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 currently in charge of developing, organising and promoting the media training programs for Asia Pacific. She also leads the media development activities for Media Mentoring Program and Women in News Asia chapters. Prior to the media development responsibilities, she managed the end to end aspect of the Asia’s flagship events on Publish Asia, Digital Media and Asia Media Awards activities, while working closely with the media supplier community in a number of capacities. She continues to support the team with promotion and organisation of Asia's event activities.

  • 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

    Director, Americas / Director, 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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