, a company that specializes in developing journalism in the New Media age, with clients in the US, Europe and Israel. Prior to that, he was the Editor of Israel's Haaretz websites.

  • Head of Newsroom Systems, The Sun, UK

    Joel Davies is an experienced journalist, editor and technology leader, and has worked in The Sun newsroom for 19 years. Currently the technology lead for the rollout and use of all digital editorial tools in the newsroom, his experience covers newspaper and magazine writing, editing, and editorial design. Joel is working closely with technology partners at NewsUK to deliver new editorial experiences, and integrating advanced analytics into the newsroom.

  • Marketing Director, NewsMediaWorks, Australia

    Simon Davies is Marketing Director at NewsMediaWorks where he is committed to promoting the power, value and importance of News Media.  He has over 20 years’ experience in media and has worked at both media agency and media owners including OMD, Bauer Media, ACP and Murdoch Magazines.  

  • Executive Editor, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil

    Sergio Davila is Executive Editor of Folha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest newspapers. He has held the position since 2010. Previously he was the paper’s foreign correspondent and covered the 2000 U.S. elections, Ground Zero on Sept. 11, and the war in Iraq, for which he was given the Esso Prize, an important Brazilian journalism award. He has written a book about his time in Iraq, called “Baghdad Diary: The War in Iraq Seen from Under the Bombs.” Davila was born in São Paulo, Brazil and attended Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication. His first journalism position was with Editora Abril in 1988, where he was a writer, editor and reporter. He is a Knight fellow.

  • Publisher Lead, Asia Pacific, Unruly Singapore

    Marketing technology company Unruly is the leading global platform for social video advertising. With 3 out of every 4 video views now taking place outside of YouTube, 83% of Ad Age 100 brands use Unruly’s proprietary technology to reach and engage super-sharers across the Open Web. We’ve delivered 4.69 billion views across 9,200+ campaigns to a global audience of 1.27 billion monthly unique users. Our super power is our predictive tech and unique data.
    Our secret weapon is passionate people on a mission to #DeliverWow.

  • Technical Analyst, Forum Communications, USA

    Adrian Dawson-Becker is a Technical Analyst with Forum Communications. He works with developing immersive experiences deployed on a wide variety of interactive media including desktop operating systems, websites, and mobile platforms. His primary areas of expertise are creative planning and user experience development.

  • Fundador, Sparknews, Francia

    Christian de Boisredon creó Sparknews, una organización que trabaja con los medios de comunicación más notables de más de cincuenta países para difundir periodismo basado en soluciones. En particular, esto se logra a través del Día del Periodismo de Impacto (IJD por sus siglas en inglés), un proyecto de colaboración que reúne a 55 de los periódicos más importantes de todo el mundo (Sunday Times, Times of India, Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, La Nación, Tages-Anzeiger, Le Soir, etc. ) Cada periódico escribe uno o dos artículos sobre soluciones innovadoras vinculadas a los temas más importantes de la sociedad (salud, educación, medio ambiente, etc.) que tienen un impacto social o ambiental significativo. La operación en cuestión llega a más de 120 millones de lectores y, para muchos periódicos, significa no solo retroalimentación positiva por parte de la audiencia, sino también un aumento en la distribución y la venta. Uno de los periódicos ha incluso sido capaz de vender publicidad por cinco veces su precio habitual.

    Por otra parte, Sparknews junta a redactores en jefe de periódicos asociados  cada año para un seminario centrado en el periodismo basado en soluciones.

    Un proyecto similar al IJD llamado Soluciones & Co también se ha puesto en marcha con periódicos económicos (Les Echos, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Kommersant etc.) y Sparknews está preparando otro proyecto con la prensa regional de Francia.

  • Founder, Sparknews, France

    Christian de Boisredon created Sparknews, an organisation that works with notable media sources from more than fifty countries to spread solutions-based journalism. Notably, this is achieved through Impact Journalism Day, a collaborative project that brings together more than 55 leading newspapers from around the world (Sunday Times, Times of India, Le Figaro, Asahi Shimbun, La Nación, Tages-Anzeiger, Le Soir etc.) Each newspaper writes one or two articles about innovative solutions linked to important societal issues (health, education, environment, etc.) that have a significant social or environmental impact. The operation then reaches more than 120 million readers and, for many newspapers, there is an increase in distribution and sales, as well as positive feedback. One of the newspapers is even able to sell advertising for five times its usual price.

    Furthermore, Sparknews brings editors-in-chief of partner newspapers together each year for a seminar focusing on solutions-based journalism.

    A similar project to IJD called Solutions&Co has also been launched with economic newspapers (Les Echos, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Kommersant etc.) and Sparknews is preparing another project with France’s regional press.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Business Unit, Vocento, Spain

    Roberto Leads the Digital Business Unit at Vocento  since 2012, where he oversees the company's Digital Business Development department: namely business, innovation, technology and new product development.
    Roberto has over 15 year experience in digital business, implementing diversification strategies in media with a high turnover on e-commerce. He was the brains behind successful business models such as: Oferplan, Guapabox, ticketing or LocalDigitalKit.
    His professional carrer has always been linked to online media within the Management team of and Leading the Area of Internet for Vocento's Regional Newspapers.
    Roberto is as well specialist on startups and leads Digital Media Ventures, the first Spanish Hedge Fund in the format of media for equity, that counts with advertising assests from the main media groups in Spain.

  • General Manager, CSQ – Centro Stampa Quotidiani, Italy

    Dario De Cian graduated in 1990 in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

    From 1991 to 1996 he worked as Project Manager in a company belonging to the Mannesmann group, supplier of control systems for power and desalination plants.

    He started working in the newspaper industry in 1997 as Sales Manager for the Italian market of Muller Martini. Since September 2000 he is working at Centro Stampa Quotidiani where he served initially as Products Development Manager, since September 2001, maintaining the commercial responsibility, he is also appointed Technical Director and from  July 2009 he is the General Manager of the company.

  • News Director, ARTEAR, Argentina

    Carlos is a journalist and has been Head of News at Artear, the company that produces Canal 13, Todo Noticias among other television signals and digital content, since 1998. In 1993 he created the TN Todo Noticias channel that has since become a market leader, and is also responsible for the news at Canal 13 in Buenos Aires, as well as other news programs such as Telenoche Investiga and Periodismo Para Todos. Since 1999, Artear is the leading provider of Argentinean news worldwide. In 2008, he launched TN.COM.AR, one of the most visited news sites in Argentina with 20 million UV per month and the most successful one on social networks.

    He's currently leading the transformation of the news organization with the launching of the most modern multiplatform newsroom of Argentina.

  • Director of Global Partnerships at Google for Emerging Markets, Dubai, UAE

    Alfonso De Gaetano leads the Google Publishers business across EMEA Emerging Markets. Driven by a mandate to enable publishers to thrive in a digital future, Alfonso works closely with publisher partners to help them get started in their digital transformation. Before Google, he spent most of his career in Management Consulting at Booz & Company advising Telecom and Media companies across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

    Synopsis: In a fast moving digital age, it has never been more important for tech companies to collaborate with the news industry to have a sustainable news ecosystem. As new business models are emerging and news consumption is increasingly fragmented, there is high value for collaboration across  content creation, distribution, monetisation, data and infrastructure.

  • Vice-président Produits numériques

    Jean-Marc de Jonghe

    Vice-président, Produits numériques à La Presse depuis 2010, Jean-Marc De Jonghe est l’un des grands meneurs de l'application pour tablettes La Presse+ et de son succès à l’échelle mondiale. Innovateur, stratégique et ardent défenseur du mode de gestion «agile», il a su développer un nouveau modèle d'avenir numérique, voire économique pour La Presse. Il œuvre maintenant à la commercialisation de la plateforme numérique avec des acteurs importants de l’industrie médiatique.