Speakers | World Printers Forum Conference 2019

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World Printers Forum Conference 2019

07 Oct 2019
Berlin office of F.A.Z., Mittelstraße 2–4
, 10117 Berlin

Speakers | World Printers Forum Conference 2019


Managing DIrector, Funke Druck GmbH, the printing division of Funke Mediengruppe

Dr. Klemens Berktold has been Managing Director of the printing division (Funke Druck GmbH) of the Funke Media Group since 2011. In this function he is responsible for the printing centres in Essen, Hagen, Braunschweig and Erfurt. The printing centres produce the publisher's own daily newspapers, advertising papers and commercial jobs. Since 2017, the printing division has been operating an e-commerce platform for the production and distribution of newspapers from circulation 1. Before joining the Funke Media Group, Dr. Berktold held positions as Managing Director of various printing and prepress companies at Bertelsmann and in management consulting.

Associate Professor, School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin

H. Iris Chyi

Iris Chyi (Ph.D.), author of Trial and Error: US Newspapers’ Digital Struggles toward Inferiority, is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the US University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses the economic viability of online news and identifies universal patterns of user demand for multi-platform newspapers. Her “Ramen Noodles Theory” suggests that online news, like ramen noodles, is an inferior good. Chyi has received many research and teaching awards and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. Information about her research is available at irischyi.com.

Chief Operating Officer, Newspaper Printing Axel Springer at Axel Springer Print Management GmbH

Thomas Drensek was born 1960 in Germany. After having finished grammar school he did an apprenticeship in business management. Afterwards he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Aachen (Germany) where he graduated as an engineer. During that time he worked in Columbia (South America) for 6 months.

He started his professional career at Axel Springer SE as an assistant to the technical board member in 1989. After that he was General Manager in Spain, where Axel Springer established up two printing plants in Madrid and Barcelona.

Then he started as the production manager in the Offset printing plant Ahrensburg close to Hamburg. After taking on additional responsibilities of prepress and mailroom departments he was appointed General Manager in July 2003.

Since May 2009 he is also responsible for the Axel Springer corporate group project Customer Relationship. In 2013 he went to the Silicon Valley for several months to develop new technologies in the Axel Springer program „Visiting Fellowship“.

Today he is Chief Operating Officer, Newspaper Printing Axel Springer at Axel Springer Print Management GmbH.

Managing Director Newspaper Printing

Michael Fingerhuth, 52 years old, trained compositor, over 15 years experience in the Swiss newspaper printing market. Since CH Media was founded in October 2018, he has been Head of Newspaper Printing with two printing plants in Switzerland. Previously Managing Director of NZZ Media Services and Sales Manager at NZZ Print. Further training in sales and marketing, MBA, SUNY Albany and GSBA Zurich. Resident in the Zurich area.

Managing Partner, Multisense Institute for Sensory Marketing, Berlin

The Multisense Institute advises companies. They translate current findings from psychology, neuroscience and sensory research into successful practice. The Institute shows brands how they can design their products, their communication and their sales processes more successfully in a multisensory way.

Design Consultant

Hans Peter has been working as consultant and designer for the media industy around the globe. Over the years he has designed numerous newspapers and weekly journals in Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Slovenia and many other countries. Next to the work of implementing creative design concepts Hans Peter is a lecturer at the Society for News Design, the Center of Journalism Haus Busch, the Journalist Academy and for WAN-IFRA.

Head of Jobs & Career, SÜDKURIER GmbH Medienhaus

Maria Kainz has been in charge of the job and career market at SÜDKURIER Medienhaus since the beginning of the year 2019. After completing her studies at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, she joined the product management department for business & local commerce, where she has held countless customer meetings, developed many new products and formulated customer solutions. In her current position, she and her team are building up a new and above all target group-oriented product portfolio in the job market. Always with the goal of making recruiters and applicants happy.

Business Unit Manager Competence Center

Elias Merklinghaus works as Business Unit Manager Competence Centerat the newspaper printing compnay Süddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck GmbH, Zamdorfer Straße 40, 81677 Munich, Germany

Director Middle East, WAN-IFRA, Germany

She is responsible for all activities in the Middle East countries, working closely with WAN-IFRA's members in the region. She is in charge of organising regional events and activities in the Middle East region.

Senior Market Consultant, EMGE & Co, UK

Gary Thomson, BA (Hons), has been analysing paper markets for 25 years. He is a leading market research consultant in the Paper Industry, specialising in Printing & Writing Paper and Newsprint markets for the consulting firm, EMGE & Co.

EMGE produces forecasts and research information in the form of multi-client reports, individual market sector research projects and commissioned market surveys. For over quarter of a century, EMGE has been publishing a regular series of market reports and forecasts, focusing on the global graphic paper sector, including the EMGE World Newsprint Markets Report.

Gary started his career in 1993, working for Pulp & Paper International (PPI) as a paper market reporter, focusing on packaging and wastepaper markets. In 1997, he joined International Papermaker magazine, where he continued reporting on the world’s paper business. In 2001, he moved to Germany to become Editor-in-Chief of International Paper World magazine.

He was recruited by EMGE in 2004, and has since become one of the firm’s leading consultants, as well as the chief writer of its forecast reports. He regularly makes presentations on EMGE forecasts at events and conferences around the world.

Content Marketing and Media Consultant

Jon Watkins is a content marketing and media consultant currently supporting a number of agencies and media owners through a variety of transformational activities, including repositioning their print products, moving to multi-channel and multi-platform strategies, launching new products (including in print), and assessing and improving editorial and content strategy and performance. Jon was previously Business Director at SevenC3 and now runs a content marketing agency focused on “quality content that cuts through the noise”, called Rooido.com. He is a journalist by trade.

Managing Director, Styria Print Group and Druck Carinthia

Christian Wilms

Christian Wilms manages the Styria Print Group Austria together with Alexander Marko and is responsible for the areas production, engineering, all key processes and sales.
CONTACT: christian.wilms@styria.com


Manfred Werfel was WAN-IFRA’s Deputy CEO until he retired on 1 June 2019. He was responsible for the Expo business of the association. He also managed the World Printers Forum, the print community within WAN-IFRA.

Since 1996 Werfel was part of WAN-IFRA’s management team. Over time he was responsible for Research, WAN-IFRA Reports, Expert Committees, Consulting, Training, Print Quality Projects, Events, Innovation Projects, World Press Trends, World News Media Congress, World Printers Forum and Expo. In 2012 he acted as Interim CEO.

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