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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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines

    Maria A. Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator. Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing.

    Ms. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” (Free Press, 2003).

    In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

    She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook” as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

  • CEO e editora executiva, Rappler, Filipinas

    Maria A. Ressa é CEO e editora executiva do Rappler, uma rede de notícias sociais que aborda notícias do coração e do cérebro, através de um navegador único baseado no humor. O Rappler combina o melhor jornalismo profissional com jornalismo cidadão e crowdsourcing.

    Ressa é jornalista na Ásia há quase 30 anos, a maior parte da qual foi ocupada como chefe do escritório da BBC em Manila (1987-1995) e Jacarta (1995-2005). Ela foi a principal jornalista investigativa na CNN, focada no terrorismo no sudeste da Ásia, e escreveu "Sementes do Terror: uma testemunha ocular do mais novo centro de operações da Al-Qaeda no Sudeste Asiático" (Free Press, 2003)

    Em 2005, assumiu o comando de Notícias e Atualidade da ABS-CBN, onde liderou a direção estratégica por seis anos e dirigiu mais de 1000 jornalistas para a maior operação de mídia interplataformas nas Filipinas. Seu trabalho visava redefinir o jornalismo combinando transmissões tradicionais, indústrias de mídia e tecnologia móvel para impulsionar mudanças sociais.
    Ministrou cursos de Política e Imprensa no Sudeste Asiático para a sua alma mãe, a Universidade de Princeton e o Jornalismo de Televisão na Universidade das Filipinas. Ela trabalhou em seu segundo livro "De Bin Laden para o Facebook" como Autora Residente e Membro do Centro Internacional de Pesquisa sobre Violência Política e Terrorismo em Cingapura. Além disso, ela é professora convidada do Sudeste Asiático no CORE Lab da Escola de Pós-graduação Naval de Monterey, Califórnia.


  • Executive Director of Europe and Africa, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    As Director of Europe and Africa for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Ralf is responsible for the organisation's numerous activities in the region. He has over a decade of experience in digital media working in varied roles. After completing a journalistic apprenticeship at a regional newspaper, Ralf began his career as an editor and editorial team leader for T-Online in Germany. He went on to hold leadership positions at Coop Press, ETH Zurich, Information Architects and Denon Allmedia in Switzerland. Ralf has a Masters Degree in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of Tübingen.

  • Journalism Ethics Expert, Colombia

    Journalist and expert in journalism ethics, professor at the University of the Andes and lecturer in social communication. He has been a columnist for El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano and El Heraldo.

    He received the national prize from Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá in the category of press in 1993 and the National Prize of Journalism Simon Bolivar in 1985 and 1986. He also received the San Gabriel award given by the Colombian Catholic Church in 1994, the Germán Arciniegas award from Editorial Planeta in 1995 and the Latin American journalistic ethics Award granted by the Latin American Journalism Center -CELAP-, sponsored by the Florida International University, in 1997. He is the author of 22 books. In 2014 he received the recognition for journalistic excellence in the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Journalism Award.

  • Experto en Ética para el Periodismo, Colombia

    Periodista experto en ética periodística, catedrático de la universidad de los Andes y conferencista en temas de comunicación social. Ha sido columnista en El Tiempo, El Espectador, El Colombiano y El Heraldo.

    Recibió el premio nacional de Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá en la categoría de prensa en 1993, así como el Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar en 1985 y 1986. Además recibió los premios San Gabriel del Episcopado Colombiano en 1994, Germán Arciniegas de la Editorial Planeta en 1995 y el Premio latinoamericano a la ética periodística otorgado por el Centro Latinoamericano de Periodismo -CELAP-, auspiciado por la Universidad Internacional de la Florida, en 1997. Es autor de 22 libros. En 2014 recibió el reconocimiento a la Excelencia periodística del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo.

  • Managing Director, Druckzentrum Rhein Main, Germany

    After studying mechanical engineering at Darmstadt Technical University, where he specialised in printing processes, Michael Rettig worked at the printing house of the Frankfurter Rundschau as well as at Medienhaus Südhessen. During this time he was responsible for managing projects for all areas of a printing operation. Since May 2009 he holds the position of Managing Director of the Druckzentrum Rhein Main.
    Together with Martin Kümmerling, he manages one of Europe's most modern newspaper printing plants, where up to 180,000 newspaper copies with 48 full-colour pages per hour can be produced on four production lines. Per year ca. 25,000 to paper are printed and more than 500 million objects inserted. Druckzentrum Rhein Main is a joint venture of Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main and Echo Medien in Darmstadt.

  • President, Accenture, Colombia

  • Director, Google Centre of Engineering of Latin America, Brazil

    Berthier Ribeiro-Neto holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles (1995). Since graduating, he has become a professor at the Computer Science Department at UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), where he still teaches on a part-time basis. En 1999, he published the book Modern Information Retrieval, with co-author Professor Ricardo Baeza-Yates, which became a bestseller in this area.

    In 2000, Berthier founded Akwan Information Technologies, a start up initiated by a group of professors and students from UFMG to provide search services to users and companies in Brazil. In 2005, Akwan was acquired by Google and became the Center of Engineering of Latin America, which works -among other things- on the future of Search under Berthier's leadership.

  • Brand strategist, public speaker, and advertising commentator, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Andy has been passionate about the linkage between creativity and commercial effectiveness throughout his career. This led to his involvement in the APEX awards, South Africa’s equivalent of the Effies, almost 15 years ago.  He has served as Chair of the APEX Jury for over 10 years, and in 2015 was chosen as a judge in the Creative Effectiveness category of the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, which is recognised as the world’s premier creative awards programme. 

    He began his career as a brand manager, but after seven years in marketing management, chose to move to the advertising side of the fence, joining Ogilvy & Mather in Johannesburg. 

    In 1997, Andy co-founded Yellowwood Brand Architects, the first specialist brand strategy consultancy in South Africa.  Yellowwood became part of the TBWA Group in 2009 and is recognised as a leader in its field across Africa.  Andy remains involved as Chairman of Yellowwood.

    He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers in the brand communications industry.

  • Head of special projects, the Guardian, UK

    Mark Rice-Oxley is a journalist and author. After stints as a foreign correspondent and news editor, he now heads up the Guardian's special projects team, working on investigations, exclusives and news packages on big global themes. He also writes on mental health and psychology, and is the author of a memoir about depression and recovery, Underneath the Lemon Tree.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, Piano, USA

    Since merging with competitors Press+ and TinyPass, Piano has become the world’s largest paywall provider for news publishers and recently launched a new product Composer, enabling drag-and-drop customer segmentation in publisher marketing campaigns. Peter has worked at every level in Piano and with customers all over the world, from Brazil to Poland. This makes him a true expert on paid content trends across the world, including the new challenge to drive mobile payments.

  • Chief Marketing Officer, Expressen, Sweden

    Josefina Rickardt is Head of Analytics, Marketing and Consumer Revenues at Expressen, a Swedish multichannel newspaper with a weekly reach of 66% of the population in Sweden. Expressen is the most data informed newsroom in the Nordics, with visitors coming from all over the world to study its transformation from a legacy media house to a digital multichannel media house in the forefront of TV and analytics. Josefina is in charge of analytics, marketing and consumer revenues originating from selling newspapers in stores all around Sweden and from a digital subscription service launched in december 2018 which now has over 70 000 subscribers.  Josefina has been with Expressen for six years and worked previously at Swedish start up Sticky, an eye tracking and emotion measurement platform, and has a bachelor of science from Stockholm School of Economics.   bachelor of Science from Stockholm School of Economics.
  • Head of New Platforms, BILD, Germany

    Andreas Rickmann is Head of New Platforms at the German Media Brand BILD since 2014. He graduated with a diploma at German Sport University Cologne and was trained at Axel Springer School of Journalism.

  • Managing Director, Russmedia and Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria

    Gerold is heading the digital transition of Austrian-based publishing company, Russmedia’ since 2011. With an emphasis on local news and a mobile service strategy he has led the regional news portal VOL.AT (Vorarlberg Online) into the Top 5 Austrian news websites, while Vorarlberg is Austria’s second smallest province. 

    Gerold is editor-in-chief of VN, the largest newspaper of Austria’s westernmost province Vorarlberg. From 1996 to 2003, Gerold worked in Munich, Germany as tech journalist, tv producer and editor in chief for the business-radio of F.A.Z., SAT.1 Bavaria/tv.münchen and crossmedia production company AME. He has successfully completed the Media Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University/Kellogg Business School, Evanston, IL. Gerold is board member of the International News Media Association INMA and the Global Editors Network.

  • Director SDI Consuting & COO,, Venezuela

    Carmen is Managing Partner at SDI Consuting in Caracas, a firm specialised in transformation and Media creation. She is also COO at and consultant in Visual Journalism. She has worked as Head of the Visual Journalism and Graphics Department of the integrated newsroom  at Cadena Capriles Media Group in Caracas. In there, she was responsible for the areas of infographics, Video and Archives of the group's three brands.      She's a graduate in Social Communication, from the Central University of Venezuela and a Specialist in Project management, development and planning at the University of Monteávila. She is the creator of Venezuela's Information Design Seminar in 2007 and coordinated all its editions. She has participated as a speaker in numerous events such as "The Best of Visual Journalism" ÑH2012, III, the 5th Protecmedia Congress for Newspapers in LATAM , Digital Media LATAM 2014, or "The newsroom 2015: Trends for the Multimedia Business (SIP)". Aditionally she has been a member of the Jury for the SND Awards.
  • Founder / CEO / CTO, SmartChain Media

    Alex Riggs-Miller is founder and CEO of SmartChain Media, a premiere media and blockchain company that is transforming entertainment. SmartChain Media is creating a platform that levels the playing field for content creators all over the world regardless of gender, language, location or race.

    Although the core of his work has been around business and technology Alex has had deep passion for storytelling and the narratives that fill our world. This passion allowed him to create a platform that unites viewers and content creators, which improves the quality of entertainment and creates a model where anyone can benefit. He has also been working with blockchain technology since 2012 and considered a veteran in such a young industry, this allows him to offer great insights that bridge standard technology with blockchain in order to bring real world applications forward.

    Alex Riggs-Miller has over 23 years of experience in IT consulting, business management and business consulting with a global acumen spanning 10 countries and 17 industries. He is an expert and entrepreneur in the following industries; technology, crowdfunding, entertainment, blockchain, content delivery networks (CDN), content management systems (CMS), desktop virtualization, cloud architecture (Public, Private, Hybrid), SaaS, DaaS, VoIP, VDI, mobility, and a deep understanding of web & social media platforms.

    His experience comes from strategic and operational roles in some of the world’s key companies and agencies: Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Goldman Sachs, NetApp, VMware, Gensler, Sprint, John Hancock Financial, Kaiser Permanente, Kaman Aerospace, DOD, CENTCOM, FDA, HHS, NIH, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, USPS, US Navy, US Army, DOJ, and GAO.