28 - 30 September 2022

World News Media Congress 2022

World Media Leaders Summit, World Editors Summit, Women in News Summit, Golden Pen of Freedom

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Emily Bell

Founder and Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, USA

Emily Bell is Founding Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, Leonard Tow professor of Journalism, and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. The majority of Emily’s career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London working as an award winning writer and editor both in print and online.

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Nicholas Johnston

Publisher, Axios, USA

Nicholas Johnston is the Publisher of Axios, where he now focuses primarily on Axios Local and other major newsroom initiatives. Previously, he was Axios’ editor-in-chief where he led the entire Axios newsroom and regularly spoke about politics, policy and business on MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News.

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Carlos Núnez Murias

Executive Chairperson of PRISA Media, Spain

Carlos began his professional career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). In 2000, together with other partners, he launched the Internet startup Verticalia, the first vertical industry portal for Spain and Latin America.

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Julia Beizer

Chief Product Officer and Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media, USA
Julia Beizer is the Chief Product Officer and Global Head of Digital of Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg L.P.’s global multi-platform media organization.
Julia oversees Bloomberg Media’s digital initiatives across web, app, OTT and distributed digital ecosystem with a focus on strategy and business development. In her role, she is also responsible for overseeing digital and distribution as well as advertising operations and product teams, working closely with editorial and subscriptions to grow Bloomberg’s audience, advertising and consumer revenue.
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Ladina Heimgartner

Head Global Media & CEO Blick Group - Member of the Ringier Group Executive Board, Switzerland

Ladina Heimgartner has been a member of the Group Executive Board since February 2020 and Head of Global Media at Ringier AG and CEO of the Blick Group since October 2020. From February to September 2020, she was Head of Corporate Center at Ringier AG.

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Kat Downs Mulder

Chief Product Officer and Managing Editor, Digital at The Washington Post, USA

Kat Downs Mulder is Chief Product Officer and managing editor of digital at The Washington Post, bridging newsroom and engineering and driving a strategy aimed at accelerating digital innovation across the company.

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Ben Cotton

Head of Subscription Growth at The New York Times
Ben Cotton is Head of Subscription Growth at The New York Times, where he leads a group of cross-functional teams responsible for digital subscription performance. Among other roles at The Times, he previously led a group of product teams responsible for building new features that deepen engagement with our journalism, as well as groups in charge of new business rules, retention & customer experience, and product marketing. He started at The Times in 2014 as a member of the Corporate Strategy team. Prior to The Times, Ben worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is on the board of trustees of the Columbia Spectator, where he served as editor in chief as an undergraduate.
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Gabriela Cañas

President, Agencia EFE, Spain

Journalist, writer and president of Agencia EFE since May 2020, Cañas is the first woman to head the agency. Born in 1957 in Cuenca, she holds a degree in journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has worked at the Diario de Cádiz, Radiocadena Española and the newspaper Informaciones. She was part of the founding group of the magazine El Globo, belonging to the PRISA Group and joined the newspaper El País in 1981 where, among other positions, she was head of the Madrid and Society sections and deputy director of its school. She taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid’s Journalism School and at El País between 1993 and 2000. From 2000 to 2005 Cañas was correspondent in Brussels, and from 2014 to 2017 correspondent in Paris. Between 2006 and 2008, she was director general of International Information at the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency and was a member of the commission for the modernisation of legal language.

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Pierre Louette

President and CEO Les Echos – Le Parisien, France

Pierre Louette has been Chairman and CEO of Les Echos – Le Parisien, the media division of LVMH Group, since March 2018. The group’s media activities are focused on three key ideas: the promotion of quality journalism, the creation of value in the digital world and the diversification of its brands into new areas (services, e-commerce, events…). Pierre Louette was also elected President of the Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Nationale (SPQN) in July 2020 and President of the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG) in October 2020. In February 2021, he published a book: “Des géants et des hommes” (éditions Robert Laffont). How to end the hold of the GAFA on our lives.

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Pål Nedregotten

Executive Vice President, Amedia AS, Norway

Pål Nedregotten is Executive Vice President in charge of Product, Editorial and Subscriptions development, including Tech & Data at Amedia, which is with its 79 newspapers Norway’s largest local media publisher. He’s previously held various leading positions at the company at the crossroads between technology, product development and journalism.   At Amedia, he has since 2013 been central in developing and rolling out the company’s centralised login solution, digital subscription strategy and data strategy.

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Pepa Bueno

Editor-in-Chief, El País, Spain

Pepa Bueno has been Editor-in-Chief of El País since August 2021.
She holds a degree in journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her career began in news services at Radio Nacional de España in Extremadura, and she was head of news at RNE in Aragon and Madrid. In 1991, she joined RTVE as regional news director, first in Andalusia and later in Madrid. In September 1996, she was appointed assistant director of the current affairs programme Gente. Eight years later she took charge of Los Desayunos for TVE. In 2009 she took on the role of directing and presenting the second edition of the Telediario newscast. In 2012 she joined the Cadena SER’s Hoy por Hoy programme. In 2019, she was appointed director of the evening news programme, Hora 25.

Emma Tucker

Editor of The Sunday Times, UK

Emma Tucker was appointed Editor of The Sunday Times in January 2020, and previously was deputy editor of The Times for nearly seven years. Emma joined The Times from the Financial Times where she started her career as a graduate trainee eventually becoming Editor of the FT Weekend. During her career with the FT, Emma covered the UK economy and the European Union in Brussels.  She joined the Times as Associate Features Editor in 2007 before taking over the editorship of Times2 a year later. After five years she took up a new role as Editorial Director where she helped foster a much closer working relationship between the editorial and commercial teams.

Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo

President of Henneo, President of WAN-IFRA

Fernando de Yarza is the President of Henneo, a news media group that includes 20 minutes and Heraldo de Aragon (Zaragoza, Spain). Fernando de Yarza is a member of the board and the executive committee of Vocento. He is Chairman of Taller de Editores, Spanish largest magazine publisher; President of WAN-IFRA and the Association of European Publishers News Media Europe (NME) and a Vice-President at the Spanish Asociation of News Publishers (AMI).

José del Rio

Editor-in-Chief, LA NACION, Argentina

José del Rio has been specialized in business and economic journalism for 23 years. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from Argentine university UBA and in 2010 he completed a postgraduate course in advanced finance at the UCA. He is currently doing a PhD in Business Administration. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of Argentine daily newspaer La Nación.

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David Walmsley

Editor in Chief, Globe and Mail, Canada

David Walmsley is the Globe and Mail’s editor-in-chief. Under his editorship, The Globe and Mail has won the annual Canadian Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism three times as well as dominated the annual National Newspaper Awards.
David is a member of the World Editors’ Forum of the World Association of Newspapers.
He is the creator of World News Day, a global day of education involving more than 500 newsrooms on five continents explaining the role of journalism and how it can make the world a better place.

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Toby Collodora

Senior Manager of Retention and Engagement, Star Tribune, USA

Toby Collodora is the senior manager of engagement and retention for Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she leads retention strategy and subscriber engagement efforts.

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Saemmool Lee

Head of Digital Innovation, Dong-A Ilbo, South Korea

Saemmool Lee is the Head of Digital Innovation of the Dong-A Ilbo in Seoul. Ms. Lee leads flagship multimedia projects and manages digital strategies of the company. She received a B.A. in journalism from Korea University, and earned a master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley. She is an award-winning journalist and published author.

Nancy Lane

CEO, Local Media Association, USA

Nancy Lane is the dynamic leader of the Local Media Association, an organisation that supports nearly 3,000 newspapers, TV stations, digital sites, radio stations and R&D partners in North America. LMA’s mission is to reinvent business models for news.

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Vivian Schiller

Executive Director of Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute, USA

Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world.

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Adriaan Basson

Editor-in-Chief at News24
Adriaan Basson is editor-in-chief of News24, South Africa’s largest news website, and the author of four books on corruption and current affairs. He is the recipient of multiple awards for investigative journalism, including the CNN African Journalist of the Year for news and the Taco Kuiper award. Having started his career at Beeld in 2003, Basson worked as an investigative journalist on the Mail & Guardian, where he was a founding member of amaBhungane, before moving to City Press as assistant editor. In 2013, he became editor of Beeld and in 2016 was appointed editor-in-chief of News24. His books include Zuma Exposed (2012) and Blessed by Bosasa (2019).

Warren Fernandez

Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore

Warren Fernandez joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become a News Editor. He went on to serve as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor.

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Joanna Krawczyk

President of Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, Poland

Joanna Krawczyk, Head of News Partnerships at Gazeta Wyborcza, has been cooperating with Polish and international media outlets, non-governmental organizations and European institutions for many years. She is President of the Board of the Wyborcza Foundation and serves on the board of the European Media and Information Fund. She is Chairwoman of the Leading European Newspaper Alliance.

Natalie Turvey

President and Executive Director, Canadian Journalism Foundation, Canada

Natalie Turvey is President and Executive Director of The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), a not-for-profit organization that supports excellence in journalism through education, research, and one of the industry’s most prestigious annual awards and fellowships program.

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Audrey Tang

Digital Minister, Taiwan

Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation.

Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.

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Georgie Cauthery

B2B Content Director, Financial Times, UK

Georgie Cauthery is B2B Content Director at the Financial Times, which she joined from Reuters. As Content Director, Georgie is responsible for steering the commercial strategy for B2B branded content campaigns across EMEA, identifying key trends and championing innovative branded content solutions.

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Sophie Nicholson

Deputy Editor in Chief, Digital Investigations, AFP, France

Sophie Nicholson is Deputy Editor in Chief, Digital Investigations at AFP’s headquarters in Paris. Sophie oversees a global team, working closely with tech companies, media organisations, researchers and fact checkers. Sophie previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Mexico City and has reported from more than 15 countries. She started her career in radio and television at the BBC in London.

Rebecca Skippage

Disinformation Editor, BBC News

Rebecca is the BBC’s first Disinformation Editor. She leads teams based in the UK, Africa and India that observe, report and investigate disinformation trends, verify and debunk misinformation, and create digital material to help people recognise and avoid ‘fake news’. She developed and led the BBC’s verification effort of fake and misleading images during the Ukraine crisis.

Rebecca was a 2020/1 fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where she focused on how Public Service Media should learn from ‘bad actors’ to reach those currently missing accurate, impartial news and information.

A journalist for more than 20 years, Rebecca has advised the UK and EU governments and NATO StratCom on disinformation, and appeared as a speaker, moderator and panellist at international events on disinformation, security and media.

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Rosental Alves

Professor at University of Texas at Austin, founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Professor Rosental Calmon Alves is a veteran Brazilian journalist and educator. He leads the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas at Austin and holds the UNESCO Chair in Communication.

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Fergus Bell

Founder and CEO, Fathm, UK

Fergus Bell is the founder & CEO at Fathm, a multi-award winning independent news lab, agency and consultancy. Fathm has a mission of working with people who are trying to spark creative change and drive sustainability in media by improving newsroom processes and efficiency, making use of emerging technologies, and tackling the ever increasing problems of mis and disinformation.

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Mariana Santos

Founder and CEO Chicas Poderosa, Portugal

Mariana Santos is a Portuguese girl who wants to change the world, and is working on it right now. She founded Chicas Poderosas, a non-profit organization that aims to bring more women into technology, started in Latin America, back in 2013 while she was an ICFJ fellow.

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Joseph Lawrence

CEO, MeSearch, USA

With three decades of legal and business experience culled from banking, real estate, mergers & acquisitions, media, and advertising, Joe joined Trib Total Media and helped with its business and digital transformation. He was instrumental in starting 535media, a digital advertising agency, and has been leading its programming and development department since 2015.

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Danny Spears

Chief Operating Officer, The Ozone Project, UK

Danny’s mission is to help publishers’ create incremental value in their digital advertising businesses by understanding the challenges they face, and by delivering the capability that they need. Before becoming COO at the start of 2020, Danny led the commercial, product and analytics functions of Ozone’s Publisher Platform.

Prior to joining The Ozone Project, Danny was Programmatic Director at Guardian News & Media where he was responsible for global leadership of advertising technology and data strategy as well as UK & ROW programmatic revenue.

David Tomchak

Visiting Policy Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, UK

David as an editor and product director working through Oxford University’s Internet Institute where he is a Fellow. He is currently leading a pilot which brings together a team of publishers, blockchain and VR/AR specialist and technology experts to assess how Web3 can be used to help maintain a robust, diverse and vibrant media industry. David has previously won multiple awards for his work as a journalist, editor, product manager and publisher for a range of broadcasters and publishing titles. He also spent two years in 10 Downing Street where he was the Head of Digital and Deputy Director for the Government Communications Service for the British Government.

Anita Zielina

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

Anita Zielina is an experienced digital media executive and board member with a focus on digital transformation, modern leadership, and innovation management. She is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in NYC, where she and her team are responsible for professional training and executive education, as well as new strategic projects.

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Toyosi Ogunseye

Senior News Editor for News and Commissioning, BBC, UK

Toyosi Ogunseye relocated to the BBC, London in 2022, as Senior News Editor for News and Commissioning, for the BBC programmes NewsDay, BBC OS and BBC Minute. Her focus is on the Latin American, Indian and African markets.

She is the former Head of West Africa at the BBC where she managed the operations and five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. An international presenter, she hosted the BBC World Service’s international debate programme, World Questions.

Prior to joining the BBC, she edited Sunday Punch, one of Nigeria’s leading weekend newspapers.

Kathy English

VP Content Integrity & Editorial Standards, Dotdash Meredith, Canada

Kathy English is VP, Content Integrity & Editorial Standards for Dotdash Meredith, America’s largest digital and print publisher.
Previously, she served for 13 years as public editor of the Toronto Star responsible for adjudicating reader complaints and upholding transparency and accountability standards across Torstar Corp’s 80-plus Canadian daily and community news organizations.

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Javier Garza Ramos

Journalist, Safety Advisor

Javier Garza Ramos is an independent journalist in Torreón, northern México and an expert on journalist safety. He is the founder of the local news platform EnRe2Laguna and the host of the daily radio newscast Reporte100. He serves on the Board of the World Editors Forum.

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Juan Señor

President, Innovation Media Consulting Group, UK

As a Partner at Innovation, Juan Senor has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world.

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Ritu Kapur

Co-Founder and CEO, The Quint, India

Ritu Kapur is the co-founder of Quint. She used to head Programming at History Channel, was Features Editor at CNN IBN, where she launched the popular CJ (Citizen Journalist) Show, among others. She has also conceived and produced Bhanwar, a docu-drama based on real-life incidents. Her shows ran to popular and critical acclaim, and went on to win several awards. She has also led successful campaigns like Register To Vote and Power Of 49, that championed a manifesto for women, who comprise 49 per cent of the population.

Phillip Crawley

Publisher and CEO, The Globe and Mail, Canada

Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.  He worked in England, Hong Kong and New Zealand before he joined The Globe and Mail in October 1998. In print for 178 years, The Globe and Mail has consistently delivered Canada’s best and deepest coverage of national, international and business news.  It has a cumulative digital and print readership of 5.9M weekly.

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