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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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  • Head of Analytics and Marketing, Expressen, Sweden

    Josefina Rickardt is head of analytics and marketing at Expressen, a Swedish multichannel newspaper with a weekly reach of 60% of the population in Sweden. Expressen is the most data informed newsroom in the Nordics, with visitors coming from all over the world to study its transformation from a legacy media house to a digital multichannel media house in the forefront of TV and analytics. Josefina is in charge of analytics, markering and consumer revenues in stores and online. Josefina has been with the Expressen for four and half years, and worked previously at Swedish start up Sticky, an eye tracking and emotion measurement platform, and has studied at Stockholm School of Economics.

  • Head of New Platforms, BILD, Germany

    Andreas Rickmann is Head of New Platforms at the German Media Brand BILD since 2014. He graduated with a diploma at German Sport University Cologne and was trained at Axel Springer School of Journalism.

  • Managing Director, Russmedia and Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria

    Gerold is heading the digital transition of Austrian-based publishing company, Russmedia’ since 2011. With an emphasis on local news and a mobile service strategy he has led the regional news portal VOL.AT (Vorarlberg Online) into the Top 5 Austrian news websites, while Vorarlberg is Austria’s second smallest province. 

    Gerold is editor-in-chief of VN, the largest newspaper of Austria’s westernmost province Vorarlberg. From 1996 to 2003, Gerold worked in Munich, Germany as tech journalist, tv producer and editor in chief for the business-radio of F.A.Z., SAT.1 Bavaria/tv.münchen and crossmedia production company AME. He has successfully completed the Media Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University/Kellogg Business School, Evanston, IL. Gerold is board member of the International News Media Association INMA and the Global Editors Network.

  • Director SDI Consuting & COO, Runrun.es., Venezuela

    Carmen is Managing Partner at SDI Consuting in Caracas, a firm specialised in transformation and Media creation. She is also COO at Runrun.es. and consultant in Visual Journalism. She has worked as Head of the Visual Journalism and Graphics Department of the integrated newsroom  at Cadena Capriles Media Group in Caracas. In there, she was responsible for the areas of infographics, Video and Archives of the group's three brands.      She's a graduate in Social Communication, from the Central University of Venezuela and a Specialist in Project management, development and planning at the University of Monteávila. She is the creator of Venezuela's Information Design Seminar in 2007 and coordinated all its editions. She has participated as a speaker in numerous events such as "The Best of Visual Journalism" ÑH2012, III, the 5th Protecmedia Congress for Newspapers in LATAM , Digital Media LATAM 2014, or "The newsroom 2015: Trends for the Multimedia Business (SIP)". Aditionally she has been a member of the Jury for the SND Awards.
  • Founder / CEO / CTO, SmartChain Media

    Alex Riggs-Miller is founder and CEO of SmartChain Media, a premiere media and blockchain company that is transforming entertainment. SmartChain Media is creating a platform that levels the playing field for content creators all over the world regardless of gender, language, location or race.

    Although the core of his work has been around business and technology Alex has had deep passion for storytelling and the narratives that fill our world. This passion allowed him to create a platform that unites viewers and content creators, which improves the quality of entertainment and creates a model where anyone can benefit. He has also been working with blockchain technology since 2012 and considered a veteran in such a young industry, this allows him to offer great insights that bridge standard technology with blockchain in order to bring real world applications forward.

    Alex Riggs-Miller has over 23 years of experience in IT consulting, business management and business consulting with a global acumen spanning 10 countries and 17 industries. He is an expert and entrepreneur in the following industries; technology, crowdfunding, entertainment, blockchain, content delivery networks (CDN), content management systems (CMS), desktop virtualization, cloud architecture (Public, Private, Hybrid), SaaS, DaaS, VoIP, VDI, mobility, and a deep understanding of web & social media platforms.

    His experience comes from strategic and operational roles in some of the world’s key companies and agencies: Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Goldman Sachs, NetApp, VMware, Gensler, Sprint, John Hancock Financial, Kaiser Permanente, Kaman Aerospace, DOD, CENTCOM, FDA, HHS, NIH, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, USPS, US Navy, US Army, DOJ, and GAO.

  • Strategy & Operations Director, News UK’s Commercial department, UK

    Shannon Riley is the Strategy & Operations Director of News UK’s Commercial department, recently re-branded as The Bridge, and responsible for the strategic direction of News UK’s advertising business. After leading an extensive transformation programme of the Commercial business last year, Shannon is now focused on its constant evolution as opposed to further transformation and diversification into new revenue streams based on fit with News UK’s strategy as opposed to hype.

    Prior to News UK, Shannon has worked for and advised 50+ companies while living in San Francisco, Zurich, New York and London in a variety of roles across corporate development, corporate strategy and management consulting with her most recent role working in Yahoo’s corporate development team, where she was heavily involved in the technology, media and start-up community to grow the business via acquisition.

    Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Shannon has an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Commercial and Audience Development Director, The Huffington Post

    Jack Riley is Commercial and Audience Development Director for The Huffington Post and AOL in the UK, looking after audience development and revenue growth for brands through editorial, product and data initiatives. He is also a '15 Harvard Nieman Foundation Visiting Fellow, producing a research paper on the future of content and wearables. He was previously Head of Digital Audience and Content Development for The Independent and Evening Standard.

  • Director for Digital , Summit Media

    Amina handles the online portfolio of 13 premium websites including Cosmo.ph, Stylebible.ph, Topgear.com.ph, FHM.com.ph, PEP.ph and Spot.ph. She is also in charge of digital operations including editorial, product development, programmatic and network sales, ad operations, digital marketing, business analytics and web development.

  • Managing Director

    Esa Rimpiläinen is the Managing Director of Esa Digital. Esa Digital is a brand of Mediatalo ESA, specialized in content production, both print and digital, and media production services. Their media family includes the subscription-based newspapers Etelä-Suomen Sanomat and Itä-Häme, the website ESS.fi, the radio station Radio Voima, and the local newspapers Uusi Lahti, Hollolan Sanomat, Päijät-Häme, Nastola-lehti and Orimattilan aluelehti. ESA Digital implements digital media environments with its customers and sells display advertising for its regional and national media customer. ESA Digital's most important media environments include Neste's traffic stations and Citycon's shopping malls.

  • Senior Director, Technical Standards, IAB, USA

    As Senior Director of Technical Standards at IAB Tech Lab, Brendan oversees the development of standards-track documents that aim to bring efficiencies to the market.  His current focus is on the development of LEAN and DEAL guidance in response to ad blocking, as well as efforts tackling malware and fraud through the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG).  Brendan joined the internet revolution in 1998 with MediaHouse, a web analytics and network monitoring company sprung from the ashes of the BBS industry, and worked with Microsoft in their data collection and behavioral targeting branch.

  • CEO, S.A. La Nación, Argentina

    Guillermo is CEO of S.A. La Nación. He started his professional carreer in the telecom industry. 

    In 1994 he joined Telecom Argentina to develop and lauch its mobile operations. 

    From 2000 to 2003, he was Regional Marketing VP at AT&T Latinoamerica for Brazil and Argentina, managing many launches in the region. He then joined Telecom Personal as CEO until finally joining S.A. La Nación in 2014. He currently leads a team of journalists and business professionals seeking to transform a traditional media group into a new media company with a strong Smart & Social vision. 

  • Chairman & Director General, Grupo Expansión, México

    Manuel Rivera

    Manuel is currently the Chairman and Director General of Grupo Expansion in Mexico, a media group composed of 17 magazines and 12 websites, one of Mexico’s most influential media companies, and a reference of ethical journalism. In 2000 he joined Grupo Expansion (GEX) as Director of Sales and has participated in the development and implementation of more than 20 publications and websites ever since. In 2005, he was promoted to CEO and as part of the senior management participated in the sale of the company to Time Inc, and subsequently as Director General (since 2008) in the successful sale to Southern Cross Group. Since 2006 he has taken Expansion Group to a digital revolution, with the launch of several successful websites and the acquisition of leading platforms (Mediotiempo.com and Metroscubicos.com), which GEX has managed to take to the next level, positioning itself as a major player in the space of the digital age. Currently, GEX is one of the most succesful companies in multi-platform & digital migration, with more than 30% of its sales and 75% of its nearly 37 million-strong audience coming from its digital media platforms (web and mobile).

  • Co-Founder and Director of Business and Strategic Development, Nexo, Brazil

    Renata Rizzi is cofounder and director of Strategy & Business at Nexo, Brazil’s most successful digital news startup. Based in São Paulo, Nexo captures a national audience with its effective, engagingly rich content that offers the kind of context that informs and ultimately impacts the national debate. Less than 2 years in existence, Nexo has been earning international recognition. At the 2017 Online Journalism Awards, part of the Online News Association, Nexo won the top prize in the category of general excellence in online journalism. Rizzi holds a BA degree in Engineering and a PhD degree in Economics, both from Universidade de São Paulo. Previously, she  worked in investment banking for Citibank and Morgan Stanley and developed academic research in the field of political economy.

  • Strategic Partnership Manager, Marfeel, Spain

  • General Manager, Parque Viva, Costa Rica

    During the end of December 2015, Mariela Rodriguez was appointed as the General Manager of Parque Viva, a venue for concerts, exhibitions, conferences and sport events in which Grupo Nación invested $44 million in Costa Rica.

    This investment is part of the revenue streams diversification that the media group’s shareholders initiated a few years ago. The venue was inaugurated mid-2015 and Rodriguez is responsible for developing Parque Viva and building useful synergies with the mother media company. Before taking over this new challenge, she was the Commercial Director of Grupo Nación for 10 years.

  • Vice President, Multimedia Sales and Integrated Marketing Solutions, Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, Asia-Pacific

    Mark Rogers

    Mark Rogers is Vice President of multimedia sales and integrated marketing for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal Asia-Pacific. Mr. Rogers assumed his role in April 2014. Leading the regional team in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing, he manages advertising sales and marketing team for the Journal’s print, digital and conference products in the region, including local language sites in China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

  • VP Multimedia Sales & Integrated Marketing, APAC, Dow Jones, Hong Kong

    Mark manage a global sales force and integrated marketing team with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Bangalore, Tokyo and Beijing.

    Revenue responsibility for The Wall Street Journal franchise regional budget and regional products, including: The Wall Street Journal Asia Digital and Print, and local language sites in China, Japan, Korea, India and Indonesia.

    Content/Revenue platforms include: Global print editions of The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Digital Network, WSJ Video, MarketWatch, Barron's, WSJ Custom Studios and WSJ Executive Conferences.

  • Multimedia Assistant Managing Editor, La Nación, Argentina

    Gastón Roitberg is the Multimedia Assistant Managing Editor of LA NACION (Argentina). Licensed in Sciences of the Communication of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), technical in journalism (TEA) and Master in journalism (UBA), with postgraduate in Journalism Management and planning (UBA). He has a specialization in digital business (Udesa). He was reporter and editor at Editorial Perfil (1996-2000), Content Manager from AOL Argentina (2000-2005). He's a Professor at the Master in Journalism of LA NACION and the Torcuato Di Tella University, and co-author of the books "New challenges of journalism" (Ariel, 2014) and "Disruptive journalism" (La Crujía Ediciones, 2015). He currently presides the LATAM Committee of WAN-IFRA.
  • Chief Digital Officer, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Daniel holds an executive MBA, specialized in marketing, and has over 15 years experience in management positions in marketing and sales. He counts with extensive experience in brand positioning, development and new products launching, lifecycle product management, luxury and mass marketing strategies, pricing, business plans, trademarketing, retail, business alliances and new business development, as well as in design and implementation of strategies for local and regional marketing. His background also covers digital and mobile business. He's a teacher for undergraduate and graduate university students.

    At El Tiempo, he's responsible for the business strategy's definition for the portals Eltiempo.com; Portafolio.co; Motor.com.co; futbolred.com among other premium networks with more than 22 million unique users. He's also in charge of the business unit P&L, usability and performance, brands in the digital ecosystem, audience management, social media strategy, monetization and of new products development.

  • INNOVATION Senior Consultant, Media Consulting Group, UK

    Consultant and advisor to organizations on digital and commercial strategy. Formerly at Guardian Newspapers, KPMG Boxwood and BAE Systems. Skilled in setting up, managing and delivering complex, global change and transformation programs.

  • Director of the Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations, UK/Colombia

    Maria Teresa Ronderos is the Director of the Program on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations in London. The program aims to support a free and safe environment for journalism to flourish, while seeking to strengthen investigative reporting, innovative and quality information collected under difficult conditions, and knowledge sharing in the field.

    Maria Teresa Ronderos took up her position at the PIJ in August 2015, leaving behind Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine, where she served in a range of senior editorial roles. Together with the Ideas for Peace Foundation, she created and was editor in chief at VerdadAbierta.com, a website that has covered armed conflict in Colombia since 2008. In 2014, Maria Teresa released her highly acclaimed book, 'Guerras Recicladas', a history of the paramilitary forces in Colombia.

    Maria Teresa is a member of the directive council of the García Márquez Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism and has been a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Flip, Colombia’s Foundation for Freedom of the Press, where, as chair she worked to protect the lives of journalists in danger.

    An experienced teacher, Maria Teresa has trained professional journalists from across Latin America and led workshops, online courses, and seminars on investigative journalism, politics, and social and economic issues. On account of her book “Guerras Recicladas” in 2014, Ronderos won the highest national award, Simon Bolivar National Award, “Best Journalist of the Year”. Among other awards, Ronderos has also received the King of Spain Iberoamerican Award in Madrid and the Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University in New York.

  • Creative Partner / Co-founder, POKE, UK

    Through his 20 years experience as a designer and conceptual thinker at the forefront of the digital media revolution, Nicolas has gained some incredible experiences along the way. His most potent insight is the realisation that digital - once and for all - is connecting everything, melting borders, divisions and prejudices along the way. We’re now in an age of sharing (not shoving); everything needs rethinking, reconstituting, reengineering and redesigning in order to meet rapidly rising expectations and standards of experience. It’s about time our work started to untangle some of the huge, looming problems caused by old ways of thinking applied to new problems, currently casting a dark shadow over our way of life as we gaze into the future.

  • Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation's array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.

  • Deputy CEO at Code For Africa

    Chris Roper is chief engagement strategist and deputy CEO for the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, Code for Africa (CfA).

    Leveraging over two decades of insights from building Africa’s largest online news and content portals, Chris shapes CfA’s civic engagement and scaling strategies. He also serves as director for CfA’s forensic data initiative, the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), where he managed the participation of 18 African newsrooms in the Panama Papers transnational investigation, as well as an investigation by 13 newsrooms into worker safety lapses at Australian mines across Africa.

    Chris’ role at CfA is underwritten by a Knight International Fellowship, with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ).

    Prior to joining CfA, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s first newspaper to establish an internet presence, the Mail & Guardian. He rebuilt the newspaper’s digital offerings, boosting audience engagement and, within a year, facilitating a growth in unique monthly visitors from under a million to over two million. The increased audience reach helped M&G boost the impacts of its investigative reporting, including the Nkandla scandal, which first exposed the extent of State Capture in SA and which was influential in the eventual resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

    Before M&G, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s largest online publisher, 24.com, where he managed the merger of MWEB and News24 editorial content into the biggest digital content offering in Africa. 

    Chris has taught journalism courses at the Universities of Pretoria and Western Cape, and the Polytechnic of Namibia. Chris has served as a judge on, among others, the SA Bookmark Digital Awards, the British Council Future of News competition, the NuMedia Plum Awards, and the PICA Awards. He frequently consults to publishing houses in his capacity as a Code for Africa strategist.

  • CEO, ZEIT ONLINE, Germany

    Christian Röpke has been CEO of ZEIT ONLINE since 2009 and also of academics and ze.tt since 2015. His focus has been on growing qualified reach and significantly increasing monetarization of ZEIT ONLINE. One of his priorities was the development of new business models and innovative products, for example ZEIT digital subscriptions and numerous classified ad markets.

    Before he started working for ZEIT ONLINE in February 2009 Christian Röpke built experience in different media enterprises such as the Financial Times Deutschland. As Head of Electronic Media it was one of his core responsibilities to strengthen and further promote FTD’s digital activities.

    In 2007 he switched positions within Gruner + Jahr and moved from FTD to Gruner + Jahr New Media Ventures.

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