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FT Future of News Europe 2019

The next-generation newsroom: New models for technology, transparency and trust

Amsterdam |
Speakers include:
Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales


Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Financial Times

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Stanford University


Europe's newsrooms are facing multiple challenges as they adjust to a more populist environment, greater competition from digital rivals and continued financial constraints. For the sake of citizens, societies and world order, journalists and publishers must now navigate an ever more complex landscape to hold power to account.   

Following a decade of technology disruption, some traditional news organisations are emerging leaner, stronger and stealthier, having learned to battle - and partner - with digital rivals both large and small. Those that are succeeding boast executive and editorial teams that embrace innovation, engagement with consumers, and fresh growth strategies.

How are the continent’s news outlets planning for the future, given the unbridled access we have gained to media across platforms, geographies and belief systems? What data can companies harness for themselves - and offer to advertisers - without betraying consumers’ privacy? Which new roles, skills and characteristics are most in demand against the backdrop of social and generational shifts? And how can media businesses ensure they remain human amid dizzying transformation?

Held in Amsterdam, this year’s FT Future of News Europe will gather top editors, executives and dealmakers from across print, TV and digital to debate how to secure growth, safeguard transparency and promote quality journalism for the next generation.

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/26/2019 08:00:0111/26/2019 18:00:00trueFT Future of News Europe 2019Europe's newsrooms are facing multiple challenges as they adjust to a more populist environment, greater competition from digital rivals and continued financial constraints. For the sake of citizens, societies and world order, journalists and publishers must now navigate an ever more complex landscape to hold power to account.   Following a decade of technology disruption, some traditional news organisations are emerging leaner, stronger and stealthier, having learned to battle - and partner - with digital rivals both large and small. Those that are succeeding boast executive and editorial teams that embrace innovation, engagement with consumers, and fresh growth strategies.How are the continent’s news outlets planning for the future, given the unbridled access we have gained to media across platforms, geographies and belief systems? What data can companies harness for themselves - and offer to advertisers - without betraying consumers’ privacy? Which new roles, skills and characteristics are most in demand against the backdrop of social and generational shifts? And how can media businesses ensure they remain human amid dizzying transformation?Held in Amsterdam, this year’s FT Future of News Europe will gather top editors, executives and dealmakers from across print, TV and digital to debate how to secure growth, safeguard transparency and promote quality journalism for the next generation.FT-Future-of-News-Europe-20191933e2346b6121023667849423b69b08MM/DD/YYYY

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Agenda - 26th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcome remarks

    Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    The state of journalism - Navigating choppy waters

    Pre-panel introduction:
    Roula Khalaf, Editor-designate, Financial Times

    Panel: The state of journalism - Navigating choppy waters
    How are Europe’s leading editors and executives innovating in response to ongoing waves of digital, generational, financial and political challenges? To what extent have the objectives of traditional media and digital platforms converged when it comes to producing and distributing news? How can you steady the ship when you don’t know what’s coming?

    Lara Ankersmit, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Digital, Het Financieele Dagblad
    Joanna Krawczyk, Head of Partnerships, Gazeta Wyborcza, and President of the Board, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation
    Paul Royall, Editor, News at Six and Ten, BBC
    Jochen Wegner, Editor-in-Chief, Die Zeit Online

    Moderator: Roula Khalaf, Editor-designate, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Panel: The future newsroom

    Which emerging skills will be the most valuable as news organisations digitise? Will the lines between editorial and commercial blur, and how can each be protected? Are technology-based roles becoming more influential? Is society’s push for more inclusion and fairness being reflected?

    Eliza Anyangwe, Managing Editor, The Correspondent
    Borja Echevarría, Managing Editor, El País
    Simon Robinson, Global Managing Editor, Newsroom, Thomson Reuters
    Elske Schouten, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, NRC

    Moderator: Matthew Garrahan, News Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Keynote interview: A publisher’s point of view -- Ambition, innovation and expansion

    Gert Ysebaert, CEO, Mediahuis
    In conversation with: Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:05am
    Networking break
  • 11:25am
    New models for the news business

    Pre-panel introduction:
    Madhav Chinnappa, Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google

    Panel: New models for the news business
    What are the latest techniques of luring new readers, and further engaging existing ones? What is the outlook for the donation and membership models? How are news organisations leveraging their own data to increase revenue through new products and services? Which partnerships with platforms are working best? 

    Tom Betts, Chief Data Officer, Financial Times
    Madhav Chinnappa, Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google
    Polly Curtis, Editor and Partner, Tortoise
    Valerie Mocker, Director, Future News Fund, Nesta

    Moderator: Roula Khalaf, Editor-designate, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Panel: Nordic news - Staying true to transparency?

    The Nordic countries, while home to a relatively small population, have an outsized reputation for transparency and fairness. To what extent is this changing, amid existential threats such as populism, fake news and shrinking budgets? How can quality news organisations retain their company and national values? Is it possible to harness technological changes for the greater good?

    Anna Careborg, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Svenska Dagbladet
    Anders Krab-Johansen, CEO and Publisher, Berlingske Media
    Kaius Niemi, Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat
    Eirik Winsnes, Development Editor, Aftenposten

    Moderator: Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:50pm
    Keynote address

    Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia
    Orit Kopel, co-Founder, WikiTribune

  • 2:25pm
    Going digital, staying human

    Pre-panel introduction:
    Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University

    Panel: Going digital, staying human
    How are news businesses deploying technologies such as machine learning and AI? What are they doing to prevent bias? How are human roles adapting to work alongside new tools? Is it responsible journalism (or good business) to use algorithms to give readers what (they think) they want? Is it possible to extract more revenue from consumers, while protecting their privacy?

    Sophie Gourmelen, CEO, Le Parisien
    Alexander Klöpping, Founder and CEO, Blendle
    Beniamino Pagliaro, Digital Development Editor, La Repubblica
    Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University

    Moderator: John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Panel: Advertising - time for a rethink?

    Yesterday’s Mad Men have morphed into tech-savvy professionals able to manipulate both data and consumers’ desires. Are audiences, and brands, comfortable with this new path? Will consumer demands for trust and privacy, and advertisers’ need for greater transparency, alter the industry yet again? What can agencies do to help brands demonstrate trust and transparency?

    Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer, Brave
    Maria Hedengren, CEO, Readly
    Clare Lawson, Chief Customer Officer, Ogilvy UK

    Moderator: John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times

  • 3:50pm
    Presentation: Europe’s deepfakes challenge

    André Loesekrug-Pietri, Director, Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI)

  • 4:00pm
    Panel: At arm’s length - A stronger role for government?

    What can EU and national governments do to stop disinformation originating from foreign actors and domestic extremists? Could new rules pose a future risk for traditional media at the hands of populist leaders? What role does the media play in maintaining unity and liberalism in Europe? What limits - if any - can be extended to social media?

    Tamás Bodoky, Editor and Director,
    Madeleine de Cock Buning, Professor of Media and Communications Law, University of Utrecht
    Jodie Ginsberg, CEO, Index on Censorship
    Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck, Founder and CEO, Lie Detectors

    Moderator: Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Closing remarks

    Alex Barker, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Networking drinks

Speakers and Moderators (35)

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales


Internet and technology entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, is founder of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia and co-founder of the privately owned Wikia, Inc. including its entertainment media brand, Fandom powered by Wikia.
Mr Wales serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organisation he established to operate Wikipedia. This year, he launched WT Social - a news focused social network. In 2006 he was named in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ for his role in creating Wikipedia.

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is Editor of the Financial Times. She was previously Deputy Editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.

Before taking up the Deputy Editor role, Ms Khalaf was the FT's Foreign Editor and oversaw the FT's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East Editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Ms Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center
Stanford University

Marietje Schaake has been named Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center’s international policy director, as well international policy fellow at the University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She also serves as President of the CyberPeace Institute.

Between 2009 and 2019, Ms Schaake served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch Liberal Democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. 

She is affiliated with a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India, and writes a bi-weekly column for the NRC, a Dutch newspaper. 

Madhav Chinnappa

Madhav Chinnappa

Director of News Ecosystem Development

Madhav Chinnappa is the Director of News Ecosystem Development at Google, working on partnerships and collaboration between Google and the news industry as part of the Google News Initiative (GNI). 

Prior to his current role, he had launched the precursor to GNI: the Digital News Initiative (DNI), an overarching framework for engagement with the European news ecosystem. 

Mr Chinnappa joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA regions. 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 during nine years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.

Lara Ankersmit

Lara Ankersmit

Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Digital
Het Financieele Dagblad

Lara Ankersmit is Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Digital at Financieele Dagblad. She is an expert in the field of digital transformation and strategy in media organisations and been a driving force in digital publishing since the start of the Web. 

She started her career as a journalist followed by roles in advertising, publishing and product development. Prior to FD, she was Head of NOS Digital Media, where she managed the development of innovative digital products and apps and started NOS Lab. Her focus is on user experience, technical innovation and adaptation by a specific user base, such as younger audiences. With her team she developed award winning apps and sites for news and sport events, like the Olympics, World Cup Soccer and General Elections. 

Aside from her work at FD, she is part of of TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award, and a member of the advisory board of the Melkweg, a concert hall and cultural centre in Amsterdam.

Eliza Anyangwe

Eliza Anyangwe

Managing Editor
The Correspondent

Eliza Anyangwe is Managing Editor of new digital publisher The Correspondent, and the founder of The Nzinga Effect, a media project focused on telling the stories of African and Afro-descendant women. 

She began her career working for non-governmental organisations, but has spent the past decade in media, working for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, narrative change organisation The Rules, The Guardian and CNN Africa. 

With Guardian Opinion, the ‘Week in Africa’ series she commissioned was longlisted for a One World Media award. As a freelance journalist, Ms Angyangwe has written for the Financial Times, Al Jazeera, The Independent, and Open Democracy, and has appeared on Newsnight, BBC World Service and PRI’s The World, among others. In 2016 she was a contributing author to Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century, published by Routledge.

The Nzinga Effect’s current project, 'Not Yet Satisfied', tells the stories of women in Accra and Johannesburg who are opening up conversations about sex and sexuality. The first story in the series was published by CNN International, attracting 275,000 unique visitors on its first day - the second most-read story of the day after the Hong Kong protests.

Eliza guest lectures at IULM in Milan, sporadically writes a newsletter called Griot Girl, and tweets as @elizatalks.

Alex Barker

Alex Barker

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Alex Barker was appointed Global Media Editor for the Financial Times in September 2019. He had previously spent eight years in Brussels for the FT, first as EU Correspondent and European Diplomatic Editor, and then from May 2016, as Brussels Bureau Chief. Prior to that, he spent four years as a UK political correspondent in Westminster. Mr Barker started his career in current affairs television. After taking a Master’s degree at Columbia University, he joined the FT as a graduate trainee in 2005. 

Tom Betts

Tom Betts

Chief Data Officer
Financial Times

Tom Betts is the Financial Times’ Chief Data Officer. He is a member of the FT Management Board and leads the company’s data capability and strategy. 

During his time at the FT, Tom has taken data analytics from the back office to the boardroom and established it as one of the key catalysts for digital growth. Most recently he founded FT Strategies, a boutique consulting unit that is helping other businesses to undertake similar transformations.

Tom previously held the position of VP Analytics at Pearson where he built teams to support commercial growth and learning outcomes in education. Prior to that he was Head of Data Analytics for, having first joined the FT in 2009. Before that, he worked in consulting, delivering large-scale data mining projects in telecoms, insurance and government. 

He holds an MSc in Informatics and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence.

Tamás Bodoky

Tamás Bodoky

Editor and Director

Dr Tamás Richárd Bodoky is an editor, director and investigative journalist at, a watchdog NGO and investigative journalism centre that aims to promote transparency and freedom of information in Hungary. 

Atlatszo, which means “transparent” in Hungarian, produces investigative reports, accepts information from whistleblowers, files Freedom of Information requests, and commences lawsuits when these requests are refused.

A journalist since 1996, he spent nine years at, and was a science and technology journalist at the Magyar Narancs weekly newspaper. 

Mr Bodoky has won the Gőbölyös Soma Prize for investigative journalism in 2008 for his articles on Hungary's 2006 unrest and police brutality, the Iustitia Regnorum Fundamentum, and the Hungarian Pulitzer Memorial Prize for his investigative articles and freedom of information lawsuits on high-level political corruption cases. 

The publication has won awards from bodies including Google, the European Parliament and Theodor Heuss Stiftung.

He is a Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni, and member of international investigative journalism networks.

Anna Careborg

Anna Careborg

CEO and Editor-in-Chief
Svenska Dagbladet

Anna Careborg is CEO and Editor-in-Chief at the Swedish quality newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The newspaper is part of Schibsted, the largest media group in Scandinavia, and has a business section that is known for its investigative and award-winning journalism.

She joined the newspaper as a reporter in 2004 and has a background as a news editor and head of the newsroom. From 2015 to 2018, she was head of premium content, playing a key role in the digital transformation and the growth of paying digital subscribers. 

For her work, developing the journalism in close collaboration with data analysis and sales, she was awarded ‘Developer of the Year’ in 2018 by the Swedish Media Publishers Association.  

Polly Curtis

Polly Curtis

Editor and Partner

Polly Curtis is an Editor and Partner at Tortoise, a UK-based digital “slow-news” journalism project running under a membership model.

Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief at HuffPost UK, where she built an editorial team and implemented a new strategy to navigate a post-Facebook age. 

Immediately prior to joining HuffPost, Ms Curtis was director of media for British Red Cross during a time that included the organisation’s largest emergency response in decades, as they operationalised after the Manchester bombing, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks and the fire at Grenfell Tower. 

For most of her career she was at The Guardian, most recently as digital editor, where she led digital plans for the Scottish referendum, the EU referendum and the 2015 election as well as the live coverage of some of the biggest breaking stories in recent times. She has a background as a news editor and reporter, having served as the Guardian’s deputy national editor, Whitehall correspondent, education editor and health correspondent. 

Ms Curtis is currently a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute, researching the democratic gap in news audiences and what publishers are doing to fill it. 

Madeleine de Cock Buning

Madeleine de Cock Buning

Professor, Faculty of Law, Economy and Governance
University of Utrecht

Madeleine de Cock Buning's research and lectures focus on the regulation and governance of digital disruptive technology in the media.

In her work on topics such as the amplification of disinformation through digital platforms, she aims for future-proof and – given the fundamental rights at stake - well balanced multi-dimensional approaches. Since 2007 Dr Professor de Cock Buning has been chaired professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy, and Governance at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and a chair in Intellectual Property. In 2018 she was also appointed as part-time professor of Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance (STG) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

Dr De Cock Buning was chair of the EU High-Level Expert Group on fake news and disinformation established by the European Commission in 2018. She is arbitrator at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO/UN), Honorary Justice to the Court of Appeal in The Hague, and chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Regulatory Authority to the Media in the Netherlands.

Borja Echevarría

Borja Echevarría

Managing Editor
El País

Borja Echevarría has been Managing Editor of El País since June 2018. 

He previously spent four years in Miami as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Univision News Digital. His team won several awards including the Ortega y Gasset (three times), King of Spain (twice), an Emmy for News and Documentary, and a Hillman Prize.

He joined El Mundo as a reporter in 1995, before promotion to Editor-in-Chief for the sports and foreign desks. In 2002 he was named Managing Editor of, which became the world’s leading Spanish-language Internet portal. 

In 2007 he left to co-found, a native media outlet that won The Online News Association’s Excellence Award in 2008 and 2009.

In 2010 Mr Echevarría was named Deputy Managing Editor at El País, which took the number one online ranking. His team carried out a digital-first strategy, integrating the newsroom (print and online), and undertaking a deep technological transformation. 

He took part in a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2013, becoming the first joint Nieman-Berkman Fellow. At Harvard and MIT he studied how disruptive innovation is changing traditional media businesses, and how to take a start-up culture to legacy media. He worked on a mobile breaking news project at the MIT Media Lab, with a grant from the Knight Foundation.

John Gapper

John Gapper

Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor
Financial Times

John Gapper is the Financial Times’ Chief Business Commentator and an Associate Editor. He writes a weekly column on business and finance, focusing on the media and technology industries and innovation. He has written extensively on Wall Street and the financial crisis; the troubles of the US auto industry; the future of digital news and entertainment; innovation and venture capital; corporate PR crises such as the BP oil spill; and software and open source. As well as traveling widely to cover business topics in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, his experience of both Wall Street and the City of London give him a wide and global perspective on many industries.

John is one of the most senior and experienced FT writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Before that he was in charge of the FT’s award-winning op-ed page. His awards include Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Wincott Journalism Awards. He was named business commentator of the year at the 2014 UK Comment Awards and won the Gerald Loeb award for commentary in the US in 2013. He was also named best columnist in the 2011 and 2012 Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards. He was named one of the 100 most influential men in Britain by GQ magazine in 2009.

John won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the FT, he trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers before working titles, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. He is co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters, the definitive account of the collapse of Barings Bank, and has written a financial novel, A Fatal Debt. He has also authored How to be a rogue trader, an eSpecial from Penguin books. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, including on the BBC, CNBC and CNN.

Matthew Garrahan

Matthew Garrahan

News Editor
Financial Times

Matthew Garrahan is News Editor of the Financial Times, overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage.

During a 20-year career with the FT, spanning London, California and New York, he has been a companies reporter; covered the sports, leisure and media industries; and interviewed everyone from Tim Cook and Rupert Murdoch to Angelina Jolie and Hugo Chavez.

As Los Angeles correspondent in the noughties, Mr Garrahan reported on California’s economy, politics and business trends, as well as the emergence of social media giants Facebook and Twitter. He spent 11 years in the US, moving from the West Coast to New York to take up the role of Global Media Editor, before returning to London in 2017.

He won his second Business and Finance Journalist of the Year award in 2019 for his reporting on Martin Sorrell, having first won the prize in 2018 for his coverage of Rupert Murdoch’s empire and the Harvey Weinstein scandal. He was also named the 2018 Arts & Entertainment Reporter of the Year in the British Journalism Awards.

In the US, Mr Garrahan has been honoured by the Los Angeles Press Club for his business writing and the Mirror Awards for excellence in media reporting. In 2014 the Society for Advancing Business Writing and Editing awarded him the breaking news prize for his scoop on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Beats.

He appears regularly on broadcast media and can be found on Twitter at @MattGarrahan

Jodie Ginsberg

Jodie Ginsberg

Index on Censorship

Jodie Ginsberg is the CEO of Index on Censorship, a UK-based non-profit organisation that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. Index monitors threats to free speech, promotes public debate on the issue, and publishes work by censored writers and artists. 

Over the past five decades, Index has published some of the world's leading thinkers and writers in its award-winning quarterly magazine, including Vaclav Havel, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller and Kurt Vonnegut. 

Ms Ginsberg began as a journalist with Thomson Reuters, where she went from graduate trainee to London Bureau Chief in seven years. Her career has spanned analytical consultancy at think tank Demos, and communications with Camfed, a non-profit that invests in girls' and women's education and empowerment in Africa. 

She is a regular speaker and writer on freedom of expression issues, especially media freedom and online speech and sits on the boards of the global freedom of expression network IFEX and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism Trust.

Sophie Gourmelen

Sophie Gourmelen

Le Parisien

Sophie Gourmelen has been Director-General of Le Parisien since 2017. 

She joined the Groupe Les Echos – Le Parisien as broadcasting Director in 2008, before becoming Marketing, Broadcasting and Communication Director (2012-2014). Since 2015, she has managed a team of 40 people as Deputy Director of Digital Marketing, Broadcasting and Data all the while becoming a member of the Executive Committee for the group.

In 2006, she joined the Prisma Presse group as Director of Customer Marketing in charge of developing subscriptions for 22 of the most powerful titles of the French magazine press. In the field of e-commerce, she launched, the group’s online subscription platform.

Ms Gourmelen began her career in 1990 at International Master Publishers, a world leader in distance selling of publishing products. There, she held several important positions including Director-General for France (2000-2002) and General Manager for the Southern European zone, which covers France, Italy, Spain and Portugal and employs 150 people (2002-2005).

She is a graduate of Sup de Co Tours (ESCEM School of Business and Management).

Maria Hedengren

Maria Hedengren


Maria Hedengren joined Readly as CEO in Spring 2019, bringing more than 20 years of experience from global finance and business management.

She has led both private and public technology companies, earning a reputation for scaling companies internationally. Previously, she was the CFO of iZettle, notably taking it through the process of preparing to - and winning approval for - a listing on the NASDAQ in May 2018. However, a day before the prospectus was due to be published, PayPal surprised the market with a $2.2bn takeover offer for iZettle.

Ms Hedengren also served as first CFO, and then later Director of the Non-Executive Board, of the publicly listed NetEnt AB, a platform and games provider to some of the world’s largest casino and sports betting operators.

She won the Digital Masters Awards, Excellence in finance, in 2019; and iGaming Woman Leader of the year in 2014.

Alexander Klöpping

Alexander Klöpping

Founder and CEO

Alexander Klöpping is the Founder and CEO of Blendle, a Dutch online news platform offering access to articles from many national and international newspapers and magazines. They can be read through a mobile phone app in which users buy articles on a pay-per-article basis - a service that The NRC, a Dutch newspaper, has described as the "iTunes of Journalism". 

A self-proclaimed nerd, Mr Klöpping closely follows all developments in the fields of new media, regularly appearing on Dutch TV to discuss the most remarkable and promising apps, start-ups and internet developments. 

He is also co-founder of The University of the Netherlands, a website that broadcasts dedicated recorded university lectures by the best professors in the Netherlands in 15-minute blocks.

Orit Kopel

Orit Kopel


Orit Kopel is an entrepreneur and keynote speaker. 

She is the Founder of Glass Voices, a social enterprise aimed at empowering women to pursue leadership roles in society and amplify their voices in the public sphere. 

Ms Kopel co-founded WikiTribune, an inventive Wiki-based news platform, alongside Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia. 

With a background as a qualified human rights lawyer, she acted as the CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, advocating for bloggers and social media users persecuted for speaking out online. She previously acted as Jimmy Wales’ Special Adviser for Google’s Expert Advisory Council on the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’, defending Internet freedom.

Anders Krab-Johansen

Anders Krab-Johansen

CEO and Publisher
Berlingske Media

Anders Krab-Johansen is CEO and Publisher of Copenhagen-based Berlingske Media, the publisher of Berlingske, B.T., Weekendavisen and Euroinvestor.

He has held journalistic positions such as Brussels Correspondent and Political Editor at Dagbladet Børsen, as well as Political Editor at Ritzau and at TV2 News. In 2008, he became head of news at Politiken and later anchorman at TV2 News. 

In 2011, he returned to Dagbladet Børsen as CEO and Editor-in-Chief, until starting his current role in December 2017. 

Mr Krab-Johansen is author of the Danish debate book Vi vinder, når vi vågner (We win when we wake up), published in 2015. 

He graduated in 1994 with an MSc in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. The following year, he completed an MSc in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. 

Joanna Krawczyk

Joanna Krawczyk

Head of Partnerships
Gazeta Wyborcza

Joanna Krawczyk has been Head of Partnerships at leading Polish quality newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza since October 2017. In her role she is responsible for designing and enabling cross-border newsroom and business projects and community building through revenue partnerships and creative collaborations with European institutions and international organisations.

She is also the President of the Board of the newly founded Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that aims to develop independent, quality media, civil society and media literacy in Poland. Prior to her current role, she spent 13 years in philanthropy and international relations, leading collaborative projects focused on media, European citizenship and education with European institutions and major civil society players, including the European Commission, Evens Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Media & Learning Association and European Cultural Foundation.

Ms Krawczyk has an MA in English from the University of Warsaw, as well as an MA in American Studies from Jagiellonian University.

Clare Lawson

Clare Lawson

Chief Customer Officer
Ogilvy UK

Clare Lawson is the Chief Customer Officer of Ogilvy UK.

In her role, she focuses on customer driven growth - understanding clients challenges and then helping the business grow in the direction that solves those challenges. 

Ms Lawson leads a team including the heads of Ogilvy’s key eight capabilities, along with the leaders of account and programme management, and is a member of Ogilvy UK’s six-person leadership team.

Prior to this role, Clare was the Managing Director of OgilvyOne, a company where she spent close to 15 years of her career. Taking her remit from account manager through to Managing Partner, Head of Client Service and MD of the B2B division. During that time she ran accounts for blue chip clients including BT, Zurich, EY, Formula 1, and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

A self-confessed data geek, she has a passion for all things performance at work, and enjoys bringing that angle to the full service remit that Ogilvy embodies. 

André Loesekrug-Pietri

André Loesekrug-Pietri

Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.)

André Loesekrug-Pietri is Director of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.), which aims to accelerate Europe’s leadership in disruptive innovations. He is also a lecturer at SciencesPo and non-resident Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. 

In 2017, he was named as a Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, on European Defense policy, technology and innovation. 

Having started as an assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital, including 10 years in China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. 

Mr Loesekrug-Pietri was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is a private pilot, and also a Colonel in the French Air Force People’s Reserve. 

He attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school, and is a graduate of HEC and Harvard Kennedy School.

Valerie Mocker

Valerie Mocker

Director, Future News Fund

Valerie Mocker is Director of the Future News Fund, which is part of the Nesta foundation, one of Europe’s leading social innovation funds.

She leads a team responsible for building new funds that unlock the opportunities of digitalisation, tech for good and innovation to tackle the big challenges of our time. 

Previously, Ms Mocker set up a range of impactful pan-European programmes to help governments, corporates and start-ups become better and more thoughtful innovators. Before joining Nesta in 2013, she worked on innovation and behavioural economics in Germany, Spain, Peru and the UK. 

She is active as a public speaker, also writing newspaper columns, and participating as a member of multiple advisory boards.

Ms Mocker is part of the "40 under 40" leaders list by Capital magazine. She holds two degrees, both first class, from the University of Oxford. She tweets as @vkmocker 

Kaius  Niemi

Kaius Niemi

Senior Editor-in-Chief
Hensingin Sanomat

Kaius Niemi has been the Senior Editor-in-Chief of leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat since 2013.
At Helsingin Sanomat Mr Niemi worked as foreign staff writer, City Editor and Managing Editor prior to becoming Editor-in-Chief of the evening newspaper Ilta-Sanomat and online financial daily in 2010.
He began his journalistic career as a television and radio reporter at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) in the 1990s. 
In 2002 he was named Journalist of the Year by publishing house Bonnier for his war coverage in Afghanistan. This year he was awarded the Bonnier prize again for a worldwide press freedom campaign called “Welcome to the Land of Free Press”. Mr Niemi is a member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute.

Beniamino Pagliaro

Beniamino Pagliaro

Digital Development Editor
La Repubblica

Beniamino Pagliaro is an editor at La Repubblica, in charge of digital development, and also writes about the digital economy. In 2013 he founded Good Morning Italia, a daily briefing startup. He worked for the press agency Ansa and for La Stampa, founded the conference State of the Net about the internet industry in Italy, and has published four books, the latest about the attention economy. He tweets as @bpagliaro.

Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson

Global Managing Editor, Newsroom

Simon Robinson is Reuters’ Global Managing Editor, Newsroom. He joined the news service in 2010 and ran investigations and enterprise reporting in Europe, Middle East and Africa for six years, editing award-winning series on Iran, Russia, corporate taxation, Greek banks and migration. 

Between 2017 and 2019 he was Regional Editor for EMEA, running Reuters' single biggest region and overseeing everything from breaking news to budgets. Between 1995 and 2010, Mr Robinson was a correspondent and then editor for Time magazine, reporting from more than 50 countries in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. 

He has published short stories, and wrote and produced an award-winning satirical movie about aid workers and journalists in Africa.

Paul Royall

Paul Royall

Editor, News at Six and Ten

Since 2013, Paul Royall has been Editor of the BBC News at Six and Ten, the biggest television news bulletins in the UK with a weekly reach of 11m and 13m viewers respectively. 

He is currently leading the programmes through his third UK General Election as Editor, having led coverage during the EU Referendum, the Scottish Referendum, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of IS terror around the globe. 

Mr Royall is also Executive Editor of the daily news bulletins across BBC News - this includes other television news shows together with some global services such as BBC Minute and some domestic radio. He is part of the senior leadership team within daily news output at the BBC, which works across television, radio and online. 

Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan

Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer

Johnny Ryan is Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave. 

He was previously responsible for PageFair’s research and analysis, as well as industry relations. Other roles include Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times and Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). 

Dr Ryan is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information. He started his career as a designer, subsequently returning to design thinking as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. 

His campaign to end the multi-billion dollar “real-time bidding” advertising industry’s data breach spans sixteen EU countries, in collaboration with privacy NGOs. 

Dr Ryan is the author of two books including A History of the Internet and the Digital Future. 

As an O’Reilly Foundation PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge, he studied the spread of militant memes on the Web. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.

Elske Schouten

Elske Schouten

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Elske Schouten is deputy editor-in-chief of NRC, a quality newspaper in The Netherlands. Together with the rest of the team she is responsible for the editorial coverage and implementation of digital strategy. NRC has been focussing on digital first publishing, newsletters and has launched three successful podcasts.

Prior to this, Elske was the editor of the Foreign Desk, responsible for international coverage and NRC’s network of 22 foreign correspondents. She has worked in Jakarta for five years as NRC’s correspondent for Southeast Asia.

Educated as a biologist, Elske started at NRC in 2005 as a business reporter. She lives in Amsterdam, has two daughters and is an enthusiastic amateur pianist.

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck

Founder and CEO
Lie Detectors

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck is the Founder and CEO of award-winning news literacy project Lie Detectors, also directing its strategy, development and advocacy. 

She has advised international policymakers on anti-radicalisation and platform accountability, and the European Commission as a member of the advisory High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation. 

Prior to founding Lie Detectors, she enjoyed an award-winning journalism career of 20 years, during which time she wrote for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Reuters, MLex and Spiegel among others. 

Ms von Reppert-Bismarck is an alumna of New York’s Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lie Detectors won the EU Digital Skills Award 2018 for its work in education, while its activities in Brussels’ Molenbeek district have been featured in the Financial Times.

Jochen Wegner

Jochen Wegner

Die Zeit Online

Jochen Wegner is the Editor-in-chief of Zeit Online, Germany's most popular premium news site, and editorial board member of Die Zeit, Germany's most widely read weekly newspaper.

He is the recipient of several awards, including Germany's most prestigious honour, the Grimme Online Award. He has also been named the German Editor-in-Chief of the Year and Digital Leader in Gold in addition to receiving the Scoop Award for excellence in digital journalism.

Eirik Winsnes

Eirik Winsnes

Development Editor

Eirik H. Winsnes is the Development Editor at Aftenposten, Norway’s largest subscription-based paper and a subsidiary of Schibsted. At Aftenposten, he oversees strategy, product development and editorial development.

In recent years, his teams have launched multiple award-winning products, including an “editorially guided” front-page algorithm built on Aftenposten’s journalistic profile and mission.

Having joined Schibsted in 2011, Mr Winsnes has held various roles throughout the company, in Norway and internationally. 

He holds an MsC in Political Science from the University of Oslo.

Gert Ysebaert

Gert Ysebaert


Gert Ysebaert is CEO of Mediahuis, the result of the merger between Corelio and Concentra in 2013. Over the past years he has led the Mediahuis organisation on its path to further digital growth of its services and brands. 

Under his leadership and with the acquisition of the Dutch media groups NRC Media and Telegraaf Media Groep - and most recently Ireland’s Independent News and Media - Mediahuis has evolved into a leading international multimedia company with over 4,100 employees, 35 news brands reaching more than 10 million readers every day and an annual turnover in excess of €1bn.

Previously, he held management positions - mainly within the Corelio publishing group - including Publisher of De Standaard, Belgium’s largest quality newspaper, and Het Nieuwsblad, the country’s second largest popular newspape. 

Mr Ysebaert has spent his entire professional life working in the media industry, combining his passion with a career. He holds an MA in Communication, and an Executive MBA.


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Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. The Google News Initiative, launched in March 2018, is Google's effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in a digital age. The GNI will advance solutions across 3 major pillars where the news industry faces challenges and opportunities today: elevating and strengthening quality journalism, evolving business models to drive sustainable growth, and empowering news organisations through technological innovation.

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Founded in March 2003 by some of Europe’s leading content brands, OPA Europe is the only pan-European Publishers association totally focused on digital strategies with the single purpose of helping media companies build profitable online businesses.

The Online Publishers Association Europe provides the best forum for the real exchange of best-practices on media innovation and digital transformation to its premium members, such as The New York Times Global, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, El Pais, The Telegraph, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, Grupo Espresso, El Mundo or Ringier/Axel Springer. OPA Europe is affiliated with the U.S.-based Digital Content Next.

Through closed-door meetings for the sharing of experiences/best practices, exclusive research and ongoing communications/networking, OPA Europe seeks to establish and promote the Internet as a sustainable business for publishers, and a valuable proposition for consumers and marketers. Members of OPA Europe ascribe to the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability.

ETNO represents Europe’s leading telecommunications network operators, who provide European citizens with innovative digital communication and services. ETNO, founded in 1992, is the principal policy group for European network operators and it aims at supporting a positive policy environment to deliver the best quality services to consumers and businesses. ETNO brings together the major investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing over 70% of the total sector investment in Europe’s main markets.

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TNW is a global digital brand that informs, inspires and connects people who love tech, through media, events, and services.
Primarily known for their media outlet and award-winning tech event TNW Conference, TNW also incorporates a co-working label (, a global startup database ( and delivers custom innovation programs to corporates and governments via TNW X.

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Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei are continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

Founded in 2008, What’s New In Publishing covers developments in digital publishing, magazines, and newspapers. We focus on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the industry at a time of profound disruption, offering practical and useful advice from “What’s New?” to “What Next?”. With thousands of publishers worldwide subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter and many more visiting the site regularly, WNIP is one of the world’s longest-running and leading B2B websites covering the publishing industry.


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