Valdo Lehari jr.
ENPA Vice-President

In November 2010, he became Vice-President of the European Newspaper Publisher´s Association (ENPA), Brussels – after serving as its President for four years, the maximum term allowed under the organisation´s statutes. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of the Executive Board and President of the Association of Newspaper Publishers of Southwest Germany, “Verband Südwestdeutscher Zeitungsverleger e.V. (VSZV),” Stuttgart.

Peter Bárdy
EiC Aktuality.sk

Peter Bárdy has been the editor-in-chief of Aktuality.sk, for which he is also a columnist, for 10 years. Aktuality.sk is one of most popular and respected news websites in Slovakia. It was created in 2005 in Žilina. Peter has been involved in the media for more than 20 years. He started as a journalist in Žilinský Večerník, than he worked in daily Nový Čas. During his career he was writing articles about crime and the mafia in Slovakia, followed by a period focusing on politics.

Bartosz Węglarczyk 
EiC Onet.pl

He started his career as the foreign editor and correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. He was head of foreign department of Gazeta Wyborcza, where he continues to work until 2011. In 2013–2016, Bartosz Węglarczyk becomes the deputy editor-in-chief in the daily Rzeczpospolita (Republic). In March 2016, he becomes the programming director of Onet.pl, and since December 2018, he takes over the duties of the editor-in-chief, also being responsible for the direction and program line of the portal.

Mark Dekan 
CEO Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

He is responsible for the CEE Joint Venture between Axel Springer and Ringier. In addition he holds the position of CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Polska. Before his appointment as CEO of RASMAG in 2013, Mark Dekan was as CFO responsible for the establishment and management of the finance function of the Group. Mark Dekan has extensive experience in media business, including the traditional and digital parts of media, as well as in management of large and diverse organizational.

Meera Selva  
Director Fellowship Programme, Reuters Institute

Meera is an accomplished senior journalist with experience in Europe, Asia and Africa. She joined the Reuters Institute in 2017 and runs a program that focuses on the challenges of journalism worldwide. She has worked as a journalist in London, Berlin, Nairobi and Singapore.

Ralph Büchi
COO Ringier AG,
PublishingCEO Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz

Ralph Büchi (* 1957) has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Ringier Group since June 2017 and also acts as Deputy CEO of Marc Walder. Since January 2016, Ralph Büchi has been CEO of the Swiss joint venture of Ringier and Axel Springer, the Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG, as CEO.

In addition, since 2010 Büchi has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, the joint venture between Ringier and Axel Springer in Central and Eastern Europe.

Andrew Gray

European Union Editor at POLITICO Europe. Based in Brussels, he is responsible for coverage of EU institutions and politics in major European capitals including Paris and Berlin. Andrew also oversees POLITICO’s EU Confidential podcast, which he co-hosts.

Previously, Andrew worked at Reuters as a correspondent and bureau chief for 15 years. He was posted to Germany, Geneva, the Balkans, West Africa, London and Washington, where he covered the Pentagon.

Born and raised in Scotland, Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in languages and a master’s degree in investigative journalism.

Galina Arapova
Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University

Director and senior media lawyer of the NGO Mass Media Defence Centre (Russia). She is a trustee of the human rights organization ARTICLE 19; Russian national expert on admissibility of the Council of Europe’s HELP program (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals).

Mina Dennert

Swedish writer, journalist and the founder of the #iamhere network, which has inspired far over a hundred thousand people from all over the world to take up the fight for a democratic and inclusive society. Through the Facebook groups of the same name, members counteract fake news, alternative facts and hate speech.

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