2012 Speakers

Aletheia Powell

Director of Trends & Insights, InterContinental Hotels Group


Indy Saha

Director of Strategy, Google Creative Lab


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Henry Mason

Head of Research & Analysis, trendwatching.com

Head of Research & Analysis at trendwatching.com Henry Mason is an accomplished trend watcher, consumer analyst, and presenter. He holds a first class degree in Politics & International Relations from the University of Nottingham, and has been fascinated for many years with understanding change, whether in society...

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Andy Hobsbawm

Founder and CMO, EVRYTHNG

Andy Hobsbawm is founder and CMO of Web of Things technology start-up EVRYTHNG which makes physical products smart by digitally connecting them to the web.

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Chris Sanderson

Co-founder & CEO, The Future Laboratory and Host of Channel 4’s ‘Home of the Future’ Show

Christopher Sanderson is co-founder of The Future Laboratory, where he is responsible for delivering the company’s extensive global roster of conferences, media events and in-house briefings. Clients include Louis Vuitton, Design Hotels, the Ministry for Tourism, Australia, and Women’s Wear Daily’s CEO Summits.

Chris has a monthly column in UK luxury bible The Luxury Briefing, and was previously contributing style editor at British Esquire. Before co-founding The Future Laboratory, he was UK communications director for surfwear brand Quiksilver, and a lecturer in visual communication at the University of the Arts in London. He has also served on the advisory panel for the British Council’s Creative Industries Unit, is a member of the Superboard of British Fashion Council initiative, The BFC Fashion Trust and presents Channel Four’s latest trends and technology show, Home of the Future.

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Anthony Hilton

Financial Editor, The Evening Standard

Anthony Hilton, currently shortlisted for the 2012 Business Commentator of the Year Award,   joined Fleet Street in 1968 as a Trainee on the Guardian.  He was on the Observer as a business feature writer from 1969-1971, the Daily Mail from 1971-1972 and the Sunday Express 1972-1974.  He then edited Accountancy Age from 1974 until he moved to New York for the Sunday Times in 1979, returning to become a City Editor of the Times in 1981.  In 1983 he left to help set up Redwood Publishing and in 1984 moved to the Evening Standard where he was City Editor from 1984 to 1989.  In November 1989 he became Managing Director of the Evening Standard, a post he held for six years before returning to the City Office as Financial Editor and economics leader writer for the paper.

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Jonathan MacDonald

Co-Founder, this fluid world

Jonathan is a talented businessman and entrepreneur with two decades of experience assisting over 100 companies globally in the creation and execution of commercial and digital strategies. during his career Jonathan has, among other things, been responsible for creating the world-wide mobile strategy for Ogilvy, played a key role launching Blyk, an ad funded mobile network, created Ministry of Sound’s digital strategy, launched a Sky TV channel, and advised the British Government on how to support the music industry, in addition to having been a Chairman of the British Music Industries Association

jonathan’s vision, experience, contribution to the industry, entrepreneurial spirit and passion makes him a respected thought-leader and a widely requested speaker at key conferences and corporate events around the world. Jonathan is the author of cited books, whitepapers and articles on communication, social media and mobile, and has 100,000+ monthly readers of his blog, and 55,000+ twitter followers


Manoj Fenelon

Director of Foresight, PepsiCo

I help imagine alternate futures for PepsiCo’s beverage businesses and brands. The way I see it, the future of business will be more about the value(s) created through sharing than throughownership; it will be about ideals and advocacy more than bottom-lines and advertising; and it won’t just be about innovation that adds more and more choices to groaning supermarket shelves, it will be about innovation that takes somechoices away … to help people save their ‘headspace’ for matters slightly more serious than the buying of toothpaste or a drink.

I’ve spent the last decade being professionally curious about consumers and consumption. Before that, I have, variously,taught theories of persuasion and mass mediainfluence to undergraduates, clerked at a mom-&-pop video store, and penned advertising copy for condoms, sneaker-cleaners, space satellites and teabags.I grew up in the south of India, and hold (gingerly) degrees in Communication Science and Management Studies.



Limor Schweitzer


Limor heads RoboSavvy, a company that distributes & develops advanced mobile robots and parts & tools for making them. RoboSavvy is currently developing software for social humanoid robots and also designing the first 3D printable acrobatic humanoid robot.

Limor started companies in diverse areas such as Telecom Billing, Internet Security and Social Email Templating. He has been granted 12 patents and was a speaker at over 80 conferences. He is a hopeless kite surfer and private pilot claiming that the learning process is his ultimate goal.


Robert ‘Beyonder’ Asare

Over the past decade, Robert Asare has established his ground breaking alter ego, Beyonder, as a distinct and towering presence on the UK spoken word scene. The five-time poetry slam champion, actor, and innovator is a former Business Systems analyst.

The self-described Multimedia Artist defies convention by presenting his art through various mediums ‘I like to create my work on the page, and then translate it into multiple types of media, such as live performances, music, film, and comic art.’ His achievements include the creation of the short film Digitalis, which not only screened everywhere from The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to the British Museum, but also received a nomination at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival.

His high risk transition from a traditional career to the arts is a true reflection of a man confident in his abilities with an unshakeable belief in his artistry. A performer who has solidified the respect of his peers, it is evident that no matter which project Beyonder undertakes he is no longer a rising star. He’s a supernova.



Steven Johnson,

Founder Considered.org.uk and D&AD Trustee

Considered Creative is based on the principles and projects  developed by Steven Johnson and his teams at Collaborative Change and The Hub.

Steven is Executive Creative Director at award-winning social research and design company The Hub, Director at Collaborative Change®, founder of the Considered Creative® project and author of an upcoming book of the same name.

He has been responsible for leading insight and design on a wide range of social and behaviour change projects for private, public and third sector clients and his work has received recognition from the Design Business Association, IPA, AHC, D&AD, How-Do and the German Design Council. More recently his work has turned to focus on working with agency teams to incorporate social design, co-creation and sustainability principles into the creative and planning process.

Steven speaks regularly on behaviour change, social design and sustainability issues and advises a range of industry bodies and educational institutions on social change and sustainability issues. As a D&AD trustee he is working to embed responsibility into the organisation’s growth strategy and shape the future of the White Pencil movement.

When not working Steven focuses on the infinitely more daunting behaviour change challenge presented by his two young daughters. He is married to Helen and lives in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.



Will Findlater

Editor, Stuff


Will Findlater is the editor of Stuff, the world’s best-selling gadgets and technology magazine. Now in his ninth year on the team, Will has performed almost every editorial role from box hauler up, and before Stuff he spent his working days whittling his eardrums into perfect listening machines at What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision. He has a exhaustively (some would say embarrassingly) complete knowledge of consumer technology, right down to those complex alphanumeric product codes.

Will received a first-class degree in philosophy and a certificate of higher education in physics from the University of Bristol – he thinks he’s a geek, therefore he is a geek. Will has written for The Sunday Times, Q, Reuters, CNN, Metro and more, and is regularly called up as a pundit by Sky News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. As for this sort of thing, he presents the Stuff Gadget Awards every year, and hasn’t had any catastrophes just yet.


Simon Redican

Managing Director, Radio Advertising Bureau

Simon is currently MD of the RAB, the marketing body for commercial radio, joining in May 2007.  This year the RAB celebrates twenty years helping to drive up commercial radio revenues, by sharing Britain’s Love of Radio with advertisers and agencies. Simon has introduced of a number of pivotal initiatives to help stimulate growth in the radio ad market, including the multi-award-winning RadioGauge and the Online Multiplier report, winner of the Gold Award for Research at the Media Week Awards 2010 and Silver in the Marketing Week Engage Awards.   Radio has consistently outperformed the ad market, with three consecutive years of revenue growth and an increasing share of the total display market.

Simon began his career in advertising full service agencies, DMB&B and Lovell and Rupert Curtis, before going on to build a strong track record in media agencies working as a planner and buyer at The Media Shop, Carat and Starcom Mediavest, where he was head of the planning department. In 2001, he crossed over to the media owner side, heading up sales at Classic FM and Planet Rock for GCAP, before running the Media Partnerships team at Times Media.

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Mark Barber

Planning Director, Radio Advertising Bureau

In his role of Planning Director at RAB UK, Mark is responsible for developing the company’s research and content strategy. He is the architect of the UK’s highly successful and award-winning ‘RadioGAUGE’, ‘Online Multiplier’ and ‘Media & the mod of the nation’ research projects; and is co-author of the book 'An advertiser's guide to better radio advertising' published by Wiley. Before joining the RAB, Mark spent 18 years as a strategic media planner on blue-chip clients across a number of agencies, most recently as Communication Planning Director at Universal McCann where, amongst others, he ran the Bacardi Martini, Nestle, MasterCard and Microsoft accounts. Mark is married, and at the weekends operates a free mini-cab service exclusively for his two teenage children.


Christina Jenkins

Christina Jenkins

Insights Lead, EMEA, LinkedIn

Christina Jenkins joined LinkedIn in March 2011 and manages the company’s research and data insights across EMEA.  She has over 10 years’ experience media research and marketing and is responsible for setting LinkedIn’s research priorities around audience, advertising effectiveness and marketing strategy.

Prior to LinkedIn, Christina worked for Dynamic Logic and Millward Brown for nearly eight years, holding various marketing and business development roles both in London and New York City. Most recently, as part of Millward Brown’s European Digital and Media Practice, Christina advised brands on how they could best leverage new media, such as digital, mobile and social media, as part of their advertising efforts. She has a particular interest in brand research for digital, mobile and social media.  

Previous research roles include The Wall Street Journal and Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing.    

Christina received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The University of Mississippi, USA, is married and currently living in London. She is a member of the MMA, IAB Europe Research Council, IAB UK and has been published in MediaPost, New Media Age, Marketing Week, Admap and iMedia. 



Rohit Talwar

CEO, Fast Future

Rohit is a global futurist, strategy advisor and award winning speaker.  He advises global firms on how to survive, thrive and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead. Rohit helps clients understand how mega trends, emerging developments, new business models, and disruptive technologies could impact society, business, industries and government. He specialises in emerging markets and sectors such as consumer products, technology, science, media, aviation, travel and retail. He currently leads studies on the future science and technology landscape, human enhancement and the future of business conferences and events.  Profiled by the Independent Newspaper as a top ten global future thinker, Rohit's interests include the role of technology in business and society and embedding foresight in organisations.

Rohit has delivered keynote speeches for leaders in business, government, associations and the non-profit sector – working in 60+ countries on six continents around the world. Regular topics include mega trends and global drivers of change, radical innovation, new business models, disruptive technologies, economic futures, developing economies, professional services, complexity and winning in a downturn. He authored Designing Your Future - Key Trends, Challenges and Choices, edited Achieving Transformation and Renewal in Financial Services, and contributes regularly to books and journals on emerging trends and technologies, futures and strategic change.
Rohit leads Fast Future Research - conducting studies on topics such as Human Augmentation, Airport 2025, the Science and Technology Timeline, Future of HR, Hotels 2020, Mega Trends, The Shape of Jobs to Come, Future of Cities, Travel and Tourism and Convention 2020. He has led scenario projects on Asia, the World in 2015, Mobile Communications, Migration, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Health Innovation, the Narcotics Landscape and Demographic Trends.

Rohit’s clients include 3M, American Express, Astra Zeneca, Axa, The BBC, BT, BAe, Bayer, Center Parcs UK, Citibank, Deloitte, DeutscheBank, De Beers, DHL, E&Y, EADS, Electrolux, Etisalat, Everything Everywhere, GE, Hoover, IBM, ING, Intel, InterContinental Hotels, KPMG, Laing O’Rourke, M&S, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nakheel, Nokia, Nomura, Novartis, Orange, O2, Panasonic, Pepsi, Pfizer, Playtex, PwC, RIM (Blackberry), Samsung, SAP, Santander, Sara Lee, Shell, Siemens, T-Mobile, Tata, Travelport, Vodafone, Whirlpool, Yell and over 100 government agencies, associations, airports, convention bureaus, events companies and convention centres around the world.

Phuong Nguyen

Head of Advertising, eBay UK

Phuong Nguyen is the Head of Advertising at eBay UK, and is responsible for driving the site’s advertising revenue through its Online Retail Media proposition, progressing it's publisher strategy and ensuring that brands, retailers and advertisers capitalise on the UK's largest purchase-ready audience.

Phuong is an eight year eBay veteran, joining eBay Australia in 2003 as Internet Marketing Manager where he managed eBay's search marketing, affiliate marketing, and display advertising efforts; working extensively with the industry's biggest players to accelerate eBay Australia's growth through effective and profitable online advertising.

Phuong is also a passionate eBay user with a feedback score of 4346 (and counting); the highest of any eBay employee in Europe.

Phuong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from the University of New South Wales and still calls Australia home. 

James Withey

Head of Brand Insight, Precise

James has over 13 years of experience in brand consultancy and research, gained at Interbrand, Headlight Vision, and Landor, where he was Head of Strategy for Consumer Brands. James has worked on a very wide range of insight, strategy and brand development projects for a diverse range of clients, including Nestle, Diageo, Eversheds, Land Rover, Morrisons, M&S and Tesco.com, and holds a History degree from the University of Cambridge. Since joining Precise as Head of Brand Insight, James has grown the Brand Insight team and led the development of the Brand Insight offer. The Precise Brand Insight team identifies insights to support decision-making by marketing, innovation, digital, and customer service teams. With consumers’ expectations of and relationships with brands undergoing profound change, James believes it is more vital than ever that decision-makers seek to understand this change and its implications.