Speakers | World News Media Congress 2019

World News Media Congress 2019

01 Jun 2019 to 03 Jun 2019
United Kingdom

26th World Editors Forum, 3rd Women in News Summit

Speakers | World News Media Congress 2019


CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Philippines

A journalist in Asia for nearly 35 years, Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. As Rappler's executive editor and CEO, Maria has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government, forced to post bail eight times to stay free. Rappler's battle for truth and democracy is the subject of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival documentary, A Thousand Cuts. 

For her courage and work on disinformation and 'fake news,' Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, was among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and has also been named one of Time's Most Influential Women of the Century. She was also part of BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2019 and Prospect magazine's world's top 50 thinkers. Among many awards, she received the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Knight International Journalism Award from the International Center for Journalists, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University, the Columbia Journalism Award, the Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute, and the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Investigative Journalism. 

Before founding Rappler, Maria focused on investigating terrorism in Southeast Asia. She opened and ran CNN's Manila Bureau for nearly a decade before opening the network's Jakarta Bureau, which she ran from 1995 to 2005. She wrote Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia and From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism.

Former President & CEO, The New York Times Company, USA

Mark stepped down as President & CEO at The New York Times Company in the summer of 2020 after an eight-year tenure in which the 170-year-old news brand was transformed into a digital powerhouse. Digital subscribers jumped to nearly 6 million, up from half a million when he joined, while digital revenues topped $450 million at the end of 2019. Mark’s appointment at The New York Times Company followed an eight-year term as Director General of the BBC. He is widely credited with expanding the BBC’s digital reach and overseeing development of the BBC iPlayer. He joined the BBC from Channel 4 where he was Chief Executive from 2002 to 2004. Before Channel 4 he held a series of senior posts at the BBC including Director of Television. His BBC career began as production trainee. He went on to edit several news programmes including The Nine O’clock News and Panorama before becoming Controller of BBC Two. He was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College Oxford.

Product Manager, Newsletters and Messaging, Los Angeles Times, USA

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. 

Editor-in-Chief and Responsible Editor, Expressen, Sweden

Thomas Mattsson is responsible editor of the Swedish Expressen media house. Previously, he held the positions of head of Expressen's digital media and formerly Managing Editor, News Editor, Head of the Stockholm edition, Head if the Business Section.

Expressen was awarded as "Newspaper of the Year" in 2016 and has 2.6 million readers per day in print and online. The paper ("Expressen") has two regional editions ("GT", "Kvallsposten") and the site ("Expressen.se") has several sub sites. Expressen TV is the Swedish affiliate to CNN.

Executive Director of Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute, USA

Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world.

A longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, Schiller has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include, Global Chair of News at Twitter where she led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosystem. Schiller previously served as Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer for NBC News where she had strategic and operational oversight of the networks‘ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media.

Prior to NBC, Schiller served as President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, Schiller was the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys. 

Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and serves as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

His work focuses on changes in the news media, on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond.

Author of the Cairncross Review on sustainable journalism, 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".

Global Publishing Director Elect, McKinsey & Company

Raju Narisetti previously was Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and also Director of Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Previously, he was CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, a group  of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and The Root.

A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations  in North America, Europe and Asia, Raju was previously Senior Vice-President of Strategy at News Corp.

Prior to that, he was Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he is responsible for WSJ's digital / mobile content strategy and execution;  the Managing Editor of The Washington Post, where he led the integration of its digital and print businesses; the Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe; and is the Founder of Mint, the second-largest business newspaper in India.

Raju is a Board Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia. His home is in New York City though he is often found, rather plainspoken, @raju

Editor in Chief, Director of Content, Brunswick News, Canada

Wendy Metcalfe is the Director of Content/Editor-in-Chief at Brunswick News - a Canadian media company made up of a number of publications, including the award-winning provincial newspaper the Telegraph-Journal. Wendy also oversees marketing and reader sales, uniquely placing ownership of both quality journalism and customer experience in the hands of an Editor-in-Chief. Prior to joining Brunswick News, Wendy was the Assistant Managing Editor at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper.  She made history before joining the Star when she became the first woman to hold the role of Editor-in-Chief at the Toronto Sun and Ottawa Sun. While at the helm, Wendy was also named one of the top 10 leading women to watch in media across North America by prominent industry publication, Editor & Publisher. Her first 13 years in journalism, however, were spent in the U.K., first cutting her teeth as a reporter, before climbing to management at one of Britain’s largest newspapers, Scotland's Daily Record.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore

Anthony joined SPH as Executive Vice-President, Chinese Media Group in February 2015. Anthony was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2016. He oversees the media businesses of SPH, which includes titles such as Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, as well as radio stations under SPH Radio.

Anthony also manages the Group’s Healthcare business.

Prior to joining SPH, Anthony was Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health and concurrently Special Assistant to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (2011-2014). During his career with the Singapore Public Service spanning more than 15 years, he served in various organisations including the Ministry of Finance, Home Affairs, Manpower as well as the People’s Association.

Anthony currently serves on the boards of Singapore Power Limited and several SPH subsidiaries. He also serves on private/non-profit organisations.

Anthony graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science. He also has a Master of Science (Management) degree from the Stanford Business School.

CEO, Local Media Association, USA

Nancy Lane is the dynamic leader of the Local Media Association, an organisation that supports nearly 3,000 newspapers, TV stations, digital sites, radio stations and R&D partners in North America. LMA’s mission is to reinvent business models for news.  

The association announced the creation of Accelerate Local last year and launched six different labs including the GNI Subs Lab, The Branded Content Project and the Digital Transformation Lab for Publishers of Color. In 2020, four new projects have been launched: COVID-19 local news fund (has raised $1.4 million for over 200 publishers), Oklahoma Media Center, a news collaborative in Chicago and The Fund for Local Journalism.

Lane has served as CEO since October 2000 and prior to that she held publisher and senior level positions with daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and also serves as the immediate past president on the VU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Digital transformation, content strategy and innovation consultant, WEF Board Member, UK

Dmitry is an expert in digital transformation, content strategy, and innovation. He worked for 21 years at the BBC in London where he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 40 non-English foreign language new services. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dmitry worked in various editorial-development roles for the digital section of BBC News. These roles required liaison between editorial, product and strategy teams in order to drive innovation and develop new ways of reaching audiences, increasing engagement across the world and, crucially, driving culture change is newsrooms. He is an experienced digital leader in content creation, specialising in growing audiences across the world, driving editorial changes in newsrooms and adapting the way organisations work in digital space, especially around content innovation and audience engagement.
After his years at the BBC, he joined Culture Trip, a startup operating at the intersection of media and travel. He is now pursuing new adventures. Dmitry's main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy and Product sectors.

Editor for publishing strategy and visual journalism, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway. WEF Board member.

Ingeborg Volan is editor for publishing strategy and visual journalismat Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s most prominent business newspaper. Previously, she held the position of director of audience engagement. She’s an online news veteran who early saw the possibilities of reaching audiences better online. She’s very passionate about understanding news users and letting their needs shape journalism. Among other roles, Ingeborg has previously worked as the first head of social media at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and lead the NRKbeta innovation crew. She’s also taught digital journalism at the Norwegian Institute for Journalism, been head of newsroom innovation at Adresseavisen and president of the Norwegian Online News Organization.

SVP/Head of Consumer Products, USA TODAY NETWORK, USA

Jason Jedlinski is SVP/Head of Consumer Products for Gannett's USA TODAY NETWORK. His team designs, defines and develops brand-defining digital experiences which meet target audiences wherever they want to engage. Jason is passionate about putting customers and users first, delivering true value and ROI over vanity metrics, and showing the country that local media's success is vital for communities to connect, act and thrive.

Prior to Gannett, Jason led sales and marketing for Twelvefold, an ad tech startup which used a deep understanding of content to build custom audience segments and help brands identify where their creative message would resonate best. Jason was previously SVP Marketplace Development at News Distribution Network (now Inform) and he spent seven years at Tribune Company, where he managed digital products and the content management system for flagship media businesses like KTLA-TV and the Los Angeles Times.

Director of Newsroom Product, The Washington Post, USA

Education: College of William & Mary, BA in English; American University, MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

Greg Barber is the Post newsroom's director of product. He manages the newsroom's suite of software tools and leads the groups of reporters, editors, product managers and engineers who create them. He joined The Post in 2003 as one of the founding editors of Express, was managing editor of the WaPo Labs R&D group and co-founded The Coral Project.

Head of News Innovation, BBC Voice, London, UK

Zoe Murphy is head of news innovation at BBC Voice, one of the corporation's fastest growing departments. She is responsible for developing user-centred, cutting-edge experiences for emerging Voice AI platforms. Before joining the Voice team, Zoe was editorial lead on a BBC Research & Development project exploring new digital storytelling formats.

Zoe's 16-year career in international journalism began at the BBC News website, during a time of rapid change in the digital industry. She was social media editor for the launch of the innovative daily news show, Outside Source, on World Service Radio and World TV. Zoe went on to edit the radio version. The team’s coverage of the Inauguration of Donald Trump was shortlisted for AIB Media Excellence Award 2017.

Passionate to share her experience and insight, Zoe is also a digital journalism trainer for the BBC Academy.

President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK

As a Partner at Innovation, Juan Senor has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world. 

He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK Site.

Mr Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. 

He is also the co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in NewsMedia and Innovation in MagazineMedia, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS's NewsHour, EBN-Wall Street Journal TV, CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an Emmy Award and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

Head of West Africa, BBC, Nigeria

Toyosi Ogunseye is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation. She manages the operations and five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. An international presenter, she hosts the BBC World Service’s international debate programme, World Questions.

Ogunseye, who is presently the Vice President of the World Editors Forum and sits on the board of the World Association of News Publishers has over 15 years’ experience as an investigative journalist. She was the first female editor in the 41-year history of Punch Newspaper; Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper and has won over 40 local and international awards. 

Founder and Managing Director, Steady Media, Germany

Sebastian Esser is a co-founder of Krautreporter (KR), a digital magazine, and Steady, a membership platform that helps your audience become paying members. KR was crowdfunded in 2014 by more than 17.000 people. It has been publishing stories on politics and social issues and specializes in ad-free, independent, collaborative journalism.

Since 2016, Sebastian is a co-founder of Steady, a membership platform, providing tools for people powered media businesses all over Europe. Sebastian has been a reporter on national politics for Vanity Fair Germany and on the German media industry for V.i.S.d.P. magazine.

Audience and Content Director North West, Reach plc, United Kingdom

Alison Gow is Audience and Content Director North West with Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror). She has experience implementing and assessing new ways of engaging audiences across the newsrooms, working with external partners to bring new ideas and technology to their journalism. This includes working with editors to champion exciting new ways of telling stories across multiple platforms, promoting a strong editorial culture of storytelling, reader awareness and collaboration across Reach plc's brands.

A journalist and blogger who has worked in the UK regional press for more than 20 years, she is a former editor of the Daily Post and Wales on Sunday.

Editor-in-chief, News24, Johannesburg, South Africa

Adriaan Basson is editor-in-chief of News24, South Africa’s largest website with an average monthly audience of 8 million people across mobile, app and desktop. An experienced investigative journalist and author, Basson leads a team of journalists, content producers and video journalists who lead coverage of news, business, sports and entertainment in South Africa.

Creative Diversity Lead and Journalist, BBC, London, UK

Nina is the BBC’s Creative Diversity Lead and is spearheading initiatives to support the Corporation’s aspiration that its on-air representation reflects society. 

Part of her role is managing the multi-award-winning 50:50 Project, which is currently the biggest collective action on increasing women’s representation in BBC content there’s ever been. More than 650 BBC teams from across News, Sport, Factual and Entertainment are signed up to the voluntary initiative that uses a self-monitoring data system to effect change. In addition, over 100 external organisations have partnered with 50:50 including ABC News, Voice of America and Fortune. 

50:50 is expanding its methodology to disability and ethnicity – an initiative Nina is leading.

Nina is also a journalist and, before her current post, was a BBC News senior producer. She has worked in media her whole professional career including The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph.

International Editorial Consultant, UK

Alan Geere’s 40-year career in newspaper management, media development and academia has taken him around the world from Afghanistan to Uganda taking in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He is due to complete his PhD on Editorial Leadership next year - and is proud to have been 'The Editor'!

Deputy Managing Director, Midi Libre - La Dépêche, France

Claire Charbonnel has been Deputy Managing Director of the Midi Libre - La Dépêche Group (regional press) since 2017. Previously, she headed the Domino human resources group and from 2011 to 2015 was deputy general manager of the La Provence group (regional press). During her various assignments in publishing companies, Claire has often been in charge of industrial and transformation projects.

Educational Consultant, medieundervisning.dk, Copenhagen, Denmark

Aslak Gottlieb photo
Aslak Gottlieb is a former teacher. Building upon his experience in the educational sector and direct contact with young audiences, Aslak has specialized in supporting news media companies and academic institutions collaborating on news literacy projects for the benefit of both sides. For ten years he has run the Newspaper in Education program for the Association of Danish Media with more than 40 news media titles and ten thousands of students participating in 2018. His latest research project as a journalism fellow at University of Southern Denmark suggest an alternative set of news criteria for traditional news media wanting to engage younger audiences at digital platforms.

Director of Globe Labs, The Globe and Mail, Canada

Gordon Edall is currently the Director of Globe Labs at The Globe and Mail as well as the Corporate Security Officer for Canada's national newspaper.

In his innovation role, he heads up a program with a joint mandate to accelerate innovation by enabling entrepreneurial employees to do what they think needs done while also tapping into the start-up ecosystem to find up and coming companies to partner with. In building out the incubation program now called Lab351, an identity for the Lab has emerged centred around the intersection of User Experience and Machine Learning.

Prior to his work developing Lab351, Gordon worked in the data science group at The Globe And Mail and managed the build out of an advanced analytic stack including the predictive modeling and recommendation systems the company relies on today. Earlier in his career, he used to write a column in the investing section called Number Cruncher.

Journalist, Groupe Sud Ouest, France

Etienne Millien has been a journalist for 20 years in the UK, the US and France. As a Wall Street Correspondent for Bloomberg TV, he covered the 2008 Financial Crisis and its expansion worldwide. He then worked as Assignment Desk Editor in London before returning to France and joining Sud Ouest newspaper, in Bordeaux. Since 2013, as well as working as a local reporter, he has been spearheading media-education projects for the association of French Regional Newspapers in France where he has been supporting the development of media education in schools in the country, especially through National Press Week. Under the umbrella of the new Alliance of French Newspapers, he will focus their actions on news literacy towards young adults.

Schools Editor, The Straits Times & Correspondent at Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Singapore

Serene got her first taste of journalism as a 10-year-old, creating a newsletter for her class in school, typing out stories on a typewriter in the teachers’ common room. Today, she is still creating and directing content for young people,  in her role as Schools Editor of The Straits Times in Singapore.

One of her most treasured experiences of journalism was being the Singapore representative of the Asia Journalism Fellowship (2011), which brings seasoned journalists from all over Asia to learn more from one another over three months. It gave her renewed perspective on journalism, and made her firm friends with other journalists particularly from Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Serene has been a journalist for 14 years, of which the last 10 years have been working on The Straits Times’ News In Education programme. She was deputy editor for several years before becoming editor in 2016.

Director, Journalism Leaders Programme | Co-convenor: Digital Editors Network, UK

Dr François Nel and Dr Coral Millburn-Curtis lead the Innovation Research Group which is a partnership between applied researchers from Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford and the University of Central Lancashire, where François is the founding director of the pioneering Journalism Leaders Programme. He has worked with WAN-IFRA since 2009 to research the priorities of news executives worldwide and is the editor of the association's World Press Trends initiative. François is the first academic to become an executive member of the World Editors Forum and works to support entrepreneurial individuals and forward-thinking organisations worldwide, including News UK, Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, CN Group and Times Media Ltd (South Africa).

Community organiser , The Bureau Local, UK

Rachel is community organiser at the Bureau Local, part of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The Bureau Local is a cross-UK, collaborative journalism model that is re-imagining local journalism, and which has already inspired similar models in other countries, such as Germany. She is also one of the founders and journalist directors of award-winning Scottish investigative journalism cooperative The Ferret, where she was one of the key team guiding the first few years of the start-up.  Based in Edinburgh, Rachel has worked as a journalist for almost 20 years, with a particular interest in social justice and marginalised communities. She is also a recent alumnus of the European Journalism Centre's News Impact Network programme.

Deputy Editorial Director, Freistunde – Straubinger Tagblatt, Germany

Florian Wende is passionate about creating new forms of journalism for young people. He is deputy editorial director of the editorial staff Freistunde at the media group Straubinger Tagblatt/Landshuter Zeitung. The team is releasing a weekly newspaper for young people. Florian is convinced that the stories, interviews and pictures work more intense bundled in a printed newspaper than on any display.
But of course social media is a big topic for him, too. The team picks the target group up where they are and brings them to the printed Freistunde. That’s why they deliver daily stories on Instagram. Anyway contact to the target group is important for Florian. Freistunde organizes many events for young people: discussions, poetry slams, editorial meetings with readers. All activities fix on the printed newspaper – the center of the brand Freistunde.
Freistunde has been awarded several times: European Newspaper Award (2017), Print Innovation Award (2018), Bavarian Print Price (2018).

Editor in Chief, NewsMavens, Poland

Zuzanna Ziomecka is an American-educated, Polish-based media maker professionally involved in print, television and internet projects. She works for Poland's largest liberal daily - Gazeta Wyborcza - where she is responsible for digital innovations for their women's brand "Wysokie Obcasy" and is Editor-in-Chief of NewsMavens.com - a news round-up curated exclusively by women from European news organisations. The project is funded by Google DNI and Gazeta Wyborcza and aims to discover whether gender has an impact on news narrative. She was awarded editor of the year for founding and editing the first Polish lifestyle magazine for parents in 2008. She was also one of the few women to ever act as chief editor for a weekly magazine (Przekrój) in Poland. 

Exec Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA

Nick runs WAN-IFRA's most advanced digital revenue programmes, including the Table Stakes Europe programme and the subscription focused eRev initiative, 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, 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.

Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), UK

Sir Alan Moses has been Chairman of IPSO, the independent regulator of the majority of the UK’s newspaper and magazine industry, since it was established in 2015 after the Leveson Inquiry. He is a former Lord Justice of Appeal and previously served as a High Court Judge (Queen's Bench Division) and as Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit.

Senior Executive Editor for Diversity, Talent, Standards and Training Bloomberg News, USA

Laura Zelenko, who has spent more than two decades overseeing coverage across the globe for Bloomberg News, has taken on a new role as senior executive editor for the company's editorial initiatives focused on diversity, training, talent and news standards.

Ms. Zelenko joined Bloomberg in 1993 in Prague after stints at United Press International in West Virginia and the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. She opened Bloomberg's first bureaus across Eastern Europe and won the company's first Overseas Press Club award for her work on a series on global prime bank securities fraud. In 1998, she moved to Moscow to cover the nation's debt default and co-lead the team of reporters and editors in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ms. Zelenko returned to the U.S. in 2001 and took over responsibility for all Latin American coverage. After five years traveling back and forth to the region, she established Bloomberg's first emerging markets team, ran coverage of global equity, currency, commodities and bond markets and then took on responsibility for all business, finance and investigative coverage globally, overseeing more than 600 journalists.

Ms. Zelenko, who holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University, is based in New York and has two college-aged children, Sasha and Katya.

Chief Operating Officer, News UK

David Dinsmore became Chief Operating Officer in September 2015. He has a long history with News UK starting as a reporter at the age of 22 on The Scottish Sun in 1990, before rising through the ranks to become Editor of The Sun in June 2013. David has held a number of senior roles at Britain’s best-selling paper including Managing Editor where he helped to oversee the launch of the Sunday edition. Born and raised in Scotland, David began his national newspaper career on The Scottish Sun where he became Editor in 2006, taking circulation to a market-leading 400,000-plus. In 2010, David was made General Manager of News UK in Scotland and subsequently became Director of Operations for News UK. In addition to his work at News UK, in January 2018 David was appointed to chairman of the News Media Association (NMA), the industry body representing national, regional and local news media associations in the UK. David is married with two children.

Senior Consultant & Report Editor, INNOVATION Media Consulting, UK

Emma Goodman is co-editor of the Innovation in News Media World Report, which covers innovative developments in journalism and news publishing from around the world. She is also Policy Officer for the LSE Media Policy Project and LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, within the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, focusing on policy responses to misinformation and other online harms.

Co-founder, fathm, London, UK

Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. He is also a strong advocate for higher ethical standards in digital journalism.
Fergus’ experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He spent eight years at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor. He then headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk. Fergus founded Dig Deeper Media in 2015 and advises broadcasters, publishers and start-ups on social and digital newsgathering, newsroom transformation and innovation. In 2017 he launched Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has already seen success in the US, UK, Sweden and won an Online Journalism Award in 2018 for "Verificado" - an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections. Fergus was named as a 2019 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow. He is a faculty member of the European Broadcast Union’s Academy. He serves on the board of the Online News Association. He is the co-founder and CEO of fathm a media consultancy and news lab.

Co-Founder and Editor, THE KEN, India

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. She is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

Co-Founder & CEO, Quintillion Media, India

Ritu Kapur is the co-founder and CEO of The Quint and board member, World Editors Forum. She is also a Board Member at Oxford University’s prestigious Reuters Institute Of Journalism and the World Editor's Forum. She used to head Programming at History Channel, was Features Editor at CNN IBN, where she launched the popular CJ (Citizen Journalist) Show, among others. Kapur has been recognized by Outlook Business as "Woman of Worth 2017 - The Newsmaker".

Under her leadership, The Quint has grown by nearly 250% Year on Year in terms of both Unique Users and Pageviews, and seen a 100%+ growth in revenue, and pulled in some of the biggest clients in the industry. She has also driven the redesign of The Quint's website, founded the proprietary interactive microsite format "Quint Lab", and launched the health content platform "Quint Fit".

Along with being an accomplished leader, she has spearheaded many initiatives and campaigns tackling social issues. Some of her most successful campaigns are Register To Vote and Power Of 49, which championed a manifesto for women, who comprise 49 per cent of the population. Another significant initiative was The Quint's partnership with BBC, which led to the birth of #SwachhDigital India, a campaign against fake news.


Ritu Kapur has also strived to provide multiple platforms for free speech such as Talking Stalking, Bol and Citizen Q.

Editor-in-chief, Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil

Sergio Davila is Executive Editor of Folha de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest newspapers. He has held the position since 2010. Previously he was the paper’s foreign correspondent and covered the 2000 U.S. elections, Ground Zero on Sept. 11, and the war in Iraq, for which he was given the Esso Prize, an important Brazilian journalism award. He has written a book about his time in Iraq, called “Baghdad Diary: The War in Iraq Seen from Under the Bombs.” Davila was born in São Paulo, Brazil and attended Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication. His first journalism position was with Editora Abril in 1988, where he was a writer, editor and reporter. He is a Knight fellow.

Coach, Table Stakes Europe / Journalism lecturer, UK

Alexandra Borchardt a senior journalist, keynote speaker, media consultant and Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. As a Director of Leadership Programmes at the Institute until July 2019 she developed and led on the seminar series “Oxford Perspectives”, targeting senior journalists, editors and media managers. Prior to this, she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily.

Alexandra’s main focus is digital transformation and how it impacts the media, democracy, the workplace and human behaviour. She teaches “Leadership and Strategy in the 21st Century” at TU Munich, gives lectures and talks on digitisation and the media and publishes opinion pieces with Project SyndicateNewsMavens and theEuropean Journalism Observatory. She is the author of Mensch 4.0 – Frei bleiben in einer digitalen Welt (Freedom in a digital world), Guetersloher Verlagshaus (Random House), 2018. She serves as vice chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age.

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 internet and democracy and the future of work. In 2015 she published Das Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt (The Internet between Dictatorship and Anarchy: Ten Assertions about Democracy in the Digital World), Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition Streitschrift. Before joining SZ she worked for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Alexandra 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.

High Risk Adviser, BBC High Risk team, UK

Sally Fitton is High Risk Adviser at the BBC’s High Risk team. Fitton delivers and runs the Managing High Risk Deployments course for the BBC. This course is designed to inform and enable those who authorise tasks or would be the first point of contact in an incident. As part of the High Risk team, Fitton advises and assists BBC staff and contracted freelancers on safety and security. It may be for breaking news, an investigative piece or even for a natural history documentary or science programme. BBC's Hight Risk team guides the risk management of tasks, are part of the incident management response when it goes wrong, advise on overseas staff threats and also deploy on the ground with teams. Fitton is also involved in the delivery of safety training to overseas bureaux, the maintenance and assessment of safety standards and response to threats against staff. 

Chief Commercial Officer, DC Thomson Media, UK

Denise, an Edinburgh University law graduate, has worked in the media industry for over thirty years.

Beginning her career at Aberdeen Press and Journal Ltd she held the position of Marketing Manager.  She has also held a number of senior posts, including Group Sales Promotion Controller of Thomson Regional Newspapers, Sales Promotion Manager of the Scotsman Publications Ltd and Marketing Director of Trinity Mirror plc (Midlands division).

She joined the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd in 2000 (part of the Trinity Mirror Plc) and held a number of posts, laterally as Managing Director of Trinity Mirror’s Scottish & North East of England division.

In 2014 Denise took up the position of Head of Commercial in DC Thomson with a remit to lead the advertising, marketing and events teams of the Newspaper Division.

In 2017, Denise became Chief Commercial Officer of DCT Media, adding radio to her remit. She is also the President of the Scottish Newspaper Society.

Director of Development, Groupe Challenges, France

Frédéric Sitterlé is a pioneer in digital media development and entrepreneurship. He’s the founder of Sport24.com (acquired by Le Figaro in 2005), Vodeo.tv (acquired by Le Figaro in 2011), myskreen (acquired by Première in 2014). He was also, as New Media General Manager (2005-2008), at the origin of the digital transformation of french leading publishing group Le Figaro. After few years of producing and distributing movies, he managed the rescue and re-launch of Racing Club de Strasbourg Football Club (Premiere League). He is now Head of Development at Groupe Challenges (Challenges magazine, Sciences et Avenir, La Recherche, L’Histoire, Historia), in charge of the operations with Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, who owns 40% of the publishing house, building the future of mobility and onboard entertainment, in an era when cars will be connected and autonomous.

Executive in residence, StartupLab, Norway

Since March 2019, Tina Stiegler is mentoring new tech companies in growth strategies and go-to-market at StartUp Lab in Oslo. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in Schibsted Media Group. Her last position was Head of Next Media. Tina started in Schibsted as a management trainee in 2002, and has since held positions as organizational director in Verdens Gang (VG), as well as different positions in Bergens Tidende and VG. Tina was COO/CFO in Schibsted Norway from 2012, and took on the role as project lead for the reorganization project in 2015 when she became part of the group management team of Schibsted Media Group. Tina holds a degree in economics and business administration (“siviløkonom”) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)/Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as studies in literature and French from the University of Bergen/Université de Nice-Sofia Antipolis.


Director digital reader revenues, The Guardian News & Media, UK

Después de una carrera en consultoría de gestión en París y Londres con el Boston Consulting Group, Juliette se unió al equipo de estrategia de The Guardian en 2017, donde participó en el diseño e implementación de la estrategia comercial. En su función como Directora del área de "Reader Revenue", Juliette se enfoca particularmente en nuevas fuentes de ingresos digitales y el desarrollo del modelo de membresía de The Guardian. Se graduó de la Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po y la Universidad de Columbia en Nueva York.

President WAN-IFRA , former Vice Chairman, The New York Times, USA

Michael Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997. He was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in 1997. From 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Golden served as president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Company Regional Media Group. Mr. Golden served as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 2003 to 2008.

Mr. Golden is the President of WAN-IFRA. He is also chairman of the board of directors for International Center for Journalists, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organisation that raises journalism standards through hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges. Additionally, Mr. Golden serves on the boards of The Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America. He also serves on the board of directors of Graham Windham.

Global Editor, Media News Strategy, Reuters, UK

Jane Barrett is Reuters Global Editor for Media News Strategy, working closely with clients and other players in media and tech to explore and plan future areas of growth for the news industry. She led a mass change to build multimedia capabilities into Reuters global newsgathering and production systems and has previously worked as a business editor and reporter in London and abroad.

Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail, Canada

Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. He worked in Europe, Asia and New Zealand before he joined The Globe and Mail in October 1998 as President and COO. He was appointed Publisher and CEO in June 1999. In print for 165 years, The Globe and Mail has consistently delivered Canada's best and deepest coverage of national, international and business news. With a cumulative six-day readership total of over 2.4 million, The Globe and Mail has a wide and a highly loyal readership.

Deputy Director, World Printers Forum, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Responsible for WAN-IFRA’s World Printers Forum and IFRA/DCX Expo, Sabine is a marketing and media expert, especially in the newspaper industry, with a focus on applications, innovations and creativity in the printed product. She studied marketing and psychology. At manroland press manufacturer, she was responsible for marketing newspaper and digital presses for many years. She has been consulting the newspaper and publishing industry worldwide, also as a freelance consultant, and earned an excellent reputation.

CEO, Axate, UK

Dominic Young is the Founder of Axate, a startup which enables consumer revenues for any digital media brand by removing cost, subscription and sign-up barriers. Previously he was head of Strategy and Product Development at News International and International MD, Digital for Newscorp and has spearheaded many innovations and projects in the fields of content-related rights and revenues.

Managing Director & Publishing Director, Le Parisien - Aujourd’hui en France (Today in France)

Sophie Gourmelen is Managing Director and Publishing Director of newsbrand Le Parisien - Aujourd’hui en France (Today in France), a division of LVMH Group.

She is a former Head of Sales and Circulation, Digital Marketing and Communication at Groupe Les Echos (business news), where she contributed to the digital transformation of the business and developed its digital subscriptions.

Prior to Groupe Les Echos, she was Marketing Director at Prisma Media (the magazine’s subsidiary of Grüner and Jahr in France), contributing to the active development of digital sales and the implementation of their CRM strategy. She also previously worked for IMP direct marketing for 15 years as the senior manager for the south of Europe.

Chief Strategy Officer, Guardian News & Media, UK

James is the Chief Strategy Officer at Guardian News & Media, responsible for strategy implementation and transformation. In his role James has overall responsibility for GNM’s 3 year change programme, working with the functional areas to ensure the business delivers on its priorities. James joined GNM in 2014 from Bain & Company, where he led teams focused on strategic and operational questions across media, private equity and other industries. He holds a BA in History from the University of Bristol.

Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, Associated Press, USA

Robyn Spector is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at the Associated Press. She is responsible for the implementation of the strategic planning process and key initiatives across the AP, tapping into the major forces affecting the news industry and aligning corporate goals with these insights. In her role, she leverages media and technology partnerships with academic institutions, business ventures and research centers to identify and expand revenue opportunities. She leads the company’s cross-functional AI working group to build and develop the pipeline for emerging technology applications in journalism. Prior to the AP, Robyn worked at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, first as a senior strategy analyst in advertising and later overseeing large-scale strategic projects on behalf of the Chief Transformation Officer, Office of the President, and Chief Strategy Officer. Robyn started her career in product development and campaign management at Cablevision Media Sales and was a reporter on the breaking news beat in New York. She completed Columbia University’s Lede Program in computer science and data journalism and earned her B.A. from Brandeis University where she received the Sorensen Fellowship to study media ethics in post-genocide Rwanda.

Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore

Warren Fernandez joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become a News Editor. He went on to serve as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor.

Fernandez then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy Project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its Editor. He assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) from July 2016.

Fernandez graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Editor, Toronto Star, Canada

Irene Gentle is Editor of the Toronto Star, the first woman to hold this position in the history of the newspaper. She has held the positions of Managing Editor, City Editor and Business Editor during her time at the Star. Previously Irene was at the the Hamilton Spectator, as news editor. She also worked as City Editor, Business Editor, and Saturday Editor in her six years there.

Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google, UK

In his role, Madhav Chinnappa works on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry.  Most recently, he launched the Digital News Initiative which in March 2018 evolved to become part of the Google News Initiative, Google's overarching global framework for engagement with the news ecosystem.  

Madhav joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA region. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.


Human Resources Director, MittMedia Förvaltnings AB, Sweden

Carin has been working in different industries as Human Resources Director over the last 20 years. In 2013 she joined MittMedia and before that she used to work in a company with staffing and recruitment for media. She has also worked in manufacturing industries and heal funds industry and chemical processing industry. Today she holds the position of Human Resources Director at Mittmedia, the biggest local media company in Sweden with 1400 employees. Carin also holds have a BSC in Behavioral Science and have studied business economy.

Head of Innovation Programmes, Digital Catapult, UK

Jamie is responsible for the delivery and development of Digital Catapult's industry leading acceleration and engagement programmes, including the Machine Intelligence Garage, the Audience of the Future initiative and CreativeXR; he also shapes new commercial programmes for Digital Catapult's diverse client base. Digital Catapult's recent work has seen them explore content personalisation, new storytelling mediums created by VR and AR and the application of Distributed Ledger Technology for news media.  Prior to joining Digital Catapult Jamie's delivery expertise have seen him manage projects for leading brands including Nokia, TATA, Google, Lego, Tesco and Walt Disney.

Editorial Director, Organización Editorial Mexicana, Mexico

Martha Ramos Sosa is the editorial director of the Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), the largest Mexican print media company and the largest newspaper company in Latin America. The company owns a large newswire service, it includes 70 Mexican daily newspapers, 24 radio stations and 44 websites.

She serves as a member of the World Editors Forum advisory board.

Martha is former editor, web of Publimetro Mexico and a former editorial director of Diario 24 Horas. 

Research & Development Lead, The New York Times, USA

Kourtney Bitterly is Lead for The New York Times’ R&D group. Her role is to understand how emerging technology and consumer behavior will impact the way media is consumed and created, and articulate future-focused strategies in response. Kourtney comes to The Times from Matter, a venture capital firm and startup accelerator focused on investing in media startups. At Matter, Kourtney was Director of Partnerships and led the partner accelerator program. Prior to that, she directed Kickstarter’s effort to reshape the way it partners with creators, headed up strategic partnerships at theSkimm, and led business development at IDEO New York. She began her career working as a researcher for Charlie Rose. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Notre Dame.

CEO & Co-Founder, The Immigrant, USA

Camila Jimenez Villa is Co-Founder and CEO of The Immigrant. Before launching The Immigrant, Camila was Co-President and Chief Content Officer of Fusion Media Group (FMG), overseeing the Fusion Television Network and a portfolio comprised of 15 digital brands reaching 100+M monthly unique visitors, which included household names such as Gizmodo, Jezebel, The Root and The Onion. While at FMG, Camila launched FMG Studios and Story House, the group’s premium original content division, which went on to create Netflix hits such as “El Chapo” and “Murder Mountain”. Prior to FMG, Jimenez Villa served as Vice President of CEO Projects at Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and was co-founder and managing director at Cut the Papaya, an independent film production company that won 20+ awards and participated in 100+ international film festivals . Camila holds an M.B.A in Strategy and Finance from NYU Stern, a postgraduate degree in Film Directing from The National Film and Television School in the U.K. , and a BA in Communication from IULM in Milan, Italy.

First Minister of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first woman leader and has led the Scottish National Party since 2014. She is the fifth leader since the Scottish Parliament and government were established in 1999.

Head of News Partnerships, EMEA, Facebook, UK

Nick Wrenn is head of Facebook’s News Partnerships team for EMEA, based in London. Nick and the partnerships team collaborate with publishers, broadcasters and journalists across the region. Nick joined Facebook in December 2014 after 24 years in newsrooms. He began his career as a regional newspaper reporter in southern England before moving to the UK Press Association and also working on the Reuters’ sportsdesk. Nick was a member of the team that launched and grew the BBC News website, then spent 14 years at CNN. During his time there he was in charge of the London office, overseeing CNN’s newsgathering and programming for EMEA. Then he spent six years at CNN HQ in Atlanta as the VP in charge of international digital services.

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.

VP Sales, Marfeel, Spain

Editor-in-chief, Juba Monitor, South Sudan

Anna Nimiriano Nunu Siya is a veteran South Sudanese journalist with more than fifteen years of experience in print and broadcast journalism.

Besides being one of the founders of Juba Monitor, a daily English publication, Anna currently serves as the Editor In Chief of the Juba Monitor and has previously worked for the now-defunct Khartoum Monitor as Editorial Director and subsequently Managing Editor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from college of Community Studies and Rural Development, University of Juba and a Diploma in Theology, Institute of Theology for the Laity.

Anna has attended several local and international media training workshops in Kenya, Uganda, Washington DC, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Tanzania, China and India. She is a member of the National Editors’ Forum in South Sudan.

Co-Founder, Kensai, UK

Will is the co-founder of Kensai, a platform for understanding infinite quantities of text, images and video from social media and the news to empower brands and financial companies with the information they need to make informed business decisions. Will has appeared live on Al Jazeera and taken part in roundtables with the Foreign Office, British High Commission India, The Royal Society, TechUK, London Mayor, World Economic Forum and GLA. He gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on AI and was mentioned in their subsequent report. In October 2018, he went on an AI Trade Mission to India with the Foreign Office.

Co-founder Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Clare Cook is co-founder of the Media Innovation Studio, a research centre at Uclan university, UK. Its primary aim is to unlock meaningful innovation in journalism. The impact of MIS is felt globally through its network of industry partners, enterprises and communities. Her work is guided by the principles of open innovation, a mindset that seeks impact beyond the silos of intradisciplinary or corporate research labs. She is currently developing a platform to create and capture new revenues for hyperlocals in the UK news supply chain, funded by Google DNI. She has a proven track record developing sustainable business models, see Sustainable Business Models for Journalism on the Net, downloaded 40,000 times globally. She works at the intersection of university innovation labs, with philanthropic support programmes such as FOJO Media, Wan-Ifra’s Strengthening Media & Society, Internews Europe, EJC Engaged Journalism Accelerator and the Global Forum for Media Development, and corporate media like REACH plc. See clarecookonline.com & mediainnovationstudio.org

Managing Editor, Ilta-Sanomat, Finland

Valtteri Varpela, 37, is Managing Editor in the biggest Finnish news media site Ilta-Sanomat (www.is.fi). 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 Media Development and Head of Women in News, Canada

Melanie is a gender and media development expert with more than 10 years’ experience leading capacity building and advocacy initiatives which place gender equality at their core. As director of Media Development for WAN-IFRA, Melanie oversees the organisation’s media development portfolio, which includes management of a multi-million euro budget to support media in 25 countries around the globe.  Melanie is a creator of WAN-IFRA’s sector-leading Women in News programme, an ambitious multi-year initiative to promote women’s leadership and voices in the news with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Melanie has previously held various leadership, programme development and social investment strategy positions in North America and Europe, including four years with the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network, where as Vice President International, she led the company’s expansion to its first international market with the launch of WXN Ireland. Melanie has a BA (Hons) from Kings College, Dalhousie University, and holds an Msc from the London School of Economics, University of London.

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI)

Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI) founded in January 2015 by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers. He is Editor of Adresseavisen, Norway’s fifth largest news- and advertising mediahouse. With ten additonal local newspapers situated in the mid-Norway, Adresseavisen is by far the largest compamy and the digital powerhouse of Polaris Media Group. Rolf is also Editor/director at the Polaris Media Lab. The Medialab, located in Trondheim, is supporting more than 30 newspapers in the Polaris Media Group, providing software development and maintainence for editorial and commercial purposes. The Medialab works closely with Schibsted’s digital development units with co-location of development teams at Schibsted Tech Polska’s Krakow operations. Rolf is also Chairman of the board of NxtMedia since 2011. Nxtmedia is an innovation cluster for the media industry in Middle Norway including newspapers, broadcast and web industry, universities and media software industry aiming to promote innovation and future media technology. Leading companies member of NxtMedia include Polaris Media, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MKTMedia in swedish Stampen Group, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) and New Media Network.

Senior Editor, L'Orient du Jour, Lebanon

Acil Tabbara is a Senior Editor at the French-language Lebanese daily L'Orient du Jour.

Tabbara, an experienced Lebanese journalist, started her career in journalism in Beirut when she first joined Agence France Presse (AFP) in 1986 at the height of the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war. At that time, she was completing her MA in Political Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Covering the last years of the bloody and destructive war in her home country, the western hostage crisis and the Palestinian camps war was just the beginning of a long journey that made her a witness to the human tragedies resulting from numerous other wars that broke out in the region.

Tabbara has covered some of the main events that shaped the Middle East, including specifically the Arab-Israeli conflict, the wars in Iraq and the Arab regimes changes in 2011. From 2009 to 2014, she served as head of AFP Gulf and Yemen bureau where she managed a large multimedia team to produce stories from the GCC countries and Yemen in three languages (Arabic, French and English). Her special coverage included the Yemen uprising that developed later into a war, as well as the demonstrations in Bahrain that were harshly suppressed.

Before that, she managed in AFP’s regional headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus the Arabic desk and its 30 journalists and correspondents who were reporting from the different offices in the MENA region. She also supervised the translation into Arabic of the AFP international service. Tabbara also worked as a reporter in Cairo, covering Egypt and the Sudan and as an editor for the Nicosia-based French desk for the Middle East. Her numerous special assignments included the Arab-Israeli peace talks in Washington, the return of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to Gaza and Iraq under sanctions. She also traveled for special coverage to Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and many other countries in the Arab world.

In 2011, she spent one year in Syria as correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI), covering the crackdown and trials of opposition figures during what was called “the Damascus Spring”. After serving as copy editor at AFP international desk in Paris from 2014 to 2017, she took a sabbatical leave and moved back to Beirut where she joined the L’Orient Le Jour, the leading French speaking newspaper in the Middle East, as senior editor.

Despite being a general news journalist, she always tried to shed light on the situation of Arab women as part of her reporting.

Founder & Director, Yoop, UK

Mattia is the founder and director of Yoop Tech, a mission-driven company using machine learning and blockchain technology to help clients in the media sector improve data security, brand trust and audience engagement. Prior to Yoop, Mattia worked in business, consultancy and public advocacy roles and lived in six different countries. He is a pragmatic idealist that is concerned with the negative impacts of filter bubbles and fake news on democracy. Keen environmentalist, surfing and yoga enthusiast.

Operations and Customer Support, SigmaLive Ltd / Dias Media Group, Cyprus

Stavria Constantinou is from Cyprus. She has graduated from University of Cyprus with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies and Philosophy. Afterwards, she received a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Nottingham. She is currently working at Sigmalive Ltd, part of Dias Media Group, as an Operations and Customer support officer, while working on finishing her second master in Journalism and Communications. She fluently speaks Greek and English.

Founder, Loomi.ai, UK

Al is the founder and CEO of Loomi.ai, London based deep-tech startup creating personalised digital assistants that can act as PAs, democratising access to administrative and research help through artificial intelligence.  Al is a business leader, technologist and digital transformation evangelist with an extensive experience across multiple sectors covering leadership roles in technology and marketing. Al started his career in technology building digital solutions for some of the largest brands like Toshiba, Samsung, Vodafone and M&S.  More recently spearheaded digital strategy for one of the most successful UK startups IHS Markit helping them grow to over $20B market capitalisation and employing over 15,000 people.

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, TheStreet.com. 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.

Executive Director, Society of Editors, UK

Ian Murray has been head of the UK Society of Editors since October 2017. Before joining the Society of Editors, he was editor of the Southern Daily Echo and is a former editor-in-chief of Newsquest’s Hampshire titles.

Freelance Journalist / Filmmaker, Saudi Arabia & Yemen

Safa al-Ahmad is a journalist and film-maker who has directed documentaries for PBS and the BBC focusing on uprisings in the Middle East. Her film Saudi’s Secret Uprising was the first documentary of its kind to document the historically unprecedented protests in the kingdom. An investigation that took over a year was the first documentary to be jointly produced and simultaneously aired by BBC English, Arabic and Farsi. Her work on Yemen spans almost a decade and reflects the bloody trajectory of the conflicts within the country and their international impact. In The Fight for Yemen, which was produced for the BBC and PBS's Frontline, Safa was one of the few journalists reporting to international news organizations from the ground during the crisis between Houthi rebels, militant groups, and the government. Her follow-up film Yemen Under Siege, which took a close-up look at the staggering human toll of the conflict in Yemen, took home two Emmy Awards in 2017.

She is also the winner of the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism, the El Mundo award for journalism for her body of work in 2015, the 2015 Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) International Press Freedom Award and the Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) Best International Investigation for her film Saudi's Secret Uprising in 2014. She was twice a finalist for the Rory Peck Sony Impact Award 2012-2014. Her writing on the Arab uprisings was published in an anthology Writing Revolutions published by Penguin which won an English Pen award.

Safa is a board member of the Frontline Freelance Register, and advocates for the safety and welfare of freelance journalists who are exposed to risk in their work.

Co-Founder, Table Stakes, USA

Douglas K. Smith is the architect and co-founder of the “Table Stakes” movement in the U.S. and the lead author of Table Stakes: A Manual for Getting in the Game of News.  Table Stakes programs use Doug’s challenge-centric, performance-and-accountability driven change management methodologyÔ -- the methodology Doug also used to build the globally-recognized program that operated as the Sulzberger Leadership program at Columbia from 2007 to 2018 and now as the Media Transformation Challenge at Harvard.

Over the past several decades, Doug has done work with leading organizations in more than sixty industries across the private, non-profit and government sectors.  He is an innovator, author, teacher, advisor, lawyer and inventor concerned with competitive performance, innovation, strategy, and change. A former co-leader of McKinsey & Company’s worldwide organization performance practice, Doug’s books include On Value and Values: Thinking Differently About We In An Age Of Me; Fumbling The Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, The First Personal Computer; The Wisdom of Teams; Taking Charge of Change; Make Success Measurable; The Discipline of Teams; and, Sources Of The African Past.  Doug’s work was cited in the book High Impact Consulting for having the highest impact of all consultants reviewed.  He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Executive Editor, Philadelphia Media Network, USA

Stan Wischnowski, Philadelphia Media Network’s Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, has led a complete reorganization of Pennsylvania’s largest news organization, which includes The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. The reorganization has involved the merging of the three staffs, a vast restructuring of newsroom coverage teams, a significant expansion of content partnerships, and a physical redesign of the newsroom. Stan is also the founder of Spotlight PA, a 12-person investigative unit based in Pennsylvania’s capital city and funded through foundation grants received through the Lenfest Institute, the non-profit owner of the Inquirer.  PMN has been named the state’s top performing newsroom in the highest circulation category over the past three years. Stan has served as The Inquirer’s top news executive since 2010.  Under his leadership, the Inquirer won the 2014 Pulitzer for Criticism and the 2012 Pulitzer for Public Service.  The Inquirer was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2019 for Local Reporting. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia in 2000, he was a top editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle andThe Detroit News.

Head of Strategy and Products, Syno International, Sweden

Lauri Löfveblad is head of Strategy and Products and Chairman of the board. After spending nine years at Cint – the company providing the leading global marketplace for online panels – Löfveblad joined Syno International in 2017, responsible for company strategy and development of the product suite provided for data analysis, processing and reporting. With a background in studies of International Economy at Stockholm School of Economics and Finance at Stockholm University – with a focus on how customer satisfaction drives company evaluations over time – he dedicated much of his work in developing Cint and Syno from local companies with great solutions into international providers with global customer footprints.

General Manager of Newspapers, Stuff Limited, New Zealand

As the General Manager of Newspapers at New Zealand news publisher, Stuff, Ben is responsible for driving the performance of Stuff’s newspapers and ultimately cementing the future of their award-winning portfolio.

Having started his career in UK and New Zealand communications agencies, Ben went on to hold executive-level sales, marketing and operational roles across a diverse range of categories. Ben's passion and focus is working with advertisers and agencies to grow revenue, creating bespoke propositions that only news media houses can. With first-hand experience as a major New Zealand advertiser and having run operational divisions at multinational organisations, Ben brings an unparalleled insight into what advertisers and clients are looking for, as well as a sound understanding of how the key strategic functions within a business fit together.

Managing Director, News Scotland & News Ireland, UK

In June 2018 Richard was appointed as Managing Director of News Scotland and News Ireland.

Richard joined News Scotland in April 2015 as General Manager. Richard has built up the commercial and corporate elements of News Scotland as General Manager, creating a well-recognised media brand with key commercial relationships, complementing the three Scottish titles, which are all leading their markets.

Previous roles in the news media industry included Group Sales Director at Johnston Press, a similar role at Express Newspapers, Assistant Managing Director at The Scotsman Publications and other commercial roles at The Independent and IPC magazines.

He has worked for all his career in the news media sector after graduating in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex.

Richard is married with two boys and lives outside Edinburgh.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scottish Government

Fiona Hyslop was born in Ayrshire in 1964 and with her family spent her early years in England before returning to Ayrshire. She graduated from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology.

She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager.
Elected in the first session of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 she has been returned as the Constituency MSP for Linlithgow since 2011.
She was appointed as Cabinet Secretary of Education and Lifelong Learning in 2007 and was responsible for abolishing backend university tuition fees. She has had responsibility for culture and external affairs since 2009 and is currently the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Researcher, Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Kirsty has almost a decade of journalism and campaigning experience focused on creating projects that help get information to people that need it.

This includes five years working as a technology journalist covering mobile, startups and tech giants, which led to the production of a standup show about this work.

Alongside this, in 2015, she launched a jargon-busting, award-winning podcast on economics for the New Economics Foundation think tank, the Weekly Economics Podcast.

In 2016, working for government-backed Tech North, she launched a public speaker programme for women in tech, to change the conversation about digital jobs. In 2017, she helped the Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Bureau Local understand, for the first time, public sector cuts through collaborative investigative journalism.

She's now back at university interrogating 'public' 'journalism' - again through comedy - borrowing from public engagement activity done by the universities sector.

Head of Content, Caxton, South Africa

Chris Louw leads content business operations at one of South Africa’s largest media groups, Caxton&CTP. In addition to the group’s stable of over 150 local and hyperlocal newspapers, Caxton owns and operates more than 100 news and special interest websites, making the group South Africa’s leader in community news. Chris played a central role in transforming its print products into digital assets, and, given his experience as a professional journalist, he now serves on various industry bodies, including the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF), where he is a council member. Recently, Chris has been elected as the Chairman of the South African Interactive Advertising Bureau Publisher Council.

Founder & CEO, NewsBlocks, UK

After moving to Japan in 1989, Mark founded and published 707 issues of Metropolis, Japan's No. 1 English magazine, and japantoday.com, the world's No. 1 Japan news site in English. He is now the CEO of NewsBlocks, a Glasgow-based company that is using machine learning to convert all of the world's news articles -- past and present -- into verified data, stored on the blockchain, where it can be used by anyone to create the next generation of news applications, such as trusted news feeds, robot journalism, automated fact checkers and fake news detectors.

Founder Code4Africa, impactAfrica Fund, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Tanzania

Justin Arenstein is a veteran South African investigative journalist and media entrepreneur. He is founder of Code4Africa and is behind impactAFRICA, the continent’s largest fund for data-driven storytelling.

He is an internationally recognised expert in data-driven journalism and related new media technologies. Arenstein co-founded the pioneering independent news wire agency African Eye News Service (AENS). AENS and Arenstein have received a string of international awards for their investigative exposés into government corruption and social justice issues. This includes the Knight International Journalism Award in 2000. Arenstein was also a 2009-2010 ICFJ Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where he explored social network analysis strategies for investigative journalism, as well as strategies to help independent grassroots media in Africa exploit the mobile web.

He serves as a consulting strategist on journalistic innovation for Google, and on the boards of a number of media industry entities and related press freedom bodies. He is a former member of the Press Council of South Africa, where he helped reform the Press Code and its press oversight mechanisms.


Project Leader Innovation, VRT, Belgium

Educated as an Aerospace Engineer with a focus on Operations & Management, Ilke has gained experience as a Project Manager at Brussels Airport. Enthousiastic to broaden her mind outside the aerospace industry as well, she started working at VRT, the Belgian public broadcaster, in 2018. She is in the lead of the CPN project and other news related innovation projects organised by the European Commission & Google DNI as Project Lead Innovation.

Editor-in-Chief, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany

Wolfgang Krach, 54, is currently Editor-in-Chief of “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, the largest selling national quality newspaper in Germany, based in Munich. Wolfgang studied philosophy, worked for several news agencies (AP, Reuters, dpa) and served as Munich correspondent for the regional daily “Donaukurier”. From 1993 to 1997, he was a political reporter at STERN magazine in Hamburg. Following this post, Mr. Krach was deputy bureau chief in Berlin of the news magazine DER SPIEGEL, after which he headed the national desk at DER SPIEGEL based in Hamburg. In 2003, he came to “Süddeutsche Zeitung” to serve as the paper's managing editor. In 2007, he was appointed to the role deputy editor-in-chief, since 2015 he has been editor-in-chief. As Editor-in-Chief he oversaw “Süddeutsche Zeitungs” investigation first of the Panama Papers – a cooperation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting 2017, then the investigation of the Paradise Papers – also in cooperation with the ICIJ – that won a George Polk Award in 2018.


World News Media Congress 2019