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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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  • Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS News Digital, USA

    Christy Tanner is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Digital. In this role, she oversees CBS News on all digital platforms, including CBSN, CBS News’ digital streaming news network featuring live, anchored coverage across platforms, as well as, mobile apps and OTT apps. 

    Under Tanner’s leadership, CBSN has delivered tremendous year-over-year growth. Drawing an audience with an average age of 38, CBSN delivered more than 280 million live streams in 2017 to grow viewership 17% from 2016. During the 2016 Election year, CBSN set groundbreaking records and significantly drove viewership up 232% from 2015. In addition, continues to reach an even greater audience, with unique visitors up 20% year-over-year. 

    During her tenure at CBS News Digital, Tanner has spearheaded the growth of the CBSN Originals documentary series and continually expanded distribution to make CBSN available on every major platform. 

    Formerly, Tanner was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive Media, a group of premier  entertainment brands. Tanner joined CBS Interactive through the company’s acquisition of TV Guide Digital, where as CEO she transformed the business for an on-demand, streaming audience. She previously held executive positions with The Washington Post Company, Wolters Kluwer and Reed Elsevier. 

    Tanner currently is a board member and special advisor to the executive committee of Digital Content Next, the leading trade organization serving premium digital content companies, where she previously served as co-chair from 2015-2017. She is also chair of the Groton Women’s Network. 

    Tanner holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media Inc.

    Guy Tasaka is a veteran of both traditional and digital publishing. He spent 17 years in magazine and newspapers including 4 years at Ziff-Davis and 11 years at The New York Times. He’s spent the past 4 years at NewsStand/LibreDigital and Page Foundry creating digital publishing solutions for the media industry. Self proclaimed the “Forrest Gump” of digital publishing he worked on the early stage launch of in 1995 and was the product manager for The New York Times Electronic Edition, one of the first e-editions in the US. He launched LibreDigital’s ereader program delivering newspapers and magazines to BN Nook and other ereaders. Guy has started TasakaDigital, a digital publishing strategy and product development consulting company, in an effort to help publishers understand how to best use the emerging technologies and prepare for the future. He also consults with technology companies to create solutions for the publishing industry.

    A great case for TasakaDigital’s work with publishers can be seen on The Commercial Appeal's mobile/tablet ecosystem where he developed the digital strategy and designed the product suite to support that strategy. He worked with development partners Whiz Technologies and Syncronex on the execution.

    Specialties: Mobile publishing strategies and product development.

  • Director Brazil, CCi, Brazil

    Michael considers himself, first and foremost, a journalist. He started his career at The Dallas Morning News and moved to The Washington Post, where he was newsroom technology editor. Nowadays he works with media companies throughout the Americas as Director, Brasil, CCI.

  • Sales Director, CCi, USA

    Spending much of his career employed by media companies, including The Washington Post and The Dallas Morning News, Michael Taylor considers himself a journalist first. Now working for CCI, he focuses on technology needs of media companies throughout the Americas. He loves digging into analytics, concepts around new digital story forms, as well as emerging content distribution possibilities.

  • ‎Digital Production Editor, The Times and The Sunday Times, UK

    Matt Taylor, 25, has been working in The Times and Sunday Times newsrooms for three years on their digital strategy teams. Alongside working on widely successful news products, Matt has also worked to transform newsroom culture and workflow through the use of new tools and techniques.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

    Taylor’s professional’s recognitions include National Photographer of the Year, Northern Photographer of the Year, New England Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice). His coverage the Afghanistan trauma hospital won numerous international and national awards, and his work has appeared on the cover of the Best of Photojournalism Magazine (twice).

    Taylor was recently hired as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Country Head, Malaysia, CtrlShift

    Serm Teck Choon is Malaysia Country Head/Head of Product at CtrlShift, a global audience solutions company. Serm is also President of Malaysian Digital Association (MDA).

    Serm oversees CtrlShift Malaysia's operation, leads product initiatives and drives strategic partnership regionally. His recent projects includes launching the 1st regional private marketplace partnering with 7 leading publishers (including The Star, Media Prima, SinChew etc) in Malaysia.

    Prior to joining CtrlShift, Serm was Digital Products Head leading the digital product development, management and marketing for Star Media Group Berhad. With 17 years of experience with the media group, he played a key role in driving The Star Online to become the leading news portal in Malaysia.

    As one of the founding members of MDA, Serm is actively involved in industry initiatives. He launched the Malaysian audience measurement currency in 2010 while he served as Measurement & Audit head at MDA. He also sat on the board of Audit Bureau of Circulations Malaysia (ABC Malaysia). His ePaper auditing framework was incorporated in 2013 ABC Audit Guideline which pushed print media to aggressively launch their digital editions.

    Serm was appointed by MDA as its representative/advisor to ABC Malaysia in Sep 2015, and was elected as President of MDA in March 2016.

    Serm is regularly invited by Malaysia's TV/radio stations (NTV7, TV3, TV2, 8TV, 988, Ai FM, CityPlus FM), local and regional print and online media to comment on digital and technology-related matters.

  • Strategic Partnerships, Facebook

    Ken Teh leads news and publisher partnerships for Facebook in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Ken has spent 15 years in the news and TV business and took on various editorial and business roles at The Associated Press, CNN and MediaCorp. As a foreign correspondent he spent time embedded with the US Marines in Afghanistan and reported from North Korea during Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch. Ken was also anexecutive editor at Channel NewsAsia where he led efforts to drive digital innovation in the newsroom.

  • CEO at Alma Media, Helsinki

    Kai Telanne, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Alma Media Oyj since April 1, 2005. Mr. Telanne serves as Chairman of the Group Executive Committee of Alma Media Oyj. Mr. Telanne served as the President of the publishing company Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 2001 to 2005. He served as Managing Director at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 2001 to 2005.; Managing Director at Kustannus Oy Otsikko from 2000 to 2005; Deputy Managing Director at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 2000 to 2001; Marketing Director at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1999 to 2000; Marketing Director at Suomen Paikallissanomat Oy from 1996 to 1999; Marketing Manager at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1993 to 1996; Sales Manager at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1991 to 1993; Research Manager at Kustannus Oy Aamulehti from 1990 to 1991; Product Manager of Nokian Paperi Oy from 1989 to 1990. He has been the Chairperson of Talentum Oyj since 2010 and served as its Deputy Chairperson until 2010. He serves as the Chairman of The Finnish News Agency (STT), and Federation of the Finnish Media Industry. He served as Chairman of Talentum Corporation. He has been an Independent Director at Altia Oyj since April 23, 2016. He has been an Independent Director of Teleste Corporation since April 01, 2008. He serves as a Board Member of The Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland. He serves as Advisory Board Member of Ministry of Transport and Communications, Communications Administration He served as Board member of Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

  • PR Strategist, Swedish Green Party. Former Head of Social Media, Metro Sweden

    Pontus Tengby is a journalist and former head of social media and acting managing editor of Swedish free daily Metro. He now works with PR and communication for the Swedish Green Party.
  • Director of Subscriptions & Paid Content, L‘Equipe, France

    Christina has more than 14 years of experience in Customer Marketing (CRM, acquisition strategies, loyalty) and management of digital business. She is currently the Marketing Director of the digital paying offer at L'Équipe having gained extensive experience working at a variety of prior publishers.

  • Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Youth Ki Awaaz

    Anshul Tewari

    Anshul Tewari is an Ashoka Fellow and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Youth Ki Awaaz, an award-winning and India's largest online platform for young people to speak up on issues of importance, through a critical approach to journalism and crowd-sourcing. Anshul is also a United Nations ITU Fellow for youth innovation and a World Summit Youth Award laureate. His expertise lies in building sustainable, democratic and people driven media platforms. He also serves on the board of Collectively, a nonprofit focused towards engaging the current generation over sustainable development issues.

  • Editorial Manager, AFP Medialab, France

    Denis Teyssou is the editorial manager of Agence France-Presse (AFP) Medialab, a team dedicated to Research and Development and innovation projects. Being a journalist and an open source geek, Denis has led AFP’s participation in three European funded projects, two FP7 (Papyrus, GLOCAL), and a running innovation action Horizon2020 InVID, on user-generated video content verification. 

    He has also led for AFP seven French funded R&D projects : five from the National Research Agency (RMM2, EDyLex, OTMedia, ChronoLines and the running ASRAEL) and two from the French government fund FUI (SCRIBO, SAMAR).

  • Head of AFP Medialab R&D, France

    Denis Teyssou

    Denis Teyssou is the head of AFP Medialab R&D since June 2007. Denis is a journalist with a background in informatics and innovation management (from CNAM institute in Paris). He has been participating in several FP7 and H2020 EU funded projects as well as French funded R&D projects, mainly from the National Research Agency (ANR). He is currently the innovation manager of the InVID European project about video verification on social networks. He is a member of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation launched by the World association of newspapers and publishers (WAN-IFRA).

  • Manager - Technical Services, Star Media Group, Malaysia

    Anandan Thangasamy joined Star Media Group in year 2000 as Maintenance Engineer. Anandan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA (Strategic Management) from University of Technology, Malaysia.

    His area of expertise in newspaper production process includes technical and operational aspects of modern mailroom. Possessing a solid track record by succeeds numerous technical projects and team development initiatives including the organizational transformation from traditional to modernized mailroom.

    Anandan currently plays hybrid roles and has broad experience embracing product innovation, implementation of breakthrough creative advertising campaigns; value added services and strategic operations management.

  • Chief Strategy Officer, Choueiri Group, UAE

    Based in Dubai, Patrick is the Chief Strategy Officer of Choueiri Group, a leading player in the MENA media landscape. He is in charge of developing the investment arm of the Group. Prior to joining Choueiri in 2014, Patrick spent 20 years in banking: from 1994 until 2008, he worked for Societe Generale Private Banking, where he steered various acquisitions and organic development projects between Europe, Asia and North America, before opening the bank’s subsidiary in Dubai in 2007. In 2009, Patrick joined BNP Paribas Wealth Management, where he was promoted Head of Middle East and North Africa in 2011. Patrick graduated from EDHEC (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales Lille) in 1993, and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

  • Director, European Journalism Centre, Belgium

    Adam Thomas is the Director of the European Journalism Centre, an independent European non-profit connecting journalists with new ideas. He is an award-winning journalism and technology leader. In his previous role as Chief Product Officer at Storyful, he was responsible for the vision and delivery of over 20 innovative journalism products to 150 of the world’s biggest media organisations. Adam joined Storyful in July 2013 as director of Business Development. The company was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, and has grown from 27 people to over 120 in New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Dublin. Previously, he was Head of Communications at the international nonprofit Sourcefabric, where he managed communications strategy and community growth. Adam has worked on media development projects in over 50 countries worldwide.

  • Editorial & Programming Director, CNN Digital Worldwide, United Kingdom

    Inga Thordar is the editorial and programming director of CNN Digital Worldwide, overseeing international digital news and sport content. She was previously BBC's editor on World News Television bringing together TV and digital production teams and commissioning. Thordar edited the BBC's news front page as well as lead digital innovations on both TV and radio platforms. Prior to that, she lead a team of video journalists at the BBC who used the latest technology available to create innovative quality videos for digital and TV properties. An Iceland native, Thordar is based in London and a graduate of King's College London and the University of Iceland.

  • Chief Digital Officer, Funke Mediengruppe

    Studium Wirtschaftsinformatik in München, Wien und Sydney
    1994 – 1997       Leiter der Stabsstelle Logistik/EDV/Organisation, Taurus Video GmbH, Ismaning/München (KirchGruppe)
    1997 – 2004       Geschäftsführer Teleport GmbH, Schwarzach, Österreich (jetzt: Russmedia IT GmbH)
    2004 – 2008       Geschäftsführer Marketing – Verkauf (CMO) für den Zeitungsbereich, Vorarlberger Medienhaus, Schwarzach, Österreich (jetzt: Russmedia)
    2008 – 2014       Geschäftsführer Digitale Medien, OVB Medienhaus, Rosenheim (Ippen Gruppe)
    Seit 2014           Digitalchef der FUNKE Mediengruppe (CDO), Geschäftsführer Funke Digital


  • Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich, Germany

    Dr Neil Thurman is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, LMU Munich. Dr Thurman's research focuses on the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet. It has been covered by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Figaro; and been honoured by the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas, where he won 'best paper' over four consecutive years. He is on Twitter: @neilthurman

  • CEO, MCIL Multimedia, Malaysia

    Keu Tien Siong

    Keu Tien Siong is the General Manager of Sin Chew Media Corporation (SCMC), the publisher of the leading Chinese Daily in Malaysia, Sin Chew Daily, cum the CEO of Media Chinese International Limited (MCIL) Multimedia, the subsidiary and the digital arm of SCMC. He joined SCMC media group in 2001 as IT Manager (planning and Development). He is currently overseeing the ICT and Digital business of MCIL in Malaysia, which includes Sin Chew Online, Pocketimes video channel and Logon e-marketplace.

  • CEO, Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei, Germany

    Since 2001 Matthias Tietz has been working for Rheinisch Bergische Druckerei GmbH & Co. KG as CEO and Rheinische Post Verlagsgesellschaft mbH; proxy, with special tasks within the range of processes in the publishing house.

    Matthias Tietz graduated in civil engineering (university), electrical and industrial engineer

    From 1977 till 1988 he was commanding officer of the guidance troop and then went to work for Axel Springer Verlag, Ahrensburg, as managing director, been responsible for activities at the mailroom department and inauguration of subsidiaries abroad, till 1993. On that year he joined LVDG, Leipzig, as Technical Director, a position he occupied till 1995 when he joined TMI Service GmbH, Ahrensburg as CEO of a media consultancy and service company.

  • Program Manager, Media Lab Bayern, Germany

    Lina Timm

    Lina Timm is founder and Program Manager of Media Lab Bayern, an incubator for new ideas in digital journalism. The Media Lab Bayern supports talents and teams in founding media startups with mentoring programs and financial support. Previous to this, Lina wrote for outlets of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and DIE ZEIT and worked as a video journalist for formats that screened on ARTE or ProSieben. She studied German language, media sciences and sociology in Hamburg and attended the German School of Journalism in Munich. As a side project she founded the Slack community, which is a place to share best practices and expertise from now over 1,000 digital journalists.

  • Digital publishing consultant and trainer, United Kingdom

    Adam Tinworth is one of the UK’s leading trainers in journalistic analytics, and has more than 12 years’ experience in training journalists in social media, SEO and digital journalism. 

    He is a magazine journalist by background, having worked in magazines for nearly 20 years, before going into full-time digital consultancy. Adam now works as a consultant and trainer in digital journalism, social media and content strategy, and clients have included The Times, Mail Online, The Financial Times, Euromoney Institutional Investor as well as B2B publishers, charities and international brands. He is a visiting lecturer at City, University of London on the journalism MA courses.