28 - 30 September 2022
Zaragoza
Spain

World News Media Congress 2022

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

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Adriaan Basson

Editor-in-Chief, News24, South Africa
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).

Adrian Monck

Managing Director, World Economic Forum

BA, Oxford University; MBA, London Business School. 1988, journalist and news executive with CBS News, ITN, Sky News. 2005, Professor, Head of Journalism, City, University of London. With the World Economic Forum: 2009, Managing Director, Head of Communications and Media; currently, Member of the Managing Board, Head of Foundations and Public Engagement. 2005-06, President, Britain’s Media Society. Member: BAFTA; Royal Television Society. Co-Author: Crunch Time – How Everyday Life Is Killing the Future (2007); Can You Trust The Media? (2008). Recipient of awards.

 

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Aitor Moll Sarasola

CEO, Prensa Ibérica, Spain
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Born in 1979 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, he has been CEO of Prensa Ibérica since December 2014. He holds a degree in Journalism from Ramon Llull University, as well as a master’s degree in Communication, Information and Audiovisual Business Management from the University of Barcelona and a General Management Program (PDG) awarded jointly by IESE Business School and the University of Navarra.

 

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Alan Fisco

President, The Seattle Times, USA
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Alan Fisco provides oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team, and maintains direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. He is also responsible for The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, and its commercial printing plant, Rotary Offset Press.

 

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Alessandra Galloni

Editor in Chief, Reuters, UK

Alessandra Galloni became editor-in-chief of Reuters in April 2021. She oversees all editorial functions across video, text, pictures, and graphics. She is the first female editor-in-chief in the organization’s 170-year history.

Previously, Galloni was global managing editor, overseeing news planning and creation, where she was responsible for overseeing Reuters coverage and developing stories with a cross-regional focus. She first joined Reuters in 1996 for the Italian-language news service in Rome, later moving to the equities reporting team in London. She re-joined Reuters in September 2013 as editor of the Southern Europe bureau following 13 years at The Wall Street Journal, where she worked as a reporter, economics and business writer and editor, in London, Paris and Rome.

Galloni is the recipient of the 2020 Lawrence Minard Editor Award from the Gerald Loeb Foundation and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, one of the highest honors a business journalist can receive. She is also the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award and a UK Business Journalist of the Year Award.

An Italian national, Galloni is a graduate of Harvard University and has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

 

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Prof. Dr. Alexandra Borchardt

Journalist, Advisor, Researcher, Author, Germany

Alexandra Borchardt is a senior journalist, book author, lecturer, and independent media advisor. She works as a coach for the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in their Table Stakes Europe Programme on the digital transformation of newsrooms and for Hamburg Media School, where she heads the Journalism Innovators Program. She is also affiliated with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Associate after having served as Director of Leadership Programmes until 2019. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily. Alexandra is the lead author of the 2021/22 EBU News Report “What’s Next? Public Service Journalism in the Age of Distraction, Opinion, and Information Abundance”, published by the European Broadcasting Union in November 2021.

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Alia Ibrahim

Co-founder & CEO, Daraj.com, Lebanon
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Alia Ibrahim is co-founder and CEO of Daraj.com, a Beirut-based independent digital media platform launched in November 2017. Before that Ibrahim was a Senior Correspondent at Al-Arabiya News Channel, which she joined in 2008. From 2015, Ibrahim produced and directed episodes for Special Mission, a prime-time investigative reporting show. Her assignments took her to Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

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Andreas Müller

CEO, Medienhaus Aachen GmbH, Germany
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Andreas is the CEO of Medienhaus Aachen GmbH which publishes the two daily newspapers “Aachener Zeitung” and “Aachener Nachrichten”. Andreas started his career as a journalist at Medienhaus Aachen GmbH over forty years ago.

After having worked as a journalist for daily newspapers and being the editor-in-chief for the weekly freesheets, he changed to the commercial units and managed B2B operations, IT, production, digital publishing. Since 2008 he is the CEO of Medienhaus Aachen. He is vice president of the German Association for the freesheets in which he chairs the committees of distribution operations and sustainability.

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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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Audrey Tang

Minister, Ministry of Digital Affairs

Audrey Tang, previously a Minister without Portfolio in Taiwan’s government, in now Minister of Taiwan’s newly created Ministry of Digital Affairs, which came into being on August 27, 2022. Her main aim will be to build digital resilience – which is vital in order to accelerate digital transformation for an inclusive digital society.

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Ben Cotton

Head of Subscription Growth, The New York Times, USA
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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Carlos Godó

CEO of Grupo Godó and President of Wemass, Spain

Carlos Godó Valls (Barcelona, 1967) is CEO of Grupo Godó. Fifth generation of the founding family of La Vanguardia, Carlos Godó holds a law degree from the University of Barcelona. He collaborated with the Milton Schwartz law firm in New York and, after an apprenticeship in the United States at the Gannet Group and Washington Post, he began his career at the Godó Group, where he was closely acquainted with most of the departments and headers of the firm. His first important position was that of Managing Director at one of the group’s historic newspapers: Mundo Deportivo. The newspaper underwent some of its most important transformations, abandoning the engraving gap and moving from black and white to color, and multiprinting was developed throughout the national territory, allowing Mundo Deportivo to double its circulation.

In 1997 he was appointed General Manager of the group and in 2003 General Business Manager, a position he left in 2005 when he became CEO of Grupo Godó. La Vanguardia, the flagship of the group, has been adapting to the digital world to the point of consolidating leading positions in the national market. In the paper edition it is the second largest in Spain, according to OJD data, and the first in number of subscriptions. Both media are prominent leaders in Catalonia.

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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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Carmen Piñán Vinagre

Communications Director, AQUARA, Spain

After 13 years in consultancy specialising in the Utilities sector, in 2013 she joined the Agbar Group in charge of the Customer Strategy Department, with the aim of defining and implementing the Group’s positioning strategy in CSR and business communication throughout Spain, ensuring synergies with corporate positioning and in turn declining the Communication plans in accordance with the specific characteristics of the different companies. In recent years, the Department has evolved into the Business Communication Department, where it has also focused on a capillary digital communication strategy and the development of new communication formats that bring the reality of environmental services closer to society, and making internal communication a driver of staff engagement through projects such as the Ambassadors Network.

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Catarina Carvalho

Founder, CEO, Mensagem de Lisboa, Portugal

Catarina Carvalho is the Founder and CEO of Mensagem de Lisboa, a community news startup in Portugal. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute and is the former Executive Editor of the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias. During her leadership at the paper, she oversaw its transition to a digital-first brand, with the print edition now only available on Saturdays. She started her career in journalism as a reporter, covering a number of areas for several national titles, before moving into leadership roles.

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Cecilia Campbell

Chief Marketing Officer, United Robots, Sweden
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Cecilia Campbell is a Swedish media journalist with over 20 years experience reporting on the news publishing industry internationally. She is the CMO of Swedish tech start-up United Robots, based in Malmö. Her work at United Robots includes advising publishers on how to free up reporter time and drive revenue through newsroom automation. Previously she worked for WAN-IFRA, co-leading the reader revenue group and authoring the 2018 report Engaged Readers Don’t Churn – Retention Lessons for Digital Subcriptions.

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Chris Wiggins

Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Columbia University and Chief Data Scientist, The New York Times, USA
Wiggins is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University and Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times.
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Concha Iglesias

Partner responsible for the Media Industry and the Climate and Sustainability practice, Deloitte, Spain

Concha is a Partner at Deloitte Spain with more than 20 years of experience in professional services. Since 2016, she has been leader of the “Media & Sports” industry, and since fiscal year 2020, leader of the “Climate & Sustainability” practice for Deloitte Spain. Much of his professional career is linked to the Firm, of which he has been part since 2000, when it was called Arthur Andersen. During this period, she has been part of the main processes of concentration, strategic redefinition and restructuring of leading companies in the media and entertainment sector, as well as leading audits and IPOs of listed companies in Spain and the USA.

 

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Danny Spears

Chief Operating Officer, The Ozone Project, UK
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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 Boardman

Dean, Temple University School of Media and Communications, USA
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David Boardman is Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has academic and financial responsibility for one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind, with some 2,500 students and 200 faculty members.

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David Higgerson

Chief Digital Publisher, Reach plc, UK

David was appointed Chief Digital Publisher of the Reach Group plc in July 2022. He was previously Deputy Editor (Audience and Customer) with responsibility for developing the digital audience. In his new role, he is expanding his role to include readership diversification, with an immediate focus on the youth audience and video strategy. Reach plc is one of the UK’s largest publishers, with a turnover of £615.8m in 2021, with a portfolio that includes daily newspapers such as The Mirror, Express and Star, magazines such as OK!, local newspapers such as Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo, and online titles such as Live and Fish4Jobs.

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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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David Tomchak

Cogency Founder and Visiting Policy Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
David is leading Cogency, a project which brings together publishers, technologist and members of the web3 community in a coalition that aims to provide practical solutions for improving revenue and trust using decentralised technologies. Partnering with Web3 Foundation the project’s focus is on the Polkadot protocol, which connects blockchains and allows value and data to be sent across previously incompatible networks. David is also a visiting policy fellow at Oxford University’s Internet Institute where his focus is on the impact of AI, ML, data and Web3 technologies. He has previously worked across the media industry and has won multiple awards for his work as a journalist, editor, product manager and publisher for a range of broadcasters and publishing titles. David 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.

Dean Roper

Director of Insights & Editor-in-Chief, WAN-IFRA, Germany

Dean is Director of Insights and Editor-in-Chief of WAN-IFRA, he is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the organisation’s array of multimedia publications. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the news publishing industry, much of that time spent researching, analysing, identifying and ultimately reporting about global media developments.

Eero Korhonen

Head of News and Publisher Partnerships EMEA, Google, Spain
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Eero Korhonen is Head of News and Publisher Partnerships EMEA, Google. He has more than twenty years of experience in strategy and operations, partnerships and executive relationships in the media industry. He has been working at Google since 2012. During his career Eero has lived and worked in Helsinki, Istanbul, London and Madrid, where he currently lives with his wife and two children. He has an M.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Technology, Helsinki.

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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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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.

Ester García Cosín

CEO, Havas Media Group, Spain

Ester García Cosín has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Havas Media Group Spain since 2018. She previously held the position of Director of Operations and Strategic Development at Havas Media Group Iberia, and was integrated in the Group’s Executive Committee.

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Federica Cherubini

Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Federica Cherubini is Head of Leadership Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

She is an expert in newsroom operations and organisational change, with ten years experience spanning major publishers, research institutes and editorial networks around the world. Federica specialises in devising and implementing new and improved ways of working, bridging people, disciplines, departments, projects and cultures.

Before joining the Reuters Institute, she was Engagement Manager at Hearken, an audience consulting company that helps newsrooms better listen to and engage with their stakeholders in order to build sustainability.

Prior to joining Hearken she was Audience Projects Editor at Condé Nast International, working on audience growth, best practice and knowledge sharing. She is an expert on newsletter strategies and editorial initiatives that drive audience loyalty. She was a coach with the Membership Puzzle Project.

Federica is a director at Hacks/Hackers London, a community of 4,000+ members at the intersection of journalism and technology who meet to discuss and rethink the future of news. She is returning to the Reuters Institute, where she previously worked as a researcher on the Digital News Project team, publishing reports on editorial analytics, online video strategies and fact checking in Europe. She participated in the Online News Association’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator and is a mentor with the Digital Women Leaders initiative.

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.

Fergus is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. He spent eight years as a journalist and producer at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor. He then headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk.

Since 2015 Fergus has been advising broadcasters, publishers and start-ups on social and digital newsgathering, newsroom transformation and innovation. In 2017 he co-founded Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has already seen success in the US, UK, India, Sweden and with the multi-award winning “Verificado” – an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections. He joined the Online News Association’s Board of Directors in 2020.

Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo

President of Henneo, President of WAN-IFRA, Spain

Fernando de Yarza is the President of Henneo, a news media group that includes 20 minutes and Heraldo de Aragon (Zaragoza, Spain). He is Vice-President at the Spanish Association of Information Media (AMI). Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo was elected President of WAN-IFRA in June 2019.

Gabriela Cañas

Executive 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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Gary Liu

Founder and CEO, Artifact Labs, Hong Kong

Gary Liu is the Founder of Artifact Labs, a company leading the development of historical NFTs, to preserve and connect history on the blockchain. In his previous role as CEO of the South China Morning Post, Gary oversaw an extensive transformation of the publishing group, expanding its global audience reach and influence, establishing new revenue and commercialization channels, and cementing SCMP as Asia’s leading digital media company. Previously as CEO of Digg, Gary spearheaded the New York startup’s reinvention as a data-powered news platform. He was also Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.

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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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Guy Berger

Independent Media and Internet Expert, South Africa

Guy Berger is an independent media and Internet expert. He spent a decade as a senior official at UNESCO, overseeing the Organization’s global work on press freedom, safety of journalists, internet freedom and media development. From 1994 to 2010, Berger headed up the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. He has published and presented extensively, and worked in both television and press, including writing a long-running column on the media for South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. Over his career, Berger has been recognised with several awards, and has also served as elected deputy chair of the South African National Editors Forum. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Rhodes University.

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Héctor Aranda

CEO, AGEA by Clarín, Argentina
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Héctor M. Aranda is vice-president of Grupo Clarín and general director of AGEA S.A., publisher of Diario Clarín. Grupo Clarín’s main assets are ARTEAR S.A., responsible for the television channels Canal 13 and TN, Radio Mitre S.A., Argentina’s main radio station, and AGEA S.A., responsible for Diario Clarín and Diario Deportivo Olé; its assets also include the company CIMECO, owner of the newspapers “La Voz del Interior” (of Córdoba) and “Los Andes” (of Mendoza).

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Hiroto Nakajima PhD

Chief Scientist, Nikkei Inc., Japan
Nakajima will present the Nikkei Innovation Labs results with Natural Language Processing (NLP) and early work on quantum models.
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Ignacio Jiménez Soler

General Director for Communications, Endesa, Spain

Born in Madrid in 1973, Ignacio holds a PhD in Communications and Informational Sciences and Degree in Journalism.

Professional Career:

  • 2018-2019 TELEFÓNICA. Global Director of Corporate Communications Corporate Communications Development
  • 2011-2018 BBVA. Global Director of Communication Strategy and Corporate Communications
  • 2008-2011 BBVA. Marketing Director for Spain and Portugal
  • 2005-2008 LIBERTY SEGUROS.. Director of Communication, Corporate Responsibility and Innovation in Spain
  • 1999-2005 C&IC COMUNICACIÓN. Associate Director
  • 1997-1999 INNOVA Y COMUNICA MEDIA. Consultant in political communication.
  • 1993-1997 Journalist. Editor for ABC newspaper and freelance journalist.
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Ignatio Martínez de Albornoz

Business Development Director, Henneo, Spain

Ignacio Martínez de Albornoz is the Business Development Director of Henneo, one of Spain’s main Media and Technology groups, with responsibility over strategic projects all across the company’s divisions (News Media, Technology, Audiovisual and Printing&Distribution). He joined Henneo in 2017. Previously he has worked as a strategic consulting manager in Accenture and as the Director of the foreign trade and investment agency of the regional government of Aragón.

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Iñigo de Juan

Group Chief Subscriptions Officer, Unidad Editorial, Spain

Ińigo de Yarza Lopez-Madrazo

CEO, Henneo and President Alayans, Spain
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Íñigo de Yarza belongs to the fifth generation of the publishing family that was founded by Heraldo de Aragón, the seed of HENNEO, over 125 years ago. Íñigo began his professional career in the logistics department of DASA, where he played an active role in the launch of a new newspaper in La Rioja and Aragón (Spain). Subsequently, he joined the Corporate Strategy Department at Endesa. In 2011, after a two-year period in the United States, he joined HENNEO, where he held various executive positions and, from 2021, the position of CEO. Íñigo is also Chairman of Alayans, Chairman of Hiberus Tecnologia, Director of the Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección (APD) and a member of the member of the executive committee of the Zaragoza Chamber of Commerce.

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Irene Lanzaco

General Manager, AMI, Spain
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Irene Lanzaco is a senior manager in the Spanish media industry. She has worked for some of the main Spanish news media houses in top positions, both as an executive and Board member. Currently general manager of AMI, the Spanish media association.  She is an expert in corporate governance, M&A and new technologies, Lanzaco is also a member of the board of directors of News Media Europe. She is passionate about freedom and a big defender of the key role of news media in society. Lanzaco has also been named by PwC as a Women To Watch. She is a graduate in Law at ICADE, has a masters degree from IESE and is a Women in News at INSEAD. Mum of three adorable teens.

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Ishmet Davidson

CEO, Media24, South Africa
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Ishmet is the Group CEO of Media24, one of the largest media and book publishing houses in South Africa with interests also in television production and ecommerce logistics.
He has 25 years’ experience in the media industry and joined Media24 in 2012 as the head of community newspapers. Two years later he became head of its news division, after which the magazine and media distribution divisions were added to his new portfolio as CEO: Print Media. Ishmet was appointed as Group CEO in 2018. He has a financial background and also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
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Jan Stian Vold

Project Lead, Bergens Tidende, Norway
Jan Stian Vold

Jan Stian Vold is a Norwegian journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the online news business. He was the news editor in Bergens Tidende from 2014 to 2020 and is currently working as a project lead in the same media house. Amongst his recent responsibilities is the so-called Boligrobot – a new and sophisticated way of presenting automated text from the real estate market in and nearby Norway’s second-largest city.

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Jane Barrett

Global Editor, Media News Strategy, Reuters, UK

Jane Barrett is Reuters Global Editor for Media News Strategy, working closely with clients and other players in media and tech to explore and plan future areas of growth for the news industry. She led a mass change to build multimedia capabilities into Reuters global newsgathering and production systems and has previously worked as a business editor and reporter in London and abroad.

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Jason Lambert

Senior Director of Media Business, Internews, Denmark

Jason Lambert is Senior Director of Media Business for Internews. He is the co-founder of Newsgain, a leading consultancy that provides business expertise to help news organizations become financially sustainable – it was recently acquired by Internews.

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Javier Garza Ramos

Journalist, Safety Advisor, Mexico

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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Jo Holdaway

Chief Data & Marketing Officer, The Independent, UK

Joan Chirwa

Founder, Free Press Initiative, Zambia
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Joan Chirwa is a Zambian journalist with over 18 years of experience both in the field and editorial management.
She is the founder of the Free Press Initiative Zambia, a non-profit media organization. Joan served as the first female Managing Editor of The Post Newspapers from February 2015 until its liquidation in November 2016. She then moved to become Editor in Chief and CEO of The Mast, the Post’s forerunner, until 2018.

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Joanna Krawczyk

President, 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.

Jose A. Navas

Head of Subscriptions, El Confidencial, Spain

Jose A. Navas is head of the subscription product at El Confidencial. His current role involves defining the strategy for the user revenue business and working with different areas, such as editorial, commercial, design, development, optimization, and marketing. Former journalist, his career has been linked to product development for the last ten years. Prior to El Confidencial, he worked as a product manager at El Mundo and Mediaset Spain.

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José del Rio

Editor-in-Chief, LA NACION, Argentina

José del Rio has specialized in economic and business journalism for 28 years. He studied journalism at the UCA and did a postgraduate degree in graphic journalism at the same university. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from the UBA and in 2010 he completed a postgraduate course in advanced finance at the UCA. He also holds a PhD in Business Administration from the UCA. Today he works as Editor – in- Chief at La Nacion Newspaper. Since the creation of LN + he hosts the programmes Comunidad de Negocios on Sundays and Mesa Chica on Tuesdays.

For almost eleven years he was the journalistic director of the magazine group and deputy director at El Cronista. Under his management, APERTURA (which grew as a leading magazine in the economy and business segment), INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (technology for executives), CLASE EJECUTIVA (lifestyle) and RPM (cars) renewed their contents. He was also responsible for the supplements and one shots of the newspaper El Cronista and for the management of the websites APERTURA.COM and INFOTECHNOLOGY.COM.

 

 

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José María Álvarez-Pallete

Chairman and CEO, Telefonica, Spain
José María Álvarez-Pallete

José María Álvarez-Pallete is Chairman & CEO of Telefónica S.A since April 2016 and he joined the board of directors in July 2006. In February 2022 he assumed the Presidency of Fundación Telefónica. Also, since March 2019 he is member of the Advisory Council of SEAT, S.A. and, since February 2022, Chairman of the Board of the GSMA and member of Board of Trustees of ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation.

He began his professional career at Arthur Young Auditors in 1987, before joining Benito & Monjardín/Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1988. In 1995 he joined the Compañía Valenciana de Cementos Portland (CEMEX) as head of the Investor Relations and Analysis Department. In 1996, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in Spain, and in 1998 to Chief Administration and Finance Officer of the CEMEX Group Indonesia and to a member of the Board of CEMEX Asia Ltd.

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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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Juan Aurelio Arévalo Miró Quesada

Editor in Chief, El Comercio, Peru

Juan Aurelio Arévalo Miró Quesada is the editor-in-chief of El Comercio, a Peruvian newspaper with 183 years of history.  He has been an editor of politics, sports columnist, editor of the world news and science sections, as well as head of Fidelización in a career spanning more than a decade at the newspaper.  He was awarded Peru’s National Journalism award, two INMA prizes, and two Grupo de Diarios de America (GDA) awards for innovative editorial proposals.

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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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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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Kat Downs Mulder

Chief Product Officer and Managing Editor of Digital, The Washington Post, USA
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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. Downs Mulder oversees a hybrid structure that includes teams from news, product and engineering, including journalists focused on visual storytelling, news curation, audience development and emerging news products as well as engineering and product groups responsible for the development of The Post’s website, apps, subscriptions, and internal tools. Under her leadership, these teams share a roadmap focused on attracting new readers, growing digital subscriptions and pushing the boundaries of how journalists tell stories.

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Kathy English

Chair, Canadian Journalism Foundation, 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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Katia Murmann

Chief Product Officer and Editor in Chief, Ringier AG, Switzerland
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An experienced media manager and board member: Katia has been Chief Product Officer and Editor in Chief for major publications in Switzerland and the Global Media Unit of Ringier AG. She is driving digital transformation and builds bridges between newsrooms, product, technology and data. She is Chairwomen of the Board of Directors at SMD and swissdox, member of the Board of Ringier Serbia as well as Scope AG. As a co-founder of the initiatives Edit-a-thon (which aims to bring women’s biographies to Wikipedia) and EqualVoice (which aims to increase the visibility of women in media coverage), she is committed to increase the visibility of women in media and society. She completed several months of advanced training focusing on digital media at the University at Berkeley and General Management at Harvard Business School.

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Khalil A. Cassimally

Head of Audience Insights, The Conversation, Mauritius
Khalil works to bring more value to more people in more places with The Conversation’s unique evidence-based journalism. He oversees audience growth, engagement and retention and monetisation, working with a global team spanning six continents. He has worked on audience development in the news media space for ten years and advocates for more audiences-informed approaches in the industry (more recently using LinkedIn to do so).
He also writes on a freelance basis, and has bylines in The Guardian, Scientific

 

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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. Before joining the company, she held various positions at the Swiss Public Broadcaster SRG SSR from 2007. Having started as a radio editor, she later became a head of department and deputy editor-in-chief.

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Laura Oliver

Freelance Journalist and Digital Media Consultant, UK
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Laura Oliver is a freelance journalist whose work can be seen in the Guardian, BBC, The Week and more. She is a contributor to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, where she reports on media and innovation in the Global South. She is co-founder of The Society of Freelance Journalists.

Laura has regularly worked as a trainer for the Thomson Foundation, Press Association and within newsrooms. Her training specialises in digital and social editorial strategy, audience development and social newsgathering, having previously worked for the Guardian as Head of Social and Communities and Conde Nast International as Acting Head of Audience Growth. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in creative writing, hoping to expand from journalism into fiction.

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Laurent Bainier

Editor-in-Chief, 20 Minutes, France
Laurent Bainier is editor-in-chief of 20 Minutes where he created the 2.0 section in 2007. In 2022, he created 20 Mint, a magazine entirely dedicated to Web 3, financed by the sale of 999 nft. The buyers of these nft could participate in the construction of the newspaper, with a circulation of 800,000 copies and distributed throughout France.
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Lea Eberle

Project Manager CFO and Head of Strategy EqualVoice, Ringier AG, Switzerland
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Lea Eberle, Project Manager CFO at Ringier AG and Head of Strategy of the EqualVoice initiative, has been part of the Ringier Group for 6 years. She now brings her expertise, achieved through her Master’s degree in Banking and Finance as well as professional experience in various positions in the company’s finance department, to further development in a multifaceted way. Lea functions as Head of Strategy for the significant EqualVoice initiative and is committed daily to promoting equal opportunities for women and men and increasing women’s visibility in the media. Her strong professional expertise and interest in fresh, innovative approaches has had a profound impact on the growth of this expanding initiative. Her work includes acquiring, mentoring and advising high-profile partners and clients, as well as developing unique strategies and solutions to make the vision of Gender Equality a reality.

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Lenka Černá

CEO, Economia, Czech

Lenka Černá works in the media house Economia a.s. since 2019 as vice-chairman of the board of directors. In addition, she became its CEO last year. As a manager, she worked for many years in the management of companies specializing in process management, quality control and certification. For seven years, she was the head of the Annonce publishing house operating on the market of advertising titles, managing the process of its digitization, the sale of the publishing house and the subsequent integration into the media house Vltava Labe Média. She is the co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of the Institute of Independent Journalism. Lenka is also a member of the board of directors of the Czech branch of Transparency International.

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Lisa MacLeod

Principal Publishing Lead, FT Strategies, UK

Lisa MacLeod is an engagement manager and publishing expert for the Financial Times’s boutique subscriptions consultancy, FT Strategies. Her recent projects include a 9-month subscription programme with 8 European publishers, and a digital revenue launch project.

Lisa also partners with Women in News as a trainer, consultant and advisor on digital transformation in newsrooms across the globe. She led digital transformation at two of Africa’s largest media companies and was Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar (now Arena Holdings) in South Africa, and general manager for digital at Naspers’s 24.com.

Lisa has more than 25 years experience in print to digital convergence and transition programmes, most notably working for 12 years at the Financial Times in London where she headed up newsroom operations, was Head of Operations for FT.com, an Assistant Editor and Managing Editor.

She was Vice-President of the World Association of News Publishers and is now on the Supervisory Board and the Nominating Committee, is a long-standing board member of the World Editors Forum, and Leader-in-Residence at the University  of Lancashire, and a mentor on the Journalism Innovation and Leadership Programme.

Liz Corbin

Deputy Director of Media and Head of News, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Switzerland

Liz Corbin is the Deputy Director of Media and Head of News at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). She oversees the Eurovision News and Sports Exchange, the Social Newswire, the News Events broadcast services team and Radio News.

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Lotta Tjulin Thörnqvist

Creative Manager, Schibsted Brand Studio, Sweden

Lotta has been a part of Sweden’s media landscape since 2006 and has followed the creative path at Schibsted since 2011. Being one of the four founders of Schibsted Brand Studio in 2016, she has an unique knowledge on how to transform traditional advertising into creative concepts that move brands in both awareness, preference and consideration.

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Mar Cabra

Co-founder, The Self-Investigation, Spain

Co-founder of The Self-Investigation. She is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, digital wellness educator and Acumen fellow working on raising awareness on how technology is changing the way we interact with ourselves, each other and as a society. She writes a column in the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial on this topic. She’s committed to creating a healthier working culture in journalism to prevent others from burning out, like she did, after leading the technology and data work for the Panama Papers investigation.

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Marcelo Rech

Journalist, President Brazilian Newspaper Association, Brazil

Marcelo Rech has been the President of the Brazilian Newspaper Association since 2016 and is a columnist for the daily Zero Hora in Southern Brazil. For 27 years he was an executive at RBS Group, where he worked as a reporter, Director of Journalism and Editorial and Institutional Vice President. After graduating in journalism, Marcelo has completed specialisation courses at Kellogg’s Media Management Center and in Media Strategy at Harvard Business School. He is Vice-President of the World Editors Forum, where he was President between 2015 and 2017.

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Margret Müller

Director Digital Publishing, Rheinische Post Mediengruppe, Germany

As Director Digital Publishing, Margret Müller oversees the product development at Rheinische Post Mediengruppe. The group is one of Germany’s largest regional newspaper companies publishing four local news brands. Of these, RP Online (Rheinische Post Brand) is one of the widest reaching German daily newspaper online portals, which counts some 12 million unique users each month. Margret is responsible for the product developments for the group’s ePaper, News App, Newsletters, videos and podcasts. Together with her team of product managers and data analysts she develops state-of-the-art products and ensures the their growth and subscription success. This includes working on attractive digital and audience-focused content with the newsroom as well as ensuring excellent sales processes and customer-centred advertising options, depending on the business model. As one of the key drivers of digital transformation of the group, Margret – also thanks to Rheinische Post‘s participation in the WAN-IFRA Table Stakes Europe – takes a lead role in shaping not only the product world for the readers, but also the required internal processes.

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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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Mark Zohar

President & CEO, Viafoura, Canada

Mark Zohar is an experienced technology and business executive with over 20 years of experience founding, operating and scaling technology, SaaS, and digital media companies. As an entrepreneur, product and technology leader, and C-suite executive, Mark has helped build, grow and manage to exit technology software companies; developed and launched new digital products and lines of business; and led product, engineering and sales teams to success.

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Martha Ramos Sosa

Editorial Director, Organización Editorial Mexicana, Mexico
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Martha Ramos Sosa is the editorial director of the Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM), the largest Mexican print media company and the largest newspaper company in Latin America. The company owns a large newswire service, it includes 70 Mexican daily newspapers, 24 radio stations and 44 websites.

She serves as a member of the World Editors Forum advisory board.

Martha is former editor, web of Publimetro Mexico and a former editorial director of Diario 24 Horas.

Melanie Walker

Executive Director for Media Development and Women in News, WAN-IFRA, Canada

Melanie Walker is Media Development Director and Gender Lead at WAN-IFRA. Melanie is a gender and media development expert with more than 10 years’ experience leading capacity building and advocacy initiatives which place gender equality at their core. As director of Media Development for WAN-IFRA, she oversees the organisation’s media development portfolio, which includes management of a multi-million euro budget to support media in 25 countries around the globe. Melanie is a creator of WAN-IFRA’s sector-leading Women in News programme and the architect of WAN-IFRA’s Gender and Media Freedom Strategy, an ambitious multi-year initiative to promote women’s leadership and voices in the news with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She manages WAN-IFRA’s Media Freedom Board, as well as the Media Freedom Brain Trust, which contributes to WAN-IFRA’s media freedom programmes as trainers, mentors and advisors.

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Michael Young

Chief Technology Officer, Reuters News and Media, USA
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Michael Young is chief technology officer for Reuters. As CTO of Reuters, Young oversees overarching technology strategy, including technology development, architecture, platforms, testing and operational resiliency. He was previously the head of digital experience platform for Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for all technology and development, including digital properties, e-commerce sites and self-service technologies.

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Miguel López-Quesada

President, Dircom, Spain

Miguel López-Quesada has dedicated 15 years of his professional life to communication and consultancy in some of the largest companies in world public relations (Burson-Marsteller and Weber Shandwick), supervising international programs aimed at the creation and protection of the reputation of companies, NGOs, political institutions and organizations commercial.

He has chaired the divisions of Weber Shandwick in Latin America and Spain and Portugal. In 2007 he went on to direct the Communication of the digital services company for Grupo Zed mobiles, covering sectors such as mobile content, video games and animation in more than 60 markets.

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Mikel Iturbe

Editor-in-chief, EL Heraldo de Aragón, Spain

Mikel holds a degree in Information Sciences and a PhD in Communication from the University of Navarra. He also has a Management Development Programme, PDD-IESE, and a Senior Management Programme in Digital Business at The Valley Digital Business School. He was director of ‘Diari de Tarragona’ and in 2001 he joined ‘Heraldo de Aragón’, head of the HENNEO media group. He was appointed director in 2008.

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Mohit Jain

Board member and Executive Director at Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. (Times Group), President INS and Board Member WAN-IFRA.
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Mohit Jain, is Executive Director and Board member of the Times of India Group (BCCL). He is a core member of the Executive Committee and heads Operations. The Times of India Group, at 184 years old, is the leading media conglomerate in India.

Mohit is the President of the prestigious Indian Newspaper Society (INS), an industry body which works to protect the freedom of the press by building convergence across publishers and seeking governmental support in reassuring the sustenance of the 4th pillar of democracy.

Mohit also represents BCCL on the Board of Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), an industry body comprising Publishers, Advertisers and Advertising Agencies to conduct market surveys and certify circulation figures of Publishers.

Mohit currently serves on the  global supervisory board of WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Publishers). He is also a member of the Board of INMA South-Asia and a member on the M&E Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Previously, he has worked with GSK Consumer Healthcare, and was a member of the India Management Team.

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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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Natalia Antelava

Co-founder & Editor in Chief, Coda Story, USA/Georgia
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Natalia Antelava is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Coda Story, a digital newsroom created for context and continuity in coverage of crises. An Emmy-nominee and award winning journalist, Natalia is originally from Tbilisi, Georgia but she started her career freelancing in West Africa.

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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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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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Nnenna Nwakanma

Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation, USA

Nnenna advocates for policy and systemic changes that are needed for meaningful internet access, open data, open government and the open web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the digital agenda. She works to drive affordable internet access, data rights, digital freedom and digital responsibilities of stakeholders, sectors and actors. Nnenna is a respected technology voice and leader in Africa. Her capacity to network and bridge the gap between the local and the global has made her a voice bearer for women, rural populations, the unconnected and the civil society across the world.

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Noemi Ramirez

Media and Business Transformation Leader, Spain

Noemí Ramírez is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in the media sector, where she has specialized in leading, executing and aligning product, data, marketing and technology strategies with the goals of the business transformation process. Among the different projects she has led with the help of an enthusiastic and highly qualified team, the implementation and development of new revenue streams through the digital subscription model of EL PAÍS.

 

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Noora Alanne

Executive Director, Media Industry Research Foundation, Finland
Noora Alanne is the Executive director of the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland and Director of new Growth at the Finnish Media Federation. She is also a member of the advisory board of WAN-IFRA Global Alliance for Media Innovation and a board member of DIMECC R&D board. Prior to starting in her current positions in 2017, Noora worked merely a decade in various roles at Aller Media and Bonnier Publications.
 
She has done a PhD in information systems at Aalto University and at UC Berkeley on media companies’ digitalization and adaptation to tech platforms. She is a frequent speakerhost and moderator at media events and seminars and is a visiting lecturer at various universities in Finland.
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Nwabisa Makunga

Editor, Sowetan, South Africa
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Nwabisa Makunga is the Editor of the Sowetan, a national daily publication in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been a journalist for 18years, with a keen interest in politics, socio-economic development and gender equality. She is the former Editor of The Herald & Weekend Post and former News Editor of Business Day, South Africa. Makunga has vast experience in Newsroom leadership, change management and systemic migration to digital platforms. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the South African National Editors Forum and a member of the SA Press Council.

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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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Pamella Sittoni

Executive Editor Partnerships, Nation Media Group, Kenya

Pamella Makotsi Sittoni is a Kenyan journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in the media in East Africa.

Currently the executive editor partnerships, of the Daily Nation, in the Nation Media Group (NMG), Sittoni has held several leadership positions. Most recently she served as Executive and Managing Editor Daily Nation, and also managing editor of NMG’s regional newspaper, The East African, from 2012 to 2018, and as managing editor of The Standard, from 2005 to 2006. From 2006 to 2012, she worked as a communications specialist at UNICEF Kenya, where she was charged with advocacy for children and women. Sittoni began her career at the NMG as a reporter in 1993 and rose to chief sub-editor. In 2003, she moved to the Standard Group as deputy managing editor. In 2017, Sittoni was named by the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) the laureate of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award for Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, through the Africa Leadership Initiative. She holds a bachelor’s in literature and anthropology and a post-graduate diploma in communication from the University of Nairobi. In addition, she has a master’s in communication from the University of Leicester.

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Patric Hamsch

Deputy head of media, NWT Media, Sweden
Patric, a specialist in online news media and digital transformation, was nominated as media leader of the year 2022 in Sweden, and has been working in the media industry for almost 25 years. Today he is the Deputy Head of Media at NWT Media and responsible for the digital transformation at NWT Media.
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Patricia Colino

Communications Director, Banco Santander, Spain

Patricia is the Director of Communications at Banco Santander. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the economic daily Cinco Días, where she had previously been editor and editor-in-chief of the macroeconomics, markets and finance areas. Patricia Colino holds a degree in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has completed several executive development programs at IE Business School, IESE Business School and Esade.

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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.

Phil Chetwynd

Global News Director, Agence France-Presse (AFP), France

Phil leads the global AFP newsroom of 1,700 journalists based in some 150 countries. Responsible for implementing the agency’s visual-first multimedia strategy and driving the digital transformation of the company. Built AFP’s leading position in the battle against misinformation. On advisory boards of First Draft News, Reporters Without Borders, World Editors Forum and the NewsXchange.

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Phoebe Connelly

Director of Next Generation Audiences, The Washington Post, USA

Phoebe Connelly is Director of Next Generation Audiences at The Washington Post. In this role, she oversees a team focused on accelerating The Post’s reach among younger and more diverse audiences through new products, practices and partnerships. Prior to that, Connelly served as deputy director for The Post’s award-winning video team where she oversaw daily and breaking news coverage, managing a staff that produced more than two dozen videos daily. In that role, Connelly pioneered The Post’s presence on Twitch, experimenting with live video coverage of major news events to reach and engage new audiences. She was part of the team which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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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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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford.

His work focuses on changes in the news media, on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond.

Rebecca Skippage

Disinformation Editor, BBC News, UK

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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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.

Prof. Rosental Alves

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

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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Ruth Kronenburg

Executive Director, Free Press Unlimited, Netherland

Ruth Kronenburg leads the organisation’s global activities. She is responsible for the international implemention, operation, advocacy and emergency support. She also oversees international projects in Latin America, West Africa, MENA region, South Asia and Eastern Europe. In her previous role as Director of Operations, she held an equivalent position on the Board of Directors, overseeing and being responsible for the operational side of the organisation. Kronenburg was co-responsible for the increasing development in financial, social, professional and economic growth of the organisation with an eye for the sensitive and security issues of the journalists and media in the world.

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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.

Sally Lehrman

CEO, The Trust Project, USA
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An internationally recognized expert and speaker on building a more trustworthy press, Lehrman was named one of MediaShift’s Top 20 Digital Innovators (2018) for her work founding and leading the Trust Project. Previously an award-winning reporter on medicine and science, her honors include a Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia and the John S. Knight Fellowship, with bylines in Scientific American, Nature, Health, and The DNA Files, distributed by NPR, among others. Her co-edited volume, “Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity,” was published in 2018.

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Santiago Lyon

Head of Advocacy and Education, Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative
Santiago Lyon is the Head of Advocacy and Education for the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative a community of major media and technology companies working to combat misinformation through digital content provenance. He has more than 35 years of experience in photography as an award-winning photojournalist, photo editor, media executive and educator. As a photographer for Reuters and the Associated Press he won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe between 1989-1989. In 2003 he was a Nieman Fellow in journalism at Harvard University before being named VP/Director of Photography at the Associated Press, a position he held until 2016.  Under his direction the AP won three Pulitzer Prizes for photography as well as multiple other major photojournalism awards around the world. He serves on numerous journalism non-profit boards and teaches regularly at the International Center of Photography in New York.
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Shirish Kulkarni

Journalist, Community Organiser, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, UK
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Shirish Kulkarni is an award-winning journalist and community organiser with 25 years’ experience working in all the UK’s major broadcast newsrooms and, more recently, at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Shweta Bhandary

Lead, Digital Growth for News Publishers (EMEA), Google, UK

Shweta Bhandary leads Google News Initiative’s Digital Growth Programme in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – a training programme for news publishers in the region. As part of her role at Google, she works with partners like the Financial Times and news associations like WAN-IFRA to build bespoke programmes for publishers at various stages of digital maturity to help them through their digital transformation journey.

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Sinead Boucher

CEO & Owner, Stuff Ltd, New Zealand
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Sinead Boucher is Chief Executive Officer and owner of Stuff Limited. Prior to becoming CEO, Sinead held the position of Group Executive Editor for four years. In this role she was responsible for NZ’s largest newsroom, a significant stable of newspapers and magazines, and number one domestic website Stuff.

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Siobhan Keam

Senior Innovation Manager, Condé Nast, UK

Siobhan Keam is a Senior Innovation Manager on Condé Nast’s Business Innovation team. Previously leading the development of global membership propositions, including Vogue Business and Vogue Club, Siobhan and the team are now focused on building the company’s web3 strategy. This involves investigating blockchain technologies, virtual ‘metaverse’ worlds and community building strategies, alongside educating internal teams to build their knowledge of the emerging web3 ecosystem.

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Sonali Verma

Director, Business Development, Sophi.io, Canada
Sonali Verma is Director, Business Development at Sophi.io. In her role, she works with publishers all over the world to help them understand how to use data for culture change and business transformation, and with the Sophi software development team to build tools that solve clients’ problems. She was previously deputy head of audience in the newsroom and senior editor in charge of audience engagement, overseeing its digital pages as well as social media operations. She earlier worked as a reporter, editor and producer at Reuters, CNBC and Bloomberg News in New Delhi, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila.
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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.

Stephen Mills

VP of Strategic Services for EMEA and APAC, Piano, Netherlands
Stephen Mills is VP of Strategic Services at Piano, the digital experience platform that empowers every team to understand and influence customer behaviour.
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Sulina Connal

Managing Director, News and Books Partnerships for EMEA, Google, France
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Sulina is the Managing Director leading the partnership for News and Books ecosystem in EMEA in relation to Google products and programmes. She joined Google in April 2020 and has since been engaged in Google’s proposals to publishers under the new directive across Europe as well working in Europe, Middle East and Africa on products and programmes and training to support publishers engage with their readers, understand their needs and develop reader revenue as part of their journey towards digital transformation.

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Tin Acosta

Product Manager, Jigsaw by Google, USA
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Tin Acosta is a product manager at Jigsaw, a unit within Google that explores threats to open societies and builds technology that inspires scalable solutions. Her work focuses on reducing online toxicity and harassment and combating harmful disinformation. Most recently, she and her team worked with Thomson Reuters Foundation to launch TRFilter.org. Tin studied biological engineering and computer science at Cornell University and hails from Manila, Philippines.

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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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Tom Trewinnard

Founder and COO, Fathm, UK
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Tom Trewinnard has ten years’ experience working at the intersection of technology and journalism, leading high-impact international media projects and driving product strategy for collaborative technologies. Formerly Director of Programs at Meedan, Tom led Check Global, a programme dedicated to developing innovative open source tools and training programs for journalists, fact checkers and human rights researchers around the world. Tom is the co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives in the UK, US, Mexico, India and Indonesia since launching in 2017, including the award-winning Verificado 2018. 

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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.

Ursula O´Kuinghttons

Director of Communications and Partnerships, Web3 Foundation, Spain

Ursula O’Kuinghttons is an established journalist and the Director of Communications and Partnerships at the Web3 Foundation. She began her career at the Spanish newspaper El País, then at Prisa Media TV, followed by a jump into the tech industry to the New York-based blockchain startup, Civil Media Company.

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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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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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Wolfgang Krach

Editor-in-Chief, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
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Wolfgang Krach is Editor-in-Chief of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), the paper that first published the Panama Papers. Süddeutsche Zeitung is the largest selling national quality newspaper in Germany, based in Munich.

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