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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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  • Director, Nordbayern Infonet

    Since 2008, Oberth has been director of online newsroom at, the joint online platform of the Nürnberger Nachrichten and Nürnberger Zeitung. While working in the press department of the City of Nürnberg, he was involved in creating their first online offering. After he joined the newspaper group in 1996, he used this experience to build their online presence, including several websites for major events in the region. 

  • Gründerin & Beraterin für Automatisierung & Datenverarbeitung, Hamburg

    Freya Oehle studierte Finance & Accounting bevor sie 2013 zusammen mit einem Schulfreund aus dem Studium heraus gründete. Innerhalb von 3 Jahren wuchs spottster zu einer europäischen Shoppingplattform heran, die die Preise und Produkte aus über 6000 Online Shops bündelte und den Shops dynamische Preissetzung ermöglichte. Nachdem die Gründer spottster 2017 zunächst eingestellt hatten, verkauften sie die Technologie Ende 2017 an ein Marketingunternehmen.Seither befinden sich Freya Oehle und ihr Mitgründer in der Neugründung und beraten internationale Unternehmen in Sachen Automatisierung & Datenverarbeitung.

  • Head of West Africa, BBC

    Toyosi Ogunseye Head of West Africa BBC

    Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC. She manages the operations and the five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. She has over 14 years experience as an investigative journalist on different beats like politics, crime, business, health and environment. Ogunseye was the first female editor in the 41-year history of Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper. She is the winner of the Presidential Precinct Inaugural Young Leader Award in the United States which she received alongside Secretary Madeline Albright. She also received the University of Ibadan’s Distinguished Award for Journalism Excellence in 2016.

    Ogunseye is a 2015 Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship Programme and a 2014 Laureate of the African Women in News Leadership Award given by the World Association of Newspapers. In 2014, she won journalism’s premier prize: The Knight International Journalism Award, making her the first Nigerian journalist to win the global award. 

    Ogunseye sits on the board of the World Editor’s Forum.  

  • Executive Director, Digital Business/ International Affairs, The Asahi Shimbun, Japan

    Executive Director of Digital Business/International Affairs at The Asahi Shimbun. An eminent journalist graduated from the faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tokyo University. Visiting Scientist at the Center for Civic Media at MIT Media Lab from 2013 to 2014 . She developed her career in the digital media at The Asahi Shimbun since 1999.

  • Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, BET International

    Alex Okosi is the driving force behind Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to Viacom’s powerhouse entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic and BET on the African continent.

    An 18-year veteran of the entertainment industry on 3 continents, with a broad background in marketing, affiliate sales, events, strategy and management, Okosi achieved a personal and industry milestone when he launched MTV Base, MTV’s 100th channel internationally, and Africa’s first bespoke MTV channel on 22 February 2005. His tenacity and belief in Africa soon paid significant dividends. VIMN Africa has become Viacom’s fastest growing international operation in terms of revenue growth - thanks to the rapid expansion of its footprint across Africa as a multi-portfolio brand distributed on multiple platforms including pay-TV, FTA, internet, SVOD and mobile platforms. Now in its thirteenth year, VIMN Africa delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network. Its collective footprint reaches 52 territories and more than 100 million viewers.

  • Head of Media Partnerships LATAM, Facebook, Brazil

    Head of LATAM Media Partnerships Facebook. Twenty years of expertise in telecommunications (TV and Radio) and digital properties. Worked in companies like Motorola, Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicação and ESPN. Is responsible for partnerships development in LATAM region with media groups, events and public figures with the objective to increase content distribution and discoverability over the platform, connecting audiences and generate conversations around the most important topics for each region.

  • Head of Latam PR & Corporate Communications, Accenture, Argentina

  • Consultant, Reader Revenue and Editorial, Sweden

    Sofia was previously CEO, editor-in-chief and publisher of Aftonbladet, the biggest news brand in Sweden. She has an extensive background in journalism and media, starting in her early twenties as a reporter at the local Swedish newspaper Borlänge Tidning. She has also been the sub-editor, entertainments editor and night manager at the regional newspaper Arbetarbladet. Between 1998 and 2006 she was the editor-in-chief and publisher at Dala-Demokraten and editor-in-chief and publisher of Norran. Between 2007 and 2018 she held various positions at Aftonbladet including administrative managing editor, HR manager, Head of Aftonbladet Online Academy, Head of the paid content department Plus and managing editor.

  • Editor in Chief, Schibsted Media Group

    Bernt Olufsen is a norwegian journalist, editor and media commentator, living in Oslo, Norway. Ha started his career as a reporter for regional newspaper Adresseavisen in 1975. Editor-in-Chief of Norway´s leading daily newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) 1994 – 2011.

    President of Schibsted Editors Forum 2007 – 2016. Various board asignments within media companies in Spain, France, Estonia and Norway 2011 – 2016. Trustee and board member of Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), London, 2015 -. Mentor for WAN IFRA in Myanmar and Vietnam since 2016. Head of Jury Investigative Journalism Awards in Norway. Media blog:

  • Social Media Consultant and Founder of Social Video Company, HashtagOurStories, UK

    Sumaiya Omar is a social media consultant and founder of social video company HashtagOurStories. She specializes in outsourcing video post-production services to emerging markets, reducing costs for media houses and easing digital workflows so creatives can focus on telling better stories.

    Sumaiya has spent the last five years experimenting with emerging news platforms like Snapchat and Instagram in South Africa, India and the UK and has conducted mobile journalism workshops with broadcasters across Europe.

  • Founder, #HashtagOurStories, South Africa

    Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world, creating shows in every language.

  • Pre-Sale Director, Asia-Pacific, T Brand Studio International, The New York Times

    Reno Ong is Pre-Sale Director, Asia-Pacific, for The New York Times’ T Brand Studio in Hong Kong. Reno oversees T Brand’s pre-sale strategy and client outreach in the Asia-Pacific region, identifying opportunities to develop compelling branded content across the publisher’s digital and print platforms.

    Prior to joining The New York Times, Reno was the Director of Digital Strategy at Hong Kong luxury-lifestyle media startup #legend and the International Homepage and Audience Engagement Editor at TIME. A journalist at heart, he previously copyedited the international edition of TIME magazine, handling global coverage that encompassed current affairs, politics, business and culture.

  • Head of Business Development, Zilliqa

    En Hui heads up business development at Zilliqa. She has extensive sales and distribution experience in financial services. Her prior roles include sales and distribution of ETFs and investment funds at BlackRock where she worked with asset managers and banks in the Southeast Asian market, and subsequently at JPMorgan Asset Management working with pension funds, insurance companies and banks in the region. En Hui is a CAIA charterholder.

  • Principal Consultant, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

  • CEO, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

    Peter Ong is a newspaper consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has redesigned newspapers and magazines in 12 countries from Samoa in the Pacific to Saudi Arabia. He was, until recently, the long-serving regional director for the Society for News Design. Peter has been a regular speaker at international newspaper conferences all over the world. He also conducts training programmes for media organisations. Peter is passionate about content development and new technologies and how both can work together for the betterment of the media.

  • Asia Digital Editor, The Wall Street Journal

    Yumiko Ono

    As Dow Jones' Asia Digital Editor, Yumiko Ono oversees the WSJ's video and social-media teams in Asia and is responsible to grow their audience in the region. She also assists with the overall management of operations across the Asia newsroom. Yumiko was previously Dow Jones' Audience Engagement Editor and, as such, she was focusing on social media, SEO and new content in order to make the WSJ stories reach a wider audience in Asia in English, Japanese and other local languages.

  • Executive Vice President Product & Content, Amedia, Norway

    In January 2017 Opdahl was promoted to Executive Vice President of Product and Content in Amedia. Before that he was Regional Director of NRK an Editor in Chief at Nordlys where he began his tenure woring as a journalist and news editor. Anders also worked as reporter and deputy CEO in Finnmark Dagblad and A-pressen's Oslo editorial office, and has been a correspondent for Dagbladet in Northern Norway. He is deputy chairman of the Press Academic Committee (PFU).

    Anders Opdahl is responsible for the regions of North, Central and West Norway.

  • President, Belo Business Intelligence at A. H. Belo, USA

  • Product Marketing Lead, Facebook, USA

    Kate leads product marketing across Facebook’s portfolio of media monetization products across news and video, including products like Branded Content, ads in Instant Articles, and more recently our tests with Ad Breaks.  She works closely with partners and product teams to shape product roadmaps and bring products to market that help our content partners grow their businesses on Facebook.  Previously, Kate held roles at Facebook in Emerging Business strategy as well as Sales Operations for emerging markets. Prior to joining Facebook, Kate was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, leading teams to serve clients across media, tech and retail/ consumer packaged goods industries.

  • Editor-in-Chief, El Colombiano, Colombia

    Martha is one of Colombia's most innovative news executives. 

    She directed the redesign of the business newspaper, La República, as Strategy and Business Director, a project that later earned a Lápiz de Acero (Steel Pencil) Award. She subsequently led the renovation project at EL COLOMBIANO, as part of its 100th year anniversary, and created and directed the Strategy and Innovation Lab (ECOLAB), a position she has filled since then. In January of 2013 she was named Editor in Chief of EL COLOMBIANO, a multimedia brand with more than 104 years of history, always committed to social development.

    She currently serves as president of the INMA board of directors (International News Media Association) for Latin America and is also a board member of the Sanar Foundation, which benefits children with cancer, as well as the Secretos para Contar Foundation, which promotes literacy and education for rural families.

    She has been recipient of the Fe en la Causa (Faith in the Cause) medal awarded by the Presidency of the Republic; the “José María Córdoba” Military Merit, awarded by the National Army of Colombia, and she and her team have earned four major INMA awards, a King of Spain, and several SND awards for excellence.

  • Publisher & CEO, El Nacional, Venezuela

    Miguel Henrique is the President and CEO of El Nacional, one of Venezuela's last standing critical media voices to the current regime. Since 2015, runs his newspaper in exile from Madrid. Venezuela's government is pursuing him for several politically motivated lawsuits and has publically threatened to jail him in case he returns to his country.

    Miguel Henrique Otero was born in 1947 and holds a Mathematics degree from the Central University of Venezuela. After doing a postgraduate degree in Business Administration, in the university, he traveled to England where he studied Economics at Churchill College, Cambridge University. On his return to the country, he began the extensive activity, both in the private and public sectors, which has continued until today.

    In what regards daily ​​El Nacional, Otero has been Managing Director of the newspaper, CEO and Chairman of the Board. He has also been vice president of the Bloque de Prensa, the main press association in Venezuela. He has been author and promoter of successive innovations: creation of sections and media outlets, who have always had the novelty category. In Venezuela he's recognized as the pioneer of the professional use of new technologies both in the journalism profession and in the management of media companies. 

    His experience and wide knowledge of institutions have been applied not only in his national daily, but also in business schools (IESA), not-for-profit organizations (Red Cross of Venezuela, Artisan Foundation Colonia Tovar ), human rights organizations (SIP/IAPA), cultural organizations (Ateneo de Caracas), international business associations (he's former President of Grupo de Diarios America, member of the Board of the Inter American Press Association and of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA).

  • Managing Editor for Digital at Nation Media Group

    CHURCHILL OTIENO, a pioneer in online journalism in Kenya with more than 15 year’s experience in digital media, is the MANAGING EDITOR FOR DIGITAL at Nation Media Group. Secondly, he is a professional leader serving as the Secretary for Digital Media at the Kenya Editors Guild. He is also a scholar with several peer-reviewed articles on social media and digital journalism published in academic journals and professional publications. [Twitter: @OtienoC]

  • Principal Director, Accenture Research, United Kingdom

    Armen Ovanessoff is Principal Director at Accenture Research. His focus is on global economic and business trends and he leads the firm’s research activities in Latin America. 

    Armen's opinions and research insights are regularly featured in economics and business journals and publications. His consulting has supported the development of international business strategies and operating models for Accenture and its multinational clients across industries. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events on issues related to competitiveness and growth, with a regular presence in the media. His recent research topics include artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, productivity, collaborative innovation and economic nationalism.

    Formally based in London, Armen established Accenture’s research bureau in India which he ran from New Delhi; he also helped build the bureau in China and is currently living in Latin America, having set up the bureau in São Paulo, Brazil. His research often involves collaboration with academics and business practitioners around the world.

    Armen also helps manage Accenture's strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum, representing Accenture's point of view on global issues among leaders from business, policy and society. This covers a wide range of topics, including global trends in consumption, the digital economy, sustainable growth and innovation.

    This covers a wide range of topics, including global trends in consumption, the digital economy,
    sustainable growth and innovation.

  • Managing Editor, The Local Europe, Sweden

    Paul O'Mahony is managing editor of The Local Europe, a network of nine sites covering the continent's news in English. He has lived in Sweden for almost 20 years and previously worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief of, the network's first national edition. Paul joined the digital-only publication as its first full-time employee in 2006. He is currently overseeing a shift to a membership model.

  • Associate Editor. Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), USA

    Daniel O'Maley, Ph.D., is the Associate Editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA). In this capacity he conducts research on changes in the global media environment, curates CIMA's blog, and manages the organization's social media presence. His policy portfolio includes Internet policy, Internet governance, and the implications of new digital technologies on media systems worldwide.