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Kate Ancketill  

Expert in Innovation and Founder and CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence

Kate Ancketill is the brains and driving force behind GDR Creative Intelligence, a globally recognised consultancy focused on innovation and emerging trends in retail, leisure and hospitality around the world. She has worked with an impressive roster of major global brands, including: Microsoft, P&G, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton, LVMH, McDonald’s, Capital One, Macy’s, Chanel, Estee Lauder and Sephora. World-renowned, dynamic and commercially successful, Ancketill won the Jennifer d’Abo Memorial Scholarship for female entrepreneurs in 2007 and was selected as one of the UK’s top 100 in the Courvoisier Future 500 in 2009.

In eye-opening, informative and inspirational multi-media presentations, Ancketill shares insights on the technological, human and spatial innovations that will change the face of retail and hospitality over the next two to five years. She uses carefully selected case studies to illustrate how new technologies and consumer behaviours will impact physical and digital commerce globally; case studies discovered by GDR’s expert research team, or drawn from her global network - honed over 22 years - of leading engineers, programmers, designers, architects, marketers, scientists, academics and other specialist practitioners.

“Meaningful innovation often starts with inspiration from unexpected places,” says Ancketill. “I love to show how taking a concept from one sector, tweaking it and applying it to another can lead to world-beating bottom line success.”

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Global Innovation Report.

In an eye-opening, forward-thinking keynote presentation, Kate Ancketill shares insights on the innovations that will change the face of business in the near future. Through a network honed over 21 years that features the world’s best creatives – including engineers, designers, marketing experts, artists, business executives, scientists, researchers, and more – Ancketill has her finger on the pulse of technology, innovation, and business trends, and she helps audiences see what is coming down the pipeline and where they should focus their efforts in order to not only keep up with the changes but stay ahead of the curve. With the belief that dreaming leads to innovation and science fiction has a way of becoming fact, Ancketill discusses how innovation builds on itself and simply taking a discarded idea and tweaking it can turn it into a world-leading idea. She also addresses how consumer, brand, and retailer relationships are evolving and how this knowledge and understanding can deliver competitive advantage. Businesses of all varieties are moving toward hyper personalization, offering adaptive environments that change with your mood, shopping lists that write themselves, and responsive stores that change with the weather. Consumers’ expectations are accelerating, and Kate Ancketill gives businesses the insight they need to keep up.

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