Speakers

Richard Browning
 Inventor
Gravity Industries Ltd

Real-life Iron Man Richard Browning tests the boundaries of gravity with his jet-powered suit. Founder of human propulsion technology start-up, Gravity, Richard firmly dreams the impossible. Innovating the corporate structure, he has been a key player in investing in start-up technologies, exploring and scaling up business ideas.  

Kelly Mergenthaler
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Copilot
Xaxis

A true Artificial Intelligence whizz, Kelly heads up product marketing for Xaxis' AI platform, Copilot. Translating the workings of complex AI models into understandable concepts, she travels across the globe to train marketers on the advantage of harnessing AI to achieve outcomes that are aligned with true business objectives. 

At just 16 years old, Hiett has been hailed by Forbes as “the next generation of computer science”. After building an AI led, foreign currency exchange app in just 48 hours and winning various  hackathons, he’s now channelling his experience of AI and Blockchain into the dynamic world of Esports.  

Scott Hiett
Developer
Edge

Jimmy Carr is an award-winning comedian, writer and television host. Among the most-respected and best-loved comedians working in Britain today, Jimmy is one of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy, consistently performing to sell-out crowds across the country and around the world.

Jimmy Carr
Comedian
Akama Ediomi-Davies
Director, Global Solutions
Xaxis

Akama Ediomi-Davies is one of the biggest change markers in the media industry today. He Co-Founded We Are Stripes and has been awarded multiple industry accolades in his career to date including: MediaWeek's Rising Star Media Owner, Campaign Magazine's 30 under 30 and Future Leader of the Year in the Tech Leader Awards.

Candice Mudrick
Head of Market Analysis
Newzoo

Newzoo is the leading market research firm for esports, gaming, and mobile. With 8 years of experience in the gaming industry, Candice loves helping clients shape their gaming and esports strategies. She has an MBA from the University of Oxford and B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Hasan Nergiz
Director of OEM
carwow

Joining carwow from Nissan GB, Hasan's role is to help further develop the offering for manufacturers and consult on how our data, insight and digital expertise can support OEMs for their advanced digital innovation projects.

Janet Levine
Leader, Invention+ 
Mindshare
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Janet Levine leads Mindshare’s  Invention+ discipline in the US. She brings the concept of “Media-As-Creative" to life by merging data, science and creativity across media plans for clients with emphasis on provocative ideas, innovation and technology.  

Bas Ploeg
Innovation Specialist
Greenhouse Group

Bas Ploeg is the Innovation Specialist at a Dutch based brand & performance agency which thrives on continuously reinventing.  He is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and technology and a firm believer of lifelong learning. Bas loves to challenge himself and those around him.

Vanessa Yu 
Marketing Director
Bidstack

Starting her marketing life a decade ago as a Computer Science student, Vanessa’s career has straddled the education, advertising and gaming industries. Vanessa is a marketer who has an interesting perception of what good marketing looks like and is a thought leader in in-game advertising.

Nicolas Bidon
Global CEO
Xaxis

Nicolas has been working at the intersection of data, media and technology for more than 20 years with tenures in San Francisco, London and Switzerland and is passionate about helping global brands leverage cutting-edge technology to achieve the desired outcomes from their digital media investments.

Dara Nasr
Managing Director
Twitter UK

Dara joined Twitter in November 2012, initially heading up the sales team before becoming Managing Director at the start of 2016. With approximately 200 staff, Twitter UK is the only office outside of their headquarters with multiple disciplines including Engineering, Sales, Partnerships, Comms & Marketing.

Henry Stokes
Managing Director Global Accounts
Xaxis

Henry has 17 years experience in the digital advertising and search marketing arena and over 8 years working in programmatic media. He currently leads a team delivering programmatic strategy for some of the world’s largest advertisers.​

Greenhouse Grad Team
Greenhouse Innovation lab 

Koen, Shama and Sonali are a team of Data Science graduate students with multidisciplinary backgrounds. As a team, they are exploring technology, searching for its limitations, and experimenting how to push these limitations. The goal? Finding ways how human and machine could work together in the future to perform creative tasks.

Harry Ashbridge
Wordsperson
Monzo

Harry looks after writing at Monzo Bank, making sure everything they say is consistently great and has the appropriate amount of emoji. Before Monzo, he spent 6 years at language consultancy The Writer helping the world's biggest brands get better at using words.

Jan Bojko
Head of Market Research
Activision

Jan has over 10 years of research experience at various media and entertainment businesses across APAC and North America. Currently based in New York City, he oversees consumer insights and thought leadership initiatives in the gaming sector for Activision Blizzard Media. Previously he led consumer insights at Pandora Radio and oversaw the research department at Yahoo7 Australia.

John Wittesaele
CEO, EMEA
Xaxis

John leads Xaxis in 25 markets, formulating strategy and overseeing operations to deliver growth. He is an influential thought leader and expert on topics such as AI and outcome-based marketing, regularly speaking at major industry events such as AdWeek Europe. 

Lewis Sherlock
VP of Sales
Bidstack

With almost 20 year’s experience of advertising, Lewis held senior roles at WPP, Xaxis, Adap.tv, AOL and Verizon Media, seeing companies transition from start-ups to multi-million pound businesses. Currently Lewis is the VP of Sales for in-game advertising platform, Bidstack; bringing advertisers closer to reaching the unreachable - the gaming and esport community.

Paul Rowlinson
Managing Director
GroupM Digital

Paul joined GroupM after having spent 13 years at Mindshare UK, a stint that included 3 years as Head of Investment and 4 years as Chief Operating Officer. As Managing Director of GroupM Digital, Paul leads a team of 110+ specialists in programmatic planning and execution, data, technology and analytics. 

Victoria Usher
Founder and CEO 
GingerMay

Victoria is Founder and CEO of GingerMay, a multi-award winning PR and marketing consultancy. She has recieved international acclaim for her work in the marketing and communications sector, was named Industry Leader of the year at the PRCA Awards and won a Gold Stevie® Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.  

Steve Brierley
CEO and Founder
Riverlane

With over a decade of research experience, Steve founded Riverlane, a research-led start-up specialising in quantum computing to turn theoretical breakthroughs into practical solutions. Steve is a big music fan and spent much of his youth playing the saxophone in jazz and funk & soul bands.   

After a fulfilling senior career in Marketing working both agency and client-side, Tim followed his dream to build a coffee business. He realised the coffee industry was underdeveloped in terms of general understanding around choice, quality, taste and sustainability. Listening to his head and heart he founded amamus with his wife Binny.   

Tim Wookey
Managing Director & Cofounder
 
amamus Coffee
Caspian Whistler 
Founder and Creator 
A Profound Waste of Time

Caspian is the founder and creator of A Profound Waste of Time, an award-winning videogame publication that explores game creation and culture. APWOT Started as a project while studying at University of the Arts London, where he graduated in 2016.

Richard Kelly 
Chief Investment Officer 
Mindshare

With over 18 years of media buying experience, Richard’s current role as Chief Investment Officer at Mindshare UK sees him working across all media types, towards the company ambition to 'invent the future of media'. Mindshare work hard to produce and implement market leading plans that truly deliver competitive advantage to their clients.

Jo Baker
Agency Group Head (WPP) 
Google

Jo Baker leads the WPP business and relationship at Google in the UK. She has spent her whole career in digital businesses and previously worked at an independent digital agency before joining Google in 2011.

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