28 - 30 June 2023

World News Media Congress 2023

World Media Leaders Summit, World Editors Forum, Women in News Summit

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Previous Speakers

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.

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Raju Narisetti

Leader, McKinsey Global Publishing, McKinsey & Company

Raju Narisetti’s current role as Leader, Global Publishing at McKinsey & Company., is the latest in a 32-year global career in media and publishing, during which he has created, reimagined and managed major media organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as being on the frontlines of digital transformation challenges and new ventures in publishing.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Ishmet Davidson

CEO, Media24, South Africa
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nic Newman

Sr. Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Nic Newman is Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism where he writes on the future of digital media. He is lead author of the Digital News Report the world’s biggest and most authoritative survey of changing news consumption and was joint author of a recent report on the Future of Online Video.

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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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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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Emily Ramshaw

Co-founder and CEO, The 19th, Texas, USA

Emily Ramshaw is the co-founder and CEO of The 19th. She was previously editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, an award-winning nonpartisan digital news startup that now boasts the largest statehouse reporting bureau in the country and the nation’s most successful business model for local news. A Washington, D.C., native, Emily started her career at The Dallas Morning News. She is the youngest member of the board of the Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of Northwestern University, Emily lives with her husband and daughter in Austin.

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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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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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.

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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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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Audrey Tang

Minister, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Taiwan

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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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

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.

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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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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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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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Ingeborg Volan

Editor for publishing strategy and visual journalism, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway. WEF Board member.

Ingeborg Volan is editor for publishing strategy and visual journalismat Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s most prominent business newspaper. Previously, she held the position of director of audience engagement. She’s an online news veteran who early saw the possibilities of reaching audiences better online. She’s very passionate about understanding news users and letting their needs shape journalism. Among other roles, Ingeborg has previously worked as the first head of social media at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and lead the NRKbeta innovation crew. She’s also taught digital journalism at the Norwegian Institute for Journalism, been head of newsroom innovation at Adresseavisen and president of the Norwegian Online News Organization.

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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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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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.
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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.

Marty Baron

Executive Editor, The Washington Post, USA

Martin Baron is the Executive Director of The Washington post since 2013, overseeing The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists. Newsrooms under his leadership have won a total of 14 Pulitzer Prizes, including seven at The Post. During his tenure at The Post, it won four times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, once for investigative reporting and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. His career in journalism has brought him to top editing positions at the Boston Globe, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Miami Herald, where he began his career in journalism in 1976.

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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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.

Mark Thompson

Former President & CEO, The New York Times Company, USA

Mark stepped down as President & CEO at The New York Times Company in the summer of 2020 after an eight-year tenure in which the 170-year-old news brand was transformed into a digital powerhouse. Digital subscribers jumped to nearly 6 million, up from half a million when he joined, while digital revenues topped $450 million at the end of 2019. Mark’s appointment at The New York Times Company followed an eight-year term as Director General of the BBC. He is widely credited with expanding the BBC’s digital reach and overseeing development of the BBC iPlayer.

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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.

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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Lydia Polgreen

Editor in Chief HuffPost

Lydia Polgreen is pioneering the globe and representing the newsroom in a company-wide initiative to engage readers in languages other than English. Previously, Ms. Polgreen was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau. Before that, Ms. Polgreen was a metro reporter for The Times, beginning in 2002. In April 2016, she became Editorial Director & Associate Masthead Editor for the NYT Global and is architecting the company’s global expansion strategy.

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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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