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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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  • Publisher, Vox Media, USA

    Melissa Bell is Publisher at Vox Media. Together with Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein, Bell cofounded Vox.com in the spring of 2014. Previously, Bell was the Director of Platforms at the Washington Post and a columnist for the paper. Bell is a journalist turned technologist, an unusual breed in news organizations today.

  • Founder, Dig Deeper Media

    Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content. He is the founder of the recently established  Global Council to Build Trust in Media and Fight Misinformation and is also the founder of news consultancy Dig Deeper Media.

    Fergus has worked across the business and editorial sides of the news industry, previously heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk, and before that as International Social Media and UGC Editor for the Associated Press.

    Fergus is a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media. In October 2013 he co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also a founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

  • Chief Creative Officer, Courageous, USA

    Otto Bell is chief creative officer of Courageous, Turner’s first-ever brand studio with global capabilities for marketers across CNN, HLN and Great Big Story. In this role, he leads a self-sufficient, full-time team of award-winning brand journalists, filmmakers, designers and producers dedicated to the creation of compelling brand storytelling. Based in New York, Bell reports to Michal Shapira, senior vice president of news content partnerships, Turner Ignite.

    Under Bell’s leadership, the Courageous team has been honored with notable recognition, including Turner Ignite and CNN’s first Cannes Lions, Adweek’s “Grand Arc Award” and Digiday Content Marketing Awards’ “Best Use of Native Advertising” in 2017. In addition to his industry accomplishments, Bell debuted his first documentary, “The Eagle Huntress,” to wide acclaim at Sundance in 2016, and was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch.”

  • Founder of Dig Deeper Media and WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, United Kingdom

    Fergus Bell

    Fergus Bell is an experienced digital journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content by news media. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media.
    Fergus has experience in both the business and editorial sides of the industry, most recently heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms. Fergus joined SAM from the Associated Press where, as international social media and UGC editor, he led the global operation to source and verify user-generated content for all of the AP’s platforms.
    In October 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

  • Head of Digital Video, TV 2, Denmark

    Jacob Bendixen Andersen is Head of Digital Video at TV 2 Denmark, where he also serves as Head of Digital Lifestyle and Entertainment. Digital Video at TV 2 grew 1,750 percent between June 2013 through January 2017. Last year, it grew by 45 percent at TV 2. Andersen joined TV 2 in June 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he was Head of Video at Jyllands-Posten – the largest paper in Denmark at that time. He shot his first digital video in 2004 when Bill Gates visited the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
  • Vocento S.A, Spain

  • Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Paris, France

    Guy has many years of experience in the African media and headed the School of Journalism & Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and was recently appointed Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO.

    In the past, he has worked in both press and television and had a long-running column on the The Mail & Guardian website. He holds a doctorate from Rhodes University and was the deputy chair of the South African National Editor’s Forum.

  • Executive Editor, STAT, USA

    Rick Berke is the founding Executive Editor of STAT, which was launched in November 2015 and now has a staff of more than 50. The aim has been to build a world-class news organization based in Boston -- the epicenter of medicine, health and biotech -- but with reporters nationwide. STAT was created as a separate company by Boston Globe Media, the parent company of The Boston Globe, which was bought by businessman John Henry in 2013. Already, STAT has won numerous national awards for it investigative work and for its innovations in digital storytelling.
    Berke was previously a longtime reporter and editor at The New York Times, where he served as White House correspondent, chief political correspondent, Washington editor, national editor, video content editor, and assistant managing editor. More recently, Rick was executive editor at Politico.
  • Senior Vice President, wochit, USA

    Drew Berkowitz

    Drew Berkowitz has nearly 20 years of digital media experience, insight and industry perspective. He currently serves as Senior Vice President at wochit, leading efforts to help guide publishers, journalists, brands and storytellers elevate their content by creating custom Video. Drew was most recently General Manager of AOL's Goviral Division, leading the US launch with publishers and agencies, while also integrating systems within AOL’s video department. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Vimeo where he won numerous awards for creating video partnerships between brands and Vimeo's community. Drew started in the digital landscape launching Comedy Central's website before starting his own consultancy in 1999 to help other emerging digital companies strategize and execute across sales and marketing. Drew is currently writing a book titled, "Why You Won’t Read This", covering the shift in consumption of information from written word to video.

  • Managing Director ppi Media

    Hauke Berndt joined ppi Media in 2002. Always close to his customers, he got to
    know the international media industry from scratch in the past few years. In
    particular, ppi Media’s expansion into new markets is one of Hauke Berndt’s most
    outstanding achievements. He played a leading role in the development of ppi
    Media’s software products for magazine production and corporate publishing and
    gained a foothold in these markets for the company.
    On July 1, 2016, Hauke Berndt was appointed managing director of ppi Media and is
    responsible for customer projects, sales and marketing.

  • VP Public Affairs, Mars Incorporated, USA

    Matthias Berninger is the Vice-President Public Affairs at Mars, Incorporated and Deputy President for the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). After 13 years in Politics, representing the Green Party of his home state Hessen, Matthias Berninger retired in 2007 from his seat in the German Federal Parliament and joined Mars Europe as their Director Corporate Health and Nutrition for Europe and the CIS. In April 2008, he moved into the role of Global Head of Public Policy for Mars Incorporated. He joined the Global Chocolate Management Team of Mars Incorporated in 2009. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he supports Mars Chocolate in communication and strategy development. In September 2009, Matthias was promoted to Corporate Staff Officer Public Affairs with responsibilities for the Central Public Policy and Programs team and the Public Affairs teams in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Asia, Latin America, Africa with the Middle East reporting into him. He also leads the global trade team within Mars, Incorporated. 

  • Managing Editor, NewsMavens.com

    Lea Berriault coordinates the editorial activities of NewsMavens.com, a daily news roundup from top women editors in Europe. She leads an international team dedicated to amplifying women's voices in newsrooms. Prior to this, she developed online communication campaigns for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Polish Ministry of Culture. She studied European politics in Ottawa and Warsaw. 
  • Consultant, Kirchner + Robrecht

    David Best

    David Best studied media management at the University of Mainz. For 6 years now, he has been working as a consultant for Kirchner + Robrecht management consultants, a company focusing on the media sector and corporate communications. As part of his activities, he carries out strategy, organisational and technology projects. His work focuses on projects for business model development, product management and IT system selection and implementation. Here, too, he is often concerned with systems from the publishing sector, e.g. editorial systems, WCMS, mobile publishing solutions, paywall systems or web analytics systems. He accompanies customers in the search for the individually suitable system solution.

  • Chief Data Officer, The Financial Times Group, UK

    As Chief Data Officer, Tom Betts oversees the strategic use of customer data and research across the organisation, helps identify growth opportunities, and experiments and tests new ideas with the aim of building audiences and revenues. Since joining the FT in 2009, Betts and his team have spearheaded the use of data to improve business performance, allowing the FT to deliver better services and tools for both readers and advertisers. Betts is part of The Financial Times Group leadership team.  

  • Managing Director Digital, Bild, Germany

    Stefan Betzold

    Stefan Betzold, 43, is Managing Director Digital at BILD, a subsidiary of market leading publishing house Axel Springer SE, overseeing the digital activities of Germany´s biggest media brand BILD.

    Before joining BILD in 2009, Stefan was Co-Founder and Managing Partner at a digital media agency and worked in various leading roles at AOL and Bertelsmann. Stefan has 16 years work experience indigital media and holds a master degree in Business and Marketing.

  • Deputy Director of TV, Groupe L'Equipe, France

    Laure Bezault has been Deputy Director of TV at L'Equipe since 2016. She participated in the restructuring and editorial repositioning of the L'Equipe channel. The channel, first launched in 1998 on cable and satellite, has been broadcasting free-to-air since 2013. Since 2015, it has more than doubled its audience, raising revenue significantly while controlling costs. It is now the first sports television channel in France, the only one free-to-air. It forms part of the full editorial offer of Groupe l'Equipe, with a print and digital offer, daily and magazine.
    Laure Bezault previously held the position of Secretary General of iTélé (Canal + Group's news channel) for 5 years. Previously, she was Editor in Chief for a local television channel, Nantes 7. She began her career at LCI (news channel of the TF1 group), as a journalist specialising in economic issues, after a University degree in Economics and a Masters in Media Management at ESCP-EAP.

       
  • CEO, HT Digital Streams and Chief Digital Officer

  • Vice CEO, Kompas Gramedia Group

    Jayant Bhargava

    Jayant Bhargava is the Vice Chief Executive Officer of Kompas Gramedia Group.  Kompas Gramedia Group is an Indonesian-based conglomerate with primary business interests across media, hotels, retail, education, light manufacturing, event management and logistics sectors.

    He joined Kompas Gramedia Group in October 2018.  Prior to joining Kompas Gramedia Group, he was a partner with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in the Digital, Business & Technology domain, leading their Media & Entertainment practice.  His experience has been focused around digital transformation, internationalization, M&A, operational restructuring and growth strategies.

  • Sales Director, Ferag AG, Switzerland.

    Marcel Binder is the sales director from Ferag AG Switzerland responsible for India, Asia and Australia/New Zealand markets. Marcel has a strong technical background and has gained comprehensive knowledge in the printing industry while serving in different roles during the 24 years since joining Ferag. He started as a site manager and has moved via system engineering and project management to sales. Marcel works closely with Kawal Arora and his team at WRH Global India, the local sales and service hub of Ferag in Delhi.

  • CEO, Orb, USA

    Molly Bingham is the driving force behind Orb. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Molly has covered news and conflicts around the globe. Her work has been featured in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Independent, Vanity Fair, and she has appeared on top network and cable television and radio news programs. Named in 2012 by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of “20 Women to Watch,” Molly is at the cutting edge of defining journalism in the digital age, with a unique vision for discovering and covering global stories while making original content accessible and engaging. Molly serves on the boards of The Overseas Press Club and The Listen Campaign. A graduate of Harvard University, Molly was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 2004, where she first began developing Orb’s core concepts.

  • Director of Media Monitoring Africa, South Africa

    William Bird is the director of Media Monitoring Africa and is both an Ashoka and Linc fellow. William has been monitoring the media for 22 years, and is thrilled by data journalism and how technology can be used to monitor and improve quality journalism. William is regularly invited to offer expert input on media policy, media practice and media ethics issues. He also comments on media related subjects ranging from gender to fake news and trust. William has two boys, both of whom have been introduced to the joy of media monitoring.

  • Jefe de redacción y Director Editorial, Kristeligt Dagblad, Dinamarca

    Erik Bjerager, Editor en Jefe y Director General del diario danés Kristeligt Dagblad, es asimismo el anterior Presidente del World Editors Forum, la red global para ejecutivos de salas de redacción de la Asociación Mundial de Periódicos y Editores de Noticias (WAN-IFRA).

    Bjerager se ha desempeñado como Editor en Jefe de Kristeligt Dagblad desde 1994. Se convirtió en director general del diario un año después. Ha sido miembro de la Junta WEF desde 2001. En Dinamarca, es presidente de la junta directiva de la agencia nacional de noticias Ritzau. Ha sido el presidente de la Fundación Danesa de la Prensa desde 2001, y actualmente es el presidente de la Asociación de Editores del Copenhague.

    Bjerager, que ha publicado varios libros, ha sido galardonado con el Premio para Periodistas de la Fundación Berlingske y el Premio Jubileo del Club de Prensa Nacional de Dinamarca.

    Se graduó de la Escuela Danesa de Periodismo y tiene una maestría de la Universidad Americana, Washington, D. C. Antes de unirse a Kristeligt Dagblad, Bjerager trabajó como periodista en Dinamarca y en el extranjero.

  • Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

    Erik Bjerager, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the Danish national daily Kristeligt Dagblad, is the immediate Past President of the World Editors Forum, the global association for senior newsrooms executives within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    Bjerager has served as Editor-in-Chief of Kristeligt Dagblad since 1994. He became Managing Director of the daily a year later. He has been a member of the WEF Board since 2001. In Denmark, he is chairman of the board of the media-owned national news agency, Ritzau. He has been the chairman of the Danish Press Foundation since 2001, and is currently the chairman of the Copenhagen's Editors Association.

    Bjerager, who has published several books, has been awarded the Berlingske Foundation's Journalists Prize and the Jubilee Prize of the National Press Club of Denmark.

  • Executive Vice President, COO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

    Dorthe Bjerregaard-Knudsen is COO at JP/Politikens Hus, one of Denmark's leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three of Denmark’s leading national news brands; Ekstra Bladet, Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. The group’s activities also include local newspapers in Denmark and Sweden, a publishing house, operation and development of a range of digital activities and news services as well as other business areas.

    Prior to joining JP/Politikens Hus Dorthe Bjerregaard-Knudsen was Managing Director at OMD Denmark. Before becoming Managing Director Dorthe held a number different positions at OMD Denmark amongst others she was Managing Director of Insight Group. 

  • Open Innovation Director, MEC, UK

    Hannah is Open Innovation Director for the media agency MEC. Here she is responsible for helping the agency and its clients to collaborate and partner with start-ups and early stage technology in addition to harnessing a more entrepreneurial culture within the organisation. Prior to this she ran BBC Worldwide Labs, BBC Worldwide’s award winning start-up accelerator. Hannah is experienced in identifying and forging commercial partnerships for a number of large organisations and digital media start-ups, which means she has insider knowledge of how young companies, can scale and grow through a networked model and how established organisations can adopt new, innovative ways of working. Hannah has a unique ability to quickly understand start-up business models and translate them for the corporate world, enabling two very different companies to work closely together and collaborate on profitable, long-term partnerships.

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