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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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  • CEO, HT Digital Streams and Chief Digital Officer

  • Sales Director, Ferag AG, Switzerland.

    Marcel Binder is the sales director from Ferag AG Switzerland responsible for India, Asia and Australia/New Zealand markets. Marcel has a strong technical background and has gained comprehensive knowledge in the printing industry while serving in different roles during the 24 years since joining Ferag. He started as a site manager and has moved via system engineering and project management to sales. Marcel works closely with Kawal Arora and his team at WRH Global India, the local sales and service hub of Ferag in Delhi.

  • Director of Media Monitoring Africa, South Africa

    William Bird is the director of Media Monitoring Africa and is both an Ashoka and Linc fellow. William has been monitoring the media for 22 years, and is thrilled by data journalism and how technology can be used to monitor and improve quality journalism. William is regularly invited to offer expert input on media policy, media practice and media ethics issues. He also comments on media related subjects ranging from gender to fake news and trust. William has two boys, both of whom have been introduced to the joy of media monitoring.

  • Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

    Erik Bjerager, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the Danish national daily Kristeligt Dagblad, is the immediate Past President of the World Editors Forum, the global association for senior newsrooms executives within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

    Bjerager has served as Editor-in-Chief of Kristeligt Dagblad since 1994. He became Managing Director of the daily a year later. He has been a member of the WEF Board since 2001. In Denmark, he is chairman of the board of the media-owned national news agency, Ritzau. He has been the chairman of the Danish Press Foundation since 2001, and is currently the chairman of the Copenhagen's Editors Association.

    Bjerager, who has published several books, has been awarded the Berlingske Foundation's Journalists Prize and the Jubilee Prize of the National Press Club of Denmark.

  • Jefe de redacción y Director Editorial, Kristeligt Dagblad, Dinamarca

    Erik Bjerager, Editor en Jefe y Director General del diario danés Kristeligt Dagblad, es asimismo el anterior Presidente del World Editors Forum, la red global para ejecutivos de salas de redacción de la Asociación Mundial de Periódicos y Editores de Noticias (WAN-IFRA).

    Bjerager se ha desempeñado como Editor en Jefe de Kristeligt Dagblad desde 1994. Se convirtió en director general del diario un año después. Ha sido miembro de la Junta WEF desde 2001. En Dinamarca, es presidente de la junta directiva de la agencia nacional de noticias Ritzau. Ha sido el presidente de la Fundación Danesa de la Prensa desde 2001, y actualmente es el presidente de la Asociación de Editores del Copenhague.

    Bjerager, que ha publicado varios libros, ha sido galardonado con el Premio para Periodistas de la Fundación Berlingske y el Premio Jubileo del Club de Prensa Nacional de Dinamarca.

    Se graduó de la Escuela Danesa de Periodismo y tiene una maestría de la Universidad Americana, Washington, D. C. Antes de unirse a Kristeligt Dagblad, Bjerager trabajó como periodista en Dinamarca y en el extranjero.

  • Executive Vice President, COO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

    Dorthe Bjerregaard-Knudsen is COO at JP/Politikens Hus, one of Denmark's leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three of Denmark’s leading national news brands; Ekstra Bladet, Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. The group’s activities also include local newspapers in Denmark and Sweden, a publishing house, operation and development of a range of digital activities and news services as well as other business areas.

    Prior to joining JP/Politikens Hus Dorthe Bjerregaard-Knudsen was Managing Director at OMD Denmark. Before becoming Managing Director Dorthe held a number different positions at OMD Denmark amongst others she was Managing Director of Insight Group. 

  • Open Innovation Director, MEC, UK

    Hannah is Open Innovation Director for the media agency MEC. Here she is responsible for helping the agency and its clients to collaborate and partner with start-ups and early stage technology in addition to harnessing a more entrepreneurial culture within the organisation. Prior to this she ran BBC Worldwide Labs, BBC Worldwide’s award winning start-up accelerator. Hannah is experienced in identifying and forging commercial partnerships for a number of large organisations and digital media start-ups, which means she has insider knowledge of how young companies, can scale and grow through a networked model and how established organisations can adopt new, innovative ways of working. Hannah has a unique ability to quickly understand start-up business models and translate them for the corporate world, enabling two very different companies to work closely together and collaborate on profitable, long-term partnerships.

  • Breaking News Editor and Digital Desk Chief, Clarín, Argentina

    I'm from Tierra del Fuego, the island in the extreme south of Argentina. I've worked at 20palabras.com, perfil.com, Diario Libre and Revista Noticias, and since 2013 I'm in Clarín.com. Now, I'm the breaking news editor and the digital's desk chief. I write about national politics, but I've also covered two soccer World Cups: SouthAfrica 2010 and Brazil 2014. I've participated in investigations for seven books.

  • Founder & CEO, Blendle, The Netherlands

    Marten Blankesteijn (1987) is the founder and CEO of Blendle, the Dutch start-up backed by The New York Times and Axel Springer. At the age of 19 Blankesteijn started his career as a reporter for one of Holland's national newspapers. Some years later he became editor, which he combined with the job of editor-in-chief of a travel magazine. He published a book on dictatorships (The Great Dictator Tour) and founded the University of the Netherlands, an online university.

  • Head of DNI Innovation Fund, Google, France

    Before joining Google Ludovic Blecher was the director of the FINP, a digital press fund for French publishers backed by Google. Ludovic is a journalist and has spent the past 15 years working in the news industry. He started as a reporter at Liberation.fr, rising to Editor in Chief then Executive Director. He's a 2012 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and he was a member of the French Digital Council an independent advisory commission for the French Government.

  • Digital Managing Editor for news in EMEA, Bloomberg, United Kingdom

    Adam Blenford is Bloomberg's digital managing editor for news in EMEA. Based in London, he oversees output and audience engagement for the EMEA regions across Bloomberg's consumer news website, app and social platforms. Previously he spent 11 years at the BBC, covering global news online as a reporter and editor. He was BBC online news editor in Washington DC from 2011-13, and worked on digital video innovation and multimedia storytelling before joining Bloomberg in 2015.

  • President/Founder of Blinder Group

    Mike Blinder

    Mike Blinder, President/Founder of the Blinder Group, is an author and internationally recognized as an expert on media advertising will evangelize on this topic, showing the latest research and data that proves we are still a great industry, with great products and a great future ahead. As long as we maintain a proper focus!

    Mike Blinder has worked in hundreds of markets at newspapers with varying history and cultures, worldwide, proving that newspapers can sell multimedia solutions with their traditional/legacy sales team. However, the process of adding digital components to our existing legacy products has to be simplified. The value propositions that digital offerings bring to advertisers must be made clear and easy to understand.

  • Dean of Media and Communications, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

    David Boardman is Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, Chair of the Board of Solutions Journalism Network; Chair of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Chair of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

    He is a former Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Seattle Times, the largest news organisation in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership, The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes. Boardman has been the recipient of numerous other major national awards.

    He is a former president of the American Society of News Editors; a past chair of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; a past chair of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and a Poynter Ethics Fellow.

  • Chief Technology Officer, Axios, USA

    Matt Boggie is the Chief Technology Officer for Axios. Matt was most recently executive director of the R&D Lab at The New York Times. His work was covered in Wired, Gizmodo, Columbia Journalism Review and others. The first of its kind, the Lab's process and inventions inspired similar programs around the world.
 He has a 17-year career focused on making media work better, from strategic futures to new inventions. He has worked with leading companies like Verizon, the Washington Post, PBS and Discovery. Among his many awards, Matt was named the distinguished Alumnus from Boston University's computer science department in 2010, and is the author of 3 patent applications for innovations in advertising, information presentation, and audience analysis.
  • Director, Americas, WAN-IFRA

    Rodrigo Bonilla is Director, Americas, at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He heads WAN-IFRA’s operations for North and Latin America based out of Mexico City. Rodrigo joined WAN-IFRA as Manager of Press Freedom Missions in January 2010, leading the organisation’s advocacy missions worldwide. In 2013, he went on to manage WAN-IFRA’s overall activities in Latin America and launched the LATAM edition of WAN-IFRA’s prestigious Digital Media Conferences, which has since become the go-to event for the region’s most innovative media leaders. The Americas office monitors industry’s trends and offers services to the organization's members and partners across the continent. 

    Rodrigo is Uruguayan-Mexican and studied in France and Canada. He graduated in both History and Political Science from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, and holds a Master Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the same institution. 

  • CEO and co-founder, KIT, Sweden

    CEO and co-founder of KIT, a digital media startup focused on high-quality journalism. Prior to that, most recently he ran the digital business division at Bonnier Tidskrifter. He has held marketing and digital media roles at Unilever and NBC Universal, among others. He currently serves on the board of Bonnier Corporation in the U.S., Mediafy, Beckmans College of Design and IAB Sweden. He has a B.S. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

  • Director of Strategic Development, Reuters Institute, UK

    Alexandra Borchardt is Director of Strategic Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily, where she is still a contributing writer. At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on democracy and the internet and the future of work. Before joining SZ she worked in several functions for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Borchardt holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. 

  • Editor, Sunday Independent, Ireland

    Cormac Bourke is the editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland's best-selling newspaper, which is published by Independent News & Media, the largest media group in Ireland. He has a wealth of experience as a news executive having led the newsroom of Ireland's leading quality newspaper the Irish Independent for a number of years. During Cormac's tenure as News Editor and then Executive Editor with the Irish Independent he oversaw major exclusive investigations including The Anglo Tapes - a cross platform, multi-award winning probe into Ireland's banking collapse.

    As the editor of Ireland's biggest selling newspaper, Bourke is focused on maintaining the market share of his title in print while evolving the news brand under a group digital strategy. Cormac was a central force in joining the print and digital news function within Independent News and Media to grow Independent.ie to become Ireland's biggest news website.  Sunday Sport, the Sunday Independent’s Sport section, continues to be the nation’s most widely read sporting publication, with a team of high-profile writers and analysts who are now making their presence felt on new digital INM digital products, as well as in print.

    Over the past two years, the Sunday Independent has also run a series of innovative print supplements focussed on participation in sport – including on running, cycling, golf and Ireland’s traditional Gaelic Games - with the backing of commercial and state partners. A married father-of-four, he holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University.

  • Founder, Rezonence, UK

    Rowly Bourne is a founder at Rezonence, an award-winning Ad Tech company that created FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers effectively monetise digital content while keeping it free and accessible. FreeWall® combines the best of free access and a paywall. It hides part of the content behind an ad which the user can unlock by answering a simple question – in other words, by engaging with the brand.

  • Founder, Rezonence, UK

    Rowly Bourne is a founder at Rezonence, an award-winning Ad Tech company that created FreeWall® with a mission to help publishers effectively monetise digital content while keeping it free and accessible. FreeWall® combines the best of free access and a paywall. It hides part of the content behind an ad which the user can unlock by answering a simple question – in other words, by engaging with the brand.

  • Mobile Editor, Clarín, Argentina

    Mobile Editor at Clarín and Journalism Professor at USAL. Formerly, was head of Research at USAL's School of Communication, executive editor at Perfil Digital, copy-editor at Thomson Reuters and reporter at LatinSpots.

  • Founder and CEO, Brand New Media

    The CEO of Brand New Media Asia, an Asia Pacific content marketing company, Damien is an industry leader and pioneer with 25 years experience in content marketing for hundreds of brands in multiple global markets. He has managed activations for over $200 million of investment into TV programs, brand-owned media platforms, digital and social content, sales promotions and live events. Innovative and creative with strong track record in delivering impressive ROI, the former professional AFL player is an experienced enabler in brand marketing transformation.

  • Deputy CEO Group Figaro – CCM Benchmark, France

    Jean-Luc Breysse is the Deputy CEO of Groupe Figaro (including CCM Benchmark) in France. He joined the group in 2012 from the position of President of Mondadori Magazine France. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of EMAP France and the Finance Director for the financial newspaper Les Echos.

  • President & CEO Central Europe UNIVERSAL MUSIC und Deutsche Grammophon

    Frank Briegmann, 1967 im westfälischen Rietberg geboren, ist CEO von UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland und President Central Europe der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP sowie President der Deutschen Grammophon.

    Nach erfolgreichem Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster startete Frank Briegmann seine Karriere als Referent Strategie bei der in München ansässigen Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), wo er nach mehreren Stationen 2002 zum Senior Vice President International aufstieg. 2004 wechselte Frank Briegmann als President & CEO nach Berlin an die Spitze von UNIVERSAL MUSIC und wurde damit zum jüngsten Chef in der Geschichte der Major-Labels in Deutschland. Seit 2010 lenkte Frank Briegmann zusätzlich die Geschicke der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP in Österreich und der Schweiz sowie des weltweit bedeutendsten Klassik-Labels Deutsche Grammophon. 2013 wurde er zum President Central Europe ernannt und übernahm damit zusätzlich die Leitung der Ländergesellschaften in Nord- und Osteuropa. 2016 wurden seinem Bereich zusätzlich die UMG Unternehmungen in Italien und den Benelux-Staaten zugeordnet. Als Mitglied des Executive Management Board, des globalen Führungszirkels der UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, gehört Frank Briegmann zur obersten Managementebene des internationalen Marktführers im Musikgeschäft.

    Frank Briegmann ist Vorstandsmitglied des Bundesverbandes Musikindustrie, der Deutschen Phono-Akademie und des media.net berlinbrandenburg. Darüber hinaus hat er einen Sitz im Beirat Ost der Deutschen Bank und im Kuratorium der C/O Berlin Foundation. Als Mitinitiator der gemeinnützigen Stiftung „Musik Bewegt“ hat er eine Spendenplattform ins Leben gerufen, über die Musiker und ihre Fans gemeinsam soziale Projekte unterstützen können.

  • Global Head of Product, Reuters

    Sue Brooks has worked with editorial content her entire career and reported for newspapers, radio and TV in the UK before putting her knowledge to use as a product expert.  She has held editorial roles at the BBC, Associated Press, Channel 4 and ITN where she edited the flagship News at Ten.  She joined Reuters in 2015 as Global Head of Product.  

    She is a Columbia School of Journalism Sulzberger Fellow.  

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