Sixth News Agencies World Congress

                                          THE FUTURE OF NEWS                                            

Sofia, Bulgaria

June 13-15, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria




Wednesday, 12th of June, 2019    


19:00 Welcome drinks and buffet dinner in the hotels


Thursday, 13th of June, 2019 

Congress,  National Palace of Culture - Congress Centre Sofia (NDK), Hall 3 

Keynote speakers:

10:00 Opening speech: Maxim Minchev, BTA Director General and NACO Secretary General  

10:10 Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Clive Marshall, CEO PA Group and NACO President

11:15 Aslan Aslanov, President AzerTag and NAWC President

11:30 Peter Kropsch, CEO DPA and President of EANA

11:45 Rasmus Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Professor of Political Communication, University of Oxford, Editor-in-Chief, the International Journal of Press/Politics

12:20 Earl Wilkinson, Executive Director & CEO International News Media Association

13:00 Buffet Lunch (Terrace, National Palace of Culture) 

14:30 – 16:00 Workshop: Ownership Models of News Agencies

Chairman: Bruce Davidson, CEO Australian Associated Pressd


Professor Terhi Rantanen, Professor at London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Grant Fredericks, CEO, African News Agency

Jonas Eriksson, CEO, TT

Jiri Majstr, CEO, Czech News Agency

Hempi Prajudi, Commercial Director, ANTARA

Nicolau Santos, President of the Board of Directors and CEO of, Lusa, Portuguese News Agency

16:15 – 18:00 Free time

18:15 - 19:15  Concert Leaving from hotels to the Concert Venue

19:30 Leaving by bus from the NDK parking lot for dinner at Lozenets Residence


Friday, 14th of June, 2019

9:30 Keynote speaker

Eric Weiner:  The Power of Place: In Search of Lost Wisdom

10:00 – 11:30  Workshop: New Sources of Revenue

Chairman: Clive Marshall, CEO PA Group


Emily Shelley, Managing Director Sticky Content

Sue Brooks, Interim Head of Reuters News Agency

Kakuya Ogata, Managing Director of International Department, Kyodo News

Owais Aslam Ali, Chairman, Pakistan Press International

Tony Gillies, Editor-in-Chief, Australian Associated Press

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:15 Workshop: Fake News

Chairman: Farid Ayar, Secretary General of FANA


Eric Wishart, Editorial special projects editor, AFR

Mohamed Jalal Alrayssi, Executive Director WAM News Agency

Anna Johnson, Europe Editor AP

Thomas Kent, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, Harriman Institute

Siddhartha Dubey, Professor of journalism at Ashoka University, India

13:30 - 14:30 Buffet Lunch (Terrace, National Palace of Culture)

14:30 – 16:00  Workshop: Artificial Intelligence

Chairman: Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director General of TASS, Vice President of NACO


Mikhail Gusman to confirm the 4-5 panellists

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:00

Final Discussion

Closing Speech delivered by Maxim Minchev

19:00 Leaving hotels for dinner at National Museum of History 


Saturday,  15th of June, 2019 

10:00  Leaving hotels for a day-trip to Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture, 2019

Sunday, 16th of June, 2019