Since joining in 2012, Andrew has led IRI’s transformation into a technology-focused big data and analytics company, and overseen the development of a variety of products and solutions that leverage big data to deliver growth to clients.

Under his leadership, IRI has created a best-of-breed partner ecosystem with dozens of active partnerships and significantly expanded IRI into new industries and markets. During his tenure, IRI has consistently grown revenue and EBITDA and now serves over 5,000 clients worldwide.

The Two AIs: How Artificial Intelligence and Actual Intelligence Will Power of Future Growth
Andrew Appel will discuss the emerging trends in our industry and the ways in which technological innovations will improve insight and analytic performance in the years to come. He will lay out his vision for the future and discuss ways that IRI is helping companies lead the way to higher growth, higher margins, greater customer connection and improved brand equity.


As the head of a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century, Mike advises global Fortune 500 leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Mike regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. He previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia and has held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region.

Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence
We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century? In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of ‘The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas’ will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology. Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.


Stan Sthanunathan joined Unilever in July 2013 as Executive Vice President of Consumer & Market Insights. As chief provocateur, he heads up the insights function globally and is based in London.

Prior to joining Unilever, he was Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Insights for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, heading up the function on a global basis.

Some of his external affiliations include Patron and Fellow of The Market Research Society in the UK, past Board Member of The ARF, NY. He was also the Chairman of On-Line Data Quality of ARF. He is a regular keynote speaker in various industry conferences like ESOMAR Congress, MRS, ARF, Ilex, IIR, IRI to name a few. He also lectured on insights at Cambridge Judge Business School, Sloan Business School, Yale, Wharton, Emory Goizueta Business School, University of Wisconsin. Stan has also co-authored a book titled AI for Marketing and Product Innovation.

Technology – friend or foe?
Does technology play the role of a friend or foe to your brand, business and insights function? Despite the flurry around AI, a machine can’t create on its own and human expertise will be indispensable in this world, at least in the foreseeable future, which is going to be characterized by Augmenting Human intelligence with Artificial intelligence. Over 2.5 billion people use Unilever brands every day and therefore harnessing the power of technology to create stronger relationships with consumers is becoming a business imperative in this new world. Unilever’s EVP of Consumer and Marketing Insight, Stan Sthanunathan, shows you how leveraging technology not only builds legendary brands, but augments human intelligence.


Stefano Agostini became CEO of Nestlé UK and Ireland on 1 July 2017.

Stefano joined Nestlé in Italy in 1989 as Regional Sales Manager, rising rapidly through a range of senior roles until becoming National Sales Director for Nestlé Waters Italy in 2001.

He transferred to the UK in 2004 as Country Business Manager for Nestlé Waters UK, and was a member of the leadership team for Nestlé in the UK and Ireland market.

In 2007 Stefano was appointed President and CEO of Sanpellegrino, Nestlé Waters Italy. Under his leadership the Sanpellegrino and Acqua Panna brands delivered significant growth, with increased market share and profitability. In his ten years as CEO, Sanpellegrino tripled its international business.

Stefano was born in 1964 in Genoa, Italy, and is married with three children.

Driving the health agenda, across a food and beverage business, in a dynamic external environment
Stefano will share his perspective on leading the health agenda, for the world's largest food and beverage business, in the UK and Ireland market where we are facing evolving consumer trends, significant societal health issues and a dynamic external health environment.


Edwina Dunn is one of the most successful leaders in the data industry, with a career of delivering transformational business change, together with her long term business partner, Clive Humby.

Dunn & Humby revolutionised the world of retail and consumer goods when they pioneered Tesco Clubcard and other global loyalty programmes, eventually selling dunnhumby to Tesco in 2011 At this stage, the business had 1,500 employees in 25 countries and was directing engagement strategies for 350 million customers including Kroger, Macy’s and Best Buy.

Today, she is pioneering new data science for big open data at her commercial enterprise, Starcount.

In October 2018 Edwina was appointed to the The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI); an advisory body set up by UK Government to investigate and advise on how we maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies, including AI.

Previously, Edwina chaired the Your Life campaign to encourage more young people to study maths and science. She also founded The Female Lead, a non-profit project celebrating the achievements, endeavours and diversity of women; donating 18,000 copies of The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World to schools and universities across the UK and USA.

Edwina has four Honorary Doctorates, is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge, a Patron of MRS and an Honorary Fellow of the IDM. She received an OBE in 2019 for services to business.

Knowing your customers; easy to say and so hard to do!
My data journey has been all about innovation, empowered by technology. My goal has always been about getting to know your customer better than anyone else. But, it just got harder as the old world has changed with the new digital and social world. They have become two largely unconnected worlds.

Theoretically, the two elements are now in synch. But, in reality, many companies are still struggling to combine both worlds.
This is where my new company, Starcount is now focused.

There are now two new over-whelming factors that will define our future;
• Who owns the most data (Amazon, Facebook, Google)?
• Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should (Ethics)?

By sharing my journey, I will show how the challenges today are all about learning new ways of combining data inside and beyond the walls of organisations – not just market research – but big, powerful, always-on open source data. Companies need to spot up-and-coming trends faster than ever before. This will demand new tools and new skills in our people. But it is those who adopt these first and make the most of them that will be the winners.


Bruno Aceto, 58, CEO of GS1 Italy since October 2007.

Under his leadership GS1 Italy developed a new collaborative approach to better support standard implementation with improved customer satisfaction. In 2009 GS1 Italy established a service company to support the digital transformation.

Immagino (Data Capture), Condivido (Digital Assets Management) and Allineo (Master Data), are the three services that generate the Product Digital Twin for e-commerce on more than 100.000 products. Granular product data availability enabled new market analysis possibility based on product content, marketing claims and nutrient facts.

Member of the GS1 Global Management Board. He has been recently Chairman of GS1 in Europe for three years.

Prior Bruno worked 12 years for Selex retail group as deputy general manager and general manager of the financial company of the group.

In 2000 was founder and CEO of Spesaonline, first mover in grocery online retail. He developed an innovative business model, characterized by the integration of the virtual channel with the network of physical distribution.

Bruno earned an MBA in Retail Management and he graduated in International Economy at the Political Science University in Milan.

A common language powering growth
In a world of growing data, GS1 standards give companies a common language to identify, capture and share supply chain data, ensuring important information is accessible, accurate and easy to understand.
Standardization is dynamic, not static; it means not to stand still, but to move forward together.
The current GS1 strategy includes “Data Management”. We think that it’s important to create a retail environment that’s fit for the future – based on accurate data and informed decisions.
Retailers need product images and label info for various purposes: e-commerce, promotions, planograms, etc. Immagino is the italian data capture program that allows sharing up-to-date product images and label data from one source in compliance to EU 1169.
In a socio-economic scenario undergoing profound and rapid changes, highlighting the changing nutritional profile of consumer’s purchases (both brick&mortar and ecommerce) means clarifying how we react to the stimuli of new lifestyles and food consumption habits. And this is possible with the collaboration between GS1 Italy and IRI.


Fireside Chat: Mastering the Marketing Mayhem
Retail is changing rapidly. Technology is challenging the status quo and competition is coming from every single corner. Marketing is changing as well. The ways we get our brands, stories, benefits and propositions to consumers is also in a turmoil change. Join Ahold Delhaize’s Alfred Levi and IRI’s Baljit (Bal) Dail, for an in-depth fireside chat about the challenges and opportunities marketers face to build brand, connection, loyalty and much more. Hear firsthand how shopper and market data can improve the impact of marketing and media investments.


Ruth leads the teams responsible for providing Insight for all of WBA, with the teams’ work reflecting the diversity of the business. It ranges from supporting Boots through understanding of the rapidly changing UK high street market; to providing Insights into the needs of individuals with long term conditions who rely on Walgreen’s pharmacies in the USA; to investigating consumer trends to drive the development of products that delight customers around the world and finally understanding international markets such as China and Mexico, as the WBA offer is extended to these regions.

Ruth joined Boots UK in 2008 and during the last 11 years has held a number of roles including being Loyalty and Multichannel director for Boots UK, responsible for the Boots Advantage Card and Boots.com; Commercial and Marketing director for the International Retail business and she also spent 18 months in Chicago leading the USA Insight team.

Prior to joining WBA, Ruth worked in loyalty and insight positions for Shell, NatWest, The Co-operative Group and Accenture.

Fireside Chat: Women in Insights – Tips and Battle Scars
What does it take for women to reach the top. What attributes can help women succeed as leaders and what are the implications for women, if any, in the increasingly technology led world of insights.
From her first role as an analyst in the newly emerging sphere of customer insights to now leading one of the worlds most sophisticated insights teams at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ruth Spencer chats to us about her journey as well as some of the challenges she believes still face women in leadership roles today.