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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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  • Founder and CEO, vPhrase, India

    Neerav Parekh

    Neerav is the founder and CEO of vPhrase, an Artificial Intelligence and Natural Langugage Generation company, that helps it's clients communicate insights from data, in a personalised way, at scale. Neerav has more than a decade's experience working in different roles and setting up businesses in Technology, Marketing and Finance. After completing his MBA from NMIMS, Neerav worked at Citibank before co-founding a fully online payroll application, eVetan. He then co-founded a digital marketing agency focussed on ecommerce before starting vPhrase.

  • CEO, vPhrase

    Neerav Parekh is the founder and CEO of vPhrase. Neerav has more than a decade's experience working in different roles and setting up businesses in Technology, Marketing and Finance. After completing his MBA from NMIMS, Neerav worked at Citibank and then co-founded startups in technology and marketing space before founding vPhrase. Neerav has received the prestigious Leader in Innovation Fellowship from Royal Academy of Engineering UK. He is a thought leader in the areas of business intelligence and data science, is an advisor to institutes teaching data science and regularly speaks at events including those by the Government of India, CII, NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM and more.
  • Senior Fellow, Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology, Sydney

    Jacqui Park
    Jacqui is a journalist, media strategist and social entrepreneur. She is a senior fellow for Asia Pacific journalism and innovation at the Centre for Media Transition at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and founder and principal of Engagement By Design, advising media strategy, coaching startup teams and publishing a fortnightly newsletter on media startups and innovation in Asia Pacific. She was the founding director for the Beta festival for Asian media startups and innovators in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2019. Previously she was CEO of the prestigious Australian Walkley Foundation for journalism and in 2016 was a Knight fellow at Stanford University. Her research on news media innovation was published by UTS in October 2019.
  • Nanyang Technology University

  • Content Strategist, Mediati

    Simon Park works as a content strategist for Mediati, a Seoul-based media startup accelerator. He helps young media companies plan, test, publish, examine their content. 

    At Mediati, Park also works as a consultant for legacy media companies which are having problems in creating mobile and digital content. After decades of near market domination, most Korean newspapers and television networks are facing steep challenges from big digital platform companies. Mediati is helping the media scene evolve in South Korea. 

    Park has an eclectic range of interests and writes regularly for various media outlets on media, technology, design, and American politics.

  • Editor, Australia

  • Push News Editor, Quartz, USA

    Adam Pasick is a senior editor at Quartz, where he has worked for the last five years from Bangkok, Washington, DC, and New York. He oversees Quartz's global push team, which includes the Quartz Daily Brief and Quartz Obsession email newsletters, and the award-winning Quartz app for iPhone and Android.

    His previous experience includes jobs at New York Magazine, where he was the website's managing editor, and a 10-year career at Reuters, where he will probably never live down a brief stint as bureau chief in the virtual world Second Life.

  • Award-winning journalist, photographer and writer, Switzerland

    Jacopo is an award-winning journalist, photographer and writer. His work focuses on environmental and social reporting, with particular expertise on reporting from the field. He reported across Asia, Europe, North and South America, as well as the Arctic and Antarctica. His contributions have been published on National Geographic, GEO, The Huffington Post, Repubblica, Vanity Fair, El Pais, Deutsche Welle, and Science among other publications. He lectures on science and environmental reporting at the Erice International School of Science Journalism, and gives workshops on media skills for scientists since more than a decade. He is now working at Quest EU H2020 funded project aiming to improve science communication in the media. He recently published the workbook "Communicating Science through the Media".

  • Business Development Director, The Ozone Project, UK

    Dipti Patel, joined the Ozone Project in April 2019, as Business Development Director to accelerate growth of its publisher portfolio and to create vendor partnerships with major SSPs and leading Exchanges. The Ozone Project is a pioneering advertising and audience platform owned and operated by news publishers. It’s the UK's only fully transparent and brand safe digital marketplace, enabling advertisers to reach 42 million engaged consumers in a quality publishing environment. With over 12 years of digital experience, Dipti brings a fresh and entrepreneurial approach to developing publisher strategies and combines this with her deep knowledge of the ad tech industry to drive commercial success. Before joining the Ozone project, Dipti led the Publisher Development Team at the Supply-Side Platform PubMatic, where she was responsible for creating and implementing their new business strategy across the EMEA region. During her tenure, she acquired many top-tier publishers to their portfolio including, The Guardian, Telegraph, News UK, Gumtree, The Mailonline, The Economist and BBC Worldwide. With digital and mobile knowledge, Dipti has also held commercial roles at both InMobi and Unanimis.
  • Editor in Chief Mail & Guardian, co-founder The Daily Vox


    Khadija Patel is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and co-founder of the The Daily Vox. Khadija pushes words on street corners and was recently recognised as one of 25 individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in the media. She has been published internationally by Al Jazeera, The GuardianQuartz and The Daily Maverick, among others, and is currently completing her first book. Since 2015, Khadija has been a research associate with WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand) and previously published a community magazine that was distributed internationally. She is also a respected commentator on television and radio, both locally and internationally.


  • Co-founder & Head of Product, Splice

    Rishad Patel

    Rishad is a product and design professional. He is the co-founder of Splice Media. For over twenty years, Rishad has designed and developed products for the web, mobile, radio, advertising, newsrooms, newspapers, magazines, podcasting, branding, books, and floor rugs for companies in Singapore, India, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States. He has been a design consultant for MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and SMART (the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology), and ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule), as well as an editorial consultant at The Straits Times in Singapore, the Wanganui Chronicle in New Zealand, and Mid-Day in Mumbai. He was also a co-founder of a gifting app startup in San Francisco, and a Singapore-based fintech startup.

  • Founder & Publisher, Scroll, India

  • Director - Technology, Sakal Media Group, India

  • Managing Director, Eastern Media Ltd.

  • CEO Co-fondatrice Utopia Analytics, Helsinki

    Utopia AI Moderator, un outil de modération en temps réel entièrement automatisé, et un service SaaS évolutif basé sur l'intelligence artificielle et l'apprentissage automatique. Lancé à la mi-2016, l'outil a rapidement amélioré la qualité du contenu généré par les utilisateurs et a soulagé de nombreux fournisseurs de services d'une grande partie de leur travail de modération humaine. En Finlande, le plus grand marché en ligne (Schibsted Media Group) et la plus grande plate-forme de discussion (Aller Media) utilisent Utopia AI Moderator.

    "Notre technologie fonctionne avec n'importe quelle langue et elle est déjà utilisée dans plusieurs pays. De plus, cette solution est très facile à mettre à l'échelle, sur des bases de contenu de large volume, là où les avantages de la modération automatisée sont les plus payants.

  • Managing Director, Health 24, South Africa

    Danie Pauw is the Managing Director at Health24, South Africa´s leading digital consumer health company. 

    Pauw, a doctor himself, stablished Health24 back in November 2000, a majority stake was sold to Media24, a leading publishing compnay in the Naspers Group. 

    Rapidly it becomes the South Africa´s largest consumer health and lifestyle website with 1.2 million unique browsers pm. 

    Health24 content is educational, relevant, and medically reviewed. It is accessible and trustworthy, and is designed to enable readers to make informed decisions about their health. Health24 is intended for a general audience. Each month, around 2 million individual people visit the website. 

  • Editor - Director, Sakal Media Group, India

    Shriram Pawar currently working as an Editor-Director for Sakal media group and responsible for content strategy of group.

    Working as a Journalist for last 25 years in various capacities as: Reporter, Chief Reporter, Asst News Editor, Associate editor, Executive Editor, Dy. Chief Editor and Chief Editor.

    Writer/columnist/TV panellist: Continuously writes on national politics and international affairs, Power Point and Current Undercurrent are the popular columns, Regular participant in prime time TV debates on politics

    Covered major political happenings all over India during last 20 years. Conducted various opinion polls and political surveys before during and after elections. Lead launching of various print editions of Sakal in Maharashtra as well as various magazines

    Conceptualise and executed various initiatives in digital space like, which is first exclusive portal for political content in Marathi. Sakal money which is exclusive portal covering personal finance, focused on savings and investments. Covered UN general assembly/G20 meetings

    Social initiatives through journalism: Organised and lead various social and environmental initiatives in state of Maharashtra like ‘Save baby girl campaign’; ‘River cleaning drive’ with massive people’s participation, Research based prog on water which leads drought free Maharashtra initiative

    Research: Dissertation on Geopolitical status of Jammu and Kashmir/Presented Research papers on Journalism and Communication related topics/ ongoing project: Reflection of International content in Marathi newspapers

    Books: Authored many books on contemporary politics and International affairs; Edited book on social networking 

    Associated with various Social, Cultural organisation as well as Press organisations.

    He holds MA in Journalism and working on PhD in Journalism and communication.

  • Interactive Graphics Journalist, The Straits Times

    As an interactive graphics journalist at The Straits Times, Rebecca is part of a team of designers and developers who are pushing the boundaries of digital journalism - from data visualisation to virtual reality - anything is possible.   While studying journalism back in Australia, she voluntarily worked on various data projects for Sydney’s flagship newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald. After moving to Singapore in 2013, she worked in digital publishing before joining the ST Digital desk in 2015.
  • Head of Editorial, Schibsted Media, Norway

    Torry Pedersen is Head of Editorial and a member of Schibsted Media's top management team. He was previously the CEO/Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS, Norway’s most read news-site/newspaper. He began his career as a journalist in Fredrikstad Blad 1981, and has more than 35 years of experience in journalism and publishing.

    Pedersen has been Managing Editor in VG, Editor in Chief/Publisher in VG Multimedia AS, CEO of Verdens Gang AS and from 2011, both CEO and Editor in Chief of Verdens Gang AS. 

    He was educated at the Norwegian School of Management (formerly the Bedriftsøkonomisk Institutt), Oslo 1979 and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has been awarded the "Chief Editor of the Year Award" in Norway, and during his time as Editor in Chief and CEO, Verdens Gang won several prizes.

    VGs is among the most profitable news organisations in Europe and its news-sites on desktop, mobile, tablet and paper, have nearly 2.4 million daily readers.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Guardian Media Group, United Kingdom

    David Pemsel was appointed CEO, Guardian Media Group (GMG) in July 2015 with responsibility for leading GMG’s commercial and financial business strategy.

    In addition he is Chairman of GMG Ventures, a $50m fund making early stage investments in innovative businesses in the media technology sector. He is also a member of The Scott Trust, the ultimate owner of The Guardian.  

    David joined Guardian News & Media (GNM) in 2011 and was appointed chief commercial officer in 2012. A year later he took on increased accountability for the GNM business in the newly-created role of deputy chief executive, with responsibility for leading commercial operations in the UK, the US and Australia, and integrating them as one global organisation.

    Prior to joining GNM, David worked in many senior roles within the media industry, including launching Shine Entertainment in 2000, before becoming Group Marketing Director of ITV plc in 2005. 

    David is a non-executive director of The British Fashion Council, a voting member of BAFTA and a Council member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain. 

  • CEO & Founder, Leiki

    After getting a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics Petrus did a couple of years of postdoctoral research before founding Leiki and developing the core algorithms for Leiki Focus. In 2005 he was placed as a nominee for World Technology Award. Petrus enjoys meeting customers and discussing how to take their business forward. After work he likes running and music ranging from electronic to opera. Leiki provides market-leading solutions for Content Discovery and Data on Audiences and Content. Their customers are publishers, retailers, and advertisers who want to: Show their visitors relevant content across sites, automatically on each page, Understand user interests and increase advertising income with dynamic segments, Maximise traffic and revenues with intelligent content discovery and ad targeting.

  • Founder & CEO, Lokalportal, Germany

    Sebastian Penthin is founder & CEO of Lokalportal, a Start-Up from Hamburg, Germany. Lokalportal is a participatory platform that provides access to local life, which is run together with local publishers. Our mission is to strengthen neighborhood and local lives in general by giving everybody access to reliable local information and a place for valuable exchange about it. Before founding Lokalportal Sebastian worked with eBay as an internal entrepreneur. Sebastian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and in Biology from Kiel University.

  • Chief Data Officer (Global), The Economist, France

    Stephane Pere is Chief Data Officer (Global) for The Economist businesses. Since october 2013, his mission is to Elevate & Protect Data as a corporate asset, Leverage Data as revenue driver for the Circulation and Media Businesses as well as Explore the potential unlocked by Big Data.

    He joined The Economist Paris office in 2007 to manage online advertising sales for Continental Europe, Middle-East & Africa. In 2010 he moved to New York to launch Ideas People Media (a vertical digital ad network that enables marketers to reach Thought leaders at scale trough an alliance of +60 high quality news publications). Additionally from 2012, he was the Head of Digital Advertising Sales and Agency Solutions for Americas.

    Prior to joining The Economist, Stephane Pere had a diverse career within the advertising industry, which included managing online display advertising for Yahoo!, heading a TV and Print network for Canal+, and working with Bloomberg Television in international ad sales.

    He holds a Masters in Management Science from E.M. Lyon Business School, as well as a Post Graduate Master in Intellectual Property Law and a Masters in Contract and Business Law both from Pantheon-Assas University in Paris.

  • New Media Adviser and Content Marketing Consultant, Ecuador

    Nicolás has more than fifteen years of experience in developing new media. For a decade he led the digital strategy of  El Universo de Ecuador media group. Today he advises media companies in digital development and strategy for their audiences.

  • Director, El Universo, Ecuador

    Carlos Pérez Barriga, 51, has been Director of Daily El Universo since 2003. Previously he was newsroom manager and head of the Art Department of the newspaper.