WAN-IFRA to organize Asian Media Leaders eSummit

The virtual summit to take place from 20-23 July

Leading though the pandemic

In the first-of-its-kind e-Summit in Asia, WAN-IFRA has invited thought leaders and leading industry figures to share their insights, predictions, and their recommendations for leading through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Asian Media Leaders eSummit, which will take place from 20-23 July, will look at where growth opportunities exist and how they might be leveraged. On all the four days, speakers will talk about economic outlook, strategic insights, business models, revenue opportunities, newsroom transformation and future planning.

There will be at least two sessions a day at 10-11:30am and 3-4:30pm Singapore/Hong Kong time. According to WAN-IFRA, this will enable US speakers to join us in the morning session, and European speakers in the afternoon, Asia time.

Among the highlights of the first day would be US and Asia Pacific media leaders discussing their plans and strategies from a business sustainability perspective, cost control measures and management of human capital. Another panel will discuss how the recovery will look like. Also, there will be a sneak preview of this year’s Innovation in News Report which will be out next month.

On 21 July, Mario Garcia, chief executive officer and founder of García Media, USA, will share his favourite stories of publisher inspiration and innovation during the Covid-19 crisis. Also, the topic of newsroom transformation will be discussed.

On the third day, the keynote will be delivered by Anthony Tan, deputy chief executive officer, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). He will talk about how SPH titles with long histories forge ahead and reimagine new possibilities amid these challenging times. Some other highlights of the day will include the discussion on advertisement led model and its future as well as digital subscription.

On the final day, keynote will be delivered by Md Tajdin Hassan, head of marketing, The Daily Star, the largest English daily in Bangladesh. Hassan will talk about world of content-led commerce and its potential. The last day will also see a discussion on brand extensions and the future of events in a post-Covid world. The closing keynote will be delivered by Neal Cross, co-founder and chairman, PictureWealth. Cross will share his insights on how to enhance customer engagement, experience and deliver more innovative products and services in a post-pandemic environment.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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