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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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  • Former-President, Elite Daily, USA

    Miguel was until a few weeks ago President of Elite Daily, a Millennial-focused online destination providing engaging, entertaining and enriching content. 

    At Elite Daily, Miguel was responsible for handling the company's revenue partnerships. His ability to find innovative and unique strategic brand partnerships and scaling a business with little funding was crucial in helping Elite Daily become a premier online destination for Millennials and as result being acquired by DMGT in 2015.    

    Previously, Miguel worked in Investment Banking as a member of Credit Suisse’s Corporate M&A team. There he quickly found his passion for technology and digital media that lead him to MESA, an Investment Bank specialized in digital media and entertainment.

    Today, Elite Daily has grown to reach up to 75 million monthly readers.

  • Managing Director, Russmedia Digital, Austria

    Georg Burtscher

    Georg is Managing Director of Russmedia Digital, the digital Unit of Russmedia, one of the most progressive media companies in Europe. He started at Russmedia in 2006 and prior to his change to the digital site of the company he was the Managing Director of the radio station „Antenne Vorarlberg“.

    Russmedia Digital is one of the leading portal operators in Austria. The portfolio include, Austria's largest regional news portal with an regional reach of 70%, as well as more than 24 other internet portals and online-agencies. They operate with, one of the largest online networks for premium portals in Austria.

  • Chief Executive, NCTJ, UK

    Joanne Butcher is chief executive of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the industry's charity that delivers the premier training scheme for journalists in the UK. Joanne has led the NCTJ during a decade of radical changes to the organisation, its qualifications and accreditation scheme, and she has developed its charitable activities, notably the Journalism Diversity Fund and its role in the Community News Project.  Joanne began her career in marketing and moved into her first training role at the Newspaper Society. She then joined the Periodical Publishers Association as director of the Periodicals Training Council. Before joining the NCTJ, Joanne was chief executive of the Publishing National Training Organisation.

  • MD, Partner Business Solutions - APAC, Google, Singapore

    Jeremy Butteriss

    Jeremy Butteriss is the Managing Director at Google for APAC, based in Singapore. He joined Google with 15 years of experience in media, e-commerce, strategic partnerships, venture development and mergers & acquisitions. The role includes facilitating strategic partnerships for publishers across Google's businesses, in addition to managing day to day operations of Google's monetization solutions. Previously, he served as Director, Partnerships for Google Canada, where his experience included leading partnerships across Google's monetization solutions, YouTube and Marketing solutions.

  • CEO, IAB (International Advertising Bureau), South Africa

    Media and marketing pioneer Josephine Buys is CEO for IAB (International Advertising Bureau) South Africa.

    Her diverse career has placed her at the forefront of embracing digital in a variety of industries and platforms, from publishing and entertainment, to agencies and the public sector. Her experience spans sales, marketing, brand development and E-commerce. In each instance of her career she has set herself apart with her strategic intuition and infectious energy, helping organisations to affect real and lasting change in the booming digital space.

    Her role at IAB sees her building awareness of the organisation’s core purpose, instilling confidence, and ultimately increasing revenue for the South African digital industry as a whole. Central to this is the core strategy of promoting standards and accelerating the growth of digital media.

    On a practical level this involves planning and managing IAB’s South African operations; member and industry relations (i.e. protect the interests of publishers, advertisers and brands in the online space); engaging with strong industry contributors to lead and participate in the various councils; and identifying new areas of opportunity for the IAB. She strongly believes in the IAB’s philosophy that online can and should be used in conjunction with other media to amplify reach and effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

    Buys co-founded and hosted a monthly networking FUNdraiser called The Thursday Club from 2003-2013, which raised much needed awareness and over R2.5million for orphaned and vulnerable South African children. Her passion for empowering others manifests IAB role, as she fulfils the promise of the IAB’s Education and Transformation Council to address the shortage of digital professionals in the current workforce through education and transformation.

    She is inspired by the abundance of original thinking in South African media, with the constant flow of digital firsts and world-class start-ups coming out of the country. It is a turning point for harnessing the power of digital and, with the IAB currently representing over 200 members including online publishers, brands, educational institutions, creative, media and digital agencies, Josephine believes this chapter of the global IAB organisation, is well-positioned to lead this transition into a new age for media in South Africa.


  • Designer/Developer/Journalist, Verdens Gang AS, Norway

  • Business Director, The Byrne Partnership Ltd, UK

    Eamonn Byrne progressed through the advertising & commercial departments of prestigious regional newspaper groups to become Commercial Director and MD of newspaper titles. He has been Deputy Director General & Business Director of the World Association of Newspapers for 7 years and speaks regularly at major international events on newspaper strategy and was for 10 years until 2010, the responsible consultant/partner for research, business and content strategy for the World Association of Newspapers. Eamonn continues his association with WAN-IFRA as special Advisor and consultant on Media Development Projects to the WAN-IFRA Press Freedom and Media Development Board.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Sun Star Network Exchange

    Maria Lourdes (Nini) Cabaero is a pioneer of new media in Philippine community journalism. She is editor-in-chief of the Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), new media department of the Cebu-based Sun.Star Publishing Inc. Her office runs and other digital journalism products of the media group.

    Before making the transition to online, Cabaero was news editor of the Sun.Star Cebu, flagship publication of the Sun.Star network of community newspapers in the Philippines. In addition to running Sunnex, Cabaero writes a column “Beyond 30” every Tuesday and Sunday in Sun.Star. The term “30” refers to the proofreader’s mark to signify the end of the news report. “Beyond 30” tries to see beyond the news.

    Cabaero holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines - Diliman, and a master’s degree in journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University. Cabaero was a Sandra Burton–Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from 2013 to 2014.

  • Chair of Court, Heriot-Watt University, UK

    Dame Frances Cairncross, is a British economist, respected journalist and academic.
    She is Chair of the UK’s independent review into the future of quality journalism.
    She is Chair of the Court of Heriot Watt University and a former Rector of Exeter College, Oxford.
    She spent 13 years as an economic columnist for the Guardian and 20 years as a senior editor at The Economist.
    She is the author of a number of books, including "The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution is Changing our Lives".

  • Editor-in-Chief, La Repubblica, Italy

    Mario Calabresi, has been Editor-in-Chief of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica since January 2016. He moved there from La Stampa, where he had been Editor-in-Chief from 2009.

    An award-winning journalist, and published author, Calabresi has worked for print and broadcast news outlets. He covered parliament for the Ansa news agency and La Stampa, and was News Editor at La Repubblica. The paper sent him to New York as their correspondent from 2007 to 2008, following the electoral campaign that saw Barack Obama elected. In 2011 he presented the RAI 3 television production entitled Hotel Patria.

    His published books include Spingendo la notte più in là. Storia della mia famiglia e di altre vittime del terrorismo (Pushing back the night. Stories of my family and other victims of terrorism) (2007) and La fortuna non esiste. Storie di uomini e donne che hanno avuto il coraggio di rialzarsi(Fortune doesn’t exist. Stories of men and women who were brave enough to stand up again) (2009), published by Mondadori.

    He has also written A Occhi Aperti (With eyes wide open) (2013),  a collection of his interviews with ten leading photographers who recount the moments in which history was frozen by a photograph. His most recent book is called Non temete per noi, la nostra vita sarà meravigliosa (Don’t fear for us, our lives will be wonderful) which seeks to address the feeling of hopelessness amongst many of today’s youth.

  • President, World Editors Forum, USA

    David was Chief Executive Officer of TheStreet, Inc., a New York-based financial news and information company, from mid-2016 until February, 2019. TheStreet was comprised of five businesses based in the U.S., the UK and India, with more than 600 employees, and including its flagship website, Most of the businesses were sold in late 2018 and David left to devote his energies to fighting for journalism through WEF.

    Before joining TheStreet as CEO in 2016, David was Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, responsible for news coverage on America’s largest newspaper and fifth-largest digital news portfolio. David directed more than 400 journalists and worked with another 3,000 tied to 100 newspapers owned by USA Today parent company Gannett Inc.

     David joined USA Today in mid-2012 from MarketWatch, where he was also Editor-in-Chief. David ran MarketWatch through eight years of ownership by Dow Jones Co. and subsequently, News Corp., and four years before that as a public company which owned the website CBS MarketWatch. Dave also wrote a weekly column for MarketWatch, and was twice honored by the Society of American Editors and Writers for his commentary.

    Before joining MarketWatch, Dave spent five years working for Bloomberg, almost all of it in London, where he ran a team that covered the financial services industry throughout Europe. Before Bloomberg, he spent six years as a reporter and columnist for The Boston Herald. He’s a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and currently splits his time between New York City and Corte Madera, Ca.

    David Callaway is president of the World Editor’s Forum, a unit of WAN-IFRA, and a board member for the International Center for Journalists.

  • Gerente de Inteligencia de Datos, La Nación, Argentina

  • CEO, inBlocks, France

    Christophe Camborde began his career with the Sud-Ouest Group in 1995. He then worked on the first e-commerce projects of the Carrefour group in 1999 as CTO of the Internet subsidiary. In 2004, he created Steek, his first cloud company which he sold to F-Secure in 2010. He then invested in big data by developing the first DMP in Europe within Ezakus. Camborde sold the company in 2016 to NP6 and launched into the blockchain business by creating inBlocks.

  • Global Advisory Team, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Cecilia is a Swedish digital media journalist who has been part of the core team for the WAN-IFRA executive programmes on digital revenues and mobile platforms (now eRev) since the launch in 2006. She has also written WAN-IFRA reports, including on Data Privacy, Ad Blocking and the 2017 World Press Trends.

  • Strategic Data Partnerships, Google Asia Pacific

    Catherine Candano is responsible for strategic Data Partnerships at Google Asia Pacific. At Google since 2011, Cathy specializes on data-driven monetization growth and driving user-first content experiences, contributing as global program lead for publisher analytics.

    Past 8 years before Google includes product management roles for Cathy in a leading SEA telecom company's mobile data business, as well as digital outreach on sustainable development across 40+ Asian countries with the United Nations in Thailand.

  • Editor-in-Chief, El País, Spain

    Antonio Caño

    Antonio Caño graduated in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He worked for Efe News Agency and joined EL PAÍS in 1982. He was foreign correspondent for the newspaper in Mexico and Central America and U.S. Bureau Chief in Washington, where he was stationed for over 10 years, until his designation as editor. He has also been Foreign Desk chief, deputy editor in charge of the Sunday paper and magazine, and responsible of the Investigative Reporting and Analysis section. During his career he has covered, among other events, the Gulf, Falklands, Chad and El Salvador wars, the revolts against Pinochet in Chile, the fall of the Sandinist government in Nicaragua and four presidential elections in the United States. He has interviewed many presidents, chiefs of State and public figures, most recently U.S. president Barack Obama. During the last years, while in Washington, he launched the America edition of EL PAÍS, that has become a journalistic reference in the Spanish-speaking world. In May 2014 he took over as editor of EL PAÍS.

  • CCO & Founder, Cultura Colectiva, México

    Adolfo Cano has a B.A. in Marketing and is one of the founding partners of a project that started as a website to later become an international technology and entertainment development company: Cultura Colectiva. As a young visionary, he gave life to one of the most important digital media project for his generation through the creation of quality content for millions of readers. He has left his mark in a new international cultural industry that grows exponentially. Currently he manages the business development area of the company.

    One of the keys elements of the development of Cultura Colectiva has been the ability to analyse the market, meet the needs of the hypermedia user and finding inspiration in creativity and change. The motto of Cultura Colectiva is to Create, Innovate and Entertain, since all of these are elements necessary to build a true cultural industry. With more than 21 million followers this digital media is considered the best valued digital native project in Mexico.

  • Editor In Chief, El País, Spain

    Antonio Caño, 60, born in Martos (province of Jaén), graduated in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He is married, with three children. He worked for Efe News Agency and joined EL PAÍS in 1982. He was foreign correspondent for the newspaper in Mexico and Central America and U.S. Bureau Chief in Washington, where he was stationed for over 10 years, until his designation as editor. He has also been Foreign Desk chief, deputy editor in charge of the Sunday paper and magazine, and responsible of the Investigative Reporting and Analysis section. During his career he has covered, among other events, the Gulf, Falklands, Chad and El Salvador wars, the revolts against Pinochet in Chile, the fall of the Sandinist government in Nicaragua and four presidential elections in the United States. He has interviewed many presidents, chiefs of State and public figures, most recently U.S. president Barack Obama. During the last years, while in Washington, he launched the America edition of EL PAÍS, that has become a journalistic reference in the Spanish-speaking world. In May 2014 he took over as editor of EL PAÍS. 

  • Executive Director, ACOS Alliance, London, UK

    Elisabet Cantenys is the Executive Director for A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS Alliance), an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to embed a culture of safety across newsrooms and among freelance and local journalists worldwide. Cantenys is former Head of Programmes at the Rory Peck Trust. She has designed, managed and implemented more than a dozen journalist safety projects worldwide and has worked as a freelance documentary producer, radio journalist and writer in New York, London and Barcelona.

  • Managing Director, Liquid Media, Greece

    Yannis Capodistrias is Managing Director at Liquid Media, a leading Greek publisher. He was born in Athens and studied Economics and Computing Science in Manchester. He started working in the Advertising Sector and then joined easyJet Airline as Marketing Manager for Greece, Italy and Eastern Europe. He has served as Managing Director Europe at Sportingbet and is currently also Managing Director of Zatrix, a marketing services company. He is the Vice Chairman of IAB Hellas.

  • Digital Strategy and Product Regional Director, Discovery LATAM & US Hispanics, Colombia

    Digital communication's expert with vast experience in designing, structuring and leading digital content and operations teams with a proven track record in strategic redefinitions that resulted in tangible audience and income growth at 2 of LATAM´s most influential media powerhouses and one digital Marketing pioneer for Spanish speakers. In the media industry, he led the convergence and product development processes and management of the Digital Content and Operations (Tech, PD & UX) teams behind Grupo Santo Domingo's Information properties (El Espectador, Caracol TV, Blu Radio, Gol Caracol, CineColombia, Cromos, Shock...) Previously, he also played a key role in the consolidation of El Tiempo Casa Editorial as a regional digital reference in terms of innovative digital experiences (El Tiempo, Portafolio, CityTV...) He is also Chairman of the Board at IAB Colombia, Coordinator of the Digital Committee of the Colombian Publishers Association (ANDIARIOS) & member of ASOMEDIOS Digital Council.

  • co-Director, InternetLab, Brazil

    Francisco holds a master’s degree in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law from the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where he also earned his bachelor of laws degree (LL.B., 2011). He is a member of Brazil’s Empirical Legal Research Network \ (REED) and winner of the “Brazil’s Internet Framework Bill & Development Award” (Google/FGV-SP). In 2013, Francisco was a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Law and Society from the University of California at Berkeley. He was also a teaching assistant at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School. Between 2012 and 2014, he acted as the coordinator of the Internet, Law & Society Nucleus at the University of São Paulo (NDIS-USP). Currently Francisco works with Internet policy monitoring and analysis-production. 

  • Managing Director of Digital News Media Germany , Axel Springer, Germany

    Dr. Stephanie Caspar is Managing Director of Digital News Media Germany at Axel Springer. She is responsible for the management of Axel Springer’s digital media assets in Germany (e.g. BILD and WELT) and heads up all relating business, marketing and technology functions.

    Stephanie started her professional career at McKinsey & Company. After that she held various management positions at Ebay and Immobilienscout24 before she founded an e-commerce company, Mirapodo, with the Otto Group. In May 2013 she left Mirapodo to head up the WELT Group at Axel Springer and later WeltN24 after the acquisition of N24 early in 2014.

  • Managing Director, WELT Gruppe, Germany

    Stephanie Caspar

    Stephanie Caspar is currently the Managing Director of WELT Gruppe in Germany. Prior to this, she managed the e-commerce company Mirapodo, which she founded and which was part of the Otto Group, and was also employed with ImmobilienScout24, eBay and McKinsey. Caspar has over 12 years of solid e-commerce experience, her area of focus within the parameters of her remit on the Advisory Board being retention marketing, CRM, shop management and optimisation.

  • Publisher, Vanguardia, Mexico

    Armando Castilla Galindo, Managing Director for Vanguardia,  grew from within the newspaper company to reach his current position. He studied Economics and Finance at ITESM in 1999, and a MBA at IPADE in 2006. He is a passionate journalist renowned for his innovative and ground-breaking work in the digital media.

    His vision for storytelling has positioned Vanguardia among the best publications worldwide.  In 2014, he received the honor of being mentioned by the King of Spain at the "Don Quijote" Awards, in addition to numerous other national awards in human rights, science, technology and health.

    With him at the forefront, Vanguardia has survived a series of attacks that sought to silence it. In 2012, he was elected Vice President Of the Mexican Press Freedom Committee (IAPA), where his work focused on highlighting the risks journalist face when reporting in Mexico.

    Armando is also an active citizen in his community and a Board Member of the Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey that was created to spur innovation in education in Mexico.

    Armando Castilla is a bold leader in the bid to take editorial and advertising initiatives to the next level. His philosophy lies in the belief that it is better to undo wrongs than never taking a life changing decision. He has earned worldwide recognition for his avant-garde thinking regarding social media strategies, and currently is working on a project on custom, printed editions for potential commercial purposes.

    Armando is a Board Member of the WAN-IFRA Latin American Committee.