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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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  • Editorial Director, Swarajya, India

    Journalist with over 42 years’ experience in business and general journalism. Has been part of many launch teams, including Business Today, DNA and Has also helped revamp many business publications as Editor of Financial Express, Indian Management, and BusinessWorld. Started career with Financial Express as reporter/sub-editor in 1976 in Mumbai. Recent focus has been on digital commentary and journalism, having been associated with, Moneycontrol,com,, and Was awarded the Shriram Sanlam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Currently Editorial Director of Swarajya magazine.

  • Assistant Vice President, The Hindu, India

  • Owner, Gerhard Raab International Consulting, Germany

    Consulting for Media and other business, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Consulting in India and for Indian companies in Europe

  • Director of Instagram, National Geographic, USA

    Josh Raab is Director of Instagram at National Geographic. He oversees editorial as well as sponsored projects across @natgeo, @natgeotravel, @natgeoadventure, and @natgeoyourshot. The Nat Geo account became the first non-celebrity account to pass the 100 million follower mark. He was formerly a Senior Multimedia Editor at TIME Leading visual coverage for national and technology stories, he was also a regular contributor to their photo site Lightbox. With a focus on emerging technology from VR to Instagram, he developed an obsession with drones - leading to an issue of the magazine focused solely on the drone space with a cover that recreated TIME’s red border using almost 1000 colored drones. For the past few years, he has also been an adjunct professor at the International Center of Photography. Josh started out as a photographer covering the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Sandy, then transitioned into editing by founding Jay Peg’s Photo Pub., an online and print publication for emerging photographers.

  • Diretor do Instagram, National Geographic, EUA

    Josh Raab é diretor de Instagram da National Geographic. Ele supervisiona projetos editoriais e patrocinados em @natgeo, @natgeotravel, @natgeoadventure e @natgeoyourshot. A conta Nat Geo se tornou a primeira conta de não celebridade a ultrapassar a marca de 100 milhões de seguidores. Anteriormente, foi editor sênior de multimídia da TIME. Liderando a cobertura visual de histórias nacionais e de tecnologia, ele também colaborava regularmente no site de fotos Lightbox. Com foco na tecnologia emergente do VR ao Instagram, ele desenvolveu uma obsessão por drones - levando a uma edição da revista focada exclusivamente no espaço do drone, com uma capa que recriou a borda vermelha da TIME usando quase 1000 drones coloridos. Nos últimos anos, foi professor adjunto no Centro Internacional de Fotografia. Josh começou como fotógrafo, cobrindo as consequências dos atentados à Maratona de Boston e do furacão Sandy, depois, passou para a edição fundando o Photo Pub. De Jay Peg, uma publicação online e impressa para fotógrafos emergentes.

  • Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

    Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism and technology, with a particular interest in the Middle East. Dr. Radsch has spent her career developing a 360-degree perspective on how journalism and human rights can empower citizens through her work as a journalist, an academic, an international civil servant, and program manager. As Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists she frequently speaks about these issues in the media and at events such as the Internet Governance Forum. She is editor of UNESCO’s flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" and contributed to the conceptualization of the “internet universality” framework. Dr. Radsch started her career in journalism at the Daily Star in Lebanon, followed by a position with The New York Times, and then Al Arabiya in Dubai,

    Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, a master's of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She blogs at Arab Media and the Huffington Post, and has written for a range of publications. She is also the author of several book chapters and monographs. Follow her on Twitter @courtneyr

  • Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland

    Stephen Rae is Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent News and Media (INM), Ireland’s largest media group. INM is the market leader in online news and in the daily, Sunday and regional newspaper sectors.

    Stephen has led the group’s online transition, building a seven-day Platform Neutral newsroom, making the largest and fastest growing news source in Ireland. He designed the central editorial hub which produces journalism for all of the group’s news, sport and entertainment platforms – both online and print. Previously, Stephen was editor of the Irish Independent newspaper and before that edited the Evening Herald. Stephen is a qualified barrister-at-law and criminologist.

  • CEO, Indian Express Digital Media Services, India

    Durga Raghunath is responsible for managing the business and editorial operations of all digital brands of India’s Express Group. She is the founder-CEO of Firstpost, India's first exclusively digital newsroom and was CEO of Network 18 digital, overseeing Moneycontrol, IBNLive, News18, Firstpost, Burrp!, and regional media products.

    Raghunath started out in book publishing in India and with HarperCollins in New York. She co-founded and was CEO of Juggernaut Books, a digital-first publishing startup, focused on creating new genres of ebooks and a writing platform for the Indian public on their smartphones.

    She is a Facebook #SheleadsTech Mentor and has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Publishing Degree from Columbia University in New York City. 

  • Senior Producer, Al Jazeer, USA.

    Shadi Rahimi is the Senior Producer of a news gathering unit she founded at AJ+ that earns millions of views on Facebook. She was previously Acting Executive Producer of the social media team that helped AJ+ become one of the top 10 biggest video publishers on Facebook. She was one of the first journalists ever to use Facebook Live to broadcast – and did so in Europe reporting on the refugee crisis. She was awarded Al Jazeera's top honor, given once a year to only one person in each entity of the Al Jazeera Media Network, for her contribution to its winning two Webby Awards and one Shorty Award. Shadi has been working in digital media for 10 years, beginning at The New York Times.

  • Head of Development, News and Current Affairs at YLE, Helsinki

    Mika Rahkonen is responsible for the development of new services, programs and strategy for Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) News and Current Affairs. Sometimes that means re-newing things that have sort of expired, but sometimes it really is trying to re-invent the news. Big themes recently have been personalisation 3.0, automated journalism and audience insights. Mika has also led the newsroom as a managing editor in Yle News, and before that he worked 10 years in the business news department.

  • President, Moat, USA

    Aniq Rahman is president of Moat, an analytics and intelligence company focused on digital advertising. Moat develops technologies to help brand advertisers and publishers evaluate and optimize digital advertising by measuring attention. Prior to Moat, Rahman was CEO of Instinctiv (acquired by SoundCloud), a venture-backed technology company that produced desktop and mobile multimedia software. Rahman actively advises and invests in technology companies, and is a venture partner at Vast Ventures. Rahman was an early part of the team at Behance (acquired by Adobe). In 2012, Rahman was named to Business Insider's "25 Under 25 in NY."

  • Publisher, El Mostrador, Chile

    Max Raide studied law at the Los Andes University. He has been a columnist and journalist collaborator of the newspaper La Segunda, El Mercurio (Economy and Business), of the Capital Magazine, Poder Magazine,  El Mostrador Newspaper and Americas Q Magazine (New York).

    He was elected in 2006 by Caras Ego Magazine(Televisa) as the Entrepreneur or the year, in 2007 Capital Magazine made him a Profile as one of the young leaders  with more projection in Chile, and 2009 was awarded by the Investigation Police for their Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He has been a permanent guest since 2008 at theASCOA Conference in New York (United Nations) and Washington (White House) by the Council of the Americas which chairs David Rockefeller and Susan Segal.

    In 2006, founded Jóvenes Líderes, in partnership with Economy and Business (El Mercurio) with the objective of motivating young university students and secondary students to participate in public, social and entrepreneurial programs, regardless of their social, political and religious condition. Being one of the first institutions to raise the problems of high indebtedness of young people, the poor quality of social housing, among other issues, in public opinion. More than 20 thousand young people have participated actively in all Chile.

     He was invited by Agustín Edwards, President of El Mercurio to be Director from 2010 to 2013 of Corporation Mañana, focused on reinserting in the companies people with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and who have managed to be rehabilitated.

    In 2008 founded with his brothers Domingo and Juan Pablo, the company Leadership Group focused on the gastronomic area (Coffe shop Meetpoint and Restaurant Las Cujas), in the cultural area promoting emerging artists (Arts & Flavors) and in the social area through events for entrepreneurs and young executives looking to generate networking (Tardes & Noches). In total, 45 people work daily in this company and more than 100 thousand people have participated in all these instances.

     The Leadership Forum was founded in 2014 as an instance of meeting among the different sectors of society. They are held every month along with representatives from the public, business, cultural and educational world, and media.

    Since 2015, He was invited by Federico Joannon, Founder of El Mostrador to be the first “Publisher” of the newspaper El Mostrador,  consolidating it as an independent and 100% digital medium, with more than 3.0 million monthly readers, more than 1.5 followers en social network,  partnership with Financial Times, Bloomberg, BBC, and annual commercial growth of 75% (2016).

  • Deputy Chief Manager, BCCL, India

    Tonyraj Rajan started his career as an apprentice at Malayala Manorama Publications. After a short stint in commercial printing and a bachelor’s degree he joined the newspaper industry @ Times of India with whom he is associated since the past decade. He has extensive experience in press maintenance & operations and in development/management of consumables. He has led numerous projects on increasing operational efficiency and reducing wastages. At present he is leading the project on implementation of ISO 12647-3:2013 quality standards at TOI”

  • VP & SBU Head, Manipal Technologies Limited, India

  • Policy analyst & Journalist

    K. Yatish Rajawat is an award-winning journalist and columnist who writes on policy, economics and technology. He is especially interested in urbanization and its impact and solutions to make Indian cities livable. He has created both digital and print platforms. He was earlier the Editor in Chief of DNA newspaper.He was also part of the founding team and Chief Strategy Officer at, the largest digital citizen engagement platform in India responsible for communities, partnerships and alliances. Prior to that Mr. Rajawat was the Group Managing Editor of Dainik Bhaskar, the largest newspaper group in India where he helped the group launch the first hindi business newspaper Business Bhaskar. He was the first Technology Editor of India’s largest business newspaper Economic Times in 1999 and was awarded the Best Journalist of the Year Award by Madhu Valluri Foundation in 2002. He has also worked in Hindu Business Line and Businessworld magazine at senior leadership roles. He is a regular policy commentator for public broadcasters and several private news channels. He is a fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness, India, the Indian knot in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. He is a mentor and adviser at Future Institute one of the largest Indian Think Tank on urbanization. He is also on advisory committee of Universities and schools.
  • Chief Commercial Officer, Malaysian National News Agency - BERNAMA

    Dr Prathaban Raju
    Dr Prathaban Raju is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Malaysian National News Agency, Bernama. Coupled with a background in Medicine and a passion for entrepreneurship, Dr Prathaban originally set out on a mission to revolutionize the healthcare industry and help make it easier for people to get the medical care that they need. His first startup, Door2Door Doctor, was awarded the "Best Home Healthcare Company" in 2018 by Frost & Sullivan for its Best Practices. He was named one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 40 in 2016 by SME Asean Magazine. Certified in Blue Ocean Strategy and Design Thinking, he also guest lectures at University Sains Malaysia.
  • Associate Publisher, NERVORA, VOGUE, POPSUGAR, WIRED, United Arab Emirates

    Ravi Raman is a media industry professional, with over two decades of content strategy, digital transformation, revenue generation, brand marketing and team leadership experience. Currently he is the Associate Publisher of Vogue Arabia, and Wired Middle East.

    He has been associated with some of the iconic media brands like Khaleej Times, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Microsoft Network, India Today and The Telegraph.

    Ravi Raman was the Senior Vice President of Khaleej Times, UAE’s oldest English newspaper. Where he successfully augmented the group’s portfolio with digital assets, native content solutions, events and conferences.

    Prior to joining Khaleej Times, he was Vice President and Associate Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East published out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He successfully set up the operations for the launch of the print and digital assets. Responsible for complete business planning, editorial strategy, recruitment of talent, training and execution of the business plan, he grew the operations across Middle East and North Africa.

  • National Features Editor, Mint, India

  • Deputy National Editor - The Hindu

    Srinivasan Ramani

    Srinivasan Ramani is the deputy national editor of The Hindu. He also co-anchors the editorial and opinion pages of the newspaper and has previously worked with the Economic and Political Weekly as a senior member of the editorial team. Besides his primary interests in opinion journalism - in areas such as politics, public policy, international affairs, and analysis - Srinivasan has written a number of pieces in data journalism with focus in particular on electoral politics. He is the recipient of the Daksh-India Together fellowship on data journalism for the year 2014 to write a series of articles related to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Prior to his journalistic career, Srinivasan worked as a software consultant and analyst with Infosys Technologies Ltd. He is also trained in political science and comparative politics. 

  • Founder,, UK

    Al is the founder and CEO of, London based deep-tech startup creating personalised digital assistants that can act as PAs, democratising access to administrative and research help through artificial intelligence.  Al is a business leader, technologist and digital transformation evangelist with an extensive experience across multiple sectors covering leadership roles in technology and marketing. Al started his career in technology building digital solutions for some of the largest brands like Toshiba, Samsung, Vodafone and M&S.  More recently spearheaded digital strategy for one of the most successful UK startups IHS Markit helping them grow to over $20B market capitalisation and employing over 15,000 people.

  • Founder,, UK

    Al is the founder and CEO of, London based deep-tech startup creating personalised digital assistants that can act as PAs, democratising access to administrative and research help through artificial intelligence.  Al is a business leader, technologist and digital transformation evangelist with an extensive experience across multiple sectors covering leadership roles in technology and marketing. Al started his career in technology building digital solutions for some of the largest brands like Toshiba, Samsung, Vodafone and M&S.  More recently spearheaded digital strategy for one of the most successful UK startups IHS Markit helping them grow to over $20B market capitalisation and employing over 15,000 people.

  • Chief Digital Officer, PRISA News, Spain

    Noemí Ramírez is Chief Digital Officer at PRISA News (El País, As, among others) where she leads the Product, Analytics and Audience Development areas, accordingly to the business' strategy, objectives and digital transformation process. Previously, She was Product Director at PRISA Innovation, chief editor at El Mundo and worked at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the largest investigative journalism association in the US. She has a Master in Journalism from Missouri University, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. She is an habitual speaker at several digital media trends fora.

  • Head of Strategy, El Diario, Spain

    María Ramírez, a 2018 Nieman Fellow, is the director of strategy of She is also a contributor to The Washington Post and The Atlantic and co-founder of Politibot. She was a Pritzker fellow at the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. Previously, she covered U.S. politics for Univision and was a long-time correspondent for El Mundo.
  • Director General Editorial, Organización Editorial Mexicana, Mexico

    Martha Ramos Sosa is the editorial director of the Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), the largest Mexican print media company and the largest newspaper company in Latin America. The company owns a large newswire service, it includes 70 Mexican daily newspapers, 24 radio stations and 44 websites.

    She serves as a member of the World Editors Forum advisory board.

    Martha is former editor, web of Publimetro Mexico and a former editorial director of Diario 24 Horas. 

  • Co-founder and CEO, The 19th, Texas, USA

    Emily Ramshaw is the co-founder and CEO of The 19th. She was previously editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, an award-winning nonpartisan digital news startup that now boasts the largest statehouse reporting bureau in the country and the nation’s most successful business model for local news. A Washington, D.C., native, Emily started her career at The Dallas Morning News. She is the youngest member of the board of the Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of Northwestern University, Emily lives with her husband and daughter in Austin.