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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 Product Officer at The Boston Globe, USA

    Esfand Pourmand is the Chief Product Officer of the Boston Globe Media. Esfand is a data-driven product leader who has been at the center of transformation and innovation with the goal of delivering the maximum value not only to the businesses he's been involved in but also to readers/customers. Prior to his appointment at the Globe, Esfand served as SVP of Revenue at Hearst and notably was the Executive Director at The New York Times leading Subscription Revenue/NYT New Products/Continuous Delivery initiatives. 

  • Founder at Huxley Hub | Advisory Board Member | former Managing Director at Handelsblatt

    Justine Powel is working with a talented team to build the digital newswire Huxley Hub, investigating and reporting climate change news and crimes.

    Prior to founding Huxley Hub, she worked at the crossroads of media and technology for more than two decades at the BBC, CNBC, AP and Handelsblatt with a focus on news content. She started out as a journalist before moving into commercial roles.

    Expertise in: Content (IP) financing including licensing and acquisition, developing brands and products, customer acquisition and marketing across broadcast, digital, print, merchandising and events.

    Justine Powel lives and works in Berlin, she’s a native English speaker and fluent in German.

  • Producting Marketing Manager, Kompas Daily

    Eko Prabowo

    Eko Prabowo is Product Marketing Manager at Kompas Daily. He has 14 years’ experience in media research, print circulation, advertising, and innovation, especially in digital media products.

  • Gerente de produto digital, Grupo RBS, Brasil

    Formada em Jornalismo pela PUCRS e com MBAs em Gestão e novas mídias e Gestão estratégica de negócios na ESPM, tem experiência de mais dez anos no Grupo RBS. Carreira focada em digital, com habilidade na organização e planejamento de atividades de comunicação a curto e longo prazo, monitoramento de métricas e resultados e gestão de projetos com utilização de metodologia ágil. Enviada do Grupo RBS para a cobertura da Copa do Mundo 2018 na Rússia. Foi colunista e coordenou a cobertura de Zero Hora na Olimpíada Rio 2016. Participou do planejamento e execução dos sites/mobile sites/apps Colorado ZH e Gremista ZH, vencedores do Prêmio Digital Media WAN-IFRA - América Latina 2015 na categoria Melhor Novo Produto. Participou do planejamento e execução de GaúchaZH, integrando processos e conteúdos entre as redações do jornal Zero Hora e Rádio Gaúcha, sendo eleita Jornalista do Ano no Prêmio RBS de Jornalismo 2017. Atuou como coordenadora de produto em projetos com foco em assinaturas, audiência, receita e experiência dos produtos digitais. Atualmente, é gerente de Produto Digital, responsável por gerir os times de produto e distribuição de conteúdo na Redação Integrada de GZH, Zero Hora e Diário Gaúcho.
  • Digital Product Manager, Grupo RBS, Brazil

    Débora Pradella is a journalist with a 12-year career in digital planning and strategy at RBS Group. She worked on the GaúchaZH newsroom transformation, a process that integrated teams, workflows and content of Rádio Gaúcha and Zero Hora Newspaper. Currently, she is GaúchaZH’s digital product manager, leading product analysts and a content distribution team. Before joining GaúchaZH, Débora worked at the Sports desk for almost ten years as a reporter and editor. She was columnist and coordinated Zero Hora Olympics coverage in 2016. Two years later, she managed RBS Group’s World Cup coverage in Russia. As a digital editor, Débora participated in the planning and execution of apps Colorado ZH e Tricolor ZH project, winner of Wan-Ifra Digital Media Award 2016 in the Best News Product category. Débora has a bachelor degree in Social Communications from PUC-RS, Strategic Business Management MBA, and Management and New Media MBA from ESPM.
  • Vice President - Materials, Malayala Manorama, India

    P P Prakash currently holding the position, Vice President – Materials at Malayala Manorama, Kerala. He is a Chemical Engineer from Trichur Engineering College, Kerala. Before joining at Manorama he worked in Steel Authority of India, Rourkela where he started his career as a Graduate Engineer and reached top position as Chief Materials Manager. After his service at Steel Authority of India Ltd he had joined Malayala Manorama in 1999.

    Besides he is life-time Member of IIMM and member of Institution of Chemical Engineers, India.

  • Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development, The Washington Post, USA

    Shailesh Prakash is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development at The Washington Post. He is responsible for all aspects of Product Development and Technology, including web, mobile, video, print and advertising. Under his leadership, and in close partnership with the newsroom, The Post has seen tremendous digital growth. The Post’s digital audience hit an all-time high in November 2016, reaching 107 million unique visitors in the U.S. alone. The Post also had the largest mobile audience of any individual news/information site in the US in October 2016.

    AdWeek named The Washington Post the “Hottest Digital Publication” in 2016. In 2015, Fast Company magazine named The Washington Post “The World’s Most Innovative Media Company” and Digiday recognized The Post as “Most Innovative Publisher.”

    Prakash has also spearheaded the development of Arc Publishing, The Post’s rapidly growing softwareas-as-service business. This state-of-the-art digital platform and suite of tools is engineered to meet the needs of modern publishers and currently serves more than a dozen clients in the U.S. and around the world.

    Shailesh has an extensive track record in senior positions spanning multiple industries. He began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley moving to positions of increasing responsibility at Sun Microsystems and Netscape and Microsoft where he was a key member of the Bing search engine.

    Before coming to The Washington Post in August 2011, he was the Vice President in charge of Technology for Sears Holdings, where he oversaw end-to-end technology functions for,, and, which collectively generate more than $3 billion in annual e-Commerce revenue.

    An engineer at heart and by training, Shailesh holds a BS in Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai, a MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an MBA from Georgia State University.

  • Audience Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien GmbH, Germany

    Christopher Pramstaller is working as an Analyst and Audience Development Editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien. He works closely with the editorial staff to help make sense of user data and research. Having a background in journalism, he knows what tightrope walk it can be for journalists and editors to employ the readers' voice in workflows and reporting. Yet, he is convinced that data-informed journalists are better journalists - and that a publication which knows its readers will be a better one.

  • Founder, Culture Machine

    Venkat Prasad

    Venkat has had a remarkable career spanning over almost two decades working with moguls of the digital world including YouTube, Google, and Yahoo, Intuit where his vision to create a pioneer digital video company was born. With the massive on-going shift in India  from traditional medium to online content, Venkat saw an opportunity to create Culture Machine a company imbibed with the philosophy of making cutting edge video content to cater to the highly volatile digital market. Thus Culture Machine was co-founded to bridge this gap, manage and sustain online consumption of entertainment content and also provide a platform for young talents across the country to create, nurture and exemplify themselves across digital video avenues. His vision for Culture Machine is to set a precedent for digital video media formats in India and grow to become the largest youth focused digital entertainment network in South Asia.

  • Former Editor - In-Chief, Outlook, India

    Krishna Prasad is former Editor-in-Chief of 'Outlook', and a former member of the Press Council of India.

    In a 32-year career, Krishna Prasad has worked in four cities and six publications, and taught journalism on three continents. 

    He has edited three books and publishes two globally recognised blogs, and appears regularly on news TV.

  • VP of Product, Chartbeat, USA

  • Editor, Motherly, USA

    Conz is originally from Argentina but grew up bouncing around all over the world. She landed in Brooklyn where she met her husband and had a baby boy. Before her role at as editor for MotherlyStories, she was at Buzzfeed where she was the Regional Director of the Americas, launching Buzzfeed Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and LATAM. Before that she held positions at Univision, Mashable and MySpace.

  • CEO of YehBaby Digital Creatives and Media Consultants

    Ivor Price is one of South Africa's most celebrated journalists. His illustrious career in print media includes international experience as a foreign correspondent for Media24, as well as media training for WAN-IFRA. Furthermore, he is a multi award winning television and radio presenter.

  • Co-Founder, Food For Mzansi, South Africa

    Ivor Price
    Co-Founder of Food For Mzansi, Ivor Price, is a multi-award-winning journalist whose accolades include three ATKV Mediaveertjie Awards as the nation’s Best Columnist (2017) and Best Presenter of a Radio Current Affairs Show (2016 and 2017). The former TV News Anchor also presented a popular television show in which he traveled more than 100,000km to interview the movers and shakers of South Africa’s agricultural industry. Other career highlights include a stint as a London-based foreign correspondent and publishing leading community newspapers for the Media24 group.
  • Founder, FayerWayer, Betazeta Networks, Aardvark Labs, and ImageMaker Studios, Chile

    Leo Prieto pioneered the internet industry in Latin America with ImageMaker, a company he founded in 1996 at age 16, that later became an award-winning web development agency working with some of the biggest clients in the region. He sold this company in 2004.

    In 2005 he developed a blogging addiction and founded FayerWayer, which since 2011 is the #1 Spanish-language blog in the world.

    With FayerWayer as the cornerstone he co-founded Betazeta to realize the dream of revolutionizing the way mass media works, by disrupting the editorial process, developing unique technology and creating new ways of monetizing beyond advertising.

    Today Betazeta is largest network of independent content communities in Latin America, gathering over 10 million users each month.

    He has been selected an Endeavor Global Entrepreneur (2009), Latin Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Chilean Entrepreneur of the Year (2011), The GOOD 100 (2013), 30 under 30 (2008), 100 Young Leaders (2006), Top 100 International Web Developers (2001), amongst other recognitions, and has been invited to speak at major events including SXSW (Austin, TX), Campus Party (Brazil), La Red Innova (Spain), OMExpo (Brazil and Spain), FiiS (Chile), and WebCongress (Miami).

  • President & Chief Executive Officer, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Group Chief Executive Officer, Inquirer Group

    Sandy P Romualdez
    Alexandra “Sandy” P. Romualdez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Inquirer Group of Companies. As President and CEO, Sandy directs the operations of the company and is responsible for corporate strategic planning, management development, succession planning, performance management, organizational design, corporate policy-making and organizational development. She also plays a key role in network building particularly with regard to the business community and non-government sector. In October 2012, Sandy was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of the Inquirer Group of Companies. She is also the Chairperson of Hinge Inquirer Publications (magazine publishing); President of Inquirer Publications, Inc. (tabloid publishing); and Member of the Board of Directors of, Trans-Radio Broadcasting Inc. (Radyo Inquirer) and MegaMobile. She is a member of WAN-IFRA's APAC Committee of CEOs. In 2019, she was elected to the Supervisory Board of WAN-IFRA and is the Board's only Asian female member.
  • VP, Digital Business Development, La Presse+ Platform

    Chris Prinos is VP, Digital Business Development of La Presse+ Platform. He spent over 15 years as a leader across multiple disciplines including marketing, pre-sales, business development, and project management. During his tenure, Christopher developed a commanding knowledge of the media software landscape and worked actively to both promote and implement editorial, advertising, customer relationship management, production, self-service, mobile, and tablet platforms.

    As Director of Business Development, Christopher was responsible for the successful sale and implementation of cloud-based solutions for thousands of users across hundreds of newspapers including enterprise contracts with Gannett Co., Tribune Publishing, News Corporation, Hearst Newspapers, The Washington Post, and dozens of others.

  • Digital Editor - BBC Hindi

    Rajesh Priyadarshi

    As Digital Editor, Rajesh leads digital journalism to expand the BBC’s reach in India’s Hindi digital market.  Rajesh, who has over 22 years’ experience of print, radio, online and TV journalism, focuses on bringing together the best of all mobile and social platforms. In last 18 months, in his leadership BBC Hindi has launched LINE, Audioboom and Instagram official accounts and revamped the Youtube channel. He was the leading member of the team that launched the BBC Hindi website, 

  • Program Director, Element AI

    Sébastien Provencher


    Sébastien Provencher is Director, Strategy & Solutions, and one of the early employees at Element AI (Twitter: @element_ai). Serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience successfully building digital products and services, Sébastien’s recent roles include Vice-President stints at HomeAdvisor and Acquisio. He co-founded two startups, including VC-funded Needium, where he worked as Vice President, Product Management and Business Development between 2007 and 2012. From 1999 to 2007 he played an instrumental role in formulating Yellow Pages Group’s online strategy in Canada. Sébastien is also mentor in the startup accelerator FounderFuel and adviser to several young tech companies. He can be found on Twitter at @sebprovencher.

  • Executive VP, International, Index Exchange

    With more than 15 years of leadership experience in the digital media industry, James is applying his expertise towards the growth and expansion of Index Exchange’s offices and operations across Europe and new global markets.

    Prior to joining Index, he was the CEO of Datacratic, a machine-learning and AI software start up. James has previously served as a consultant to large media companies including Yellow Pages Group, Rogers Digital Media and The Globe and Mail, where he worked with senior executives to establish competitive strategies leveraging the opportunities emerging from a shift to real-time, data-driven advertising.

    James is a successful angel investor and serves as an advisor to several leading digital media and e-commerce start ups

  • CEO, Thirdpresence

    Valtteri, CEO at Thirdpresence (a video advertising company founded in 2007), is a seasoned ad tech and technology leader with deep roots in the mobile applications industry. Prior to Thirdpresence Valtteri led a multinational growth organization of 200 people in the mobile marketing industry (Zed), managing an annual revenue of $150 million. Valtteri has a keen interest in building the digital video advertising market and has contributed to the IAB Digital Video Advertising Guide.

    Thirdpresence provides AI-powered programmatic video advertising with industry-leading MOAT viewability rates in brand advertising. Thirdpresence creates the best in-app brand environment and user experience for video advertising. Match your branding objectives with a large-scale video audience and get results. The company has offices in Helsinki, New York, and London.

  • Vice President, Research and innovation at Aalto University

    Tuija I. Pulkkinen is Vice President for Research and Innovations and Professor of Space Science and Technology at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. Prof. Pulkkinen is a recognized space scientist working in the field of solar influence on the Earth’s space environment. Prof. Pulkkinen graduated from the University of Helsinki in Finland with a PhD in theoretical physics (space physics) in 1992. She joined the Finnish Meteorological Institute in 1988 and led the space research group there from 2003 until leaving for Aalto University in 2011. Her international experience includes two extended visits to U. Colorado in Boulder in 1996-1997 and to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2006-2007. Prof. Pulkkinen has held numerous positions in international and national scientific organizations, including presidency of the European Geosciences Union. She is a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Royal Astronomical Society, Academia Europea, and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2017, The European Geosciences Union EGU awarded her the Julius Bartels Medal triennially in recognition of outstanding research in solar-terrestrial sciences.

  • Global Editor of Video and Pictures, Reuters, UK

    John Pullman

    John Pullman is Global Head of Video, Pictures, Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment for Reuters. His role spans visuals and text as the company focuses increasingly on multimedia news for digital markets. John started his career in newspapers in the UK, and worked at senior level for Independent Television News in London and Al Jazeera English in Qatar before joining Reuters in 2010.

  • Co-Founder, Inshorts, India

    Deepit Purkayastha is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Inshorts, erstwhile, News in Shorts. In his capacity as Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for overseeing the business and strategic roadmap of the enterprise, inclined towards Product, Data, Strategy

    Deepit is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur where he started building Inshorts in the
    final year of IIT Kharagpur, Deepit teamed up with Azhar Iqubal and Anunay Arunav Pandey to build Inshorts, the pioneer of short form content in India.

    He has also made it to Forbes Asia '30 Under 30'- Media, Marketing and Advertising list for 2018 and Forbes India '30 Under 30'’ list for 2016.

  • Managing Director & CEO, ABP, India

    D.D. Purkayastha is the Managing Director and CEO of ABP. He oversees strategy and operations of the ABP Group.  A cost and management accountant, Purkayastha has spent 37 years in the media industry.

    Under Purkayastha’s leadership, ABP has grown to be the largest reached news media in India. The brand’s TV News Bouquet has the highest viewership among Indian news channels. Purkayastha is regarded as a veteran in the IT Industry in India. He has led ABP to be one of the most diversified media companies in the country.

    Purkayastha is the chairperson of INFOCOM, the country's largest ICT exhibition, and is on the Board of ANN (ABP News Network Private Ltd), WAN-IFRA and INMA. He is also Special Advisor to the President of WAN-IFRA.