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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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  • Founder, Epigram Books, Singapore

    Edmund Wee is the founder of Epigram Books which was set up to champion Singaporean literature. It publishes mainly fiction—from picture books to graphic novels to literary bestsellers. Its authors have won all the major book prizes, including the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, Singapore Literature Prize and Singapore Book Awards since it started in 2011. It also sponsors Singapore’s richest literary award, the annual Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Wee Editions, another imprint, supports local designers, photographers and artists.

  • Editorial Director, Efecto Cocuyo, Venezuela

    Laura Weffer is the editorial director of Efecto Cocuyo, a transmedia platform, which strives to provide a space for freedom of expression and independent journalism in Venezuela. A reporter with experience in covering politics, health and corruption, she has been honored with several national and international awards among them a special mention in the Maria Moors Cabot Award and in two times IPYS Investigative Journalism Award. As part of a team, she also received in 2014 the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Journalism Award. She lives in Caracas.

  • 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.

  • Chief Product Officer, Amedia AS, Norway

  • 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
  • Chief Commercial Officer, DC Thomson Media, UK

    Denise, an Edinburgh University law graduate, has worked in the media industry for over thirty years.

    Beginning her career at Aberdeen Press and Journal Ltd she held the position of Marketing Manager.  She has also held a number of senior posts, including Group Sales Promotion Controller of Thomson Regional Newspapers, Sales Promotion Manager of the Scotsman Publications Ltd and Marketing Director of Trinity Mirror plc (Midlands division).

    She joined the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd in 2000 (part of the Trinity Mirror Plc) and held a number of posts, laterally as Managing Director of Trinity Mirror’s Scottish & North East of England division.

    In 2014 Denise took up the position of Head of Commercial in DC Thomson with a remit to lead the advertising, marketing and events teams of the Newspaper Division.

    In 2017, Denise became Chief Commercial Officer of DCT Media, adding radio to her remit. She is also the President of the Scottish Newspaper Society.

  • Chief Commercial Officer, DC Thomson Media, UK

    Denise, an Edinburgh University law graduate, has worked in the media industry for over thirty years. Beginning her career at Aberdeen Press and Journal Ltd she held the position of Marketing Manager. She has also held a number of senior posts, including Group Sales Promotion Controller of Thomson Regional Newspapers, Sales Promotion Manager of the Scotsman Publications Ltd and Marketing Director of Trinity Mirror plc (Midlands division). She joined the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd in 2000 (part of the Trinity Mirror Plc) and held a number of posts, laterally as Managing Director of Trinity Mirror’s Scottish & North East of England division. In 2014 Denise took up the position of Head of Commercial in DC Thomson with a remit to lead the advertising, marketing and events teams of the Newspaper Division. In 2017, Denise became Chief Commercial Officer of DCT Media, adding radio to her remit.
  • 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).

  • Gründer, Online Marketing Rockstars

  • 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 Aftonbladet.se 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 Yamu.lk 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 FAZ.net, 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 faz.net 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 wired.com 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

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