Creative director, designer, typographer and brand strategist at Brody Associates (UK)

Brody is acknowledged as a seminal designer specialising in digital design, typography and identity. His insight and passion for pushing creative boundaries informs the work of Brody Associates, the collaborative creative agency he founded.

His main focus is on exploring the edges of visual languages, and seeking an experimental approach to design and communication.

His work over three decades ranges from album sleeves and identities for cultural institutions to corporate work for global businesses.

Brody is also Dean of the School of Communication at London’s Royal College of Art. He is a Royal Designer for Industry, and past president of Design & Art Direction, which promotes creative excellence. He lectures globally on design and education.




The New York Times Magazine, Art Director (US)

Matt is the art director of The New York Times Magazine. He is a co-founder of both Port Magazine (2011) and Avaunt Magazine (2015). In 2014 he was named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Creative Review, and was elected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 2015. Matt lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.




Founder, Trendspurt - Germany

Daniel Connerth is founding member of the Trendspurt team, bringing digital transformation to journalism by solving the problems non-coders face when it comes to rich storytelling.


Daniel is a web professional and worldwide evangelist for web animation tools (Adobe Animate CC and Tumult Hype), author, trainer and frequent speaker on international conferences such as Adobe MAX and FITC. His passion is enabling storytelling in the digital age.



Deputy Executive Director, Society of Editors (UK)

Ian was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors in April 2017 and is overseeing the Society's work while Bob Satchwell recovers from illness. He is the former Editor of the Southern Daily Echo and the Editor in Chief of Newsquest’s Hampshire titles. He stepped down from the role in 2017 after 20 years in the position. Alongside editing the Daily Echo, he was also in charge of the weekly free News Extra Series in the Southampton region, the New Forest Post, and Hampshire Society magazine series. He was the president of the Society of Editors for 2013-2014 and has been a member of the Society since its formation in 1999.

Ian formerly sat on the Editors’ Code Committee which oversees the industry’s Code of Practice


Partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London.

Juan is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

As a Partner at Innovation he has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies in every continent. His projects with Innovation have won numerous accolades, in particular Best Newspaper Concept and Design in the World and/or in Europe continuously from 2004 to 2011.

In 2010 he was listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by journalism.co.uk.

Mr. Senor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world.

He also publishes annually as co-editor of the books Innovations in Newspapers and Innovations in Magazines written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS's NewsHour, Wall Street Journal TV and CNBC Europe and served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an EMMY and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

In addition to his passion for the media business, he is a campaigner for disabilities via means of fundraising expeditions to the ends of the earth. He has skied unsupported to the North Pole, crossed the Western Sahara, trekked the Amazon and organised the first-ever expedition to the South Pole of a team with physical disabilities.

A Spanish national, he was born and raised in Barcelona and educated in Europe and New York. He is conversant in six languages.



Data Visualisation Editor, Financial Times (UK)

Alan Smith is the Financial Times’ first Data Visualisation Editor. Working with an inter-disciplinary team of visual journalists, he works across the newsroom on all platforms. While Alan’s background might be in cartography and Geography Information Systems, he particularly enjoys identifying opportunities not to use maps, something he has written about in his regular ‘Chart Doctor’ column in the Work & Careers section of the FT. Previously he created the award-winning Data Visualisation Centre at the Office for National Statistics, where he was appointed OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.



Associate Interactive Director, CNN - London (UK)

Mark heads up the London news design team at CNN.

Marks mission is to invigorate and visually direct the newsroom, and to build a strong visual journalism team in the London office.

Before joining CNN Mark was Head of Graphics for The Telegraph, overseeing both print and digital projects. Mark joined The Telegraph from The Independent of Sunday.

Before moving to the UK, Mark worked in Sydney, Australia, and in Kyoto, Japan, an amazing experience which fueled his appetite for design and international exposure.


Thomson Reuters, Deputy Head of Graphics

Simon Scarr is Deputy Head of Graphics for Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider.

Simon is responsible for directing information graphics and data visualization products, managing teams in Singapore and London, working on a range of graphics from breaking news to investigative reports. The Reuters Graphics team have been recognised with a number of awards by SND’s Best of Digital Design competition, SND-E’s Malofiej infographics awards, and others.

He has held previous roles with Reuters, The Herald, Scotland, and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where, as Graphics Director, he played a key role in transforming the use of data visualization and graphics.

Originally from the north east of England, Simon in currently based in Singapore and has spent the last 10 years living in Asia.



Visual journalist -  Financial Times (UK)

Chris is a Visual Journalist at the Financial Times creating data-led graphics for web and print. Prior to working at the Financial Times, Chris produced data visualisations for the war crimes trials at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.



Immediate Past President, Society for News Design and Media Consulting, (US)

A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. She is an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. She is the immediate past president for the Society for News Design and director of large-scale eyetracking research for Poynter on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits which has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world. Her most recent study is Eyetracking Photojournalism, for the National Press Photographers Association.



Graphic Artist, Financial Times (UK)

A graphic artist at the Financial Times since 2002, Ian has seen, and been a part of, the FT's evolution from a print-centred product to a true multi-platform, digital news organisation. An illustrator by training, he has worked in newspapers since 1991 with experience in the graphics departments at the Times and Sunday Times in London in the early 90s and The LA Times and other Californian papers in the latter half of the decade.

Aside from news graphics, Ian, a qualified pilot, has combined his passion for aviation and technology with his work by producing regular illustrations and information graphics for a wide range of aviation and motoring publications and, as his long-suffering family will attest,  spends much of his spare time examining obscure bits of machinery in dusty corners of airfields and museums worldwide



Design editor, The Washington Post (US)

Suzette has been a design editor at The Washington Post since 2015, working in both print and digital spaces. Prior to that, she was a design editor at the Tampa Bay Times and creative director at Bay magazine. She was also the director of design and graphics at the Hartford Courant from 1999-2006.



Design Consultant, US-UK

Deborah Withey, former creative director of The Virginian-Pilot, among other titles, received a Lifetime Achievement award for her work as designer, mentor, and innovator from SND in 2012 which gave her the opportunity (and permission, she figured!) to step away from working exclusively as a visual journalist to developing her own creativity and self-expression as exhibiting artist and art for wellbeing practitioner.


But her love of collaboration brought her back to the USA and newspapers last year when asked to create a visual concept from scratch for the North State Journal, a start-up paper for the state of North Carolina. In less than 12 months of publishing the paper was chosen as a 'World's Best-Designed Finalist', (Deb's 6th) and photo team of the year. 'Design thinking' as well as 'design doing' has inspired her to enroll in the new Emerging Media Design + Development graduate program at Ball State where she plans to meld all her past disciplines into something new, yet to be determined!




Editor in chief/creative director, The Lily –Washington Post (US)

Amy King is the editor in chief/creative director for The Lily, and design director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. Amy proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission of thelily.com – a product aimed at millennial women that lives exclusively on distributed platforms. In her Emerging News Products role, she has helped to launch The Post’s national product suite, Snapchat Discover channel, Apple News and a myriad of other initiatives with industry-leading distributed platforms. Amy came to The Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section.




Head of Technology News UK (UK)

Danny Wilkins is Head of Technology for Newsrooms at News UK. Danny has worked across The Times, Sunday Times and Sun for the last decade, helping to provide Editorial with the best creative tools and keeping an eye on innovation for the future, including experiments with new mediums such as AR and VR.



Designer, BBC World Service & BBC News Visual Journalism (UK)

Alistair Kroie is a designer with the BBC World Service and Visual Journalism team.

The core ambition of the World Service is to expand it’s global reach to 500 million people by 2022, a key part of this strategy is the creation of Visual Journalism teams in seven locations around the globe.

 Alistair has helped guide the work of these teams by developing style guides, templates, workflows and tools for the Designers in these teams.

 Originally from Australia, Alistair has a background in Children’s television working with Nickelodeon and CBeebies where he gained a wealth of experience with media innovations, product strategy, design, and digital content creation.

Now based in London, his more recent experience has been with BBC Learning and BBC Media Action.



Design Editor, Politiken (Denmark)

Søren Nyeland has been Design Editor of the Danish daily Politiken since 1997. He holds a Masters of Design and has led a design development team that resulted in several awards. Among them are: SND’s World’s Best-Designed Newspaper in 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2015. And notably, the European Newspaper of the Year in 2010 and 2016. Nyeland has served as a jury member at SND, SND/S, SND-Russia and ENA. Nyeland has been an influential speaker at conferences in Boston, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid, Stockholm and Vienna.



Interactive News Editor , Times and the Sunday Times (UK)

Sam Joiner is the Interactive News Editor of the Times and the Sunday Times. Part of the cross-title digital team, Sam works with journalists and section editors across all Times and Sunday Times desks to bring stories to life digitally.

From quick turnaround content for daily news articles, such as charts and timelines, to large scale, long-running major events like the Olympics or US election, his team focus on adding value to stories and ensuring readers get the most from their digital subscriptions.

Sam is a graduate from the University of Bristol, where he read history. He has previously worked for the Guardian and Microsoft.



Director for Emerging News Products,  The Washington Post (US)

Christopher Meighan is the director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. He leads a 30-person team made up of editors, designers and producers. Over the past few years, the team has launched The Post’s national product suite, which includes tablet and smartphone apps, a newsletter and an Apple Watch presence. The team also runs many of The Post’s distributed platform initiatives, including Apple News, Snapchat Discover and thelily.com. His team operates on an editorial philosophy and design sensibility that takes advantage of the small screen for mobile-first storytelling. The team is consistently in the innovations mindset, knowing that once something is launched, it’s on to figuring out what the next big thing will be.




Creative Director, Fabulous Magazine, The Sun (UK)

Currently creative director and cover photographer for Fabulous magazine. Designed and launched Fabulous ten years ago and have won and been nominated for multiple BSME art director of the year awards along the way. Previously designed and art directed the Daily Express and Independent newspapers.



Senior Illustrator, Gulf News - Dubai (UAE)

Ramachandra Babu is a Senior Illustrator at Gulf News Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2004 to date. Prior to that, he was an Editorial Illustrator at the Daily Al Bayan an Arabic Daily and creative director of Your Health magazine. He is blessed with full of talents - a designer, illustrator, infographic artist and a painter. He has been recognized for his creative designs with multiple awards from SND, Malofiej, Wan Ifra and World Press Cartoon.

He was born in India and moved to Dubai in 1996 and started his career as a painter. Over the years, Ramachandra Babu has painted portraits and created murals of the Dubai Royal Family and leading business houses in the United Arab Emirates. With his vast experience in the creative and design industry, he is surely one of the best speakers that we have for this conference to share his many creative ways in design that will definitely inspire us.



Digital Infographics, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Marco is based in Hong Kong working as Infographic Designer at the South China Morning Post, former Senior Infographic Designer at La Nacion (Costa Ria) and lecturer of Information Design to the Science and Arts University of Costa Rica. His work has been recognized with awards in Asia by Wan-Ifra, in USA by the Society for News Design, in UK by the GEN, in Spain by the SND-E and the BID, among others.


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Educator, Tomsk State University (RUSSIA)

News designer working in Tomsk, Russia since 1994, starting with letterpress typography.

Designer, infographer, editor and reporter. Multiple SND Russia winner (mostly in Gorodskaya Gazeta newspaper). Active media consultant and producer.

Educator in Tomsk State University, one of the oldest school in Russia, teaching news writing, visual journalism, editorial design and management.

Acting dean of the journalism faculty in TSU High School of Journalism, producing the number of SND-winning projects in digital publishing reporting.



Infographic Designer, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Marcelo is an infographic designer who started his career in 1996 in Chile, working for infographic departments of the main local newspapers until august 2010 . From November 2010 toJuly 2015 he worked for the design team ofTimes of Oman and Al Shabiba newspapers in the Sultanate of Oman as infographic designer and researcher.

Since August 2016 he works at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Throughout his career he has won more than 60 awards in various events such as SND Best of News Design, Malofiej and Wan-Ifra. His work has been published in books, magazines, and infographic/data visualization websites in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

He is passionate about his work, enjoys sharing his professional experience and thrives on learning from the people he meets along the way



Co-Graphics Editor. The Sun (UK)

Tony has been in London working on news graphics for 18 years - starting at The Daily Mail before joining The Sun as a junior graphic designer in 2004.

He worked his way up to Co-Graphics Editor in 2016, having worked on print, animated and interactive projects.



Co-Graphics Editor. The Sun (UK)

In 1999, shortly after studying newspaper design and infographics in Newcastle, Tony joined The Sun graphics desk. He freelanced around a number of titles before moving up the ranks to deputy editor in 2002. Tony left the company in 2005 and spent a number of years as a freelance designer and was also Graphics Editor for Channel 4's Dispatches app. He returned as co-editor of The Sun Graphics desk in 2016.



Senior Designer at Gulf News and President at Society for News Design.

Douglas is working as sport designer at Gulf News, Dubai and as president at Society for News Design (SND).

Douglas is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He worked in some of the biggest publishing house: Editora Abril (Sao Paulo), O Globo (Rio de Janeiro), A Tarde (Salvador) and for seven years as Art Editor for the online news provider UOL.

Outside Brazil, Douglas worked in Tokyo (Japan) in the International Press newspaper and previous SND Regional Director for the Middle East.

As SND regional director, Douglas worked in partnership with other professional organizations such as WAN-IFRA, IAJ (Institute for the Advancement of Journalism) in conferences in Egypt, Johannesburg, Jordan, New Delhi and Dubai. The workshop with Iraqi designers in Jordan, The Best of Middle East Competition, the SND Award Winners Exhibition and the regional conference are some of his accomplishments in the Middle East region.