Kate Ancketill – Keynote Speaker

CEO and founder of GDR Creative Intelligence

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Big Disruptors: Prioritizing Retail Strategies
  • Trends fit for the future: The surprising secret of persistently brilliant retail brands
  • The Metaverse: why brands should care about the virtual world
  • Sustainable brands: a practical guide to a future that works for the planet, people, and profit
  • The Circular Economy: Regenerative models that work
  • Loyalty, payment and NFTs: New models of customer engagement
  • What every retail sector can learn from innovation in FinTech
  • How Innovation in Customer Experience is the Heart of Future Growth
  • The Future of Beauty and Wellness
  • Longevity and the future of ageing


As the CEO and founder of GDR, Kate has more than 20 years of experience in trends affecting business sectors and consumer behaviour, sharing her visionary insights around the world. She is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world’s largest consumer brands, supplying market leading consultancy and professional speaking to P & G, Tesco, Waitrose, Target, Sephora, Microsoft, Google, and Lego.

As a business futurist, Kate delivers compelling big-picture narratives. Kate makes complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience. She advises on the future of customer experience, how marketing is evolving, and how the best of the best are using tech to adapt to changing demographics, environmental realities and cultural change.

Kate has considerable experience in Conferences, Webinars (live & recorded), TV, radio, podcasts, panels, board advisory, client presentations, and print. She has worked extensively with media organisations of all sizes, from national broadcasters to specialised trade publications.

Her expertise and skills are highly regarded globally, and she is the trends keynote speaker for the world’s largest retail organisation, the National Retail Federation in the US. Beyond her role as a leading consultant and thought leader within retail, Kate, and her team of experts at GDR are trusted media contributors and ghost-writers for global brands.

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The Big Disruptors: Prioritizing Retail Strategies

Retailers are being pummelled by many disruptors– cost of living crisis, climate change, crypto, Web3, and viral outbreaks which challenge existing business models in different ways. Varying circumstances can call for different responses, so where do you begin? Kate Ancketill, CEO of GDR, will contextualize what’s coming and assist in prioritizing assorted strategies, so businesses are able to adapt fluidly in response to various forms of disruption.

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