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
Stefano Agostini
CEO
Nestlé UK and Ireland

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.


Edwina Dunn
Edwina Dunn
CEO
Starcount

Edwina Dunn is co-founder of dunnhumby, the pioneering company behind Tesco’s Clubcard, My Kroger Plus and other loyalty programmes around the world. She sold the business to Tesco in 2011, by which time, it had grown to an organisation of 1500 people, reaching 350 million customers in 25 countries. Having retired she returned to a new innovation challenge. She is now CEO @ Starcount, a consumer insights company that combines the science of purchase and intent and brings the voice of the customer into the boardroom.

Edwina is founder of The Female Lead : a non-profit organisation dedicated to offering alternative role models to those ever-present in popular culture and giving women a platform to share their inspirational stories. The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World was published by Penguin Random House in February 2017 and along with films and powerful teaching materials, is being donated to 18,000 schools across the UK and USA to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Between 2014 and 2017, Edwina Chaired a Government backed, private-sector sponsored, three-year campaign “Your Life “ to ensure the UK has the Maths and Physics skills it needs to succeed in today’s competitive global economy. Future Finder is the legacy technology created and represents the biggest free Careers Advice app in the market today.

Edwina served as a Trustee of The Science Museum until 2019 and was awarded a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Derby and Honorary Doctorates from Middlesex University and Kingston University. She is also a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She was a Non Executive Director of HMRC, focused on Data & Digital Transformation for 3 years under the leadership of Lin Homer. In September 2018 Edwina was the recipient of the Fashion 4 Development Women’s Champion Award in New York.

In November 2018 Edwina was appointed to the board of the CDEI (Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation)


Bruno Aceto
Bruno Aceto
CEO
GS1 Italy

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.


Alfred Levi
Alfred Levi
SVP Global Marketing, Data & Media Sales
Ahold Delhaize

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.