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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 the Digital News Innovation Fund, Google, France

    Ludovic Blecher heads Google's Digital News Innovation Fund.

  • 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. 

  • Assistant Professor and Researcher in Information Design, University of Bolzano, Italy

    Lisa Borgenheimer is an Assistant Professor and Researcher in Information Design at the Free University of Bolzano (IT). She is specialized on information graphics for analogue and digital media. She worked for serval newspapers and magazines, like Süddeutsche Zeitung, ZEIT Online, magazine 137.5, etc.  Her main research field is the methodology and process of Information Design on various media and she is an expert in conception, designing and developing static and interactive information graphics. She is currently doing her PhD in the field of Information Design, at the Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE) and is working on various projects, like a multimedial toolset for the „participatory budgeting in Mals“ (unibz) and „Visual Storytelling for education“ (unibz).

  • CEO, Stuff, Fairfax Media New Zealand

    Sinead Boucher

    Sinead was appointed Stuff CEO in August 2017, following a career of more than two decades in media in New Zealand and abroad. Prior to becoming CEO, Sinead was New Zealand Group Executive Editor for four years, responsible for New Zealand’s largest newsroom. Under Sinead’s guise, Stuff’s stable of newspapers, magazines and number one news site, Stuff.co.nz, grew to record audience numbers and was named New Zealand’s most influential publishing brand.

    Sinead started her career as a reporter for The Press and gained international experience in London working as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site and as a general correspondent for Reuters’ London bureau. She was Stuff’s first digital editor, leading the growth of the young Stuff site into the largest digital brand in New Zealand.

    In 2015, Sinead won Fairfax’s internal Woman of Influence Award recognising the special role she has had in advancing gender diversity, at Fairfax and beyond.

    Sinead was also awarded the 2012 Wolfson Fellowship prize, the highest personal accolade in New Zealand journalism.

    Sinead is a strong leader with a passion for inclusive and diverse workplaces and digitally-advanced business.

  • 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.

  • Director of Online Strategy & Business Development, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

    Danuta Bregula photo

    Danuta Breguła is Head of Online Strategy at Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest Polish opinion-making newspaper. Recently, she was also appointed manager of Gazeta Wyborcza's marketing communications in digital.

    She is responsible for the paid content and social media strategy of Gazeta, which reached 133,000 paying digital subscribers in 2017. Bregula is also in charge of Gazeta Wyborcza's Google activities and audience engagement.

  • 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.

  • Visiting Professor of Practice Cass Business School City, University of London

    George Brock is a journalist, consultant and Visiting Professor at City, University of London, where he directed the journalism school 2009-14.

    He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was subsequently foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, European Editor, Managing Editor and Saturday Editor.

    He advises the INJECT and DMINR journalism research projects and startups in news. He is on the board of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Gresham College. He was on the board of the World Editors Forum 2001-14 and WEF’s president 2004-08. He was a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute.

    He broadcasts, lectures and is the author of Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age (2013). His study of the ‘right to be forgotten’ was published in 2016. He blogs at http://georgebrock.net

  • 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.  

  • Strategic Partnerships Manager for news, EMEA region, Facebook, United Kingdom

    Sarah Brown is strategic partnerships manager for news, EMEA region for Facebook. She has 15 years of experience working in digital and social media for newsrooms around the world such as the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN. She is based in London.

  • Chief Product Officer, Vox Media, USA

    Trei serves as the Chief Product Officer at Vox Media, Inc. He leads the highly talented team responsible for SB Nation's cutting edge publishing and community platform. Trei served as the Chief Product Officer at The Verge. He has been designing and building web applications for engaged audiences for over 12 years. As a founder of the highly regarded software development consultancy, Handwire, Trei developed enterprise internet solutions for Fortune 500 companies and large public institutions such as Microsoft, Royal Dutch Shell, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Working with Microsoft's Xbox division, he led efforts to design, build, and scale the first web application empowering sports gamers to organize leagues and tournaments, track scores, and calculate standings. Before joining Vox media, Trei ran the internet efforts for former tech Chief Executive Officer and Virginia Governor Mark Warner in the 2008 presidential primaries. Using innovative techniques to organize and connect supporters, raise online contributions, and reach out to the political blogosphere, he helped make Gov. Warner's organization the most tech-savvy in the race before the governor bowed out to run for US Senate. His other achievements include creating a ground-breaking platform for Texas Monthly, "the national magazine of Texas," connecting Texans across the world, as well as developing technology for OzSearch, the first and largest online portal dedicated to delivering Australian web content.

  • President, WAN-IFRA, Sweden

    Tomas Brunegård

    Tomas Brunegård is the President of WAN-IFRA and former Chairman of the Board of Sweden's Stampen Group. From 2004 to 2012 he was CEO of Stampen. Previously, he was CEO of Göteborgs-Posten from 1996-2004. Before that, he was Deputy COO of Burger King Sweden from 1993-1996. From 1987-1993, he was Management Consultant for Ingemar Claesson Konsult AB. Brunegård is a Board Member for several organisations, including:

    • Skäreleja AB (Majority owner Stampen Group)
    • Stena Line BV (Holland)
    • Mentor Medier AS (Norway)
    • Fojo Media Institute
    • Swedish Radio AB
    • University of Gothenburg
    • Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
  • Editor and Director, Kvinnheringen, Norway

    Tomas Bruvik, Editor and Director - Twice nominated as best newspaper in Norway. European Newspaper of the year 2016, categorie local newspaper. The last four years won the competion best localpage in competion with other local newspapers.

  • Director, Digital Subscriber Acquisition & Media, The Wall Street Journal, USA

    Jon Buckley leads subscription acquisition and the in-house media buying teams at Dow Jones, working across The Wall Street Journal and Barron's. Today, Dow Jones has the largest subscriber base in its history. Prior to this, Jon spent four years at News UK (also part of News Corp) in London, working at The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling newspaper. He is based in New York.

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