ASSEM EL BASSAL is the General Manager of Masrawy Linkonline portal in Egypt. He is an experienced Business Manager with a consistent track record of successfully, employing best business practices that improve efficiency, and reduce operating costs, whilst increasing productivity all to tight time scales and within budget. Having a professional attitude and an ability to be flexible and handle change in a positive manner, Possessing excellent communication, leadership and organizational skills, Cross-Functional Leadership, General Management, Strategy development and implementation.

Assem’s specialities include Content Sales and aggregation; online and offline media; VAS; telecommunication and IT solutions; media management including TV, radio, digital and print; marketing and branding; e- commerce; mobile solutions; product development; establishing start-ups; and partner management.

James BaxterJAMES BAXTER is the editor and Publisher of iPolitics, a news site specializing in Canadian politics.

Over the past 25 years, James has been an award-winning sportswriter, political journalist, bureau chief and editorial writer. A third-generation public affairs journalist, James’ work covering politics, first in Ottawa and then in Alberta, earned him a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2008, where his studies focused on international trade law and the future of the media industry.

grig_davidcropGRIG DAVIDOVITZ is a consultant specialising in Developing Journalism in the New Media Age. His areas of expertise are news design and usability, online revenue models and newsroom structure. His clients include newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Prior to that, he was the Editor in Chief of Israel’s Haaretz websites, also responsible for the strategic development of the digital platforms.

dunhamLayout 1RICK DUNHAM is co-director of the Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. A veteran political journalist and one of America’s foremost authorities on the use of social media for journalism, he is the creator of the popular blog “Texas on the Potomac. He was Washington bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle from 2007-13 and also served as Hearst Newspapers Washington bureau chief from 2009 to 2012.He is a past president of the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

Rick’s webinar is co-branded with the International Centre for Journalists.

PAULA FRAY is managing director of FrayIntermedia, a South African training institute founded in March 2005 to meet a need for an integrated approach to service provision in the media training sector. Paula has worked in media for over 25 years. An award-winning journalist who rose to become the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper in South Africa, Paula was also executive news editor of The Star newspaper in Johannesburg. She has wide-ranging consultancy and project management experience and has served as a mentor for organisations such as e-Health and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). She is a recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.

PENNY JONES is Head of International Business Development for Guardian News & Media. Notably, she coordinated the launch of Guardian Australia. Prior to this role, Penny was instrumental in the digital transformation of the Guardian’s syndication business, leading strategic and business development across the area.   She has also held a number of management and front line sales roles in her time at GNM.

Penny is currently leading projects in a range of markets which aim to grow the Guardian’s global footprint and introduce new audiences to Guardian journalism.

jkohl-thestarJESSE KOHL is Content Optimization Manager for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper and one of the largest digital news organizations in North America. With an academic background in journalism, Jesse spent several years as a reporter for community newspapers before moving into communications consulting. As a consultant and content optimization manager in the agency world, he provided strategic communications counsel to leading technology brands. Prior to joining the Toronto Star, Jesse managed digital and content marketing initiatives for a B2B software company, from its startup roots through to acquisition by a global public company. At the Star, he is responsible for optimizing digital content and processes to reach greater audiences through search engines and other channels.

Harriet MinterHARRIET MINTER is the editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section. She writes extensively on a variety of issues relating to women and the workplace and has interviewed a range of leading women from MPs to entrepreneurs and celebrities. Prior to her current role she worked as a commissioning editor for a range of sections on the Guardian and also ran the engagement and social media strategy for the Guardian’s Professional Networks. She started her journalistic career at, the leading community site for lawyers and as a consequence knows far too much about the private lives of the City’s highest paid litigators. She has a strong interest in women’s rights, diversity in the workplace and digital media, and is a regular speaker on these topics. Outside of work her passions include high heels and big boats – just not together.


DICKENS OLEWE is a journalist at the Star newspaper. He leads the Star’s online team. Olewe led the launch of the Star’s website in 2011, and subsequently set up the website’s social media platforms. Olewe has been selected as a Knight Fellow at Stanford for the year 2014-15, his innovation proposal is to establish an African drone journalism corps, with newsroom-based teams using unmanned aerial vehicles across the continent to improve real-time reportage.Olewe has been running AfricanSkyCAM, a drone journalism project funded by the African News Innovation Challenge. He’s lead projects to establish collaborative journalism and data journalism. He’s a member of the Hacks/Hackers Nairobi chapter. He has been invited to speak and participate in different conferences on citizen journalism, collaborative journalism and media trends.

20140507-152319.jpgJULIE POSETTI is an award-winning Australian journalist and academic. A former news editor, presenter and political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti is currently based in Paris as a Research Fellow with the World Editors Forum and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. She is completing a PhD on “The Twitterisation of Journalism” at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where she teaches social journalism, radio, TV and multimedia storytelling. A PBS Mediashift correspondent, she has consulted widely to media organisations on the digital transformation of journalism and she is a sought-after social media trainer.

sierrajpeg5_0Layout 1JORGE LUIS SIERRA is director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships Program. He previously worked as a Knight Fellow in Panama and Mexico for four years, developing digital tools to map crime, corruption and attacks on journalists and bloggers. Jorge Luis was an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter and editor, writing on Latino issues and a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organized crime, counterinsurgency and gangs.

Jorge Luis studied international journalism at the University of Southern California; defense policy and economics at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University; psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; and creative writing at the School of Writers in Mexico City.

Jorge Luis’ webinar is co-branded with the International Centre for Journalists.

GUNNAR SPRINGFELDT, Springfeldt Media, is a media consultant based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Until 2013 he was the VP of development at Stampen Media Group, one of the leading media groups in Sweden and owner of both paid for and free newspapers in Sweden but also present in the areas social media, corporate publishing, outdoor advertising, events and printing plants.

Before Stampen Gunnar was the development director of Göteborgs-Posten (GP), a regional daily in south west Sweden and the country´s second largest morning newspaper. In that capacity he was responsible for the newspapers digital strategy and web + mobile development. Gunnar started as a journalist at GP and worked both as a subeditor and business reporter. In his early career Gunnar has reported from east and central Africa.

Gunnar has been the chairman of the Digital Media Committee of the Swedish Newspaper Publishers Association. He also was a member of the organizing committee of the World Newspaper Congress in Sweden 2008.

Internationally Gunnar was for many years the Swedish representative in the WAN-Ifra European Committee and global advisory council. He has also been involved in media management training in Vietnam and The Philippines. As a speaker at media events in Scandinavia, several European countries, India and Singapore, Gunnar has covered topics as newspaper production, mobile strategy and social media strategies.