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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 Editor, EL PAIS, Spain

    Carlos de Vega is the deputy editor at EL PAIS, in charge of the Video and Photography department. He worked before in Berlin as an anchor and editor at Deutsche Welle, the international news network of German public television. Prior to that, he was the US correspondent for the Spanish network CNN+/Cuatro. He worked in Washington for seven years, where he covered three Presidential campaigns. Carlos de Vega was editor-in-chief of “Efecto Naím” the TV program directed by Moisés Naím in NTN24 and worked as reporter and anchor in CANAL+ Spain. He teaches journalism at El País and EAE University in Madrid. He completed the law degree in León, Spain and the Master of Journalism at UAM University-El País.

  • Deputy Managing Director, Condé Nast, France

    Violaine Degas joined Condé Nast France (Vogue, AD, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair) in February 2016. As Deputy Managing Director, her role is to reinforce the group's digital transformation by exploring and developing new advertising products and businesses for Condé Nast brands and advertising clients. Before joining Condé Nast, Violaine managed OgilvyOne Paris and spent 20+ years in digital agencies working on local and global clients. 

  • Editor-in-Chief, La Nación, Argentina

    José del Rio has been specialized in business and economic journalism for 23 years. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from Argentine university UBA and in 2010 he completed a postgraduate course in advanced finance at the UCA. He is currently doing a PhD in Business Administration.

    Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of Argentine daily newspaer La Nación.

    For almost eleven years he was the journalistic director of El Cronista's magazine group and the newspaper's deputy director. 

    He was editor of the newspaper El Cronista between 1999 and 2004, of magazine Negocios, Apertura, Chacra and collaborator of several foreign media.

    He was columnist specialized in economy for 10 years in the program "No somos nadie", which airs from 6 to 9 on FM Metro 95.1 until July this year and currently leads "Un tiempo más" on the same radio. 

    He was a columnist for El Cronista TV, a program that was awarded as the best journalistic program of 2010 by ATVC. He was also a radio producer of more than 12 economic and television cycles of the TV business news program on the Telefé cable signal.

    Since the creation of the signal LN +, he leads the Business Community program and Mesa Chica.

    Specialties: Creation and development of editorial products. Media Management and strategic planning. Business Development plans and Management.

  • Director Asia, WAN-IFRA

    Gilles Demptos is Director, Asia, of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. In this position, he heads WAN-IFRA's Singapore-based subsidiary activities in Asia Pacific. One of the organisation's core mission is to support traditional news media publishers in their transition from print to digital through consulting, research, publications, events and training services.

    Prior to his present position, Gilles was Director of Publications and Events at WANIFRA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He was also the Editor of the bi-monthly business magazine for the Asian news publishing industry, Asian Newspaper Focus, which is distributed in over 20 countries.

    With 14 years experience in the news media industry, Gilles started his carrier in the press department of the European Commission Representation in Madrid, Spain. He joined the IFRA organisation as Business Development Manager for Spain and Portugal in 2002 and has been since then a regular speaker at news media events in Europe, America and Asia.

  • CEO, NZZ Mediengruppe, Switzerland

    Since 2013, Veit Dengler is the CEO of NZZ-Mediengruppe, the media group built around its Swiss flagship “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”.  

    Veit has been leading the group’s transformation process from a traditional newspaper publisher to a modern media group focusing on its heritage of high-quality journalism, while also expanding its business data and conferences businesses.

    In the late 1980s, Veit worked as a stringer for TIME Magazine. He was in marketing at Procter & Gamble, spent seven years with McKinsey, and held management positions at T-Mobile and Dell, where he most recently served as General Manager and Executive Director for Eastern Europe and Russia.

    Veit holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from the Vienna Business School and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he co-founded NEOS, a liberal party in Austria which in 2013 won representation in parliament.

  • President, ADEPA, Argentina

    Daniel Dessein is the President of ADEPA (News Publishers Association of Argentina), member of the Executive Commitee of WAN-IFRA and founding member of WAN-IFRA's Executive Committee. He's also regional VP of IAPA (Interamerican Press Association). He's part of the boards of the Argentine news agency DYN (Diarios y Noticias), "Fundación Leer" and the daily "La Gaceta" (Tucumán, Argentina), where he also acts as its cultural supplement editor. He was President of DYN in from 2014 to 2016, and Vice President of AEDIA (Association of Argentinian Digital Editors) from 2012 to 2013. Daniel has collaborated in over 100 newspapers and magazines in more than 17 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has also spoken about the media and media trends at several international conferences and forums in over a dozen of countries.

    He has also authored and co-authored several books, the most recent ones being: "Nuevos desafíos del periodismo" (New challenges of Journalism),  "Tiempos turbulentos. Medios y libertad de expresión en la Argentina de hoy" (Turbulent times. Media and Freedom of speech in Argentina today) and "Periodismo argentino" (Journalism in Argentina).

  • Client Engagement Manager for News, Dataminr, UK

    Kirsten Dewar, a former international journalist, now manages the integration of Dataminr in over 450 newsrooms worldwide.

    Her career started with the newsgathering teams at the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. In 2015 she was a member of the original team that launched TRT World in Istanbul and played a key role in building their international newsgathering operation from the ground up.

    Passionate about building the newsroom of the future, she is driven by her love for journalism, drawing from her experience in the field and in digital newsgathering to provide the best advice on building a sustainable structure for News organizations worldwide.

    Born in the UK of British parents, she was raised in Paris where she became fully bilingual. She has a degree in History from London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she specialized in the history of the Middle East and learned Arabic.
  • Vice President, Mather Economics, USA

    As a vice president, Shawn DeWeese has over 20 years of experience and is instrumental in building Mather Economics’ new business relationships in the newspaper and magazine industries. He works closely with clients to develop and implement price optimization strategies, interpret results and maintain client engagements. Prior to joining Mather Economics, Shawn worked as the business development director for Qbase, where he built and marketed advanced analytic solutions for enterprises.

    Shawn has held positions with Knight-Ridder, Harte-Hanks, E.W. Scripps and Cox Enterprises. He has leadership experience in a variety of business disciplines including advertising sales, media buying, circulation sales and marketing, business development, client relations and retention, operations and logistics. In 2006, Shawn presided over the Board of Trustees for the North American Division of the International Newspaper Marketing Association (INMA). He has also served as a board member and President of the Board of Trustees for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley for eight years. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands.

  • Branded content strategist, USA

    Melanie Deziel

    Melanie Deziel is an award-winning branded-content strategist, consultant, and speaker who travels the world educating marketing, sales, and editorial teams on branded-content best practices.

    Deziel started The Overlap League native ad newsletter, writes the New Media Navigator column for Inc, teaches social media for Syracuse University’s online Master’s program, and is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute. She is the former director of creative strategy for Time Inc. and was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she wrote the sponsored content pieces that won the 2014 and 2015 Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award, including the acclaimed “Women Inmates” piece for Netflix.

     

  • Head, Product & Marketing, Bloomberg|Quint

    Ankit Dhadda

    Ankit Dhadda is a digital marketing and product professional with over nine years of experience across education, personal finance & media. He currently heads marketing and product for Bloomberg|Quint and helped establish the Bloomberg|Quint Brand Studio.

    Prior to Bloomberg|Quint, he was heading marketing for BigDecisions.com, a NewsCorp company in India and handling the digital portfolio for the education venture of the Times of India Group.

    He holds a master’s degree in marketing and finance, and when not in the office, prefers to run and watch Arsenal play football.

  • Co-founder & CEO, The Ken

  • Investigative Reporter and Editor, Tempo Media Group

    Wahyu Dhyatmika, Indonesia, is an investigative reporter and an editor for Tempo Media Group, an independent news organization based in Jakarta.

    In 2010, Wahyu and his colleagues investigated suspicious bank accounts that belonged to prominent police generals in Indonesia. After publishing their findings, unidentified men threw a molotov cocktail bomb into Tempo's office. His investigation into fraud and corruption within the government-backed insurance scheme for Indonesian migrant workers in 2012 won an award from The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta.

    With his team, he also won the prestigious Mochtar Lubis Award for best investigative reporting in 2011, for a story about match-fixing in the Indonesian soccer league. Wahyu initiated a collaborative reporting project between Tempo, The Reporter (Taiwan) and MalaysiaKini (Malaysia) to investigate human trafficking in the region in 2016. 

    Wahyu was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a board member for The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Indonesia.

  • Head of Innovation & Platforms, Ringier, Switzerland

    As Head of Innovations & Platforms, Marco Di Bernardo is leading multiple teams, developers, data scientists and more at Ringier. He provides technologies across the group and supports business units with data insights that improve their products. Marco has been with Ringier for 3 years and will share insights into one of the key projects he’s currently running. 

    Ringier is a diversified media enterprise operating in 19 countries and employing some 7,300 people. Established in 1833, Ringier operates media brands in the print, TV, radio, online and mobile arenas. The company also runs successful publishing, entertainment and internet businesses. Now in operation for more than 180 years, Ringier is noted for its pioneering spirit and individuality and is committed to independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. In the middle of digitalization, technology and data has become a key success in the company’s strategy.

  • CEO, Lodestar UM, India.

    Nandini Dias

    Nandini Dias is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Lodestar UM and she leads one of most talented and capable teams in the country. She is also part of the global FCB Media board.

    Nandini has the distinction of having launched over 400 brands in media and has managed media investments for over 175 clients like Samsung, Johnson and Johnson, Accenture, Cadburys, Tata, Mahindra, Birla, Amul, Marico. She has set up various skilled practices like Brand Experiences, Content, Celebrity management etc. In addition, she has been part of the team identified to set up the creative agency FCB Interface Communications. Known for her strategic acumen she has developed several research based tools for better media investments.

    Touted as the Most Influential Woman in the advertising and media industry by the prestigious Economics Times, Nandini has probably won the maximum number of media awards in the country. She has lead Lodestar UM to the Media Agency of the Year title several times in the biggest Indian award shows like Goafest and AAAI. She has been a consistently been winning at all levels. She won the Media Planner of the year award in her early years and in the last two years (2016 and 2017) recognized as Agency CEO of the year. In between those awards she has also been recognised at Cannes and Spikes on more than one occasion, World Leadership Congress , Lady CEO of the year by Navabharat , Times Power Woman etc.

    She is a long serving jury member at the Emvies, Effies, Goafest, Cannes, Spikes, Festival of media, Press Club of India, and many more.

    Nandini also ranks consistently among “Most influential media people”,” Woman Achievers” in all the prestigious industry rankings. In the last Economic Times Brand Equity Survey, she was the highest ranked woman in Advertising & Media in the country. Her position among the industry's top women leaders has seen her being invited as a speaker on several industry platforms and in business schools in India and overseas.

    Besides being passionate about the media business Nandini is passionate about sports and doing philanthropic. She has won a number of awards in the sport of badminton. A mother of two sons Nandini is a strong advocate of work- life balance

  • VP, Audience Development and Analytics, The Washington Post, USA

    Beth Diaz is the Vice President of Audience Development and Analytics at The Washington Post.  In this role, she oversees research, analytics, testing and optimization, and email marketing. She develops pricing, platform and content strategies to grow and engage The Post’s digital audience, optimize the user experience and maximize company revenue.

    In Beth’s 15 years at The Washington Post, she has served across a wide variety of departments and functions, including sales, circulation, and product development. Prior to her tenure at The Post, she was a management consultant with the Monitor Group, working primarily with large retailers and consumer goods companies on consumer marketing strategies. 

    She earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a MPP in Press, Politics, and Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

     

  • Head Americas, Enreach, Miami

    Guillermo Diaz de Leon

    Passion for monetisation and profit, working with cross-functional teams, transfer corporate objectives into market and customer actions, command of international business protocols and experience conducting business with foreign partners, customers, governments and executives across the globe.

    Former employee of Apple, Adobe, Quark, Founder of One Latam, a consulting firm offering products and services to a vast array of companies and organisations with publishing needs. Always looking into the future, they are constantly searching for advances in technology that will push their clients to be leaders and innovators in their field.

  • CEO, Po.et, USA

    Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Po.et, a platform for a new decentralized media economy. Prior to Po.et, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations and strategy across the entire business.
    Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc. and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

  • CEO at Po.et, USA

    Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Po.et, a platform for a new decentralized media economy.

    Prior to Po.et, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations and strategy across the entire business.

    Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc. and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

    Dicker's writing and work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, AdAge, AdWeek, Digiday, Axios, AdExchanger, Poynter and more.

  • Head of Content Strategy, Styria Digital One / Styria Content Creation, Austria

    Nicola Dietrich © Paul Wilke

    Nicola Dietrich is head of content strategy at styria digital one, Austria’s number one digital publisher regarding reach with a portfolio of around 30 general interest, lifestyle and niche portals with premium content, and of Styria Content Creation, a many times awarded Austrian magazine publisher and content marketing agency. Together with her team she’s constantly working on enlarging the companies’ product portfolio und develops digital solutions for customers in the fields of content marketing and native advertising. The designated digital expert has been in the media industry for more than 15 years. Before becoming head of content strategy she lead the sales development team at styria digital one and previously worked at e.g. kleinezeitung.at, austria.com/plus, oe24.at and before that at T-Mobile and ÖAMTC.

  • Chief Marketing Officer, Zilliqa

    Yiling Ding

    Yiling Ding is Chief Marketing Officer at Zilliqa, where she is focused on helping people better understand and adopt blockchain as a revolutionary technology. Prior to Zilliqa, she led APAC marketing for Google Pay, where she led the launch of the Google Pay brand across Asia. Her other experiences include building out the digital marketing program for Google Play. Yiling speaks fluent Japanese, Mandarin, and English, and is passionate about whisky and gaming.

  • A broadcaster, designer and technologist; advisor to AlphaCode and Owner of Phantom Design

    Simon is a broadcaster, designer and technologist who believes we're doing money wrong, and is trying to fix it. He hosts a weekly radio show on 5FM and previously directed product design at Curve (London), BitX (Singapore), and 22seven (Cape Town). He is an advisor to AlphaCode and a small group of clients through his company Phantom Design.

    He'd rather be playing board games or surfing, but has been informed that the world is not going to change itself, and so spends his time attempting to move money out of the dark ages and the clutches of the evil forces that currently mismanage it. Simon actively invests in Blockchain technologies as founder of Inv.es, with a particular focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

    He believes that most of the world’s problems can be solved with design and critical thinking. As Simon is fond of saying, "Smart is not something you are, it's something you do."

  • Editor & Co-founder, Himal Media, Nepal

    Kanak Mani Dixit is a Nepali publisher, editor and writer. He is the founder of the magazine Himal Southasian and cofounder of Himalmedia. In 1987, he founded the bimonthly magazine Himal which subsequently became Himal Southasian. He is the author of several children's books and the founder of Film South Asia (FSA), a film festival for documentary films. He also works in spinal injury rehabilitation, public transportation, archiving, and architectural and environmental preservation.[6] He was honored with a Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands in 2009.
  • Senior Editor, Digital, DW – Deutsche Welle, Germany

    Esra Dogramaci is Senior Editor, Digital at Deutsche Welle. Formerly she worked as a digital consultant at BBC World Service where she worked with BBC Arabic on a digital transformation across online, video, radio and social media. Previously, she led a team that looked after 20 languages YouTube channel’s with results stretching to 550% growth in just a year, then leveraging that growth in experimental formats for social and mobile video. Esra joined the BBC from Al Jazeera in Qatar and Turkey and prior to that was at UNICEF and UN headquarters working in communications throughout. Esra has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs, particularly in social video and off platform growth and development. She’s also a former national team athlete, representing Australia in Ice Hockey.

  • 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.

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