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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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  • 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.


  • Business Development Director, The Ozone Project, UK

    Dipti Patel, se unió al Proyecto Ozone en abril de 2019, como Director de Desarrollo de Negocios para acelerar el crecimiento de su cartera de editores y crear asociaciones de proveedores con los principales SSP y los principales intercambios. El Proyecto Ozono es una plataforma de publicidad y audiencia pionera, propiedad de y operada por editores de noticias. Es el único mercado digital totalmente transparente y seguro para las marcas del Reino Unido, que permite que los anunciantes lleguen a 42 millones de consumidores comprometidos en un entorno editorial de calidad. Con más de 12 años de experiencia digital, Dipti ofrece un enfoque nuevo y emprendedor para desarrollar estrategias editoriales y combina esto con su profundo conocimiento de la industria de tecnología publicitaria para impulsar el éxito comercial. Antes de unirse al proyecto Ozone, Dipti dirigió el equipo de desarrollo de editores en la plataforma de suministro de PubMatic, donde fue responsable de crear e implementar su nueva estrategia comercial en toda la región EMEA. Durante su mandato, adquirió muchos editores de primer nivel en su cartera, incluidos The Guardian, Telegraph, News UK, Gumtree, The Mailonline, The Economist y BBC Worldwide. Con conocimiento digital y móvil, Dipti también ha desempeñado funciones comerciales tanto en InMobi como en Unanimis.
  • 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.

  • Director Big Data, Agora, Poland

    After graduation, Luiza took a job as an assistant in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Institute of Economics at the Catholic University of Lublin. After 5 years of teaching and research in the field of statistics and econometrics he decided to use their knowledge in business, taking a job in Bank Zachodni WBK as a data analyst in the CRM department. Her duties consisted, among others, to optimize the effectiveness of sales campaigns and the implementation of analytical system for the bank. After few years she started work for Poland's largest e-commerce platform, where she was responsible, among others, for the development of the recommendation system. From 2014 she is Director of Big Data Department in one of the largest media companies in Poland - AGORA SA. Her team develop big data system called DataOcean and is responsible for data collection and integration, personalization of content, user profiling, content structuring (natural language processing technologies).
  • 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.

  • Head of Editorial Development, Sydsvenskan, Sweden

    Mattias Pehrsson is head of editorial development of Sydsvenskan and Helsingborgs Dagblad, Bonnier News regional and local paper outlets in Southern Sweden. He is responsible for the editorial development and strategy. Mattias has worked within the digital field since the late 90's and started off as a sports writer at Reuters before leaving for online at regional and local papers. He has launched more sites than he can remember and has tried the subscription model twice, at least. The last effort seems to be the most successful by far.
  • 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. 

  • 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. 
  • 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 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.  
  • 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.

  • 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