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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 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 debate.com.mx, 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 debate.com.mx, 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.
  • Global Editorial Director, Oovvuu, UK

    Lisa Mitchell leads editorial for Oovvuu. Oovvuu is a partnership between 100 broadcasters and publishers to embed a contextually relevant video in every article in the world using AI. Its mission is to repatriate $20 billion in advertising from Facebook and Google back to journalism. Previously, Lisa was a senior manager at the Press Association, MSN and the BBC.
  • Director of Global News Partnerships, Facebook, USA

    Andy, Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell is Director of Global News Partnerships for Facebook based in the NY office. He joined Facebook in October 2010. In his role, Mitchell oversees the news and publishing vertical for Facebook globally.  Currently Mitchell’s working on Facebook’s evolving partnerships with article and video publishers with a focus on migrating content to Facebook with the business model to support it.

    Since joining Facebook, Mitchell’s role has included working on FB Platform, specifically social plugins (Like, Comments, Share) and more traditional partnerships with media organizations including broadcast Partnerships with NBC for the London Olympics Games; CNN for a cross platform global partnership for the US general election; and a debate with NBC News featuring the Republican nominees in New Hampshire.

    In addition to broadcast Partnerships, Mitchell’s role is to work with publishers to leverage the Facebook Platform and News Feed to maximize engagement, referrals and distribution. This includes traditional companies like CNN, NBC News and The New York Times as well as social publishers including Buzzfeed, Vice and The Huffington Post. Immediately prior to joining Facebook, Mitchell served as Vice President of Business Development for The Daily Beast. He was responsible for marketing and strategic communications, mobile, SEO, social media strategy, content distribution partnerships.  

    Mitchell had a 15-year tenure at CNN Worldwide in a variety of roles. His last position was vice president of digital marketing and development and a key member of the CNN Digital management team. Based in New York, Mitchell was directly responsible for trade and consumer marketing of CNN’s digital assets, including the No. 1 news and information site, CNN.com, and the company’s growth into mobile and other digital platforms. Additionally, Mitchell was responsible for developing partnerships to support multi-platform content distribution across CNN’s networks.

  • Founder & CEO, Simpli5d Technologies, India

    Amit Mittal

    Amit Mittal is the founder & CEO of Simpli5d Technologies, a product based mark-tech company and pioneer in the anti-ad-fraud domain. The company helps advertisers & publishers gain revenue and prevent loss in digital advertising business. 

    Amit is an IIM Lucknow alumnus with 10 years of cross functional experience across finance, strategy, marketing and operations. Well versed with the domestic as well as international media ecosystem, he has led and successfully executed numerous projects across media verticals – Digital, Radio, Broadcasting, Distribution etc. He was a core member of the Investment/Strategy team of Malaysian Media Conglomerate, Astro All Asia Networks and also served as the Head of Product/ Marketing for the digital business of Dainik Bhaskar group in the past. An ardent follower of the rapidly changing digital world, his core expertise lies in using technology to address large fundamental problems existing in the current environment.

  • Journalist, Bloomberg News, South Africa

    Sam Mkokeli, an award-winning journalist and columnist, chairs the South African National Editors’ Forum’s media freedom sub-committee. He has been a journalist for almost two decades and has worked for South Africa’s leading newspaper brands, including Business Day and Sunday Times, where he held editorial executive roles. Those include the roles of News Editor/Assistant Editor and later Political Editor at Business Day – South Africa’s leading financial daily, and Cape Town Bureau Chief for the Sunday Times. He is now a specialist politics journalist for Bloomberg News, based in Johannesburg and covers mainly government affairs, political power and public policy.

  • Strategic Partnerships, News & Search, Google APAC

    Abhishek Modi manages strategic product partnerships with news publishers across key Google products - News, Search and Assistant. He has been with Google for over four years and is based out of Singapore.

    Abhishek has eight years of experience across News, Digital Marketing, Management Consulting and startups. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU).

  • CEO and Founder, Viafoura, Canada

    Jesse is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successes spanning a range of industries, including real estate, digital media and software. Dedicated to innovation, Jesse is passionate about game-changing ideas and credits his accomplishments to assembling teams of smart individuals committed to solving challenging problems. Currently, he acts as a mentor at the Founder Institute and is also an advisory board member for NuBinary, an organization that helps young startups with their technology development needs.
  • Community organiser, advocacy strategist and writer

    Koketso Moeti Founder Amandla.mobi

    Koketso Moeti has a long background in civic activism and has over the years worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. She currently serves as the founding executive director of amandla.mobi, a community of over 220,000 people working to turn every cellphone into a democracy-building tool to ensure that those most affected by injustice- low income Black women in particular- can take collective action on issues affecting our lives. In 2018 she was announced as an inaugural Obama Foundation fellow and the Waislitz Global Citizen award winner. This comes after being a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices fellow. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, a coalition of South African organisations committed to and campaigning for public broadcasting in the public interest. 

    When not working, Moeti can be found writing and has been published by a wide range of local and international media.

  • Managing Director, WAN-IFRA South Asia

    Magdoom Mohamed joined WAN-IFRA as Business Development Manager, and grew up through several positions to Managing Director in April 2008.  He is responsible for WAN-IFRA’s business in South Asia. He also guided WAN-IFRA’s entry into the Middle East during a brief stint in 2008.

    Before joining WAN-IFRA, he was with The Times of India group, managing the local brand of the group in Chennai.

    An MBA from Madras University, Magdoom did a Senior Management Programme at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India’s premier B-School. He followed it up with a Media Leadership Programme at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2010.

  • Psychosocial Support Consultant, Singapore Red Cross Academy

    Muhamad Haikel is the Psychosocial Support Consultant with Singapore Red Cross Academy. He champions the Centre for Psychosocial Support and the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management. He is responsible for trainer management, curriculum development and conducting psychosocial support courses such as psychological first aid and community-based psychosocial support. He also oversees the development and implementation of the humanitarian short courses.

    Apart from being a Certified Stress Management Consultant, he is also a Registered Social Worker-Provisional and a Registered Nurse with strong interest and passion in mental health and psychosocial support. His training is in mental health, social work, psychosocial support, applied positive psychology, disaster management, crisis management, applied suicide intervention, volunteer management and nursing.

    Haikel participates actively in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore, Disasters & Civil Emergencies Exercises, i.e. "NorthStar 9" and "Blue Dolphin" to manage crisis events and provide practical first aid and psychological first aid to the affected persons. He has been deployed for various humanitarian disaster relief and peace-time missions locally and regionally to countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

  • COO, Karangkraf Media Group, Malaysia

    Syamil Fahim Mohamed Fahim
    Syamil Fahim currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Kumpulan Media Karangkraf – Ultimate Group of Companies. Educated and graduated from the University of Misouri-Kansas City in 1996, in the field of Computer Science specialising in Telecommunications, he joined the group in August the same year as a management trainee. He has more than 20 years of working experience in the group. In the beginning, his first assignment was to head the Graphics Department Unit of Karangkraf. From there, his career in the publishing industry started. Heading the Graphics Department, he re-engineered the workflow from single up to eight- up CTF workflow, and soon after, a full PDF workflow and migrated the Desktop publishing system from QuarkExpress to Adobe Creative Suit solutions. He also formed the IT department for the group and launched Karangkraf’s first web portal,www.karangkraf.com, in December 2000. His experience includes heading the Print Division, Ultimate Print Sdn Bhd, for more than 14 years before given the bigger task of heading the newly-formed subsidiary, Grup Digital Karangkraf Sdn Bhd. Believing that Innovation and Technology is key to any organisation’s success, he has made the Group more technology-driven.
  • ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow, Code for Tanzania

    Omar Mohammed is an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow leading the launch of Code for Tanzania, which promotes data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthening journalistic storytelling and audience engagement.

    Mohammed is an experienced data journalist and digital strategist. ​In 2015, he helped launch Quartz Africa and worked as the platform's East Africa reporter based in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Prior to joining Quartz, he spent 2014-2015 as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where he researched sustainable financial models for doing digital business journalism. He currently helps to cover financial news for Bloomberg in East Africa's second largest economy.

    He previously served as a senior producer for the BBC Swahili Service’s weekly radio news magazine show, “Haba na Haba” (Little by Little) and co-created and hosted a news review show @Mgahawa on East Africa Television. His writing has appeared in The Arizona Republic, Global Voices, The East African, among others

  • Digital Revenue Head, Republic TV

    Varun leads RepublicWorld business (Republic TV digital platform), monetisation, partnerships, operations, strategy, marketing etc. RepublicWorld is completely focused on user experience through cutting edge technology and content diversification. Varun Mohan oversees the company’s overall digital revenue & strategy in India and International. He has also crafted key partnerships across leading telcos and OTT platforms for distribution of linear feed. With his experience, he helps in creating meaningful interactions with advertisers and further establishing the Republic TV brand in the market. He is also associated with Govt of India, Skill India Initiate as a mentor to new age entrepreneurs and start-ups. He is also a guest lecture for “Digital Media” at GL Bajaj Institute of Technology, Bharati Vidyapeeth Management Institute and many more. Prior to joining Republic TV, Varun played a vital role in setting up new start-ups / verticals in India ie launching and setting up India business for artificial intelligence technology company, Appier Inc, for which he was heading India business. Prior to that Brand Solutions Vertical at Vserv Digital (Mobile ad solutions company), before that Economist Digital Business in India (Economist is one of most preferred global braad) In his rich and eventful 13-year career through his different sales roles he has contributed in the growth of such brands like Appier, Vserv, Economist Online, Microsoft Advertising, afaqs! and Naukri.com.
  • Product Manager, Quintype Technologies

  • Head - Customer Strategy, Future Group, India

    Madan Mohan Mohapatra, Head-Customer Strategy and CEO Future Media, brings with him a cumulative experience of over two decades. The period has seen him working across sectors as diverse as consumer research, television production, media planning and buying, marketing with retail at the core, activation, loyalty & analytics and business revival at market/store level. During these two decades of work, he has been not only responsible for setting up new businesses but also revising business across multiple verticals. His current role is two-fold – drawing up the customer strategy for Future Group in India and also building an asset monetization model (P&L responsibility) for the group.

    He has been fortunate to have worked in India during a critical phase when the new economy was just taking its baby steps. Sectors such as television, media and retail had transformed to align with a new, emerging consumer class and eventually to make way for a global Indian consumer. That gave Madan a first hand exposure to often working in large organizations, where the environment was no different from a start-up – enthusiastic, having a clear cost focus and very profit-driven. Cases in point would include stints in media agencies when television was a fledgling medium, witnessing the beginning of the cricket economy in India and later globally and perhaps most importantly, being a part of the retail story in India, where not just the ability but willingness to spend being the big story. At each stage, the evolution of the Indian consumer or shopper was at the core of it and the job on hand was to get key insights and building strategy to help in business by getting the customers inside the stores. This was greatly supplemented by travel across India during a critical phase when Future Group was expanding its retail presence. The experience of being on the shop floor has been one of the most insightful experiences. Of course, in a market as heterogeneous as India with varying consumer tastes coupled with an intensely complex media structure, he has managed to bring in consumers across store formats feeding into the large growth strategy of the group.

    For most Indians, the move to working for large multinational networks comes after the mandatory stint with the traditional Indian entrepreneur. In Madan’s case, it has been the other way but with a difference. The entrepreneur here is Mr. Kishore Biyani, a name synonymous with modern Indian retail, whose 2000+ stores on any given month sells products to over 40 million Indian consuming class. Be it fashion, food or home category, Madan’s experience of working closely with the man, who founded the Future Group and laid the foundation for Indian modern retail, has been rich to say the least. A recent move, which in many ways will mark his return to P&L responsibility with media at its core, calls for working with the largest Indian/MNC brands and develop more innovative ways at the last mile to build positive disposition in the fragmented media market with lesser consumer attention span. This is a business about which not very much is known to the world at large. It gives him the chance to draw out a consumer strategy for modern retail and ensure it makes business sense for the brands using the captive audience in the retail environment.

    A firm believer that India is all where the most exciting things are taking place, Madan represents a generation that had a little baggage from a closed economy and used that smartly to get the best out of a new age economy. Luckily, that period of transformation is still underway

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