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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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  • 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 Libé and then for 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.    
  • Chief Executive Officer, Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria

    Roman is a long time “veteran” in Newspaper business since 1976. In all this time he is working for the quality Paper “Salzburger Nachrichten”. Starting with basic operations, programming and  integration of IT-Systems, developing Software and APP´s, project management and implementing of major Newspaper-Projects  i.e. Prepress-, Editorial-, Production-, Commercial-, Adsystems, the  Company move to a new building. The last major Projects was the replacement of the whole Prepress (Agfa), Press(KBA) and Distribution (Ferag) Equipment plus reorganizing the Digital Integration, Systems- and Sales organization for the new Media world. Managing Director at Salzburger Nachrichten since 2008. He is member of several steering committees in Print- , Distribution- , IT- and  Digital companies and CEO of Salzburg Digital. Till now he is head of technical Production, Prepress, Multimediaproduction, IT and  Customer service  including  Integration Print and in Digital with a wonderful team.

  • Journalist at El Diario de Juarez, Mexico

    Gabriela Minjares is an investigative journalist at El Diario de Juarez in northern Mexico. A veteran of 20 years at the newspaper, Gabriela specializes in covering issues related to corruption, urban affairs and public safety.

    As Ciudad Juárez became the most dangerous city in the world in the period between 2009 and 2012, Gabriela was one of the journalists most involved in covering the wave of violence unleashed by drug cartels. She has covered in depth the impact the violence had in the city and its victims and is co-author of the book “Ciudad Juárez: A Border in Crisis”.

    In response to the toll that violence also took on local journalists, Gabriela was a co-founder of the Juarez Journalists Network, a not-for-profit organization started in 2011 to promote solidarity, peer support and training among journalists. She currently chairs the Network.
    She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and a Master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from Florida International University.

  • Founder and Partner at Namia

    Mika est le co-fondateur et partenaire de Namia, une agence digitale spécialisée dans la fourniture de services et de produits pour l'ère de la «machine augmentée». Concepteur de concepts expérimenté avec une expérience éprouvée dans l'industrie de l'internet, Mika est un spécialiste de l'expérience utilisateur, la conception d'interface utilisateur, le marketing et les ventes. Il est titulaire d'un Bachelor en design graphique de Lahden Muotoiluinstituutti de l'Institut de design et des beaux-arts de Lahti.

    Mika is the co-founder and a partner at Namia, a digital agency specialized in delivering services and products for the "machine augmented" era. An experienced Concept Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry, Mika is particularly skilled in User Experience, User Interface Design and strong opinions about Marketing&Sales. He holds a Bachelor's degree focused in Graphic Design from Lahden muotoiluinstituutti, Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts.

  • Co-founder and CEO, Nexo Jornal, Brazil

    Paula Miraglia is one of the co-founders and the CEO of Nexo Jornal, a Brazilian digital-only news startup based in São Paulo. Since its launch in November 2015, Nexo has won the ONA General Excellence in Online Journalism award (2017), the Malofiej bronze medal in for its infographics portfolio (2018), and the NH award for best digital publication (2016 and 2017). Paula holds a PhD degree in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo, where she also graduated in Social Sciences. Previously she has been the Director General of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime – ICPC, based in Canada, and the Executive Director of the Brazilian office of ILANUD, United Nations Latin American Institute.  She has also work as a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

  • Co-fundadora e CEO, Nexo Jornal, Brasil

    Paula Miraglia é cofundadora e diretora geral do Nexo Jornal, uma empresa emergente brasileira de jornalismo digital com sede em São Paulo. Desde o seu lançamento, em novembro de 2015, o Nexo ganhou o Prêmio de Excelência Geral da ONA em Jornalismo Online (2017), a medalha de bronze Malofiej por seu portfólio de infográficos (2018) e o prêmio NH de melhor publicação digital (2016 e 2017). Paula é doutora em Antropologia Social pela Universidade de São Paulo, onde também se formou na área de Ciências Sociais. Foi diretora geral do Centro Internacional de Prevenção ao Crime (CIPC), com sede no Canadá, e diretora executiva do escritório brasileiro do Instituto Latino-Americano das Nações Unidas para Prevenção e Tratamento de Criminosos (ILANUD). Ela também trabalhou como consultora do Banco Mundial e do Banco Interamericano de Desenvolvimento.


  • Editora Geral, EL DEBATE, México

    Especialista em criar audiências digitais e nichos específicos, projetou as estratégias organizacionais, de conteúdo e de produto de diferentes marcas e eventos de publicação. Treinada nas ciências exatas da engenharia mecânica e do design industrial, com uma afinidade por letras e imagens, Andrea se tornou a líder fundadora como editora geral de todos os projetos de conteúdo do EL DEBATE por 14 anos. Dirige o, um portfólio de 12 marcas digitais, 15 edições de jornais impressos e também um grande número de revistas e suplementos comerciais.

    Com participação ativa, busca e seleciona os talentos de conteúdo e dados, para formar a equipe multiprofissional que promoveu o jornal regional de Sinaloa, EL DEBATE, e o tornou este ano a marca líder em geração de conteúdo no México já sendo uma referência nacional de inovação e tráfego com 35MM de usuários mensais únicos. Forte defensora de questões sobre liberdade de expressão e proteção de jornalistas.

  • General Editor, EL DEBATE, Mexico

    Andrea is an expert in creating digital audiences and specific niches. She has designed the organizational, content and product strategies of different publishing brands and events.

    Trained in mechanical engineering and industrial design, with an affinity for litterature and image, she became, in her role of General Editor, founding leader of all the content projects of EL DEBATE for the last 14 years. She is in charge of, a portfolio of 12 digital brands, 15 editions of printed newspapers and also a large number of magazines and commercial supplements.

    She actively searches and selects the talents of content and data, to form the multiprofessional team that promoted the regional newspaper of Sinaloa, EL DEBATE, and made it this year, one of the leading brands in content generation in Mexico, becoming a national benchmark for innovation and traffic with 35MM of monthly unique users.

    She's a staunch defender of issues on freedom of expression and protection of journalists. 

  • Chief Editor, El Debate, Mexico

  • Chief Operating Officer, Bennett, Coleman Company Ltd, India.

  • Director-Production, Jagran Prakashan, India

    Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra is Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited. He received his B.E. (Electronics) in 1983, from Madhav Institute of Technology & Science, Gwalior, P.G. Diploma in Human Resource Management from IMT Ghaziabad, in 2006 and then MBA from Punjabi School of Management Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, in 2009. He started his career as an engineer in The Pioneer Limited, Lucknow then worked at Hindustan Times Patna. Since 1986 he is serving Jagran Prakashan Limited in different roles. Till 2000 he was working in the production department then he switched to administration. Had been General Manager at Jagran Delhi then took responsibility of the head of operations in Greater Punjab. Since 2012 he is heading production department of the group.
  • Founder & CEO, INKL

    Gautam Mishra is the CEO of inkl, a marketplace for premium news. inkl’s goal is to grow online payments for news just as similar marketplaces have done in other markets. inkl also provides an enterprise service for publishers who want to charge their readers. Most publishers today pursue a one-size-fits-all pricing model. inkl’s solution uniquely allow publishers to deploy flexible pricing models for different segments so that they can maximise the payment potential of each reader. Prior to starting inkl Gautam set up and ran online subscriptions for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Before that he worked as a management consultant in Sydney and New York. He has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.