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  • President, ADEPA, Argentina

    Daniel Dessein is the President of ADEPA (News Publishers Association of Argentina), member of the Executive Commitee of WAN-IFRA and founding member of WAN-IFRA's Executive Committee. He's also regional VP of IAPA (Interamerican Press Association). He's part of the boards of the Argentine news agency DYN (Diarios y Noticias), "Fundación Leer" and the daily "La Gaceta" (Tucumán, Argentina), where he also acts as its cultural supplement editor. He was President of DYN in from 2014 to 2016, and Vice President of AEDIA (Association of Argentinian Digital Editors) from 2012 to 2013. Daniel has collaborated in over 100 newspapers and magazines in more than 17 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has also spoken about the media and media trends at several international conferences and forums in over a dozen of countries.

    He has also authored and co-authored several books, the most recent ones being: "Nuevos desafíos del periodismo" (New challenges of Journalism),  "Tiempos turbulentos. Medios y libertad de expresión en la Argentina de hoy" (Turbulent times. Media and Freedom of speech in Argentina today) and "Periodismo argentino" (Journalism in Argentina).

  • Vice President, Mather Economics, USA

    As a vice president, Shawn DeWeese has over 20 years of experience and is instrumental in building Mather Economics’ new business relationships in the newspaper and magazine industries. He works closely with clients to develop and implement price optimization strategies, interpret results and maintain client engagements. Prior to joining Mather Economics, Shawn worked as the business development director for Qbase, where he built and marketed advanced analytic solutions for enterprises.

    Shawn has held positions with Knight-Ridder, Harte-Hanks, E.W. Scripps and Cox Enterprises. He has leadership experience in a variety of business disciplines including advertising sales, media buying, circulation sales and marketing, business development, client relations and retention, operations and logistics. In 2006, Shawn presided over the Board of Trustees for the North American Division of the International Newspaper Marketing Association (INMA). He has also served as a board member and President of the Board of Trustees for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley for eight years. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands.

  • Branded content strategist, USA

    Melanie Deziel

    Melanie Deziel is an award-winning branded-content strategist, consultant, and speaker who travels the world educating marketing, sales, and editorial teams on branded-content best practices.

    Deziel started The Overlap League native ad newsletter, writes the New Media Navigator column for Inc, teaches social media for Syracuse University’s online Master’s program, and is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute. She is the former director of creative strategy for Time Inc. and was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she wrote the sponsored content pieces that won the 2014 and 2015 Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award, including the acclaimed “Women Inmates” piece for Netflix.


  • Investigative Reporter and Editor, Tempo Media Group

    Wahyu Dhyatmika, Indonesia, is an investigative reporter and an editor for Tempo Media Group, an independent news organization based in Jakarta.

    In 2010, Wahyu and his colleagues investigated suspicious bank accounts that belonged to prominent police generals in Indonesia. After publishing their findings, unidentified men threw a molotov cocktail bomb into Tempo's office. His investigation into fraud and corruption within the government-backed insurance scheme for Indonesian migrant workers in 2012 won an award from The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta.

    With his team, he also won the prestigious Mochtar Lubis Award for best investigative reporting in 2011, for a story about match-fixing in the Indonesian soccer league. Wahyu initiated a collaborative reporting project between Tempo, The Reporter (Taiwan) and MalaysiaKini (Malaysia) to investigate human trafficking in the region in 2016. 

    Wahyu was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a board member for The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Indonesia.

  • Head of Innovation & Platforms, Ringier, Switzerland

    As Head of Innovations & Platforms, Marco Di Bernardo is leading multiple teams, developers, data scientists and more at Ringier. He provides technologies across the group and supports business units with data insights that improve their products. Marco has been with Ringier for 3 years and will share insights into one of the key projects he’s currently running. 

    Ringier is a diversified media enterprise operating in 19 countries and employing some 7,300 people. Established in 1833, Ringier operates media brands in the print, TV, radio, online and mobile arenas. The company also runs successful publishing, entertainment and internet businesses. Now in operation for more than 180 years, Ringier is noted for its pioneering spirit and individuality and is committed to independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. In the middle of digitalization, technology and data has become a key success in the company’s strategy.

  • CEO, Lodestar UM, India.

    Nandini Dias

    In 2017 and in 2018, the prestigious Economic Times Brand Equity reckoner ranked Nandini Dias, CEO, Lodestar UM as the most powerful and influential woman in the advertising and media industry. Nandini’s ranking also made history marking the first time a female leader featured in the list of the top 10 most Influential People. In 2018, Impact Magazine named Nandini as one of the top 10 Women Leaders in the country. Nandini has spearheaded Lodestar UM to become one of the top 3 media agencies in India and under her leadership the agency has won several international including the Cannes Lions and Spikes. Nandini has the distinction of having launched more than 100 successful brands in media through her career, and currently works with over 200 marquee large multinationals clients like Amul, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Marico, Tata, Mahindra, Coca Cola and several others. With over 600 people reporting into her, she takes immense pride in knowing every employee, being part of every birthday celebration and spotting and growing talent. 

    An active industry participator Nandini is a long serving juror for Cannes Lions, Young Spikes, Effies, Emvies and Goafest. Under her leadership, Lodestar UM has won the Media Agency of the Year title multiple times across prestigious shows such as Goafest and Emvies. Nandini was also named the CEO of the Year in the Exchange4media MediaAce awards last year.  

    Her professional journey started in 1988 when, after finishing her BSc in Chemistry, she joined Interpublicity. During this time, Nandini developed her first media innovation by creating a 60-metre Binny saree for the ‘vastra haran’ episode in BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat’ on TV. After two years at Interpublicity, Nandini joined Lintas Media (now Initiative Media). While at Lintas she serviced many prestigious brands like Johnson and Johnson, Cadburys, Unilever, Marico Industries, Bayer etc. In 1994, she joined FCB Ulka as Media Supervisor. She was instrumental in setting up different agencies and divisions including FCB Interface, Content, OOH, Brand experience, Celebrity and influencer management among others and creating industry leading tools and techniques before joining in Lodestar UM in India.   

    In 2015, Nandini was inducted as part of the FCB Global Board. Her role in the Global Board primarily entails steering not only the media business but also an active participant in the creative business. In January 2018, Nandini was part of the FCB Global core group to channelize and ideate on how to take the network forward at Oxford University.  

    Besides being one of India’s top media professionals, Nandini is a deeply passionate advocate of work-life balance, mentoring and working on influencing and guiding women on how to win at the workplace. Her ability to guide and mentor has seen her invited to address numerous prestigious institutes such as the Indian Management Association, and Harvard Business Publishing among several others. In addition, she regularly conducts sessions at the Government Custom Department, has been featured on a BBC News Channel gender diversity show and has published many articles with leading publications.

    Nandini believes that as a brand ambassador of the agency, participation in industry activities and interaction with the outside community are also a large part of her responsibilities. As a result, she’s has made many impactful contributions to both. She’s conducted training programmes for Ad club, other industry forums and for many educational institutions. She regularly participates in industry panels and discussions, was part of MRUC’S Technical Committee and plays an advisory role on women’s forums. She also champions diversity inclusion across the Indian Management Association, the Harvard Business Forum and similar organisations, as well as pioneering and piloting the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ across the ad industry. In 2018, Nandini was also part of the Festival of Media Asia jury and part of the Media Abby jury of Goafest, which is India’s largest advertising festival. Under her leadership Lodestar UM won the Media Agency of the Year award at the 50th Media Abbys in Goafest 2018.  

    While Nandini is associated with several philanthropic work, she has made it her life mission to find greatest factors that will lead to the overall success of humanity. In 2017, she undertook one such initiative along with the IAA – India Chapter. As reports show that everyday approximately 9 people die on the Mumbai suburban railway network which is nearly 3300 people in a year while commuting as rush hours. They are forced to travel in overcrowded transit system just to avoid late mark as that leads to penalty on their salary. Nandini in partnership with IAA launched a massive project in Mumbai called #WorkToLiveToWork ( Through this initiative, Nandini is urging CEOs/HR heads to help Mumbai based companies to implement flexible office timings for employees so that they don’t risk their lives to reach workplaces.

  • Head Americas, Enreach, Miami

    Guillermo Diaz de Leon

    Passion for monetisation and profit, working with cross-functional teams, transfer corporate objectives into market and customer actions, command of international business protocols and experience conducting business with foreign partners, customers, governments and executives across the globe.

    Former employee of Apple, Adobe, Quark, Founder of One Latam, a consulting firm offering products and services to a vast array of companies and organisations with publishing needs. Always looking into the future, they are constantly searching for advances in technology that will push their clients to be leaders and innovators in their field.

  • CEO,, USA

    Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of, a platform for a new decentralized media economy. Prior to, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations and strategy across the entire business.
    Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc. and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

  • CEO at, USA

    Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of, a platform for a new decentralized media economy.

    Prior to, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations and strategy across the entire business.

    Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc. and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

    Dicker's writing and work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, AdAge, AdWeek, Digiday, Axios, AdExchanger, Poynter and more.

  • A broadcaster, designer and technologist; advisor to AlphaCode and Owner of Phantom Design

    Simon is a broadcaster, designer and technologist who believes we're doing money wrong, and is trying to fix it. He hosts a weekly radio show on 5FM and previously directed product design at Curve (London), BitX (Singapore), and 22seven (Cape Town). He is an advisor to AlphaCode and a small group of clients through his company Phantom Design.

    He'd rather be playing board games or surfing, but has been informed that the world is not going to change itself, and so spends his time attempting to move money out of the dark ages and the clutches of the evil forces that currently mismanage it. Simon actively invests in Blockchain technologies as founder of, with a particular focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum.

    He believes that most of the world’s problems can be solved with design and critical thinking. As Simon is fond of saying, "Smart is not something you are, it's something you do."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Director, Gender Initiative, The New York Times, US

    Francesca Donner is director of the newly-launched Gender Initiative at The New York Times. The initiative elevates gender as a lens through which we view the world; and aims to amplify diverse women’s voices, lead the public conversation around women’s and gender issues globally, and engage female readers with The New York Times. In its first few months, the Gender Initiative focused on the sexual harassment scandals breaking across the world and launched The #MeToo Moment newsletter.

    Previously, Francesca was the director of Times Insider, a New York Times initiative designed to take readers behind the scenes of Times journalism while elevating a culture of candour and transparency. Before she joined The Times, Francesca was a deputy editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered the business of management and worked on digital newsroom strategy. Francesca grew up in the UK, is a graduate of Stanford and Brown universities in the U.S. and lives in New York City.

  • Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, and President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers

    Mathias Döpfner

    Mathias Döpfner is Chairman and CEO of the German media group Axel Springer SE in Berlin. He is also the President of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers. Mathias began his career in 1982 as a music critic of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). He joined Gruner + Jahr in 1992, initially as an employee of board member Axel Ganz in Paris. Later he became assistant to the CEO Gerd Schulte-Hillen. In April 1994, Mathias became editor-in-chief of the weekly Wochenpost. And in 1996, he became editor-in-chief of the Hamburger Morgenpost. In March 1998 he switched to the daily newspaper Die Welt as editor-in-chief.

    In July 2000 Mathias became a member of the Board of Axel Springer. Since January 2002 Mathias is Axel Springer’s Chairman and CEO. After he became CEO, sales of digital activities rose from 117 to 2.2 billion euros. The EBIDTA from digital activities increased from -12 million to 472 million euros.

    Mathias is a member of the Board of Directors of Time Warner, Inc., Warner Music Group, and Vodafone Group, too. Axel Springer is the leading digital publisher in Europe and is active in more than 40 countries. Publishing brands include BILD, DIE WELT and BUSINESS INSIDER.

  • VP of Innovation and Planning, Austin American-Statesman (Cox Media Group), USA

    Austin American-Statesman (@Statesman) vice president of innovation. New dad! Recent Texan, relocated Detroiter. Designer, editor and convener. Formers: @freep, @heraldleader, @ydrcom, @dailyorange. Past president of the international Society for News Design, (@SND), co-director SND-Charlotte #SNDCLT. INMA North American board member. Syracuse grad, beleaguered Tigers fan. And sadly, @dorsey ≠ @jack

  • Co-Founder, Scroll, USA

    Sachin Doshi is the Co-Founder of, a startup that wants to roll up a selection of stories from a wide variety of publishers and sell monthly subscriptions. Their mission is to enable frictionless access to a thriving free press. 

    Before Scroll, Sachin was VP of Content and Distribution at Spotify. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Computer Science and Economics. 

  • Vice-President Consumer Sales & Marketing The Boston Globe, USA


  • Chief Digital Officer, The Globe and Mail

    Greg Doufas

    Greg Doufas is the Chief Digital Officer at the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He has spent his career building and leading high performance software and analytics teams – turning ideas and data science into products and meaningful experiences. Before joining The Globe and Mail, Greg spent most of his career leading analytics teams at Rogers Communications and Research in Motion (Blackberry) where he was the Global Director of Advanced Analytics. He also has provided professional services in the areas of advanced data analytics and related advisory boards. Under Greg’s leadership his teams have been accredited with numerous patent filings in the areas of pattern recognition, machine learning and mobile advertising. Greg resides in Toronto, Canada

  • Director, General Manager Printing Plant, Axel Springer Offsetdruckerei Ahrensburg GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

    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“.

    Since January 2015 he is COO of the three Axel Springer printing plants in Hamburg/Ahrensburg, Essen-Kettwig und Berlin-Spandau.

    Ahrensburg, 26th January 2017

  • President, Groupe Le Monde, France

    Louis Dreyfus

    Louis Dreyfus is the President and Publisher of the French Groupe Le Monde. He is also President of Huffington Post France and leads the board of directors of weekly magazines Télérama and Courrier International. He is a board member of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Vice-President of the supervisory board of news publisher Groupe Nouvel Observateur.

    Dreyfus graduated from the HEC Business School and London School of Economics (LSE). He held executive positions at Hachette Filipacchi Médias (HFM) in the U.S. and France, and at the French daily newspaper Libération.

  • Chefredakteur Online sh:z Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag, Flensburg


  • Senior Analyst, BIA-Kelsey, USA

    Rick leads BIA/Kelsey’s strategy consulting practice and serves as an advisor to an affiliated investment banking group BIA Capital Strategies. Rick works with media, adtech and martech companies to see and evaluate opportunities and strategies in the market to achieve corporate goals. He helps client with strategic planning, developing  partnership strategies, product planning, and achieving revenue growth and diversification. He helps marketers including brands and agencies with effective planning and use of digital media platforms. He also works on investment banking projects assisting buy-side and sell-side clients.

    Rick co-cofounded SpectraRep in 2000, a technology company that specializes in emergency alert and warning solutions. Prior to joining BIA/Kelsey, Rick headed the National Association of Broadcaster’s Research and Information Group overseeing all research and information technology initiatives. Rick is an adjunct professor at George Washington University where he teaches classes in digital media entrepreneurship.

    Rick earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his M.S. from Syracuse University and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

  • BDZV Vizepräsident & Vorsitzender der Konzerngeschäftsführung Madsack Mediengruppe, Hannover

    Thomas Düffert ist seit Juli 2013 Vorsitzender der Konzerngeschäftsführung der MADSACK Mediengruppe. Zum MADSACK-Portfolio gehören unter anderem verschiedene regionale Zeitungstitel (z. B. Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Leipziger Volkszeitung, Ostsee-Zeitung), reichweitenstarke Digital-Angebote sowie zahlreiche Anzeigenblätter. Seine Karriere im Verlagswesen startete Thomas Düffert bei Gruner + Jahr, wo der studierte Betriebswirt verschiedene Managementpositionen einnahm, unter anderem als Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Dresdner Druck und Verlagshaus GmbH & Co. KG. Im Mai 2009 wechselte er als stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Konzerngeschäftsführung zur MADSACK Mediengruppe, bevor er im Juli 2013 den Vorsitz der Konzerngeschäftsführung übernahm.

  • Digital Director, Groupe Rossel, Belgium

    Bruno Durdu

    Bruno is active in the digital and media sectors for over 15 years and in the newspaper industry for 11 years. Passionate about business and technical topics, Bruno is comfortable to talk about network improvements or setting up a business model canvas for a new opportunity. After working for Cisco, Microsoft and the Canal + Group, he has worked to develop brands of Press Publishers in the field of digital.
    The Rossel group is the first group of Belgian francophone press. It has always been a family group that has kept its financial and editorial independence. With over one hundred companies, it is present mainly in Belgium and northern France. Decentralized and diversified, the Rossel Group is active in newspapers, whether national or regional, paid or free, daily or periodic. The Rossel Group holds trademarks and press titles that are characterized by a leadership in their markets. It is also an industrial group with four printing including two newspaper printing.

  • Public Policy Manager, Regional Policy Strategy & Operations for Google APAC, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Google, Hong Kong