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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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  • COO, Dainik Jagran-inext

    Alok Sanwal is the COO of Dainik Jagran I-Next, a broadsheet daily newspaper published by Jagran Prakashan, one of the largest media companies in India with the highest print circulation. He is a media professional with experience in the fields of sales, services, brand management, media services and running a print media set up.

    Mr Sanwal is a Communication postgraduate from MICA (formerly known as the Mudra Institute of Communications) and an Engineering graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He started his career in 1993.

    He was previously COO and Editor of I-Next, the bilingual compact-sized daily from Jagran Prakashan Ltd and was managing content and the business of the publication. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Jagran Prakashan Ltd.

  • Editor, timesofIndia.com

    Prasad Sanyal

    Prasad started with TV, went digital after a decade and is now trying to make sense of the biggest newsroom in the world's most dynamic news environment. Currently he is The Editor of times of india.com. Previously he was with NDTV Convergence handling their newsroom, resources and handling big news day coverage. Prasad’s special interests are technology and cricket. 

  • Business Development Director for Australia, India & SEA, Criteo

    Dushyant Sapre is Criteo’s Acting Commercial Director for India and the Business Development Director for Australia, India and Southeast Asia. As the Commercial Director for India, he advises large ecommerce and online travel firms on how to drive more sales using the predictive engine technology of Criteo. As Business Development Director, Dushyant advises leading digital publishers on ways to navigate through the fast changing digital landscape and keep the content free for users via digital advertising.

  • Managing Director of First Draft News, United Kingdom

    Jenni Sargent is the Managing Director of First Draft News  an organisation set up in 2015 to provide guidance and training for journalists in social newsgathering and verification. In September 2016, she coordinated and launched the First Draft Partner Network, the first initiative of its kind to bring together global newsrooms and social networks to collaborate on tackling common issues relating to sourcing and reporting online information. Jenni is also a director of Eyewitness Media Hub and part of a research team responsible for exploring the impact of media attention on eyewitnesses who have shared their images online. Previously she founded Digital Skills Network, a digital training company that developed resources for newsrooms and NGOs.
  • Deputy Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times, United Kingdom

    Hannah Sarney works as both an editor and advocate for the future of newsrooms, pushing for innovations that will improve reach, relevance and genuine engagement with readers. She helps lead a newsroom team that is focused on creating and implementing audience-first strategies. Her projects aim to drive editorial analytics ever deeper into newsroom practice and bring stakeholders together from the newsroom, product, analytics, marketing and events.

     

  • CEO, Chartbeat, USA

    John is Chief Executive Officer of Chartbeat. He has worked on the cutting-edge of media and technology for 17+ years, setting the daily operations and business development agendas of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal and vente-privee. John received his undergraduate degree in History from Haverford College and a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Chartbeat, USA

    John Saroff is Chief Executive Officer of Chartbeat, the leading content intelligence platform used by more than 50,000 of the world's top media properties in over 60 countries. Chartbeat believes that meaningful stories matter wherever they live, and that in an increasingly mobile, social world, Chartbeat is the only analytics solution newsrooms rely on to understand consumer attention and make the most of their quality content on site and offsite. John has worked on the cutting-edge of media and technology for 17+ years, setting the daily operations and business development agendas of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal and vente-privee. John received his undergraduate degree in History from Haverford College and a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University.

  • Community Editor, The Economist, UK

    Adnan Sarwar is the Community Editor for The Economist. He manages a team of writers and producers to serve social media channels with the newspaper's words, charts, images, films and audio.

    The Economist has a global digital audience of over 50 million people and this is served daily across all time zones. The Economist has made a significant and long term commitment to social media and Adnan has been with the team since its inception.

    Previously he was a freelance writer for the Financial Times after winning the Financial Times Essay Prize in 2013 for an essay about his time in the British military. After leaving the army, where he had served in the Iraq War, Adnan worked for the BBC and ITV in production. Most recently he presented Dangerous Borders, where he travelled the whole of Pakistan to show the country 70 years after its partition from India.

  • CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Mittelbayerischer Verlag KG, Germany

    After his academic high school diploma at the Goethe-Gymnasium Regensburg Manfred Sauerer started in 1977 its studies of chemistry at the University of Regensburg. Also in 1977 - parallel to his studies - he made his first work experiences at the Mittelbayerische Verlag. Later on he became trainee journalist and after that editor. In the following years he held the positions as Head of the sports-department, Managing Chief, Head of the interregional resort and as Co-Editor in Chief. Since January, 17th, 2007 he is Editor in Chief of the Mittelbayerische Zeitung. In 2008 Manfred Sauerer became Member of the Managing Board of the Mittelbayerischer Verlag KG ansd 2014 he became Co-CEO.

  • Vice President Consumer Marketing, GateHouse Media, USA

    Robert has been in the newspaper industry for 30 years with experiences in consumer marketing, strategic planning, delivery operations, and customer care. He began his career at The Boston Globe and New York Times Company and over the next 25 years focused on consumer marketing and audience development. His accomplishments included deployments of innovative technology platforms to include Oracle Service Cloud, SalesForce Marketing Cloud, Consumer APPs, and omni-channel customer care platforms. He moved to GateHouse Media in 2014 and is currently Vice President of Consumer Marketing. His focus at GateHouse Media has been standardizing and scaling corporate initiatives and centralizing digital and home delivery sales operations. He obtained a BS in Engineering from Rutgers University and was awarded The New York Times Presidents award for strategic initiatives for print revenue. He is an avid sailor and heavily involved in community affairs in Boston, his home town. 

  • Sharad Saxena, Executive Director – Operations, HT Media Ltd, India

    Sharad Saxena

    Mr. Sharad Saxena has rich and diverse experience of more than 35 years, spanning Research & Development, Operations, Supply Chain and Human Resources spread over different industry verticles – Railways, Automobiles, Food & Beverages and Media.

    He has held key leadership roles in large MNCs and companies forming part of reputed Indian business houses.

    Mr. Saxena graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra.

  • General Manager, Suddeutscher Verlag Zeitungsdruck, Germany

    Josef Schiessl
  • Independent Media Advisor and Editor-in-Residence at Weber Shandwick, USA

    Vivian Schiller is a media and technology executive with over 25 years of experience. Most recently as Global Chair of News at Twitter, in this role Schiller led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosytem.

    Just prior to joining Twitter, Schiller 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. Properties in her portfolio included NBCNews.com, TODAY.com, MSNBC.com, iVillage.com, and BreakingNews.

    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 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.

  • Media Consultant, South Africa.

    Journalist * Researcher * Author * Consultant * Rapporteur * Media
    Trainer * Free Press Activist
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Michael Schmidt is a field reporter with 26 years' experience and a reputation for producing unique and challenging copy, having worked for 19 years on some of South Africa's leading print titles including The Mercury and Sunday Times. He was involved as a senior journalist with the start-ups of ThisDay, of what is now Independent on Saturday, and of Ogojiii.

     He was group special investigative writer for Independent Newspapers' seven weekend titles before WAN-IFRA Training offer of 28.02.2017 page 3 of 5 going into journalism training. He expanded his work across Africa, and into parts of Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe and the Antipodes, and developed an intense interest in conflict reporting in transitional societies.

     In 2008, he gained his NQF4 trainer qualification and went into journalism training. He ran training workshops and oversaw projects – some with multi-million-rand budgets – for a wide range of continental and international media, academic, and philanthropic clients.

    Michael has worked across Africa, in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Australasia and has personally facilitated a wide variety of journalism courses.

  • Chefredakteur Gründerszene, Berlin

    Frank Schmiechen ist Chefredakteur von Gründerszene. Er begann seine journalistische Laufbahn als freier Sportreporter und Musikkritiker, arbeitete dann als Produktionschef und Chef vom Dienst bei Bild und leitete als stellvertretender Chefredakteur Welt Kompakt und die Welt am Sonntag.

  • Publisher CORRECTIV

    David Schraven is head of the research center correctiv.org as publisher and content manager.
    After working for the “Tageszeitung” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, he was initially a freelance journalist for the “Welt” group in the business desk and in NRW desk. As a guest journalist in the “Time” magazine, David was in New York on September 11, when the towers collapsed. He was also one of the founders of the political blog “Ruhrbarone”. From 2010 to 2014, David was responsible for the “Research” department at the Content Desk of the Funke Media Group (WAZ / NRZ / WR / WP).
    For his research on the PFT toxin affair at the Ruhr, David received a watchdog award from the daily press. He was awarded the research prize of the Swiss Wolfgang Fichtner Foundation for his work on the social fraud of the former State Secretary, Zülfiye Kaykin from Duisburg. His graphic report on the Afghanistan operation of the German army “Kriegszeiten” was nominated for the German Youth Literary Prize. His graphic report on the legal terrorism “WEISSE WÖLFE” received the German Reporter Prize.
    Contact: david.schraven (at) correctiv.org

  • Senior Consultant, Kirchner + Robrecht, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory Consultant, Germany

    Moritz holds a Diploma degree in Print Plant Management from Munich University of applied sciences and a Master of Science degree in Graphic Arts Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology (NY, USA). He started his career at Fraunhofer IGD working on projects for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and was involved specifying the CIP4 JDF format. As Chief Operating Officer he worked for the Bauer media group subsidiary in Magdeburg being responsible for the daily production of the large regional newspaper in a highly automated print plant. Since 2004, Moritz Schwarz has executed more than 200 production related consulting projects globally for WAN-IFRA.

  • Editor-in-Chief, 4c, Vienna, Austria

    Schwarz is the editor in chief of 4c, a trade magazine for print, design & digital media. 4c is being published in an edition for Austria and since 2013 also in an edition for Germany. The circulation for both editions: 11.000 copies. 4c is very much interested in involving its readers not only through surveys, but also with regular discussions with its readers on Twitter (called: #4ctalk), mainly on business topics, or workshops and conferences. Some of the exclusive stories 4c has published about the print media business were quoted in newspapers and magazines in the German speaking region.
    Martin Schwarz was awarded „Specialized Journalist of the Year 2016“ by the „German Association of Trade Press“ (Verband der Deutschen Fachpresse) for outstanding journalistic achievements.

  • Founder, Hoaxmap.org and fact-checker at Correctiv

    Karolin Schwarz is a fact-checker at correctiv.org, an investigative nonprofit medium. CORRECT!V's team of four aims to debunk rumours circulating on Facebook as well as false claims in general. In 2016, she founded Hoaxmap.org, a platform dedicated to refutiating false news about refugees and migrants in German speaking countries.

  • Board Member, Styria Media Group, Austria

    Born in Graz in 1966 he studied Jurisprudence (his dissertation was on the subject of ‘Media Law') at the Karl-Franzens University Graz. During his time studying he was able to gather experiences as a journalist at various daily and weekly newspapers from 1986 onwards and was appointed to Chief Editor in 1991 at the weekly newspaper "der neue Grazer/der neue Steirer". Simultaneously he was substantially involved in the establishment of the first Grazer Stadtradios (town radio) 107, 5 (1997/98). In 2002 Klaus Schweighofer moved to Equity and Finance Management at "Styria Medien AG" and since then has been responsible, besides radio and television participation at home, above all, for the expansion of "Styria" in Slovenia and Croatia. Amongst other things, the newly founded daily newspapers "24sata" (Croatia) and "zurnal24" (Slovenia) came under his area of responsibility. With the foundation of "Styria Media International AG" 2005 he was appointed to the Board and additionally held a series of Executive and Board of Directors´ seats. On 3rd March 2008 Klaus Schweighofer was appointed to the Board at "Styria Media Group AG". He continues to belong on the Board of "Styria Media International AG". Klaus Schweighofer is married and father of two children.

  • Deputy Chief Manager - Engineering, Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, India

    Rajiv Sen

    Rajiv Sen has more than 19 years of experience in the Printing Industry with extensive exposure to latest maintenance practices, preventive & predictive maintenance approach & “Hands-On” maintenance methods for effective trouble shooting of plant assets.He started his career with BCCL as a trainee engineer in Kolkata branch & is currently heading the asset management function under Mechanical Engineering Department at Kolkata. 

    He is Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. 

  • Digital Media Consultant

    Saurav Sen is a senior journalist-turned digital media consultant based in New Delhi. He has worked for major media brands like The Times of India, India Today, The Telegraph, The Asian Age etc, apart from Khaleej times, Dubai and The Guardian, London in more than 23 years of journalistic and stellar media management experience. He has been at the forefront of India’s digital media evolution ever since the internet came to India in 1995.

    He became a full-time digital media consultant since 2007, running his boutique consultancy firm, Sidnet Digitalia, and advising clients both in India and abroad. Saurav is a noted public speaker, a sworn internet evangelist and an empanelled digital media expert trainer for WAN-IFRA.

  • President, INNOVATION Media Consulting Group, UK

    As a Partner at Innovation, he 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 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 Digital Platforms, Editora CARAS, Brazil

    Nicholas is responsible for Perfil’s digital platforms in Argentina and Brazil, which count with approximately 30 million unique visitors spread across 34 different properties. From Sao Paulo, Nicholas leads a highly creative team which is in charge of the digital evolution of the 18 sites that, along with the renown title CARAS, form part of Perfil Brasil’s ecosystem. He also coordinates tech development, content management, and Perfil’s proprietary publishing technology in both countries.

    Before joining CARAS Nicholas served as the Digital Strategy Director and Digital Platforms Director at Grupo Estado (Brazil) during 8 years, leading technical and product teams and coordinating digitalization projects for Estadão newspaper, Jornal da Tarde newspaper, Eldorado radio and other Estadão's brands.

    He has been designing and building internet and mobile applications for digital publishing for over 20 years. As a software engineer of the highly regarded Brazilian portal (UOL), Nicholas designed and developed the first brazilian e-commerce website (Pão de Açúcar Delivery) and the Content Management Systems and Subscription Systems used in beginning of UOL and after years.

    Nicholas founded E-systems Solutions, a Brazilian pioneer company in e-commerce and internet applications, acquired by LuminaAmericas Inc, and helped north-american companies like Nike, Carrier, MSN, to launch websites in Brazil with huge impact and success. At LuminaAmericas he helped also important Brazilian companies as AES, Eletropaulo, Unibanco, Somlivre/Globo, Americanas.com and Telefónica.

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