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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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  • Art Director, NRC Media, Netherlands

    Jan paul van der Wijk is currently the Art-director for NRC Weekend (The main Newspaper of NRC Media). Jan paul previously worked as chief design and photography in NRC for more than 13 years. He developed several magazines and newspapers, such as NRC DeLuxe, NRC Focus, and the newspaper

    With his wealth of experience, Jan paul commisioned the yearly Photography Exhibition by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Dokument Nederland. He also teaches photography and design as guest at universities in Amsterdam, Antwerp (Belgium), Paris (France) and Leipzig (Germany), where he teached a great amount of young Dutch photographers.

  • Founder, VersPers, The Netherlands

    Geesje van Haren established in 2005. VersPers is a training and publication platform for investigative journalists, with a large network of publication partners and extensive experience in training creative investigative journalism skills. Geesje van Haren initiated and produced books, video-productions, journalistic events and exchange programs. In addition, she is the chief editor at Small Stream Media. As part of this cross-local platform, she travelled to OESO-DAC countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Malaysia, South Africa, The Philippines and other countries, where she trained young talents how to move around to find cross-local stories.


  • Director of Marketing and Data at NRC Media, The Netherlands

    Xavier van Leeuwe (1975) has over ten years of experience as a marketing executive in media companies Telegraaf Media Groep, de Persgroep and NRC Media in the Netherlands. Xavier has successfully lead his team from decline to growth by building a customer-centric and data rich culture at a news organisation with 189 years of heritage in Amsterdam. Prior to being a media executive Xavier worked several years as a financial and political journalist in the Netherlands. He started his career as a researcher for The United Nations in Geneva. Xavier has helped media companies with actionable insights and has been speaker at newspaper conferences in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Cologne and Atlanta. He is an active blogger for and publishes a frequent and free newsletter Xavier is a cum laude Master in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a Post-Master degree in Journalism from that same university.

  • Director, Dutch Journalism

    René van Zanten is the director of the Dutch Journalism Fund. Sponsored by the Dutch government, the Fund strives to help journalism to find new ways, both reporting and business. The fund does this by means of innovation programs and research. René was a journalist, editor-in-chief and a publisher of three mayor regional newspapers in the Netherlands.

  • Google Product Partnerships, APAC

    Monisha is part of the Product Partnerships team in APAC and helps the teams that make Google's products launch, scale and internationalize their products. Monisha worked with publishers across Asia during the launch of AMP in APAC earlier this year and her current work revolves around Search, the Assistant and tools to make the mobile Web great.    
  • Founding Editor, The Wire

    Siddharth Varadarajan

    Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He was earlier the Editor of The Hindu and is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year. He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, besides working at the Times of India and the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University.

  • Digital Analytics Manager, Lagardère Active, France

    Dilson Varela Ribeiro

    Lagardère Active is a major player in television and radio, with 23 radio stations worldwide, 17 TV channels and France's number one production company. France's premier mainstream magazine publishing group, with 27 press titles on the domestic market and a further 84 under licence worldwide, Lagardère Active is also the largest media group in terms of audience on the mobile web in France.

  • Director of Digital Ad Operations and Development, Alma Media Corporation , Finland

    Johanna Vartiainen has been with Alma Media since 2005, holding different positions of Sales, Digital Advertising and Development. Vartiainen is responsible for digital ad operations, ad technology and digital advertising development at Alma Media. Alma Media is a media company focusing on service business and journalistic content, with the mission of boosting the sustainable growth of individuals, companies and society. In addition to journalistic content, the company provides services related to lifestyle, career, competence and business development. Alma Media has been a pioneer in digital advertising in recent years and overall the company’s transformation into a provider of digital services began already in the mid-1990s. In 2016, digital business accounted for 40 per cent of our revenue. Vartiainen is also a member of Member of the Board at IAB Finland.

  • Founder / Creative Director, 5W Infographics LLC, USA

    Juan Velasco is the Founder and Creative Director of 5W Infographics. He was Art Director of National Geographic magazine from 2008 to 2014. Previously, he was Graphics Art Director for The New York Times, and a graphics reporter for El Mundo (Spain).

    Juan has won over a hundred awards from the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Design and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of a team at The New York Times.

  • Chief Executive Officer – ABP News Network

    Ashok Venkatramani

    Ashok started his career with Unilever, having been with them for 19 years, before moving into his current role of the CEO of ABP News Network – an ABP Group company (formerly a News Corp International and ABP joint venture) which runs India’s largest news TV network.

    He is currently the Vice President and Director on the Board of the News Broadcasters Association of India and chairs their HR and Sales sub-committees. 

    Ashok was featured twice in the World CMO Council‘s list of India’s 75 top marketers and was awarded as ‘CEO with best HR Orientation’ in 2010. 

    He is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Harvard Business School.

  • Président co-fondateur, SlimCut Media

    Damien Veran

    Damien Véran is the president and co-founder of SlimCut Media, a global leader in Outstream Native video advertising innovation.  SlimCut Media helps media companies to deploy video advertising within their online content. Current clients include Vice, Rogers, Warner, DailyMail, PostMedia, Quebecor, Toronto Star or Globe & Mail. Passionate about media, Damien has co-founded SlimCut Media in 2011 with the goal of helping traditional publishers thrive in the booming digital environment. Damien was invited to speak at the 2014 Advertising Week in NYC and was part of the panel for the 2015 PwC Global Media Outlook.  Damien sits on the jury of the Ryerson University's Master of Journalism entrepreneurship project. In 2016, Damien was appointed Foreign Trade Advisor by the French government. Damien holds a master’s degree in engineering specialized in telecommunications and a master’s degree specialized in marketing from HEC Paris.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, Times Internet Ltd.

    Gulshan Verma is the Chief Revenue Officer at Times Internet Limited – India’s largest Internet Network and the digital venture of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited, India's largest media conglomerate. He will be leading the charge for TIL and its variety of businesses in the online and mobile space.

    Gulshan has 16 years of experience in the digital media industry, having worked in Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to joining TIL, Gulshan has enjoyed successful stints as the General Manager SEA and India Outbrain, Chief Revenue Officer, Komli Media, Director of Sales Strategy for Yahoo! India, and Director of Product Marketing for Yahoo! Search Marketing in the United States across the years.

    He has also worked for Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Co and IMG.

    Gulshan has a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters in Political Economy and a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics, and holds two patents in search monetization.

  • CEO, HT Media, India.

    Rajiv Verma is the Chief Executive Officer of HT Media Limited, one of India’s largest and oldest print media companies since October, 2004.  He is also on the  Board of Governors of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India.

     He has over 30 years of cross-sector experience with reputed companies like Hindustan Lever, Nestle and Whirlpool. His international experience spans South East Asia and European geographies, having worked with Whirlpool in Thailand and with Nestle in Philippines and Switzerland. 

  • Project Director at, Belarus

  • Chief Digital Officer, UI/UX Designer, Head of Product Development, Jaime Câmara Group, Brazil

    At JCG – largest media group in the Brazilian Mid-North, with 26 media companies spanning television, newspaper, radio and internet – I oversee the sales, marketing, planning, design, and execution of the digital products strategy.

    As Chief Digital Officer, I'm charged with identifying the opportunities that will foster growth in web, mobile devices and social media, with focus on digital revenue, viewership, performance, and user experience. These responsibilities include the creation and maintenance of strategic partnerships, nurturing of cross-disciplinary teams, designing of new information architectures, content modelling, user interface and experience standards, product lifecycle management, channel sales development, marketing and deep data applications.

    I walk a thin line between art, tech, and business. I go to work on my passion with an award winning team of misfits. Artists, nerds, intellectuals, evangelists, number crunchers, cool hunters and intrapreneurs who prove, time and again, that great work can – and should – be done anywhere in the planet, not just in Silicon Valley. This attitude has reaped us consistent growth in viewership and revenue, as well as awards and critical acclaim.

    I also represent the group in trade associations such as INMA, Wan-Ifra and ANJ (Nacional Association of Newspapers) and speak at industry events.

    Prior to joining JCG, I worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks supervising pipeline research and development, bidding, execution and final content delivery. Past film credits include Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, The Watchmen, and all three Spider-Man films. My contributions featured in Superman Returns, The Aviator, and Spider-Man 2 were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in a Motion Picture, with Spider-Man 2 taking the prestigious award.

  • Director Digital Publishing East-Africa, Ringier, Kenya

    Leonie von Elverfeldt, Director Digital Publishing East-Africa for Ringier, manages (est. 2017), the expansion with the pulse brand into new East-African countries and drives Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa as the product manager. Leonie entered the media-landscape in 2012 (after building up two Start-ups in Berlin), by launching and subsequently managing BILDs (Germanys biggest media) paid content scheme BILDplus for almost 5 years.

  • Diplom Kaufmann, Executive, Berater, Business Angel

    Malte von Trotha

    07/1993-12/2000 verschiedene Positionen innerhalb der deutschen Unilever-Gruppe;
    01/2001-10/2001 Leiter Unternehmensentwicklung der Verlagsgruppe Milchstrasse (VGM);
    11/2001 Geschäftsführer zuständig für Controlling, Buchhaltung, Finanzen, Verwaltung und IT der VGM;
    01/2004 zusätzlich zuständig für Personal und Recht;
    10/2005 Mitglied der Geschäftsführung der dpa;
    01/2006 bis 12/2010 Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der dpa;
    12/2011 Vorstand/CFO der Styria Media Group AG, Graz

  • Manager Printing, Pressedruck Potsdam GmbH, Germany

    Matthias Voß was born on 3. April 1956 in Greifswald, Germany
    1976–1980 Studies at University of Leipzig, Germany, diploma in journalism (Diplomjournalist)
    Since 1990 he has been working in newspaper production 
    1992–2006 shift supervisor in the printing department, since then manager printing at Pressedruck Potsdam GmbH, Potsdam, Germany

  • Social Media Writer and Managing Editor of The Economist on Medium, The Economist, UK

    At The Economist, James is tasked with helping a 173-year old newspaper make its voice heard on the social platforms where new, young audiences spend their time. As Managing Editor of The Economist on Medium, James curates and oversees the content strategy and delivery of one of the most-followed publications on the platform. 

  • INJECT Project Coordinator, WAN-IFRA, France

    Andrea joined the Global Media Alliance for Innovation as the INJECT Project Coordinator in 2017. However, in her spare time, she is happy to dive into media innovation labs, journalism startups and other new initiaves to understand how media innovation works exactly and how it could be stimulated. This is also the focus of her ongoing PhD-research at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. At the same time she's been working as a freelance journalist since she obtained her Master's degree in Audiovisual Journalism from the University of Amsterdam. With one foot in academic research and one foot in journalism practice, she's determined to create a bridge between two worlds that could learn a lot from each other.

  • Director of Media Partnerships, Facebook

  • Editor (Digital), Trinity Mirror Regionals, UK.

    Ed Walker is Editor (Digital) across the Trinity Mirror Regionals portfolio, working as part of a central editorial team who have helped regional brands such as the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Birmingham Mail to industry-leading growth. The Trinity Mirror Group is now the sixth largest digital media platform in the UK - with more daily unique browsers than eBay, Yahoo or Sky.

    Ed has held a number of senior editorial positions across the regionals portfolio, most recently as Associate Editor at the Liverpool Echo working with the sports team covering Liverpool FC and Everton FC to grow audience rapidly.

    In his spare time he also founded and edits a hyperlocal news site for the city of Preston, Lancashire, where he lives. Blog Preston, started in 2009, has a loyal monthly readership of 188,000 unique users with 70 per cent coming from within the postcode footprint area.

  • Principal Consultant, WAN-IFRA Consulting, Germany

    Gregor Waller provides consulting services to international media businesses for developing their digital strategy and transforming their business models for the digital era. Before this, he worked for more than six years in various management functions for Germany's Axel Springer publishing corporation. Most recently, up to February 2011, as a member of the management team of the WELT group, Berliner Morgenpost, Hamburger Abendblatt, he was responsible for strategy & innovation and commercial management of the Zeitungsgruppe Hamburg. After testing a "prototype tablet" with his core newspaper readers – one year before the iPad – he focused on the topics of digital strategy, digital business models and paid content, bringing his experience in these areas to bear also in strategic group projects.

    From 1998-2004 he worked for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH in positions such as commercial manager for publishing houses Prestel and Xenos Verlag. Waller has a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Augsburg and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the Munich School of Philosophy.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail, Canada

    David Walmsley

    David Walmsley has held leadership positions at four major Canadian news organizations. After working for newspapers across Britain, including the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, he moved to Canada for the launch of the National Post in 1998 and worked at CBC News and the Toronto Star before joining The Globe in 2006. He is editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail since March 2014.

  • Research Director, First Draft News, USA

    Claire Wardle works for First Draft News, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, was the Senior Social Media Strategist at the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.