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    Essential networking events for publishers across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and North America. 

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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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  • Head of News Partnerships, Southeast Asia and Greater China, Twitter

    Paul Armstrong

    A former journalist, Paul Armstrong helps newsrooms across the region to navigate the Twittersphere - from using the platform's tools and features to monetizing their content. 

    Prior to this, Paul spent two decades in news working in newspapers, radio, TV and digital for the likes of the BBC, the Telegraph, CNN and Forbes in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

  • Deputy Director, Digital Revenue Network, WAN-IFRA, France

    Since joining WAN-IFRA in 1997, Valérie has accrued more than 20 years of experience as a media journalist. Currently, she is a team member of WAN-IFRA's Global Advisory division where she works with the Advisory Team in leading global consulting projects. She is also the Programme Lead for WAN-IFRA's top global conferences including: World News Media Congress and our Digital Media Event Series. She has contributed to numerous research reports, including  Alternative Revenue Streams for Publishers. As part of her research, Valérie interviewed numerous publishers who had found success discovering new business models - whether its through events, e-commerce, video or marketing services - Valérie has experience taking the pulse on what generates revenue for publishers.

  • Managing Director, WRH Global India.

  • Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Jagran New Media

    Chief Revenue Officer, Jagran New Media A sales veteran with over 18 years of experience, out of which 15 years have been with Digital Media. In his current role at Jagran New Media, he drives the Revenue- Strategy, Systems & Programs. His top priority is to accelerate & match revenue growth through Media Sales ,Partnerships, Strategic Alliances, Events & Syndications with the exponential user growth that group sites have been witnessing in last few years. Stickler for perfection, he's been pushing the envelope for driving innovation & value for both external clients and internal stakeholders through pragmatic & holistic monetisation strategies in the ever changing digital ecosystem. Prior to JNM, Gaurav was associated with Times Internet Limited where he started & scaled multiple businesses including Dynamic pricing based e-commerce platform, Mobile monetisation for all Times Group sites, Native ads platform & Audience sales. Prior to this, he has also worked with HCL Technologies and General Electric. He is a keen follower of tech & lifestyle blogs, loves spending time listening to music & going for long walks .
  • Deputy Creative Director, South China Morning Post

    Adolfo Arranz was an infographic artist at the Spanish newspaper El Mundo for more than ten years and was the creative director for MediaCorp in Singapore. He first joined SCMP in 2011 and has picked up more than 150 recognition awards along the way. He currently helps run SCMP’s infographics and illustration department as deputy creative director.
  • Director Presidente, Jornal A Redação, Brazil

  • Associé Directeur, iNOVIA CAPITAL

    Chris Arsenault

    Chris est investisseur en entreprises technologiques en démarrages et entrepreneur depuis deux décennies. Il a été fondateur et PDG de SIT, acquise par Ubizen, et a contribué au lancement d’une série d’entreprises technologiques: Copernic (acq. par OpenText), Wanted, up2 (Teleglobe) et i5 (Microcell). Chris croit que l’entrepreneuriat est un  “état d’esprit”, et non un titre ni une profession. Chris est membre du conseil d’administration de Réseau Capital et membre actif de l’initiative du C100, basée à Silicon Valley.

    Ses domaines de prédilection: Internet pour consommateurs, logiciel-service, commerce électronique. Son premier démarrage d’entreprise: À 17 ans. Puis, tandis qu’il était encore au cégep, à lancé une entreprise en technologie ayant connu le plus grand succès.

  • Managing Director Accenture Interactive HSA, Argentina

    Arslanian has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising industry and has worked in leading agencies such as JWT, McCann and Ogilvy, where he held the position of General Manager for Argentina. Prior, he worked as Managing Director of OgilvyOne, the group's digital agency. He has led several award-wining campaigns that have been acclaimed in prestigious national and international festivals, such as Cannes Lions, Clio, Effies and DIENTE (Círculo de Creativos Argentinos) among others. He has also been part of the jury at Young Lions, DIENTE and Effies. Since 2015 he serves as a member of Executive Committee of INTERACT (Argentine Union of Digital Agencies).

    In his current post at Accenture Interactive, Ezequiel leads the Digital
    Marketing Advisory team and he is in charge of developing and positioning the brand in the local market. The Digital Marketing Advisory team is composed by: Alejandro Gowland, Santiago Greco, Romina Rodríguez and Martín Andrés.

  • Founder of Crazy Creatives, Sweden

    Anna Arvidsson started in the music industry as Brand Manager at Sweden’s biggest radio station and launched Hoffmaestro, the most touring band in Scandinavia. After transitioning into media, she started Metro’s Creative Sales Department in Sweden, which became a key factor for the global media company. In 2013 Anna was former Head of Bonnier News Brand Studio, where she built a creative team for the future. 

  • General Manager, GDP Network

    Larry Asalim

    Larry grew up and raised in Australia, he is now the General Manager for GDP Network Indonesia - an audience first programmatic media network and trading desk for GDP Venture backed by the Djarum Group. He works with the executive leadership overseeing joint investment strategic and growth initiatives, commercial monetisation across data and inventory, and cultivation of top client accounts. 

     

    Before joining GDP, Larry was the digital lead, leading their operation and transforming programmatic ecosystem for Unilever at Mindshare/WPP Indonesia. His previous roles as a senior advertising technologist and operation at Yahoo7. Then leading the APAC operation and programmatic team at BigMobile Sydney. Larry is a recognised programmatic expert and advocate, having spent his career understanding and living digital. 

     

  • Chief strategic officer, Wunderman, South Africa

    Astrid Ascar has 29 years’ experience in the media industry. She began her career as a radio and TV journalist and producer, and started working in the digital media and marketing space in 2004. She has worked for media brands including DStv, Carte Blanche, Summit TV (now Business Day TV), The Home Channel, CNBC Africa, SABC TV, SAfm, Highveld and in more recent years co-hosting an online radio business show on Hot919 fm. 

    Astrid’s consulting work focus for the past 10 years has been digital and integrated marketing and communications strategies, content creation and production, key messaging and copywriting, website audits including UI and UX consulting, helping clients implement plans across owned, earned and paid digital platforms, and using data analytics to generate business insights. She also MCs, gives talks, and facilitates workshops and conferences, and offers training in digital media and marketing, key message crafting, media interview skills, presentation skills, and crisis comms. 

    Since March this year Astrid has been fulfilling the role of Chief Strategy Officer for the Wunderman South Africa group. 

  • News & Publishing Lead, APAC, Google News Initiative

    Fazal Ashfaq

    Fazal Ashfaq is part of the APAC News Partnerships team at Google, working on the Google News Initiative and strategic partnerships with News Publishers. His work includes leading scaled, regional and global programs such as the APAC Innovation Challenge, the Journalism Emergency Relief fund as well as extensive work with local news publishers.

    Fazal led the performance business for the South Asia Emerging Markets before joining News Partnerships and was part of the team that established Google’s presence in the region.

    He has been at Google for over 7 years and is based in Singapore.

  • Analytics Specialist, South East Asia, MightyHive

    Meruyert is a digital analytics specialist based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. With more than 5 years experience in digital and business analytics, she is currently leading A/B testing and personalization practices for MightyHive in SEA.

  • VD/CEO, Svenska Dagbladet (Schibsted), Sweden

    Gunilla Asker, CEO of the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) since 2009, has been responsible for developing and implementing SvD's multichannel strategy, which aims to meet the new market and business needs that the digital development implies. She first entered the media sector in 2005, joining SvD as Marketing and Sales Director. 

     After graduating from Uppsala University in 1988 with an International MBA, Asker joined Unilever as a trainee and then spent 13 years with them working in the areas of strategy, branding, marketing and sales. She was later Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Communications at SJ AB (Swedish Rail) before becoming Division Manager of Custom Research at Research International.

  • CEO, Svenska Dagbaldet

  • Senior Editor - The Star Online

  • Head of Online/ VP & Chief Product Officer, Aftonbladet Online, Sweden

    Andreas Aspegren

    Educated at Stockholm University and the Academy of Journalism in Stockholm, Aspegren has a background as tv reporter, presenter and editor at SVT (Swedish Public Service TV) as well as being a news reporter and freelance reporter for Kristianstadsbladet, Sveriges Radio, Dagens Nyheter and FLT. He's held positions as editor and editor-in-chief of a number of online properties including SVT.se, Koll.se, Passagen.se and Bonnier Net. Aspegren has been with Aftonbladet, Sweden's largest online news publication, since 2007, where he's worked in various roles within business development and site management.

  • Assistant Professor of Journalism, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, USA

    Karin Assmann is Assistant Professor of Journalism in the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a former reporter and correspondent for the German news magazine Spiegel TV. Karin has written, reported and produced for radio, broadcast and online publications before turning to academia. Her research is in media management and newsroom practice.

  • Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication, USA

    Karin Assmann is Assistant Professor of Journalism in the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research is in media management, unionization, newsroom practice, and community and audience engagement. She is a former reporter and correspondent for the German news magazine Spiegel TV. Karin has written, reported and produced for radio, broadcast and online publications before turning to academia.

  • Head of Communications & Public Affairs, Google, South Africa

    A digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since the days of Netscape. Her keen interest in all things digital led to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism. Atagana is currently pursuing her PHD with a focus on the impact of social media and journalism. Her research focuses on the Kenyan Westgate shootings and how Twitter was used as the primary source of news and communication. Her professional career has included her role as Editor of Burn Media, a multimedia digital publishing house which focuses on the intersection of technology and media, and entrepreneurship. An expert on Africa’s tech and startup scene, Atagana is currently the Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa.

  • Moderatorin ARD

  • Partner Solutions team leader for News Partnerships across EMEA, Facebook, UK

    Basma Atassi is EMEA’s Partner Solutions Lead for News Partnerships at Facebook, where she and her team focus on developing sustainable solutions for the news industry and help partners make the best out of the platform. Prior to Facebook, Basma was a Senior Producer at CNN. She previously worked as a news producer at Al Jazeera English. She is the recipient of several journalism awards for her coverage of human-centred stories from the Middle East. Basma holds a Master Degree in Human Rights from London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut.
  • Head of External Affairs, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation / President of United Print Media Group (UPMG) Philippines

    Barbie Atienza
    Barbie Atienza is president of the United Print Media Group in the Philippines, an association of major newspapers - broadsheets and tabloids, magazines and books in the country. He is a writer and broadcaster, hosting TV and radio programs. An accomplished professional in both fields of public relations and human resource management, Barbie has worked with three multinational companies and two major Philippine companies. He is also a much sought-after speaker, resource speaker, lecturer, consultant and host/emcee in the Philippines and various countries. He is a known socio-civic leader, having been a Barangay Chairman and volunteer for various organizations, embracing various advocacies and causes. He was president of the People Management Association of the Philippines and the Society of Fellows in People Management, and a past Vice-president of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.
  • CEO and founder EzyInsights, Helsinki

    Duane Atkins has 19 years experience in the IT industry. Until founding EzyInsights, over the past decade, Duane worked as an independent contractor in London and the Scandinavian region for blue-chip companies such as Nokia, Volvo, AstraZeneca, Reuters and Logica to name a few. He’s an expert in the Java and Unix technology stacks. His dream was to create a company that combines his passions and serves the community. EzyInsights builds software as a service tools for the publishing industry.

  • Creator and Presenter, Outside Source, BBC, UK

     

    Ros Atkins is the creator and presenter of Outside Source on BBC World News and, in the UK, on the BBC News Channel. He’s been a lead anchor on TV and radio for BBC News for many years covering Brexit, the recent German and Dutch elections, the death of Nelson Mandela and many many other stories. Ros is also the founder of the 50:50 Project which has become the largest gender-balancing initiative that’s ever happened at the BBC and is driving an increase in women contributors across many BBC programmes.

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