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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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  • 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.

  • Country Director at Google South Africa

    Luke McKend is a graduate of Stellenbosch University, near Cape Town in South Africa. He has been involved in the Internet industry since 1998, when he joined one of the first online gaming start-ups in Cape Town. He subsequently moved to London where, amongst others, he worked for Monster.com during the dotcom boom. He subsequently joined one of the first Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses focusing on Recruitment and HR  in 2002 as Commercial Director. After being recognised as one of the Top 100 fastest growing IT companies in the UK in 2004, the business was sold to StepStone, a subsidiary of the German Publisher Axel Springer. He joined Google in 2007 where he was originally responsible for growing Google’s UK business in the Classifieds sector. He returned to South Africa as Country Manager in 2011. Through his roles at Google he has worked with many of the UK and SA’s largest businesses helping them develop strategies for getting the most out of the web. Luke also has an interest in small business development, and in particular how technology can empower small businesses to compete with larger global competitors. When not at work, he spends time with his family in Johannesburg and is an active cyclist.

  • Independent consultant, General manager Pangaea, UK

    Fiona McKinnon is an Independent Media Consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the Digital Advertising Industry.  Fiona’s experience is Global having built businesses, launched products and mentored teams across UK, Europe, Australasia and North America. 

    Fiona has held senior Commercial, Product, Operations and Management positions in ad tech businesses including The Exchange Lab, Adconion, Agency Republic and Adviva Media.  

    Fiona founded Turn Left Digital in 2014 and specialises in advising Publishers, Advertisers and Ad tech businesses on programmatic strategy, technology innovation, digital mentoring and new product launches.  Fiona currently advises as the General Manager of The Pangaea Alliance, a media collaboration between CNNIC, The Guardian, Reuters, Mansueto and Dennis Publishing.

  • CEO & Young Audiences Consultant, Connections, France

    As CEO of Aralynn A.A. McMane Connections, she helps news organizations and nonprofits that want to better reach, serve and build the loyalty of today’s youngest audiences, members of the  generation that came after millennials, and their influencers. Her work uses the tenets of professional newsgathering as a basis and focuses on an international framework.

    Current clients include Ouest-France (France) and Community Media Forum Europe (Belgium) and NewseumED (USA). Also, she is involved in two pro bono projects: advising UNESCO's Global Alliance for Media and Information Literacy Partnerships and, as a board member, helping News Decoders-Nouvelles Découvertes, a not-for-profit based in Paris that offers a news service and global forum for young millennials and secondary school students to learn about international affairs and engage in a borderless conversation about important matters of the day.

    Previously, she was executive director for youth engagement and news literacy at WAN-IFRA where she most recently completed the reportNews Literacy and News Publishers: 7 ways forward to help young audiences fight fake news and do much, much more. That 2017 report, commissioned by the American Press Institute,  gathers intelligence about a wide variety of smart practice in 40 countries, focusing on the generation younger than millennials. At WAN-IFRA, she helped news publishers and news associations determine how best to interact with young people and their influencers in ways that furthered both news businesses and democracy. She also ran WAN-IFRA's ground-breaking initial media development work in Africa and Europe.

    She has been a reporter and editor at newspapers in the U.S. and France and a journalism educator and researcher in the U.S., France and Bulgaria. She served on the board of the European Journalism Centre, based in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium. Among her favorite past jobs is stint as the light and sound technician for The Exotic Kaena at the Kon Tiki bar in Lake George, New York. Her degrees are from SUNY Albany (B.A.)  Syracuse University (M.A.) and Indiana University (Ph.D).

  • Strategic Partner Manager, Instagram APAC

    Nicci Meek

    Nicci Meek is the Strategic Partner Manager for Instagram in APAC. She works closely with creators and public figures to help them make the most of the platform and reach their goals. Prior to joining Instagram, Nicci spent over seven years working in traditional media production before transitioning into partnerships for brand integration & broadcast talent for various networks/production companies. This eventually led her to her previous role in Channel Partnerships working for Foxtel.  At Foxtel she worked as a liaison for the major external channel groups, including Discovery, Turner, Disney, Viacom and the BBC. One of her favourite career moments was launching the Foxtel Kids App in 2016.

    Nicci holds a Bachelor of Media in Screen Production degree, loves cooking, watching any sport and is based in Singapore.

  • Director Reader Revenue, Mediahuis, Belgium

    Koen Meeusen is director reader revenue at Mediahuis Belgium since 2017. In this position, he’s responsible for the sales of subscriptions, products, and services to the readers of the four Belgian news brands. Previously Koen worked in different marketing departments of the Belgium publisher. Koen is a marketeer with particular interests in acquisition, retention, e-commerce, brand & content promotion.
  • Executive Director, Vakil & Sons Pvt. Ltd.

    Bimal Mehta is the Executive Director of Vakil & Sons Pvt. Ltd (Vakils), a premier printing and publishing firm based in Mumbai.  Over the last 22 years he has been involved in the restructuring of Vakils from a traditional print company to a high-tech IT enabled Services Company. At Vakils, he was instrumental in bringing NYSE listed Bowne & Co Inc. (recently acquired by RR Donnelly), the world’s largest financial printing company to India.

    Bimal is also the Managing Director of Vakils Premedia, a subsidiary of Vakils. With offices in India and US, Vakils Premedia works with some of the leading companies to offer premedia and cross media services around the world. His other directorships include Vakils, Feffer & Simons Pvt Ltd (publishing company) JD Jones (Bombay) Pvt Ltd (ship deck flooring) and JVX Media Services (XBRL services).

    Prior to joining Vakils, Bimal worked at CRISIL Ltd (India’s first credit rating agency) as a research associate, and was part of the founding team to set up the information services business at CRISIL.

    Bimal is an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management.

    Bimal is a member of the Managing Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar (an educational institution based in Mumbai) and also serves as a member of the Somaiya Vidyavihar Academic Council.  An active Rotarian, Bimal is on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Bombay.

    He was the Vice President of the American Alumni Association and The Bombay Master Printers Association and Honorary secretary of the Indo American Society. 

  • Editorial Director, Gazeta do Povo, Brazil

    Leonardo Mendes Júnior is the editorial director at Gazeta do Povo, the most traditional and influential newspaper from Paraná state, in Brazil, with more than 6 Million readers by month. He leads the digital transition of the outlet, which shut down the daily print edition and is with complete focus in a mobile first and subscription first product.

    He is journalist graduated from Paraná Catholic University and a Master in Communication Management from ISE. Previously, he worked with sports on radios LBV, Clube, CBN e 98 and was editor-in-chief on the Brazilian ESPN the Magazine. He wrote the Politically Incorrect Guide Football, in partnership with Jones Rossi. At Gazeta do Povo, he worked as reporter, editor, blogger, columnist and executive editor before became editorial director.

  • Lead Engineer, Quintype Technologies

  • CEO, The Digital Street

  • Business Unit Manager Competence Centre

    Elias Merklinghaus works as Business Unit Manager Competence Centre at the newspaper printing company Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck GmbH, Zamdorfer Straße 40, 81677 Munich, Germany.

  • Executive Chairman and Member of the Administrative Council, Grupo Estado, Brazil

    Graduated in Business Administration, and with a Master's degree from Columbia University, he currently holds the position of Executive President and Member of Grupo Estado's Board of Directors. Tribanco Board Member since 2004 and coordinator of the People, Management and Governance Committee. Member of the Board of Directors of Topic S / A and Sociedade Cultura Artística.

    He is Vice-President of the National Association of Newspapers in Brazil (ANJ) and coordinator of his Press Freedom Committee.

  • Presidente Executivo e membro do Conselho de Administração, Grupo Estado, Brasil

    Graduado em Administração de Empresas, com mestrado pela Columbia University, atualmente ocupa o cargo de Presidente Executivo e membro do Conselho de Administração do Grupo Estado, Conselheiro do Tribanco desde 2004 e coordenador do Comitê de Pessoas, Gestão e Governança. Membro do Conselho de Administração da Tópico S/A e da Sociedade Cultura Artística. É Vice-Presidente da Associação Nacional de Jornais (ANJ) e coordenador do seu Comitê de Liberdade de Imprensa.

  • Editor in Chief, Director of Content, Brunswick News, Canada

    Wendy Metcalfe is the Director of Content/Editor-in-Chief at Brunswick News - a Canadian media company made up of a number of publications, including the award-winning provincial newspaper the Telegraph-Journal. Wendy also oversees marketing and reader sales, uniquely placing ownership of both quality journalism and customer experience in the hands of an Editor-in-Chief. Prior to joining Brunswick News, Wendy was the Assistant Managing Editor at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper.  She made history before joining the Star when she became the first woman to hold the role of Editor-in-Chief at the Toronto Sun and Ottawa Sun. While at the helm, Wendy was also named one of the top 10 leading women to watch in media across North America by prominent industry publication, Editor & Publisher. Her first 13 years in journalism, however, were spent in the U.K., first cutting her teeth as a reporter, before climbing to management at one of Britain’s largest newspapers, Scotland's Daily Record.
  • Head of Culture Management, Dar Al Hayat, UAE

    A distinguished 17-years career that reflects continual advancement; entrepreneurial-minded senior executive with consistent successes in starting, building, growing and improving the profitability, performance, and value of companies; experienced planner, leader and specialist in change and corporate transformation management;

    Have a thorough insight into the business of diverse industries Media, Logistics, and Professional education, working between GCC and Lebanon with multi-national and global organizations such as Morgan International and DHL. Currently, Head of Culture Management at Dar Alhayat FZ LLC.

    Have an MBA from AUCE, a BA from Lebanese, and authorized International Proctor for the ICMA.

  • Member of the Board of ASIG Service Srl - Italian Association of Newspaper Printers

    Luca Michelli is member of the Board of ASIG Service Srl, the operating Company of ASIG - Italian Association of Newspaper Printers - responsable for Marketing and Business Development Area, Editor of TecnoMedia, the quarterly magazine of ASIG, and WAN-IFRA Representative for Italy since the Year 2000. He began his career in the Communication and Media Industry in the late 70’s, within a local Radio Station in the city of Como. He was co-founder and co-owner of Espansione TV (local television in Como) in the mid of 80’s, where he developed tv documentaries and special reports with local and national focus. After a doctorate in Literature and Philosophy, he published a study on the cross cultural civilization between Europe and China in the XVI - XVIII Centuries (Electa Editrice)  with a foreword by the French historian  Fernand Braudel. Journalist since the mid of 80’s, after a master degree in the media industry at the Luiss University in Roma, he began to work in the newspaper business since the mid of 80’s, developing new products and services in the market for publishers, printers and suppliers. In the 90’ he joined for some years in Bruxelles a working group of European publishers focused on the human resources in the media industry after the EU Treaty of Maastricht.
  • Commercial Director, Human Made, UK

    Ant has been helping enterprises get the most out of new technology for 20 years. He started his career in agencies delivering new websites for the likes of Xerox, Aviva, and British Airways back when AJAX was cool. He spent 11 years in various technology areas of the BBC, including archives, open source innovation, and the the BBC’s own drone effort, before returning to the web agency world in 2013. Commercial director of Human Made since 2015 he’s been proud to help grow the team from 20 to 70 strong, and deliver superb sites and platforms for enterprise clients all over the world.

  • UX Designer, USA

    Luke Miller

    Luke Miller has worked for Yahoo! designing native mobile experiences. He has a master’s degree in Information Science and brings expertise on users motivation and behavioural psychology. He is inspired by the methods of B.J. Fogg, the father of contemporary product-mediated behaviour change and director of the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford. Miller became the first ever dedicated mobile employee at the Wall Street Journal, where he stayed for 3 years, before moving to Yahoo! He also teaches at Parsons and General Assembly and co-founded Tumbleweed, a mobile storytelling app.

  • Managing Director, La Place Media, France

    Arthur Millet is the Managing Director of La Place Média since 2015. Launched in the summer of 2012, La Place markets the digital audience of the premium media sites and has five shareholders: Amaury Médias, FigaroMedias, Lagardère Publicité, TF1 Publicité and France Télévisions Publicité. The programmatic operation represents + 300 premium web sites in France.

    Arthur Millet began his career at French newspaper Libération and then at Radio Nova. In 1999, he became interested in digital and joined Grolier Interactive to work on a project for a music portal. Back in the press in 2001, he took advantage of his digital expertise first for Libération.fr and then for LeMonde.fr as director of digital advertising for eight years. Since 2010, he has been a digital director at former Amaury Médias (now TeaMedia) and was re-elected president of the SRI in May 2015.
  • Journalist, Groupe Sud Ouest, France

    Etienne Millien has been a journalist for 20 years in the UK, the US and France. As a Wall Street Correspondent for Bloomberg TV, he covered the 2008 Financial Crisis and its expansion worldwide. He then worked as Assignment Desk Editor in London before returning to France and joining Sud Ouest newspaper, in Bordeaux. Since 2013, as well as working as a local reporter, he has been spearheading media-education projects for the association of French Regional Newspapers in France where he has been supporting the development of media education in schools in the country, especially through National Press Week. Under the umbrella of the new Alliance of French Newspapers, he will focus their actions on news literacy towards young adults.

  • Assistant Managing Editor, Newsday, NY, USA

    Millrod is assistant managing editor at Newsday, where he has been involved in one transformation after another since he began working at Newsday as a copy editor in 1985. Millrod was involved in the original purchase of a Unisys Hermes system in 1999 and was the project manager for a redesign of Newsday with Mario Garcia in 2004. Before coming here, he worked at two small newspapers in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, as a city editor and news editor. But Newsday was his hometown paper on Long Island, and the place he wanted to be since he was a student journalist at Stony Brook University, where he now teach news literacy as well.

    Editorial technology has been an area of special interest for Millrod from the beginning of his career, and being one of the project managers in the multi-channel publishing project over the past two years has been a great and exciting challenge.

  • Lecturer and Researcher, Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Based at the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), John’s research interests span journalism, the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented paper, mobile journalism, wearables, HCI, drone journalism and innovation theory.    In recent years his research has focussed on the Internet of Things, and how news organisations could utilise physical platforms and experiences. This work includes the Google-funded NewsThings project, an IoT content management system and conductive ink and web-connected print. He has also taught courses on innovation and multimedia journalism techniques and theory at UCLan.   Commercially, he has established business-to-business editorial operations in Manchester and Leeds, and managed large teams of online correspondents both in the UK and further afield.    

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