World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

9th Middle East Conference


9th Middle East Conference


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Wednesday, 12. March 2014

  • 10:00

    10:00 – 10:30 Official opening of the conference

    Welcome speech: H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali, Jordan

  • 10:30

    10:30 – 10:50 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


    10:50 – 11:00 Welcome address from WAN-IFRA

    Vincent Peyrègne, Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA, France

  • 11:00


  • 11:30

    11:30 – 12:30 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, Singapore

  • 12:30
  • 14:00

    14:00 – 14:30 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 AG, Germany

    14:30 – 15:00 Driving Newsroom Innovation with the Power of Your People
    “How to unleash newsroom innovation by tapping into the talent of your staff”. Journalists at news desks and on the road are the people that transform newsroom strategies into reality.  They breathe life into the vision, taking goals, milestones and metrics from flipcharts and excel spreadsheets into the real world.  Without well-trained staff and an environment that nurtures rather than stifles creativity, a newsroom transformation may never reach its full potential.
    Jonathan Halls, Adjunct Prof, George Washington University, USA

    15:00 – 15:30 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) newspaper

    Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University and Principal, Jonathan Halls & Associates, USA

  • 15:30


  • 16:00

    16:00 – 18:00 The stage is yours ...
    We welcome our suppliers partners to present their latest innovations on stage.

    WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, Germany

  • 18:00


Thursday, 13. March 2014

  • 10:00

    10:00 – 11:00 Growing print with segmentation and right targeting
    Devil is in the detail, and indeed, in customization! Print readership can be grown significantly through segmentation of the consumer, followed by appropriate customization of format, content and mode of reach. In this presentation, we will share successful case examples on this topic, from the ABP group in English and regional language dailies.
    DD Purkayastha, Managing Director and CEO, ABP Pvt. Ltd., India

  • 11:00


  • 11:30

    11:30 – 12:00 Form, Function and Monetisation in Mobile and Tablet
    Strong mobile and tablet strategy has never been more 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 through the minefield of options.
    Matt Kelly, Former Publisher Mirror Digital and Publishing Consultant, Cases i Associats, UK

    12:00 – 12:30 Powerful Strategies to turn your on-line reach into powerful business
    Mohammed Alharti, Editor-in-Chief, Sayidaty Magazine – The Saudi Research & Publishing Co.

    12:30 – 13:00 Innovating and Winning with business models
    Have you ever been confronted with outdated business models? Loss of market share? Poor revenue generation? Poor margins? Fragmented strategies? If any of those problems sounds familiar, you should not miss this presentation.
    Ed Capaldi, The Growth Catalyst, Dubai, UAE

    CEO & Founder Ed Capaldi LLC, UAE

  • 13:00
  • 14:30

    14:30 – 15:00 From single to double width – a success story continues
    As print order and pages/copy increase, high speed double width presses are inevitable to contain the high cost of production and still meet deadlines.But the transition from single width to double width presses is not esay sailing.It requires detailed study and selection of best configuration for a given situation and requires hard training for operators.
    P K Philip, Chief General Manager, Works, Malayala Malamarama, Kerala, India

    15:00 – 15:30 Flying the Press: Simulator-based training for newspaper printers
    WAN-IFRA's Research and Material Testing Centre in Chennai installed a web-offset press simulator from Sinapse in 2011 and since then have trained over 650 pressmen across India. What is the training technology and how does it benefit technical staff? A case study.
    Anand Srinivasan, Research Engineer, WAN-IFRA, India


    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break


    16:00 – 16:30 Success in Print: News UK’s innovative strategies for growth
    During a time when the focus of many publishers is digital development, News UK is determined to ensure that its evolving business model keeps print very much at its heart.
    Rob Hedges, Sun Deputy Managing Editor, News UK

    16:30 – 17:00 Industrial inkjet
    Bubble or innovation push for newspapers?
    Digital printing has been considered to offer the contrary of what newspaper production needs: high-speed and low-cost  printing of large numbers of copies. But both the strategic orientation of newspapers and the efficiency of industrial inkjet printing are continuing to develop. Suddenly former contradictions appear to match up. 
    What can modern digital printing offer? What are the niches of newspaper publishing that can be handled with new production tools? How can coldset offset and inkjet work hand-in-hand to create new and exciting newspaper products?
    Manfred Werfel, Deputy CEO, Executive Director Competence Centre Newspaper Production

    WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO, Germany

Date and Location

  • 12 Mar 2014 - 13 Mar 2014
    United Arab Emirates

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