Speaker - Kate Ancketill

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Based in London, Kate Ancketill is one of the world's top trend forecasters for brands and retail. She consults for many of the most successful consumer-facing brands, providing confidence to senior business decision makers about where to innovate, adapt and invest resources.

In her early career, Ms. Ancketill worked for Amnesty International for seven years in research and policy writing before joining Global Design Resources (GDR) Creative Intelligence, which was originally established as a confidential design agency selection service. In 2000, she reoriented the company's work to include research on innovation in design, experiential marketing, technology, new media, packaging and service within the brand, retail and hospitality sectors, tapping into an extensive network of the world's most inspirational designers, architects, technologists, academics and strategists for source material.

In addition to publishing quarterly Global Innovation Reports and delivering quarterly presentations to clients at conferences worldwide, the company offers custom research and consults on mid-term (five-year) future scenarios. Sony, L'Oreal, Marks & Spencer, Procter & Gamble Company, Kraft, Unilever, Limited Brands, Starwood Hotels, GAP, McDonalds, Nokia, Orange, The Crown Estate, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Waitrose and House of Fraser are some examples of noted clients. Ms. Ancketill won the Jennifer d'Abo Memorial Scholarship for female entrepreneurs in 2007 and was selected as one of the top 100 in the Courvoisier Future 500 in 2009.

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