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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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  • Chief Digital Officer, El Tiempo, Colombia

    Daniel holds an executive MBA, specialized in marketing, and has over 15 years experience in management positions in marketing and sales. He counts with extensive experience in brand positioning, development and new products launching, lifecycle product management, luxury and mass marketing strategies, pricing, business plans, trademarketing, retail, business alliances and new business development, as well as in design and implementation of strategies for local and regional marketing. His background also covers digital and mobile business. He's a teacher for undergraduate and graduate university students.

    At El Tiempo, he's responsible for the business strategy's definition for the portals Eltiempo.com; Portafolio.co; Motor.com.co; futbolred.com among other premium networks with more than 22 million unique users. He's also in charge of the business unit P&L, usability and performance, brands in the digital ecosystem, audience management, social media strategy, monetization and of new products development.

  • INNOVATION Senior Consultant, Media Consulting Group, UK

    Consultant and advisor to organizations on digital and commercial strategy. Formerly at Guardian Newspapers, KPMG Boxwood and BAE Systems. Skilled in setting up, managing and delivering complex, global change and transformation programs.

  • Director of the Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations, UK/Colombia

    Maria Teresa Ronderos is the Director of the Program on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations in London. The program aims to support a free and safe environment for journalism to flourish, while seeking to strengthen investigative reporting, innovative and quality information collected under difficult conditions, and knowledge sharing in the field.

    Maria Teresa Ronderos took up her position at the PIJ in August 2015, leaving behind Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine, where she served in a range of senior editorial roles. Together with the Ideas for Peace Foundation, she created and was editor in chief at VerdadAbierta.com, a website that has covered armed conflict in Colombia since 2008. In 2014, Maria Teresa released her highly acclaimed book, 'Guerras Recicladas', a history of the paramilitary forces in Colombia.

    Maria Teresa is a member of the directive council of the García Márquez Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism and has been a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Flip, Colombia’s Foundation for Freedom of the Press, where, as chair she worked to protect the lives of journalists in danger.

    An experienced teacher, Maria Teresa has trained professional journalists from across Latin America and led workshops, online courses, and seminars on investigative journalism, politics, and social and economic issues. On account of her book “Guerras Recicladas” in 2014, Ronderos won the highest national award, Simon Bolivar National Award, “Best Journalist of the Year”. Among other awards, Ronderos has also received the King of Spain Iberoamerican Award in Madrid and the Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University in New York.

  • Creative Partner / Co-founder, POKE, UK

    Through his 20 years experience as a designer and conceptual thinker at the forefront of the digital media revolution, Nicolas has gained some incredible experiences along the way. His most potent insight is the realisation that digital - once and for all - is connecting everything, melting borders, divisions and prejudices along the way. We’re now in an age of sharing (not shoving); everything needs rethinking, reconstituting, reengineering and redesigning in order to meet rapidly rising expectations and standards of experience. It’s about time our work started to untangle some of the huge, looming problems caused by old ways of thinking applied to new problems, currently casting a dark shadow over our way of life as we gaze into the future.

  • Deputy CEO at Code For Africa

    Chris Roper is chief engagement strategist and deputy CEO for the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, Code for Africa (CfA).

    Leveraging over two decades of insights from building Africa’s largest online news and content portals, Chris shapes CfA’s civic engagement and scaling strategies. He also serves as director for CfA’s forensic data initiative, the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), where he managed the participation of 18 African newsrooms in the Panama Papers transnational investigation, as well as an investigation by 13 newsrooms into worker safety lapses at Australian mines across Africa.

    Chris’ role at CfA is underwritten by a Knight International Fellowship, with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ).

    Prior to joining CfA, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s first newspaper to establish an internet presence, the Mail & Guardian. He rebuilt the newspaper’s digital offerings, boosting audience engagement and, within a year, facilitating a growth in unique monthly visitors from under a million to over two million. The increased audience reach helped M&G boost the impacts of its investigative reporting, including the Nkandla scandal, which first exposed the extent of State Capture in SA and which was influential in the eventual resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

    Before M&G, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s largest online publisher, 24.com, where he managed the merger of MWEB and News24 editorial content into the biggest digital content offering in Africa. 

    Chris has taught journalism courses at the Universities of Pretoria and Western Cape, and the Polytechnic of Namibia. Chris has served as a judge on, among others, the SA Bookmark Digital Awards, the British Council Future of News competition, the NuMedia Plum Awards, and the PICA Awards. He frequently consults to publishing houses in his capacity as a Code for Africa strategist.

  • Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany

    Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation's array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.

  • CEO, ZEIT ONLINE, Germany

    Christian Röpke has been CEO of ZEIT ONLINE since 2009 and also of academics and ze.tt since 2015. His focus has been on growing qualified reach and significantly increasing monetarization of ZEIT ONLINE. One of his priorities was the development of new business models and innovative products, for example ZEIT digital subscriptions and numerous classified ad markets.

    Before he started working for ZEIT ONLINE in February 2009 Christian Röpke built experience in different media enterprises such as the Financial Times Deutschland. As Head of Electronic Media it was one of his core responsibilities to strengthen and further promote FTD’s digital activities.

    In 2007 he switched positions within Gruner + Jahr and moved from FTD to Gruner + Jahr New Media Ventures.

  • Leitung Produktmanagement/Sales Marketing, sh:z Schleswig-Holsteinischer

    Seit August 2015 hat Nadine Rosenkranz die Position Leitung Produktmanagement/Sales Marketing beim sh:z Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag inne. Sie ist verantwortlich für agiles Produkt- & Projektmanagement Print, Digital & Crossmedia, Vermarktungskonzeptionen für klassische Lokalvermarktung, Coaching & Schulung sowie zielgruppenzentrierte Kundenkonzeptionen (Agenturgeschäft). Von Juli 2014 bis Juli 2015 hatte sie die stellvertretende Geschäftsleitung der medienholding:nord sowie die Leitung Digitale Vermarktung bei mh:n digital inne. Zuvor war Rosenkranz über 10 Jahre bei der Mediengruppe Ippen bei unterschiedlichen, regionalen Tageszeitungen für den digitalen Auf- und Ausbau zuständig. Die letzte Verantwortung lag im Fachbereich Crossmedia/Business Development Sales für die Mediengruppe Münchner Merkur tz.

  • Editorial Director, Asia, Thought Leadership, The Economist

    Charles is currently director of thought leadership research for Asia, where he covers a territory spanning from Australia to India. His team works with many Western multinationals from the Fortune 500 but increasingly with Asian multinationals, governments, SMEs and high-growth technology firms as well.

    A native Australian, Charles is currently based in Singapore and has most recently managed the regions technology research practice. Leading a number of projects analysing the implication for business of new technology trends such as Industry 4.0, smart cities, big data, cloud computing, entrepreneurship and the internet of things, for Hitachi, Cisco, Telstra, Microsoft, Wipro, Akamai and the Singapore government. He is a frequent speaker at technology events, recently giving keynote presentations at events in Singapore, Australia, Jakarta  and Kuala Lumpur.

    Prior to joining the Economist Group, Charles ran an investor communications consultancy where he managed stakeholder research projects and developed an index which tracked the corporate governance practices of emerging markets companies. Prior to that he founded a firm which manages initial public offerings across Europe, North America and Asia.

  • Chief Product Officer, Fairfax Media, Australia

    Tasked with leading the re-engineering of its metro publishing portfolio, Jess joined Fairfax Media in October 2016, following a 20 year career in media and digital consultancy in both Australia and abroad. Prior to joining Fairfax, she established digital studio, Wilson Fletcher in Australia and New Zealand, where she specialised in early-stage product development and led strategic digital programmes for some of the region’s most recognised media brands including The Australian, ABC, NZ Herald and Sky TV. A paid content specialist, Jess pioneered digital subscription and membership models at British Consumer Organisation, Which?, where she helped grow its online services into the largest consumer subscription website in Europe. She is a passionate digital leader and was last year named Innovation Champion in Fairfax’s Women of Influence Awards recognising the role she has played driving the digital transformation of the business. 

  • Editor-in-chief, Trinity Mirror South Wales, UK

    Paul is editor of WalesOnline, and editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror South Wales, taking overall responsibility for the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, South Wales Evening Post, Wales on Sunday and nine weekly titles. He has been at the company since 2005, when he joined the Western Mail as a trainee reporter, and was a news editor in various capacities from 2007. If he's not in work, he can usually be found on his bike.

  • Editorial Director, NYT Global, USA

    Jodi Rudoren has been appointed Editorial Director of NYT Global in February 2017. Prior to this position, she was a deputy on the NYT's International Desk. She is also a veteran national and metro correspondent and editor. 

    In her present position, Jodi oversees the NYT's efforts to expand coverage that appeals to non-American readers. She collaborates with product and the news desk to make sure the NYT's most powerful and immersive journalism reaches the right audiences.

    Jodi is a core part of the NYT's newsroom leadership team and one of the authors of the NYT's recent internal 2020 Report, Journalism that Stand Aparts.

  • Editorial Director, NYT Global

    Jodi Rudoren is Editorial Director of NYT Global, the companywide initiative to make The Times a truly global news organization and significantly grow its international audience. She took the position in February 2017, after a year as deputy international editor and serving on Project 2020, a seven-member team charged with drawing a blueprint for the newsroom’s future.

     

    Since joining The Times in 1998, Jodi has served as bureau chief in Jerusalem and Chicago, and as Education Editor, Deputy Metropolitan Editor and National Education Correspondent. She also covered the 2004 American presidential campaign; was the founding editor of Metropolitan, a Sunday print section that debuted in 2009; and in 2011 led the team that, in conjunction with WNYC, created SchoolBook, a news/data/community Website. 

  • Head of Research and Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle

    Wilfried Runde

    Wilfried Runde has worked as a freelance music writer, information specialist, researcher, online editor and TV journalist for several media outlets. In 2010, he was appointed Head of Innovation Projects for Germany’s international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Since then, Wilfried has been leading “a skilled mix of open minds” working on Research & Development and Innovation management-related projects, publications and events dealing with “technologies to tell big stories better.” He is also a member of the European Broadcasting Union’s Digital Steering Committee.

  • CEO, Al Abkaria Holding Company and GM Nebras Films, Saudi Arabia

    Niko Ruokosuo, MSc Technology, Finland
    25 years of executive positions in Media at VP, SVP and CEO levels in Finland, Germany, California and Saudi Arabia, including 9 years at Los Angeles Times, most recently as President of their Classifieds Business. 4 years at Sanoma Corporation, one of Europe's leading media companies as CEO of one of their Business Units. Founder and CEO of Saudi Arabia's largest cars for sale website for dealers, Abi Sayara. Co-Founder and CEO of a unique polling platform startup. Shareholder and former CEO of a mobile crowdsourcing photo and video company.  Currently CEO of Al Abkaria Holding Company, a construction, interior design, Real Estate and movie production corporation based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • VP-Digital Business, Kompas Gramedia Group

    Moris has worked with Kompas Gramedia since June 2017, with the role as VP Digital Sales. He overviews Kompas Gramedia Digital Assets from Kompas, Tribunnews, Grid Networks. Previously he had worked in Digital ad networks company since 2007 from Admax, Appier, and Exponential group acting from Business Director to Country Head. He worked also previously with Fox International Channels as Director for Sales and Partnerships.

    He got his MSc from European School of Management at Cote’d Azur, France majoring Project Management, and BSc from University of Oregon Majoring Economics.


  • Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, Ireland

    Johnny Ryan
    Dr. Johnny Ryan is Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, working to sustain online publishing and respond to the growing phenomenon of adblocking. Previously he was Executive Director of The Innovation Academy, and Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, where he established a multi-million euro Big Data programme, and introduced startups inside the 154 year old newspaper. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge from 2011-14. His second book "A History of the Internet and the Digital Future" is on the reading list at Harvard and Stanford.
  • CEO, Schibsted Media Group, Norway

    Rolv-Erik Ryssdal joined the Schibsted Group in 1991 and has held several management positions including CEO of Aftonbladet (1999-2005), CEO of VG (2005-2008) and CEO of Schibsted Classified Media, the holding company for our international online classifieds operations (2008-2009). Rolv Erik Ryssdal holds an MA in Business and Economics from the BI Norwegian School of Management and an MBA in Business and Administration from INSEAD, France.

  • S.Karthik, Deputy Chief Manager, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., India.

  • AI Entrepreneur

    Parankusha is a Tech entrepreneur helping enterprises and startups adopt disruptive technologies like  AI at an early stage. Previously, he was VP-R&D focussing on AI and automation at Ninestars, a digitization company. While at Wipro Technologies, he co-conceptualized HOLMES AI platform in 2014, a pioneering initiative among the top IT services companies in India. He was the head of engineering of its flagship program - HOLMES EKYC. He also brings a wealth of experience in multiple domains across Banking, Capital Markets and Media. Parankusha has a Master’s degree in Management from I.I.M Lucknow and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from N.I.T Jamshedpur.

     

  • Editorial Manager, Kleine Zeitung, Austria

    Michael Sabath is editorial manager at Kleine Zeitung. This is a new function created in 2014, when the the regional Austrian newspaper with a circulation of 250,000 copies a day integrated their print and online newsrooms. He is in charge of personnel, infrastructure and related editorial change management. Prior to this position he was sports editor and managing editor. Sabath has been at Kleine Zeitung since 1984. 
  • Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany

    Since 2008, Dr. Sabathil has been the Managing Director at the Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg. His previous professional experience includes: From 1988 to 1989: Controller Axel Springer, Hamburg. From 1990 – 1991 he was CFO Medical Tribune International, Frankfurt before he became Managing Director at Ostsee-Zeitung, Rostock from 1992 – 2006. In 2007 he was Managing Director Leipziger Volkszeitung, Leipzig before joining Schwäbisch Media.

     

     

  • Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Jordan

    Rana Sabbagh is executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005.

    She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights.

    As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. She is a former correspondent for Reuters International News Agency and The Times (London) and helped establish Jordan’s latest independent newspaper, Al-Ghad.

  • Chief Product Officer, Singapore Press Holdings

    Gaurav Sachdeva

    As Chief Product Officer, Gaurav is driving the vision, strategy, design, development and monetization of Singapore Press Holding’s digital media content and products. Backed with 15+ years of experience in technology, business strategy and product management, Gaurav was Head of Product for Growth team at Grab, Product Leader at Autodesk & Adobe driving their respective products portfolios, whilst defining the next generation strategy and steering core thinking for these products through business model transformation. Gaurav has an MBA from Indian School of Business (India), and has a background in computer science and engineering from Cambridge University (UK) and Delhi College of Engineering (India). Outside of work he dwells in photography and music, and was the lead singer of two Indian rock bands, which he co-founded. 

  • Head, Strategic Planning, MediaCorp

    Guillaume Sachet is the Head of Strategic Planning at MediaCorp, where he drives group strategy, corporate development and innovation including mentoring startups in MediaCorp’s Mediapreneur incubator program. Currently, he sits on the board of Cubinet Interactive, a Malaysian digital games publisher, in which MediaCorp has a majority stake.

    He has 20 years of experience in the media and telecom industry. Prior to joining MediaCorp in May 2012, Guillaume was a Partner with the strategy practice of the consulting firm, Accenture, responsible for Communications, Media and Technology strategy clients across Southeast Asia. Over the years, he has developed deep media and telecom industry knowledge and expertise across the APAC region.

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