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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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  • Loyalty Manager, Aftonbladet Plus, Sweden

    As early as 1998, she convinced the Swedish Stock Exchange CEOs to participate in Internet-based stock lists to evolve their IR strategy. In 2004 she took on the challenge to convert the food and wine advertisers' market budgets to Internet as sales manager at Tasteline until she took over as PM for to help the Swedish people to lose weight using Internet. Today Carina Pahl Skärlind is loyalty manager for Aftonbladet Plus that celebrated its 15th anniversary this august with over 250.000 subscribers.

  • Group Managing Director, The Manipal Group

    Gautham Pai

    Gautham Pai leads The Manipal Group (TMG) as its Promoter & Group Managing Director. The group publishes the Kannada language daily, Udayavani. Being the third-generation of the renowned ‘Pai family’ of Manipal, India, he took on the reins of business during his engineering education and believed in a well-charted course of modernisation, expansions, joint ventures and acquisitions in diverse segments. Leveraging on the Group’s Core Values, Gautham’s strategy is oriented towards building a sustainable high-growth, value creating & profitable organization.

  • Anup Pal, AGM-Quality Assurance, BCCL

    Anup Pal has over 26 years of experience in paints, inks, paper, packaging and printing. He has worked on

    • Lighter GSM newsprint development
    • High-strength high-solid ink development
    • Specialty ink development including UV ink, metallic ink, fluorescent ink, pearlescent ink and encapsulated fragrance ink.
    • Development of various fount solutions - mild acidic, neutral pH.

    Pal is keen on working on eco-friendly VOC free inks, herbal fount solutions and eco-friendly washes.

  • Promotion manager for Marketing Communication, KOMPAS

    Tarrence has been Promotion Manager for Marketing Communication since 2012 at Kompas Daily in Indonesia, which she joined in 2002 as a Promotion officer. She has a master degree in Marketing Communication from London School of Public Relations, Jakarta. And now she is also a lecturer in Faculty of Communication, Multimedia Nusantara University, Tangerang, Indonesia.

  • Senior Editor, Bali Post and GM, Bali Travel News

    I Gde Palgunadi is a Senior Editor at Bali Post and the General Manager of Bali Travel News.
    Since joining Bali Post in 1993, he has covered the culture and tourism beat extensively, traveling abroad regularly on assignments.
    A Social and Political Science graduate of Airlangga University, Mr Palgunadi is a regular face at WAN-IFRA events, having attended those in Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
  • Head of Business Development and Internationalization at Global Media Group, Portugal

    Own words: With more than 15 years of experience in the Media, Communication and Advertising market(s), I always worked in the areas of New Business and Partnerships, Marketing Management, Project Management, in close contact with IT/IS and Sales. Before my corporate / executive career, I have also successfully launched two start-ups. In my latest roles, as Deputy Director New Business / Innovation, I have developed, implemented and successfully managed short and long-term projects, most of them complex and with high impact on P&L, leading multidisciplinary teams. On top and beyond my very effective track record, these functions allowed me to have a strategic vision of business and an international network connected to different business areas, of which I highlight in particular the Portuguese and International Media, Internet and Technology companies.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Star, Philippines

    Ana Marie Pamintuan is the editor-in-chief of The Philippine Star, a Manila-based English daily broadsheet with the largest print circulation nationwide. Ms. Pamintuan also writes a column three times a week in the main opinion section of the newspaper. Her columns tackle a wide range of issues.

    Ms. Pamintuan has been with The Star since it was launched in 1986. She started as a reporter, briefly covering the judiciary before covering the presidency of Corazon Aquino. In 1992 she joined the desk as news editor. She was promoted to associate editor, and then to managing editor before being named executive editor in 2002. She has served in her current post since Jan. 16, 2012.

    She received the “Print Journalist of the Year” award in 2012 from the Rotary Club of Manila. The club, the oldest of its kind in Asia, has been handing out the award since 1966.

    Ms. Pamintuan finished AB Journalism with honors at the University of the Philippines, where the College of Mass Communications picked her as Outstanding Alumna for Journalism during UP’s centennial celebration in 2008.

    On April 10, 2015, she received an award as an outstanding native of Pangasinan, the province of her paternal grandmother, on its 435th founding anniversary. The Asna award (asna means salt, referring to “salt of the Earth”) recognized her for journalism.

    Ms. Pamintuan has covered various beats from security, local government and national politics. She was a Jefferson Fellow and Senior Journalism Fellow at the East West Center in Hawaii, and has participated in several other journalism fellowships in the United States. She has also been a speaker at various forums in the Philippines and overseas.

    In March 2011, she was the lone participant from the Philippines invited to the first International Conference of WomenMedia Leaders, organized in Washington by the International Women’s Media Foundation together with George Washington University to discuss gender equity in media around the world.

  • Partnership Strategist, Newsela, USA

    Mark Pan is Newsela’s Partnership Strategist, focused on developing and scaling partnerships that transform the way students develop nonfiction fluency and critical thinking skills: through the news.

    Launched in June 2013, Newsela strives toward its mission of unlocking the written word for everyone by publishing high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using Newsela’s proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. News articles are adapted from partners such as AP, Washington Post, and The Guardian. Now, the news is becoming an integral piece to students and teachers across the country— 75% of all schools in the U.S. use Newsela.

    Prior to Newsela, Pan was an early employee at Coursera, leading their Partnerships team in new revenue generation and partner satisfaction.

    His interest for scaling education through technology stems from his experience teaching ESL in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

  • National Editor, DB Corp., India

  • Executive Editor VR, The Guardian, UK

    Francesca Panetta is Executive editor, VR at the Guardian. She leads the Guardian’s virtual reality studio. 6x9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement was the Guardian’s first VR piece and won plaudits from sources as diverse as the Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro and, most recently, The White House. The studio are now working on a slate of piece for release over the next year. Francesca’s work at the Guardian has focused on innovation and storytelling. She has commissioned and directed flagship pieces such as Firestorm, The Shirt on Your Back, the View from the Shard, The First World War.

  • Diretor Executivo,, Colombia

    Hernando Paniagua é um jornalista colombiano com 18 anos de experiência no mundo digital, com desempenho em várias das mídias mais importantes da América Latina: foi editor geral da versão online do El Tiempo e diretor de portais digitais da televisão Caracol. Dirigiu a mesa multimídia da Agência Espanhola EFE na América e foi editor-chefe da Univision Deportes Digital. Depois de liderar a estratégia editorial em Pulzo, o maior meio digital nativo da Colômbia, tornou-se CEO desde meados de 2019.

  • CEO,, Colombia

    Hernando Paniagua is a Colombian journalist with 18 years of experience in the digital world and important performance in several of the most important media in Latin America: he was general editor of the online version of El Tiempo and director of digital portals in Caracol Television. He directed the multimedia table of the Spanish Agency EFE in America and was managing editor of Univision Deportes Digital. After being at the forefront of the editorial strategy in Pulzo, the largest digital native media company in Colombia, he now is its CEO since mid-2019.

  • President of ASIG (Associazione Stampatori Italiana Giornali)

    Gianni Paolucci

    President ASIG
    April 2012 - Present

    International Key Project at EmmeGI Group
    September 2015 – Present
    Study and development of international projects (business plan assessment and development possibilities per country)

    Freelance Professional
    May 2015 – Present
    Business consulting and management

    Director of Daily Operations at RCS MediaGroup
    April 1999 – January 2015

    Univesity: Sociology and Economics , Multiple Management and Specialist Courses, 1978–1982
    Activities and Societies: RSPP Certificate

  • Founder,, India

  • Editorial Director, Reforma, Mexico

    For 12 years he was a Sunday columnist for the newspaper Reforma, where he is now the Editorial Director.
    Before his current position he worked at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), as General Director where he participated in the strategy and supervision of more than 250 projects in different areas of public policy, from urban planning and future energies, to the budget transparency and public procurement systems. From the IMCO, he promoted the design and dissemination of the anti-corruption initiative known as Ley 3 de 3.

    In 2011 he was invited by the Government of the President of the United States, Barack Obama to be part of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Open Government.

    Juan has a PhD in public policy from the London School of Economics, a Master's degree in Economics from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from UNAM. While studying his Master's degree, he worked as a CNN correspondent in Spanish covering general elections in India, Japan and the Philippines.

    As a political commentator he has worked in several radio and television programs.

  • Diretor Editorial Geral, Reforma, México

    Por 12 anos, ele foi colunista de domingo do jornal Reforma, onde agora é diretor editorial geral. Antes de seu cargo atual, trabalhou no Instituto Mexicano de Competitividade (IMCO), como Diretor Geral, onde participou da estratégia e supervisão de mais de 250 projetos em diferentes áreas da política pública, desde o planejamento urbano e as energias do futuro até a transparência orçamentária e os sistemas de compras públicas. Na IMCO, ele promoveu o desenho e a disseminação da iniciativa anticorrupção conhecida como Lei 3 de 3.

    Em 2011, foi convidado pelo governo do Presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, para fazer parte do Conselho de Administração da Aliança para o Governo Aberto.

    Juan possui doutorado em políticas públicas pela London School of Economics, mestrado em economia pela Sophia University em Tóquio, Japão e bacharelado em ciência política pela UNAM. Enquanto estudava para um mestrado, trabalhou como correspondente da CNN em espanhol, cobrindo eleições gerais na Índia, Japão e Filipinas.Como comentarista político, trabalhou em vários programas de rádio e televisão.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Nanyang Technology University

  • 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.
  • 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 the Venice International University within the Quest EU H2020 funded project on science communication. He recently published the workbook "Communicating Science through the Media".

  • 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.