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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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  • Editora Ejecutiva, Huffington Post, EE.UU.

    Liz Heron es la editora ejecutivo de The Huffington Post, un medio ganador del premio Pulitzer en las categorias de últimas noticias, video, animación y periodismo centrado en soluciones, así como una plataforma altamente comprometida para la opinión y la conversación. Liz ha construido una carrera impulsado innovación en los medios digitales y tradicionales, con un buen ojo para las fuerzas que configuran los medios de comunicación en general y el paisaje de la tecnología - y ha incursionado tanto en lo tradicional com en lo vanguardista, tanto en los Estados Unidos como a nivel internacional. Antes de unirse al HuffPost, Liz dirigió las Alianzas Periodísticas de Facebook, gestionando un equipo que colaboró con y abogó por las organizaciones de comunicación y los periodistas. También fue editora de The New York Times, The Washington Post y The Wall Street Journal.

  • Executive Editor, The Huffington Post, USA

    Liz Heron is the Executive Editor of The Huffington Post, a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, video, entertainment and solutions-focused journalism, as well as a highly engaged platform for opinion and conversation. Liz has built a career leading innovation in digital and traditional media, with a keen eye for the forces shaping the overall media and tech landscape – from traditional to cutting edge, both US-based and international. Before joining HuffPost, Liz led Journalism Partnerships at Facebook, managing a team that collaborated with and advocated for news organizations and journalists, and was an editor at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Director, Media Freedom, WAN-IFRA

    Andrew has worked for over 10 years as a journalist and editor in the UK, Spain and France. He has been with WAN-IFRA since the beginning of 2010 and was previously responsible for editorial and communications in the Press Freedom and Media Development team.

    Based at the organisation’s Paris secretariat, he has worked in a number of countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia as part of WAN-IFRA's on-going efforts to defend press freedom and support independent news publishers.

  • Marketing Director, Subscriptions, Telegraph Media Group, United Kingdom

  • Digital Editorial Strategy Director, Trinity Mirror

    David is digital editorial strategy director at Trinity Mirror, working with national and regional news titles across the UK and Ireland. As well as shaping the transformation of existing brands for a digital future, David has also helped launch a number of new brands in recent years which are redefining how local news is shared and how they reach new audiences.

  • Executive Producer, Abacus, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

    Ravi Hiranand was appointed Executive Producer of the South China Morning Post in January 2018. He is in charge of the editorial direction and content creation of Abacus, SCMP’s news product reporting all about China tech for the rest of the world.

    Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ravi has spent 14 years at CNN International in Hong Kong, covering a wide range of news from the Mumbai terror attacks to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. In 2011, he launched the network’s flagship Asia primetime show, News Stream, a global newscast with a heavy focus on technology stories.

    Outside of work, Ravi can often be found flying across Hong Kong with his drone, exploring virtual worlds in video games, and building tiny worlds with LEGO.

  • Founder, FactWire, Hong Kong

    Don Ng has worked for a number of local newspapers including the Hong Kong Daily News, Wah Kiu Yat Po and the South China Morning Post before serving in the TVB's newsroom.  During his tenure in TVB, Don's assignments covered North Korea, East Timor, Afghanistan, London and Washington. After he left TVB, Don joined the China desk of the Cable News, and was assigned to Baghdad and Kuwait during the US invasion in Iraq. Don has received many international journalism awards, including the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, New York Film Festival Gold Award, and the Human Rights Award. Don left Cable News in 2007 when he founded the EyePress, a photojournalism agency in Asia. In 2015, Don crowd-funded USD600,000 to found a non-profit news agency, the FactWire.   
  • Editor, Mashable, Singapore

    Victoria Ho is Mashable's editor in Singapore, responsible for launching Mashable's Asia arm. A business and technology reporter for over a decade, she's previously worked for Singapore Press Holdings, TechCrunch and CBS Interactive. When she isn't writing, she's making music with her band.

  • Product Manager, Malaysiakini

    Sean Ho

    Sean Ho graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia, where he received a bachelor degree in Architecture in 1999. However rather than pursue a career in Architecture, Sean chose instead to follow the IT tsunami of the time, and got his first job as a web designer in Western Australian internet service provider.

    In 2000, Sean joined American Express' Sydney office. There, Sean worked in a small team of five to manage American Express' Asia/Pacific websites, receiving multiple regional awards for successful implementation of innovation and change.

    Sean later founded W3C Sites as a platform to promote coding with web standards which wasn't a common practice at the time. His special interest was in web accessibility where he believed the internet is for everyone.

    In 2005 Sean moved to China with his partner, where he worked as a web design consultant specialising in UI/UX design.

    After returning to his home country, Sean joined Malaysiakini in 2014 as a senior web designer. Today, Sean is a key cog in the Malaysiakini team, where he coordinates across all departments, managing various products within the Media, Tech, and Advertising groups.

  • Project and Innovation Manager, Gothia Innovation AB, Sweden

    Johan Hoffman is a Project and Innovation Manager at Gothia Innovation AB, the company managing and developing Gothia Science Park in Skövde. He is working with strategic consulting to develop and implement innovation management in businesses as well as project management and process development in order to create and develop cooperations for innovation, primary within video games industry and academia. Hoffman has eight years of experience as a journalist. Since 2011 columnist in a local newspaper.

  • CEO & Founder, RESI Media, Germany

    Martin Hoffmann is CEO and founder of RESI Media UG which built "Resi"- a new personal news assistant. Resi is a chat bot that lives inside an app and delivers the most important news of the day the same way a good friend would do on a messaging app. Hoffmann was previously Head of Social Media at WeltN24.

  • CEO Finnmedia, Helsinki

    Holmberg, 51 ans, dirige l'Association des éditeurs de journaux finalandais depuis 2011. Il dirige la Fédération des Médias finlandais, Finnmedia (Medialiitto) depuis 2016. Il a également travaillé en tant que rédacteur en chef de Seudun Sanomat.

  • Duncan Hooper, Editor in Chief, Digital Platforms, Euronews

    Duncan Hooper is editor in chief for digital platforms at Euronews, overseeing publication of 13 language editions. His focuses are delivering on the editorial "All Views" proposition and adapting the video production strengths developed in TV to the digital world. He has worked at Bloomberg, The Telegraph and MSN.

  • Publishing Director and Head of Management Board of BILD Group, Axel Springer, Germany

    Donata Hopfen

    Donata Hopfen is Publishing Director and Head of Management Board of BILD Group since May 2014. BILD is Europe’s largest newspaper and Germany’s largest digital news portal. Since 2010 she was Managing Director of BILD’s digital activities. Joining Axel Springer in 2003 Donata worked in various business development positions at BILD.T-Online and as head of business development in Axel Springer’s electronic media department. Donata’s career started as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s media and telecommunications practice. Born in Hamburg, she studied Business at the Universities of Reutlingen and Madrid (ICADE).

  • Co-Director of Virtual Reality and Deputy Director of Video, The New York Times, USA

    Marcelle Hopkins is the deputy editor of video and co-director of VR at The New York Times. She oversees the production of the Times’s innovative immersive journalism, including NYT VR and The Daily 360, as well as video news stories, documentaries and series. She serves on the advisory board for Journalism 360, an initiative of thought leaders, practitioners, and journalists dedicated to accelerating immersive storytelling in news. Before joining The Times, Marcelle produced and directed virtual reality documentaries for FRONTLINE, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Emblematic Group. Marcelle has received a reporting fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation, a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and a fellowship at the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Made in NY Media Center. She holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • CEO, 24.com, South Africa

    Andreij Horn was appointed CEO of 24.com on July 2016. Horn was until recently the Chief Information Officer at Media24. He started his career as a journalist at Volksblad in 1982. He subsequently pioneered the TopAd Shop, the country’s first online advertising booking platform, and CommerceZone, the central procurement platform used in Naspers’ South African companies.

    Horn has a MA degree from the University of the Free State and obtained his MBA from the University of Cape Town in 1999, where he was honoured with the Bain Prize for ecommerce.

  • Founder, Mic, USA

    Jake Horowitz

    Jake is the founder of Mic, a leading news and media company for millennials. From global affairs and politics, to arts and music, to science and technology, Mic offers compelling stories and perspectives on the issues that define the next generation. Each month, more than 30 million people rely on Mic's unique sensibility to stay informed and rethink the world. In addition to shaping Mic's overall strategy, Jake works closely with the editorial team on coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Prior to Mic, Jake lived and worked on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict, researched democracy and governance issues in Morocco, worked for the Carnegie Endowment in Beirut, and helped Change.org inspire people to take action. A graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Middle East history and politics, Jake lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Special Assistant to the Chairman, CommonWealth Magazine Group

    Chia Lun Huang works in the Chairman's Office in the CommonWealth Magazine Group in Taiwan. She spends her time primarily on the new digital subscription product and news apps that they have launched since 2017. Previously she was a producer with WAN-IFRA's Media Management Accelerator Programme and worked as a journalist in China, Europe and Taiwan.

  • Newsletters Editor, The Economist, United Kingdom

    Sunnie Huang is the newsletters editor at The Economist. Prior to this, she spent a year with the social media team to promote the newspaper's science and technology coverage. Before joining The Economist, she worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for three years as a multimedia reporter, covering domestic and international news. Sunnie studied journalism at the University of Toronto and environmental economics at University College London.

  • CEO, Telegraph Media Group, UK

    Nick Hugh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Telegraph in June 2017. Prior to this he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer, a role he held for six months having joined the company in January 2017. Nick is charged with continuing to grow the reach of The Telegraph’s quality journalism and diversifying revenue across the group, whilst ensuring the company maintains its rightful place as one of the UK’s leading media brands.

    Nick has almost 20 years digital experience with companies that range from global media players to innovative start ups. Before joining The Telegraph he was Yahoo’s Vice President for EMEA where he was responsible for all business and operations in EMEA markets, a role which he was promoted to in 2015 having previously worked as Yahoo’s EMEA vice president of audience network and programmatic platforms. He previously spent more than 15 years at various internet companies, including BT and ad tech specialist, Phorm.

    Nick has an MBA from INSEAD France, one of the leading business schools in the world and a BA Hons degree from Manchester, England.

  • Researcher at Aalto University

    Juho-Petteri Huhtala is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Marketing. Juho-Petteri Huhtala is Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Aalto-yliopisto. Bachelor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics, Aalto-yliopisto, Kauppakorkeakoulu. He holds a Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Business Economics, Aalto-yliopisto, Kauppakorkeakoulu.

    In 2017, Aalto University School of Business and the School of Science have launched a joint research project to research the impacts of content marketing on the behaviour of Business-to-Business (B2B) decision-making. The project examines different stages of the content marketing purchasing path and aims to forecast the behaviour by mechanical means. The research project was initiated by marketing technology company Natify. The company was looking for research expertise for a project aiming to learn how target group behaviour can be predicted in a B2B environment by using machine learning. The project focuses on improving the effectiveness of content activation of potential B2B customers using digital contents. Content activation occurs when content gets the attention of the B2B customer and the customer feels that the content is of crucial importance at that particular moment. In addition to Natify, companies involved in the project are Liana Technologies, Tulos Helsinki and Calcus.com.

  • News Partnerships Lead, Australia & New Zealand, Facebook

    Andrew Hunter

    Andrew Hunter is Facebook’s News Partnerships Lead for Australia and New Zealand. In this role, he is leading Facebook’s growing collaboration with ANZ news organisations.

    Andrew began his career as a local news reporter and has worked in newspaper, magazine and digital news rooms. He co-authored the book All Your Friends Like This: How Social Networks Took Over News, which looks at the relationship between the news industry and social networks.

  • Assistant Editor, BBC News, UK.

    Bella Hurrell is deputy editor of the BBC News Visual and Data Journalism team. Her focus is the team’s online output and she works creatively with designers, developers and journalists to produce cross-platform story-telling and compelling digital content.  

    She has held a number of posts with the BBC news website prior to her current role including news writer, editorial development lead and head of specials.

    Bella has also co-written chapters for several publications on the field of data journalism.

  • Founder and COO of Express KCS

    Tariq Husain

    “Tariq is Founder and COO of Express KCS, a global, independent provider of creative production solutions across print, online, mobile and video platforms. He began his career working in Chicago for a leading production technology supplier, before returning to India to re-engineer Express KCS' operations in 2002 to allow it to become a leader in the provision of outsourcing creative production. Tariq has also led various innovations for Express KCS including StudioOnline and MediaFerry, a state of the art digital asset management and workflow management software. The company’s ability to deliver high quality creative production and digital marketing solutions across different platforms and fast turn-around time has helped it earn relationships with global brands and publishers across North America, Australia and Europe. Additionally, Tariq is also the founder of experiences.digital, a new age digital marketing firm engaged in providing innovative digital experiences on screen or via connected digital activations. Tariq holds Bachelors in Electronics from Delhi University and Bachelors in Science – Printing Technology and Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.”

  • Political Editor, The Straits Times

    Zakir Hussain joined The Straits Times' Political Desk in 2005 and has reported on local and regional political developments as well as security issues, terrorism and community relations. He was based in Jakarta as the newspaper's Indonesia bureau chief from 2011 to 2014, before returning to Singapore as deputy political editor. He was appointed Political Editor in September 2016. He has a bachelor's degree in history and politics, and a master's degree in journalism.

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