World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers


Academy Team

Academy Team

  • Mechthild Schimpf

    Director Middle East | WAN-IFRA CH | Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Short Bio

    She is responsible for all activities in the Middle East countries, working closely with WAN-IFRA's members in the region. She is in charge of organising regional events and activities in the Middle East region.

  • Jen Teo

    Senior Manager, Training / Director, Media Professionals Programme | WAN-IFRA Singapore

    Short Bio

    Jen is in charge of organising and marketing events, training and competitions (Asia Media Awards) for WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific, while working closely with the supplier community in a number of capacities.

  • Vijayalakshmi Murali

    Assistant Manager - Sales & Operations | WAN-IFRA South Asia Pvt Ltd | Chennai, India

    Short Bio

    She is responsible for training, awards and other operations at WAN-IFRA South Asia, Viji has been Working in WAN-IFRA since 2009.

  • Rodrigo Bonilla

    Area Manager, Americas / Gerente Regional, Américas | WAN-IFRA | Mexico City, Mexico

    Short Bio

    Rodrigo heads WAN-IFRA’s operations for North and Latin America based out of Mexico City. He joined WAN-IFRA as Coordinator and then Manager of Press Freedom Missions in January 2010, leading the organisation’s advocacy missions worldwide. Since 2013, he manages WAN-IFRA’s overall activities in Latin America, monitoring the industry’s trends and offering services to the organization's members and partners in the region. He launched the LATAM edition of WAN-IFRA’s prestigious Digital Media Conferences, which has since become the go-to event for the region’s most innovative media leaders. Rodrigo is Uruguayan-Mexican and studied in France and Canada. He graduated in both History and Political Science from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, and holds a Master Degree in International Cooperation and Development from the same institution.

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