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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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  • CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Mittelbayerischer Verlag KG, Germany

    After his academic high school diploma at the Goethe-Gymnasium Regensburg Manfred Sauerer started in 1977 its studies of chemistry at the University of Regensburg. Also in 1977 - parallel to his studies - he made his first work experiences at the Mittelbayerische Verlag. Later on he became trainee journalist and after that editor. In the following years he held the positions as Head of the sports-department, Managing Chief, Head of the interregional resort and as Co-Editor in Chief. Since January, 17th, 2007 he is Editor in Chief of the Mittelbayerische Zeitung. In 2008 Manfred Sauerer became Member of the Managing Board of the Mittelbayerischer Verlag KG ansd 2014 he became Co-CEO.

  • Technical Director, Suddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck, Germany

  • Media Independent Advisor, USA

    Vivian Schiller is a media and technology executive with over 25 years of experience. Most recently as Global Chair of News at Twitter, in this role Schiller led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosytem.

    Just prior to joining Twitter, Schiller served as Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer for NBC News where she had strategic and operational oversight of the networks‘ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media. Properties in her portfolio included NBCNews.com, TODAY.com, MSNBC.com, iVillage.com, and BreakingNews.

    Prior to NBC, Schiller served as President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, Schiller was the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.

  • Director Middle East, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    She is responsible for all activities in the Middle East countries, working closely with WAN-IFRA's members in the region. She is in charge of organising regional events and activities in the Middle East region.

  • Media Consultant, South Africa.

    Journalist * Researcher * Author * Consultant * Rapporteur * Media
    Trainer * Free Press Activist
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Michael Schmidt is a field reporter with 26 years' experience and a reputation for producing unique and challenging copy, having worked for 19 years on some of South Africa's leading print titles including The Mercury and Sunday Times. He was involved as a senior journalist with the start-ups of ThisDay, of what is now Independent on Saturday, and of Ogojiii.

     He was group special investigative writer for Independent Newspapers' seven weekend titles before WAN-IFRA Training offer of 28.02.2017 page 3 of 5 going into journalism training. He expanded his work across Africa, and into parts of Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe and the Antipodes, and developed an intense interest in conflict reporting in transitional societies.

     In 2008, he gained his NQF4 trainer qualification and went into journalism training. He ran training workshops and oversaw projects – some with multi-million-rand budgets – for a wide range of continental and international media, academic, and philanthropic clients.

    Michael has worked across Africa, in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Australasia and has personally facilitated a wide variety of journalism courses.

  • Publisher CORRECTIV

    David Schraven is head of the research center correctiv.org as publisher and content manager.
    After working for the “Tageszeitung” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, he was initially a freelance journalist for the “Welt” group in the business desk and in NRW desk. As a guest journalist in the “Time” magazine, David was in New York on September 11, when the towers collapsed. He was also one of the founders of the political blog “Ruhrbarone”. From 2010 to 2014, David was responsible for the “Research” department at the Content Desk of the Funke Media Group (WAZ / NRZ / WR / WP).
    For his research on the PFT toxin affair at the Ruhr, David received a watchdog award from the daily press. He was awarded the research prize of the Swiss Wolfgang Fichtner Foundation for his work on the social fraud of the former State Secretary, Zülfiye Kaykin from Duisburg. His graphic report on the Afghanistan operation of the German army “Kriegszeiten” was nominated for the German Youth Literary Prize. His graphic report on the legal terrorism “WEISSE WÖLFE” received the German Reporter Prize.
    Contact: david.schraven (at) correctiv.org

  • Founder, Hoaxmap.org and fact-checker at Correctiv

    Karolin Schwarz is a fact-checker at correctiv.org, an investigative nonprofit medium. CORRECT!V's team of four aims to debunk rumours circulating on Facebook as well as false claims in general. In 2016, she founded Hoaxmap.org, a platform dedicated to refutiating false news about refugees and migrants in German speaking countries.

  • Senior Consultant, Kirchner + Robrecht, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, Germany

    Moritz holds a Diploma degree in Print Plant Management from Munich University of applied sciences and a Master of Science degree in Graphic Arts Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology (NY, USA). He started his career at Fraunhofer IGD working on projects for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and was involved specifying the CIP4 JDF format. As Chief Operating Officer he worked for the Bauer media group subsidiary in Magdeburg being responsible for the daily production of the large regional newspaper in a highly automated print plant. Since 2004, Moritz Schwarz has executed more than 200 production related consulting projects globally for WAN-IFRA.

  • Editor-in-Chief, 4c, Vienna, Austria

    Schwarz is the editor in chief of 4c, a trade magazine for print, design & digital media. 4c is being published in an edition for Austria and since 2013 also in an edition for Germany. The circulation for both editions: 11.000 copies. 4c is very much interested in involving its readers not only through surveys, but also with regular discussions with its readers on Twitter (called: #4ctalk), mainly on business topics, or workshops and conferences. Some of the exclusive stories 4c has published about the print media business were quoted in newspapers and magazines in the German speaking region.
    Martin Schwarz was awarded „Specialized Journalist of the Year 2016“ by the „German Association of Trade Press“ (Verband der Deutschen Fachpresse) for outstanding journalistic achievements.

  • Board Member, Styria Media Group, Austria

    Born in Graz in 1966 he studied Jurisprudence (his dissertation was on the subject of ‘Media Law') at the Karl-Franzens University Graz. During his time studying he was able to gather experiences as a journalist at various daily and weekly newspapers from 1986 onwards and was appointed to Chief Editor in 1991 at the weekly newspaper "der neue Grazer/der neue Steirer". Simultaneously he was substantially involved in the establishment of the first Grazer Stadtradios (town radio) 107, 5 (1997/98). In 2002 Klaus Schweighofer moved to Equity and Finance Management at "Styria Medien AG" and since then has been responsible, besides radio and television participation at home, above all, for the expansion of "Styria" in Slovenia and Croatia. Amongst other things, the newly founded daily newspapers "24sata" (Croatia) and "zurnal24" (Slovenia) came under his area of responsibility. With the foundation of "Styria Media International AG" 2005 he was appointed to the Board and additionally held a series of Executive and Board of Directors´ seats. On 3rd March 2008 Klaus Schweighofer was appointed to the Board at "Styria Media Group AG". He continues to belong on the Board of "Styria Media International AG". Klaus Schweighofer is married and father of two children.

  • Digital Media Consultant

    Saurav Sen is a senior journalist-turned digital media consultant based in New Delhi. He has worked for major media brands like The Times of India, India Today, The Telegraph, The Asian Age etc, apart from Khaleej times, Dubai and The Guardian, London in more than 23 years of journalistic and stellar media management experience. He has been at the forefront of India’s digital media evolution ever since the internet came to India in 1995.

    He became a full-time digital media consultant since 2007, running his boutique consultancy firm, Sidnet Digitalia, and advising clients both in India and abroad. Saurav is a noted public speaker, a sworn internet evangelist and an empanelled digital media expert trainer for WAN-IFRA.

  • Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK

    Juan Señor
    Juan Señor is a Partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

    As a Partner at Innovation he has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent.

    His projects with Innovation have won numerous accolades, in particular Best Newspaper Concept and Design in the World and/or in Europe continuously from 2004 to 2011.

  • Head of Digital Platforms, Editora CARAS, Brazil

    Nicholas is responsible for Perfil’s digital platforms in Argentina and Brazil, which count with approximately 30 million unique visitors spread across 34 different properties. From Sao Paulo, Nicholas leads a highly creative team which is in charge of the digital evolution of the 18 sites that, along with the renown title CARAS, form part of Perfil Brasil’s ecosystem. He also coordinates tech development, content management, and Perfil’s proprietary publishing technology in both countries.

    Before joining CARAS Nicholas served as the Digital Strategy Director and Digital Platforms Director at Grupo Estado (Brazil) during 8 years, leading technical and product teams and coordinating digitalization projects for Estadão newspaper, Jornal da Tarde newspaper, Eldorado radio and other Estadão's brands.

    He has been designing and building internet and mobile applications for digital publishing for over 20 years. As a software engineer of the highly regarded Brazilian portal (UOL), Nicholas designed and developed the first brazilian e-commerce website (Pão de Açúcar Delivery) and the Content Management Systems and Subscription Systems used in beginning of UOL and after years.

    Nicholas founded E-systems Solutions, a Brazilian pioneer company in e-commerce and internet applications, acquired by LuminaAmericas Inc, and helped north-american companies like Nike, Carrier, MSN, to launch websites in Brazil with huge impact and success. At LuminaAmericas he helped also important Brazilian companies as AES, Eletropaulo, Unibanco, Somlivre/Globo, Americanas.com and Telefónica.

  • Senior Advisor for Digital Media, Media Development Investment Fund MDIF, USA

  • VP of Product & Executive Editor, Quartz, USA

    Zach Seward

    Zach is the vice president of product and executive editor of Quartz. He leads the teams responsible for product development, audience growth, and data visualization, and also writes about the future of TV and other topics. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the newspaper's first social media editor. Before that, he helped launch the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, covering the media industry.

  • Director of Real Estate Products, The New York Times, USA

    Matthew Shadbolt

    Matthew Shadbolt is currently the Director of Real Estate Products at The New York Times, where he is focused on the strategic and tactical value of the real estate vertical. He works closely with the newsroom, sales, design, engineering, mobile, video and business development teams to bring real estate editorial and search experiences to an audience of over 2 million readers every month. Prior to his current role, Matthew was the Director of Interactive Product and Marketing for The Corcoran Group, Manhattan’s largest residential real estate brokerage, where he was responsible for all of Corcoran’s interactive output, product development, social growth and advertising.

  • Managing Editor, Network 18, India.

    Sitaraman Shankar is Managing Editor – Special Projects at Network 18. In this role, he has overseen a complete revamp of Moneycontrol.com, India’s top financial site, and created a video explainer product called Insight18. He has 23 years of experience as a journalist, including 12 years with Reuters, most of it in Germany and the UK, and a decade in senior roles in Indian newspapers. He has a passion for training people how to write: He has run more than 120 journalists through his Newswriting With Impact programme.

  • Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law

    K. Shanmugam, is a Singaporean politician and lawyer. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been the Minister for Law since May 2008 and the Minister for Home Affairs since October 2015. He previously served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs from May 2011 to September 2015. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1988. Shanmugam was educated in Raffles Institution from 1972 to 1977, before going on to study law at the National University of Singapore where he graduated at the top of his class with a First Class Honours degree in 1984.

  • Neeraj Sharma, Assistant General Manager, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., India.

  • Director, Global Advisory - WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Ben is a leading expert on digital media, and at WAN-IFRA he has the task of providing independent advice on digital strategy and organisational change. He will also lead the various WAN-IFRA initiatives to support the media industry in its transformation.

    Previously, he was Shaw Media's Chief Digital Officer, and focused in driving digital revenue and audience for their digital products in the United States. Shaw was also the company’s CTO and previously IT Director. He oversaw the alignment of all technologies to Shaw’s audience and revenue growth strategies. He was also actively involved in optimizing Shaw Media's over 100 print and digital publication products and workflows. He is a licensed Apple iOS Developer and an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist.

  • Head of Digital News Division, Chosun Ilbo, Korea

    Hyo-Seop Shin is the newsroom editor for the digital news division at Chosun Ilbo, where he has worked since 2004. In October 2015, he became the head of digital news division, which is in charge of the publisher’s VR project, which started in February 2016. VR Chosun App, which his team developed, won "Most Innovative" at 2016 Google Play Awards in Korea. His previous positions at Chosun Ilbo include being an editorial writer and an article editor of culture, entertainment, and sports. Before joining Chosun Ilbo, he worked for the political department of Hankook Ilbo from 1988 to 2004.

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  • BBC World Service Digital Development Editor, BBC, United Kingdom

    Dmitry is responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for all 28 non-English foreign language new services (soon to be 40 due to expansion in Asia, Africa and Europe). Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dmitry has worked in various editorial-development roles for the digital section of BBC News. These roles have required liaison between editorial, product and strategy teams in order to drive innovation and develop new ways of reaching audiences, increasing engagement across the world and, crucially, driving culture change is newsrooms.

  • Managing Director, Reuters Consumer, USA

    Isaac Showman leads Reuters consumer business, which includes Reuters TV, Reuters.com and Reuters mobile apps.

    Reuters TV a disruptive video news service that was launched by Isaac in February 2015. It creates a new category of “mid-form video” by offering an individually personalized news program that is simultaneously on-demand and up-to-date. The service reaches over 2M monthly active users and leads the industry for engagement.

    Reuters.com is one of the world’s largest news websites. With a focus on global breaking news it is evolving to become the leading source of global news for professionals.

    An innovator, Isaac joined Reuters, believing that the organization’s history and reach provided it a unique opportunity to reshape the future of journalism. He has responsibility for all aspects of Reuters consumer business, which has operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

    Previously he was a Vice President at The Economist Group, working in London and New York where he launched and and ran a number of online businesses. Prior to that he led the magazine’s marketing and subscription strategy.

  • Vice President, Ad Tech - Times Internet Limited, India

    Swapnil Shrivastav

    Swapnil is currently Heading AdTech for Times Internet. At Times internet Swapnil is responsible for building world class Adtech strategy. Prior to joining Times he had started 2 ventures of his own. One was sold to Exponential / Tribal fusion, the other was backed by Intel Capital. 

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