15 - 17 March 2022

Middle Eastern Media Leaders eSummit


Mohamad K Alayyan

Chairman & Publisher, AlGhad Newspaper, Jordan

Mohamed Alayyan is the Chairman and Publisher of the English language newspaper “Jordan News” which he established in April 2021.

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Ahmad Al Hammadi

CEO of Press Sector at Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), UAE

I started my career in the banking sector, where l worked for the British Bank of the Middle East for two years. In 1997, I moved to Dubai Media Incorporated and worked at its Financial Support Services Department for nine years.

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Hamoud Almahmoud

Chief Content Officer, Majarra, UAE

Hamoud is the editor in chief of Fortune Arabia, a Majarra brand. As chief content officer, he leads content, Hamoud is responsible for managing content production following the highest standards across all of Majarra’s websites including Harvard Business Review Arabia, Popular Science Arabia, MIT Technology Review Arabia, and Nafseyati in partnership with Psychologies.

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Mina Al-Oraibi

Editor In Chief, The National, UK

Majed Al Suwaidi

Managing Director, Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (DPC), UAE

Majed Al Suwaidi was appointed as the Managing Director for Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (DPC) in March 2016.

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Ludovic Blecher

Head of Google News Initiative Innovation

Wasim Chougle

Head of Digital Products, Al Nisr Publishing, UAE
Wasim Chougle is the Head of Digital Products at Gulf News. He has worked in leading media organisations in UAE and India, where he conceptualised, launched and managed new and innovative media products related to content, advertising and user engagement.

Steffen Damborg

Digital Transformation Specialist, Denmark

Steffen Damborg (MBA) is a digital transformation specialist with 10 plus years of experience in all aspects of running an online business in the media industry.

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Marcus Dauck

Head Publishing Technologies & Solution, Ringier AG, Switzerland

Marcus Dauck holds the position of Head Publishing Technologies & Services since April 2019.

Since 2010 he was Chief Information Officer at Ringier Axel Springer Media AG responsible for the CEE activities and board member of Dreamlab the technology company of ONET.pl in Krakow, Poland. Furthermore from 2014, he was Chief Information Officer at Ringier AG the leading international Swiss media company.

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Sam Guzik

Director of News Product at WNYC and a Foresight Affiliate at the Future Today Institute, USA

Sam Guzik is a journalist, futurist and product strategist. He is the Director of News Product for WNYC and a Foresight Affiliate at the Future Today Institute. He is passionate about building a sustainable future for local news. Throughout his career, he’s demonstrated results creating innovative, engaging and impactful journalism — and thinking about the business model to support that work.

Jessica Hayes

Deputy Director, Global Supporter Strategy, The Guardian, UK

Jessica Hayes leads the Guardian’s Global Supporter Strategy Team. She is responsible for the growth strategy of their revolutionary digital reader revenue products and specialises in creating high impact acquisition campaigns that bring together editorial and digital innovation. Before this her expertise lay in optimisation; managing a team that oversaw The Guardian’s owned channels to drive results across revenue lines. Prior to The Guardian she worked in international publishing and events management.

Abdulsalam Haykal

Chairman, Majarra, UAE

Abdulsalam Haykal is an entrepreneur and investor focused on transforming the Arabic web by making knowledge and information, otherwise unavailable in Arabic, accessible to most Arabic-speaking communities in the region.

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Mohamed Khairat

Editor-in-Chief, Egyptian Streets, Egypt

While still a media student, Mohamed Khairat founded Egyptian Streets, Egypt’s leading independent English language media organisation. During a visit to Egypt in 2012, Khairat perceived that there were major gaps in the kind of events and issues media outlets were reporting, and saw a need for change.

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Prof. Lucy Kueng

Strategic Advisor, Author, Speaker & Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute, Oxford University

Professor Lucy Kueng is an international expert on mastering digital transformation. A strategic advisor, board member, speaker and author, she has over twenty years’ experience providing senior-level strategic, leadership and business advice on how to emerge stronger from technological and market disruption.

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Adrian Lee

Senior Vice President, Audience Growth, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

As SVP of Marketing and Events at the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Adrian Lee’s responsibilities include raising brand awareness, increasing traffic to SCMP’s digital platforms, overseeing product and digital marketing, as well as driving SCMP’s event’s business.

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Clémence Lemaistre

Digital Editor-in-chief, Les Echos, France

Since 2015 Clémence Lemaistre has been the Editor-in-chief at Les Echos in charge of digital news and transformation. Before that, she was the Editor-in-chief at BFMTV.com, the website of the TV channel, for three years. She had previously been on the editorial team which launched the daily 20 minutes in France in March 2002, and the website 20minutes.fr in 2007.

Yassine Majdi

Editorial Director, TelQuel, Morocco

Abhishek Marla

Customer Success Manager (Channel Partner Asia), Chartbeat

Abhishek Marla is the Customer Success Manager for Chartbeat based in Singapore. He works closely with Journalists and Newsrooms across Asia to help them leverage Data to build loyal users and drive higher engagement.

Rolf-Dieter Lafrenz

Managing Partner, Schickler, Germany

Meher Murshed

Executive Editor, Al Nisr Publishing, UAE

Meher Murshed is the Executive Editor of Gulf News, Dubai, and author of the book Song of the Dervish (Bloomsbury, 2017). A news journalist for more than three decades, he’s an authority on digital traffic, user behaviour, subscription conversion and paywall optimization. He has spent more than two decades in Gulf News and has held key positions in the media house. He believes that open, honest conversations across media platforms are needed to innovate, evolve and stay relevant.

Vincent Peyrègne


Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1 October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite,” the French government’s response to the economic difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research.

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.

Gaurav Sachdeva

Chief Product Officer, SPH Media Ltd, Singapore

As Chief Product Officer, Gaurav is driving the vision, strategy, design, development and monetization of SPH Media’s (formerly Singapore Press Holdings) products.

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Kareem Sakka

Publisher, Raseef22, Lebanon

Kareem Sakka is Publisher of Raseef22, a pioneering Arabic language digital media launched in 2013. Raseef22 reaches 75,000 daily readers from the 22 Arab speaking countries and beyond.

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Mechthild Schimpf

Director Middle East, WAN-IFRA

She is responsible for all WAN-IFRA activities in the countries of the Middle East, working closely with the company’s members in that region. Previously she has held various leading positions at WAN-IFRA.

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Elin Stueland

Online Editor, Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

Elin Stueland (41) is the online editor in the Norwegian regional newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad. She is in charge of the digital strategies, news desk, editorial technology, podcast, tv and innovation in the newsroom of Stavanger Aftenblad.

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Gregor Waller

Principal Consultant, WAN-IFRA Consulting, Germany

Gregor Waller provides consulting services to international media businesses for developing their digital strategy and transforming their business models for the digital era.

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