Applications to the DNI Innovation Fund are reviewed by a combination of the Google Project Team and Council. In both the Project Team and the Council, there is a mix of Googlers and external experts from the European news industry and beyond, intended to reflect diverse points of view. The Project Team will review all applications and interview applicants, then make a recommendation on funding for prototypes and medium projects. The Council will vote on large projects, and is additionally responsible for oversight of the DNI Innovation Fund.


The DNI Fund operates according to a set of rules that are available for interested applicants to print or download.
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Council Members

João Palmeiro
President of the Portuguese Publishers Association, Chair of the DNI Innovation Fund
João Palmeiro is the President of the Portuguese publishers association and of the Visapress Board, a collective management copyright entity. He was vice president of the European Federations of <agazines and board member of the Newspapers Federation. Currently, he is at the board of EMMA and WAN and at the CAG of EPC (in representation of Impresa). A top-level negotiator, Palmeiro was at the first Executive Board of the International media fund of UNESCO. He is coauthor of more than 100 academic papers and studies about the media: including one on the state and media’s role in the Council of Europe. He was also member of the board of Portuguese media companies (radio and press) as well as ministerial cabinets in the Portuguese government.
Veit Dengler
CEO, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Veit Dengler began his career at Procter & Gamble and has since held several management positions at McKinsey, T-Mobile and DELL. At DELL, he most recently served as General Manager and Executive Director for Eastern Europe and Russia. Veit holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from the Vienna Business School and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a co-founder of NEOS, the liberal party in Austria which in 2013 directly won representation in Parliament.
Rosalia Lloret
Head of Institutional and Public Relations at OPA Europe
Rosalia Lloret is Head of Institutional and Public Relations at the Online Publishers Association Europe, and independent advisor on digital to firms in Spain and Latam. Lloret was involved in the creation of pioneering Spanish websites (,, A member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Public Broadcaster, she created its Digital Media division. More recently, Rosalia was in charge of the Digital Strategy and a member of the Executive Board of the two leading news publishers in Spain: El Mundo and later El País. She also oversaw the launch of
Murdoch MacLennan
CEO, Telegraph Media Group UK
Murdoch MacLennan is CEO of the Telegraph Media Group in the UK and was previously on the board of a number of National and Regional Newspapers. He was President of IFRA, Vice President of the WAN, and Chairman of the Newspaper Publishers Association. Murdoch was also an Honorary Professor at the Business School at Glasgow University, and then the Chancellor’s Assessor on the Court of the University. In 2010, he was appointed the Chairman of the Press Association.
Bruno Patino
Dean of Sciences-Po Journalism School
Bruno Patino began his career as journalist for Le Monde in Chile, and has held since then top management positions in the media industry, for Le Monde (1999-2008), Radio France (2008-2010) and France Télévisions (20010-2015), where he was Director General, responsible for programme commissioning and digital operations.
Madhav Chinnappa
Head of Strategic Relations, News & Publishers, Google
Madhav Chinnappa works on partnerships and collaborations between Google and the news industry. Most recently, he launched the Digital News Initiative (DNI). He joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA regions. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 – first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media, and spent over nine years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.
Alexander Asseily
Founder and Executive Chairman, State
State is an opinion network for the world: a kind of ‘global town square,’ where people can connect to each other through what they think, rather than who they know. Prior to State Alexander Asseily was the founding CEO of Jawbone, the largest venture capital-backed consumer electronics company in the world, where he maintained the role of Chairman until 2015. Jawbone is the industry leader in mobile lifestyle products including the award winning ICON wireless headsets, JAMBOX speakers, and UP wellness solutions. As Jawbone's founding CEO, Alexander directed the development of Jawbone’s core products and built the defense business with DARPA. In 2004, he launched the first Jawbone headset to critical acclaim, followed in 2006 by the industry-changing Jawbone Bluetooth headset. Alexander also serves as the Chairman and cofounder of Chiaro, a London-based wearable technology startup, whose first product Elvie is a smart pelvic floor muscle exercise tracker for women. Alexander grew up in Beirut and London before receiving his BSc & MSc in Engineering Design at Stanford University. Alexander advises a number of startup technology companies and charitable organizations in the US and Europe.
Miriam Meckel
Editor-in-Chief, WirtschaftsWoche
Miriam Meckel, PhD, is the Editor-in-Chief of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s largest weekly business publication. Before joining WirtschaftsWoche, Miriam was the Managing Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She served as a multi-year Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was a visiting professor at Singapore Management University.
Bart Brouwers
Professor in Journalism, Groningen University, Owner of Media52
Bart Brouwers is full-time professor at the Groningen University, the Netherlands. He is the founder and owner of Media52. Brouwers has a long time career in journalism; he was the editor-in-chief of a regional and a national newspaper, plus developed the nationwide local online platform for Telegraaf Media Groep.
Torsten Schuppe
VP, Marketing EMEA, Google
Torsten Schuppe is responsible for Google’s brand and consumer marketing in EMEA, which sounds like an easy job until you consider that Google has 100+ products in a region of 120+ countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, Egypt, and Kenya. Before Google, Torsten was European CMO of eBay, and started his career in TV and book publishing with Bertelsmann. He holds two business and economics diplomas from the Koblenz School of Management (WHU) in Germany and the EM Lyon in France.
Arianna Ciccone
Founder and Director, Perugia International Journalism Festival
Arianna Ciccone graduated in Philosophy from the University of Naples in 1995. Following postgraduate studies in journalism, she worked as a journalist in Italian mainstream media before founding the communications agency, Il Filo di Arianna, in 2000. She is the 2006 founder and director of the International Journalism Festival, now the largest annual media event in Europe. She is also the 2010 founder and editor of the collective blog Valigia Blu: a nonprofit, independent fact-checking and debunking website focusing on journalism, media ethics, and society.
Bartosz Hojka
CEO, Agora S.A.
Bartosz Hojka is the CEO of Agora S.A., one of the largest media companies in Central and Eastern Europe. Under his leadership, the company has strengthened its position in the cinema and outdoor markets and become the leader of digital transformation in the Polish media sector. ‘Gazeta Wyborcza,’ the largest Polish-centric daily published by Agora, was the forerunner of metered paywall model in Poland. Agora also developed diversified undertakings in the field of digital content and advertising, mainly in mobile, video, programmatic, and RTB. The Company increased its engagement in film production and quickly became the largest distributor of Polish film productions. It also successfully entered the TV market.