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Programme Day 1 – March 12th
Driving Newsroom Innovation with the
Power of Your People
“How to unleash newsroom innovation by tapping into the
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talent of your staff”.
that transform newsroom strategies into reality. They
Official opening of the conference
Welcome speech:
Journalists at news desks and on the road are the ­people
breathe life into the vision, taking goals, milestones and
H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali, Jordan
metrics from flipcharts and excel spreadsheets into the real
nurtures rather than stifles creativity, a newsroom transfor-
Welcome address from the region
Dhaen Shaeen, CEO of Publishing Sector,
Dubai Media Incorporated, Dubai, UAE
Saleh Alhumaidan, Managing Director, Al-Yaum
Media House Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and Chairman of
the WAN-IFRA Middle East Committee
Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director, Media
Cluster – TECOM Investments, Dubai, UAE
Welcome address from WAN-IFRA
Vincent Peyrègne, Chief Executive Officer,
WAN-IFRA, France
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Conference keynote
world. Without well-trained staff and an environment that
mation may never reach its full potential.
Jonathan Halls, Adjunct Prof, George Washington
University, USA
Focusing on the Local: Mantiqti, the
region’s first quality hyperlocal newspaper
Mantiqti, the first “hyper local” free newspaper in Egypt
and the Middle East is distributed across Cairo’s vibrant
downtown district – door to door to residents, at branded
stands in cafes and among local businesses ranging from
the Stock Exchange to medical doctors, lawyers, tourism
companies and others. Learn more about the success of
this newspaper and its unique editorial strategy
Tarek Atia, Publisher, Mantiqti (My Neighborhood)
Visions for a different future
The news business is NOT a dying business. To survive we
have to rethink our business completely.
Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief, Singapore Press Holding,
Suppliers session
Moderator: Manfred Werfel, WAN-IFRA, Deputy CEO,
12:30 Lunch and visit
in the exhibition area
Innovations in Newsrooms
Moderator: Jonathan Halls, Adjunct Prof,
George Washington University, USA
15:30 Coffee break
Digital news in the age
of the platform
Like most modern news outlets, Springer is obsessed with
having everyone in the company work without distinction
between digital and print. Its latest initiative involves the
definitive transformation of the venerable daily Die Welt
into a multimedia news factory.
Benjamin Gajkowski, Die Welt, Axel Springer, Germany
Executive Director Competence Centre Newspaper
The stage is yours ...
We welcome our suppliers partners to present their
latest innovations on stage.
18:00 Wrap up the day
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Programme Day 2 – March 13nd
Innovations in Print
Moderator: Manfred Werfel, WAN-IFRA, Deputy CEO,
Executive Director Competence Centre Newspaper
Keynote speech – Day 2
Growing print with segmentation and
right targeting
14:30 Devil is in the detail, and indeed, in customization! Print
a success story continues
readership can be grown significantly through segmenta-
As print order and pages/copy increase, high speed double
tion of the consumer, followed by appropriate customiza-
width presses are inevitable to contain the high cost of
tion of format, content and mode of reach. In this pres-
production and still meet deadlines.But the transition from
entation, we will share successful case examples on this
single width to double width presses is not esay sailing.It re-
topic, from the ABP group in English and regional language
quires detailed study and selection of best configuration for
a given situation and requires hard training for operators.
DD Purkayastha, Managing Director and CEO,
P K Philip, Chief General Manager, Works,
ABP Pvt. Ltd., India
Malayala Malamarama, Kerala, India
11:00 Coffee break
From single to double width –
Flying the Press: Simulator-based
training for newspaper printers
Innovations in Business
WAN-IFRA’s Research and Material Testing Centre in
Moderator: Ed Capaldi, The Growth Catalyst, Dubai, UAE
­Chennai installed a web-offset press simulator from Sinapse
in 2011 and since then have trained over 650 pressmen
Form, Function and Monetisation in
across India. What is the training technology and how does
Mobile and Tablet
it benefit technical staff? A case study.
Strong mobile and tablet strategy has never been more
Anand Srinivasan, Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India
important, and the options facing publishers never more
confusing. This presentation brings clarity to this crucial
area of development for any publisher – and a pathway
innovative strategies for growth
Success in Print: News UK’s
through the minefield of options.
During a time when the focus of many publishers is digital
Matt Kelly, Former Publisher Mirror Digital and
development, News UK is determined to ensure that its
Publishing Consultant, Cases i Associats, UK
evolving business model keeps print very much at its heart.
Rob Hedges, Sun Deputy Managing Editor, News UK
Powerful Strategies to turn your on-line
reach into powerful business
Mohammed Alharthi, Editor-in-Chief, Sayidaty Magazine –
Bubble or innovation push for newspapers?
The Saudi Research & Publishing Co.
Digital printing has ben considered to offer the contrary
Industrial inkjet –
of what newspaper production needs: high-speed and
Innovating and Winning with
low-cost printing of large numbers of copies. But both the
business models
strategic orientation of newspapers and the efficiency of in-
Have you ever been confronted with outdated business
dustrial inkjet printing are continuing to develop. Suddenly
models? Loss of market share? Poor revenue generation?
former contradictions appear to match up.
Poor margins? Fragmented strategies? If any of those prob-
What can modern digital printing offer? What are the
lems sounds familiar, you should not miss this presentation.
niches of newspaper publishing that can be handled with
Ed Capaldi, The Growth Catalyst, Dubai, UAE
new production tools? How can coldset offset and inkjet
work hand-in-hand to create new and exciting newspaper
13:00 Lunch and visit
in the exhibition area
Manfred Werfel, WAN-IFRA, Deputy CEO, Executive
Director Competence Centre Newspaper Production
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Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali founded in 2007 the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), a non-profit institution
whose aim is to establish an Arab center of excellence for journalism education with a Master’s program at its
core and training-modules in parallel ( She has also been a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Royal Film Commission - Jordan since July 2005 (
Prior to marrying HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Princess Rym worked extensively for international broadcasters
including CNN, where she began as a producer in 1998 and later worked as a Baghdad correspondent from
2001 until 2004. She had developed her portfolio working for the BBC, Dubai TV, Bloomberg TV, Radio Monte-Carlo Moyen-Orient
and United Press International-UPI.
A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Princess Rym Ali also holds a MPhil in Political Science from the Institut
d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and a MA in English Literature from the Sorbonne.
Princess Rym Ali received a prestigious Alumni Award from the Columbia University School of Journalism in April 2011. In July 2011,
she was also awarded the “Best International Journalist” prize at the 32nd Ischia International Journalism Awards Ceremony, one
of the most renowned journalistic awards in Italy. In September 2011, Princess Rym Ali received the French Knight of the Legion of
Honor decoration from the French government.
In October 2012, the Global Thinkers Forum awarded Princess Rym Ali the Excellence in Media Award. In November 2013, Princess
Rym Ali received a PhD honoris causa from Coventry University – England, for her contribution to the field of Journalism and Media
and as founder of the Jordan Media Institute.
Dhaen Shaeen
CEO of Publishing Sector, Dubai Media Incorporated, Dubai, UAE
Current Editor-in-Chief of Al Bayan Daily Newspaper . CEO Dubai Media Incorporated Press.
Headed Al-Bayan’s Sports Department; Supervised Cultural, Miscellaneous, Localities, Photography and
Proofreading departments.
Member of Emirates’ Writers Federation; Official in Charge of Public Relations during one of the Federation’s
Member of The Arab Writers’ General Federation.
Financial and Administrative Manager of Al-Bayan Press, Printing & Publishing Establishment.
Jury Member of Skeikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Prize for Childhood Creations.
Member of The National Ecological Strategy Project in the Education & Ecological Awareness Sector. Participating in a training
workshop on “Internal Customers” for The Dubai Government Excellence Award.
Participating in a press training course on human rights, Rabat, Morocco.
Poet & Literary Critic with five publications in Arabic:
1.”Silence-Inspiring Sign – A Poetic Collection (1990)
2.”Unsellable Stuff “ – A Collection of Essays & Articles (1992)
3.”Inscriptions on the Gates of Al-Napat” – Critical Articles (1995).
4.“I Pronounce Thy Names in My Dreams” – A Collections of Writings.
5.”Out of Context” – A Collection of Articles on lifestyles and pubic culture.
6.”Other Faces for Life” – Articles & Essays.
8.“What the Wind did not say”
9.“Outside the picture inside the frame”
Participated in several cultural, literary and movie festivals, including Pizzaro Film Festival, Italy; The Mediterranean Film Festival of
Pantelleria in Sicily, Italy; and The World Youth Festival in PyongYang, North Korea, 1989.
Managing Editor for “Shoun Adabia”, a seasonal magazine published by Emirates Writers Federation.
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Mohammad Abdullah
Managing Director, Media Cluster, TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding, Dubai, UAE
Mohammad Abdullah is the Managing Director, Media Cluster, TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai
Holding. The TECOM Investments Media Cluster includes Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and
International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
Prior to joining the media cluster, Abdullah was Executive Vice-President of CNBC Arabia, the premium business
channel, responsible for editorial and operational management. He worked closely with the CNBC CEO in
guiding the company strategy, policy and implementation of corporate vision.
Abdullah was also instrumental in supervising the staff to maintain and enhance the quality of broadcast output and strengthening
the relevance to viewers.
Abdullah made his foray into the print media at Emirates Media Incorporated where he was tasked with the strategic planning and
positioning of a number of magazines and newspapers as Press Director, and subsequently as Director of Strategy and Planning.
As the Press Director, he successfully achieved the right positioning of publications such as Al Ittihad as a leading UAE daily and
helped the newspaper notch higher circulation and advertising revenues.
Beginning his career with Abu Dhabi TV as a broadcast journalist and news anchor, Abdullah played a vital role in establishing the
news centre of the channel in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He was the member of the original ‘Structure and Planning Committee’ actively
involved in laying down of operational, editorial, production and administrative procedures governing the news centre to this day.
A multifaceted media professional, Abdullah also holds the distinction of establishing the Middle East Regional Committee for IFRA,
the world’s leading organization for newspaper and media publishing.
Abdullah holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the Emerson College in Boston, US.
Saleh Al-Humaidan
Managing director of Al Yaum Media House
Mr. Saleh Al-Humaidan is managing director of Al Yaum Media House, the leading publishing house in the
Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He is a doctoral candidate at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, in France.
Mr. Al-Humaidan’s professional career spans 30 years, mainly in the private sector in Saudi Arabia, including
membership of various Saudi public and private corporate boards and international organizations (WAN-IFRA &
ILO). He is chairman of the newly formed Saudi Newspapers Publishing Council, a board member of the National
Newspaper Distribution Company, and a board member and president of the executive committee of Prince Ahmed Bin Salman
Applied Media Academy, a leading and reputable media organization in Saudi Arabia.
Vincent Peyrègne
Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA, France
Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Newspapers and News
Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on 1st October 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, since the end of 2008 he worked in the
office of the French minister of Culture and Communication where he was responsible for newspapers and new
media as well as the “états généraux de la presse écrite”, the French government’s response to the economic
difficulties facing the newspaper industry. From 2004 to 2008 he was head of development at Edipresse Publications SA in Lausanne, with responsibility for reader studies and marketing research. In 1997, as Regional Manager of IFRA (INCA FIEJ
Research Association), he established IFRA South West Europe, the IFRA subsidiary with responsibility for the French-speaking regions
and the Iberian Peninsula, which he headed for seven years. He then established IFRA Ibérica in 2000, coinciding with the launch of
the Spanish-language edition of IFRA’s international magazine, técnicas de prensa. Before joining IFRA for the first time, he worked
for three years for the business daily publication La Tribune Desfossés in Paris, initially as head of advertising, then customer relationship manager. A graduate of the European Institute of Business Administration (IEA) in Paris, he began his professional career working as a consultant for several French newspaper companies, such as Libération and Groupe Sud-Ouest as well as for professional
organisations such as Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Régionale, Syndicat de la Presse Parisienne, Syndicat des Quotidiens
Départementaux and Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne.
Vincent Peyrègne is a founding board member of the French-language chapter of SND (Society for News Design) and since
several years a member of ESOMAR and INMA, and a former member of the REMP-WEMF Research Committee (advertising
media research) in Zurich.
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Anand Srinivasan
Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India
Education: Bachelor of Engineering. Specialisation: Printing Technology
Role at WAN-IFRA: Anand is responsible for the activities at WAN-IFRA Research and Material Testing Centre,
Chennai which offers newsprint and newsink testing, print quality evaluation, research and training on various
newspaper production topics. In the last five years with WAN-IFRA, he has published several research reports on
the topics of materials and colour reproduction. He was one of the members of the Jury that judged the general
print quality of newspapers in INCQC 2010-12. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Printing Technology, Anna University. Previous work experience: The Hindu, a leading English daily in India – Engineer in the Graphics department
and a member of the QC team, responsible for colour correction, colour management and conformance of all the printing centres of
The Hindu to ISO 12647-3.
Benjamin Gajkowski
Projektmanager Premium Produkte, Die Welt, Axel Springer AG
Benjamin Gajkowski is Projectmanager Premium Products at the newscooperation DIE WELT at Axel Springer
SE. In this position he is responsible for the development of the DIE WELT Smartphone-Apps, which include the
mobile applications on iOS, Android and Blackberry 10.
Being part of the team, which implemented the first paywall of a national newswebsite in Germany in
­December 2012, Benjamin has gained detailed knowledge on paid strategies for mobile devices and in the
sales and marketing-activities for mobile applications. Benjamin is also responsible for the cooperation business within the DIE WELT
After studying history and politics, Benjamin also graduated from the Axel-Springer-Academy, one of the leading Journalism-Schools
in Germany. He has worked at serveral newspapers like DIE WELT, DIE WELT Kompakt, Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Morgenpost
Kompakt, Magazines like VIEW and online editorial-teams like DIE WELT ONLINE,, or the editorial team of the
DIE WELT or BILD iPad-App before joining the product-development-department at DIE WELT ONLINE.
Dipankar Das Purkayastha
Managing Driector & CEO, ABP Pvt Ltd, India
D. D. Purkayastha is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABP Pvt Ltd., overseeing the strategy
and operations of the entire ABP portfolio. He is also the Chairman of INFOCOM.
He is a Director of MCCS, (Broadcasting company for ABP News, ABP Ananda and ABP Majha).
He is a qualified Cost and Management Accountant and has more than 37 years of experience in the industry of
which 34 years have been with ABP Pvt. Ltd. He is also one of the leading IT professionals of the country.
Mr. Purkayastha is the Chairman of the Central Advisory Council and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of
WAN-IFRA, the newspaper association with large footprint in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Purkayastha is the Vice President of the International Newsmedia Association (INMA) South Asia. The association has strong
­presence in the Americas, Asia and Australasia.
Ed Capaldi
CEO & Founder Ed Capaldi LLC
As a strategic advisor and business coach, Ed has supported over 100 high growth individuals across the region
transform their business vision into reality, fast. Driven by a relentless passion for excellence through the process
of continuous improvement, Ed has a proven track record of getting results.
Ed moved to the region in 2003 as CIO of Gulf News, then joined the Executive Committee tasked with building
and executing strategies to transform Gulf News’ portfolio of brands (Newspapers, Radio, and Magazines)
into the digital age. The only certified Rockefeller Business Coach trained in Business Model Canvas covering the Middle East,
Europe, and Asia, his areas of expertise are Business Coaching, Strategic Planning & Execution, Business Modeling, and Digital & IT
Dominant businesses are masters at navigating the digital economy, their leadership team is agile, fast and able to compete on business models and their IT has become the strategic enabler and catalyst in transforming the business from industrial age to the digital
age. Ed’s expertise is in making this happen and his Program for Growth™ the accelerator.
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Jonathan Halls
Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University and Principal, Jonathan Halls & Associates, USA
Jonathan Halls is Principal of Jonathan Halls & Associates and an adjunct professor at The George Washington
University in Washington DC.
He has worked for more than twenty years in the media industry, in more than 20 countries and with 30
different nationalities. He teaches and consults on organizational dynamics including leadership, change,
communication and innovation. He also teaches media production. Jonathan was formerly a learning executive
at BBC in London. He was responsible for the delivery of the BBC’s prestigious multimillion dollar training operation in television,
radio operations and new media. Jonathan started his career as a journalist and has worked as a trainer and executive.
Manfred Werfel
Deputy CEO, WAN-IFRA, Germany
Manfred Werfel took up duties at Ifra in 1996. He is Deputy CEO and Executive Director Production of
WAN-IFRA, based in Germany. He heads a department with Consultants, Research managers and specialists in
different areas of expertise, from Newspaper Production to ink and paper. Werfel specialises in reproduction and
prepress applications as well as in colour management and printing standardisation in newspaper environments.
Matt Kelly
Publishing Consultant, Cases i Associats, UK
Matt Kelly has been a journalist at the cutting edge of one of the world’s most competitive newspaper
markets – the UK – for two decades.
As Publisher of Mirror Group Digital, he launched commercially successful brands such as 3am and
MirrorFootball across desktop, tablet and mobile.
Today he leads the London office of Cases i Associats, working on transformational projects in newsrooms across
the world.
P K Philip
Chief General manager, Works, Malayala manorama
A Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 50 years experience in the design and production fields in different
Industries. Of this the last 25 years had been with Malayala Manorama Co Ltd, a printing and Publishing Co,
situated in Kerala State in India. We print nearly 2.3 million copies of our flagship daily “Malayala Manorama”
from 19 centers in 97 editions. I am in charge of all printing and pre press facilities and men at all centers.
We print many other publications also other than the daily. It is one of the largest media houses in India and is
into TV, FM and internet as well.
Mohammed Fahad Alharthi
Editor-in-Chief of Sayidaty, Al Jamila and Arab News
Mohammed Fahad Alharthi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Masters Degree in International
Journalism from UK’s City University and has over 20 years experience in the media.
He began his career at Asharq Al Awsat International Arabic Daily published from London before joining Arab
News in 1992 as a correspondent. He moved to work with the team to establish the economic newspaper in
Saudi Arabia and served as journalist to senior sub- editor of the front page and later became the managing
editor. In 1997, he became the editor-in-chief of Arrajol magazine in London and received the Gulf Excellence Award in 2002 on Arrajol’s huge success. He also worked as a visiting journalist at The Financial Times in London.
In 2004, he became the editor-in-chief of Sayidaty and Al Jamila Magazine and oversaw the transfer from London to Dubai Media
City. He has played a leading role in the efforts to bring out a number of specialized issues of Sayidaty such as Sayidaty Décor,
Sayidaty Mother & Baby and Sayidaty Fashion. He also supervised the establishment of Sayidaty magazine in English.
He was a founding member of the Arab Youth Leaders Forum at Davos Middle East conference, a member of Gulf 2000 project at
Columbia University in New York and holds also memberships of the Journalists Union in the UK.
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Patrick Daniel
Editor-in-Chief, English & Malay Newspapers
Mr Daniel was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the English & Malay Newspapers Division of SPH in January 2007.
Prior to this, he was Managing Editor of the division from September 2002, and Editor of The Business Times
from May 1992. He joined the media in October 1986 from the Singapore Government’s Administrative Service
where his last position was Director in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Mr Daniel is a director of SPH Magazines, SPH UnionWorks and Tamil Murasu Ltd, and also chairs two SPH
subsidiaries - Straits Times Press and Holdings. He serves on the boards of the Casino Regulatory Authority, the
Singapore University of Technology and Design and National University Health System.
Mr Daniel graduated from University College, Oxford in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Engineering Sciences and
Economics. He also has a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Rob Hedges
Associate Managing Editor, The Sun, News UK, United Kingdom
Rob Hedges is the Associate Managing Editor of The Sun. Rob was previously Production Manager (Online) for
The Sunday Times as their website became fully paid. During over 17 years with News UK he has worked on the
launch of The London Paper and News Magazines, as well as being Editorial Development Manager across all
titles in the group.
Tarek Atia
CEO and Founder, EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program), Egypt
A journalist and early online innovator in Egypt in the late 1990s, Tarek Atia founded web portals
and, was Assistant Editor in Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, and has had his writing published in prominent international media outlets including The Washington Post and Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
Since 2006, he has worked in media development, designing and implementing capacity building programs for
over 5,000 journalists, editors and mangers working across print, broadcast and online platforms. He has also
been an adjunct lecturer at Cairo University’s Faculty of Mass Communications, the American University in Cairo and the Intajour
International Media Academy in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2011 he founded and now heads the new media training consultancy EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program), which offers
professional development and management consulting services to the Egyptian and regional media sector. EMDP is also the publisher of Mantiqti (My Neighborhood), Egypt’s first hyper local print newspaper covering downtown Cairo.
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