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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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  • 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.

  • BDZV Vizepräsident & Vorsitzender der Konzerngeschäftsführung Madsack Mediengruppe, Hannover

    Thomas Düffert ist seit Juli 2013 Vorsitzender der Konzerngeschäftsführung der MADSACK Mediengruppe. Zum MADSACK-Portfolio gehören unter anderem verschiedene regionale Zeitungstitel (z. B. Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Leipziger Volkszeitung, Ostsee-Zeitung), reichweitenstarke Digital-Angebote sowie zahlreiche Anzeigenblätter. Seine Karriere im Verlagswesen startete Thomas Düffert bei Gruner + Jahr, wo der studierte Betriebswirt verschiedene Managementpositionen einnahm, unter anderem als Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Dresdner Druck und Verlagshaus GmbH & Co. KG. Im Mai 2009 wechselte er als stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Konzerngeschäftsführung zur MADSACK Mediengruppe, bevor er im Juli 2013 den Vorsitz der Konzerngeschäftsführung übernahm.

  • 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 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

    André Eckert is COO at, a Russmedia Company and Austria´s largest premium ad network and general manager of 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, ( 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.

  • Global Media Partnerships - Subscriptions, Facebook, USA

    Peter Elkins-Williams leads Facebook’s partnerships with global subscriptions publishers, working with them to evaluate and optimize their investment and efforts across Facebook’s suite of apps and services, to test new products and media formats, and ultimately, to grow and retain their subscribers or members.  Prior to Facebook, Peter led Business and Corporate Development for Atlantic Media, parent company of The Atlantic, Quartz, and the National Journal Group.  At Atlantic Media, Peter was responsible for incubating and launching growth strategies and new initiatives throughout the editorial, technology, and revenue teams across the company.  This includes architecting The Atlantic’s first long term social strategy and first paid digital products, helping to launch Quartz, and leading the evaluation of internal and external investment opportunities.  Peter received a JD/MBA from New York University and a BA from Duke University.  He lives in New York City.

  • Product Owner Web and Apps, MittMedia, Sweden

    Katarina Ellemark is Mittmedia Product Owner Web and Apps and at the centre of the media group’s digital subscription execution, including driving the recent home page personalisation project. Her background is in journalism, including stints as web editor at Svenska Dagbladet and as development director at Talentum Media. 

  • Journalist. Speaker and Advisor digital media

    Karlsten is a journalist, speaker and advisor on digital media. Considered one of Swedens most influential sociala media-experts, and is a sought after speaker, both on a local and international level for businesses in all branches.

    Columnist in major newspaper Göteborgs-posten, and radio host on some of Swedens biggest radio shows. Winner of the ”Grand national radio award” and considered as Swedens most influential journalist on Twitter.

    As a digital advisor he working regularly with some of the biggest brands in Sweden. The Swedish national football team is a frequent client, as is many other companies in the private sector.

    Together with a client, Aftonbladet, he created an open investigation-model for journalism that led to several nominees at the Grand investigative journalism-awards. In 2012 he co-founded the now disused citizen journalism-project Ajour. 2014 juror of Digital media Asia awards. 2016 juror at ”Grand national radio award”, the MEG media award.

    As a speaker he is sought after both nationally and internationally, speaking at many of the worlds biggest newspapers, as Hindustan Times in Dehli, Manorama Malayala in Kerala and VnExpress in Vietnam, and media houses in Singapore.

  • Software Architect Expert

  • Head of data strategies, product manager, MittMedia, Sweden

    Magnus is head of all data strategies at Sweden's largest local media company. In that role, Magnus oversees that company strategy and development of business, products, platforms/tech aligns with MittMedia data strategies.   Magnus is also acting product manager of the MittMedia data platform Soldr.
  • CEO, Vocento, Spain

    Luis Enriquez was appointed CEO of Vocento in July 2011. He holds a BA Hons degree in Business and Economics from ICADE.

    From 1995 to 2000 he worked as Managing Director of Aurum Producciones. In 2000 he joined Unidad Editorial as Director of the Group's regional media. In 2007 was promoted to Managing Director of the entire publishing Group Unidad Editorial (Marca, El Mundo & Expansión).

    At Vocento, Enriquez has placed his management focus on newsroom and newspapers (print and digital) independence. Under his leadership, Vocento has boosted its revenue, improving distribution margins and product sales while enhancing and accelerating its digital offering. To date Vocento is the only publishing group in Spain that has implemented a successful paywall model.

  • CEO, Vocento, Spain

    Luis Enroquez, CEO, Vocento, Spain

    Luis Enríquez was appointed CEO of Vocento in July 2011. He holds a BA Hons degree in Business and Economics from ICADE.

    From 1995 to 2000 he worked as Managing Director of Aurum Producciones. In 2000 he joined Unidad Editorial (Marca, El Mundo, & Expansión) as Director of the Group's regional media. In 2007 was promoted to Managing Director of the entire publishing group.

    At Vocento, Enriquez has placed his management focus on newsroom and newspapers (print and digital) independence. Under his leadership, Vocento has boosted its revenue, improving distribution margins and product sales while enhancing and accelerating its digital offering. To date Vocento is the only publishing group in Spain that has implemented a sucessful paywall model.