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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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  • President and CEO, The New York Times Company, USA

    Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on November 12, 2012. He is responsible for leading the company’s strategy, operations and business units. Mr. Thompson has been instrumental in accelerating the pace of The Times’s digital transformation. Under his leadership, The Times became the first news organization in the world to pass the one million digital-only subscription mark. Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as director-general of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign. Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch “Watchdog” and “Breakfast Time,” was an output editor on “Newsnight,” and was appointed editor of the “Nine O’Clock News” in 1988 and of “Panorama” in 1990. He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and director of television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become C.E.O. of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the United Kingdom.
  • Senior Market Consultant, EMGE & Co, UK

    Gary Thomson, BA (Hons), has been analysing paper markets for 25 years. He is a leading market research consultant in the Paper Industry, specialising in Printing & Writing Paper and Newsprint markets for the consulting firm, EMGE & Co.

    EMGE produces forecasts and research information in the form of multi-client reports, individual market sector research projects and commissioned market surveys. For over quarter of a century, EMGE has been publishing a regular series of market reports and forecasts, focusing on the global graphic paper sector, including the EMGE World Newsprint Markets Report.

    Gary started his career in 1993, working for Pulp & Paper International (PPI) as a paper market reporter, focusing on packaging and wastepaper markets. In 1997, he joined International Papermaker magazine, where he continued reporting on the world’s paper business. In 2001, he moved to Germany to become Editor-in-Chief of International Paper World magazine.

    He was recruited by EMGE in 2004, and has since become one of the firm’s leading consultants, as well as the chief writer of its forecast reports. He regularly makes presentations on EMGE forecasts at events and conferences around the world.

  • Editorial & Programming Director, CNN Digital Worldwide, United Kingdom

    Inga Thordar is the editorial and programming director of CNN Digital Worldwide, overseeing international digital news and sport content. She was previously BBC's editor on World News Television bringing together TV and digital production teams and commissioning. Thordar edited the BBC's news front page as well as lead digital innovations on both TV and radio platforms. Prior to that, she lead a team of video journalists at the BBC who used the latest technology available to create innovative quality videos for digital and TV properties. An Iceland native, Thordar is based in London and a graduate of King's College London and the University of Iceland.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Funke Mediengruppe

    Studium Wirtschaftsinformatik in München, Wien und Sydney
    1994 – 1997       Leiter der Stabsstelle Logistik/EDV/Organisation, Taurus Video GmbH, Ismaning/München (KirchGruppe)
    1997 – 2004       Geschäftsführer Teleport GmbH, Schwarzach, Österreich (jetzt: Russmedia IT GmbH)
    2004 – 2008       Geschäftsführer Marketing – Verkauf (CMO) für den Zeitungsbereich, Vorarlberger Medienhaus, Schwarzach, Österreich (jetzt: Russmedia)
    2008 – 2014       Geschäftsführer Digitale Medien, OVB Medienhaus, Rosenheim (Ippen Gruppe)
    Seit 2014           Digitalchef der FUNKE Mediengruppe (CDO), Geschäftsführer Funke Digital


  • Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich, Germany

    Dr Neil Thurman is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich. Dr Thurman's research focuses on the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet. It has been covered by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Figaro; and been honoured by the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, where he won 'best paper' over four consecutive years. He is on Twitter: @neilthurman

  • CEO, MCIL Multimedia, Malaysia

    Keu Tien Siong

    Keu Tien Siong is the General Manager of Sin Chew Media Corporation (SCMC), the publisher of the leading Chinese Daily in Malaysia, Sin Chew Daily, cum the CEO of Media Chinese International Limited (MCIL) Multimedia, the subsidiary and the digital arm of SCMC. He joined SCMC media group in 2001 as IT Manager (planning and Development). He is currently overseeing the ICT and Digital business of MCIL in Malaysia, which includes Sin Chew Online, Pocketimes video channel and Logon e-marketplace.

  • CEO, Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei, Germany

    Since 2001 Matthias Tietz has been working for Rheinisch Bergische Druckerei GmbH & Co. KG as CEO and Rheinische Post Verlagsgesellschaft mbH; proxy, with special tasks within the range of processes in the publishing house.

    Matthias Tietz graduated in civil engineering (university), electrical and industrial engineer

    From 1977 till 1988 he was commanding officer of the guidance troop and then went to work for Axel Springer Verlag, Ahrensburg, as managing director, been responsible for activities at the mailroom department and inauguration of subsidiaries abroad, till 1993. On that year he joined LVDG, Leipzig, as Technical Director, a position he occupied till 1995 when he joined TMI Service GmbH, Ahrensburg as CEO of a media consultancy and service company.

  • Program Manager, Media Lab Bayern, Germany

    Lina Timm

    Lina Timm is founder and Program Manager of Media Lab Bayern, an incubator for new ideas in digital journalism. The Media Lab Bayern supports talents and teams in founding media startups with mentoring programs and financial support. Previous to this, Lina wrote for outlets of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and DIE ZEIT and worked as a video journalist for formats that screened on ARTE or ProSieben. She studied German language, media sciences and sociology in Hamburg and attended the German School of Journalism in Munich. As a side project she founded the Slack community, which is a place to share best practices and expertise from now over 1,000 digital journalists.

  • Head of Marketing & Advertising, FG Media, Malaysia

    Ting Ting is kind and passionate in helping others. She is known to speak her mind and stand up to injustice when others are afraid. She also have a hunger for knowledge and self-growth and is a keen reader.

    In 2011 Promoted as Head of Advertising leading FG Media responsible for advertising sales across Mkini Group.

    In Sep 1, 2008 Joined Malaysiakini as Business Development Executive.

  • Digital publishing consultant and trainer, United Kingdom

    Adam Tinworth is one of the UK’s leading trainers in journalistic analytics, and has more than 12 years’ experience in training journalists in social media, SEO and digital journalism. 

    He is a magazine journalist by background, having worked in magazines for nearly 20 years, before going into full-time digital consultancy. Adam now works as a consultant and trainer in digital journalism, social media and content strategy, and clients have included The Times, Mail Online, The Financial Times, Euromoney Institutional Investor as well as B2B publishers, charities and international brands. He is a visiting lecturer at City, University of London on the journalism MA courses.

  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Youth Ki Awaz, India

  • Director, Europe / Africa & Global Advisory, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Nick runs our most advanced digital programmes, including the subscription focused eRev and our MMA e-learning, as well as managing our events and operations in Europe & Africa.

    He started his career in London and has over fifteen years experience in innovative digital projects and collaborative working.

    Before joining WAN-IFRA, he managed IT projects for ExxonMobil, Deutsche Bank and the European Patent Office, and facilitated the exec forums and conferences for the e-gov agency London Connects. He has a Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Change from the Open University Business School.

  • Head of Creative Sales, Schibsted Brand Studio, Sweden

    As head of Creative Sales, Lotta Tjulin Thörnqvist is leading and coaching Creative Specialists and ensuring Schibsted’s Creative portfolio stays the best on the Swedish market, educating the internal sales organisation, advertisers and agencies in strategies for content- and creative marketing.

    Lotta has been working for Schibsted since 2006, starting off as an Key Account Manager at Aftonbladet – Sweden's largest newspaper – and has since worked as a Sales Manager, Creative Business Developer and for the last four years focused on sponsoring, branded content and native advertising. 

  • Global Head of Sales, Reuters News Agency at Thomson Reuters, USA

  • Vice President Marketing, The Washington Post, USA

    Miki King is Vice President Marketing at The Washington Post. Previously she was Vice President Operations and Digital Marketing, in charge of digital subscription and new product marketing, finance enterprise systems and facilities operations and security. Since joining The Washington Post in early 2016, King has led the team to drive digital subscription growth by more than 200%, focusing on client retention and engagement as well as acquisition. With over 15 years of experience in building and leading high performing growth teams, her expertise is in managing critical client relationships, fostering stakeholder buy-in and innovating functional operations. Prior to joining The Washington Post, King was Executive Vice President, Operations at Politico. King holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from George Mason University School of Law and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2007. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide.

  • UK Editor, Mashable, United Kingdom

    Anne-Marie Tomchak is the UK Editor of Mashable, a media and entertainment company at the forefront of tech, science and digital culture. Heading up Mashable's UK operations from London, Anne-Marie is an innovative journalist and filmmaker with a track record of producing original storytelling on digital and broadcast media. Before joining Mashable, she was a reporter and presenter for the BBC, where she launched the social media investigative unit BBC Trending and developed the corporation’s mobile video offering on the BBC News app. In 2014 Anne-Marie was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for Innovation after breaking a story about the ‘offer’ of illegal drugs on Instagram, which led to a change in policy by the platform. She also broke the world exclusive revealing that the viral video ‘Syria Hero Boy’ was faked. Having spent the past 15 years reporting for national and international broadcasters (including Deutsche Welle, American Public Media, NPR and RTE) Anne-Marie has become one of the leading digital media voices contextualizing the role of technology and social media in modern life. In November 2016 she fronted the RTE documentary ‘Cloud Control: Who Owns Your Data?’ which explored big data and digital fingerprints for RTE Science Week. She was recently listed in The Irish Times '30 Irish Women You Need to Know' for International Women's Day and is one of Silicon Republic's '30 Incredible Irish people leading a European invasion' as part of their Sci-Tech 100.

  • Vice president and managing editor of The Dallas Morning News

    Robyn Tomlin is vice president and managing editor of The Dallas Morning News. Before joining The News in 2015, she served as the chief digital officer and VP for communications at the Pew Research Center, where she was responsible for the center’s overall research dissemination, communications strategy and digital operations. Tomlin was the founding editor of Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, a national digital news hub in New York City that produced content, news applications and interactives for more than 75 daily newspapers. She also served as the top editor of three daily news operations: the StarNews in Wilmington, N.C., the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner and the TimesDaily in Florence, Ala. During part of that time, she was also the director of editorial innovation for The New York Times Regional Media Group, leading digital innovation and audience growth strategies for 16 daily news operations located in six states. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Tomlin started her career as a reporter in suburban Pittsburgh and later at the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times before moving into editing roles. She sits on the board of directors for the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Foundation.

  • CEO, Tamedia, Switzerland

    Christoph Tonini (CH/I/1969) has been Chief Executive Officer of Tamedia since January 2013. He joined Tamedia in April 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board. In recent years he has headed, among others, the Services, Newspapers Switzerland, Media Switzerland and most recently the Digital & 20 Minuten Division. He was also Deputy CEO from 2007. Before joining Tamedia, Christoph Tonini held various positions for Ringier between 1998 and 2003. Ultimately, he held the position of Head of Ringier Hungary and Romania. Christoph Tonini completed an MBA at St. Gallen University from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, he completed an apprenticeship in offset printing and studied at the Swiss Engineering School for Printing and Packaging (esig) in Lausanne from 1990 to 1993.

  • Innovation Editor, Correio*, Brazil

    Juan Torres is a (data) journalist. Works as Innovation Editor at Correio* (Salvador, Brazil) and also as project manager at School of Data in Brazil, giving trainings on data journalism around Brazil. In 2016, was an ICFJ fellow for the Digital Path for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Latin America program and worked at The Texas Tribune. Some of his works have been recognized in several awards, such as Latam Digital Media Awards (2015, 2016 and 2017), INMA Global Media Awards (2016 and 2017), Vladimir Herzog for Amnesty and Human Rights (2016), Tim Lopes for Investigative Journalism (2015), Data Journalism Awards (2012), Kurt Schork Awards (2012) and Esso Awards (2011). Has also worked at Marca (Spain), (Rio de Janeiro), Extra (Rio de Janeiro), EFE agency (Rio de Janeiro), and Pan-American Games (Rio de Janeiro).

  • Senior Vice President, Teads Latin America, USA

    Eric Tourtel has more than 15 years of industry experience in a variety of sectors, bringing expertise in international sales, operations and business strategy to his current role as Managing Director of Teads in Latin America. Teads, previously known as Ebuzzing, is a leading global technology company on a mission to reinvent video advertising. Based in Miami, Eric joined Ebuzzing in 2013 as Vice President of International Business, prior to the company’s rebranding and merger in 2014.

  • Business Head- Digital Content & Syndication, HT Media Ltd., India

    Sanjay Trehan

    Sanjay is a new media professional with experience across Advertising, Print, Web, TV and Mobile and with strong exposure to the Converging Ecosystem from within. At HT Media, he is responsible for creating strategic alliances and partnership ecosystem with major worldwide technology and content companies to expand business through joint ventures, acquisitions and partnerships. 

    Before joining HT Media, he was the head of MSN and MSN Apps India. Prior to that he was the CEO of NDTV Convergence.

  • Editor-in-Chief,, Germany

  • News Partnerships India, Twitter, India

    A writer and journalist with about 15 years of experience, Amrita Tripathi is presently working as Acting Manager, News Partnerships at Twitter India. 

    Amrita was formerly senior news anchor at CNN-IBN, special correspondent, foreign affairs, Health Editor and Books Editor, foreign correspondent, and magazine columnist. She has hosted and produced several half-hour shows, anchored live news for close to a decade.

  • General Manager for Croatia, Styria Media Group, Croatia

    Boris Trupčević

    Media expert with strong editorial background, both in print and digital. In recent years fully dedicated to management roles. 

    He became General manager for Styria Media Gruop in Croatia in January 2011. In the past five years he centralised media business of Styria in Croatia into a one organisational structure.

    Since January 2008 till present day he is also a CEO at 24sata, the biggest newspaper and digital publisher in Croatia and the most profitabile media house in the region. He was also Editor-in-Chief of 24sata newspapers from 2005 till 2009, making a threefold growth of circulation and growing digital media to market leadership.