Publishing conference unveils line-up of international guests

Publishing experts from across the world have been lined up to speak at the forthcoming Middle East Publishing Conference.

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By  Tim Addington Published  February 19, 2006

Publishing experts from across the world have been lined up to speak at the forthcoming Middle East Publishing Conference. The keynote addresses will be given by Timothy Balding, chief executive at the World Association of Newspapers, who will speak about reinventing the newspaper in the Middle East, while Chris Llewellyn, chairman of the International Federation of the Periodical Press, will discuss the region’s burgeoning magazine market. Around 250 delegates are expected to attend the two-day conference which is being held at Dubai’s Fairmont hotel on 5 and 6 March. Other speakers include Marwan Rizk, chairman of the Circulation Audit Steering Committee, Marc Sands, marketing director at the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, Don Kummerfeld, CEO and president of FIPP, Glenn Hansen, president and CEO at BPA Worldwide, and Martyn Gates, director of newspapers and consumer magazines at ABC UK. Shezan Amiji, general manager at Dubai-based paper 7Days, will talk about free versus paid newspapers, while Mark Gatty Saunt, Gulf director of content sales at albawaba.com, speaks on how to make money online. “Experts in their field from across the region and around the world will give delegates a unique opportunity to hear the latest developments, trends and best practice in the world of newspaper and magazine publishing,” said Mohammed Baharoon, director of research at Dubai Consulting, organisers of the MEPC. “We are delighted to have attracted such a wide calibre of professionals to speak at the conference, and their participation is sure to make it a must attend event for publishers in the region.”

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