A world-class mix of the industry's best and brightest.
Bob Safian
Editor, Managing Director
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Robert Safian is editor-in-chief and managing director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Under Safian’s leadership, Fast Company has received numerous accolades, including the highly coveted National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2009, Safian has also served as an executive editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its chief editor for six years.

Under Safian’s direction, Fast Company has garnered a reputation for highlighting the “new” in business while keeping reverence to “tried and true.” Whether exploring a startup in Detroit or the tech scene in Palo Alto, an innovator in Singapore or an iconoclast in Mumbai, Fast Company consistently adopts a fresh and honest take on business. By presenting stories of the people behind innovative business thinking, it gives hope to millions of workers, entrepreneurs, and leaders that meaningful change is possible.

Safian has appeared on CBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and other TV networks and has been a featured speaker at events ranging from SxSW Interactive to the Cisco Systems CIO Summit, the United Nation’s Global Accelerators Council
to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.

Safian began his career with a seven-year tenure at The American Lawyer, where he rose from summer intern to executive editor. He joined SmartMoney in 1994 and moved to Fortune in 1997. Money was a National Magazine Finalist four times under Safian's leadership and he played key roles in securing National Magazine Awards for The American Lawyer, SmartMoney, and TIME. He joined Fast Company in 2007
Tim Samuels
Documentary filmmaker, broadcaster & presenter
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Tim Samuels is a documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and presenter, best known for his hard-hitting documentaries and his regular voice on BBC Radio: creating and presenting Radio 5 Live’s Men’s Hour. He is widely considered to be one of TV’s most acclaimed journalists - described as a 'young, British Michael Moore' and boasts three Royal Television Society Awards, as well as Best Documentary at the World Television Festival. His new book, Who Stole My Spear explores the role of men and male identity in 2016.
Andrew Sanders
Commercial Director for NPD
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Matt Sanders
Managing Partner
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Matt cut his media teeth at Carat back in more analogue days. After a brief but intoxicating period at Mediavest he was lured to PHD in 1998 to work on the BT Cellnet & Yellow Pages accounts. Over his 18 years at PHD he has worked on some of the agency’s most acclaimed and award winning accounts including Mondelez International, BHF, BMW, Weetabix, and Warner Bros. picking up Mediaweek awards and a Thinkbox TV Planning Grand Prix along the way for Warner Bros and BHF not to mention a Cannes Lion last year for Mondelez International.

He has sat on PHD board for the last 9 years and is currently the Managing Partner responsible for the Warner Bros. & Twitter accounts.

At weekends he can be found down at the Boleyn Ground blowing bubbles with his two children Thomas & Stella whilst enjoying West Ham’s long overdue ascent to Champions League status.
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Chris Satterthwaite
Chief Executive
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Chris began his commercial career as a graduate trainee at H.J Heinz. Since then, he has been part of three different kinds of marketing communication agencies: IMP (1981-1993), then the UK’s largest Sales Promotion Business; HHCL & Partners (1993-2000) – Campaign’s Advertising Agency of the Decade and; Bell Pottinger (2000-2002) – the UK’s leading Public Relations agency. He became Chief Executive of Chime in 2003.

He is Senior Independent Director of Centaur Media, Chairman of The Roundhouse, a Director of Business in the Community and a member of the Government’s Professional and Business Services Group.
Celine Saturino
Head of Media Operations
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Celine joined Total Media back in 2012, where she now holds the role of Head of Media Operations. With over a decade of experience within the media industry, Celine brings a host of knowledge and expertise from across the digital landscape. Prior to Total Media, Celine has boasted various roles as Client Director where she was responsible in building relationships with key clients at the likes of Media Contacts and i-level.
Kathleen Saxton
Founder & CEO
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Kathleen Saxton is the founder and CEO of bespoke headhunting firm, The Lighthouse Company.

After a 360 degree journey in the media and advertising sphere, touching Sky Television, Capital Radio, EMAP Advertising, Carlton Screen, PHD, Saatchi & Saatchi and Virgin Radio, Kathleen moved into professional headhunting.

In 2009, Kathleen set up The Lighthouse Company with a vision to create the modern search firm that clients had been asking for. Today, The Lighthouse Company represents some of the most talented individuals globally and ensure they connect to and flourish within visionary, brave and ambitious businesses. Listing Facebook, Twitter, Mashable, The Guardian, Snapchat, ITV, Dentsu, Omnicom, WPP and many others as clients – the Lighthouse know what it takes to find New World Leaders for today’s modern world.
Caspar Schlickum
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Brian Schultz
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An industry insurgent who never got the advertising handbook, Brian Schultz challenges consumers, brands and advertisers to look beyond traditional channels to deliver authentic brand experiences around their product. He is an experiential marketing strategist and producer whose roots are in live entertainment. As a partner in Magnetic he comes to this new venture from R/GA where he sat on the management team as Group Director of Live Events and Digital Environments. Prior to R/GA Brian developed, built and managed OuterActive, the Experiential Marketing arm of Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Through a media agnostic approach, Schultz produced integrated campaigns for Google, Volkswagen, Microsoft, Nike, DIAGEO, Budweiser and Coke Zero to name a few. Advertising Age has yet to comment, but there is speculation of a special issue dedicated to his life's work.
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Tom Scott
YouTuber, Maker and Presenter
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Vice President
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Technology Correspondent
Joel Seymour-Hyde
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Joel joined Octagon 7 years ago from MediaCom, and is now Senior Vice President of Strategy, advising clients on sponsorship selection, acquisition and activation. Joel works across the Octagon regional client base for brands such as MasterCard, Cisco, Mars and Sony Mobile. Joel has an international focus to his work, having lead projects across Europe, the Middle East and India. Joel also leads the on-going development and implementation of Octagon’s suite of proprietary sponsorship tools, including the renowned Passion Drivers™ research, which quantifies why fans are fans. In addition he pioneered work into understanding the phenomenon of the multi-screening sports fan. Away from work, Joel is a (unsurprisingly) a committed sports fan himself, with particular interest in the success / travails of the England Rugby team and Reading FC
Nigel Sharrocks
Non-Exec. Chairman, Advisor, Angel Investor
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BAFTA Award Winner & Star
John Sheekey
General Manager International
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John is the General Manager in EMEA for Oracle Data Cloud (ODC), following the acquisition by Oracle of Datalogix in December 2014, where he held the same role building the business outside the US. Previous to Datalogix, he was General Manager for the Banking business at Moneysupermarket.com, the UK's largest product aggregation website. Prioe to that, John was part of the start-up team from 2002 that set up and launched Nectar, the UK’s largest loyalty programme, spending 4 years from 2006 as Marketing Director.
Dave Shepherd
Director Digital Eagles & Eagle Labs
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Barclays Digital Eagles – Engaging employees to drive customer-centricity into the DNA of the organisation.

Energetic in his delivery and passionate in his subject matter Dave will give you the insight on the Barclays Digital Eagles, how it began and why it became the biggest people movement the Bank has ever seen.

• How Barclays is delivering on it’s ambition in this Digital Revolution to Leave No One Behind
• Give you the inside track on Eagle Labs and how they will be a physical presence joining our communities together
• The Inside-Out colleague approach to customer-centricity
Misha Sher
Head of Sport & Entertainment, EMEA
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Misha Sher is an international sports marketing executive with over 15 years experience advising blue chip brands, talent and rights holders on driving maximum impact from sponsorship. As the Head of Sport & Entertainment EMEA at MediaCom, he oversees a division responsible for optimisation of client’s investment across sport & entertainment while being fully integrated with the overall communication and marketing strategy. MC Sport & Entertainment combines the most comprehensive consumer and brand insight with intrinsic knowledge of all sponsorship channels to identify, secure and activate partnerships that deliver long lasting brand impact. Prior to taking up his current position, he managed commercial and brand partnerships for Brazilian icons Pelé and Neymar Jr, orchestrating high profile endorsement partnerships with brands like P&G;, VW, Subway, Coca-Cola and Shell.
Anne Shooter
Commercial Editor
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Richard Simkins
Innovations Director
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With more than 10 years in the OOH industry Richard leads Talon Outdoor’s Innovations team, and is responsible for delivering the agency’s innovative and experience-based campaigns for their clients. Slightly geeky in his interest in technology, science and psychology Richard’s portfolio includes some of the most ambitious and awarded OOH campaigns of the last 3 years.

Hunter Skipworth
Website Editor
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Former Technology Reporter at Telegraph Media Group, Contributing Editor Pocket Lint, Technology Editor Digital Spy. Responsible for evo’s website and social channels.
Melissa Smith
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Having spent 20 years working at board level in creative operations across some of London’s leading agencies, Melissa recognised there was a gap in the market for an independent consultancy to equip creative businesses with the best in class talent, effective processes and relevant training - helping clients and agencies maximise creative and commercial opportunities. Melissa, founded The Industry Club in early 2011.
Melissa continues to work as a process consultant, trainer and recruiter on senior creative operational roles.
Cilla Snowball
Group Chairman & Group CEO
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Chaka Sobhani
Creative Director
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Chaka has 20 years of experience from both the Advertising and Broadcast industries.
She started her career as a comedy and performance writer and director in the broadcast arena which led to her joining US network Fox, creating their branding and advertising as they successfully launched their kids channels across Europe and the Middle East.
Chaka went on to write and direct film and content for ITV, becoming ECD of ITV Creative, ITV’s in-house agency. She oversaw innovative multi-platform ideas in every channel from TV, film, digital, experiential and social. She was responsible for creating campaigns for many of the channel’s top drama, entertainment and sport shows, and branding across the channels and platforms. As an award-winning director, she directed campaigns for Jonathan Ross, Ant and Dec, The Brits, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Girls Aloud.
In 2013, Chaka moved agency side to join Mother. She will be joining Leo Burnett as COO in May 2016,
Sir Martin Sorrell
Chief Executive
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Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group, in 1985 and has been chief executive for the last 30 years.

WPP companies provide clients with advertising, media investment management, data investment management, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare communications, direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and specialist communications services.

Collectively, WPP employs over 190,000 people (including associates and investments) in more than 3,000 offices in 112 countries. The Group’s worldwide companies include J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R;, Grey, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, Xaxis, Kantar (including Millward Brown and TNS), Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, Fitch, The Partners, AKQA and WPP Digital. Clients include 344 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 69 of the NASDAQ 100. In 2015, WPP had revenues of $19 billion and billings of $73 billion.

At the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, WPP was named Holding Company of the Year for the fifth year running. WPP was also named, for the fourth consecutive year, the World's Most Effective Holding Company in the 2015 Effie Effectiveness Index, which recognizes the effectiveness of marketing communications.

In October 2015, Sir Martin was named the world's fifth best-performing CEO by Harvard Business Review, and in January 2016 he was voted the joint “most impressive business person” in the UK by his peers.
Kelly Sotherton
Olympic, World, European Medallist & Commonwealth Champion
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Kelly is an Olympic Bronze medalist in Heptathlon from Athens 2004. She also has won the Gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games Heptathlon, World Championship Silver and Bronze winner and three times European Silver medalist.

Since retiring in 2012, Kelly now mentors young athletes on the AASE programme, Team Manager at Birchfield Harriers & is an Athletics coach to two National Champions. Kelly also is a member of the IAAF woman's committee and sits on British Athletics Anti-Doping policy support team.
Nick Southgate
Independent Applied Behavioural Consultant
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Nick Southgate is a PhD in Philosophy and a specialist in applying insights from behavioural economics to business, brand-building and consumer-engagement in marketing. He began his career in advertising, as a planner at Ogilvy & Mather, Cogent Elliott and dfgw (formerly Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters), before moving on to Grey London as a Planning Partner. Now, as well as continuing to freelance as a planner, he also works with organisations like the IPA, MRS, BHBIA and others on understanding the implications of Behavioural Economics for the marketing industry.
Gideon Spanier
Head of Media
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Johnny Spindler
Chief Innovation Officer
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As Chief Innovation Officer, Jonny Spindler leads accounts and projects across some of AMV’s most innovative clients including Walkers, Foot Locker, Aviva and Mars as well as continuing to infuse digital knowledge throughout the agency and creating new services such as AMV Pulse (AMV’s social media arm).
James Spinney
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From respective backgrounds studying Visual Art and English Literature, Peter and James have been working together for the past five years on a range of fiction, documentary and commercial projects. During this period they have adapted John’s diary material into a series of award winning short films. The first of these, ‘Rainfall’, won the Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013 and was nominated for the ICA Experimental Film Award. This was followed in 2014 by the Emmy Award-winning short, also entitled ‘Notes on Blindness’, which screened at Sundance Film Festival and won Best Documentary at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

‘Notes on Blindness’ is their first feature.
Hayley Spurling
Group Client and Brand VP
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Hayley joined Brand Learning in 2005, having developed cross-sector expertise while working at Tesco, Diageo, BBC Worldwide and Coca-Cola. The insights she gained into different approaches, commercial challenges and capability needs led her to Brand Learning, where she wanted to help people and companies grow.

Hayley is passionate about inspiring teams to lift their capabilities, having led clients and programmes in sectors like pharmaceuticals, FMCG and Oils & Chemicals. As the leader of Brand Learning’s marketing and proposition excellence teams, she brings fresh perspectives, drives new thinking, and provides strategic input to ensure our programmes harness the latest techniques in lifting performance.

Hayley graduated from Cambridge University with a First in Social and Political Sciences.
Karen Stacey
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Karen Stacey joined Digital Cinema Media (DCM) in January 2015 as CEO, with a view to continue the transformation of cinema’s role in the modern media mix, advocating recent technological developments and the big screen’s everlasting ability to captivate audiences through its unique immersive and dynamic environment.

DCM is the market leader in UK cinema advertising. It provides 3,000 screens at 462 sites for advertisers, selling 80% of the market through exhibitors including ODEON, Cineworld, Vue, Picturehouse Cinemas, Curzon and many other leading independent cinemas.

Prior to DCM, Karen worked in the media industry for over 25 years, holding senior positions at Bauer Media UK and Channel 4, working across all platforms including TV, radio, magazines and digital.

Karen is also a member of WACL, the Marketing Society and The Solus Club, which only opened its doors to women in 2013. Karen is a huge film lover and a fan of most sports, despite preferring to watch rather than taki
Rupert Staines
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Rupert is the European Managing Director for RadiumOne Inc. Prior to joining RadiumOne, Rupert was responsible for creating, expanding and scaling the European online media operations for Specific Media (now VIANT), and Conversant Media (recently acquired by Alliance Data Systems).

With 25 years of international business experience, the last 17 in digital, he has successfully developed and driven the strategic plans for US ad-tech companies, building and motivating high performance teams in the process.
He has a passion for the startup culture and digital disruption and states his mission as being ‘to help articulate and demystify digital advertising as information and consumer technologies collide’.

Rupert holds a BA in German Language and Management Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.
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Phil Stokes
Partner, Entertainment & Media Industry
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Phil is a London-based assurance partner who leads PwC’s Telecoms, Media and Technology practice across Europe and our dedicated Entertainment and Media subsector. He also leads our global Digital Transformation group in assessing and advising on the impact of technology change on business models across all industries and for governments.

He has worked across a wide range of media industry specialisms including magazine and newspaper publishing, television and film production, television and radio broadcasting, cinemas, music, sports, event management and conferences, online and traditional advertising and market research.

He regularly attends and speaks at entertainment and media industry conferences and sits on the editorial panel of PwC’s annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook publication which forecasts advertising and consumer spending trends across E&M; sectors for each following five year period.
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Keith Stuart
Games Editor
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Louise Stubbings
Sales Director
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Storm’s Sales Director, Louise Stubbings, is an outdoor woman through and through, and we're not talking mountains and trekking here. With over 10 years of experience working in the outdoor industry, cut her and she bleeds posters.

Her insider knowledge of this amazing industry that’s all around us will help us ground the session in Out of Home's most memorable and emotional campaigns, with a solid nod to the meteoric rise of digital Out of Home, where Clear Channel’s Storm sits at the heart of, in the past few years.
Sonia Sudhakar
Director of Digital Growth
Bill Sullivan
European Marketing Leader
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Bill is the European Marketing Leader for IBM iX, a next generation services organisation that helps the world's leading brands reinvent customer experiences. One of the fastest growing spaces within IBM, Bill's drives awareness of IBM iX's capability and engages Clients around iX perspectives and points of view.

In 2015, Advertising Age ranked IBM iX as the world’s largest digital agency network. It was ranked second in the UK in the same category by eConsultancy. A global industry leader in digital marketing, mobile, analytics and customer experience/CRM, IBM iX has won a number of prestigious awards for work with clients such as Wimbledon, Jaguar Land Rover, and Nationwide.

Last year Bill ran IBM's engagement with The Drum's Do it Day and he also works with BITC around their ARC project, helping social enterprises create jobs in local communities.
Rory Sutherland
Vice Chairman
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Rory is Vice Chairman, an attractively vague job title which has allowed him to co-found Ogilvychange, a behavioural science practice.

Rory co-heads a team of psychology graduates who look for "butterfly effects" in consumer behaviour - these are the very small contextual changes which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make. Put another way, lots of agencies will talk about "bought, owned and earned" media: we also look for "invented media" and "discovered media": seeking out those unexpected (and inexpensive) nudges that transform the way that people think and act.

Before founding Ogilvychange, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He has variously been President of the IPA, Chair of the Judges for the Direct Jury at Cannes, and has spoken at TED Global. He writes regular columns for the Spectator, Market Leader and Impact, and also occasional pieces for Wired.
Sarah Sutton
Joint Head of Strategy
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Sarah started her career in 2000 at TDI (now Exterion Media) in the planning & insight department. In 2004 having honed her audience insight skills & passion for all media she moved to Carat to work as a comms planner across Diageo and Disney games.

In 2007, lured by her love of the swoosh she moved to Mindshare where she has spent over 7 years working on Nike. Starting out as the UK comms planner, in 2013 she moved into Mindshare Worldwide to take the role of European strategic lead on Nike and global planning lead on Volvo. In late 2014 she headed back to Mindshare UK to step into her current role as UK joint head of Strategy, where she is responsible for managing a diverse group of planners whilst overseeing strategic planning on Marks & Spencer and Mazda.

During her time at Mindshare she has also worked on Unilever, Pepsi, three and First Direct and has notched up a few award wins along the way.
Mark Sweney
Media Business Correspondent
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Annie Symington
Head of Analytics
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Annie Symington is Head of Analytics for MultiChoice, as Naspers owned company in South Africa. Annie holds responsibility for data analytics and insights across the Consumer, Content, Retention and Sales business lines, aimed at driving improved organisation decisions and communications with the use of insightful data publications. With almost a decade in the marketing industry (across telecoms and media organisations), she has strived to change the company view from the static normal, to the view of using all available data to better understand the customer and their specific behaviours.