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

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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. Her journey in management is complemented by many years as a frontline journalist, both in NZ and the UK at the Financial Times and Reuters.

Sinead is proud to be on the executive and supervisory board of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

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.

Mr. Murray previously served as executive editor since 2017, and had been deputy editor in chief since 2013. He joined Dow Jones & Company in 1994 as a reporter for the Pittsburgh bureau.

He is the author of The Father and the Son and collaborated on memoirs by former New York City fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen, of Strong of Heart.

He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

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. Further, Kristin has served as president of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and as a member of the boards of Ericsson and Orkla, among others. She has also been a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work. She is the Chairman of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the President of the European Tech Alliance. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.

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. In his last role, he was the global Chief Operating Officer & President, International at Condé Nast, overseeing the Condé Nast companies and licensing partners in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the following global functions for all markets, including the United States: Global Content Operations, Audience Data & Insight, Product & Technology, Licensing, Vogue Business, New Business Innovation as well as the Delivery & Business Transformation.

Prior to Condé Nast, Blau served as Executive Director of Digital Strategy at The Guardian for the UK, US and Australia and as Editor-in-chief of Zeit Online, a position that won him Germany’s Chief Editor of the Year award. He started his career as a radio news anchor for Germany’s national broadcaster ARD and worked for seven years in California as a Silicon Valley reporter and a columnist for Germany’s national broadcaster ZDF and national newspaper DIE WELT.

Wolfgang is a Trustee Director of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global pioneer in developing the idea of a circular economy.

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

Head of West Africa, BBC, Nigeria

Toyosi Ogunseye is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation. She manages the operations and five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. An international presenter, she hosts the BBC World Service’s international debate programme, World Questions.

Ogunseye, who is presently the Vice President of the World Editors Forum and sits on the board of the World Association of News Publishers has over 15 years’ experience as an investigative journalist. She was the first female editor in the 41-year history of Punch Newspaper; Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper and has won over 40 local and international awards.

Winston Utomo

Founder & CEO, IDN Media, Indonesia

Winston Utomo is the Founder & CEO at IDN Media, the leading media-tech and content platform for Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia. IDN Media operates IDN Times, Popbela.com, Popmama.com, Yummy, GGWP.ID, Duniaku.com, IDN Creative, IDN Event, and IDN Creator Network. IDN Media’s vision is to democratize information Millennials and Gen Z.

Prior to joining IDN Media, Winston worked at Google in Singapore and St. John Capital in San Francisco. He graduated from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, for his Bachelor’s degree and Columbia University, New York, for his Master’s degree.

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.

She is an accomplished senior journalist with experience in Europe, Asia and Africa.

She joined RISJ from Handelsblatt Global where she had been working out of Singapore, having helped launch the digital daily business paper in Berlin in 2014. Her previous experience includes several years as a London based correspondent for the Associated Press, and three years as Africa correspondent for the Independent based in Nairobi, along with stints in business journalism at a range of publications including the Daily Telegraph.

Meera knows Oxford and the Reuters Institute well. She studied for an MPhil in European Politics at St Antony’s College, was a journalist fellow at the Institute in 2007–8 where she conducted research on media coverage of the Darfur crisis and worked as the first Oxford-based English language editor of the European Journalism Observatory website in 2013–14.

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 the global dimensions of 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.

Galloni is co-author of “From the End of the Earth to Rome,” an e-book on Pope Francis. An Italian national, she is a graduate of Harvard University and has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Liz Corbin

Deputy Director of Media and Head of News, the 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.

Prior to joining the EBU in January 2020, Liz worked at the BBC for 18 years, most recently as Head of News at the international channel BBC World News. Previous roles include Editor of BBC Reality Check where she oversaw a large expansion in the team. She was also the BBC Singapore Bureau Editor for four years.

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. She consults and speaks with leading companies worldwide including the BBC, CNN, Google, NPR and NRK, and keynotes frequently at conferences including the INMA World Congress, SXSW, FIPP World Congress and the European Broadcasting Union.

She is Board Member of the NZZ Media Group, and has served on the board of Swiss public media house, SRG SSR, and of media technology provider, Vizrt. She is Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University and has held professorships at the University of Oslo, the Institute of Media and Entertainment New York (IESE), and the University of Jönköping.

Prof Kueng is the author of several books including Going Digital: A Roadmap for Digital Transformation, Innovators in Digital News, Strategic Management in the Media (winner of the AEMJM Media Management Book Award), Inside the BBC and CNN, and When Innovation Fails to Disrupt, the Case of BBC News Online.

She holds a PhD and Habilitation from the University of St Gallen and an MBA from City Business School/Ashridge. In 2020 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the University of Neuchatel. In 2017 she won the European Media Management Award in recognition of excellence in media management scholarship. She was Swiss Representative of the EU Cost Action 20 on the Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe, and Member of the UK Government Taskforce on the Future and Development of Information Relationships. Her latest book ‘Hearts and Minds: Harnessing Leadership, Culture and Talent to Really Go Digital’ was published in November 2020 by the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford.

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. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three of Denmark’s leading national news brands; Ekstra Bladet, Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. The group’s activities also include local newspapers in Denmark and Sweden, a publishing house, operation and development of a range of digital activities and news services as well as other business areas.

Before becoming CEO of JP/Politikens Hus Stig Kirk Ørskov was COO and member of the executive board in JP/Politikens Hus A/S with head responsible for the commercial activities in JP/Politikens Hus’ three national news brands. Previously, Stig has held different positions at Politiken throughout the years such as editor in chief, business editor, and editor of analysis.

Prior to joining Politiken Stig co-founded the online newspaper Infopaq and worked at different newspapers and news agencies as a business reporter. In addition to this Stig has been co-author of several books, e.g. a bestselling biography of the Danish ship magnate Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.

Stig holds a degree in Public Economics and Regulation from Roskilde University and has studied Economics at the University of Copenhagen and History at the University of Melbourne

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 Nielsen

Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, UK

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and serves as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

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-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.

Fernandez then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy Project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its Editor. He assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) from July 2016.

Fernandez graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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

Digital transformation, content strategy and innovation consultant, WEF Board Member, UK

Dmitry is an expert in digital transformation, content strategy, and innovation. He worked for 21 years at the BBC in London where he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 40 non-English foreign language new services. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dmitry worked in various editorial-development roles for the digital section of BBC News. These roles required liaison between editorial, product and strategy teams in order to drive innovation and develop new ways of reaching audiences, increasing engagement across the world and, crucially, driving culture change is newsrooms. He is an experienced digital leader in content creation, specialising in growing audiences across the world, driving editorial changes in newsrooms and adapting the way organisations work in digital space, especially around content innovation and audience engagement.
After his years at the BBC, he joined Culture Trip, a startup operating at the intersection of media and travel. He is now pursuing new adventures. Dmitry’s main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy and Product sectors.

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.

He has been listed as one of ‘The World’s Leading Innovators’ in Journalism and Media‘ by Journalism UK Site.

Mr Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times.

He is also the co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in NewsMedia and Innovation in MagazineMedia, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS’s NewsHour, EBN-Wall Street Journal TV, CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an Emmy Award and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

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, 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.

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

Managing 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. Bharat has to his credit, 20 years of rich experience in managing and turning around several media businesses across Print, Radio, Ground Activation & Internet. Under his leadership, Jagran New Media is now the fastest growing News and Information Company in the Indian Digi-tal landscape and has received more than 16 awards and recognitions in 2019 itself. The company has also launched India’s first Hindi Fact Check Website ‘Vishvas.News’ in December’18 and has now expanded into 11 Languages.

In addition to his role as CEO, Bharat is also serving as Director to the INMA South Asia Board (International News & Media Association); he is a Governing Council Member at IAMAI (Internet And Mobile Association of India), founding member of Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) and on the board of the esteemed International Fact Checking Network (IFCN). He has also represented Indian digital media publishers at many global industry forums like WAN-Ifra, YouTube Publishers Forum, GNI, and Newsgeist Asia, where he has been actively ideating on Audience and Revenue Growth opportunities for the sectors in the region. In recognition of his achievements he was awarded ‘Youth Achievers Award’ at the Sixth Global Marketing and Social Media Awards, 2014.

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. She is a focused digital leader with a passion for creating engaging experiences around the future of news and storytelling.

Over the past 20 years she has played a significant role in developing and growing audiences and revenue for large media and technology companies. She has been fortunate to work at the intersection of journalism, digital media and technology for companies like Yahoo and Microsoft, and for the past eight years working in traditional newsrooms helping journalists to tell their stories in new ways and build sustainable digital business models. Most recently she was at Bloomberg Asia where she developed the regional digital and business strategy for APAC and India and worked with over 600 journalists and partners across the region.

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.

He now founds Lookout Local, a new local news model intending to change the conversation about what’s possible — and necessary — in the local news landscape of the 2020s in America. Given the great widening of news deserts across the country, Ken believes Lookout will both create a huge benefit for the people of Santa Cruz County and prove to be a model of local news renaissance.

Ken is a 21-year veteran of Knight Ridder Newspapers, having served in several executive and newsroom capacities. Since 2005, he’s been extensively quoted in the press on the changing economics of the news business.

Newsonomics is the word he coined to describe this new discipline of understanding the money flow within the print and broadcast transition to digital. His Newsonomics site collects his broadcast appearances, and his work, including his columns for Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.

An early graduate of UC, Santa Cruz, Ken has served as both past president of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the UCSC Alumni Council, and continues as a Foundation trustee.

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.

Dr. Alexandra Borchardt

Senior Research Associate, Reuters Institute for Journalism at the University of Oxford; Coach, Tables Stakes Europe, WAN-IFRA

Prof. Alexandra Borchardt, Ph.D, is a senior journalist, journalism and leadership professor, media consultant and Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. She supports local and regional newsrooms with digital transformation as a coach for Wan-Ifra’s Table Stakes Europe project and co-leads both, the Master Programme Culture Journalism at University of the Arts in Berlin and the Digital Journalism Fellowship at Hamburg Media School. She serves as an expert and rapporteur on the Council of Europe Committee on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies and was Vice Chair on the Expert Committee on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age. She is also a member of the Committee for Editorial Independence at Czech publishing house Economia.

She was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily. In her 12 years at Süddeutsche Zeitung she held several functions in the politics and business sections.

Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. She lives outside of Munich with her husband and two children.

Samia Nakhoul

Middle East Editor, Thomson Reuters, Lebanon, 2021 Laureate for the Arab Region

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.

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

Director for Strategies and Policies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO

Guy Berger is Director for Strategies and Policies in the field of Communication and Information at UNESCO. He is responsible for the Organization’s global work on press freedom, safety of journalists, internet freedom, media pluralism and independence, gender and media, media and information literacy, and journalism education. Before joining UNESCO, he headed the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He has also worked in both press and television and had a long-running column on the The Mail & Guardian website. Besides that, Guy Berger was the deputy chair of the South African National Editors Forum. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, from Rhodes University, has published extensively, and has won several awards.

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 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.

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.

Philippa Jenkins

Head of Registered Audience, The Independent

As the first Head of Registered Audience at The Independent, Philippa helps the business fulfil its ambitious anonymous to known strategy and oversees The Independent’s newsletter portfolio, virtual event series and commenting platform. Previously, she worked for the Western Daily Press, Bristol Post and Reach Plc, where she oversaw the engagement and live operations of six digital titles.

John Hassell

Senior Vice President and Editorial Director at Advance Local
John Hassell is Senior Vice President and Editorial Director at Advance Local based in New York City. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and senior media executive with a proven record of growing audience, developing multi-platform products and managing transformational change.

Mark Zohar

COO, Viafoura

Mark is an experienced technology and business executive with over 20 years’ experience founding, operating and scaling technology, SaaS, and digital media companies.

Adriaan Basson

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

Federica Cherubini

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

Federica has spent the past decade exploring, learning and working in the news industry, on a global scale. Her career has been focused on understanding the processes and dynamics of journalism, connecting the dots between people, disciplines, departments, projects, cultures, and figuring out new ways of working. She recently rejoined the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford as Head of Leadership Development. She made the move from Hearken, where she was an Engagement Manager. Federica was Audience Projects Editor at Condé Nast International, working on audience growth, best practice and knowledge sharing between editorial, data, product and commercial teams of the CNI’s global portfolio. Specifically, she has worked on newsletter strategies and editorial initiatives that drive audience loyalty. Previously, she was part of the Digital News Project team at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford and worked on several projects, exploring the future of journalism and newsrooms around the world the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Camille Eiss

Chief of Global Partnerships and Policy, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), USA
Camille Eiss joined OCCRP in 2017 and is chief of global partnerships and policy. She leads strategic planning, new partnership development, and a global team that drives strategic engagement with civil society, governments, philanthropy, and the public to support independent media and advance accountability around the world.
From 2012 to 2017, Camille served in the Obama administration as senior adviser on anti-corruption to the assistant secretary of state for democracy, rights, and labor and as a senior policy and strategic communications adviser on a range of humanitarian, international development, and governance issues at USAID. She spearheaded and launched the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a partnership that combines investigative journalism and advocacy to advance reform, accountability, and justice. She served on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership, coordinated USAID engagement in UN negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals, and led crisis communications in response to a series of Level 3 humanitarian emergencies.
Camille is the founding policy director of the Truman National Security Project, where she spent three years building a national movement for security policy rooted in the protection of human rights, democracy, and global security. She served as an analyst and editor of Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s global survey of political rights and civil liberties, and as associate managing editor of The Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Camille is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds degrees from Georgetown University and the London School of Economics and is based in Washington, D.C.

Adam Bird

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Germany

Adam Bird is a Senior Partner and the Global Leader of McKinsey’s Consumer Tech & Media practice. He advises the top management of the most disruptive and disrupted companies on their most critical business issues.

His 25+ years of client work in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia has spanned all major media, entertainment and consumer technology segments, including: advertising, cable and satellite distribution, broadcasting, consumer publishing, gaming, filmed entertainment, music, streaming, and sports.

Prior to McKinsey, Adam was a Senior Partner with Booz Allen Hamilton (sold to the Carlyle Group), the Managing Director of the Global Consumer and Media practices, as well as a Member of the Board of Directors.

Adam has an honors degree from the College of Social Studies (Economics, History, Government and Philosophy) from Wesleyan University. He moved back to Europe over two decades ago to co-found an advisory firm (sold to Cap Gemini).

Sheena Bhalla

Data & innovation Strategy, Google News Initiative, APAC

Sheena has been leading programs on the Google News Initiative since its launch in APAC in 2018. She has worked with partner newsrooms on programs that span the full spectrum of newsroom operations and strategy, from diversity, equity, and inclusion to analytics and data. She has designed and executed programs like the GNI APAC Subscription Lab, Design Accelerator & Data Labs in 2019-2020, helping newsrooms develop ideas for news products that serve the needs of both their audiences and internal constituencies.

Sheena’s professional background also includes experience in brand strategy, programmatic ad technology, mobile app productization and sales, and media production – in both corporate and non-profit settings. She also possesses rich geographical experience having worked in different Asian markets including Tokyo, Sydney, and now Singapore.

Michael Pelini

Publisher Data Maturity, Online Partnerships Group, APAC, Google

Michael is an APAC Publisher Data Maturity Lead, where he coordinates programs and resources across different Google teams to identify gaps in deliverables and develop new initiatives and tools. The common objective of his work is to enable publishers to make better use of data within their organizations. Within his role he has contributed to internal data infrastructure as well as external solutions and products.

Michael has worked ~10 years in the Ad tech industry in commercial and technical capacities. He is passionate about technology, the Internet, and developing/scaling products while helping people use them.

Sonali Verma

Director, Business Development, Sophi.io, Canada

Sonali Verma is Director, Business Development at Sophi.io at Canada’s Globe and Mail. She was previously senior product manager for analytics, deputy head of audience and senior editor in charge of audience engagement, overseeing the Globe’s 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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