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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 Large Publisher Solutions for Spanish Speaking Latin America, Google, Argentina

    Matías Attwell has 21+ years of experience at Latin America's Internet industry and currently he's the Head of Large Publisher Solutions for Spanish Speaking Latin America at Google. Before joinning this company he worked for 15 years at Terra, where he was the Director for Argentina and he also lead its mobile businesses globally. He's worked as a journalist since the early beginnings of commercial websites in Latin America. In 1997 he was the Editorial Director at NewsClick, one of the pioneering services of information on the Internet across Argentina. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Editorial Director for Latin America at El Sitio, part of the team that lead the company's transformation into its IPO. He ocasionally teaches at FLACSO, where he jointly led a digital culture and intellectual property seminar, as well as in MIND/UdeSA. 
  • Executive Vice President, Invest in Finland, Helsinki

    Antti Aumo is Head of Invest In Finland. 20 years of experience in international technology business in information technology, energy management and telecommunication industries, in various marketing and product management positions.

  • Founder & CEO, Lighthouse8 - Business Engineering, Norway

    Freddy has +15 years’ experience in the marketing & technology industry, working as a strategic advisor for some of the worlds leading companies such as Radisson, IKEA, eBay, and GE Money.  He is currently CEO at Lighthouse8, leading the strategic direction and operation of their teams in the European and APAC market. Before Lighthouse8, he was the Media Director, Asia Pacific for Digitas LBI, and before Digitas LBI he held the position as Managing Director for the Nordic countries at Europes leading search marketing company, Bigmouthmedia. 
    Freddy is an active blogger at The Lighthouse8 Blog (available at: http://www. and provide insight to some of the worlds leading industry websites, including Social Media Today. All updates posted to 
    Specialties: Digital Marketing, Digital Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Digital Media, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Commerce, E-commerce, Mobile Marketing, Media Planning, Media Buying, Search Marketing, SEO, Website Development, Sales Management, UX, Online PR, Business Intelligence
  • Mobile Editor, BBC World Service, United Kingdom

    Now at the forefront of the BBC News’ mobile video output, Sarah Austin has a career that has spanned radio, TV and digital.

    As mobile editor for the BBC World Service, Sarah is leading the strategic direction for video across 40 language services.  The World Service is undergoing a huge expansion and transformation as it adapts to the digital news habits of younger consumers in emerging markets, and mobile video is central to the ambition.

    Previously, Sarah has worked as a video journalist, commissioner and output editor and in the last year played a leading role on the team that launched the new BBC News video app, which revolutionised the look and feel of BBC News’ digital offerings.

  • Head of News Partnerships, UK, Ireland, France & Benelux, Google

    Bénédicte Autret is Head of Strategic Relations - News & Publishers, UK, Ireland, France & Benelux and head of EMEA Strategic Relationships. She joined the Google Syndication team in 2005 and has embraced the world of partnership with publishers for the past 11 years. First working with traditional publishers across Europe and in 2010 refocusing on the UK market, managing the relationship with publishers such as DMGT, Telegraph, Guardian and Haymarket just to name a few. Benedicte then pivoted to work closely with UK Telcos and broadcasters starting a conversation with existing partners and prospects on new platform technology such as dynamic ad insertion capability. In May 2016, Benedicte joined the newly formed team of European Strategic Relationships, engaging with the news industry in UK, Ireland, France and Benelux. Prior to joining Google, Benedicte worked for WILink Europe. Benedicte holds a degree from the EDHEC Business School Bachelor programme.
  • Vice President, Innovation and Internationalization at Data Refinery, Helsinki

    As Vice President, Innovation and Internationalization at Data Refinery, her responsibility is to ensure the competitiveness of the platform by focusing on AI development, and international expansion to 3-5 new markets. Laura has three big passions: data driven digital business and product innovations, leading people and music. She is on her best when there is a need to create new innovations from existing assets, with limited resources. Especially if the assets are related to data. Data Refinery is a tech start-up and a data monetization platform, owned by Aller Media, and a leader in the Finnish data business. It is a spin off from Nordic publisher Aller Media (established 1873). The platform was originally developed and launched in 2016 for Aller Media Finland in order to commercialize consumer data. Its revenues growing rapidly, currently operating in Finland and the other Nordic countries, Data Refinery will enter the US market in September 2017.

  • Assistant News Editor, Malaysiakini

    Nigel Aw
  • Digital Media Strategist, Consultant and Content Creator, Jordan

    Lara Ayoub is a digital media strategist, consultant and content creator, with more than 17 years of experience, as well as the co-founder of a nonprofit women’s empowerment organisation SADAQA, which aims at empowering women, advocating their rights, and creating a family-friendly workplace.

    To date, she has launched and operated the digital newsrooms of 3 TV stations and two print publications including Jordan’s first 24-7 public service news station AlMamlaka TV, privately owned Ro’ya TV and Alghad Newspaper. She is a certified in video production, by the London School of Media, Film and TV.

    Ayoub sits on the boards of Save the Children – Jordan, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Middle East.

    A winner of the 2019 Goldman Sachs – Fortune Global Women Leaders Award, Ayoub mentors and coaches young leaders.

    In April 2020, she joined the UN Development Coordination Office for Arab States as their Communications Specialist.

  • Vice President, Supply Chain, HT Media Ltd.

    More than 30 years of proven success in delivering shareholder value and revenue growth. Seasoned executive with experience spanning President and CEO roles. Valuable combination of senior management, industrial engineering, and technology experience, hands-on knowledge of every operational functional area. Excellent leadership skills, history of the building, and developing teams of high performers.

    B.S. Shesh started his career with Times of India in 1989 where he installed and commissioned Press. Managed operations nationwide including production, safety, purchasing, planning, and led all India Quality Team continually striving for improvement in pursuit of Excellence.


    Associate Vice President in India’s largest media conglomerates HT Media Ltd., responsible for all 21 print site factories of the Group. Built solid infrastructure, introduced lean processes, and pioneered automation and other leading-edge processes that served as a foundation for growth far into the future.


    CEO, HT Burda Media Ltd. (JV between HT Media Ltd., India, and BurdaDruck GmbH, Germany) the first rotogravure print setup in India. Highly conceptual yet analytical, B.S. Shesh drove business expansion from start-up to industry-leading status. During this time he streamlined operations, invigorated businesses, heightened productivity & enhanced internal controls.

    2018-Present Vice President, Supply Chain, HT Media Ltd. responsible to evaluate, realign production and create a supply chain network fully integrated with plant operations along with effective S&OP implementation delivering top and bottom lines.

  • Head of Technology, Redhill Asia

    Kent Babin

    Kent is the Head of Technology for REDHILL in Singapore, where he works with a portfolio of blockchain and cryptocurrency clients across Asia.

    Kent was born in British Columbia, Canada. He attended the University of Calgary and in 2006 received a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Business and a minor in History, leading to his first job at SilverKey Technologies as product manager in Cairo, Egypt for 1 year. His job was to manage the development of an enterprise solution for the US branch of AIESEC.

    After finishing up in Egypt, he was offered a job as the Chief Technology Officer with GoldenPay in Baku, Azerbaijan in October 2007. GoldenPay’s main focus was to implement the first online payment system in the country.

  • Managing Director, OD Alternatives, India

    Santhosh Babu is a public intellect on Leadership and a coach to senior leaders and celebrities. He is the chairman of OD Alternatives, a boutique firm that help leaders in building purposeful and successful organization and he is also the founder of OrgLens, a company that maps social networks.
  • Senior Vice President Strategy Millton, Helsinki

    Miltton is an ambitious, forward-­looking consulting group that produces, develops and improves the efficiency of leadership, communications, marketing and networks across society.  Miltton Labs, an integrated part of Miltton's service portfolio, is an innovative product development laboratory, developing digital, scalable tools that help great ideas to reach the right audiences. With a team of more coders than consultants, Miltton Labs is on a quest to change the world of marketing and communications by being born digital, born global and born design.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Dar Al Hayat

    Bachelor of Computer Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals 2003.
    Trainee in Al Hayat School 2004 program.
    Managing Editor of the weekly pages and Head of Investigative Department – Al Hayat newspaper 2004 until 2007.
    Director of Communication and spokesman - Rotana media Group 2007 until 2010.
    Content and Communication Manager (Saudi television channels development project in collaboration with the English company ITN) - a very creative company 2010 until 2011.
    Editor in chief of e-publishing – Dar Al Hayat from 2012 till date.
    Member of the Board of directors-Dar Al Hayat from 2014 till date.
    Al Hayat School Director – Dar Al Hayat from 2014 so till date.

  • Executive Director, IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau), Austria

    Since 2015 Dr. Felix Badura is member of the board of IAB Austria, where he chairs the "Advertising quality" working group. He is working in the online industry since 2008, where he has co-founded Meetrics GmbH, a company that focuses on ad verification as well as the algorithmic detection of reading behaviour on online news portals such as Spiegel Online. Prior to his time at Meetrics Mr. Badura worked as a researcher in the field of Yield Management at WU Vienna.

  • Technical Advisor, bitgrit

    Gautam Bajaj
    Gautam is an experienced software engineer at Square Enix, Fandom, and Softbank Mobile, with Data Science experience at [24]7.  
  • Biophysicist, University of New South Wales, Australia

    Dr Matt Baker is a biophysicist in Sydney at the EMBL Australia Node for Single Molecule Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Matt completed his DPhil at Oxford University as a John Monash Scholar studying the bacterial flagellar motor that makes nearly all bacteria swim and now investigates the origins and self assembly of complex molecular machines.   Matt is a former Top 5 Under 40 Scientist in Residence at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where he has produced and presented content for Radio National's Health Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, and Earshot, and he is the regular science correspondent for ABC Nightlife broadcast throughout Australia on ABC Local Radio.    In 2016 Matt was embedded as Australia's inaugural Google Newslabs Fellow at Fairfax Media, home of the Sydney Morning Herald. There he successfully built a recommendation engine for similar content to increase reader on-site time, and analysed changes in Sydney's nightlife using transport data.
  • UN Regional Director for Arab States

    Laila Baker, an American of Arab origin, comes from a background in health policy from Cardiff University and 25 years of international experience in global humanitarian and development settings primarily in the Arab region. Her career also includes work with major non-UN organizations such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Regional Office in Tunisia, OXFAM UK and as the Director of Strategic Planning of the national branch of the IFRC in Palestine. In her position as Director for UNRWA’s Relief and Services Program at HQ in Amman, Jordan from 2014-2016, she instituted a series of reforms to the poverty and social inclusion programs. A member of the RC/HC pool, Laila comes from a long history of service with the United Nations, most notably, UNDP, UNRWA and a twenty-year career with UNFPA, where she served in Palestine, Geneva and as Representative in Syria from 2012-2014 and Jordan from 2016 until the present.

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor, Dow Jones, USA

    Gerard Baker is Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor of Dow Jones, roles he assumed on January 1, 2013. Mr. Baker is responsible for all global newsgathering and editorial operations for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Mr. Baker previously served as Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

    Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary. He also oversaw U.S. coverage for both the print and online editions.

    From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau Chief. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor.

    Prior to the FT, Mr. Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, and finally as Economics Correspondent for TV and radio.

    Mr. Baker’s work has appeared in several other publications, and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor around the world. He started his career in the financial sector, first as an analyst at the Bank of England, then as an economist at Lloyds Bank in the City of London.

    Mr. Baker holds a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

  • Analytics & Best Practice, MWM Group, Sweden

    Emma joined MWM in September 2017 where she has been working with data analytics and business intelligence. Since her very first day, she has been a part of the Stampen project, implementing the product, Media 365, where her main responsibilities have included data analysis providing the creation of our live dashboards and reports.

  • Former Director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd

    Kasturi Balaji is the Former Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd., the publishers of The Hindu. Mr. Balaji has more than 30 years of experience in technology, production and ink manufacturing.

  • Founder-Editor, DT Next

    Yagna Balaji is Founder-Editor of DT Next, an English daily from Tamil Nadu's Daily Thanthi group and the website She heads the content for the website, as well as the paper’s other social media and online properties.

    A journalist with two decades in the field, Yagna was instrumental in the launch of the Deccan Chronicle newspaper in Tamil Nadu in 2005. Under her leadership, Tamil Nadu’s first tabloid, Chennai Chronicle was launched. A decade later in 2015, she once again launched a brand new city-focussed newspaper for Chennai – DT Next. In a short time, DT Next has built a young and loyal readership, and is poised for growth across the state. Investigative reports, hard-hitting stories and a reader-first approach has been instrumental in the paper’s success.

    Yagna has led workshops on developing communication skills, and has also been the recipient of awards for articles on developmental journalism. She has served on panels of graduate level media study programs to promote ethical journalism.

    Yagna completed her graduation from St Francis College in Hyderabad, and her post-graduation in Journalism & Communication from the Symbiosis, Pune.

    About DT Next: DT Next is a daily broadsheet from the 75-year-old Daily Thanthi group, which is circulated in and around Chennai. The group also brings out India's largest circulated Tamil newspaper Daily Thanthi, leading news channel Thanthi TV and the top rated regional radio station Hello FM.

  • Chief Revenue Officer, THG, India

    Suresh Balakrishna is the Chef Revenue Officer of The Hindu Group, he has been with The Hindu since November 2018. Prior to joining the Hindu, he was the CEO, South Asia and Middle East of Kinetic Advertising India Private Limited. Kinetic is a WPP Group company and the world’s largest OOH agency. Suresh comes with 30 years of experience in the media and advertising industry. He has worked in organizations such as Lintas Media Group, India Today Group, Zee Telefilms Limited, Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He frequently addresses seminars, guest lectures at institutes such as MICA Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, Kolkata and Shillong etc. and was adjunct faculty at SIMC (SYMBIOSIS INSTITUTE OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION) for a brief period. Suresh has also developed and conducted specific training modules for media houses in India and abroad. He was the only Indian media industry representative invited to the United Nations as a part of the Leadership Council for the 4th Annual “Media for Social Impact” Summit, held at the United Nations in NYC on September 14, 2017. In 2018, he was also awarded the ‘OOH Person of the Year‘ by exchange4media at the Neon’s (Outdoor Industry awards). Happily married, with a 26-year-old bright daughter and three-year-old Luna! Suresh loves travelling, adventure holidays, watching movies and animals. Above all, has a passion for teaching and training!!
  • Chief of News, Mathrubhumi Television, India.

    Sri. Unni Balakrishnan was born in 1969 in Alappuzha district of Kerala. He started his career in 1994 as a Sub-Editor in a reputed Malayalam Socio political Weekly – Kalakaumudi. In 1996 he joined Asianet Television as Sub-Editor and played an important role in establishing the first private satellite channel in Malayalam. In 1998 he was transferred to the New Delhi Bureau of Asianet. In the years that rolled by Sri. Unni Balakrishnan worked in the New Delhi bureau of Asianet in various capacities as Bureau Chief, Regional Editor etc. He was in New Delhi from year 1998 to 2010. While working in  the Delhi Bureau, he got many opportunities to report many important incidents/ events like the Kandahar Plane hijack, Kargil war, Delhi serial bomb blasts, Mumbai terrorist attack, General elections etc. In 2002 he visited Islamabad with the then Prime Minister Sri. A B Vajpayee and reported SAARC summit. He had visited Paris and reported the Indo French nuclear summit in 2005, the USA again in 2005 and reported the UN General Council and in 2010 he reported the Indo- Arab summit all accompanying the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Sri. Unni Balakrishnan is now with the Mathrubhumi News Television channel as Chief of News and had been there since 2012.

    He hosts an interview program 'Chodyam Utharam' which is a well appreciated program among the Malayalee audience around the globe.

    He is the proud recipient of the Kerala State Award for the Best Interviewer in 2015. He has also got important recognitions like Abudabi Kala Award, Dubai Asiavision Award, Delhi Malayalee Award etc.

  • Editor, Mumbrella Asia

    Ravi Balakrishnan
    Ravi Balakrishnan has more than two decades as a journalist under his belt. Before becoming Editor for Mumbrella Asia, he was the editor of Brand Equity in India – the marketing magazine of The Economic Times, India’s most-read daily financial newspaper. He previously worked for CNBC and Starcom. Balakrishnan has an English literature degree from Mumbai University and a diploma in advertising from the K.C College of Management Studies.
  • Managing Director, Vikatan Group

    Mr B Srinivasan (Srini) is the Managing Director of the 93 year old Vikatan Group. This third- generation entrepreneur joined his family business when Vikatan Group was print-only Magazine Publisher, in 1990. Realising the significance of communities, advent of personalization, emergence of TV mediums and the surge of the Internet, Srini spearheaded Vikatan’s diversification through niche magazines, adopted internet publishing in 1997, went pay in 2005 and trending on social media since 2010 . He also entered content production for TV in 1998 and during the last 2 decades produced continuous #1 rated shows in Tamil. Since 2016, the Vikatan Group has created and curated popular event properties and client-led activations.