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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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  • 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, 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. 

  • Vice-President Consumer Sales & Marketing The Boston Globe, USA


  • 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

  • Chief Strategy Officer, Guardian News & Media, UK

    James is the Chief Strategy Officer at Guardian News & Media, responsible for strategy implementation and transformation. In his role James has overall responsibility for GNM’s 3 year change programme, working with the functional areas to ensure the business delivers on its priorities. James joined GNM in 2014 from Bain & Company, where he led teams focused on strategic and operational questions across media, private equity and other industries. He holds a BA in History from the University of Bristol.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Newspaper Printing Axel Springer at Axel Springer Print Management GmbH

    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“.

    Today he is Chief Operating Officer, Newspaper Printing Axel Springer at Axel Springer Print Management GmbH.

  • 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.

  • Chefredakteur Online sh:z Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag, Flensburg


  • Product Manager, Neue Westfälische Mediagroup, Germany

    Alexander Drößler is the product manager for Lokalportal within Neue Westfälische Mediagroup, a regional newspaper in Germany. Lokalportal is a participatory platform that provides access to local life. Its mission is to strengthen neighborhoods by giving them access to reliable local information and a place for valuable exchange about it. Drößler is in charge of strategic development, operational implementation, marketing and public relations of Lokalportal within Neue Westfälische. Previously he has worked as a digital editor with, the main news website of Neue Westfälische. He holds a master's degree in Journalism from Hamburg University. As a Fulbright Grantee, he has spent the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism focusing on participatory journalism and new business models.

  • Founder of FACTLY

    Rakesh Dubbudu is a well-known transparency & Open Data Campaigner in India and also the founder of ‘FACTLY’, one of the well-known ‘Public Information/Data Journalism’ portals in India. He has been working on Right to Information (RTI) related issues for the last 13 years. Rakesh played a significant role in the launch of the 'Open Data Policy' by the Government of Telangana, the newest state in India. He is also visiting faculty at various administrative training institutes of the state & central governments.
    Rakesh brings immense experience in dealing with Government Data, Policy and various government related information. He has numerous awards & fellowships to his credit like the South & Central Asia Region Legislative Fellows Program of the US State Department, RTI Fellowship of Government of India, Distinguished Alumni award from his alma mater NIT Warangal.

  • 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).

  • CEO, BurdaForward

    Oliver Eckert is CEO of the digital publishing house BurdaForward (including CHIP and FOCUS Online). As CEO of the Burda subsidiary, he is responsible for strategy, finance and human resources.

    He studied business administration at the University of Cologne and attended the Axel Springer School of Journalism. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Oliver Eckert was editor-in-chief of and managing director of RP Online before founding Finanzen100 in 2009, which is still part of BurdaForward today as a leading mobile stock exchange offering. At the end of 2010, Oliver Eckert took over the management of FOCUS Online and its digital marketer. Subsequently, he successively expanded the publishing business with additional portals.

  • 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, 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, ( 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.