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  • Director, Americas, WAN-IFRA

    Rodrigo Bonilla is Director, Americas, at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He heads WAN-IFRA’s operations for North and Latin America based out of Mexico City. Rodrigo joined WAN-IFRA as Manager of Press Freedom Missions in January 2010, leading the organisation’s advocacy missions worldwide. In 2013, he went on to manage WAN-IFRA’s overall activities in Latin America and launched the LATAM edition of WAN-IFRA’s prestigious Digital Media Conferences, which has since become the go-to event for the region’s most innovative media leaders. The Americas office monitors industry’s trends and offers services to the organization's members and partners across the continent. 

    Rodrigo is Uruguayan-Mexican and studied in France and Canada. He graduated in both History and Political Science from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, and holds a Master Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the same institution. 

  • CEO and co-founder, KIT, Sweden

    CEO and co-founder of KIT, a digital media startup focused on high-quality journalism. Prior to that, most recently he ran the digital business division at Bonnier Tidskrifter. He has held marketing and digital media roles at Unilever and NBC Universal, among others. He currently serves on the board of Bonnier Corporation in the U.S., Mediafy, Beckmans College of Design and IAB Sweden. He has a B.S. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

  • Editor, Sunday Independent, Ireland

    Cormac Bourke is the editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland's best-selling newspaper, which is published by Independent News & Media, the largest media group in Ireland. He has a wealth of experience as a news executive having led the newsroom of Ireland's leading quality newspaper the Irish Independent for a number of years. During Cormac's tenure as News Editor and then Executive Editor with the Irish Independent he oversaw major exclusive investigations including The Anglo Tapes - a cross platform, multi-award winning probe into Ireland's banking collapse.

    As the editor of Ireland's biggest selling newspaper, Bourke is focused on maintaining the market share of his title in print while evolving the news brand under a group digital strategy. Cormac was a central force in joining the print and digital news function within Independent News and Media to grow Independent.ie to become Ireland's biggest news website.  Sunday Sport, the Sunday Independent’s Sport section, continues to be the nation’s most widely read sporting publication, with a team of high-profile writers and analysts who are now making their presence felt on new digital INM digital products, as well as in print.

    Over the past two years, the Sunday Independent has also run a series of innovative print supplements focussed on participation in sport – including on running, cycling, golf and Ireland’s traditional Gaelic Games - with the backing of commercial and state partners. A married father-of-four, he holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University.

  • Founder, Rezonence, UK

    Rowly Bourne is a founder at Rezonence, an award-winning Ad Tech company that created FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers effectively monetise digital content while keeping it free and accessible. FreeWall® combines the best of free access and a paywall. It hides part of the content behind an ad which the user can unlock by answering a simple question – in other words, by engaging with the brand.

  • Founder, Rezonence, UK

    Rowly Bourne is a founder at Rezonence, an award-winning Ad Tech company that created FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers effectively monetise digital content while keeping it free and accessible. FreeWall® combines the best of free access and a paywall. It hides part of the content behind an ad which the user can unlock by answering a simple question – in other words, by engaging with the brand.

  • Mobile Editor, Clarín, Argentina

    Mobile Editor at Clarín and Journalism Professor at USAL. Formerly, was head of Research at USAL's School of Communication, executive editor at Perfil Digital, copy-editor at Thomson Reuters and reporter at LatinSpots.

  • Deputy CEO Group Figaro – CCM Benchmark, France

    Jean-Luc Breysse is the Deputy CEO of Groupe Figaro (including CCM Benchmark) in France. He joined the group in 2012 from the position of President of Mondadori Magazine France. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of EMAP France and the Finance Director for the financial newspaper Les Echos.

  • President & CEO Central Europe UNIVERSAL MUSIC und Deutsche Grammophon

    Frank Briegmann, 1967 im westfälischen Rietberg geboren, ist CEO von UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland und President Central Europe der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP sowie President der Deutschen Grammophon.

    Nach erfolgreichem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster startete Frank Briegmann seine Karriere als Referent Strategie bei der in München ansässigen Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), wo er nach mehreren Stationen 2002 zum Senior Vice President International aufstieg. 2004 wechselte Frank Briegmann als President & CEO nach Berlin an die Spitze von UNIVERSAL MUSIC und wurde damit zum jüngsten Chef in der Geschichte der Major-Labels in Deutschland. Seit 2010 lenkte Frank Briegmann zusätzlich die Geschicke der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP in Österreich und der Schweiz sowie des weltweit bedeutendsten Klassik-Labels Deutsche Grammophon. 2013 wurde er zum President Central Europe ernannt und übernahm damit zusätzlich die Leitung der Ländergesellschaften in Nord- und Osteuropa. 2016 wurden seinem Bereich zusätzlich die UMG Unternehmungen in Italien und den Benelux-Staaten zugeordnet. Als Mitglied des Executive Management Board, des globalen Führungszirkels der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, gehört Frank Briegmann zur obersten Managementebene des internationalen Marktführers im Musikgeschäft.

    Frank Briegmann ist Vorstandsmitglied des Bundesverbandes Musikindustrie, der Deutschen Phono-Akademie und des media.net berlinbrandenburg. Darüber hinaus hat er einen Sitz im Beirat Ost der Deutschen Bank und im Kuratorium der C/O Berlin Foundation. Als Mitinitiator der gemeinnützigen Stiftung „Musik Bewegt“ hat er eine Spendenplattform ins Leben gerufen, über die Musiker und ihre Fans gemeinsam soziale Projekte unterstützen können.

  • Global Head of Product, Reuters

    Sue Brooks has worked with editorial content her entire career and reported for newspapers, radio and TV in the UK before putting her knowledge to use as a product expert.  She has held editorial roles at the BBC, Associated Press, Channel 4 and ITN where she edited the flagship News at Ten.  She joined Reuters in 2015 as Global Head of Product.  

    She is a Columbia School of Journalism Sulzberger Fellow.  

  • Strategic Partnerships Manager for news, EMEA region, Facebook, United Kingdom

    Sarah Brown is strategic partnerships manager for news, EMEA region for Facebook. She has 15 years of experience working in digital and social media for newsrooms around the world such as the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN. She is based in London.

  • Chief Product Officer, Vox Media, USA

    Trei serves as the Chief Product Officer at Vox Media, Inc. He leads the highly talented team responsible for SB Nation's cutting edge publishing and community platform. Trei served as the Chief Product Officer at The Verge. He has been designing and building web applications for engaged audiences for over 12 years. As a founder of the highly regarded software development consultancy, Handwire, Trei developed enterprise internet solutions for Fortune 500 companies and large public institutions such as Microsoft, Royal Dutch Shell, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Working with Microsoft's Xbox division, he led efforts to design, build, and scale the first web application empowering sports gamers to organize leagues and tournaments, track scores, and calculate standings. Before joining Vox media, Trei ran the internet efforts for former tech Chief Executive Officer and Virginia Governor Mark Warner in the 2008 presidential primaries. Using innovative techniques to organize and connect supporters, raise online contributions, and reach out to the political blogosphere, he helped make Gov. Warner's organization the most tech-savvy in the race before the governor bowed out to run for US Senate. His other achievements include creating a ground-breaking platform for Texas Monthly, "the national magazine of Texas," connecting Texans across the world, as well as developing technology for OzSearch, the first and largest online portal dedicated to delivering Australian web content.

  • President, WAN-IFRA, Sweden

    Tomas Brunegård

    Tomas Brunegård is the President of WAN-IFRA and former Chairman of the Board of Sweden's Stampen Group. From 2004 to 2012 he was CEO of Stampen. Previously, he was CEO of Göteborgs-Posten from 1996-2004. Before that, he was Deputy COO of Burger King Sweden from 1993-1996. From 1987-1993, he was Management Consultant for Ingemar Claesson Konsult AB. Brunegård is a Board Member for several organisations, including:

    • Skäreleja AB (Majority owner Stampen Group)
    • Stena Line BV (Holland)
    • Mentor Medier AS (Norway)
    • Fojo Media Institute
    • Swedish Radio AB
    • University of Gothenburg
    • Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
  • Editor and Director, Kvinnheringen, Norway

    Tomas Bruvik, Editor and Director for the local newspaper Kvinnheringen in Norway. In 2016 Kvinnheringen was honored as European Newspaper of the year in European Newspaper Award.

  • Director, Kompas Cyber Media

    Andy Budiman manages Kompas Gramedia Digital Group, including Kompas.com and Indonesia’s largest citizen journalism site, Kompasiana.com.  He is also overseeing the development of Gramedia.com e-commerce. Prior to his present position, Andy was managing production and business development at Indonesia’s largest printing company, PT Gramedia Printing Group.

  • Former-President, Elite Daily, USA

    Miguel was until a few weeks ago President of Elite Daily, a Millennial-focused online destination providing engaging, entertaining and enriching content. 

    At Elite Daily, Miguel was responsible for handling the company's revenue partnerships. His ability to find innovative and unique strategic brand partnerships and scaling a business with little funding was crucial in helping Elite Daily become a premier online destination for Millennials and as result being acquired by DMGT in 2015.    

    Previously, Miguel worked in Investment Banking as a member of Credit Suisse’s Corporate M&A team. There he quickly found his passion for technology and digital media that lead him to MESA, an Investment Bank specialized in digital media and entertainment.

    Today, Elite Daily has grown to reach up to 75 million monthly readers.

  • Managing Director, Russmedia Digital, Austria

    Georg Burtscher

    Georg is Managing Director of Russmedia Digital, the digital Unit of Russmedia, one of the most progressive media companies in Europe. He started at Russmedia in 2006 and prior to his change to the digital site of the company he was the Managing Director of the radio station „Antenne Vorarlberg“.

    Russmedia Digital is one of the leading portal operators in Austria. The portfolio include vol.at, Austria's largest regional news portal with an regional reach of 70%, as well as more than 24 other internet portals and online-agencies. They operate with austria.com/plus, one of the largest online networks for premium portals in Austria.

  • MD, Partner Business Solutions - APAC, Google, Singapore

    Jeremy Butteriss

    Jeremy Butteriss is the Managing Director at Google for APAC, based in Singapore. He joined Google with 15 years of experience in media, e-commerce, strategic partnerships, venture development and mergers & acquisitions. The role includes facilitating strategic partnerships for publishers across Google's businesses, in addition to managing day to day operations of Google's monetization solutions. Previously, he served as Director, Partnerships for Google Canada, where his experience included leading partnerships across Google's monetization solutions, YouTube and Marketing solutions.

  • CEO, IAB (International Advertising Bureau), South Africa

    Media and marketing pioneer Josephine Buys is CEO for IAB (International Advertising Bureau) South Africa.

    Her diverse career has placed her at the forefront of embracing digital in a variety of industries and platforms, from publishing and entertainment, to agencies and the public sector. Her experience spans sales, marketing, brand development and E-commerce. In each instance of her career she has set herself apart with her strategic intuition and infectious energy, helping organisations to affect real and lasting change in the booming digital space.

    Her role at IAB sees her building awareness of the organisation’s core purpose, instilling confidence, and ultimately increasing revenue for the South African digital industry as a whole. Central to this is the core strategy of promoting standards and accelerating the growth of digital media.

    On a practical level this involves planning and managing IAB’s South African operations; member and industry relations (i.e. protect the interests of publishers, advertisers and brands in the online space); engaging with strong industry contributors to lead and participate in the various councils; and identifying new areas of opportunity for the IAB. She strongly believes in the IAB’s philosophy that online can and should be used in conjunction with other media to amplify reach and effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

    Buys co-founded and hosted a monthly networking FUNdraiser called The Thursday Club from 2003-2013, which raised much needed awareness and over R2.5million for orphaned and vulnerable South African children. Her passion for empowering others manifests IAB role, as she fulfils the promise of the IAB’s Education and Transformation Council to address the shortage of digital professionals in the current workforce through education and transformation.

    She is inspired by the abundance of original thinking in South African media, with the constant flow of digital firsts and world-class start-ups coming out of the country. It is a turning point for harnessing the power of digital and, with the IAB currently representing over 200 members including online publishers, brands, educational institutions, creative, media and digital agencies, Josephine believes this chapter of the global IAB organisation, is well-positioned to lead this transition into a new age for media in South Africa.

     

  • Designer/Developer/Journalist, Verdens Gang AS, Norway

  • Business Director, The Byrne Partnership Ltd, UK

    Eamonn Byrne progressed through the advertising & commercial departments of prestigious regional newspaper groups to become Commercial Director and MD of newspaper titles. He has been Deputy Director General & Business Director of the World Association of Newspapers for 7 years and speaks regularly at major international events on newspaper strategy and was for 10 years until 2010, the responsible consultant/partner for research, business and content strategy for the World Association of Newspapers. Eamonn continues his association with WAN-IFRA as special Advisor and consultant on Media Development Projects to the WAN-IFRA Press Freedom and Media Development Board.

  • Editor-in-Chief, La Repubblica, Italy

    Mario Calabresi, has been Editor-in-Chief of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica since January 2016. He moved there from La Stampa, where he had been Editor-in-Chief from 2009.

    An award-winning journalist, and published author, Calabresi has worked for print and broadcast news outlets. He covered parliament for the Ansa news agency and La Stampa, and was News Editor at La Repubblica. The paper sent him to New York as their correspondent from 2007 to 2008, following the electoral campaign that saw Barack Obama elected. In 2011 he presented the RAI 3 television production entitled Hotel Patria.

    His published books include Spingendo la notte più in là. Storia della mia famiglia e di altre vittime del terrorismo (Pushing back the night. Stories of my family and other victims of terrorism) (2007) and La fortuna non esiste. Storie di uomini e donne che hanno avuto il coraggio di rialzarsi(Fortune doesn’t exist. Stories of men and women who were brave enough to stand up again) (2009), published by Mondadori.

    He has also written A Occhi Aperti (With eyes wide open) (2013),  a collection of his interviews with ten leading photographers who recount the moments in which history was frozen by a photograph. His most recent book is called Non temete per noi, la nostra vita sarà meravigliosa (Don’t fear for us, our lives will be wonderful) which seeks to address the feeling of hopelessness amongst many of today’s youth.

  • Chief Executive Officer, TheStreet, USA

    Dave Callaway, President of the World Editors Forum, has been the Chief Executive Officer and Editor Emeritus of TheStreet, Inc. since July 1, 2016. Previously he served as an Editor-In-Chief of USA Today International Corporation, from July 2012 to July 1, 2016. At USA Today Dave was responsible for the day-to-day coverage of the news staff on three continents and across all digital and print platforms. He oversaw about 300 USA Today journalists, a network of more than 150 correspondents and the communication between USA Today and Gannett’s 104 print and broadcast properties. USA Today is the fifth largest digital news organisation in the country with more than 40 million monthly visitors. It is the third largest newspaper.

    Before joining USA Today in July 2012, Callaway was the Editor-in-Chief at MarketWatch and its predecessor CBS MarketWatch since 2003. Previous to being Editor-in-Chief, he was Executive Editor and Managing Editor, dating back to 1999. Callaway managed the coverage for a world-wide news gathering operation with 11 bureaus across the globe. Previously, he was a securities industry reporter at Bloomberg where he led a team of financial reporters throughout Europe covering the banking, investment banking and asset management business. Before that, he was a columnist at the Boston Herald where he co-wrote a daily financial column on comings and goings in the Boston business district.

    Under his guidance, MarketWatch was named "Best in Business" for large financial websites three times by the Society of American Business Editors & Writers, and won the Editor and Publisher's EPPY Award for "Best Internet Business Service" three times as well. He personally won two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for his weekly commentary column, which he wrote for 12 years. Larry Kramer was the founder, Chairman and CEO of MarketWatch from 1997-2005, when it was sold to Dow Jones.

    Callaway is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, with both a bachelors and a masters degree in journalism.

  • Gerente de Inteligencia de Datos, La Nación, Argentina

  • Strategic Data Partnerships, Google Asia Pacific

    Catherine Candano is responsible for strategic Data Partnerships at Google Asia Pacific. At Google since 2011, Cathy specializes on data-driven monetization growth and driving user-first content experiences, contributing as global program lead for publisher analytics.

    Past 8 years before Google includes product management roles for Cathy in a leading SEA telecom company's mobile data business, as well as digital outreach on sustainable development across 40+ Asian countries with the United Nations in Thailand.

  • CCO & Founder, Cultura Colectiva, México

    Adolfo Cano has a B.A. in Marketing and is one of the founding partners of a project that started as a website to later become an international technology and entertainment development company: Cultura Colectiva. As a young visionary, he gave life to one of the most important digital media project for his generation through the creation of quality content for millions of readers. He has left his mark in a new international cultural industry that grows exponentially. Currently he manages the business development area of the company.

    One of the keys elements of the development of Cultura Colectiva has been the ability to analyse the market, meet the needs of the hypermedia user and finding inspiration in creativity and change. The motto of Cultura Colectiva is to Create, Innovate and Entertain, since all of these are elements necessary to build a true cultural industry. With more than 21 million followers this digital media is considered the best valued digital native project in Mexico.

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