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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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  • Consultant and Media Strategist, Sweden

    Anette Novak is the former CEO of Rise Interactive, a Swedish ICT and design research institute focusing on interaction design and UX. Novak is also a member of the Tinius Trust Board of Directors since April 2017, vice president of Fojo Media institute and former board member of the World Editors Forum. In 2015-2016 she led a Media Policy Inquiry on behalf of the Swedish Government. She has a solid background from different managerial positions within the media sector. Until 2012, she was editor-in-chief of the regional media house Norran, where she attracted global attention for having launched collaborative journalism.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Austria

    Rainer Nowak is editor-in-chief and publisher of Die Presse, a daily quality newspaper of Styria Media Group. In 2013 Die Presse was voted Austria’s top journalism team of the year.

    With roughly 3.000 employees, Styria is one of the leading Media Groups in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia and owns 8 daily and over 130 weekly newspapers, numerous magazine and 6 book publishers, 2 radio stations and a share of a TV broadcaster. With over 34 Mio. Unique Clients per month, more than 30 portals in a wide range of areas, number 1 ranking in numerous topics and markets, Styria Media Group is also one of the most successful digital enterprises in the marketplace. The digital-portfolio of this Graz-based media group includes top-reach players such as Austria’s largest portal willhaben.at, njuskalo.hr in Croatia and bolha.com in Slovenia. Also included are top quality news sites on the inter-/national and regional level (e.g. diepresse.com, wirtschaftsblatt.at, vecernji.hr, 24sata.hr and kleinezeitung.at) along with community services such as ichkoche.at and klokanica.hr. Styria’s digital activities range from the incubation of proprietary business models on through the acquisition of existing portals to technical product development and marketing of its own IT-units in Vienna and Zagreb. It has also been very successful in developing and marketing mobile offers and business models.

     

  • Head of Africa, Facebook

    Nunu Ntshingila is Facebook’s Head of Africa, with responsibility for leading the team that engages with agencies and brands in Africa to help them make the most of the company’s products including Facebook itself, Instagram and related services. She is passionate about the role of technology in driving social inclusion in Africa and about Facebook’s mission of creating value for African advertisers and people. Before joining Facebook in 2015, Nunu helped drive the creation of Ogilvy’s network in sub-Saharan Africa, which spans some 27 countries. During a long career at Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, Nunu served as Deputy Managing Director and was later promoted to Chief Executive Officer. She later took on an extended role managing the offices in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. A graduate of the University of Swaziland and Morgan State University in the US, Ntshingila has also held senior marketing positions at Nike and the South African Tourism board. In 2011, Nunu was appointed to the Ogilvy & Mather global board. She has also served on the boards of Transnet, the V&A Waterfront, and Old Mutual South Africa. Nunu has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Financial Mail for her work in leading and transforming the advertising business in South Africa. In 2016 she became the first woman to be inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. She loves family, architecture and food. In 2018, Nunu was ranked as one of the top 50 Most Powerful Women in business outside the US (internationally) by Fortune.
  • CEO, Syno International

    Jokke Nurminen
    After spending over 7 years at Cint – the company providing the leading global market place for online panels – Jokke joined Syno International in 2018 as CEO to help the continued global growth of the product suite provided for data analysis, processing and reporting.  

     

    With a degree in Economics with a focus on international management from Uppsala University and experience in how new technologies and solutions impact media and research across markets, Jokke is looking forward to working with the new insight world and the opportunities this creates in the coming years.
  • Design Editor, JP/Politikens Hus A/S, Denmark

  • Programme Director, MA in Media Management, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Dr. Mats Nylund is Programme Director of MA in Media Management at Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki. His main research area is interaction and networks in media production. He is currently doing research on the social implications of blockchain technology and sharing economy.

  • Digital Director, Accenture Argentina

  • Group Digital Editor, Independent News & Media, Ireland

    Fionnuala O'Leary is the Group Digital Editor for Independent News & Media. She was previously a news executive with the company. For the past five years she has spearheaded INM’s digital success, growing its flagship digital title, Independent.ie to become Ireland's biggest news website.

    Fionnuala is also the CEO of a Hubble, a MarTech consultancy that uses computer science, artificial intelligence and authorship tracking to transfer audience and commissioning insights into other industries.

  • Senior Advisor, Phandeeyar Innovation Lab, Myanmar & open data advocate

    Yan Naung Oak
    Yan Naung Oak is a data visualization designer, as well as an open data, data literacy, and civic tech advocate. He splits his time between Phandeeyar, an innovation hub in Yangon, to build up an open data community in Myanmar, and School of Data, where he supports data literacy training for civil society organizations and journalists all over the world.
  • Director, Nordbayern Infonet

    Since 2008, Oberth has been director of online newsroom at nordbayern.de, the joint online platform of the Nürnberger Nachrichten and Nürnberger Zeitung. While working in the press department of the City of Nürnberg, he was involved in creating their first online offering. After he joined the newspaper group in 1996, he used this experience to build their online presence, including several websites for major events in the region. 

  • Head of Premium, Expressen, Sweden

    Johanna Odlander joined national newspaper Expressen (a property of Bonnier Group) in 2015. Prior to her position of head of editorial at Expressen premium, she was in charge for the social media. Before joining Expressen, Odlander worked for 7 years at regional newspaper group Upsala Nya Tidning, as a reporter and later on as the head of news.
  • Gründerin & Beraterin für Automatisierung & Datenverarbeitung, Hamburg

    Freya Oehle studierte Finance & Accounting bevor sie 2013 zusammen mit einem Schulfreund aus dem Studium heraus spottster.com gründete. Innerhalb von 3 Jahren wuchs spottster zu einer europäischen Shoppingplattform heran, die die Preise und Produkte aus über 6000 Online Shops bündelte und den Shops dynamische Preissetzung ermöglichte. Nachdem die Gründer spottster 2017 zunächst eingestellt hatten, verkauften sie die Technologie Ende 2017 an ein Marketingunternehmen.Seither befinden sich Freya Oehle und ihr Mitgründer in der Neugründung und beraten internationale Unternehmen in Sachen Automatisierung & Datenverarbeitung.

  • Head of West Africa, BBC

    Toyosi Ogunseye Head of West Africa BBC

    Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC. She manages the operations and the five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. She has over 14 years experience as an investigative journalist on different beats like politics, crime, business, health and environment. Ogunseye was the first female editor in the 41-year history of Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper. She is the winner of the Presidential Precinct Inaugural Young Leader Award in the United States which she received alongside Secretary Madeline Albright. She also received the University of Ibadan’s Distinguished Award for Journalism Excellence in 2016.

    Ogunseye is a 2015 Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship Programme and a 2014 Laureate of the African Women in News Leadership Award given by the World Association of Newspapers. In 2014, she won journalism’s premier prize: The Knight International Journalism Award, making her the first Nigerian journalist to win the global award. 

    Ogunseye sits on the board of the World Editor’s Forum.  

  • Executive Director, Digital Business/ International Affairs, The Asahi Shimbun, Japan

    Executive Director of Digital Business/International Affairs at The Asahi Shimbun. An eminent journalist graduated from the faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tokyo University. Visiting Scientist at the Center for Civic Media at MIT Media Lab from 2013 to 2014 . She developed her career in the digital media at The Asahi Shimbun since 1999.

  • Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, BET International

    Alex Okosi is the driving force behind Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to Viacom’s powerhouse entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic and BET on the African continent.

    An 18-year veteran of the entertainment industry on 3 continents, with a broad background in marketing, affiliate sales, events, strategy and management, Okosi achieved a personal and industry milestone when he launched MTV Base, MTV’s 100th channel internationally, and Africa’s first bespoke MTV channel on 22 February 2005. His tenacity and belief in Africa soon paid significant dividends. VIMN Africa has become Viacom’s fastest growing international operation in terms of revenue growth - thanks to the rapid expansion of its footprint across Africa as a multi-portfolio brand distributed on multiple platforms including pay-TV, FTA, internet, SVOD and mobile platforms. Now in its thirteenth year, VIMN Africa delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network. Its collective footprint reaches 52 territories and more than 100 million viewers.

  • Head of Media Partnerships LATAM, Facebook, Brazil

    Head of LATAM Media Partnerships Facebook. Twenty years of expertise in telecommunications (TV and Radio) and digital properties. Worked in companies like Motorola, Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicação and ESPN. Is responsible for partnerships development in LATAM region with media groups, events and public figures with the objective to increase content distribution and discoverability over the platform, connecting audiences and generate conversations around the most important topics for each region.

  • Head of Latam PR & Corporate Communications, Accenture, Argentina

  • Premium Times Newspaper Publisher and CEO, Nigeria

    Dapo is currently the publisher of Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, Premium Times.[www.premiumtimesng.com] Previous to this, he served as policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.  His work as editor during the years of military dictatorship in Nigeria earned him the 1995 International Editor of the Year Award of the World Press Review; the 1996 PEN Center (West) Freedom to Write Award; and the Press Freedom Award (1996) of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) New York.  In 2017, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) awarded him its Press Freedom award; that same year, the Nigeria Institute of Journalists [NIJ] conferred him a fellowship award; and the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, DAME, announced him as recipient of its Lifetime Award.   Back in 1991 he was founding editor of the now defunct Nigeria Journalism Quarterly (NJQ), published by the Nigerian Union of Journalists. He is currently the Vice President of the transnational investigative body for West Africa headquartered in Burkina Faso, CENOZO. In 1995, he founded the well regarded Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism [www.wscij.org] to help construct a civic mechanism, through the media, to hold political and economic power accountable in the country. Ten years after, he co-founded the first Investigative journalism newsroom in Nigeria which is perhaps the most influential and most trusted fact-based news platform in the country today, [premiumtimesng.com]. In 2014 he also co-founded West Africa’s first journalism innovation and development centre, [www.ptcij.org]. He was educated at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington DC, and the University of Oxford, in the UK.
  • Consultant, Reader Revenue and Editorial, Sweden

    Sofia was previously CEO, editor-in-chief and publisher of Aftonbladet, the biggest news brand in Sweden. She has an extensive background in journalism and media, starting in her early twenties as a reporter at the local Swedish newspaper Borlänge Tidning. She has also been the sub-editor, entertainments editor and night manager at the regional newspaper Arbetarbladet. Between 1998 and 2006 she was the editor-in-chief and publisher at Dala-Demokraten and editor-in-chief and publisher of Norran. Between 2007 and 2018 she held various positions at Aftonbladet including administrative managing editor, HR manager, Head of Aftonbladet Online Academy, Head of the paid content department Plus and managing editor.

  • Editor in Chief, Schibsted Media Group

    Bernt Olufsen is a norwegian journalist, editor and media commentator, living in Oslo, Norway. Ha started his career as a reporter for regional newspaper Adresseavisen in 1975. Editor-in-Chief of Norway´s leading daily newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) 1994 – 2011.

    President of Schibsted Editors Forum 2007 – 2016. Various board asignments within media companies in Spain, France, Estonia and Norway 2011 – 2016. Trustee and board member of Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), London, 2015 -. Mentor for WAN IFRA in Myanmar and Vietnam since 2016. Head of Jury Investigative Journalism Awards in Norway. Media blog: berntoluf.wordpress.com/.

  • Social Media Consultant and Founder of Social Video Company, HashtagOurStories, UK

    Sumaiya Omar is a social media consultant and founder of social video company HashtagOurStories. She specializes in outsourcing video post-production services to emerging markets, reducing costs for media houses and easing digital workflows so creatives can focus on telling better stories.

    Sumaiya has spent the last five years experimenting with emerging news platforms like Snapchat and Instagram in South Africa, India and the UK and has conducted mobile journalism workshops with broadcasters across Europe.

  • Founder, #HashtagOurStories, South Africa

    Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world, creating shows in every language.

  • Saudi Arabian Media Personality and Social Media Influencer

    Lojain Omran is a Saudi TV and media personality and a social media influencer. She has hosted a number of well-known TV programs on different channels along the course of her long career in media. She has several years of experience in the world of new media and has contributed extensively in awareness and humanitarian areas. In 2016, she was appointed Ambassador of
    the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance and was awarded the Arab Women's Award 2018 by the Arab Women's Foundation in London. Lojain attracts the attention and interest of millions of social media users in the Arabian Gulf and Middle East. She is one of the most influential personalities on Instagram and Snapchat, where she shares her work and daily experiences, in addition to inspiring quotes and words that open the door for interactive, educative and cultural discussions with her followers.

  • Saudi Artist and Social Media Influencer

    Aseel Omran is a Saudi Arabian multi-talented actress and singer. She participated in the talent show “Gulf Stars”, where she rose to stardom. Her young age helped her become the first youth star in Saudi Arabia. Since then, she has released several music albums and appeared in more than 10 television series all over the GCC. She is also a social media influencer with millions of young followers from the Gulf and Middle East, who eagerly follow what she shares of her work and personal life on major interactive platforms like Instagram and Snapchat.

  • Principal Consultant, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

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