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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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  • Editor In Chief (Digital), Trinity Mirror, United Kingdom

    Alison Gow is Editor In Chief (Digital) with Trinity Mirror. She has experience implementing and assessing new ways of engaging audiences across the newsrooms, working with external partners to bring new ideas and technology to their journalism. This includes working with editors to champion exciting new ways of telling stories across multiple platforms, promoting a strong editorial culture of storytelling, reader awareness and collaboration across Trinity Mirror Regionals' brands.

    A journalist and blogger who has worked in the UK regional press for more than 20 years, she is a former editor of the Daily Post and Wales on Sunday.

  • Founder & CEO, GP Rao Consulting LLP, Malaysia

    GP Rao is a Management Advisor and Founder of GRP HR Consulting LLP. Mr. Rao has more than 36 years of multi-business and multi- location experience in HRM. He has worked for SAIL, JK Group, SK Birla group and Reliance group in India and Malaysia.

  • Head of Digital/CTO, Libération, France

    Xavier is the Head of Digital at Libération, 4th largest circulated news daily in France, leading an eleven-person team composed by marketing and technical profiles such as : data analyst, business developer, client support, Web developers and designers... Liberation.fr has a global audience of 25 milion visitors and serves nerly 80 milion pages views across Web, Mobile and Applications.

    Xavier is responsible for all digital operations, facilitating decision making and improving business opportunities. He also provides technical vision and expertise to ensure innovation and meet business & editorial needs. 

  • Executive Vice President Digital, Aller Media AS, Norway

    Stephan Granhaug (born 1972) was assigned his current role in 2015, after being CEO and Editor in Chief at Scandinavia Online AS where he had run a major turn around case since 2012. At Aller Media he has P/L responsibility for all digital media outlets, including tech and product development, as well as maintaining major partnerships with external players such as Google’s Digital News Initiative and various social media.

    Aller Media’s Norwegian operations has managed to drive a digital growth case along the print decline that has led the company to a state where more than 70% of its advertising revenue stems from digital, while delivering a healthy profit margin from its digital activities.   

    Stephan’s professional carrier started in Schibsted ASA in 2000, where he worked with corporate and business development within digital media. After covering several roles accross Schibsted’s operations, he left the media conglomerate after 7 years, to become CEO at DB Medialab in 2007. From 2009 to 2012 he was VP of digital business, product and tech development at A-pressen (today Amedia), the largest local and regional news publisher in Norway.  

    Stephan has a keen strategic eye and draws his energy at the intersection of technology, editorial and commercial.

  • Vice President, APAC, Vindicia

    Michael Greco

    Michael Greco is Vice President of Asia Pacific, for Vindicia and is responsible for leading Vindicia’s initiatives and expansion in the region. Michael brings more than twenty years of experience in Asia Pacific leading sales organizations at Lucent, Lenovo, Juniper Networks and NTT. Michael has led these organizations to penetrate new markets and introduce new products. Vindicia brings enterprise-class innovation to consumer-facing subscription billing to help digital companies acquire and retain more customers by making payments seamless, secure and easy using Vindicia® CashBox® SaaS-based subscription billing and recurring payment solution.

  • Executive Vice President Publisher Management EMEA, Teads, Germany

    Christian Griesbach is one of the key figures in the German online advertising market. His many years of experience and his charismatic personality make him a welcome guest at industry events. Through leading positions in the digital marketing of Axel Springer as well as mediasquares or 24/7 Real Media, Christian Griesbach played a key role in shaping the German online ecosystem.

    In his role as Executive Vice President Publisher Management EMEA at Teads, Christian Griesbach is responsible for the further extension of Outstream Video Advertising across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Previously, he was Managing Director DACH & Eastern Europe. The industry expert was General Manager Digital Marketing at Axel Springer and co-founder and Managing Director of mediasports Digital, which he established in the German market and sold in November 2012 to the British Perform Group. 

  • Interactive Editor, Associated Press, USA

    Nathan Griffiths, Interactive Editor at the Associated Press, builds interactive data visualizations and news applications and is now focused on developing alternative digital formats for storytelling, including 3-D, 360 video and virtual reality. Prior to working for the AP, he worked for a decade in the technology industry. He has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

  • Editor in chief, O Globo, Brazil

    Graduated in journalism from UFF and postgraduate in Public Policy by Iuperj, he worked as a reporter for O GLOBO and Folha de S.Paulo, in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. He won the Embratel, Rey de España and two Esso Prizes for Journalism in the main category, among others. In Folha de São Paulo, he worked as Deputy Editor of Politics, and Editor of the section "Cotidiano" and Editor od the First Page. At GLOBO, he served as Editor of Politics and Executive Editor until he was promoted to Editor-in-chief.

  • CEO and co-owner, 07 Media AS, Norway

    Havard Grjotheim is the CEO and part owner  of 07 Media AS. 07 Media is a major cross-media information service provider based in Norway. Havard is educated from the University of Oslo. His background is from the research sector, but for the last 25 years he has been involved in the media industry as a CEO. He has served, and is still serving, as a board member/President for several companies in Europe within and outside the media industry. Havard  has served as President for INTERGRAF in Brussel for 6 years from 2008 until 2014, and he has been at the Board of Directors for Print Power for the last six years.

  • VP, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network, USA

    Since July 2014 Grossman-Cohen has served in a number of roles at The New York Times. She started out at NYT as a Managing Director, Marketing New Digital Products and Mobile. Before this position, she was employed by News Corporation as the Vice President, Partner Relations. Currently, she is both the Vice President, Audience + Platforms at The New York Times and co-chair, NYT Women's Network. 

    Grossman-Cohen holds a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and received her Master's of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. 

  • VP Client Services at AdGear

    Alexandre Guertin

    Alexandre Guertin-Aird dirige les services professionnels, le support technique et l’équipe de formation chez AdGear. Son équipe et lui travaillent en collaboration avec les clients dans le but de bâtir des relations d’affaires basées sur une compréhension approfondie des objectifs et des besoins technologiques des clients.

  • Associate Vice President - Engineering, ABP Pvt Ltd., India

  • CEO, DB Digital, India

    Gyan Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of DB Digital, the digital arm of Dainik Bhaskar Group.In less than 10 years of its inception, DB Digital has become the 2nd Largest Digital Group in the country with more than 101 Million Unique Users and an expanded portfolio from News to Business, Entertainment, Fashion & Lifestyle, Sports, Food and Gadgets. The flagship website DainikBhaksar.com is the World’s Largest Hindi News Site and the Second Largest News Site in India, while the other properties by DB Digital like Divya Bhaskar, Money Bhaskar, Bollywood Bhaskar and Divya Marathi are leaders in their respective genres. He comes with 18 years of exhaustive experience in media, digital content and technology; handling multiple profiles including Business Development, Marketing & Pre-Sales, Delivery & Operations. He has been instrumental in conceptualizing multiple unique features and properties and introducing many path-breaking initiatives for the brand.

  • Executive President, Dainik Jagran, India.

    Mr. Sandeep Gupta (54 years) is the Executive President of Jagran Prakashan Limited. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University, Athens, USA. Mr. Gupta joined Jagran Prakashan Limited in 1986.
    For the Jagran Group, he leads a challenging task in day-to-day operations, Production, Purchase, Modernization and IT. He is also involved in daily newspaper Editorial matters. With more than 32 years of Newspaper experience, Mr. Gupta has witnessed the technological progress in printing and has kept his organization abreast of all developments, with an eye on the future. He keeps traveling worldwide to visit different media houses to know how the technological advances being adopted by them.

  • Head - News and Influencer partnerships, Facebook India

    Varun leads the News and Influencer partnerships in India and is responsible for developing strategic relationships with news publishers and broadcasters in India and helping them meet their publishing and business objectives on Facebook. Varun  joined Facebook India in 2012 and focused on building the small and medium business ecosystem in India, since 2014 he has shaped the News charter in India in his role as a partnership lead.

    Varun has a rich media background having served a variety of roles on editorial and business side across geographies. He started his career as a journalist with The Pioneer and Hindustan Times and prior to joining Facebook, was working as a Product Strategy Manager with CNN Digital in Atlanta, managing the company’s monetization product suite. Before CNN, he was working with News Corp in a marketing role in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

    Varun’s role is to work with publishers, journalists and influencers to leverage the Facebook family of apps and News Feed to maximize reach, distribution and monetization for their content. This includes traditional companies like Hindustan Times, India Today Group, Network18, media disruptors including The Quint, Scroll India etc and journalists such as Shekhar Gupta, Rahul Kanwal and Barkha Dutt etc

    He holds an MBA from Emory University on a full-merit scholarship where he graduated with top honors in Strategy and Marketing. He is also a BA in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

  • Head of Facebook News Partnerships, Facebook, Latin America

    Claudia Gurfinkel is the Head of Facebook News Partnerships for Latin America. She is responsible for leading the work developed with media outlets and journalists across the region, supporting them to reach new audiences and grow their businesses in the platform. With almost 20 years of experience in editorial projects and digital content, Claudia has worked in companies such as BBC Brasil in London, Folha de S.Paulo, Microsoft and the news portal Terra.

  • Geschäftsführer, PressMatrix

    Jens Gützkow ist Mitbegründer und Geschäftsführer von PressMatrix. Seit mehr als sieben Jahren widmet er sich hier der Entwicklung von digitalen Monetarisierungsmodellen für Publisher. Bereits zuvor prägten er und von ihm mitgegründete Start-ups die Evolution digitaler Geschäftsmodelle mit: Schon lange bevor es AppStores gab, beschäftigte er sich mit Mobile Apps. Er brachte eine Videoplattform mit innovativem Umsatzkonzept auf den Weg und unterstützte u. a. das EU Forschungsprojekt „P2P Next“.

  • CEO and Publisher, RED/ACCIÓN, Argentina

    Chani Guyot is a journalist, designer and the CEO and Publisher of RED/ACCIÓN, an Argentinian news startup. He is the founder of Next Idea Lab and the former Editor-in-Chief of Argentina's La Nación. He relinquished this role in 2017 to feed his entrepreneurial and innovative spirit with the startup of Next Idea Lab. Guyot began his career at La Nación's Sunday magazine in 1996, working as journalist and designer. He was appointed Design Director and in 2009, the company's first Innovation Director. He led the newspaper's modernisation process and move into television. Guyot studied Journalism at the University of Buenos Aires and Social Communication at Austral University, where he taught for 10 years. He holds a Media MBA from Navarra University in Spain and is a founding member of FOPEA (Argentine Journalism Forum) and the Society for News Design, SND.

  • Founder and CEO, Constructive Institute, Denmark

    Ulrik Haagerup, Founder & CEO of Constructive Institute is a  former Executive Director of News at the Danish Public Broadcasting Corporation. 

    He is an award-winning journalist and international public speaker on leadership and strategy and the author of the books A Good Idea – Did You Get It? (2004) and Constructive News: A Confrontation with the Negative Worldview of the Press (2012, 2014 and 2017). 

    In 2008, he was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. 

    From 1994 to 2002 he was editor-in-chief at Danish broadsheet Jyllands-Posten. From 2002 to 2007 he headed the first full-scale multimedia newsroom at NORDJYSKE. 

    He is Knight of Dannebrog and was awarded the Danish Pulitzer for investigative reporting The Cavling Prize 1990.  

  • Founder & Owner, Infobae & Infobae América, Argentina

    Daniel is a lawyer graduated from Universidad Católica in Argentina, where he also graduated as journalist. He holds a Post-degree in Information Science at the University of Navarra in Spain, and was granted a scholarship in the US by the “Fundación Universitaria del Río de la Plata”. In 1992, he was received the "Outstanding young men of the year" Award granted by “Camara Junior”.

    Daniel is one of Argentina's media most prominent business men. He is the founder of Radio 10, Mega, Vale, TKM, Pop and Amadeus, as well as of C5N news channel. He's currently owner and founder of Infobae.com and Infobae America, one of LATAM's most succesfull pure-player media outlets.

  • Editor-at-large, HuffPost SA, South Africa

    Ferial is editor-at-large of Huffington Post South Africa and editor in chief of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), a coalition of the continent's best muckraking newsrooms and centres. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of City Press Newspaper and edited the Mail & Guardian from 2004 to 2009. She is former Chairperson of the South African National Editor's Forum and sits on the boards of the International Womens Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service.

  • Brand Manager, Miss & Head of digital product management, Styria Media Group, Austria

    Jochen Hahn

    For two years Jochen Hahn has been working as brandmanager of the lifestyle media brand miss as well as head of digital product management at Styria Media Group. Four years ago he was called to be portal manager at Verlagsgruppe News for the economy titles Format and Trend. Before that he was working as a finance journalist at the newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt at Styria.

    miss is an Austrian 360 degrees media brand focus on social media on all channels, as on miss MAGAZIN, missAT or miss APP. They target young women aged between 16 and 35 - in digital, mobile and printed forms.

  • CEO, Scroll, USA

    Haile is the founder of Scroll, the company dedicated to solving the problem of how to have sustainable quality journalism on a free and open web.

    In 2009 Haile founded Chartbeat, a company he left in 2016 but where he keeps an advisory role. Haile is also an adjunct Professor of media and technology at Stanford University since May 2016. He created the course “Disrupting the News: How Technology is Transforming the Media” with Prof Bill Grueskin and is now teaching it.

    Haile was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2012, one of Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2014.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, The Outline, USA

    Amanda Hale is Chief Revenue Officer of The Outline, the new publication founded by Joshua Topolsky, founder of The Verge co-founder of Vox Media. At The Outline, Hale oversees all monetization -- including sales, ad product, creative marketing. She is previously associate publisher of the political news site Talking Polnts Memo. She was named one of  Digiday’s 2017 Media “Changemakers” and was featured by Glamour as one of 20 female startup executives to watch. 

     

     

     

  • Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Deputy Dean at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business

    Dr. Gregor Halff is Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Deputy Dean at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business (Singapore) as well as Visiting Faculty at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT, Berlin) where he was previously director of executive development programmes. He is the Chair of the worldwide professional body of the communication industry, the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management. Before joining academia, Gregor was managing partner at Publicis, the world’s third largest communication agency where he co-founded Publicis Public Relations, today part of MSLGroup.

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