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    Essential networking events for publishers across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and North America. 

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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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  • 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. 

  • Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

    Andrew Perkis received his Siv.Ing and Dr. Techn. Degrees in 1985 and 1994, respectively. In 2008 he received an executive Master of Technology Management in cooperation from NTNU, NHH and NUS (Singapore). He has been with NTNU since 1993 and currently holds a chair within Media Technology. His current research focus is within methods and functionality of content representation, quality assessment and its use within the media value chain in a variety of applications and change management, business modelling for the media sector and Digital Storytelling and the associate tools for this. He was one of the founding authors of the concept of Universal Multimedia Access (UMA) and Quality of Experience (QoE). He is also involved in setting up directions and visions for new research within media technology and entertainment as well as directions for innovations in Immersive Media Technology Experiences. He is member of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), senior member of the IEEE, member of ACM, member of The Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers, Board member of WAN-IFRA Global Alianace for Media innovation (GAMI) and member of the New European Media (NEM) executive committee.

  • Prosecretario de Redacción, La Voz del Interior, Argentina

    Julio is a journalist. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of La Voz del Interior. Also, he  is a digital journalism professor and a career counsellor of Communication at Universidad Blas Pascal (Córdoba)He co-wrote the book “Disruptive journalism”. He writes in the “Periodismo Líquido”.

  • Executive Director of Media Policy and Public Affairs, WAN-IFRA

    Elena Perotti is Executive Director of Media Policy and Public Affairs at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. She is responsible for identifying and studying major public affairs issues within the news industry, authoring reports and articles, animating debate on social media, and educating staff and stakeholders. Elena is also in charge of interaction and liaison with WAN-IFRA’s governing boards, national and regional member associations, and with many international bodies. She holds a Masters of Law in International Law and is experienced in media policy, senior management, global event organisation, and public relations. 
  • Johannesburg Agency Lead, Irvine Partners, South Africa

    Samantha Perry has worked both as a journalist and PR professional in a consultancy and full-time capacity over the past 20 years. As a journalist, she covered the ICT sector for the likes of Computing SA (editor), ComputerWeek, and Brainstorm magazine (editor). In her capacity as a PR professional and consultant she has worked with listed and multinational organisations such as Striata, Google, Telkom, MTN and Dimension Data. She has a Masters degree in ICT Policy and Regulation and runs an initiative called WomeninTechZA, which aims to bridge the gender diversity gap in the tech sector.

  • Founder & CEO, Coconuts Media

    Byron Perry is the Founder and CEO of Coconuts Media, an online news publisher reaching up to 26 million people per month.     The Coconuts.co network of city news websites was launched in 2011 and now runs in Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, KL, Jakarta, Bali and Yangon, receiving up to 4.2 million monthly unique visitors.    Under the Coconuts TV brand, the company produces original documentaries exploring the weird and wondrous stories of Asia, which have been sold to Netflix, iflix, Fusion (USA), RTL (Germany), and ABS-CBN (Philippines).   Byron previously worked at Variety magazine in Los Angeles and attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is a board member of the Society of Publishers in Asia.  
  • Product Marketing, Media Monetization, Facebook, USA

    Ben leads product marketing for Facebook’s portfolio of news monetization products, working with both publishers and engineering teams to design and build products that drive publishers’ businesses forward. His work has ranged from Instant Articles to ad tech, with a current focus on products supporting subscriptions businesses. Prior to joining Facebook, Ben worked in the strategy group at The New York Times, where he worked on the Times’ digital subscription model and new product strategy. Ben received a MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Williams College. He lives in San Francisco.

  • Deputy Head of Digital, The Times & Sunday Times, UK

    Nick helps leads the Times and Sunday Times digital strategy team who cover a range of specialist output for the two titles. From multimedia and podcasts through to audience development, an award winning computational data investigations team and a newsroom based development team they guide the titles forward as they expand their digital operation.    He was previously at The Telegraph and the Guardian and co-founded WannabeHacks.co.uk
  • Vice-presidente Produto e Operações, Grupo RBS, Brasil

    Andiara Petterle é empreendedora e executiva do mercado digital desde 1998. Atualmente, é vice-presidente sênior de Desenvolvimento de Produtos e Operações do Grupo RBS. Anteriormente, foi vice-presidente de jornais e mídia digital para o mesmo grupo. Antes de ingressar no Grupo RBS, Petterle foi diretora executiva de estratégia e desenvolvimento de negócios da e.Bricks, empresa de investimentos da RBS voltada para a indústria digital. Na e.Bricks, atuou como consultora de diversas empresas de tecnologia, e-commerce e mídia. Ela fundou o Grupo Bolsa de Mulher, uma das maiores empresas de mídia digital para mulheres da América Latina, e foi CEO da Predicta e de outras empresas digitais no país. Petterle é bacharel e mestre em Comunicação Social pela PUC-RJ, foi pesquisadora convidada da Brown University e participou de programas de treinamento em negócios na Harvard Business School e na Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • SVP of Product Development and Operations, RBS Group, Brazil

    Andiara Petterle is an entrepreneur and executive of the digital market since 1998. Currently, she is senior vice-president of Product Development and Operations at Grupo RBS. Previously she was vice president Newspapers and Digital Media for the same group. Before joining RBS, Petterle was the Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at e.Bricks, RBS’s investment company focused on the digital industry. At e.Bricks, she acted as an advisor to several technology, e-commerce and media companies. She founded Grupo Bolsa de Mulher, one of the largest women's digital media companies in Latin America, and was CEO of Predicta and other digital companies in the country. Petterle has a bachelor and a master’s degree in Social Communications from PUC-RJ, was an invited researcher at Brown University, and has participated in business training programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • Associate Professor at Kristiania University College

    Dr. Lene Pettersen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Innovation, marketing and economics at Kristiania University College, in Oslo, Norway. Pettersen researches, publishes and lectures about strategy, digital economy, digitalization, social media, social enterprise media, business models in the new media landscape, privacy, collaboration, the sharing economy, interaction design, artificial intelligence, amongst others.

  • CEO, WAN-IFRA, France

    Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1 October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite,” the French government’s response to the economic difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research.

  • Publisher, De Correspondent, The Netherlands

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor-in-Chief of Internet at NRC Media, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. In 2008, he co-founded The Next Web blog, which is now amongst the 10 most-visited blogs in the world. At De Correspondent, he serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

  • Editorial Director, Pfeiffer Report, France

    After 10 years at the helm of a leading European technology magazine, Andreas founded Pfeiffer Consulting in 1998, with the aim to provide market-specific research and consulting to media producers and technology providers. Through his site Pfeiffer Report he offers in-depth analysis of emerging media, publishing and technology trends. Pfeiffer is a frequent speaker at international events for the publishing and media community, and his insights have been quoted in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Wired.

  • Senior Director - Product, The Atlantic, USA

    Andrew Phelps is the new senior director of product at The Atlantic, who oversees their forthcoming portfolio of subscriber experiences. Andrew came to them from Apple News and before that he was at The New York Times, where he led their iOS news app, messaging, and personalization efforts, among other critical roles.
  • Founder & Editor-in-Chief, DealStreetAsia

    Joji Philip
    Joji is the founder of DealStreetAsia. He is a 24×7 information enthusiast, currently based in Singapore, and leads a pan-Asia team. Prior to this, he was among the most prolific journalists in India, and chronicled the communications/telecoms segment, breaking some of the biggest stories in these sectors, during his tenure at The Economic Times, and Business Standard. Since 2013, he has also been with Mint, a financial daily from HT Media Ltd. Joji has won the Business Standard-Seema Nazareth Award for Excellence in Journalism in March 2006. He is a twitterholic and a soccer fan who is only off the internet when motorcycling in the Himalayas.
  • Director, CrowdTangle Asia Pacific

    Asha Phillips leads partnerships for CrowdTangle in Asia Pacific and India, based in Singapore. CrowdTangle was acquired by Facebook in late 2016 and is a leading social analytics and discovery platform used by hundreds of newsrooms around the world. Asha has spent the past decade working in news and media throughout Asia – she started her career in broadcast news in Australia before becoming one of the pioneering editors at Storyful, the first global social media news wire, which was acquired by News Corporation in 2014.

  • Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, The New York Times

    Helena Phua

    Helena Phua was appointed Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific of The New York Times Company in April 2014. She is responsible for The New York Times’ Asia Pacific operations and is Publisher of The New York Times Chinese Magazine, “Shi” in Chinese “時”, the company’s first publication in Simplified Chinese.

    Under Helena’s leadership, The New York Times has become the regional leader in circulation and readership, achieving its highest ever circulation growth in Asia. Helena has also been instrumental in expanding The Times’ online audience and building its publishing alliance network across the region.

    In 2016, Helena was elected to the Board of The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), the region's most prestigious media association, after previously serving as Honorary Treasurer from 2011 to 2013. Helena was also inducted as a lifetime honorary member of Les Clefs D'or International in 2016 and honorary member of Golden Keys China.

  • Managing Director, APL Media Group, Croatia

  • Editor-in-Chief, Fanpage.it, Italy

    Francesco Piccinini is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Fanpage.it. He started his professional career as director of AgoraVox Italia and served as digital manager at Caltagirone Editore. Born in 1981, Piccinini studied communication and information sciences and obtained a doctorate from the University of Paris VIII. He lectured in brand strategy and communication at the Ecole Superieure de Gestion in Paris.      
  • Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, US

    Victor Pickard is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication where he co-directs the Media, Inequality & Change (MIC) Center. Previously he taught at New York University and the University of Virginia and worked on media policy in Washington, DC as a Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Diane Watson and a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and at the media reform organization Free Press (where he now serves as a board member). Currently he is a visiting fellow at Goldsmiths and LSE. His research focuses on the history and political economy of media institutions, media activism, and the politics and normative foundations of media policy. He has published scores of scholarly articles and book chapters as well as essays for The Guardian, The Nation, and The Atlantic. With Robert Picard, he co-authored the report, “Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking”. He has authored or edited six books, including America’s Battle for Media Democracy; Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights; After Net Neutrality; and, most recently, Democracy without Journalism?

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