29 November 2021 - 02 December 2021

Virtual World News Media Congress 2021

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

Sinead Boucher

CEO & Owner, Stuff Ltd, New Zealand

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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Matt Murray

Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones Newswires, New York, USA

Matt Murray is editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, responsible for all global newsgathering and editorial operations.

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Kristin Skogen Lund

CEO, Schibsted, Norway

Kristin Skogen Lund is CEO of Schibsted. She was previously Director General of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, EVP at Telenor, CEO of several Schibsted brands, and held positions at the Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and the Norwegian Embassy in Madrid.

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Wolfgang Blau

Co-Founder, Oxford Climate Journalism Network, UK

Wolfgang Blau is an international media manager and journalist. Currently, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he studies the potential and the challenges for journalism in covering climate change.

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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.

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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Winston Utomo

Founder & CEO, IDN Media, Indonesia

Winston Utomo is the Founder & CEO of IDN Media, the leading media platform company for Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia, with over 80 million monthly active users across its platforms. IDN Media’s vision is to democratize information for every Indonesian.

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Meera Selva

Deputy Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism & Director of RISJ Fellowship Programmes, UK

Meera is co-founder of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network within the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), where she is Deputy Director and leads the Fellowship programmes.

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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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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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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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Stig Ørskov

CEO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark

Stig Kirk Ørskov is the CEO of JP/Politikens Hus, one of Denmark’s leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications

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Kizito Namulanda​

Intake Editor, Standard Group PLC, Kenya

Currently appointed Intake Editor at Standard Group PLC, Nairobi, Kenya, Kizito Namulanda oversees news gathering operations across all platforms, as well as managing newsroom transformation process. Before this appointment, he served as Newsroom Transformation Manager charged with the responsibility of project-managing the Group’s business transformation project in both Editorial and Commercial departments.

Has worked at the Standard Group for 15 years in various capacities including Managing Editor Broadcast Services and oversaw the launch the company’s first radio station.

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.

Pierre Petillault

Director, Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale (APIG), France
Pierre Petillault is currently Director of the Alliance de la presse d’information générale (APIG).
He used to work for the global telecom company Orange, consecutively as head of regulatory affairs, chief of staff of the deputy CEO and deputy director of public affairs. Previously, he was in charge of economic & competition issues at the CSA, the French broadcasting regulatory authority.

Damian Radcliffe

Professor & Fellow, University of Oregon, Columbia University, USA

Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, and an affiliate of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), at the University of Oregon. Alongside holding the Chambers Chair at the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), he is also a Fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, Damian has worked in editorial, research, policy, and teaching positions for the past two decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA. This includes roles in all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit/civil society) and all platforms (print, digital, TV and radio).

Damian continues to be an active journalist, writing monthly columns for ZDNet (CBS Interactive) and What’s New in Publishing, and frequently writing for other outlets such as Journalism.co.uk and the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet). He writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution of journalism.

Saxon Phipps

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Year13, Australia

Saxon Phipps, and his business partner Will Stubley, founded Year13 in 2011 after they saw school leavers struggling to plan their futures and realised there was a lack of relatable support for them. Today 1.6 million young Australians aged 15 to 24 use the Year13 site each year to get life advice and help plan their post-school futures in work, study or travel.

To aid this Year13 does regular research reports into the issues Gen Zs are facing from social media to sustainability, establishing itself as Australia’s leading authority on youth insights.

Phipps will share findings from Year13’s What Gen Z Actually Do Online 2021 report which has tracked young people’s drastic move away from traditional media to online. Phipps has previously participated in events about youth issues such as The Australian Financial Review – Higher Education Summit and the Australian Davos Connection – Future of Education Summits.

Jacque Manabat

Senior Multiplatform Journalist, ABS-CBN, Philippines
Jacque is responsible for researching, gathering information, and writing news for ABS-CBN’s multimedia platforms: television, social media, radio, and news websites. One of the first Southeast Asian journalists to dabble on Tiktok and Facebook for news. Jacque believes that news should be where the audience is. She is currently assigned to write stories on elections and the economy.

Hans Peter Nissen

Head of Logistics, JP/Politiken Media Group, Denmark

Hans Peter Nissen, 63, is the Head of Logistics at JP/Politiken media group since 2005. He has been working in the news media industry since 1973, starting his career as a distributor in the Berlingske media group and worked his way up from there. Hans Peter has undertaken my different roles in his career, within IT, newspaper sales, distribution and process optimization. He has been a part of JP/Politiken media group’s transition from facing a big challenge with the newspaper distribution, as digital platforms started taking over, to now having a profitable distribution business delivering both newspapers, parcels and letters. He has been a key figure in the newspaper association Danske Medier’s work to maintain and improve the conditions for newspaper distribution in Denmark. Hans Peter lives with his wife and two children in Lyngby, north of Copenhagen.

Alison Gow

Audience and Content Director North West, Reach plc, UK

Alison Gow is Audience and Content Director North West with Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror). She has experience implementing and assessing new ways of engaging audiences across the newsrooms, working with external partners to bring new ideas and technology to their journalism. This includes working with editors to champion exciting new ways of telling stories across multiple platforms, promoting a strong editorial culture of storytelling, reader awareness and collaboration across Reach plc’s brands.

A journalist and blogger who has worked in the UK regional press for more than 20 years, she is a former editor of the Daily Post and Wales on Sunday.

Warren Fernandez

Editor Jefe, The Straits Times y English/Malay/Tamil Media Group,, SPH Media Trust, Singapur

Warren Fernandez se unió al periódico en 1990 como reportero de la sección de política, y llegó a editor de noticias. De ahí pasó a editor de internacional y sub-editor jefe.
En 2008 se convirtió en director global para el proyecto Future Energy de Royal Ducth Shell, antes de regresar al periódico en 2012 como editor. Desde julio de 2016 asumió el cargo de editor jefe para Singapore Press y English/Malay/Tamil Media Group (EMTM).
Fernandez se graduó con honores en Oxford, donde estudió Filosofía, Política y Economía. Además, tiene un master en Administración por la Escuela John F. Kennedy de Harvard.

Justin Eisenband

Managing Director, FTI Consulting, USA

Justin Eisenband is a Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Publishing + Digital Media practice and has provided financial, strategic and operational advisory services to companies in the digital media, broadcast & cable television, film, and publishing sectors. Mr. Eisenband has worked with dozens of media companies to help support growth strategy, improve profitability and drive operational efficiencies.

Kirsty Styles

PhD researcher, the University of Central Lancashire, UK

Kirsty is a journalist, campaigner, researcher and performer, advocating for good information, ethical technology and diverse leadership.

Her recent career highlights include acting as a selection advisor for Nesta’s government-backed Future News Fund and creating the Standup For Journalism comedy training and performance night, offering journalists a new way to talk about the public interest.

In 2019, she became the first PhD candidate to be supported by the World Association of News Publishers, where she’s looking at the environmental sustainability of the news media.

She currently works for Open Data Manchester, helping people use data better, Electronics Watch, which monitors human-rights issues in the electronics supply chain, and is a journalism lecturer at the University of Huddersfield.

Markus Ahlberg

Head of Sustainable Business Development, Schibsted, Sweden

Markus Ahlberg works as Head of Sustainable Business Development at the Nordic media company Schibsted. With previous experience as a sustainability management consultant, Markus expertise lies in using sustainability as a tool for forming the business of tomorrow and understanding stakeholder needs. In addition to his daily work Markus is also part of several advisory boards supporting both governmental initiatives and NGOs.

Dmitry Shishkin

Independent digital consultant, C-level advisor, Trustee at YungMash Collective, UK

Dmitry Shishkin is an expert in digital transformation, content strategy, and innovation in publishing; he’s been consulting media and tech companies on how to do digital better, since late 2020. Prior to that, he was Chief Content Officer at Culture Trip, a content-first travel tech startup. Before that, he worked for 21 years at the BBC News in London where he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 41 non-English foreign language news services. Dmitry’s main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy, Data and Product disciplines.

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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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.

Lisa MacLeod

Principal Publishing Lead, FT Strategies

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.

Inês Bravo

Senior Consultant, Innovation Media Consulting Group, Portugal

Inês Bravo is a Senior Consultant at INNOVATION Media Consulting, specialized in User Experience Design, interaction and User Interface Design, Brand & Identity, Visual Design Strategy, User Research, User Centred Design, Information Architecture, Edtech and CMS for digital platforms. Her recent projects with INNOVATION includes Arab News (Saudi Arabia); Sistema Verdes Mares (SVM) Brazil and Grupo Prensa Libre (Guatemala). She is also actively engaged in digital literacy issues, focusing on the development of digital literacy tools for young people.

K.S. Dakshina Murthy

Associate Editor, The Federal, India

K.S. Dakshina Murthy was a key member of the Editorial team that launched the English language version of the Al-Jazeera news website in 2003. Based in Doha, he wrote extensively on the US invasion of Iraq and West Asian politics. He returned to India in April 2006 to pursue other journalistic and allied interests.

He has a basic degree in Science (BSc), MA in Political Science and M.Phil in International Politics.

Dakshina Murthy started his career with Sunday Mid-Day in Bangalore in 1983 and went on to work for several media houses, including The Indian Express, The Press Trust of India, Deccan Herald and the Hindustan Times.

He briefly returned to Al Jazeera in 2013-14 as India Online Editor based in Bangalore. He was also Editorial Consultant/Trainer with The Hindu from 2006-2014 and with Deccan Herald in 2014-15.

He is Associate Editor at The Federal news website, and writes for prominent publications in India and abroad besides involvement in other media-related work.

Dakshina Murthy is the author of “The Anopheles Sting”, a book of fiction, published in 2013 by Dronequill.

Paul Huybrechts

Manging Director, Coldset Printing Partners, Belgium

Paul Huybrechts, born 1960 in Belgium. He has a masters degree in metallurgical engineering. Paul has more than 20 years experience as production manager, plant manager and business unit manager  working for an international company specialized in materials technology, working globally (activities in China, Australia, Malaysia, Norway, France, Belgium , UK and The Netherlands). Since 2007 he has worked in the news media industry as managing director of Printing Partners (belonging to Mediahuis -group ) responsible for print and distribution in  Belgium, The Netherlands and Ireland.

Kathleen Capetta

Publisher, Compass Media, USA

Kathleen Fleury Capetta has been in the publishing industry for nearly two decades. She started out working in book publishing at Random House in New York City. The next decade she spent transforming Maine’s Down East Magazine from a legacy magazine to a multi-platform brand. For the last three years she has served as Publisher of Compass Media in the Cayman Islands, where she oversees the country’s newspaper of record (www.caymancompass.com), four radio stations, a commercial printing operation, and several magazine titles.

Sarah Marshall

Global Senior Director of Audience Development, Social Media and Analytics, Vogue, UK

Sarah Marshall is the global senior director of audience development, social and analytics for Vogue.

Her team is responsible for growing Vogue’s audience globally and ensuring the right people come to Vogue – to the websites, to social, to video, email and off-platform – to deliver against the brand’s commercial and consumer revenue ambitions.

The team includes the audience development, social and analytics teams embedded within the American Vogue and British Vogue editorial teams.

In addition to her role at Condé Nast, Sarah a voluntary director at Hacks/Hackers London, bringing together journalists (hacks) and technologists (hackers) with the aim of “rethinking the future of news”.

For 5 years she was is a visiting lecturer at City University, London, teaching on the Interactive Journalism MA program.

Prior to joining Condé Nast in April 2017 Sarah was the London-based audience development editor for The Wall Street Journal.

She’s a journalist and editor who has worked in digital, print and broadcast.

She has three children: a boy and identical twin girls.

Bharat Gupta

CEO, Jagran New Media, India

Bharat Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer at Jagran New Media (digital arm of the India’s Largest Print and Radio Publisher Group, Jagran Prakashan Ltd). With over 100+ Million Users, Jagran New Media (JNM) is amongst the Top Internet Media Groups in India.

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Gundula Ullah

Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer, Funke Mediengruppe, Germany

Gundula Ullah has been leading the Procurement function at FUNKE Mediengruppe, one of Germany’s largest media companies, since April 2019. She is steadily driving forward the transformation of the entire purchasing organization, which covers the needs of all business units (newspaper, magazines, digital, radio).

Chani Guyot

Founder, Director RED/ACCIÓN, Argentina

Chani Guyot is an Argentinian journalist, editor, designer and musician. He is the founder and current director of RED/ACCIÓN. He is the former Editor in Chief of La Nación.

Anjali Kapoor

Director of News Partnerships APAC, Meta

Anjali Kapoor is the Director of News Partnerships for APAC, Meta where she supports the news industry in the region by partnering with news organizations to achieve their business and strategic goals on Facebook platforms.

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Ken Doctor

CEO, Lookout Local, USA

For 15 years, Ken Doctor has been a go-to expert on news business models through Newsonomics, his own company and website.

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Olayinka Owate

TikTok Channel Manager, Pulse, Nigeria

Yinka is a content creator and social media manager who has a record of success in diverse content strategies. In her previous roles, she has developed content for clients’ websites and social media platforms. She has also applied analytics tools to boost social media reach. Yinka is also a TikTok creator who is conversant with how the platform works. When she’s not creating content, she’s either dancing or writing.

Kanyinsola Aroyewun

Head of Marketing & Content Growth, Pulse

Kanyinsola is a marketing professional with a background in growth marketing and digital strategy. She spearheaded many successful campaigns in her previous role as a Senior Marketing Lead at She Leads Africa. She also successfully launched the Pulse Influencer Awards maiden edition which was held in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal and is currently contributing immensely to the growth of Pulse’s digital platforms.

Paula Fray

CEO at fraycollege, South Africa

Paula has worked in media for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. An award-winning journalist, Paula was the first female editor of the South African Saturday Star newspaper. A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she is a former member of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board at Harvard University. In 2005, she started Paula Fray and Associates (now frayintermedia) before joining Inter Press Service (IPS) as Africa regional director in 2008. As regional head, she oversaw the operations of the international development news agency. She is the current President of The New Humanitarian, the independent, non-profit news agency covering crises and disasters. She was a trustee of Brand South Africa until March 2016 and is a trustee of Media Monitoring Africa. She has wide-ranging consultancy and project management experience and has served as a mentor for organisations such as Health-e and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). Paula graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Women and Law Certificate from UNISA.

Wahyu Dhyatmika

CEO, Tempo Digital, Indonesia

Wahyu is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Tempo digital. He was the editor in chief of Tempo Magazine, Indonesia until July 2021.

In 2015, he led the Panama Papers reporting in Indonesia, the collaborative cross-border investigative project initiated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

In that project, Tempo managed to expose links between several prominent names in Indonesian business and political landscape with the hidden offshore financial structure in Panama. That story was soon followed by other leaks from ICIJ, such as Paradise Papers, Implant Files and Mauritius Leaks.

Now, Wahyu is developing collaborative investigative projects with several media in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He is also instrumental in fellowship programs for journalists and students across Indonesia to work as investigative reporters in Tempo’s newsroom.

In 2017, with several other editor-in-chiefs of independent media in Indonesia, Wahyu initiated IndonesiaLeaks.id, a platform for whistle-blowers so they can securely send documents or insights of possible hidden scandals to newsrooms across the country.

Realizing Indonesian general election is under attack by massive mis/disinformation campaign, in 2018, with the support of Google, Mafindo, and several other newsrooms, Wahyu was involved in the creation of CekFakta.com, a collaborative fact-checking initiative.

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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Samia Nakhoul

Middle East Editor, Thomson Reuters, Lebanon

Samia Nakhoul has reported from the Middle East for almost 35 years. She began her career reporting on the civil war in Lebanon in the 1980s, has covered the Western hostage crisis, hijackings, the Gulf War of 1990-91, the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, where she was severely wounded when a tank shell hit the Palestine Hotel, headquarters of the international press and had to undergo brain surgery.


2021 Laureate for the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award in the Arab Region.

Reuters scoop of the year for breaking the news that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured with his son and then later killed – 2013

Her special report on the secret plan to take Tripoli was recognized as a finalist in the Pultizers that year. – 2013

She was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, one of France’s highest honors, for her venerable career covering the Middle East – 2014

The Reuters Baron Award which recognizes an individual who exemplifies Reuters tradition of integrity, journalistic excellence, personal courage and expertise – 2015

Reuters scoop of the year award for leading the coverage that unveiled the grisly murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – 2020

Edyth Kambalame

Editor, The Nation on Sunday, Malawi, 2021 Laureate for Africa

Edyth Kambalame has more than 15 years experience in the media,  and today holds an important leadership role at Malawi’s leading newspaper, as Editor and Acting President. She is a well known gender advocate, working in various capacities from reporter to editor, conducting media trainings, mentoring reporters and attending conferences to build networks, among others.


UNFPA Reproductive Health Champion Award (Print Media),  2012

Chevening scholarship to study for a Masters Degree, 2016

Nyein Nyein Naing

Editor-in-Chief, 7Day Media, Myanmar, 2021 Laureate for Southeast Asia

Nyein Nyein Naing holds the position of editor-in-chief in Burma [also known as Myanmar] a rare occurrence in a country where women are not usually blocked from the most senior positions in media. Her journalism career began in  2001 as an intern reporter for 7Days News, one of Myanmar’s most influential private media outlets and over two decades she has worked as a journalist under Myanmar’s notorious media censorship including her work in 2010 as part of an undercover team that ran news stories daily on the elections including the Bangkok Post, Jakarta Globe and Asia Sentinel.

As Editor-in-Chief and oversaw the digital newsroom for all 7Day News digital platforms, including 7Day TV, the new web TV outlet of 7Day

In February 2021 the government shut down  the newsroom as part of a sweeping clampdown on the independent media following the military coup. At that time, 7 Day had 28 million online followers that made it a platform with the biggest audience in Myanmar. Its print newspaper also had the most significant circulation among private papers in the nation.

She is currently a Board Member of Yangon Journalism School. Nyein attended WAN-IFRA DMA 2019 and participated in the WAN IFRA Media Professionals Program representing 7 Days media.


Myanmar Press Award: The Best Feature Story, 2010

National Press Award: The Best Article, 2011

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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Mijal Iastrebner

Co-founder and Executive Director, SembraMedia, Argentina

Mijal Iastrebner is a journalist, entrepreneur, teacher and Executive Director of SembraMedia, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has worked as a professor in Journalism Master’s programs at La Nación and Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina, and as part of the Journalism Diploma at the University of San Andrés. She also developed the Entrepreneurial Journalism program for the School of Journalism TEA. In 2016, Mijal participated as an instructor in the Entrepreneurial Journalism MOOC at the Texas University of Journalism in Austin. She began her journalistic career launching her own magazine at age 22 and leading a team of 20 people. At the age of 24, she started working as a digital startup consultant, specialising in monetisation and management. She has also worked for international companies such as Coca-Cola in their online education and brand development projects. In 2015, she co-founded SembraMedia with Janine Warner, and has since managed an international team of journalists, researchers, consultants and developers.

Dame Frances Cairncross

Former journalist, economist, academic, UK

Dame Frances Cairncross is a British economist, respected journalist and academic. She is a senior fellow at the School of Public Policy, UCLA and formerly chaired the executive committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. From 2004 to 2014, she was the Rector of Exeter College, Oxford. From 2015 to 2020, she was chair of the Court of Heriot-Watt University. In 2019, she chaired the UK’s independent review into the future of quality news provision; ‘The Cairncross Review’ considered the sustainability of the production and distribution of high-quality journalism.

Cecilia Campbell

Chief Marketing Officer, United Robots, Sweden
cecilia campbell

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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Mads Ommundsen

Project Lead, Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

Mads Ommundsen is a Norwegian journalist with 10 years experience working in online journalism. He started out as reporter and online news editor at regional title Fædrelandsvennen, subsequently moving to the development department, where he’s spent the past few years working as project lead. Robot journalism is one of his areas of responsibility.
Fædrelandsvennen is part of Norwegian local media group Polaris Media.

Linn Grundberg

Acting Editor-in-Chief, Örnsköldsviks Allehanda, Sweden

Linn Grundberg is News Editor and Acting Editor-in-Chief at local publisher Örnsköldsviks Allehanda in Sweden. Before working in local news at ÖA, Grundberg ran her own production company and her background is in TV and digital journalism.
Örnsköldsviks Allehanda is part of Swedish local media group Bonnier News Local.

Antonia Kerle

Research Manager, Economist Impact, UK

Antonia Kerle is a research manager with Economist Impact’s Policy & Insights practice. Antonia leads research programs for foundations, international organisations, private sector clients and non-profits seeking evidence-based analysis and policy recommendations. She specialises in the intersection of media, technology and education. She leads Economist Impact’s work on technology, media and democracy in the EMEA region, with a focus on topics relating to media viability, disinformation, hate speech and trust in institutions.


Antonia has worked with clients to support research and policy analysis on major technology and media issues including the economic sustainability of news media, data privacy in education, technology enabled personalised learning and digital business models. She holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College. She also has a certificate in Data, Law and Policy from the London School of Economics. 

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.

Retno Pinasti

Special Assistant to Chairman and Chief Editor, SCTV & Indosiar, Emtek, Indonesia

Retno Pinasti is a seasoned journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the television news and media industry. During the 2019 Indonesian Elections, Retno hosted the Presidential Debate of the fourth most populous country and third largest democracy in the world. Prior to her current position as Chief Editor of two free-to-air channels owned by Emtek Group, she was with several television news stations in Indonesia as well as the U.S. State Department Broadcasting Board of Governors – The Voice of America (VOA) in Washington D.C.

Retno received her master’s degree in Television Journalism from University of London’s Goldsmith College, U.K. in 2002 under a British Chevening Scholarship.

Emtek, which is one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates across media, advertising, digital publishing, events, fintech, e-commerce, healthcare and IT/telecommunications, took a US$375m stake in Grab (the country’s equivalent of Uber) in July 2021. Earlier in April, Softbank-backed Grab bought a 4% stake valued at US$261m in Emtek. Grab and Emtek own two major e-payment platforms in the country, OVO and DANA, respectively. In July 2021, Grab and Emtek announced a strategic partnership to accelerate digital transformation in Tier 2 and 3 cities and explore collaborations in logistics, e-commerce, financial services, telemedicine, advertising, digital media and digital products for millions of small traditional businesses. Emtek does not just see itself as a media empire but also as a key player shaping the country’s digital economy.

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