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WAN-IFRA is calling on its supporters around the globe to nominate great speakers for our events.

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  • Commercial Director, Human Made, UK

    Ant has been helping enterprises get the most out of new technology for 20 years. He started his career in agencies delivering new websites for the likes of Xerox, Aviva, and British Airways back when AJAX was cool. He spent 11 years in various technology areas of the BBC, including archives, open source innovation, and the the BBC’s own drone effort, before returning to the web agency world in 2013. Commercial director of Human Made since 2015 he’s been proud to help grow the team from 20 to 70 strong, and deliver superb sites and platforms for enterprise clients all over the world.

  • Managing Director, La Place Media, France

    Arthur Millet is the Managing Director of La Place Média since 2015. Launched in the summer of 2012, La Place markets the digital audience of the premium media sites and has five shareholders: Amaury Médias, FigaroMedias, Lagardère Publicité, TF1 Publicité and France Télévisions Publicité. The programmatic operation represents + 300 premium web sites in France.

    Arthur Millet began his career at French newspaper Libération and then at Radio Nova. In 1999, he became interested in digital and joined Grolier Interactive to work on a project for a music portal. Back in the press in 2001, he took advantage of his digital expertise first for Libé and then for as director of digital advertising for eight years. Since 2010, he has been a digital director at former Amaury Médias (now TeaMedia) and was re-elected president of the SRI in May 2015.
  • Assistant Managing Editor, Newsday, NY, USA

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

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

  • Lecturer and Researcher, Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    Based at the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), John’s research interests span journalism, the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented paper, mobile journalism, wearables, HCI, drone journalism and innovation theory.    In recent years his research has focussed on the Internet of Things, and how news organisations could utilise physical platforms and experiences. This work includes the Google-funded NewsThings project, an IoT content management system and conductive ink and web-connected print. He has also taught courses on innovation and multimedia journalism techniques and theory at UCLan.   Commercially, he has established business-to-business editorial operations in Manchester and Leeds, and managed large teams of online correspondents both in the UK and further afield.    
  • Chief Executive Officer, Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria

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

  • Journalist at El Diario de Juarez, Mexico

    Gabriela Minjares is an investigative journalist at El Diario de Juarez in northern Mexico. A veteran of 20 years at the newspaper, Gabriela specializes in covering issues related to corruption, urban affairs and public safety.

    As Ciudad Juárez became the most dangerous city in the world in the period between 2009 and 2012, Gabriela was one of the journalists most involved in covering the wave of violence unleashed by drug cartels. She has covered in depth the impact the violence had in the city and its victims and is co-author of the book “Ciudad Juárez: A Border in Crisis”.

    In response to the toll that violence also took on local journalists, Gabriela was a co-founder of the Juarez Journalists Network, a not-for-profit organization started in 2011 to promote solidarity, peer support and training among journalists. She currently chairs the Network.
    She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and a Master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from Florida International University.

  • Founder and Partner at Namia

    Mika est le co-fondateur et partenaire de Namia, une agence digitale spécialisée dans la fourniture de services et de produits pour l'ère de la «machine augmentée». Concepteur de concepts expérimenté avec une expérience éprouvée dans l'industrie de l'internet, Mika est un spécialiste de l'expérience utilisateur, la conception d'interface utilisateur, le marketing et les ventes. Il est titulaire d'un Bachelor en design graphique de Lahden Muotoiluinstituutti de l'Institut de design et des beaux-arts de Lahti.

    Mika is the co-founder and a partner at Namia, a digital agency specialized in delivering services and products for the "machine augmented" era. An experienced Concept Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry, Mika is particularly skilled in User Experience, User Interface Design and strong opinions about Marketing&Sales. He holds a Bachelor's degree focused in Graphic Design from Lahden muotoiluinstituutti, Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts.

  • Co-founder and CEO, Nexo Jornal, Brazil

    Paula Miraglia is one of the co-founders and the CEO of Nexo Jornal, a Brazilian digital-only news startup based in São Paulo. Since its launch in November 2015, Nexo has won the ONA General Excellence in Online Journalism award (2017), the Malofiej bronze medal in for its infographics portfolio (2018), and the NH award for best digital publication (2016 and 2017). Paula holds a PhD degree in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo, where she also graduated in Social Sciences. Previously she has been the Director General of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime – ICPC, based in Canada, and the Executive Director of the Brazilian office of ILANUD, United Nations Latin American Institute.  She has also work as a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

  • Chief Editor, El Debate, Mexico

  • General Editor, EL DEBATE, Mexico

    Andrea is an expert in creating digital audiences and specific niches. She has designed the organizational, content and product strategies of different publishing brands and events.

    Trained in mechanical engineering and industrial design, with an affinity for litterature and image, she became, in her role of General Editor, founding leader of all the content projects of EL DEBATE for the last 14 years. She is in charge of, a portfolio of 12 digital brands, 15 editions of printed newspapers and also a large number of magazines and commercial supplements.

    She actively searches and selects the talents of content and data, to form the multiprofessional team that promoted the regional newspaper of Sinaloa, EL DEBATE, and made it this year, one of the leading brands in content generation in Mexico, becoming a national benchmark for innovation and traffic with 35MM of monthly unique users.

    She's a staunch defender of issues on freedom of expression and protection of journalists. 

  • Chief Operating Officer, Bennett, Coleman Company Ltd, India.

  • Founder & CEO, INKL

    Gautam Mishra is the CEO of inkl, a marketplace for premium news. inkl’s goal is to grow online payments for news just as similar marketplaces have done in other markets. inkl also provides an enterprise service for publishers who want to charge their readers. Most publishers today pursue a one-size-fits-all pricing model. inkl’s solution uniquely allow publishers to deploy flexible pricing models for different segments so that they can maximise the payment potential of each reader. Prior to starting inkl Gautam set up and ran online subscriptions for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Before that he worked as a management consultant in Sydney and New York. He has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Director of Global News Partnerships, Facebook, USA

    Andy, Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell is Director of Global News Partnerships for Facebook based in the NY office. He joined Facebook in October 2010. In his role, Mitchell oversees the news and publishing vertical for Facebook globally.  Currently Mitchell’s working on Facebook’s evolving partnerships with article and video publishers with a focus on migrating content to Facebook with the business model to support it.

    Since joining Facebook, Mitchell’s role has included working on FB Platform, specifically social plugins (Like, Comments, Share) and more traditional partnerships with media organizations including broadcast Partnerships with NBC for the London Olympics Games; CNN for a cross platform global partnership for the US general election; and a debate with NBC News featuring the Republican nominees in New Hampshire.

    In addition to broadcast Partnerships, Mitchell’s role is to work with publishers to leverage the Facebook Platform and News Feed to maximize engagement, referrals and distribution. This includes traditional companies like CNN, NBC News and The New York Times as well as social publishers including Buzzfeed, Vice and The Huffington Post. Immediately prior to joining Facebook, Mitchell served as Vice President of Business Development for The Daily Beast. He was responsible for marketing and strategic communications, mobile, SEO, social media strategy, content distribution partnerships.  

    Mitchell had a 15-year tenure at CNN Worldwide in a variety of roles. His last position was vice president of digital marketing and development and a key member of the CNN Digital management team. Based in New York, Mitchell was directly responsible for trade and consumer marketing of CNN’s digital assets, including the No. 1 news and information site,, and the company’s growth into mobile and other digital platforms. Additionally, Mitchell was responsible for developing partnerships to support multi-platform content distribution across CNN’s networks.

  • Founder & CEO, Simpli5d Technologies, India

    Amit Mittal

    Amit Mittal is the founder & CEO of Simpli5d Technologies, a product based mark-tech company and pioneer in the anti-ad-fraud domain. The company helps advertisers & publishers gain revenue and prevent loss in digital advertising business. 

    Amit is an IIM Lucknow alumnus with 10 years of cross functional experience across finance, strategy, marketing and operations. Well versed with the domestic as well as international media ecosystem, he has led and successfully executed numerous projects across media verticals – Digital, Radio, Broadcasting, Distribution etc. He was a core member of the Investment/Strategy team of Malaysian Media Conglomerate, Astro All Asia Networks and also served as the Head of Product/ Marketing for the digital business of Dainik Bhaskar group in the past. An ardent follower of the rapidly changing digital world, his core expertise lies in using technology to address large fundamental problems existing in the current environment.

  • Journalist, Bloomberg News, South Africa

    Sam Mkokeli, an award-winning journalist and columnist, chairs the South African National Editors’ Forum’s media freedom sub-committee. He has been a journalist for almost two decades and has worked for South Africa’s leading newspaper brands, including Business Day and Sunday Times, where he held editorial executive roles. Those include the roles of News Editor/Assistant Editor and later Political Editor at Business Day – South Africa’s leading financial daily, and Cape Town Bureau Chief for the Sunday Times. He is now a specialist politics journalist for Bloomberg News, based in Johannesburg and covers mainly government affairs, political power and public policy.

  • Strategic Partnerships, News & Search, Google APAC

    Abhishek Modi manages strategic product partnerships with news publishers across key Google products - News, Search and Assistant. He has been with Google for over four years and is based out of Singapore.

    Abhishek has eight years of experience across News, Digital Marketing, Management Consulting and startups. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU).

  • Community organiser, advocacy strategist and writer

    Koketso Moeti Founder

    Koketso Moeti has a long background in civic activism and has over the years worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. She currently serves as the founding executive director of, a community of over 220,000 people working to turn every cellphone into a democracy-building tool to ensure that those most affected by injustice- low income Black women in particular- can take collective action on issues affecting our lives. In 2018 she was announced as an inaugural Obama Foundation fellow and the Waislitz Global Citizen award winner. This comes after being a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices fellow. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, a coalition of South African organisations committed to and campaigning for public broadcasting in the public interest. 

    When not working, Moeti can be found writing and has been published by a wide range of local and international media.

  • Managing Director, WAN-IFRA South Asia

    Magdoom Mohamed joined WAN-IFRA as Business Development Manager, and grew up through several positions to Managing Director in April 2008.  He is responsible for WAN-IFRA’s business in South Asia. He also guided WAN-IFRA’s entry into the Middle East during a brief stint in 2008.

    Before joining WAN-IFRA, he was with The Times of India group, managing the local brand of the group in Chennai.

    An MBA from Madras University, Magdoom did a Senior Management Programme at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India’s premier B-School. He followed it up with a Media Leadership Programme at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2010.

  • ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow, Code for Tanzania

    Omar Mohammed is an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow leading the launch of Code for Tanzania, which promotes data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthening journalistic storytelling and audience engagement.

    Mohammed is an experienced data journalist and digital strategist. ​In 2015, he helped launch Quartz Africa and worked as the platform's East Africa reporter based in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Prior to joining Quartz, he spent 2014-2015 as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where he researched sustainable financial models for doing digital business journalism. He currently helps to cover financial news for Bloomberg in East Africa's second largest economy.

    He previously served as a senior producer for the BBC Swahili Service’s weekly radio news magazine show, “Haba na Haba” (Little by Little) and co-created and hosted a news review show @Mgahawa on East Africa Television. His writing has appeared in The Arizona Republic, Global Voices, The East African, among others

  • CEO Arena Partners, Jyväskylä

    Arena Partners Oy a été fondée en 2000 et possède des bureaux à Jyväskylä et à Joensuu. L'activité de la société consiste en des annonces classées et des solutions mobiles dans le secteur de l'immobilier, l'automobile en partenariat avec le groupe Alma Media (Frontpage.COM, et Autotalli.COM), le recrutement, ainsi que des systèmes opérationnels de soutien tels qu'un système de courtage immobilier, des applications de vente de voitures et des systèmes de recrutement.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Vice News, USA

    Jason Mojica

    Jason Mojica has been contributing to Vice since 2007. Before joining the company full time in 2011, he worked for Al Jazeera English as a producer on the network's weekly media analysis program,The Listening Post, and as a field producer for Josh Rushing's series, On War. Since joining Vice he has produced documentaries for the web and for the company's Emmy-nominated HBO series in more than 30 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, El Salvador, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jason was recently named Editor-in-Chief of Vice News. Jason holds a B.A. in Political Communication from George Washington University.

  • General Manager, Data Development, United Daily News, Taiwan

    Anson Mok

    Anson Mok is an experienced executive who works closely with top executives to grow businesses with feasible data driven strategy and product development. He has spent over 15 years working in digital marketing and customer relationship management for the United Daily News Group in Taiwan.

    Anson believes that it is critical to understand the audience one is trying to connect with and communicate in the way they prefer to drive and sustain user engagement. It is not only about how much content or service one covers in any particular area.

    In addition to his experience, Anson is also a trained data coach to staff at all levels.

  • Deputy Director, El Tiempo, Colombia

  • Head of Sales and Product, Arc Publishing - The Washington Post, USA

    Matt Monahan leads the product, sales and implementation teams for Arc Publishing, The Washington Post's burgeoning software-as-a-service CMS business. Over the past two years, Monahan has overseen the growth of Arc from a small experiment with university newspapers to an enterprise-scale SaaS business with some of the world's largest publishers as its clients. He has lead the implementation of Arc for major clients such as tronc, publisher of legacy brands like the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, Canada’s Globe and Mail, and South America’s digital powerhouse Infobae. Monahan also oversees strategy and development for the more than 15 newsroom products that comprise Arc.

    Prior to his work with Arc Publishing, Monahan held a variety of product positions at The Post, including managing The Post's publishing systems internally, and serving as the product manager for video at The Post and The Post's various commercial products. Monahan began his career at Boston Scientific.

    He attended Boston University and lives in Washington, D.C.


  • Product Manager Digital Paid Content, Impresa, Portugal

    Pedro Monteiro

    Pedro Monteiro is a Multimedia Coordinator at Expresso newspaper. With a professional background in design, nowadays Pedro works' mainly on the planning, producing and publishing of digital narratives on the newspaper's different digital platforms. Pedro is also involved on the launching of new digital projects on Expresso. Alongside his work on Impresa, Pedro is also a consultant for Innovation Media Consuting for digital journalism. Pedro is on the finnishing stage of his masters degree about digital storytelling on the Lisbon University.