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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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  • Chief Marketing Officer, Protecmedia

    Juan Eloy Martín began his professional career more than 35 years ago participating in the digital transition in newspapers and media of Spain and Portugal. It has, in this sense, a vast experience on the evolution and changes that the sector has experienced.
    In recent years he has specialized in digital marketing, developing inbound techniques to achieve the objectives of the marketing plan.
    He is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Protecmedia, S.A.

  • Asia Editor, Storyful, Hong Kong

    Iain Martin

    Iain Martin is the Asia Editor for Storyful. Storyful has a team of six people in its Hong Kong bureau working to discover the best stories, photos and video from social media in Asia. Iain joined Storyful in 2012 after working as a financial journalist in London since 2007.

  • CEO, Prisa Noticias, Spain

    Alejandro Martínez Peónis CEO of the Group’s news division, PRISA Noticias. He held the same position at TeleCable between October 2009 and August 2017. Previously, between 2000 and 2009, he held a range of senior management positions at Grupo Teléfonica, both in Spain and Latin America. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in 1995. 

    He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Oviedo, and he also studied at The London School of Economics and Political Science and at Stanford University.

  • Managing Director,, Germany

  • Editor, Shillong Times

    Patricia Mukhim is currently the Editor of The Shillong Times, one of North East India's oldest newspaper and most widely circulated in the State of Meghalaya. Mukhim started her journey as a teacher but has always been a rights activist and has also served on the National Security Advisory Board. She is the recipient of several media awards including the Padmashri in 2000. She is an astute observer on the socio-ecomomic and political issues of India's North East and its varied conflicts and writes columns for several news portals on issues related to the region.
  • Senior Audience Editor, The Washington Post, USA

    Everdeen Mason is the resident troublemaker on the Washington Post audience team. As senior audience editor, she runs a team focused on conducting editorial experiments and developing new digital strategies. Before working on editorial experimentation, Everdeen developed the Post's search engine optimization strategy. Everdeen also moonlights as the paper's science fiction and fantasy book columnist. Before turning her mind to content strategy, Everdeen worked as a business reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Editora Sênior de Audiência, The Washington Post, EUA

    Everdeen Mason é editora sênior de audiência no Washington Post, onde lidera uma equipe focada na realização de experimentos editoriais e no desenvolvimento de novas estratégias digitais. Antes de trabalhar na experimentação editorial, desenvolveu a estratégia de otimização de mecanismo de busca do Post. Everdeen também é “Luz de la Luna” como colunista do livro de ficção científica e fantasia do jornal. Antes de focar na estratégia de conteúdo, Everdeen trabalhou como repórter de negócios do Cox Media Group Ohio e do Wall Street Journal.

  • Business Head Matrimony, ABP Group, India

    Lalit Masta is the Business Head at ABP Group. He is responsible for launching the ABP matrimony business and scaling it up within a short span of time. He started up various smaller businesses/verticals within large companies and scale them to national level. Earlier, he worked as Business Head with Bharatmatrimony and built up a new business:, a wedding services business which became India´s largest wedding services portal with maximum listings from the marriage services. 

    He also worked with for almost 14 years where he initially joined as a start up employee and was an integral part of the company´s growth from 7 to 3,500 employees.

  • Executive Editor & Director, Malayala Manorama, India

    Jayant Mammen Mathew is the Executive Editor and Director of Malayala Manorama Company, one of India’s largest media companies with a significant presence in Print, Television, Radio and Onine. He is currently the President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), for the year 2018-19. Malayala Manorama is India’s largest selling regional newspaper with a daily circulation of 2.3 million. The company also publishes more than 40 titles in various languages and operates Radio Mango, Kerala’s No. 1 FM station and ManoramaOnline, one of the largest portals. Jayant played a major role in the company venturing in to television broadcasting. He spends considerable time expanding the television business. MM TV, broadcasts Manorama News, a 24-hour news and current affairs television channel and Mazhavil Manorama, an entertainment channel. Both the television channels, have won numerous awards, including the best regional news channel of India. Recently MM TV launched ManoramaMax, the first Malayalam news and entertainment OTT streaming service. In addition to his role at MM TV, he continues to provide leadership in Malayala Manorama Company, where he oversees several publications and continues to write for the newspaper on business, economics and technology. Prior to joining Malayala Manorama, he was an Associate Editor at Electronic News, a unit of Cahners Publishing in New York, where he specialized in finance and technology coverage. His articles at Electronic News won the Gold Award for feature series instituted by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Jayant wrote for Malayala Manorama and The Week from New York for several years. He co-wrote the Man of the Year feature for The Week that won a South Asian Journalists Association Award in 2000. Jayant also worked for Bridge News, a financial news service in New York. His articles have appeared in several publications, including Business Week Online and The Economic Times. Prior to this, he worked in corporate finance for News Corp. in New York and Fox Television in Los Angeles. He received a BE in electronics and communication engineering from Mangalore University, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and an MS in journalism from Columbia University, New York.
  • Asst. Editor & Director, Malayala Manorama, India

  • COO, Manorama Online, India

    Mariam Mammen Mathew is the Chief Operating Officer of Manorama Online, the new media group of Malayala Manorama. Before joining Malayala Manorama, Mathew was with Chase Manhattan Bank in the Management Consulting Center and then at Lab Morgan in J P Morgan, New York. She is a member of the governing council of the Internet and Mobile Association of India. Established in 1888, Malayala Manorama is India’s third largest circulated daily newspaper with more than 1.7 million copies. Malayala Manorama Group is one of the largest publishing companies in India with over 40 publications.

    The group also runs Manorama News, a 24-hour news channel, which is the number one news channel in Kerala, and Radio Mango, FM stations in Kerala. was launched in 1997 and then re-launched in 2002 as a comprehensive portal. With more than 500 million page views a month, it is one of the largest websites in the country.

  • Serial Entrepreneur, South Africa

    Roy Mathieu Borole is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Thanga AiI and Media Studio. Born and raised in the apocalyptic wasteland of Johannesburg in the 1980's, he has spent his life breaking computers and praying to the lord on high that his code and monstrously large African thighs will run.
  • Independent consultant & New Media lecturer, Media and Communications Department, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

    Jude Mathurine has worked extensively in journalism education and media development in South and Southern Africa for over two decades.He led the Journalism programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for over four years where he helped set new standards in curriculum development, programme leadership and teaching and learning. At Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies (2007), he wore several hats including head of the New Media Lab, digital editor for South Africa’s oldest independent newspaper, Grocott's Mail. Jude has held roles at the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media programme for sub-Sahara Africa. Jude has consulted widely as a digital journalism trainer and speaker. He has also held academic and leadership roles positions at the Durban University of Technology. Jude is a new media lecturer at Nelson Mandela University where he works to educate the next generation of smart journalism and media creatives for social good. His research focuses on media development and digital media leadership and innovation.

  • Design Teacher and Researcher, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, CIAUD and C3i, Portugal

    Matos was born in Lisbon in 1971, where he studied Communication Design (BA), Graphic Arts (post-graduation) and Communication, Culture and Information Technologies (MA). Currently he is attending a PhD in Design at the University of Lisbon. His professional experience is mainly at the Editorial Design area, with books and newspapers. Since 1998 he teaches Desktop Publishing and Graphic Production in a Communication Design degree at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. His research field is Newspaper Design, History, Practice and Sustainability.

  • Head of Brazil Global Partnerships, Google, Brazil

    Luiz Henrique Matos is head of Google Global Partnerships in Brazil, responsible for media group relationships and a member of the Google News Initiative global working group. He has a degree in Communication from Mackenzie University in São Paulo and a postgraduate degree from Insper. He has been working for 20 years in digital media business, working at UOL / Folha, Abril Publishing House and America Online. He mentors start-ups at Google Campus and Liga Ventures.
  • Chefe de Parcerias Globais do Brasil, Google, Brasil

    Luiz Henrique Matos é head de parcerias globais do Google no Brasil, responsável pelo relacionamento com grupos de mídia e integrante do grupo de trabalho global da Google News Initiative. Formado em Comunicação pela Universidade Mackenzie em São Paulo e pós-graduado pelo Insper, trabalha há 20 anos com negócios em mídias digitais, com passagens pelos grupos UOL/Folha, Editora Abril e America Online. É mentor de startups no Google Campus e na Liga Ventures.
  • Commercial Director, Media Capital Multimedia, Portugal

    Mário Matos is a member of the Nonio project Steering Committee. Nonio is a tech platform created by the largest communication groups in Portugal, to offer users personalised content with more security and quality. To access the 70 most important Portuguese sites on the platform, users only need to register once.

    Mário is the Commercial Director of Grupo Media Capital, one of the leading media groups in Portugal. In the television segment, It owns TVI – the leading Portuguese free-to-air TV broadcasting channel, the news channel TVI24, TVI Ficção (local drama), TVI África (for Angola and Mozambique), TVI Reality (reality shows) and TVI Internacional; the second largest radio group in Portugal, including the audience leader in Portugal Rádio Comercial, M80, Cidade, SmoothFM, VodafoneFM; and Media Capital Digital, a multimedia company whose principal brand, IOL, is the second largest national internet gateway.

  • Native Advertising Director, DMS (Digital Media Arm of Choueiri Group), United Arab Emirates

    With over 13 years experience in the communication, PR and media industry on the agency, client and publisher’s side, Carol’s career included working across an array of renowned brands from different industries with her latest role being behind developing and leading the regional communication department of an international beauty brand, where she succeeded in bringing the brand’s media share of voice to rank #1 in the region. Today, Carol heads the Native Advertising product offering at DMS, and her role focuses on making sure a state of the art solution is offered to the market.

  • Editor-in-Chief and Responsible Editor, Expressen, Sweden

    Thomas Mattsson is responsible editor of the Swedish Expressen media house. Previously, he held the positions of head of Expressen's digital media and formerly Managing Editor, News Editor, Head of the Stockholm edition, Head if the Business Section.

    Expressen was awarded as "Newspaper of the Year" in 2016 and has 2.6 million readers per day in print and online. The paper ("Expressen") has two regional editions ("GT", "Kvallsposten") and the site ("") has several sub sites. Expressen TV is the Swedish affiliate to CNN.

  • Managing Director, pme maurer GmbH, Germany

    Hans Jörg Maurer, born 1964 is certified engineer. His first contacts to newspaper presses were as child, his grandfather and father worked at manroland where he also started as service engineer. 1996 he founded his own company with proactive maintenance engineering which leads to pme maurer GmbH. He got proven records of success with his methods for technical diagnostics on printing machines based on different technologies like infrared ultrasound and vibration to describe the situation of electrical and mechanical components.

  • Head of newsroom, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

    Iris Mayer is head of newsroom of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germanys leading national newspaper, since April 2019. She is responsible for orchestrating the daily news business for the print and digital edition plus the website. Former positions include deputy editor-in-chief of Süddeutsche Zeitung Online ( , head of news at German Press Agency dpa, political editor at news magazine Focus, copy editor at Associated Press  and editor-in-chief of Swiss tabloid Blick and
  • VP, Quality & EHS, HT Media

    Mr Anjan Mazumdar is presently  the Vice President  Quality , Safety , Environment and Health for last 12 Years @HT Media Ltd  . In his  tenure  at HT he has also handled major Print and Audio Projects . Prior to this Anjan was in Thomson Press where he was heading Export Unit as a Business head and also looked after the Technology & Quality .  Anjan also served Indian Express for 20 long years  started as  Production Manager , Sr Works Manager , Asst General Manager Technology Projects and General Manager Operations . Anjan is a Graduate from Northern Regional Institute of Printing Technology  Allahabad . He is a keen printer and has carried out several Path Braking Print projects such as the Taj Calendar at Thomson  . Anjan has undergone several National and International Training  with  Ifra , GATF & PANPA .

  • Managing Director, Strategy & Insights, The New York Times, USA

    Liz McDonnell is Managing Director, Strategy & Insights at The New York Times since July 2016. Previously Liz Worked as Director of marketing  overseeing everything from marketing new mobile ad products and branded content partnerships to leading more consumer-focused efforts like @MyNYTimes on Instagram and has been of the spearheads behind the success of the native ad unit, T Brand Studio. The T Brand Studio is a result of the massive interest from advertisers looking to market their brands through the NYT platform. She never thought that her after-hours gig in improv comedy and performances in New York theaters would be her secret weapon for success in facing challenges in leadership and innovation.

  • Editor, The Boston Globe, USA

    Brian McGrory, who served as a metro columnist, White House correspondent, and metro editor, is the editor of The Boston Globe.
    Born in November 1961, in Boston, he has lived in the city and the wider region almost all of life.
    McGrory joined the Globe in 1989 as a suburban reporter and held various roles before moving to the Washington Bureau as White House correspondent to cover Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign against Bob Dole, and then Clinton’s second term.
    McGrory moved back to Boston as a Metro columnist in 1998. He added the title of associate editor to his portfolio in 2004.
    In 2007, McGrory left column writing to become the paper’s Metro editor, formally the deputy managing editor for local news, running the newsroom’s largest department. He served in that position until January 1, 2010, when, by previous design, he returned to his twice-weekly column. He was named editor of the paper in December 2012.
    He won the Scripps-Howard award for commentary and the Sigma Delta Chi award for general column writing in 2011. The Globe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2014 for its coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and for Feature Photography in 2016 for a 2015 report on rural poverty as seen through the eyes of one young boy in Maine. The organization has also won Pulitzer Prizes for editorial writing and commentary over that same span, and has been a finalist 10 other times over the past six years.
    McGrory has written five books.

  • Brett McKeehan, Director – Asia, CNN Digital Worldwide, Hong Kong

    He is the director of CNN Digital Worldwide covering Asia, based in Hong Kong. He
    is responsible for digital content strategy, content development and publishing across key
    regions including China, India, Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and
    the Philippines. An award-winning journalist who is passionate about audience and data-centric
    approaches to digital strategy, McKeehan works closely with CNN's teams in London, Abu
    Dhabi, New York and Atlanta.

    McKeehan was previously Digital Editor at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where
    he expanded the team and helped significantly increase the publication's reach across wider
    Asia and beyond. Before that, he held senior editorial and digital product positions with News
    Corp in Sydney and London.

    An Australian native, McKeehan has a Master's Degree in Digital Communication from the
    University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.