Beth Ann Kaminkow
Global CEO, Geometry
Beth Ann is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Geometry – WPP’s end-to-end Creative Commerce agency, located in 90 offices and 56 countries around the world. Beth Ann is recognized as a leader with a proven record of reimagining retail, as well as creating and designing commercial programs that drive growth. In her two plus decades in the industry, Beth Ann has touched every aspect of marketing communications across consumer-packaged goods, retail, finance, restaurant and technology companies and brings both client and agency side perspectives to her work. She is a strong advocate of insights-inspired marketing programs and was a pioneer in strategic-planning research methodologies. She continues to drive innovation in this space. A worldwide traveler born in Baltimore (though she considers herself more of a Bostonian at heart—especially when it comes to sports loyalties!) Beth Ann graduated with a BA from +Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and an MBA from Boston University in Organizational Behavior. Beth Ann was a founding member of a successful startup purchased by Omnicom, and led TracyLocke as the first female CEO in its one-hundred-year history, as well as the first Global Chief Marketing Officer of Westfield Corp. She most recently served as the CEO for Kantar Consulting Americas. Beth Ann is an AdAge Woman to Watch, a member of WPP’s X-Factor, and serves on the national boards of the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications as well as the non-profit charity Back on My Feet. While she sees work as personally fun and a bit of an endurance sport, she also is an avid runner, loves cities and making them better, and spending time with her husband, family, and close friends.
Chairman, Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Chuck Porter joined the Crispin Agency in 1988 as creative director and partner, after a long career as an award-winning freelance copywriter. The agency was renamed Crispin & Porter, and within three years, it doubled in size and was named one of the top 15 creative shops in the country. Under his leadership, CP+B has become one of the most awarded agencies in the world and was honored as Agency of the Decade by Advertising Age.
Creative Director, Copywriter & Author
Dave won a Rockefeller Scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York to study Advertising. After graduation, he trained mainly at Carl Ally Inc on Madison Avenue. He came back to London to work at BMP with John Webster. He became the joint creative director and, in 1980, left to found Gold Greenlees Trott. GGT was voted ‘Agency of the Year’ by Campaign and ‘Most Creative Agency in the World’ by Ad Age in New York. In 1990 he founded Bainsfair Sharky Trott with the managing directors of Saatchi & Saatchi. In 1993 Dave founded Walsh Trott Chick Smith with the managing director of WCRS. In 2003 this merged with The Gate, and Dave became the Chairman in 2005. In 2004, Dave received the D&AD President’s Award, for lifetime achievement. In 2014 he left The Gate. Dave has written 4 books on creativity: ‘Creative Mischief’, ‘Predatory Thinking’, ‘1+1=3’ & ‘Creative Blindness – and how to cure it’. In the 1970s, he set up the ‘D&AD Creative Workshop’ course to train young copywriters and ADs, which ran for thirty years. Dave trained hundreds of London’s young creatives, many of these are now top creative directors.
Global CMO, Restaurant Brands International
Fernando is a global marketer with a passion for growing brands and businesses. With more than 120 Lions in Cannes (5 GPs), 16 D&AD Yellow Pencils, 1 Grandy (McWhopper), and 2 Grand Effies in North America, Fernando is known for pushing the creative boundaries to drive business growth. Currently as Global CMO at Burger King, Fernando’s focus is infusing the brand with purpose, modernizing the design, and inspiring the organization around brand development. Under Fernando’s leadership, Burger King became Client of the Year at the D&AD in 2016, Creative Marketer of the Year in Cannes 2017, Client of the Year at the One Show 2018 and Advertiser of the Year at the Clio Awards 2018. Fernando led campaigns such as “Proud Whopper”, “McWhopper”, “Google Home of the Whopper”, “Burning Stores”, “Bullying Jr”, “Whopper Neutrality”, and “Scary Clown Night”. Prior to joining BK, Fernando worked for 18 years at Unilever. Starting as an intern, he moved up the ranks working different product categories and brands, including Dove where he led the groundbreaking “Beauty Sketches” (Titanium GP in 2013). Fernando was recognized by Adweek as Grand Brand Genius (2013 and 2018 – only person to ever win twice), by the AD Club of NY as Marketer of the Year (2017), by Business Insider as top 10 most innovative CMOs (2017 and 2018), by AdAge as top 50 most creative people in the business (2017), and by Forbes as Top 100 Most Creative Minds in Business.
With a background in retail, entertainment and strategy, Jonathan has been creating and advising businesses for almost three decades. He was the youngest ever Chairman of the British Music Industries Association. Later, as Commercial Director for Ministry of Sound, Jonathan turned an analogue company into a digital powerhouse, helping to expand the global franchise around the world. He also launched the first-ever Sky TV station specifically for musicians, “The Musicians Channel”, generating higher viewing figures than MTV. An entrepreneur and investor, Jonathan has nine start-ups to his credit. He has also advised well-known, blue-chip companies including Google, Microsoft, Apple, P&G, Unilever, Nestle, Lego, Heineken, Sony and IKEA, and is trusted by senior executives around the world to convert his insights on perpetual change into profitable business strategies and personal success. As a thought-leader, he contributes to numerous publications including Forbes, Google’s Think Insights, and The British Airways Business Life magazine. Jonathan MacDonald’s latest book “Powered By Change“ (a Sunday Times Bestseller and winner at the 2019 Business Book Awards) introduces ‘The Windmill Theory’ and demonstrates how businesses can be designed for perpetual success. His next book, currently in production, focuses on mindset, psychology, and strengthening your thought muscle. To fuel his quest for new insights into the human mind, and to create the foundation for his next book, Jonathan recently received a diploma from the National Research University High School of Economics in Neuroeconomics, an emerging interdisciplinary field looking at how economic decision-making actually happens inside the brain and how it determines a course of action.
Peggy Anne Salz
Lead Analyst & Founder, MobileGroove
Peggy Anne Salz is one of the most influential and compelling speakers in the mobile marketing space. As a writer, analyst, consultant, and podcast host, she educates marketers on the latest trends in mobile marketing and helps companies navigate the complex landscape. As the chief analyst and founder of MobileGroove — a top 50 ranked destination providing analysis, custom research, and strategic content marketing to the global mobile industry, and mentoring and consulting to tech startups — Peggy is recognized as one of the leading experts shaping the mobile world. She is also a nine-time author, a frequent Forbes contributor and guest contributor for a variety of leading media outlets — including Harvard Business Review — where she shares her insights on mobile marketing, mobile apps, customer engagement, and business innovation. Named one of the Top 100 Influencer at Mobile World Congress, Peggy also hosts the weekly podcast Mobile Presence, spotlighting the global trends, tools, and tips that allow marketers to drive customer connection, dramatically grow retention, and generate new revenue streams on mobile using individualized campaigns and communications. She also co-hosts Retention Masterclass, a bi-weekly podcast and video interview series educating marketers and mobile publishers around the strategies, metrics, and frameworks they can harness to drive lasting loyalty. In her capacity as Chief Content Officer of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA Germany), Peggy produces podcasts, videos, webinars, and blogs to equip members and marketers in Germany and globally with best practices and growth strategies to power campaigns, brand storytelling, and user engagement.
Vice Chairman, Ogilvy, UK
Rory is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, an attractively vague job title which has allowed him to co-found
a behavioral science practice within the agency. He works with a consulting practice of psychology graduates who look for ‘unseen opportunities’ in consumer behaviour – these are the often small contextual changes which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make – for instance tripling the sales rate of a call centre by adding just a few sentences to the script. Put another way, lots of agencies will talk about “bought, owned and earned” media: we also look for “invented media” and “discovered media”: seeking out those unexpected (and inexpensive) contextual tweaks that transform the way that people think and act. It is a hugely valuable activity – but, alas, not particularly lucrative. This is because clients generally do not have budgets for solving problems they did not know they had. Before founding Ogilvy Change, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He has variously been President of the IPA, Chair of the Judges for the Direct Jury at Cannes, and has spoken at TED Global. He writes regular columns for the Spectator, Market Leader and Impact, and also occasional pieces for Wired. He is the author of two books: The Wiki Man, available on Amazon (at prices between £1.96 and £2,345.54, depending on whether the algorithm is having a bad day), and the best-selling Alchemy, The surprising Power of Ideas which don’t make Sense, published in the UK and US in May 2019.
Sir Martin Sorrell
Founder & Executive Chairman, S4 Capital
Sir Martin Sorrell is Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital plc, which is building a purely digital advertising and marketing services business for global, multinational, regional, local clients and millennial-driven influencer brands. Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company. When Sir Martin left in April 2018, WPP had a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi plc for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that. S4 Capital plc merged with MediaMonks, its content practice, in July 2018 and MightyHive, its programmatic practice, in December 2018 and has added eight further content programmatic and data companies to both practices in 2019 and four in 2020. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange under SFOR.L and after a little over two years, S4 Capital plc has over 2600 people in 30 countries, with a market capitalization of over $2.5 billion. Sir Martin supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma maters, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation.
Founder, All We Have Is Now
Tom Goodwin is the Head of Futures and Insight at Publicis Groupe and the author of Digital Darwinism: Survival of the Fittest in the Age of Business Disruption. He has been voted as the #1 Voice in Marketing on Linkedin globally, four times, with over 700,000 followers. Business Insider named him one of 30 people to follow on Twitter, and Fast Company called him a “must-follow.” His role is to understand new technology, consumer behavior and culture, and lead transformation for Publicis globally. An industry provocateur, keynote speaker and commentator on the future of business, Goodwin has been quoted in the Economist and The New York Times. He has written for the Guardian, TechCrunch, Forbes, Adweek, Marketing Week, The Drum, Inc, Digiday, Quartz, British GQ, and the World Economic Forum, and has appeared on CNBC, among other media outlets.
Founder, Consumer Psychologist, Thinkerbell, Australia
Adam is one of the leading consumer psychologists in Australia, a brand strategist and an authority on Behavioural Economics. He’s also the author of two books “The Advertising Effect”, and Stop Listening to the Customer (Wiley, 2020). Adam is a media regular on Gruen Transfer and featured on The Project, Celebrity Apprentice and ABC Radio. He has a weekly slot on national breakfast show Sunrise. In 2004, Adam co-founded Naked Communications. Naked embraced a behavioural change model, building brands whilst changing behaviour, and was one of Australia’s most awarded and successful agencies. Following that, Adam created Thinkerbell – where he practices ‘measured magic’ – bringing together marketing science and hard-core creativity. After just 2 years, it became AdNews 2019 Creative Agency of the year.
Allen Gannett was the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. In 2018 it merged with Skyword, the leading content marketing platform, where he now serves as Chief Strategy Officer. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for FastCompany.com and his book The Creative Curve, came out June 2018 from Currency, a division of Penguin Random House. The book has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, numerous top podcasts, and has been picked up to be translated into seven other languages in 2019. Most importantly, he was once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.
Senior Strategist, Iris Worldwide
Ally is a Senior Creative Strategist with a background in international journalism and content. Her recent career has focused on developing the creative and customer experience across brands such as PayPal, Nestlé, Nectar/Sainsbury’s, NIVEA, Suzuki and Coty. She currently works at Iris, London alongside guest lecturing at The University of the Arts on Creative Strategy. She continues her active role as a #TimeTo ambassador as well as widely advocating for health and wellbeing in the advertising industry. In her spare time, she’s an avid weightlifter and rookie strongwoman.
Heinz Riehl Chair Professor, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Anindya Ghose is the Heinz Riehl Chair Professor of Technology and Marketing at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business where he holds a joint appointment in the TOPS and Marketing departments. He is the author of TAP: Unlocking The Mobile Economy which is a double winner in the 2018 Axiom Business Book Awards and has been translated into five languages (Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese and Taiwanese). He is the Director of the Masters of Business Analytics Program at NYU Stern. He is a Leonard Stern Faculty Scholar with an MBA scholarship (the Ghose Scholarship) named after him. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Wharton School of Business. In 2014, he was named by Poets & Quants as one of the Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide and by Analytics Week as one the “Top 200 Thought Leaders in Big Data and Business Analytics”. He is the youngest recipient of the prestigious INFORMS ISS Distinguished Fellow Award. In 2017 he was recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the Top 30 Management Thinkers globally most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led in the next generation. Thinkers50 also bestowed the Distinguished Achievement Award Nomination for ‘Digital Thinking’ in 2017. In 2019, he was recognized by Web of Science citation Index in the top 1% of researchers selected for their significant influence in their fields over a 10 year period (2008-2018). His rise from assistant to full professor in 8.5 years at NYU Stern is widely regarded as one of the fastest in the history of several disciplines in business schools globally.
Anjali is one of the leading business storytelling consultants, author, global keynote speaker, and founder of Narrative: The Business of Stories. Anjali has spoken on the topic of Storytelling in New York, Russia, India, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and many other southeast Asian countries. She helps business leaders, data analysts, sales professionals, and TEDx speakers find and tell stories. Anjali has worked in corporate roles for over 18 years in Australia, Singapore, and India. Her background constantly informs her work, so that it is not just theoretical, but based on extensive experience, knowledge, and understanding of strategic issues companies face as well as issues that employees face in delivering their best work. Anjali partners with Global 1000 companies LinkedIn, Airbnb, Microsoft, Shell, SAP, Microsoft & Danone.
Baileigh Allen has been conducting research across major brands for 20 years. She specializes in helping brands authentically connect with their customers and travels the world describing this process, and more, to audiences large and small. Baileigh is both equal parts on-the-ground and seat-at-the-table and her experience is a creative blend of behavioral science, consumer psychology, statistics, and traditional research. These days you can find Baileigh seeking to make a difference professionally and personally; either developing a new take on insights to share through her work at ZigZag, volunteering in the community or striving to seek change in autism-related research. Her research findings have enriched her life, and her hope is that they will do the same for you.
Co-founder & Director, POD Studios
Clàudia is the co-founder and director of POD Studios, a values-led digital marketing consultancy with a focus on social media.Clàudia co-founded POD Studios in April 2020 with the goal to re-define the traditional client - agency relationship and tackle industry issues head on. Throughout her career, Clàudia has led the go-to-market digital strategy for a number of start-ups and worked with global brands such as Airbnb, eBay or Swarovski to increase their brand presence and enter new markets.
Director of Digital Social Media, Signify
Clive Roach is the Director of Social Media for Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting). He is responsible for social media strategy development, success measurement, activation, governance and training within Signify. Clive has been working in the digital marketing area since 1997, and previously held roles in engineering, design and sales going back to 1985. Clive has his own blog, tweets daily on two Twitter accounts, and has a Facebook fan page, three Instagram accounts, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Non Executive Director, Operating Advisor, Hatted
Dan Foreman is one of the most connected and successful people in the industry of market research.
Dan sits on over 20 boards, has several exits behind him and presides over a portfolio worth in excess of 1 billion USD. Dan specializes in emerging technologies and developing markets and is continuing to invest in this high-growth and valuable area. Dan began his career at WPP before progressing to senior client, advertising and consulting roles. Dan is the Former President for ESOMAR (holding elected position of 100,000 professionals 2013-14, the first President under the age of 40), Founder of TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells (audience reach of over 8 million people), a winner of several professional awards, a frequent guest lecturer at a number of business schools and an industry keynote speaker (Dan has spoken to over 1,000,000 people on every continent). He holds a BSc in Psychology and Mathematics.
Consulting Director of Behavioural Science Practice, Ogilvy Consulting, London
Dan co-leads the behavioural science practice within Ogilvy Consulting London looking after clients from the public and private sectors. He is a Practitioner, Speaker and Writer on the creative application of behavioural science to the world’s stickiest challenges. Joining the practice at its commencement in 2012, he has worked on over 80 of the world’s major brands and organisations.
Having spent a large chunk of his career as an advertising Creative Director, Dave’s focus these days is on demystifying creativity to help individuals learn new skills and help companies achieve better results. His keynotes not only debunk the myths and misunderstandings surrounding creativity and innovation, but also present new methodologies, frameworks and practical take-aways. Dave works closely with businesses to help them weave creativity into their culture, exposing the myths and misunderstandings associated with it in order to come up with the original and valued ideas that drive new revenue. Dave’s understanding of how to consistently develop, nurture and execute brilliant ideas – as shared in his book How To Get To Great Ideas – is a powerful remedy to the conformity of group think, showing people why unusual and diverse input leads to the best output.
Creative Director, Futurist, Speaker
David Shing (known as “Shingy”) is an Australian futurist, speaker, creative director, strategic digital consultant, and entrepreneur. Known for his performative persona and his bold and polarizing moniker, the digital prophet, Shingy is a multidimensional creative who specializes in advising clients about inventive and effective approaches to optimizing brand value within the digital landscape. He is passionate about educating big brands about the unique opportunities afforded by emerging digital, social and mobile technologies. “Artist, globe trotting speaker and market seeker, he is a storyteller who identifies emerging trends, and inspires clients to think differently.” – Forbes
Dr. Ryan Wallman
Creative Director & Head of Copy, Wellmark
Ryan is an internationally acclaimed copywriter and marketing commentator. He has written for numerous industry publications, including Marketing Week, the Australian Financial Review and The Economic Times. He is also a co-author of the bestselling book ‘Eat Your Greens: Fact-Based Thinking to Improve Your Brand’s Health’.Something of a contrarian, Ryan is known for his no-nonsense approach to marketing, and has twice been listed in Business Insider’s ‘Best 30 People in Advertising to Follow on Twitter’. Wellmark is a Melbourne-based creative agency that specialises in healthcare.
After unsuccessful attempts at neo-expressionist painting, pop stardom and, later, Balearic/acid DJ superstardom (although he did achieve one global techno-house hit in the mid-90s) Eaon finally turned to advertising as a last-gasp creative outlet. Initially (and equally unsuccessfully) as a Creative Director he eventually found his calling in Account Planning and Strategy when he found out who Tessa Pollitt’s dad was. His pedigree includes multi award winning spells at Weapon7 in London and Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne, and most recently his own business consulting service, ArtScienceTechnology. He writes and speaks regularly on the challenges facing marketing and communications through the lens of applied behavioural sciences and is regarded as an industry authority on consumer psychology. Eaon’s first book ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong? Adventures at the Dunning Kruger Peak Of Advertising’ has become a cult classic among discerning advertising types receiving high praise from the likes of Dave Trott and Rob Schwartz. He is a co-author of the bestselling APG marketing textbook ‘Eat YourGreens’ and his latest book ‘Shot By Both Sides: What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate’ was released in January 2020.
International Strategy Director, Sixieme Son
Originally from Ohio, USA, Ella moved to Paris to join the Sixième Son team in 2014. Since then she has worked on sonic branding initiatives in Europe, Middle East and North America on clients ranging from baby products to airlines. Today, her role is to spread the word about best practices in sonic branding and guide sonic strategy for forward-looking brands around the world. A singer and instrumentalist, she graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in International Business and French and a focus on brand management. In her free time, you can find her continuing various music studies (voice, guitar, piano, French Horn, music theory) and practicing Nad yoga (the yoga of sound).
MD - APAC, PubMatic
Emily is Marketing Director, APAC for PubMatic. In her current role, Emily is responsible for all marketing and communications across the region – ensuring PubMatic has a strong industry voice. She oversees events, PR, content marketing and sales enablement – supporting the commercial teams in meeting their business goals. She specialises in distilling complex information and technical solutions into client friendly narratives. Prior to PubMatic, Emily was Marketing and Communications Director, APAC at Unruly where she established and grew the APAC marketing team. Before that she worked across the global telco and banking industries – with roles at Telstra and Credit Suisse.
Global Director, Wunderman Thompson Intelligence
Emma Chiu leads Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, the agency’s in-house futures and innovation think-tank. She curates all content, leads creative consultancy, and provides strategic insight and trend consultancy for many Fortune 500 clients. In early 2020, she spearheaded the launch of the Wunderman Thompson Intelligence “Future 100” Report, which helps people prepare for emerging consumer behavior with 100 original trend predictions from Wunderman Thompson Intelligence. Split into 10 categories, each trend delivers a digestible snapshot of movements so far, while clearly explaining why brands and marketers should pay attention. The report’s 10 trend segments are: Culture, Tech & Innovation, Travel & Hospitality, Brands & Marketing, Food & Drink, Beauty, Retail, Luxury, Health and Finance. Prior to Wunderman Thompson, Emma was the former art director of Monocle, where she led the art direction and design for the international Monocle brand. She also headed up Monocle’s project collaborations with brands including, ANA, InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental, Turkish Airlines and UBS. Emma is a member of the WARC Awards and Color Awards 2020 judging panel and served on the board of advisers for the Digital Hollywood’s Influencer Awards 2018. She regularly speaks at international conferences, including SXSW Interactive, Pause Fest and Adobe Max.
Design Entrepreneur, Creative Strategist, Speaker, Business Coach
One of the UK’s leading experts on in-house creative teams and the business value of design. A design thinker and doer having started her own creative agency - MYWW™ in 2013. The design agency provides creative strategy and partnerships for some of the world's best businesses and brands. In the same year she launched her agency, Emma created the UK's only awards for in-house creative teams - the Inside Out Awards™. In 2017 Emma was appointed Creative Expert In Residence at the award winning King's College Entrepreneurial Institute, and in 2018 Designer in Residence at Imperial Enterprise Lab. Over the past three years Emma has advised over 80 start-up ventures, across multiple sectors (from vegan ice cream to quantum computing and A.I.), on how to leverage design, creativity and branding to contribute to their business success.
Senior Fellow, Harvard
Eric is a global business leader with a track record of transformation. He is currently the Chairman of Comic Relief, a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a director of Morning Consult. He has recently stepped down as CEO of Kantar, one of the world’s leading research, insight, data and consulting companies after leading its carve out from WPP and a sale of a majority stake to Bain Capital. During his 18 years as CEO the business grew to over $4bn of revenue, 30k employees, operating in all markets around the world and working with major multinationals and local giants – clients and partners such as Google, Facebook, Alibaba, Globo, BBC, Yilli, ITC, JBS, Coke, Unilever, Loreal, VW, Group M, Omnicom. Prior to Kantar Eric served on the main board of WPP for almost a decade as the CEO of wpp.com and the Head of Strategy, working as part of the team which built it into the largest marketing services company in the world. Eric has served as a Trustee of the British Museum, a Director of UK Government Department DFID and a Governor of Birkbeck College London. He has presented extensively around the world in Government and Parliamentary forums, public conferences and client events. He was both a Chairman and a juror at Cannes Lions Festivals of Advertising. He worked for the Labour Party Front Bench Team on Foreign Affairs 1983-6, was appointed by Tony Blair to the UK Government Creative Industries Task Force in 1997 and served as an advisor to Gordon Brown in his roles as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister from 2000 to 2010.
Erik Winther Paisley
Insights Director, Brand and Deliver, London
Erik Winther Paisley is the insights director for London-based marketing agency Brand & Deliver, working primarily on tech and B2B clients. In the past, he has worked as an insights specialist for a series of global media and creative agencies, including Neo@Ogilvy, the behaviour change agency 23red, Havas, and as a writer for the market research firm GlobalWebIndex.Originally a market researcher, Erik holds an MSc in Anthropology from Aarhus University and was elected a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland in 2017. He has worked across a range of industries, including luxury fashion, wealth management, computer technology, health and gaming, but the main focus of his work is how brands and new technology enter everyday life.
Co-Founder, Genius Steals
Faris is the co-founder of Genius Steals, a nomadic creative consultancy that works with brands, agencies and events. He and his partner Rosie speak at conferences and corporate events all over the world and have been living nomadically in between engagements for the last 7 years. Previously he held senior agency roles at Naked Communications, McCann and MDC Partners, in London, Sydney and NYC. He is the author of Paid Attention: Innovative Advertising, writes a monthly column on effective brand communication, and bylines include Fast Company, Financial Times, The Guardian, Economic Times of India Brand Equity, and Campaign.
Head of Brand Studio, Microsoft
Geoffrey Colon is a compelling voice at the intersection of marketing, tech, media and popular culture. He is Head of Brand Studio at Microsoft Advertising, where he develops innovative concepts as a form of business development and collaboration with partners. He has written for The Futurist, Advertising Age, and Fast Company, and been quoted in Forbes, Billboard Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared on Marketplace on NPR, NASDAQ Live, WABC-AM and Cheddar TV. Colon is author of the 2016 book Disruptive Marketing: What Growth Hackers, Data Punks, and Other Hybrid Thinkers Can Teach Us About Navigating the New Normal (HarperCollins).
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Colon was VP of Strategy at Ogilvy in New York City working on IBM, UPS and American Express. Geoffrey has developed projects for Augmented Reality, voice and video. He is host of the weekly top 100 ranked business management podcast Disruptive FM, producer and copywriter of the daily podcast Insights with Microsoft Advertising and regularly writes for Branding Strategy Insider. He is lead designer for the Creative Studies t-shirt brand and is an avid speaker on the global marketing conference circuit.
Founder, Author, Copywriter, Podcaster, All Good Copy
Glenn Fisher is an author, copywriter, podcaster and speaker. He is the founder of AllGoodCopy.com, a free online resource for direct response copywriters and marketers. And for over a decade he worked with The Agora, a multi-million pound international financial publisher before leaving in 2018 to write freelance. His first book, The Art of the Click, has quickly become an Amazon bestseller and was shortlisted for the Business Book Awards. He is the host of the popular All Good Copy Podcast and regularly writes and consults for international businesses, brands and ad agencies. He lives happily with his partner Ruth and dog Pablo on the east coast of England.
Ian Leslie is a UK-based journalist and author of critically acclaimed books on human behaviour, published in over a dozen countries around the world. His books include Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On it, an exploration of the trait of curiosity. Ian’s next book, Conflicted, on the value of argument and disagreement, will be published in 2021. He writes about politics, culture, technology and business for the Financial Times, the Economist, and the New Statesman. Ian’s first career was in advertising and he still advises a range of businesses on marketing and communication. His greatest loves are his wife, his two children, and The Beatles.
Co-Founder & Global CEO, Saffron Brand Consultants
After 6 years with the Strategy Services Unit of KPMG, Jacob joined Wolff Olins in London in 1991 as Senior Strategist where he grew to become a Principal leading programmes in Telecoms, Financial Services and Energy. He was promoted to Main Board Member in 1994. Wolff Olins was sold to Omnicom in 2000 and Jacob and Wally Olins decided to continue working together founding Saffron early in 2001. Starting with two offices, in London and Madrid, today Saffron also has offices in Vienna, Istanbul and Vienna and strategic partners in New York. Jacob has participated and led programmes for Vueling, Bankinter, BBVA, Cepsa, Sabadell or Openbank in Spain, Swiss Re, Akzo Nobel, Flying Tiger, T-Mobile, Engie, Sodexo, the V&A in Europe, Poland, Turkey or the cities of London and Vienna , Apollo, Persistent, L&T Infotech or Tata in India, Doha Film Institute, Youtube, Facebook, Collinear or White & Case in the US, Kyocera or Fujitsu in Japan. Jacob graduated Cum Laude as Bachelor of Science and received a Master Degree, both in Engineering from Boston University. Today Jacob is a well-known professional within the international scene of the branding industry. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the IE School of Design and Architecture and teaches periodically. The book Disruptive Branding co-authored by him was published in the spring of 2019.
Founder, Uninvisibility Project
Jane Evans has always been radical. She created the first ad to ever show a divorced couple. The first to show a couple living together. And men doing housework effectively. She created James Squire, Australia’s first craft beer and the Tim Tam genie campaign that still runs after 25 years. She has run her own business since 1995 with clients like Revlon, Maserati, Guide Dogs and too many breweries to count. She’s launched every major tech advancement since the dawn of computing. And she’s still winning awards. She now runs The Uninvisibility Project, part-comms agency, part-activist organisation, part-think tank, to communicate to and represent the most powerful consumer group on the planet – women over 50.
Founder & Strategy Director, Let'sTalk Strategy
Jenna Tiffany has been recognised in 2019 as one of the top 100 female marketers in the world. Jenna is the Founder & Strategy Director at Let’sTalk Strategy providing strategic consultancy services across the digital marketing mix. Jenna is a Chartered Marketer and awarded Fellow of the IDM with over ten years’ marketing experience. Jenna has consulted with brands such as Shell, Hilton and World Duty Free to name a few on marketing strategy. Jenna is an elected member of the prestigious DMA UK Email Marketing Council. Jenna is also a marketing tutor, awards judge, as well as a competent public speaker and publisher, speaking regularly at hundreds of marketing events across the world. Jenna regularly gets interviewed for her thoughts on the latest trends regularly contributing to Only Influencers email marketing blog and authored Smart Insights Quick Win Guide: Designing an email welcome journey. Jenna is soon to also be a published author.
CMO, The Wine Show Ltd.
Joe is the Presenter of The Wine Show, with a global audience of over 80 million viewers in 110 countries. He is also the CMO of The Wine Show Ltd, where they build commercial partnerships with tourism bodies and businesses involved in wine investment, accessories, cellar builders and luxury cruise and travel operators, all building on their reach as the world’s best-known wine media brand. Joe is an award-winning marketer and has also won multiple awards as a TV presenter and communicator.
Strategy Consulting Lead, &Us
Katie is Strategy Consulting Lead at &us, where she helps global organisations make new products and services, and embrace change. Most recently, Katie has been studying the effects of fear in the workplace and how we can overcome them. In her 12 years working in digital strategy, Katie has worked with some of the world’s biggest entertainment, legal and healthcare brands, along with charities, universities and Governments, to inject much needed creativity and innovation. She has previously spoken on fundraising through social media, embracing experimentation, and digital democracy. She is also a published cartoonist, and the creator of Agency Robot, a cartoon series about what happens when technology and human nature collide.
CEO, Immediate Future
Katy pioneered social media marketing, launching her social media agency, immediate future, 16 years ago, just as Facebook made its way onto university campus. Often called in as the UK expert on social by TV, Radio and the press, she appears regularly on BBC news, Victoria Derbyshire, and Reuters, as well in The Telegraph, FT and Guardian. She’s considered the 4th most influential social media marketing expert, named one of the 25 women who have made an outstanding contribution to digital by the Drum, and was honoured to be amongst the Top 100 Asian tech entrepreneurs in the UK. She speaks at conferences, runs masterclasses, and guest lectures at two universities. She’s co-authored 3 books on social and is a regular contributor to the press. Her expertise lies in helping brands deliver significant impact by breaking the social boring: using social data to springboard creative that delivers growth to business. Her agency works with brands including; lastminute.com, Princess Cruises, Selfridges, Mission Foods, Google, Diageo, JD Williams, Fujitsu, Sony Music, and many more. They win industry awards every year for their smarts and innovation in social media
Creative Director, Dentsu Inc., Japan
Kazuhiro Shimura is revolutionizing the creative field as a new type of creative professional. With a background in biotechnology, he started his career at Dentsu. He joined the Toyota Future Mobility Development Division and was involved in the development of “i-ROAD”, the three-wheeled electric vehicle and its mobility related services.He has successfully designed innovative solutions for client’s business, using technology and data, besides creating great ads. His strengths are his abilities to bring innovation to advertising, business design, and even product services based on creative ideas. His unique skill is called “Seed Creativity”, and he has been leading multiple projects not only in Japan but around the world. As a Creative Director, Kazuhiro has received numerous international awards including Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, D&AD, LIA, and Grand Prix at Spikes Asia and Adfest. He has also stood on the stages of countless global conferences as a speaker, including Cannes.
Head of Communications, Ben and Jerry's, London
Kerry joined the tasty world of Ben & Jerry’s five years ago and is responsible for the development of the company’s communication strategies, goals and procedures. Kerry’s role requires more than tickling taste-buds with flavor news. She also works hand in hand with Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission Managers and NGO partners across Europe to use the ice cream business – and it’s cross channel connections with fans – as a force for good. Kerry is responsible for co-creating social justice campaigns that drive systemic change; most recently on the topics of climate justice, refugee rights and marriage equality. Kerry started her career at MTV, and was previously Head of PR at communications charity Media Trust.
MD, Kantar World Panel, South Asia
Ramakrishnan (or Ramki as he is popularly known) is Managing Director- South Asia, Worldpanel Division, Kantar. Ramki has over 20 years of experience in Consumer marketing, Product/ Brand management, Sales and Strategy development. His forte is in conceptualizing long term strategies, innovation management, team building, and brand development based on consumer insights. Prior to joining Kantar, Ramki was President – Marketing at Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited. In the past, he has also headed the Marketing function at Café Coffee Day, Lenovo, TTK Services and TVS Motors. Ramki is actively involved in teaching in Business schools and takes a keen interest in Indian film music.
Creative Tech Director, Wieden+Kennedy, Tokyo
Kyoko joined Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo as Creative Tech Director after 10 years of experience at Dentsu working on many lauded projects, including “Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989” and “dots by internavi’ for Honda. Also, she joined a space development startup as a secondee for 2.5 years and led all the creative work including CI and spacecraft design for the “HAKUTO” project. She works in a wide range where technology matters: from campaign/event planning to product innovation, service development, R&D and even art. With her background in Aerospace Engineering and Human Computer Interaction, she works extensively with her clients’ engineers and developers, to unveil their technology and to tell the story from the heart of the product with digital and interactive execution. Her international accolades include Titanium Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, Black Pencil at D&AD, and Grand Prix at the Japan Media Arts Festival, along with being chosen as a juror and/or speaker in many international and local awards shows and conferences. And she is a cat lover.
Laura Jordan Bambach
CCO, Grey, London
For over 20 years, Laura has enhanced the advertising industry through her fresh and pioneering spirit. Combining deep technical skill, with her innate human understanding and passion for storytelling, Laura is recognised globally as an innovator and industry leader, described by The Guardian as “a digital female icon”. Before joining Grey London in May 2020, Laura co-founded the creative agency Mr President in 2014 and acted as its Chief Creative Officer. During this time, she was honoured as one of the Fifty Most Inspiring Women in Tech by Inspiring Fifty and was named the most influential digital influencers in the UK on The Drum’s Digirati list. Under her stewardship, Mr President was named Agency of the Year by The Drum and an International Small Agency of the Year by AdAge. Laura is a former president of D&AD who has been twice named one of Britain’s most influential people within the Debrett’s 500 annual list and recognised as Individual of the Year at the Dadi Awards. She was also honoured in Campaign UK Female Frontier Awards for Championing Change. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of the digitally connected world, she was presented with an honorary doctorate for her services to graphic design from Norwich University of the Arts in 2015 and the University of South Wales Alumni Award for Arts and Culture in 2018. A true champion for diversity, Laura is a co-founder of The Great British Diversity Experiment, the largest practical experiment in diversity and its contribution to commercial creative practice, and is also a co-founder of SheSays: this world-famous volunteer network works to encourage more women into the creative industries through mentorship, networking events and training. The organisation boasts over 40,000 members, operating in 43 cities and is famed for its annual VOWSS awards which showcases the best film work made by women around the globe. Laura lectures around the world and has written creative curriculum for the RCA, UNSW Art and Design and Westminster University. Her passions extend to exploring areas of identity and gender, and she is also a trained taxidermist!
Global CCO & President Creative, Cheil Worldwide
Recognised by AdAge as one of the ‘World’s Top 10 Digital Minds’, two-times Jury President at Cannes, Malcolm has creatively led Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, SapientNitro and Cheil WW to Agency of the Year titles. Passionate about redefining how brands move consumers, Malcolm has built teams responsible for acclaimed firsts as diverse as Foot Locker’s Sneakerpedia, Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, British Airways’ Johnny Foreigner campaign and Samsung’s #BeFearless. Since Malcolm joined Cheil WW as the network’s first ever Global Chief Creative Officer in 2015, Cheil has become one of the world’s leading creative networks; winning Asia Network of the Year, and Agency of the Year titles in Hong Kong, China, India & South Korea. In the past year alone, collecting over 350 global awards for clients including Adidas, Starbucks, Uniqlo, Tesco & Samsung. A proud Kiwi, former member of the NZ Yachting Team and recipient of NZ’s World Class New Zealander award, Malcolm lives in London where he is a Patron of The Royal Academy of Arts, Member of the Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and sits on the advisory Boards of D&AD and WARC.
CEO, Kantar Worldpanel Division, Asia
Marcy has been in the syndicated research business for over 28 years and is a highly recognized expert in the CPG industry in consumer behaviors and trends (purchase and consumption). Marcy is the CEO of Kantar Worldpanel division in Asia and she is a member of the global board since 2005. Worldpanel division of Kantar is a leading solution provider in behavior base shopping & consumption trends in every market.
Writer & Consultant, HERD
Mark is one of the foremost champions of the ‘social’ in marketing and innovation. In his books (HERD, I’ll Have What She’s Having, Copy Copy Copy and Creative Superpowers); in his many keynotes and seminars around the world; and in the lively consulting business he runs (until very recently, he was to be found at Heathrow T5), Mark makes the case for seeing homosapiens as a social species, rather than the individualist one Western Business culture tells us we are. A We-species as opposed to an I-species. A we-species that uses the work of others to make fresh things and to solve new problems. A we-species that together can foretell the future. He’s worked in creative agencies large and small, won lots of awards and prizes for his work. He is a Fellow of The UK Marketing Society and the RSA, an Honorary Fellow of the IPA and advisor to a number of social enterprises including STEAMco who champion the arts in education. The other thing about Mark – he used to bowl mediocre but surprisingly effective off spin and has never scored more than 47 not out.
Strategy CEO, Mighty Jungle
Mark has consulted with and trained teams at The Economist, Twitter, Facebook, SoFi, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, as well as agencies and industry organizations around the world. He has spoken at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, TEDx, AIGA How Design, Google Firestarters, and Zee MELT. He’s written for VICE, Quartz, and Wharton’s Future of Advertising. He’s the author of Strategy Is Your Words, and he hosts 13,000 strategy minds in Sweathead, which now offers online learning for strategy and account planning. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter, as well as on long walks around New York City.
Head of Planning, Wieden+Kennedy
Martin has twenty-seven years’ planning experience, lived and worked in London, New York, São Paulo, led strategy on everything from toilet paper to diamonds, and has been Head of Planning at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam since 2009.
CCO & Co-Founder, Whatever Inc.
Masashi Kawamura is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Whatever Inc., the CCO at WTFC, Inc., a joint-invested establishment with Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, and the former CEO and Co-Founder of PARTY. He continues to explore creativity in variety of fields including advertising, music videos, product design, and digital installations, and has been chosen as one of the Creativity magazine’s “Creative 50,” and Fast Company’s “100 most creative people in business”.
Social Content Creative, Ogilvy UK
Natalie Narh is currently a Social Content Creative at Ogilvy UK. Her clients include Mattel, Škoda, British Airways, Tiktok, and Axe Music. She is also Vice-Chair of Ogilvy Roots, a network dedicated to championing greater ethnic and cultural diversity within the advertising industry, agency and its work. Her creative skill sets fall across Graphic Design, 2D Animation, Photography, Videography and Website Design. Natalie recently sat on the 2020 D&AD New Blood Awards jury and was enlisted on the EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list supported by Yahoo Finance. Independent to her role at Ogilvy, she is also the founder of Latch Productions – a company dedicated to shaping how creative visions are accessed and assessed through various skill sets in media. Natalie is also the Creative Director of The Cellar which was created to address the lack of upscale venues to meet the upsurge of Hip Hop, R&B and Afrobeats Acts in the UK. Providing artists and creatives with a platform, and the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities is a passion of hers that she works hard to uphold throughout all the facets of her career.
Author, Keynote Speaker
Natalie is an author, speaker, and transformational catalyst who works with individuals and organisations to inspire and enable them to take courageous action and live a life of meaning, purpose and contribution, so they can have a bigger impact with their lives and live their fullest potential. She has worked for and consulted with some of the world’s leading organisations including Danone, GSK, Kellogg’s, Singapore Airlines and CISCO Systems, helping them build innovation systems, culture and capabilities as well as generating new ideas to help them grow their teams and businesses. She is also an international speaker on innovation,entrepreneurship and leadership and an experienced business facilitator, consultant and transformational coach. Natalie is the inventor of The Six ‘I’s®, an innovation and assessment tool that helps individuals and organisations measure their innovation strengths and provides a clear step by step guide to make innovation practical and effective. She is also the Author of the Award Winning book,Yes, You Can Innovate. Discover your innovation strengths and develop your creative potential and contributing author to Unleash Your Voice. Powerful Public Speaking for Everywoman. Natalie has three degrees; a BA Hons in Politics & Legislative studies, an MSc in Economics And Social Psychology and an MBA. She is a Master Practitioner in Group Dynamics and Non-Verbal Communication and a Certified Integrative Enneagram Coach. Natalie is a UK National who lives in Malaysia and works globally, inspiring people to take courageous action by contributing their skills to make the world a more humane and uplifting place to live.
MD - APAC, Kantar Media
Nick oversees all Kantar Media activities in the Asia Pacific region, ensuring that existing clients are well served and new opportunities are developed. Prior to that, he was Global Director for Audience Targeting within Kantar Media Audiences, with overall responsibility for the ongoing development and management of Kantar Media RPD services.
Creative Partner & Co-Founder, Halo
Halo is a Design Week UK Top 100 independent brand agency, partnering with household names and challengers in FMCG, retail and entertainment. Nick has over 20 years experience, working on significant global projects for clients including Jack Daniel’s, SEAT, BT, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Diageo, Church & Dwight and Associated British Foods. An award winning creative and respected strategic thinker, Nick believes in harnessing commercial creativity to build ‘emotional momentum’ across audiences in a world where brands need to turn up their volume like never before.
Managing Editor, BITE at CreativeBrief
Nicola Kemp is Editorial Director for Creativebrief, where she oversees consumer trends, innovation, and interviews with industry thought-leaders from across the creative industries for all areas of the business. She is a member of the Associate Board and focussed on growing the reach, relevance and reputation of Creativebrief and BITE. She started her career as a financial journalist before specialising in technology, social trends and marketing. Her work has appeared across titles including Campaign, WGSN, M&M Global, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Observer. A passionate advocate for diversity in all its forms she won The Women in Marketing Journalist of the year award for her work championing diversity in the creative industries, and was featured in Timewise’s Power 50 for her work on flexible working. She was named as one of the 200 women redefining the creative industry by The Dots an #EverydayAction award winner by Bloom, a Pitch 100 Superwoman and a Campaign Trailblazer of the future. With a 5-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, Nicola is always on the look-out for new feminist fairy-tales to add to their ever-increasing book collection.
Nicole Yershon is a maverick, inspiration and the original ‘rough diamond’. She is at once an executor, a consultant, a coach, a speaker, a judge, a mentor, a ‘super-connector’ and Amazon #1 Best Selling author. Nicole is one of the Drum’s 25 Women Who Shaped The Digital Industry in the last 25 Years. Wired Magazine’s top 100 – first annual survey of Britain’s Digital Power brokers. A Women in IT Finalist. She works on the front line of innovation – bringing organisations kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. In that sense she properly defines disruption. And when that’s done making it actually happen. She is rebellious and restless – a true entrepreneurial spirit. And spent years learning the fine art of intrapreneurship. She can call on a vast International network of startups, entrepreneurs and bleeding edge businesses. Where most of us say ‘why not’ she will already be halfway through doing it. She brings an attitude based on hard earned experience to the way business now needs to think and work. Disruption presents many challenges and opportunities – Nicole turns both into advantages. She is not content unless her clients get impact and return on their investment. It’s always about delivering measurable value to the business. Nicole is the founder of The NYC and before that the Ogilvy Labs – the dedicated Innovation unit of Ogilvy & Mather Group. Part of WPP Group plc. Nicole’s Amazon Best Selling first book, ‘Rough Diamond: Turning Disruption into Advantage in Business and Life’, is available. As are the courses on how to be an Intrepreneur which you can join and start by clicking here. Just a few of the clients she has worked with over recent years. Danone, Havas, Amex, IBM, Ravensbourne University, BP, London Business School, E&Y, Accenture, Pfizer, GA Group, Great Western Railways (GWR), Go Compare/WeFlip™, Unilever, BA and Whitbread. Nicole also works with many pioneering businesses around the world. For example Appear[Here], Microsoft Ventures, IBM Smartcamp, Cisco Big Awards. Nicole sits on several boards, judges, mentors and travels the world giving talks on many topics from disruption and life and what to do about business transformation and behavioural change.
Strategy Director, Halo
Over 20 years professional experience in brand diagnosis, strategy, realisation, has seen Paul work with businesses and organisations to help improve experience, empower culture, achieve business objectives.
A deep knowledge in brand, strategy, innovation, business leadership, and communication – Paul works with global businesses to fast-scaling start-ups, across myriad industries, with diverse target audiences and business objectives. Clients have included Arsenal FC, EMI, Expedia, Paramount Pictures, TUI, and Wimbledon. ‘By understanding that a brand is simultaneously open and closed, shared and proprietary, evolving and complete, we can lead and develop the brand of a business or organisation to be a vehicle that powers economic, social and cultural change.’
CCO, Worldwide and Executive Chairman, India, Ogilvy
He has been with Ogilvy for over 36 years, and in his current role since January 2019. He started as an account executive and moved to creative in 1988. In 2016, he became the first ‘pure’ advertising person to be honoured with the national civilian award ‘Padma Shri’. He was the first Asian to chair the Cannes Jury in 2004. He was awarded the lifetime achievement award by Clio, New York in 2012 and by the AAAI in India in 2010. Piyush has been a brand ambassador for Indian advertising at many international and Indian forums and was also a mentor at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Piyush is best known for his creative work. He believes advertising must talk to the hearts of people and the best reward of good work is when people on the streets it is aimed at, talk about it. His work has won over 1,000 awards nationally and internationally. He commands great respect, particularly within the Indian client fraternity because of the number of brands he has partnered to build.
Chief Consumer Officer, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd
Prathyusha Agarwal is the Chief Consumer Officer at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) driving viewer led brand and business growth for the company. She has been a part of the ZEEL family since January 2017, and as CCO, she is responsible for building the Domestic Broadcast Business’ capability to anticipate, understand and meet the needs of its consumers and customers, creating repeatable, consumer led delivery models for the organization. Prathyusha spearheads the business transformation initiatives and the brand growth mandate, which have resulted in increased network share for India’s leading media and entertainment powerhouse. Additionally, she is instrumental in driving customer centricity as the core philosophy of the business by ensuring the mind and choices of the consumer/customer are captured to fuel the business through data and insights and translated into tangible propositions and deliveries for our consumers and customers. Prathyusha has over 17 years of professional experience across leading global and Indian MNCs across sectors as diverse as FMCG, Consulting, Insurance, and Media and Entertainment.
EVP - Digital Transformation, Unilever
Rahul Welde is responsible for driving digital transformation across brands and markets, addressing the significant opportunities that digital technology presents. The role involves building capabilities across the digital spectrum, including innovation, partnerships, tools, systems, processes, frameworks and training, in order to better engage with consumers externally while driving efficiencies internally. Previously, Rahul was Unilever’s Regional VP Media for Asia, Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Russia and has a deep understanding of those markets, having played a pivotal role in driving digital in the region. He is a strong advocate of non-traditional thinking and many projects under his stewardship have received wide acclaim and recognition. Rahul has been with Unilever since 1991 and has benefited from diverse exposure and challenging assignments across businesses and functions. Rahul has also been actively involved in industry issues, awards, events and industry bodies including the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).
Senior VP, Retail Insights - Kantar Consulting
Based in London, Ray is an expert in global retail trends. He typically works with clients looking to understand how retail is changing across multiple countries and continents. He currently focuses on pan-European retail topics, such as the success and expansion of grocery discounters, the rise of buying groups in Europe, and M&A activities among big retailers. Historically, Ray has helped Kantar build a global perspective on the future of eCommerce and its evolution around the world. Moreover, he has been the lead architect for Kantar’s retailer forecasting database which serves as an aid in key channel/account planning. Ray joined Kantar Retail in 2000 having previously worked in academic roles in Boston, Brussels, Washington, and in Ukraine. He holds an M.A. in international relations with a focus on international economic policy as well as a B.A. in Economics. In addition to staying in London, Ray and his wife, Branka, have homes in Serbia and Croatia.
Richard is the author of The Choice Factory, a best-selling book on how to apply findings from behavioural science to advertising. The Choice Factory topped a global poll organised by ad agency BBH to find the best book ever written on advertising. Richard started his career in marketing 19 years ago, working on accounts such as Coke, Lexus and comparethemarket.com, before founding Astroten, a consultancy specialising in applying behavioural science to business problems.
He tweets about the latest social psychology findings from the handle @rshotton.
Sr. Strategist - VCCP, Marketing Director - Group Think
Rob has been a marketing and communications strategist for 10+ years. He’s lived in Lisbon and London, has been at agencies like Wednesday, Above+Beyond and VCCP, and worked with clients like Adobe, Amazon and Cadbury. He’s also the marketing director for Group Think, an international community for strategists of all disciplines, and writes Salmon Theory, a philosophy newsletter.
Co-Founder, Genius Steals
Rosie is the co-founder of nomadic creative consultancy, Genius Steals. She and her partner Faris have been living nomadically (without a home base) since March 2013, traveling for clients and being inspired by the world in between engagements. She believes that brands can create and curate culture and connect to people in ways that create value for both. Rosie’s passion lies in developing non-traditional ways to solve business problems and connect brands to culture. She has worked with iconic people and brands like Jay Z, Oreo, Coca-Cola, InterContinental Hotels, Gibson Guitars, and Nestle amongst others.
Rosie has written for publications including Fast Company, Digiday, WARC & SocialFresh.com and has had presentations featured on the front page of Slideshare. Her work has been awarded by Cannes, CLIO, Facebook and the Addy’s. She is passionate about moving the industry forward and has served on the 4A’s Jay Chiat Social Media jury and taught at Miami Ad School Brooklyn in addition to speaking at conferences around the world. Previously, Rosie held senior positions at Saatchi & Saatchi and 360i in NYC. Rosie is a self-proclaimed advertising enthusiast and has a soft spot for curiosity, good ideas, red wine & you.
MD, GCMMF (Amul)
Mr. RS Sodhi has been the Managing Director at Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation since January 4, 2011. Mr. Sodhi also served as its Chief General Manager.
ECD, A Million Ads
Sam is a pioneer in the understanding and application of sound in media, marketing and advertising. An
experienced Creative Director in broadcast radio with both Global Radio – the UK’s largest commercial group and Bauer Media – Europe’s largest. He is now leading the creative development of the World’s first dynamic, personalized, digital audio campaigns with ad-tech start-up, A Million Ads. Since launch in 2015, A Million Ads have revolutionised audio advertising with dynamic poems, songs, DCO, listener name, dynamic music, accents and binaural mixing across dozens of international markets with direct music streaming, radio, podcast and programmatic integrations.
Director & Head Of India GMS, Facebook
Sandeep is the Director and Head of India GMS for Facebook. Sandeep has led the scaling of the Facebook business in India over the last 5 years and his current role reflects his passion for harnessing consumer understanding and digital impact for business outcomes. Sandeep is also actively involved in working with industry to build and adopt key digital standards as a Board Member of MMA India. An IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, Sandeep’s experience spans CPG, Media, Internet and Technology, with leadership stints at Unilever, WSJ Mint and Samsung prior to his Facebook role. Sandeep is a music and triathlon enthusiast, and an avid follower of his daughter’s exciting teen vocabularies, online and offline.
Facebook Ads Specialist, Hootsuite
Sarah’s a Facebook Ads Specialist at Hootsuite & AdEspresso. With 7 figures in Facebook ads spent under her belt in 10+ years, she’s run ads for companies like ClickFunnels and Strategyzer. When she started running ads for the latter, they struggled to make $0.40 for each $1 spent on ads, and she moved them to $18 for each $1 spent. She’s written on Facebook ad testing, strategy, and execution for AdEspresso, Agorapulse, Blitzmetrics, Copyhackers, ActiveCampaign, AdWeek, Jon Loomer’s Power Hitters Club and the likes. And she’s even presented inside Perry Marshall’s iconic 80/20 Facebook ads course. In her daily menu, there’s always room for a warm cup of matcha, sarcasm, and spicy vegan food.
Global CEO Media Division, Kantar
Serge has extensive experience in CEO and operational roles, as well as advisory assignments in the technology, media and advertising landscape. He joined Kantar earlier this year on secondment from AlixPartners, most recently leading their UK TMT Practice. Prior to joining Alix Partners Serge held high-profile roles at Tiscali and McKinsey& Company. He brings to Kantar deep experience in improving, building and transforming global, digital businesses. Serge has a master’s degree in economics and finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the École Centrale de Paris.
Human Connection Specialist, Simone Heng Speaking Pte Ltd
Simone Heng is a specialist on the topic of Human Connection, sought-after international MC and former broadcaster. Over her one and a half decade-long career in the entertainment industry, Simone’s job was to build memorable connections with audiences on stage, on air, online and one-to-one. Simone has been invited to speak at The United Nations, Ted X and Google and has spoken on stages in Thailand, UAE, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and many more. Hopping countries from the age of 17, Simone was based for 5 years on air in the Middle East with Virgin Radio’s award-winning Virgin Radio Dubai (2009-2014), on air with Australia’s competitive Southern Cross Austereo (2014-2015) and finally back to Singapore, the country of her birth, with Class 95FM (2015-2019). Simone has studied speech writing in London under Tony Blair’s former speechwriter Philip Collins. Simone has a communications degree from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia with a major in Literary Studies and a minor in Performance studies. Simone also studied in Switzerland and has also worked in Australia, the UAE and Singapore. It is these cross-continental adventures which have allowed her to become a true student of Human Connection and she now speaks to organisations on the connection techniques which will transform how you work, live and meet people in a world where disconnection is growing.
Executive Director, Foods & Refreshment, Hindustan Unilever
Sudhir was appointed as Executive Director, Foods & Refreshment w.e.f. July 1, 2018. He joined the company in 1999 and has worked on various roles in Customer Development and Marketing, most recently being the Executive Director, Refreshment. Before his appointment as the Executive Director, Refreshment Sudhir was Regional Category Vice President, Refreshment (South Asia & Africa), Unilever. He brings a rich experience of working in diverse markets in Europe, South East Asia and Africa in addition to India. In 2017 Sudhir was awarded the Young Alumni Achiever at his alma mater IIMA. Sudhir is the author of the book titled, ‘The CEO Factory: Management Lessons from Hindustan Unilever.’
Chairman & MD, Nestlé India
Mr. Suresh Narayanan joined the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited as Managing Director from 1st August, 2015. Mr. Suresh Narayanan holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He has a Diploma from the IMD Program for Executive Development and has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has over 30 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held senior management and top leadership roles in leading global companies.
Twenty-four years ago, Swati Bhattacharya started her career in advertising. A young woman driven by hunger and excitement, she made her mark very quickly. Today, she is the Chief Creative Officer of FCBUlka.Swati Bhattacharya is a humanist. Her work finds wonder and awe in the joys and beauty of human existence, its challenges and its tragedies. It draws from human culture and the life stance that brands can only find relevance if they inspire hope and enrich the lives of people. While she stays married to advertising, she periodically makes short films. Her films have travelled the festival circuits from Vancouver film festival to Miami shorts. She has won the Best Short Film title at the Kolkata International Short Film Festival and the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke for the Best Screenplay for her film ‘double shift’. Her writings have been published in diverse media ranging from national newspapers to on-line content sites. Swati is impassioned by talent and believes in the development of it, by building a culture that invests in bringing out the true potential in people. For her, ‘being good’ is not enough. Being brave and real is her philosophy, at work and away from it. Swati was recently ranked in the Top 10 Most Influential People in Indian Advertising by ET Brand Equity Agency Reckoner 2019. She was not only in the top 10 list but also the only woman creative leader to feature in the Top Ten! Being amongst the only 2 women from India to feature in Campaign Asia Women to Watch 2019! ET Now ‘Stars of the Industry’ Awards 2019 honoured her with the Creative Professional of the Year award. She was the Jury chair at LIA 2019 and was honoured at Cannes Lions as the first Indian ambassador for ‘See It Be It’, two years in a row! Under her leadership, FCB Ulka marked their golden hattrick by winning India’s only gold at the prestigious International award shows- Cannes, Clio and LIA!
Sweta is a Creative Leader with more than twenty years experience in the advertising & marketing industry. She has worked in the UK and Internationally for agencies big and small, producing award-winning work across all disciplines. Her work has been recognized by: Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Campaign Press & Poster and the Outdoor Hall Of Fame. Sweta was voted as the ‘ones to watch’ 30 next generation of female leaders by Campaign UK in June 2019 and also a ‘Badass girl’ the same year. She was also awarded a Google scholarship to D&AD/RARE – a 2-day master class for 50 unusual creative minds from all over the world with a shared purpose of promoting diversity in the creative industries. Being one of the very few diverse, senior female creatives in the UK, Sweta co-founded ‘Women Unltd’ – a platform to inspire, empower and support women aspiring to find their place in the industry. Sweta has been a speaker at the Birmingham Design Festival in 2018/19 and more recently at the BCU Online Grad Show 2020. She’s also a guest lecturer at the Birmingham City University and mentors students through various platforms like the YCC (Young Creative Council).
Chairman & CCO, FITCH
Tim steers FITCH’s global creative output and culture, and FITCH’s work is characterised by his belief
that design is more than just an elegant coming together of beauty and utility. It can, should and must
enhance people’s lives. This idea is more than just a creative principle. It’s a commercial imperative – a practical, highly profitable approach to design and brand consultancy that has had a significant impact on a variety of clients, from Hilton, to Microsoft, to John Lewis. It informs what they look like, how they behave, how they perform and how much they’re loved by their customers. In the 33 years he’s been at FITCH, Tim has been awarded for his work with the likes of LEGO, McLaren, and Harrods. He has also been a judge and advisor for a number of awards and industry bodies, including D&AD’s International Advisory Board. Tim was awarded as a Retail Design Luminary by design:retail in 2015. He is also currently a course mentor on the BA for Interior Architecture & Design at the UCA.
Adventurer, Pioneer, Maverick, Founder, AMF Ventures
Tony Fish thrives in complex, ground-breaking & uncertain environments; bringing proven judgement and decision-making skills and experience. He has a track record of sense-making and foresight, his enthusiasm and drive are contagious & inspiring. Definitely a maverick and unintentional rule breaker.
Tony’s current focus is on imaging a board meeting in 2025, rethinking corporate governance models, data economics and dealing with volatile situations. He has founded, co-founded, sold and listed many businesses but remains passionate about new ways of creating value which has the capability of scaling fast, are at an early stage and creates value for many people. In addition to speaking at over 300 events and conferences on data, innovation, entrepreneurship, digital trends and early-stage growth, he has authored and published three books. He is a visiting Fellow at Henley Business School for entrepreneurship and innovation, EIR at Bradford School of Management, teaches at London Business School and the London School of Economics in AI and Ethics and is an EC expert for Big Data.
Global Industry Marketing Director, Accenture
A B2B marketing strategy professional, with a career spanning 20 years of technology and business marketing and communications, at some of the biggest corporations including IBM, TATA and Accenture. Based in Singapore, VC is a trained journalist and communications professional with almost a decade’s international experience in the domain with a demonstrated expertise in driving integrated marketing as well as global and regional social media strategies. He is the growth markets head for the financial industry marketing, the global head for Insurance sector marketing and is also responsible for the global fintech program. In addition to this, he is active in the social ventures space, both as an investor as well as a mentor. He is on the steering committees of several regional foundations and is associated with the Global Goals, the UNDP as well as academic programs. A committed B2B marketer, VC is also part of the speaker network on the APAC circuit for B2B marketing.
Head of Premium Content, TrendWatching
Victoria Loomes is an accomplished presenter and has led keynotes, internal strategy sessions, workshops and trend safaris for brands and associations across the globe including Unilever, Marriott, BNP Paribas, Mastercard and Hufvudstaden. Her latest work include keynotes for Renault and Ariston in March 2020 and webinars for Mastercard and Warner Music in May 2020. She is also responsible for managing TrendWatching’s Premium content, helping clients successfully use and apply trends within their business. She has been quoted in a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph. She also frequently lectures at universities across Europe, including the London College of Fashion and the Amsterdam Fashion Academy.
Group Creative Director, ITG UK
Vineet is a highly-skilled creative leader with over 20 years’ UK (and international) experience. His work has been recognised at: Cannes, D&AD, One Show, New York Festival, Caples and Snackable Awards. Vineet was recently nominated by 40/Forty to be part of an elite group of the best creative leaders from around the globe. He was also awarded a scholarship by the Berlin School of Creative Leadership to complete his masters: focusing on leadership, strategy, innovation and change management within the context of fostering creative excellence in an organisation/industry. Being one of the few diverse, creative leaders in the UK, Vineet is a champion of diversity and mentors creatives through JOLT Academy and other platforms such as YCC (Young Creative Council). As a guest lecturer at Birmingham City University and other art colleges, he’s also constantly giving back by inspiring future creatives.
Co-founder & Director, POD Studios
Yee is the co-founder and director of POD Studios, a values-led digital marketing consultancy with a focus on social media.Yee co-founded POD Studios in April 2020 with the goal to re-define the traditional client - agency relationship and tackle industry issues head on. Throughout her career, Yee has led the go-to-market digital strategy for a number of start-ups and worked with global brands such as Airbnb, eBay or Swarovski to increase their brand presence and enter new markets.
Zoe is a bit of a Swiss army knife having worked in a variety of fields across brand building, entertainment strategy, new product development and the start-up world. And she’s done it on opposite sides of the world, quite literally, in Sydney, London, New York and even Ethiopia. She’s held senior strategy roles at ground-breaking creative agencies; such as Naked Communications and Droga5. and forward-thinking innovative consultancies; such as Undercurrent, London Strategy Unit and The Upside. She was global head of strategy for Ridley Scott Creative Group and at the start of 2019, she struck out on her own, launching Bodacious. Since then, she’s worked on projects spanning the full gamut, from organisational design to celebrity branding, business modelling, brand strategy and broader communications projects. And throughout her career, she’s worked as an advocate for change in the advertising industry – pushing for gender and wider diversity initiatives, teaching creativity in schools and mentoring young women, in order to open up a new pipeline of creative talent.