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Digital Media World 2016

10 Oct 2016 to 12 Oct 2016
Reed Messe Wien, Vienna

accompanying the World Publishing Expo 2016

Speakers | Digital Media World 2016


Board Member, Styria Media Group, Austria

Born in Graz in 1966 he studied Jurisprudence (his dissertation was on the subject of ‘Media Law') at the Karl-Franzens University Graz. During his time studying he was able to gather experiences as a journalist at various daily and weekly newspapers from 1986 onwards and was appointed to Chief Editor in 1991 at the weekly newspaper "der neue Grazer/der neue Steirer". Simultaneously he was substantially involved in the establishment of the first Grazer Stadtradios (town radio) 107, 5 (1997/98). In 2002 Klaus Schweighofer moved to Equity and Finance Management at "Styria Medien AG" and since then has been responsible, besides radio and television participation at home, above all, for the expansion of "Styria" in Slovenia and Croatia. Amongst other things, the newly founded daily newspapers "24sata" (Croatia) and "zurnal24" (Slovenia) came under his area of responsibility. With the foundation of "Styria Media International AG" 2005 he was appointed to the Board and additionally held a series of Executive and Board of Directors´ seats. On 3rd March 2008 Klaus Schweighofer was appointed to the Board at "Styria Media Group AG". He continues to belong on the Board of "Styria Media International AG". Klaus Schweighofer is married and father of two children.

Editor, De Correspondent, the Netherlands

After spending three years working for the biggest literary agency in the Netherlands, Milou Klein Lankhorst (1987) joined the Amsterdam-based journalism outfit The Correspondent in early 2013. She developed the organizational structure that coordinates the efforts of (meanwhile) over 40 employees and founded a speakers' agency that is helping reporters directly engage with a growing audience. In her current role as Publisher, Milou now oversees The Correspondent's book publishing division, guiding projects from the initial idea through writing, editing, distribution, and promotion, within the Netherlands and abroad.

Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany

Since 2008, Dr. Sabathil has been the Managing Director at the Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg. His previous professional experience includes: From 1988 to 1989: Controller Axel Springer, Hamburg. From 1990 – 1991 he was CFO Medical Tribune International, Frankfurt before he became Managing Director at Ostsee-Zeitung, Rostock from 1992 – 2006. In 2007 he was Managing Director Leipziger Volkszeitung, Leipzig before joining Schwäbisch Media.



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.

Chief Executive Officer, Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria

Roman is a long time “veteran” in Newspaper business since 1976. In all this time he is working for the quality Paper “Salzburger Nachrichten”. Starting with basic operations, programming and  integration of IT-Systems, developing Software and APP´s, project management and implementing of major Newspaper-Projects  i.e. Prepress-, Editorial-, Production-, Commercial-, Adsystems, the  Company move to a new building. The last major Projects was the replacement of the whole Prepress (Agfa), Press(KBA) and Distribution (Ferag) Equipment plus reorganizing the Digital Integration, Systems- and Sales organization for the new Media world. Managing Director at Salzburger Nachrichten since 2008. He is member of several steering committees in Print- , Distribution- , IT- and  Digital companies and CEO of Salzburg Digital. Till now he is head of technical Production, Prepress, Multimediaproduction, IT and  Customer service  including  Integration Print and in Digital with a wonderful team.

Chief Operating Officer, La Presse, Canada; President, Square Victoria Digital Properties; President, Nuglif, Canada

Pierre-Elliott Levasseur is Chief Operating Officer of La Presse, Canada’s French-language news medium of record. Over the last few years, Mr. Levasseur has led the company’s digital publishing operations and the development and implementation of La Presse+, an award-winning digital edition for tablets. Mr. Levasseur is also President of Square Victoria Digital Properties, a leading investor and developer of digital businesses in Canada. In recent years, he has guided the diversification of the company’s activities through acquisitions as well as through acquiring equity interests. Since May 2015, he has also overseen Nuglif, a subsidiary of La Presse dedicated to the ongoing development of the innovative publishing platform technology behind La Presse+ and to its successful integration into clients’ technical and operational environments. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Levasseur worked for Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation, where he was Treasurer from 2001 to 2006. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Director, Global Advisory - WAN-IFRA, Germany

Ben is a leading expert on digital media, and at WAN-IFRA he has the task of providing independent advice on digital strategy and organisational change. He will also lead the various WAN-IFRA initiatives to support the media industry in its transformation.

Previously, he was Shaw Media's Chief Digital Officer, and focused in driving digital revenue and audience for their digital products in the United States. Shaw was also the company’s CTO and previously IT Director. He oversaw the alignment of all technologies to Shaw’s audience and revenue growth strategies. He was also actively involved in optimizing Shaw Media's over 100 print and digital publication products and workflows. He is a licensed Apple iOS Developer and an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist.


Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1 October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite,” the French government’s response to the economic difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research.

CCO, PressReader, Canada

Nikolay Malyarov is Chief Content Officer and General Counsel at PressReader – the largest all-you-can-read digital content platform with a growing list of over 5,000 newspapers and magazines.

Recognised for his bold, strategic vision and thought leadership, Nikolay offers provocative commentary on future trends in publishing at major international events.  He frequently contributes to prominent global publications, exposing what’s between the lines on topics such as audience development and user experience, content distribution and monetisation strategies.

Nikolay holds a Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of British Columbia.


Expert Advisor, WAN-IFRA & Senior Advisor, Schibsted, Sweden

Beginning in the mid-90s, Kalle was one of the key designers of the strategy and success of Aftonbladet’s digital business development. The strategy and its implementation have deeply influenced the Schibsted corporate strategy.
Driving Aftonbladet to be one of the first digital news media in the world to implement a number of paid content services. Kalle was also instrumental in developing its mobile strategy. He has over 35 years in media and is Senior Advisor to Schibsted Sweden. Kalle is also a Board Member of Svenska Dagbladet.

Expert Advisor, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory

Steffen Damborg (MBA) is a digital transformation specialist with over 10 years of experience in all aspects of running an online business in the media industry. 

He is a former Digital Director and Chief Development Officer at the leading Danish Publisher, JP/Politikens Hus, and is currently focusing on Digital Transformation for global media organisations accrued from his knowledge of working extensively in the Scandinavian market. 

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.

WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant

Blending a strong background in digital and marketing with proven success in launching and managing innovative assets, Frédérique Lancien held several executive positions within international companies including Lagardère and Bertelsmann.

Her background involves running digital properties, executing new product launch programs, as well as planning and executing technologically savvy e-commerce strategies.
After 5 years in book publishing, she joined Bertelsmann in 1998 to launch the BOL.fr e-commerce website dedicated to books, music and video, as editorial and sales director.
She joined the Lagardère Active Group in 2000 as e-commerce international manager to develop e-commerce activities in France, the United-States and Japan.

She became Senior licensing and new media marketing manager in 2003, in charge of defining and implementing the worldwide licensing marketing strategy for the ELLE clothing and accessories brand and of coordinating the Group’s Internet websites. She then worked as Lagardère Active’s international digital director from 2007 to 2011, being responsible for global digital strategy in 11 countries and launch of Doctissimo websites outside France.

She joined L'Equipe Group (the leading sports media group in France) beginning of 2012 where she served as Digital and New Business Director. She managed marketing strategy and business development for all digital assets and was in charge of identifying new growth opportunities and launching new activities around sports’ practice, conferences & events. She also developed paid content offers and implemented acquisition and loyalty programs. She was appointed Strategy and New Business Director of L’Equipe group beginning of 2015.

Editorial Director, Pfeiffer Report, France

After 10 years at the helm of a leading European technology magazine, Andreas founded Pfeiffer Consulting in 1998, with the aim to provide market-specific research and consulting to media producers and technology providers. Through his site Pfeiffer Report he offers in-depth analysis of emerging media, publishing and technology trends. Pfeiffer is a frequent speaker at international events for the publishing and media community, and his insights have been quoted in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Wired.

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.

Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Andrew Perkis received his Siv.Ing and Dr. Techn. Degrees in 1985 and 1994, respectively. In 2008 he received an executive Master of Technology Management in cooperation from NTNU, NHH and NUS (Singapore). He has been with NTNU since 1993 and currently holds a chair within Media Technology. His current research focus is within methods and functionality of content representation, quality assessment and its use within the media value chain in a variety of applications and change management, business modelling for the media sector and Digital Storytelling and the associate tools for this. He was one of the founding authors of the concept of Universal Multimedia Access (UMA) and Quality of Experience (QoE). He is also involved in setting up directions and visions for new research within media technology and entertainment as well as directions for innovations in Immersive Media Technology Experiences. He is member of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), senior member of the IEEE, member of ACM, member of The Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers, Board member of WAN-IFRA Global Alianace for Media innovation (GAMI) and member of the New European Media (NEM) executive committee.

Chief Operating Officer, Monrif Net, Italy

After graduating as a telecom engineer, Navarotto started his work career in Norway in 1997 as a software consultant for Ericsson. He then moved back to Italy in 2000 in order to startup the italian branch of the consultancy company he was working for at that time. From 2002 to 2006 he has worked for the DADA internet group as product manager of the b2b mobile services area. Finally in 2006 he entered the Poligrafici Group as business development manager of their web company Monrif Net and since 2009 he has assumed the role of COO for the online operations of the group.

Assistant Managing Editor, Newsday, NY, USA

Millrod is assistant managing editor at Newsday, where he has been involved in one transformation after another since he began working at Newsday as a copy editor in 1985. Millrod was involved in the original purchase of a Unisys Hermes system in 1999 and was the project manager for a redesign of Newsday with Mario Garcia in 2004. Before coming here, he worked at two small newspapers in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, as a city editor and news editor. But Newsday was his hometown paper on Long Island, and the place he wanted to be since he was a student journalist at Stony Brook University, where he now teach news literacy as well.

Editorial technology has been an area of special interest for Millrod from the beginning of his career, and being one of the project managers in the multi-channel publishing project over the past two years has been a great and exciting challenge.

Head of Expressen TV, Sweden

Bella Levy is the Editor of newspaper Expressen's extensive video offering. Expressen TV is the CNN affiliate in Sweden and syndicates Reuters TV, AP TV and BuzzFeed Video, too. With world leading 3D VR-graphics from Vizrt and two brand new studios in the newsroom. Expressen TV is an award winning breaking news organisation that runs a live-TV coverage for 16 hours per day.

Senior Editor, Digital, DW – Deutsche Welle, Germany

Esra Dogramaci is Senior Editor, Digital at Deutsche Welle. Formerly she worked as a digital consultant at BBC World Service where she worked with BBC Arabic on a digital transformation across online, video, radio and social media. Previously, she led a team that looked after 20 languages YouTube channel’s with results stretching to 550% growth in just a year, then leveraging that growth in experimental formats for social and mobile video. Esra joined the BBC from Al Jazeera in Qatar and Turkey and prior to that was at UNICEF and UN headquarters working in communications throughout. Esra has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs, particularly in social video and off platform growth and development. She’s also a former national team athlete, representing Australia in Ice Hockey.

Managing Director, Styria digital one, Austria

Alexis is managing director of Styria Digital One, Austria’s number one digital publisher regarding reach with a portfolio of 35 general interest, lifestyle and niche portals with premium content.

The author of books and articles on online advertising started his career as a business and finance journalist. He then soon realized the potential of video and co-founded an online TV platform in 2000. Alexis later became part of the editorial board of the Austrian business paper “WirtschaftsBlatt” and reorganized the digital content activities of Styria Media Group, one of Austria’s top media companies.

His passion is journalism and he loves the new possibilities digital news and advertising offer.    

CEO & Founder, NIMEH & Partners, Austria

George Nimeh ist Gründer und CEO von NIMEH & Partners. Gegründet im Jahr 2016 verbindet NIMEH & Partners Strategie, Innovation, Content Marketing, Forschung und Produktentwicklung für Unternehmen, die in der heutigen Zeit erfolgreich sein wollen. George Nimeh ist ein digitaler Unternehmer mit über 20 Jahren Erfahrung in der Medien-, Marketing- und Kommunikationsbranche sowohl in Europa als auch in den USA. Sein TEDx Gespräch “What if there was no advertising” in Wien in 2015 wurde sehr gut angenommen. Im selben Jahr gewann er das erste INMA Stipendium an der Berlin School of Creative Leadership und ist dort derzeit in einem eMBA-Programm eingeschrieben.
George Nimeh diente vier Jahre als Chief Digital Officer bei KURIER, einem der führenden österreichischen Medienunternehmen. Dort leitete er die Strategie und Teams, die das gesamte digitale Geschäft umbauten. Er und sein Team belegten den zweiten Platz (hinter The Guardian) bei WAN-IFRA’s European Digital Media Awards für die “Best News Website” im Jahr 2014. In 2015 gewann KURIER den ersten Platz bei WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards für "Best Digital Advertising Campaign 2015".

Director, Europe / Africa & Global Advisory, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Nick runs our most advanced digital programmes, including the subscription focused eRev and our MMA e-learning, as well as managing our events and operations in Europe & Africa.

He started his career in London and has over fifteen years experience in innovative digital projects and collaborative working.

Before joining WAN-IFRA, he managed IT projects for ExxonMobil, Deutsche Bank and the European Patent Office, and facilitated the exec forums and conferences for the e-gov agency London Connects. He has a Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Change from the Open University Business School.

Executive Director, IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau), Austria

Since 2015 Dr. Felix Badura is member of the board of IAB Austria, where he chairs the "Advertising quality" working group. He is working in the online industry since 2008, where he has co-founded Meetrics GmbH, a company that focuses on ad verification as well as the algorithmic detection of reading behaviour on online news portals such as Spiegel Online. Prior to his time at Meetrics Mr. Badura worked as a researcher in the field of Yield Management at WU Vienna.

COO, austria.com/plus, Austria

André Eckert is COO at austria.com/plus, a Russmedia Company and Austria´s largest premium ad network and general manager of vienna.at. Previously, Eckert worked as a general manager of a radio station and a national magazine. He graduated from the University of Innsbruck  with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Media Innovation Strategist, Berlin

Robb Montgomery is a journalism professor, consultant and serial entrepreneur based in Berlin, Germany. He is the author of two books on visual storytelling and the founder of several businesses including Visual Editors, Montgomery Multimedia and the Smart Film School.

Montgomery is a former visual editor for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. He redesigned the San Francisco Examiner in 2005 and has led innovation projects throughout his career.

Montgomery teaches Mobile Journalism and Design Thinking at several European universities and is the author of “A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism” (iTunes) and “Smartphone Filmmaking” (Taylor & Francis).

He has two best-seller courses on Udemy (Smartphone Filmmaking and Mobile Journalism) and founded the Smart Film School in 2015 to provide certificate training resources for schools and organizations.


Duncan Hooper, Editor in Chief, Digital Platforms, Euronews

Duncan Hooper is editor in chief for digital platforms at Euronews, overseeing publication of 13 language editions. His focuses are delivering on the editorial "All Views" proposition and adapting the video production strengths developed in TV to the digital world. He has worked at Bloomberg, The Telegraph and MSN.

President and Co-Founder, World VR Forum (WVRF)

Clayton Doherty is President and Co-Founder of the World VR Forum (WVRF). Clayton has worked in professional and educational theatre for the last 35 years. He has been a Producer/Consultant and an Actor-Director for Simon & Schuster – Paramount Pictures where his ESL project won “Top Honors in Education” at the San Jose Film Festival. His CV includes work in Education, Development and as an Artistic Director: from directing Inupik Eskimo’s in the Arctic Circle or the Yupik Indians in Alaska, to producing the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Nevada. 

He has produced theatre festivals from 4 plays in repertory to 17 plays in Australia, England, New Zealand, and the USA (California, Nevada, and Alaska). He has presented panels for TCG – Theatre Communications GroupASSITEJ/USA International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, American Theatre Association, Theatre Bay Area, AATE – American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and the National Chamber of Commerce Association. Most recently Clayton was producing, directing and teaching for Simply Theater Geneva (Switzerland’s premier English speaking performing arts training school with more than 700 students attending weekly programs throughout Switzerland).

Since moving to Switzerland 6 years ago, he has also presented workshops for Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum ; opened a new Performing Arts program in Zurich; participated in the planning of the 20th anniversary of President Gorbachev’s founding of Green Cross International at the UN ; starred in the French-Swiss film The Bakery.

Chief Executive Officer, Hürriyet, Turkey

Recognized for over twenty years as one of the leading authorities on digitalization, transformation, organic growth and customer strategies, Caglar Gogus is the Chief Executive Office at Hurriyet, Turkey’s largest and newspaper and digital publisher and classified sites.

Caglar Gogus has been the CEO of Hurriyet since February 2016 and worked as an independent member of the Board of the company in 2015. He has been working on accelerating the digitalization and convergence efforts thus digital revenues at Hurriyet and looking for further strengthening the firms’ real estate classified business and searching for new business extensions and revenue streams.

Before Caglar joined Hurriyet, he had an extensive international management consulting and entrepreneurial background in the areas of organic growth, financial services, customer experience management and big data technologies.

Caglar has been a keynote speaker at various global and regional conferences and executive workshops. He speaks with authority on issues of media, digitalization, organic growth and change management.

Business Development Manager, Germany

Christian Hasselbring has over 16 years of experience on the digital side of the publishing industry. Until 2013 he was part of the management of German and international media-houses. Amongst others, as managing director of stern.de GmbH for Gruner + Jahr, Head of Product and Program for Welt Online / Berliner Morgenpost Online at Axel Springer and as Director of Information & Community for AOL Germany. Today Christian Hasselbring is business consultant for digital markets and Head of Business Development for the Munich-based micropayment enabler LaterPay.

Digital Media World 2016