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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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  • Chief Executive Officer, Media24, South Africa

    Esmaré heads Media24, the leading South African media company which spans traditional and digital media, distribution, book publishing, ecommerce, job classifieds and ecommerce fulfilment. She has served as Editor in Chief of Huisgenoot, You and Drum at Media24 Family Magazines. She has also worked as an assistant news editor and as a political journalist.  
  • Joint Managing Director and Editor, icmPrint, UK

    He entered the industry in 1965 with a five-year apprenticeship in the UK, followed by 20 years in Australia working in print production, sales, marketing and management. In 1988, he returned to Europe working in Munich and Madrid for the Eurografica consultancy, followed by business development director of MEGTEC Systems. Owner of industrial marketing agency VIM, co-founder and manager WOCG, and Project and Publishing Manager for PrintCity. Author of multiple reports and guides for the printing industry. Formal education includes printing in the UK, management in Australia, and Masters in industrial marketing, Paris CNAM.

  • Deputy Editorial Director, Freistunde – Straubinger Tagblatt, Germany

    Florian Wende is passionate about creating new forms of journalism for young people. He is deputy editorial director of the editorial staff Freistunde at the media group Straubinger Tagblatt/Landshuter Zeitung. The team is releasing a weekly newspaper for young people. Florian is convinced that the stories, interviews and pictures work more intense bundled in a printed newspaper than on any display.
    But of course social media is a big topic for him, too. The team picks the target group up where they are and brings them to the printed Freistunde. That’s why they deliver daily stories on Instagram. Anyway contact to the target group is important for Florian. Freistunde organizes many events for young people: discussions, poetry slams, editorial meetings with readers. All activities fix on the printed newspaper – the center of the brand Freistunde.
    Freistunde has been awarded several times: European Newspaper Award (2017), Print Innovation Award (2018), Bavarian Print Price (2018).

  • Deputy CEO, WAN-IFRA

    Manfred Werfel is WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is responsible for the Expo business of the association. He takes also care of the World Printers Forum, the print community within WAN-IFRA.

    Since 1996 Werfel is part of WAN-IFRA’s management team. Over time he was responsible for Research, WAN-IFRA Reports, Expert Committees, Consulting, Training, Print Quality Projects, Events, Innovation Projects, World Press Trends, World News Media Congress, World Printers Forum and Expo. In 2012 he acted as Interim CEO.

  • CPO, Amedia Utvikling AS, Norway

    Ole Werring (MBA and MA) is Chief Product Officer at Amedia Utvikling AS in Norway. He has previously worked as a management consultant with expertise in strategy analysis and implementation, innovation processes and leadership. Werring has background from several Norwegian media companies, among others as Director of Strategy and Innovation at Tun Media AS, Head of Digital at Nationen AS, Project Manager at Dagbladet AS, and Head of Innovation at the Norwegian Film Institute. Werring is participating in WAN-IFRA’s Media Professionals Programme (MPP) as mentor for media companies and professionals in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Werring holds an MBA in Global Leadership and a Masters Degree in Media Science
  • Board member Jysk Fynske Medier, Fynske Medier, Fyens Stiftstidende, Ritzau, Dansk Handelsblad and Constructive Institute (Chairman), Denmark

    Per Westergård has been editor-in-chief and CEO in a number of Danish magazines, local, regional and national newspapers, print and digital. Until 2016 he was coordinating editor-in-chief and director in Jysk Fynske Medier, the second largest private media group in Denmark (13 dailies, 64 weeklies, 4 radio stations and a great number of web sites). Today he is a board member, writer and part time circumnavigator. He currently holds positions as board member in six Danish media companies: Jysk Fynske Medier, Fynske Medier, Fyens Stiftstidende, Ritzau, Dansk Handelsblad and Constructive Institute (chairman).

  • Associate professor​ at University ​of Gothenburg, Sweden and professor (II) at Volda University College, Norway

    Westlund is associate professor at University ​of Gothenburg (Sweden) and professor (II) at Volda University College (Norway). He is an award winning researcher and teacher. He has researched the production, distribution and consumption of news through various methods for a decade, focusing especially on the shifts towards digital technologies such as mobile media.

    He has also done research on technological dependence, media innovation, mobile search, media trust, etc. Westlund has authored more than 100 different publications, including articles in approximately 20 different journals, official inquiries for the Swedish government and the EU-commission, and many book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of six different journals, and has guest edited special issues/sections for two different journals.

    From 2017 to 2020 he leads a major research project on digital journalism, for which he received a large grant together with professors in Sweden and the US. He is also an external collaborator/professor for research grant projects focusing on mobile media and other ICTs in relation to journalism, in Singapore and Spain respectively. 

  • Director, Ethical Journalism Network, UK

    Aidan White is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethical Journalism Network. He worked as a journalist with newspapers in the United Kingdom, including the Birmingham Evening Mail, the Financial Times and The Guardian, before taking up his post as General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists from 1987-2011 based in Brussels.

    He founded the EJN in 2012. He has written extensively on human rights, ethics and journalism issues and played a leading role in establishing the International News Safety Institute, the global campaign for news safety, as well as the creation of IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global network of free expression campaigners.

    In 2014 Aidan served on the appointments panel of IMPRESS, the Leveson-compliant alternative press regulator in the UK.

  • Head of Audience Development, The Times and The Sunday Times

    Ben is Head of Community and Digital Development at The Times and The Sunday Times. He works with a team of social media journalists to find and distribute stories and oversees a team of editorial developers who build tools and web applications to make it easier for journalists to tell stories.

    He previously worked for the Guardian’s Professional Networks, writing about technology and social media in the public sector. He co-founded the media careers site Wannabe Hacks in 2010 and has completed a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

  • Editorial Product Manager, Aftonbladet

    Lena Widman

    Lena Widman is a journalist who has held a number of positions on Aftonbladet editorial staff, as Managing Editor, News Editor and Lifestyle Editor.
    She has been a vital part of the exciting journey when expanded to've become Sweden's leading news source. In recent years, she has had a central role in product development, including leading the team that created Aftonbladet 'highly successful mobile app. She is now Product Manager, and is responsible for editorial product development.

  • Assistant Editor, The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

    I started my career in 1994 and have worked in several major publications in the country. I was also a correspondent for the Associated Press and continues to string for The Economist and NHK Japan Broadcasting from Sri Lanka. I have done exhaustive coverage of Sri Lanka's civil war, corruption and politics. I have also worked in radio and won international and national journalism awards as well as fellowships. I received the D.R. Wijewardene Award for Earning the Appreciation of Peers and the Public in 2006 and 2017 from the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute, the only journalist to get it twice by nomination. I have been a director of the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission. I am currently the Assistant Editor of the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka. 

  • Head of Digital, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited

    Savan Wijewardene is the Head of Digital at Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, also known as Lake House, Sri Lanka's leading newspaper group. He is also Head of Research at REDHILL Communications, a regional public relations and communications firm based in Singapore. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York, his past work spans editorials, newspaper management and start-ups. A founder of Sri Lanka's largest online content platform, he's been on the frontlines of content creation and communication in an era of rapid digital change. Deeply interested in the business of journalism, he is committed to finding business models that enable high-quality journalism and creative content in a new digital era.
  • Director of Planning, Twitter, UK

    As Director of Planning at Twitter UK my role is to help to inspire and enable planners and clients to get the most out of a product by advising them on how to embed Twitter into their marketing and communication strategies. I’ve recently joined Twitter from PHD where I spent 5 fantastic years as Head of Planning, overseeing PHD’s planning product on brands such as Sainsbury’s, Warner Bros, Mondelez, YouTube and the BHF. Before that I spent 8 years at Mindshare. I’m Module editor for the IPA’s Excellence Diploma and sit on the APG committee

  • Strategic Sales Director, The Weather Channel, UK

    Lindsay Wiles joined The Weather Company International Inc. in January 2013 as Strategic Sales Director. She is responsible for launching ‘Weather FX’ into the UK and International markets, a dynamic suite of capabilities that provides marketers with an actionable way to take advantage of the weather through the creation of predictive modelling combining sales, sentiment and historical insights with the weather data, to be fed into advertising and marketing planning. Prior to this Lindsay spent four years in the mobile arena, in Head of International roles at both the premium mobile network 4th Screen and Orange. She has also lead the Client Development Team at GCap (now Global Radio) driving multi-platform investment for clients, various Commercial Development roles with Yahoo! and Head of Retail at Mirror Group Newspapers.

  • Head of Product Development, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

    Nico Wilfer

    Nico Wilfer heads product development for the digital products of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany´s largest nationwide newspapers. This include the news portal as well as several mobile products. Prior to joining F.A.Z., Nico worked five years in digital product management positions at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Before that he was founder of myBlog, Germany´s once biggest weblog platform, which at the time hosted up to more than 50 % of German blogs. 

  • Head of Product, TechCrunch

    Nicole Wilke is the Head of Product at TechCrunch, where she leads product strategy and manages the engineering and design team. Before joining TechCrunch, she worked as a product manager at Wired, where she served as product lead on a relaunch of and played a key role in integrating the magazine's print and digital efforts. Prior to that, she was a producer at Disney, where she developed games and interactive strategies in support of Disney Channel properties. She has also held roles as a management consultant helping traditional media companies navigate the digital landscape, and as a web designer.

  • Chief Content Officer, Content Insights, UK

    Jon Wilks is Chief Content Officer at Content Insights, a tech company that is shaking up how we think about editorial analytics. Formerly the editor of Time Out Tokyo and Time Out Abu Dhabi, Jon worked the traditional route through print journalism to running Time Out Tokyo as a digital-only publication, before setting up one of London's first content marketing departments at Arena and Havas Media. Having spent time on both sides of the journalism/marketing divide, he brings a unique take on some of the difficulties the industry is facing.

  • Director Policy and Programmes, Free Press Unlimited, The Netherlands

    Leon Willems is Director Policy and Programmes of Free Press Unlimited. Under his guidance, Netherlands-based Free Press Unlimited has become one of the leading press freedom organisations of today, active in almost 40 countries. He believes that media are crucial tools for democracy building and contribute to the development of society as a whole.

  • Co-Founder, Institute for Media Strategies, UK

  • Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard & The Independent

    Doug Wills is Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. His role involves working closely with all editorial executives and dealing daily with circulation, advertising and production directors co-ordinating the complex operation of producing daily newspapers and their editorial digital channels.

    More than 900,000 copies of the Evening Standard are distributed every afternoon giving a daily readership in print and across its fast-expanding digital platforms of 11 million readers a month. 

    The Evening Standard is recognised as setting the agenda in politics and business, as well as being first with major news and sports stories.  In early 2009 the Evening Standard was bought from Associated Newspapers by Alexander Lebedev.  The following year the Lebedev family purchased The Independent.  The i newspaper was launched by the group later that year and became widely regarded as an outstanding success having been launched when the sales of other national newspapers were and have continued to decline.  The ESI Media group has invested in digital platforms of The Independent which now have more than 75 million unique users.

    Doug Wills began his career as a trainee reporter with Thomson Regional Newspapers.  He held a number of positions in the provincial press, including deputy editor, before moving to London in 1986 at the time Robert Maxwell was launching the short-lived London Daily News and the London newspaper market was as competitive as it is today.

  • Managing Director, Styria Print Group and Druck Carinthia

    Christian Wilms

    Christian Wilms manages the Styria Print Group Austria together with Alexander Marko and is responsible for the areas production, engineering, all key processes and sales.

  • Editor, The Dallas Morning News, USA

    Mike Wilson is the editor of the Dallas Morning News, responsible for news coverage in print and online. He joined the company in February 2015. 

    Wilson began his career at the Miami Herald, where he worked for 12 years as a writer and editor. He joined the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) 1994, serving for 18 years as a writer, editor and, finally, managing editor. His staff won two Pulitzer prizes during his tenure.

    In 2013 he moved to ESPN in New York to become the founding managing editor of Nate Silver’s data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight. 

    Wilson graduated from Tufts University in 1983 with degrees in English literature and drama. He has written two books, Right on the Edge of Crazy (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team, and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison (1997), about the founder of Oracle Corporation. 

    He and his wife, Alisa Jenkins Wilson, live in Dallas and have three grown children.

  • Founder FlyingLab & former Sr. Director, Lufthansa Digital Innovations faculty futur/io, Hamburg

    Dr. Torsten Wingenter ist einer der erfahrensten internationalen Digitalexperten der Airline-Branche, nachdem er für die Lufthansa die Social Media Aktivitäten von null aufgebaut und zu einer der führenden Airlines in den sozialen Netzen gemacht hat. Als Gründer des Lufthansa FlyingLabs, einer weltweit einzigartigen fliegenden Innovationsplattform und Konferenzformat, ist er gefragter Redner und Berater zu digitalen Innovationen, die er schließlich zuletzt bei Lufthansa verantwortete, worunter auch die Digitalstrategie der Premium-Airlines Austrian, Lufthansa und SWISS fiel. Aktuell ist Dr. Wingenter u. a. Teil des futur/io-Institutes, welches sich der Idee verschrieben hat, was müssen die Entscheider von heute und morgen wissen, um in einer digitalen Welt wettbewerbsfähig zu sein und wir für Europa eine lebenswerten Zukunft kreieren in einem Umfeld von künstlicher Intelligenz und exponentiellen Technologien. Darüber hinaus ist Dr. Wingenter Mitglied der Jury des Deutschen Marketingpreis und engagiert sich beispielsweise in der Digitalen Bewegung für Deutschland.

  • South Asia Director, AFP, India

    Tim is currently the South Asia Director for AFP bureaux in Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Colombo and Kathmandu. He is responsible for AFP's editorial and commercial work in the region. Prior to this, he was International Sports Editor for AFP from 2014 until 2017, where he was organizing coverage of major events, such as Olympics and FIFA World Cup, at the time when agency was launching a strategic switch into video production with increased focus on sport. He started his career as a reporter/news desk editor of Southern Evening Echo in 1980 in Southampton.

  • COO, IBT Media, UK

    Greg Witham

    Greg Witham is COO at IBT Media in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), a fast-growing digital media company which publishes eight brands including Newsweek and International Business Times and has a readership of over 90 million monthly readers.

    Greg identifies commercial opportunities across the IBT Media EMEA portfolio, growing readership and profitability and diversifying the product so that it continues to be the definitive provider of cutting-edge news and analysis across platforms. He is leveraging new channels and platforms to distribute IBT Media’s content.

    His role was created in March 2016 in order to oversee strategy and operations during a period of rapid expansion, which looks set to continue.

    Greg joined IBT Media from Hearst Magazines UK, where he was Group Publishing Director at Hearst UK for Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy and Sugarscape. Prior to this, his previous roles included Group Publishing Director of Hearst Entertainment, as well as running the corporate trading and business development teams. He began his career at Newsquest and, after a spell at Haymarket’s MediaWeek, spent three years at Time, Inc. before joining Hearst.

    As IBT Media continues to expand its portfolio geographically, across new channels and to a wider readership, Greg will work alongside the award-winning editorial teams to spearhead growth. He is based in IBT’s newly expanded Canary Wharf office and reports to Dev Pragad, Managing Director EMEA of IBT Media.