63rd World Newspaper Congress
Date and Location
12 Oct 2011 - 15 Oct 2011ViennaAustria(EnglishFrenchGermanRussianSpanish)
The 63rd World Newspaper Congress: A wrap!
The World Newspaper Week in Vienna drew some 10,000 visitors from around the world for IFRA Expo, the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum.
An anticipated 1,200 publishers, CEOs, editors and experts from inside and outside the industry will discuss the future of the news business in Vienna.
The overarching theme of the Congress is Taking publishing to the next level and the programme will provide the participants with important insights, perspectives and guidelines shared by media groups around the globe.
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Austria
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid has been Editor-in-Chief of Der Standard since 2007....
Amadou Mahtar Ba
Amadou Mahtar Ba is the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI), a pan-African...
Åsa Moberg is a senior researcher at the Division of Environmental Strategies Research (fms) at...
Carlo Campos has worked in the media industry since 1998 when, as a consultant at McKinsey...
Cheryl Hicks is the team leader for sustainable lifestyles at the UNEP/...
Christoph Pleitgen is the managing director of the Reuters News Agency at...
Damian Kudriavtsev has been CEO of Russia’s Kommersant Publishing House since October 2006....
David Butter is an independent consultant, CPF facilitator and leadership trainer, who advise...
Dietmar Otti is Managing Director Marketing of Axel Springer Media Impact, the central marketing...
Douglas Edwards was named General Manager and Vice President, Prepress Solutions, Graphic...
Eugen Russ has been Managing Director of Austria’s Vorarlberger Medienhaus since 1983. He is...
Eva Weissenberger works as Deputy Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor for National Politics at the...
Gregor Waller founded Digital Age Consulting in March 2011. He provides consulting services to...
Hannes Ametsreiter has served as Chairman of the Management Board of Telekom Austria AG since 1...
Hanzade Doğan Boyner
Hanzade Doğan Boyner began her professional career at Goldman Sachs London’s CMT department as a...
Jeongdo Hong is the Chief Operating Officer / Executive Director of JoongAng Media Network (...
Johnny Hustler is a Director of Archant, the UK’s largest independently owned regional media...
Juan Luis Cebrián
Juan Luis Cebrián is the CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Media Group...
Ken Doctor is a leading news industry analyst based in the United States and the author of “...
Madhav Chinnappa joined Google in August 2010 as Head of Strategic Partnerships to work on...
Magda Abu-Fadil is Director of the Journalism Training Program at the American University of...
Manfred Schmidt is the Chairman of the Institut für Markentechnik in Geneva, Switzerland. He was...
Mariam Mammen Mathew
Mariam Mammen Mathew is the Chief Operating Officer of Manorama Online, the new media group of...
Mattias Höjer has been the Director of the Vinnova Centre of Excellence for Sustainable...
Michael Ludewig is Head of the Foreign Desk and Deputy Chief Editor of the Deutsche Presse...
Michael von Liechtenstein
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein is an entrepreneur, a businessman and a renowned expert on...
Peter Kropsch is the CEO of Austria Press Agency (APA), where he has worked in various positions...
Peter Kuisle is Executive Vice President Sales and Product Marketing of the manroland Group,...
Philipp Schindler is President of Google Northern and Central Europe. He joined Google in 2005...
Philippe Massonnet has been global news director of Agence...
Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper....
Ravi Dhariwal is CEO of The Times of India. He is responsible for The Times of India’s...
Rebecca Grossman-Cohen is the Director of Marketing for The Daily, the world’s first daily news...
Rolv Erik Ryssdal
Rolv Erik Ryssdal has been CEO of Schibsted since 1 June 2009. He joined the Schibsted Group in...
Soheil Dastyari is the Managing Director of G+J Corporate Editors GmbH. He started his career as...
Ulrik Haagerup has been Head of News for the National Danish Broadcasting Corporation since 2007...
Urs Gossweiler is a founder of Gossweiler AG. He developed the philosophy of media integration,...
Vasily Gatov is a Deputy CEO of RIA Novosti, the major Russian news service, and the Head of...
63rd World Newspaper Congress
Highlights of the programme
- Repositioning Newspapers and News Publishers
- The power of brands and branding
- Financial markets and investment strategies
- Digital publishing and digital revenue models
- New business opportunities and business models
- The next iPad: Technology on the horizon for our businesses
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Meet top executives from around the world
at the Congress
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
19.30 - 22.00 Welcome reception in the Vienna Town Hall at the invitation of the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Häupl
The gothic-style town hall, built between 1872 and 1883, is a symbol of beautiful Vienna. Located in the city centre, the Rathaus serves as the seat of both the mayor and city council. The welcome reception provides a unique opportunity to visit this magnificent structure.
Dress code: business attire
Thursday, 13 October 2011
10.00 - 12.00 Opening Ceremony
- Dr. Hans Gasser, VÖZ President – Austrian Newspaper Association
- Jacob Mathew, WAN-IFRA President, India
- Mag. Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria
Presentation of the 2011 Golden Pen of Press Freedom
Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum, Denmark
The Golden Pen of Press Freedom goes to Dawit Isaak, Swedish-Eritrean playwright, journalist and writer, who has been held in Eritrean prison since 2001 without trial for the simple act of carrying out his duties as a journalist.
Opening Concert with Opus & Christian Kolonovits
The opening ceremony will feature a world class fusion of classical music, Viennese waltzes and pop, with Christian Kolonovits, a world-leading arranger, composer and music producer who has worked with the Vienna Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony and many others, and Opus, the pop-rock group from Graz, Austria, which had an international hit with “Live is Life.”
Arabella Kiesbauer, TV presenter, writer and actress, Austria
12.00 - 14.00 Opening of Info Services Expo
Cutting edge products, services and technologies from the leading suppliers to the newspaper industry.
12.15 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.45
World Press Trends 2011
Joint session with World Editors Forum
The annual World Press Trends update is the most authoritative source of data on the newspaper industry worldwide and one of the main highlights of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum. This year based on a brand new concept, the report contains essential data on newspaper circulation, advertising revenues, digital audiences and much more.
Christoph Riess, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA, France, Germany
14.45 - 16.00 Session 1
The media world is in constant flux, so our industry’s place in the future media landscape is uncertain. News publishers have to continually reposition themselves as changing customer preferences, technologies and competitors bring new opportunities and challenges. In this session, leading news media executives from around the world set the scene for the Congress and examine where the products and services newspapers create, can be positioned successfully in the media landscape.
- Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO, Schibsted, Norway
- Jeongdo Hong, COO/Executive Director, JoongAng Media Network, South Korea
- Wilfred David Kiboro, Chairman of the Board, Nation Media Group, Kenya
- Eugen Russ, Publisher and CEO, Vorarlberger Medienhaus, Austria
Ken Doctor, Leading Media Analyst, Author of “Newsonomics”, USA
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 18.00 Session 2
In the digital age, a newspaper’s brand can be more valuable than ever, representing accuracy, reliability and professionalism and generating deep customer loyalty. But many newspapers need advice on how to best leverage their brand in the modern media age. This session will present both publishers and executives from other industries who have best exploited the strength of their brands in consumer marketing. It’s all about establishing emotional bonds between consumers and products.
- Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO, Globe and Mail, Canada
- Dietmar Otti, Managing Director Marketing, Axel Springer AG, Germany
- Manfred Schmidt, Chairman, Institut für Markentechnik, Switzerland
- Jeff Shafer, Vice President of Global Corporate Communications, Lenovo, USA
Eva Weissenberger, Deputy Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor, Kleine Zeitung, Austria
18.30 Bus transfer
19.30 - 22.00 Local evening and dinner
Heuriger is the name given to eastern-Austrian wine taverns where local winegrowers present their wares. Heuriger means “this year’s wine”, and the taverns offer a way for winemakers to offer tastings of their wine, along with good meals and traditional Viennese Schrammel music played on the accordion and violin. A well-known area for these Heurigen restaurants has been reserved exclusively for the Congress and Editors Forum.
Dress code smart casual
Friday, 14 October 2011
08.30 - 09.15
Conversation with Stefan Tweraser, Country Director Germany of Google
The word “Google” conjures up many images and perceptions in our minds today. The Congress and World Editors Forum will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss them with the man leading Google’s operations in northern and central Europe. Philipp Schindler will provide insight into one of the key players in the digital business and respond to questions during this early morning session. If you think Google is important in your newspaper life, be there!
Michael Fleischhacker, Chefredakteur, Die Presse, Austria
09.15 - 10.30 Session 3
When it comes to the future, it’s all about revenues: the best journalism in the world is useless if there is nowhere to publish it. Plotting a smart and successful course, aimed at preserving the financial independence and sustainability of news publishers, is essential. This session will examine some of the big money questions of our business: how do we make our businesses more attractive to investors? How do we better prepare for economic downturns? Which newsrelated investments are likely to reap the best returns? How do we get through the next recession?
- José Luis Sainz, CEO, El Pais, Spain
- Michael von Liechtenstein, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Industrie und Finanzkontor, Liechtenstein
- Gregor Waller, former Vice President Strategy & Innovation, Member of the Board Welt Group, Axel Springer AG, Germany
- Kevin Woodfield, European Managing Director, Market News International, UK
Greg Beitchman, Global Editor, Reuters News Agency, UK
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.30 Session 4
The iPad is just over a year old, Facebook and Twitter are just a little bit older, and it’s no secret that the fastest growth area for most newspapers is all things digital. The news industry has become quicker and more adept at seizing new opportunities. This session, featuring one of the most innovative publishers in Asia, the first tablet-only newspaper, and some of our “frenemies” Google and Facebook, will examine trends and success factors in digital, what new business and revenue models are promising, and what role social media will play, now and in the future.
- Rebecca Grossman-Cohen, Director of Marketing, The Daily, USA
- Mariam Mammen Mathew, COO, Manorama Online, India
- Richard Beattie, Vice President of EMEA, Vitrue Inc., USA
- Madhav Chinnappa, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google News EMEA, UK
Simon Regan-Edwards, Production Director, The Sunday Times, UK
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
12.45 - 13.45 Round Table lunch
Like newspaper companies, news agencies are also in transition; the traditional agency concept of generating and distributing news content to newspaper publishers and other media is evolving. How can news agencies become a strategic partner for the publishing company beyond their traditional role?
Some of the most innovative agencies will discuss ways to support the publishing industry in their efforts to grow their print and digital businesses.
- Christoph Pleitgen, Managing Director, Reuters News Agency, UK
- Peter Kropsch, CEO, Austria Press Agency, Austria
- Michael Ludewig, Deputy Editor in Chief, German Press Agency, Germany
- Philippe Massonnet, Global News Director, Agence France-Presse, France
Ken Doctor, Leading Media Analyst, Author of “Newsonomics”, USA
Attendance limited to pre-registered participants
14.00 - 15.15 Session 5
Are your customers asking you what you’re doing to improve the environment? If they’re not yet, they will. Environmental sustainability is a rising concern for newspaper publishers. Paper, ink, printing machines, distribution, recycling – there are many ways to “go green” that are good for publishers, readers and for the environment. In this session, publishers, suppliers and research institutions examine the benefits and methods of systematic sustainability management.
- Christoph Müller, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Service, Koenig & Bauer, Germany
- Georg Carlberg, Vice President Environment, Norske Skogindustrier ASA, Norway
- Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO, Globe and Mail, Canada
- Mattias Höjer, Director, Centre for Sustainable Communications, KTH, Sweden
- Peter Kuisle, Executive Vice President Sales, manroland AG, Germany
- Åsa Moberg, Researcher, Center for Sustainable Communications, KTH, Sweden
Cheryl Hicks, Team Leader for sustainable lifestyles, UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption & Production (CSCP)
and project director, SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050, Germany
15.15 - 16.30 Session 6
With a bit of cleverness, newspaper publishers can take full advantage of new technologies and products to grow and sustain their businesses and reach a larger audience. But many publishers are in the dark about technology and leave this important management issue to others. This session will provide some help by examining technological and consumer trends and the latest developments in the laboratories of media and consumer technology companies and universities.
- Adam Bird, Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc, Germany
- Douglas J. Edwards, Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company, USA
- Walter Goldenits, CTO, A1, Austria
- Peter Kropsch, CEO, Austria Press Agency, Austria
- Vasily Gatov, Head of RIA Novosti Media Lab, Russia
16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break
17.00 - 18.15 Session 7
How to tell the truth during a revolution
Joint session with World Editors Forum
The protests that have led to political upheaval in the Arab world, in countries where press freedoms are extremely limited, provide a considerable challenge for all news organisations, both local and foreign. During such events, where the sequence of events is highly complex, the issues extremely sensitive, and the dangers to those on the ground all too evident, how can news organisations best succeed in their mission to tell the truth? How can they use social media to best effect?
- Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Roving Correspondent, Al Jazeera English, Qatar
- Gamal Eid, Human Rights Lawyer, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Egypt
Philippe Massonnet, Global News Director, Agence France-Presse, France
Magda Abu-Fadil, Director, Journalism Training Programme, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Free evening. For evening suggestions please visit the www.wan-ifra.org/vienna2011
18.45 - 20.00
”Guided visit to Neu Marx”
A location for media, research and technology grows
A new media hotspot is emerging in the 3rd city district of Vienna-Landstrasse. More than 5000 people work there already, and their number will increase to about 15,000 by 2016. Alongside existing buildings, some of which are classified for preservation as architectural monuments, new projects are being realised at breathtaking speed. Come and experience an unforgettable inspection of the location.
More information please visit the website: www.neumarx.at.
For registration contact: email@example.com.
Attendance limited to pre-registered participants. Limited places.
Saturday, 15 October 2011
09.00 - 10.30 Session 8
The newspaper business is no longer based on the simple revenue model of advertising and circulation sales. Many new businesses and revenue models emerging, yet deciding which will succeed and which will advance the core mission of the enterprise is very difficult. Investment and experimentation is no longer optional – the health of newspaper companies depends on their ability to develop new businesses. This session presents examples of new business opportunities, both traditional for newspaper companies and entirely new as well.
- Ravi Dhariwal, CEO, The Times of India, India
- Soheil Dastyari, CEO, Gruner+Jahr Corporate Editors, Germany
- Urs Gossweiler, CEO, Gossweiler Media AG, Switzerland
Michael Fleischhacker, Chefredakteur, Die Presse, Austria
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.00 Session 9
Global report on innovations in newspapers
Joint session with World Editors Forum
The annual presentation of the Innovations in Newspapers World Report, prepared for WAN-IFRA by the team from Innovation Media Consulting, is always one of the highlights of the Congress and Editors Forum. This year, the focus is on how to make paywalls work; how to re-invent narratives and workflows for the mobile news experience; and the impact and implications of the iPad. The presentation will also examine newspaper engagement with social media, and with the communities they serve. And, as always, the presentation will be illustrated with case studies from all over the world.
- Carlo Campos, Co-founder and CEO, Douglas S. Griffen, Consultant, Nic Newman, Senior Consultant, INNOVATION International Media, Spain
12.00 - 12.10 Outlook 2012
64th World Newspaper Congress / 19th World Editors Forum,
2 – 5 September 2012, Kiev, Ukraine
- Boris Lozhkin, President Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers, Ukraine
12.15 - 13.00 WAN-IFRA Annual General Assembly Meeting
12.15 - 14.15 Lunch
14.15 - 15.30 Session 10
The job description of newspaper publishers is changing rapidly, as newspapers have gone from ink-on-paper to multimedia publications. Traditional leadership and management styles often can’t keep pace. Finding and managing the right talent is as important as rethinking audiences, products and services. This session will provide advice from leading industry experts on how to develop the leaders of the next generation of media companies.
- Ulrik Haagerup, Head of News, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark
- Johnny Hustler, Managing Director, Archant Regional, UK
- Jurij Giacomelli, President of Management Board, Delo, Slovenia
- Jo Owen, The Leadership Partnership, UK
David Butter, CEO/Founder, David Butter Consulting, UK
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30 Session 11
Profit, public interest, ethics – where to draw the line?
Joint session with World Editors Forum
In the pursuit of stories that are in the public interest, where should the line be drawn? Is it justifiable to pose as someone you’re not? Is it justifiable to pay sources? In the course of the phone hacking scandal in the UK, Rupert Murdoch said: “our business was founded on the idea that a free and open press should be a positive force in society.” How can executives on the editorial and publishers side make sure that news organisations live up to those standards? This session explores how today’s news organisations can ensure quality journalism, press freedom and maintain the balance between ethical standards and pleasing our customers in times when the industry is under high pressure to gain audience.
- Tom Kent, Standards Editor, Associated Press, USA
- Jacob Mollerup, President of the Organization of News Ombudsmen; Listeners and Viewers Editor, Danish Broadcasting Corp., Denmark
- Andrew Trench, Editor, Media24, South Africa
Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism, City University, London, UK
19.30 - 22.00 Gala Dinner
with entertainment in the Art Nouveau building of the Wiener Konzerthaus as
the networking highlight at the end of the Congress. Musical entertainment with KK Strings, a string quartet of another kind, bringing the international music charts of the last three centuries, from Strauss to Falco, from Figaro to The Third Man.
Dress code: cocktail attire
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Wednesday, 12 October 2011
09.30 - 14.00 The Annual Media Development Round Table
Shaping Media Assistance Policies: Supporting the Media Sector When Markets and Governments Fail
Over the past 60 years, an entire industry has grown up around the enterprise of media assistance – training journalists, modernizing infrastructure, and most recently, offering management support. Yet even the most experienced practitioners are hard-pressed to define what constitutes success or failure in their domain. Shaping Media Development Policies aims to further the conversation on how donors, investors and media executives can re-examine their goals and their toolkits, and take the lead in making financial viability compatible with quality journalism. The session will consider new avenues to support quality content and the public’s right to know in emerging and developing markets.
- Christina Dahlman, Senior Policy Specialist, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
- Marguerite H. Sullivan, Director, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)
- Anne Nelson, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University/ WAN-IFRA Research Consultant
- Harlan Mandel, CEO, Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF)
- Troy Etulain, Senior Advisor for Independent Media Development, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Stewart Chisholm, Senior Programme Manager, Network Media Program, OSF
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14.30 - 17.30 The Annual World Young Reader Round Table
Winning Strategies for Engaging the Young
Newspapers must reach the newest generation of young people where they are and with both authenticity and strong sense of engagement to ensure their future success. This session will explore some of the latest successes in doing exactly that.
Participants will hear from some top winners of the 2011 World Young Reader Prizes about how they succeeded in engaging the young with innovative strategies via print and a wide variety of other platforms and approaches. In addition, we will explore effective joint actions that can save individual newspapers both time and effort.
Participants are invited to visit the special Young Reader Advice Booth at both the IFRA EXPO and INFO SERVICES EXPO.
Both the World Young Reader Prizes and the Annual Young Reader Round Table are supported by Norske Skog, the Norway-based paper producer.
Working language is English.
14.30 - 17.30 The Annual Press Freedom Round Table
Making press freedom your business: how restrictions on freedom of expression impact the global news industry
While the threat of violent assault, kidnapping and even murder are a daily reality for many journalists worldwide, other more subtle attacks against press freedom exist which attract far fewer headlines. Some of the most frequent problems faced by the editors and publishers we work with include censorship, financial pressures, advertising boycotts, government meddling and judicial harassment. For this year’s Press Freedom Round Table, a panel of outstanding experts from across the global media and freedom of expression community will discuss how the business of newspapers is affected when freedom of expression is threatened.
- Guy Berger, Future Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
- Alison Bethel McKenzie, Director, International Press Institute, Austria
- Agnès Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19, UK
- Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO, African Media Initiative, Kenya
- Gamal Eid, Human Rights Lawyer and Executive Director, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Egypt
- Kamel Labidi, President, National Authority to Reform Information and Communication, Tunisia
- Aboubakr Jamaï, Co-founder and former Managing Director, Le Journal Hebdomadaire and 2010 Gebran Tueni Award laureate, Morocco
- Nicolás Pérez Lapentti, Publisher and Deputy Director of New Media at El Universo, Ecuador
- Ambassador Helmut Tichy, Legal Advisor at the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Austria
Shahira Amin, former Deputy Head of Nile TV, Egypt. Shahira resigned her post as TV anchor in protest of the station’s coverage of the revolution.
The event takes place at Reed Messe Wien, the leading congress and event venue in Vienna:
Reed Messe Wien GmbH
Messeplatz 1, Postfach 277
1021 Wien, Austria
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More information about the beauty of Vienna can be found here.
The fee of EUR 650 for accompanying persons covers the welcome reception on Wednesday, 12 October, the lunch with participants on Thursday, 13 October, the evening events on Thursday, 13 October, and Saturday, 15 October, and three cultural tours: on Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, all day Saturday.
Accompanying persons tours
Thursday, 13.10.2011, 14:00 – 17:00
Duration: appr. 3 hours
The tour starts with the visit of Spittelau heating plant, which is renowned far beyond Austria’s borders, not only for its superior technology, but also due to its external design by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. After that, we drive along the Donaukanal to the “Gemeindebau” building, whose design was substantially influenced by the artist. A short walk takes us to the Kunsthaus (arts center), where we visit the permanent exhibition of Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s paintings. Finally, the bus will take us back to the starting point.
Historical Vienna with visit of Schönbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace
Friday, 14.10.2011, 09:00 – 16:00
Duration: appr. 7 hours
The historical tour starts with the Ringstrasse. This boulevard with an approximate length of 4 km was created in the course of the city’s first expansion in the middle of the 19th century on the area of the former Glacis. The tour is continued with a walk through the Imperial Palace, the winter residence of the Imperial family, with the former office and private apartments of Emperor Franz Josef and his wife, Empress Elisabeth, known as Sisi. Part of the tour is the newly built Sisi Museum and the Silver Chamber, where the valuable silver tableware and service is exhibited. After lunch we visit the Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the former Imperial House of Austria.
Art Nouveau in Vienna
Saturday, 15.10.2011, 09:00 – 16:00
Duration: appr. 7 hours
This excursion shows some exceptionally beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and starts with a guided tour through Church am Steinhof, an architectural masterpiece of Otto Wagner and the first church in Europe build in Modern Style. After lunch the tour continues with a walk through the city center with the visit of some extraordinarily beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of Otto Wagner, i.e. the Karlsplatz subway station or the building of the Post Office Savings Bank. The highlight of this tour is the Secession, which was created by architect Joseph Olbrich and features the “Beethovenfries” of Gustav Klimt.
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid has been Editor-in-Chief of Der Standard since 2007. She joined the paper in 1993 as Germany correspondent, then moved on to work as editor of the foreign politics department, returning to Germany in 1999, then moving to Brussels in 2005 as EU correspondent.
She was editor of Der Standard’s economics section in 2006. In 2004, she was appointed Chairperson of Germany’s Foreign Press Association and in 2005 she was awarded the Alfred Geiringer-Fellowship.
To read an interview with Alexandra see here.
Amadou Mahtar Ba is the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI), a pan-African effort aimed at providing the continent’s media owners and practitioners with the tools they need to play an effective role in their societies. AMI aims to strengthen the media sector in Africa to ensure the accountability of governments and other institutions and to promote social development and economic growth. Mr. Ba is also a co-founder and Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Inc – owner and operator of allafrica.com – an international multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest distributor of African news and information. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council for the Future of Journalism.
Åsa Moberg is a senior researcher at the Division of Environmental Strategies Research (fms) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Her research is focused on environmental assessments of media as well as communication solutions. Also, part of her research addresses social impacts. She is the project manager of research project Media & Sustainability at the Vinnova Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Communications, where she is also part of the management group. Founded in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. The educational programmes lead to Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees in engineering, science or architecture. KTH has more than 13,000 undergraduate students, over 1,500 active postgraduate students and around 3,000 full-time employees.
Carlo Campos has worked in the media industry since 1998 when, as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, he managed teams in several projects with leading European media companies, from design and implementation of strategic plans to operational improvements. At Innovation he has worked with media companies in Europe, Latinamerica and the Middle East in projects as varied as conceiving a multimedia strategy for a leading press group; planning and implementing the turnaround of a multimedia group; elaborating a strategy for the international expansion of a leading newspaper website; launching from scratch a new daily newspaper and associated website; and has helped relaunch several daily newspapers.
He is also the co-founder of LATINO, the leading newspaper for latinamerican immigrants in Spain. LATINO has a weekly print run of 140.000 copies in 3 separate editions and a combined audited audience of 431.000 readers.
Cheryl Hicks is the team leader for sustainable lifestyles at the UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption & Production (CSCP) and project director for the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 European Social Platform project, which is developing a vision and roadmap for sustainable lifestyle models of the future.
From 2004 - 2010 Cheryl worked with leading multinational corporations as the focal point for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s work on sustainable consumption and sustainable finance with contribution to the WBCSD’s 2008-2009 scenarios project, Vision 2050. In 2001 - 2004 Cheryl was focused on the health agenda, and a process for dialogue related to corporate responsibility and impacts on health. From 1995 – 2001 Cheryl held positions in the areas of sales, marketing, and human resources in various companies and foundations. Cheryl is Canadian, and a graduate of The University of Western Ontario, with studies in International Relations and Environmental Science. Cheryl is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland where she is the co-founder of two professional networks promoting sustainability, CSR Geneva and Sustainable Finance Geneva.
Cheryl believes that the innovation that delivers improved lifestyles, sustainably, will be the challenge and opportunity of the next decades.
Christoph Pleitgen is the managing director of the Reuters News Agency at Thomson Reuters. The news agency caters to news professionals globally, at over 3,000 newspapers, broadcasters and online media companies who need immediate, authoritative, multimedia content for publishing and broadcasting purposes. Before his appointment to this role, Mr. Pleitgen was the head of media sales for the news agency and consumer media businesses. Mr. Pleitgen joined Reuters in 1996, after working at the World Trade Organization. He is based in London.
Thomson Reuters has 55,000 employees in more than 100 countries and had US$ 13.1 billion in revenues in 2010.
Damian Kudriavtsev has been CEO of Russia’s Kommersant Publishing House since October 2006. Kudriavtsev is also known in Russia as printed press reforming theorist, a number of new projects were started in Kommersant under his auspices, including Internet projects, Kommersant-FM radio station and KommersantTV channel. He has founded, owned or administered a number of Internet businesses and media projects. Kommersant is the publisher of the commerce-oriented daily newspaper of the same name as well as the daily Kommersant-Saint Petersburg and other weekly and monthly publications. The company has more than 800 editorial and technical staff, and a total readership of more than 1 million.
David Butter is an independent consultant, CPF facilitator and leadership trainer, who advise boards and leadership teams on their future vision and strategy.
He also chairs a team of CEO mentors in the not-for-profit sector. David has thirty years media and communications experience, managing operations for WPP companies across Europe, the US and Australia. He works in English, French, German and Spanish.
Dietmar Otti is Managing Director Marketing of Axel Springer Media Impact, the central marketing division of Axel Springer AG, a position he has held since 2010. Before this, he was Director Sales Germany & International since 2008. Before joining Axel Springer, Dr. Otti was advertising manager and senior executive at WirtschaftsBlatt Verlag AG as well as general manager of WirtschaftsBlatt Marketing GmbH. After completing his engineering studies and taking a doctor's degree in economics, he worked first as an international project manager with focus on purchasing and logistics, industrial services and E-Commerce for Siemens AG as well as purchasing manager for Vorarlberger Medienhaus in Austria.
Douglas Edwards was named General Manager and Vice President, Prepress Solutions, Graphic Communications Group, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company in October 2006. Before that, he was General Manager and Vice President, Prepress Consumables, Graphic Communications Group. Kodak is a worldwide leader in the printing plates market, with a portfolio that includes digital offset plates, flexographic plates, and analog offset plates, which are part of Kodak’s comprehensive family of prepress solutions, including computer-to-plate devices, proofing solutions, plate processing equipment, and workflow.
Eugen Russ has been Managing Director of Austria’s Vorarlberger Medienhaus since 1983. He is responsible for the VM group of companies, as well as individual media products. His additional responsibilities include: human resources, strategy development, acquisitions and investments.
Vorarlberger Medienhaus Group comprises more than 60 newspapers, numerous online propositions and radio stations in Austria, Hungary and Romania. Vorarlberger Medienhaus also has had a 100 percent stake in Germany-based Quoka, a publishing house based in Lampertheim, near Mannheim. Quoka is the market leader in the classifieds market, publishing 18 weekly papers in Germany, with a circulation of 600,000 copies a month. It also operates www.quoka.de, Germany's largest classified website.
In 2007, VM Group launched the wholly owned investment subsidiary VM Digital in order to speed up the increase of its online businesses. VM Digital focuses on investments and acquisitions in online media companies in the areas of classifieds, community, mobile and e-commerce.
Eva Weissenberger works as Deputy Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor for National Politics at the daily Kleine Zeitung in Vienna.
Gregor Waller founded Digital Age Consulting in March 2011. He provides consulting services to international media businesses for developing their digital strategy and transforming their business models for the digital era. Before this, Mr. Waller worked for more than six years in various management functions for Germany's Axel Springer publishing corporation. Most recently, up to February 2011, as a member of the management team of the WELT group, Berliner Morgenpost, Hamburger Abendblatt, he was responsible for strategy & innovation and commercial management of the Zeitungsgruppe Hamburg. After testing a "prototype tablet" with his core newspaper readers – one year before the iPad – he focused on the topics of digital strategy, digital business models and paid content, bringing his experience in these areas to bear also in strategic group projects.
Hannes Ametsreiter has served as Chairman of the Management Board of Telekom Austria AG since 1 April 2009. He is also the CEO of A1 Telekom Austria AG, which was created following the merger of mobilkom austria AG and Telekom Austria TA AG. The Telekom Austria Group is the leading telecommunications provider in Central and Eastern Europe and has more than 22 million customers across its markets of operations.
The Group is currently operating in eight countries and has more than 16,500 employees. Revenues were 4.7 billion euros as of year-end 2010. The Telekom Austria Group’s portfolio encompasses products and services of voice telephony, broadband Internet, multimedia services, data and IT solutions, wholesale as well as m-payment solutions.
Hanzade Doğan Boyner began her professional career at Goldman Sachs London’s CMT department as a financial analyst. In 1999, she founded Turkey’s leading Internet company, Doğan Online. In 2003, she became the CEO of Doğan Gazetecilik, which has the highest selling daily, Posta, in its portfolio. In 2006, she played a leading role in forming a strategic partnership, at Petrol Ofisi, between Doğan Holding and Central Europe’s leading oil and gas company, OMV. In addition to pursuing Doğan Holding’s interests in the energy sector, Doğan is currently a board member at Doğan Holding, Chairwoman of Doğan Online and Doğan Gazetecilik and also Vice Chairwoman of Hürriyet Newspaper. She is the founding member and Vice Chairwoman of Global Relations Forum, Vice President of World Association of Newspapers. Doğan is also a member of several business, trade and think-tank organizations including the Brookings Institute International Advisory Council, European Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Economic Relations Board, Association of Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists, Young Presidents’ Organization and Association of Woman Entrepreneurs. A philanthropist, Doğan is the patron of “Daddy Send me to School” campaign that aims to overcome the prejudice against young girls’ education in Turkey. The campaign raised the necessary funds to grant 10,000 scholarships and to build 32 girls’ dormitories across Turkey.
Jeongdo Hong is the Chief Operating Officer / Executive Director of JoongAng Media Network (JMnet), the most famous and largest media group in South Korea. He is in charge of managing 41 subsidiaries and 25 kinds of media, including newspapers, broadcast, magazines and the Internet. In 2010, Mr. Hong was named as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He joined JMnet in 2005 as a member of the Strategic Planning Office. In 2009, he supervised the overall process of the newspaper format change, becoming the first newspaper company in Asia to switch to the Berliner format. In December 2010, JMnet was given the highest assessment by the nation’s broadcast regulator among media company candidates who were awarded licenses to operate new nationwide TV channels. As of 2011, he is playing a crucial role in launching the new broadcasting business in the second half of this year. As for the Internet business, he successfully opened the portal site, Joins MSN, in 2010.
Johnny Hustler is a Director of Archant, the UK’s largest independently owned regional media business, and Managing Director of their newspaper operations in Eastern England. He started his media career in television and joined Archant 25 years ago. During this time Mr. Hustler has occupied most senior commercial roles and between 2000-2010, he led the formation and development of Archant’s market leading regional magazine business, Archant Life.
Juan Luis Cebrián is the CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Media Group Prisa, as well as Vice President of Prisa TV and Chairman of the daily newspaper El País. Prisa is the largest group in education, communication, media and entertainment fields in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. The group is present in 22 countries across Latin America. In 1976, he became the founding Editor-in-Chief of El País, which has been the leading paper in the Spanish-speaking market for more than three decades. From 1986 to 1988, he was also President of the International Press Institute (IPI). In 1988, he became CEO of El País and Grupo Prisa. He was named Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Prisa in 2008, and recently appointed Chairman of El País.
Ken Doctor is a leading news industry analyst based in the United States and the author of “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get” and of the Newsonomics.com website. In his work as an analyst, consultant and speaker, Mr. Doctor works with established media as they transform themselves. He is currently focusing on what’s being lost and what’s being gained and on how sustainable models of contemporary journalism can be built. He believes we have now entered the Digital News Decade.
Madhav Chinnappa joined Google in August 2010 as Head of Strategic Partnerships to work on expanding Google News’s relations with publishers. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 – first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and more than nine years at BBC News, most recently as Head of Business Development & Rights. At the BBC, he was responsible for all main news agency agreements and also with distribution of BBC News content to digital platforms.
Magda Abu-Fadil is Director of the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut. She has years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International. She also wrote for dailies Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Riyadh as well as Defense News and was Washington bureau chief of Events magazine. She served as director of the Institute for Professional Journalists at the Lebanese American University before moving to AUB. She also taught journalism at her alma mater, American University in Washington, D.C. She speaks regularly at international conferences, has published extensively on media issues, journalism education and training, and blogs for The Huffington Post.
Manfred Schmidt is the Chairman of the Institut für Markentechnik in Geneva, Switzerland. He was previously Chairman of the Board of Telefunken; CEO of Thomson CE Germany; Vice President Thomson CE and Senior Executive Vice President Nokia CE Europe. His main areas of focus are strategic and operational brand management, international brand and sales strategies, architecture of multi-brand systems, distribution strategy, product and portfolio strategies, and the development and implementation of price and terms systems.
The Institut für Markentechnik is an international business consultancy for strategic and operational brand management that enables its clients to strengthen and consolidate their brands to achieve sustained profitability. Its clients represent more than 50 different sectors and range from family companies to large multinational corporations.
Mariam Mammen Mathew is the Chief Operating Officer of Manorama Online, the new media group of Malayala Manorama. Before joining Malayala Manorama, Mathew was with Chase Manhattan Bank in the Management Consulting Center and then at Lab Morgan in J P Morgan, New York. She is a member of the governing council of the Internet and Mobile Association of India. Established in 1888, Malayala Manorama is India’s third largest circulated daily newspaper with more than 1.7 million copies. Malayala Manorama Group is one of the largest publishing companies in India with over 40 publications.
The group also runs Manorama News, a 24-hour news channel, which is the number one news channel in Kerala, and Radio Mango, FM stations in Kerala. Manoramaonline.com was launched in 1997 and then re-launched in 2002 as a comprehensive portal. With more than 500 million page views a month, it is one of the largest websites in the country.
Mattias Höjer has been the Director of the Vinnova Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Communications since March 2009. The Centre is a cooperation between KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and 13 industrial and public partners that focus on media and sustainability, mediated meetings, methods assessment of ICT and sustainable development and persuasive technologies. Höjer has been employed at KTH since 1992, and has been working within the Environmental Strategies Research Group (fms) since 1995. Founded in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. The educational programmes lead to Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees in engineering, science or architecture. KTH has more than 13,000 undergraduate students, over 1,500 active postgraduate students and around 3,000 full-time employees.
Michael Ludewig is Head of the Foreign Desk and Deputy Chief Editor of the Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa). After a newspaper internship and training at the School of Journalism in Hamburg, he first joined the magazine "stern," then the news agency ddp and later on the newspaper Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Ludewig went to dpa in 1997, where from 2000 to 2003 he worked as regional office manager for Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. He subsequently performed the same duties for the south-west region (Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland). Since 2006, Mr. Ludewig has been a member of the dpa chief editorship, since the beginning of 2011 Deputy Chief Editor. In the past 10 years he has played a major role in all important modernisation projects at dpa, including the building-up of the new newsroom in Berlin.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein is an entrepreneur, a businessman and a renowned expert on questions around geopolitics and world economics.
He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Industrie und Finanzkontor, a financial services company in Vaduz, as well as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Geopolitical Information AG, a recently established online publishing company.
He is President and Co-Founder of the ECAEF (European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation), a liberal think tank and he is Co-Founder and member of several more think tanks, like e.g. the Institut Thomas Moore in Brussels or the Institute de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales (IREF).
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein studied Forrest Engineering in Canada and Business Administration in Austria and worked for many years with Nestlé in Marketing, Financial Management and General Management, mainly in Switzerland and in Africa before establishing his own business.
Peter Kropsch is the CEO of Austria Press Agency (APA), where he has worked in various positions since 1996. Since September 2010, he has also been a Member of the Board of EANA (European Alliance of News Agencies). In addition, Kropsch lectures at several universities and technical colleges.
The Austria Press Agency is the country’s national news agency and the leading information service provider for Austria. Austrian newspapers and the ORF TV and Radio network own the agency. APA is the central instrument for the Austrian media. On the editorial side, 100 editors compile 500 articles per day in the fields of foreign policy, national policy, economics, the arts, science, education, media, and sports. APA also provides photo and graphic material. In addition to its headquarters in Vienna, APA operates bureaus across Austria, as well as in the EU-capital Brussels.
Peter Kuisle is Executive Vice President Sales and Product Marketing of the manroland Group, responsible for the worldwide sales activities for Newspaper and Commercial Web Presses. Mr. Kuisle joined the company in Augsburg, Germany, in July 1998 as Executive Vice President Sales. In January 2000 he additionally took over the sales responsibility for the Business Unit Newspaper Presses out of Plauen, Germany. He is also responsible for product marketing for all Web Press Systems. In September 2006 he was additionally appointed as Chairman of the Board of MAN Roland Northern Europe heading up the Market Organizations of Great Britain, Ireland and Benelux. Since 2009 he is also responsible as Chairman of the Board for the Market Organizations manroland South Africa, manroland South East Asia and manroland Australasia.
Philipp Schindler is President of Google Northern and Central Europe. He joined Google in 2005 and oversees the company's operations in Northern and Central Europe (NACE), including the U.K., Ireland, the Benelux countries, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Before joining Google, Mr. Schindler was a Senior Vice President at AOL Germany, running the company's marketing and sales activities and serving as a member of their management board for six years. Within this capacity, he was responsible for one of the largest marketing and sales budgets in the country, constantly innovating in the areas of direct marketing, traditional brand marketing, customer relationship management, business intelligence and data mining, and pricing. He developed a range of major sales partnerships and a number of internationally acknowledged marketing projects, winning several industry awards, such as the Golden Effie. Previously he served as head of marketing at CompuServe in Germany, a subsidiary of AOL Inc., and also worked as an e-commerce and marketing specialist at the global AOL headquarters in the United States.
Philippe Massonnet has been global news director of Agence France-Presse since 2009. He was previously head of the Europe-Africa region. He is a specialist on China, and has written three books on the country. He was an AFP correspondent in Beijing from 1992-96, and bureau chief from 2002 through to the Olympic Games in 2008. He also headed the General News division at AFP in Paris in the late 1990s.
Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. He worked in Europe, Asia and New Zealand before he joined The Globe and Mail in October 1998 as President and COO. He was appointed Publisher and CEO in June 1999. In print for 165 years, The Globe and Mail has consistently delivered Canada's best and deepest coverage of national, international and business news. With a cumulative six-day readership total of over 2.4 million, The Globe and Mail has a wide and a highly loyal readership.
Ravi Dhariwal is CEO of The Times of India. He is responsible for The Times of India’s publishing business and also advises shareholders on strategic issues. Previously, he worked for Unilever in the Sales and Marketing Department before joining PepsiCo where he helped to set up the business in India and later became the head of the beverage business.
He has worked and lived in diverse cultures and environments from South Africa to Eastern Europe and South East Asian countries. With a circulation of more than 3.1 million, The Times of India is the world’s largest selling English-language daily newspaper.
Rebecca Grossman-Cohen is the Director of Marketing for The Daily, the world’s first daily news publication created and designed from scratch for iPad. The Daily launched in February 2011 and reached more than 1 million downloads in less than four months. Until February, Ms. Grossman-Cohen was Executive Director of Strategic Marketing for The New Republic, where she lead marketing, circulation, branding, and social media for the nearly 100-year-old media company. Before The New Republic she worked for the Associated Press in Business Development and Strategy. She also previously worked for NPR managing the NPR Councils, the major donor giving group for the public radio network.
Rolv Erik Ryssdal has been CEO of Schibsted since 1 June 2009. He joined the Schibsted Group in 1991 and has held several management positions including CEO of Aftonbladet from 1999-2005, CEO of VG from 2005-2008, and CEO of Schibsted Classified Media, the holding company for Schibsted’s international online classifieds operations from 2008-2009.
Schibsted is a Scandinavian media group with approximately 7,500 employees spread across 26 countries. In 2009, the group implemented two major organisational developments – one in Sweden and the other in Norway – to create editorial and commercial collaborations among its titles in each country in order to take advantage of economies of scale.
Soheil Dastyari is the Managing Director of G+J Corporate Editors GmbH. He started his career as a journalist and copy writer, but soon stepped into strategic brand management and was hired as a Strategic Planner at Lintas Worldwide, a well known full-service branding and advertising agency. Later, he worked as a Strategic Brand Consultant in New York City, became Chief Planning Officer of Foote, Cone & Belding Germany, and then headed the Berlin and Hamburg Office as a Managing Director. Wanting to move into the media business, Mr. Dastyari became Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy at one the world’s leading publishing houses, Gruner & Jahr. Next, he headed the Brand- and Innovation-Development department for two years. He has been Managing Director of G+J Corporate Media GmbH, Germany’s leading corporate publishing house, since 2009.
Ulrik Haagerup has been Head of News for the National Danish Broadcasting Corporation since 2007. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of NORDJYSKE Media as it became a world leader in cross-media publishing. Before that, he was Editor-in-Chief at Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten. Haagerup is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington D.C. In 1990, he received the Danish equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, The Cavling.
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation is Denmark’s oldest and largest electronic media enterprise. Founded in 1925 as a public service organisation it includes four national FM radio stations, 17 DAB stations, nearly 30 Internet radio channels, six television channels and a website.
Urs Gossweiler is a founder of Gossweiler AG. He developed the philosophy of media integration, which enables information from one source to be distributed to any available channel. The resulting paradigm shift helped break down the barrier between print media and audiovisual media. In 1993, Mr. Gossweiler took over as Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board of Directors. 2000 saw the launch of the Jungfrau Zeitung, signaling a geographic and journalistic expansion by the publishing company. The local newspaper covers current affairs in politics, business, culture, society and sport in the Jungfrau Microcosm. In 2003, the micro newspaper concept based on the structure of exclusive and local multimedia platforms was introduced. From 2006, the Jungfrau Zeitung became the first Swiss newspaper to integrate Web TV reports in its online edition. In April 2010, the ONZ Obwalden and Nidwalden Zeitung was founded in the central Swiss cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden. This micro newspaper is modelled on the Jungfrau Zeitung. Gossweiler Media as licensor provides the expertise required to run a micro newspaper and is responsible for national marketing campaigns and promotion, market studies, public relations, exclusive partner network, representing interests in the industry as well as emergency IT support.
Vasily Gatov is a Deputy CEO of RIA Novosti, the major Russian news service, and the Head of MedaiLab, RIA's research and development institution. The goal of RIA Novosti MediaLab is ambitious: to collect the media and news knowledge across the global academic and corporate science spheres and find the practical application in the real life of the news companies. RIA Novosti MediaLab current projects span from semantic news applications to 3D interfaces. He also is the vice-president of The Russian Publishers Guild (GIPP).
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