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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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  • CEO, Escenic, Norway

    Mark van de Kamp heads up Escenic, a CCI-owned media tech company specializing in CMS platforms. Mark’s mission is to make digital storytelling more intuitive for the creators and more engaging for the audiences. He is one of the driving forces behind the development of CUE, the new cutting-edge digital publishing platform from CCI and Escenic. |

  • Manager Data Intelligence & CRM, NRC Media, The Netherlands

    Matthijs van de Peppel has been working in the newspaper industry for over ten years. Starting his career as a circulation marketer, he quickly developed as a online shop manager, online marketer, and project manager. Now, as the manager of the data intelligence and customer relationship management team at NRC Media, a quality Dutch news organisation, Matthijs is responsible for bringing data insights into decision making and amplifying the voice of the customer. Together with two coauthors he just published the book How to Succeed in The Relationship Economy.


  • Art Director, NRC Media, Netherlands

    Jan paul van der Wijk is currently the Art-director for NRC Weekend (The main Newspaper of NRC Media). Jan paul previously worked as chief design and photography in NRC for more than 13 years. He developed several magazines and newspapers, such as NRC DeLuxe, NRC Focus, and the newspaper

    With his wealth of experience, Jan paul commisioned the yearly Photography Exhibition by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Dokument Nederland. He also teaches photography and design as guest at universities in Amsterdam, Antwerp (Belgium), Paris (France) and Leipzig (Germany), where he teached a great amount of young Dutch photographers.

  • Founder, VersPers, The Netherlands

    Geesje van Haren established in 2005. VersPers is a training and publication platform for investigative journalists, with a large network of publication partners and extensive experience in training creative investigative journalism skills. Geesje van Haren initiated and produced books, video-productions, journalistic events and exchange programs. In addition, she is the chief editor at Small Stream Media. As part of this cross-local platform, she travelled to OESO-DAC countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Malaysia, South Africa, The Philippines and other countries, where she trained young talents how to move around to find cross-local stories.

  • Director of Marketing and Data at NRC Media, The Netherlands

    Xavier van Leeuwe (1975) has over ten years of experience as a marketing executive in media companies Telegraaf Media Groep, de Persgroep and NRC Media in the Netherlands. Xavier has successfully lead his team from decline to growth by building a customer-centric and data rich culture at a news organisation with 189 years of heritage in Amsterdam. Prior to being a media executive Xavier worked several years as a financial and political journalist in the Netherlands. He started his career as a researcher for The United Nations in Geneva. Xavier has helped media companies with actionable insights and has been speaker at newspaper conferences in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Cologne and Atlanta. He is an active blogger for and publishes a frequent and free newsletter Xavier is a cum laude Master in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds a Post-Master degree in Journalism from that same university.

  • General Director, Dutch Journalism Fund, The Netherlands

    René van Zanten (1955) is the General Director of the Dutch Journalism Fund.
    After a few years of studying Economics, he started (1980) working as a journalist for one of the most prestigious regional newspapers in the Netherlands (Haagsche Courant). He worked as a roving reporter, covering international issues with emphasis on East-West relations. He is a German Marshall Fund alumni as well as an Atlantic Exchange alumni.

    In 1995, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the big regional newspaper Utrechts Nieuwsblad and in 2003 he became the publisher/director of the biggest regional newspaper in the Netherlands, De Gelderlander. He started at the Dutch Journalism Fund in 2011.

    The Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek, or Dutch Journalism Fund, supports the quality, diversity and independence of journalism in The Netherlands by promoting innovation. To achieve this goal, the fund provides grants to innovative journalism projects, conducts research and stimulates knowledge sharing across the industry.

    He is the co-founder of an annual lecture on Europe and is passionate about finding ways to connect journalism to all new, current, accelerating challenges.

  • Founder, VanMedia Group

    Glenn van Zutphen

    In 29 years as a professional journalist, Glenn van Zutphen worked in print, radio, television and online news while based in the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore as Regional News Editor for CNBC Asia/Pacific, Anchor, Producer & Reporter at CNN International, reporter and anchor for Hong Kong’s Wharf Cable Television, and a TV and radio broadcaster for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp).

    Glenn is a past-President of The Atlanta Press Club, Singapore’s Foreign Correspondents Association as well as a member of the Singapore Press Club and the Asian American Journalists Association.

    A career international journalist and a frequent TV, radio and podcast commentator, Glenn is the founder of VanMedia Group Pte Ltd, an international media consultancy coaching high-performing C-Suite and D-Suite leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs. He is an accomplished global keynote speaker, meeting facilitator, and event host.

    Glenn holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Management from Hyper Island Singapore/Teesside University (UK) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

  • Google Product Partnerships, APAC

    Monisha is part of the Product Partnerships team in APAC and helps the teams that make Google's products launch, scale and internationalize their products. Monisha worked with publishers across Asia during the launch of AMP in APAC earlier this year and her current work revolves around Search, the Assistant and tools to make the mobile Web great.    
  • Founding Editor, The Wire

    Siddharth Varadarajan

    Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He was earlier the Editor of The Hindu and is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year. He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, besides working at the Times of India and the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University.

  • Digital Analytics Manager, Lagardère Active, France

    Dilson Varela Ribeiro

    Lagardère Active is a major player in television and radio, with 23 radio stations worldwide, 17 TV channels and France's number one production company. France's premier mainstream magazine publishing group, with 27 press titles on the domestic market and a further 84 under licence worldwide, Lagardère Active is also the largest media group in terms of audience on the mobile web in France.

  • Managing Editor, Ilta-Sanomat, Finland

    Valtteri Varpela, 37, is Managing Editor in the biggest Finnish news media site Ilta-Sanomat ( He is in charge of the Ilta-Sanomat’s news desk, the journalistic development of personalization in news feed, social media and exclusive content.
    Ilta-Sanomat has over 3,6 million unique monthly visitors and has the most popular front page and news app in Finland. Print and digital combined Ilta-Sanomat has 2,5 million weekly readers, which is a lot in a country of 5,5 million people. Ilta-Sanomat is part of Sanoma group that has several newspaper and magazine brands, tv channels and radio stations in Finland and Netherlands.

  • Director of Digital Ad Operations and Development, Alma Media Corporation , Finland

    Johanna Vartiainen has been with Alma Media since 2005, holding different positions of Sales, Digital Advertising and Development. Vartiainen is responsible for digital ad operations, ad technology and digital advertising development at Alma Media. Alma Media is a media company focusing on service business and journalistic content, with the mission of boosting the sustainable growth of individuals, companies and society. In addition to journalistic content, the company provides services related to lifestyle, career, competence and business development. Alma Media has been a pioneer in digital advertising in recent years and overall the company’s transformation into a provider of digital services began already in the mid-1990s. In 2016, digital business accounted for 40 per cent of our revenue. Vartiainen is also a member of Member of the Board at IAB Finland.

  • CDO/CMO, Groupe Sud Ouest, France

    Guillaume Vasse is the CDO and CMO of Groupe Sud Ouest, one of the major French Regional Media Groups. Group Sud Ouest encompasses 6 dailies, 4 weeklies, 2 magazines, a local TV, an event agency, and a book publishing activity. As CDO, Vasse oversees the digital strategy and operations of Group Sud Ouest. Two years ago, he founded Theophraste, a corporate startup accelerator which has proved to be a major transformation and innovation vehicle for GSO. Prior to GSO, Vasse has built his career in media monetization. He has served as Head of Marketing and Revenue Management of Altice Media (then known as NextradioTV) and he has run the marketing of the saleshouse major french radio stations such as Skyrock and Nostalgie (NRJ Group).

  • Tech Editor, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Social communicator and journalist with 20 years of experience both in print and electronic media. After working with Vanguardia Liberal and PFM magazine, he joined EL TIEMPO, the main national newspaper in Colombia, where he has been International deputy editor, Social Media Chief and Technology Editor.

  • Founder / Creative Director, 5W Infographics LLC, USA

    Juan Velasco is the Founder and Creative Director of 5W Infographics. He was Art Director of National Geographic magazine from 2008 to 2014. Previously, he was Graphics Art Director for The New York Times, and a graphics reporter for El Mundo (Spain).

    Juan has won over a hundred awards from the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Design and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of a team at The New York Times.

  • Senior Dy. General Manager, THG Publishing, India

    Venkatesan currently holds Senior Deputy General Manager position in THG Publishing, publisher of The Hindu newspaper in India. He is having nearly 25 years of industrial experience and worked in various levels at supply chain management, commercial & administration.

    Venkatesan holds a degree in mechanical engineering.


  • Chief Executive Officer – ABP News Network

    Ashok Venkatramani

    Ashok started his career with Unilever, having been with them for 19 years, before moving into his current role of the CEO of ABP News Network – an ABP Group company (formerly a News Corp International and ABP joint venture) which runs India’s largest news TV network.

    He is currently the Vice President and Director on the Board of the News Broadcasters Association of India and chairs their HR and Sales sub-committees. 

    Ashok was featured twice in the World CMO Council‘s list of India’s 75 top marketers and was awarded as ‘CEO with best HR Orientation’ in 2010. 

    He is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Harvard Business School.

  • Président co-fondateur, SlimCut Media

    Damien Veran

    Damien Véran is the president and co-founder of SlimCut Media, a global leader in Outstream Native video advertising innovation.  SlimCut Media helps media companies to deploy video advertising within their online content. Current clients include Vice, Rogers, Warner, DailyMail, PostMedia, Quebecor, Toronto Star or Globe & Mail. Passionate about media, Damien has co-founded SlimCut Media in 2011 with the goal of helping traditional publishers thrive in the booming digital environment. Damien was invited to speak at the 2014 Advertising Week in NYC and was part of the panel for the 2015 PwC Global Media Outlook.  Damien sits on the jury of the Ryerson University's Master of Journalism entrepreneurship project. In 2016, Damien was appointed Foreign Trade Advisor by the French government. Damien holds a master’s degree in engineering specialized in telecommunications and a master’s degree specialized in marketing from HEC Paris.

  • CEO and Founder, Verto Analytics

    Hannu Verkasalo serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Verto Analytics Inc. Dr. Verkasalo is a successful digital entrepreneur and executive, founding Arbitron Mobile Oy in 2007 where he served as its Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President. He has a background in consultation with global telecom operators and technology vendors. He headed up the analytics and sales activities. He founded and successfully built several companies in the digital and online space, Zokem, the first and foremost player in the mobile analytics sector, acquired in 2011 by Arbitron Inc. (now Nielsen Audio), where he led the mobile and Internet business expanding it across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Dr. Verkasalo serves as a Director of Ceruus Oy. He holds several board roles in startups, and he as invested in high growth companies, such as Bitbar and BetterDoctor. He ran venture investments for Radar Capital. He has a Ph.D. in Mobile Analytics.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, Times Internet Ltd.

    Gulshan Verma is the Chief Revenue Officer at Times Internet Limited – India’s largest Internet Network and the digital venture of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited, India's largest media conglomerate. He will be leading the charge for TIL and its variety of businesses in the online and mobile space.

    Gulshan has 16 years of experience in the digital media industry, having worked in Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to joining TIL, Gulshan has enjoyed successful stints as the General Manager SEA and India Outbrain, Chief Revenue Officer, Komli Media, Director of Sales Strategy for Yahoo! India, and Director of Product Marketing for Yahoo! Search Marketing in the United States across the years.

    He has also worked for Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Co and IMG.

    Gulshan has a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters in Political Economy and a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics, and holds two patents in search monetization.

  • CEO, HT Media, India.

    Rajiv Verma is the Chief Executive Officer of HT Media Limited, one of India’s largest and oldest print media companies since October, 2004.  He is also on the  Board of Governors of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India.

     He has over 30 years of cross-sector experience with reputed companies like Hindustan Lever, Nestle and Whirlpool. His international experience spans South East Asia and European geographies, having worked with Whirlpool in Thailand and with Nestle in Philippines and Switzerland. 

  • Leiterin „QA Robotertexte“, DFB

  • Project Director at, Belarus

  • Chief Digital Officer, UI/UX Designer, Head of Product Development, Jaime Câmara Group, Brazil

    At JCG – largest media group in the Brazilian Mid-North, with 26 media companies spanning television, newspaper, radio and internet – I oversee the sales, marketing, planning, design, and execution of the digital products strategy.

    As Chief Digital Officer, I'm charged with identifying the opportunities that will foster growth in web, mobile devices and social media, with focus on digital revenue, viewership, performance, and user experience. These responsibilities include the creation and maintenance of strategic partnerships, nurturing of cross-disciplinary teams, designing of new information architectures, content modelling, user interface and experience standards, product lifecycle management, channel sales development, marketing and deep data applications.

    I walk a thin line between art, tech, and business. I go to work on my passion with an award winning team of misfits. Artists, nerds, intellectuals, evangelists, number crunchers, cool hunters and intrapreneurs who prove, time and again, that great work can – and should – be done anywhere in the planet, not just in Silicon Valley. This attitude has reaped us consistent growth in viewership and revenue, as well as awards and critical acclaim.

    I also represent the group in trade associations such as INMA, Wan-Ifra and ANJ (Nacional Association of Newspapers) and speak at industry events.

    Prior to joining JCG, I worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks supervising pipeline research and development, bidding, execution and final content delivery. Past film credits include Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, The Watchmen, and all three Spider-Man films. My contributions featured in Superman Returns, The Aviator, and Spider-Man 2 were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in a Motion Picture, with Spider-Man 2 taking the prestigious award.

  • VP Sales, Marfeel, Spain