Glenn AbellVice President, Head of Direct to Consumer Channels EMEA, LEGO
Glenn Abell is the Vice President & Head of LEGO Retail (direct to consumer) for Europe, Middle East and Africa which is a division of The LEGO Group, a privately held toy company based in Billund, Denmark. The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 140 countries.
In his role, Glenn is accountable for LEGO branded stores as well as the E-commerce platforms in EMEA and has a passion for the 1-to-1 relationship with the shopper and consumer. The LEGO Group enjoys a tremendously loyal consumer base, driven by a Brand which represents imagination, creativity, learning, quality and fun. In recent years, the commercial agenda, product development and marketing innovation have engaged consumers in ways that have helped the company expand its influence in the toy space and consumer products industry as a whole.
Glenn has been with The LEGO Group for 15 years holding various sales, marketing and general management positions in the United States, Canada and Australia prior to moving to London in his current role. Previous to his time with the LEGO company, Glenn worked in the US beverage industry for Evian, Cadbury Beverages and Anheuser-Busch in a variety of sales and marketing functions. Glenn has experience across company, industry and charity boards while frequently being asked to speak a universities and conferences.
His 20+ years of experience in the toy and FMCG industries has given Glenn a tremendous appreciation for the power of brands and people’s ability to identify with them.
Marco RoncaglioDirector Digital & CRM, Philips
Global Responsibility for driving digital marketing, sales and advertising spending productivity, managing a multi-million euro digital marketing budget in a 3+B Euro business.
Lluis Martinez-RibesProfessor, ESADE
Lluis is an Associate Professor at ESADE and a leading expert on neuromarketing and applies a neuromarketing strategy to retail and marketing innovation. During his 35 years of professional experience he has been fortunate to practise his specialty in 25 countries and advise leading international businesses such as Coca Cola, Zara, IKEA and many more on their marketing strategies.
Sacha WilsonDirector of Sales EMEA, Avalara
Sacha Wilson is Avalara’s Director of Sales for EMEA, helping businesses of all size automate the complexities of global tax compliance. Prior to joining Avalara in 2014, he spent more than 20 years in e-commerce sales and management at blue-chips such as Amazon, Arcelor-Mittal, British Aerospace and several dotcom start-ups. Over 11 years at Amazon he led various sales, account management and marketing teams involved in growing Amazon’s EU Marketplace as well as launching new seller programmes including Fulfilment by Amazon, Amazon Payments and Product Ads. He brings a depth in understanding of ecommerce and the tax issues facing European businesses involved in global trade.
Joel is the Co Founder and CEO of Grabble, responsible for one of the most innovative shopping apps available on the market. At launch it was featured by Apple as Best New App in 34 Countries. Grabble is changing the way people shop for fashion, in the UK and beyond with over half a million downloads with the original inspiration coming from a design scribbled on the back of a napkin. Joel has a huge passion for interface design and user experience, with the whole Grabble team being centered around perfecting the art of story-led shopping on Mobile. Prior to Joel’s Grabble journey, he was a consultant at PwC for 4 years working with Tech and Telco clients.
Nupur ManchandaChief Operating Officer, Practicology
Nupur Manchanda is the Chief Operating Officer and oversees the delivery of all client work, as well as having a particular interest in multichannel strategy and organisational change projects. She has worked in the field of ecommerce and multichannel retailing for over 15 years; and been responsible for the profit and loss of major online retailers, including Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, Toptable and New Look. Her experience on the front-line of retail is complemented by the eight years she spent working in digital advertising and marketing agencies. Her strengths lie in being able to develop a strategy, convert it into a practical action plan and then deliver against it. She is obsessively consumer focused, and a strong believer in evidence-based decision making.
Alastair StirlingIndustry Head – Retail, Google
Alastair currently works with retailers to understand the role of digital in their businesses and how they can take advantage of it to support their growth. Over his 10 years at Google he has worked with a wide variety of businesses from pureplays to multi-channel and lead generation, across multiple retailing categories. He is currently focused on the Home and DIY sector and specifically on understanding the role online plays in driving offline sales and the resultant implications for retailers.
Geoff ScullyManaging Director, Shop Direct Ireland
Geoff Scully was appointed Managing Director of Shop Direct Ireland Limited t/a Littlewoods Ireland, in 2005.
As Ireland’s leading online department store, Littlewoods Ireland offers a huge range of clothing, footwear, homewares, electrical appliances, toys and gifts. The website houses over 40,000 products and offers free delivery and free returns (free shipping) and click and collect to over 1000 stores nationwide.
Based in Shop Direct Ireland offices in Blanchardstown, Dublin Geoff manages a staff of 25 across marketing, operations, finance and underwriting.
Geoff also advises start up businesses in Ireland. Geoff is passionate about retail, tech, digital, advertising and Manchester United.
Originally from Dublin, Geoff lives with his partner and their 7-year old twins in Laois.
David KohnCustomer & eCommerce Director, Heal’s
David is a multichannel leader with a rare combination of board-level online and offline commercial experience. He is currently responsible for e-Commerce and customer service at Heal’s, the world-famous furniture and interiors store. He has previously held leadership positions in major high street names including WHSmith, Waterstones, Borders and Snow+Rock. A former table tennis playing obsessive he will happily take on all-comers at Bounce.
Michel Kochformer CMO, Time Inc.
Michel is a digital and e-commerce pioneer. He started as head of new media at Sony Music in the early 90’s, and has since filled several senior executive positions with international B2C and B2B multichannel companies including Bertelsmann, Manutan, Quelle, Conrad Electronics, Camaïeu. Michel relocated to the UK to join Marks & Spencer to develop their international online sales, and more recently supported the omni-channel strategy of electronics retailer Maplin Electronics as eCommerce Director. After joining TIME inc. UK to drive new business growth initiatives, he was nominated as CMO in 2016 to oversee all customer marketing, data and insights related activities, and to promote the convergence of content and commerce.
Carlos MarquezHead of eCommerce, Heineken
Carlos Marquez leads B2C eCommerce (Online Drinks) within Global Commerce Innovation in Heineken. He has been in the company for over two years, after gaining some eCommerce insights in Amazon and entrepreneurship skills with his own (defunct) company.
He studied Computer Science and later obtained a Master in Digital Business from the Instituto de Empresa. Carlos speaks Spanish, gets around in English, survives in French and might never speak Dutch. Even though he holds a Spanish passport, he bikes everywhere, still enjoys Amsterdam’s weather and got used to eating at noon.
Vicky ZadehCEO, Rakuten Fits Me
Vicky Zadeh oversees all aspects of the business including commercial operations, sales, marketing, product and finance. With a clear, candid style, Vicky has an ability to connect strategy, mission and purpose to achieve results. Having joined Rakuten Fits Me in early 2016, she is excited by the prospect of improving the way people shop for clothes: “Creating tech solutions that gather shopper data that provide insights to help retailers truly personalise the online journey and ultimately allow them to offer superior customer service”. Vicky brings a wealth of experience to the business having worked in leadership positions across FMCG & Service sectors for over 10 years.
Andy HobsbawmCo-founder & CMO, EVRYTHNG
After creating the first international internet agency in 1994, Andy served as European MD then Chairman of Agency.com, before co-founding the award-winning non-profit Do The Green Thing. A TED-speaker, Andy has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was inducted into the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame.
Troy CollinsCEO, Endource
London-based Troy Collins is an Australian national who has successfully founded 3 UK businesses including SecretEscapes.com, dealchecker.co.uk and his latest venture in fashion, Endource.com.
Troy co-founded Luxury Travel Company SecretEscapes.com in 2011 and price comparison site dealchecker.co.uk in 2005. Troy is also a mentor for Microsoft Ventures and Ignite Accelerators as well as an active angel investor in the UK tech scene with investments including SportPursuit, Toucan Box, SeedLegals, DataLoop.io, MentionMe and The Plum Guide.
Troy started his first company dealchecker.co.uk in April 2005. Dealchecker.co.uk was sold in 2010 French price comparison firm Easy Voyage. Immediately thereafter Troy and his co-founders launched SecretEscapes.com and rapidly expanded the company across the globe with operations in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland The USA and South East Asia.
Troy is hoping to disrupt and innovate online fashion with his latest venture Endource.com. Endource is a maketplace for style conscious women and is a showcase of fashion’s most influential editors’, most desired products. By solving fundamental pain-points when shopping online, Endource seeks to lower the ‘purchase threshold’ with their endorsement fueled curation algorithm, universal checkout and new try-before-you-buy, consolidated delivery & returns service.
John MaltmanCEO, E Fundamentals
A former VP and General Manager at PepsiCo, with a career spanning P&G, Asda Walmart, consultancy and a tech startup, CEO John Maltman has led fast and profitable growth in a range of marketing services and B2B technology businesses. During this time, he developed a deep understanding of some of the world’s best marketing and sales organisations including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé, SCA, Groupé SEB and Unilever FS.
Will Lockie(Formerly) Head of Multichannel, Evans Cycles
Will is an experienced retail ecommerce and marketing leader, with a track record of growth in the sector, particularly SME’s and private equity funded businesses.
At Evans Cycles he brought a 90-year-old bricks-and-mortar retailer into the omnichannel world, blending customer insight and service design to deliver a winning proposition. Now he works with global brands such as Adidas, Diageo, Porsche and Jaguar-Landrover, leading customer first and business change programmes.
Will regularly talks at industry events, is a certified Agile practitioner, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing.
In his spare time, he likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors with his family, riding his bikes and hunting out good coffee along the way.
Anoop VasishtVice President, Dynamic Yield
Anoop Vasisht is the Vice President of Dynamic Yield based in Germany. He was previously the Director for International Investments at ProSiebenSat.1, one of Germany’s leading media groups focusing on Partnerships, Investments & Business Development for Consumer, Data & Analytics sectors. He also developed operating expertise in CRM, Data & Analytics while at Rocket Internet as the Head of CRM based in Berlin covering e-commerce & marketplaces assets.
Cliff StevensonInternational Trade Expert and Brexit Strategy Consultant
Cliff Stevenson is a UK-based freelance economic consultant that for the past 29 years has worked for governments and businesses on all aspects of trade and regulatory policy affecting access to the EU and global markets. He started his career as a trade economist in the UK Department of Trade & Industry during the Uruguay Round of tariff negotiations. Later in his career, Cliff was Chief Economist in the Trade & Competition team at one of the world’s top 10 law firms, Mayer Brown. He is one of the world’s leading experts on trade defence instruments (trade remedies). Cliff’s original research and comments have been featured in various top publications e.g. Financial Times, Economist etc, as well as on TV (CNN, CNBC etc).
Cliff is one of the leading Brexit consultants and principally focuses on the law, economics and policy of international trade problems. With a professional economics background, he is particularly strong in the most complex aspects of anti-dumping and other trade defence cases (e.g. dumping calculations, injury analyses etc.). He adopts a similar multipdisciplinary approach to other policy areas such as antitrust/competition.
CEO & Founder, yReceipts
Following a career in Online Marketing and Strategy Consulting, Alexander co-founded yReceipts in 2009. The company now works with 300 retail brands from around the world and enables them to connect their brick-and-mortar customers with transactions and campaigns in real-time. Alexander enjoys being part of the retail tech revolution and loves the thrill the exciting new projects yReceipts is working on right now bring with them. In his spare time, Alexander can be found on skis, tennis courts and running routes. He lives in London.
Founder & CEO, Green Man Gaming
Paul is the Founder and CEO of Green Man Gaming, an award-winning global e-commerce technology company in the video games industry. His disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship has driven Green Man Gaming’s fast growth success from a team of three working with just 26 publishers in 2010 to one of the largest multi-platform retailers in the world today. From its headquarters in Kings Cross, London (UK), Green Man Gaming offers gamers in 195 countries a large catalogue of digital games, a social platform for the community and a games publishing business.
As an already distinguished business leader, Paul is passionate about raising the profile of British businesses and technology internationally. He also believes in the truly immersive and engaging power of video games as an unrivalled form of entertainment and strives to promote the benefits of the industry at every opportunity.
Before Green Man Gaming, Paul founded Prizefight, a hybrid of video games and betting, and built customised algorithmic trading engines for the cash equity markets. He was also a management consultant, a banker and an Officer in HM Forces.
Vice President International Consumer Business, Conrad
As Vice President of Conrad International’s consumer business, Daniel is leading the groups transformation into the new digital era of retail. He is passionate about challenging the traditional business models and sees the current dynamics in the business as a new opportunity for the entire industry and believes that the threats of market consolidation will only eat those, who are not able find and protect their niche and develop a unique value proposition. According to Daniel, only those who act proactively, swiftly and are able to reorganize structures and processes faster and more effectively will survive. Until early 2017, Daniel was Director of the group’s B2C marketing primarly driving the organisational change from a very decentralized into a centralized marketing organisation and establishing new processes to make central and local marketing departments most effective in a new environment and to be able to cope with the challenges of the digital age.
Sana Ali Aamir
Co-Founder & Managing Director – UK, bloomon
Sana is the Co-founder and Managing Director of bloomon UK – a subscription-based flower delivery company. Prior to this, she was a management consultant at BCG and employee No 1 at Daraz.pk – Pakistan’s largest e-commerce platform. Although she has some experience with investment banking & management consulting in her heart lies in incubating and scaling e-commerce startups. Sana also has an MBA from London Business School.
Chief Marketing Officer, LingoZING!
Simon is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of LingoZING!, an early stage start-up using interactive, digital comics to help people learn languages. Previously Simon has led the marketing and digital functions for some of the world’s best know brands including Nokia, BBC, Superdry AXA and Virgin Atlantic where he was the Chief Marketing officer responsible for all Marketing and E-commerce.
Michael Llewelyn JonesVisiting Professor, The London Institute of Banking & Finance and former VP, MD & Senior Credit Officer, Citi
Professor Michael Llewelyn-Jones had a long career in banking, most recently as a vice chairman in Citibank’s corporate and investment banking business, having previously been the EMEA head of TMT. He is now a strategic financial consultant, lecturer at the London Institute of Banking and Finance, senior advisor at Move Capital (which provides growth equity to digital B2B companies) and director, trustee and advisor to a number of leading charities.
James is responsible for Smartling’s EMEA operation, overseeing go to market and customer success. Prior to joining Smartling, James held roles in EMEA at Dassault Systemes where he was responsible for sales of search based applications and in EMEA and US at Percussion Software where he helped expand their web content management platform offering into enterprise markets. James holds a BA in Politics from the University of Liverpool.
Expert for Search and Merchandising, ATTRAQT
Andreas Brueckner is a subject matter expert for search and merchandising at ATTRAQT, the onsite search technology provider trusted by many of Europe’s largest online shops. Andreas provides thought leadership and best practice advice to industry heavy-weights such as ASOS, Debenhams, and Otto.de.
Legal Expert UK, Trusted Shops
Naveen Aricatt is the Legal Expert UK at Trusted Shops. She studied International Business Law and Business Management at the Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen and later completed her Master of Law at the Queen Mary University of London. She has been working at Trusted Shops since 2009. She authored the English version of the Trusted Shops “Handbook for Online Retailers”. Naveen also provides legal contributions to the Trusted Shops UK blog and writes white papers about consumer rights in the UK.
Linda LigiosManaging Editor, Springwise Intelligence Ltd.
Linda Ligios is Managing Editor at Springwise, responsible for the curation and publication of the latest innovations and ground-breaking business ideas from all over the world. Beginning her career in licensing and syndication, she has contributed to the growth of BBC Magazines’s international portfolio providing branding and editorial guidance to over 60 licensed editions across 33 territories. With a passion for radio production and digital storytelling, she has previously worked with other major British institutions including British Library and King’s College London to disseminate best practices, organise events and promote innovations in the digital preservation space.
Michael AdesinaRetail Senior Sales Manager, ChannelAdvisor
Michael is Senior Sales Manager at ChannelAdvisor and has over eight years of experience in helping brands and branded manufacturers get the most out of e-commerce.
Having come through the ranks at ChannelAdvisor, Michael now works with hundreds of companies, advising them on best practice in e-commerce and how to best maximise their presence and visibility on Amazon, Zalando, eBay and a host of other marketplaces.
Michael’s specialism is assisting companies in expanding into new territories and geographies and has a stellar record in building audiences for his clients.