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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Multimedia Reporter, Rappler

    Pia Ranada is a multimedia reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine President and Malacañang Palace. Before covering politics, she covered climate change, environment, agriculture, and disasters. She graduated magna cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication.

  • Africa Director of the Media Development Investment Fund

    Bilal Randeree is Africa Director of Media Development Investment Fund, a mission-driven investment fund for independent news businesses in countries with a history of media oppression.

    MDIF provides affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news and information businesses in challenging environments, helping them to become financially sustainable. We invest in media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    MDIF has provided more than $164 million in affordable financing to over 113 businesses in 39 countries, media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. Our clients range from small local newspapers to national multi-platform broadcasters, in countries as diverse as Bolivia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Nepal.

  • VP & SBU Head - CPD, Manipal Media Network Ltd

    Shashi Ranjan holds a BE in Printing Technology from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He joined Manipal Media Network Ltd in 1998 and worked his way from the bottom of the ladder to become the Head of SBUs of Commercial Printing and Print Management Solutions (PMS).

  • Chairperson, African Editors Forum and the Southern African Editors Forum; Group Ombudsman: Independent Media, South Africa

    Former African Independent editor Jovial Rantao was appointed as Independent Media’s press ombudsman in October 2016.

    Jovial is one of the most experienced editors in South Africa and is the chairperson of the African Editors Forum and the Southern African Editors Forum. His past editorships include African Independent, the Sunday Independent and Sunday Tribune.

  • Deputy General Manager - Printing

    Master’s in Business Administration from Osmania University. Graduate in Printing Technology from PVG’S College of Engineering, PUNE University. Diploma in Printing Technology from GIPT Secunderabad. Joined "The Hindu Group of Publications" as a Production Assistant in 1990 in Printing department, rejoined as Junior Engineer in 1997 and rose to the position of Deputy General Manager. Now currently heading the Hyderabad Printing Plant. The Quality head of own printing centers of THG operating in Andhra Pradesh and All outsource printing. Done Cost saving and Process improvement projects for The Hindu Group. In Cost saving, Energy saving of Rs10lacs per month, AMC savings up to Rs10lacs per year, Process improvement in Newsprint handling and SOP’s to improve quality of copy and it’s consistency.
  • Founder, GPR HR Consulting, India

    GP Rao is a Management Advisor and Founder of GPR HR Consulting LLP. Mr. Rao has more than 37 years of multi-business and multi- location experience in HRM. He has worked for SAIL, JK Group, SK Birla group and Reliance group in India and Malaysia.

  • Senior Global Business Correspondent, Voice TV, Thailand

    Mike Raomanachai is a Technology Anchor and Senior Technology Correspondent for Voice TV, a tv network in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Master Degree in Multimedia Communications at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, where he is inspired by technology industry in Silicon Valley. Mike is also a multimedia journalist who has been working on new reporting platforms such as live streaming and live blogging for the past 7 years

    Mike also serves as Asian American Journalists' Association, Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia)'s Vice President, representing Southeast Asia. He helps organizing the chapter's annual regional media conference "N3" as a programming co-chair. He also takes a responsibility as a board member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT), the largest press club of Southeast Asia. 

  • AI & Media Innovator & Entrepreneur, France

    Benoît is a digital & media innovator, senior advisor, keynote speaker and entrepreneur. In 2017, he launched Flint (hhtp://, a collaborative experience between humans and robots. Powered by his startup Trendsboard, Flint uses artificial intelligence to curate quality and tailored news content. As an advisor, Benoît Raphaël proposes a combination of ready-to-launch strategies based on data and creativity, and operational leadership. He has created many successful and innovative digital medias in France:

    • 2015 : he has successfully launched a new paywall model for the french local newspaper "Nice-Matin", based on crowdfunding, impact journalism and events.
    • 2012 : co-creator of a new disruptive media for the french national radio "Europe1"​ : Le Lab (
    • 2011 : creator of "le Plus"​ ( a participative platform for the french news magazine "le nouvel Observateur"​.
    • 2007 : co-founder of, a web-based news site launched by the french press group Le Monde.

    Benoît Raphaël is also partner and strategic advisor at Sans A_ (an impact journalism media created by millenials), content advisor at TedX Champs-Elysees (Women & Education) and co-founder of «Hub France IA»

  • Chief Operating Officer, Wijeya Newspapers Ltd, Sri Lanka

  • Senior Vice President - Strategic Planning, Brand & Business Development, Jagran Group, India.

    Basant Rathore is the Sr VP, Strategic Planning, Brand and Business Development at Jagran Group. In his earlier stint on the Media Planning side of the business, he has worked at agencies like Ogilvy, Mudra, Mindshare and Madison where he’s planned and bought media for leading brands across diverse categories ranging from Chocolates to Automobiles. An alumnus of the Shri Ram College of Commerce and a first batch pass out of MICA, he has conducted numerous workshops for working professionals and has taught Media Management at MICA for over 10 years as a visiting faculty. Has been with the Jagran group for the last 13 years. Under him, brand Dainik Jagran has emerged as the most awarded newspaper brand in India for a range of consumer engagement initiatives with several award wins at INMA, WAN IFRA, Effies, Abbys, ACEF, Golden Awards of Montreux, Echo Awards, Kyoorius, and WOW. 

  • Actor, writer, influencer, model, Vienna, Austria

    Maximiliam Ratzenböck works as a testimonial and scriptwriter for big Austrian companies. He tours the country with his own comedy programme, and does Youtube and Satire Videos for JoomBoosTV.

    Instagram: maximilian.ratzenboeck

    Snapchat: Ratzenboeck

  • Head of Marketing & Communications, APA - Austria Presse Agentur, Austria

    Barbara Rauchwarter is spokeswoman of the APA-group and since 2004 leads the Marketing and Communication Department. Rauchwarter has been in the organization since 1994 where she joined the editorial department before becoming the head of the Service-News area in the multimedia sector. She is member of the board of the Austrian Marketing Association (ÖMG) and guest speaker at FH Campus 02 in Graz. Furthermore, she is co-initiator of the event series “Digital Business Trends” (DBT), one of Austria’s leading networking-communities.

  • CTO, Postimees, Estonia

    Andrus Raudsalu has been at the forefront of the media and internet business in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) for the past 18 years. He co-founded Delfi that become the largest new media company in the Baltic States. Raudsalu served as CTO and CEO of Delfi Group. He is currently acting as CTO for Postimees - the largest daily newspaper in Estonia that operates also several popular web destinations. And also serving as CEO and producer in Nukufilm - the largest and oldest stop-motion animation studio in Northern Europe. Raudsalu has also been board member of the largest computer manufacturer in the Baltics.

  • CEO, CTO and Founder, Valossa Labs

    Mika Rautiainen, Ph.D., is the founder and chief executive officer of Valossa Labs, the deep content company. Mika has profound experience in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) for media content recognition systems and his innovations in AI have been integrated into Valossa’s content analysis engine, as well as the company’s emotion and expression recognition engine. Valossa’s AI platform can analyze videos in real-time to identify thousands of appearing concepts – including places, objects – from any video stream. Based on the latest deep learning techniques, the Valossa AI intelligence engine recognizes people, visual context, speech topics, video categories and other video entities at an unprecedented level of detail revealing higher level intelligence from deep, scene level information. Ultimately, the intelligence of the Valossa AI answers the question, "what are my videos about and how could I benefit from that information?”

    Mika is a senior research fellow at the University of Oulu, in northern Finland, which has one of the world’s most prestigious computer vision labs. His research background with media technology and systems dates back for the past 20 years. Mika has also worked as a researcher at the University of Maryland and at NEC’s C&C Central Research Labs, in Japan. His research interests are artificial intelligence and machine learning, multimedia information retrieval, computer vision and video content technologies.

    In Sept 2017, GrayMeta, a leading provider of professional media players and metadata solutions for content owners, signed a partnership with Valossa. Valossa Core API will be integrated into the GrayMeta Platform, enabling organizations to unify disparate platforms and services to quickly leverage the power of artificial intelligence via one platform and API to find and use assets. The companies will jointly deliver an enhanced experience for contextual content search for customers that own and produce large volumes of video. Valossa Core API, powered by a comprehensive video recognition engine, can simultaneously recognize people, visual concepts, audio events, spoken keywords, topic categories, and highlight explicit content, and provide market-leading utility to video management tasks. Valossa believes its video intelligence features will become standardized throughout the industry, as video-based companies seek greater monetization around content using intelligent discovery features.

  • Editor, The Lede, India

  • DJ

    DJ Rita Ray is a Club DJ, broadcaster, presenter, curator, performer and compiler.  She presents the African music review for Focus On Africa on the BBC World Service.

    As a DJ, Rita plays the whole spectrum of global music, getting her start on the ‘ones and twos’ at the legendary Mambo Inn club nights in the 1990s, she was part of the exciting revitalization of the world music scene in London. As a curator she programmes international music festivals including the acclaimed refugee arts festival Celebrating Sanctuary and Amazing Africa. Rita co-presented the first two BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, compiled the annual CD and was later chair of the jury; other presentation highlights include the Festival in the Desert from Mali as well as WOMAD for BBC4. She is currently a jury member of AFRIMA The All Africa Music Awards, the exciting new initiative that in partnership with the African Union (AU), nurtures and rewards artistic excellence across the continent.

  • Presidente, Asociación Nacional de Periódicos de Brasil, ANJ & Vice-Presidente Editorial e Institucional, Grupo RBS, Brasil

    Marcelo Rech, é vice-presidente editorial e institucional do Grupo RBS, um dos principais grupos de mídia do Brasil. Com sede em Porto Alegre, sul do Brasil, o grupo possui 18 emissoras de TV, 2 emissoras comunitárias, 25 emissoras de rádio, 3 jornais e portais de internet, entre outros negócios da mídia.

    Marcelo foi repórter, especializado em conflitos internos e internacionais. Entre suas coberturas, estão cinco expedições à Antártica, a queda da União Soviética e a transição econômica na Rússia, a Guerra do Golfo, a guerra nos Balcãs, a intervenção da ONU em Moçambique, a crise em Cuba e vários golpes de Estado e militares, ascensões na América Latina, além de muitas peças de investigação e extensas histórias no Brasil. Em 1993, tornou-se editor-chefe do Zero Hora, o principal jornal da RBS. Entre 1997 e 2008, ele foi o editor do Zero Hora e dos outros sete jornais do grupo. De 2008 a 2011, Marcelo foi nomeado o primeiro diretor de Conteúdo da RBS, responsável pelas operações de mídia em quatro plataformas de mídia, envolvendo cerca de 1.100 jornalistas e 800 pessoas de diferentes setores e regiões.

    Em 2012, tornou-se diretor geral dos quatro jornais da RBS, localizados no estado do Rio Grande do Sul, e em 2013, Marcelo foi nomeado diretor executivo de Jornalismo, cargo que incluiu as diretrizes de ética editorial do Grupo. Desde janeiro de 2016, ele é o primeiro vice-presidente editorial da RBS. Desde 2008, ele é membro do conselho do Fórum Mundial de Editores e, em 2013, tornou-se o primeiro presidente do conselho da WAN-IFRA Latin America.

    Marcelo é também diretor da Associação Interamericana de Imprensa (IAPAS), foi membro do comitê editorial da Associação Nacional de Jornais (ANJ). Ele também integra os conselhos superiores do instituto Palavra Aberta, uma instituição em defesa da liberdade de expressão no Brasil, e do CONAR, o sistema autorregulatório brasileiro de publicidade. Em 2015, foi nomeado pela ANJ como membro do Conselho de Comunicação do Senado Brasileiro. Desde 2016, é presidente da Associação Nacional de Jornais (ANJ).

  • Editorial Vice-President, RBS Group, Brazil

    Marcelo Rech, is the editorial Vice-President RBS Group, one of the leading media groups in Brazil. With its HQ in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, the group owns 18 TV stations, 2 community TV stations, 25 radio stations, 8 newspapers and internet portals, among other media businesses.

    Marcelo was a former reporter, specialized in internal and international conflicts. Among his coverages are five expeditions to Antarctica, the fall of the Soviet Union and the economic transition in Russia, the Gulf War, the war in the Balkans, the UN intervention in Mozambique, the crisis in Cuba and several coup d'etats and military risings in Latin America, besides many investigative pieces and extensive stories in Brazil.

    In 1993, he became managing editor of Zero Hora, the main newspaper of RBS. Between 1997 and 2008, he was the editor of Zero Hora and the other seven newspapers of the group. From 2008 to 2011, Marcelo was appointed the first Content Director of RBS, in charge of media operations in four media platforms, which involved about 1,100 journalists and 800 people from different sectors and regions.

    In 2012, he became general director of the four RBS newspapers situated in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and in 2013 Marcelo was assigned executive director of Journalism, a position that includes the editorial ethics guidelines within the Group.

    Since January 2016, he's RBS's first-ever Editorial Vice-President.

    Since 2008, he has been a member of the board of the World Editors Forum and in 2013 he became the first chairman of the board of WAN-IFRA Latin America. He is also director of the Interamerican Press Association (IAPAS) and a member of the editorial committee of the Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ). He also integrates the superior councils of Palavra Aberta ("Open Word"), an institution in defense of freedom of expression in Brazil, and CONAR, the Brazilian self-regulatory system for advertising. In 2015, he was appointed by ANJ as a member of the Communication Council of the Brazilian Senate.

  • Director - Corporate Affairs, Jagati Publications, India

    Rani Reddy is a senior Marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Advertising, Marketing and Media. Having started her career with BPL Ltd at Bangalore, Rani headed the appliances marketing department at BPL's central marketing organization in Bangalore . In 2001 Rani Reddy moved to O&M advertising at Mumbai. At O&M Rani had the opportunity to work on a host of Ogilvy Clients. In 2006 Rani moved to Hyderabad to head O&M's Hyderabad office. In 2008 she joined the Sakshi Media group as a whole Time Director and currently is Director Corporate Affairs overseeing the functions related to HR, Corporate Communication and IT. A mother of two boys, her interests include community service , reading , cooking ,travelling ,singing and meeting people.

  • New Audiences Chief, Wall Street Journal, USA

    Ebony Reed is New Audiences Chief at the Wall Street Journal, a member of the strategy team and leading efforts to expand the Journal’s reach.

    Prior to joining the Journal, she was director of innovation at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

    Reed has worked for both the business and editorial sides of journalism. She spent more than six years with The Associated Press, first as an assistant bureau chief, and later as director of business development for U.S. local markets. As director, she worked with AP directors across the country to find digital and commercial opportunities for the AP. She also worked for the Boston Business Journal as executive advertising director. Reed started her career as a reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland also worked as an editor at The Detroit News.

    She’s a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism with undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and media management.

  • Vice President, MWM Group, Sweden

    Jonas Rehn has been working in the media industry for over 15 years. He started his career at a daily financial newspaper in Sweden, but has now been working at MWM for 10 years. Now he is the vice President for MWM, which specializes in IT-solutions and consulting services for the media industry.