Global Media Forum 2021

DW’s interdisciplinary and international conference on “Disruption and Innovation”

The DW Global Media Forum 2021 continues to meet challenges head-on with digital solutions and intercultural exchange. On June 14 and 15, the hybrid conference will be livestreamed from DW headquarters and brought digitally to you – free of charge.  Wherever you are, you are invited to join us to discuss the theme: Disruption and Innovation!

Be prepared to be stimulated, challenged and entertained at an event that is truly Made for Minds.

Our Speakers

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Angela Merkel
Federal Chancellor of Germany
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Jesper Doub
Director of News Partnerships
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Armin Laschet
Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Leymah Roberta Gbowee
Women's Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Laureate
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
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Peter Limbourg
Director General
Deutsche Welle
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Anne Applebaum
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist & Historian
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Audrey Tang
Digital Minister of Taiwan
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Nuseir Yassin
Founder & CEO
Nas Daily
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Timothy Snyder
Richard C. Levin Professor of History
Yale University
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Maria Ressa
Journalist & CEO
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Irene Khan
UN Special Rapporteur
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Ulrik Haagerup
Founder & CEO
Constructive Institute
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Věra Jourová
Vice-President for Values and Transparency
European Commission
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Noel Curran
Director General
European Broadcasting Corporation (EBU)
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Jessica Zucker
Misinformation Product Policy Manager
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Philip N. Howard
Professor of Internet Studies
Oxford Internet Institute (OII)
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Nic Newman
Senior Research Associate
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
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Manny Maung
Asia researcher
Human Rights Watch
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Ruona Meyer
Africa Initiative Manager
Solutions Journalism Network
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Ling Fan
Founder & CEO
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Ellen Ehni
Editor-in-Chief Television
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
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Charlie Beckett
Founding Director of Polis
London School of Economics and Political Science LSE
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Tobias Schmid
Media Authority in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Ellen Heinrichs
Head of Trends and Knowledge
Deutsche Welle
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Imme Baumüller
Director of Data Technology & Business Intelligence
Handelsblatt Media Group
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Masih Alinejad
Journalist & Activist




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  • Monday, June 14
  • Tuesday, June 15
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Partner Sessions

Call for start-ups worldwide

Our contest will highlight start-ups relating to the DW Global Media Forum 2021 theme of "Disruption and Innovation". After the pitch phase, our international jury will select three winners as part of the official DW Global Media Forum 2021 conference.



DW Global Media Forum

The international and interdisciplinary conference hosted by Deutsche Welle

On June 14 and 15, the Global Media Forum brings together media professionals and decision-makers from politics, civil society, culture, business and science from around the world to get together, discuss and explore solutions. Our topic in 2021: “Disruption and Innovation”. The event will be livestreamed from DW headquarters and brought digitally to you – free of charge. Be prepared to be stimulated, challenged and entertained!



Plenary Sessions

This year, we focus on the challenges of disruptive innovations while discovering opportunities to influence these developments. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will open the conference that will then be joined by, amongst others, Maria Ressa, Timothy Snyder, Audrey Tang, Nas Daily and Irene Kahn. In panel discussions, keynotes and more, we will discuss topics from AI surveillance tech to countering conspiracy theories. All formats will be interactive.

Partner Sessions

As has become the tradition, our partners from all over the world take part in the Global Media Forum by hosting a wide array of sessions as the second pillar of the conference program. In 2021, we look forward to, amongst others, contributions by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (based in Istanbul), the Association of German Newspaper Publishers (Berlin) and the Goethe Institute (Munich).

Fellows Program

The DW Global Media Forum fellowship program welcomes up to 200 people each year from around the world: This year's fellows, digital media professionals from Kenia and Pakistan to Ukraine and Brasil, will digitally join a series of capacity building workshops exclusively tailored for them. A unique part of the conference, the fellows will also contribute their ideas and experiences to the main program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you guarantee social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In order to ensure everyone's safety and well-being, the Global Media Forum 2021 will be held as a hybrid event. This means that while many of our speakers and panelists will travel to Bonn, Germany, the majority of our audiences will follow the event online using the latest streaming technology.

I have attended Global Media Forum in previous years. But my login information from last year is not working. What should I do?

To register for the Global Media Forum, each participant must create a new account each year. According to data protection regulations, the account information will only be stored shortly after the event takes place and is then deleted. That is the reason why each participant must create a new account each year, even if he/she has attended previous conferences.

Can someone else complete my online registration for me?/Can I complete the online registration for someone else?

For security reasons, we request each participant provide personal information to complete their registration, such as ID and passport number, and home address. It is therefore best that each participant complete his/her own registration.

I will be attending the GMF and would like to report on the event. How do I receive relevant press information?

Information and press releases regarding Deutsche Welle and the Global Media Forum can be found at the DW press website. If you require further assistance, please contact the DW corporate communications team at To subscribe to the Global Media Forum newsletter, please follow this link.

How much do the tickets cost?

On account of the unique circumstances we're presented with due to the global pandemic situation, we will make access to our online discussions, panels and workshops accessible for free to all, who wish to join the 2021 Global Media Forum.

I don't work in journalism. Can I still attend the DW Global Media Forum?

We encourage and welcome interdisciplinary exchange and will be delighted to have representatives of all kinds of backgrounds attend our events.

I would like to collaborate on a project with you. Who do I need to contact?

There is an annual Call for Papers published for other organizations to pitch ideas they might wish to contribute to the Global Media Forum as a partner.

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