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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 Data Officer, The Financial Times Group, UK

    As Chief Data Officer, Tom Betts oversees the strategic use of customer data and research across the organisation, helps identify growth opportunities, and experiments and tests new ideas with the aim of building audiences and revenues. Since joining the FT in 2009, Betts and his team have spearheaded the use of data to improve business performance, allowing the FT to deliver better services and tools for both readers and advertisers. Betts is part of The Financial Times Group leadership team.  

  • Managing Director Digital, Bild, Germany

    Stefan Betzold

    Stefan Betzold, 43, is Managing Director Digital at BILD, a subsidiary of market leading publishing house Axel Springer SE, overseeing the digital activities of Germany´s biggest media brand BILD.

    Before joining BILD in 2009, Stefan was Co-Founder and Managing Partner at a digital media agency and worked in various leading roles at AOL and Bertelsmann. Stefan has 16 years work experience indigital media and holds a master degree in Business and Marketing.

  • Deputy Director of TV, Groupe L'Equipe, France

    Laure Bezault has been Deputy Director of TV at L'Equipe since 2016. She participated in the restructuring and editorial repositioning of the L'Equipe channel. The channel, first launched in 1998 on cable and satellite, has been broadcasting free-to-air since 2013. Since 2015, it has more than doubled its audience, raising revenue significantly while controlling costs. It is now the first sports television channel in France, the only one free-to-air. It forms part of the full editorial offer of Groupe l'Equipe, with a print and digital offer, daily and magazine.
    Laure Bezault previously held the position of Secretary General of iTélé (Canal + Group's news channel) for 5 years. Previously, she was Editor in Chief for a local television channel, Nantes 7. She began her career at LCI (news channel of the TF1 group), as a journalist specialising in economic issues, after a University degree in Economics and a Masters in Media Management at ESCP-EAP.

       
  • CEO, HT Digital Streams and Chief Digital Officer

  • Vice CEO, Kompas Gramedia Group

    Jayant Bhargava

    Jayant Bhargava is the Vice Chief Executive Officer of Kompas Gramedia Group.  Kompas Gramedia Group is an Indonesian-based conglomerate with primary business interests across media, hotels, retail, education, light manufacturing, event management and logistics sectors.

    He joined Kompas Gramedia Group in October 2018.  Prior to joining Kompas Gramedia Group, he was a partner with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in the Digital, Business & Technology domain, leading their Media & Entertainment practice.  His experience has been focused around digital transformation, internationalization, M&A, operational restructuring and growth strategies.

  • Sales Director, Ferag AG, Switzerland.

    Marcel Binder is the sales director from Ferag AG Switzerland responsible for India, Asia and Australia/New Zealand markets. Marcel has a strong technical background and has gained comprehensive knowledge in the printing industry while serving in different roles during the 24 years since joining Ferag. He started as a site manager and has moved via system engineering and project management to sales. Marcel works closely with Kawal Arora and his team at WRH Global India, the local sales and service hub of Ferag in Delhi.

  • CEO, Orb, USA

    Molly Bingham is the driving force behind Orb. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Molly has covered news and conflicts around the globe. Her work has been featured in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Independent, Vanity Fair, and she has appeared on top network and cable television and radio news programs. Named in 2012 by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of “20 Women to Watch,” Molly is at the cutting edge of defining journalism in the digital age, with a unique vision for discovering and covering global stories while making original content accessible and engaging. Molly serves on the boards of The Overseas Press Club and The Listen Campaign. A graduate of Harvard University, Molly was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 2004, where she first began developing Orb’s core concepts.

  • Director of Media Monitoring Africa, South Africa

    William Bird is the director of Media Monitoring Africa and is both an Ashoka and Linc fellow. William has been monitoring the media for 22 years, and is thrilled by data journalism and how technology can be used to monitor and improve quality journalism. William is regularly invited to offer expert input on media policy, media practice and media ethics issues. He also comments on media related subjects ranging from gender to fake news and trust. William has two boys, both of whom have been introduced to the joy of media monitoring.

  • Jefe de redacción y Director Editorial, Kristeligt Dagblad, Dinamarca

    Erik Bjerager, Editor en Jefe y Director General del diario danés Kristeligt Dagblad, es asimismo el anterior Presidente del World Editors Forum, la red global para ejecutivos de salas de redacción de la Asociación Mundial de Periódicos y Editores de Noticias (WAN-IFRA).

    Bjerager se ha desempeñado como Editor en Jefe de Kristeligt Dagblad desde 1994. Se convirtió en director general del diario un año después. Ha sido miembro de la Junta WEF desde 2001. En Dinamarca, es presidente de la junta directiva de la agencia nacional de noticias Ritzau. Ha sido el presidente de la Fundación Danesa de la Prensa desde 2001, y actualmente es el presidente de la Asociación de Editores del Copenhague.

    Bjerager, que ha publicado varios libros, ha sido galardonado con el Premio para Periodistas de la Fundación Berlingske y el Premio Jubileo del Club de Prensa Nacional de Dinamarca.

    Se graduó de la Escuela Danesa de Periodismo y tiene una maestría de la Universidad Americana, Washington, D. C. Antes de unirse a Kristeligt Dagblad, Bjerager trabajó como periodista en Dinamarca y en el extranjero.

  • Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

    Erik Bjerager, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the Danish national daily Kristeligt Dagblad, is the immediate Past President of the World Editors Forum, the global association for senior newsrooms executives within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    Bjerager has served as Editor-in-Chief of Kristeligt Dagblad since 1994. He became Managing Director of the daily a year later. He has been a member of the WEF Board since 2001. In Denmark, he is chairman of the board of the media-owned national news agency, Ritzau. He has been the chairman of the Danish Press Foundation since 2001, and is currently the chairman of the Copenhagen's Editors Association.

    Bjerager, who has published several books, has been awarded the Berlingske Foundation's Journalists Prize and the Jubilee Prize of the National Press Club of Denmark.

  • Executive Vice President, COO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

    Dorthe Bjerregaard-Knudsen is COO at JP/Politikens Hus, one of Denmark's leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three of Denmark’s leading national news brands; Ekstra Bladet, Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. The group’s activities also include local newspapers in Denmark and Sweden, a publishing house, operation and development of a range of digital activities and news services as well as other business areas.

    Prior to joining JP/Politikens Hus Dorthe Bjerregaard-Knudsen was Managing Director at OMD Denmark. Before becoming Managing Director Dorthe held a number different positions at OMD Denmark amongst others she was Managing Director of Insight Group. 

  • Open Innovation Director, MEC, UK

    Hannah is Open Innovation Director for the media agency MEC. Here she is responsible for helping the agency and its clients to collaborate and partner with start-ups and early stage technology in addition to harnessing a more entrepreneurial culture within the organisation. Prior to this she ran BBC Worldwide Labs, BBC Worldwide’s award winning start-up accelerator. Hannah is experienced in identifying and forging commercial partnerships for a number of large organisations and digital media start-ups, which means she has insider knowledge of how young companies, can scale and grow through a networked model and how established organisations can adopt new, innovative ways of working. Hannah has a unique ability to quickly understand start-up business models and translate them for the corporate world, enabling two very different companies to work closely together and collaborate on profitable, long-term partnerships.

  • Breaking News Editor and Digital Desk Chief, Clarín, Argentina

    I'm from Tierra del Fuego, the island in the extreme south of Argentina. I've worked at 20palabras.com, perfil.com, Diario Libre and Revista Noticias, and since 2013 I'm in Clarín.com. Now, I'm the breaking news editor and the digital's desk chief. I write about national politics, but I've also covered two soccer World Cups: SouthAfrica 2010 and Brazil 2014. I've participated in investigations for seven books.

  • Founder & CEO, Blendle, The Netherlands

    Marten Blankesteijn (1987) is the founder and CEO of Blendle, the Dutch start-up backed by The New York Times and Axel Springer. At the age of 19 Blankesteijn started his career as a reporter for one of Holland's national newspapers. Some years later he became editor, which he combined with the job of editor-in-chief of a travel magazine. He published a book on dictatorships (The Great Dictator Tour) and founded the University of the Netherlands, an online university.

  • Head of the Digital News Innovation Fund, Google, France

    Ludovic Blecher heads Google's Digital News Innovation Fund.

  • Head of DNI Innovation Fund, Google, France

    Before joining Google Ludovic Blecher was the director of the FINP, a digital press fund for French publishers backed by Google. Ludovic is a journalist and has spent the past 15 years working in the news industry. He started as a reporter at Liberation.fr, rising to Editor in Chief then Executive Director. He's a 2012 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and he was a member of the French Digital Council an independent advisory commission for the French Government.

  • Digital Managing Editor for news in EMEA, Bloomberg, United Kingdom

    Adam Blenford is Bloomberg's digital managing editor for news in EMEA. Based in London, he oversees output and audience engagement for the EMEA regions across Bloomberg's consumer news website, app and social platforms. Previously he spent 11 years at the BBC, covering global news online as a reporter and editor. He was BBC online news editor in Washington DC from 2011-13, and worked on digital video innovation and multimedia storytelling before joining Bloomberg in 2015.

  • President/Founder of Blinder Group

    Mike Blinder

    Mike Blinder, President/Founder of the Blinder Group, is an author and internationally recognized as an expert on media advertising will evangelize on this topic, showing the latest research and data that proves we are still a great industry, with great products and a great future ahead. As long as we maintain a proper focus!

    Mike Blinder has worked in hundreds of markets at newspapers with varying history and cultures, worldwide, proving that newspapers can sell multimedia solutions with their traditional/legacy sales team. However, the process of adding digital components to our existing legacy products has to be simplified. The value propositions that digital offerings bring to advertisers must be made clear and easy to understand.

  • Dean of Media and Communications, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

    David Boardman is Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, Chair of the Board of Solutions Journalism Network; Chair of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Chair of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

    He is a former Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Seattle Times, the largest news organisation in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership, The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes. Boardman has been the recipient of numerous other major national awards.

    He is a former president of the American Society of News Editors; a past chair of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; a past chair of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and a Poynter Ethics Fellow.

  • Community and Product Operations Manager, News Deeply; Adjunct Professor, New York University

    Kim Bode is passionate about user-centred journalism and newsroom innovation, putting community building and engagement front and centre. In her role as community and product operations manager at News Deeply, she’s responsible for implementing and evaluating new tools and workflows to advance community-centred journalism. She also developed a master’s level course for NYU’s Journalism Institute on reporting with, rather than on, a community. Originally from Berlin, Kim had been working as a business correspondent in New York for several years before completing NYU’s Studio 20 program, focused on innovation in journalism. 

  • Chief Technology Officer, Axios, USA

    Matt Boggie is the Chief Technology Officer for Axios. Matt was most recently executive director of the R&D Lab at The New York Times. His work was covered in Wired, Gizmodo, Columbia Journalism Review and others. The first of its kind, the Lab's process and inventions inspired similar programs around the world.
 He has a 17-year career focused on making media work better, from strategic futures to new inventions. He has worked with leading companies like Verizon, the Washington Post, PBS and Discovery. Among his many awards, Matt was named the distinguished Alumnus from Boston University's computer science department in 2010, and is the author of 3 patent applications for innovations in advertising, information presentation, and audience analysis.
  • Digital Manager, El Espectador, Colombia

  • Director, Americas, WAN-IFRA

    Rodrigo Bonilla is Director, Americas, at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He heads WAN-IFRA’s operations for North and Latin America based out of Mexico City. Rodrigo joined WAN-IFRA as Manager of Press Freedom Missions in January 2010, leading the organisation’s advocacy missions worldwide. In 2013, he went on to manage WAN-IFRA’s overall activities in Latin America and launched the LATAM edition of WAN-IFRA’s prestigious Digital Media Conferences, which has since become the go-to event for the region’s most innovative media leaders. The Americas office monitors industry’s trends and offers services to the organization's members and partners across the continent. 

    Rodrigo is Uruguayan-Mexican and studied in France and Canada. He graduated in both History and Political Science from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, and holds a Master Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the same institution. 

  • CEO and co-founder, KIT, Sweden

    CEO and co-founder of KIT, a digital media startup focused on high-quality journalism. Prior to that, most recently he ran the digital business division at Bonnier Tidskrifter. He has held marketing and digital media roles at Unilever and NBC Universal, among others. He currently serves on the board of Bonnier Corporation in the U.S., Mediafy, Beckmans College of Design and IAB Sweden. He has a B.S. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

  • Director of Strategic Development, Reuters Institute, UK

    Alexandra Borchardt is Director of Strategic Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily, where she is still a contributing writer. At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on democracy and the internet and the future of work. Before joining SZ she worked in several functions for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Borchardt holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. 

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