Founder & CEO, We Are Pi
Since founding We Are Pi aged twenty eight with LEGO as a client, CEO Alex Bennett-Grant has built one of the world’s most exciting independent creative shops, crowned 2019 Ad Age Small International Agency of the Year.
By combining his uniquely multicultural perspective with a passion for innovative creativity, Bennett-Grant has built a company culture that supports diversity of talent and output for Heineken, Nike, TED Conferences and Channel 4. Bennett-Grant is a contributor to Campaign, Cannes Lions, Huffington Post and is a champion of the pirate spirit everywhere.
Robin has spent 20-odd years driving growth for start-ups, indies, and global networks, across a range of emerging and traditional disciplines.
In his old life, Robin led winning pitches for the likes of Skype, Eurostar, Fujitsu, Experian, Spotify, P&G, ITV, Microsoft, Facebook and Ford, to name a few.
But while client challenges got harder, he saw agencies increasingly lag behind, with business models and so-called ‘best practices’ for growth dating badly.
Since founding Co:definery in 2016, Robin has advised the CEOs of dozens of agencies; repositioning, refocusing, and reorganising to help them to stand out, win more and command a premium.
He’s a founding co-chair of BIMA’s Future Growth Council, a mentor for SheSays and has also sat on the IPA’s New Business Committee and Direct Marketing Association’s Agencies’ Council.
Away from work, he’s an outnumbered dad of two daughters, as well as a woeful runner, amateur artist and professional cat botherer.
Executive Creative Director, Blink Digital
Nicole Ferraz is a Storyteller of the Information Age, builder of brands and Grandmaster of GIFs.
She has led award winning campaigns for brands like Johnson & Johnson, Amazon, P&G, TATA, Hindustan Unilever, KFC and more over a period of 13 years.
She’s known for:
- Loving advertising with an open heart, but using both left and right brains to deliver data-driven insightful advertisements.
- Knowing in creativity an open mind is the only kind, but also working within limits to create campaigns on brand, on time, and on budget.
- Understanding that it is important to be creative, but it is not a creative solution until it works.
Nicole also believes her worst personal hell would be to be locked in a room full of cats while not being able to pet them.
International Business & Brand Innovator
Cindy Gallop is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is over 30 years in brand-building, marketing and advertising — she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.
She is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, co-action software launched in beta at TED 2010 and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study, which enables brands to implement the business model of the future — Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social).
She is also the founder of MakeLoveNotPorn – ‘Pro-sex. Pro porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ — a social sextech platform designed to promote good sexual behavior and good sexual values, which she launched at TED 2009, and for which she has just raised $2million to build out MLNP.tv as ‘the Social Sex Revolution’.
As a result of the funding challenges she has encountered, she is raising the world’s first and only sextech fund, AllTheSky Holdings. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech ventures and works as a personal brand/life/executive coach and a consultant on brand and business innovation for companies around the world, describing her consultancy approach as 'I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.'
Business Insider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and cited her as number 33 on their list of 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and number one on their list of Top 30 People In Advertising To Follow On Twitter.
Campaign named her number one on their list of Top 10 Trailblazers for both 2016 and 2017 and number two in 2018. She has a reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at conferences and events around the world on a variety of topics: her talks on the future of advertising and marketing have been tweeted as: ‘The most brilliant speech on the future of advertising ever — not the usual buzzword-laden bullshit’; ‘Watching @cindygallop slice and dice the ad industry status quo like a Ginsu knife. #purewin’; and ‘There must be a DeLorean parked outside, because Cindy Gallop is from the FUTURE!’.
InfluencerCon NYC introduced her as ‘Cindy Gallop is the truth Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise he couldn’t handle.’
Together with Susan Credle of FCB and Margaret Johnson of Goodby, Cindy is one of three Campaign Review Committee chairs for the AdCouncil in the US, helping to make the work great.
Cindy is an outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion in advertising, tech and business — she was Jury President at Cannes Lions 2015 for the inaugural Glass Lion awards, proposed by Sheryl Sandberg to celebrate advertising that shatters gender stereotypes in advertising, and in 2017 was turned by digital agency R/GA into a chatbot for Equal Pay Day that helps women ask for a raise — search AskCindyGallop on Facebook and chat to CindyBot on Facebook Messenger.
Cindy recently partnered with AARP on their Disrupt Aging initiative to challenge and change ageism.
Cindy has published ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as one of TED’s line of TEDBooks.
You can follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.
Managing Director, Wieden+Kennedy
Before joining W+K Amsterdam Blake spent four years in Japan running W+K Tokyo. He's worked at Digitas in New York, led Samsung Mobile's global digital marketing team out of South Korea, and also had a short-lived international career as a Judo player. Blake holds an MBA from INSEAD, plays guitar, speaks 5 languages, has three kids and rarely sleeps.
Partner & Trainer, Mindscapes
Ravid is a structured creative thinking trainer, working with numerous advertising agencies and brands around the world. He is a classic “not knowing what you want to be when you grow up” cliché, with 14 years of experience at a variety of agency roles, in both strategic planning and creative development. Helping him attain a unique perspective of creative thinking.
He is a frequent keynote speaker and trainer at international marketing conferences and advertising festivals, including recurring appearances at the prestigious Cannes Lions festival.
Mindscapes is active in 35 markets worldwide (North and Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific). 42 Cannes Lions, including 3 Grand Prix, have been awarded to work created by Mindscapes trained agencies, using their structured creative thinking tools.
Europe Bureau Chief, Adweek
Stephen is Adweek's Europe bureau chief based in Glasgow. Before joining Adweek in 2021, Stephen spent 14 years at The Drum starting as news editor, rising to online editor and finally executive editor. Stephen holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Glasgow.
Managing Partner, relativ*
A twenty plus year marketing and advertising professional, Cairo has been based in Tokyo for the past 10 years. Prior to the founding of relativ*, he led the Japan office of DDB, led Strategy and Data teams at RAPP-New York focused on quantitative and qualitative insights.
Prior to joining Rapp, Cairo worked at American Express delivering on consumer behavioral insights. His client experience includes: Mercedes Benz, ExxonMobil, McDonalds, Unilever, 711, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, Merck, Verizon, HBO and many others.
Curve co-founder and certified coach, John leads our facilitation and coaching practice. He’s clocked up many years working with teams in organisations as diverse as the NYPD, Coca-Cola, the UN and Comic Relief. Over his career, John has shown that a combination of facilitation and coaching is the best way to help organisations solve their own problems and come up with great ideas. An ardent believer in the power of workshops to achieve the impossible, John has trained many hundreds of people to be experts at designing and delivering workshops
John is co-chair of the ActionAid UK board, a mentor on the Cambridge Judge Business School MBA and guest speaker at the WHU Otto Beisheim Business School in Düsseldorf. He speaks at events for corporates, government bodies and civil society groups, and at public events such as the WebIT summit, Digital Shoreditch and the UN-sponsored Design for Social Innovation & Leadership program.
A co-founder of Curve, Lizzie leads our client transformation programmes and our learning-product development. She has facilitated collaborations in both the public and private sector for more than fifteen years, helping organisations like WWF, the BBC, HSBC, Virgin Atlantic and AstraZeneca to resolve complex challenges and hit ambitious goals. One of her unique skills is creating collaborations that tap right into the culture of a business, helping its people to get the best outcomes for their end customers and critical stakeholders.
Passionate about helping clients get innovation projects to succeed at scale, Lizzie was awarded by the IPA’s Women of Tomorrow for her strategic work. As well as being a trained coach, she is an inaugural Fellow of Included VC, a programme to diversify the investor community, and a Director of Innovation Social, a community of innovation leaders. Lizzie also founded Wok + Wine, creating opportunities through serendipity and shared experience.
Managing Partner, Talon Outdoor
Adrian Skelton has over 25 years of OOH experience, joining Talon Outdoor in its infancy in 2014 and quickly becoming managing partner. A key part of Talon’s senior management, he recently oversaw the initial US expansion, the launch of Talon’s International offices in Germany, Dubai and Singapore and the development of the groups global OOH network Plexus.
Adrian previously spent over a decade at Kinetic where he set up and ran the direct appointment side of the business.
Founder, COO, Head of Copy, Odysseus Arms
Franklin has overseen integrated advertising and brand launches for some of the world’s best known brands. He established the voice for Method, launched Mini Cooper into the U.S. market, and introduced Virgin Atlantic to the States. All before he was enlisted to take on creative leadership for Sprint. His Sprint “Now” campaign turned the telecom behemoths fortunes around on its way to global creative recognition.
With more Cannes Titanium Lions (one of which was awarded to the campaign that helped move a business forward more than any other in the world) on his shelf than any other San Francisco creative director, he mothers over each effort’s smallest details. This mastery of craft has translated to highly tuned campaigns across the alcoholic beverage industry including Miller Lite, Bushmills, and E. & J. Gallo.
His “your mission is my mission” motto has inspired creative teams around the world at A-list organizations including Mother in London, Publicis Mojo in Australia and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Most recently, he’s led Odysseus Arms on Cannes-recognized work for Amnesty International, helped reimagine the Kodak brand for the digital age, worked with HotelTonight to craft the language behind its global expansion, and ushered Barefoot into a new age of social media engagement.
Chief Strategy Office, Diva Agency
James Whatley is chief strategy officer for gaming-native creative agency, Diva. With over 15 years of marcomms experience working on integrated brand campaigns for clients such as Mondelez, Converse, Heineken, Expedia and Honda F1 Racing, James has been working at and writing about the forefront of digital trends for the best part of a decade. Occasionally describing himself as a 't-shaped strategist', James notes that as his digital skillset has broadened from a discipline to something that impacts everything, so too has his work gone from depth of specialism to breadth of capability. Skills that have seen him develop award winning work at both WPP and Publicis.
At Diva, James puts these skills to use to help the world's biggest and best games publishers, developers, platforms, and entertainment brands speak to millions of gamers all over the world.
James is also the co-creator of the DICE Charter initiative - a scored set of regulatory guidelines to ensure diversity and inclusion at conferences and events.
In his spare time, James writes an infrequent internet-culture newsletter called Five things on Friday, plays far too much PlayStation, and spends his weekends making huge Minecraft worlds with his two children. And yes, he is tired.