Kate Ancketill

Kate Ancketill

Expert in Innovation and Founder & 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.”

Ancketill specialises in making complex and fast-moving tech simple for the non-IT audience. Her audiences take away concrete action points for future-proofing their business and a broad perspective on priorities for investment, as well as a mind fizzing with new, stimulating, and challenging concepts and possibilities.

GDR Creative Intelligence. Founded in 1992, GDR Creative Intelligence is an independent and globally-recognized consultancy that provides the world’s leading consumer brands with brand marketing and retail futures insight. The team researches, analyses and showcases key innovation trends to help clients stay ahead. GDR is retained by clients for its personalized digital innovation platform, interactive presentations and workshops, custom research projects, and real-world learning experiences where they can see innovation working in the field. The company also assists in creative matchmaking, thanks to its relationships with a diverse network of the best agencies worldwide.

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