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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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  • Research & Development Chief and Product Lead for Newsroom Tools, Wall Street Journal

    As Research & Development Chief and Product Lead for Newsroom Tools, I lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers, data scientists, journalists, and strategists that use emerging computational approaches to improve the storytelling tools and enrich the stories of The Wall Street Journal. 

    Alyssa background is audience engagement and editorial innovation. she was previously a Managing Editor at Barron's where she accelerated the nearly 100-year old magazine’s digital transformation, including the integration of print and digital teams, a redesign of, the launch of podcasts and an award-winning newsletter. Alyssa work led to record audience and subscription numbers for Barron’s. At the Financial Times, she was a founding member of the Audience Engagement and Communities teams, ushering in the use of data in the newsroom as well as unprecedented collaboration across the company.  

    She has a M.Sc. in Management from London Business School and a B.A. with distinction in Psychology and Economics from McGill University.

  • Senior Executive Editor for Diversity, Talent, Standards and Training Bloomberg News, USA

    Laura Zelenko, who has spent more than two decades overseeing coverage across the globe for Bloomberg News, has taken on a new role as senior executive editor for the company's editorial initiatives focused on diversity, training, talent and news standards.

    Ms. Zelenko joined Bloomberg in 1993 in Prague after stints at United Press International in West Virginia and the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. She opened Bloomberg's first bureaus across Eastern Europe and won the company's first Overseas Press Club award for her work on a series on global prime bank securities fraud. In 1998, she moved to Moscow to cover the nation's debt default and co-lead the team of reporters and editors in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ms. Zelenko returned to the U.S. in 2001 and took over responsibility for all Latin American coverage. After five years traveling back and forth to the region, she established Bloomberg's first emerging markets team, ran coverage of global equity, currency, commodities and bond markets and then took on responsibility for all business, finance and investigative coverage globally, overseeing more than 600 journalists.

    Ms. Zelenko, who holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University, is based in New York and has two college-aged children, Sasha and Katya.

  • President, Caixin Media

    Ms. Lihui Zhang is the President of Caixin Media, Founding Director & Secretary General of Caixin Foundation, and one of the founding members for Caixin. Being in charge of business operation and management, she is committed to branding Caixin as the leading financial news media group in China by devoting herself to promoting innovation of products and business models of Caixin Media. Her former posts include Director of Strategic Development, Vice President, Executive Vice President and Executive President of Caixin. Prior to Caixin, Ms. Zhang served as Director of Strategic Development of Caijing Magzine and Vice President of New Alliance Consulting International Group. Ms. Zhang holds a MA degree from Harbin Engineering University and a joint executive MBA from Fordham University & Peking University.

  • Founder & CEO, Matters.News

    Annie Jieping Zhang

    Annie Jieping Zhang is the Founder of Matters.News, the new decentralised content platform based on blockchain technology. She once served as Editor-in-Chief of Initium Media, the Executive Editor-in-Chief for iSun Affairs, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for City Magazine, and the writer for the New York Times Chinese website and reporter for Asia Week. She wrote extensively about the governance, politics, and social movements in mainland China and Hong Kong between 2006 and 2015. As a journalist, She has received 13 journalism awards in nine years, including “Journalist of the Year (2010)” from the Society of Publishers in Asia.

  • Executive Director, & Chief Strategy Officer, Haidilao International Holding

    Dr Zhou Zhaocheng

    Dr Zhou Zhaocheng is Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Haidilao International Holding (a public-listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange). He is responsible for the company’s branding, legal matters and risk management.

    Before joining Haidilao International Holding, Dr Zhou had worked with Singapore Press Holdings for 19 years, he served as Vice President of New Markets of Singapore Press Holdings, Assistant Vice President (New Growth) of Lianhe Zaobao, Editor of Lianhe Zaobao Online cum Editor of Crossroads with Lianhe Zaobao.

    Additionally, Dr Zhou serves as the President of Jiangsu Association (Singapore), is a standing committee member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clans Association.

    He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship with the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and has been a visiting professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies since September 2014. He was a media fellow of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University from January to July 2011.

    Dr Zhou obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from Nanjing Normal University in China in 1994, obtained his Master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2000 and obtained his Doctorate degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2007.

  • Director of Innovation & Leadership, Craig Newmark J-School/CUNY, USA

    Anita Zielina is leading a new programme at CUNY to train the next generation of news executives to address the demand for innovation and leadership in the industry. Previous roles include visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, researching the role of leadership in times of transition and Chief Product Officer and member of the executive management team at NZZ media group in Switzerland, leading their digital operations. Before joining NZZ Anita held roles as digital editor and deputy Editor-in-Chief at Stern, the German weekly news magazine published by Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg, and the newspaper Der Standard in Vienna, Austria. In 2012, Anita was the first Austrian journalist selected for the one-year Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, dedicated to entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership in journalism. There her research focused on innovation management in the media and on audience engagement. Anita holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a Master in Law from Vienna University. 
  • CEO, Vedacon

    Ms. Zink is born 1977 in Gotha, worked after the successful completion of her studies of interior architecture from 2001 at Atisreal Proplan GmbH. As project and team leader, she managed a large number of projects and planning processes during this time. As a co-founder of Vedacon in 2008, Kathleen Zink has been the managing partner of Vedacon. In her more than 19 years of professional career, she was responsible for the supervision of more than 700 projects nationwide.
  • Editor in Chief, NewsMavens, Poland

    Zuzanna Ziomecka is an American-educated, Polish-based media maker professionally involved in print, television and internet projects. She works for Poland's largest liberal daily - Gazeta Wyborcza - where she is responsible for digital innovations for their women's brand "Wysokie Obcasy" and is Editor-in-Chief of - a news round-up curated exclusively by women from European news organisations. The project is funded by Google DNI and Gazeta Wyborcza and aims to discover whether gender has an impact on news narrative. She was awarded editor of the year for founding and editing the first Polish lifestyle magazine for parents in 2008. She was also one of the few women to ever act as chief editor for a weekly magazine (Przekrój) in Poland. 


    Peter Zollman

    Peter has been in the news business for 35 years, and been actively involved in interactive media for more than 20 years. He is executive editor and publisher of Classified Intelligence Report, and has written many industry "white papers" and special reports about interactive media and classified ads. Zollman has consulted with media groups, trade associations, broadcasters, magazines and others to help develop successful interactive media services. He speaks often at major industry conferences.

  • Executive Director & Editor-in-Chief, Chequeado, Argentina

    Laura is Executive Director and Editor-in-chief at Chequeado, the first initiative of fact-checking and verification of public discourse in Latin America. She is Professor of Right to Information at the University of Buenos Aires and writes in national daily La Nación, where she has covered and conducted research on cases related to corruption, civil rights and justice for almost two decades. Laura has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science at University of Buenos Aires and she's also a lawyer and access to information and transparency activist. She worked at CIPPEC (2004-2012) as Director of Communications and at the Secretary of Internal Security of the Ministry of Justice (2003-2004). For her work as a journalist she received more than half a dozen awards: among them, in 2015, the Gabriel García Márquez Award from the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericana (FNPI) in the Innovation category for Chequeado and the expansion of fact-checking in the region.

  • Director, ThomsonReuters Labs - Waterloo

    Brian zubert

    Brian heads up a team of data scientists at Thomson Reuters Labs – Waterloo Region, located in Communitech, a startup accelerator that supports over 1100 startups annually. The lab shares a common workspace with the innovation labs of many other major brands including Canon, TD, Deloitte, Microsoft, and General Motors. The primary objectives are to develop customer-driven innovation projects exploring big data sets for new product offerings, services, and insights ; and work with both startups and academia to foster innovation through partnership. Brian has a long history of ecosystem building. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Brian worked as an Executive in Residence at Communitech, where he worked with over 100 startups helping them scale all aspects of their business: investment, tech, product, sales, marketing, and most importantly, staff. In his previous role as Director of Developer Relations at BlackBerry, Brian led a global team of 30+ developers through rapid expansion and managed direct technical relationships with over 600 major brands. This unique position gave Brian insights into dozens of different industries, both with major brands as well as with thousands of independent developers and small businesses with whom he’s engaged over the years.

  • Journalist, Blu Radio, Colombia

    Camila Zuluaga is a political scientist and journalist from the city of Bogotá. From a very young age, she began her career at W Radio acquiring an important voice among the media and her listeners. Today she begins a new phase at Caracol Tv and Blu Radio culminating a master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University as Fulbright Scholar, where she created and promoted the well-known citizen movement: Yo no como cuento.

  • Editor, Børneavisen, Denmark

    Tommy Zwicky is a multi-award winning journalist from Denmark. He has been in national broadcasting for more than 15 years, both in front and behind the camera. Genres have included news, sports, investigative journalism and documentaries, but mostly content geared towards children and families. In 2013 he started the first daily news broadcast for children in Denmark (Ultra Nyt). And subsequently joined the presidency of the Youth News Exchange in the European Broadcasting Union.  In 2018 he joined the team at Børneavisen (The childrens newspaper) as an editor in time for its launch of September that year. When not working he enjoys music, movies, videogames and pizza.
  • Director, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), Norway

    Randi S. Øgrey is the Director of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) the leading media trade organization in Norway which counts approximately 324 member businesses, of which 172 are newspapers, 21 printing offices, 26 distribution companies, 24 TV companies, and 13 advertising groups. The Association’s objectives are to help build a diverse, independent and economically healthy industry; to secure editorial independence, and to initiate common initiatives in cases where the members deem it necessary and useful.

  • Director, Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL), Norway

    Randi S. Øgrey is the Director of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association (MBL) the leading media trade organization in Norway which counts approximately 324 member businesses, of which 172 are newspapers, 21 printing offices, 26 distribution companies, 24 TV companies, and 13 advertising groups. The Association’s objectives are to help build a diverse, independent and economically healthy industry; to secure editorial independence, and to initiate common initiatives in cases where the members deem it necessary and useful.

  • CEO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

    Stig Kirk Ørskov is the CEO of 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.

    Before becoming CEO of JP/Politikens Hus Stig Kirk Ørskov was COO and member of the executive board in JP/Politikens Hus A/S with head responsible for the commercial activities in JP/Politikens Hus’ three national news brands. Previously, Stig has held different positions at Politiken throughout the years such as editor in chief, business editor, and editor of analysis.

    Prior to joining Politiken Stig co-founded the online newspaper Infopaq and worked at different newspapers and news agencies as a business reporter. In addition to this Stig has been co-author of several books, e.g. a bestselling biography of the Danish ship magnate Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.

    Stig holds a degree in Public Economics and Regulation from Roskilde University and has studied Economics at the University of Copenhagen and History at the University of Melbourne

  • Media Network of Norway for diversity and leadership

    I am News Editor in the daily national newspaper Vart Land. Leader in the Media Network of Norway, a network for media leaders in Norway, working for diversity and leadership in our industry. We are responsible for a mentoring program, are arranging conferences and are used as a strategic partner.
  • Head of Digital Subscription and Magazine Editor, Dagbladet, Norway

  • Magazine editor, and Head of Paid Digital Content, Dagbladet, Norway

    Karine Osttveit is the magazine editor of Dagbladet in Norway. She is responsible for all digital subscriptions as well as the newspaper’s weekend edition and magazine. Dagbladet currently has 97 000 digital subscribers.